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We are pleased celebrate the culture of people who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico,  and other Spanish-speaking nations during Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th to October 15th.  If you wish to expand your knowledge of Hispanic culture, here are some books you may enjoy.

 In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

Inspired by actual events, this is a captivating fictionalized account of four sisters and their husbands helping form a resistance movement against the Trujillo regime of the Dominican Republic.

 

 Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Tita, the youngest of three daughters, is expected to serve her mother for the rest of her life, and never marry.  When her beloved Pedro becomes engaged to her sister, Tita cooks for him to show her love.  Each chapter is prefaced with a recipe.

 

 The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

Esperanza Cordero is a girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago.  She uses poems and stories to express her feelings about her bleak environment as she tries to rise above it.

 

 Terra Nostra by Carlos Fuentes

Terra Nostra is a panoramic view of Hispanic-American history and mythology spanning centuries.    

 

 The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea

In tumultuous pre-revolutionary Mexico, 16 year Teresita comes back from the dead with the power to heal and is declared a Saint by the Indian pilgrims who flock to the family's ranch, even as the Catholic Church declares her a heratic. 

 

 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The evolution of a small South American town is told through the fortunes and misfortunes of 5 generations of the Buendias family.