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Hispanic Heritage Month

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Infinite Country: A Novel by Patricia Engel
Due to a series of choices and circumstances, Talia’s Columbian family was torn apart when her father was deported from America, where she was born. Now she has a chance to reunite and reconnect with them, but only if she can escape the correctional facility where she’s being held.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Noemi Taboada, the charming and elegant debutante, must help solve the mystery of a haunted house deep in the Mexican countryside.

Afterlife: A Novel by Julia Alvarez
Former teacher and writer Antonia Vega experiences a series of tragedies and difficulties in a short period, including the appearance of an undocumented and pregnant teenage girl on her doorstep. She has to learn to navigate her new reality and try to keep faith in the world and herself.

More Than You’ll Ever Know by Katie Gutierrez
This is a gripping drama about a woman whose double life comes unraveled with a shocking murder and the true-crime writer determined to investigate.

When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton 
Devastated by the Cuban Revolution, undercover operative Beatriz-Perez spends all her time seeking revenge until the arrival of the cold war and an affair with a dangerous man threatens to upend her already precarious life.

Violeta by Isabel Allende
Follow the life of Violeta Del Valle, a woman who lives nearly 100 years and experiences everything from the Spanish Flu to the Great Depression. Decades of love, loss and passion are told in letter form to a loved one in this deeply affecting novel.



Solito: A Memoir by Javier Zamora
The author tells the story of his dangerous, yet life changing journey at 9 years old from his small town in El-Salvador to the United States. Crossing through Guatemala and Mexico, he recounts the dangers he encountered and the connections he made along the way.

The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú
Third-generation Mexican-American Francisco Cantú details his time as a border patrol agent on the U.S.-Mexican border and his return to a world he thought he left behind when a friend who crossed the border disappears. This is a heart wrenching tale about violence on the border and the terrible effect it has on both countries. 

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
In this groundbreaking memoir the author tells the story of the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-girlfriend. Each chapter uses a different narrative trope to explore her volatile relationship, her life, and the reality of abuse in queer relationships.

App Kid: How a Child of Immigrants Grabbed a Piece of the American Dream by Michael Sayman
Son of Latino immigrants Michael Sayman shares how he learned to code at only 13 years old and started creating apps that changed the course of his and his family’s lives. Join him as he creates his own company, works for Facebook and Google, and becomes an inspiration and role model for kids everywhere. 

Flamin' Hot: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from Janitor to Top Executive by Richard P. Montañez
This is the empowering story of how a janitor became a company executive. Richard P. Montañez is the son of poor farm workers who had to work hard and long hours to make ends meet. Richard follows the same path and with minimal education has to take odd jobs, such as working as a Janitor at a Frito-Lay factory in California. His life changes at 28 years old when a tasty experiment and a whole lot of courage creates a classic flavor.


For Brown Girls with Sharp Edges and Tender Hearts by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez
The Nicaraguan founder of the digital platform “Latina Rebels” pens this guidebook for brown girls everywhere living in a world that was not built for them. She answers a myriad of questions including how to deal with imposter syndrome, how to handle internalized racism and the colorism it produces, how to decolonize your thoughts, and much more.

El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America by Carrie Gibson
The pilgrims were not the first visitors to the North American continent and this title details the history of our earlier Hispanic visitors. Beginning with the early 16th century arrival of Spanish explorers and ending with the more recent issues of a devastated Puerto Rico and the conflict at the U.S.-Mexican border, Gibson’s enlightening work shows us not only Latinx history but the lessons we can learn from it in the present day.

Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City by A. K. Sandoval-Strausz
Just a few decades ago many people were ready to give up on American cities, until eventually their populations were revitalized. The author uses research and historical storytelling to describe how Latinx immigrants saved American cities beginning in the 1970s all the way through to the 2000s. With a focus on the two barrios of the Little Village in Chicago and Oak Cliff in Dallas, it’s the story of the unsung heroes of our great cities.

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio        
Undocumented Journalist and Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio travels around the country documenting the highs, lows, and difficulties in the lives of undocumented immigrants all over America, including her own. From meeting undocumented Ground Zero workers who helped with cleanup efforts after 9/11 to those in Flint, Michigan who risk arrest every time they want clean water, the author takes us through the stories of undocumented immigrants all over America with unflinching honesty, empathy and hope.


Audience: Adult Seniors
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