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Soto sees his task as "to start Chicanos reading," and the best pieces are snapshots of ordinary life--wry , gentle, intimate, many about family and his role as son, dad, and husband. Never condescending about his childhood self, he writes in "The Jacket" about the pain he still feels at being ridiculed in the schoolyard. In "To Be a Man," he sees his stepfather "dazed by hard labor" and dreams of himself "in a committee meeting among Ph.D.s."

Soto sees his task as "to start Chicanos reading," and the best pieces are snapshots of ordinary life--wry , gentle, intimate, many about family and his role as son, dad, and husband. Never condescending about his childhood self, he writes in "The Jacket" about the pain he still feels at being ridiculed in the schoolyard. In "To Be a Man," he sees his stepfather "dazed by hard labor" and dreams of himself "in a committee meeting among Ph.D.s."

must read list of fiction books coming out in 2018

must read list of fiction books coming out in 2018

E. B. White Box Set: Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The ...

Wilbur, a lovable pig, is rescued from a cruel fate by a beautiful and intelligent spider named Charlotte.

Daybreak, Nightfall

Daybreak, Nightfall

The Little Friend- Donna Tartt. 1970's Mississipi, Southern Gothic tale with well developed characters, this one is a slow (some say, like molasses) - take it all in- read.

Bestselling author Donna Tartt returns with a grandly ambitious and utterly riveting novel of childhood, innocence and evil. The settin.

Never Smile at a Monkey / Steve Jenkins

Great tie-in to habitat study. what not to do when you're in a wild animal's "home" - - Steven Jenkins is a wonderful nonfiction writer. He gives sage advice and intriguing facts about all sorts of animals in the book Never Smile at a Monkey

I'm totally up for this challenge, as I am both a Gilmore Girls fan and a bookworm. Game on!                                                                                                                                                                                 More

The Rory Gilmore Book Challenge

I'm totally up for this challenge, as I am both a Gilmore Girls fan and a bookworm. Game on! More

In this tender debut novel, a medley of young voices bring to life a small Mexican-American community in South Texas during the 1940's and 1950's. In this untouched world, young men depart for World War II, whispers of El Chupasangre (the blood sucker) crawl across the countryside, a brother sacrifices the little money he has for a pastel dress for his sister, and one young girl makes a painful mistake when she disobeys her parents for a tryst with her boyfriend.

In this tender debut novel, a medley of young voices bring to life a small Mexican-American community in South Texas during the 1940's and 1950's. In this untouched world, young men depart for World War II, whispers of El Chupasangre (the blood sucker) crawl across the countryside, a brother sacrifices the little money he has for a pastel dress for his sister, and one young girl makes a painful mistake when she disobeys her parents for a tryst with her boyfriend.

Historical Fiction 2018. A family tries to survive during the Spanish Flu in Philadelphia. Under the Canopy of Heaven by Susan Meissner.

Historical Fiction A family tries to survive during the Spanish Flu in Philadelphia. Under the Canopy of Heaven by Susan Meissner.

If you love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, check out these 9 outstanding book recommendations. For my mom :)

9 Books to Read If You Miss 'Outlander'

9 Books to Read While Waiting for 'Outlander' Season 3 - If you love Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, check out these 9 outstanding book recommendations.

I’ll Give You The Sun, Jandy Nelson | 17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

17 Books With LGBT Characters That Will Actually Change Your Life

I'll Give You the Sun: Jandy Nelson. Interestingly constructed, so-so in the telling.

Down Garrapata Road

Down Garrapata Road

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