To readers: when my aging mom broke her femur and our aging house's sewer line broke in the same week, I felt overwhelmed by dealing with both, but also by the idea of finding a connection. The result is a creative nonfiction piece called Subterranean. I'm honored that Connotation Press has published it in the February edition of its online magazine. Although Subterranean is nonfiction, it's also an experiment with the quick imagery and poetic rhythms associated with flash fiction. The result is a vivid glimpse at what we bury, what we flush, and what we keep. Please visit Connotation Press and take a look.
To fellow travelers: The Mayan calendar ended in 2012, but it didn't end the Mayans. In Guatemala, neither Spanish conquest, nor civil war, nor doomsday have destroyed the spirit of its 60-percent Mayan population. Please join me Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Changes in Latitude Travel Store in Boulder, Colorado as I share stories and slides featuring Guatemala at the End of Mayan Days. Discover the pride Guatemalans take in their heritage: from Antigua's colonial architecture, to Tikal's ancient ruins, to Sumpango's Giant Kites on the Day of the Dead. I'll also be signing copies of They Only Eat Their Husbands.
Thank you for your love of stories and adventures!
"I've read many memoirs, but it's rare when an author really opens up and divulges her innermost insecurities. Cara Lopez Lee never leaves a question unanswered and brings the reader right into her roller coaster world of abandonment, commitment phobic/alcoholic boyfriends, and her colorful surroundings...No matter your background, you'll be able to take something from this book, whether it's how to stand up for yourself, how to steer clear of an unhealthy relationship, how to trust your instincts, or how to live according to your rules."
—Susan Blumberg-Kason, author of the memoir Good Chinese Wife (Sourcebooks, Spring 2014)
"I loved Cara Lopez Lee's memoir. The characters are as well drawn as those in novels, the relationship dynamics fascinating, and the journey of self-discovery very satisfying. I don't know how she came up with the book's structure—very risky—but it definitely works. The voice in the memoir is charming and honest, without being cloying or precious. It's a voice you definitely want to spend time with."
—Barbara Wright, author of the novel Plain Language (Touchstone), winner of a Spur award from the Western Writers of America
At 26, after a lover threatens to shoot her, Cara runs away to Alaska. During her nine years in the Last Frontier, she lands in a love triangle with two alcoholics: a paraglider pilot obsessed with danger and a martial artist obsessed with death. At 35, sick of addicts, Cara runs again, to backpack around the world alone.
Cara Lopez Lee, author of They Only Eat Their Husbands, discusses writing, relationships, and personal growth with Denver arts-and-entertainment aficionado Megan Golliday: