I was planning and writing a blog post about two of my favorite topics, minority representation, and books! This post is going to be the intro to that bigger and more serious posts. I wanted to do this booklist first to be a little more optimistic and because what better to do, since we are all in quarantine than reading!!! I’m going to share some of my favorite books written by minority authors, with a range of genres. I’m also just going to share some authors that have written too many great books to list, but I still wanted to include. Additionally, I will leave links to each book in case you want to purchase them. Feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comments, because I’m always looking for new ones.
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brown is the new white. This is a political book about the rapidly changing demographics of America and how that impacts elections and political strategies. I’ve definitely mentioned it in a post before, but I wanted to emphasize how much I loved this book. Not only is it written by an African American man, but he exceeds in including various races throughout the book. He goes in-depth about almost all of the racial groups in America and takes the time to properly assess the situation. I can not recommend this book enough!
good girls marry doctors. This book is written by, not one, but multiple South Asian American women. It not only tackles the stigma and boundaries given to women, but it highlights real-life stories from south Asian women.
rage becomes her. Soraya Chemaly is an author, mother, and activist. I loved how she focused on the relationship between anger and women, and how women can utilize our anger instead of staying ladylike and quiet. What makes this my favorite book is the fact that she highlighted the role race plays in a lot of the issues. This is another nonfiction, gender studies book.
becoming. Becoming is a pretty well-known book and has been on my “to be read” list for a while, but I only finished reading the entire book this past month. Usually, I don’t like biographies or memoirs, but this book is by far my favorite biographies. Obviously, written by Michelle Obama, it’s a look at her life and time in the white house. I found her journey from an African American girl from Chicago to a big-time lawyer to activist interesting and inspiring. Even if you don’t like politics or biographies, I feel like this is a book that everyone would like, or at least appreciate.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is someone that I think we have all heard of, even without reading her books. She is a well known Nigerian feminist and author. Some of her most famous books are, Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, and We Should All Be Feminists. She also has given a lot of speeches and ted talks which I also recommend, mainly because of how inspirational they are, especially to other women or girls of color.
Celeste Ng. If you have seen the new tv show, Little Fires Everywhere, you know who Celeste Ng is. She has won several awards and has written a #1 New York Times Bestseller. Some of her most famous books are Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You. This article is really interesting and can give you some more insight into her as an author and Asian American.
Khaled Hosseini. He is an Afghanistan-born novelist, and also fun fact, a doctor. He has several successful novels including A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner. I think the reason I enjoy his novels and writing as much as I do is due to the fact that he researches by talking to people who have gone through the subjects in his books. He also does a great job of humanizing a lot of the conflicts and social issues in the world, that often get overlooked as political or merely a war.
I can’t wait to write a post about the idea of minority written books, because as an avid book reader and also an activist, that concept is really important to me. Books and novels are written from unique minority – perspectives help in so many ways. From providing representation to generally underrepresented groups to helping non-minority minds learn more, books and authors can make such an impact. If you want to be notified when that blogpost comes out (very soon), you can click follow on the right or enter your email.
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