December 30, 2018


The Latina Book Club is proud to release its 6th Annual Books of the Year List.

We are always happy to discover new Latinx authors like Ingrid Rojas Contreras, whose FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE made a big debut in English and Spanish.  There are also new books from favorite authors like Luis Alberto Urrea’s new THE HOUSE OF THE BROKEN ANGELS or Torrey Maldonado’s TIGHT.   

We were also happy to discover Latinx authors in all genres --- paranormals, thrillers, mysteries, romances, young adult books, etc.  Please review this list of Books of the Year. We guarantee that you’ll find a good book for kids of all ages.

With the New Year upon us, we might need to make room on the shelves for more books.  Please consider donating books to your child’s/ niece’s school or neighborhood library.  You can also share books with friends at the office or at social functions.

The Latina Book Club wishes everyone a Happy Holiday and all the very best for a Happy 2019! 


30 Day Guide to Your Power by Ivette Mayo – Self-help
43 Missing by Carmen Amato (Laurel & Croton) – fiction, cop thriller
A Dream Called Home by Reyna Grande (Atria Books) – memoir, young adult
America by Gabby Rivera (Marvel Comics) – comics
American Like Me by America Ferrera (Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster) – essays
Ana Maria Reyes Does Not Live In A Castle by Hilda Eunice Burgos (Lee & Low)
      – kidslit, young readers
Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes (Simon Pulse) – fiction, young adult, teen
Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel Friends) – fiction, young adult, sci fi
Blood On The Canvas: The Life & Legacy of Boxing Icon, Canto “TNT” Robledo by Joseph C. Robledo 
      (Golden Foothills Press) – memoir
Casa Rodrigo by Johnny Miles– fiction
Catch and Release by Guillermo Vida (Quintin Bauer Press) -- memoir
Cemetery Candles by Estela Vazquez Perez (Outskirts Press) – fiction, sci fi
Chainsaw Honeymoon by Steven Ramirez (Glass Highway) – fiction, mystery, comedy
Citizen Illegal by Jose Olivarez (Haymarket Books) – poetry
Collected Novellas by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) – fiction, magical realism
Corazon by Yesika Salgado – fiction
Coyote Songs by Gabino Iglesias (Broken River Books) – fiction, paranormal
Creatus Eidolon by Carmen DeSousa – fiction, sci fi
Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older (Scholastic) – kidslit, sci fi
Dance All Night by Alexis Daria (Swerve) – romance
Death Comes In Through the Kitchen by Teresa Dovalpage (Soho Press) – fiction, mystery
Del Corazon by Frank Brewster III (Guacamaya Enterprises) – poetry, songs
Delicious Satisfaction by Sabrina Sol (Brazen)—romance
Dreamers by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books) – kidslit, children’s lit
Drift by Chris Campanioni – fiction, futuristic
Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Doubleday Books) 
      – fiction, available in English & Spanish
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez 
       (Knopf Books for Young Readers) – fiction
Kingdom of Women by Rosalie Morales Kearns (Jaded ibis Press) – fiction
Last Exit to Montauk by Phillip Vega (The Word Verve) – fiction
Lex Files by Celeste Castro (Bella Books) – fiction, mystery, sci fi
Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez (Feminist Press) – essays
Lucky Luna by Diana Lopez (Scholastic) – kidslit, middle grade
Manteca: An Anthology of Afro-Latin@ Poets edited by Melissa Castillo-Garsow (Arte Publico Press) – poetry
Merci Suarez Changes Gears by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press) – kidslit, young readers
Mimi’s Parranda/ La Parranda de Mimi by Lydia M. Gil (Piῆata Books) – kidslit, bilingual
Mind Frame by Evelyn Ortiz (Dog Ear Publishing) – fiction, thriller
Night-Blooming Jasmin(n)e: Personal Essays and Poetry by Jasminne Mendez (Arte Publico Press) – poetry
Path to the Stars by Sylvia Acevedo (Clarion Books) -- memoir, young readers
Pretending He’s Mine by Mia Sosa (Avon Impulse) – romance
Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Inns Mouth Press) – fiction, sci fi
Reading Tea Leaves After Trump by Thelma T. Reyna (Golden Foothills Press) -- Poetry
Steel by J.L. Lora – fiction, urban fiction
Stella Diaz Has Something To Say by Angela Dominguez (Roaring Brook Press) – kidslit, children
Stripped by Zoey Castile (Kensington Books) – romance
The Closest I’ve Come by Fred Aceves (Harper Teen) – young adult
The Cost of Our Lives by Linda Gonzalez (WiDo Publishing) – fiction, young adult, teen
The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos (Carolrhoda Lab) – fiction, young adult
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya (Puffin Books) – kidslit, young readers
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez (Puffin books) – kidslit, middle readers
The Flying Girl by Margarita Engle (Simon & Schuster) – kidslit, young readers
The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea (Little, Brown) – fiction
The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara (Ecco / Harper Collins) – fiction, LGBT
The Infamous Miss Rodriguez by Lydia San Andres – romance
The King of Lighting fixtures by Daniel A. Olivas (University of Arizona Press) -- fiction
The Perfect Affair by Priscilla Oliveras (Zebra Books) – romance
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (Harper Teen) – fiction, young adult, poetry
The Resolutions by Mia Garcia (Katherine Tegen Books) – young adult
The Wind Called My Name by Mary Louise Sanchez (Lee & Low) – kidslit, young adult
They Called Me Gűero by David Bowles (Cinco Punto Books) – kidslit, poetry
Tight by Torrey Maldonado (Nancy Paulsen Books) – kidslit, middle readers
To Love a Scandalous Duke by Liana De La Rosa (Entangled) – historical romance
Today’s Inspired Latina; Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity edited by Jackie Camacho-Ruiz 
      (The Fig Factor) – essays, Self-help
Trapped by Maria Hernandez (MCT Publications) – fiction, mystery
Wedding Tango by Mariposa Cruz -- romance
What Happens in Summer by Caridad Pineiro (Sourcebooks Casablanca) – romance
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (Harper Teen) – young adult, LGBT
When We Love Someone We Sing To Them/ Cuando Amamos Cantamos by Ernesto Javier Martinez 
     (Reflection Press) – kidslit, bilingual
White Mexican by Linda Chavez Doyle (BookBaby) – fiction, young adult

Happy New Year
Happy Reading
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October 12, 2018


It takes courage to really look inside yourself and ask the “spiritual you” what you want and what it is that’s stopping you from achieving your dreams. Is it the fear of failure, fear of success, lack of focus, childhood issues, not being good enough or is it something hidden deep within? On this journey of transformation, you must want to feel whole and complete. You have to prepare to add passion and believe in yourself deep in your soul.  So, you can continue to move forward to your place of fulfillment. –Ivette Mayo

Short, fierce and very POWERful. 

Ivette Mayo’s book – A 30-Day Guide to Your POWER: Powerful Outcomes through Powerful Words – challenges you to look deep – Deeper! – into yourself and to step into your POWER.   Yes, all in caps.

Ivette leads readers into a journey of self-discovery, of self-analysis, of self-awareness.   She encourages you to change the “decades of negativity”; to shed the old and look forward to the new; to step into your POWER.  How?  By completing an S.W.O.T. Analysis – listing your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  Once you have gone through this deep analysis, once you are truly aware of your inner thoughts and desires, you can change your habits, your rituals, for better ones. 

“You have the power to change your feelings and thoughts about yourself!” states Ivette. 

Whether you write in Ivette’s POWER guide or in a sparkling new journal, the objective is to begin your POWER Ritual by writing down daily i-ffirmations© that will strengthen you physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Do this for 30-days. Start your personal journey.  Praise yourself and discover the real you. The daily i-ffirmations© are a beautiful way to start or even end your day.  Do not be afraid to meet the POWERful You.  S/he is beautiful. Good luck.  Buen viaje!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Ivette Mayo has been branded as the “POWER Coach” by her clients. This award winning entrepreneur, women’s POWER advocate, personal growth and leadership expert and business strategist believes in inspiring, encouraging and supporting her clients to be fearless and unyielding in their pursuit of creating valuable change and success.  Ivette is the owner of Yo Soy I AM, LLC, a personal development firm established in 2006.  Ivette’s high-energy style makes her a sought-out speaker at events on a variety of topics such as leadership, entrepreneurship, cultural awareness and empowerment.  She has spoken at events and conducted training for HR Block, JP Morgan Chase, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Prospanica, HACE and many other companies and organizations.  She is the Founder of POWR on Heels Network, a digital platform designed to encourage, empower and support women.  Ivette’s passion and purpose is to teach, spend time with her family and travel.  Visit her at
Facebook:  PowerOnHeelsNetwork

