Parents need to know that "Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes," by Juan Felipe Herrera, California's poet laureate, is a celebration of pioneering Latinos who've helped shape their various fields from the arts and sciences to athletics and public service. A full-page portrait by illustrator Raul Colon accompanies a three-page biography of each subject, from Spanish explorer Bernardo de Galvez and poet Julia De Burgos to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and baseball legend Roberto Clemente - and 15 other famous Latinos. The entries provide an easy-to-read sketch of each person's life, while sparking curiosity in readers interested in the fields in which each figure excelled, whether it was physics or the big screen. Herrera won the American Library Association's 2015 Pura Bulpre Honor for authors whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience.
If it's spring, the award season in the food world has begun. Last week the James Beard Foundation announced its winners in the cookbook awards, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals provided theirs a bit earlier. Both lists of best books serve as a serious prompt to head to the bookstore right now - and the kitchen soon after.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, April 26, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2015, The Nielsen Co.
I was in Britain when I got the news that Ivan Doig was failing. I had read him, interviewed him and written about him for 16 years, and I didn't even know he was sick. I was gobsmacked, as the Brits would say, and very, very sad, because I never admired and respected any writer more than Ivan Doig.