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Hispanic Heritage Book Display: Home

So Many Books!

We have books on display to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! You'll find them near the reference desk and the new books as well as along the windows in the Reading Room. If you prefer things a little more visual, we have movies and documentaries on display as well!

Looking for more? This is just a small selection of the books available at your library. One of these books checked out? We can help you request it from iShare. 

Art & Music

Your Brain on Latino Comics: From Gus Arriola to Los Bros Hernandez by Frederick Luis Aldama: Delve into the world of Latino comics, from Marvel and DC to independent comic artists and more.

Mulata Nation: Visualizing Race and Gender in Cuba by Alison Fraunhar: Delve into the image of the mulata in Cuban culture, as SXU's own Dr. Fraunhar explores representation and performance in both popular and elite culture. 

Land of a Thousand Dances: Chicano Rock 'n' Roll from Southern California by David Reyes and Tom Waldman: Step into the past and present of Chicano rock from Southern California in this book.

Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art by Ilan Stavans & Jorge J.E. García: Delve into the works and careers of a group of Latino artists in this discussion of the intersections of art and philosophy. 


Understanding the Language Development and Early Education of Hispanic Children by Eugene E. García & Erminda H. García: A researcher and a teacher collaborate to provide tools.

Teaching Writing with Latino/a Students: Lessons Learned at Hispanic-Serving Institutions edited by Cristina Kirklighter, Diana Cárdenas, & Susan Wolff Murphy: Delve into real-world examples, tools and techniques, and pedagogy, among other resources.

Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practices edited by Anne-Marie Núñez, Sylvia Hurtado, & Emily Calderón Galdeano: SXU is now officially a Hispanic Serving Institution! Want to learn more about HSIs--and about research surrounding them? Then this book may be for you!

Bicultural Parent Engagement: Advocacy and Empowerment edited by Edward M. Olivos, Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, & Alberto M. Ochoa: Find practical strategies and real-life examples in this book.

Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools by Luis Urrieta: Delve into issues of identity, agency, and social movements among Chicana and Chicano educators in United States schools with these case studies and in-depth interviews. 

Literature: Novels, Poetry, & Stories

Showdown by Jorge Amado: Step into Tocaia Grande, a wild west community in Brazil's Bahia state, and the people who call it home--or try to take it over. 

Balún-Canán by Rosario Castellanos: In Mexican poet and novelist Castellanos' first published novel, loosely based on her own childhood, a young girl comes of age.

So Far From God by Ana Castillo: In a town of marvels and horrors, Sofia and her daughters contend with hardships and love.

Caramelo: Or, Pure Cuento by Sandra Cisneros: Lala Reyes, who's grown up traveling yearly between her Chicago home and her parents' hometown in Mexico, stumbles into a multigenerational exploration of truth, lies, and family stories when she tries to understand her Awful Grandmother.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros: The classic story of a young girl growing up in a Mexican neighborhood in Chicago.

Obras Completas by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: The complete collection of Mexican  poet, scholar, composer, philosopher, and Hieronymite nun Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez's surviving works. 

Poems, Protest, and a Dream: Selected Writings by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz: Step into Sor Juana's works with these selected and translated poems, essays, and dramatic works. 

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz, suggested by Dr. Espiña-Barros: In Junot Díaz's Pulitzer-winning debut novel, Oscar Wao, an awkward Dominican teenager from New Jersey, has big dreams of becoming famous and finding true love, but his family's generations-long Fuku curse may get him first.

Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura EsquivelIn Mexican novelist Esquivel's first novel, step into the world of Tita, whose recipes work magic even as her own love is unfulfilled. You may also enjoy the movie!

Sweet Diamond Dust and Other Stories by Rosario Ferré: In this short story collection, Puerto Rican novelist, poet, and essayist Rosario Ferré uses family histories to delve into class and politics.

The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis: Deceased and disgruntled Brazilian Brás Cubas tells the story of his life in this novel by Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis (who usually went by Machado de Assis), one of the founding members of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

Madwomen: The Locas Mujeres Poems of Gabriela Mistral by Gabriela Mistral, translated by Randall Couch: Have you been curious about Nobel laureate Mistral's work since seeing Desolación on display? Check out this complex (and bilingual!) set of poems delving into women's lives!

Selected Poems of Gabriela Mistral by Gabriela Mistral, selected and translated by Ursula K. Le Guin: Step into the world of Nobel laureate Mistral's work, including poetry from Desolación, in this book selected and translated by award-winning American science fiction writer Ursula Le Guin!

Havana Blue by Leonardo Padura: Cuban detective Mario Conde (who'd really like to be a novelist instead) has to confront lost love and decaying dreams as he hunts for an old school companion who has gone missing. 

Lilus Kikus and Other Stories by Elena Poniatowksa: Navigate the world with young Lilus Kikus in Mexican novelist Poniatowska's first published novel, then step into the lives of four other women in four newly translated short stories!   

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez, suggested by Dr. López: Chicago-area teen Julia must contend with grief and family expectations when her sister Olga is killed in a freak bus accident. 

Latino U.S.A.: A Cartoon History by Ilan Stavans & Lalo Alcaraz: Step into a different history with Stavans and Alcaraz's journey into Latino history and culture in graphic novel form.

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea, suggested by Dr. Vilella: Nayeli's father, along with most of the other men in her village, is in the United States working. So when bandidos come, it's up to Nayeli to raise up her own Magnificent Seven to take them on--and save her town.

Te Di la Vida Entera by Zoé Valdés: Cuban exile Valdés tells the story of Cuca and Uan, lovers separated by fate (and politics), and their reunions over the years in Havana. 