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October 4, 2018


Quintin Bauer Press

To all the girls I’ve loved before…

Guillermo Vidal is grateful for all the women who came into his life to teach him many valuable lessons about beauty, love and hope.  He’s also grateful to his brother Roberto from whom he got the title for this book.

 Guillermo Vida’s new memoir -- CATCH AND RELEASE: One Man’s Improbable Search for True Love and the Meaning of Life -- is funny, surprising and entertaining.  It’s Golden Girls meets Grumpy Old Men.  Readers will be please to learn that men also angst over meeting women, about what to wear, what to say, what to reveal.  A cute read about a man looking for love.

Guillermo had a hard upbringing as he came to this country from Cuba as a child and a political exile.  He was raised in a Colorado orphanage, but he grew up to be Mayor of Denver, and almost Governor of Colorado and almost a member of Obama’s cabinet.  But two divorces and some negative politics landed him in Vero Beach, Florida.  He’s now 64 years old, retired, alone, single and lost.  He must literally start from scratch – finding friends and getting back into the dating game. 

With a little help from his friends and some social media advice from his daughter, Guillermo discovers the wonderful – and perilous! – world of online dating.  With much trepidation and excitement, he begins to seek out worthy companions in hopes of finding his new soulmate; what he finds is… enlightening.  There was the psycho who refused to breakup with him; the woman who took all of 10 minutes to size him up and dump him; and the one who felt he was just too old.

Guillermo almost gives up a few times, but new lessons in meditation help him realize that all his life experiences, even the divorces, were lessons to be learned.  And when the lessons fail, his brother has some sage advice.  Roberto’s philosophy about “catch and release” is that dating is like fishing: when you catch one, measure the size and quality and, if not satisfied, release them.  Sort of like the adage about trying on clothes until you find the one that fits you.  And that is what Guillermo sets out to do on his quest to find a true love

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Guillermo Vidal is a native of Camagüey, Cuba. He spent most of his life growing up and working in Colorado. After graduating as a civil engineer from the University of Colorado, Denver, he went on to a long career in the public sector. During that time, he held various government positions including serving as the executive director for the Colorado Department of Transportation under Governor Roy Romer. He also went on to serve as the executive director for the Denver Council of Governments. Later, he worked as deputy mayor and manager of public works for then Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. In 2001, he became Denver’s first foreign-born mayor. Following his public sector career, Vidal became president and CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver. He served in this position until he retired to his writing, speaking, blogging and mentoring. Vidal considers himself a citizen of the world. He feels at home in his heart and lives wherever his passion takes him. Catch and Release is Vidal's second book. His first, Boxing for Cuba, depicts his challenging and inspiring immigration story in the United States. Follow Guillermo online at and on Twitter @Gvidal33V.




October 1, 2018


Gallery Books/ Simon & Schuster

“I believe that culture shapes identity and defines possibility; that it teaches us who we are, what to believe, and how to dream.  We should all be able to look at the world around us and see a reflection of our true live experiences.  Until then, the American story will never be complete.”  -- America Ferrera

Inspiring.  Courageous. Amazing.  

Once again, actress and activist America Ferrera has brought together a diverse group of individuals who straddle two or more cultures to bring us a wonderful collection of personal experiences that attempt to answer the question of “what kind of American am I?”  

Contributors to this anthology -- AMERICAN LIKE ME: Reflections on Life Between Cultures --  include Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laurie Hernandez, Diane Guerrero, Carmen Perez, Carmen Carrera, Randall Park, Michelle Kwan, Padma Lakshmi, etc.

Many readers will see themselves reflected in these stories, but note that these are not immigrant stories, these are American stories.  These are stories that make up the heart of this country for we are ALL part of the Great American Narrative, and that is what makes America great.

