Book Club

2014 Book club lists

Rice and Beans Book Clubmeets on the 1st Wednesday of the month. 
Frequently Asked Questions: 

Am I required to come to every meeting?
No! Come to as many as you can. This is a friendly and casual group that is welcoming of anyone who likes to read Latino Lit!

What if I didn’t read the entire book, can I still attend?
Of course! Although we highly encourage you to read the entire book by the meeting, we will not quiz you on the book. So come and join us even if haven’t read the entire book.

Any questions or RSVP, email:

Rice and Beans Book Club
meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Pay honor to the late Hijuelos by picking one of his most acclaimed work, highlighting the story of two musicians as the journey through love, life and change.

Rayuela by Julio Cortazar
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A classic in Latin American literature, Rayuela follows the life of Horacio Oliveira and the disheartening events that change his life.

When I Was Puerto Rican  by Esmeralda Santiago
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A novel of a young girl and her migration through different worlds. When I Was Puerto Rican is a novel that has undoubtedly inspired many.

So Far From God by Ana Castillo
Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Currently on Arizona’s Banned Books List, So Far From God follows the lives of three New Mexico women dealing with path to healing one’s soul and personal transformation.

Sandoval Sisters’ Secret of Old Blood by Sandra Ramos O’Brian
Wednesday, June 4, 2014

This novel follows the coming-of-age stories of the Sandoval sisters during the Mexican-American war. It is a novel that is acclaimed for its captivating nature.

Song of the Water Saints by Nelly Rosario
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Song of Water Saints follows three generations of Dominican women that are bold, real and complex. Be sure to pick up this novel for a dose of powerful realness.

Ruins by Achy Obejas
Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ruins follows the despair of Usnavy and his family in a disintegrated Cuba. This novel allows you to witness how one man confronts life’s tragedy with a small glimpse of hope.

Secret Saturdays by Torrey Maldonado
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Secret Saturdays highlights the friendship between Justin and Sean as they both try to maintain a friendship despite real life struggles that threatens to break them apart.

Nilda by Nicholasa Mohr
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Experience El Barrio through the eyes of 10-year-old Nilda, who like many other communities, attempts to make sense of her world permeated with complex issues of racism, religion, culture, family, etc.

Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

An unconventional writer lands a job with the Catholic Church. His job: to clean up allegations of the Church’s participation in the massacre of and crimes against the country’s indigenous people.