While iPads, smartphones, and e-readers may be all the rage, books remain a more affordable--and intimate--present. Check out the Latinidad List below for gift ideas. Double your deposits in the karma bank by doing your holiday shopping at La Casa Azul Bookstore, http://www.lacasaazulbookstore.com/; with every book you purchase, you'll not only be supporting authors, you'll also be supporting Latina entrepreneurship.
To nominate a book for next year's list, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that I'm seeking nominations only for books to be published in 2011.
The Latinidad List
Best Debut ÔÇô Drowning Tucson by Aaron Michael Morales
Writing so breathtakingly brutal, you feel as if you've been stabbed.
Poetry ÔÇô Up Jump the Boogie by John Murillo
R&B licks meet hip-hop beats in this soulful collection.
Chick Lit ÔÇô Nancy's Theory of Style by Grace Coopersmith (a.k.a. Marta Acosta)
Frothy perfection for readers who appreciate both substance and style.
Mystery ÔÇô Blackout in Precinct Puerto Rico, Book Five by Steven Torres
Beautifully detailed depiction of big crimes in a small town.
Thriller ÔÇô Freedom by Daniel Suarez
Scarily plausible story inspired by our growing dependence on technology.
Memoir ÔÇô The Bread of Angels by Stephanie Saldana
Elegant and earnest, Saldana's journey is equal parts prayer, poem, and parable.
Self-Help ÔÇô The Image of Success by Lizandra Vega
Essential reading for anyone seeking a job or a promotion.
Cookbook ÔÇô Daisy's Holiday Cooking by Daisy Martinez with Chris Styler
A godsend for hosts and hostesses who want to entertain with a Latin flair.
Young Adult ÔÇô The Sweetness of Salt by Cecilia Galante
Quietly devastating tale of an overachiever and her troubled sister.
Children's Picture Book ÔÇô The Best Family in the World by Susana Lopez, illustrated by Ulises Wensell
Imaginative and heartwarming celebration of adoption.
(Reprinted with permission from the Latinidad e-zine)
Marcela Landres is the author of the e-book How Editors Think. She is an Editorial Consultant who specializes in helping Latinos get published and was formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster. Author's website Email the author