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas-Llosa: When Uriana Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic, she finds herself reliving the final year of Rafael Trujillo's iron control over Trujillo City--and the Dominican Republic. 

The Potbellied Virgin by Alicia Yánez Cossío: Ecuadorian novelist Yánez Cossío tells the story of a Potbellied Virgin whose belly hides town histories and the families who have guarded her (and made history)--and who really, really want to get their hands on her (and change history).

Lives: Memoirs, Biographies, & More

Blowout! Sal Castro and the Chicano Struggle for Educational Justice by Mario T. García and Sal Castro: The life and activism of educator Sal Castro, who leadership helped drive the early Chicano movement of the 1960s and '70s. Blowout is also available as an eBook!

The Latino Generation: Voices of the New America by Mario T. García: This oral history steps into the worlds of fourteen Latino college students, allowing them to tell their stories--and their dreams--in their own words. The Latino Generation is also available as an eBook!

Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago: My Life, My Work, My Art by José Gamaliel González: Local artist José Gamaliel González tells the story of his life and work.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor: Puerto Rican-American Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the U.S. Supreme Court, tells the story of her life, from her childhood in the Bronx to her career in law.

Social Sciences

Brown in the Windy City: Mexicans and Puerto Ricans in Postwar Chicago by Lilia Fernández: Explore the stories of Chicago's Mexican and Puerto Rican communities in the post-World War II era. 

A Historical Dictionary of the Dirty Wars by David Kohut & Olga Vilella: This book, by current SXU Professor Vilella and retired SXU librarian David Kohut, provides more than 400 cross-referenced entries on the Latin American Dirty Wars.

Visión de los Vencidos: Relaciones Indígenas de la Conquista edited and translated by Miguel León-Portilla: Step into the Aztec version of the conquest with these excerpts from Aztec codices. Looking for this in English? It's available in the iShare system as The Broken Spears.

Chicano Renaissance: Contemporary Trends edited by David Maciel, Isidro D. Ortiz, & María Herrera-Sobek: Delve into what was happening in Chicano culture in the late 1990s and early 2000s with this essay collection.

500 Years of Chicana Women's History/500 Años de Historia de las Chicanas by Elizabeth Martínez: Delve into Chicana women's history, from the Spanish invasion until the present, in this volume.

Resolana: Emerging Chicano Dialogues on Community and Globalization by Miguel Montiel, Tomás Atencio, & E.A. Mares: Delve into subjugated knowledge (and how to uncover it) and transborder cultures in this exploration of Chicano culture.

Beyond La Frontera: The History of Mexico-U.S. Migration edited by Mark Overmyer-Valazques: Delve into the transnational and historical impacts of Mexico-U.S. immigration in this collection.

La Noche de Tlatelolco: Testimonios de Historia Oral by Elena Poniatowksa: Step into the massacre of student activists in 1968 Mexico in Elena Poniatowska's collection of oral testimonies from survivors. Can't read Spanish but still want to see the oral histories? You can request Massacre in Mexico from iShare.

Slave Rebellion in Brazil: The Muslim Uprising of 1835 in Bahia by João José Reis, suggested by Dr. López: The story of one of the most important slave rebellions in the Americas: the Malê Revolt, in which a group of Muslim freedmen and slaves rose up together to fight for their freedom.

Popol Vuh: The Mayan Book of the Dawn of Life translated by Dennis Tedlock: Step into the beginning of the world with this translation from Quiché of the Popol Vuh, the book of creation.


Theology & Religious Studies

Mestizo Christianity: Theology from the Latino Perspective edited by Arturo J. Bañuelas: An introduction to the work of some of the principal figures in Hispanic theology, this collection includes both Catholic and Protestant theologians and their work. 

La Diosa de las Américas: Escritos sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe edited by Ana Castillo: This collection of essays, short fiction, poetry, and more explores the patron saint of Mexico, the Virgin of Guadalupe. Looking for an English edition? You'll also find Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe in our collection!

A Chicano Theology by Andrés G. Guerrero: An overview of historical and contemporary Chicano theology.

The Story of Guadalupe: Luis Laso de la Vega's Hui Tlamahuiçoltica of 1649 by Luis Lasso de la Vega: Luis Laso de la Vega's Hui Tlamahuiçoltica, here translated into English, is only the second time the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe's apparition to Juan Diego appeared in print. 


Transforming Borders: Chicana/o Popular Culture and Pedagogy by C. Alejandra Elenes: Delve into transformative pedagogies with this exploration of Chicana/o popular culture.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paolo Freire, suggested by Dr. López: In his pioneering critical pedagogy text, Brazilian educator and theorist Freire delves into the colonialities of traditional educational pedagogies, proposing innovative new ways of teaching--and learning. Pedagogy of the Oppressed is also available as an eBook!

Coloniality At Large: Latin America and the Postcolonial Debate edited by Mabel Moraña, Enrique D. Dussel, & Carlos A. Jáuregui: Delve into postcolonial theory with this book of essays by some of Latin America's leading postcolonialists. 

Mestizaje: Critical Uses of Race in Chicano Culture by Rafael Pérez-Torres: Delve into Chicano cultural expressions in this study of race and culture.

Toward a Latina Feminism of the Americas: Repression and Resistance in Chicana and Mexicana Literature by Anna Marie Sandoval: Explore resistance and political strategies across a wide range of Latina authors' works. 

Coming Soon!

These books aren't on our shelves quite yet--but they'll be here soon!

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado: Tumble into the strange and fabulous in Machado's debut collection of short stories, a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award.

Citizen Illegal by José Olivarez: Chicago poet and podcaster Olivarez's debut collection of poetry arrives soon!

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