Today marks the last day of National Hispanic Heritage Month. But here at Off the Shelf, we believe you should read books about Hispanic culture all year round. To pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have enriched the literary landscape of the United States, I put together a list of seven books well worth reading.
This series of artfully interwoven tales chronicles a community of Mexican immigrants in Los Angeles who work as cleaners, gardeners, and day laborers as they chase the American dream. Eye-opening and deeply human, it illuminates an often hidden segment of American life.
The Mirabal sisters, prominent opponents of Trujillo’s dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, are betrayed by their inner circle. After plotting to overthrow the government, three of the four sisters are found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff.