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Books for National Hispanic Heritage Month

Monday, October 4, 2021

National Hispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15, “celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America,” as we learn on the government’s official page about it. In honor of the month, we’ve pulled out a scattering of the many volumes in our stacks by authors of Hispanic background or on related topics.

Culture & History | Civil Rights, Protest, & Activism | New York City | Literature, Essays, Poetry | Biography & Memoirs | Selected Fiction

Culture & History

América: the epic story of Spanish North America, 1493-1898 | Robert Goodwin (Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2019) 978 G

Finding Latinx: in search of the voices redefining Latino identity | Paola Ramos (Vintage Books, a division of Penguin Random House, 2020) 305.85 R                                    

El Norte: the epic and forgotten story of Hispanic North America | Carrie Gibson (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019) 973 G                          

Mexicans in the making of America | Neil Foley (Harvard University Press, 2014) 305.85 F   

Harvest of empire: a history of Latinos in America | Juan Gonzalez (Viking, 2000) 305.85 G

Culture across borders: Mexican immigration & popular culture | edited by David R. Maciel and María Herrera-Sobek (University of Arizona Press, 1998) 305.8 C                                            

Occupied America: a history of Chicanos | Rodolfo Acuña (Harper & Row, 1988) 972 A                          

Mexicanos: a history of Mexicans in the United States | Manuel G. Gonzales (Indiana University Press, 1999) 305.85 G

Divided borders: essays on Puerto Rican identity | Juan Flores (Arte Público Press, 1993) 305.8 F

The Puerto Rican diaspora: historical perspectives | edited by Carmen Teresa Whalen and Victor Vázquez-Hernández (Temple University Press, 2005)
Project Muse E-book        

Magical urbanism: Latinos reinvent the US city | Mike Davis (New York: Verso, 2001) 305.85 D

Strangers among us: how Latino immigration is transforming America | Roberto Suro (Alfred A. Knopf, 1998) 305.85 S

The Columbia history of Latinos in the United States since 1960 | edited by David G. Gutiérrez (Columbia University Press, 2004) 305.85 C                       

Latino metropolis (Los Angeles) | Victor M. Valle and Rodolfo D. Torres (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) 305.85 V                       

Latinos: a biography of the people | Earl Shorris (Norton, c1992) 305.8 S                        

Latinas in the United States: a historical encyclopedia | edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sanchez Korrol (Indiana University Press, c2006)
Project Muse E-book

Latinos: remaking America | edited by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco and Mariela Páez (University of California Press, 2009) 305.85 L                       

Once upon a quinceañera: coming of age in the USA | Julia Alvarez (Viking, 2007) 305.85 A                       

Barrio America: how Latino immigrants saved the American city | A. K. Sandoval-Strausz (Basic Books, Hachette Book Group, 2019) 307.76 S                       

Our America: a Hispanic history of the United States | Felipe Fernández-Armesto (W.W. Norton & Company, 2014) 305.85 F

The Hispanic condition: reflections on culture and identity in America | Ilan Stavans (HarperCollins, c1995) 305.8 S                        
Hispanic spaces, Latino places: community and cultural diversity in contemporary America | Daniel D. Arreola, editor (University of Texas Press, 2004)
Project Muse E-Book

From bomba to hip-hop: Puerto Rican culture and Latino identity | Juan Flores (Columbia University Press, 2000) 305.85 F

Changing race: Latinos, the census, and the history of ethnicity in the United States | Clara E. Rodriguez (New York University Press, c2000) 305.8 R

Civil Rights, Protest, & Activism

Chicano!: the history of the Mexican American civil rights movement | F. Arturo Rosales (Arte Público Press, 1997) 305.85 R Oversize

From the jaws of victory: the triumph and tragedy of Cesar Chavez and the farm worker movement | Matt Garcia (University of California Press, 2012) 331.88 G                       

The union of their dreams: power, hope, and struggle in Cesar Chavez's farm worker movement | Miriam Pawel (Bloomsbury Press, 2009) 331.88 P                       

