Conversations with Authors - Isabel Allende

Sunday, April 5th • 7:00pm EST/4:00pm PST

Isabel Allende

in conversation with Don George

 

Dear Friends,

Don and I were delighted that so many people registered to watch our video conversation. We enjoyed being “together” with each other and with all of you.

I hope you are finding time to read.

Here are a few books that I’ve been reading lately. I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

  • Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann
  • Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes by Adam Hochschild
  • The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Water Dancer: A Novel by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thank you for supporting each other and Book Passage.

As the Queen Elizabeth II said last night, “We will meet again.”

–Isabel

Below, please find links to purchase all of the books mentioned by Isabel in the livestream, as well as a selection of her own books.

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Apeirogon: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781400069606
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Published: Random House - February 25th, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A quite extraordinary novel. Colum McCann has found the form and voice to tell the most complex of stories, with an unexpected friendship between two men at its powerfully beating heart.”—Kamila Shamsie, author of Home Fire
 


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Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781328866745
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 3rd, 2020

From the best-selling author of King Leopold's Ghost and Spain in Our Hearts comes the astonishing but forgotten story of an immigrant sweatshop worker who married an heir to a great American fortune and became one of the most charismatic radical leaders of her time.

Rose Pastor arrived in New York City in 1903, a Jewish refugee from Russia who had wo


The House of Broken Angels Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780316154895
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Published: Back Bay Books - March 5th, 2019

In this "raucous, moving, and necessary" story by a Pulitzer Prize finalist (San Francisco Chronicle), the De La Cruzes, a family on the Mexican-American border, celebrate two of their most beloved relatives during a joyous and bittersweet weekend.

"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death."


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The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize


Love in the Time of Cholera (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307389732
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Published: Vintage - October 5th, 2007

"A love story of astonishing power." - Newsweek 

The International Bestseller and modern literary classic by Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez


The Water Dancer: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399590597
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Published: One World - September 24th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.


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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
By Isabel Allende, Nick Caistor (Translated by), Amanda Hopkinson (Translated by)
$28.00
ISBN: 9781984820150
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 21st, 2020

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.


Largo pétalo de mar Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781984899170
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Published: Vintage Espanol - April 7th, 2020

Un viaje a través de la historia del siglo XX de la mano de unos personajes inolvidables que descubrirán que en una sola vida caben muchas vidas y que, a veces, lo difícil no es huir sino volver.


In the Midst of Winter: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501178146
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Published: Atria Books - September 4th, 2018

New York Times and worldwide bestselling author Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.


Más allá del invierno Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525436577
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Published: Vintage Espanol - September 4th, 2018

Isabel Allende parte de la célebre cita de Albert Camus -"en medio del invierno aprendí por fin que había en mí un verano invencible"- para urdir una trama que presenta la geografía humana de unos personajes propios de la América de hoy que se hallan "en el más profundo invierno de sus vidas": una chilena, una joven guatemalteca indocumentada y un m


The Japanese Lover: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781501116995
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Published: Atria Books - July 5th, 2016

From New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende, “a magical and sweeping” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) love story and multigenerational epic that stretches from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during World War II.

In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to


El amante japonés: Una novela Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781101971642
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Published: Vintage Espanol - July 5th, 2016

“A los veintidós años, sospechando que tenían el tiempo contado, Ichimei y Alma se atragantaron de amor para consumirlo entero, pero mientras más intentaban agotarlo, más imprudente era el deseo, y quien diga que todo fuego se apaga solo tarde o temprano, se equivoca: hay pasiones que son incendios hasta que las ahoga el destino de un zarpazo y aun as&iacut


Amor Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345806017
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Published: Vintage Espanol - November 5th, 2013

Atrévete a amar.
 


Ripper: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062291424
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 27th, 2015

Isabel Allende—the New York Times bestselling author whose books, including Maya’s Notebook, Island Beneath the Sea, and Zorro, have sold more than 57 million copies around the world—demonstrates her remarkable literary versatility with Ripper, an atmospheric, fast-paced mystery involving a brilliant teenage sleuth who must unmask a serial k


El juego de ripper Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101910535
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Published: Vintage Espanol - January 6th, 2015

Tal como predijo la astróloga más reputada de San Francisco, una oleada de crímenes comienza a sacudir la ciudad. En la investigación sobre los asesinatos, el inspector Bob Martín recibirá la ayuda inesperada de un grupo de internautas especializados en juegos de rol, Ripper.


Maya's Notebook: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062105639
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 22nd, 2014

A startling novel of suspense and resilience from New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.


El cuaderno de Maya: Una novela Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307947956
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Published: Vintage Espanol - June 5th, 2012

Un pasado persiguiéndola. Un futuro aún por construir. Y un cuaderno para escribir toda una vida.
 


Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061988257
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 26th, 2011

“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”
Los Angeles Times


La isla bajo el mar Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307476050
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Published: Vintage Espanol - August 31st, 2010

Para ser una esclava en el Saint-Domingue de finales del siglo XVIII, Zarité había tenido buena estrella: a los nueve años fue vendida a Toulouse Valmorain, un rico terrateniente, pero no conoció ni el agotamiento de las plantaciones de caña ni la asfixia y el sufrimiento de los trapiches, porque siempre fue una esclava doméstica.


The Sum of Our Days: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061551840
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Published: Harper Perennial - January 6th, 2009

Narrated with warmth, humor, exceptional candor and wisdom, The Sum of Our Days is a portrait of a contemporary family, tied together by the love, strong will, and stubborn determination of a beloved matriarch, the indomitable New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende.


La suma de los días: Spanish-language edition of The Sum of Our Days Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433613
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Published: Vintage Espanol - July 11th, 2017

En La suma de los días, Isabel Allende narra con franqueza la historia de su vida y la de su peculiar familia en California, en una casa abierta, llena de gente y de personajes literarios, y protegida por un espíritu; hijas perdidas, nietos y libros que nacen, éxitos y dolores, un viaje al mundo de las adicciones y otros a lugares remotos del mundo en busca de insp


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Ines of My Soul: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780063021754
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Published: HarperVia - June 30th, 2020

“Powerfully evocative. . . . Allende is at her best here; spinning words like spells, enthralling the reader with surreal visions of the New World.”— Newsweek


Inés del alma mía: Spanish-language edition of Inés of My Soul Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433569
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Published: Vintage Espanol - May 2nd, 2017

Inés Suárez es una joven y humilde costurera extremeña que se embarca hacia el Nuevo Mundo para buscar a su marido, extraviado con sus sueños de gloria al otro lado del Atlántico. Anhela también vivir una vida de aventuras, vetada a las mujeres en la pacata sociedad del siglo XVI.


Forest of the Pygmies Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061825101
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 3rd, 2009

In The Forest of the Pygmies, the final book in Isabel Allende’s page-turning adventure trilogy, young Alexander Cold, his friend Nadia Santos, and his grandmother Kate Cold go on assignment to Africa, where they discover a hidden world of corruption and slavery.


Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780061825125
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Published: Harper Perennial - November 3rd, 2009

Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, the second book of Isabel Allende’s page-turning adventure trilogy, follows Alexander Cold, his grandmother, and his irrepressible friend Nadia Santos into a forbidden kingdom in the Himalayas to find the legendary statue of the Golden Dragon.


Memorias del águila y el jaguar: La ciudad de las bestias, El reino del Dragon de Oro, y El Bosque de los Pigmeos Cover Image
$20.00
ISBN: 9780525433637
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Published: Vintage Espanol - September 5th, 2017

La pluma mágica de Allende nos invita a conocer, en esta preciosa trilogía de aventuras, realismo mágico y naturaleza, a Alexander Cold, un muchacho americano de quince años; a su abuela Kate, una reportera de viajes; y a Nadia Santos, una compañera de aventuras muy especial.


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My Invented Country: A Memoir Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063021723
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Published: HarperVia - September 29th, 2020

“A stunningly intimate memoir. . . . Allende is that rare writer whose understanding of story matches her mastery of language.”—Entertainment Weekly


Mi país inventado: Spanish-language edition of My Invented Country: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525436027
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Published: Vintage Espanol - July 11th, 2017

“Un libro que capta mi entera atención al exponer la relación de la autora con ese país suyo, inventado, imaginario, ficcional, con la historia de su familia, que a su vez es memoria in-ventada, con su vocación de escritora”. —Jorge Edwards   


Portrait in Sepia: A Novel (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061991530
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - May 11th, 2010

"Portrait in Sepia is the best book Allende has published in the United States since her first novel of nearly two decades ago, The House of the Spirits.”
—Jonathan Yardley, Washington Post Book World


Retrato en sepia: Portrait in Sepia - Spanish-language Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433521
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Published: Vintage Espanol - March 7th, 2017

En el Chile del siglo XIX, Aurora del Valle sufre un trauma brutal que borra de su mente los primeros cinco años de su vida. Criada por su ambiciosa abuela, Paulina del Valle, crece en un ambiente privilegiado, libre de muchas de las limitaciones que oprimen a las mujeres de su época, pero atormentada por horribles pesadillas.


