7 books for Latinx Heritage Month

"A Long Petal of the Sea"

By Isabel Allende

A beautifully written historical novel set initially during the Spanish Civil War then spanning into 1970s Chile.

"The Undocumented Americans"

By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Part memoir, part narrative non-fiction, this book of excellent writing brings together real-life stories of those most affected by immigration rules and regulations offering deep insight and compelling truths.

"Bless Me, Ultima"

By Rudolfa Anaya

Anaya’s pioneering authorship introduced readers to engaging aspects of contemporary Chicano culture, a world that I can’t imagine not ever becoming familiar with. The owl, the moon, the river and the people of New Mexico make for rich connections, deep complexities and very enjoyable reading.

"The Adventures of China Iron"

By Gabriela Cabezon Camara

Set in Argentina, this book tells the story of China Iron, a woman seeking independence, freedom and love, which she finds in varying degrees as she shifts her identity to ensure survival and to explore a world not of her making.

"Mexican Gothic"

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Enter the gloom—a plant-based biological creeper—in this novel set in 1950s Mexico as the protagonist and her sickening cousin attempt to unleash themselves from it as it binds and possesses them and others in the countryside mansion and sinister family the cousin has married into.

"Undocuments"

By John-Michael Rivera

This is an expansive multigenre exploration of the Greater Mexican documentary that reveals the complicated ways all Latinx peoples, including the author, become objectified within cultures. John-Michael Rivera remixes the "Florentine Codex" and other documents as he takes an intense look at the anxieties and physical detriments tied to immigration.

"New and Emerging Issues in Latinx Health"

Edited by Airín D. Martinez and Scott D. Rhodes

This timely volume serves as a comprehensive and much-needed update to the literature on Latinx health. As both the United States and Latinx subgroups experience and anticipate demographic shifts, it is critical to examine the current epidemiology of Latinx health, as well as the factors influencing this population's health and well-being.