By Barrie Olmstead, Adult Services Librarian
September 15, 2020
The Affairs of the Falcons by Malissa Rivero
Fleeing the economic and political strife of 1990s Peru, undocumented factory worker Ana struggles to support her family while fending off the challenges of discrimination, sexual harassment and a loan shark’s criminal enforcers.
Afterlife by Julia Alvarez
Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.
Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes
After her sister is kidnapped by a shadowy syndicate known as The Fridge, the foul-mouthed Captain Eva Innocente and her motley crew aboard La Sirena Negra must pay the ransom through a series of dangerous missions.
Dominicana by Angie Cruz
The award-winning author draws on her mother’s story in a tale set in a turbulent 1960s Dominican Republic, where a young teen agrees to marry a man twice her age to help her family’s immigration to America.
A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Traces a profoundly human family summer road trip across America that is shaped by historical and modern displacement tragedies as well as a growing rift between the two parents.
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico.
Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
A debut story collection about female relationships and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands features Latina protagonists of indigenous descent who cautiously navigate the violence and changes in a Denver, Colorado community.
A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos
After Lumi Santana’s dreams of owning her own Dominican fusion restaurant are dashed, she takes sous chef position in a traditional French restaurant where she clashes with an irascible celebrity chef.
Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir by Jean Guerrero
The author chronicles her quest to find and save her charismatic, troubled and elusive father, a self-mythologizing Mexican immigrant who travels across continents – and across borders between imagination and reality – fleeing real and invented persecutors.
A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande
The nationally best-selling author of The Distance Between Us describes her harrowing early experiences as a first-generation Latina university student and aspiring writer who navigated racism and poverty to build a life for her family.
The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu
An award-winning writer and former agent for the U.S. Border Patrol describes his upbringing as the son of a park ranger and grandson of a Mexican immigrant, who, upon joining the Border Patrol, encountered the violence and political rhetoric that overshadows life for both migrants and the police.
Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir by Cherrie Moraga
The pioneering queer theorist examines her Mexican ancestry, lesbian identity, and coming of age alongside her mother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s.
Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Diaz
A bracingly honest and heartrending memoir about girlhood in the housing projects of Puerto Rico, a mother’s battle with schizophrenia, and the author’s personal struggles with sexual assault and her efforts to pursue a literary career.
Spirit Run: A 6,000-mile Marathon through North America’s Stolen Land by Noe Alvarez
A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.
We Fed an Island: The True Story of Rebuilding Puerto Rico, One Meal at a Time by Jose Andres
The founder of World Central Kitchen describes how his culinary network challenged broken government systems while feeding tens of thousands of Puerto Ricans who lost their homes and livelihoods to Hurricane Maria.