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Racially Diverse Recommended Reading

denim_queen has put together a racially diverse list of recommended books. This is my copy of it, with books/writers I've read in boldface, books I've read only parts of in italics, books I own but haven't yet read underlined, and a heart symbol next to books I particularly loved.

# The Face of Another by Kobo Abé
# The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abé
# The Box Man by Kobo Abé
# Secret Rendezvous by Kobo Abé
# The Ruined Map by Kobo Abé
# The Ark Sakura by Kobo Abé
# Kangaroo Notebook by Kobo Abé

# Live From Deathrow by Mumia Abu-Jamal
# Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
# Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
# Half a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
# The Dilemma of a Ghost by Ama Ata Aidoo
# Our Sister Killjoy by Ama Ata Aidoo
# No Sweetness Here by Ama Ata Aidoo
# Smoke Signals by Sherman Alexie
# First Indian on the Moon by Sherman Alexie ♥
# 10 Little Indians by Sherman Alexie ♥
# The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie ♥
# Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie ♥
# The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie ♥

# The Woman Who Owned the Shadows by Paula Gunn Allen
# The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
# The Tales of Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

# How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
# In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

# Bless Me Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
# La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa
# Tahuri by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
# Gorilla, My Love by Toni Cade Bambara
# Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin ♥
# If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin ♥

# Lion's Blood by Steven Barnes
# For Nights Like This One: Stories of Loving Women by Becky Birtha
# Lover's Choice by Becky Birtha
# What We All Long For by Dionne Brand
# Food and Spirits by Beth Brant
# Ryddim Ravings by Jean Binta Breeze
# The Fifth Figure by Jean Binta Breeze
# The Threshing Floor by Barbara Burford
# Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
# Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
# Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
# Blood Child by Octavia E. Butler
# Popo and Fifina by Arna Bontemps and Langston Hughes
# Your Blues Ain't Like Mine by Bebe Moore Campbell
# Black Ice by Lorene Carey
# Kingdom of this World by Alejo Carpentier
# So Far from God by Ana Castillo
# The Mixquiahuala Letters by Ana Castillo
# What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day by Pearle Cleage ♥
# Soul on Ice by Eldridge Cleaver
# Free Enterprise: A novel of Mary Ellen Pleasant by Michelle Cliff
# Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyng Cha
# Devdas by Sharat Chandra Chattopadhyay
# The Marrow of Tradition by Charles W. Chesnutt
# The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt
# The Conjure Women and The Conjure Tales by Charles W. Chesnutt
# Donald Duk by Frank Chin
# Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon by Frank Chin
# In Her I Am; Not Vanishing by Chrystos
# The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
# Black Feminist Thought by Patricia Hill Collins
# Segu by Maryse Condé
# The Children of Segu by Maryse Condé
# I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem by Maryse Condé
# Desirada by Maryse Condé
# Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
# Breath Eyes Memory by Edwidge Danticat
# Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat

# Eu Nasci Uma Mulher Negra (I Was Born a Black Woman) by Benedita da Silva
# Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis
# Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
# Hogg by Samuel R. Delany
# Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
# Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
# A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
# Guests by Michael Dorris
# Morning Girl by Michael Dorris
# The Crown of Columbus by Michael Dorris and Louise Erdrich
# At the Hands of Persons Unknown: The Lynching of Black America by Philip Dray
# Souls of Blackfolk by W.E.B Dubois
# My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
# The Living Blood by Tananarive Due
# The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
# The Sun, The Sea, A Touch of Wind by Rosa Guy Dutton
# The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
# The Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
# Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich
# The Beet Queen by Louise Erdrich
# Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

# A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest Gaines
# The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest Gaines
# Don't Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford Ginibi
# Ego-Trippin' and Other Poems for Young People by Nikki Giovanni
# Racism 101 by Nikki Giovanni
# Pushing the Bear by Diane Glancy
# Introducing... Sister NoBlues by Hattie Gossett
# Potiki by Patricia Grace
# Nigger by Dick Gregory
# Up from Nigger by Dick Gregory
# Callus on My Soul by Dick Gregory
# The Epic of Sundiata by Mandika Griots
# Dogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn
# Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley
# Mama Flora's Family by Alex Haley
# Born Black, Born Palestinian by Suheir Hammad
# Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
# In Mad Love and War by Joy Harjo
# Palace of the Peacock by Wilson Harris
# Locas by Jaime Hernandez
# The Mambo Kings Sing Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
# Mean Spirit by Linda Hogan
# Where We Stand: Class Matters by bell hooks
# Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
# Shell Shaker by LeAnne Howe
# The Ways of White Folk by Langston Hughes
# The Bone People by Keri Hulme
# Paradise of the Blind by Duong Thu Huong ♥
# Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

# Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
# Seth and Samona by Joanne Hyppolite
# Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera Awesome movie, though.
# Tangi by Witi Ihimaera
# Woman Far Walking by Witi Ihimaera
# Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
# Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
# The Rain God by Arturo Islas
# The Black Jacobins by CLR James
# Mi Revalueshanary Fren by Linton Kwesi Johnson
# Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones
# Poem About My Rights by June Jordan
# Dusk by F. Sionil Josè
# The Cotillion by John Oliver Killens
# Girl by Jamaica Kincaid
# A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
# Interpreter of the Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

