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5 Latinx Authors You Should Have On Your Bookshelf

Sandra Cisneros

Whether you’re the cultured reader among your friends (show off) or haven’t seriously read a book since college (we feel you), books feed your soul and quite frankly in this technology-obsessed day and age, all of our souls need nutrition. With that said, here is our short list of Latinx authors you can count on for much needed wisdom on dreary days.

These are the books about culture, love, identity, and family that will have you finger-snapping at the emotional truths, and feeling seen in ways you never thought you needed.

The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

We know, we know. Another person recommending House on Mango Street to you. Listen, there is a reason why this book keeps gaining fans worldwide, even though it’s over twenty years old. It really is just that good. The poetic verses will rip your heart right out, especially the chapter titled Geraldo No Last Name. You have to read it to see what we are talking about.

City of the Beasts by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a queen and all of her books are phenomenal. However, if you’re going to begin with any one of them, start with City of Beasts. It will take you on a wild adventure.

2666 by Roberto Bolaño

Three reasons why you should commit to this mammoth of a book. One: the author is a genius who isn’t often talked about in literary circles in the US. Two: the story is gripping, yet heartbreaking–it revolves around the enigmatic unsolved murders of 300 Mexican women in a city called Santa Teresa. Three: Santa Teresa was inspired by the real life city of Juárez, where hundreds of women have (and continue) to be murdered since the early 90’s.

Drown by Junot Díaz

This book takes a deep dive into identity and asks questions of culture, place, immigration and family. You’ll find yourself rooting for Yunior from Santo Domingo, all the way to New Jersey. You’ll want to shelter him from the pain of loss, his hopes will become yours, and at the end of the book, you’ll realize that Yunior is the part of you that needs love too.

100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

So your pseudo-intellectual friend keeps telling you this is their favorite book and as a result you’re turned off. Don’t be. It is a classic that holds the test of time. The magical realism of the isolated family and their need for companionship in conflict along with the need for solitude (living in a jungle village – in potentially Columbia? – you’ll never really find out) is the riddle that keeps your trance and the pages turning.

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