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1. "American Dirt" by Jeanine Cummins
This Oprah-endorsed novel has already become one of the most controversial books of the year due to claims of the author’s stereotypical portrayal of Latinos. Meanwhile, it has been called an important novel highlighting the struggles of immigrants. Judge for yourself and decide if the story of Lydia, a Mexican bookstore owner living in Acapulco, who must flee with her son as the local drug cartel follows hot on her heels, is worth the hype. As she races to the U.S. border and away from the cartel, will her situation improve?