In May, Elizabeth Acevedo — the National Book Award- and Printz Award-winning author of The Poet X — will release her new book, With the Fire on High, about high school senior Emoni, who must balance her passion for cooking with her responsibilities as the primary caretaker of her abuela and her young daughter. (You can start reading from the book on Bustle!) With the Fire on High, like The Poet X, is a revelatory exploration of girlhood, womanhood, class, race, and the coming-of-age process.
In celebration of her new book, Elizabeth Acevedo recommended 32 books, all available at a special "The Author's Bookshelf" display in The Strand Bookstore in New York City beginning on April 8 and on the bookstore's website right now.(Previously, Gloria Steinem, Lauren Groff, and many others have recommended books for The Strand.) On April 9, Acevedo will also be in conversation with Julia Alvarez, in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of Alvarez's groundbreaking novel In the Time of the Butterflies. The event is sponsored by PEN America and The Strand Bookstore, and you can find more details on their websites.
The books below focus on many of the themes of Acevedo's work, and all 32 of them are sure to light your fire of anticipation for her new book, out May 7: