Thursday, July 5, 2012

El Barrio Reads: Best sellers at La Casa Azul Bookstore

El Barrio Reads 
In the store’s inaugural month I have seen people at the bookstore recognize a familiar book, and share memories  of when they first read it. For many, the experience of reading their first book by a Latin@ author took place in college – they even name the class they were in when it happened. 

Now they are buying those books for their younger siblings and for their children. That is one of the objectives of La Casa Azul Bookstore – to place #LatinoLit in the hands of younger generations, because you should not have to wait until an ethnic studies class to read about Latin@ culture, experience and history.

El Barrio Reads
Best sellers at La Casa Azul Bookstore
June 2012

1.      Ocotillo Dreams by Melinda Palacio
2.      The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
3.      Bless me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
5.      House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
6.      So Far From God by Ana Castillo
7.      Say You’ll be Mine by Julia Amante
8.      Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena María Viramontes
9.      Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
10.   The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse

Young Adult:
1.      Chulito by Charles Rice Gonzalez
2.      El Bronx Remembered by Nicholasa Mohr
3.      How Tia Lola learned to Teach by Julia Alvarez
4.      Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr
5.      How Tia Lola Came to Stay by Julia Alvarez
6.      How Tia Lola Saved the Summer by Julia Alvarez
7.      Dark Dude by Oscar Hijuelos
8.      Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez
9.      Efrain’s Secret by Sofia Quintero
10.   Wow!   by David Perez

1.      A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez
2.      Down These Mean Streets by Piri Thomas
3.      Almost a Woman by Esmeralda Santiago
4.      Fish out of Agua by Michele Carlo
5.      Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas
6.      When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
7.      A Place to Stand by Jimmy Santiago Baca
8.      Pride of Puerto Rico: The Life of Roberto Clemente by Paul Robert Walker
9.      Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa by Rigoberto Gonzalez
10.    Frida Kahlo 1907-1954: Pain and Passion by Andrea Kettenmann

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