Review of Chula by Amanda Alcántara

Review of Chula by Amanda Alcántara

Title: Chula Author: Amanda Alcántara Latinx: Dominican Republic Genre: Poetry, Lyrical Prose, Memoir   Chula is a lyrical prose memoir for the modern Latina(x). Amanda Alcántara shares her experiences from childhood to adulthood as a woman, as a Latina, as a person of color, and as so many other identities separately and all at the [...]

Review of Life and Death by Selenia Paz

Review of Life and Death by Selenia Paz

Title: Life and Death Author: Selenia Paz Genre: Middle Grade/Children’s, Fantasy, Mythology Latinx: Mexico Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Life-Death-Leyendas-Selenia-Paz *Thank you so much to the author, Selenia Paz, for sending me a copy of her novel for this review! Life and Death follows a journey between two friends, Miguel and Natalia, as they search the darkest corners in Mexico [...]

Review of Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Review of Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

  Title: Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing Author: Kathy Cano-Murillo Genre: Fiction Latinx: Various Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Scarlets-School-Patternless-Sewing-Crafty-Chica * A big thank you to Kathy Cano-Murillo for sending me her books to read and share with all of you!  Scarlet Santana is anything but boring– in fact, her bold personality, brightly colored dresses, and big dreams are [...]

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea

Title: The House of Broken Angels Author: Luis Alberto Urrea Genre: Fiction Latinx: Mexico, Chicanx About: In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz, affectionately called Big Angel, has summoned his entire clan for one last legendary birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming [...]

Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Miss Scarlet’s School of Patternless Sewing by Kathy Cano-Murillo

Title: Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing  Author: Kathy Cano-Murillo Genre: Fiction Latinx: Various About: Scarlet Santana is never happier than when creating fabulous fashions for women of all shapes and sizes. Now, after years of hard work, she finally has the chance to live her dream and study under the hottest designer in New [...]

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Title: Sabrina & Corina Author: Kali Fajardo-Anstine Genre: Fiction Latinx: Latinas of Indigenous descent About: Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado—a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite—these women [...]

Inward by Yung Pueblo

Inward by Yung Pueblo

Title: Inward Author: Yung Pueblo Genre: Poetry Latinx: Various About: "true power/ is living/ the realization/ that you are your own/ healer, hero, and leader" Inward is a collection of poetry, quotes, and prose that explores the movement from self love to unconditional love, the power of letting go, and the wisdom that comes when [...]

Review of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Review of The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Title: The Poet X Author: Elizabeth Acevedo Genre: Novel-in-verse Latinx: Dominican Republic, Dominican-American   *Thank you to Harper Collins Teens for sending me a copy of The Poet X!   Written entirely in verse, The Poet X is the story of Xiomara: a teenager who is learning to navigate and cope with the clash of changing [...]

Review of The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Review of The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves

Title: The Closest I've Come Author: Fred Aceves Genre: Young Adult / Fiction Latinxs: Various The Closest I’ve Come centers Marcos Rivas: a sophomore in high school who is just trying to roll with the punches. He lives in a poor neighborhood in Florida with his unemotional mother and her abusive boyfriend. When Marcos meets [...]

How To Love A Country by Richard Blanco

How To Love A Country by Richard Blanco

Title: How To Love A Country Author: Richard Blanco Genre: Poetry, LGBTQ+ Latinx: Cuba About: A new collection from the renowned inaugural poet exploring immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more, in accessible and emotive verses. As presidential inaugural poet, memoirist, public speaker, educator, and advocate, Richard Blanco has crisscrossed the nation inviting communities [...]

Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva

Title: Peluda Author: Melissa Lozada-Oliva Genre: Poetry Latinx: Various About: One of the most original performance poets of her generation, Melissa Lozada-Oliva has captivated crowds across the country and online with her vivid narratives. Humorous and biting, personal and communal, self-deprecating and unapologetically self-loving, peluda (meaning "hairy" or "hairy beast") is the poet at her [...]

Mariposa by Kim Guerra

Mariposa by Kim Guerra

Title: Mariposa Author: Kim Guerra Genre: Poetry Latinx: Latinx, Chicana author About: You are a wildflower. You grow in difficult places. You absorb light and shine. You are independent. Florecita linda, florectia loca solo necesitas tu alma y la madre tierra para florecer.  Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Mariposa-Kim-Guerra/

Chula by Amanda Alcántara

Chula by Amanda Alcántara

Title: Chula Author: Amanda Alcántara Genre: Poetry Latinx: Dominican author About: Unapologetic Caribbean palabreo. Storytelling desde mi. - Amanda Alcántara “Chula” is an imaginative bilingual collection of intimate poems, short stories, memories and vignettes about the life of a Dominicana before and after moving to the United States. Dealing with childhood curiosities, struggles faced by [...]

