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Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future: A Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List

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Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future. That’s this year’s theme for Hispanic Heritage Month. In times like these, the theme is a manifesto to live by. The books in our catalog about the lives and contributions of Hispanic/Latinx communities attest to it. Whether writing about Latinx folks joining fellow Black Americans throughout history in the shared struggle for civil rights, personal stories of crossing borders and of staking a claim in a place to call home for a new beginning, or even the human condition in all its complexities in poetry, our authors highlight how important these voices are in the ongoing narrative of the United States. Take a look at these titles from our catalog! Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!


An African American and Latinx History of the United States

An African American and Latinx History of the United States
Paul Ortiz

“A welcome antidote to the poison of current reactionary attitudes toward people of color, their cultures, and place in the US.”


How Does It Feel to Be Unwanted

How Does It Feel to Be Unwanted?: True Stories of Mexicans Living in the United States
Eileen Truax

“It celebrates the tenacity and resilience of a community whose stories are, without any doubt, part of the American experience.”
—Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us


A Cup of Water Under My Bed

A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir
Daisy Hernández

“Hernández writes with honesty, intelligence, tenderness, and love. I bow deeply in admiration and gratitude.”
—Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street


Family Sentence

Family Sentence: The Search for My Cuban-Revolutionary, Prison-Yard, Mythic-Hero, Deadbeat Dad
Jeanine Cornillot

“As incisive as she is lyrical, funny as she is profound, Cornillot dislodges the bolero-and-palm-tree nostalgia associated with Cuban American identity, and asserts claim to a new and very real history.”
—H. G. Carillo, author of Loosing My Espanish


How to Love a Country

How to Love a Country: Poems
Richard Blanco

“A visionary hymn of love to the human beings who comprise what we call this country. Whether he speaks in the voice of an immigrant who came here long ago, or the very river an immigrant crosses to come here today, Blanco sings and sings.”
—Martín Espada, author of Vivas to Those Who Have Failed


Hunting Season

Hunting Season: Immigration and Murder in an All-American Town
Mirta Ojito

“Compelling and complex . . . Told with the authority of a much-respected journalist, whose own experience as an immigrant lends this book the depth, insights, and poignancy that only someone of her experience can convincingly—and rightfully—convey.”
—Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love


An Incomplete List of Names

An Incomplete List of Names: Poems
Michael Torres

“This spectacular collection of acutely conscious poems awakens readers to our universal need to belong. . . . He speaks to the constant naming and renaming of the self and others at the intersection of multiple identities and perceptions through an arresting voice that is provocative yet vulnerable, urban yet serene, mournful yet buoyant.”
—Richard Blanco, author of How to Love a Country


The Lost Apple

The Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the US, and the Promise of a Better Future
María de los Ángeles Torres

“Deeply felt and impressively researched, The Lost Apple undertakes the difficult work of reconciliation—between parents and children, exiles and revolutionaries, the Cuba of yesterday and the Cuba of today.”
—Gustavo Perez Firmat, author of Life on the Hyphen: The Cuban-American Way


The Weight of Shadows

The Weight of Shadows: A Memoir of Immigration & Displacement
José Orduña

“A provocative and insightful work that is destined to introduce a new form to the world of creative nonfiction...This memoir will no doubt be required reading for years to come.”
—Willie Perdomo, author of The Essential Hits of Shorty Bon Bon


When I Walk Through That Door

When I Walk Through That Door, I Am: An Immigrant Mother’s Quest
Jimmy Santiago Baca

“This slim, salient volume will open readers’ eyes wide to the true human stories behind blaring headlines about immigration policies and debates.”
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