“Below is a list of books I have enjoyed reading, mostly on Latino literature and particularly Latino fiction. This list is not comprehensive by any means, and if your favorite book is not here it may just mean I have not found the time to read it or to list it. As a writer, I have learned my craft by reading others and by trying to understand the work of good writers. So I want to share the books I found valuable, for one reason or another. This is my effort to create a list of eclectic (but high quality) selections on Latino literature and Latino fiction that might appeal to those who love to read. I don’t claim that this list contains the ‘best’ writers or the ‘most important’ books about Latino literature. It is simply my list. I hope over time that this list will grow to include a plurality of literary voices.” ---Sergio Troncoso

Latino Literature and Latino Fiction: LiteraryLatino.com

To reach this page directly, go to LiteraryLatino.com. Also visit LatinoFiction.com, a bookstore featuring books on Latino literature. All proceeds from this website will be donated to HRH Care (Hudson River HealthCare), which provides free healthcare to migrant farmworkers in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Books for Children and Young Adults

Rudolfo Anaya, The Farolitos of Christmas and Farolitos for Abuelo

Kathleen Contreras, Braids/Trencitas

Sarah Cortez (editor), You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens

Matt De La Peña, Last Stop on Market Street

Tomie DePaola, The Night of Las Posadas

Margarita Engle, The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba’s Greatest Abolitionist

Carmen Lomas Garza, In My Family: En Mi Familia

Xavier Garza, Maximilian & the Bingo Rematch: A Lucha Libre Sequel

Ricky González, María Mendoza, Wendy Morán et al, Wiley's Way/El Camino de Wiley

Joe Hayes, La Llorona: The Weeping Woman and The Day It Snowed Tortillas: El Dia Que Nevaron Tortillas

Brendan January, Hernán Cortés

Francisco Jiménez, The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child

Diana Lopez, Confetti Girl

Lorraine M. López, Call Me Henri

Gerald McDermott, Arrow to the Sun and Musicians of the Sun

Albert Marrin, Aztecs and Spaniards

Victor Martinez, Parrot in the Oven

Antony Mason, Ancient Civilizations of The Americas

Lyn Miller-Lachmann (editor), Once Upon a Cuento

Pat Mora, Tomás and the Library Lady

Yuyi Morales, A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising and Echo

Isabel Quintero, Gabi, A Girl in Pieces

David Rice, Crazy Loco

Benjamin Sáenz, A Gift from Papá Diego and Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood

Jon Scieszka, Me Oh Maya!

Gary Soto, The Old Man and His Door and Buried Onions

María Cristina Urrutia, Cinco de Mayo: Yesterday and Today

Natasha Wing, Jalapeño Bagels


Poetry

Francisco Aragón, Puerta Del Sol

Francisco Aragón (editor), The Wind Shifts: New Latino Poetry

Richard Blanco, Directions to the Beach of the Dead

David Bowles (translator), Flower, Song, Dance: Aztec and Mayan Poetry

Eduardo Corral, Slow Lightning

David Dominguez, Work Done Right and The Ghost of Cesar Chavez

Martín Espada, The Trouble Ball: Poems

Luis H. Francia, Tattered Boat

Carmen Giménez Smith, Odalisque in Pieces and Milk and Filth

Aracelis Girmay, Teeth and Kingdom Animalia

Ray González, Consideration of the Guitar

Rigoberto González, So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water Until It Breaks and Unpeopled Eden

Juan Felipe Herrera, Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems

Javier O. Huerta, Some Clarifications y otros poemas

Ada Limón, Lucky Wreck and Bright Dead Things: Poems

Sheryl Luna, Pity the Drowned Horses

María Meléndez, How Long She'll Last in This World

Emmy Pérez, Solstice

Sasha Pimentel Chacón, Insides She Swallowed

Jose Antionio Rodriguez, The Shallow End of Sleep

Renato Rosaldo, Diego Luna’s Insider Tips

Short Story Collections

John S. Christie and José B. Gonzalez (editors), Latino Boom: An Anthology of U. S. Latino Literature

Sandra Cisneros, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories

Sarah Cortez and Liz Martinez (editors), Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery

Daniel Chacón, Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops

Marcia Hatfield Daudistel (editor), Literary El Paso

Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

Diana Garcia, Frances Payne Adler, and Debra Busman (editors), Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing

Dagoberto Gilb, The Magic of Blood and Woodcuts of Women

Dagoberto Gilb (editor), Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature

Rigoberto González (editor), Camino del Sol: Fifteen Years of Latina and Latino Writing

Christine Granados, Brides and Sinners in El Chuco

Lorraine López, Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories

C. M. Mayo, Sky Over El Nido

Manuel Muñoz, Zigzagger

Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club

José Skinner, Flight and Other Stories

Ilan Stavans (editor), New World: Young Latino Writers

Sergio Troncoso, The Last Tortilla and Other Stories

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Water Museum: Stories

Kirstin Valdez Quade, Night at the Fiestas: Stories

Helena María Viramontes, The Moths and Other Stories

Richard Yañez, El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border

Novels

Julia Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and In the Time of the Butterflies

Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima

Mariano Azuela, Los de Abajo

Roberto Bolaño, 2666

Ana Castillo, The Guardians

Denise Chávez, Face of an Angel

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street and Caramelo

Angie Cruz, Let It Rain Coffee

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Ernesto Galarza, Barrio Boy

Francisco Goldman, The Ordinary Seaman and Say Her Name

Tim Z. Hernandez, Mañana Means Heaven

Oscar Hijuelos, The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Rolando Hinojosa, The Useless Servants and Becky and Her Friends

Arturo Islas, The Rain God and Migrant Souls

Mary Helen Lagasse, The Fifth Sun

Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera

Demetria Martínez, Mother Tongue

Ernesto Quiñonez, Bodega Dreams and Chango's Fire

Linda Rodriguez, Every Last Secret

Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo y El Llano en llamas

Benjamin Sáenz, The House of Forgetting

Sergio Troncoso, The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust

Luis Alberto Urrea, The Hummingbird's Daughter

José Antonio Villarreal, Pocho

Helena María Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus

“After reading From This Wicked Patch of Dust by Sergio Troncoso, I decided to adopt his book for my two College Success classes this fall. I believe our students can relate to many of the issues that the Martinez family faces in the book. Through our book discussions I hope to explore family dynamics and some of the cultural values that our students have to struggle with as they step into the college classroom. I want our students to know that their cultural values matter and they can be successful college students without losing their heritage in the process. I think Troncoso’s book does a fabulous job of addressing the cultural identity concerns that our students often face.”
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Karletty Medina, Academic and Retention Counselor and College Success faculty, Northern Essex Community College, Lawrence, Massachusetts