Chris Perez narrates his life with Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla for the few years prior to her murder. He provides an intimate glimpse of his late wife from behind the scenes footage of "Los Dinos" and personal times together. Perez's tale reminds us to live for today because tomorrow isn't an absolute certainty.
Jon Krakauer chronicles the accounts of sexual assaults of a few University of Montana female students from 2010-12. The readers will receive astounding answers to the following questions. What circumstances led to criminal allegations and what proceeded afterward? How did the university and law enforcement respond? How did the criminal justice system proceed? How did the community respond? How did the lives of the female students and the accused change? Krakauer examines how preconceptions about rape and the actors involved shaped public opinion. The community of Missoula isn't alone. Sexual assault of college aged women occurs way to often across the country
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Henriquez tells the story of two Latin American families-Riveras and Toros who live in a apartment complex in Rhode Island. Arturo and Alma Rivera left a comfortable life in Mexico for education and medical treatment for their daughter Maribel who suffered brain injury after a tragic accident on his construction site. The Toros fled Panama for political asylum in the United States nearly 20 years earlier. They have lived to watch their two boys Enrique and Mayor grow up in a country with opportunities for advancement. Periodically, Herinquez includes tales of the other neighbors lives' as "unknown Americans" from other Latin American countries.
The circumstances are ripe for a relationship between Mayor, who has failed to lived up to his father's expectations in comparison to his older brother, and Maribel, who is now looked at as less than what she was in Mexico.
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