It’s fall season! And what’s better than cozying up with a good book? If you’re a bookworm, we’ve got you covered with ten new (released and unreleased) books by Latino authors that should be on your radar — if they aren’t already.
From books to educate entrepreneurs to books that will educate our youth on historical moments — and everything in between — here are ten books to put on your reading list.
‘Jefa in Training: The Business Startup Toolkit for Entrepreneurial and Creative Women’ by Ashley K. Stoyanov Ojeda
“A Latina book by Latinas, for Latinas,” Jefa in Training isn’t your typical small business book; it is a conversation with a special tribe of Latina immigrants, Hispanic American generations, and women of color in financial, media, entrepreneurial, and creative spaces. Explore a more complex view of Latinidad, “covering everything from imposter syndrome to micro-aggressions and bilingualism.” Jefa in Training is out now.
This memoir is “anchored by the tough grandmother who taught her how to stand firm and throw a punch, debut author Yasmín Ramírez writes about the punches life’s thrown her non-traditional family of tough Mexican American women.” ¡Ándale, Prieta! is out now.
A Seed In The Sun is award-winning Aida Salazar’s third middle-grade novel and is one to look forward to. The reason is that it’s all about the United Farm Workers union formation in Delano, CA. According to its press release, it’s a story about Lula, who meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins in the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. The book highlights the “importance of using your voice to stand up for what’s right while embracing all the parts of who you are.” The book is out on October 25, 2022.
High Spirits is “a collection of eleven interconnected short stories from the Dominican diaspora, from debut author Camille Gomera-Tavarez.” This book is out now.
Iveliz Explains It All is a book about mental health issues in a Latino household. According to its press release, it aims to: “add to the growing collection of Latinx kid lit and to show young readers that there is nothing wrong with having depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues.” It follows the story of a middle schooler navigating mental health challenges before she finds the strength of her voice. The book is out on September 13, 2022.
The Other is a book set to empower working women of color to level up and use their differences as the touchstone of flourishing careers. According to a written statement, Pierre-Bravo provides a framework for how to effectively advocate for yourself, become your biggest believer, claim the spaces in your career that are rightfully yours, and create your own vision of success. So, who’s ready to level up? The book is out on August 23, 2022.
A Touch of Moonlight is Santos’ second book. Per its press release, the book gives a different approach to the Dominican myth of the ciguapa. They explain that a ciguapa is traditionally portrayed as a “ tragic, siren-like woman with long straight hair and backwards facing feet.” In the novel, Santo challenges this by embodying a ciguapa as a “plucky, punk-loving, dessert-devouring, fiercely independent protagonist.” It follows the protagonist’s story as she navigates her family’s expectations, keeps up with her job, and a new love – all while hiding her magical secret. The book is out on October 25, 2022.
The book is described as: “a sharply funny and moving debut novel about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school while falling in love and learning to celebrate her true self.” The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School is out now.
This goes out to the wrestling fans! Tumble is “a dazzling novel about a young girl who collects the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met.” This book is out now.
Borderless follows a teen girl and her mother as they set off on a perilous journey from Guatemala City to the U.S. border. This heart-wrenching young adult novel from the author of Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From is out on February 7, 2023.