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These writers explore a range of storytelling, from gothic horror to personal memoirs. Explore a few of our favorite books by authors of Mexican descent.

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    Living Beyond Borders Book Cover Picture
    Living Beyond Borders Book Cover Picture

    Living Beyond Borders

    by Margarita Longoria

    In this mixed-media collection of short stories, personal essays, poetry, and comics, a celebrated group of authors shares the borders they have crossed, the struggles they have pushed through, and the two cultures they continue to navigate as Mexican Americans. Living Beyond Borders is at once an eye-opening, heart-wrenching, and hopeful love letter from the Mexican American community to today’s young readers.
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    $17.99

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    Finding Latinx

    by Paola Ramos

    In this empowering cross-country travelogue, journalist and activist Paola Ramos embarks on a journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, “Latinx.” She introduces us to the indigenous Oaxacans who rebuilt the main street in a post-industrial town in upstate New York, the “Las Poderosas” who fight for reproductive rights in Texas, the musicians in Milwaukee whose beats reassure others of their belonging, as well as drag queens, environmental activists, farmworkers, and the migrants detained at our border. Drawing on intensive field research as well as her own personal story, Ramos chronicles how “Latinx” has given rise to a sense of collectivity and solidarity among Latinos unseen in this country for decades.
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    $16.95

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    Latinx

    by Paola Ramos

    En esta inspiradora crónica de viaje de costa a costa, la periodista y activista Paola Ramos emprende una búsqueda de los individuos y comunidades que dan vida a un nuevo movimiento que esta definiendo el término controversial “Latinx”. Ramos nos presenta a un grupo de indígenas originarios de Oaxaca que ha reinventado la calle mayor de un pueblo industrial en el estado de Nueva York, a las “Las Poderosas”, que luchan por los derechos reproductivos en Texas, a unos músicos en Milwaukee que con sus ritmos confortan a otros sobre sus raíces… A lo largo de este viaje encontraremos también a activistas ambientales, trabajadores de campo, drag queens, e inmigrantes detenidos en la frontera. A partir de su trabajo periodístico sobre el terreno, así como de su historia personal, Ramos ilustra como el término “Latinx” ha dado paso a un sentimiento de pertenencia y solidaridad sin precedentes entre los latinos de este país.
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    $16.95

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    Where We Come From

    by Oscar Cásares

    From a distance, the towns along the U.S.-Mexican border have dangerous reputations, and Brownsville is no different. But to twelve-year-old Orly, it’s simply where his godmother Nina lives—and where he is being forced to stay the summer after his mother’s sudden death. Nina, however, has a secret: she’s providing refuge for a young immigrant boy named Daniel, for whom traveling to America has meant trading one set of dangers for another. Separated from the violent human traffickers who brought him across the border and pursued by the authorities, Daniel must stay completely hidden. And Orly’s arrival threatens to put them all at risk of exposure.
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    $16.95

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    De donde venimos / Where We Come From: A novel Book Cover Picture
    De donde venimos / Where We Come From: A novel Book Cover Picture

    De donde venimos / Where We Come From: A novel

    by Oscar Cásares

    Una deslumbrante novela sobre una familia mexicano-americana en Brownsville, Texas, que, por un acto de compasión, acaba involucrada en el tráfico de inmigrantes mexicanos a los Estados Unidos.
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    De donde venimos / Where We Come From: A novel Book Cover Picture

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    $17.00

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    Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo Book Cover Picture
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    Martita, I Remember You/Martita, te recuerdo

    by Sandra Cisneros

    As a young woman, Corina leaves her Mexican family in Chicago to pursue her dream of becoming a writer in the cafés of Paris. Instead, she spends her brief time in the City of Light running out of money and lining up with other immigrants to call home from a broken payphone. But the months of befriending panhandling artists in the métro, sleeping on crowded floors, and dancing the tango at underground parties are given a lasting glow by her intense friendships with Martita and Paola. Over the years the three women disperse to three continents, falling out of touch and out of mind—until a rediscovered letter brings Corina’s days in Paris back with breathtaking immediacy.
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    Mexican Gothic Book Cover Picture
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    Mexican Gothic

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    Step into an isolated mansion in 1950s Mexico with Noemí who arrives to save her cousin after receiving a frantic letter. This brave and glamorous socialite-turned-detective takes us on her journey to uncover the treacherous secrets that live between the walls, without knowing exactly who to trust.
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    $27.00

