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7 Books to Read for Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th until October 15th. For the full list of upcoming events from the University of Utah, check out this calendar from Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Librarian Allyson Mower has gathered the following titles as recommends to celebrate the month. All titles are available through the Marriott Library.

A Long Petal of the Sea By Isabel Allende

Such beautiful writing in this historical novel set initially during the Spanish Civil War then spanning into 1970s Chile.

The Undocumented Americans By Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Part memoir, part narrative non-fiction, this book of excellent writing brings together real-life stories of those most effected by immigration rules and regulations offering deep insight and compelling truths.

Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfa Anaya

Anaya’s pioneering authorship introduced readers to engaging aspects of contemporary Chicano culture, a world that I can’t imagine not ever becoming familiar with. The owl, the moon, the river, and the people of New Mexico make for rich connections, deep complexities, and very enjoyable reading.

The Adventures of China Iron By Gabriela Cabezon Camara

Set in Argentina, this book tells the story of China Iron, a woman seeking independence, freedom, and love which she finds in varying degrees as she shifts her identity to ensure survival and to explore a world not of her making.

Mexican Gothic By Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Enter the gloom–a plant-based biological creeper–in this novel set in 1950s Mexico as the protagonist and her sickened cousin attempt to unleash themselves from it as it binds and possesses them and others in the countryside mansion and sinister family the cousin has married into.

Undocuments By John-Michael Rivera

This is an expansive multi-genre exploration of Greater Mexican documentary that reveals the complicated ways all Latinx peoples, including the author, become objectified within cultures. John-Michael Rivera remixes the Florentine Codex and other documents as he takes an intense look at the anxieties and physical detriments tied to immigration.” 

New and Emerging Issues in Latinx Health Edited by Airín D. Martinez and Scott D. Rhodes

This timely volume serves as a comprehensive and much-needed update to the literature on Latinx health. As both the United States and Latinx subgroups experience and anticipate demographic shifts, it is critical to examine the current epidemiology of Latinx health, as well as the factors influencing this population’s health and well-being.

Marriott Library Exhibits

Viva Mexico

Nahuatl Spoken Here

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