Latino Literature

Essential documents of the Latino experience in the U.S. and elsewhere.



Norton Anthology of Latino Literature

By Ilan Stavans


William Carlos Williams, Julia Alvarez, and Junot Díaz appear in this just-published definitive collection of four centuries of Latino writing that took over a decade to produce. Award-winning cultural critic Stavans showcases the finest work of more than 200 writers on everything from colonization to the mainstreaming of Latino culture.





The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

By Oscar Hijuelos


Not long after their arrival in the U.S., two young Cuban musicians—the Castillo brothers—make a musical (and romantic) splash in 1940s Manhattan. The novel follows the Castillos' artistic rise, brotherly rivalry, and tragicomically intense passions; the novel garnered Hijuelos the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.





Hunger of Memory:
The Education of Richard Rodriguez

By Richard Rodriguez


Award-winning television commentator and journalist Rodriguez started his schooling with just 50 words of English and ended up with an education that took him to the pinnacle of academic success. But along the way he found himself alienated from his parents and culture. In this profound and moving work of autobiography, Rodriguez questions the price of assimilation and tackles the issues of affirmative action and bilingual education along the way.





When I Was Puerto Rican

By Esmeralda Santiago


The first volume in Santiago's bestselling three-part autobiography begins with her girlhood in rural Puerto Rico and follows her to the streets of Brooklyn and halls of Harvard. Her challenges weren't only that of a young woman crossing a cultural divide—this riveting family story also chronicles a young life under the watch of feuding, strong-willed parents.




The Mixquiahuala Letters 

By Ana Castillo


The relationship between two independent women—a writer and an artist, one Anglo, the other Latina—serves as the backbone to poet and cultural critic Castillo's eloquent first novel, which studies through 40 letters how Latina women relate and view the world, and the poignant experience of life without a sense of home.



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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.