Monday, June 21, 2021




** Connecting Readers All Over The World
Through Latino Literature **


CONTACT: Maria Ferrer, Project Manager

JUNE 20, 2021 -- New York, NY—Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club is pleased to announce the release of its seventh annual Summer Reading List on this the first day of the summer. Our List includes books by a Literary Icon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Pura Belpré Award Winners, a past Young People’s Poet Laureate, debut authors and perennial favorites.

“I am thrilled to see our Las Comadres and Friends National Latino Book Club growing by leaps and bounds,” says Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, the Book Club’s Founding Director. “The pandemic gave many space to fill their time with books, and we have definitely seen expanded exposure for our Latinx authors. Our annual list of Latinx authored titles, which will appear in December, will show the growing numbers we can celebrate for 2021! This Summer Reading List gives you a head start.”

We encourage Readers of all ages to purchase our Summer Reading List selections and add them to their TBR piles, give copies to family and friends, order copies at your neighborhood library, and enjoy Reading Latino Lit.

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
2021 Summer Reading List

1. AMERICA’S DREAM by Esmeralda Santiago (HarperCollins) – fiction, classic, 25th Anniversary Release

2. A CUBAN’S GIRL GUIDE TO TEA AND TOMORROW by Laura Taylor Namey (Atheneum Books) – fiction, young adult

3. A GIRL NAMED ROSITA: The Story of Rita Moreno by Anika Aldamuy Denise (HarperCollins) – children’s picture book

4. THE CHILEAN KITCHEN by Pilar Hernandez and Eileen Smith (Skyhorse) – cookbook

5. CHOLA SALVATION by Estella González (Arte Público Press) – fiction, short stories

6. FAT CHANCE, CHARLIE VEGA by Crystal Maldonado (Holiday House) – fiction, young adult

7. FEATHERED SERPENTS AND THE FIVE SUNS by Duncan Tonatiuh (Abrams Books) – children’s picture book

8. FURIA by Yamile Saied Mèndez (Algonquin) – fiction, young adult

9. JUBILEE by Jennifer Givhan (Blackstone Publishing) – fiction, thriller

10. KING ROBIN by R.A. Moss (Beck and Branch Publishers) – historical fiction

11. THE KISSING BUG: A True Story of a Family, an Insect and a Nation’s Neglect of a Deadly Disease by Daisy Hernández (Tin House Books) – non-fiction

12. LATINITAS: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menèndez (Henry Holt & Co.) – 
children’s book, biographies

13. THE LIBRARIAN OF SAINT-MALO by Mario Escobar (Thomas Nelson) – historical fiction

14. LIES WITH MAN: Henry Rios Mystery by Michael Nava (Amble Press) – fiction, mystery, LGBTQ

15. MERCI SUÁREZ CAN’T DANCE by Meg Medina (Candlewick) – children’s middle grade

16. MY BROKEN LANGUAGE by Quiara Alegría Hudes (One World) – non-fiction, memoir

17. SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BITTER AND SWEET by Laekan Zea Kemp (Little, Brown Books) – fiction, young adult

18. SOUTH BEACH LOVE by Caridad Pineiro (Hallmark) – fiction, romance

19. THRIVEOLOGY, Volume 1 by Jay Maymi (indie published) – motivational

20. TIGHT KNOTS. LOOSE THREADS. by Eleanor Parker Sapia (Winter Goose Publishing) – poetry

21. YOUR HEART, MY SKY: Love in a Time of Hunger by Margarita Engle (Atheneum Books) – fiction, young adult

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club started in 2007 and is currently in 15 cities, with more cities to follow. All books are in English, written by Latino authors. Membership is free and open to all readers. Each month, Las Comadres & Friends Book Club features a Book of the Month selection and one or two additional “Conversations with” books. At the end of the month, there is a teleconference and Live Interviews with the author(s), plus a simultaneous TwitterChat on @ReadLatinoLit. Registration is free and open to all readers.

For more information on Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club, to register for the monthly teleconference or to submit your book for consideration, visit

For more information on the 2021 Summer Reading List, email Maria Ferrer, Project Manager, at

Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Book Club
Twitter: @ReadLatinoLit
Hashtags: #ReadLatinoLit, #LasComadres, #LCBC

Leadership Team
Maria C. Ferrer, Project Manager
Julia Abrantes, Submissions Coordinator
Tess Tobin, Membership Coordinator
Dora M. Abreu, Social Media Coordinator
Karen D. Gonzales, Assistant Coordinator
 Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock, Founding Director