Americas: The Changing Face of Latin America and the Caribbean, Peter Winn, 2006.
This companion to a PBS TV series examines the historical, political, social, cultural and economic trends in Central and South America.
Evita: In My Own Words, Eva Peron, 1996.
This purported memoir of Eva Peron was published years after her death and many dispute whether she really wrote it, but it provides a fascinating look at Argentine history and perspective.
Evita: The Real Life of Eva Peron, Nicholas Fraser, 1996.
An enthralling biography Argentina’s most infamous first lady who came from nothing to control her country.
The Little School, Alicia Partnoy, 1986.
Partnoy’s book is a concise, poignant account of hope sustained in the face of unimaginable cruelty. Her story played an important role in informing the world about the realities of state-sponsored terrorism during Argentina’s “Dirty War” in the 1970s.
Night Flight, Antoine de Saint Exupery, 1932.
A memoir by the celebrated French author and aviator about flying over the Andes to Buenos Aires.
Imagining Argentina, Lawrence Thornton, 1987.
A novel about a man whose wife is “disappeared” during the repressive period in Argentina during the 1970s.
It Takes Two, Patrizia Chen, 2007.
A novel about a disenchanted married New York woman in her 50s who moves to BA and falls in love with more than just the national dance.
Kiss of the Spider Woman, Manuel Puig, 1976.
A layered story that is told through the conversation of prison mates but examines Marxism, homosexuality and many philosophical questions of ethical living.
Labyrinths, Jorge Luis Borges, 1962.
Short stories by one of the most important Spanish language authors of all time. One can feel the influence of Buenos Aires on Borges’s vivid imagination.
The Tunnel (El Túnel), Ernesto Sabato, 1948.
One of the great psychological novels of the 20th century, Sabato’s best known work is short and dark. Making every reader a confidante to its murderer-protagonist, El Túnel probes the condition of the human soul and the soul of Buenos Aires.
Esperándolo a Tito y otros cuentos de fútbol (Waiting for Tito and Other Soccer Stories), Eduardo Sacheri, 2000.
Sacheri’s endearing tales about soccer and friendship make a great read for enthusiastic Spanish language students eager to practice reading comprehension.
Imagining Argentina, Christopher Hampton, 2003.
Based on the novel of the same name, this movie explores the Dirty War and stars Emma Thompson and Antonio Banderas.
Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas), Fabián Bielinsky, 2000.
Award-winning fast-paced crime drama set in Buenos Aires.
The Secret in their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos), Juan José Campanella, 2009.
Based on Eduardo Sacheri’s novel, the riveting crime thriller, set in present-day Buenos Aires, is equal parts love story and ghost story.
Son of the Bride (El hijo de la novia), Juan José Campanella, 2001.
This warm and witty comedy about a man’s mid-life crisis is set in Buenos Aires in 2001.
Children and Teens
Chucaro: Wild Pony of the Pampa, Francis Kalnay, 1993
The story of a little Argentine boy, Pedro as he fights for his dream horse on the pampa.
Argentina – The Land, Bobbie Kalman and Greg Nickles, 2000, ages 9 and up – Color photographs take readers on a tour through Argentina, from its wet northern forests through extreme deserts and breathtaking Andean peaks.
The Disappeared, Gloria Whelan, 2008
Set against the backdrop of guerilla warfare in Buenos Aires in the 1970s, this novel follows a young man who stands up for his political beliefs.