National Hispanic Heritage Month Starts Today

National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) has now begun, marking the perfect time to pick up a copy of Timothy Black’s When a Heart Turns Rock Solid — a “captivating” (Associated Press) and compelling look at the lives of a group of Puerto Rican men in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Now on sale from Pantheon Books, When a Heart Turns Rock Solid tells the story of the lives of three brothers — Fausto, Sammy, and Julio — into whose community Black delved, speaking with their parents and partners, their dealers and lawyers, their teachers and counselors. His book explores the political, legal, and social effects that the brothers and their families experience, and provides the foundation for an essential conversation about those issues.