by Deyanira Martinez

My Bella’s Fashionistas, beauty and brain definitely go together. Get on the reading mode and enjoy these wonderful books by Hispanic authors that make us proud.

1. “Handbook For An Unpredictable Life” by Rosie Perez
This Oscar-nominated actress recounts her difficult childhood in  foster homes, an emotionally unstable mother and how she found success and fame. An inspirational memoir by a strong and amazing woman.


2. “This Is How You Loose Her” by Junot Diaz                  
Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz manages to write a wonderful book once again, nine stories on love, despair and infidelity.  Readers will love Diaz’s distinct and unique writing style.  My favorite story: “The Cheater’s guide to love”


3. “Bless Me Ultima” by Rodolfo Anaya
This is one of the most widely read novel since its first publication in 1972.  The story of a child guided and protected by his curandera and mentor, Ultima.  This is one of the most widely read novel since its first publication in 1972.


4. “A Wedding In Haiti” by Julia Alvarez
Acclaimed Dominican Author and Novelist Julia Alvarez tells reader the tale of a trip to attend the wedding of a Haitian boy named Piti and how she would find herself smuggling Piti through the Dominican-Haitian border.


5. “My Beloved World” by Sonia Sotomayor
Sonia Sotomayor writes the story of her life, humble beginnings          and the journey to become the First Hispanic appointed to The United States Supreme Court.


6. “The House On Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros                      A 1984 coming-of-age novel by Mexican-American writer Sandra Cisneros, describes the life of a young Latina, Esperanza, growing up in a rural section of Chicago.  Living on Mango Street describes how Esperanza is affected by poverty, exile and the restrictions of gender roles in the Latino community.

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