Talking New Mexico

My husband and I were fortunate to spend most of our summer in New Mexico this year. We stayed in Santa Fe, Taos and the Albuquerque area, where my husband’s family lives. We also drove far north, which we usually don’t have the time to do, visiting the picturesque mountain town of Chama and theContinue reading “Talking New Mexico”

La Resta (The Remainder)

Earlier this fall, I read Chilean author Alia Trabucco Zerán‘s new book, The Remainder. The original Spanish title is La Resta, and I read the translation by British translator Sophie Hughes. This novel is at once familiar and distinct. While the focus is on post-Pinochet Chile, the story is told through the eyes of present-dayContinue reading “La Resta (The Remainder)”

Reading: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto

Last week I began a new novel: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto (Shoot Me, I’m Already Dead) by Spanish author and journalist Julia Navarro. This is an ambitious novel that follows the story of two families – the Zuckers and the Ziads – whose lives become intertwined when Samuel Zucker, fleeing the persecution of JewsContinue reading “Reading: Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto”

Biscochitos

It’s cookie time! Biscochitos are traditional anise-flavored cookies from New Mexico. You can find them around the state and they are a special holiday staple. Biscochito is the diminutive form of bizcocho in Spanish, which basically means “biscuit”. The biscochito is New Mexico’s Official State Cookie! They were first introduced to New Mexico by Spanish colonists who settled inContinue reading “Biscochitos”

The Time In Between

  This month I began reading The Time In Between by Spanish writer and professor María Dueñas. It’s a fascinating book that my mom passed along to me, and tells a woman’s story of growth and adventures while living in Morocco during the Spanish Civil War. You can read a thorough description on Goodreads.com. My colleague alsoContinue reading “The Time In Between”

Taking my time in the desert

I was in New Mexico last week, that beautiful land of wide open spaces and never-ending skies. Highlights were skiing in Taos, eating as much red chile as I could handle, and relaxing with family and friends. When I tell people that my husband grew up in New Mexico, I am routinely asked this question:Continue reading “Taking my time in the desert”