Book Reviews Editorial

The controversy of “American Dirt” and alternative reads!

I have read about this topic in multiple sources like Bookst and other sites! Also, I found out that this book was selected as one of the options for Book of the Month for February (with a huge apology from the editors of the subscription box) and also by the Oprah Winfrey´s Book Club. I tend to be so immersed in reading that I tend to lose any drama or controversy but for some reason, Jeanine Cummins´s new title flooded my news feeds for a few days.

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I have read so many comments and a few articles discussing why this book should be, how inappropriate a party for the book was, regarding the centerpieces, and how Flatiron books had to cancel the book tour due to death threats.

Despite all these, as a Latin American reader, I would still like to read the title and be a judge myself. I cannot give a verdict, a rating or advise people to read it or not based on articles and other people´s opinions, nor I find it fair for the reading community to bash an author and a book if I haven´t even read it. I, however, understand some other people will not read it as it goes against their principles, and that is totally understandable; therefore, I leave this small list by Latin American authors and titles, that have marked the previous decades in their niche and that will provide an incredible insight of what is to live in a country that you cannot call your own.

The House on Mango Street

A poignant story told from the perspective of a young Latina girl, Esperanza (Hope), living in Chicago, Sandra Cisneros dives into the struggles of immigrants from the eyes of children and their joyful and sad experiences. Exploring into topics of the meaning of her name and how her life is changed by the society that surrounds her, “The House on Mago Street” is simply a must-read in the Chicano culture.

Everyone Knows You Go Home

Part of the Kindle Unlimited plan, Natalia Sylvestera Peruvian born author who moved to Florida writes a heart-moving story of a family whose life and love were tainted by the cruelty of illegal immigration and wrong choices. With touches of magic-realism and where the fiction converges with reality, Sylvestera dramatically shows the arity of the desert and the power of forgiveness.

Real Women Have Curves

We break the conventional storytelling, Josefina Lopez wrote an incredible played that was adapted to the big screen where America Ferrer portrayed the main character. In this culturally rich play, Lopez navigates through the struggles of women’s body image, problems with learning another language, working extraneous hours for an insignificant payment, and the constant fear of being victims of ICE.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

A story of two teenage boys who found love in the most unexpected places. Dealing with topics of identity and cultural definition and sexual discovery, Benjamin Alire Saenz sets the story of these second-generation boys in a country that sees being culturally diverse as a sign of weakness and worth rejecting.


Hope you find this list worth sharing! These are books and plays that I have personally read, and I can give faith in them being incredible pieces of literature.

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