Following is a listing of new and forthcoming adult, children’s, and young adult fiction and nonfiction titles that examine the history, identities, and social complexity of the diverse Latinx communities across the Americas.
River Woman, River Demon
Jennifer Givhan, Oct.
When her husband is arrested for the murder of a friend, a Chicana artist who practices the ancient, spiritual ways of brujería and curanderisma must confront her murky past and embrace her magick to find out what really happened.
Valley of Shadows
Rudy Ruiz, Sept.
A blend of magical realism, mystery, and horror sheds light on the dark past of injustice, isolation, and suffering along the U.S.-Mexico border.
In the Mouth of the Wolf: A Murder, a Coverup, and the True Cost of Silencing the Press
Katherine Corcoran, Oct.
The author, former Mexico bureau chief for the AP, investigates the murder of journalist Regina Martínez, focusing on the government corruption in Mexico and its impact on journalism.
Chingona: Owning Your Inner Badass for Healing and Justice
Alma Zaragoza-Petty, Nov.
The Mexican American activist, scholar, and podcast host helps women claim their inner chingona, or “badass woman.”
After Hours on Milagro Street: A Novel
Angelina M. Lopez, out now
The first in a new contemporary romance series
centering on three Mexican American sisters who return to their Midwestern hometown to confront the past and embark on new beginnings.
On the Hustle (Dating in Dallas, 2)
Adriana Herrera, Oct.
Alba Duarte agrees to do a home improvement reality TV show with her hated former boss in an enemies-to-lovers romance
Mezcla: Recipes to Excite
Ixta Belfrage, Sept.
Mezcla means mix, blend, or fusion in Spanish, and in her first solo cookbook, Belfrage, of the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen, shares 100 recipes featuring her favorite mezcla of flavors.
Thirty-Five Days to Baltimore
Alexis Portillo and Jana Laiz, out now
Portillo recounts a harrowing 2004 journey at the age of 17 from Honduras to Baltimore, in hopes of a better life.
Why Didn’t You Tell Me? A Memoir
Carmen Rita Wong, out now
An immigrant mother’s secrets upend her daughter’s understanding of her family, her identity, and her place in the world.
That Dangerous Energy: A Novel
Aya de León, Dec.
The personal and the political collide for a woman torn between her own survival and that of the planet.
The Man Who Could Move Clouds: A Memoir
Ingrid Rojas Contreras, out now
Generations of family stories have divided the author’s family between those who think the inherited knowledge of healing with herbs, communing with the dead, and even moving the clouds are a curse, and those who think they are a blessing.
Junot Díaz: On the Half-Life of Love
José David Saldívar, Sept.
A Stanford University literature professor examines the influences on novelist Díaz, showing how his work created a new way of viewing the decolonized world.
A Kiss Across the Ocean: Transatlantic Intimacies of British Post-Punk and U.S. Latinidad
Richard T. Rodríguez, Sept.
Melding memoir with cultural criticism, Rodríguez examines the relationship between British post-punk musicians and their Latinx audiences in the U.S. since the 1980s.
Translating Blackness: Latinx Colonialities in Global Perspective
Lorgia García Peña, Sept.
Based on archives and cultural productions from the U.S., the Caribbean, and Europe, García Peña argues that Black Latinidad is a social, cultural, and political formation for understanding oppression and resistance.
All the Broken Girls
Linda Hurtado Bond, Aug.
In this mystery/thriller, Cuban American crime reporter Mari Alvarez couldn’t solve her mother’s murder 10 years earlier, but when a woman is shot near her West Tampa, Fla., neighborhood, she feels an eerie sense of connection.
Ben and Beatriz: A Novel
Katalina Gamarra, Aug.
This Latinx queer retelling of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing is set in the early days of the Trump presidency, during which a queer, biracial young woman must untangle her complicated relationship with the scion of a wealthy white dynasty.
Miss del Río: A Novel of Dolores del Río, the First Major Latina Star in Hollywood
Bárbara Mujica, Oct.
A biographical novel narrated by Dolores del Río’s fictional hairdresser and longtime friend spans half a century and traces the life of a trailblazing woman who’s left a legacy in Hollywood and in Mexico.
Chicano Bakes: Recipes for Mexican Pan Dulce, Tamales, and My Favorite Desserts
Esteban Castillo, Nov.
In this companion cookbook to Chicano Eats, the blogger shows off the sweet side of Chicano cuisine in 80 recipes for desserts, cakes, tamales, and pan dulce, as well as drinks.
The Girls in Queens: A Novel
Christine Kandic Torres, out now
This debut novel told in alternating time lines explores the loyalty of two Latinx women coming of age in Queens, N.Y., in the 1990s, through sexual abuse allegations within communities of color and the possibility that monsters can hide in plain sight.
