Works written by Latin American authors. See also "Chicano (Mexican American) Literature."
Camino del sol : fifteen years of Latina and Latino writing
Since 1994, the Camino del Sol series has been one of the premier vehicles for Latina/o literary voices. Launched under the auspices of Chicana/o luminary Ray Gonzalez, it quickly established itself in both the Latina/o community and the publishing world as it garnered awards for its outstanding writing.

Cubanisimo! : the Vintage Book of contemporary Cuban literature
With this anthology of contemporary Cuban literature, editor Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban) introduces American readers to an impressive array of Cuba's finest writers of stories, essays, poems, and novels.

McSweeney's, 46. Latin American crime : thirteen stories
Featuring contemporary writers from ten different countries--including Alejandro Zambra, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Andres Ressia Colino, Mariana Enriquez, and many more--McSweeney's 46 offers an essential cross-section of the troubles and temptations confronting the region today.

Sudden fiction Latino : short-short stories from the United States and Latin America
Following on the success of the Flash Fiction and Sudden Fiction series, Robert Shapard and James Thomas join with Ray Gonzalez in selecting works that each present a complete story in less than 1,500 words.

The Norton anthology of Latino literature
This groundbreaking Norton Anthology includes the work of 201 Latino writers from Chicano, Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, and Dominican-American traditions, as well as writing from other Spanish-speaking countries.

Pinholes in the night : essential poems from Latin America
"[A] well-defined, important primer on Latin American poetics." --Booklist

The Oxford book of Latin American poetry : a bilingual anthology
The first anthology to present a full range of multilingual poetries from Latin America, covering over 500 years of a poetic tradition as varied, robust, and vividly imaginative as any in the world.

Stavans, Ilan     
The FSG book of twentieth-century Latin American poetry : an anthology
Presents a diverse sample of twentieth century Latin American poems from eighty-four authors in Spanish, Portuguese, Ladino, Spanglish, and several indigenous languages with English translations on facing pages.

Andrade, Carlos Drummond de     
Multitudinous heart : selected poems : a bilingual edition
Drummond, the most emblematic Brazilian poet, was a master of transforming the ordinary world, through language, into the sublime. His poems--musical protests, twisted hymns, dissonant celebrations of imperfection--are transcriptions of life itself recorded by a magnanimous outcast.

Bolaño, Roberto     
The unknown university
Perhaps surprisingly to some of his fiction fans, Roberto Bolano touted poetry as the superior art form, able to approach an infinity in which "you become infinitely small without disappearing." When asked, "What makes you believe you're a better poet than a novelist?" Bolano replied, "The poetry makes me blush less."

Neruda, Pablo     
The poetry of Pablo Neruda
Born Neftali Basoalto, Neruda adopted his pen name in fear of his family's disapproval, and yet by the age of twenty-five he was already famous for the book Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, which remains his most beloved.

Biography & Memoirs
Allende, Isabel     
My invented country : a nostalgic journey through Chile
The author explores the landscapes and people of her native country; recounts the 1973 assassination of her uncle, which caused her to go into exile; and shares her experiences as an immigrant in post-September 11 America.

Bag, Alice     
Violence girl : East L.A. rage to Hollywood stage : a Chicana punk story
Autobiography of Alicia Armendariz, who adopted the punk name Alice Bag, and became lead singer for The Bags, early punk visionaries who starred in Penelope Spheeris' documentary The Decline of Western Civilization.

Corchado, Alfredo     
Midnight in Mexico : a reporter's journey through a country's descent into the darkness
A Mexican-American journalist traces his 2007, twenty-four-hour effort to end a threat against his own life by a paramilitary group that sought to prevent his investigations into Mexico's drug trafficking and government corruption.

González, Rigoberto     
Autobiography of my hungers
Rigoberto Gonz#65533;lez, author of the critically acclaimed memoir Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa , takes a second piercing look at his past through a startling new lens: hunger.

Grande, Reyna     
The distance between us : a memoir
When Reyna Grande's father leaves his wife and three children behind in a village in Mexico to make the dangerous trek across the border to the United States, he promises he will soon return from "El Otro Lado" (The Other Side) with enough money to build them a dream house where they can all live together. His promises become harder to believe as months turn into years. When he summons his wife to join him, Reyna and her siblings are deposited in the already overburdened household of their stern, unsmiling grandmother. The three siblings are forced to look out for themselves; in childish games they find a way to forget the pain of abandonment and learn to solve very adult problems. When their mother at last returns, the reunion sets the stage for a dramatic new chapter in Reyna's young life: her own journey to "El Otro Lado" to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. -- Jacket, p. [2]

Gutierrez, Luis V     
Still dreaming : my journey from the barrio to Capitol Hill
The 11-term Congressman "recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to 'go back to where you came from'; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a 'gringo' who couldn't speak Spanish"--Dust jacket flap.

Hernández, Daisy     
A cup of water under my bed : a memoir
The memoir of one Colombian-Cuban daughter's rebellions and negotiations with the women who raised her and the world that wanted to fit her into a cubbyhole. From language acquisition to coming out as bisexual to arriving as a reporting intern at the New York Times as the paper is rocked by its biggest plagiarism scandal, Daisy Hernandez chronicles what the women in her community taught her about race, sex, money, and love. This is a memoir about the private nexus of sexuality, immigration, race and class issues, but it is ultimately a daughter's cuento of how to take the lessons from home and shape them into a new, queer life.

Hijuelos, Oscar     
Thoughts without cigarettes : a memoir
The author shares insights into the people and places that inspired his best-selling works, describing his early upbringing as the son of Cuban immigrants in a multicultural Manhattan neighborhood, and the childhood illness in Cuba that changed his life.

Martinez, Domingo     
The boy kings of Texas : a memoir
Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving.

Rodriguez, Luis J     
Always running : la vida loca, gang days in L.A.
A former L.A. gang member describes his experiences in that world, recounting the sense of security and power found in a gang and the grim reality of violence and poverty. By age twelve, the author was a veteran of East L.A. gang warfare. Lured by a seemingly invincible gang culture, he witnessed countless shootings, beatings, and arrests, then watched with increasing fear as drugs, murder, suicide, and senseless acts of street crime claimed friends and family members. Before long he saw a way out of the barrio through education and the power of words, and successfully broke free from years of violence and desperation. Achieving success as an award-winning Chicano poet, he was sure the streets would haunt him no more, until his young son joined a gang. He fought for his child by telling his own story in this memoir that explores the motivations of gang life and cautions against the death and destruction that inevitably claim its participants. At times heartbreakingly sad and brutal, it is ultimately an uplifting true story, filled with hope, insight, and a hard-earned lesson for the next generation.

Sotomayor, Sonia     
My beloved world
"An instant American icon--the first Hispanic on the U.S. Supreme Court--tells the story of her life before becoming a judge in an inspiring, surprisingly personal memoir. With startling candor and intimacy, Sonia Sotomayor recounts her life from a Bronxhousing project to the federal bench, a progress that is testament to her extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself. She writes of her precarious childhood and the refuge she took with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother. She describes her resolve as a young girl to become a lawyer, and how she made this dream become reality: valedictorian of her high school class, summa cum laude at Princeton, Yale Law, prosecutor in the Manhattan D.A.'s office, private practice, federal district judge before the age of forty. She writes about her deeply valued mentors, about her failed marriage, about her cherished family of friends. Through her still-astonished eyes, America's infinite possibilities are envisioned anew in this warm and honest book, destined to become a classic of self-discovery and self-invention, alongside Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father"--|cProvided by publisher.

Villaseñor, Victor     
Burro genius : a memoir
Standing at the podium, Victor Villaseñor looked at the group of educators amassed before him, and his mind flooded with childhood memories of humiliation and abuse at the hands of his teachers. He became enraged. With a pounding heart, he began to speak of these incidents. When he was through, to his great disbelief he received a standing ovation. Many in the audience could not contain their own tears.

Alarcon, Daniel     
At night we walk in circles
Nelson's life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can't seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson's hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that's when the real trouble begins.

Allende, Isabel     
The Japanese lover : a novel story and multigenerational epic that sweeps from San Francisco in the present-day to Poland and the United States during the Second World War.

Alvarez, Julia     
Saving the world : a novel
Latina novelist Alma Huebner is suffering from writer's block and is years past the completion date for yet another of her bestselling family sagas.

Anaya, Rudolfo A     
The old man's love story
"There was an old man who dwelt in the land of New Mexico, and he lost his wife." From that opening line, this tender novella is at once universal and deeply personal.

Bernal, Rafael     
The Mongolian Conspiracy
A gripping and hilarious 1960s Mexico City noir.

Bolano, Roberto     
An American sportswriter, an elusive German novelist, and a teenage student interact in a urban community on the U.S.-Mexico border where hundreds of young women factory workers have disappeared.

Bolaño, Roberto     
Woes of the true policeman
The posthumous masterwork from "one of the greatest and most influential modern writers (James Wood, the New York Times Book review. Composed in the last years by the Chilean author, Roberto Bolano's life, 2666 was greeted across Europe and Latin America as his highest achievement, surpassing even his previous work in its strangeness, beauty, and scope.

Castillo, Ana     
Give it to me : a novel
Recently divorced, Palma, a forty-three-year-old Latina, takes stock of her life when she reconnects with her gangster younger cousin recently released from prison. Her sexual obsession with him flares as she checks out her other options, but their family secrets bring them together in unexpected ways. In this wildly entertaining and sexy novel, Castillo creates a memorable character with a flare for fashion, a longing for family, and a penchant for adventure.

Cisneros, Sandra     
Have you seen Marie?
"The word "orphan" might not seem to apply to a fifty-three-year-old woman. Yet this is exactly how Sandra feels as she finds herself motherless, alone like "a glove left behind at the bus station." What just might save her is her search for someone else gone missing: Marie, the black-and-white cat of her friend, Roz, who ran off the day they arrived from Tacoma. As Sandra and Roz scour the streets of San Antonio, posting flyers and asking everywhere, "Have you seen Marie?" the pursuit of this one small creature takes on unexpected urgency and meaning."--Dust jacket.