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    Under the Feet of Jesus

    by Helena Maria Viramontes

    A moving and powerful novel about the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions as migrant workers in California’s fields. Infused with the beauty of the California landscape and shifting splendors of the passing seasons juxtaposed with the bleakness of poverty, this vividly imagined novel is worthy of the people it celebrates and whose story it tells so magnificently. The simple lyrical beauty of Viramontes’ prose, her haunting use of image and metaphor, and the urgency of her themes all announce Under the Feet of Jesus as a landmark work of American fiction.
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    $16.00

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    Suncatcher

    by Jose Pimienta

    If life wasn’t already hard enough for Beatriz — being a teenager, trying to start a band, and going to school — she discovers that her grandfather’s soul has been trapped in an old guitar, and that the only way to free him is to play the perfect song. She’s determined to save her grandfather, but as music slowly takes over her life, she soon finds herself growing obsessed with his song at the expense of her friendships, her band, and her health. A story filled with music, passion, supernatural secrets, and family, Jose Pimienta’s Suncatcher brings to life a contemporary story of life in Mexicali with a supernatural twist and a lot of music.
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    $24.99

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    Crux

    by Jean Guerrero

    Throughout Jean Guerrero’s childhood, her father, Marco Antonio, was an erratic and elusive presence. In this lyrical, haunting memoir, Jean Guerrero tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she searches for explanations for her father’s behavior.  She crisscrosses the Mexican-American border to unearth the stories of cousins and grandparents and discovers a chain of fabulists and mystics in her lineage. As she delves deeper and deeper into her family’s shadowy past, Jean risks death on her adventures, imperiling everything in her journey to redeem her father from the underworld of his delusions.
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    Crux Book Cover Picture

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    $27.00

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    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture
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    The House on Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros

    The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Told in a series of vignettes-sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous-Sandra Cisneros’ masterpiece is a classic story of childhood and self-discovery. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
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    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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    $11.95

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    La Casa en Mango Street Book Cover Picture
    La Casa en Mango Street Book Cover Picture

    La Casa en Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros

    Elogiado por la crítica, admirado por lectores de todas las edades, en escuelas y universidades de todo el país y traducido a una multitud de idiomas, La casa en Mango Street es la extraordinaria historia de Esperanza Cordero. Contado a través de una serie de viñetas —a veces desgarradoras, a veces profundamente alegres— es el relato de una niña latina que crece en un barrio de Chicago, inventando por sí misma en qué y en quién se convertirá. Pocos libros de nuestra era han conmovido a tantos lectores.
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    La Casa en Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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    $11.95

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    The Black Jersey

    by Jorge Zepeda Patterson

    Marc Moreau, a professional cyclist with a military past, is part of a top Tour de France team led by his best friend, an American star favored to win this year’s Tour. But the competition takes a dark turn when racers begin to drop out in a series of violent accidents. Marc begins to have the sickening realization that his own team has been most favored by the murderer’s actions, and in the final stages of the race Mark himself emerges as the only cyclist left who could possibly beat his best friend and win the Tour. Whom can Marc trust? Whom should he protect?
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    $27.00

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    Like Water for Chocolate Book Cover Picture
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    Like Water for Chocolate

    by Laura Esquivel

    This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter to be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.
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    Like Water for Chocolate Book Cover Picture

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    $16.95

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    Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate Book Cover Picture
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    Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate

    by Laura Esquivel

    Terrenal, mágico y absolutamente encantador, este relato de la vida familiar en el México finisecular se convirtió, con la mezcla acertada de romance doloroso e ingenio agridulce, en un fenómeno de best-seller. La clásica historia de amor se sitúa en el rancho De la Garza, mientras la dueña tiránica Mamá Elena corta cebolla en la mesa de cocina durante sus últimos días de embarazo. Aún dentro del útero de su madre, la futura hija llora tan violentamente que causa un parto prematuro y la pequeña Tita nace entre las especies para preparar sopa de fideos. Este temprano encuentro con la comida pronto se convierte en una forma de vida. Tita se convierte en una chef maestra y, a lo largo de la historia, comparte puntos especiales de sus recetas favoritas con los lectores.
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    Como agua para chocolate / Like Water for Chocolate Book Cover Picture

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    $16.00

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    Horizontal Vertigo

    by Juan Villoro

    Horizontal Vertigo: The title refers to the fear of ever-impending earthquakes that led Mexicans to build their capital city outward rather than upward. With the perspicacity of a keenly observant flaneur, Juan Villoro wanders through Mexico City seemingly without a plan, describing people, places, and things while brilliantly drawing connections among them. In so doing he reveals, in all its multitudinous glory, the vicissitudes and triumphs of the city ’s cultural, political, and social history: from indigenous antiquity to the Aztec period, from the Spanish conquest to Mexico City today—one of the world’s leading cultural and financial centers.
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    $30.00

