Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Mexico
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
23 posts | 10 read | 35 to read
Josh Barkans astonishing collection indelibly captures the beauty, strangeness and brutality of life in modern Mexico. The characters in these pages are everyday citizensa chef, architect, nurse, high school teacher, painter, beauty queen, classical bass player, plastic surgeon, businessman, mimesimply trying to lead their lives and steer clear of violence. Yet inevitably, violence has a way of intruding on their lives. A surgeon finds himself forced into performing a risky procedure on a narco killer. A teacher struggles to protect lovestruck students whose forbidden romance has put them in mortal danger. A painters freewheeling ways land him in the back of a kidnappers car. Again and again, the lines between ordinary life and cartel violence are shown to be paper thin, with tragic results. Though the lives of Mexicos characters are effected by the corrupt and dangerous subculture of their country, these are much more than simple "crime stories". They are complicated and deeply moving tales that tap into universal and enduringly powerful themes: love and loss, religion, family relationships, government abuse, sexual identity, professional ambition, cancer; they introduce us to characters that feel fully realized in their humanity.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
blurb
thebookishtype15
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Look what I found at the Dollar Tree tonight!! I'm so excited to found this! It's been on my TBR for few months. Woohoo!

Crazeedi Score!😉 13mo
thebookishtype15 It was! I'm so happy for it! 13mo
54 likes2 comments
review
enidkeaner
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Mehso-so

I'm not really enjoying this, which is a bummer! Short stories in general are not my bag but I've enjoyed a few collections. This is just...relentlessly depressing. I was hoping the stories would show different sides of Mexico.

blurb
sofiaga
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

So today something that has never happened to me happened. I won a free trip to Cancun. So my books and are going on a new adventure to the beach!

Bibliogeekery 🎉🎉🎉 3y
CoffeeBooksRepeat 👌🏼🎉 3y
Gezemice Those are real? I thought it was just junk calls! Oh, and I am jealous. 👏🏻👏🏻👍 3y
sofiaga I know it sounds fake, but the prize is from a company I actually use. I am already perusing bookstores in the area :) (edited) 3y
Yanes No way... for real? WoW! Enjoy it!!!!! 3y
16 likes5 comments
blurb
Bookworm54
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

#MexicanOrMexicanAmericanWriters #MayBookFlowers

Unfortunately I can't find any books by Mexican/Mexican-American authors. I'm sure I will find some recommendations after this prompt though!

(Photo from google images)

review
readinginthedark
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Mehso-so

Barkan's writing was good, but I expected a wider variation due to the title. I appreciated that his characters were a variety of people, but I would have liked more variation in voice and a heads-up that all of the stories were about the effect of drug cartels on their lives. Overall, I think this one would be better read as individual stories with some time between readings, rather than reading through the book in a short time period. #netgalley

enidkeaner That's how I feel. I had hoped for diverse voices and points of view. 3y
readinginthedark @enidkeaner Yeah, I think some authors do better with nuance and others need completely different subjects, you know? Short stories are hard to consistently write well! 3y
46 likes2 comments
blurb
Waynegjr
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Just selling some books at a reading at Riverview Tavern tonight.

review
NerdyRev
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Mehso-so

I kind of wish this book was called Cartel: stories as each story centers around how ordinary people respond when the cartel comes bursting into their world. These are ok stories with more good than bad, but one has been told so many times- a surgeon is given the dilemma of saving a cartel's life. Mexico isn't really a "character" in the stories, but the cartel is. A solid ok short story collection.

review
EKonrad
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Panpan

If you're looking to get a taste of Mexican culture from a white guy's perspective, than this collection of short stories is for you. Besides a repetitive use of the word narco and a few Mexican characters, there's really nothing else to link this to a POC. The characters don't draw you in and are all similar. I probably wouldn't recommend this. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

blurb
readinginthedark
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

My goal for February is to knock out some of these ARCs from #netgalley and to continue my series reads with The Wicked Will Rise and Anne of Windy Poplars. Should be a fun month! #tbr #feistyfeb

review
irregularreader
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Mehso-so

New #bookreview at www.theirregularreaderblog.wordpress.com! Mexico is a collection of short stories about expats in Mexico City.

ElizaTodd Love the cover! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com Awww, sad. I really wanted this to be good. 3y
irregularreader I found it a bit disappointing that just about every story was from an American point of view. Add to that that the only view you get of Mexico is one of violence. . . Not what I had been hoping for 😔 3y
16 likes3 comments
review
DreesReads
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Mehso-so

One story I felt to be a standout--The Sharpshooter. Otherwise, these stories are full of characters with the same voice--whether they are American or Mexican, young or old. It makes for odd reading. I also wish I had counted the number of times the word "narco" appears.

