Cross-cultural Literature

I have to admit that I love reading and I love learning about different cultures.  I was talking to a colleague of mine, who has El Salvadorian parents, and she helped me to understand that she felt the exact same way that I did about not quite being sure of where or how she fit in.  Not quite El Salvadorian but, not truly just an American either.  What a wonderful conversation!  It led me to add another list of resources for various cultures to this site.  As with the other lists, this one will grow as I learn of different books worthy of being added.  I am going to start off with a few popular ones that I read in high school and then we’ll see what happens.  Message me if you have any worthy of mentioning. Thanks!


joy-luckJoy Luck Club by Amy Tan

With wit and sensitivity, Amy Tan examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties. Tan is an astute storyteller, enticing readers to immerse themselves into these lives of complexity and mystery.


House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneroshoms

Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero.

Told in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.