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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15th! Did you know that almost 20% of Haverhill residents identify as Hispanic? Join us in celebrating the rich heritage of Hispanic culture by checking out one of these books recently added to the collection:

Diego Rivera: The Complete Murals by Luis-Martin Rivera.
This beautiful art book contains all the murals painted by Diego Rivera, Latin American artist and folk hero of the Mexican working class. Also known for being married to the incomparable Frida Kahlo, Rivera’s murals addressed the social, political, and economic issues affecting the working class. Request this book here.


Neruda: The Poet’s Calling by Mark Eisner.
The most definitive biography to date of the poet Pablo Neruda, a moving portrait of one of the most intriguing and influential figures in Latin American history. Request this book here. Other books featuring the poetry of Pablo Neruda can be found here.



Cuba: The Cookbook by Madelaine Vazquez Galvez.
Cuba: The Cookbook is the first book to celebrate and document comprehensively Cuba’s cuisine and contemporary food culture. Collected by those who best know the entire Cuban culinary landscape, the 350 home-cooking recipes in this compendium explore the country’s myriad traditions and influences. Request this book here.


Papi: My Story by David Ortiz.
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1975, this baseball All Star played for the Boston Red Sox as a designated hitter from 2003 until his retirement in 2016. In Papi, his ultimate memoir, Ortiz opens up as never before about his life in baseball. Request this book here.



Sabers and Utopias: Visions of Latin America by Mario Vargas Llosa.
This landmark collection of essays by Nobel Prize winning Vargas Llosa explores the author’s conception of Latin America, past, present and future. Uncompromising and adamantly optimistic, these social and political essays are a paean to thoughtful engagement and a brave indictment of the discrimination and fear that can divide a society. Request this book here.


An African American and Latinx History of the United States by Paul Ortiz.
Spanning more than two hundred years, An African American and Latinx History of the United States is a revolutionary, politically charged narrative history, arguing that the “Global South” was crucial to the development of America as we know it. Request this book here.



Borderless: The Art of Luis Tapia by Luis Tapia.
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 1950, sculptor Luis Tapia is a pioneering Chicano artist who for forty-five years has pushed the art of polychrome wood sculpture to new levels of craftsmanship and social and political commentary. Tapia’s works speak to the complexity of Latino/Hispano/Chicano identity, history, and contemporary culture. Request this book here.


Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics by Frederick Luis Aldama.
Latinx Superheroes in Mainstream Comics offers the first thorough exploration of Latino/a superheroes in mainstream comic books, TV shows, and movies. This title won the 2018 Eisner award for Best Scholarly/Academic Work. Request this book here.



Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean edited by Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez.
This book gathers the voices of sixteen acclaimed writer-activists for a one-of-a-kind collection. Through poetry and essays, writers from the Anglophone, Hispanic, and Francophone Caribbean, including Puertorriqueñas and Cubanas, grapple with their hybrid American political identities. Request this book here.


Modern Masters from Latin America: the Perez Simon Collection.
This catalogue will accompany the exhibition that will take place at the San Diego Museum of the Arts, celebrating the multifaceted history of Latin American modernism with an exhibition given by one of the most important private collections in the world. This book features artwork from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay. Request this book here.


We also have many online resources you can use to celebrate and explore Latin and Hispanic culture!

You can watch an international film on Hoopla (may we suggest Sin Nombre?), download an ebook or audiobook by Isabel Allende or Gabriel Garcia Marquez on OverDrive, or listen to classic Latin hits on Freegal. Search these free resources for other great creations by Hispanic artists, writers and musicians! Overdrive and Hoopla also have ebooks and audiobooks in Spanish!

Explore the culinary history of the Caribbean, Central America and South America by visiting AtoZ World Food. You’ll find recipes, ingredient information and cultural history. Try out this recipe for Venezuelan arepas (cheese stuffed cornbread), this recipe for Dominican majarete (sweet corn pudding), or this recipe for Mexican birria (spicy mutton stew). Explore the culinary traditions of countries across the globe with the free library resource!

Want to brush up on your Spanish? Sign into Mango for free online Spanish lessons (and other languages, too!).


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