Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month was first established by a proclamation from President Lyndon Johnson in 1968. Interestingly enough, observance of Hispanic Heritage Month doesn’t begin until September 15. The reasoning is, of course, that September 15 is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Additionally, Chile, Mexico, and Belize all celebrate their independence between September 16 and September 21.
To celebrate, we’ve created a collection that highlights Hispanic and Latino writers and heritage. The collection includes masterworks of literature, deep dives into historically significant events, and even traditional recipes and cooking styles.
Here are a few of our favorites from the collection. Which will you enjoy first?
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Diaz first made a name for himself with the release of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. The novel follows Oscar’s life, as well as the history of his family. Through genuine dialogue and a warm, dazzling sense of humor, Diaz paints a portrait of modern life that is the Dominican-American experience.
Largely considered “a true literary triumph,” this book easily proves that Junot Diaz is one of the most exciting literary voices of our time.
The Cuban Table
In many ways, food is the fastest way to experience a culture. What better way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month than to enjoy some traditional style foods? In The Cuban Table, you’ll find deeply researched recipes for every dish from the ubiquitous Cuban sandwich, rich stews, and delicious plate dishes.
Of course, this book will take you deeper than the average cookbook. It’s a celebration of Cuban cooking, culture, cuisine, and artistry. In more ways than one, this book is absolutely delicious.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s stunning novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, is a delicate and beautifully written portrayal of the intensity and unruly passion that comes with our formative teenage years. Even more, Sáenz masterfully explores the significance of finding a “first love,” even if later hindsight spoils the experience in full.
This novel was selected as a Printz Honor Book, and was described by Publishers Weekly as a “tender, honesty exploration of identity.”
Daughter of Fortune
Isabel Allende was one of the first prominent female writers of Latin American fiction when she published her stunning debut, The House of Spirits, in 1985. Her follow up, Daughter of Fortune, gained so much acclaim that it was selected as an official title for Oprah’s Book Club shortly after it was published.
The story follows an orphan raised in Chile, Eliza Sommers, as she journeys north to Gold Rush era California. It’s a novel of growth, longing, and immense discovery, further solidifying Allende as a prominent voice in literature.
It is rumored that Picasso — one of the greatest artists of the modern era — started drawing before he started speaking. He then grew to become one of the most famous artists to ever have lived, with his influence still very present in the modern art scene. This biography explores, in detail, the early life of Picasso, his rise to prominence, and the eccentric way in which he conducted himself. He was a masterful painter but, more than that, he was an amazing person.
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