Every dollar you spend on a writer of color translates into two lives you can potentially change: the author's and the reader's. Shop wisely. To aid you during this holiday season, below is The Latinidad List, my picks for the best books of 2017 by/for Latinos. Enjoy!
The Latinidad List
Debut Novel - I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
Julia Reyes, a smart and smart-assed teen, may be imperfect but the title and tone of her story are pitch-perfect.
Literary Novel - In the Distance by Hernan Diaz
Wondrous adventure that takes place at the intersection of innocence and savagery, and of nature and (so-called) civilization.
Historical Novel - The Living Infinite by Chantel Acevedo
Inspired by true events, a richly detailed and masterfully crafted story about the very modern Spanish princess Eulalia who wore royalty like chains.
Short Story Collection - Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
Cerebral yet corporeal, a sultry procession of startling stories in which women's bodies are asylums.
Poetry - Paraíso by Jacob Shores-Argüello
Astounding yet arresting poems that bleed grief and ache for faith.
Graphic Novel - I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina
Nas meets Shakespeare in this affecting tale about a member of the Black Lives Matter generation.
Cookbook - Casa Marcela by Marcela Valladolid
Gracious photos and approachable recipes will inspire you not only to cook like Marcela, but to live like her.
Young Adult - All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
Bewitching page-turner set in the not-too-distant future on a climate-changed landscape where promises and betrayal blur.
Middle Grade - The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
As cool as a pair of silver-sequined Chuck Taylors, zine-loving bicultural Malu aspires to be punk despite her SuperMexican's mom's best efforts to turn her into a senorita.
Children's Picture Book - Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza
Spunky Lucia's hip abuela shares a secret that proves girls can be as (super)heroic as boys.
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