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Women's History Month

Yo Soy Latina! Recommended Reads

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In honor of Women's History Month, I've compiled some recommended reads by Latina authors depicting the Latina experience in America and abroad. May you find yourself in  any of these books, feel inspired, and most of all learn from her because this is Her story.

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The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

Coming-of-age novel about Margot Sanchez, the South Bronx, dysfunctional families, and the courage to question everything you ever wanted.







 

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The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande shares her compelling experience of crossing borders and cultures in this middle grade adaptation of her memoir, The Distance Between Us.







 

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

The Book of Unknown Americans is the story of 15-year-old Maribel Rivera. This beautiful story takes us  on Maribel's journey of hope, dreams, guilt, and the universal search for love.







 

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Gabi: A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Gabi chronicles her last year of high school through her diary and daily experiences.






 

 

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When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

This is Esmeralda Santiago's story about growing up in Puerto Rico and adjusting to life in America when her mom decides to move to New York City.







 

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarez

This is the story of four sisters—Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, Sofia—and their family who are forced to escape the Dominican Republic and a start a new life in America.







 

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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

Inspired by the childhood of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, a Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba's traditional taboo against female drummers, Drum Dream Girl tells an inspiring true story for dreamers everywhere.



 

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My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic and the third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court. She is an American icon and an inspiration to many.






 

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

A sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and her mom to flee California during the Great Depression and live in a camp for Mexican farm workers.






 

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The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

This is the utterly captivating story of Lace Paloma and the family rivalry that will change her life forever.





 

 

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The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Sonia Manzano has crafted a gripping work of fiction based on her own life growing up during a fiery, unforgettable time in America when young Latinos took control of their destinies.






 

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Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia

It is a story of immense charm about women and politics, women and witchcraft, and women and their men.






 

 

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Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Summer of the Mariposas is a celebration of sisterhood and maternal love.

 







 

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The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become.







 

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True Love by Jennifer Lopez

In Jennifer Lopez's first book, she shares her 2 year journey into self-love and self-discovery.









 
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The Sweet Life: Find Passion. Embrace Fear, and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Dulce Candy Ruiz

Part memoir, part manifesto, The Sweet Life is a fun, inspirational guide for any woman who wants to find success and happiness without compromising who she is.





 

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Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Shame the Stars is a rich reimagining of Romeo and Juliet set in Texas during the explosive years of Mexico's revolution. Filled with period detail, captivating romance, and political intrigue, it brings Shakespeare's classic to life in an entirely new way.

 




 

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Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia has written two short collections and two novels that absolutely belong on this list! Particularly her debut novel "Signal to Noise". Please check out her work!

I' haven't read Silvia's work

I' haven't read Silvia's work, but thanks so much for the suggestion! Looking forward to it:)

Excellent list, Elisa!

Excellent list, Elisa!

Thank you:) I appreaciate it!

Thank you:) I appreaciate it!

Hispanic, not Latina

Great list, but I'd like to suggest you use Hispanic here instead of Latina. Please know that many Latinas speak languages other than Spanish (Portuguese, English, even French). So if the list doesn't incorporate any Brazilians or Haitians, for example, and uses a Spanish title, it's really a list of Hispanic women, and should reflect that. The two words are not interchangeable.

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