December 16, 2019

2019 BOOKS OF THE YEAR !

  
Lucky 7!  The Latina Book Club is proud to release its 7th Annual Books of the Year List.

This year’s Books of the Year have something for everyone and for every age -- fiction, young adult, historical novels, memoirs, children, horror, mystery, scifi, short stories, LGBTQ, poetry, graphic novels and more!  We are just sorry we couldn’t include every book by and for Latinos published this year.

We are super excited to see that many of the books on our list are being published in Spanish, like Nina Moreno’s Don’t Date Rosa Santos and Carolina De Robertis’ Cantoras; and one – Elizabeth Acevedo’s With The Fire On High – may even become a movie.  Wepa!

Congratulations again to our literary award winners, including Meg Medina who won the John Newberry Medal for outstanding contribution to children’s literature; Sandra Cisneros who won the PEN/Nabokov Award for (Lifetime) Achievement in International Literature; and Elizabeth Acevedo whose winning streak continued in 2019 with a trifecta – the Pura Belprè Award, National Book Award and Carnegie Medal.

Special mention must be made of Anika Aldamuy Denise’s biography of New York’s First Puerto Rican Librarian -- Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprè is a beautiful portrait of a woman with a strong commitment to reading, her community and her city.  Another special mention goes to Juan Pablo Villalobos' The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border, which is full of emotionally gripping stories of teens in search of the elusive American Dream. 

With the New Year upon us, 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, or leave one or two at the doctor’s office, DMV or jury room.

Please think of The Latina Book Club when promoting your book.  We would love to help you spread the word across our social networks; maybe do a quick interview or run an excerpt. Email your information and book release date(s) to latinabookclub@aol.com.   


From The Latina Book Club Family to Yours.....
.......Happy Reading.  Happy Holiday.  Happy New Year.  Happy Everything. Happy 2020!





2019 BOOKS OF THE YEAR

68: The Mexican Autumn of the Tlatelolco Massacre by Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Seven Stories Press) – non fiction

A Cuban Refugee’s Journey to the American Dream: The Power of Education by Gerardo M. Gonzalez (Well House Books) – memoir

A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son by Sergio Troncoso (Cinco Punto Press) – fiction

Alienation by Inės Estrada (Fantagraphics) – graphic novel

All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil (SohoTeen) – young adult, scifi

American Dreamer (Dreamers series) by Adriana Herrera (Carina Press) – romance, LGBTQ

Barely Missing Everything by Matt Mendez (Atheneum Books) – young adult

b.b. free (series) by Gabby Rivera (Boom! Boom! Box) – graphic novels

Be Recorder by Carmen Gimėnez Smith (Graywolf Press) – poetry

Becoming Beatriz by Tami Charles (Charlesbridge Teen) – young adult

Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy by Andrės Cerpa (Alice James Books) – poetry

Blizzard Besties by Yamile Saied Mèndez (Scholastic) – children, middle grade

Blood on the Canvas: The Life & Legacy of Boxing Icon, Canto “TNT” Robledo by Joseph C. Robledo (Golden Foothills Press) – biography

Bruja Born (Brooklyn Brujas series) by Zoraida Córdova (Sourcebooks Fire) – young adult, fantasy

Cabaňuelas by Norma Elia Cantŭ (University of New Mexico Press) – historical fiction

Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis (Knopf) – historical fiction

Carved in Bone: A Henry Rios Novel by Michael Nava (Persigo Press) – mystery, LGBTQ

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes (Harper Voyager) – scifi

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz (Delacorte Press) – young adult

Coney Island Siren by Theresa Varela (Pollen Press) – fiction, suspense

Crashing Into Her: Love on Cue by Mia Sosa (Avon Impulse) – romance

Cuicacalli/ House of Song by Ire’ne Lara Silva (Saddle Road Press) – poetry

Dactyl Hill Squad: Freedom Fire by Daniel Josė Older (Arthur A. Levine Books) – children, middle grade

Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreňo Played the Piano for President Lincoln by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books) – children, middle grade

Daughters of the Stone by Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa (indie) – historical fiction

Dealing in Dreams by Lilliam Rivera (Simon & Schuster) – young adult

Disquieting: Essays on Silence by Cynthia Cruz (FourWay Books) – essays

Dominicana by Angie Cruz (Flatiron Books) – fiction

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (Disney-Hyperion) – young adult

Dreams from Many Rivers by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt & Co.) – children

Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya (Kokila) – children, middle grade

Explicit Content: A Black Artemis Novel by Sofia Quintero (Blackstone Audio) – young adult, audiobook

Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen) – young adult, thriller

Flashed (Happy Endings series) by Zoe Castile  (Kensington Books) -- romance

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey) – fiction, magical realism

