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The Latinidad® List below features Marcela Landres’ Best Latino Books of 2012, one of which we reviewed here on Sententia Vera. Marcela, a freelance editor, formerly an editor at Simon & Schuster, is also the author of the e-book, How Editors Think: The Real Reason They Rejected You and publisher of Latinidad®, an award-winning e-zine. She has dedicated her career to sharing her expertise as an editor to help “writers get published by editing their work and by advising them on how to manage their writing careers, including how to find the right agent.”

The Latinidad® Best Latino Books of 2012

Literary Fiction – Cervantes Street by Jaime Manrique
Fans of the classics in general and Cervantes in particular will devour this lovingly crafted tribute filled with passion and adventure.

Memoir – Darkroom: A Memoir in Black & White by Lila Quintero Weaver
Vivid rendering of the civil rights movement conveyed with the innocence and openness of a wise child.

Poetry – When My Brother Was an Aztec by Natalie Diaz
An unexpected male muse extracts visceral yet clear-eyed poems from a perceptive poet who saw too much at a tender age.

Debut Nonfiction– Free Stylin’: How Hip Hop Changed the Fashion Industry by Elena Romero
Mix journalism, history, and pop culture then add a hefty dose of scholarly swagger to create this eminently readable book that defies categorization.

Suspense – Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
If Margaret Atwood were Latina, this eerily believable depiction of where U.S. immigration policy is heading is the novel she would have written instead of The Handmaid’s Tale.

Cookbook – Flavor Exposed: 100 Global Recipes from Sweet to Salty, Earthy to Spicy by Angelo Sosa
Foodies who want to kick up their repertoire a notch will appreciate the sophisticated yet simple-to-prepare recipes and Sosa’s elemental approach to interpreting and combining tastes.

Women’s Fiction – The Second Time We Met by Leila Cobo
This engrossing page-turner with a smooth, quick pace, instantly relatable characters, and a spot on ending belongs on every nightstand.

Young Adult – The Downside of Being Charlie by Jenny Torres Sanchez
Perfectly conveys the voice of a teen boy who captures your heart and who you will miss the second you put down the book.

Middle Grade – Latin Americans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations by Eva Salinas
Kids and their parents are sure to be impressed by this enthusiastic, illustrated celebration of Latino ingenuity.

Children’s Picture Book – My Dad is the Best Playground by Luciana Navarro Powell
A refreshingly Dad-centric story that is deservedly destined to be read and reread.