Your Latino Summer Reading List!

Kick back in hammock with a cool drink (and some sunscreen!) and enjoy these great new books by Latino authors, offering everything from mysteries to memoirs. Happy reading!

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1. 2011 Summer Book: An Echo in the Bone

Outlander and An Echo in the Bone
If you haven’t read Mexican American author Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular Outlander series, this summer is a good time to start: A 20th anniversary edition of her first book of the series, Outlander, comes out July 5. It begins the epic but accessible and charming story of a woman who gets accidentally transported to 1700’s Scotland, leaving her modern-day husband behind and launching her on adventures. Gabaldon’s latest book in the seven-book series, An Echo in the Bone, came out in beach bag-ready paperback May 24.

The Outlander series is available at Amazon.com
 

2. 2011 Summer Book: The Midnight Palace

The Midnight Palace
Hungering for a good YA mystery? Then pick up this spellbinding young adult tome by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafon. The author of the enormously popular The Shadow of the Wind, Zafon brings the same gift for suspense and lyricism to the Calcutta-set story of twins threatened by a supernatural force. Out now.

The Midnight Palace is available at Amazon.com.
 

3. 2011 Summer Book: Thoughts Without Cigarettes

Thoughts Without Cigarettes
Pulitzer prize-winning Oscar Hijuelos (The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love) writes beautifully about growing up the son of Cuban immigrants in Manhattan, lovingly bringing out the people and places that have shaped him as a writer and person. Out now.
 

Thoughts Without Cigarettes is available at Amazon.com.

4. 2011 Summer Book: What You See in the Dark

What You See In The Dark
Doomed romance and murder. Sounds like just the things to read about from the safety of your beach blanket. Mexican American Matthew Muñoz weaves an expert, disturbing and satisfying tale set in Bakersfield, California in the 1950s, during Alfred Hitchcock’s shooting of the classic slasher film Psycho. Out now.

What You See In The Dark is available at Amazon.com

5. 2011 Summer Book: The Map of Time

The Map of Time
This imaginative international bestseller from the Spanish author Felix J. Palma has it all: romance, adventure, fantasy, a bit of history and a time-traveling mystery. Set in Victorian London, the novel’s characters investigate incidents in which others have traveled in time and meddled with everything from individual lives to works of art. Their task is to save lives and literary works such as Dracula from disappearing —or never having happened. Out June 28.

The Map of Time is available at Amazon.com.
 

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