Hispanic Heritage

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Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15th through October 15th. Check out our recommended mix of literature, mysteries, biographies, and more to learn about the rich diversity within Hispanic culture. Some titles are available in Spanish and English, and many more are availalble from our full collection. Enjoy!


Fiction

The Alchemist

Paulo Coelho

DB037602

In the most translated book in the world by renowned Brazilian author, an Andalusian shepherd boy longs to see the world and dreams about a treasure hidden in the Egyptian pyramids. He meets a series of spiritual guides along his journey, including an alchemist who tells him to follow his heart. 1988

Bestseller, Adventure, Spanish Literature


The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Junot Diaz

DB065402

New Jersey. Overweight Dominican American Oscar works as a substitute teacher and dreams about being a famous writer. Oscar grew up with his rebellious sister Lola and beautiful mother, but the ancient curse of fukú haunts their lives--until he decides to do something about it. 2007.

Gordiflón y solitario dominicano Oscar trabaja como maestro temporal en New Jersey y sueña con hacerse el próximo novelista famoso de la República Dominicana. Oscar tiene una madre hermosa y una hermana rebelde, pero la familia sufre durante generaciones de una antigua maldición--el fukú. El fukú atormenta a todos hasta que un día Oscar se determina a acabarse con ello. 2007

Pulitzer Prize Winner, Bestseller, Modern Fiction, Download Only

Espanol DB067964

 

Daughters of the Fifth Sun: A Collection of Latina Fiction

Angela De Hoyos

DB042952

Short stories and poems by the "godmothers" of Latina writing and later-generation authors divulge the Latina experience. They relate being women in a machismo- oriented culture, living in a minority group in the United States, learning the power of language, and dealing with everyday life. 1995

Literature, Women’s Interest, Download Only


Cuba 15: a novel

Nancy Osa

DB057382

A young girl of Cuban and Polish decent living in Chicago learns to appreciate her heritage as she prepares for her quincenero. 2003

Grades 5-9, Hispanic Fiction, Family Life, Download Only


Don Quixote of La Mancha

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

DB024290

A Spanish parody of romance and chivalry, whose hero is an addlepated, idealistic old country gentleman. Accompanied by his ignorant but shrewd and practical squire, he sets out like a knight of old to search for adventure and to right wrongs. 1605

Classic Fiction, Adventure, Spanish Literature

Espanol DB012793 Download Only


The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros

DB035608

A Puerto Rican girl in Chicago uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about growing up in an oppressive environment. 1984

Bestseller, Modern Fiction, Download Only


Island beneath the Sea

Isabel Allende

DB071969

A former slave in Saint-Dominique in the late 18th century contemplates the indignities and fortunes of her life, highlighting the colonial contradictions that gave birth to Haiti. 2010

Zarité, una esclava en la colonia de Saint-Domingue en los fines del siglo XVIII, contempla los amores, humillaciones y la buena suerte que le correspondían en su vida. Una panoplia de relaciones se desarrolla, tanto íntimas como crueles, que manifestan las contradicciones coloniales que dio a luz a Haití. 2010

Historical Fiction, Spanish Literature

Espanol DB068952


The Jaguar’s Children

John Vaillant

DB080574

Fifteen immigrants traveling from Oaxaca are trapped in a truck in the desert outside of Tucson. As their water dwindles, so do their hopes of survival. 2015           

Hispanic Fiction, Mystery and Suspense, Unrated Commercial Recording


Like Water for Chocolate

Laura Esquivel

DB036256

When Pedro asks Mama Elena for the hand of her youngest daughter, Tita, he is offered her sister instead. By family tradition, Tita is to remain unmarried to care for her mother. Tita, a magical cook, shares recipes that, seasoned by her emotions, have an extraordinary impact on the events that follow her mother's decision. 1992

Tita es una cocinera mágica que sazona sus recetas con sus emociones. Cuando su madre prohibe su casamiento, Tita responde a su suerte preparando platos que tienen un extraordinario efecto en toda la familia. 1992

Bestseller, Romance, Food, Family Story

Espanol DB037694 Download Only

 

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

DB059490

Nobel Prize winning Columbian author’s epic tale follows seven generations of the Buendia family through triumphs and disasters that parallel the fortunes and misfortunes of their utopian town. 1967

El autor colombiano, ganador del Premio Nobel de la Literatura, presenta la fabulosa historia de la familia Buendía, con sus milagros, fantasías, obsesiones, tragedias y descubrimientos, que se desarrollan por siete generaciones de la familia, paralelamente a las fortunas de su pueblo aislado, Macondo. 1967

