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 18: "[W]ould it be too bold to imagine that all warm-blooded animals have arisen from one living filament…?"

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.