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These 7 Books By Latina Writers Are The Perfect Reads For Snuggling Up To Your Cafecito

For the month of October, we’re bringing books that remind us of Fall, mental health and Latina power. Whether you’re looking for a book to read while you cozy up to your PSL or something to gift to your young primas and sobrinas for Halloween, here’s a look at 7 books you should totally read this coming month!

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

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Such a quietly good read. “People do what they have to in this life. We try to get from one end of it to the other with dignity and with honor.” “Back then, all we wanted was the simplest things: to eat good food, to sleep at night, to smile, to laugh, to be well. We felt it was our right, as much as it was anyone’s, to have these things. Of course, when I think about it now, I see that I was naive.” – Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans #bookstagram #books #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #bookaddict #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #igreads #thebookofunknownamericans #cristinahenriquez #reading

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Cristina Henriquez weaves together a series of narratives to create one brilliant tale. When  15-year-old Maribel Rivera suffers a serious injury she and her family are forced to flee their comfortable life in Mexico to go to the United States where she can receive the proper care that she needs. While living in the U.S. Maribel falls for the son of her neighbors, a kindred spirit whose a bit rough on the edges. Of course, it doesn’t’ take long for the romance between these star-crossed lovers to have consequences on their own lives and those around them.

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

In this debut novel which became a finalist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, McLemore writes a captivating novel about two rival families who make their way as performers in traveling shows. The Corbeaus are tightrope walkers who perform in trees, the Corbeaus swim in mermaid exhibitions. Of course, true to the form of Shakespeare, this set up makes for the perfect converging of families, rivalries and love when the two family’s children fall in love.

The Sweet Life: Find Passion. Embrace Fear, and Create Success on Your Own Terms by Dulce Candy Ruiz

This book by beloved Youtube blogger Dulce Candy is just as much a memoir as it is a manifesto. The lovingly written book acts as an inspirational guide for Latinas hoping to achieve success in today’s world without compromising who they are.

Tía Isa Wants a Car by Meg Medina

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????Tía Isa Wants Car. "Un pisicorre…to take us to the beach." ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Don't be riduculous!…You're not a rich queen! We walk everywhere we need here…"~ Tío Andrés ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Not enough"~Car Salesman ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Let's save."~Tía Isa's niece ???? Tía Isa Wants a car. "Bad radio. No air conditioning…"~Car Salesman ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car. "Ese mismo…this one will take us where we want to go."~Tía Isa ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car (2011) ✒Meg Medina ????Claudio Muñoz @candlewickpress ???? ????#diverseauthors #diverseillustrator ???? Tía Isa Wants a Car to take her whole family to the beach! Green as the ocean she listened to outside her bedroom window on her island as a girl! Nothing is going to stop Tía Isa from her dream! ???? Read more by Meg Medina: ????Mango, Abuela, and Me (2015) ???? ???? #booksforkids #childrensbooks #childrensliterature #kidsbooks #kidslit #kidlit #kidsbookstagram #picturebooks #diversebooks #multiculturalbooks #representationmatters #weneeddiversebooks #earlyliteracy #literacymatters #librarybook #readallthebooks #readingmatters #readtoyourkids #readforfun #readtolearn #megmedina #claudiomunoz #tiaisawantsacar #candlewickpress #day29luluslegacy

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Meg Medina crafts a story about Tia Isa and her niece. Tia Isa is a young immigrant working in a bakery who tells her niece tales of their home country and her plans to save money that would allow her to buy a green car that would allow her to bring her niece to the beach.

Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle

After becoming inspired by tales of Millo Castro Zaldarriaga’s childhood, Engle wrote a similar narrative one of an Afro-Cuban Chinese girl who broke Cuba’s widespread ban on female drummers. This children’s book is loaded with Latina power and an important gift giving for all of the little Latinas in your life.

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Latina-American icon Sonia Manzano of “Sesame Street” pens a gripping retelling of her own life living in New York’s El Barrio in 1969. The book follows Manzano has she witnesses the activism of the Puerto Rican group the Young Lords and uncovers truths about her Latinx heritage.

Shame the Stars by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

In famed writer Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s 2016 novel, the writer reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and takes it to a Texas setting during the time of the explosive Mexican revolution. Two lovers from opposite corners of Mexico, Joaquin del Toro and Dulcena, fall in love with each other as trouble bubbles along the US-Mexico border.


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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

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Netflix Is Turning Gabriel García Márquez’s Classic ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ Into A Series

Fans of magical realism rejoice. On Wednesday, Netflix announced it acquired the rights to Gabriel García Márquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and will be turning the literary masterpiece into a Spanish-language series.

This is the first time the 1967 novel, considered “one of the most significant works of the 20th Century,” will be adapted for screen. For years, the author, who died in 2014, refused to sell the film rights, believing the story could not be done justice through a two-hour project, according to Deadline.

Rodrigo Garcia and Gonzalo García Barcha, García Márquez’s sons, who are serving as executive producers on the show, believe a series is an appropriate approach to the book.

“For decades, our father was reluctant to sell the film rights to Cien Años de Soledad. He believed that it could not be made under the time constraints of a feature film, or that producing it in a language other than Spanish would not do it justice,” Rodrigo Garcia told BuzzFeed News, adding that the “current golden age of series,” with “the level of talented writing and directing, the cinematic quality of content,” changed the family’s mind.

“The time could not be better to bring an adaptation to the extraordinary global viewership that Netflix provides,” he continued.

The series will be filmed in Colombia.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude” tells the story of the multi-generational Buendia family, whose patriarch Jose Arcadio Buendia founded Macondo, a fictional town in the South American country.

The book has sold more than 50 million copies and has been translated into 46 languages.

In a statement, Francisco Ramos, Netflix’s vice president of Spanish-language content, said, “We know our members around the world love watching Spanish-language films and series and we feel this will be a perfect match of project and our platform.”

He’s right. Since announcing the adaptation, fans of the magical realism novel have been celebrating the news.

There’s no word yet on when the series will debut and who will star in it.

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These Books by Latina Authors Prove that Latinx Writers and The People Who Publish Them Understand the Real America

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These Books by Latina Authors Prove that Latinx Writers and The People Who Publish Them Understand the Real America

Our LGBTQ hating, xenophobic Vice President, Mike Pence will hate the upcoming middle-grade book, The Moon Within by Aida Salazar, and the publishing industry doesn’t care. The Moon Within about Celi Rivera, a young bi-racial Puerto Rican and Mexican girl who dances bomba and has a gender fluid best friend is set to be published by Scholastic later this month. While Latinx folks are still largely ignored on television and in film, publishers of middle-grade and young adult books know there’s a market for books about people of color and LGBTQ folks.

Hailed, by Kirkus Reviews, as a “worthy successor to Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume, The Moon Within is written in an elegant, swift verse.

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It tells the story of the budding Celi, a young accomplished dancer whose mother insists on announcing to the whole family that Celi is developing into a woman and insisting on holding a pre-Colombian style moon ceremony when Celi starts her first period.

At twelve, I read and loved Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, and as a small-for-my-age, Xicana, I identified with Margaret who felt her body was developing slower than those of her school friends. I also understood that the lavender covered book with the very blonde girl on the cover who wanted to “get her period” was very different kind of book than books like Little House on the Prairie that I had also read and loved, despite their flaws. But as a Xicana raised by a single mom in a run-down small town, the only place we could really afford to live in California, I felt distanced from Margaret’s life in many other ways. Her suburban neighborhood with sidewalks, her tidy house, her busy but attentive mother, and a father who worked and drove her to parties at friends’ houses, all seemed very far away and very white to me.

Judy Blume wrote for all children, but Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret is about a particular social class of girl, while Salazar’s The Moon Within is about family that is rich in other ways, culturally rich, artistically rich, and deeply rooted by their particularly close and caring community of artists and healers.

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Celi’s mom, an herbal healer, who grows herbs in the yard is actually, however, similar to Margaret’s mother in that she wishes to help her daughter to grow into womanhood without shame. Interestingly, the particular brand of the shame that both mothers hope to help their daughters avoid is rooted in Christianity. Celi’s mom, Mima, rejects the misogyny of Catholicism that encourages women to fear and despise their bodies, bodies that have the capability to give life  — and that’s all they’d do if Mike Pence had anything to with it.

And it’s this impulse of conservative men to dirty everything that isn’t cis-male centered that The Moon Within is such an important book right now and ever, especially in light of the racist and homophobic attack that severely injured, Empire’s, Jussie Smollet.

In a recent appearance on Late Night with Stephen Colbert, queer actor, Ellen Page, called out Mike Pence, blaming the Trump administration’s outward hate for the LGBTQ community,  “Connect the dots,” she said, “this is what happens if you are in a position of power,” referring to the attack on Smollet. She continued, “and you hate people and you want to cause suffering to them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career wanting to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen. People are going to be abused and they’re going to kills themselves, and they are going to die in the street.”

Children’s books agents– a surprising number of whom are people of color, like Marieta B. Zacker of Salazar at Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency and  Amara Hoshijo at Soho Press– seem to know that even and even though equity and decency for all has seemed to have reversed in our country, that books like The Moon Within are the antidote to hatred, bigotry, and ignorance amongst the actual people who make up America.

As former pre-school teacher who did much of the book ordering for my pre-school library, and a current English professor, it’s comforting to know that the education of America’s children, is somewhat in the hand of these agents and publishers willing to listen.

It seems that publishing children’s, middle-grade and YA books by and about people of color is no longer considered a risk.

After the publication of Celia C Perez’s The First Rule of Punk, we can officially all stop being surprised by the fact middle-grade and young adult book publishers are the seemingly most willing to publish books about people who exist in the real world that their counterparts in the past would have considered niche: Latinx kids who are into punk, Latinx kids with parents who are artists, or young Latinx feminists, as in the upcoming We Set the Dark on Fire, by Tehlor Kay Mejia and several other books written for middle-graders and young adults set for publication this spring and summer.

Pues, check out this list of exciting books about to be published and remember that pre-ordering these books is not only the best way to support the authors, but it also guarantees that your chamaquitx won’t have to wait to read books about characters who look and/or have lives like theirs.

We Set the Dark on Fire, by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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This fiercely feminist YA novel features a young Latina who attends a prestigious school under the pretense that she is not a member of the upper echelons, a fact that she must keep hidden in order to have a chance of success in the real world. Apparently, fans of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood are bound to love this debut by Mejia. This Xicana dystopian lit nerd eagerly awaits the release and the accolades that will surely follow.

All Of Us With Wings, by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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Or if you liked 2017s The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez, you should pre-order the YA, All of Us With Wings, by Michelle Ruiz Keil, a book set in San Francisco and blends Aztec rituals and punk rock.

The Grief Keeper, by Alexandra Villasante

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Available in June, The Grief Keeper, by Alexandra Villasante features a young Salvadoran girl who must leave El Salvador and attempt to cross into the US after her brother is murdered in order to save herself and her younger sister’s life.

The Last Eight, by Laura Pohl

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Perhaps you know a young reader who likes to read science fiction, due for publication in March, The Last Eight, by Brazilian author, Laura Pohl, is about Clover Martinez, one of the last eight teenagers left on Earth, teenagers who survive an alien attack.

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