"Love in Translation: Letters to my Costa Rican Daughter" by Katherine Stanley Obando
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 motherhood. A delight for travel buffs, parents and linguists alike, Katherine Stanley Obando’s ingenious and soulful phrasebook portrays a Costa Rica most tourists never see – and explains how what’s lost in translation helped her find herself.
Praise for “Love in Translation”
“No one who loves Costa Rica should be without this delightful book – but it will also speak to anyone who has ever been far from home, or loved a child, or marveled at the power of language. ‘Love in Translation’ has earned a cherished and permanent spot on my bookshelf and in my heart.”
-Oscar Arias, Former Costa Rican President and Nobel Peace Laureate
“Delicious… Lovingly written, with luminous joy.”
-Carlos Arauz, author of Costa Rica: leyendas y tradiciones
“This is cross culture at its most charming.”
-Henrietta Boggs, Former Costa Rican First Lady, author of Married to a Legend: Don Pepe
“She has taught us a valuable lesson: that our language and culture are rich and worthy of preservation. We must carry it in our souls. The pride of being Costa Rican, just the way we are.”
-María Mayela Padilla, National Culture Award-winning writer and folklorist
About the Author
Katherine Stanley Obando, originally from New Hampshire, is a writer, editor and nonprofit development specialist in San José, Costa Rica, where she lives with her husband and daughter. She is the Arts & Culture Editor at The Tico Times, a blogger for The Huffington Post and the author of the personal blog “The Dictionary of You.”
Shipping details (Costa Rica only):
Orders in the San José area will be delivered within 1 – 2 business days; orders outside San José can be sent by encomienda (bus) to your nearest bus terminal within 1 – 2 business days; orders can also be sent by mail, but will take significantly longer to arrive. Contact us at 2258-1558 for more details.