Hispanic Heritage Month-Books for Adults

Stories from the Spanish Perspective. Stories about, by, and/or for the Latinx and Hispanic communities. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central, and South America.

Updated September 27, 2023
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Crying in the bathroom : a memoir
Sa?nchez, Erika L.
"Equal parts pee-your-pants hilarity and break your heart poignancy- like the perfect brunch date you never want to end!"--America Ferrera, Emmy award-winning actress in Ugly Betty From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter<...
The wind knows my name : a novel
Allende, Isabel
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * "The lives of a Jewish boy escaping Nazi-occupied Europe and a mother and daughter fleeing twenty-first-century El Salvador intersect in this ambitious, intricate novel about war and immigration" (People), from the author of A Long Petal of the Sea and...
El viento conoce mi nombre
Allende, Isabel
Una historia de violencia, amor, desarraigo y esperanza Viena, 1938. Samuel Adler es un niño judío de seis años cuyo padre desaparece durante la Noche de los Cristales Rotos, en la que su familia lo pierde todo. Su madre, desesperada, le consigue una plaza en un tren que le...
Dominicana
Cruz, Angie
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction "Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed." --Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair "Gorgeous writing,...
Silver nitrate
Moreno-Garcia, Silvia
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * From the author of The Daughter of Doctor Moreau and Mexican Gothic comes a fabulous meld of Mexican horror movies and Nazi occultism: a dark thriller about the curse that haunts a legendary lost film--and awakens one woman's hidden powers. ...
Solito
Zamora, Javier
New York Times Bestseller * Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today * Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography * Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award A young poet tells the inspiring story of his ...
The undocumented Americans
Cornejo Villavicencio, Karla
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * 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. "Karla's book sheds light on people's personal...
The hacienda
Can?as, Isabel
During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatriz's father was executed and her home destroyed. She flees to Hacienda San Isidro with her secretive fiance Don Rodolfo Solorzano. However, it is not the sanctuary she imagines, and is soon haunted by visions and voices that invade her sleep....
Crying in the Bathroom A Memoi
Sánchez, Erika
"Equal parts pee-your-pants hilarity and break your heart poignancy- like the perfect brunch date you never want to end!"--America Ferrera, Emmy award-winning actress in Ugly Betty From the New York Times bestselling author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter<...
The haunting of Alejandra : a novel
Castro, V.
A woman is haunted by the Mexican folk demon La Llorona in this "utterly terrifying and wholly immersive . . . story about generational trauma, colonization, systemic oppression, and the horror at the heart of motherhood" (Library Journal, starred review). "Castro is...
Ana Maraia and the fox
De la Rosa, Liana
"Pleasingly subversive."--New York Times Book Review "A perfect mix of slow-burn romance, geopolitical maneuvering and sisterly antics."--The Washington Post One of Library Journal's Best Romances of 2023! A BookList Editor's Pick of 2023!
What happened to Ruthy Ramirez
Jimenez, Claire
A powerful novel that's "hilarious, heartbreaking, and ass-kicking" (Jamie Ford), of a Puerto Rican family in Staten Island who discovers their long‑missing sister is potentially alive and cast on a reality TV show, and they set out to bring her home. A March Indie Next Pick...
Promises of gold = Promesas de oro
Olivarez, Josae
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2023 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD Named one of NPR's Books We Love "How many bad lovers have gotten poems? How many crushes? No disrespect to romantic love--but what about our friends ? Those homies who are there all...
Dominicana
Cruz, Angie
A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK Shortlisted for the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction "Through a novel with so much depth, beauty, and grace, we, like Ana, are forever changed." --Jacqueline Woodson, Vanity Fair "Gorgeous writing,...
Olga dies dreaming
Gonzalez, Xochitl
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK · WINNER OF THE BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY PRIZE * INTERNATIONAL LATINO BOOK AWARD FINALIST A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social...
Woman of light : a novel
Fajardo-Anstine, Kali
NATIONAL BESTSELLER * A "dazzling, cinematic, intimate, lyrical" (Roxane Gay) epic of betrayal, love, and fate that spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West, from the author of the National Book Award finalist Sabrina & Corina  ...
Olga dies dreaming
Gonzalez, Xochitl
A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots-, all in the wake of Hurricane Maria It's 2017, and Olga and her brother, Pedro "Prieto" Acevedo, are bold-faced names in their...
Muchachas ordinarias : memorias
Díaz, Jaquira
Para las muchachas que fuimos, para la muchacha que fui, para las muchachas de todo el mundo que son como nosotras solíamos ser. Para las muchachas que nunca se vieron reflejadas en los libros. Para las muchachas ordinarias. Jaquira Díaz siempre se encontró entre extremos en lugares...
Solito : a memoir
Zamora, Javier
New York Times Bestseller * Read With Jenna Book Club Pick as seen on Today * Winner of the Los Angeles Times Christopher Isherwood Prize for Autobiography * Winner of the American Library Association Alex Award A young poet tells the inspiring story of his ...
Harvest of empire : a history of Latinos in America
Gonza?lez, Juan
A sweeping history of the Latino experience in the United States. The first new edition in ten years of this important study of Latinos in U.S. history, Harvest of Empire spans five centuries--from the European colonization of the Americas to through the 2020 election....
Neruda on the Park A Novel
Natera, Cleyvis.
NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS' CHOICE * An exhilarating debut novel following members of a Dominican family in New York City who take radically different paths when faced with encroaching gentrification "Strikes all the right notes--captivating characters, lyrical language,...
The story of my teeth
Luiselli, Valeria
"Luiselli follows in the imaginative tradition of writers like Borges and Márquez, but her style and concerns are unmistakably her own. This deeply playful novel is about the passion and obsession of collecting, the nature of storytelling, the value of objects, and the complicated bonds of...
Our migrant souls : a meditation on race and the meanings and myths of "Latino"
Tobar, Haector
WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION Named One of The New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2023 One of Time's 100 Must-Read Books of 2023 | A Top Ten Book of 2023 at Chicago Public Library A new book by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer...
Some of the light : new and selected poems
Hernandez, Tim Z.
25 years of writing from one of our most gifted Latinx poets, featuring work from early explorations of machismo to new meditations on life as a single father, immigrant detention, and spiritual inquiry Some of the Light gathers the first 25 years of Hernandez's award...
Red queen
Go?mez-Jurado, Juan
"Pacing of the breakneck variety. Short chapters, funny asides, lethally potent descriptions: They all contribute to a frenetic page-turning momentum... you'll have great fun reading it." --The New York Times Book Review Introducing Antonia Scott--the most...
Ordinary girls : a memoir
Díaz, Jaquira
One of the Must-Read Books of 2019 According to O: The Oprah Magazine * Time * Bustle * Electric Literature * Publishers Weekly * The Millions * The Week * Good Housekeeping "There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls<...
I'm not broken : a memoir
Leon, Jesse
"I'm Not Brokenis a book for survivors and those who know someone they hope survives, bodhisattvas all." -Sandra Cisneros In this unflinching and inspiring memoir, Jesse Leon tells an extraordinary story of resilience and survival, shining a light on a childhood spent...
Our share of night : a novel
Enriquez, Mariana
"A masterpiece of supernatural horror."--The Washington Post "An enchanting, shattering, once-in-a-lifetime reading experience."--The New York Times (Editors' Choice) ONE OF TIME AND THE ATLANTIC'S TEN BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR * ONE OF THE NEW...

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