Hispanic Authors to Read Again

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) celebrates Hispanic culture and history. Books are a great way to dive into a culture, and many classic and popular bestsellers have come from Hispanic writers around the globe. Here we look at five authors worth reading again and again.

Aleph
Author: Paulo Coelho
Read By: Mark Bramhall

From bestselling Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, this novel is full of lessons on love, forgiveness, and the courage to overcome life’s challenges.
Listen to an excerpt Aleph

Drown

Dominican-born Junot Diaz’s second book, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, catapulted him into the spotlight, but this debut book—a collection of short stories about immigrants from the Dominican Republic—is just as brilliant.
Listen to an excerpt Drown

The House on Mango Street

This bestselling book by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros is a coming-of-age story about a young girl, Esperanza Cordero, growing up in a Latino neighborhood of Chicago. It’s read by the author, which gives a new dimension to the story.
Listen to an excerpt The House on Mango Street

Like Water for Chocolate

Mexican author Laura Esquivel’s best-known book is a bestseller and was adapted as a movie in the 1990s. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch in Mexico, where food, love, and life entwine.
Listen to an excerpt Like Water for Chocolate

The Shadow of the Wind

Spanish author Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s massive bestseller has enthralled readers worldwide. In Barcelona just after World War II, a boy named Daniel is given an antiquarian book. He sets out on a quest to find the rest of the author’s work, and opens a door to secrets, madness, love affairs, and magic.
Listen to an excerpt The Shadow of the Wind