“For Brown Girls” + More of the best books of 2021 by Latinas

It has been such a good year for Latinx literature! So many amazingly talented Latinx authors have released new books this year that we honestly couldn’t even keep up with. There are even more exciting Latinx books coming out in 2022, but until they drop, we’re going to take some time to highlight the Latina author’s books that have made their mark this year. From the latest by Latina literary icon Isabel Allende to the debut novel by Puerto Rican poet Elisabet Velasquez, here are the best thorns by Latino authors to appear in 2021:

Big Luck, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Author Crystal Maldonado’s Big Luck, Charlie Vega took the young adult market by storm when it was released in early 2021. The book revolves around our teenage Latina Charlie as she explores a budding love story, the complex relationship with her white mother and her. relationship with his body. It’s a positive, uplifting coming-of-age story that will have you laughing and maybe crying too, as Charlie navigates her insecurities to find that love for herself.

Big Luck, Charlie Vega, $ 19, available from Cafe Con Libros

The soul of a woman by Isabel Allende

The soul of a woman by the literary icon, Isabel Allende, is an ode to the strength, resilience and beauty of women. Isabel draws on her feminine mindset to deliver an inspiring and thought-provoking read on what it really means to be a woman and embrace all aspects of that femininity. It’s her 25th book and she spoke with us on Instagram on writing the book, including how she listed all the things a woman needs to be happy.

The soul of a woman, $ 21, available from The bed. Bar

What is mine and yours by Naima Coster

What sets author Naima Coster’s second novel apart, What is mine and yours is character development. It chronicles how two families find themselves forever intertwined despite their seemingly huge differences, and tackles themes of race, family dysfunction, relationships and more, using the complex stories of characters who feel incredibly real.

What is mine and yours, $ 28, available from Kew & Willow Books

Women and salt by Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia’s successful debut novel, Women and salt, garnered a lot of attention almost immediately after its release. It’s a poignant story about topics that correspond deeply to the Latinx experience in America, including immigration, drug addiction, and family relationships, which spans generations, while also emphasizing the weight of motherhood.

Women and salt, $ 25, available from The Dramatic Bookstore

For brunette girls with sharp edges and tender hearts by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez

For brunette girls with sharp edges and tender hearts by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodríguez, has been described as a “love letter for women of color”, and she lives up to that description. Prisca provides personal anecdotes as well as research related to issues affecting brunette girls, including toxic masculinity, impostor syndrome, and intersectionality. It’s thought-provoking read that will make you feel seen.

For brunette girls with sharp edges and tender hearts, $ 28, available from Word Up Books

Wild tongues cannot be tamed by various authors

Wild tongues cannot be tamed is an incredible collection of stories written by authors and artists including Elizabeth Acevedo, Naima Coster and Ingrid Rojas Contreras, which highlight the reality of being in the Latinx disapora in the United States. Some of the topics covered include mental health, colorism and what it means to live between two cultures. It is a rewarding tribute to our community and to our rich cultures and histories.

Wild tongues cannot be tamed, $ 17, available from Duende district

My broken tongue by Quiara Alegria Hudes

My broken tongue is a powerful memoir by Quiara Alegría Hudes, the writer who helped Lin-Manuel Miranda pen In the heights and wrote the screenplay for the animated Netflix film, Long live. He recounts his experience growing up in North Philadelphia in a large Puerto Rican family. It is notably an ode to the women of her family, from whom she has been inspired throughout her life.

My broken tongue, $ 28, available from Books of the third house

A bit like Adiós by Alexis Daria

If you are a fan of the romance genre, just like its predecessor, You had me in Hola, A bit like Adiós by Alexis Daria, is a must read. It’s the steamy tale of unrequited teenage love that comes to fruition as former best friends reunite as adults. The thing about the author’s romances is that they’re written to intentionally empower women and the LGBTQ + community, making them a lot more interesting and engaging to read than traditional romances.

A bit like Adiós, $ 16, available from Epilogue Book Café

My book of the dead by Ana Castillo

My book of the dead is a stunning new collection of poems by Xicana poet, Ana Castillo. The poems tackle difficult and controversial topics, from politics to the environmental crisis and everything in between. The book is punchy, revealing and validating. It even features illustrations drawn by the author herself.

My book of the dead, $ 23, available from Duende district

The Legacy of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova

The Legacy of Orquídea Divina by Zoraida Córdova is a nationwide bestseller that marries diverse genres, including historical fiction and spiritual fantasy, in a story about a family that has always been in the dark about its matriarch’s past, but several years after her death , they are desperate to uncover her secrets as the family members begin to die. Hoping to find out the truth, they travel to his home country, Ecuador.

The Legacy of Orquídea Divina, $ 27, available from Kew & Willow Books

When we do by Elisabet Velasquez

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The first book by the poet Elisabet Velasquez, When we do, is a poignant verse novel that skillfully portrays the lived experience of many second, third and fourth generation Puerto Ricans living in the Americas. Through the story of a teenager named Sarai, we see the struggle of someone trying to break free from generational trauma and hoping and struggling for the better with little guidance. We see the stories of so many like us and remember that at the end of the day, there is more to life than just ‘doing it’.

When we do, $ 20, available from Cafe Con Libros

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