Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Every autumn, we celebrate the contributions made to our communities by awesome groundbreaking Latinx peoples. Although the celebration runs from September 15 through October 15, we have so much to celebrate and so many stories to share. We invite you to consider this an invitation to explore these stories all year long. Check out the following list of memoirs from some of the people whose work we have grown to love and admire. We hope it keeps you busy and reading until September 2020.
Something To Declare by Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez gave us In The Time of the Butterflies and How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents but in this collection of essays she explores the importance of storytelling in her culture and how she uses both English and Spanish to more fully share those stories with readers.
The Sum Of Our Days by Isabel Allende
Magical Realism genius Isabel Allende has given us stories and characters to grow with but in this book, she opens us to her own life, her own loves, and her own real world.
Living To Tell The Tale by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Gabriel Garcia Marquez pulls back the curtain and shows us how the politics and the experiences of his life seeped into Love In The Time Of Cholera and One Hundred Years Of Solitude that made him both the man and the writer that gave us those stories.
Definitely Hispanic by LeJuan James
Instagram superstar LeJuan James has made us all laugh with his relatable antics of what it means to grow up in a Latinx household. In his debut memoir, he shares how he turned all that love (and at times trauma) into laughter.
My Beloved World by Sonya Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor is undeniably an “orgullo hispano” and an American icon as the first Latinx person so serve on the US Supreme Court. In her memoir, she shares the independence she had to develop in order to survive and how it lead her toward her career as a justice of the peace.
6. Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa by Rigoberto Gonzales
Gonzalez shares the beautiful and sometimes painful truths of the intersectionality between race, class, and sexuality as he tells his coming of age story as a young man discovering who he is in a county he is learning to call home.
In The Country That We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
TV star Diane Guerrero has given us the stories of amazing characters in Orange Is the New Black, Jane The Virgin, and Doom Patrol but in this book, she shares her own story as an immigrant in America striving for basic rights while working for her big dreams.
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Elkid Alvarez Maldonado
Community Engagement Specialist
Especialista de Alcance Comunitario
Kenosha Public Library