A woman who grew up in a home of magic and fortune tellers. A humanizing look into the life and work of an activist. A boy who makes a treacherous migration at just nine years old.
All these incredible true stories (and more) can be found in this list of memoirs written by Latin and Hispanic authors. There’s nothing like hearing about someone’s life in their own words: it reminds us that everyone’s experience is unique, and no two stories are exactly alike. Press play to meet these five authors, and their memoirs you won’t soon forget.
At nine years old, Javier cannot foresee the perilous trips that await him, nor can he predict the two life-altering months heâ€™ll spend alongside fellow migrants who will come to encircle him like an unexpected family. Solito, a memoir as gripping as it is moving, provides an account of a treacherous journey, but also of the miraculous kindness and love delivered at the most unexpected moments.
Growing up as the daughter of Mexican immigrants in Chicago in the nineties, Erika SĂˇnchez was a self-described pariah, misfit, and disappointment. Twenty-five years later, sheâ€™s now an award-winning novelist, poet, and essayist. In Crying in the Bathroom, SĂˇnchez writes about everything from sex to white feminism to debilitating depression, revealing an interior life rich with ideas, self-awareness, and perception.
For Ingrid Rojas Contreras, magic runs in the family. Raised amid the political violence of 1980s and ’90s Colombia, in a house bustling with her motherâ€™s fortune-telling clients, she was a hard child to surprise. In The Man Who Could Move Clouds, With Mami as her guide, Rojas Contreras traces her lineage back to her Indigenous and Spanish roots, uncovering the narrative that would eventually break her family into two camps: those who believe â€śthe secretsâ€ť are a gift, and those who are convinced they are a curse.