Rosebud: Population 7. By Erlinda Gonzales-Berry. ISBN:13: 9781724165008 $21.95.
Erlinda Gonzales-Berry brings us a story with a penetrating consciousness of the importance of her heritage and in complete control of her characters. This exciting story celebrates the cultural traditions of extended family, religious celebrations, food, customs and language, while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together. Viola will prove the most important character as the narrator of the novel. She shares with the reader how “the Del Valle family got to Rosebud … is a long story.” Viola’s narrative style is both historical and contemporary, full ethnic pride, and critical understanding for the adults and youngsters that surround her. This book is a powerful testimony of the meaning of growing up in tightly knit Hispano Mexicano family in the plains, llanos, of New Mexico, but whose story is full of journeys, full of courage, full of vicissitudes, full of happiness, but mostly full of family love. LatinoBooks.com
Dr. Erlinda Gonzales-Berry was born in Roy, New Mexico to a family of descendants of the first Spanish/Mexican colonizers to settle north of the Rio Grande in 1598. She taught in public schools in California and New Mexico for four years. Then, after having married Ed Berry and given birth to their daughter, Maya, she returned to college and received an MA and a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature and Culture. She has held professorial positions at Earlham College in Indiana, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico, and Oregon State University. She retired from Oregon State University in 2007 and founded the non-profit center, Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, for which she served as Executive Director for six years. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon.