It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and what better way to pay homage to Hispanic culture than to read books written by amazing Latinx authors? Keep reading to learn more about some of the best books by Hispanic authors.
Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Díaz
In this memoir, Jaquira Díaz describes her life as a Puerto Rican woman whose family was pulled apart as her mother suffered from mental illness. Díaz finds herself battling her own mental illness and trauma from sexual assault, while trying her best to celebrate and learn more about her Puerto Rican culture. Through her honest and vibrant writing, Díaz navigates through life to discover her identity in a world full of challenges.
Stars in His Eyes by Martí Gironell
Ceferino Carrión is trapped living a simple life in his war-torn home of Spain. He changes his name to Jean Leon and journeys to America where he plans to open a restaurant. In this fictional story based on a famous Beverly Hills restauranteur, Jean Leon will face the challenge of remembering his past as he finds his new present.
I’ll Be Your Blue Sky by Marisa De Los Santos
On Clare Hobbes’ wedding day she meets a woman named Edith. Edith convinces Clare to cancel the wedding. After Edith passes away, Clare learns that she has left her house to her. With the help of her family and friends, Clare will go on a puzzling journey to uncover the mysteries that lie within the walls of the Blue Sky House.
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea
Miguel Angel de La Cruz, or Big Angel, knows he is dying. After his mother passes away, his family joins him to celebrate both her death and his life. Over two days of remembrance, the family shares their stories of life and death in order to celebrate the life of their beloved patriarch.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
Ana never dreamed of moving to America but when Juan Ruiz proposes and wants to take her to New York City, she says yes because it will be an opportunity for her family to get to America. In a foreign city, and in a loveless marriage to a man twice her age, Ana plans to leave Juan after he goes back to the Dominican Republic to help his family. When Juan’s brother Cesar stops Ana from leaving, a new relationship begins and Ana starts to love her life in America. When her husband returns, she’ll need to make a life-altering decision.
American Saint by Sean Gandert
Gabriel Romero is a religious activist whose mother and grandmother are religious fanatics, and he plans to share God’s message with the world. After the miracles he performs go viral, Gabriel must follow through with his divine mission.
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Chula is a seven-year-old girl who lives a sheltered life away from the drug violence that runs rampant through the streets of Bogotá, Colombia. When Petrona, a young woman from the slum, comes to live with the family as a maid, Chula does her best to understand the mysteries of Petrona’s life. As both girls face the hardships of Pablo Escobar’s reign, they will quickly become trapped in the conflict in ways they could have never imagined.
Throw by Rubén Degollado
Güero loves two things, his gang, HCP (Hispanics Causing Panic), and his girl, Llorona. After a falling out with Llorona, Güero decides that he needs to win her back, even if it kills him. He must regain his identity before he loses himself completely to the violence.
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