Summer Reads by Latina Authors You Can't Miss

a collage of cover photos for how not to drown in a glass of water by angie cruz, the house in the pines by ana reyes, of women and salt by gabriela garcia, the haunting of alejandra by v. castro and you sound like a white girl by julissa arce

Summer is the perfect time to relax, soak up the sun, and dive into a captivating book. If you're looking for a collection of exciting reads that celebrate Latine voices and explore diverse experiences, we've got you covered.

From thought-provoking memoirs to haunting tales and powerful narratives, these five Latine summer reads will transport you to different worlds and leave a lasting impact. So grab your beach towel, find a cozy spot, and let's embark on a literary journey.

"You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation" by Julissa Arce

The cover for "You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation" by Julissa Arce

You Sound Like A White Girl is an amazing book where Julissa Arce, a bestselling author, shares her personal journey as an immigrant in America. She debunks the idea that assimilation guarantees happiness and belonging, emphasizing the importance of embracing our uniqueness and heritage. By weaving her own experiences with current events and Latine history, Julissa encourages people of color to recognize their identities as Americans and promotes greater visibility and representation for the Latine community.

Mark your calendars for an Instagram Live session with the inspiring Julissa Arce on our Luz Instagram page on August 16th. Stay connected and make sure you're following Julissa Arce and Luz Media on Instagram for all the latest updates!

You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation

"The House in the Pines: A Novel" by Ana Reyes

The cover for "The House in the Pines: A Novel" by Ana Reyes

Get ready for a suspenseful and mysterious ride with Ana Reyes' "The House in the Pines." The story revolves around Maya, who is haunted by the mysterious death of her best friend. Determined to uncover the truth, Maya embarks on a journey into her past, unearthing hidden messages and secrets in her hometown. With addiction, lost time, and an eerie presence, Reyes keeps readers on the edge of their seats until the very end. This gripping tale explores the power of confronting our past and finding our way back home.

The House in the Pines: A Novel
$27.00 $22.99

"Of Women and Salt" by Gabriela Garcia

The cover for "Of Women and Salt" by Gabriela Garcia

Join the multi-generational journey through time and borders in Gabriela Garcia's "Of Women and Salt." The story is set in Miami and follows Jeanette, a woman struggling with addiction, as she unravels her family's history. Garcia paints a vivid picture of the choices, betrayals, and legacies that shape the lives of extraordinary women. From displacement trauma to the challenges of motherhood, this powerful book delves into personal and political betrayals and the resilience of those who refuse to be silenced. It beautifully captures the intricate threads of the human experience.

"Of Women and Salt" by Gabriela Garcia
$16.99 $14.49

"The Haunting of Alejandra: A Novel" by V. Castro

The cover for "The Haunting of Alejandra: A Novel" by V. Castro

Brace yourself for a terrifying and captivating read in "The Haunting of Alejandra" by V. Castro. Alejandra becomes the target of La Llorona, a vengeful Mexican folk legend, as she uncovers the dark secrets of her family's past. Castro skillfully combines horror and self-discovery, exploring Alejandra's identity and the inherited courage from her foremothers. This chilling novel delves into themes of loss, strength, and the determination to confront the shadows of the past.

The Haunting of Alejandra: A Novel
$28.00 $25.20

"How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel" by Angie Cruz

The cover for "How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel" by Angie Cruz

Dive into the emotionally rich narrative of "How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water" by Angie Cruz. The story revolves around Cara Romero, a woman in her mid-50s who unexpectedly finds herself back in the job market after losing her long-time factory job. Through twelve sessions with a job counselor, Cara reflects on her tumultuous love affairs, complex relationships, and encounters with debt and gentrification. As she confronts her darkest secrets and regrets, Cara's resilience shines through, making this a truly compelling read.

How Not to Drown in a Glass of Water: A Novel
$27.99 $23.99

So, as you soak up the sun and embark on your summer adventures, remember to pack these five Latine summer reads in your beach bag or load them onto your e-reader. They will transport you to different worlds, introduce you to captivating characters, and offer a deeper understanding of the diverse experiences within the Latine community. Happy reading!

a photograph of Gloria Anzaldúa with a hat with the sea behind her

In the heart of the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, a beacon of hope and resilience was born. On September 26, 1942, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa came into a world that wasn't quite ready for her. As a Chicana, a lesbian, and a feminist, Anzaldúa was set to challenge a predominantly Anglo-American and heteronormative society in a way that would forever change the discourse surrounding queer and Chicano identities.

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