Books The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes and Daniel Alarcón Hardcover, 192 pages, Penguin Classics, List Price: $24 | purchase close overlay Buy Featured Book TitleThe Book of Emma ReyesAuthorEmma Reyes and Daniel Alarcón Your purchase helps support NPR programming. How? Amazon Independent Booksellers Book Summary Shares the life of the Colombian artist who grew up with nothing, was abandoned by her mother, and lived in Catholic convent housing where she spent her days doing menial labor and fearing the Devil. Genres: Nonfiction Biography & Memoir Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about The Book of Emma Reyes Review Book Reviews In 'Emma Reyes,' Life Through A Child's Clear Eyes August 9, 2017 As an adult, the Colombian painter Emma Reyes lived in Paris and befriended Frida Kahlo. But in a series of autobiographical letters, she describes a childhood of grinding misery and poverty.