HAVE YOU DECIDED what you're going to read this summer? Here are a few books that we thought you might enjoy in addition to Funeral for Flaca. (Please note: This article contains affiliate links to Bookshop.org. Ofrenda earns a portion from purchases you make through these links.)
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New Mexico-based writer and religion scholar Mirabai Starr weaves together reflections, meditations, and practices that honor the divine feminine. Featuring sections on archetypal Earth Mothers and goddesses—from Gaia and Ix Chel to Indra and Demeter—and women mystics from many cultures, Starr’s book helps us embrace healing and care for the Earth and for ourselves. From the publisher: “Wild Mercy provides a much-needed alternative to the models of religion and spirituality that have dominated history. Here, Mirabai invites you to welcome the wisdom of women back into the collective field where it may transform the human family, heal the ravaged Earth, and awaken the divine love in our hearts.” Find it on Bookshop.
Coatlicue Girl is a bilingual collection of poems and short stories from celebrated frontera writer Gris Muñoz. Poignant and vivid—and hitting on themes from spirituality to cultural identity—the collection reflects the rhythm and textures of her experience as a woman, daughter, mother, and mystic. In the foreword, author Luis Alberto Urrea describes Gris as “a rock and roll curandera with a syncretistic religious heart. Tossing off chains as she goes.” Look forward to work by Gris Muños in a future issue of Ofrenda. Find it on Bookshop.
In Feathered Serpent / Dark Heart of Sky, David Bowles takes remnants from pre-Columbian codices and oral histories and weaves them into a cohesive epic that tells the origin story of Mexico, from “its beginnings in the dreams of the dual god, Ometeotl, to the arrival of the Spanish.” Bowles explains in his introduction that he grew up fascinated by myths, legends, and epics like the Iliad and the Odyssey; however, despite growing up on the border, he wasn’t exposed to any similar stories from or about his own Mexican culture until he began studying them in college. This book is his effort to fill in that gap and help us reconnect with these stories. Find it on Bookshop.
Marisol Queveda Rerucha’s Beyond the Surface of Restorative Practices provides guidance for implementing restorative justice techniques in the classroom and other group situations. While written primarily for educators, the book is a valuable resource for parents, families, and anyone who seeks to bring healing to community relationships. From the publisher: “Rerucha draws on Indigenous traditions, research-based frameworks, and the support of fellow educators and scholars in order to offer…vital tools for facing crises with compassion.” Look forward to work by Marisol Rerucha in a future issue of Ofrenda. Find it on Bookshop.
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