As the resident quasi-Latino, this reminder falls to me. I’ve been trying to get back to my Latin roots lately. I’ve been taking salsa classes since February and chasing after Latin ladies (related? probably.), but I haven’t picked up a good Latin American book in awhile. This seems like the appropriate time. And luckily, I’ve a lot to choose from. Here are some of the books we’re coming out with that could fall under the Latino Heritage category.

Red April
Red April by Santiago Roncagliolo – This is one I should really read after taking that trip to Peru last fall. It’s a political thriller set mostly in Lima about terrorist organizations and oppressive government during the turn of the 21st century.

When a Heart Turns Rock Solid
When a Heart Turns Rock Solid by Timothy Black – An associate professor of sociology writes the story of three Puerto Rican brothers he has befriended over the last 18 years, whose lives take very different paths. Rarely would one find a better exploration of how economic, social and cultural forces shape individual lives and choices.

How to Raise the Perfect Dog
How to Raise the Perfect Dog by Cesar Millan – Television’s “Dog Whisperer” shows us, in his trademark friendly voice, the best way to build a great foundation for your puppy in the early years.

The House on Mango Street
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros – Recently refurbished, this modern classic still resonates clearly with the innumerable families who’ve gone through something similar.

And if you’re looking for books in Spanish language, we’ve got you covered there as well. Recently, we’ve released Roberto Bolano’s 2666 and Isabel Allende’s La isla bajo el mar, and just over the horizon is Gabriel Garcia Marquez: Una Vida, Nabakov’s Lolita, and Sebold’s Desde mi cielo (which is the Spanish title for “The Lovely Bones’).

For more titles en espanol, click here!

-David

Don't forget Latino Heritage Month!

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