Cien años de soledad/One Hundred Years of Solitude
Cien años de soledad, the classic novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, was written in 1967. It tells the story of several generations of the Buendía family, in the fictional town of Macondo.
The House on Mango Street
Part of my high school reading, The House on Mango Street, brings a smile to my face whenever I remember it. Written by Sandra Cisneros, and published in 1984, the book focuses on young Esperanza Cordero, as she grows up in Chicago.
Como agua para chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate was written by Laura Esquivel in 1989. Interwoven with Mexican recipes, the story follows Tita de la Garza and her love Pedro. She expresses herself through cooking; there is a recipe (which applies to Tita’s life) for each month of the year.
Considered by many to be a life-changing book, Paul Coelho’s The Alchemist was published in 1988. In it, an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago goes to the Egyptian pyramids, in the pursuit of treasure. The journey, it turns out, was really about finding the treasure that is his destiny.
In the Time of the Butterflies
Published in 1994, Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies is a book of historic fiction, focusing on the Mirabal sisters. Known as La Mariposas, they boldly rose up against the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, becoming martyrs to the cause when they were assassinated in 1960.