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Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter
When a Phoenix schoolteacher buys a one-way ticket to Costa Rica, she gets pretty much what she hopes for: salvation on a bus, enlightenment in a taxi, and a serendipitous romp of a reporting career. What she doesn't see coming is a decade-long affair with the country's sly and hilarious street slang, whose wit and wisdom changes the way she sees life, love, and eventually ...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published November 26th 2016 by Tico Times Publications Group
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Eloquent, intensely personal and, at the same time, broadly accessible, Katherine Stanley Obando's Love in Translation: Letters to My Costa Rican Daughter is one of my favorite books in a very long time. In this slim book, Obando conveys the overwhelming, exhilarating, challenging and rewarding process of moving to a new country, learning the mysteries of its language, falling in love and starting a family. I don't know Spanish at all and have never lived in another country, but I was enchanted ...more
Picked this up at the library because I recognized the author's name as the daughter of a couple who lives in town. Thought I'd just skim through it. But I ended up reading it all, from A to Z. Favorite quote in the book (page 87) "No matter how serene and confident and calm people might seem, how much older and wiser they might be, we are all babies underneath. We are toddling around on fat little legs hoping for a pat on the head. Unless we are unusually toughened by terrible circumstances, we ...more
Katherine Stanley Obando's "Love in Translation" proved to be one of my more enjoyable reading experiences in recent memory. I'm sure it helps that I've had the pleasure of meeting her and can relate to some of her experiences about living in Costa Rica, but I'm positive anyone will get something out of this book. If you've ever lived abroad, contemplated living abroad, have had a child, are thinking about having a child, or if you are simply an armchair traveler looking for a peek into life in ...more