The Hummingbird’s Daughter

By Luis Alberto Urrea

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Little, Brown, and Company, c2005, 2006

Genres: Historical fiction, magical realism

Series: Not a series, but the author is currently working on a sequel to this book.

ISBN: 9780316154529

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 499

Setting: Ocoroni, Sinaloa & Cabora (near Alamos), Sonora, Mexico

Time period: 1873 – 1892

Plot summary: When Teresita Urrea was born, Huila – the curandera of The People – knew that Teresita would become a powerful person one day.  Born into extreme poverty as the daughter of a Mayo native and rich Mexican landowner, Teresita endures many hardships until Huila becomes responsible for her and begins teaching her the practice of healing.  Teresita grows up on her father’s ranch as a wild child – riding horses and hanging out with the vaqueros – until she becomes an acknowledged member of the family as a teenager.  After dying and returning to life, her healing practices and her life takes a radical shift as she becomes known as the “Saint of Cabora”. Continue reading

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Real Murders

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Berkley Prime Crime, c1990, 2007

Genre: Mystery, cozy mystery (“with teeth” as described in an interview with Harris)

Series: Aurora Teagarden Mysteries; 1

ISBN: 9780425218716

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 290

Setting: Lawrenceton, Georgia

Time period: 1990ish

Plot summary: When a small town librarian, Aurora Teagarden, goes to a discussion group called “Real Murders” on a night off, she is in for a ghastly surprise.  It seems as though one of her discussion group members no longer just wants to discuss murders.  Instead, there is a copy cat killer on the loose who is aiming to kill the other members of the group. Continue reading