"We in the USA tend to pay scant attention to the ultra-rich cultural output of the regions just south of us, from Mexico to the southern tip of Chile, but let's join the conversation! Wander through this list and be amazed at all the fascinating voices, from the proto-feminist and polymath Juana Inés de la Cruz, called 'the phoenix of Mexico,' to 20th-century greats like Borges and Bolaño, to those writing this very minute, such as Julián Fuks of Brazil (Occupation) and Gabriela Cabezón Cámara, whose fabulous The Adventures of China Iron is an intersectional feminist subversion of the founding mythos of Argentina.
There is so much to discover! Cuba: An American History by Ada Ferrer is a new history of Cuba intertwined with that of the United States, which it absolutely has been since the very beginning of our nation, when Cuba helped fund our revolution and then bankrolled our new republic as we began to set up our financial system. Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli is a poignant and tender book that ponders what it means to keep a blended family together, in one's own household and on a continental level, between the US and Mexico. Isabel Allende's memoir, My Invented Country, is a love letter to Chile, from which she was exiled after her cousin's regime was toppled in the 1973 coup, but which has continued to feed her authorial imagination to this day.
It's also quite a lark to explore genre fiction through a Latin American lens. Silvia Moreno-Garcia has written a truly creepy horror novel, Mexican Gothic, as well as a cracking noir, Velvet Was the Night, both a lot of fun. All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimopulos of Argentina is a psychological crime thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. There are so many Americas, why settle for just one?!" — Bookseller Jennifer K.
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