On the 16th of September, Mexicans light the skies of Mexico with fireworks and fill the streets, dancing and rejoicing in their country’s independence from Spain. It is a National Holiday for Mexico that often gets confused with Cinco de Mayo, but it is actually the moment when the Catholic priest, Father Hidalgo, made the first cry for their freedom. The decade-long struggle for freedom should be honored and, for that very reason, we present to you 3 books to celebrate Mexican Independence Day.
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
The book is closely tied to the culture and expectations of a traditional Mexican family living in Chicago. The story revolves around their mourning of a lost family member in ways that might not be in sync with each other. It is very soulful and relatable in ways you don’t want to agree to.
What Can You Do With a Paleta? By Carmen Tafolla
This vibrant book is usually read to children to tell them about the sweet frozen dessert named Paleta but who says it is only for children! As adults, we crave such heavenly desserts too. For anyone who has developed an interest in Mexican culture, this book is a must-read.
Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo
Talking about Mexican culture, the first book that comes to mind is Pedro Párama and rightfully so. The novel has dark undertones of the human mind while talking about the protagonist Juan Rulfo who visits his deceased mother in Comala. Throughout the story, you will feel a storm of emotions while also being enticed by the setting.
Mexican Literature has many other must-reads that capture the essence of the culture while also wrapping readers in the most thrilling of stories.
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