Somewhere We Are Human: Authentic Voices on Migration, Survival, and New Beginnings
Edited by Reyna Grande and Sonia Guiñansaca, out now
This anthology of essays, poetry, and art created by undocumented or formerly undocumented migrants seeks to shift the immigration debate toward humanity and justice.
The Siete Table: Nourishing Mexican-American Recipes from Our Kitchen
The Garza Family, Oct.
The family behind the Siete Family Foods products offers an ode to their Mexican heritage using family recipes and traditions, featuring healthy recipes free of grains, dairy, and soy.
Solito: A Memoir
Javier Zamora, Sept.
A young poet tells the story of his emigration from El Salvador to the U.S. at the age of nine.
A Caribbean Heiress in Paris: A Novel
Adriana Herrera, out now
Herrera’s historical romance debut is set at the 1889 Exposition Universelle, where a financially ruined rum heiress from the Dominican Republic agrees to a marriage of convenience with a Scottish duke.
Twice a Quinceañera: A Delightful Second Chance Romance
Yamile Saied Méndez, out now
After her engagement falls apart, Nadia turns what would have been her wedding reception into a celebration of herself for her 30th birthday, calling it a “double quinceañera.”
Faith in Democracy: The Political Power of Religion During the Military Dictatorship in Brazil
Massimo Sciarretta, out now
Historian Sciarretta reconstructs how the Brazilian Catholic Church, influenced by liberation theology, was the only democratic bastion against the country’s military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.
A Proposal They Can’t Refuse: A Rom-Com Novel
Natalie Caña, out now
A Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller are forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers in this debut rom-com.
The Family Izquierdo: A Novel
Rubén Degollado, Sept.
This debut weaves together, through a series of voices, the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love and a curse.
Woman of Light: A Novel
Kali Fajardo-Anstine, out now
This epic of betrayal, love, and fate spans five generations of an Indigenous Chicano family in the American West.
Still Standing: The Ti Kais of Dominica
Adom Philogene-Heron, Nov.
An illustrated work paying tribute to the traditional wooden homes of Dominica called ti kais, which have withstood hurricanes and earthquakes since the end of slavery, and are now in danger from development.
Bonsai: A Novel
Alejandro Zambra, trans. by Megan McDowell, Aug.
A new translation of a work first published in 2006 of Julio and Emilia, Chilean university students who, seeking truth in great literature, fall together and drift apart over the course of young adulthood.
Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America
Juan Gonzalez, out now
From European colonization of the Americas to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Gonzalez highlights the complexity of this population through family portraits of immigrant Latino pioneers, as well as accounts of the events and conditions that compelled them to leave their homelands.
PRINCETON ARCHITECTURAL PRESS
Mamacita: Recipes Celebrating Life as a Mexican Immigrant in America
Andrea Pons, Oct.
Through 78 easy recipes from three generations of women in her family, Pons offers stories of flavor, family, and immigration.
Challenges to Democracy in the Andes: Strongmen, Broken Constitutions, and Regimes in Crisis
Edited by Maxwell A. Cameron and Grace M. Jaramillo, Aug.
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela have all seen challenges to democracy in political crises caused by elected leaders who abuse their power, often with broad public approval.
Policing and Politics in Latin America: When Law Enforcement Breaks the Law
Diego Esparza, Aug.
Esparza considers why some Latin American countries’ police forces are more corrupt than others, and what policies can turn an abusive police force into one that works for its citizens.
Viva Hollywood: The Legacy of Latin and Hispanic Artists in American Film (Turner Classic Movies)
Luis I. Reyes, Sept.
An illustrated book highlights the difficulties and unrecognized achievements of Americans of Latino descent in the Hollywood film industry, examining the stars in front of the screen, as well as the crew behind the scenes.
What Goes Unsaid: A Memoir of Fathers Who Never Were
Emiliano Monge, trans. by Frank Wynne, out now
In this fictionalized memoir by the Mexican author, three men—each in his own way—flee their homes and families in an attempt to free themselves.
Nicolás Ferraro, trans. by Mallory N. Craig-Kuhn, Oct.
In northern Argentina, one brother follows in their criminal father’s footsteps, and the other is forced into a bloody battle to save their family from drug lords.
Ernesto Mestre-Reed, Sept.
In this novel set in 1998 Cuba, a group of young HIV-positive counterrevolutionaries seek to overthrow the Castro government.
Diasporican: A Puerto Rican Cookbook
Illyanna Maisonet, Oct.
Through over 90 recipes, one of the first Puerto Rican food writers in the U.S. offers a visual record of Puerto Rican food, ingredients, and techniques, and traces the island’s flavor traditions’ roots in Taino, Spanish, African, and U.S. culture.
UNIV. OF NORTH CAROLINA
A Compact History of Latin America’s Cold War
Vanni Pettinà, trans. by Quentin Pope, Oct.
Now in English for the first time, Pettinà’s volume presents the Cold War from a Latin American perspective, connecting regional political polarization, revolutionary mobilization, draconian state repression, and violence for a Global South frame.
Detention Empire: Reagan’s War on Immigrants and the Seeds of Resistance
Kristina Shull, Oct.
A history of migrant detention in the U.S. since the 1980s shows how the Reagan administration capitalized on racism and xenophobia following the Mariel boatlift from Cuba and an uptick in refugees from Haiti to forge permanent crisis on the Mexican border and construct a system of migrant detention facilities.
The Investigative Brigade: Hunting Human Rights Criminals in Post-Pinochet Chile
Pascale Bonnefoy Miralles, trans. by Russ Davidson, Sept.
Chilean journalist Miralles gained the trust of the special investigations police who were assigned by the post-Pinochet government to find those who clandestinely detained, exiled, disappeared, tortured, or murdered several hundred thousand Chileans; through their stories, she shows why Chile serves as an example of transitional justice in process.
State of Disaster: The Failure of U.S. Migration Policy in an Age of Climate Change
Maria Cristina Garcia, Sept.
Garcia’s critical history of U.S. migration policy shows that outmoded immigration and human rights laws need to be changed.
Suffer the Little Children: Child Migration and the Geopolitics of Compassion in the United States
Anita Casavantes Bradford, out now
A global history of child migrants to the U.S. demonstrates that American policy falls short of fulfilling human rights needs while privileging broader domestic and foreign political policies.
Paths of Revolution
Adolfo Gilly, Oct.
The first English-language anthology by the Argentine-born writer collects reportage, political analyses, and reflections on art and letters.
Crying in the Bathroom: A Memoir
Erika L. Sánchez, out now
Acclaimed author Sánchez offers a memoir-in-essays of growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the 1990s, covering sex, white feminism, and struggles with depression.
Secrets of Santa Muerte: A Guide to the Prayers, Spells, Rituals, and Hexes
Cressida Stone, Aug.
An introduction to spiritual practices with knowledge gained in the author’s six years of studying with Santa Muerte folk healers, or curanderos, in Mexico, focusing on both the author’s personal account and the belief system’s history, as well as practical spells and rituals for novice and experienced practitioner.
Charlie Hernàndez & the Golden Dooms
Ryan Calejo, Sept.
With trouble brewing in Miami, it is up to Charlie and Violet to outwit an ancient evil and unravel the most sinister of schemes, in this third book in the Latinx mythology–inspired Charlie Hernández series. Ages 10–14.
BALZER + BRAY
Mariana and Her Familia
Mónica Mancillas, illus. by Erika Meza, Oct.
A sweet and heartwarming picture book about a young girl forming a connection with her family—and her Abuelita—on her first trip to Mexico. Ages 4–8.
Spin Me Right Round
David Valdes, Jan. 2023
A gay teen time-travels back to his parents’ era to save a closeted classmate’s life. Ages 12–up.
Merci Suárez Plays It Cool
Meg Medina, Sept.
In a finale to the Newbery Medalist’s trilogy, Merci Suárez begins an eighth grade year full of evolving friendships, new responsibilities, and heartbreaking loss. Ages 9–12.
Something About Grandma
Tania de Regil, Aug.
On a first solo visit to her grandmother’s home outside Mexico City, a girl discovers what makes Grandma so special. Ages 4–8.
Aya de León, Oct.
In de León’s debut for younger readers, a Latina teen spy goes undercover as a white girl to stop a white supremacist terrorist plot. Ages 10–up.
What the Bread Says: Baking with Love, History, and Papan
Vanessa Garcia, illus. by Tim Palin, Oct.
While they bake bread together, as grandfather Papan tells little Vanessa his life adventures traveling from Spain to France to Cuba and back again, she learns about her roots, and how stories can carry one through difficult times. Ages 4–8
Abuelita and I Make Flan
Adriana Hernández Bergstrom, Aug.
Anita is making flan for Abuelo’s birthday, but must come up with a solution when she accidentally breaks Abuelita’s treasured flan serving plate from Cuba. Ages 5–8.
The Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia
Claudia Bellante, illus. by Anna Carbone, Nov.
Two girls in Bolivia with a passion for wrestling change their lives––and the lives of girls like them—in ways big and small. Ages 4–up.
