Latinidad - December 2007

A roundup of 2007's best Latino books

By Marcela Landres
Published on LatinoLA: December 14, 2007

Latinidad - December 2007

Latinidad - December 2007: The Latinidad Listrn


1. Saludos: Best of 2007

2. The Latinidad List

Please forward to fellow writers, both published and pre-published. Thanks!

1. Saludos

Books make great gifts: they're cheaper than iPods, smarter than video games, and are more thoughtful than gift cards. Take The Latinidad List, a roundup of 2007's best Latino books, with you as you shop for the holidays. To nominate a book for next year's list (one you wrote or read) please email me at marcelalandres@yahoo.com.

Helping Latino writers get published, Marcela Landres, marcelalandres@yahoo.com, http://www.marcelalandres.com/

2. The Latinidad List

Literary Fiction - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz. Doesn't just raise the game, but changes it.

Short Story Collection - Dahlia Season by Myriam Gurba. Leaves you hungry for her first novel.

Historical Fiction - The Mapmaker's Opera by Bea Gonzalez. Theatre, ornithology, and cartography set amidst the backdrop of nineteenth-century Seville and pre-revolutionary Mexico.

Poetry - Amor y Salud by Micaela Valdez. Not your mother's love poems.

Chick Lit - Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta. Intelligence and fabulosity mixed into a delicious cocktail.

Thriller - The Devil's Mambo by Jerry Rodriguez. Bruce Willis would star in the film adaptation if he were Latino and younger.

Current Events - Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream by Sam Quinones. Journalism that is as spellbinding as fiction.

Self-Help - The Little Black Book of Style by Nina Garcia. No closet - or bookshelf - is complete without it.

Cookbook - Elsie's Turkey Tacos and Arroz con Pollo by Elsie Ramos. Real Latin dishes that can be cooked weeknights by even the most tired mom.

Young Adult - Graffiti Girl by Kelly Parra. Teen artist discovers her talent and finds herself.

"If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it." -- Toni Morrison

The Latinidad?« Newsletter ?® 2003 by Marcela Landres

About Marcela Landres:
Marcela Landres is an Editorial Consultant who specializes in helping Latinos get published. She was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster and has acted as a judge for the Beyond Margins Award/PEN. For more info visit http://www.marcelalandres.com/.

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