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12 Audiobooks by Latina Authors That You Can ‘Read’ On the Drive to Work

Growing up, I buried myself in book after book because it was how I came alive, how I escaped into other worlds, and how I learned about different kinds of people. As I grew older, however, I had less and less time to read for pleasure. During school, there were too many reading assignments for me to take on anything for myself except for during the summers. Then, as my career began, I was busy rockin’ it and advancing to really do much reading for fun — until I discovered audiobooks a year ago and became obsessed.

There are so many reasons to love audiobooks. For one, they can be there on Sundays while you’re doing chores, they are also a great way to learn something new am while running errands or heading to work.

If you’re looking to add a bit more literature to your life while you’re on the go, here are 12 audiobooks by Latina authors you’ll love.

1. Getting Off: One Woman’s Journey Through Sex and Porn Addiction by Erica Garza

I admit it: This book made me blush a LOT but it was an absolutely incredible, revealing read. Erica Garza’s tale of sex and porn addiction, read by Joy Osmanski, was definitely one to behold. The Mexican-American author recounts everything from her early trials into masturbation to meeting the man who eventually became her husband and everything in between. Maybe just don’t listen to this one with anyone else around…

2. American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera

This essay collection, which was put together by none other than America Ferrera, is full of interesting and intense tales by Americans who have been raised with more than one background — such as Wilmer Valderrama (who is Venezuelan-American), Diane Guerrero (who is Colombian-American and whose own book appears on this list), Laurie Hernandez (who is Puerto Rican). The book is primarily read by America Ferrera with various guest-authors reading their own words.

3. Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction by Elizabeth Vargas

As someone who suffers from anxiety and is also an alcoholic, Elizabeth Vargas’ memoir touched me deeply. Reading about her slowly increasing alcohol intake, how she dealt with it while also having a successful career at ABC, and all of the steps she took to heal since was incredible. I especially loved reading them in her own voice, since her calm tone really adds an extra dimension to the piece.

4. In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford

Diane Guerrero’s memoir is a touching story of her separation from her parents and one that has moved me deeply. It is especially heartbreaking to read it again, now, with stories of so many children being separated from their families today. Guerrero has been a champion for immigrant rights and, in this book read by her, it is especially poignant today.

5. Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA by Julia Alvarez

If you had a quinceañera while living in the U.S., then you can probably relate to this wonderful non-fiction book by the well-known author Julia Alvarez. Although you might primarily know her from her fiction (like How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents), this book read by actress Daphne Rubin-Vega is definitely a must-read for any little Latina girl who grew up in America.

6. Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair) by Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez is hysterical and her memoir is hysterical in kind. It is a detailing of her life (and her obsession with her hair — which I admit is totally great). Thankfully, she reads this memoir herself, which definitely makes the book an A+ in my book. Her wisdom for having an “unpredictable life” is definitely something that you’ll love, too.

7. My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive by Julissa Arce

You may have heard of Julissa Arce back when this book came out a few years ago. If not, then you are hopefully hearing about her now, with the recent publication of her second memoir, Someone Like Me: How One Undocumented Girl Fought for Her American Dream. It’s a timely topic but, unfortunately, doesn’t have an audiobook yet. However, her first book, which is read by her, is just as great and definitely deserves a read in the meantime.

8. The Body Book: The Law of Hunger, the Science of Strength, and Other Ways to Love Your Amazing Body by Cameron Diaz with Sandy Rustin

There is absolutely no denying that Cuban-American actress Cameron Diaz looks absolutely amazing for her age. If you’ve ever wanted to know her secrets, then look no further than this book. She has a sequel, too, but this is a great one to start with. Although the sequel speaks more to longevity (and how exactly she looks so amazing!), this one, read by Diaz and her co-author, is a fantastic primer in everything that you need to know about your body.

9. My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

You’ll see Moreno’s name here again, but for now, all you need to know is that she reads Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir — and that is just a powerhouse combo that you won’t be able to resist. If you’ve ever wanted to be inspired by someone’s story and rise in politics, then this is your next big read. It’s a bit difficult to read in the current political climate, but still an inspirational book that might have you crying once or twice.

10. A Cup of Water Under My Bed: A Memoir by Daisy Hernandez

Daisy Hernandez reads her memoir in this thrilling audiobook version. Her coming-of-age tale as a queer Latina (she’s Colombian-Cuban) is definitely one that you will want to read. This lyrical memoir is absolutely wonderful and a bit different than a lot of the books on this list. This wonder is a book that I can wholeheartedly recommend for this list.

11. Rita Moreno: A Memoir by Rita Moreno

Do you know how absolutely amazing Rita Moreno is? This memoir written and read by the author is something that you should run out and get ASAP (or, you know, order online and download). It’s the story of her life, her rise in Hollywood, and what it is like to be a Latina in Hollywood. It’s a pretty intriguing read, honestly, and definitely, a fun look at the golden age of Hollywood.

12. Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago

Esmeralda Santiago is no stranger to writing memoir. Most will know her best for her book When I Was Puerto Rican — but that doesn’t make our list since there’s no audiobook version if it (though it’s definitely still worth picking up). This is another of her memoirs and one about what it is like to become a woman. Her journey into womanhood is one that you will relate to and that will delight you for years to come. Because trust me, you’ll be rereading this one.


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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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Latinas Are Gearing Up To Run 2019: From Tessa Thompson’s Role in The New ‘MIB’ To J.Lo’s Skin Care Line, Here’s A Look

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Latinas Are Gearing Up To Run 2019: From Tessa Thompson’s Role in The New ‘MIB’ To J.Lo’s Skin Care Line, Here’s A Look

As 2018 inches toward its finale, we can’t help but look forward to the new year and get excited for all of the exciting and unpredictable things that 2019 has in store. Among the things we’re excited about is a newly-announced skincare line from the venerable Jennifer Lopez, which is set to be released in late 2019. But Lopez isn’t the only Latina that has exciting projects lined up in the new year. In fact, so far 2019 is shaping up to be a year chock full of Latina-Power so far. In addition to Lopez, we’ve rounded up some Latina-Power Projects to look forward to in the new year, starting with the ageless goddess herself.

Jennifer Lopez

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In response to a question about her skincare routine during her promotional tour of Second Act, Lopez revealed that she “will be coming out with a skincare line” that she’s been “working [on] for a long time”. She further explained why she decided to release it after her makeup collection, saying, “I don’t want to put [just] anything out”. According to Lopez, she hopes the line “encompasses all of the things I’ve learned, all of the secrets I have”. And suddenly, 2019 can’t come fast enough.

Gina Rodriguez

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There will be no escaping Gina Rodriguez in 2019–not that we’d want to. Not only will her action-thriller Miss Bala (a film with a 95 percent Latinx cast and crew) hit theaters in February, she will also be voicing the iconic Latina character Carmen San Diego in Netflix’s animated re-boot, set to premiere on January 18. And lest we forget, the fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin is rumored to be premiering in early 2019, officially making next year the property of Gina Rodriguez.

Cardi B

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Cardi B can’t–and won’t–slow down. Not only is she scheduled to make regular, showstopping appearances into 2019, but she’ll also be making money moves with her lucrative partnership with Reebook. It’s safe to assume that Cardi isn’t going anywhere for a long time.

Rita Moreno

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As we announced before, Rita Moreno is set to appear in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated remake of the beloved classic, Westside Story. According to Deadline, the actress will play an “expanded version of the character of Doc, the owner of the corner store” from the original movie. According to Moreno, she is “tingling” over the opportunity to re-visit the story that made her a legend. She further stated: “Never in my wildest dreams did I see myself revisiting this seminal work, and to be asked by Steven Spielberg to participate is simply thrilling!”. We can’t wait to see her back on the silver screen where she belongs.

Tessa Thompson

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Tessa Thompson isn’t letting some out-dated name of a movie stop her. In 2019, the talented Mexican-Panamanian actress will be starring in a “Men in Black” reboot with Chris Hemsworth. The fact that an Afro-Latina is headlining a movie that literally has “men” in the title is so refreshing–we can’t wait to see Thompson break down more barriers in 2019.

Isabela Moner

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As soon as we heard that a live-action version of “Dora the Explorer” would be coming to a theater near us, we couldn’t wait to see what Latina fabulosa would fill Dora’s little white tennis shoes. Luckily for us, we weren’t disappointed. Peruvian-American Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner was announced as the actress who had won the part among many. Moner stated that she was “excited and honored” to get to play the iconic character. “I grew up watching the show, and for me, especially as a Latina, Dora was an amazing role model”, she said. We can’t wait to catch Moner in theaters on August 22nd.

Valentina Garza

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Yes, we’re sad that “Jane the Virgin” is coming to an end, but we can’t help but be excited about its recently-announced spinoff. And in even more exciting news, this time the show will be run by Cuban-American writer/producer Valentina Garza. This will mark the first time a Latina has been a showrunner of a CW show. No news yet on when the new anthology series will premiere, but either way, Garza will have her hands full with development and pre-production all of 2019.

Anjelah Johnson/America Ferrera/Emilia Serrano

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In November, deadline announced that it was developing a sitcom called “All Fancy” that is starring Mexican-American comedian Anjelah Johnson, written by Mexican-American writer Emilia Serrano, and produced by Honduran-American actress, philanthropist and overall powerhouse America Ferrera. According to “Deadline”, the series will revolve around Johnson playing a “newly successful 30-something Mexican-American woman who often goes against cultural and social expectations”. Kudos for these Latina ladies making waves in Hollywood.

Gina Torres

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Finally, Cuban-American actress Gina Torres is getting her day in the sun. After co-starring in “Suits” for six years, USA Network has given Torres her very own spinoff that is currently in production and set to premiere in 2019. According to Deadline, the series, entitled “Second City”, will center on Torres’s iconic character Jessica Pearson as she “enters the dirty world of Chicago politics”. It’s so rare that a Latina–let alone an Afro-Latina–has the chance to star in her own show, that we’re jumping up and down for joy because of this one. We know Torres will be her usual, mesmerizing self in this role.

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