I'm currently reading At the Narrow Waist of the World by Marlena Maduro Baraf for a review. It is scheduled to publish and be available August 6, 2019. It's a memoir of a Spanish Jewish woman being raised in tropical, Catholic Panama in the 1950s and 1960s.
Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. Here's how At the Narrow Waist of the World starts:
"In the 1950s the country of Panama was small -- about 750,00 people. We lived in the capital city and knew everyone who was white and the people surrounding our lives who were darker, un cafe-con-leche mix tipico de Panama."
The Friday56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and shares a snippet from page 56. I haven't read quite that far in At the Narrow Waist of the World yet, so this is a preview for me too! Here's a bit from page 56:
"There are not many rules. Ham but not pork. We eat shellfish now. My country is the land of the shrimp. Far from other Jewish groups, we are on our own."