Daughter of Fortune: A Novel (Harper Perennial Deluxe Editions) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780061565335
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2008

From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabelle Allende, comes a passionate tale of one young woman's quest to save her lover set against the chaos of the 1849 California Gold Rush.

 


Hija de la fortuna: Daughter of Fortune - Spanish-language Edition Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433514
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Published: Vintage Espanol - March 7th, 2017

Eliza Sommers es una joven chilena que vive en Valparaíso en 1849, el año de la fiebre del oro en California. Su amante, Joaquín Andieta, parte hacia el norte dispuesto a encontrar fortuna, y ella decide seguirlo.


Aphrodite: A Memoir of the Senses Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060930172
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Published: HarperVia - April 7th, 1999

New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende celebrates the pleasures of the sensual life in this rich, joyful and slyly humorous book, a combination of personal narrative and treasury of erotic lore.

Under the aegis of the Goddess of Love, Isabel Allende uses her storytelling skills brilliantly in Aphrodite to evoke t


Afrodita: Cuentos, recetas y otros afrodisíacos Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780525436010
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Published: Vintage Espanol - November 19th, 2019

“Me arrepiento de los platos deliciosos rechazados por vanidad, tanto como lamento las ocasiones de hacer el amor que he dejado pasar por ocuparme de tareas pendientes o por virtud puritana, ya que la sexualidad es un componente de la buena salud, inspira la creación y es parte del camino del alma... Por desgracia, me demoré treinta años en descubrirlo”.


Paula: A Memoir Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780061564901
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 7th, 2013

Newly Reissued

New York Times Bestselling Author
“Beautiful and heartrending. . . . Memoir, autobiography, epicedium, perhaps even some fiction: they are all here, and they are all quite wonderful.”
Los Angeles Times


Paula (En espanol) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433507
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Published: Vintage Espanol - January 10th, 2017

Paula es el libro más conmovedor, más personal y más íntimo de Isabel Allende. Junto al lecho en que agonizaba su hija Paula, la gran narradora chilena escribió la historia de su familia y de sí misma con el propósito de regalársela a Paula cuando ésta superara el dramático trance.


The Infinite Plan: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061976827
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Published: Harper Perennial - April 27th, 2010

“Allende is one of the most important novelists to emerge from Latin America in the past decade.”
Boston Globe

“Allende is a genius.”
Los Angeles Times Book Review


El plan infinito: Spanish-language edition of The Infinite Plan Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433583
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Published: Vintage Espanol - May 2nd, 2017

Ésta es la historia de Gregory Reeves, un hombre que sobrevive en el difícil mundo de los hispanos de California. Gregory quiere llevar a la práctica el peculiar “plan infinito” que se trazó a sí mismo en su infancia.


The Stories of Eva Luna Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781501117138
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

An intoxicating collection of short fiction by one of the most beloved writers of our time.

Eva Luna is a young woman whose powers as a storyteller bring her friendship and love.


Cuentos de Eva Luna: Spanish-language edition of The Stories of Eva Luna Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433620
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Published: Vintage Espanol - July 11th, 2017

Eva Luna era una cascada de cuentos contados a través de otros cuentos. Pero el caudal estaba lejos de haberse agotado. En la cama con su amante, Eva Luna es requerida por éste para que le cuente un cuento “que jamás haya contado antes”.


Eva Luna: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501117084
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Published: Atria Books - April 5th, 2016

Meet New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende’s most enchanting creation, Eva Luna: a lover, a writer, a revolutionary, and above all a storyteller.

Eva Luna is the daughter of a professor’s assistant and a snake-bitten gardener—born poor, orphaned at an early age, and working as a servant.


Eva Luna (En espanol) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525433491
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Published: Vintage Espanol - January 10th, 2017

En Eva Luna, su tercera novela, Isabel Allende recupera su país a través de la memoria y la imaginación. La cautivadora protagonista de esta historia constituye un nostálgico álter ego de la autora, que se llama a sí misma "ladrona de historias" precisamente porque en las historias radica el secreto de la vida y el mundo.


Of Love and Shadows: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501117046
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Published: Atria Books - March 29th, 2016

This profoundly moving tale of love, bravery, and tragedy by New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende brings to life a country ruled with an iron fist—and the men and women who dare to challenge it.

Irene Beltrán is a force to be reckoned with.


The House of the Spirits: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781501117015
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Published: Atria Books - December 15th, 2015

“Spectacular...An absorbing and distinguished work...The House of the Spirits with its all-informing, generous, and humane sensibility, is a unique achievement, both personal witness and possible allegory of the past, present, and future of Latin America.” —The New York Times Book Review

The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel th