Check It Out Category: Books

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 through October 15

“Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the contributions Americans tracing their roots to Spain, Mexico, Central America, South American and the Spanish-speaking nations of the Caribbean have made to American society and culture” – United States Census Bureau

Whether you are in the mood for quiet and thoughtful, tense and unnerving, heartfelt and sweet, or sincere and compelling, exciting reads by Hispanic American authors are yours for the taking. The contributions from writers of Hispanic descent are monumental, and one of the ways we are honoring Hispanic Heritage Month is to share suggestions that celebrate the authentic experience in great storytelling.

Check out a fresh list of rich reads for Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 or browse a sample below. For information on national events and much more, visit the Library of Congress website.

 

Mexican Gothic book cover

 

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia  

A reimagining of the classic gothic suspense novel follows the experiences of a courageous socialite in 1950s Mexico who is drawn into the treacherous secrets of an isolated mansion.

Gothic Fiction; Horror

 

You Had Me at Hola book cover

 

You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Rendered the subject of tabloid gossip by a messy public breakup, soap star Jasmine takes a part in a new bilingual comedy at the side of a telenovela costar who would revitalize his career.

Romantic Comedy

 

A Long Petal of the Sea book cover

 

A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende  

Sponsored by the poet Pablo Neruda to flee the violence of the Spanish Civil War, a pregnant widow and an army doctor unite in an arranged marriage, only to be swept up by the early days of World War II.

Historical Fiction

 

Once I Was You by Maria HinojosaOnce I Was You book cover

Maria Hinojosa is an award-winning journalist who has collaborated with the most respected networks and is known for bringing humanity to her reporting. In this beautifully-rendered memoir, she relates the history of US immigration policy that has brought us to where we are today, as she shares her deeply personal story. Once I Was You is an urgent call to fellow Americans to open their eyes to the immigration crisis and understand that it affects us all. 

Memoir; Global Affairs

 

Afterlife book cover

 

Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

Reeling from her beloved husband’s sudden death in the wake of her retirement, an immigrant writer is further derailed by the reappearance of her unstable sister and an entreaty for help by a pregnant undocumented teen.

Domestic Fiction

 

Everything Inside: Stories book cover

 

Everything Inside: Stories by Edwidge Danticat

A single-volume collection of short stories by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author is set in such locales as Miami, Port-au-Prince and the Caribbean and poignantly explores the forces that unite and divide.

Authentic Short Stories

 

Cantoras book cover

 

Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis

Enduring the rampant violence against women and the LGBTQ community in the decades of the Uruguayan dictatorship, five women heartbreakingly unite as lovers, friends and family.

Historical Fiction

 

 

 

Summer Reading: G. Spectacular Covers

spectacular reading journey - read a book with a spectacular cover (a summer reading challenge category)

As the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race wraps up after August 31st, we thought we’d show off some of the spectacular covers chosen by participants for this reading challenge category. We hope you enjoyed some truly spectacular titles on this spectacular summer reading journey. Thanks to all for participating!

The Glass Hotel book coverThe Glass Hotel
Emily St. John Mandel
Arabella of Mars book coverArabella of Mars
David D. Levine
In the Hall with the Knife book coverIn The Hall With
The Knife

Diana Peterfruend
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Pleasantville book coverPleasantvillle
Attica Locke
Watch Me Disappear book coverWatch Me Disappear
Janelle Brown
Mexican Gothic book coverMexican Gothic
Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Black Chalk book coverBlack Chalk
Christopher J. Yates
Untamed book coverUntamed
Glennon Doyle

Summer Reading: F. Travel With True Stories, Read A Nonfiction Book

travel with true stories - read a nonfiction book, a summer reading challenge category

One of the most popular Adult Summer Reading Challenge categories has been to read a nonfiction book. You truly can “travel” with a variety of true stories! Below is just a small assortment of what participants have been reading for this summer reading challenge category.


Spirit Run: A 6,000-mile Marathon Through North America's Stolen Land book cover

 

Spirit Run by Noé Álvarez

A debut memoir by the son of working-class Mexican immigrants describes his upbringing in Washington State, membership in the Peace and Dignity Journeys movement and competition in the Native American cultural marathon from Canada to Guatemala.

 

 

Brilliant Maps for Curious Minds by Ian Wright brilliant maps for curious minds: 100 new ways to see the world book cover

An atlas of 100 infographic maps that reveal something surprising about our world–how many countries have bigger economies than California; who drives on the wrong side of the road; and where you can find lions in the wild–all offering little-known insights and analysis about our world

 

Emperor of Maladies book cover

 

 

Emperor Of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee

A historical assessment of cancer addresses both the courageous battles against the complex disease and the misperceptions and hubris that have compromised modern understandings, covering such topics as ancient-world surgeries and the developments of present-day treatments.

 

 

Never Home Alone by Rob Dunn
Never Home Alone: from mibrobes to millipedes, camel crickets, and honeybees, the natural history of where we live book cover
Even when the floors are sparkling clean and the house seems silent, our domestic domain is wild beyond imagination. In Never Home Alone, biologist Rob Dunn introduces us to the nearly 200,000 species living with us in our own homes. Yet, as we obsess over sterilizing our homes and separating our spaces from nature, we are unwittingly cultivating an entirely new playground for evolution.

 

Cover of Killers of the Flower Moon

 

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Presents a true account of the early 20th-century murders of dozens of wealthy Osage and law-enforcement officials, citing the contributions and missteps of a fledgling FBI that eventually uncovered one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

 

 

How We Fight for Our Lives book cover

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

The co-host of BuzzFeed’s AM to DM, award-winning poet and author of Prelude to Bruise documents his coming-of-age as a young, gay, black man in an American South at a crossroads of sex, race and power.

 

If You Tell: A true story of murder, family secrets, and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood book cover

 

If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

In the gripping true crime story, three courageous and strong sisters band together to escape their sadistic mother’s unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture and psychic terrors, which resulted in multiple murders.

Summer Reading: K. Turn Back Time, Read A Classic – From Any Decade!

read a classic from any decade - a summer reading challenge category

“Read a Classic – Of Any Decade” is one of the reading challenge categories for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race! Here is a sampling of some classics first published in different eras:

kindred book cover

Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979)

Dana, a Black woman, finds herself repeatedly transported to the antebellum South, where she must make sure that Rufus, the plantation owner’s son, survives to father Dana’s ancestor.

slaughterhouse-five book cover

Slaughterhouse Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)

Billy Pilgrim, a chaplain’s assistant during the Second World War, returns home only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

Ceremony book cover

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)

On a New Mexico reservation, one Navajo family–including Tayo, a World War II veteran deeply scarred by his experiences as a Japanese POW and by the rejection of his own people–struggles to survive in a world no longer theirs in the years just before and after World War II.

Wuthering Heights book cover

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw as one of his own children. Hindley despises him but wild Cathy becomes his constant companion, and he falls deeply in love with her. When she will not marry him, Heathcliff’s terrible vengeance ruins them all – but still his and Cathy’s love will not die…

The Joy Luck Club book cover

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (1989)

After being drawn together by the shadows of their past, four women start meeting every week in San Francisco to engage in hobbies they all enjoy. After one of the four members dies, her daughter takes her place to fulfill her mother’s dying wish. After the revelation of a secret, the women are forced to think back to their pasts and remember the sometimes painful events of their lives.

In Cold Blood book cover

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (1965)

Presents Capote’s masterful account of the senseless 1959 murders of four members of a farm family in Holcomb, Kansas, and the search for the killers, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith.

1984 book cover

1984 by George Orwell (1949)

Orwell’s classic novel of one man’s nightmare odyssey through a world ruled by warring states and a power structure that controls not only information but individual thought and memory.

Be sure to add all the titles you’ve read between June 1st through August 31st for Summer Reading on Beanstack!

 

Summer Reading: Top Books Read for The Spectacular Reading Race

top books read for the adult summer reading challenge

Below is only a sampling of the top books read for the Adult Summer Reading Challenge: The Spectacular Reading Race. These titles were pulled from a total of 1,209 books read so far! The Summer Reading Challenge ends on August 31st this year, so be sure to enter all your books you’ve read on Beanstack!

Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in The American City book coverEvicted
Matthew Desmond

Ordinary Grace book coverOrdinary Grace
William Kent Krueger
The Guest List book coverThe Guest List
Lucy Foley
Honey-Don't List book coverThe Honey-Don’t List
Christina Lauren
Between the World and Me book coverBetween The World And Me
Ta-Nehisi Coates
In Five Years book coverIn Five Years
Rebecca Serle

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek book coverThe Book Woman of
Troublesome Creek

Kim Michelle Richardson

untamed book coverUntamed
Glennon Doyle
such a fun age book coverSuch A Fun Age
Kiley Reid
the river of doubt book coverThe River of Doubt
Candice Millar
Clap When You Land book coverClap When You Land
Elizabeth Acevedo
cinder - the lunar chronicles book coverCinder
Marissa Meyer
the hate you give book coverThe Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
Mother-in-Law coverThe Mother-in-Law
Sally Hepworth
Outlander book coverOutlander
Diana Gabaldon
white fragility book coverWhite Fragility
Robin Diangelo
the wedding dress book coverThe Wedding Dress
Danielle Steel

Educated book coverEducated
Tara Westove