Almost any occasion is an excuse to buy a book as a gift: birthdays,
weddings, and, of course, the upcoming holidays. Before you rush off to
Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com, I urge you to do your holiday shopping
at La Casa Azul Bookstore by visiting:
With every book, CD, or DVD you buy there you're supporting not only
an individual artist but the Latino publishing community at large. Need
gift ideas? Check out this year's Latinidad 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 only for books to be published in 2010.
The Latinidad List
Literary Fiction – Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Simple prose and easy humor belie a substantial story with a political edge.
Poetry – Bird Eating Bird by Kristin Naca
Expands and embraces the possibilities of language.
Chick Lit – B as in Beauty by Alberto Ferreras
Sexy, laugh-out-loud chronicle of a big girl who learns to love her curves.
Short Story Collection – How to Leave Hialeah by Jennine Capo Crucet
A smart and smart-mouthed writer to watch.
Mystery – G.I Bones by Martin Limon
An historical page-turner with a keen eye and ear for detail.
Memoir – Havana and Other Missing Fathers by Mia Leonin
Absorbing and beautiful account of the author's search for truth and love.
Self-Help – Parents Who Cheat by Ana Nogales
Think your parent's infidelity didn't affect you? Think again.
Cookbook – Simply Mexican by Lourdes Castro
Even a novice can quickly master these refreshingly well-written recipes.
Young Adult – Riding the Universe by Gaby Triana
The ultra-fabacious story of a clever girl and confusing boys.
Middle Grade – Confetti Girl by Diana Lopez
Warm, heartbreaking tale of a motherless girl and her absent-minded father.
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