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.



April 23: " 'A job,' the woman repeated again, smiling, as if I hadn't heard her. 'Would you like one?' "

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.