Connecting Latinas All Over the World through Literature

Summer 2016 Reading List



Second Annual 2016 Summer Reading List
“Connecting readers all over the world through Literature”

CONTACT: Maria Ferrer
Media Relations Coordinator

Austin, TX—Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club announces its second annual Summer Reading List launching on Monday, June 20, 2016, the first official day of Summer.

“There are so many amazing books written by Latina and Latino authors,” said Edith Milagros Reyes, Book Club Project Manager, “and in keeping with our mission to promote their works, we are sharing our Summer recommendations once again. So whether you are on vacation or simply enjoying fresh air outdoors, it’s the perfect time to pick up these books and enjoy.”

Like our recent Spring Break List, our Summer Reading List offers a “baker’s dozen” of great books for readers of all ages, including fiction, memoirs, mysteries, history and an all-women anthology. Readers will be transported through time and around the world. To start us off is a cookbook that is filled with recipes from all over Latin America.

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
2016 Summer Reading List

1. Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes by Daisy Martinez (Atria Books) – cookbook

2. Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women, Edited by Erika M. Martinez (University of Georgia Press) – anthology

3. Luck Is Just the Beginning by Celeste Leon (Floricanto Press) – memoir

4. Nothing Up My Sleeve by Diana Lopez (Hachette Books) – children

5. Santa Muerte: The Daniela Story by Lucina Stone (Story Merchant Books) – futuristic

6. Sky Over Lima by Juan Gomez Barcena (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) – fiction

7. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho (HarperOne) – classic

8. The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende (Atria Books) – fiction

9. The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste by Arturo Hernandez-Sametier (Lunita Hispanic Press) – fiction

10. The Remembering Day / El Dia de los Muertos by Pat Mora (Arte Publico) – children, bilingual

11. The Veins of the Ocean by Patricia Engel (Grove Press) – fiction

12. The Water of Life Remains in the Dead by Maria Nieto (Floricanto Press) – mystery

13. War Against Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony by Nelson A. Dennis (Nation Books) – history

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club was started in 2007 in partnership with the Association of American Publishers to promote reading of Latino authors. All books are written in English by Latino authors. Membership is free and open to all readers. The Book Club is currently in 15 cities, with more cities to follow. For more information on the Book Club, visit

Each month, we feature a Book of the Month selection and one or two “Additional Conversations with” selections. At the end of the month, we have a teleconference with the authors. During the teleconference, our social media team has a Twitter Chat with comments and tidbits about the book, the author and insights gleaned from the conversation. Registration is open to all readers and is free. Early registrants to our teleconference may receive a copy of one of the books being highlighted that month. To register, visit

For more information on Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club and the
2016 Summer Reading List, email Maria Ferrer, Media Relations Coordinator, at or visit

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Leadership Team
Edith M. Reyes, National Project Manager
Julia L. Abrantes, Literary Relations Coordinator
Maria C. Ferrer, Media Relations Coordinator

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