* Recommended for Teens
by Gary Jennings.
A mestizo boy in 16th century New Spain flees his home during the
fall of the Aztec empire and embarks on a search for his roots.
Bitter Sugar: A Lupe Solano Mystery
by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera.
Lupe investigates a mysterious offer to buy property rights to sugar
mills confiscated long ago by Castro. Murder and mayhem in Miami
* Breaking Through
by Francisco Jiménez.
A teenager and his family struggle to avoid deportation to Mexico
and to overcome hardship when forced to leave their California home
and work in the migrant fields.
Call Me Magdalena
by Alicia Steimberg.
The Planeta Prize-winning murder mystery, set in Argentina, explores
faith, romantic entanglements and religious and national identity.
Dirty Havana Trilogy
by Pedro Juan Gutiérrez.
After the Soviet Union's collapse and ensuing recession, a former
Havana journalist's life takes a downturn as he struggles with life
in the streets.
The Feast of the Goat
by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Haunted by memories, 49-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native
Dominican Republic and finds herself reliving the brutal regime
Frida: A Novel
by Barbara Louise Mujica.
Written in the voice of the sister of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo,
this is a fictionalized story of Frida's tumultuous personal and
The Ghost of John Wayne and Other Stories
by Ray González.
This debut collection of short stories explores the mystical and
magical in everyday settings throughout the Southwestern United
States, combining folklore and legend with reality.
In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd
by Ana Menendez.
Four aging Latinos gather regularly in a Miami park to play dominoes
and tell stories.
Interesting Monsters: Fictions
by Aldo Alvarez.
A gay New York couple, one a pop-music producer, the other a Puerto
Rican antique collector, examine their lives in the face of AIDS.
Let Their Spirits Dance
by Stella Pope Duarte.
This debut novel examines the effects of the death of a young soldier
in Vietnam on his Chicano family in Arizona through three decades.
Loving Pedro Infante
by Denise Chávez.
While having an affair, Tere Avila fantasizes about a deceased Mexican
singer, but eventually is faced with reality and the choices she
My Mother's Island
by Marnie Mueller.
Sarah Ellis, who is burdened with a terrible secret, travels to
Puerto Rico to care for her widowed mother who is dying of cancer.
Portrait in Sepia: A Novel
by Isabel Allende.
Set in 19th century Chile, a young woman learns the secrets of her
heritage while searching for her roots. Sequel to "Daughter
by K. J. A. Wishnia.
An ex-cop and single mother from Ecuador, Filomena Buscarsela is
an apprentice private investigator. Her current case involves an
The Road to Santa Fe
by Norman Zollinger.
Enrique Garcia, a district attorney in New Mexico, runs for governor.
Meanwhile he investigates a murder, begins a romance and dodges
a political scandal.
The Scared Stiff
by Judson Jack Carmichael.
A South American couple in financial trouble concoct a scheme to
collect the husband's life insurance payment, a plot that quickly
A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good): A Novel
by Oscar Hijuelos.
In 1947, a Cuban composer returns to his native Habana after imprisonment
at Buchenwald to recount his pre-war life, including a Parisian
by Angie Cruz.
A young art student is forced to return to her poverty-stricken
Dominican neighborhood to care for her depressed, widowed mother.
Song of the Water Saints
by Nelly Rosario.
This Dominican-born author explores a century in the lives and loves
of three generations of women, beginning in the Dominican Republic
and concluding in New York City.
Swift as Desire
by Laura Esquivel.
In Mexico City, Lluvia tries to mend the rift between her estranged
parents during her ailing father's final days.
by Alfredo Bryce Echenique.
A Peruvian musician and a cultured Salvadoran engage in a tempestuous
30-year relationship that spans 1960s to 1980s Paris, El Salvador
Woodcuts of Women
by Dagoberto Gilb.
Ten poignant stories about love, lust, betrayal and heartbreak.
Full of passion and humor, the book is a tribute to love's redemptive
Born in Blood and Fire: A Concise History of Latin America
by John Charles Chasteen.
From the violent conquests of Cortes to Che Guevara's quest for
political and social equality, six centuries of history are examined.
The Last Cowboys at the End of the World
by Nick Reding.
The supposedly extinct Chilean gauchos, or cowboys, are torn between
those who want to assimilate to the 20th century and those who want
to hold onto their hundreds of years of tradition. F3134 .R43 2001
Latino U.S.A.: A Cartoon History
by Ilan Stavans; illustrated by Lalo Alcaraz.
This book is "a breezy, quick-paced romp through Latin American
history, beginning in 1492 and running through the present day,"
completely illustrated in cartoons. E184.S75 S752 2000x
A Traveller's History of Mexico
by Kenneth Pearce.
This unconventional history examines the groups of Indians, from
the Olmec to modern-day Maya, who have been the foundation for this
passionate and highly complicated country. F1226 .P36 2002
Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution
by Frank McLynn.
This biography of the controversial revolutionary Mexican heroes
examines their disparate visions for their country set against the
backdrop of corrupt politics and American interests. F1234 .M155
Herencia: The Anthology of Hispanic Literature of the United
edited by Nicolás Kanellos.
This compilation embraces Chicano, Nuyorican, Cuban American, and
Latino writings, the voices of immigrants and the voices of exiles.
PS508.H57 H48 2002
I Ask the Impossible: Poems
by Ana Castillo.
