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Staff-recommended reading for september 2019. 

Check back each month for a new list.  Also check out our Goodreads Group for reviews, online bookclubs, and more!


Definitely Hispanic is a collection of heartfelt memoiristic essays that explores the themes LeJuan touches upon in his videos and celebrates the values and traditions being kept alive by Hispanic parents raising US-born children. 

The story of the de La Cruzes is the quintessential American story. This indelible portrait of a complex family reminds us of what it means to be the first generation and to live two lives across one border.

El Norte chronicles the sweeping and dramatic history of Hispanic North America from the arrival of the Spanish in the early 16th century to the present.

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter.

Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Spanning politics and art, music and baseball, Cuba on the Verge is a timely look at a society's profound transformation--from inside and out

In September Songs, the follow-up to her best selling Intimate Partners, Maggie Scarf investigates the surprising and profound evolution marriage has undergone in these bonus years.

Alex Claremont-Diaz, son of U.S. President Ellen Claremont, doesn't consider Prince Henry of Wales his arch-nemesis, not exactly. It's just that Alex can't help despising every bland thing about him.

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.


  • August 2019
    • Palaces for the people
    • The virgin suicides
    • Georgia Peaches and other forbidden fruit
    • Highly illogical behavior
    • Kindergarten : it isn't what it used to be
    • The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness
    • Eloquent rage : a black feminist discovers her superpower
    • This is how it always is
    • Immunization : how vaccines became controversial
  • July 2019
    • The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
    • Amelia Earhart
    • Harry Potter
    • July 1914
    • The First of July
    • American moonshot
    • The Apollo 11 moon landing, July 20, 1969
    • Apollo 8 : the thrilling story of the first mission to the Moon
  • June 2019
    • The stranger diaries
    • This must be the place
    • Check, please!. Book 1, #Hockey!
    • If I was your girl
    • The boy crisis : why our boys are struggling and what we can do about it
    • The rough guide to men's health
    • Aquarium
    • Zoo story : life in the garden of captives
    • Raising America's zoo
  • May 2019
    • Darius the Great
    • The best we could do : an illustrated memoir
    • A different pond
    • Water in May
    • Memorial Day
  • April 2019
    • Family Tree
    • Happy Family
    • Logical Family
    • Game Book
    • Mean to Be
    • Dim Sum
    • Ordinary Light
    • Life on Mars
    • Jabberwalking
  • March 2019
    • March. Book one
    • March 1917
    • March 1939
    • Spring
    • Norse mythology
    • Paris reborn
    • Organic gardening techniques
    • The Martha manual
    • Grow something different to eat
  • February 2019
    • First 15 Lives
    • Life After Life
    • The 7 1/2 deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
    • The President's kitchen cabinet
    • Ultimate insiders
    • Jefferson's daughters
    • The runaway wok
    • Young China
    • The 12 Chinese animals
  • January 2019
    • 100 yr man
    • 121 First Dates
    • Thousand Beginnings
    • First in Line
    • First Things First
    • Never Too Late
    • January Window
    • Two Faces
    • Three Days
  • December 2018
    • Nos4A2
    • True Love
    • One Day
    • Pete
    • Hanukkah
    • Christmastown
    • Sweet
    • Harlem
    • Kiss Me
    • Mr. Miracle
  • November 2018
    • Ghost
    • Bury
    • Chester
    • LaRose
    • Chukfi
    • Power
    • Ghost Hawk
    • Earth Weeping
    • If I ever
  • October 2018
    • Prayers
    • Frida
    • Crux
    • Marcus
    • Aristotle
    • Unknown
    • Undocumented
    • Tia
    • Bodega
    • Wild
  • September 2018
    • Cage
    • Cat
    • James
    • Wallflower
    • Jane
    • Indian
    • Mountain
    • Hate
    • Tango
    • Separate