10/12/2011 10:10 am ET Updated Mar 23, 2012

Sandra Guzman: 10 Books Latinos Should Read

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, HuffPost LatinoVoices spoke with former Latina magazine editor-in-chief and Puerto Rican author, Sandra Guzman about the books she feels Latinos should be reading.

In addition to her top 10 recommendations, readers can pick up a copy of her second-edition guidebook for Latinas, "The New Latina's Bible: The Modern Latina’s Guide to Love, Spirituality, Family, and La Vida" where she updates the original edition with two new chapters on Depression and Domestic Violence.

Guzman says, "I wanted to write the book to give the reader a sense of where we were in terms of statistics. When the first edition came out, there were 40 million Latinos in the U.S., now it's 50 million. I think in many ways it's a Latina feminist manifesto."

When asked how Guzman celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month? "I celebrate my heritage everyday, all day. It's my essence," said Guzman.

Asking Guzman to pick just 10 books was an "excruciating assignment" because she loves so many books, she says. "I have many favorites that I recommend depending on who is asking and what they need at the time. For me a book is the most marvelous, magical and powerful gift anyone can give someone they love," Guzman said to HuffPost LatinoVoices. From Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz's "The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" to Gabriel Garcia Marquez's classics like "Love in the Time of Cholera" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Guzman covers a wide range of themes for the versatile reader and explains why each book was chosen.

"Every single book listed below has provided comfort, wisdom, humor, escape and a mirror when I needed it," says Guzman.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

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Sandra Guzman's Top 10 Book Recommendations