A ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope

Product Code: 5862
ISBN: 9781250763426
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 272
Published Date: 11/02/2021
Availability:In stock
Price: $18.99

A Most Anticipated Book (Refinery29, HipLatina, Publishers Weekly, Latino Book Review, Al Día, and more)

Edited by The Bronx Is Reading founder Saraciea J. Fennell and featuring an all-star cast of Latinx contributors, Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed is a ground-breaking anthology that will spark dialogue and inspire hope.

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, bestselling and award-winning authors as well as up-and-coming voices interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. These fifteen original pieces delve into everything from ghost stories and superheroes, to memories in the kitchen and travels around the world, to addiction and grief, to identity and anti-Blackness, to finding love and speaking your truth.

Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

The bestselling and award-winning contributors include Elizabeth Acevedo, Cristina Arreola, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Naima Coster, Natasha Diaz, Saraciea J. Fennell, Kahlil Haywood, Zakiya Jamal, Janel Martinez, Jasminne Mendez, Meg Medina, Mark Oshiro, Julian Randall, Lilliam Rivera, and Ibi Zoboi.

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Table of Contents:


Eres Un Pocho by Mark Oshiro
The Price of Admission by Naima Coster
Caution Song by Natasha Diaz
The Mark of A Good Man by Meg Medina
#Julian4Spiderman by Julian Randall
Half In, Half Out by Saraciea J. Fennell
Haitian Sensation by Ibi Zoboi
The Land, The Ghosts, And Me by Cristina Arieola
Paraiso Negro by Kahlil Haywood
More Than Nervios by Lilliam Riversa
Alaiyo by Jasmine Mendez
Invisible by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Abuela’s Greatest Gift by Janel Martinez
A Mi Orden: A Meditation on Dichos by Elizabeth Acevedo

About the Authors

Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is a raw and unapologetic collection of essays and poetry that dismantle stereotypes about people from the Latin American diaspora. With anecdotes that span generations of pain and joy, this collection uplifts a new generation of Latinx writers who know the power of story and aren't afraid to use it. - Zoraida Córdova, Shelf Awareness

“Tremendously thought-provoking…An impressive roster of voices from an array of cultural backgrounds claimed and unclaimed. The contradictions and interplays that emerge between essays serve to illuminate the immeasurable realities of the Latinx diaspora.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Candid…Nuanced…Each theme is worthy of its own volume, but the standout is undeniably colorism, a crucial topic within the Latinx community, herein brought to light with strength and vulnerability. The deeply personal approach of each contributor will connect with readers of all backgrounds and empower those seeking to define their own experiences.” - Booklist

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