Best Hispanic & Latino Biographies Books

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1. To Selena, with Love: Commemorative Edition (Deckle edge)

Author: by Chris Perez
320 pages

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Chris Perez tells the story of his relationship with music superstar Selena in this heartfelt tribute. One of the most compelling and adored superstars in Latin music history, Selena was nothing short of a phenomenon who shared all of herself with her millions of devoted fans.

Her tragic murder, at the age of twenty-three, stripped the world of her talent and boundless potential, her tightly-knit family of their beloved angel, and her husband, Chris Perez, of the greatest love he had ever known. For over a decade, Chris held onto the only personal thing he had left from his late wifethe touching and sometimes painful memories of their very private bond.

Now, for the first time, Chris opens up about their unbreakable friendship, their forbidden relationship, and their blossoming marriage that was cut short. Chris’s powerful story gives a rare glimpse into Selena’s sincerity and vulnerability when falling in love, strength and conviction when fighting for that love, and absolute resilience when finding peace and normalcy with her family’s acceptance of the only man she called her husband.

2. Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood

Author: by Danny Trejo
Atria Books (July 6, 2021)
288 pages

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Danny Trejo is an American Treasure If you’re a fan like I am this is definitely the book for you. Pete Davidson, actor, producer, and cast member on Saturday Night Live From ex-con to icon. Danny’s incredible life story shows that even though we may fall down at some point in our lives, it’s what we do when we stand back up that really counts.

Robert Rodriguez, creator of Spy Kids, Desperado, and Machete In this celebration of a life fully lived (Reyna Grande, author of The Distance Between Us), discover the full, fascinating, and inspirational true story of Danny Trejo’s journey from crime, prison, addiction, and lossit’s enough to make you believe in the possibility of a Hollywood ending (The New York Times Book Review).

On screen, Danny Trejo the actor is a baddie who has been killed at least a hundred times. He’s been shot, stabbed, hanged, chopped up, squished by an elevator, and once, was even melted into a bloody goo. Off screen, he’s a hero beloved by recovery communities and obsessed fans alike.

3. Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

Author: by John Paul Brammer
224 pages

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From popular LGBTQ advice columnist and writer John Paul Brammer comes a hilarious, heartwarming memoir-in-essays chronicling his journey growing up as a queer, mixed-race kid in America’s heartland to becoming the Chicano Carrie Bradshaw of his generation. [Brammer] is both kind and piercingly funny, often in the same sentence.

Personal and affecting.Hola Papi! Is a master class of tone and tenderness, as Brammer balances self-compassion with humor. THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW [Hola Papi! Should be] required reading… [Brammer’s] writing is incredibly funny, kind, and gracious to his readers, and deeply vulnerable in a way that makes it feel as if he’s talking to only you.

LOS ANGELES TIMES The next generation’s Dear Abby’. MSNBCThe first time someone called John Paul (JP) Brammer Papi was on the popular gay hookup app Grindr. At first, it was flattering; JP took this as white-guy speak for hey, handsome.

Who doesn’t want to be called handsome? But then it happened again and againand again, leaving JP wondering: Who the hell is Papi? What started as a racialized moniker given to him on a hookup app soon became the inspiration for his now wildly popular advice column Hola Papi!, launching his career as the Cheryl Strayed for young queer people everywhereand some straight people too.

4. Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother

Author: by Sonia Nazario
299 pages

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An astonishing story that puts a human face on the ongoing debate about immigration reform in the United States, now updated with a new Epilogue and Afterword, photos of Enrique and his family, an author interview, and morethe definitive edition of a classic of contemporary America Based on the Los Angeles Times newspaper series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, one for feature writing and another for feature photography, this page-turner about the power of family is a popular text in classrooms and a touchstone for communities across the country to engage in meaningful discussions about this essential American subject.

Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops.

But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. As Isabel Allende writes: This is a twenty-first-century Odyssey. If you are going to read only one nonfiction book this year, it has to be this one.

5. The Undocumented Americans

Author: by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio
One World
208 pages

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. Karla’s book sheds light on people’s personal experiences and allows their stories to be told and their voices to be heard.

Selena Gomez LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST LONGLISTED FOR THE PORCHLIGHT BUSINESS BOOK AWARD NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY VULTURE AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Book Review Time NPR The New York Public Library Book Riot Library JournalWriter Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name.

It was right after the election of 2016, the day she realized the story she’d tried to steer clear of was the only one she wanted to tell. So she wrote her immigration lawyer’s phone number on her hand in Sharpie and embarked on a trip across the country to tell the stories of her fellow undocumented immigrantsand to find the hidden key to her own.

6. The Devil's Highway: A True Story

Author: by Luis Alberto Urrea
272 pages

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From a Pulitzer Prize finalist, “the single most compelling, lucid, and lyrical contemporary account of the absurdity of U.S. Border policy” (The Atlantic). In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, the “Devil’s Highway.” Three years later, Luis Alberto Urrea wrote about what happened to them.

The result was a national bestseller, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, a “book of the year” in multiple newspapers, and a work proclaimed as a modern American classic.

7. The Distance Between Us: A Memoir

Author: by Reyna Grande
Washington Square Press
352 pages

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In this inspirational and unflinchingly honest memoir, acclaimed author Reyna Grande describes her childhood torn between the United States and Mexico, and shines a light on the experiences, fears, and hopes of those who choose to make the harrowing journey across the border.

Reyna Grande vividly brings to life her tumultuous early years in this compelling… Unvarnished, resonant (BookPage) story of a childhood spent torn between two parents and two countries. As her parents make the dangerous trek across the Mexican border to El Otro Lado (The Other Side) in pursuit of the American dream, Reyna and her siblings are forced into the already overburdened household of their stern grandmother.

When their mother at last returns, Reyna prepares for her own journey to El Otro Lado to live with the man who has haunted her imagination for years, her long-absent father. Funny, heartbreaking, and lyrical, The Distance Between Us poignantly captures the confusion and contradictions of childhood, reminding us that the joys and sorrows we experience are imprinted on the heart forever, calling out to us of those places we first called home.

8. My Broken Language: A Memoir

Author: by Quiara Alegría Hudes
One World (April 6, 2021)
336 pages

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GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK The Pulitzer Prizewinning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

Quiara Alegria Hudes is in her own league. Her sentences will take your breath away. How lucky we are to have her telling our stories. Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning creator of Hamilton and In the Heights Quiara Alegra Hudes was the sharp-eyed girl on the stairs while her family danced in her grandmother’s tight North Philly kitchen.

She was awed by her aunts and uncles and cousins, but haunted by the secrets of the family and the unspoken, untold stories of the barrioeven as she tried to find her own voice in the sea of language around her, written and spoken, English and Spanish, bodies and books, Western art and sacred altars.

Her family became her private pantheon, a gathering circle of powerful orisha-like women with tragic real-world wounds, and she vowed to tell their storiesbut first she’d have to get off the stairs and join the dance. She’d have to find her language.

9. Don Francisco. Con ganas de vivir. Memorias. / A Desire to Live: A Memoir (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Mario Kreutzberger
Aguilar (May 4, 2021)
320 pages

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El octogenario animador repasa lo que ha aprendido en su vasta carrera televisiva y los desafos que ha enfrentado tanto en su oficio de animador como en su vida. En estas emocionantes memorias, Mario Kreutzberger nos cuenta la historia de su extraordinaria carrera como uno de los hombres ms influyentes de la televisin en Chile, en Latinoamrica y en la comunidad hispana de Estados Unidos, donde entrevist a los ms humildes y los ms poderosos, siempre con la intencin de abrir fronteras y horizontes, y con especial inters por las inquietudes y vivencias de los inmigrantes de cualquier lugar del mundo.

Hijo de judos que sobrevivieron al nazismo, Mario pas de ser un joven graduado de tcnico modelista siguiendo los pasos del padre al orgulloso conductor y creador del programa de ms larga duracin de la historia de la televisin, siendo conocido como Don Francisco.

Sus encuentros con personajes inslitos, sus conversaciones con George Bush, Barack Obama o Michelle Bachelet, entre otros lderes, su visita a Sudfrica para conocer el legado de Mandela, su viaje a China en 1976 con el primer equipo en espaol que entr con cmaras al pas asitico, as como otras historias y experiencias profundas que ha vivido, van dando forma a estas pginas, en las que el autor se permite reflexionar sobre su oficio, su trayectoria y su vida con total honestidad.

10. Flamin' Hot: The Incredible True Story of One Man's Rise from Janitor to Top Executive

Author: by Richard Montanez
Portfolio (June 15, 2021)
240 pages

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Read the story everyone is talking about: how a janitor struggling to put food on the table invented Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in a secret test kitchen, breaking barriers and becoming the first Latino frontline worker promoted to executive at Frito-Lay.

Richard Montaez is a man who made a science out of walking through closed doors, and his success story is an empowerment manual for anyone stuck in a dead-end job or facing a system stacked against them. Having taken a job mopping floors at Frito-Lay’s California factory to support his family, Montaez took his future into his own hands and created the world’s hottest snack food: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.

This bold move not only disrupted the food industry with some much-needed spice, but also shook up a corporate culture in which everyone stayed in their lane. When a top food scientist at Frito-Lay sent out a memo telling sales and marketing to kill the new product before it made it to the store shelvesjealous that someone with no formal education beyond the sixth grade could do his jobMontaez was forced to go rogue once again to save his idea.

11. My Beloved World

Author: by Sonia Sotomayor
432 pages

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A searching and emotionally intimate memoir (The New York Times) told with a candor never before undertaken by a sitting Justice. This powerful defense of empathy (The Washington Post) is destined to become a classic of self-invention and self-discovery. The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon.