BookishMarginalia Drinking game! 3y
18 likes1 comment
blurb
readinginthedark
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Ice outside? Check. Fire inside? Check. Sleeping four-year-old? Check. Tea, check. ARC on phone, check. Good to go! 😁☕️️🎉

Alfoster Dang! We'll be right over!❤ 3y
MrBook Nice! 😎👌🏻 3y
readinginthedark @Alfoster @MrBook Right?! 😊There's room on the couch and a cabinet full of tea! 3y
See All 9 Comments
MrBook We'll be there in 5 😉👍🏻! 3y
readinginthedark @MrBook 😆👍🏻 3y
becausetrains Definitely read that as "Phone on fire? Check." ?? 3y
Reviewsbylola 😍🙌🏻 3y
readinginthedark @becausetrains 😂Talk about disconnecting from the world! 3y
63 likes9 comments
blurb
SuperPunkNinja
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Lookee what I won through Goodreads!

Graciouswarriorprincess Woo hoo! Congratulations!! 3y
LindsayReads Congrats! I like that cover! 3y
Cinfhen Yay🙂 3y
See All 8 Comments
SuperPunkNinja @Graciouswarriorprincess @LindsayReads @Cinfhen Thank you. Thank you all so much. I'd like to thank the academy... 3y
Daisydo Wow! You lucky girl! 3y
LeahBergen Nice!! 3y
OffTheBeatenShelf.com That sounds really good. I'll be looking forward to your review! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin So exciting! Congrats!!🙌🏽 3y
53 likes1 stack add8 comments
blurb
DreesReads
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Next up, and it's short stories! I am totally in the mood for this.

blurb
emmanoble
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Okay, I'm sorry, but if I have to read the word "narco" one more time, I will probably pull my hair out ? #annoyed

BookishMarginalia I agree with you. 3y
emmanoble Glad I'm not alone! @BookishMarginalia 3y
14 likes2 comments
review
Well-ReadNeck
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image
Pickpick

This short story collection tells about the lives of folks from different walks of life (teacher, beauty queen, mime) and how the threat of violence from the drug cartels lurks behind every corner. Great short fiction but works so well as a collected whole. My favorite was the plastic surgeon's story. #netgalley

ClairesReads Sounds amazing! 3y
mcipher Killer cover! 3y
Jessicav This is all over my@#netgalley and I was wondering whether or not to read it... I think I will. 3y
118 likes19 stack adds3 comments
blurb
Well-ReadNeck
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

#SeasonsReadings2016 #hotdrinkandabook

Good Morning, Littens! Reading the last few stories in this fabulous collection! Have a great solstice, everyone. 😘

140 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Well-ReadNeck
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

#TBRTuesday

Feeling pretty good about this list for the week. Started the top three books last night/today. Must do a little reading down of my netgalley stash, too. Mexico is a short story collection, so should be easy to fit into things.

Oh, and City on Fire will likely holdover for a couple weeks, it's long as smurf, but really good so far.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Can't wait to read Scythe! 3y
Hazel0303 I'm about 44% in to Scythe. Can't wait to hear what you think! 3y
113 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
DreesReads
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

#seasonsreadings2016 This is my nightstand. I don't own an ereader, as 90% of my books come from the library (so all the deals aren't really deals for me!). I do use serial reader on my phone, and occasionally get things from the library through overdrive (which saved my a** in my #cousera course when I forgot to request the readings!). Reading on my phone gives me a migraine if it's too long (30 m) and the ebook library catalog is hard to use 😕

Reviewsbylola Looks like my nightstand! I'm with you, I prefer paper books. 3y
23 likes1 comment
blurb
Lissa00
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

The kids are playing peacefully so I get to drink coffee and read this short story collection. Told mostly in first-person, these stories explore the role of violence and drug cartels in everyday life in Mexico. I'm almost done and have liked most of them.

95 likes5 stack adds
blurb
ShelfSpaceLimited
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

Enjoying my day off with a late breakfast and a galley!

Reviewsbylola 😍😍😍 3y
Lupita.Reads That's an awesome cover!!! 3y
24 likes1 stack add2 comments
blurb
DreesReads
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

#arc #bookmail from librarything!

24 likes1 stack add
blurb
Mel
Mexico: Stories | Josh Barkan
post image

I rarely read short story collections but just happen to be right now :) #booktober #shortstories.