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Between the Lines

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel - Meeting 3 of 3

Monday, November 23, 2020 |
5:30PM - 6:30PM ET

This is a virtual event.
Between the Lines Book Club


Virtual Event - Penn Museum


Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.

The Penn Museum invites you to unlock the human experience through literature. Join us for a unique twist on the classic book club model featuring carefully curated books with cultural connections, moderated by Penn Museum curators and special guests. A new book will be featured each month, from June through December.

Each month, Between the Lines participants will meet three times through interactive video conferencing: a kickoff, a check-in, and a concluding meeting at the end of the book. Readers are encouraged to continue the conversation and chat beyond these virtual meetings in the private Between the Lines Facebook Group. The moderator will share additional connections to the collection, supplemental readings and videos, and guiding questions through the virtual meetings and Facebook group.

November's Featured Book

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like Water for Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

The number one bestseller in Mexico and America for almost two years, and subsequently a bestseller around the world, Like Water for Chocolate is a romantic, poignant tale, touched with moments of magic, graphic earthiness, bittersweet wit—and recipes. It relates the bizarre history of the all-female De La Garza family. Tita, the youngest daughter of the house, has been forbidden to marry, condemned by Mexican tradition to look after her mother until she dies. But Tita falls in love with Pedro, and he is seduced by the magical food she cooks. In desperation, Pedro marries her sister Rosaura so that he can stay close to her. Only a chain of tragedies, bad luck, and fate finally reunite them against all the odds.

Moderated by Carlos José Pérez Sámano

Global Guide, Mexico and Central America Gallery

Born in Mexico City, Carlos José Pérez Sámano is part of the “Earthquake Generation,” a generation of people living in Mexico known for their resilience and commitment to helping others, as a result of a 1985 earthquake that caused major destruction and casualties. Carlos began his work in marketing for a transnational company but he exited this job for new opportunity building rural schools in East Africa, where he learned to speak Swahili.

After living in Tanzania, he founded Experiex Trips, a social enterprise that changes the way people experience cultures through immersion trips. Carlos is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Mexican Global Network, a network of talented Mexicans in diaspora with more than 6,000 members worldwide. An expert storyteller with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing and an M.A. in Publishing, Carlos is the author of four books and a contributor to numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Learn more at perezsamano.com. 

$5 General Admission

Includes 3 meetings.

The Penn Museum is committed to making this group accessible. Limited scholarships, which include a digital copy of the book and waived registration fees, are available. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with subject line “Between the Lines Scholarship” to express your interest.

Part of the Between the Lines Book Club.