National Hispanic Heritage Month Reading List

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! Since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th – October 15th every year to honor the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. You can learn more about the history of NHHM at

To celebrate we’ve curated a reading list of some of our recent Hispanic and Latin American titles, including the first book in our new Latinx Histories series. Enjoy this reading list and use code 01UNCP30 to get 30% when ordering from our website.

Ybor City: Crucible of the Latina South by Sarah McNamara

Ybor City is the best that Latinx history has to offer—deeply researched and rigorous but with respect toward diasporic peoples and the rich communities they build and evolve within.”—NACLA Report on the Americas

“The book is not some alternative perspective on what happened in Ybor City, but real history and storytelling verified by records in the archives of the USF special collections, petitions in the City of Tampa archives, and the city directories that are part of a treasure chest of artifacts at the Tampa Bay History Center.”—Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

Sharing Yerba Mate: How South America’s Most Popular Drink Defined a Region by Rebekah E. Pite

“Beautifully written and solidly grounded in multisite archival research. Pite displays a command of scholarly methodologies of the histories of Latin America, nationalism, and commodities, as well as visual culture and food studies.”—Jeffrey M. Pilcher, author of Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food

“Like an expert cebadora, Pite serves up a rich, complex, and deeply sensory brew—a story of yerba mate that spans centuries, empires, nations, environments, trade circuits, and preparations, yet fits satisfyingly in our hands. Throughout, Pite reveals how yerba mate’s production and consumption created bonds of community among South Americans even as it bound many in enduring hierarchies of difference and exploitation.”—Paulina L. Alberto, Harvard University, author of Black Legend: The Many Lives of Raúl Grigera and the Power of Racial Storytelling in Argentina

Making the Latino South: A History of Racial Formation by Cecilia Márquez

The first book in our Latinx Histories series

“Marquez’s field-changing history of the US South is the first to show us why racial diversity withincategories such as ‘Mexican’ or ‘Latino’ matters for the region’s past and future.”—Julie Weise, University of Oregon

“It is common to say that Latinos occupy every point along a racial spectrum from Black to White, but Cecilia Márquez brilliantly shows how the racial identity of Latinos is constructed in relation to these and other identities. The result is a stunningly original work on race in a storied region, with Latinos at the center.”–Geraldo L. Cadava, Northwestern University

In Pursuit of Health Equity: A History of Latin American Social Medicine by Eric D. Carter

Studies in Social Medicine series

“A remarkable look at the origins and evolution of a transnational sociomedical perspective in Latin America of great interest to historians of medicine and leaders of social medicine all over the world.”—Marcos Cueto, Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz, Brazil

“Timely, lucid, and deeply insightful. Anyone interested in building a more inclusive vision of health equity needs to read this book.”—Jeremy Greene, Johns Hopkins University

The Afro-Latino Memoir: Race, Ethnicity, and Literary Interculturalism by Trent Masiki

“Trent Masiki raises questions of canonicity and categories of racial and national identity that require intense interrogation while making a strong case for the preeminence of the memoir in the Afro-Latinx canon. His book provides a much-needed consideration of work that has conjoined African American and Latinx literatures and cultures.”—John Wharton Lowe, author of Calypso Magnolia

“By examining Afro-Latinx memoirs and the influence of African American culture on these works, Masiki’s highly enjoyable and pathbreaking book makes an important contribution to a myriad of established and emerging academic disciplines.”—Vanessa Pérez-Rosario, Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York