The Boy from Mexico: An Immigrant Story of Bravery and Determination
Edward Dennis, Nov.
Isidro channels his inner bravery to come to America alone, facing natural disasters and sacrificing everything to have a better life; based on a true story. Ages 5–8.
Building an Orchestra of Hope: How Favio Chavez Taught Children to Make Music from Trash
Carmen Oliver, illus. by Luisa Uribe, Oct.
In a Paraguayan town built on a landfill, a music teacher with more students than instruments experiments with transforming garbage into instruments, creating the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, which has performed around the world. Ages 4–9.
Different: A Story of the Spanish Civil War
Mónica Montañés, illus. by Eva Sánchez Gómez, trans. by Lawrence Schimel, Nov.
This book mines the author’s family history to explore the turbulent civil war in Spain between 1936 and 1939 through the voices of seven-year-old Socorro and nine-year-old Paco. Ages 9–14.
Sonia Sotomayor: A Little Golden Book Biography
Silvia Lopez, illus. by Nomar Perez, Aug.
A readaloud introduction to the first Latina Supreme Court justice. Ages 2–5.
Christina Diaz Gonzalez, illus. by Gabriela Epstein, Aug.
A graphic novel following five students, who see each other as being very different, but because they all speak Spanish, they are seen as the same. Forced together by their school to complete community service, they find they may have more in common than they thought. Ages 8–12.
Miles Morales: Stranger Tides! A Spider-Man Graphic Novel
Justin A. Reynolds, illus. by Pablo Leon, Oct.
Miles Morales is getting used to being Spider-Man—until Spider-Man is invited to a launch for a new video game that causes anyone who plays it to become frozen. Ages 8–12.
Zora Neale Hurston, adapted by Ibram X. Kendi, illus. by Loveis Wise, Sept.
From beloved African American folklorist Zora Neale Hurston comes a moving adaptation by National Book Award winner and #1 New York Times bestselling author Ibram X. Kendi. Magnolia Flower follows a young Afro Indigenous girl who longs for freedom and is gorgeously illustrated by Loveis Wise. Ages 4–8.
Reina Ramos Works It Out
Emma Otheguy, illus. by Andrés Landazábal, Sept.
This first title in a brand-new I Can Read series follows Reina Ramos, a six-year-old Latina girl who lives in a diverse urban neighborhood. A Spanish edition, Reina Ramos encuentra la solución, is available simultaneously. Ages 4–8.
Cece Rios and the King of Fears
Kaela Rivera, Sept.
In this thrilling sequel to Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls, Cece and her sister Juana must journey into the stronghold of Devil’s Alley to discover the hidden origin of the dark criaturas and challenge their king. Ages 8–12.
The Little House of Hope
Terry Catasús Jennings, illus. by Raúl Colón, out now
When Esperanza and her family arrive in the U.S. from Cuba, they rent a little house that proves there’s room enough to offer a safe place in a new land for those who don’t have anywhere to go. Ages 4–8.
Salt and Sugar
Rebecca Carvalho, Nov.
The grandchildren of two rival Brazilian bakeries fall in love despite their families’ feud. Ages 13–17.
Adi Alsaid, out now
Two teens (one Latinx) meet and fall in love during a layover gone wrong at the Atlanta airport. Ages 12–up.
The Bluest Sky
Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Sept.
A boy and his family must decide whether to remain in Cuba under a repressive government or risk everything for a chance at a new beginning. Ages 10–up.
What the Jaguar Told Her
Alexandra V. Méndez, Oct.
When eighth grader Jade meets
Itztli, an elderly storyteller who exists between dreams and reality, an ancient power begins to awaken within her. Ages 10–14.
Abuela, Don’t Forget Me
Rex Ogle, Sept.
Ogle paints a portrait of the grandmother who believed in him when he didn’t yet know how to believe in himself, during a coming-of-age marked by violence and dysfunction. Ages 13–18.
Rachel Katstaller, Aug.
A skateboarder finds that facing a fear of failing can give courage to persevere, and that true fierceness isn’t about landing the perfect trick, it’s about picking back up when one doesn’t. Ages 4–8.
PENGUIN YOUNG READERS
They Call Her Fregona
Davide Bowles, Sep.
In this highly anticipated follow-up to They Call Me Güero, Güero becomes extra busy as he learns to balance new band practice with his old crew, Los Bobbys, and being Joanna Padilla’s boyfriend. But when they start eighth grade, Joanna faces a tragedy that requires Güero to reconsider what it means to show up for someone you love. Ages 10 and up.
My Town / Mi Pueblo
Nicholas Solis, Aug.