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    El vértigo horizontal / Horizontal Vertigo

    by Juan Villoro

    Con mirada atenta y pulso firme, Juan Villoro se desdobla en periodista, transeúnte, comprador de plumas, adulto nostálgico, padre responsable, brigadista de emergencia, y nos ofrece un testimonio de las múltiples experiencias que la capital mexicana depara a todos y cada uno de sus agremiados.
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    El vértigo horizontal / Horizontal Vertigo Book Cover Picture

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    Sudden Death

    by Álvaro Enrigue

    Sudden Death is a daring, kaleidoscopic novel about the clash of empires and ideas, told through a tennis match in the sixteenth century between the radical Italian artist Caravaggio and the Spanish poet Francisco de Quevedo, played with a ball made from the hair of the beheaded Anne Boleyn.
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    Mexican WhiteBoy

    by Matt de la Peña

    Danny is brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. But it works the other way too. And Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. That’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. But to find himself, he may just have to face the demons he refuses to see–the demons that are right in front of his face. And open up to a friendship he never saw coming.
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    $9.99

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    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    by Erika L. Sánchez

    Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend, Lorena, and her first love (first everything), Connor, Julia is determined to find out.
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    $11.99

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    Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana

    by Erika L. Sánchez

    Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta. Ese era el rol de su hermana Olga. Olga no fue a la universidad, se quedó en casa para cuidar a sus padres, limpiar la casa y trabajar a medio tiempo. Julia tiene grandes sueños y no quiere formar parte del camino de su hermana mayor. Pero un solo error, que ocurre mientras enviaba un mensaje de texto al mismo tiempo que cruzaba la calle más concurrida de Chicago, resulta en la muerte de Olga, dejando atrás a Julia para ocuparse de las secuelas. Sus padres, quienes inmigraron ilegalmente a Chicago desde México en busca de una vida mejor, están inconsolables. La madre de Julia parece canalizar su dolor para señalar de todas las maneras posibles que Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta que Olga era. Pero Julia pronto descubre que Olga puede haber tenido secretos, también. Con la ayuda de su mejor amiga Lorena, Julia está decidida a descubrirlo. ¿Era Olga realmente lo que parecía? ¿O había algo más en la historia de su hermana? Y de cualquier manera, ¿cómo puede Julia incluso intentar vivir a la altura de un ideal aparentemente imposible?
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    $12.95

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    Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.

    by María Amparo Escandón

    Serving a sentence in a prison in Mexico, Libertad González finds a clever way to pass the time with the weekly Library Club, reading to her fellow inmates from whatever books she can find in the prison’s meager supply. The story that emerges, though, has nothing to do with the words printed on the pages. With her stories, Libertad enthralls a group of female prisoners every bit as eccentric as the tales she tells. In González and Daughter Trucking Co., bestselling author María Amparo Escandón seamlessly blends together these elements into one compelling and unexpected conclusion that will have you cheering for Libertad and filled with joy.
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    Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co. Book Cover Picture

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    $15.00

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    Lost Children Archive

    by Valeria Luiselli

    In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained—or lost in the desert along the way.
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    $16.95

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    Desierto Sonoro / Lost Children Archive: A novel Book Cover Picture
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    Desierto Sonoro / Lost Children Archive: A novel

    by Valeria Luiselli

    Desierto sonoro, tercera novela de Valeria Luiselli, combina lo mejor de dos grandes tradiciones literarias, la del viaje y la del éxodo: trasiega por el asfalto y atraviesa horizontes desérticos, se detiene en moteles de carretera y penetra en los territorios íntimos de sus personajes, ofreciendo con precisión una serie de instantáneas que retratan las infinitas capas del paisaje geográfico, sonoro, político y espiritual que conforman la realidad contemporánea. Un relato conmovedor y necesario que muestra la fragilidad con que se definen los lazos familiares, indaga en la manera en que documentamos nuestras existencias y pasamos las historias de generación en generación, y se pregunta qué significa ser humano en un mundo cada vez más deshumanizado.
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    Desierto Sonoro / Lost Children Archive: A novel Book Cover Picture

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    Gods of Jade and Shadow

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
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    $17.00

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    Velvet Was the Night

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    1970s, Mexico City. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents. Velvet Was the Night is an edgy, simmering historical novel for lovers of smoky noirs and anti-heroes.
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    $28.00

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