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2021 Latinx Playlist

2021 Latinx Playlist

Some of 2021's Greatist hits by Latinx Authors

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Horizontal Vertigo

By Juan Villoro
Narrated by: Bern Hoffman
Length: 12 hours 38 minutes

La estructura de este libro es un zapping de la memoria y la observación. Las secciones que dan orden a los fragmentos aluden a una manera de habitar la Ciudad de México, todas ejercidas por el autor, quien sobrevivió para contarla.

Así, "Vivir en la ciudad" describe escenas de la vida diaria, pasajes de la infancia del autor (las casas vacías de... Read more »

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Horizontal Vertigo

A City Called Mexico

By Juan Villoro
Narrated by: Gabriel Porras
Length: 16 hours 30 minutes

At once intimate and wide-ranging, and as enthralling, surprising, and vivid as the place itself, this is a uniquely eye-opening tour of one of the great metropolises of the world, and its largest Spanish-speaking city.
 
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Cuentos sagrados de América

The Sea-Ringed World (Spanish Edition)

By Maria Garcia Esperon & David Bowles (translator)
Narrated by: Erika Robledo
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

Quince mil años antes de que los Europeos pisarán las Américas, la gente ya se había propagado de punta a punta y de costa a costa. Como todos los humanos, estos Nativos Americanos buscaban comprender su lugar en el universo, la naturaleza de su relación con lo divino, y el origen del mundo en el que habían emergido sus antepasados.Las... Read more »

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The Sea-Ringed World

Sacred Stories of the Americas

By Maria Garcia Esperon
Narrated by: David Bowles
Length: 5 hours 3 minutes

Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged.The... Read more »

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The Dangers of Smoking in Bed

Stories

By Mariana Enriquez
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 5 hours 47 minutes

If you enjoyed Things We Lost in the Fire, then you’ll love The Dangers of Smoking in Bed.

“"The Dangers of Smoking in Bed" by Argentine writer Mariana Enriquez, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell, revisits themes found in her 2017 collection "Things We Lost in the Fire." Her disquieting stories, populated by ghosts, disappeared adults and exploited children, examine economic pain, social unrest and violence through the lens of literary horror. Characters observing the slow burn of a society in decay find themselves asking, as the titular story does, "Why not just let the fire keep going and do its job?" Supernatural elements become compelling metaphors for societal breakdown. In ""The Cart,"" a poor neighborhood experiences bad luck after a homeless man--worse off than the people there--is driven away. ""There had to be an accumulation of misfortune for the neighborhood to feel like something strange was going on,"" says the narrator. Jobs are lost, utilities turned off and food is hard to come by, causing people to turn feral to survive. The only family left untouched by bad luck, one that offered some comfort to the homeless man, is forced to flee before neighbors turn on them. ""We were scared, but fear doesn't look the same as desperation,"" the son in this family knows. Child exploitation is represented as an actual haunting of society. In ""Rambla Triste,"" abused children wander the streets of Barcelona, leaving a stench and creating havoc for everyone. In ""Kids Who Come Back,"" children in Buenos Aires who were lost or disappeared begin to reappear, unchanged, at the same time. People have ""no idea what was happening and couldn't explain it; they only knew that they were very afraid."" Josefina, in ""The Well,"" discovers her paralyzing fears result from trusted adults who used a sorceress to rid themselves of fear and pass it to her when she was only a child. ""They said they would take care of you. But they didn't take care of you,"" she is told. Adults do not save the children in these stories. It's impossible to miss the fear that permeates The Dangers of Smoking in Bed. Young girls are afraid to leave their homes, a ghost baby is afraid to be alone and young men are afraid to stay in the cities. Throughout, Enriquez skillfully uses the tropes of horror to expose the everyday atrocities that occur in societies that abandon the fight against corruption. Even as these stories provide chills, they elicit a deep feeling of sadness for innocence lost. -reviewed for Shelf Awareness 11-17-20"”

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The President and the Frog

A novel

By Carolina De Robertis
Narrated by: Carolina De Robertis
Length: 5 hours 28 minutes

PEN/FAULKNER AWARD FINALIST An incandescent novel—political, mystical, timely, and heartening—about the power of memory, and the pursuit of justice, from the acclaimed author of Cantoras.
 
“A joy to read. Playful and profound, unearthly yet deeply rooted, this sublime and gripping novel is above all about hope: that...
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The Soul of a Woman

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 3 hours 43 minutes

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Long Petal of the Sea comes “a bold exploration of womanhood, feminism, parenting, aging, love and more” (Associated Press).

The Soul of a Woman is Isabel Allende’s most liberating book yet.”—Elle

“When I say that I was a feminist in kindergarten, I am not exaggerating,” begins Isabel Allende. As a... Read more »

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Mujeres del alma mía

Sobre el amor impaciente, la vida larga y las brujas buenas

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Javiera Gazitua
Length: 3 hours 54 minutes

Una Isabel Allende más Allende que nunca.

Un regalo para todos sus lectores, una lección de vida y coraje.

Cada año vivido y cada arruga cuentan mi historia.

Isabel Allende bucea en su memoria y nos ofrece un emocionante libro sobre su relación con el feminismo y el hecho de ser mujer, al tiempo que reivindica que la vida adulta hay que...

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Gordo

Stories

By Jaime Cortez
Narrated by: Alejandro Ruiz
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

The first ever collection of short stories by Jaime Cortez, Gordo is set in a migrant workers camp near Watsonville, California in the 1970s. A young, probably gay, boy named Gordo puts on a wrestler’s mask and throws fists with a boy in the neighborhood, fighting his own tears as he tries to grow into the idea of manhood so imposed on him by... Read more »

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The Five Wounds

A Novel

By Kirstin Valdez Quade
Narrated by: Gary Tiedemann
Length: 15 hours 43 minutes

It's Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With... Read more »

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Of Women and Salt

A Novel

By Gabriela Garcia
Narrated by: Frankie Corzo
Length: 7 hours 7 minutes

Of Women and Salt

“This is a story about women—mothers, daughters and how history shapes a life. Gabriella Garcia, a Cuban American, tells two immigration stories—one from Cuba, and the other from El Salvador—and how the past impacts decisions in their own lives. Garcia’s sentences and word choice ring with purpose when you listen to the story as an audiobook. I would recommend this story, and be on the lookout for more from Garcia.”

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Infinite Country

A Novel

By Patricia Engel
Narrated by: Inés del Castillo
Length: 4 hours 57 minutes

Infinite Country

“Starting with one of the best first sentences of a novel that I've ever read, Infinite Country is a moving portrait of the lengths a daughter will go to in an effort to reunite her family. Engel gives an intimate look into the challenges of a Colombian family that has been separated after emigrating to America. She also provides a unique view of what it's like to be an outsider in multiple different settings and her comparisons of the violence (and possible opportunities) in both countries are fascinating. With a very emotional ending, I highly recommend this title composed in an undoubtedly distinct voice.”

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When We Make It

By Elisabet Velasquez
Narrated by: Elisabet Velasquez
Length: 4 hours 6 minutes

"The energy. The clarity. The beauty. Elisabet Velasquez brings it all. . . . Her voice is FIRE!"—NYT bestselling and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson
 
An unforgettable, torrential, and hopeful debut young adult novel-in-verse that redefines what it means to "make it,” for readers of Nicholasa Mohr and Elizabeth Acevedo.


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Living Beyond Borders

Growing up Mexican in America

By Margarita Longoria
Narrated by: Alejandro Ruiz, Kyla Garcia & Margarita Longoria
Length: 5 hours 37 minutes

*"This superb anthology of short stories, comics, and poems is fresh, funny, and full of authentic YA voices revealing what it means to be Mexican American . . . Not to be missed."--SLC, starred review
 
*"Superlative . . . A memorable collection." --Booklist, starred review

*"Voices reach out from the pages of this anthology . . . It will make a...
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Hola Papi

How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons

By John Paul Brammer
Narrated by: John Paul Brammer
Length: 4 hours 55 minutes

Hola Papi

Hola Papi was endearing and sweetly funny. I loved the structure of this memoir where Brammer is answering letters to his advice column with heart and empathy. The audio book is expertly narrated by John Paul Brammer himself which added to the listening experience. Highly recommend!”

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Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed

15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

By Saraciea J. Fennell
Narrated by: Avi Roque, Elizabeth Acevedo, Frankie Corzo, Ibi Zoboi, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Julian Randall, Khalil Haywood, Lilliam Rivera, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell & Zakiya N. Jamal
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

A Most Anticipated Book (Refinery29, HipLatina, Publishers Weekly, Latino Book Review, and more)!

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope.

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed,...

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Songs for the Flames

Stories

By Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Narrated by: Sheldon Romero & Alfredo Huereca
Length: 6 hours 4 minutes

A new collection of electric, searing stories from award-winning, bestselling author Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

The characters in Songs for the Flames are men and women touched by violence—sometimes directly, sometimes only in passing—but whose lives are changed forever, consumed by fire and by unexpected encounters and unyielding forces.

A... Read more »

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My Broken Language

A Memoir

By Quiara Alegría Hudes
Narrated by: Quiara Alegría Hudes
Length: 10 hours 44 minutes

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • The Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and co-writer of In the Heights tells her lyrical story of coming of age against the backdrop of an ailing Philadelphia barrio, with her sprawling Puerto Rican family as a collective muse.

LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL • ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: NPR, New... Read more »

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