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Summer 2017 Reading List




Third Annual 2017 Summer Reading List

CONTACT: Maria Ferrer
Media Relations Coordinator

New York, NY—Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club (LBCB) is celebrating its
10th Anniversary of connecting readers through Latino literature. To complement the celebration, the Book Club is pleased to announce the release of its Third Annual Summer Reading List.

“Reading is a way to see the world and explore new lands and cultures in our mind,” says Julia Abrantes, LBCB’s National Project Manager. “It binds us and opens our minds to unending possibilities. Our books this summer remind us of those who have paved the way. These books empower us, teach us and invite us to heal.”

LCBC’s Summer Reading List offers a “baker’s dozen” with something for everyone – from the glitter of Hollywood to the wall at el Rio Grande to Brooklyn to Puerto Rico. The list covers all genres including fiction, horror, memoirs, poetry and business. Plus, the list includes the classic novel, Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, which celebrates 25 years of publication.

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
2017 Summer Reading List

1. All That Glitters by Liza Treviňo (Koehler Books, women’s fiction)
2. All the Agents and Saints by Stephanie Elizondo Griest (University of
North Carolina Press, memoir)
3. Blood’s Echo by Isabella Maldonado (Midnight Ink, mystery)
4. Bravo! Poems About Amazing Hispanics by Margarita Engle (Henry Holt & Co.,
children’s book, poetry)
5. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Thomas Dunne Books, horror)
6. Everything That Could Not Happen Will Happen Now by Alberto Ramirez
(Floricanto Press, fiction)
7. History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (Penguin/Soho Teen, fiction, LGBT)
8. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Sourcebooks Fire, fiction, young adult)
9. Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Doubleday, classic, magical realism)
10. Self Made by Nely Galán (Spiegel & Grau, women and business, motivational)
11. The Cruel Country by Judith Ortiz Cofer (University of Georgia Press, memoir)
12. The Enchilada Queen Cookbook by Sylvia Casares (St. Martin’s Griffin, cookbook)
13. With the River on Our Face by Emmy Pérez (University of Arizona Press, poetry)

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, visit

Each month, LCBC features a Book of the Month selection and one or two “Additional Conversations with” selections. At the end of the month, there is a teleconference with the authors. During the teleconference, the 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 the 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
2017 Summer Reading List, email Maria Ferrer, Media Relations Coordinator, at or visit

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Leadership Team
Julia L. Abrantes, National Project Manager
Dora M. Abreu, Social Media Coordinator
Maria C. Ferrer, Media Relations Coordinator

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