Book Promo ~ Puerto Rico 1965-1990

A Quarter Century of Highlights,
Hope, Status and Stasis

by Robert Friedman

Like many “statesiders,” Robert Friedman was first introduced to the people and culture of Puerto Rico when he watched the film version of West Side Story (in which, incidentally, only one Puerto Rican had a major role: Rita Moreno). Friedman would later call Puerto Rico home for several decades and go on to interview Leonard Bernstein himself in the Caribe Hilton Hotel in 1965.

“I figured that there must be more to this small, 100-by-35-mile home to some 3 million sort-of U.S. citizens (minus certain rights, like voting representation in Congress and casting ballots for president) than meets the average American eye,” Friedman wrote in the introduction to his new book, Puerto Rico 1965-1990: A Quarter Century of Highlights, Hope, Status and Stasis.

Friedman lived in Puerto Rico from the mid-1960s through the 1970s and 1980s, the years he spent there as a journalist for the San Juan Star newspaper.

Far from an encompassing history, Puerto Rico 1965-1990 is Friedman’s vivid and nostalgic memoir of the era, a journalist-eye view of life decades ago in the U.S. quasi-colony.

“When I settled in at the Star and in my new home-away-from-home in Old San Juan, I was as ignorant as most statesiders about the life, history, culture and the hard and colorful times of the people and the place,” Friedman added.

In his book, he shares his impressions of the island and its people, plus articles he wrote for the San Juan Star. He also includes stories based on his interviews with Leonard Bernstein, Jackie Kennedy, Mohammed Ali, Jose Ferrer and other cultural icons. Along the way, he gives readers an understanding of the humane, colorful and difficult life lived by the island’s residents, as it was when he was there, and from all accounts, remains the same today.

Puerto Rico 1965-1990 immerses readers in a time and
place rich with both culture and contradictions.

About the Author

Robert Friedman was a reporter, columnist and city editor for the San Juan Star in Puerto Rico for more than 20 years, and was the newspaper’s Washington correspondent until it folded in 2009. While in Puerto Rico, he was also a special correspondent for the New York Daily News. He has won four Overseas Press Club awards.

Friedman is also the author of six published novels, including The Puerto Rico Trilogy — in which he has explored the colorful and often struggling lives of island residents who try to cope, both personally and politically, with the highly ambivalent U.S-Puerto Rico relationship. 

Born and bred in and branded by the Bronx, New York, he now lives in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has previously lived in Paris, Stockholm and Darmstadt, Germany, where he worked for The Stars and Stripes; Athens, Greece, working for the English-language Athens News; and Athens, Ohio, where he graduated from Ohio University. All of his novels have been set in Puerto Rico, the place and people that have stuck deepest in his head and heart.

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Puerto Rico 1965-1990:
A Quarter Century of Highlights, Hope, Status and Stasis 
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
ISBN-10: ‎ 1685152821
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1685152826
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Book Promo ~ Rosa

A Gritty Twist on Classic Cinderella Fairytale

Rosa by [Lyndon Haynes]
by Lyndon Haynes

An unrelenting heatwave has hit the streets of London; the city is a furnace, a sweatbox of people melting on their daily grind. Within the confines of one council estate lies a coldness, a sharp icy blast of harsh unforgiving and betrayal. For one young family in particular, a wind of change is on the horizon, in fact, a storm is brewing so fierce that the wreckage it leaves behind is injurious.

Rosa is a young woman struggling to find her own identity after coming to terms with the death of her parents. Her life has been turned upside down, leaving Mexico under a dark cloud in a crime protection programme with her two brothers Jesus and Dani.

Forced to move to a new city, learning a new language, culture and experiencing some harsh realities during her formative teenage years, life has been bleak and lonely. Under the rule of her brothers, she feels worthless, treated like a slave and stifled from normality. Rosa’s world is harsh, but when by chance she meets a smart businessman called Daniel Rosewood her life changes for the better, she finally sees a chink of light offering the chance of hope and freedom.

Rosa’s story is a compelling rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows as she enters a quest for love while questioning her loyalty to the same brothers who isolate her. Daniel offers her everything she’s been craving but she knows that every choice she makes will impact the world around her.

About the Author:

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Author Lyndon Haynes hails from Tottenham, North London, worked as a child actor and spent nearly 25 years in the music industry as a songwriter, rapper and music video director. He has also been a playwright, film and TV director, and rapper for the hip-hop band The Sindecut, which was signed by Virgin Records. This fresh voice from Great Britain comes from a young, talented, Black writer who embraces classic literature, yet brings a modern twist with his own works.

His previously published books include This Functional Family, released by Book Guild Publishing in 2011, and The Life and Times of Stanley Spank, his first novel, which he published through Authorhouse.

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Twitter (LyndonHaynes) or Facebook (Lyndon Haynes).


Publisher: Publishing Push
Release Date: August 11, 2021
ISBN-10: ‎ 1802270574
ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1802270570

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