In this bilingual picture book, cousins from opposite sides of the US-Mexico border visit each other’s towns where they notice some things are the same and some are wonderfully different. Ages 3 to 7.
Celia C. Perez, Aug.
To twelve-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramírez, life is moving too fast with a new half-brother on the way, a big school theater performance looming, and her stepfather proposing adoption. After finding a young man in her mother’s old photos, Addie begins to collect the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met. Ages 8 to 12.
George Lopez and Ryan Calejo, Aug.
Inspired by his own childhood and Latinx folklore, famous comedian George Lopez launches a middle grade series where lonely, twelve-year-old Jorge, sent to live with his grandparents, finds that the only kid who shares his interest in junk food and games turns out to be a young Chupacabra. Ages 8 to 12.
Azar on Fire
Olivia Abtahi, Aug.
When fourteen-year-old Azar Rossi hears about the Battle of the Bands contest, she can’t resist! There’s only one catch, she can’t sing and really shouldn’t talk due to her shredded vocal folds. But when she hears lacrosse hottie, Ebenezer Lloyd Hollins the Fifth, aka Eben, singing from the locker room, she knows he’s just what she needs. His voice + her lyrics = Battle of the Bands magic. Ages 12 and up.
A Seed in the Sun
Aida Salazar, Oct.
Lula Viramontes, a farm-working girl with big dreams meets activist Dolores Huerta and joins the 1965 protest for workers’ rights in this tender-hearted middle grade novel in verse. Ages 8 to 12.
The First to Die at the End
Adam Silvera, Oct.
A prequel to They Both Die at the End, following the first night of Death Cast. Ages 13–up.
Iveliz Explains It All
Andrea Beatriz Arango, illus. by Alyssa Bermudez, Sept.
Seventh grader Iveliz must navigate how to explain her feelings to others when she’s not even sure herself. Ages 10–14.
RANDOM HOUSE GRAPHIC
Twin Cities: A Graphic Novel
Jose Pimienta, out now
When one twin goes to school in Mexico and the other goes to school across the border in Calexico, can their bond withstand the distance? Ages 8–12.
RANDOM HOUSE STUDIO
The Notebook Keeper and La guardiana de la libreta
Stephen Briseño, illus. by Magdalena Mora, out now
Based on true events and published simultaneously in English and Spanish, this inspiring story follows a mother and her daughter who are denied entry at the U.S. border, and must find the refugee in charge of “the notebook,” an unofficial ledger of those waiting to cross into the U.S. Ages 4–8.
Helena Ku Rhee, illus. by Pascal Campion, out now
A boy who has just immigrated from South Korea finds the transition to be difficult until he meets Rosa, a girl from Latin America, who helps him feel less homesick. Ages 4–8.
Friends Like These (Horse Country #2)
Yamile Saied Méndez, out now
The Unbridled Dreams program’s first sponsored student arrives at Paradise Ranch, but if she isn’t a success, there’s no way the program will continue. Can Caro and her new friend, Chelsie, agree on how to rope her in? Ages 8–12.
Coming Up Cuban
Sonia Manzano, Aug.
Emmy-winning actor Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street, examines the impact of the 1959 Cuban revolution on four children from very different walks of life. Ages 8–12.
Jennifer Torres, out now
Mendoza sisters Raquel and Lucinda must navigate sisterhood, friendship, and the intricacies of blended families. Ages 8–12.
Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster
Zoraida Córdova, out now
When a mythical egg surfaces in a viral video, Valentina convinces her reluctant siblings to help her find the egg before it hatches and wreaks havoc. Ages 8–12.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
If Your Babysitter Is a Bruja
Ana Siqueira, illus. by Irena Freitas, Aug.
This bilingual picture book explores the code-switching that multilingual and multicultural children experience at home. Ages 4–8.
Once I Was You: Finding My Voice and Passing the Mic
Maria Hinojosa, Aug.
Emmy-winning journalist Hinojosa adapts her critically acclaimed memoir for young readers, infusing the narrative of her youth with her perspective on how the next generation can shape today’s America. Ages 8–12.
This Is Why They Hate Us
Aaron H. Aceves, Aug.
Incoming high school senior Enrique is determined to get over his unrequited feelings for his best friend by pursuing some of his other crushes—and discovers who he is along the way. Ages 14–up.
What’s Coming to Me
Francesca Padilla, Aug.
Minerva Gutiérrez, 17, plots revenge against her sexist, predatory boss, who makes each day worse than the last.
El Toro and Friends: Team Up
Raúl the Third, colors by Elaine Bay, Sept.
El Toro and his friends meet at Ricky Ratón's School of Lucha and learn how to be a team. Ages 4–8.