Spotlighting Latino Authors This Cinco De Mayo: See Books We Recommend
Read the tales of love, magic, food, and above all, family, from leading Latino authors.
A celebration that brings great pride to Mexicans, Cinco de Mayo, meaning the fifth of May, commemorates the May 5, 1862 Battle of Puebla, Mexico.
In that famous battle, the Mexicans had an unlikely victory when the French invaded their city of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). The outnumbered and poorly supplied Mexican Army defeated the more powerful and well-armed veteran French Army.
Check out the fiction books we recommend below.
We also have included a film that details the fascinating history of Cinco de Mayo and a fabulous Mexican recipe cookbook!
Cinco de Mayo Adult Fiction Books
List Compiled by Ramona Flores, librarian at Lorain Public Library System’s Main Library
This story begins with a recipe and fittingly so, since much of the charming tale revolves around the kitchen, the traditional heart of the Mexican home. A magical, earthy, unforgettable story of family life in a long-gone Mexico, this novel became a best-seller and was the basis of a very popular movie.
See also Like Water for Chocolate. Como Agua Para Chocolate. DVD in Spanish.
Queen of America: a novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
This is the heartbreaking, funny, romantic and ultimately uplifting story of a young Teresita Urrea, who in the 1892 Arizona is sought after as a gifted healer and thought of as a saint. Pursued by both pilgrims and those who wish her harm, Teresita flees the borderlands and journeys into the heart of turn-of-the-century America where she encounters royalty, tycoons, poets and immigrants, and meets the man who will force her to confront the question: can a saint fall in love?
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
The story that defines the term “magical realism” tells of the rise and fall, birth and death of the town of Macondo, as seen through the eyes of the Buendía (literally, “good day”) family. Considered a masterpiece in the art of fiction, this novel is both moving and lyrical, full of insight and compassion. The author, recently deceased, was the recipient of the Nobel Prize for literature.
See also the book in Spanish: Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez.
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
When he is only 6 years old, something happens that will change little Antonio Marez’s life forever: Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. Ultima is a curandera – a woman who heals people using herbs and magic. Under her care, Antonio will learn what he needs to take him into adulthood. An award winner from the “father of Chicano literature in English,” this coming-of-age story of love, magic and family will stay with you long after you’ve closed its pages.
See also the DVD Bless Me, Ultima.
Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros
This collection of lyrical stories is a journey into the vibrant life lived on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border in all its variety. Here we learn about the dreams of young women and about their families – aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents. The author uses her power as a poet to create a mosaic of love, hopes, dreams – and wisdom too – all lived by vivid characters who must sometimes choose between two countries and worlds. Using beautiful, lyrical language, Cisneros reveals the strength, wisdom, pain and love embodied in these women, and, in poetic style, lets the reader journey with each of them.
Cinco de Mayo DVD
From the History Channel: the riveting story of the day an ill-equipped Mexican army banded with local Mexican citizens to defeat the French army in the battle of Puebla – thereby reclaiming their land and maintaining their independence.
Cinco de Mayo Cookbook
Renowned chef Santibañez introduces us to Mexico’s classic and modern street food – simple, flavor-packed foods that have taken the culinary world by storm. Versatile and handheld, tacos might be the perfect fast and delicious meal. Add the simple Mexican sandwiches called tortas and handmade tamales and you can fully experience the real everyday food of Mexico – easy to make and incredibly tasty. Let chef Santibañez show you how to make these wonderful treats in the comfort of your own home. With approachable instructions and easy-to-find ingredients, you can have your own Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Don’t miss the party! Lorain Public Library System libraries are having Cinco de Mayo events!
¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!