El Hermano by Carmen Baca
El Hermano takes place during the forty days of Lent in 1928 as José and his cousins conspire to spy on one of the brotherhood's secret rituals to see what lies ahead for them as novices. Age-old traditions and folklore cures and formal customs--of the Hispanics of the mountain villages are interwoven in José's story. El Hermano is a rare and authentic window into everyday Hispanic village life the way it once was, and to some extent, persists.
The Fall and Rise of Champagne Sanchez by Rudy Miera
"The Fall and Rise of ‘Champagne’ Sánchez," is a fast-paced modern narrative, set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a “rags to riches to rejection to redemption” story. The witness to Champagne’s Fall is his cousin, the street-smart newspaper reporter, Adelita Chávez. The chronicler not only of the struggles of her cousin, but the scribe of her own observations of life around her (in the form of ‘Journal Entries’); she writes of the pain of watching her mother deal with breast cancer and describes characters in the barrio from Doña Mariluz to Magdalena Moya.
Magdalena and the Perilous Journey: Love in the time of the Pueblo Revolt by Marie Romero Cash
Magdalena's Perilous Journey is a chronicle of a young woman's journey during the era of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her journey takes her from Mexico City to the barren wasteland of the frontier, a colony established by the Spanish leaders in 1610. In the late 1670s, her uncle, Antonio Otermin, is appointed Governor of the colony and he has picked Magdalena's father to be his Secretary. The family undertakes the grueling trip to Santa Fe, where it has been the intent of church leaders led by the Franciscan fathers, that the present inhabitants, the Pueblo Indians, will all be converted to Christianity and serve the needs of the colony. It soon becomes apparent that there is much dissension against this plan.