Latinx Literature

Hispanic Heritage Month is a celebration of the contributions and impact to American culture made by the Latinx community. Here at the library we have compiled a list of examples of Hispanic excellence in our collection for you to enjoy and celebrate with us.


Sabrina & CorinaNative Country of the HeartThe Sound of Falling ThingsThe Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

Adult Fiction/Libros de ficción

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

Eleven stories about Latinas of indigenous descent living in the American West. Focusing on the relationships between mothers and daughters, our friends, and the memories of their homelands.

Native Country of the Heart by Cherríe Moraga

A memoir of a fierce survivor mother from Tijuana written from the perspective of her Latina queer daughter, this exploration of their close but contentious relationship will resonate with many readers.

The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Antonio Yammara reads a newspaper article that transports him back to his home country of Colombia, where he once watched a friend’s murder. This horrible event makes him examine his life and trace the ways in which it has been shaped by his past.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao  by Junot Díaz

Oscar is a sweet but terribly overweight ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien but blames the fukú or generational curse placed on his family back in Santo Domingo for his shortcomings.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

Julia struggles with the death of her perfectly Mexican sister Olga on the streets of Chicago with a mother who is more concerned with pointing out Julia’s faults than helping her deal with her grief. After discovering that Olga may not have been as perfect as she let on, Julia becomes determined to find out the truth.

An African American and Latinx History of the United StatesInventing Latinos: A New Story of American RacismBarrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American CityOye what I'm Gonna Tell You: Stories

Adult Nonfiction/ Libros de no ficción

An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Oritz

UF History professor Paul Oritz explores the history of the United States from the perspective of the Black and Latinx communities that helped shape the world we live in.

Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism by Laura Gómez

This fascinating book examines race-making, unmaking and remaking of the Latin identity that has spanned centuries‚ leaving a permanent imprint on how race operates in the United States today.

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City by A.K. Sandoval-Strausz

An exploration of two neighborhoods in America that show the ways in which the Latinx community has revitalized areas that had been left behind by the flight from cities by the so-called creative class.

Oye What I’m Gonna Tell You by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés

Asking the question of what to take from the culture of your homeland when you have been displaced, Milanés chronicles the lives of Cuban Americans from WWII to today as they reflect on what it is like growing up in the traditional Cuban home in America.

The Latin Table: Easy, Flavorful Recipes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and BeyondSouthern Heat: New Southern Cooking Latin StyleTrejo's Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A CookbookA Taste of Latin AmericaThe Spirits of Latin America

Cookbooks/Libros de cocina

The Latin Table: Easy, Flavorful Recipes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Beyond by Isabel Cruz and Jaime Fritsch

From the famed chef Isabel Cruz, this book takes an innovative and healthy twist on Latin favorites, with simple, easy to make recipes that will be a joy to replicate at home.

Southern Heat: New Southern Cooking Latin Style by Anthony Lamas and Gwen Pratesi

Chef Anthony Lamas takes his Mexican and Puerto Rican roots and explores the cuisines of Argentina, Peru, Cuba, and beyond. One of the first to emphasize the importance of the farm to table movement, this cookbook is for those who love to bring the heat.

Trejo's Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.: A Cookbook by Danny Trejo

75 recipes from Hollywood star Danny Trejo, who has translated his Hollywood fame into running a successful taqueiria, with carnitas, cauliflower and his to die for cinnamon-sugar lowrider donuts.

A Taste of Latin America: Culinary Traditions and Classic Recipes by Patricia Cartin

Traditional recipes from Latin America, including spicy and citrusy ceviche and Colombian seafood stews. For those looking for an exploration of many cultures, this is the book for you.

Spirits of Latin America: A Celebration of Culture & Cocktails, with 100 Recipes from Leyenda & Beyond by Ivy Mix

Through its in-depth look at drinking culture throughout Latin America, this gorgeous book offers a rich cultural and historical context for understanding Latin spirits.


Posted by Assh on September 3, 2020