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10 books about Guatemala
Pick up one of these featured titles on Guatemala in May 2021.
Rug Money: How a Group of Maya Women Changed Their Lives through Art and Innovation by Cheryl Conway-Daly
Category: Business & Money
This book was published 3 years ago by Thrums Books and takes approximately 5.3 hours to read.
Complex and colorful textiles from Guatemala represent some of the finest weaving in the world. The weavers, master artisans. So why would you teach a group of Maya women in Guatemala how to hook rugs? Recognizing the dire need for more income-generating opportunities in Guatemala, an accomplished American textile artist volunteered to teach one rug hooking class. What follows is a surprising and heartening story about artistry, creative economies, and how access to opportunity truly does change lives. At the heart of Rug Money is the work of artist Mary Anne Wise and her committed team at Multicolores, the nonprofit rug hooking cooperative they formed in Guatemala. In their moving narrative, you will learn how Mary Anne created a curriculum for teaching art and design based on her students' needs and abilities, while honoring their culture. You will admire how the artisans later brought their rugs to the famed International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, to much acclaim and wildly successful sales. You will discover how Mary Anne and her team are guided, not by a business plan, but through discovery, creativity, and joy to shape the future of their highly successful nonprofit business. You will meet individual Maya rug hooking artisans and learn how their work with Multicolores has advanced their artistry, improved their economic outlook, and profoundly empowered their personal lives. The book celebrates the extraordinary achievement of Multicolores in creating community, education, and empowerment. While there was no business plan, no end goal at the outset, the success of Multicolores serves as a model for how to organize and advance a nonprofit while effecting powerful social change.
Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris by Linda Elovitz Marshall
Category: Family Life
This book was published 5 years ago by Children's Book Press (CA) and takes approximately 1.3 hours to read.
Ixchel, a young Mayan girl who is not allowed to use her mother's thread to weave, exercises her ingenuity and repurposes plastic bags to create colorful weavings. Includes glossary and author's note.
Guatemala - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (8) by Lisa Vaughn
Category: Image & Etiquette
This book was published 14 years ago by Kuperard and takes approximately 5.6 hours to read.
Looks at the social life, customs, and national characteristics of Guatemala, including coverage of such topics as values, attitudes, religion, family, food, language, and social relationships.
Amalia's Guatemalan Kitchen - Gourmet Cuisine with a Cultural Flair by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard
This book was published 9 years ago by Beaver's Pond Press and takes approximately 14.5 hours to read.
."..She founded Amalia--Latin Gourmet with a Cultural Flair (AmaliaLLC.com), a business designed to help others develop a better understanding and appreciation of Latin cultures through gourmet cuisine"--P.  of bk. jacket.
Carla's Adventure in Guatemala: Book 1 of the Travelling Trunk Series by Missy Tarantino
Category: Chapter Books
This book was published 2 years ago by Honeybee Publishing; LLC and takes approximately 2.8 hours to read.
Imagine being able to explore different cultures simply by opening a trunk. When Carla is transported to Guatemala, she meets Matias, who invites her to join his family in celebrating Dia de los Muertos. She learns about the significance of this festival and gains a new friend in the process. Carla's Adventure in Guatemala is the first book in the Travelling Trunk series. Explore the beautiful culture of Guatemala with your child in this easy-to-read chapter book.
Maya Ruins Revisited: In the Footsteps of Teobert Maler by William Frej
Category: Equipment, Techniques & Reference
This book was published last year by Peyton Wright Gallery and takes approximately 8.0 hours to read.
This stunning, substantial volume documents William Frej's forty-five year search for remote Maya sites primarily in Guatemala and Mexico, inspired in large part by his discovery of the work of German-Austrian explorer Teobert Maler, who photographed them in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many of Frej's magnificent photographs are juxtaposed here with historic photographs taken by Maler, and reveal the changes in the landscape that have occurred in the intervening century. This unique pairing of archival material with current imagery of the same locations will be a significant addition to the literature on this ancient civilization that continues to captivate scholars and general readers alike. The book provides extended captions for all of the photographs, including their historical context in relation to Maler's images, which are archived at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University, the Ibero-American Institute in Berlin, Brigham Young University, the University of New Mexico, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The author's introduction covers the challenges of finding and photographing remote Maya sites. Alma Durán-Merk and Stephan Merk contribute a biographical sketch of Teobert Maler, while Khristaan Villela addresses the historic role of photography as a tool for documenting and presenting the history of significant Maya sites. Jeremy Sabloff provides essential background on the Maya and their built environment, and a chronology of the principal periods of Maya culture. The book includes a listing of all the sites featured and their locations as well as two maps. Maya Ruins Revisited offers an engaging and stimulating visual journey to many remote and seldom-seen Maya sites, and also will serve as valuable documentation of places that are rapidly being overcome by forces of nature and man.
Bitter Fruit: The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala, Revised and Expanded (Series on Latin American Studies) by Stephen Schlesinger
This book was published 16 years ago by David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and takes approximately 12.5 hours to read.
Bibliography p. 304-316.
Guatemala ABC (Spanish Edition) by Edna Valenzuela
Category: Central & South America
This book was published this year by Independently published and takes approximately 1.1 hours to read.
Innovative ideas are never easily accepted. Due to the electronic revolution of the information supply new management tools and infrastructures were required. The as simple as brilliant tool the ISBN which assigns each book with a unique number has contributed vastly to the global book and information market.
The Book of Rosy: A Mother's Story of Separation at the Border by Rosayra Pablo Cruz
Category: Hispanic & Latino
This book was published last year by HarperOne and takes approximately 8.5 hours to read.
A searing tale of the human lives behind the Trump administration-made immigration crisis, written by two remarkable mothers--a Central American woman whose children were taken from her by the United States government at the southern border, and the American who helped reunite the family--and offers a timely and urgent look at a migrant experience, family separation and reunification, and the power of individuals banding together to overcome even the cruelest and most unjust circumstances. When Rosayra Pablo Cruz made the wrenching decision to seek asylum in America with two of her children, five-year-old Fernando, and fifteen-year-old Yordy, she knew the journey would be incredibly difficult, dangerous, and potentially deadly. But violence had made life in Guatemala untenable; Rosy knew her family's only chance to survive was to go north. After surviving a perilous journey that left them dehydrated, starved, and exhausted, Rosy, Fernando, and Yordy crossed into Arizona, together. Almost immediately, mother and children were forcibly separated by government officials under the Department of Homeland Security's "zero tolerance" policy. In The Book of Rosy, Rosy and Julie Schwietert Collazo, founder of Immigrant Families Together, tell Rosy's story, exposing the cruel conditions of the detention facilities, the unbearable anxiety of having her children ripped away, and the faith and love that helped her through the darkest time. An unflinching look at the human cost of inhumane policies, and the unbreakable bonds of family, faith, and community, The Book of Rosy offers a much-needed glimpse into the human side of a polarizing issue that continues to grip our nation's politics.
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