December 7, 2015



The Latina Book Club is proud to release its 3rd Annual Books of the Year list.

All the books are written by Latino authors or about Latino characters.  The List contains something for everyone – fiction, 
non-fiction, poetry, short stories, young adult, memoirs, mysteries, thrillers, children’s books, etc.

We encourage all our readers to Help Support An Author by buying their books and telling all your friends.  We also wish everyone Happy Reading and Happy Holidays. --Maria Ferrer


A Estudiar, Carajo by Ana María González (Amazon Digital - Spanish)

A Falling Star by Chantel Acevedo (Carolina Wren Press)

A Miracle from God in the Hands of a Mother by Catalina Prieto (CBH Books)

Adultery by Paulo Coelho (Vintage)

Alburquerque by Rudolfo Anaya (Open Road Media)

As My Mother Would Say/ Como Decia Mi Mama by Judith Valles (iUniverse)

Barrio Imbroglio: An Abraxas Hernandez Mystery by Daniel Cubias (Angry Cherub Publishing)

Battle for a Soul by Manuel A. Melendez (Aignos Publishing)

Becoming Julia de Burgos: The Making of a Puerto Rican Icon by Vanessa Pèrez-Rosario (Illinois University Press)

Becoming Maria: A Memoir by Sonia Manzano (Scholastic Press)

Covered Paces by Luigi A. Juarez (Editorial Trance)

Declarations of a Life / Declaraciones de Una Vida by Frank Brewster III (Brewster Guacamaya Enterprises)

Delicious Desires by Sabrina Sol (Entangled)

Diego’s Dragon: Spirits of the Sun by Kevin Gerard (Crying Cougar Press)

Dreamers: An Immigrant Generation’s Fight for their American Dream by Eileen Truax (Beacon Press)

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle (HMH Books for Young Readers)

Evolution by Stephanie Diaz (St. Martin’s Griffin)

Floating on Mama’s Song/ Flotando en la Cancion by Laura Lacamara (illustrator Yuyi Morales, HarperCollins)

Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh (Harry N. Abrams Publishing)

His-Panic by Eddie Cisneros (E.W. Brooks Books)

Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Humbled by the Journey by Miguel Benito Fernandez (Story Farm)

Kings of 7th Avenue by Jonathan Marcantoni (Black Rose Writing)

Lalo Loves to Help by Cecilia Velastegui (Libros Publishing)

Last Stop Market Street by Matt de la Peña (G.P. Putnam’s Sons for Young Readers)

Letters from Heaven/ Cartas del Cielo by Lydia Gil (Arte Publico Press)

Lights Out: A Cuban Memoir of Betrayal and Survival by Dania R. Nasca (Amazon Digital Services)

Little Boy: Saga of a Comanche Warrior by Max Oliver (Pearson Publishing)

Local News: Stories by Gary Soto (HMH Books for Young Readers)

My Land Sings: Stories from the Río Grande by Rudolfo Anaya (Open Road Media Teen & Tween)

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo (Clarion Books)

New York-Christmas Tales: With a Spanish Harlem Accent, Volume One by Manuel A. Melendez 

Nights of Indigo Blue: A Daisy Muñiz Mystery by Theresa Varela (Aignos Publishing)

Parisian Promises by Cecilia Velastegui (Libros Publishing)

Perla Garcia and the Mystery of La Llorona, “The Weeping Woman” by Rodolfo Alvarado (Caballo Press of Ann Arbor)

Point of Balance by J.G. Jurado (Atria Books)

Poli: A Mexican Boy in Early Texas by Jay Neugeboren (Texas Tech University Press)

Running in Heels: A Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Perez (Charter House Press)

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (Arthur A. Levine Books)

Shutter by Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends/ MacMillan)

Sofi and the Magic Musical Mural / Sofi y El Magico Mural Musical by Raquel M. Ortiz (Arte Publico Press)

Sofia Martinez: My Family Adventure by Jacqueline Jules (Picture Window Books)

Stepdog: A Memoir by Mireya Navarro (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

The Book of Unknown Americas by Christina Henríquez (Alfred A. Knopf)

The Clairvoyant of Calle Ocho by Anjanette Delgado (Kensington)

The Cruel Country by Judith Ortiz Cofer (University of Georgia Press)

The Flavor of Our Hispanic Faith by Karen Valentin (Doubleday and Judson Press)

The Heart Has Its Reasons by Maria Dueñas (Atria Books)

The Hidden Light of Mexico City by Carmen Amato (Amazon Digital Services)

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (Vintage)

The Hybrid by Venus Morales (Creativia)

The Intriguing Life of Ximena Godoy by Graciela Limon (Arte Publico Press)

The Last Passenger by Manel Loureiro (Amazon Crossing)

They Only Eat Their Husbands: Love, Travel and the Power of Running Away by Cara Lopez Lee (Conundrum Press)

Tuesday Tucks Me In by Luis Carlos Montalván (Roaring Brook Press)

Transcendental Train Yard by Norma E. Cantu (Wings Press)

Unraveled: An Autumn Covarrubias Mystery by S.X. Bailey (Evernight Teen)

Vamonos! Let’s Go! By Renè Colato Laínez (Holiday House Inc.)

White Light by Vanessa Garcia (Shade Mountain Press)

Who’s Ju? 7th Grade Sleuths by Dania Ramos (Northampton House Press)


Happy Reading!

For our 2014 Books of the Year, click here.

For our 2013 Books of the Year, click here.