Gracias / Thanks by Pat Mora (Lee & Low) – children

Hijito by Carlos Andrės Gómez (Platypus Press) – poetry

Hipster Death Rattle by Richie Narvaez (Down & Out Books) – crime thriller

Ignacio in the Dark by Dania Ramos (Overdue Books) – children, middle grade

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press) – memoir, LGBTQ

It Would be Night in Caracas by Karina Sainz Borgo (HarperVia) – historical fiction

Juana & Lucas: Big Problemas by Juana Medina (Candlewick) -- children

Lety Out Loud by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic) – children, middle grade

Like This Afternoon Forever by Jaime Manrique (Kaylie Jones Books) – historical fiction, LGBTQ

Lima:: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Copper Canyon Press) – poetry

Love, Sugar, Magic: A Sprinkle of Spirits by Anna Meriano (Walden Pond Press) – children, middle grade

Luna, Yes! Luna, Si! By Jessica Gonzalez (Kaleidoscope Vibrations) – children

M is for Movement by Innosanto Nagara (Triangle Square) – children, middle grade

Malcriada & Other Stories by Lorraine Avila (DWA Press) – short stories

Mangos & Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (indie) – romance, novella

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya (Puffin Books) – children, middle grade

Maria The Wanted and the Legacy of the Keepers by V.Castro (indie) – fiction, horror

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring by Angela Cervantes (Scholastic) – children, middle grade

Meditación Fronteriza: Poems of Love, Life, and Labor by Norma Elia Cantŭ (University of Arizona Press) – poetry

Mi Papi Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero (Kokila) – children, middle grade

Miami Midnight: A Pete Fernandez Mystery by Alex Segura (Polis Books) – mystery

Mouthful of Birds: Stories by Samantha Schweblin (Riverhead Books) – short stories, magical realism

My Time Among the Whites by Jennine Capó Crucet (Picador) -- memoir

Ordinary Girls: A Memoir by Jaquira Diaz (Algonquin Books) – memoir

Outbursts of Horror by Manuel A. Melėndez and El David (indie) -- horror

íPa’Que Tu Lo Sepas! Latinx Fiction for Puerto Rico edited by Angel Luis Colón (Down & Out Books) – short stories

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belprè by Anika Aldamuy Denise (HarperCollins) – biography

Revolution Sunday by Wendy Guerra (Melville House) – suspense

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (One World) – short stories, fiction

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez (Rick Riordan Presents) – children, middle grade

Silver Meadows Summer by Emma Otheguy (Knopf Books) – children, middle grade

Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books) – young adult

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate by Zoraida Córdova (Disney Lucasfilm Press) – young adult, scifi

Superman: Dawnbreaker (DC Icons Series) by Matt de la Peňa (Random House Books) – young adult, scifi

Taina by Ernesto Quiňonez (Vintage) – young adult

Tame Your Heart (Bounty Bay series) by Tracey Alvarez (Icon Publishing) – romance

Tears of the Truffle-Pig by Fernando A. Flores (FSG) – fiction

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia (DC Ink) – graphic novel

The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero (Ecco/ HarperCollins) – fiction

The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel Josė Older (Imprint Books) – paranormal

The Book of Ruin by Rigoberto González (Four Way Books) – poetry, LGBTQ

The Chronicles of The Black Fist: F.U.R.I. of the People by Kevin Sabio (indie) – fiction

The Cuban Comedy by Pablo Medina (The Unnamed Press) – fiction

The Fire Keeper (A Storm Runner Novel) by J.C. Cervantes (Rick Riordan Presents) – children, middle grade

The Fresh New Face of Griselda by Jennifer Torres (Little, Brown Books) – children, middle grade

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (Forever) – romance

The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante (G.P. Putnam) – young adult, LGBT

The Internet Is For Real by Chris Campanioni (C&R Press) -- philosophy

The Last Eight by Laura M. Pohl (Sourcebooks Fire) – young adult

The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey (Inkyard Press) – young adult

The Moon Within by Aida Salazar (Arthur A. Levine Books) – children, middle grade

The Other Side: Stories of Central American Teen Refugees Who Dream of Crossing the Border by Juan Pablo Villalobos (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) – non fiction

The Perfect Date by Evelyn Lozada (Griffin) – romance

The Piňata that the Farm Maiden Hung by Samantha R. Vamos (Charlesbridge)  -- children

The Price of Grace (Black Ops Confidential series) by Diana Muňoz Stewart (Sourcebooks Casablanca) – thriller

The Price of Paradise by Susana López Rubio (indie) – women’s fiction

The Storm by Tomas Gonzalez (Archipelago) – mystery

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring (Imprint) – young adult, thriller

The Truth Is by NoNieqa Ramos (Carolrhoda Lab) – young adult

The Universal Laws of Marco by Carmen Rodriguez (Simon Pulse) – young adult, romance

The Withered King: Tempest Blades by Ricardo Victoria (Shadow Dragon Press) – fantasy

