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Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating the contributions and rich cultural heritage of Hispanic and Latinx individuals.

August 9, 2023

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15.

These works of fiction, memoir and biography, and non-fiction offer a window into the diverse experiences of this vibrant community. Whether you are looking to deepen your understanding of Hispanic and Latinx culture or simply looking for a great read, this book list has something for everyone.

Join us as we celebrate the voices and stories that shape our world!

 

Fiction

Family Lore by Elizabeth Acevedo

Family Lore

Elizabeth Acevedo

Follows the lives of several generations of women in the Marte family after gathering to honor Flor, who can predict the day someone will die, decides to throw herself a huge party as a living wake.

A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende

A Long Petal Of The Sea

Isabel Allende

Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.

How The García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

How The García Girls Lost Their Accents

Julia Alvarez

Forced to flee their native Caribbean island after an attempted coup, the Garcias–Carlos, Laura, and their four daughters–must learn a new way of life in the Bronx, while trying to cling to the old ways that they loved.

It Would Be Night In Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo

It Would Be Night In Caracas

Karina Sainz Borgo

A woman tests the limits of what she is willing to do to secure her future in turbulent modern Venezuela overrun by violent revolutionaries.

The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

The Hacienda

Isabel Cañas

Mexican Gothic meets Rebecca in this debut supernatural suspense novel, set in the aftermath of the Mexican War of Independence, about a remote house, a sinister haunting, and the woman pulled into their clutches…

Where We Come From by Oscar Cásares

Where We Come From

Oscar Cásares

Moving to his godmother’s volatile Texas border town after his mother’s sudden death, a twelve-year-old Mexican-American boy discovers a young illegal immigrant taking shelter in his godmother’s home before their shared desire for independence puts all of them at risk.

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The House On Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.

Next Year In Havana by Chanel Cleeton

Next Year In Havana

Chanel Cleeton

Marisol Ferrera returns to her grandmother’s homeland to fulfill her last wish to have her ashes scattered in Havana and discovers her family history amidst Cuba’s tropical beauty and dangerous political environment.

Prayers For The Stolen by Jennifer Clement

Prayers For The Stolen

Jennifer Clement

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi dreams of a better life before moving to Mexico City, where she falls in love and ends up in a prison with other women who share her experiences.

Fruit Of The Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Fruit Of The Drunken Tree

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A debut novel by an award-winning writer is set against the violence of 1990s Columbia and follows a sheltered girl and a teen maid, who forge an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both.

The Inheritance Of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

The Inheritance Of Orquídea Divina

Zoraida Córdova

Seven years after their matriarch Orquidea passed away, blessing them with her special gifts, the Montoya family journeys to Ecuador to uncover the truth behind their inheritance to stop a hidden figure from killing off Orquidea’s line one-by-one.

Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet

Make Your Home Among Strangers

Jennine Capo Crucet

Upsetting her family by attending an elite college far from home, Cuban-American Lizet struggles with identity issues and her father’s abandonment before meeting a young boy whose mother’s death enmeshes Lizet’s family in Florida’s heated immigration debates.

Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Dominicana

Angie Cruz

The award-winning author of Soledad draws on her mother’s story in a tale set in a turbulent 1960s Dominican Republic, where a young teen agrees to marry a man twice her age to help her family’s immigration to America.

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

Living with an old-world mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J. R. R. Tolkien and believes that a long-standing family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

Infinite Country by Patricia Engel

Infinite Country

Patricia Engel

Moving their family to what they believe will be a safer but temporary home in Houston, two young parents are forced to choose between an undocumented status in America and returning to the violence of war-torn Bogota.

Our Share Of Night by Mariana Enriquez

Our Share Of Night

Mariana Enriquez

United in grief after the death of the wife and mother they both loved, a young father and son travel to confront the terrifying legacy she bequeathed–a family called the Order that commits unspeakable acts in search of immortality.

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Like Water For Chocolate
In Monthly Installments, With Recipes, Romances, And Home Remedies

Laura Esquivel

Despite the fact that she has fallen in love with a young man, Tita, the youngest of three daughters born to a tyrannical ranch must obey tradition and remain single and at home to care for her mother.

Woman Of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Woman Of Light

Kali Fajardo-Anstine

In 1930s Denver, Luz “Little Light” Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, begins having visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory where she must save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion.

How To Order The Universe by María José Ferrada

How To Order The Universe

María José Ferrada

A richly imaginative debut, detailing a girl and her father finding their way-and themselves-while they work as traveling hardware salesmen in Pinochet-era Chile, is a rare work of magic and originality.

Dreaming In Cuban by Cristina Garcia

Dreaming In Cuban

Cristina Garcia

Three generations of women in the del Pino family, divided over conflicting political loyalties after the Cuban revolution, are reunited in Havana by a devoted granddaughter who has refused to sacrifice her family ideals.