Delano: the story of the California Grape Strike | John Gregory Dunne; foreword by Ilan Stavans (University of California Press, 2008) 331.89 D                       

An organizer's tale: speeches | Cesar Chavez; edited with an introduction by Ilan Stavans (Penguin Group, 2008) 331.88 C                       

No Mexicans, women, or dogs allowed: the rise of the Mexican American civil rights movement | Cynthia E. Orozco (University of Texas Press, 2009)
Project Muse E-book

New York City

Building a Latino civil rights movement: Puerto Ricans, African Americans, and the pursuit of racial justice in New York City | Sonia Song-Ha Lee (The University of North Carolina Press, 2014) 305.85 L

Caribbean Americans in New York City, 1895-1975 | F. Donnie Forde (Arcadia, 2002) 305.85 F

From colonia to community: the history of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1917-1948 | Virginia E. Sánchez Korrol (Greenwood Press, 1983) 974.7 S                        

Hispanas de Queens: Latino panethnicity in a New York City neighborhood | Milagros Ricourt & Ruby Danta (Cornell University Press, 2003) 305.85 R

Hispanic New York: a sourcebook | edited by Claudio Iván Remeseira  [with a foreword by Andrew Delbanco] (Columbia University Press, 2010) 974.71 H

Latinos in New York: communities in transition | edited by Gabriel Haslip-Viera, Sherrie L. Baver (University of Notre Dame Press, c1996) 974.7 L

Mambo montage: the Latinization of New York | edited by Agustín Laó-Montes, Arlene Dávila (Columbia University Press, 2001) 974.71 M                       

My music is my flag: Puerto Rican musicians and their New York communities, 1917-1940 | Ruth Glasser (University of California Press, 1997) 780.973 G

The New York Young Lords and the struggle for liberation | Darrel Wanzer-Serrano (Temple University Press, 2015) 323.1 W

Nueva York, 1613-1945 | edited by Edward J. Sullivan (The New-York Historical Society, 2010) 974.71 N OVERSIZE

Puerto Rican citizen: history and political identity in twentieth-century New York City | Lorrin Thomas (University of Chicago Press, 2010) 305.85 T                       

Racial migrations : New York City and the revolutionary politics of the Spanish Caribbean, 1850-1902 | Jesse E. Hoffnung-Garskof (Princeton University Press, 2019) 974.71 H

Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the '80s | Joseph Rodriguez with essay by Ed Morales (powerHouse Books, 2017) 779 R                          

Sugar, cigars, and revolution: the making of Cuban New York / Lisandro Pérez (New York University Press, 2018) 974.71 P

A tale of two cities: Santo Domingo and New York after 1950 | Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof (Princeton University Press, 2008) 305.85 H

Upsetting the apple cart: Black-Latino coalitions in New York City from protest to public office | Frederick Douglass Opie (Columbia University Press, 2015) 305.8 O
We took the streets: fighting for Latino rights with the Young Lords | Miguel "Mickey" Melendez (St. Martin's Press, 2003) 323.1 M    
The Young Lords: a radical history | Johanna Fernández (The University of North Carolina Press, 2020) 323.1 F                        

Literature, Essays, Poetry

Alabanza: new and selected poems, 1982-2002 | Martín Espada (W.W. Norton, 2003)

The republic of poetry | Martín Espada (W.W. Norton & Co., 2006) 821 E

The contemporary Spanish-American novel: Bolaño and after | edited by Nicholas Birns, et al. (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013) 863.08 C                       

Gritos: essays | by Dagoberto Gilb (Grove Press, 2003) 824 G

Herencia: the anthology of Hispanic literature of the United States | Kenya Dworkin y Méndez, et al., eds. (Oxford University Press, 2002) 820.8 H                        

Hispanic feminist poems from the Middle Ages to the present: a bilingual anthology | edited by Angel Flores and Kate Flores (Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1986) 861.08 H

