"Love in Translation: Letters to my Costa Rican Daughter" by Katherine Stanley Obando

"Love in Translation: Letters to my Costa Rican Daughter" by Katherine Stanley Obando


The Tico Times Store ships only within Costa Rica (details at the bottom of the page).
Love in Translation” is available worldwide as an Amazon paperback; buy it on Amazon here. Ebook coming soon.

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.

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