Of Women, Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Of Women, Salt

Gabriela Garcia

The daughter of a Cuban immigrant battles addiction and the fallout of her decision to take in the child of an ICE detainee, while her mother wrestles with displacement trauma and complicated family ties.

Olga Dies Dreaming by Xochitl Gonzalez

Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Olga, the tony wedding planner for Manhattan’s power brokers, must confront the effects of long-held family secrets when she falls in love with Matteo, while other family members must weather their own storms.

The Book Of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

The Book Of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henríquez

Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter’s difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

The Spanish Daughter by Lorena Hughes

The Spanish Daughter

Lorena Hughes

Inheriting a cocoa plantation in Vinces, Ecuador, that someone will kill for, Puri, after her husband is murdered, assumes his identity to search for the truth of her father’s legacy and learn the identity of the enemy who stands in her way of claiming her birthright.

Harsh Times by Mario Vargas Llosa

Harsh Times

Mario Vargas Llosa

Describes the international conspiracies and conflicting interests during the Cold War that led the CIA to assist in perpetrating a coup in Guatemala in 1954, in a new novel from the Nobel Prize in Literature Award-winning author.

Hades, Argentina by Daniel Loedel

Hades, Argentina

Daniel Loedel

A medical student in Buenos Aires must decide how far he’s willing to go for his childhood crush and the group of insurgents she’s joined as more and more people like her are disappeared by an oppressive military junta.

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

Lost Children Archive

Valeria Luiselli

An artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet.

Love In The Time Of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Love In The Time Of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez

Set on the Caribbean coast of South America, this love story brings together Fermina Daza, her distinguished husband, and a man who has secretly loved her for more than fifty years.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Mexican Gothic

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

A reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel follows the experiences of a courageous socialite in 1950s Mexico who is drawn into the treacherous secrets of an isolated mansion.

Neruda On The Park by Cleyvis Natera

Neruda On The Park

Cleyvis Natera

While her mother, an elder in a predominantly Dominican part of NYC, devises increasingly dangerous schemes to stop construction of luxury condos, her daughter, an associate at a top Manhattan law firm, becomes distracted by a romance with the white developer of the company her mother so vehemently opposes.

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

Cantoras

Carolina De Robertis

Enduring the rampant violence against women and the LGBTQ community in the decades of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five women heartbreakingly unite as lovers, friends and family.

Border Child by Michel Stone

Border Child

Michel Stone

A young Mexican couple dreaming of a better life in the United States is thrown into turmoil when their infant daughter goes missing during an impetuous border crossing, a loss that affects their subsequent family life.

The News From Paraguay by Lily Tuck

The News From Paraguay

Lily Tuck

Pursued by the future dictator of Paraguay, Irish courtesan Ella Lynch struggles with isolation in spite of her power as his mistress, and witnesses the nation’s victimization due to her lover’s arrogant ambitions.

The Shape Of The Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vasquez

The Shape Of The Ruins

Juan Gabriel Vasquez

A man who was arrested for attempting to steal a suit belonging to a murdered politician from a Columbian museum sets of a series of public fixations on conspiracy theories, assassinations, and the country’s historical secrets.

The Taste Of Sugar by Marisel Vera

The Taste Of Sugar

Marisel Vera

Relocating to the sugar plantations of Hawaii when their Caribbean farm is decimated by the Spanish-American War and the San Ciriaco Hurricane, two Puerto Ricans join thousands of fellow refugees in confronting the realities of American prosperity.

Ways Of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

Ways Of Going Home

Alejandro Zambra

The writer son of a quiet sympathizer with the Pinochet regime reflects on the progress of his novel, in which an unnamed boy from a Chilean suburb witnesses an earthquake and meets an older girl who asks him to spy on her uncle.

The Lost Book Of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata

The Lost Book Of Adana Moreau

Michael Zapata

Decades after a 1929 Dominican immigrant writer passes away believing her final manuscript was destroyed, a Chicago lawyer discovers the book and endeavors to learn the woman’s remarkable story against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Biography and Memoir

Illegally Yours by Rafael Agustin

Illegally Yours

Rafael Agustin

This heartwarming and comical memoir looks at how a successful TV writer accidentally discovered that he was an undocumented immigrant in his teenage years and how it turned his entire world upside down.

My Invented Country by Isabel Allende

My Invented Country
A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile

Isabel Allende

The author of Portrait in Sepia profiles the landscapes and people of her native country; recounts the 1973 assassination of her uncle, which caused her to go into exile and choose to become a writer; and shares her experiences as an immigrant in post-September 11 America.

