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Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist

Hispanic Heritage Month Playlist

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15). Suggested readings curated by Deanna Munoz, CEO and Founder of the Latino Arts Foundation, Chicano Art & Cultural Center of Kansas City www.lafkc.org

Playlist Tags: Bliss Books and Wine genre: Latinx Voices topic: hispanic heritage month topic: latinx

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Mexican Gothic

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 10 hours 39 minutes

Mexican Gothic

“Although Mexican Gothic begins in an unassuming Gothic way, with a psychotic cousin and a haunted house, the book slowly turns until you are completely snatched from reality and cannot put the book down. Until the end, I couldn’t figure out which of the creepy characters were trustworthy or even which scenes were reality. The atmosphere and setting of this book were remarkably vibrant; I could picture High Place and each of its residents in full disgusting detail. While the book may begin slowly, and some readers may be tempted to put it down after the first 50 pages, this one was worth sticking it out for me and many others.

This is definitely a horror novel, and some readers may need content warnings for sexual assault, suicide, domestic abuse, incest, hallucinations, murder and gore, cannibalism, eugenics, death of a parent and other family members, miscarriages, and racism. It is difficult to provide a full review of this book without delving into spoilers, but it is certainly more than just a haunted house. Readers of fast-paced action-filled horror and readers of beautiful yet devastating prose will find something to enjoy in this story. Despite the plethora of content warnings, I would recommend this book to young adults as well as adults that enjoy horror.”

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You Had Me at Hola

A Novel

By Alexis Daria
Narrated by: Seraphine Valentine
Length: 10 hours 27 minutes

If you enjoyed The Proposal, then you’ll love You Had Me at Hola.

“Damn, this was cute. Definitely a mood-lifter, definitely a light read. Any fan of Jane the Virgin or One Day at a Time (or even an "I enjoyed an episode once" person) would devour this. Filled with representation, strong leading ladies, family drama, secrets, and pure sass, You Had Me at Hola has you entertained from the first page. Honestly, though this book includes some steamy romance, it wasn't the most exciting thing for me. I was really impressed with Daria's world building. She layered scenes of Carmen in Charge (the show Jasmine and Ashton are filming) in throughout and captures the families of both characters very well. Yes, there is sex but there is also a really sweet relationship blooming that involves multiple layers and I was honestly more in a "cute" mindset throughout that a "sexy" one. There was a lot of talk about being a Latinx actress in today's entertainment world and the difficulty with tokenism, racism, and stereotypes. Daria also touched on the multitudes within the Latinx community and how many different countries, languages, culture, and skin colors that covers. Of course, being a romance, there are always bad decisions and stupid people involved. Jasmine and Ashton, though super cute, are no exception. Just as much eyerolling happened on my face as grinning but in a romance, I guess I wouldn't have it any other way!”

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Love in the Time of Cholera

By Gabriel García Márquez
Narrated by: Armando Durán
Length: 15 hours 40 minutes

Love in the Time of Cholera

“I am a hopeless and dedicated romantic who believes in beauty and kindness above all things. Magical realism + florid language + the knowledge that your true love is worth waiting for, no matter what the battles ahead. This book is as timely as it ever was.”

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El amor en los tiempos del cólera

By Gabriel García Márquez
Narrated by: Diego Trujillo
Length: 14 hours 50 minutes

García Márquez traza la historia de un amor que no ha sidocorrespondido por medio siglo. Aunque nunca parece estar propiamente contenido, el amor fluye a través de la novela de mil maneras: alegre, melancólico, enriquecedor, siempre sorprendente.

La historia de amor entre Fermina Daza y Florentino Ariza, en el escenario de un pueblecito...

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

By Erika L. Sánchez
Narrated by: Kyla Garcia
Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST • A “stunning” (America Ferrera) YA novel about a teenager coming to terms with losing her sister and finding herself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home—from the author of Crying in the Bathroom

“Alive and crackling—a gritty tale... Read more »

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Yo no soy tu perfecta hija mexicana

By Erika L. Sánchez
Narrated by: Scarlett Bernal Hernández
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Finalista del National Book Award!
Bestseller del New York Times!

TIMES 2020, los 100 mejores libros juveniles de todos los tiempos

Julia no es la hija mexicana perfecta. Ese era el rol de su hermana Olga. Olga no fue a la universidad, se quedó en casa para cuidar a sus padres, limpiar la casa y trabajar a medio tiempo. Julia tiene grandes sueños... Read more »

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The House on Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros
Narrated by: Sandra Cisneros
Length: 2 hours 17 minutes

In hardcover for the first time--on the tenth anniversary of its initial publication--the greatly admired and bestselling book about a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous, this novel depicts a new American landscape through its multiple characters. Read more »

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La Casa en Mango Street

By Sandra Cisneros
Narrated by: Liliana Valenzuela
Length: TBA

Celebrado desde su publicación inicial como el relato clásico de una muchada del barrio latino de Chicago, La casa en Mango Street has sido elogadio por los críticos, acogido por los niños y sus padres y abuelos y estudiado por todas partes, desde escuelas primarias en las grandes ciudades hasta universidades por todo el país. Ahora por primera... Read more »

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