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20 Books by Latinx Authors Everyone Should Read

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Let’s be real: Whether it’s for work or for play, we’re online 24/7, and sometimes (far more often than we probably admit) we need a tech-free break. That’s why reading is so nice; it lets us step away from our crazy, hectic lives and, most importantly, our screens. The problem, then, is figuring out what to read. That’s where we come in.

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While Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) is a time to celebrate Hispanic Americans, these Latinx authors (and their amazing books) deserve support year-round. Whether you’re looking for a more lighthearted read, something inspirational, or something that sheds light on the struggles faced by the Latinx community, these books should be at the top of your “to-read” list. 

These books come highly recommended by the readers on Goodreads, one of the most popular websites for book lovers everywhere, so you know they’ll be good. Read on for some new books to add to your bookshelf ASAP. 





Patricia Engel

Infinite Country

After half a century of violence in Colombia, life is brutal for Elena and Mauro, a young couple in Bogotá. When their first daughter is born, they set their sights on the United States. However, that’s far from the end of their story. In Infinite Country, readers are given a front-row seat to the daily reality of the undocumented in America and what happens when a family is split up.

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Gabriela Garcia

Of Women and Salt

Jeanette is desperate to learn more about her family history, but her mother Carmen, a Cuban immigrant, is reluctant to share. Steadfast in her quest for understanding, Jeanette travels to Cuba to see her grandmother and reckon with secrets from the past destined to erupt.

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Velvet Was the Night

In 1970s Mexico City, Maite is a secretary who loves to escape into stories of passion and danger. Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live the kind of life that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents. But Maite isn’t the only one looking for Leonora.

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Naima Coster

What’s Mine and Yours

After a new county initiative in Piedmont, North Carolina draws students from the largely Black east side of town into the predominantly white high schools on the west side, families are outraged yet forced to adjust. The story shows two sides of the integration debate: one where a mother must teach her son the tools to survive as a young Black man in America and the other where a mother refuses to see her half-Latina daughters as anything but white.

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Kirstin Valdez Quade

The Five Wounds

During Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, Amadeo Padilla is given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday Procession, but his life takes a turn when his 15-year-old daughter, Angel, shows up pregnant on his front doorstep. Putting his own personal goals on hold, Amadeo must help his daughter on a new path.

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Zoraida Córdova

The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina

The Montoyas are used to a life without explanations. They never wonder why the pantry never seems to run low—or even empty—or why their matriarch, Orquídea Divina, refuses to ever leave their home. But when Orquídea invites them all to her funeral and to collect their inheritances, they hope to finally learn the secrets she’s kept buried for so long. However, they’re left with more questions than answers.

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Chanel Cleeton

The Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba

When Grace Harrington lands a job at Hearst’s newspaper in 1896, she is immediately caught up in the cutthroat world of journalism. When the story of Evangelina Cisneros, the “Most Beautiful Girl in Cuba,” breaks, it changes not just the course of Grace’s career but also her life.

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Sofía Segovia

Tears of Amber

With the threat of the Soviets looming, Ilse and her family must leave the only life they’ve ever known on their small farm in East Prussia. But the family also brings along Janusz, their young Polish laborer, whose enchanting folktales keep Ilse’s mind off of the cold and the horrors unfolding around them.

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic.

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John Paul Brammer

¡Hola Papi!

In ¡Hola Papi!, JP shares his story of growing up biracial and in the closet in America’s heartland while attempting to answer some of life’s toughest questions: How do I let go of the past? How do I become the person I want to be? Is there such a thing as being too gay? Should I hook up with my grade school bully now that he’s out of the closet? They’re questions we’ve all asked ourselves, surely.

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María José Ferrada

How to Order the Universe

Seven-year-old M is enchanted by her father’s work as a traveling salesman and convinces him to take her along. In her innocence, M barely notices the rising tensions and precarious nature of their work until she and her father connect with an enigmatic photographer, E, whose presence threatens to upend the unusual life they’ve created.

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Alexis Daria

A Lot Like Adiós

After burning out in her corporate marketing career, Michelle Amato has built a thriving freelance business as a graphic designer. So what if her love life is nonexistent? She’s perfectly fine being the black sheep of her marriage-obsessed Puerto Rican-Italian family. Besides, Gabe, the only guy who ever made her want “happily ever after,” moved across the country and left her behind 13 years ago.

Then, they’re reunited.

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Elizabeth Gonzalez James

Mona at Sea

Mona is seven months out of college and desperately trying to reassemble the pieces of her life after the Wall Street job she had waiting for her post-graduation dissolves in the wake of the Great Recession. When her reaction to losing her job goes viral and she is publicly branded the “Sad Millennial,” Mona begins a downward spiral into self-pity, bitterness, and late-night drunken binges on cat videos.

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Jamie Figueroa

Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer

In the tourist town of Ciudad de Tres Hermanas, in the aftermath of their mother’s passing, two siblings spend a final weekend together in their childhood home. Seeing her brother, Rafa, careening toward a place of no return, Rufina devises a bet: If they can make enough money performing for privileged tourists in the plaza over the course of the weekend to afford a plane ticket out, Rafa must commit to living. If not, Rufina will make her peace with Rafa’s own plan for the future, however terrifying it may be.

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Brenda Peynado

The Rock Eaters: Stories

In this collection of stories by Brenda Peynado, she explores what it means to cross borders and break down walls, personally and politically. Stories contain elements of science fiction, fantasy, and magical realism to reflect the nature of humanity and our flawed world.

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Jamie Cortez

Gordo

In this collection of short stories, a young boy named Gordo lives in a migrant workers camp in California during the 1970s and experiences the challenges of growing up and the struggles of being the son of migrant workers.

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Tami Charles

Muted

Seventeen-year-old Denver uses music as an outlet and a way to escape her very small, white hometown. When she and her friends work their way into the orbit of the biggest R&B star in the world, Denver finally thinks she’s found a way out. However, she begins to realize that the music industry is not everything she thought it would be.

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Elisabet Velasquez

When We Make It

Sarai is a first-generation Puerto Rican eighth grader who can see with clarity the truth, pain, and beauty of the world both inside and outside her Bushwick apartment. Together with her older sister Estrella, she navigates the strain of family traumas and the systemic pressures of toxic masculinity and housing insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn. Sarai questions the society around her, her Boricua identity, and the life she lives with determination and an open heart, learning to celebrate herself in a way that she has been denied.

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Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez

For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts

In For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts, Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez offers wisdom and a liberating path forward for all women of color. She crafts powerful ways to address the challenges Brown girls face, from imposter syndrome to colorism. She empowers women to decolonize their worldview and defy “universal” white narratives by telling their own stories. Her book guides women of color toward a sense of pride and sisterhood and offers essential tools to energize a movement.

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Carribean Fragoza

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

This collection of stories resides in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border—and universes beyond.

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Tarana Burke

Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement

Unbound is the story of an inimitable woman’s inner strength and perseverance, all in pursuit of bringing healing to her community and the world around her. It is also a story of possibility, empathy, power, and the leader we all have inside ourselves. In sharing her path toward healing and saying “me too,” Tarana reaches out a hand to help us on our own journeys.

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