Poetry, short stories, novels and memoirs from ancient and modern writers. This list is a small selection of books on this subject.
In an affluent Los Angeles community, a Mexican live-in maid, Araceli, discovers that her employers are gone, and she is left in a sprawling house, with the owners' two little boys. So begins an adventure in today's Los Angeles, as Araceli takes the two children on a search for their grandfather Señor Torres.
Ana Castillo, novelist, poet, journalist, and social critic, recounts the challenges, joys in this collection of personal essays.
Young Anthony Márez tells the tale of his boyhood, his friends, his religious stirrings, the events of his small community, and the wisdom of Ultima, a curandera who became his teacher, in this lyrical novel.
Details the experiences of Oscar and his family and friends in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic, exposing you to a rich mix of the cultures in both locations.
Written by writers from all over the world this collection of poems pays tribute to Che Guevara
A complete collection, for the first time in English, of Clarice Lispector's short stories. She is one of South America's recently "discovered" major writers.
Pregnant and abandoned in Chile by her lover who is lured by the California gold rush, sixteen-year-old Elizabeth Sommers heads to San Francisco herself. Disguised as a boy, she spends four years searching for the man she thought she loved, all the while being guided and cared for by Tao Chi-en, a Chinese healer.This is a sweeping historical novel that follows the adventures of its heroine from her childhood in Chile to the gold fields of California as she searches for her first love.
From today's news and headlines, Acevedo depicts a love story set within the history of Castro's Cuba; about those who dare to leave and those who do not; and Maria Sirena's story about her incredible family of fiercely strong, independent people.
This is one of the world's great classics. Over the centuries there have been numerous translations, and this one by Edith Grossman is thought to be one of the finest. There have been plays, ballets, an opera and a musical, Man of La Mancha based on the novel. And it has generated a word, quixotic, and a phrase, "tilting at windmills".
A lively collection of short stories by Bolivian writers, some of whom warrant more readers.
Richard Blanco was the fifth poet selected to read an original poem for a United States Presidential Inauguration. As an openly gay man and Cuban immigrant this was a very special event, which he recounts with humor, insight and reverence.
Short bilingual prose poems/flash fiction portray Buenos Aires in all of its glitz, sadness, hope and unbroken political turmoil.
Santiago Roncagliolo has written a very sassy, funny and touching short story collection about relationships and communication.
A deeply involving look at South America's political turmoil during the 1960s and 1970s, when several nations' left-leaning governments were toppled by the military, with the covert assistance of the CIA, and many people lost their careers and possessions, or simply "disappeared". In a "Citizen Kane"-style narrative spanning forty years, a Brazilian diplomat obsessively tracks the involvement of Max, his onetime friend, mentor and colleague, in the intrigues that destroyed the lives of thousands of people in Chile, Uruguay, and their own country.
Thwarted love, magic, family traditions and recipes are part of this best-selling lovely novel set in turn of the century Mexico. As the youngest daughter of tyrannical Mama Elena, Tita cannot marry before her older sisters do. Tita and Pedro are madly in love, but Mama Elena has another plan--for Pedro to marry Rosaura, and Tita is to prepare the wedding dinner.
An early book of poetry from the current Poet Laureate of the United States, which chronicles a short torrid love affair, melding it with artistic, literary, social allusions, and life in the barrio.
In this awad-winning debut novel, tough life-altering decisions face Lizet, daughter of Cuban immigrants, who is about to enter college, and leave her immediate family. A hard-won opportunity for advancement in a new country is not necessarily the answer to all of life's questions.
When Horsell Common is invaded by strange ships from another world, Scotland Yard seeks out H.G. Wells, whose new novel The War of the Worlds bears an uncanny resemblance to recent occurrences. Did Wells know about the Martian invasion prior to its happening? In the second book of a planned trilogy, following up 2011's The Map of Time, Felix Palma spins a gripping tale of alien invasion and time travel.
Palma has won the following awards: Cadiz Latin American Story Award, 2003, for the short story "Los Arácnidos" ("The Arachnids"); Luis Berenguer Award for Novel, 2005, for Las Corrientes Oceánicas; Ateneo de Sevilla XL Prize, 2008, for El Mapa del Tiempo. [Contemporary Authors Online 2012, Literature and Resource Center]
This multi-layered story follows 100 years in the life of the Buendia family in the jungle settlement of Macondo. Translated from Spanish.
The 25th anniversay edition of Luis J. Rodriguez's first published poetry collection, when he was "a 35-year old unknown writer hungry for the power of words, metaphors, and images, for the purposeful agreements that keep people in life, in art, in the realms of meaning and connection."
The autobiography of the first Latino and openly gay presidential inaugural poet.
Roncagliolo was the youngest recipient of the Alfaguara Prize for this political thriller about a murder in Peru, possibly by the brutal terrorist group the Shining Path, and the equally brutual reaction by the Fujimori government. While trying to take the just course of action, a district prosecutor is pulled into a society trapped in chaos and anarchy.
Political cartoons are charged with commentary, but their artist has an advantage as a satirist, and may also have tremendous power to influence an entire country. "The living legend," political cartoonist Javier Mallarino, has his conscience and position rattled by a young woman who forces him to examine his life and work.
A fine selection of thirty-one women writers from fourteen Latin American countries. This collection brings awareness to writers whose works may not be well-known and deserve attention.
A man investigates the death of an acquaintance, and in the process explores the experiences of a generation of Colombians impacted by Escobar and the drug trade.
Junot Diaz, known for two other books: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Drown continues the story of Yunior in this candid, funny, poignant set of short stories about the heartache between men and women as the result of the love/lust that fuels but rarely sustains relationships. Several stories are told in the first-person narrative, in Diaz's unique raw and chilling style which hits at the bone-marrow truth of people's lives.
Eduardo Galeano is best known for the trilogy Memory of Fire, which is a searing denunciation of colonialism throughout the Americas. Using poetic prose Galeano created 333 vignettes that should be read very carefully. All of them are beautiful but are loaded with political, social and ethical irony.
After his marriage falters, Urrea takes a long car ride, wandering cross-country from east to west, writing lyrically about the land, his life, and his past.