An emotionally intense narrative of a Guatemalan woman’s desperate search for a better life.

THE BOOK OF ROSY

A MOTHER'S STORY OF SEPARATION AT THE BORDER

The true story of a Guatemalan woman’s journey to the U.S. and what happened to her and two of her children when she crossed the border.

As is the case for most immigrants, Pablo Cruz’s decision to leave Guatemala and travel more than 2,000 miles to the U.S. was difficult. Yet her husband had been murdered, she’d been shot, and there were threats being made on her oldest son’s life. Consequently, what choice did she have but to flee even though it meant leaving her two daughters and her clothing store behind? Suffering significant deprivations during their treacherous journey, they arrived exhausted and dehydrated at the U.S. border. Because of the American government’s new zero-tolerance policy, the author was immediately separated from her children and locked up in Eloy Detention Center, where she endured “inadequate and often spoiled food…thin mattresses and tightly rationed toiletries…water that seem[ed] to be laden with chemicals,” as well as “the unfathomable cruelty of some of the guards.” For more than 80 days, Pablo Cruz lived in fear, with her strong faith helping her through some of the darker moments. Help arrived via the Immigrant Families Together program, a highly effective group of angry mothers coordinated by Collazo, which helped secure Pablo Cruz’s release and aided her reunion with her sons. In this gripping narrative, the authors tell their respective sides of this intertwined story. Pablo Cruz details the emotional and physical distress she suffered before leaving her native country and throughout the ensuing months, when she constantly questioned her decision to flee to America. Collazo clearly describes the incredible outpouring of support she discovered for these asylum seekers. The tale is haunting and eloquent, giving voice to a sector of society that requires serious aid rather than the discrimination and racial prejudice they too often face.

An emotionally intense narrative of a Guatemalan woman’s desperate search for a better life.

Pub Date: June 2, 2020

ISBN: 978-0-06-294192-3

Page Count: 256

Publisher: HarperOne

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2020

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2020

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If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

THE 48 LAWS OF POWER

The authors have created a sort of anti-Book of Virtues in this encyclopedic compendium of the ways and means of power.

Everyone wants power and everyone is in a constant duplicitous game to gain more power at the expense of others, according to Greene, a screenwriter and former editor at Esquire (Elffers, a book packager, designed the volume, with its attractive marginalia). We live today as courtiers once did in royal courts: we must appear civil while attempting to crush all those around us. This power game can be played well or poorly, and in these 48 laws culled from the history and wisdom of the world’s greatest power players are the rules that must be followed to win. These laws boil down to being as ruthless, selfish, manipulative, and deceitful as possible. Each law, however, gets its own chapter: “Conceal Your Intentions,” “Always Say Less Than Necessary,” “Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy,” and so on. Each chapter is conveniently broken down into sections on what happened to those who transgressed or observed the particular law, the key elements in this law, and ways to defensively reverse this law when it’s used against you. Quotations in the margins amplify the lesson being taught. While compelling in the way an auto accident might be, the book is simply nonsense. Rules often contradict each other. We are told, for instance, to “be conspicuous at all cost,” then told to “behave like others.” More seriously, Greene never really defines “power,” and he merely asserts, rather than offers evidence for, the Hobbesian world of all against all in which he insists we live. The world may be like this at times, but often it isn’t. To ask why this is so would be a far more useful project.

If the authors are serious, this is a silly, distasteful book. If they are not, it’s a brilliant satire.

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1998

ISBN: 0-670-88146-5

Page Count: 430

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 1998

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The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the...

NIGHT

Elie Wiesel spent his early years in a small Transylvanian town as one of four children. 

He was the only one of the family to survive what Francois Maurois, in his introduction, calls the "human holocaust" of the persecution of the Jews, which began with the restrictions, the singularization of the yellow star, the enclosure within the ghetto, and went on to the mass deportations to the ovens of Auschwitz and Buchenwald. There are unforgettable and horrifying scenes here in this spare and sombre memoir of this experience of the hanging of a child, of his first farewell with his father who leaves him an inheritance of a knife and a spoon, and of his last goodbye at Buchenwald his father's corpse is already cold let alone the long months of survival under unconscionable conditions. 

The author's youthfulness helps to assure the inevitable comparison with the Anne Frank diary although over and above the sphere of suffering shared, and in this case extended to the death march itself, there is no spiritual or emotional legacy here to offset any reader reluctance.

Pub Date: Jan. 16, 2006

ISBN: 0374500010

Page Count: 120

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15, 2006

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