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Books to Read for National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month started on September 15th and at The Bookery we want to celebrate the Hispanic authors and stories about Hispanic people! You can shop any of the titles below in our bookshop!


Novels


A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

From the renowned Chilean author, Isabel Allende comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.


Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

This novel is a gorgeously intimate portrait of an immigrant writer and recent widow carving out hope in the face of personal and political grief.


Little Eyes by Samantha Schweblin

Little Eyes is a visionary novel about our interconnected present, about the collision of horror and humanity, from a master of the spine-tingling tale.


Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Step into an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico with Noemí who arrives to save her cousin after receiving a frantic letter. This brave and glamorous socialite-turned-detective takes us on her journey to uncover the treacherous secrets that live between the walls, without knowing exactly who to trust.


YA Novels


Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Clap When You Land concerns the grief of teenage sisters who learn about each other after their father’s untimely death. Every line is laced with betrayal and longing as the teens struggle with loving someone despite his imperfections.


Sanctuary by Paola Mendoza & Abby Sher

This is a YA novel taking place in a near-future dystopian where a young girl and her brother must escape a xenophobic government to find sanctuary.


Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Peña

Mexican WhiteBoy is a story of friendship, acceptance, and the struggle to find your identity in a world of definitions. It is a unique novel for its gritty realism and honest portrayal of the complexities of life for inner-city teens.


Running by Natalia Sylvester

Running is a YA novel about a Cuban American teenager whose father is running for President. A novel about waking up and standing up, and what happens when you stop seeing your dad as your hero--while the whole country is watching.


Poetry


Caminar by Skilar Brown

Exquisitely crafted poems are the basis of an unusually fine verse novel set in 1981, in the middle of the Guatemalan Civil War. The poems, all written from Carlos's point of view, are emotional, visceral, and lyrical.


Tertulia by Vincent Toro

Puerto Rican poet Vincent Toro’s new collection takes the Latin American idea of an artistic social gathering (the “tertulia”) and revises it for the Latinx context in the United States. In verses dense with juxtaposition, the collection examines immigration, economics, colonialism, and race via the sublime imagery of music, visual art, and history.


How to Love a Country by Richard Blanco

A timely and moving collection from the renowned inaugural poet on issues facing our country and people--immigration, gun violence, racism, LGBTQ issues, and more.


Lima:: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

In her striking second collection, Natalie Scenters-Zapico sets her unflinching gaze once again on the borders of things. Lima:: Limón illuminates both the sweet and the sour of the immigrant experience, of life as a woman in the U.S. and Mexico, and of the politics of the present day.


Nonfiction


Children of the land by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

This moving memoir is the document of a life without documents, of belonging to two countries yet belonging to neither. Hernandez Castillo has created his own papers fashioned from memory and poetry.


All We Can Save by Various Authors

This is a collection of provocative and illuminating essays from women at the forefront of the climate movement who are harnessing truth, courage, and solutions to lead humanity forward.


Finding Latinx by Paola Ramos

Debut author and journalist Paola Ramos travels to near and far corners of the country in search of Latino voices that illustrate a growing movement and represent a community of young Latinos that hold more political, social and cultural relevance today than ever before.


The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.


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