In honor of Latin and Hispanic Heritage Month (kicking off on September 15th and ending October 15th), we’ve curated a list of culturally rich audiobooks. Some are artistic expressions through poetry collections, some explore science fiction laced into historical realities, and all of them emphasize the importance of love, family, and legacy.
When it was first published in 2006, then-literary critic and poet Alejandro Zambraâ€™s first novel, Bonsai, was a sensation. Here, in a brilliant new translation, is the little book that started it all. Bonsai tells the story of Julio and Emilia, two Chilean university students who, seeking truth in great literature, find one another instead. As they fall together and drift apart over the course of young adulthood, Zambra spins an emotionally engrossing, expertly distilled, formally inventive tale of love, art, and memory.
The Hybrids: a motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities, the fruits of Dr. Moreau’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. All of them live in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Dr. Moreauâ€™s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction.Â For Dr. Moreau keeps secrets, his only daughter Carlota has questions, and, in the sweltering heat of the jungle, passions may ignite.Â The Daughter of Doctor Moreau is both a dazzling historical novel and a daring science fiction journey.
During the overthrow of the Mexican government, Beatrizâ€™s father was executed and her home destroyed. When handsome Don Rodolfo SolĂłrzano proposes, Beatriz ignores the rumors surrounding his first wifeâ€™s sudden demise, choosing instead to seize the security that his estate in the countryside provides. But Hacienda San Isidro is not the sanctuary she imagined. When Rodolfo returns to work in the capital, visions and voices invade Beatrizâ€™s sleep. The weight of invisible eyes follows her every move. Beatriz only knows two things for certain: Something is wrong with The Hacienda. And no one there will save her. Desperate for help, she clings to the young priest, Padre AndrĂ©s, as an ally. No ordinary priest, AndrĂ©s will have to rely on his skills as a witch to fight off the malevolent presence haunting the hacienda and protect the woman for whom he feels a powerful, forbidden attraction. But even he might not be enough to battle the darkness.
The Guerreros have lived in Nothar Park, a predominantly Dominican part of New York City, for twenty years. When demolition begins on a neighboring tenement, Eusebia, an elder of the community, takes matters into her own hands by devising an increasingly dangerous series of schemes to stop construction of the luxury condos. Meanwhile, Eusebiaâ€™s daughter, Luz, becomes distracted by a sweltering romance with the handsome white developer at the company her mother so vehemently opposes. Mother and daughter collide, ramping up tensions in Nothar Park, racing toward a near-fatal climax. A beautifully layered portrait of family, friendship, and ambition,Â Neruda on the ParkÂ weaves a rich and vivid tapestry of community as well as the sacrifices we make to protect what we love most.
There is one every generation, a seer who keeps the stories. Luz â€śLittle Lightâ€ť Lopez, a tea leaf reader and laundress, is left to fend for herself after her older brother, Diego, a snake charmer and factory worker, is run out of town by a violent white mob. As Luz navigates 1930s Denver, she begins to have visions that transport her to her Indigenous homeland in the nearby Lost Territory. Luz recollects her ancestorsâ€™ origins, how her family flourished, and how they were threatened. She bears witness to the sinister forces that have devastated her people and their homelands for generations. In the end, it is up to Luz to save her family stories from disappearing into oblivion. Written in Kali Fajardo-Anstineâ€™s singular voice, the wildly entertaining and complex lives of the Lopez family fill the pages of the multigenerational western saga Woman of Light.
It has been twenty-eight years since Sandra Cisneros published a book of poetry.Â Woman Without ShameÂ is a moving collection of songs, elegies, and declarations that chronicle her pilgrimageÂ toward rebirth and the recognition of her prerogative as a woman artist. These bluntly honest and often humorous meditations on memory, desire, and the essential nature of love blaze a path toward self-awareness. For Cisneros,Â Woman Without ShameÂ is the culmination of her search for homeâ€”in the Mexico of her ancestorsÂ andÂ in her own heart.
For audiobooks to celebrate with all month long, explore all of our Latin and Hispanic Heritage Month collections.