When I look at the summer reading suggestions from the “mainstream” print media, I seldom see a book by a Chicano/a or Latino/a writer…big surprise, right? Do I sound annoyed? Well, I shouldn’t be at this point in my middle age. Anyway, since we have La Bloga, we can remedy this. So, here are several book recommendations (all published in 2012) to fill your summer days with fiction, poetry, memoir and literary scholarship by wonderful writers you may or may not know. And if you have some recommendations, please feel free to make a suggestion in the comments below. And remember: ¡Lea un libro!
◙ Woven Voices: Three Generations of Puertorriquena Poets Look at Their American Lives (Scapegoat Press) by Anita Vélez-Mitchell, Gloria Vando and Anika Paris (with an introduction by Linda Rodriguez)
◙ The Temptation: A Kindred Novel (HarperCollins) by Alisa Valdes
◙ Buenas Noches, American Culture: Latina/o Aesthetics of Night (Indiana University Press) by María DeGuzmán