The Neighborhood by Mario Vargos Llosa

The Neighborhood by Mario Vargos Llosa

Title: The Neighborhood / (Sp.) Cinco esquinas  Author: Mario Vargos Llosa Genre: Fiction Latinx: Peru About: From the Nobel Laureate comes a politically charged detective novel weaving through the underbelly of Peruvian privilege. In the 1990s, during the turbulent and deeply corrupt years of Alberto Fujimori’s presidency, two wealthy couples of Lima’s high society become embroiled [...]

Tocino del cielo by Rosa Maria Britton

Tocino del cielo by Rosa Maria Britton

 Title: Tocino del cielo (Eng. translation avaliable) Author: Rosa Maria Britton Genre: Fiction Latinx: Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, Venezuelan characters, Panamanian author About: Tocino del Cielo entrelaza dos historias. En la primera de ellas, nos encontramos con Pedro Alonso, un asturiano que llega a La Habana a comienzos del siglo XX para trabajar en la [...]

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester

Title: Everyone Knows You Go Home Author: Natalia Sylvester Genre: Fiction Latinx: Peruvian author, Mexican characters About: The first time Isabel meets her father-in-law, Omar, he’s already dead—an apparition appearing uninvited on her wedding day. Her husband, Martin, still unforgiving for having been abandoned by his father years ago, confesses that he never knew the [...]

Review of For Rectitude and Glory by Fabian Hernandez

Review of For Rectitude and Glory by Fabian Hernandez

Title: For Rectitude and Glory Author: Fabian Hernandez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various For Rectitude and Glory tells the stories of a group of athletes and their trainers coming together to fight for their future. Hard times and a rough past led Orlando to pack up and run away from everything he once called his life– [...]

Chile con Carne & other early works by Carmen Aguirre

Chile con Carne & other early works by Carmen Aguirre

Title: Chile con Carne & other early works Author: Carmen Aguirre Genre: Memoir, Fiction, Plays Latinx: Chile About: With perceptive, unflinching wit, these three early plays from award-winning Chilean Canadian writer Carmen Aguirre document the hardships, horrors, and heartache of exile, revealing the far-reaching effects of dictatorial violence and terror. Highlighting the fresh perspective refugees [...]

The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma by Lima Barreto

The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma by Lima Barreto

Title: The Sad End of Policarpo Quaresma Author: Lima Barreto Genre: Fiction, Satire Latinx: Brazil  About: A deftly satirical masterpiece about a man and a country caught in a violent clash between sanity and madness. Policarpo Quaresma—fastidious civil servant, dedicated patriot, self-styled visionary—is a defender of all things Brazilian, full of schemes to improve his beloved [...]

Review of Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

Review of Perfect Days by Raphael Montes

Title: Perfect Days Author: Raphael Montes Genre: Suspense / Thriller Latinx: Brazil Perfect Days tells the story of a quiet, introverted medical student, Teo, who is in love with the free spirited Clarice–who he doesn’t know at all. Taking us into the mind of a psychopath, this story reveals the dangerous, one-sided relationship formed between [...]

The Fat Man from La Paz edited by Rosario Santos

The Fat Man from La Paz edited by Rosario Santos

Title: The Fat Man from La Paz Author: Various, edited by Rosario Santos Genre: Various Latinxs: Bolivia About: The twenty stories collected in this volume offer not only a comprehensive look at the variety and invention of Bolivian literature, but also provide more information about the heart and soul of Bolivia than a warehouse full [...]

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

Title: Ficciones (Sp. and Eng. versions available) Author: Jorge Luis Borges Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Argentine author  About: The seventeen pieces in Ficciones demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a [...]

War Against All Puerto Ricans by Nelson A. Denis

War Against All Puerto Ricans by Nelson A. Denis

Title: War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony Author: Nelson A. Denis Genre: Non-Fiction Latinxs:  About: In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through the island: assassins were sent [...]

Doña Inés Versus Oblivion by Ana Teresa Torres

Doña Inés Versus Oblivion by Ana Teresa Torres

Title: Doña Inés Versus Oblivion Author: Ana Teresa Torres Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Venezuela About: Described by The Washington Post Book World as "classic Latin American magical realism . . . [from] a remarkable voice," Dona Ines vs. Oblivion is a rich saga melding national history with the story of one bitter family dispute. Dona Ines, [...]