# The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
# Sightseeing by Rattawut Lapcharoensap
# Quicksand by Nella Larsen ♥
# Passing by Nella Larsen ♥
# Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee ♥
# A Gesture Life by Chang-rae Lee ♥
# Aloft by Chang-rae Lee ♥

# Natif-natal by Félix Morriseau-Leroy
# Plénitudes by Félix Morriseau-Leroy
# Do Not Go Gently by Judith Smith Levin
# Zami by Audre Lorde ♥
# Twilight in Jakarta by Mochtar Lubis
# Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya
# Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall
# Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall
# Mother Tongue by Demitria Martinez
# Of Love and Other Demons by Gabriel García Márquez
# Memories of My Meloncholy Whores by Gabriel García Márquez
# Raj by Gita Mehtaj
# The Pillar of Salt by Albert Memmi
# Wild Ginger by Anchee Minn
# A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
# Monkey King by Timothy Mo
# Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo
# House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
# The Ancient Child by N. Scott Momaday
# The Way to Rainy Mountain by N. Scott Momaday
# In the Bear's House by N. Scott Momaday
# The Man Made of Words by N. Scott Momaday
# Loving in the War Years by Cherríe Moraga
# Richard trajo su flauta y otros argumentos by Nancy Morejon
# My Place by Sally Morgan
# Love by Toni Morrison
# Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
# Beloved by Toni Morrison ♥
# The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

# The Easy Rawlings series (Devil in a Blue Dress, A Red Death, Black Betty, White Butterfly) by Walter Moseley
# Walkin' the Dog by Walter Moseley
# Always Outnumbered by Walter Moseley
# Desirable Daughters by Bharati Mukherjee
# Turning Japanese by David Mura
# Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
# The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
# A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

# All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton Murayama
# Train Whistle Guitar by Albert Murray
# Dis Poem by Mutabaruka
# Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji
# Mama Day by Gloria Naylor
# The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

# Blanche Cleans UP by Barbara Nealy
# A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oe ♥
# A Quiet Life by Kenzaburo Oe

# Hiroshima Notes by Kenzaburo Oe
# The Famished Road by Ben Okri
# Incidents at the Shrine by Ben Okri
# Stars of the New Curfew by Ben Okri
# My Year of Meats by Ruth L. Ozeki
# Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer
# Gulf Dreams by Emma Perez
# Fresh Girl by Jaira Placide
# Follow the Rabbit Proof Fence by Doris Pilkington and Nugi Garimara
# Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
# The Negro of Peter the Great by Alexander Pushkin
# The Wind Done Gone by Alice Randall
# Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
# The Sano Ichiro Mysteries series by Laura Joh Rowland
# The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy ♥
# Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie ♥

# The Rose Garden by Saadi
# Push by Saphire
# When I was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago
# Almost A Woman by Esmeralda Santiago
# Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai
# Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko
# Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko
# Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
# Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur
# For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange
# The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu ♥
# The Black and White of It by Ann Allen Shockley
# Loving Her by Ann Allen Shockley
# Say Jesus and Come to Me by Ann Allen Shockley
# White Teeth by Zadie Smith
# On Beauty by Zadie Smith
# Aké: The Years of Childhood by Wole Soyinka
# Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore
# The Home and the World by Rabindranath Tagore
# The Crescent Moon by Rabindranath Tagore
# Gora by Rabindranath Tagore
# Relationships by Rabindranth Tagore
# The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
# The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

# The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan
# Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
# Let the Circle Be Unbroken Mildred D. Taylor
# The Night Wanderer by Drew Hayden Taylor
# Faultline by Sheila Ortiz Taylor
# Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong`o
# Devil on a Cross by Ngugi Wa Thiong`o
# The Buru Quartet (This Earth of Mankind, Child of all Nations, Footsteps, House of Glass) by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
# Living Pidgin by Lee Tonouchi
# Swerve: Reckless Observation of a Post-Modern Girl by Aisha Tyler
# Naked Ladies by Alma Luz Villanueva
# Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena Viramontes
# The Color Purple by Alice Walker ♥
# Up from Slavery by Booker T Washington
# The Kadaitcha Sung by Sam Watson
# Sons for the Return Home by Al Wendt
# The Wedding by Dorothy West
# Blues Dancing by Diane McKinney Whetstone
# The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
# Poems of Phillis Wheatley by Phillis Wheatley
# Native Son by Richard Wright ♥
# Black Boy by Richard Wright ♥

# The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G Woodson
# Na Han (Battle Cry) by Lu Xun
# Selected Stories of Lu Hsun by Lu Xun
# Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
# Blu's Hanging by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
# Heads By Harry by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
# Name Me Nobody by Lois-Ann Yamanaka
# Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
# The Dahomean by Frank Yerby
# The Girl From Storeyville by Frank Yerby
# The Foxes of Harrow by Frank Yerby
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