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Immortal Pleasures

A lush examination of love, self-worth, and colonialism through the monstrous.

The Haunting of Alejandra

Listeners will be buoyed by Alejandra’s decision to find herself, save her children, and break free from generational curses. A feminist retelling that will appeal to fans of psychological horror and the works of Isabel Cañas and Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

The Haunting of Alejandra

The big-five-publisher debut by Castro (Out of Aztlan; Bram Stoker Award–nominated The Queen of the Cicadas) will bring her critically acclaimed, honest, sensual, and raw storytelling to a larger audience. Suggest far and wide to fans of unapologetically feminist, thought-provoking, and engrossing horror, such as the works of Carmen Maria Machado and Gwendolyn Kiste.

Out of Aztlan

Colorful and complex language paired with an edgy tone and mystical plotlines make this an easy choice for acquisition departments. Some good suggestions for read-alikes include Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado, Other Terrors: An Inclusive Anthology edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Rena Mason, and Both Sides: Stories From the Border edited by Gabino Iglesias.

Mestiza Blood

This collection provides an excellent introduction to Castro’s style of unflinchingly raw, unapologetically sexy, unsettlingly realistic supernatural horror; it’s a solid volume of terrifying, thought-provoking, and fun tales. Readers seeking similar should check out the work of Gabino Iglesias and Cynthia Pelayo.

The Queen of the Cicadas

Castro delivers an unflinching, honest, raw, and thought-provoking horror tale that is both serious in its social commentary and fun to read. For fans of gruesome, vengeance-themed horror that is deeply tied to its place and the marginalized identities of its protagonists, such as The Only Good Indians, by Stephen Graham Jones, and Frankenstein in Baghdad, by Ahmed Saadawi.

Goddess of Filth

Public libraries should order multiple copies of this title. A natural read-alike and companion to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Aiden Thomas’s Cemetery Boys, this is a fantastic choice for mature teen or adult readers.

The Baja California Cookbook: Exploring the Good Life in Mexico

These masterful recipes and vivid photographs will transport any home chef to Baja.

American Military Life in the 21st Century: Social, Cultural, and Economic Issues and Trends

This excellent reference provides readers at all levels with a better understanding of how 21st-century military life not only impacts individuals who are serving but also their loved ones.

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