The everyday life and hardships of Latinos are examined in this
fifth book of poetry by the author of The Mixquiahuala Letters and
Peel My Love Like an Onion. PS3553.A8135 I15 2001
In an Angry Season
by Lisa D. Chávez.
Captivity, racism, and personal struggle are among the themes in
this second collection of poetry by Chávez. PS3553 .H3463
Latin American Folktales: Stories from Hispanic and Indian Traditions
edited and with an introduction by John Bierhorst.
Set yourself "loose in a vivid world of tricksters, witches,
amorous young men, sneaky wives, and animals with magic powers."
GR111.H57 L37 2002
Latin & Caribbean Grocery Stores Demystified
by Linda Bladholm.
"This guidebook identifies and tells you how to use the vast
array of herbs, chiles, fruits, sauces, meats, beans, and prepared
foods at your neighborhood mercado." TX349 .B5325 2001x
Narcocorrido: A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas
by Elijah Wald.
This unusual and controversial genre of modern outlaw music which
blends the sensibilities of medieval ballads with the edgy grit
of gangsta rap is examined. ML3570 .W35 2001x
by Virgil Suárez.
Born in Havana but currently living in the United States, Suárez
explores loss, longing, and the meaning of exile in this book of
poetry. PS3569.U18 P35 2001
Salud: A Latina's Guide to Total Health
by Jane Delgado, Ph.D.
Addressing the physiological, cultural, and spiritual concerns of
Latinas, this revised edition features updated lists of relevant
books, hotlines, and websites. RA778.4.H57 D45 2002x
Twentieth Century Art of Latin America
by Jacqueline Barnitz.
An in-depth look at the major movements and artists of the last
century, including Wilfredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Diego Rivera, and
Frida Kahlo. N6502.5 .B36 2001
* Wáchale! Poetry and Prose about Growing Up Latino in
edited by Ilan Stavans.
This collection includes works by Judith Ortiz Cofer, Martin Espada,
and Gary Soto. The title is Spanglish for "watch out"
or "listen up." PZ5 .W12 2001
by Zarela Martínez with Anne Mendelson.
This cookbook features over 150 recipes from the Gulf coast of Mexico,
including Seafood Salad in Avocado Halves, Chicken Chileatole, and
Coconut Layer Cake. TX716.M4 M378 2001
Cuba Diaries: An American Housewife in Havana
by Isadora Tattlin.
The wife of an energy consultant describes her daily experiences
and her impressions of Cuban politics and culture through journal
entries covering four years. F1765.3 .T38 2002
Crossing Over: A Mexican Family on the Migrant Trail
by Rubén Martínez.
An award-winning journalist follows the journey of a Mexican family
as they migrate from the small town of Cheran to Missouri, California,
and Wisconsin. E184.M5 M388 2001
Hands to Work: The Stories of Three Families Racing the Welfare
by LynNell Hancock.
A journalist reveals the lives of three South Bronx women, including
a Puerto Rican single mother, as they try to find jobs before their
welfare benefits expire. HV99.N59 H36 2002
The Hispanic Condition: The Power of a People
by Ilan Stavans.
A novelist and scholar reflects on American Latino society through
observations about its art, literature, language, and history. E184.S75
The Other Face of America: Chronicles of the Immigrants Shaping
by Jorge Ramos.
Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos tells the stories of Latino immigrants
to America in this collection of 49 essays. E184.S75 R3613 2002x
* Out of War: True Stories from the Frontlines of the Children's
Movement for Peace in Colombia
by Sara Cameron.
Sara Cameron tells the stories of nine extraordinary children who
work toward solutions to violence and war in Colombia. HQ784.V55
Secret Missions to Cuba: Fidel Castro, Bernardo Benes, and Cuban
by Robert M. Levine.
The author exposes the hidden influence of a Cuban American lawyer,
whose ties to Fidel Castro affected the Elian Gonzalez controversy
and the 2000 election. E183.C9 L46 2001
The African Dream: The Diaries of the Revolutionary War in the
by Ernesto "Che" Guevara.
Frank and honest journal recounting the Congolese years of this
famous 20th Century Cuban revolutionary. DT658.22 .G8413 2001
American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood
by Maria Arana.
Shuttling between two distinct cultures, the author recalls her
childhood as the daughter of a Peruvian father and an American mother.
PN4874.A567 A3 2001
The Empress of Farewells: The Story of Charlotte, Empress of
by Prince Michael of Greece.
The sad and extraordinary tale of the ill-fated Empress Carlotta,
beautiful wife of Austrian Archduke Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico.
F1233.M45 M5313 2002
On Borrowed Words: A Memoir of Language
by Ilan Stavans.
The author reflects on his youth in Mexico City's Jewish ghetto
in order to find his place in the world.
PQ7079.2 .S78 Z47 2001
* Shakira; Woman Full of Grace:
by Ximena Diego.
The story behind the Grammy-winning crossover sensation. ML420.S528
The Short Sweet Dream of Eduardo Gutierrez
by Jimmy Breslin.
From hometown village to Brooklyn, N.Y., the tragic tale of a young
Mexican illegal killed in a New York City construction accident.
HD8085.N53 B74 2002
Until Death Do Us Part: My Struggle to Reclaim Columbia
by Ingrid Betancourt.
A prominent Colombian woman tells of her personal struggle to re-establish
democracy by confronting government corruption and the drug cartels
that control it. F2279.22.B48 A3 2002