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Dreaming of You: A Novel in Verse Cover Image
$23.00
ISBN: 9781662600593
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Published: Astra House - October 26th, 2021

This is a novel in verse that tells the story of a young woman who decides to being back the singer Selena from the dead. But it's so much more than that. It's about loneliness, feminism, the culture behind fandom and queer/latinidad identity. TOP TEN BOOK 2021 OF FOR ME!  


Review by Rosa

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Certain Dark Things: A Novel Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250785589
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Published: Tor Nightfire - September 7th, 2021

This "certain dark thing" broke through my reading slump, and made me excited about reading again. Set in a "neon noir" Mexico City where vampires hide from Sanitation sweeps, a modern detective with a Van Helsing reputation gets swept up in a blood drenched turf war, and somewhere, a dreamy young garbage picker rides the subway across from a beautiful ... woman. I got swept away—along with Domingo, Atl, and a worldly melange of mythologies—into a world of drug cartels, vampire clans and romance. 

 


Review by Kitri

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The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781982102548
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Published: Atria Books - September 7th, 2021

This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Cordova's writing is straight epic and took me on a journey that I wont forget. If you need some magic in your life right now, pick this up now! 


Review by Rosa

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Thrown in the Throat (National Poetry) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315212
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Published: Milkweed Editions - August 11th, 2020

I stan HARD! This may be the best collection I've read in years. Pick this up ASAP!!

 


Review by Rosa

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Catrachos: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450239
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Published: Graywolf Press - May 5th, 2020

I loved everything about this collection. There were so many lines I re-read over and over again in hopes I will remember them forever. 


Review by Rosa

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed: Stories Cover Image
By Mariana Enriquez, Megan McDowell (Translated by)
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593134078
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Published: Hogarth - January 12th, 2021

Mariana Enriquez brings the senses alive with her descriptions of the putrescent. Her addicting stories read like freshly unearthed urban myths and legends, full of yearning, filth and witchcraft. They make me feel gross and I love them for it. I haven't been this excited about a book in quite some time, and I will greedily consume anything she produces in the future.


Review by Dean

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Cantoras Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780525563433
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2020

In a time when being queer meant (at best) imprisonment under a brutal dictatorship, five women band together in the beginnings of friendship. They create a safe haven in a beach hut along the coast, where they are free to be who they are and love who they want. A triumph, a celebration, and a mourning all in one.



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Bring Me the Head of Quentin Tarantino: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450413
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 3rd, 2020

The title will hopefully make you pick this up but I promise this collection is so satisfying, especially the very last short story in this book. Wild! 


Review by Rosa

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Mona: A Novel Cover Image
By Pola Oloixarac, Adam Morris (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780374211899
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 16th, 2021

Ever wonder what happens when a bunch of renowned international writers gather for a weekend? No ego is left un-bruised in this novel. But I promise it's much more than the drama that unfolds between the writers. Mona is a character that will stay with you for a long time. 

 


Review by Rosa

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How to Love a Country: Poems Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780807043073
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Published: Beacon Press - March 24th, 2020

Blanco was the first openly gay, Latino, immigrant, as well as the youngest person to be the US inaugural poet when he read for Obama's second term. He brings this energy with him in this collection, his beautiful language depicting such heartbreak toward America's tendency for gun violence, racism, and LGBTQ oppression. Throughout, you can see him struggling with the idea of nationhood, digging his way closer to the answer of how to truly love a country.  

 


Review by Emily

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