Iguana dreams: new Latino fiction | edited by Delia Poey and Virgil Suarez (HarperPerennial, 1992) F I

Latin American folktales: stories from Hispanic and Indian traditions | edited and with an introduction by John Bierhorst (Pantheon Books, 2002) 398 L                          

The Latino reader: an American literary tradition from 1542 to the present | edited and with an introduction by Harold Augenbraum and Margarite Fernández Olmos (Houghton Mifflin Co., 1997) 820.8 L                        

Lengua fresca: Latinos writing on the edge | edited by Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006) 820.8 L

Lima : limón | Natalie Scenters-Zapico (Copper Canyon Press, 2019) 821 S

Literary currents in Hispanic America | Pedro Henríquez-Ureña (Harvard University Press, 1945) 860.9 H             

Maraca: new and selected poems, 1966-2000 | Victor Hernández Cruz (Coffee House Press, 2001) 821 C Oversize

Masterpieces of Latino literature | edited by Frank N. Magill (HarperCollins, 1994) 860.9 M                        

New voices of Hispanic America: an anthology | edited, translated and with an introduction by Darwin J. Flakoll and Claribel Alegría (Beacon Press, 1962) 860.8 F                 

Mexican writers on writing | edited by Margaret Sayers Peden (Trinity University Press, 2007) 860.9 M

The Norton anthology of Latino literature | Ilan Stavans, general editor (W.W. Norton & Co., 2011) 820.8 N                        

Half of the world in light: new and selected poems | Juan Felipe Herrera (University of Arizona Press, 2008) 821 H

Notes on the assemblage | Juan Felipe Herrera (City Lights Books, 2015) 821 H

Poemas selectos = Selected poems | Jimmy Santiago Baca (New Directions, 2009) 821 B

Slow lightning: poems | Eduardo C. Corral (Yale University Press, 2012) 821 C

U.S. Latino literature: a critical guide | edited by Harold Augenbraum and Margarite Fernández Olmos (Greenwood Press, 2000) 820.9 U

Biographies & Memoirs

Children of the land | Marcelo Hernandez Castillo (Harper Collins Publishers, 2020) 92 H5572 H

The crusades of Cesar Chavez: a biography | Miriam Pawel (Bloomsbury Press, 2014) 92 C5127 P

A house of my own: stories from my life | Sandra Cisneros (Knopf, 2015) 92 C5795 C

The Turkish lover | Esmeralda Santiago (Da Capo Press, 2004) 92 S2354 S           

Almost a woman | Esmeralda Santiago (Perseus Books, 1998)
92 S2354 S                     

When I was Puerto Rican | Esmeralda Santiago (Addison-Wesley, 1993)
92 S2354 S                               

My beloved world | Sonia Sotomayor  (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)
92 S7185S                      

Once I was you: a memoir of love and hate in a torn America | Maria Hinojosa (Atria Books, 2020)
92 H6641 H

Take this man: a memoir | Brando Skyhorse (Simon & Schuster, 2014)
92 S6298 S

Thoughts without cigarettes: a memoir | Oscar Hijuelos (Gotham Books, 2011)
92 H639 H

Muddy cup: a Dominican family comes of age in a new America | Barbara Fischkin (Scribner, 1997)
920 F5294 M

Undocumented: a Dominican boy's odyssey from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League | Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Penguin Press, 2015)
92 P1241 P

Selected Fiction

(collected by Events Assistant Marialuisa Monda)

Mexican Gothic: A Novel | Silvia Moreno-Garcia 

Afterlife | Julia Alvarez (ebook also available) 

Dominicana | Angie Cruz

Hades, Argentina"  | Daniel Loedel

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel | Isabel Allende, translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter |  Erika L. Sánchez 

Puro amor | written & illustrated by Sandra Cisneros ; Spanish translation by Liliana Valenzuela

Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Songs for the Flames” | Juan Gabriel Vásquez, translated from the Spanish by Anne McLean


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