Holidays are traditionally a time during which to count your blessings. One for which I am most grateful is my work, which affords me the opportunity to continually discover Latino writers. Below is a list of the books that stole my heart this year; I hope you are as smitten with them as I am. Please share the love by buying them as gifts for everyone on your shopping list.
To nominate a book for next year's list, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that I'm seeking nominations for books to be published in 2016.
The Latinidad List
Best Debut - The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
An inventive recasting of the passionate feud between the families of a Gypsy Romeo and a Latina Juliet.
Literary Novel - The Gods of Tango by Carolina de Robertis
The story of an Italian immigrant musician in Argentina is seductively conveyed via a languid river of language on which you want to float forever.
Short Story Collection - Barefoot Dogs by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
Finely wrought tales bound together by the clash between innocence and maturity, the lower and upper classes, and love and disappointment.
Memoir ÔÇô Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano
A perspicacious storyteller, Manzano chooses just the right words to simultaneously pull at your heartstrings and provoke thought.
Poetry ÔÇô Monsters, Zombies + Addicts by Gwendolyn Zepeda
Menace and magic lurk together in the shadows of these sharp-witted poems written with a survivor's urgency to bear witness.
Self-Help - Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco
Yoga for the brain, the kind of book which compels you to underline its passages, scribble in its margins, and feel wiser at its conclusion.
Cookbook ÔÇô Healthy Latin Eating by Angie Martinez and Angelo Sosa
Traditionally hearty Latin recipes are felicitously tweaked to fit today's healthy lifestyles and busy schedules.
Young Adult ÔÇô More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Characters who are unique to the Bronx yet universal to the literary landscape struggle with how memory does--and doesn't--inform and define identity.
Middle Grade ÔÇô Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Majestically unites separate storylines into a grand whole, like a virtuoso conductor who transforms disparate musicians into one orchestra.
Children's Picture Book ÔÇô Knit Together by Angela Dominguez
Touching story about finding value in inspiration, collaboration, and your talents wherever they may lay.
Excerpted from Latinidad?« ?® 2003 by Marcela Landres
Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think. She is an Editorial Consultant who specializes in helping Latinos get published and was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster. Author's website Email the author