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Dive into Rich Culture and Strong Voices With 9 Must-Read Books by Latina Authors

Latina authors are enriching the literary world with a vibrant range of perspectives and stories. From magical realism to historical fiction to heart-wrenching coming-of-age tales, there’s a book waiting to capture your imagination.

This Woman’s History Month, we’re honoring 10 Latina authors who have captured our imagination, continue creating new worlds with their narratives, and are sharing their knowledge in finance, business, wellness and more.

“In the Time of the Butterflies” by Julia Alvarez

This historical novel explores the lives of the Mirabal sisters, political activists in the Dominican Republic under the brutal Trujillo dictatorship who faced a gruesome death.

“The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros

A coming-of-age story told in a series of vignettes, this novel paints a vivid portrait of Esperanza, a young Chicana growing up in Chicago. The story is among the first narratives that encapsulate the lives of Latinos living in the United States.

“Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

This magical realist masterpiece intertwines a passionate love story with traditional Mexican recipes. Let’s say all of your senses will be engaged.

“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez

What makes one a perfect Mexican daughter? Is it not moving out of your home to go to college? Or chasing after your dreams? This powerful young adult novel tackles themes of identity, family expectations, and loss through the eyes of a rebellious teenager.

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende’s debut novel follows the Trueba family over several generations as they navigate political turmoil in Chile, family conflict, and the supernatural. There’s no question this is one of the 20th century’s most important novels.

“Cultura and Cash: Lessons from the First Gen Mentor for Managing Finances and Cultural Expectations” by Giovanna González

Are you struggling to navigate the world of money as a first-generation Latina? You’re not alone. Cultura and Cash by Giovanna “Gigi” González is your key to financial freedom. Forget dry jargon—this book is your down-to-earth guide, written with you in mind.

“Olga Dies Dreaming” by Xochitl Gonzalez

A witty and thought-provoking debut novel, this New York Times best-selling story follows a successful wedding planner grappling with her family, her heritage, and the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

“Of Women and Salt” by Gabriela Garcia

Spanning generations and continents, this captivating novel delves into the enduring strength of women and the power of storytelling. From Cuba to Mexico to Miami, this novel is a tapestry on the coiches made by multiple generations of women and how their legacy endures.

“The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande

Reyna Grande paints a powerful portrait of her chaotic childhood in this acclaimed memoir. She is torn between two parents and two countries as she grapples with her parents’ plans to seek a better life in the United States. Living with her strict grandmother, Reyna and her siblings endure hardship until their mother returns. However, the joy is short-lived, as Reyna soon faces another daunting journey to meet her father.

This is just a taste of the incredible talent Latina authors bring to the table. So, grab a cup of cafecito, settle into a comfy chair, and let these exceptional books transport you to new worlds and unforgettable experiences.