One of our own local book clubs, Sobremesas, has a great reading list for this summer we thought we'd share. This group focuses on Latin American and Queer authors.
Juli Delgado Lopera$17.95 $16.51
"Gorgeously written, tragic and hilarious by turns, Fiebre Tropical is the tale of a teenager from Bogotá coming to the United States and coming of age. But more than that, it's about a crumbling family of matriarchs gone crazy for religion, and the soul-saving, soul-crushing power of first love. Juli Delgado Lopera's voice prickles with tears, outrage, and sharp details that make us believe in their characters, and more importantly, to believe in their survival." --Annalee Newitz "Glowing. . . . story about coming of age as a queer adolescent, an immigrant, a daughter, a bilingual kid, a complex human being, this book is fast-paced and energetic while also being heartfelt and captivating." --LitHub
Luis Alberto Urrea$16.99 $15.63
"Urrea's gifts as a storyteller are prodigious...The book's spirit is irrepressibly high. Even in its saddest moments, The House of Broken Angels hums with joy...The novel overflows with the pleasure of family...And all that vulnerability, combined with humor and celebration and Urrea's vivid prose, will crack you open."--Lily Meyer, NPR
Elizabeth Acevedo$17.99 $16.55
"The acclaimed author follows up her celebrated The Poet X with a love letter to food and a tribute to young, single mothers... Acevedo's second serving offers a much-needed nuanced exploration of teen parenting that belongs on all shelves."--School Library Journal
Laia Jufresa$14.99 $13.79
'Umami is a debut novel that I am afraid has been criminally under-read, a slim book about community and loss that somehow doesn't feel as heavy as it could. Told from multiple perspectives within a building complex in Mexico City, it feels as if the early chapters are short stories with little in common, but Laia Jufresa magically layers them on top of each other, illuminating the secret sorrows that connect them all. It's beautifully translated by Sophie Hughes, a tall order because of the different kinds of language all of the characters use. In the end, Umami isn't resolved in the ways a traditional novel would be - but it's satisfying and moving.'--Barrie Hardymon, NPR
Ivelisse Rodriguez$16.95 $15.59
Puerto Rican girls are brought up to want one thing: true love. Yet they are raised by women whose lives are marked by broken promises, grief, and betrayal. While some believe that they'll be the ones to finally make it work, others swear not to repeat cycles of violence. This collection documents how these "love wars" break out across generations as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.
Elizabeth Acevedo$18.99 $17.47
"Acevedo's poetry at one moment envelops readers through vibrant description, and the next pierces them with all-too-effective phrases... Her quick, penetrating verse is lean and decisive, her blank spaces expertly planned moments of held breath. Finishing the book is not unlike touching ground again after a flight." — Shelf Awareness (starred review)
Many moons ago, Amanda first worked as a bookseller at Buffalo Street Books Co-Op in Ithaca, NY. She’s thrilled to be back among the books, especially here in Easthampton where she’s lived for two years. Amanda holds a B.M. in Music Composition and a minor in English Lit. from Ithaca College. She enjoys all kinds of books but is especially partial to anything involving science fiction, speculative fiction, feminist/LGBTQ themes, and writers of color. She’s a nerd’s nerd and loves being a part of this amazing community of book lovers. Come talk to her about her strange taste in music (jazz fusion, anyone?), books, artsy films, and the Fermi Paradox.