One of the more recent publications to make the list, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist caused a sensation when it was released in 1988. Though it’s classified as fiction, this easy read really works as a thematic self-help piece. It tells the tale of a shepherd who journeys to Egypt in search of treasure and offers some nice spiritual touches, if you’re looking to broaden your philosophical palette.
Why You Should Read It: While it may be considered fiction, it may also be considered chicken soup for the soul. And we could all use a little soul food.
This Is How You Lose Her
The sophomore collection of short stories comes from perhaps the greatest Latino author of his generation – Mr. Junot Diaz. This Is How You Lose Her features Diaz continuing protagonist Yunior. A series of nine interconnected stories that deal with men’s infidelity in romantic relationships. Díaz describes the book as being “a tale about a young man’s struggle to overcome his cultural training and inner habits in order to create lasting relationships.”
Why You Should Read It: No secret that machismo can still be an issue in the Latino community, this may very well help you overcome your inner habits and create some lasting relationships of your own.
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