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Author Recommendations for Latinx Heritage Month

Celebrate stories from around the world by authors of Latinx/Hispanic heritage! Discover book recommendations from some of our beloved authors, including Cristina Henríquez, Sandra Cisneros, and more. Discover more books written by Latinx/Hispanic authors here.

This Latinx Heritage Month we want to hear your story! Share with us on social media what Latinx Heritage Month means to you or your favorite Latinx/Hispanic author or story with the hashtag #CuentosUnidos, and every time you do we’ll make a donation to We Need Diverse Books.*

*For each social media post using #CuentosUnidos, Penguin Random House will donate $1 to We Need Diverse Books (up to $15,000) in celebration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month (from 9/15/19 through 10/15/19).

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    Taína Book Cover Picture
    Taína Book Cover Picture

    Taína

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

    Julia Álvarez, author of Before We Were Free: “Latin American magical realism leaps over any borders and ends up in the barrio of Spanish Harlem. A love story, coming-of-age story, a mystery, a whodunit story, and ultimately a story of true love in the broadest sense.”
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    Taína Book Cover Picture

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    Taína Book Cover Picture

    Taína

    by Ernesto Quiñonez

    Leerlo en Español!
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    Taína Book Cover Picture

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    The Book of Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture

    The Book of Emma Reyes

    by Emma Reyes

    Ana Castillo, author of The Guardians: “The Book of Emma Reyes is a diamond in the rough. It serves up, with the tastiness of street-vendor meats off a hot grill, the story of two sisters who grew up in unforgiving circumstances. If you are vegetarian, don’t worry: The spices, like the author’s exquisite memory for detail, will fill your imagination. For a while afterward you’ll wonder how it is that some children survive their childhood, and you’ll surely be thankful for your own.”
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    The Book of Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture

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    El libro de Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture
    El libro de Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture

    El libro de Emma Reyes

    by Emma Reyes

    Leerlo en Español!
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    El libro de Emma Reyes Book Cover Picture

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    Cantoras Book Cover Picture

    Cantoras

    by Carolina De Robertis

    Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban: “A lyrical, richly sensory novel about a group of renegade cantoras—slang for queer women—who claim a beach refuge during the worst years of the dictatorship in Uruguay, and beyond. Together they steal time from oppression of all kinds, unspooling the infinity of themselves. Pointedly relevant to our own dangerous age, Carolina De Robertis has gifted us a majestic work of song and imagination, a handbook to survival for us all.”
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    Cantoras Book Cover Picture

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    Fruit of the Drunken Tree Book Cover Picture

    Fruit of the Drunken Tree

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street: “When women tell stories, they are finally at the center of the page. When women of color write history, we see the world as we have never seen it before. In Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras honors the lives of girls who witness war. Brava! I was swept up by this story.”
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    Fruit of the Drunken Tree Book Cover Picture

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    La fruta del borrachero Book Cover Picture

    La fruta del borrachero

    by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

    Leerlo en Español!
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    La fruta del borrachero Book Cover Picture

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

    The House on Mango Street

    by Sandra Cisneros

    Julia Alvarez, author of Before We Were Free: “A classic. . . . This little book has made a great space for itself on the shelf of American literature.”
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    The House on Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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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

    Leerlo en Español!
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    La Casa En Mango Street Book Cover Picture

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    Fever Dream Book Cover Picture

    Fever Dream

    by Samanta Schweblin

    Juan Gábriel Vasquez, author of The Shape of Ruins: “A wonderful nightmare of a book: tender and frightening, disturbing but compassionate. Fever Dream is a triumph of Schweblin’s outlandish imagination.”
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    Fever Dream Book Cover Picture

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    Sabrina & Corina Book Cover Picture
    Sabrina & Corina Book Cover Picture

    Sabrina & Corina

    by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

    Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street: “Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn’t met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven’t seen themselves in the pages of American lit before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you.”
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    Sabrina & Corina Book Cover Picture

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    Prayers for the Stolen

    by Jennifer Clement

    Cristina Henríquez, author of The Book of Unknown Americans: “What can I say about this novel? That it’s extraordinary, electric, heartbreaking, profound? There aren’t enough adjectives to describe how moved I was by the story of Ladydi and her friends, of their tragic lives and quiet fortitude in spite of a world that conspires against them. Maybe it’s enough just to say this: Prayers for the Stolen is the best book I’ve read in years.”
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    Prayers for the Stolen Book Cover Picture

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    Sudden Death Book Cover Picture

    Sudden Death

    by Álvaro Enrigue

    Carlos Fuentes, author of Happy Families: “[Enrigue] belongs to many literary traditions at once and shows a great mastery of them all. . . . His novel belongs to Max Planck’s quantum universe rather than the relativistic universe of Albert Einstein: a world of coexisting fields in constant interaction and whose particles are created or destroyed in the same act.”
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    Sudden Death Book Cover Picture

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