1. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz
Garnering the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, the writer’s latest collection of short stories pleases just the same. “That night you lay in bed, awake, and listened to the ambulances tear down our street. The heat of your face could have kept my room warm for days. I didn’t know how you stood the heat of yourself, of your breasts, of your face. I almost couldn’t touch you. Out of nowhere you said, I love you.” Mujeres, beyond the “cuci cuentos,” Díaz gives us quirky love filled with calor and laughter.