"The Latin Deli" Book Discussion & Lunch

book cover (All members of the community are welcome!)

The next best thing to reading a good book is talking about it! And it is even better with lunch! If you agree, please join us. Our fall book honors National Hispanic Heritage Month: The Latin Deli: Telling the Lives of Barrio Women, by Judith Ortiz Cofer.

About the Book

Through her beautifully lyrical writing, Judith Ortiz Cofer tells us of the women's lives that entangled with hers in El Building in Paterson, New Jersey.

A community transplanted from what they now view as an island paradise, these Puerto Rican families yearn for the colors and tastes of their former home. As they carve out lives as Americans, their days are filled with drama, success, and sometimes tragedy. A widow becomes crazy after her son is killed in Vietnam, her remaining word "nada." Another woman carries on after the death of her husband, keeping their store, filled with plantain, Bustello coffee, jamon y queso, open as a refuge for her neighbors. And there are Cofer's stories of growing up with a dictatorial and straying father, a caring mother, and a love for language that will lead to a career as a teacher and writer.

foods wrapsWhen: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
DON 303
11 am-12:15 pm
Lunch TBA
Cost: Free!
Moderated by: Mónica Torregrosa, Spanish  

Please RSVP to ensure we order enough food: jadams@hcc.edu

Books are available at the Circulation Desk with your HCC ID.

For further information and/or to RSVP, please contact: Jennifer Adams at jadams@hcc.edu.


Jennifer Adams

Coordinator, Library Services


Donahue 210

413.552.2733 (Tel)