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Recommended books (15)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around North America Challenge were written by authors from Mexico. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

1.

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia EN

Rating: 3.5     22 Votes
Description:
The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore. "A spellbinding fairy tale rooted in Mexican mythology . . . Gods of Jade and Shadow is a magical fairy tale about identity, freedom, and love, and it's like nothing you've read before."--Bustle NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR * Tordotcom * The New York Public Library * BookRiot The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather's house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheles... continue
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

2.

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor ES

Rating: 3.7     8 Votes
Description:
The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers
Genre Crime
Recommended: 11 Sep 2022

3.

I'll Sell You a Dog by Juan Pablo Villalobos EN

0 Ratings
Description:
Everything that can be done to fend off the boredom of retirement and old age, while still holding a beer.
Genre Humor
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022

4.

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel EN

Rating: 4.3     4 Votes
Description:
The Number One Bestseller In Mexico And America For Almost Two Years, And Subsequently A Bestseller Around The World, Like Water For Chocolate Is A Romantic, Poignant Tale, Touched With Moments Of Magic, Graphic Earthiness, Bittersweet Wit - And Recipes.A Sumptuous Feast Of A Novel, It Relates The Bizarre History Of The All-Female De La Garza Family. Tita, The Youngest Daughter Of The House, Has Been Forbidden To Marry, Condemned By Mexican Tradition To Look After Her Mother Until She Dies. But Tita Falls In Love With Pedro, And He Is Seduced By The Magical Food She Cooks. In Desperation Pedro... continue
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Recommended: 04 Jul 2020

5.

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli EN

Rating: 3.5     31 Votes
Description:
NEW YORK TIMES 10 BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR • “An epic road trip [that also] captures the unruly intimacies of marriage and parenthood ... This is a novel that daylights our common humanity, and challenges us to reconcile our differences.” —The Washington Post In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the chil... continue
Genre Travel
Recommended: 20 Apr 2022

6.

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia EN

Rating: 3.5     58 Votes
Description:
"The acclaimed author of Gods of Jade and Shadow returns with a darkly enchanting reimagining of Gothic fantasy, in which a spirited young woman discovers the haunting secrets of a beautiful old mansion in 1950s Mexico"--
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022

7.

Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo EN

Rating: 4     21 Votes
Description:
Deserted villages of rural Mexico, where images and memories of the past linger like unquiet ghosts, haunted the imaginations of the author. In one such village of the mind, Comala, he set his classic novel Pedro Páramo, a dream-like tale that intertwines a man's quest to find his lost father and reclaim his patrimony with the father's obsessive love for a woman who will not be possessed, Susana San Juan.
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Recommended: 24 Aug 2022

8.

Pierced by the Sun by Laura Esquivel EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Description:
Lupita's hard-knock life has gotten the better of her time and time again. A childhood robbed of innocence set off a chain of events that she still has not managed to control, no matter how hard she tries. Every time she thinks she has a handle on things, unexpected turns make her question everything, including herself. When Lupita witnesses the murder of a local politician whom she greatly admires, the ghosts of her past resurface as she tries to cope with the present. She quickly falls back into her old self-destructive habits and becomes a target of Mexico's corrupt political machine. As th... continue
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Recommended: 10 Feb 2018

9.

Quesadillas by Juan Pablo Villalobos EN

Rating: 3.5     4 Votes
Description:
Anarchy in Mexico - a comic novel about screwed-up politics and families from the author of 'Down the Rabbit Hole'. Orestes' mother prepares hundreds of quesadillas for Orestes and the rest of their brood. After another fraudulent election and the disappearance of his younger brothers, he takes to the road.
Genre Humor
Recommended: 07 Apr 2022

10.

The Beautiful Ones : A Novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia EN

Rating: 3.5     7 Votes
Description:
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a sweeping romance with a dash of magic. They are the Beautiful Ones, Loisail’s most notable socialites, and this spring is Nina’s chance to join their ranks, courtesy of her well-connected cousin and his calculating wife. But the Grand Season has just begun, and already Nina’s debut has gone disastrously awry. She has always struggled to control her telekinesis—neighbors call her the Witch of Oldhouse—and the haphazard manifestations of her powers make her the subject of malicious gossip. When entertainer Hector Auvray arrives... continue
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Recommended: 26 Aug 2022

11.

The Body Where I was Born by Guadalupe Nettel EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Description:
The first novel to appear in English by one of the most talked-about and critically acclaimed writers of new Mexican fiction. From a psychoanalyst's couch, the narrator looks back on her bizarre childhood—in which she was born with an abnormality in her eye into a family intent on fixing it. In a world without the time and space for innocence, the narrator intimately recalls her younger self—a fierce and discerning girl open to life’s pleasures and keen to its ruthless cycle of tragedy. With raw language and a brilliant sense of humor, both delicate and unafraid, Nettel strings together hard-w... continue
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2022

12.

The Murmur of Bees by Sofía Segovia EN

Rating: 5     2 Votes
Description:
From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel--her first to be translated into English--about a mysterious child with the power to change a family's history in a country on the verge of revolution. From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. A... continue

13.

The Old Gringo : A Novel by Carlos Fuentes EN

Rating: 3     14 Votes
Description:
In The Old Gringo, Carlos Fuentes brings the Mexico of 1916 uncannily to life. This novel is wise book, full of toughness and humanity and is without question one of the finest works of modern Latin American fiction. One of Fuentes's greatest works, the novel tells the story of Ambrose Bierce, the American writer, soldier, and journalist, and of his last mysterious days in Mexico living among Pancho Villa's soldiers, particularly his encounter with General Tomas Arroyo. In the end, the incompatibility of the two countries (or, paradoxically, their intimacy) claims both men, in a novel that is,... continue
Recommended: 20 Feb 2022

14.

The Sea-Ringed World by María García Esperón ES

0 Ratings
Description:
Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories. Author María García Esperón, illustrator Amanda Mijangos, and translator David Bowles have gifted us a treasure. Their talents have woven this collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents—th... continue
Recommended: 06 Apr 2022

15.

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli EN

Rating: 3     12 Votes
Description:
Bon vivant, world traveler, auctioneer--the story of Highway and his teeth is like Johnny Cash meets Robert Walser in Mexico.
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2022


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