Bella's Reading Corner

5 Memoirs Latinos Should Read

By Deyanira Martinez, @deyamartinezl

I Love Memoirs!! Life stories are an interesting read. As we try to understand our daily struggles, these Latino authors can absolutely “tell it like it is!”  It’s absolutely fascinating to learn about someone else’s story, and if you are Latino(a), reading a book about someone with a similar upbringing, name or background it is irresistible. We recreate our own stories in the pages of a book.

1. Living To Tell The Tale, by Gabriel Garcia MarquezLiving to tell Book
It’s been almost three weeks since we lost Garcia Marquez, one of the greatest writers of all times, fortunately, his work will never perish. This memoir is the fascinating story of his life – from birth 1927 until becoming an acclaimed writer; Marquez explains his hectic childhood and traumatic life experiences that marked his true passion for becoming a writer.

2. Paula, by Isabel Allende
allendepaulaThis captivating story will keep you on the edge of your feet as the author takes you through a moving magical journey of suspense.  Isabel Allende’s daughter, Paula became ill and fell into a coma, the author while waiting in the hospital’s hallways began to write the story of her family for her unconscious child.


3. When I was Puerto Rican, by Esmeralda Santiago When I was PR
This is the story of the author’s hardship childhood growing up in Puerto Rico. When the family moved to New York, Esmeralda, the eldest of 11 children must adapt to new rules and a new language; finding her identity as a Latina and experiencing racism and discrimination.


4. Rita Moreno: A Memoir, by Rita MorenoRita Moreno
A New York Times bestselling memoir Rita’s journey, from humble beginnings in Puerto Rico to becoming a Hollywood legend and superstar, reflects her struggles to break-through Hollywoods racial and sexual barriers.  She is the only Hispanic actress to win an Oscar, Grammy, Tony Award and two Emmys.


5. Unbreakable, by Jenni RiveraUnbreakable
Unbreakable, dictates the story of an amazingly strong woman. Jenni a Latina singer and TV star killed in a plane crash in Monterrey, Mexico  in 2012, recounts her past struggles and dull moments from divorces, sexual abuse, domestic violence and the challenges of raising five children as a single mom.


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