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We lose ourselves in books;
We find ourselves there too.

We don’t know who said it, but we truly believe in the saying above. We have lost ourselves in numerous books this year. Books are our happy place; our escape; sometimes our refuge. It’s always a pleasure to discover a “new” author and to reconnect with favorite ones.

We were super excited as The Latina Book Club started putting together its 4th Annual List of Books of the Year for 2016. Readers will love these exciting, daring, gripping books by Latino authors and about Latinos in all genres, and some in two languages. We encourage everyone to support our authors by buying their books and telling all their friends and neighbors about the books. Remember that books make great gifts year round, and do consider giving books to your local library.

For this new year, explore a new author, a new genre. All learning is good. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll find yourself in one of these books too. 

Happy Reading.  Happy New Year!


A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers) – children’s
A Piňata in a Pine Tree: A Latino Twelve Days of Christmas by Pat Mora (Clarion Books) –children’s
Ancient Earth Journal: The Early Cretaceous by Juan Carlos Alonso & Gregory S. Paul 
     (Walter Foster Jr.) –science
Black Widow Bitches by Victor Cass (Golden Foothills Press) –fiction, war/political thriller
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press) –fiction, YA
Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Thomas Dunne Books) - paranormal
Chocolate Milk, Por Favor! By Maria Dismondy (Making Spirits Bright) –children’s
Creatus Animus by Carmen DeSousa (Amazon Digital Services) –paranormal
Curse of the Blue Vagina & Other Stories by Jonisha Rios (Café Con Leche Books) 
      –women’s fiction
Daring To Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women edited by Erika M. Martinez 
      (University of Georgia) –literature, anthology
Diego in Two Places by Carlos Aleman (Aignos Publishing) –fiction
Diego’s Crossing by Robert Hough (Annick Press) –fiction, YA
Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol (Entangled Publishing) –romance
Entre Guadalupe y Malinche: Tejanas in Literature and Art by Inés Hernández-Ávila & Norma Elia Cantú 
      (University of Texas Press) – literature, anthology
Family, Lust and Cameras by Olga Nuňez Miret (Just Olga Books) – fiction
Franzisca’s Box by Sandra Perez Gluschankoff (Solstice Publishing) –women’s fiction
Frida Kahlo and The Bravest Girl in the World by Laurence Anholt (Barron’s) –children’s
Good Things for a Young Woman’s Spirit by Chiquis Barrón (Desert Arts & Cultural Media) –inspirational
Hechicera: A Coloring Book for Chingonas Everywhere by Rosanna Alvarez (CreateSpace) –art
HIS-Panic: Exit to Boogie Down by Eddie H. Cisneros (E.W. Brooks) –fiction
In Search of the Luminous Heart: From the Mountains of Naranjito, Puerto Rico to the Mountains of 
     Crestone, Colorado by Victoria Rivera McKinley (O-Books) –memoir
Jesus and Magdalene by Joao Cerqueira (Line by Lion Publications) –fiction
Jeweler’s Mark by R.V. Reyes (CreateSpace) –romance, mystery
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina (Candlewick Press) –children’s, bilingual
Jugosa y Fit by Claudia Molina (Atria Books) –health fitness, Spanish
Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera (Riverdale Avenue Books) –fiction, YA, LGBT
Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (Point) –fiction, YA
King Peso: A Detective Emilia Cruz Novel by Carmen Amato (CreateSpace) –mystery
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Sourcebooks Fire) –paranormal, YA
Las Estrellas De Los Reyes Magos by Tere Rodriguez-Nora (Ediciones Norte) –children’s, Spanish
Latina Authors & Their Muses edited by Mayra Calvani (Twilight Times Books) 
     –non-fiction, how-to, writing
Lay Your Sleeping Head: A Henry Rios Mystery Novel by Michael Nava (Korima Press) 
     –fiction, LGBT
Little Chanclas by Jose Lozano (Cinco Press Book) –children’s, bilingual
Luck is Just the Beginning by Celeste Leon (Floricanto Press) –fiction
Mamá the Alien by Rene Colato Lainez (Lee & Low Books) –children’s, bilingual
Mango, Abuela and Me by Meg Medina (Candlewick Press) –children’s, available in Spanish too
Mi Comida Latina by Marcella Kriebel (Burgess Lea Press) –cookbook, bilingual
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Soho Teen) –fiction, YA, LGBT
Mortifications by Derek Palacio (Tim Duggan Books) –fiction
My (Underground) American Dream by Julissa Arce (Center Street) –memoir
Never Too Real by Carmen Rita (Kensington) –women’s fiction
Ocelocíhuatl by Xánath Caraza (Mouthfeel Press) –poetry collection, bilingual
One Night with the CEO by Mia Sosa (Forever Yours) –romance
Order of Vespers by Elyse Reyes (Irrisoria Publishing) –paranormal, YA
Osiris 333 by Raquel Zepeda Fitzgerald (Amazon Digital Services) –paranormal
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez (Carolrhoda Lab) –fiction
Pedro: First-Grade Hero by Fran Manushkin (Picture Window Books) –children’s
Rant. Chant. Chisme. by Amalia Ortiz (Wings Press) –poetry
Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vasquez (Riverhead Books) –fiction
Rescue from Planet Pleasure: A Felix Gomez Novel by Mario Acevedo (WordFire Press) – paranormal, mystery
Sangre: The Color of Dying by Carlos Colon (Black Bed Sheet/ Diverse Media Books) –paranormal
Santa Muerte: The Daniela Story by Lucina Stone (Story Merchant Books) –paranormal
Searching for Myself by Manuel A. Meléndez (CreateSpace) –poetry collection
Secrets and Surrender: The Complete Series by L.G. Castillo (Amazon Digital Services) –romance
Sofrito by Phillippe Diederich (Cinco Punto Press) –fiction
Sotto Voce by Nilo Cruz (Theatre Communications Group) –play
The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa (Atria Books) – fiction
The Great and Mighty Nikko by Xavier Garza (Cinco Punto Press) –children’s
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Atria Books) –fiction, available in Spanish too
The Lovely Reckless by Kami Garcia (Imprint) –fiction, YA
The Mother God Made Me To Be by Karen Valentin (Faith Words) –memoir
The Princess and The Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes by Duncan Tonatiuh (Harry N. Abrams) –children’s
The Skinny Years by Raul Ramos y Sanchez (Beck & Branch Pubishers) –fiction
The Sorrows of Young Alfonso by Rudolfo Anaya (University of Oklahoma Press) –fiction
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cuevas (Dial Books) –children’s
The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Grove Press) –fiction
The Water of Life Remains in the Dead by Maria Nieto (Floricanto Press) –fiction
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore (Thomas Dunne Books/ St. Martin’s Press) –fiction
The Women of La Raza: An Epic History of Chicana-Mexican American Peoples by Enriqueta L. Vasquez 
     (CreateSpace) –non-fiction, women’s history
Verdict in the Desert by Patricia Santos Marcantonio (Arte Publico Press) –fiction
When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (Bloomsbury) –fiction, YA
With the River on Our Face by Emmy Pérez (University of Arizona Press) –poetry


For our 2015 Books of the Year, click here.

Happy Reading.  Happy New Year.

Read Latino!