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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina by Rosie Molinary

Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina by Rosie Molinary

Title: Hijas Americanas: Beauty, Body Image, and Growing Up Latina  Author: Rosie Molinary Genre: Non-Fiction Latinxs: Various About: In Hijas Americanas, author Rosie Molinary sheds new light on what it means to grow up Latina. Drawing upon her own experiences, as well as interviews and surveys collected from more than 500 Latina women, Molinary provides a powerful [...]

Papi by Rita Indiana

Papi by Rita Indiana

Title: Papi Author: Rita Indiana Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Dominican Republic About: “Papi’s there, around any corner,” says the eight-year-old girl at the heart of Papi. “But you can’t sit down and wait for him cuz that’s a longer and more painful death.” Living in Santo Domingo, she waits for her father to come back from the United [...]