Hispanic Heritage Month began September 15th. To celebrate the contributions of Latinx authors, we’ve put together a selection of books that explore the history and lives of the Hispanic and Latino community. Any of these books would be a perfect add to your reading list.
“Daughters of Latin America” by Sandra Guzman
Sandra Guzman’s “Daughters of Latin America” is a powerful collection of profiles and interviews that highlight the achievements and resilience of Latinx women. Through their stories, the book explores the various contributions of Latinx women in politics, activism, arts, and more. Guzman’s work is a testament to the strength and influence of Latinx women who have shaped history and continue to inspire future generations.
“Promises of Gold” by Jose Olivarez
“Promises of Gold” by Jose Olivarez is a poignant poetry collection that delves into the experiences of Mexican-Americans in the United States. Olivarez’s evocative poems navigate themes of immigration, identity, family, and the pursuit of the American Dream. Through his lyrical and thought-provoking verse, Olivarez sheds light on the complexities of the Latinx experience.
“You Sound Like a White Girl” by Julissa Arce
Julissa Arce’s memoir, “You Sound Like a White Girl,” offers a deeply personal account of her journey as an undocumented immigrant to becoming a successful Wall Street executive. Arce’s story explores the challenges, sacrifices, and triumphs she faced while navigating the complexities of identity and immigration in the United States. Her narrative is a testament to the resilience and determination of Latinx individuals pursuing their dreams.
“The Making of Yolanda La Bruja” by Lorraine Avila
Lorraine Avila’s “The Making of Yolanda La Bruja” is a captivating novel that weaves together the threads of Latinx mysticism, family secrets, and cultural heritage. Set against the backdrop of New Mexico, the book follows the life of Yolanda, a young curandera (healer) who discovers her supernatural abilities and confronts the mysteries of her ancestry. Avila’s storytelling skillfully combines elements of magical realism and folklore to create a mesmerizing tale of self-discovery.
“Solito” by Javier Zamora
“Solito” by Javier Zamora is a poignant poetry collection that explores the experiences of Salvadoran immigrants in the United States. Through his lyrical and emotionally charged verses, Zamora captures the struggles, hopes, and dreams of those who have left their homeland in search of a better life. His poetry serves as a powerful reminder of the resilience and humanity of Latinx immigrants.