¡Hola Papi! by John Paul Brammer

¡Hola Papi!
How To Come Out In A Walmart Parking Lot, Other Life Lessons

John Paul Brammer

The popular LGBTQ columnist and writer presents a memoir though a series of essays that chronicle his life growing up as queer, mixed race kid and offers advice for young people facing the same journey.

Children Of The Land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Children Of The Land

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

An award-winning poet chronicles his experiences of growing up undocumented in the United States, describing how his family and his attempt to establish an adult life were heartbreakingly complicated by racist policies.

The Book Of Rosy by Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo

The Book Of Rosy
A Mother’s Story Of Separation At The Border

Rosayra Pablo Cruz, Julie Schwietert Collazo

From a mother whose children were taken from her at the U.S. border by the American government in 2018 and another mother who helped reunite the family, a crucial, searing story about the immigration odyssey, family separation and reunification, and thepower of individuals to band together to overcome even the most cruel and unjust circumstances.

The Man Who Could Move Clouds by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Man Who Could Move Clouds

Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Interweaving spellbinding family stories, resurrected Colombian history and her own deeply personal reckonings with the bounds of reality, the author shares her inheritance of “the secrets”–the power to talk to the dead, tell the future, treat the sick and move the clouds.

Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz

Ordinary Girls

Jaquira Díaz

Jaquira Diaz writes an unflinching account of growing up as a queer biracial girl searching for home as her family splits apart and her mother struggles with mental illness and addiction. From her own struggles with depression and drug abuse to her experiences of violence to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, every page vibrates with music and lyricism

In The Country We Love by Diane Guerrero

In The Country We Love
My Family Divided

Diane Guerrero

The star of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in this country.

My Broken Language by Quiara Alegría Hudes

My Broken Language

Quiara Alegría Hudes

A Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright shares her lyrical coming-of-age story against a backdrop of her devastated barrio home and the idiosyncratic, troubled and fiercely loving Puerto Rican family that inspired her literary voice.

Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano

Becoming Maria
Love, Chaos In The South Bronx

Sonia Manzano

The award-winning author of The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano and influential Hispanic-American actress best known as “Maria” on Sesame Street traces her disadvantaged childhood and dreams of becoming an actress that motivated her career.

The Far Away Brothers by Lauren Markham

The Far Away Brothers
Two Young Migrants And The Making Of An American Life

Lauren Markham

An urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration follows the harrowing journey of a pair of teenaged twins from El Salvador who were forced by gang violence to see safety and a better life in the United States, an endeavor marked by family estrangement, a mounting coyote debt and America’s complicated immigration policies.

Gabriel García Márquez by Gerald Martin

Gabriel García Márquez
A Life

Gerald Martin

Describes the life and accomplishments of the Columbian novelist, from his childhood and early career to his Nobel Prize in Literature and his exploits as a political and social activist.

Rita Moreno by Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

Rita Moreno

The Puerto Rican singer, dancer and actress takes a look back at her life and career, from her arrival in New York at age 5 to winning an Academy Award for her role in West Side Story and beyond.

Unbreakable by Jenni Rivera

Unbreakable
My Story

Jenni Rivera

A personal memoir by the platinum Mexican-American music artist who died in a December 2012 plane crash recounts the private battles that challenged her successes, covering such topics as her endurance of domestic abuse, struggles to raise five children and resolve to connect with fans.

The Closer by Mariano Rivera

The Closer
My Story

Mariano Rivera

The 19-year veteran pitcher for the New York Yankees describes his life, discussing the difficulties in being a Latino baseball player in the U.S., how he keeps his Christian values in professional sports and his championships and rivalries.

Crying In The Bathroom by Erika L Sánchez

Crying In The Bathroom

Erika L Sánchez

The New York Times best-selling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter returns with an and honest and often hilarious memoir-in-essays that looks back on her wild youth and journey to becoming an award-winning novelist, poet and essayist.

When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

When I Was Puerto Rican

Esmeralda Santiago

Magic, sexual tension, high comedy, and intense drama move through an enchanted yet harsh autobiography, in the story of a young girl who leaves rural Puerto Rico for New York’s tenements and a chance for success.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor

The first Hispanic American on the U.S. Supreme Court shares the story of her life before becoming a judge, describing her youth in a Bronx housing project, the ambition that fueled her ivy league education, and the individuals who helped shape her career.

Trejo by Danny Trejo

Trejo
My Life Of Crime, Redemption, And Hollywood

Danny Trejo

For the first time, the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and loss to unexpected fame as Hollywood’s favorite bad guy with a heart of gold.

In The Shadow Of The Mountain by Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

In The Shadow Of The Mountain
A Memoir Of Courage

Silvia Vasquez-Lavado

A Latinx powerhouse in the tech world of Silicon Valley returns home to Peru and turns her life around by climbing the world’s highest peaks along with other victims of childhood trauma.