Their Perfect Melody by Priscilla Oliveras (Zebra Books) – romance

They Could Have Named Her Anything by Stephanie Jimenez (Little A) – young adult

This American Autopsy: Poems by Josė Antonio Rodriguez (University of Oklahoma Press) – poetry

This Train is Being Held by Ismėe Williams (Amulet Books) – young adult, romance

Tracing the Horse by Diana Marie Delgado (BOA Editions) – poetry

Travel Secrets: New York City (series) by Shar Lemond (indie) – women’s fiction

We Are La Cocina: Recipes in Pursuit of the American Dream edited by Caleb Zigas and Leticia Landa (Chronicle Books) – cookbook

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (Katherine Tegen Books) --- young adult, LGTBQ

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleyton (Berkley) – fiction

Where Are You From? By Yamile Saied Mèndez (HarperCollins) – children

Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef by Aarón Sánchez (Abrams Press) – memoir

While They Sleep (Under the Bed is Another Country) by Raquel Salas Rivera (Birds LLC) – poetry

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen) – young adult

Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies! by Megan & Jorge Lacera (Children’s Book Press) – children


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October 1, 2019

A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON BY SERGIO TRONCOSO


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A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT’S SON
By Sergio Troncoso
Cinco Puntos Press 

RELEASED TODAY !



Brilliant. Thought provoking. Extraordinary.

Sergio Troncoso’s much anticipated new collection of stories takes us on journeys from Boston to Manhattan to West Texas. The book is full of unique characters going out into the world, struggling with two cultures, learning to be true to themselves.


SUMMARY:  How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He has taught at the Yale Writers’ Workshop for many years. A Fulbright scholar and winner of numerous literary awards, Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended Harvard College and Yale University, where he earned graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy.  Visit him at www.SergioTroncoso.com.



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September 22, 2019

TAINA BY ERNESTO QUINONEZ


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TAINA
by Ernesto Quiñonez
Vintage


Another virgin birth? In Spanish Harlem?  Could be.  
TAINA is full of magical realism, revolution and redemption.
And the best part, this novel is available in English and Spanish. Happy Reading.


SUMMARY:  When Julio, a teenager living in Spanish Harlem, hears that Taina, a pregnant fifteen-year-old from his high school claims to be a virgin, he decides to believe her. Julio has a history of strange visions and his blind and unrequited love for Taina will unleash a whirlpool of emotions that will bring him to question his hard-working Puerto Rican mother and his communist Ecuadorian father, his beliefs and even the building blocks of modern science (after seeing the conception of Taina’s baby as a revolution in nature).  

After meeting Taína's uncle, "El Vejigante", an ex-con with a dark past, he accepts his proposal to support her during her pregnancy and becomes entangled in a web of crime that, while taking him closer to Taína, ultimately reveals a family secret that will not leave him unscathed.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ernesto Quiñonez is the author of Bodega Dreams, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title as well as a Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection. He lives in Harlem.



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September 21, 2019

TRACING THE HORSE BY DIANA MARIE DELGADO


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BOA Editions
TRACING THE HORSE
By Diana Marie Delgado


Diane Marie Delgado’s long awaited collection of poems are to be read “for feeling’ in a world gone one-dimensional.”  This is her story – her coming of age.  It’s the story of family, violence, loneliness and addiction. There is no filter, just a stark vulnerability that captures her readers’ attention and hearts.


SUMMARY:  Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  TRACING THE HORSE is Diana Marie Delgado's debut poetry collection,  published by BOA Editions. She is also the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust (2015).  She is a recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and has received grants and scholarships from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf, Letras Latinas and Jack Jones Literary Retreat.  Delgado holds a BA iin poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University.  Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Fourteen Hills. Her work is rooted in her experiences growing up in the Mexican-American community, and she is a member of the CantoMundo and Macondo writing communities. She is the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Visit her at www.dianamariedelgado.com.





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September 20, 2019

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING BY MATT MENDEZ


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Antheneum/ Caitlyn Dlouhy Books



BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING
By Matt Mendez


“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”   
Fabi, her son Juan and his best friend JD find this out the hard way. They all had other plans for themselves, but life proved cruel and merciless. They are hoping for one last shot at their dreams…maybe.


SUMMARY:  Juan has plans. He's going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself--or at least find something better than his mom Fabi's cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen.

His best friend JD has plans, too. He's going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quinten Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (NOT Steven Spielberg). He's got a camera and he's got passion--what else could he need?

Fabi doesn't have a plan anymore. When you get pregnant at sixteen and have been stuck bartending to make ends meet for the past seventeen years, you realize plans don't always pan out, and that there some things you just can't plan for...


Like Juan's run-in with the police, like a sprained ankle, and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead.

Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­-like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can't plan for.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He is the author of BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING, his YA debut novel, and the short story collection TWITCHING HEART.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him at www.mattmendez.com.




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