Count on Me: Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships

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Friendships can bring us peace, fill the emotional shortcomings in our romantic relationships, and help us remember what lies deep inside every one of us. For more than twenty-five years, the international organization Las Comadres Para Las Americas has been bringing together thousands of Latinas to count on, lean on, help, and advise one another. Comadre is a powerful term. It encompasses the most important relationships that exist between women: best friends, confidantes, coworkers, advisers, neighbors, godmothers to one’s children, and even midwives.

Edited by acclaimed author and editor Adriana V. López, this collection of stories features twelve prominent Latino authors who reveal how friendships have helped them to overcome difficult moments in their lives. Fabiola Santiago, Luis Alberto Urrea, Reyna Grande, and Teresa Rodríguez tell their stories of survival in the United States and in Latin America, where success would have been impossible without a friend’s support. Esmeralda Santiago, Lorraine López, Carolina De Robertis, Daisy Martínez, and Dr. Ana Nogales explore what it means to have a comadre help you through years of struggle and selfdiscovery. And authors Sofia Quintero, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Michelle Herrera Mulligan look at the powerful impact of the humor and humanity that their comadres brought to each one’s life, even in the darkest moments.
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Nora de Hoyos Comstock, PhD, is the national and international founder, president, and CEO of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an international organization that has been bringing together thousands of Latinas for more than a decade to support and advise one another.

Adriana V. López is the author and editor of several books. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Washington Post, among other publications. She lives in New York and Madrid.

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Sep 4, 2012
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Family & Relationships / Friendship
Family & Relationships / General
Literary Collections / Essays
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Now in Spanish! Beloved bestselling Latino authors, including Esmeralda Santiago, Carolina De Robertis, and Luis Alberto Urrea share moving personal stories of the many ways that sisterly bonds have powerfully impacted their lives.

Las amistades pueden traernos paz, suplir las carencias emocionales en nuestras relaciones románticas y ayudarnos a recordar aquello que se encuentra en lo más profundo de cada uno de nosotros. Durante más de doce años, la organización internacional Las Comadres Para Las Americas ha venido reuniendo a miles de latinas que pueden contar con el apoyo, la ayuda y la asesoría de otras mujeres como ellas. El término “comadre” es poderoso. Abarca las relaciones más importantes que se dan entre esas mujeres: amigas íntimas, confidentes, compañeras de trabajo, consejeras, vecinas, madrinas de nuestros hijos e inclusive parteras.

Editada por la aclamada escritora y editora Adriana V. López, esta colección de historias presenta a doce prominentes escritores latinos que revelan cómo las amistades les han ayudado a superar los momentos más difíciles de sus vidas. Fabiola Santiago, Luis Alberto Urrea, Reyna Grande y Teresa Rodríguez cuentan sus historias de supervivencia en los Estados Unidos y en América Latina, donde el éxito habría sido imposible sin el apoyo de una amiga. Esmeralda Santiago, Lorraine López, Carolina De Robertis, Daisy Martínez y la Dra. Ana Nogales exploran lo que significa tener la ayuda de una comadre durante los años de lucha y autodescubrimiento. Y las escritoras Sofía Quintero, Stephanie Elizondo Griest y Michelle Herrera Mulligan analizan el poderoso impacto del humor y la humanidad que sus comadres trajeron a cada una de sus vidas, aún en los momentos más sombríos.
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