Book summary:  America Ferrera has always felt wholly American, and yet, her identity is inextricably linked to her parents’ homeland and Honduran culture. Speaking Spanish at home, having Saturday-morning-salsa-dance-parties in the kitchen, and eating tamales alongside apple pie at Christmas never seemed at odds with her American identity.

Still, she yearned to see that identity reflected in the larger American narrative.

Now, in American Like Me, America invites thirty-one of her friends, peers, and heroes to share their stories about life between cultures. We know them as actors, comedians, athletes, politicians, artists, and writers. However, they are also immigrants, children or grandchildren of immigrants, indigenous people, or people who otherwise grew up with deep and personal connections to more than one culture. Each of them struggled to establish a sense of self, find belonging, and feel seen. And they call themselves American enthusiastically, reluctantly, or not at all.

Ranging from the heartfelt to the hilarious, their stories shine a light on a quintessentially American experience and will appeal to anyone with a complicated relationship to family, culture, and growing up.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  America Ferrera is an award-winning actress, producer, director and activist. Ferrera is best known for her breakthrough role as “Betty Suarez” on ABC’s hit comedy, Ugly Betty, for which she won Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild, ALMA, and Imagen Awards. She produces and stars in the acclaimed NBC workplace comedy, Superstore, currently in its fourth season. In 2016 Ferrera cofounded HARNESS, an organization connecting storytellers and activists to amplify the cultural narrative around social justice. She speaks throughout the country as an advocate for human and civil rights and was the opening speaker at the monumental Women’s March on Washington in January 2017. Ferrera resides in New York and Los Angeles with her husband Ryan, their son Sebastian, and their two golden retrievers.  Check out her latest Tweets at @AmericaFerrera.





Anger doesn’t just disappear. It bubbles along, it surfaces in different ways. You try not to feel it every waking minute. You learn to live with it.---Averil

In the midst of life we are in death.---from a prayer

Jaded Ibis Press
At Last!  Women are speaking out against abuse in Hollywood, on TV….everywhere.   
The Latina Book Club salutes the silence breakers and the survivors.  Hence, when this “brilliant, moving novel” –KINGDOM OF WOMEN by Rosalie Morales Kearns– crossed our path, we were intrigued by its title and its exploration of violence against women.

KINGDOM OF WOMEN is a suspenseful, provocative, and captivating debut novel.

Rosalie Morales Kearns has written a bold and fantastic futuristic novel with realistic characters, fast-paced action and enough surprises to keep readers riveted.  Kearns puts her Catholic school upbringing to good use in this book.  It’s peppered with scripture and saints-name-dropping but not so much that the religious nuances disturb the story. We have a female priest, a revolution, and violent battle between the sexes. Many have wondered what the world would be like if women ran things, Kearns gives us one radical scenario.

SUMMARY:  In the near future, women will be priests; North Dakota will have seceded from the United Stations to form Erda, a republic of women; and around the world women will form vigilante groups to fight back against their male oppressors / rapists. 

At the heart of the revolution is Averil Parnell, one of the first female priests ordained by the Roman Catholic Church and the sole survivor of a gunman’s massacre of that first female graduating class.  15 Years later, the Church has banished Averil to a small parish for she’s become a symbol and a beacon for angry women everywhere.  The FBI believes she’s involved with the vigilantes; the Church wants her to confess to being a co-conspirator; while the female assassins see her as the living symbol of their cause, their saint.  Meanwhile, all Averil wants is to be left in peace to run her small church, plant her garden and come to terms with the religious visions plaguing her and the conversations with dead monks.  But the battle of the sexes becomes a reality, and Averil is suddenly thrust into a war where women refuse to turn the other cheek and where forgiveness is a moral failure.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the founder of Shade Mountain Press, the author of the magic-realist story collection VIRGINS AND TRICKSTERS, and the editor of the short story anthology THE FEMALE COMPLAINT: TALES OF UNRULY WOMEN. A product of Catholic schooling from kindergarten through college, Kearns has a B.A. in theology from Fordham University and an MFA from the University of Illinois. Visit her at


September 18, 2018


We celebrate our culture and our authors all year long.