October Staff Picks

Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog. Check back each month for a new list. Need some recommended titles? Tell us five titles you have enjoyed and we'll send you a list of five more that we think you will like. Also check out our new Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!

 

  

Prayers for the stolen : a novel

By Jennifer Clement

Born in a rural Mexico region where girls are disguised as boys to avoid the attentions of traffickers, Ladydi
dreams of a better life before moving to Mexico City, where she falls in love and ends up in a prison with other women who share her experiences.

 

 

  

Viva Frida

By Yuyi Morales

This book examines Frida Kahlo's creative process.

 


  

Crux : a cross-border memoir

 By Jean Guerrero

A daughter's quest to understand her charismatic and troubled father, an immigrant who crosses borders both real and illusory--between sanity and madness, science and spirituality, life and death.

 

    

Marcus Vega doesn't speak Spanish

By Pablo Cartaya

After a fight at school leaves Marcus facing suspension, Marcus's mother takes him and his younger brother, who has Down syndrome, to Puerto Rico to visit relatives they do not remember or have never met, and while there Marcus starts searching for his father, who left their family ten years ago and is somewhere on the island.

 

 

  

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

By Benjamin Alire Saenz

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

 

 

 

 

  

The book of unknown Americans

By Cristina Henriquez

Moving from Mexico to America when their daughter suffers a near-fatal accident, the Riveras confront cultural barriers, their daughter's difficult recovery and her developing relationship with a Panamanian boy.

 

 

  

Undocumented : a Dominican boy's odyssey from a homeless shelter to the Ivy League

By Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Throughout his youth, Dan-el navigated...two worlds: the rough streets of East Harlem, where he lived with his brother and his mother and tried to make friends, and the ultra-elite halls of a Manhattan private school, where he could immerse himself in a world of books and where he soon rose to the top of his class.

 

 

 

  

A birthday basket for Tía

By Pat Mora

With the help and interference of her cat Chica, Cecilia prepares a surprise gift for her great-aunt's ninetieth birthday.

 

 

 

Bodega dreams

By Ernesto Quinonez

The word is out in Spanish Harlem: Willy Bodega is king. Need college tuition for your daughter? Start-up funds for your fruit stand? Bodega can help. He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty--and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Bodega turns to Chino, a smart, promising young man, for a favor. Chino is drawn to Bodega's street-smart idealism, but soon finds himself over his head, navigating an underworld of switchblade tempers, turncoat morality, and murder.

 

 

 

   

Wild beauty

By Anna-Marie McLemore

For nearly a century the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds and lush estate gardens of La Pradera. They have a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. When a strange boy appears in the gardens, he is a mystery to Estrella and to her family, but he's even more a mystery to himself.