There’s nothing better to fight boredom than good literature. You can, for example, buy some new books for your collection.
How about celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with books that teach us more about our culture?
Here are four books that explain the intricacies of our culture and will fill your heart with pride.
“El Principe De Los Cocuyos” by Richard Blanco
In his memoir, Richard Blanco portraits his childhood and his upbringing in Miami. The author narrates the difficulties he endured throughout the 70s and 80s. He tried to keep his Cuban heritage alive while also assimilating to American culture while encountering the adversities of being gay in the Latino community.
“Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From” by Jennifer De Leon
This book follows the story of teen Liliana Cruz who got accepted into a prestigious program at a predominantly white school. This book delineates the complexities of Liliana’s identity crisis of trying to fit in with the crowd at her new school by rejecting her roots and staying true to her Hispanic heritage.
“Living Beyond Borders: Growing Up Mexican in America” by Margarita Longoria
This book is a collection of poems and short stories by various authors who shared their experiences with the world about what it means to be Mexican American. The reader has the opportunity to see through other’s eyes the eccentricities of identifying with two different cultures and never truly feeling like they fully belong in one or the other.
“The House On Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
A story about Mexican-American Esperanza Cordero’s journey from the moment she moves to a poor neighborhood in Chicago with her family. Esperanza is riddled with feelings of shame because of her socioeconomic status and the many instances of racism. This story accentuates that Latino fuego of becoming successful and achieving the American dream.