Books by Latinxs
Some books written by Latinxs that (I think all) feature Latinx characters. There's a ton of great books and great authors I left out, so if you'd like a book on here that is written by a Latinx go ahead and add it to the list. I'd prefer if the suggestion had a description of the book (length doesn't matter).
- •Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel QuinteroWhat's it about? The story of Gabi, a Mexican-American girl in her last year of high school trying to pass Algebra II, get into her dream college, while having to deal with crazy family and friend issues. She also has to face the topic of her chubbiness.
- •Shadowshaper by Daniel José OlderWhat's it about? Sierra, an Afro-Latinx, is a shadowshaper that has the power to make murals come to life. But how will she stop a villain from stealing her powers.
- •Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo GaleanoWhat's it about? It's an anti-colonialism book that focuses on the consequences it has had in Latin America. It looks at the history between the US and the rest of the countries in the American continents (both north and south).
- •Bird of Paradise: How I Became Latina by Raquel CepedaWhat's it about? It's about Cepeda trying to reconnect with her Dominican culture and discover her ancestry.
- •More Happy Than Not by Adam SilveraWhat's it about? Aaron, a Puerto Rican teenager from the Bronx, has to find himself after his father commits suicide and he begins to discover his sexuality.
- •How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia AlvarezWhat's it about? A family from the Dominican Republic arrive in NYC as the four daughters try to find their identities in the city.
- •One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García MárquezWhat's it about? Tells the rise and fall of the town of Macondo through the lives of the Buendía family. It's one of the best books dealing with magic realism.
- •Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg MedinaWhat's it about? Piddy's lack of an accent, good grades, and light skin piss off Yaqui, who now wants to kick her ass. This book tackles the issue of what makes someone a Latina (is it the ability to speak Spanish/ Portuguese, skin tone, etc), that is a constant topic in the community.
- •Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair by Pablo NerudaWhat's it about? A collection of romantic poems.
- •Ficciones by Jorge Luis BorgesWhat's it about? Short stories by Borges. It's one of his most famous books.
- •When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda SantiagoWhat's it about? A memoir about living and leaving Puerto Rico for a life in New York. It's the first of the trilogy.
- •This Is How You Lose Her by Junot DíazWhat's it about? A group of short stories that are brilliantly written.
- •The House of the Spirits by Isabel AllendeWhat's it about? Follows the Trueba family through generations of tragedy and prosperity.
- •The House on Mango Street by Sandra CisnerosWhat's it about? The story follows Esperanza, who's Chicana, and how her family moves to a house in a Latino neighborhood in Chicago. The house being run down drives Esperanza to dream of bigger and better things.
- •The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DíazWhat's it about? The story of an overweight nerdy kid from Jersey and his desire to find love. With a curse on his family that seems like a tough challenge.
- •Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby RiveraWhat's it about? Juliet a Puerto Rican teen that has just come out to her family decides to leave the Bronx for Portland. This book tackles feminism and belonging.
- •Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García MárquezWhat's it about? An examination of love that starts with an escaped parrot.
- •Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz RyanThe main character Esperanza is a wealthy girl living in Mexico. After tragedy arises, she and her mother flee to Great Depression-era California, where they have to adjust to life as farm workers.Suggested by @shreyasaurus