Books by Women and Persons of Color

June 17, 2015


I asked friends and family to share their favorite books and the list I got back is so wonderfully rich:

  • Essay/memoir: How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, Excavation, Chronology of Water, White Album, Bad Feminist, Meaty, Boys of My Youth

  • Fiction: Cavedweller, Fall On Your Knees, Department of Speculation, Americanah, Magic For Beginners, White Teeth, Crazy Horse's Girlfriend, Brown Girl Dreaming.

  • Citizen (poetry+prose+visual+genius).

  • Prelude To Bruise.

  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, short story collections, novels

  • Octavia Butler, Parable of the Talents, Parable of the Sower.  

  • Ama Ata Aidoo, Our Sister Killjoy (a long poem /narrative)

  • Ngugi Wa Thiongo, Devil on the Cross 

  • Samar Habib, Rughum & Najda.

  • Mohsin Hamid, Moth Smoke 

  • Edward P. Jones, The Known World 

  • Tea Obreht, The Tiger's Wife

  • James Baldwin, Go Tell it on the Mountain, The Fire Next          Time, Notes of a Native Son

  • Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven 

  • Sarah Waters, The Night Watch

  • Gwenda Bond, Girl on a Wire

  • Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • Mira Jacob, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing 

  • Lisa See, China Dolls 

  • Kyung-Sook Shin's novels

  • Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being 

  • Janet Mock, Redefining Realness 

  • Nia King, Queer & Trans Artists of Color

  • Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things 

  • Katherine Dunn, Geek Love 

  • Baba Yaga Laid an Egg

  • Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed  

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