Paula by Isabel Allende

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Presents the story of Allende's ancestors and youth as it was written by her daughter's hospital bedside, reflecting the challenges and achievements of one family during a turbulent time in Chilean history. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. BOMC Alt. Tour.
 

About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende was born in 1942 in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chilean diplomat. When her parents separated, young Isabel moved with her mother to Chile, where she spent the rest of her childhood. She married at the age of 19 and had two children, Paula and Nicolas. Her uncle was Salvador Allende, the president of Chile. When he was overthrown in the coup of 1973, she fled Chile, moving to Caracas, Venezuela. While living in Venezuela, Allende began writing her novels, many of them exploring the close family bonds between women. Her first novel, The House of the Spirits, has been translated into 27 languages, and was later made into a film. She then wrote Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, and The Stories of Eva Luna, all set in Latin America. The Infinite Plan was her first novel to take place in the United States. In Paula, Allende wrote her memoirs in connection with her daughter's illness and death. She delved into the erotic connections between food and love in Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses. In addition to writing books, Allende has worked as a TV interviewer, magazine writer, school administrator, and a secretary at a U.N. office in Chile. She received the 1996 Harold Washington Literacy Award. She lives in California. Margaret Sayers Peden is an American translator and Professor, she is a Missouri native who was born in 1920. One of the leading translators of her time, Peden has translated more than 40 books and has won numerous prizes and grants. In 2007, she collected a variety of Mexican literature to combine and edit the book Mexican Writers on Writing.
 
Published January 1, 1994 by Plaza & Janes (Spain) (1994). 366 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, History, Parenting & Relationships, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In her first nonfiction work, Allende (The Infinite Plan, 1993, etc.) produces a beautiful and deeply personal account of the process of grieving and the power of stories.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Paula

Publishers Weekly

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Allende is a mesmerizing novelist (The House of the Spirits; The Stories of Eva Luna) who here takes on a double challenge. Writing nonfiction for the first time, she interweaves the story of her own

May 01 1995 | Read Full Review of Paula

Story Circle Book Reviews

... I hope this review will do justice to Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices ... a
compendium of achievement-oriented women compiled by Paula ... The brilliant
Chilean author, Isabel Allende, has written the Foreword of this book.

Apr 24 2006 | Read Full Review of Paula

Spirituality & Practice

Author Isabel Allende writes: "For nearly fifty years I have been a toreador taunting violence and pain with a red cape, secure in the protection of the good luck birthmark on my back — even though in my heart I suspected that one day I would feel the claw of .

Feb 18 2013 | Read Full Review of Paula

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