In this story of human triumph that hums with hope and exhilaration (NPR), she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal bench, a journey that offers an inspiring testament to her own extraordinary determination and the power of believing in oneself.

Here is the story of a precarious childhood, with an alcoholic father (who would die when she was nine) and a devoted but overburdened mother, and of the refuge a little girl took from the turmoil at home with her passionately spirited paternal grandmother.

But it was when she was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes that the precocious Sonia recognized she must ultimately depend on herself. She would learn to give herself the insulin shots she needed to survive and soon imagined a path to a different life.

12. Gabo y Mercedes: una despedida / A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes (Spanish Edition)

Author: by Rodrigo Garcia Barcha
144 pages

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La crnica ntima de los ltimos das de un genio. En marzo de 2014, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, probablemente el escritor ms querido en lengua espaola del siglo XX, ya anciano y enfermo, cay resfriado. De esta no salimos, le dijo Mercedes Barcha, su esposa desde haca ms de cincuenta aos, a Rodrigo, el hijo de ambos.

Estas pginas son la crnica ms ntima y honesta de los ltimos das de un genio, escrita con la asombrosa precisin y la distancia justa de un testigo de excepcin: el propio Rodrigo. As vemos el lado ms humano de un personaje universal y de la mujer en la que se fij cuando era una nia de nueve aos, que le acompa toda la vida y que apenas le sobrevivi unos aos, entreverado de recuerdos de una vida irrepetible.

La ms hermosa despedida al hijo del telegrafista y su esposa. ENGLISH DESCRIPTIONThis is the intimate account of a great genius’ last days. In March 2014, Gabriel Garca Mrquez, probably the most beloved Spanish language writer of the 20th century, at that time elderly and ill, came down with a cold.

13. La Finca: Love, Loss, and Laundry on a Tiny Puerto Rican Island

Author: by Corky Parker
256 pages

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At age forty, Parker surrendered to her Swept Away meets Swiss Family Robinson fantasy of running an inn far from her home in the Pacific Northwest. For the next twenty-plus years Parker ran La Finca Caribe, an eco-lodge in Vieques, Puerto Rico.

What started as a rough-and-tumble dream grew into a paradise enjoyed by guests from around the world. Sketchbook in hand, Parker chronicled her daily adventures living with the land. La Finca is a lively graphic memoir about a woman creating a new life amid countless challenges, including hurricanes that led her to reconsider everything.

It is a story about trusting oneself, self-discovery, accepting disappointment and loss, and falling in love with a place.

14. God-Level Knowledge Darts: Life Lessons from the Bronx

Author: by Desus & Mero
224 pages

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Desus & Mero are smarter and funnier than everyone writing books. Shea SerranoI will never write anything as hilarious as they have.I give up. Malcolm GladwellThese motherf*ers make me laugh until I choke. Jia Tolentino NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPRA wild, hilarious guide to life from the hosts of the hit late-night show Desus & Mero and the Bodega Boys podcastWho could have predicted that, after a fateful meeting in a Bronx summer school in the 1990s, Desus & Mero would turn their friendship into an empire of talking to each other.

And it’s no surprisetuning in to them is like listening to the funniest, smartest people you know dissect a topic and then light it on fire. Now they’ve written the most essential guide to life of this century*, in which all the important questions are asked: How do I talk to my kids about drugs if I do them, too?

What are the ethics of ghosting in a relationship? How do I bet on sports? How should I behave in jail? How much is too much to spend on sneakers? Is porn really that bad for me? As they put it: We want to share all we’ve learned, after years in the Bronx streets, with you: the people.

15. In the Dream House: A Memoir

Author: by Carmen Maria Machado

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A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other PartiesIn the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado’s engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural representations of psychological abuse.

Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it’s that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative tropethe haunted house, erotica, the bildungsromanthrough which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles.

She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations of the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado’s dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry.

16. When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir (A Merloyd Lawrence Book)

Author: by Esmeralda Santiago
Da Capo Press
278 pages

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One of “The Best Memoirs of a Generation” (Oprah’s Book Club): a young woman’s journey from the mango groves and barrios of Puerto Rico to Brooklyn, and eventually on to Harvard In a childhood full of tropical beauty and domestic strife, poverty and tenderness, Esmeralda Santiago learned the proper way to eat a guava, the sound of tree frogs, the taste of morcilla, and the formula for ushering a dead baby’s soul to heaven.

But when her mother, Mami, a force of nature, takes off to New York with her seven, soon to be eleven children, Esmeralda, the oldest, must learn new rules, a new language, and eventually a new identity. In the first of her three acclaimed memoirs, Esmeralda brilliantly recreates her tremendous journey from the idyllic landscape and tumultuous family life of her earliest years, to translating for her mother at the welfare office, and to high honors at Harvard.