Count on Me by Las Comadres Para Las Americas
Tales of Sisterhoods and Fierce Friendships

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Friendships can bring us peace, fill the emotional shortcomings in our romantic relationships, and help us remember what lies deep inside every one of us. For more than twenty-five years, the international organization Las Comadres Para Las Americas has been bringing together thousands of Latinas to count on, lean on, help, and advise one another. Comadre is a powerful term. It encompasses the most important relationships that exist between women: best friends, confidantes, coworkers, advisers, neighbors, godmothers to one’s children, and even midwives.

 Edited by acclaimed author and editor Adriana V. López, this collection of stories features twelve prominent Latino authors who reveal how friendships have helped them to overcome difficult moments in their lives. Fabiola Santiago, Luis Alberto Urrea, Reyna Grande, and Teresa Rodríguez tell their stories of survival in the United States and in Latin America, where success would have been impossible without a friend’s support. Esmeralda Santiago, Lorraine López, Carolina De Robertis, Daisy Martínez, and Dr. Ana Nogales explore what it means to have a comadre help you through years of struggle and selfdiscovery. And authors Sofia Quintero, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, and Michelle Herrera Mulligan look at the powerful impact of the humor and humanity that their comadres brought to each one’s life, even in the darkest moments.
 

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Nora de Hoyos Comstock is the National and International Founder, President, and CEO of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an international organization that has been bringing together thousands of Latina women for more than a decade to support and advise one another. Adriana Lopez is the author and editor of several books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, among other publications. She lives in New York and Madrid.
 
Published September 4, 2012 by Atria Books. 276 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships, Biographies & Memoirs, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Edited by López (Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and other Quinceañera Stories, 2007, etc.), this wide-ranging collection mostly represents the work of prominent Latina authors and is published as a work of joint authorship by Las Comadres Para Las Americas, an orga...

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At the center of this collection of short essays is a term which has no exact translation to English: comadre, a word “unique to Latino culture” which “encompasses some of the most complex and important relationships that exist between women.” Comadres are “best friends, confidants, co-...

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