Summer only comes once a year and everyone needs a perfect book to pair with those lazy days at the beach! We have a list of the best new books by Latino authors. Enjoy the warm breeze with some of our favorite picks!
1. Beach Reads: Revolution of Evelyn Serrano
The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano
The influential actress who plays Maria on Sesame Street weaves together a powerful novel about Evelyn Serrano, a young Boricua growing up in Spanish Harlem during the 1960’s. Loosely based on her own life, Manzano’s book honors the power of community and the human spirit. A tale of passion and acculturation, this book is a must-read.
2. Beach Reads: Esperanza Rising
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
This bestseller showcases the unforgettable story of Esperanza, a young woman raised in upper class Mexico who is forced to immigrate to the U.S. during the Great Depression after a family tragedy. Suddenly Esperanza is forced to work as a farm worker and deal with financial struggles. Her journey of finding a better life has a hopeful twist.
3. Beach Reads: Old Man's Love Story
The Old Man’s Love Story by Rudolfo Anaya
If you love telenovelas, then this is the book for you. The male narrator shares his most intimate thoughts of his wife, the life they shared together, and her death. This tearjerker proves that love really can last a lifetime.
4. Beach Reads: Rita Moreno: A Memoir
Moreno describes how a legend was born in this unforgettable memoir. Making her Broadway debut by age thirteen, the Puerto Rican star would later work alongside industry veterans like, Gary Cooper, Yul Brynner, and Ann Miller. She reflects on her rise to fame and her intimate relationships, including her love affair with Elvis Presley.
5. Beach Reads: The Feminist and the Cowboy
The Feminist and the Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
The author of The Dirty Girls Social Club is back with a romantic memoir about how her love for a sexy cowboy challenged her feminist beliefs. A divorced Valdes hit her 40’s and realized that her upbringing may have had something to do with all of her failed relationships. Her honest narrative invites you on a self-reflecting journey you won't be able to resist.
6. Beach Reads: Maya's Notebook
Maya’s Notebook: A Novel by Isabel Allende
Known for creating addictive mystical worlds, Allende introduces us to the story of an American teen who finds refuge on an island off the coast of Chile after living a life filled with drugs, crime, and prostitution. You won’t be able to put this gritty novel down.
7. Beach Reads: Jenni Rivera: Incredible Story...
Pianist, TV host, and Executive Director for Latino content and programming at Billboard introduces this intimate and emotional biography of the legendary Jenni Rivera. Learn more about La Diva de la Banda’s humble beginnings, her resilient spirit, and how she managed to conquer a genre rarely dominated by women.
8. Beach Reads: A Wedding in Haiti
A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez
The Dominican author takes a new turn with this memoir focusing on her trips to Haiti and her friendship with a young man named Piti, a Haitian farmer living in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez’s journey reflects on cultural barriers, prejudice, and true friendship.
9. Beach Reads: Cool Salsa
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing up Latino in the U.S. by Lori Marie Carlson
This colorful read includes some of our favorite contemporary Latino poets including, Sandra Cisneros and Martin Espada. Covering themes of love, prejudice, fear, and immigration, this book will be a quick and entertaining read.
10. Beach Reads: Manuscript Found in Accra
Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho
If you are looking for a deeper read, this Brazilian author has just the thing. Taking place in Jerusalem during 1099, Coelho’s narrative reflects on religion, faith, society, and the power of the human spirit.