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Latinx History: Research & Reading

A guide to reading and researching on Hispanic Americans.

Books on Latinx History

Latinx Literature: Selected Readings

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. From his home in New Jersey, where he lives with his old-world mother and rebellious sister, Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents

In the 1960s, political tension forces the García family away from Santo Domingo and towards the Bronx. The sisters all hit their strides in America, adapting and thriving despite cultural differences, language barriers, and prejudice. 

Like Water for Chocolate

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

Love in the Time of Cholera

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.

Living to Tell the Tale

I Like all his work, Living to Tell the Tale is a magnificent piece of writing. It spans Gabriel García Márquez's life from his birth in 1927 through the start of his career as a writer to the moment in the 1950s when he proposed to the woman who would become his wife. 

The House of the Spirits

The Trueba family embodies strong feelings. This family saga starts at the beginning of the 20th century and continues through the assassination of Allende in 1973. More books by Isabel Allende.

When I Was Puerto Rican

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.

The Shadow of the Wind

A boy named Daniel selects a novel from a library of rare books, enjoying it so much that he searches for the rest of the author's works, only to discover that someone is destroying every book the author has ever written.

Poetry of Pablo Neruda

The most comprehensive English-language collection of work ever by "the greatest poet of the twentieth century--in any language" (Gabriel García Márque) "In his work a continent awakens to consciousness." So wrote the Swedish Academy in awarding the Nobel Prize to Pablo Neruda, the author of more than thirty-five books of poetry and one of Latin America's most revered writers, lionized during his lifetime as "the people's poet."

Friends from the Other Side

Having crossed the Rio Grande into Texas with his mother in search of a new life, Joaquín receives help and friendship from Prietita, a brave young Mexican American girl.

Becoming Julia de Burgos : The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon

Vanessa Perez Rosario’s book speaks deeply to the history of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans as a whole. Born on the island in 1914 and eventually moving to New York, Julia de Burgos served as a bridge between the poetry and language of Puerto Rico and that of the emerging Nuyorican movement.

I, Rigoberta Menchú

She details the death of her mother and brother at the hands of the Guatemalan army, and the death of her father in the Burning of the Spanish Embassy, as well as her own beginnings as an activist.

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