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 [...]

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet

Title: Make Your Home Among Strangers Author: Jennine Capó Crucet Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cubans, Cuban-Americans, Various About: When Lizet-the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school-secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she's [...]

Memory Mambo: A Novel by Achy Obejas

Memory Mambo: A Novel by Achy Obejas

Title: Memory Mambo: A Novel Author: Achy Obejas Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Cubans, Various About: Memory Mambo describes the life of Juani Casas, a 25-year-old Cuban-born American lesbian who manages her family's laundromat in Chicago while trying to cope with family, work, love, sex, and the weirdness of North American culture. Achy Obejas's writing is sharp and [...]

How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capó Crucet

How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capó Crucet

Title: How to Leave Hialeah Author: Jennine Capó Crucet Genre: Fiction, Short Stories Latinxs: Cubans, Cuban-Americans, Various About: Crucet’s writing has been shaped by the people and landscapes of South Florida and by the stories of Cuba told by her parents and abuelos. Her own stories are informed by her experiences as a Cuban American [...]

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

Title: The House of the Spirits Author: Isabel Allende Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Chilean characters, Author born in Peru raised in Chile About: The House of the Spirits, the unforgettable first novel that established Isabel Allende as one of the world’s most gifted storytellers, brings to life the triumphs and tragedies of three generations of the [...]

The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henríquez

The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henríquez

Title: The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel  Author: Cristina Henríquez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various About: When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s [...]

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Title: American Street Author: Ibi Zoboi Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Haiti About: American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism [...]

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina

Title: Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass Author: Meg Medina Genre: Young Adult Fiction Latinxs: Various About: One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word [...]

Delirium by Laura Restrepo

Delirium by Laura Restrepo

Title: Delirium Author: Laura Restrepo Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Colombia About: In this remarkably nuanced novel, both a gripping detective story and a passionate, devastating tale of eros and insanity in Colombia, internationally acclaimed author Laura Restrepo delves into the minds of four characters. There's Agustina, a beautiful woman from an upper-class family who is caught [...]

Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories by Lorraine López

Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories by Lorraine López

Title: Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories  Author: Lorraine López Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various About: Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories is a stunning debut collection of short stories that explore identity issues in the Latino community. The cast of characters in her stories include a young boy-impelled by his guilt over failing to [...]

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Title: The Education of Margot Sanchez Author: Lilliam Rivera Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Puerto Rico, Various About: Pretty in Pink comes to the South Bronx in this bold and romantic coming-of-age novel about dysfunctional families, good and bad choices, and finding the courage to question everything you ever thought you wanted—from debut author Lilliam Rivera. Things/People Margot [...]

Chango’s Fire: A Novel by Ernesto Quiñonez

Chango’s Fire: A Novel by Ernesto Quiñonez

Title: Chango's Fire: A Novel Author: Ernesto Quiñonez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Various About: In New York City's Spanish Harlem, Julio and Maritza are each searching for a path that will give their lives meaning, even if it's shadowed by controversy. Julio is an arsonist for hire, pocketing thousands of dollars from investors eager to capitalize on [...]

The Tattooed Soldier: A Novel by Héctor Tobar

The Tattooed Soldier: A Novel by Héctor Tobar

Title: The Tattooed Soldier: A Novel Author: Héctor Tobar Genre: Fiction  Latinxs: Guatemala About: Antonio Bernal is a Guatemalan refugee in Los Angeles haunted by memories of his wife and child, who were murdered at the hands of a man marked with yellow ink. In a park near Antonio's apartment, Guillermo Longoria extends his arm and [...]

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

The Queen of Water by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango

Title: The Queen of Water Author: Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Ecuador About: Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, Virginia lives with her large family in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village of indígenas, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day, even as a child, [...]

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Title: The Sound of Things Falling Author: Juan Gabriel Vásquez Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Colombia About: In the city of Bogotá, Antonio Yammara reads an article about a hippo that had escaped from a derelict zoo once owned by legendary Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. The article transports Antonio back to when the war between Escobar’s Medellín [...]

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 [...]

The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño

The Savage Detectives by Robert Bolaño

Title: The Savage Detectives (Spanish title: Los detectives salvajes) Author: Robert Bolaño  Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Chilean Author About: (Spanish and English language editions available) In this dazzling novel, the book that established his international reputation, Roberto Bolaño tells the story of two modern-day Quixotes--the last survivors of an underground literary movement, perhaps of literature itself--on [...]

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 [...]

Days and Nights of Love and War by Eduardo Galeano

Days and Nights of Love and War by Eduardo Galeano

Title: Days and Nights of Love and War Author: Eduardo Galeano Genre: History Latinxs: Urguayan Author About: Days and Nights of Love and War is the personal testimony of one of Latin America's foremost contemporary political writers. In this fascinating journal and eloquent history, Eduardo Galeano movingly records the lives of struggles of the Latin American people, [...]

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

Title: Krik? Krak! Author: Edwidge Danticat Genre: Short Story Collection, Fiction Latinxs: Haitians About: When Haitians tell a story, they say “Krik?” and the eager listeners answer “Krak!” In Krik? Krak! In her second novel, Edwidge Danticat establishes herself as the latest heir to that narrative tradition with nine stories that encompass both the cruelties [...]

From Macho to Mariposa edited by Charles Rice-González and Charlie Vázquez

From Macho to Mariposa edited by Charles Rice-González and Charlie Vázquez

Title: From Macho to Mariposa  Author: Various, edited by Charles Rice-González andCharlie Vázquez Genre: Non-Fiction/Memoir Latinxs: LGBTQ+, Various About: Prepare yourself to dance in a disco in Silver Lake, check out papis in Orchard Beach, cross the border from Guatemala to Mexico on your way to the U.S., see a puro macho bathe in a river in [...]

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 [...]

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Gaby, Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes

Title: Gaby, Lost and Found Author: Angela Cervantes Genre: Fiction Latinxs: Hondurans, Various  About: When Gaby Ramirez Howard starts volunteering at the local animal shelter, she takes special pride in writing adoption advertisements. Her flyers help the cats and dogs there find their forever homes: places where they'll be loved and cared for, no matter [...]

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

Title: Dreaming in Cuban Author: Cristina Garcia Genre: Historical Fiction Latinxs: Cubans About: Cristina García’s acclaimed book is the haunting, bittersweet story of a family experiencing a country’s revolution and the revelations that follow. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of [...]

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 [...]