BOOKS by the Betancourts

Here you will find information on books by May Betancourt and May Betancourt Jr, my mother and sister, along with some recommendations based on books I've recently read.

La Casa Vacia
A novel about May Betancourt's life, from her youthful day's, her days at the University in Havana, through the days of building her own family and relationships.
By: May Betancourt
May Betancourt recounts the days leading up to her brother, Jose Ramon's, capture, trial and torture under Fidel Castro's regime and his eventual freedom.
By: May Betancourt
Lost: Diary of an Eating Disorder
When does dieting end and an eating disorder begin? When is a diet too extreme? Much more than a diary Lost: Diary of an Eating Disorder takes you through the different phases of disordered eating. From the very first distorted self-images to the full blown disorder, to treatment and recovery. It is in sight fully written through poetry and diary entries. "Lost" is brutally honest and it also shows the reader how, at any age, it is possible to live a happy, healthy, and authentic life.
By: May Betancourt, Jr.
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Two Feathers and One Book
Mother and daughter brought short stories and poetry to life. Two languages brought to life by two writers.
By: May Betancourt, Jr. and May Betancourt
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La ciudad de la Magnolias
A beautifully written novel which takes place in Charleston, Sc; where exquisite parts of the town are highlighted. A love story written in Spanish.
By: May Betancourt
Against all Hope: A Memoir of Life in Castro's Gulag
Against All Hope is Armando Valladares' account of over twenty years in Fidel Castro's tropical gulag. Arrested in 1960 for being philosophically and religiously opposed to communism, Valladares was not released until 1982, by which time he had become one of the world's most celebrated "prisoners of conscience." Interned all those years at the infamous Isla de Pinos prison (from whose windows he watched the failure of the Bay of Pigs invasion), Valladares suffered endless days of violence, putrid food and squalid living conditions, while listening to Castro's firing squads eliminating "counter revolutionaries" in the courtyard below his cell.
By: Armando Valladares
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