As the temperature rises, no doubt you're spending more time outside soaking up the sun and working on your tan (with an appropriate sunscreen, of course). So why don't you take the time afforded by the extra-lazy days this summer to catch up on your reading? We've made it so easy for you by rounding up the 10 hottest summer books, so slip into your swimsuit, throw one or two novels in your beach bag and lose yourself in the worlds created by these talented Latino writers.
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The Angel’s Game
Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Expect twists and turns in this dark, gothic novel set in mysterious Barcelona. David Martin, a novelist who uses a pseudonym to publish his work, lives in an abandoned mansion that seems to be hiding a secret. When David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor who makes him a huge offer, he realizes that his book and the mansion, with its shadowy past seem to have a connection.
Names I Call My Sister
Mary Castillo, Berta Platas, Lynda Sandoval, Sofia Quintero
This collection of short stories makes for a great beach read! The four stories chronicle the tribulations, trials and triumphs of sisterhood. From planning to ruin a wedding, to double lives and radio talk shows, this collection is both hilarious and heartwarming and realistically details the ups and downs of hermanas.
A Happy Marriage
In 1975, high school dropout Enrique Sabas meets Margaret Cohen, a vivacious graphic designer. This is the simple story of their relationship and eventual marriage. But if you have ever been married you know that there isn’t anything simple about it! This novel takes an unflinching look at both the good and bad times; as Margaret ages and becomes ill, Enrique is forced to deal with feelings of guilt and inadequacy in this heart-wrenching account of a couple’s 30 year relationship.
In Between Men
29-year-old ESL teacher and single mom Isa Avellan has been voted the un-sexiest woman alive by the entire student body. Not only that, but her ex-husband has taken to revealing every intimate detail of their sex life on national radio. But after getting knocked unconscious by a soccer ball to the head, a miracle happens: Isa meets her guardian angel. Starting over, Isa finds herself undergoing a radical transformation from an everyday frump to a sexy siren.
By Raul Ramos Y Sanchez
Publication Date: July 29, 2009.
Set in the near future, tensions in America are running high between Hispanics and Anglos, which is only intensified by the death of an innocent Latina bystander in Texas. Riots and demonstrations begin to take over the street as we follow the story of Manolo Mana Suaraz , an ex-Army Ranger who joins a new group started to foster Latino unity against Anglos. As violence reaches a tipping point, camps are created to segregate Hispanics from the general population, and Mano must find a way to help a country that no longer seems his own.
The Strain: Book One of the Strain Trilogy
Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan
In search of a thriller? Look no farther than Del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) and Hogan’s (Prince of Thieves) horror novel about a virus that has infected New York, turning regular everyday people into bloodsucking vampires. These monsters aren’t of the Twilight or True Blood variety either—they really want to kill you! Eventually only a couple of scientists, an old man with a grudge and a young boy remain and are charged with trying to find a way to save the world. This novel packs a powerful punch and will keep you on edge until the very end.
Publication Date: August 7, 2009.
A page turner from start to finish, Absent A Miracle chronicles the life of Alice Fairweather as she moves from California to the New York City suburbs with her Harvard-educated husband and their two sons. Settling into her new home, an unexpected visit leads Alice on a journey to Nicaragua. Quirky characters, interesting settings and dark humor make for a fun and interesting summer read.
Let it Rain Coffee
Esperanza Colon sees the United States as a place where dreams come true, thanks to everything she has seen on TV. But when she finally saves enough she moves to New York with her husband, Santo and their two children, she finds out that life in America isn’t all it’s cracked up to be in. Ten years goes by before Don Chan, Santo’s widowed father, winds up on Esperanza’s doorstep. Once in New York, Don Chan is seized by memories of his political past in the Dominican Republic. Disillusionment and tragedy come into play as every character learns what home and peace truly means to them—and where they can find it.
Publication Date: August, 10, 2009.
Amigoland is a spectacular read. Set in the U.S. just north of the Mexican border, the estranged Rosales brothers are ambivalent, volatile and mysterious. Casares takes us on a journey through three brothers’ personalities and problems in order to answer the pivotal question at the heart of their troubles: What exactly happened to the Rosales family?
The Husband Habit
In the sixth of her outrageously funny “chica lit” series, Valdes-Rodriguez is back to tell the story of Vanessa Duran. Duran’s a successful and talented chef living in Albuquerque, New Mexico who seems to have everything going for her. Except for one major problem: She keeps falling in love with married men! After a heart-to-heart with her sister, Vanessa promises to remain single until she can figure out why she only falls for men who are totally unavailable. If only her friends and family would stop trying to fix her up.