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Explore these great titles from a variety of perspectives and backgrounds. Learn more about social justice issues. To see our full list of diversity resources and to find links to reading lists for other age groups, click here.

This project was made possible by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council.

Reading List

Asian Americans

  • Pachinko – Lee, Min Jin

  • Nothing Ever Dies – Nguyen, Viet Than

  • The Sypmathizer – Nguyen, Viet Than

  • The Joy Luck Club – Tan, Amy

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Vuong, Ocean
     

African Americans

  • Queenie – Carty-Williams, Candice

  • The Water Dancer – Coates, Ta-Nehisi

  • The Death of Vivek Oji – Emezi, Akwaeke

  • Homegoing – Gyasi, Yaa

  • Transcendent Kingdom – Gyasi, Yaa

  • Their Eyes Were Watching God – Hurston, Zora Neale

  • An American Marriage – Jones, Tayari

  • Deacon King Kong – McBride, James

  • Beloved – Morrison, Toni

  • The Bluest Eye – Morrison, Toni

  • A Mercy – Morrison, Toni

  • Sula – Morrison, Toni

  • Born A Crime – Noah, Trevor

  • Becoming – Obama, Michelle

  • Life on Mars – Smith, Tracy K.

  • Swing Time – Smith, Zadie

  • White Teeth – Smith, Zadie

  • The Color Purple – Walker, Alice

  • Sing, Unburied, Sing – Ward, Jesmyn

  • The Nickle Boys – Whitehead, Colson

  • The Underground Railroad – Whitehead, Colson

  • Red at the Bone – Woodson, Jacqueline
     

Climate Change

  • The Uninhabitable Earth – Wallace-Wells, David​


Disability

  • Good Kings, Bad Kings – Nussbaum, Susan

  • Disability Visibility – Wong, Alice
     

Indigenous People

  • The Night Watchman – Erdrich, Louise

  • There, There – Orange, Tomi

Islam & Hinduism 

  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist – Hamid, Moshin

  • Proud – Muhammad, Ibtihaj

  • I Am Malala – Yousafzai, Malal


Latinx

  • The Farm – Ramos, Joanne

  • The New American – Marcom, Micheline Aharonian
     

LGBTQ+

  • Giovanni’s Room – Baldwin, James

  • The Fate of Gender – Browning, Frank

  • Middlesex – Eugenides, Jeffrey

  • Less – Greer, Andrew Sean


Racism

  • White Rage – Anderson, Carol

  • The Fire Next Time – Baldwin, James

  • Loving – Cashin, Sheryll

  • Between the World and Me – Coates, Ta-Nehisi

  • White Fragility – DiAngelo, Robin J.

  • How To Be Antiracist – Kendi, Ibram X.

  • Stamped from the Beginning – Kendi, Ibram X.

  • The Color of Water – McBride, James

  • So You Want to Talk About Race – Oluo, Ijeoma

  • Me And White Supremacy – Saad, Layla F.

  • Black Klansman – Stallworth, Ron

  • Just Mercy – Stevenson, Bryan

  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Tatum, Beverly Daniel

  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X – X, Malcolm

  • The New Jim Crow – Alexander, Michelle

  • The Color of Law – Rothstein, Richard


Refugees/ Immigration 

  • The Fox Hunt – Al Samawi, Mohammad

  • A Long Petal of the Sea – Allende, Isabel

  • The Best We Could Do – Bui, Thi

  • The Displaced – Nguyen, Viet Than

  • Open Borders – Caplan, Brian

  • Behold the Dreamers – Mbue, Imbolo


South Asian Americans

  • Homeland Elegies – Akhtar, Ayad

  • Exit West – Hamid, Moshin

  • If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi – Patel, Neel

  • Persepolis – Satrapi, Marjane

For additional books addressing anti-racism, browse the New Hanover County Public Library anti-racism resource page.

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