6 Latinx Books You Need to Read

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If you love to read or looking for the right book to get you started these books can be just the thing. Books serve as a great escape for some but others may draw inspiration and feelings of empowerment.

Whatever the cause these Latinx authors are worth the read. One of my favorite books growing up was a book by Pam Munoz Ryan called Esperanza Rising. As a young Latina I found it inspirational alone to see another Mexican-American illustrating such a beautiful story.

Here is a list of authors you need to get into, if you haven't already!

1. The House on Mango Street

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Truly a book for all ages, The House on Mango Street is a must read. Written by Sandra Cisneros, a Mexican-American poet and novelist. The House on Mango street is a story that is told through a young Mexican-American girl, Esperanza, growing up in Chicago. A true-coming of age story, Esperanza takes you along a year of her life at the house on Mango street.

2. The House of the Spirits

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One of Isabel Allende amazing novels, The House of the Spirits tells the story of the Trueba family. Love, death and even politics this novel takes you on a journey through it all.

3. Her Body and Other Parties

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This book is compiled of 8 short stories revolving around women and the hardships they must endure. The award winning fiction book written by Carmen Maria Machado, includes elements of science fiction, comedy, horror and folklore.

4. Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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Written by Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Fruit of the Drunken tree was inspired by Rojas Contreras own life. The story takes place in Colombia during Pablo Escobar's drug reign. In the book a young girl and her live-in maid create an unexpected bond and must face difficult decisions.

5. The Line Becomes a River

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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border, Francisco Cantu tells his story about being a US Border Patrol agent and his life after he leaves.