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Title: Pride Author: Ibi Zoboi Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Haitian-American Author, Afro-Latinx About: Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with [...]

In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

In The Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende

Title: In The Midst of Winter Author: Isabel Allende Genre: Fiction  Latinxs: Brazil, Chile, Guatemala About: During the biggest Brooklyn snowstorm in living memory, Richard Bowmaster, a lonely university professor in his sixties, hits the car of Evelyn Ortega, a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, and what at first seems an inconvenience takes a more [...]

The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States by Various

The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States by Various

Title: The Wandering Song: Central American Writing in the United States  Author: Héctor Tobar (Author), Juan José Dalton (Author), Leticia Hernández Linares (Editor), Rubén Martínez (Editor) Genre: Anthology, Poetry, Short Story, Essay, Memoir, Non-Fiction Latinxs: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panamá. About: A multi-genre collection—including poems, short stories, essays, memoir or novel excerpts, and creative nonfiction—the book showcases writers [...]

Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora

Unaccompanied by Javier Zamora

Title: Unaccompanied Author: Javier Zamora Genre: Memoir Latinxs: El Salvador About: Javier Zamora was nine years old when he traveled unaccompanied 4,000 miles, across multiple borders, from El Salvador to the United States to be reunited with his parents. This dramatic and hope-filled poetry debut humanizes the highly charged and polarizing rhetoric of border-crossing; assesses borderland [...]

Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Bloody Waters by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera

Title: Bloody Waters: Lupe Solano Mysteries #1 Author: Carolina Garcia-Aguilera Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cuban-American Author & Characters About: Hired by adoptive parents to find the biological mother of an illegally adopted, terminally ill child, Cuban-American private eye Lupe Solano soon finds herself plunged into the heart of a perilous and potentially lethal case. (amazon.com) Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Bloody-Waters-Lupe-Solano-Mysteries

Poso Wells by Gabriela Alemán

Poso Wells by Gabriela Alemán

Title: Poso Wells Author: Gabriela Alemán Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Ecuador About: In the squalid settlement of Poso Wells, women have been regularly disappearing, but the authorities have shown little interest. When the leading presidential candidate comes to town, he and his entourage are electrocuted in a macabre accident witnessed by a throng of astonished spectators. The [...]

Golden UFOs/Los Ovinos de Oro by Ernesto Cardenal

Golden UFOs/Los Ovinos de Oro by Ernesto Cardenal

Title: Golden UFOs/Los Ovinos de Oro Author: Ernesto Cardenal Genre: Poetry Latinxs: Nicragua About: Ernesto Cardenal, Nicaraguan poet, priest, and revolutionary, foresees a new order for humanity. Here in his Indian poems, Father Cardenal interweaves myth, legend, history, and contemporary reality to speak to many subjects, including the assaults on the Iroquois Nation, the political and [...]

Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara

Erzulie’s Skirt by Ana-Maurine Lara

Title: Erzulie's Skirt Author: Ana-Maurine Lara Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Afro-Latinx, LGBTQ+ About: Set in the age of urbanization in the Dominican Republic over the course of several lifetimes, Erzulie's Skirt is a tale of how women and their families struggle with love, tragedy and destiny. Told from the perspectives of three women, [...]

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Title: Fruit of the Drunken Tree Author: Ingrid Rojas Contreras Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Colombia About: Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues [...]

The Refugee Hotel by Carmen Aguirre

The Refugee Hotel by Carmen Aguirre

Title: The Refugee Hotel Author: Carmen Aguirre Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Chile About: Laid bare in the fictionalized autobiographical details of The Refugee Hotel are the universal truths the victims and survivors of political oppression continue to experience everywhere: the terror of persecution, arrest and torture; the exhausted elation of escape; the trauma of learning to live again [...]

Norte by Edmundo Paz Soldán

Norte by Edmundo Paz Soldán

Title: Norte Author: Edmundo Paz Soldán Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico About: Three unconnected people travel north, each passing in isolation over one of the most troubled and controversial dividing lines in the world: the Mexico‒US border. But in a melee of language and blood, their stories and the stories of those they meet—of a [...]

The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges

The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges

Title: The Book of Imaginary Beings Author: Jorge Luis Borges Genre: Fiction, Fantasy Latinxs: Argentinian Author About: In a perfect pairing of talent, this volume blends twenty illustrations by Peter Sís with Jorge Luis Borges's 1957 compilation of 116 "strange creatures conceived through time and space by the human imagination," from dragons and centaurs to [...]

