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5 Books on Mexico and Mexican-Americans

Cinco de Mayo—often mistaken in the United States for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is in September—is a chance to celebrate Mexican-American culture. Between fiestas, dive into these captivating stories about Mexico, Mexican immigrants, and the common experience of living.


Esperanza Rising

This award-winning book for young readers is also a great read for adults. Esperanza and her mama have to flee their ranch in Mexico in the 1930s. They relocate to California and become migrant workers. Struggling with economic difficulties and personal tragedies, and to be accepted by her own people, Esperanza must learn to let go of the past.
Listen to an excerpt ESPERANZA RISING

The Guardians
Author: Ana Castillo
Read By: Ana Castillo

From American Book Award–winning author Ana Castillo comes a moving novel about family bonds and the human experience. Tía Regina is raising her teenage nephew, an illegal immigrant, in a tiny border town. When Gabo’s father goes missing while crossing the border from Mexico, Regina and the boy embark on a journey to find him.
Listen to an excerpt THE GUARDIANS


When an American journalist travels to report on the upcoming duel between two great matadors, he is ultimately swept up in the dramatic story of his own Mexican ancestry—from the brilliance and brutality of the ancients, to the iron fist of the invading Spaniards, to modern Mexico.
Listen to an excerpt MEXICO

Swift As Desire

From the author of the international bestseller Like Water for Chocolate, this magical story is about secrets and love. Former telegraph operator Don Jublio is on his deathbed, mute and estranged from his beloved wife, Lucha. What mystery lies behind their rift? Can their daughter reconcile them before it’s too late?
Listen to an excerpt SWIFT AS DESIRE