One of the World's Leading Latin American Journalists
- Foreign Affairs
Born in Mexico, and raised between Mexico and the U.S., Alma Guillermoprieto is a MacArthur Fellow, and a winner of the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting. In the 1990s, for The New Yorker and other magazines, she wrote a remarkable series of stories on Latin America, covering everything from the Colombian Civil War to the "Dirty War" in Argentina. Later collected into two books, Looking for History and The Heart That Bleeds, these stories form a definitive portrait of Latin America during the "Lost Decade."
How to Be Mexican
Issues surrounding Mexico -- especially U.S.-Mexican relations -- have never been more heated. With globalization reshaping traditional Mexican ways of life, Guillermoprieto asks, What does it mean to be a Mexican today? How is it different from what this meant a decade ago? How "Mexican" are the new Mexicans? Drawing from one of the most respected bodies of journalism of the past three decades, she answers these questions as only she can.
Dancing with Cuba: A Memoir of the Revolution
A vivid and mesmerizing memoir of the six months the author spent in Cuba in 1970, a time when she began to develop her own fervent political conscience. Alma Guillermoprieto--an award-winning journalist and arguably our most clear-eyed observer of Latin America--now turns her keen powers of observation onto her own, younger self. In this richly evocative chronicle, Guillermoprieto describes the remarkable, transforming journey she made as a twenty-year-old, when her love of dance--which had led her from her native Mexico to the New York dance studios of Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham, and Twyla Tharp--took her to a job teaching poorly trained but ardent dance students in Cuba.
At first unaffected by the revolutionary spirit and the adoration of Castro that pervaded the island, Guillermoprieto slowly fell under the spell of the idealism that buoyed the often destitute lives of the Cuban people. And as she opened herself to what became a complex, galvanizing revolutionary experience, she found, as well, the ideas and ideals that would shape her thinking for the rest of her life. Beautifully written and deeply felt, Dancing with Cuba is a revelatory account of the making of an impassioned political heart and mind.
The Heart that Bleeds: Latin America Now
An extraordinarily vivid, unflinching series of portraits of South America today, written from the inside out, by the award-winning New Yorker journalist and widely admired author of Samba.