My Mother's Funeral
In My Mother’s Funeral Adriana Paramo paints a portrait of two women—mother and daughter—in a volatile relationship that, in the end, is shaped by the strong bond of love between them. Set against a backdrop of Bogotá street violence and Medellin drug lords, My Mother’s Funeral is a big book in which the personal lives of the beautiful and vulnerable are set in high relief against cultural and historical forces that shape, but do not contain them.
--Steven Harvey author of Lost in Translation, Bound for Shady Grove, and A Geometry of Lilies.
Looking for Esperanza
This book is deceptive: mere words on paper quickly become a fireball, a careful and fierce hand that will grab your heart and pull, that will hurt a bit even as it feeds you. Adriana Paramo boldly merges ethnography, memoir, research, quest, letter, and poetry, inventing the language and tongue to describe a sustained encounter with
undocumented Mexican agricultural workers. This astonishing work sets a new standard in the form of creative nonfiction.
--Sonya Huber author of Opa Nobody, Cover me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and The Backwards Research Guide for Writers.