Family Saga, Spanish Literature

Espanol DB060988


On a Same Night

Leopoldo Brizuela

DB074973

Leonardo BazaÌn returns to his childhood home in Argentina to care for his elderly mother and witnesses the robbery of an adjacent house. Recalling that the same crime occurred thirty years ago, Leonardo struggles to solve a mystery. Spanish language. 2012

Leonardo BazaÌn regresa a la casa de su juventud en Argentina para cuidar a su anciana madre cuando es testigo de un robo de una casa adyacente. Recordando que el mismo crimen ocurrioÌ treinta anÌos antes, Leonardo lucha para resolver el misterio. Violencia y lenguaje injurioso. 2012

Mystery and Suspense, Political Fiction


The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez

Alan Lawrence Sitomer

DB068482

American-born Sonia struggles to finish high school while keeping house for her family of seven. She learns to accept her heritage after a crisis and a trip to her grandmother’s house in Mexico enable her to pursue her dreams. 2008

Young Adult, Family Story


Simple Verses

Jose Marti

DB048158

A collection that represents a spiritual autobiography of the famous Cuban poet and patriot of the 19th century. The poems and original prologue are in Spanish and English, with an introduction by Manuel Tellechea. 1997

El famoso poeta y patriota cubano del siglo diecinueve presenta su coleccioÌn de poemas breves en que se exponen sus sentimientos como filoÌsofo, soldado, trovador y amante. Esta edicioÌn bilinguÌe incluye los poemas y el proÌlogo original en espanÌol e ingleÌs, asiÌ como una introduccioÌn en ingleÌs por Manuel Tellechea. 1997

Hispanic poetry, Literature, Download Only


Sun, Stone, and Shadows: Twenty Great Mexican Short Stories

Jorge Hernandez

DB068735

Mexican authors born in the first half of the twentieth century write tales that reveal a panorama of Mexican culture and society--past and present, urban and rural, real and unreal. In "What Became of Pampa Hash?" an impoverished Mexican has a torrid love affair. The Big Read selection NEA. 2008

Award Winning, Literature


Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection

Isabel Campoy

DB065677

Presents 12 traditional tales accompanied by information on origins and variations.  2006

Grades 3-6, Folklore, Hispanic Culture, Download Only


The Water Museum

Luis Alberto Urrea

DB 081362

Thirteen contemporary short stories from Mexican-American author known for historical sagas. Tackles culture clashes with dark humor. 2015

Short Stories, Unrated Commercial Recording


2666

Roberto Bolano

DB068418

Three scholars travel to the Mexican border town of Santa Teresa searching for German writer Benno von Archimboldi. Professor Amalfitano and his daughter Rosa also move there, and African American reporter Oscar Fate arrives to cover a boxing match. Meanwhile dozens of women are murdered. 2004

Varias personas convergen en la ciudad fronteriza mexicana de Santa Teresa incluyendo académicos en busca de un autor elusivo, un periodista, un filósofo viudo, y un detective. También es el sitio de cientos de asesinatos de mujeres sin resolver. 2004

Bestseller, Modern Fiction

Espanol DB068961


Non Fiction

American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood

Marie Arana

DB 052964

Editor of the Washington Post Book World recounts her bicultural upbringing in America in the 1950s as the daughter of a Peruvian engineer and a blonde American musician. 2001

La autora es redactor principal de la revista Washington Post Book World. Habla de su educación bicultural en América del Sur durante los años 1950 como hija de un ingeniero peruano y una mujer norteamericana de pelos rubios que era músico. Entregándose a sus recuerdos, Arana cuenta cómo se las arreglaba con su herencia bicultural. 2001

Biography, Journalism and Media, Download Only

Espanol DB058955


An American Dream: My Story

Oscar de la Hoya

DB067784

Boxing's "golden boy" De La Hoya relates his professional experiences and his successes in the ring, where he won six world championships and an Olympic gold medal. He also recounts the triumphs and failings in his personal life. 2004

Autobiography, Sports

Espanol DB065998


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero

David Maraniss

DB062447

Biography of the Pittsburgh Pirates' right-fielder Roberto Clemente (1934-1972), one of the major league's first Latino players. Details Clemente's upbringing in Puerto Rico, his arrival in the majors, and the prejudice he endured. Discusses his charitable works and his death on a disaster relief flight. Spanish language. 2006.

Biografía del famoso jugador de béisbol, Roberto Clemente (1934-1972). Clemente fue uno de los primeros latinos que jugaba en las grandes ligas, y durante muchas temporadas jugó como jardinero de los Piratas de Pittsburgh. La biografía describe su vida en Puerto Rico, su espectácular carrera, y los prejuicios que superaba. También habla de sus obras de caridad y, últimamente, de su muerte en caída de avión mientras llevaba alimientos a los víctimas de un devastador terremoto. 2006

Bestseller, Sports, Biography, Download Only

Espanol DB061063


Extraordinary Hispanic Americans

Susan Sinnott

DB037974

Outlines the lives of prominent Hispanic Americans, including Deigo de Vargas, Rita Moreno, Desi Arnaz, Roberto Clemente. 1991

Grades 5-8, Biography, History, Download Only


Fresh Mexico: One Hundred Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor

Marcela Valladolid

DB070972

The Mexican chef, TV personality, and contributor to Bon Appétit magazine presents recipes that she believes capture the true spirit of Mexican cooking. Includes appetizers, soups, main and side dishes, salsas, and desserts, using ingredients such as poblano chiles, avocados, corn, and jalapeño peppers. Spanish language. 2009

Valladolid, una chef mexicana, presentadora de televisión, y colaborador de la revista Bon Appétit, presenta una colección de recetas que ella cree captura el verdadero espíritu de la cocina mexicana. Incluye aperitivos, sopas, entradas, guarniciones, salsas, y postres, explorando una variedad de ingredientes típicos como chiles poblanos, aguacates, maíz, y jalapeños. 2009

Cookbook, Home and Family

 

 

I Am Diego, Man of the People

Diego Maradona

DB067960

Bittersweet memoir of the famous Argentinean soccer star paints a vivid and controversial portrait of his life on and off the field. Maradona recounts his steep climb to fame from humble beginnings in a shantytown to the summit of success and universal recognition. Spanish language. 2000

El famoso futbolista argentino narra sus memorias agridulces, pintando los cuadros vívidos y controversiales de su vida y carerra. Desde su origen en un barrio pobre argentino hasta su espectácular trayectoria al cima de la fama universal, Maradona cuenta los episodios de su vida hasta ahora. 2000

Autobiography, Sports

 

The Latina Guide to Health: Consejos and Caring Answers

Jane Delgado

DB070898

Discusses topics of concern to Latinas, who constitute 1 out of 6 women in the US. Advocates caring for mind, body, spirit, including nutritious diets and nurturing positive relationships. Provides info on specific medical conditions and resources. 2010

Considera temas de interés para las Latinas, que constituyen uno de cada seis mujeres en los Estados Unidos. Sugiere maneras de obtener un buen estado de salud, incluyendo consejos prácticos para una dieta nutritiva y para crear relaciones positivas. Proporciona ideas proactivas de cuidar cuerpo, mente, y espíritu. 2010

Medicine and Health, Women’s Interest

Espanol DB068987


Latino Americans: The Five-Hundred-Year Legacy that Shaped a Nation

Ray Suarez

DB079337

This companion book to the PBS series traces the history, culture, and legacy of Latino Americans in the United States. Explores the influence of the largest minority group--more than fifty million individuals--on the economic and social fabric of our country. 2013

History, Sociology

 

Latinos in Beisbol: The Hispanic Experience in the Americas

James Crockcroft

DB048060

Explores the history of Hispanic baseball players in both the United States and Latin America. Reflects on the experience of being discriminated against in North America, while highlighting the achievements of individual athletes. 1996

Sports, History, Download Only


The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

Ernesto Che Guevara

DB060971

En 1952, Guevara, un estudiante de medicina de veintitrés años, hizo un viaje por los caminos de América Latina. En su diario describe las experiencias de un joven de la clase privilegiado argentino que disfruta de un viaje de ocio de casi un año. Pero a la vez, revela los pensamientos nacientes del futuro revolutionario en que iba a transformarse. 1993

Travel, Autobiography, Download Only


My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor

DB076059

Memoir of US Supreme Court justice. Includes growing up Puerto Rican in the Bronx, juvenile diabetes, family life, education at Princeton and Yale, and judicial career. 2013

Memoria de la primera jueza de origen hispano en la Corte Suprema de los Estados Unidos, Sonia Sotomayor (nacido en 1954). Sotomayor recuerda sus anÌos de crecimiento con su familia en Puerto Rico y en el Bronx y de ser diagnosticado con diabetes juvenil. Relata su vida familiar, su educacioÌn en Princeton y Yale, y su carrera hasta convertirse en un juez federal en 1992. 2013

Bestseller, Autobiography, Law, Sociology

Espanol DB076955


No Borders: A Journalist’s Search for Home

Jorge Ramos

DB056170

Autobiography of Emmy award-winning anchorman for Noticiero Univisión, America's largest and highest-rated nightly newscast in Spanish. Ramos depicts his life and journalistic career from the viewpoint of a Hispanic immigrant living between two worlds and in constant search of a place to truly call home. 2002