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales

Title: The Regional Office is Under Attack! Author: Manuel Gonzales Genre: Science Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Latinxs: Latinx Author About: At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots. Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall. And now, the Regional Office [...]

Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario

Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario

Title: Song of the Water Saints Author: Nelly Rosario Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Dominican Republic About: This vibrant, provocative début novel explores the dreams and struggles of three generations of Dominican women. Graciela, born on the outskirts of Santo Domingo at the turn of the century, is a headstrong adventuress who comes of age during the [...]

Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez

Bodega Dreams by Ernesto Quiñonez

Title: Bodega Dreams Author: Ernesto Quiñonez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various About: In a stunning narrative combining the gritty rhythms of Junot Diaz with the noir genius of Walter Mosley, Bodega Dreams pulls us into Spanish Harlem, where the word is out: Willie Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives [...]

Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Title: Cien Años de Soledad (Engl. Title: 100 Years of Solitude) Author: Gabriel Garcia Marquez Genre: Fiction, Magical Realism Latinxs: Colombian Author About: One of the twentieth century’s most beloved and acclaimed novels, One Hundred Years of Solitudetells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the [...]

Soledad by Angie Cruz

Soledad by Angie Cruz

Title: Soledad Author: Angie Cruz Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various About: At eighteen, Soledad couldn't get away fast enough from her contentious family with their endless tragedies and petty fights. Two years later, she's an art student at Cooper Union with a gallery job and a hip East Village walk-up. But when Tía Gorda calls with [...]

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Title: Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music Author: Margarita Engle (Author), Rafael López (Illustrator) Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cuba  About: Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule—until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping [...]

Left Alive by Graciela Limón

Left Alive by Graciela Limón

Title: Left Alive Author: Graciela Limón Genre: Fiction, Thriller Latinxs: Chicana Author About: In this new psychological thriller by award-winning Chicana author Graciela Limon, Rafael Cota lives with the knowledge that his mother was convicted of the murder of his three older siblings, and must struggle to defend his family. (amazon.com) Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Left-Alive-Graciela-Limon

The Day of the Moon by Graciela Limón

The Day of the Moon by Graciela Limón

Title: The Day of the Moon Author: Graciela Limón Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico, Chicana Author About: In a dramatic new work, novelist Graciela Limon tells a story of forbidden loves: A tale that spans across the twentieth century, across the Southwest from Mexico to Los Angeles, across skin colors, across the sexes, across religious boundaries, across [...]

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Title: The Alchemist Author: Paulo Coelho Genre: Fiction, Spirituality Latinxs: Brazilian Author About: Combining magic, mysticism, wisdom and wonder into an inspiring tale of self-discovery, The Alchemist has become a modern classic, selling millions of copies around the world and transforming the lives of countless readers across generations. Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an [...]

Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero

Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero

Title: Outlaw: The Collected Works of Miguel Piñero Author: Miguel Piñero Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Plays Latinxs: Puerto Rican About: "A thief, a junkie I've been / committed every known sin," Miguel Pinero sings in "A Lower East Side Poem." Part observer, part participant in the turbulent goings-on in his Nuyorican barrio, Miguel Pinero blasted onto [...]

The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar

The Barbarian Nurseries by Héctor Tobar

Title: The Barbarian Nurseries Author: Héctor Tobar Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico, Various, Guatemalan-American Author,  About: Scott and Maureen Torres-Thompson have always relied on others to run their Orange County home. But when bad investments crater their bank account, it all comes down to Araceli: their somewhat prickly Mexican maid. One night, an argument between the couple [...]

Amigoland by Oscar Casares

Amigoland by Oscar Casares

Title: Amigoland Author: Oscar Casares Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico About: In a small town on the Mexican border live two brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. Stubborn and independent, they now must face the facts: they are old, and they have let a family argument stand between them for too long. Don Celestino's good-natured housekeeper [...]

The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez by John Rechy

The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez by John Rechy

Title: The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez Author: John Rechy Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexican, Mexican-American About: In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky. A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down-to-earth Amalia does not trust. Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving [...]

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

Title: My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive Author: Julissa Arce Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Mexico, Undocumented  About: JULISSA ARCE knows firsthand that the most common, preconceived answers to those questions are sometimes far too simple-and often just plain wrong. On the surface, Arce's story reads [...]

Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña Paris

Among Strange Victims by Daniel Saldaña Paris

Title: Among Strange Victims Author: Daniel Saldaña Paris Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico About: Rodrigo likes his vacant lot, its resident chicken, and being left alone. But when passivity finds him accidentally married to Cecilia, he trades Mexico City for the sun-bleached desolation of his hometown and domestic life with Cecilia for the debauched company of [...]

America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera

America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera

Title: America Vol. 1: The Life and Times of America Chavez Author: Gabby Rivera (author) & Joe Quinones (Illustrator) Genre: Comic Latinxs: LGBTQ+ About: At last! Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Critically acclaimed young-adult novelist Gabby Rivera and all-star artist Joe Quinones unite to shine a solo spotlight on America's [...]

Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano

Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano

Title: Ambientes: New Queer Latino Writing  Author: edited by Lázaro Lima and Felice Picano Genre: Fiction Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Various About: As the U.S. Latino population grows rapidly, and as the LGBTQ Latino community becomes more visible and a more crucial part of our literary and artistic heritage, there is an increasing demand for literature that [...]

We The Animals by Justin Torres

We The Animals by Justin Torres

Title: We The Animals Author: Justin Torres Genre: Fiction Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Puerto Rican About: In this groundbreaking debut, Justin Torres plunges us into the chaotic heart of one family, the intense bonds of three brothers, and the mythic effects of this fierce love on the people we must become. (amazon.com) Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/We-Animals-Justin-Torres

Loving In The War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios by Cherríe Moraga

Loving In The War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios by Cherríe Moraga

Title: Loving In The War Years: Lo Que Nunca Paso por Sus Labios Author: Cherríe Moraga Genre: Poetry, Non-Fiction Latinxs: Chicanx, LGBTQ+, Various About: Weaving together poetry and prose, Spanish and English, family history and political theory, Loving in the War Yearshas been a classic in the feminist and Chicano canon since its 1983 release. This [...]

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

Title: Boyfriends with Girlfriends  Author: Alex Sanchez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Various About: Sergio is bisexual, but his only real relationship was with a girl. Lance has always known he was gay, but he’s never had a real boyfriend. When the two of them meet, they have an instant connection—but will it be enough to [...]

Chulito: A Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Chulito: A Novel by Charles Rice-Gonzalez

Title: Chulito: A Novel Author: Charles Rice-Gonzalez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Various About: Set against a vibrant South Bronx neighborhood and the queer youth culture of Manhattan's piers, Chulito is a coming-of-age, coming out love story of a sexy, tough, hip hop-loving, young Latino man and the colorful characters who populate his block. Chulito, which [...]

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

Kiss of the Spider Woman by Manuel Puig

Title: Kiss of the Spider Woman Author: Manuel Puig Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Argentina, LGBTQ+ About: Kiss of the Spider Woman is a graceful, intensely compelling novel about love and victimization. In an Argentine prison, two men share a cell: Molina, a gay window dresser who is self-centered, self-denigrating, yet charming as well; and Valentin, an articulate, [...]

Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba by Reinaldo Arenas

Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba by Reinaldo Arenas

Title: Farewell to the Sea: A Novel of Cuba Author: Reinaldo Arenas Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cuba About: In this brilliant, apocalyptic vision of Castro's Cuba, we meet a young couple who leave the dreariness of Havana and spend six days at a small seaside retreat, where they hope to recapture the desire and carefree spirit [...]

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa

Title: Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza Author: Gloria Anzaldúa Genre: Non-Fiction Latinxs: Chicanx, LGBTQ+ Author  About: Rooted in Gloria Anzaldúa's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity. Borderlands / La Frontera remaps our understanding of [...]

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda

The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge by Carlos Castaneda

Title: The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge Author: Carlos Castaneda Genre: Spirituality Latinxs: Peruvian Author, Native American Yaqui About: A Yaqui way of knowledge. The teachings of don Juan is the story of a remarkable journey: the first awesome steps on the road to becoming a "man of knowledge" -- the [...]

Latina Authors & Their Muses edited by Mayra Calvani

Latina Authors & Their Muses edited by Mayra Calvani

Title: Latina Authors & Their Muses Author: edited by Mayra Calvani Genre: Non-Fiction Latinxs: Various About: An inspirational, entertaining, and informative book focusing on the craft of writing and the practical business of publishing, one that provides aspiring authors with the nuts and bolts of the business. A book that not only showcases prominent figures [...]