Coelho, Paulo     
The alchemist
The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found.

Díaz, Junot     
The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao
Oscar, an overweight Dominican from a New Jersey ghetto, dreams of becoming a writer and finding love, but a Fuku curse has haunted his family for generations, and may well prevent him from attaining his desires.

Esquivel, Laura     
Recounts the story of the love affair between the conquistador Hernán Cortés and Malinalli, his Indian interpreter during the conquest of the Aztec empire, describing her role as a mediator between two very different languages and cultures.

Fuentes, Carlos     
Adam in Eden
In this comic novel of political intrigue, Adam Gorozpe, a respected businessman in Mexico, has a life so perfect that he might as well be his namesake in the Garden of Eden--but there are snakes in this Eden too. For one thing, Adam's wife Priscila has fallen in love with the brash director of national security...

García, Cristina     
The lady matador's hotel : a novel
A novel about the intertwining lives of the denizens of a hotel in an unnamed Latin American country in the midst of political turmoil.

Garcia Marquez, Gabriel     
Love in the time of cholera
Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Grande, Reyna     
Dancing with butterflies : a novel
Dancing with Butterflies uses the alternating voices of four very different women whose lives interconnect through a common passion for their Mexican heritage and a dance company called Alegría.

Henríquez, Cristina     
The book of unknown Americans : a novel
Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

Hernandez, Gilbert     
Maria M. Book one
Gilbert Hernandez continues his metafictional realization of the film career of his troubled heroine Rosalba "Fritz" Martinez, who abandoned her psycho-therapy practice to become queen of Z-grade exploitation movies.

Hernandez, Jaime     
The love bunglers
"The suppression of family history and the cumulative effects of these secrets are the initial threads that tie together this masterful graphic novel"--Page 4 of cover.

Hernández, Felisberto     
Piano Stories
Presents a collection of classic stories by the Uruguayan author, exploring the distortions of memory and the obssessions that can take over everyday life.

Hinojosa, Rolando     
Partners in crime : a Rafe Buenrostro mystery
This is Rolando Hinojosas first novel in the Rafe Buenrostro Mystery series, which takes a look at murder and mayhem along the Texas Mexico border.

Luiselli, Valeria     
Faces in the crowd : a novel
A multi-layered story told by two narrators: a 21st-century Emily Dickinson living in Mexico City who relates to the world vicariously through her children and a past that both overwhelms and liberates her, and a dying poet living in a run-down apartment in Philadelphia in the 1950s. While she tells the story of her past as a young editor in New York City desperately trying to convince a publisher to translate and publish the works of Gilberto Owen-an obscure Mexican poet who lived in Harlem during the 1920s and whose ghostly presence constantly haunts her in the subway-she also relates the slow but inevitable disintegration of her present family life.

Paso, Fernando del     
News from the Empire
One of the acknowledged masterpieces of Mexican literature, Fernando del Paso's News from the Empire is a powerful and encyclopedic novel of the tragic lives of Maximilian and his wife, Carlota, the short-lived Emperor and Empress of Mexico.

Urrea, Luis Alberto     
Queen of America : a novel
After the bloody Tomochic rebellion, Teresita Urrea, beloved healer and "Saint of Cabora," flees with her father to Arizona. But their plans are derailed when she once again is claimed as the spiritual leader of the Mexican Revolution.

Vargas Llosa, Mario     
The discreet hero
A successful insurance company owner whose two lazy sons want him permanently out of the way crosses paths with a blackmail victim in Peru.

Villatoro, Marcos McPeek     
Blood daughters : a Romilia Chacón novel
A child dies on the border between California and Mexico. This death is different because someone has taken body parts from the child. FBI Agent Romilia Chacon, a Salvadoran American, follows this case into a world that swallows her with its horror, a world that exists alongside ours, where children are bought and sold like cattle and shipped to men all across the country. The dealers in this blackest of markets have no moral barometer, only the lust for cash. And one among them has taken murder to a level beyond serial killing.

Zamorano, Désirée     
The Amado women
"Southern California is ground zero for upwardly mobile middle-class Latinas. Matriarchs like Mercy Amado--despite her drunken, philandering (now ex) husband--could raise three daughters and become a teacher. Now she watches helplessly as her daughters drift apart as adults. The Latino bonds of familia don't seem to hold. Celeste, the oldest daughter who won't speak to the youngest, is fiercely intelligent and proud. She has fled the uncertainty of her growing up in Los Angeles to financial independence in San Jose. Her sisters did the same thing but very differently. Sylvia married a rich but abusive Anglo, and, to hide away, she immersed herself in the suburbia of her two young daughters. And Nataly, the baby, went very hip into the free-spirited Latino art world, working on her textile creations during the day and waiting on tables in an upscale restaurant by night. Everything they know comes crashing down in a random tragic moment and Mercy must somehow make what was broken whole again"--|cProvided by publisher.

  Updated May 2017