Why Didn't You Tell Me? by Carmen Rita Wong

Why Didn’t You Tell Me?

Carmen Rita Wong

When her immigrant mother’s long-held secrets are revealed, bring clarity to so much of her life, the author, after her mother passes away, searches to understand who she really is, in this story of race and culture in America and how they shape who we think we are.

Solito by Javier Zamora

Solito

Javier Zamora

A young poet reflects on his 3,000-mile journey from El Salvador to the United States when he was nine years old, during which he was faced with perilous boat trips, relentless desert treks, pointed guns, arrests and deceptions during two life-altering months alongside a group of strangers who became an unexpected family.

 

Non-Fiction

Turn Right At Machu Picchu by Mark Adams

Turn Right At Machu Picchu
Rediscovering The Lost City One Step At A Time

Mark Adams

Traces the author’s recreation of Hiram Bingham III’s discovery of an ancient Andes Mountains cloud city, describing the author’s struggles with rudimentary survival tools and his experiences at the sides of local guides.

We Fed An Island by José Andrés

We Fed An Island
The True Story Of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal At A Time

José Andrés

The founder of World Central Kitchen describes how his culinary network challenged broken government systems while feeding tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Maria.

Gringo by Chesa Boudin

Gringo
A Coming-Of-Age In Latin America

Chesa Boudin

Traces the experiences of a son of Weather Underground leaders Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert, a young man who endeavored to test his parents’ political theories in Latin America as he traveled around for eight years.

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

Postcolonial Love Poem

Natalie Diaz

Postcolonial Love Poem is an anthem of desire against erasure. Natalie Diaz’s brilliant second collection demands that every body carried in its pages–bodies of language, land, rivers, suffering brothers, enemies, and lovers–be touched and held as beloveds. Through these poems, the wounds inflicted by America onto an indigenous people are allowed to bloom pleasure and tenderness.

The Oxford Book Of Latin American Short Stories by Roberto González Echevarría

The Oxford Book Of Latin American Short Stories

Roberto González Echevarría

Covering the entire history of Latin American short fiction, from the Colonial period to the present, an annotated anthology of fifty-three stories includes selections from internationally known authors as well as those little known to English-speakers.

Cuba by Ada Ferrer

Cuba
An American History

Ada Ferrer

A Professor of History and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University provides an epic history of Cuba from before Columbus arrived to modern times and discusses its complex relationship with the United States.

Life, Death In The Andes by Kim MacQuarrie

Life, Death In The Andes
On The Trail Of Bandits, Heroes, And Revolutionaries

Kim MacQuarrie

Shares historical and cultural insights into the lives of notable characters associated with South America’s mountain spine, including Charles Darwin, Pablo Escobar, and Che Guevara.

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

Enrique’s Journey

Sonia Nazario

Describes one Honduran boy’s difficult and dangerous journey to find his mother, who had made the trek northward to the United States in search of a better life but never made enough money to return home for her children.

The Lost City Of The Monkey God by Douglas Preston

The Lost City Of The Monkey God
A True Story

Douglas Preston

Recounts how the author and a team of scientists discovered a legendary sacred city, the Lost City of the Monkey God, hidden deep in the Honduran jungle.

The Mexican Slow Cooker by Deborah Schneider

The Mexican Slow Cooker
Recipes For Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, And More Favorites

Deborah Schneider

A collection of 55 recipes by an award-winning Mexican cooking authority demonstrates how to use slow cooker methods to dramatically enhance authentic Mexican flavors, providing such options as Tortilla Soup, Barbacoa Beef and Mole Negro.

Coffeeland by Augustine Sedgewick

Coffeeland
One Man’s Dark Empire, The Making Of Our Favorite Drug

Augustine Sedgewick

A Harvard-educated economist documents the epic history of the role of coffee in connecting and dividing the modern world, tracing coffee’s unexpected 500-year evolution from an ingredient in a mysterious Muslim ritual to a major influencer in modern El Salvador.

The White Rock by Hugh Thomson

The White Rock
An Exploration Of The Inca Heartland

Hugh Thomson

The documentary traveler traces his rediscovery of the Llactapata ruin and what he learned about Incan civilization from his explorations there and through his research with local archaeologists.

Fresh Mexico by Marcela Valladolid

Fresh Mexico
100 Simple Recipes For True Mexican Flavor

Marcela Valladolid

Dedicated to traditional Mexican foods using easy-to-find ingredients and simple cooking techniques, this cookbook includes over one hundred recipes including cream of avocado soup with lobster and Mango, Oaxaca-style short ribs, and fresh guava layer cake.

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

The Undocumented Americans

Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

An Ivy League-educated DACA beneficiary reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans, from the volunteers recruited for the 9/11 Ground Zero cleanup to the homeopathy botanicas of Miami that provide limited health care to non-citizens.