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre

Title: Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter Author: Carmen Aguirre Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Chilean Author, Various, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru About: Six-year-old Carmen Aguirre fled to Canada with her family following General Augusto Pinochet's violent 1973 coup in Chile. Five years later, when her mother and stepfather returned to South America as Chilean resistance members, Carmen [...]

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Title: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Author: Junot Díaz Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Dominican-American, Dominican Republic About: Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who—from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister—dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But [...]

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Title: Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype  Author: Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Ph.D. Genre: New Age & Spirituality, Mythology & Folklore Latinxs: Various About: Within every woman there lives a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing. She is the Wild Woman, who represents [...]

The Most Foreign Country by Alejandra Pizarnik

The Most Foreign Country by Alejandra Pizarnik

Title: The Most Foreign Country Author: Alejandra Pizarnik Genre: Poetry Latinxs: Argentine Author About: Translated from the Spanish by Yvette Siegert. First published in 1955 and now translated for the first time into English, THE MOST FOREIGN COUNTRY is Alejandra Pizarnik's debut collection. Here, the nineteen–year–old poet begins to explore the themes that will shape [...]

Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story by Alice Bag

Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story by Alice Bag

Title: Violence Girl: A Chicana Punk Story Author: Alice Bag Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Chicanx About: The proximity of the East L.A. barrio to Hollywood is as close as a short drive on the 101 freeway, but the cultural divide is enormous. Born to Mexican-born and American-naturalized parents, Alicia Armendariz migrated a few miles west to participate [...]

Loving Pedro Infante by Denise Chávez

Loving Pedro Infante by Denise Chávez

Title: Loving Pedro Infante Author: Denise Chávez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico, Mexican-American About: In the soothing darkness of her local theater, thirty-something teacher's aide and divorcée Teresina "Tere" Ávila looks straight into the smoldering eyes of Pedro Infante and wonders where her life has gone. The impossibly handsome Mexican singer and movie icon died in [...]

Spilling the Beans: Loteria Chicana by José Antonio Burciaga

Spilling the Beans: Loteria Chicana by José Antonio Burciaga

Title: Spilling the Beans: Loteria Chicana Author: José Antonio Burciaga Genre: Essays  Latinxs: Chicano  About: In Spilling the Beans, the author of the acclaimed Drink Cultura continues to stir his pot, adding his special blend of heartache and joy, history and humor, biographical and investigative reporting. (goodreads.com)  Purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Spilling-Beans-Jose-Antonio-Burciaga  

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea

Title: The Devil's Highway: A True Story Author: Luis Alberto Urrea Genre: Non-Fiction Latinxs: Mexico  About: In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the "Devil's Highway." Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened [...]

How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros

How to Be a Chicana Role Model by Michele Serros

Title: How to Be a Chicana Role Model Author: Michele Serros Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Chicana  About: From the late award-winning author of Chicana Falsa comes a humorous new novel about a young Chicana writer who is struggling to find a way to embrace two very different cultures, without losing touch with her own true identity. (amazon.com) [...]

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Title: I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter  Author: Erika L. Sánchez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexican, Chicana About: Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That [...]

Almost a Woman: A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago

Almost a Woman: A Memoir by Esmeralda Santiago

Title: Almost a Woman: A Memoir Author: Esmeralda Santiago Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Puerto Rican, Various About: Following the enchanting story recounted in When I Was Puerto Rican of the author’s emergence from the barrios of Brooklyn to the prestigious Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, Esmeralda Santiago delivers the tale of her young adulthood, where she continually [...]

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

Say Her Name by Francisco Goldman

Title: Say Her Name Author: Francisco Goldman Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexico About: In 2005, celebrated novelist Francisco Goldman married a beautiful young writer named Aura Estrada in a romantic Mexican hacienda. The month before their second anniversary, during a long-awaited holiday, Aura broke her neck while body surfing. Francisco, blamed for Aura’s death by her [...]

The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli

The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War by Gioconda Belli

Title: The Country Under My Skin: A Memoir of Love and War Author: Gioconda Belli Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Nicaragua About: Until her early twenties, Gioconda Belli inhabited an upper-class cocoon: sheltered from the poverty in Managua in a world of country clubs and debutante balls; educated abroad; early marriage and motherhood. But in 1970, everything [...]

Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Pérez

Geographies of Home by Loida Maritza Pérez

Title: Geographies of Home Author: Loida Maritza Pérez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Dominican, Dominican-Americans About: After leaving the college she'd attended to escape her religiously conservative parents, Iliana, a first-generation Dominican-American woman, returns home to Brooklyn to find that her family is falling apart: one sister is careening toward mental collapse, another sister is living in [...]