2020 Selected Title

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter’

by Erika L. Sanchez


Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed. But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

About the Author


She is a poet, novelist, and essayist living in Chicago. Erika was a Fulbright Scholar, a CantoMundo Fellowship recipient, and a Bread Loaf Scholar. Most recently, she was a columnist for Cosmo for Latinas and has written for Salon, Rolling Stone, Jezebel, The Guardian, and BuzzFeed. As a daughter of undocumented Mexican immigrants, Erika has always been determined to defy borders of any kind. Find her on the Web at ErikaLSanchez.com and on Twitter at @ErikaLSanchez.

The book is drawn from Erika Sánchez’s own experience as a Mexican American daughter of undocumented immigrants. I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story about identity, family, poverty, and secrets, featuring a strong female protagonist, a plot packed with mystery, and a humorous voice that addresses stereotypes and defies expectations.

Upcoming Events

Millennial Loteria Night

Wed, January 22nd @ 5:30pm – Vail Public Library

As part of this year’s One Book One Valley (OBOV) programming, we are offering a night of Millennial Lotería, a hilarious and insightful parody of the classic Latinx game “Lotería” (Mexican Bingo), but this time, it’s like way more millennial. It’s guaranteed to make this fiesta be lit. Come with your friends, grab your card and prepare to yell “Yaaaaasssssssssss, Millennial Lotería!” This event is open to teens and adults.

Frida Kahlo Portraits

Wed, February 5th @ 5:30pm – Vail Public Library

Frida Kahlo used material culture to construct her identity — and material culture made her an icon in return.
Join Alpine Arts & Vail Public Library in making your very own Self Portraits like Frida did. Each student should bring in a photo (or we can help you print one) to use in the frame and put images around that they identify with. This event is open to Teens &  Adults, make sure to RSVP to Sandy at srivera@vailgov.com or to 970-479-2331 as we have limited space.

Books ‘n Bites (Book Club)

Wed, March 11th @ 5:00pm – Vail Public Library

Once a month this group meets in Vail Public Library’s Community Room to share conversation inspired by the book of the month. This is an informal librarian-led hour and a half long discussion. A book discussion group for those who love literature and lively discussion. Come if you love the book, come if you hate it, come if you’re not sure how you feel! Join us as we dicuss the OBOV selected title.

mexican-daughterTeen Book Discussion

Wed, March 18th @ 6:00pm – The Bookworm of Edwards

Come talk about I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, the One Book One Valley pick for 2020. This discussion is free and all teens from every part of the valley are welcomed to attend.


erika-sc3a1nchez-publicity-photo-photo-credit-robyn-lindemannFinale Author Event!

Thur, April 2nd – Colorado Mountain College Edwards

Meet Erika Sánchez and discuss her book face-to-face.

  • 5:30pm – Reception
  • 6:00pm – Author Talk
  • 7:00pm – Author Book Signing


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