Literature by American Latinos

Recently on Twitter, I asked for recommendations of authors of Latino/Hispanic descent. In particular, I wanted authors on the same level as Toni Morrison and Frederick Douglass: ones who could give me perspective on life in the US while brown.

Here's what the Twitterverse came up with:

Honorable Mention: Authors from outside the US

Given the uniqueness of the American Latino experience, I was specifically looking for authors who could speak to that. Nevertheless, these authors were also mentioned, and I've definitely added them to my reading list as well!