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 [...]

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 [...]

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/

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Title: The House on Mango Street Author: Sandra Cisneros Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexicans, Mexican-Americans About: Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series [...]

La Distancia Entre Nosotros by Reyna Grande

La Distancia Entre Nosotros by Reyna Grande

Title: La Distancia Entre Nosotros (English version title: The Distance Between Us) Author: Reyna Grande Genre: Memoir Latinxs: Mexico-U.S. Border About: (Both Spanish and English language versions available) Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this “compelling . . . unvarnished, resonant” (BookPage) story of a childhood spent torn between two [...]

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions by Valeria Luiselli

Title: Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in Forty Questions Author: Valeria Luiselli Genre: Essay Latinxs: Central Americans, Mexican author About: Structured around the forty questions Luiselli translates and asks undocumented Latin American children facing deportation, Tell Me How It Ends humanizes these young migrants and highlights the contradiction between the idea of America as a [...]

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Lotería by Mario Alberto Zambrano

Title: Lotería Author: Mario Alberto Zambrano Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Mexican, Mexican-Americans/Chicanos About: Struggling to cope as her family falls apart, eleven-year-old Luz María Castillo retreats into her beloved set of lotería cards– a Mexican game featuring riddles and vibrant images. Each card represents a different memory, and as Luz shuffles through the deck, she weaves her recollections [...]