Recommended Post WWII Books and Movies (Blog Tour Guest Post)

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Ronald Ruiz
Post WWII Fiction

Jesusita is the story of immigrants—legal and illegal—trying to survive in California in the years after World War II. Jesusita, alone and impoverished, struggles to keep her four young children together. Though she finds support from Padre Montes at St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, her faith won’t solve her problems, especially those with her daughter, Paulina. Far from home, Filipino laborers are denied by law any contact with white women. Angie, the young daughter of an illiterate and unmarried mother, knows only one way to make money. And Felix, abandoned by his mother and separated from his only brother, is placed in a foster home on an isolated ranch. The interrelated lives of these people provide a complex, sometimes violent, and often tragic image of American poverty within the nation’s postwar boom.

Welcome to my stop for the Jesusita blog tour! Today, Ronal Ruiz is going to recommend us some post WWII books and movies. I’m addicted to WWII books and movies but only read/watched a few of post WWII so this came in handy!


All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

A young Texas rancher rides into northern Mexico looking for a different life. What he finds is beauty in the land, in a way of life, and in a love that he cannot have.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

A father and son walk for days through a ravaged, burned out America on their way to the sea not knowing what they will find there. What comes out of this utter hopelessness is a love between father and son that will be hard to match.

The Liars Club by Mary Karr

Cherry by Mary Karr

Lit by Mary Karr

This trilogy of brutally honest, funny, dark memoirs takes us through Mary Karr´s childhood, adolescence and adult life. She hides nothing and excludes nothing. Mary Karr has much to teach writers about writing.

Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo (English translation, University of Texas Press)

This 125 page novel tells of a bastard son´s search for his father, a ruthless, wealthy land baron who yearns only for the love of a woman that he cannot have.

The story is told in a fascinating, beautiful way and is said to be the father of magical realism.

It is said that when Gabriel Garcia Marquez (100 Years of Solitude) met Rulfo, Garcia began by reciting a passage from Pedro Paramo and then went on to say that he had memorized the entire novel.

An Artist of The Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

In post war Japan an aging artist must now live with his decision to put his work in the service of the Imperialist Movement that led Japan into World War II.

The Passage of Power by Robert Caro

From the years 1960 to 1964, Caro superbly covers Lyndon Johnson´s relationship with the Kennedys before JFK´s death, then Johnson´s ascension into power, and his remarkable legislative history as President culminating in 1964 with the passage of the Civil Rights Act.

Malcom X: A Life of Reinvention, A Biography by Manning Marable

Marable´s book, filled with new information and revelations goes beyond the Autobiography of Malcom X to establish Malcolm X as a tragic figure in the Civil Rights struggle, a man hunted and murdered by men who were once his own.


La Vie en Rose

Marion Coutillard delivers an incredible performance as Edith Piaf from a street urchin to her final days.

The Apostle

Robert Duvall wrote, directed and starred as a runaway Pentecostal preacher in Texas. But the movie was black-balled by the Hollywood powers that be.

The Black Swan

Natalie Portman is wonderful in her quest for the role of the White Swan in Swan Lake and her subsequent loss of reality.

Blue Valentine

Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling are excellent as a young couple in a difficult marriage.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Tommy Lee Jones directs and stars as the ranch hand who purses and captures the man who has killed and buried his close friend.


After reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment at the age of 17, I knew I wanted to be a writer. But I knew nothing about the craft. My first novel, Happy Birthday Jesús, was published 36 years later. Surprisingly, it received good reviews


For many years, I was a criminal defense attorney and at the end of my career a prosecutor, but I always managed to find time to write. What I saw and experienced during those years often serves as a basis for my writing. For me, learning how to write has been a long, continuous and, at times, torturous process.


Now retired, I try to write every day and I feel fortunate that I have found something in writing that sustains me. I’m glad I persevered during all those years of rejection. More than anything, writing about what I see and experience in life has given me a sense of worth.


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One thought on “Recommended Post WWII Books and Movies (Blog Tour Guest Post)

  1. Thank you for posting this interesting list of recommendations. Ronald Ruiz’s choices give additional background and insight into Jesusita. Pedro Paramo is really stunning!

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