Biography, Journalism, Download Only


Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States

Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

DB078528

History professor examines America’s past, from the Spanish colonization of Puerto Rico in 1505 to the 21st century debate over immigration reform. Encourages the advantageous embrace of Hispanic culture. 2014

History, Sociology, Download Only

 

Pele: Memories of the Best Player of All Time

Pele

DB065976

The author relates his life and career as the world-famous soccer player who helped win three World Cup championships for his native Brazil and scored more points than any other player. Discusses his universal recognition as the greatest soccer player of all time. Spanish language. 2007

El autor narra la historia de su vida y carrera como el futbolista brasileño que tres veces gaño la Copa del Mundo, que posee el récord de máximo anotador de Brasil, y que es reconocido universalmente como el mejor futbolista de todos los tiempos. 2007

Sports, Autobiography

 

Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio

Francis

DB078435

Interviews conducted with Argentinian cardinal Jorge Bergoglio--who became Pope Francis in 2013--in which he shares his life story and views on a variety of topics, including culture, education, and his country's past. Foreword by Rabbi Abraham Skorka. Originally published in Spanish in 2010. 2013

Religion, Autobiography


Raising Your Child with Latino Pride: How to Help Your Child Cherish Your Cultural Values ​​and Succeed in Today's World

Carmen Inoa Vazquez

DB060954

Both a psychologist and a Latina mother, Vázquez recommends a seven-step system for raising children in a bicultural and bilingual environment. She presents her method for preserving Hispanic values of family, loyalty, and courtesy while reevaluating traditional ideas of authority in the home. Spanish language. 2004.

Una psicóloga y madre latina recomienda un sistema de siete pasos para criar niños en un ambiente bicultural y bilingüe. Ofrece una manera eficaz de preservar los valores hispanos de familia, lealtad y cortesía mientras enseña cómo reevaluar las nociones del autoritarismo tradicional. 2004

Parenting, Hispanic Culture, Spanish Language, Download Only

 

Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America

Enrique Krauze

DB074976

Presents profiles of twelve notable individuals from Latin American politics, philosophy, and literature who have each left an indelible mark on the region. Includes JoseÌ MartiÌ, JoseÌ Enrique RodoÌ, Octavio Paz, Eva PeroÌn, Che Guevara, Gabriel GarciÌa MaÌrquez, and Samuel Ruiz. Spanish language. 2011

Presenta perfiles de doce figuras seminales de la poliÌtica, la filosofiÌa, y la literatura latinoamericana que han dejado una marca indeleble en la regioÌn. Entre ellos JoseÌ MartiÌ, JoseÌ Enrique RodoÌ, Octavio Paz, Eva PeroÌn, Che Guevara, Gabriel GarciÌa MaÌrquez, y Samuel Ruiz. 2011

History, Biography, Politics

 

Rita Moreno: Memorias

Rita Moreno

DB077285

Eighty-two-year-old Hispanic recipient of Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy awards reflects on her life. Describes moving to New York with her Puerto Rican single mother and breaking into acting as a teen. Discusses her two great loves--Brando and her husband--and parenthood. 2013

A los ochenta y dos anÌos de edad, la actriz hispana recipiente de los premios Oscar, Tony, Emmy, y Grammy reflexiona sobre su vida. Describe trasladarse a Nueva York con su madre puertorriquenÌa y el comienzo de su carrera. Moreno analiza sus dos grandes amores--Marlon Brando y su marido-- y la maternidad. 2013

Autobiography, Fine Arts

Espanol DB077954


Still Dreaming: My Journey from the Barrio to Capitol Hill

Luis Gutierrez

DB077985   

Congressman recounts his life between two worlds: too Puerto Rican in America, where he was born and yet was told to 'go back to where you came from'; too American in Puerto Rico, where he was ridiculed as a 'gringo' who couldn't speak Spanish. Spanish language. 2013

El congresista hace recuento de una vida transcurrida entre dos mundos: demasiado puertorriquenÌo para ser norteamericano y demasiado norteamericano para ser puertorriquenÌo. En los Estados Unidos le dijeron que regresara al lugar de donde habiÌa venido, mientras que en Puerto Rico se burlaban del gringo que no sabiÌa hablar espanÌol.

Biography, Politics


The Words of Cesar Chavez

Cesar Chavez

DB074968

Collection of speeches given by Mexican American civil rights activist and labor leader César Chávez from 1965 to 1991. Includes political addresses, eulogies of Latino civil rights movement leaders, and more. 1965

Sociology, Politics, Literature, Autobiography