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Core Collection: Alternative Classics                 

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Inspired by the Alternate Classics Core Collection developed by a team of staff at Denver Public Library, we've identified books in our library's collection to recommend to readers looking to explore wider perspectives.

The fiction and nonfiction titles in this collection are "great works from around the world that may not traditionally be thought of as classics... they are diverse and capture many different voices; they are enduring and important works of literature and narrative non-fiction that speak to the human condition, and are exemplary representations of a particular community, idea, or experience."

The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart/No Longer at Ease/Arrow of God The African Trilogy: Things Fall Apart/No Longer at Ease/Arrow of God 
By Achebe, Chinua
Introduction by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
2010-01 - Everyman's Library
9780307592705 Check Our Catalog

Here, collected for the first time in Everyman's Library, are the three internationally acclaimed classic novels that comprise what has come to be known as Achebe's African Trilogy: "Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease," and "Arrow of God." …More

Ake: The Years of Childhood Ake: The Years of Childhood 
By Soyinka, Wole
1989-10 - Vintage
9780679725404 Check Our Catalog

A dazzling memoir of an African childhood from Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian novelist, playwright, and poet Wole Soyinka.

Ak The Years of Childhood gives us the story of Soyinka's boyhood before and during World War II in a Yoruba village in western Nigeria called Ak . A relentlessly curious child who loved books and getting into trouble, Soyinka grew up on a parsonage compound, …More

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 
By Chabon, Michael
2000-09 - Random House
9780679450047 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2001), L.A. Times Book Prize (2000), National Book Critics Circle Award (2000), PEN/Faulkner Award (2001), Pulitzer Prize (2001), Spectrum Awards (2001)

Winner - 2001 ALA Notable Fiction Selection

Winner-2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

This brilliant novel by the "young star of American letters", in the words of Jonathan Yardley, is a literary triumph in which two misfit young men make it big creating comic-book superheroes. …More

American Born Chinese American Born Chinese 
By Yang, Gene Luen
Illustrator Yang, Gene Luen
2006-09 - First Second
9781596431522 Check Our Catalog

Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens (2007), Cybils (2006), Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award (2009), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2009), Green Mountain Book Award (2008), Michael L. Printz Award (2007), Quill Awards (2007)

2007 Printz Award Winner

American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school; the powerful Monkey King, subject of one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables; and Chin-Kee, a personification of the ultimate …More

Americanah Americanah 
By Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
2013-05 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307271082 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2014), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2014), Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (2014), International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2015), National Book Critics Circle Award (2013)

A young woman from Nigeria leaves behind her home and her first love to starta new life in America, only to find her dreams are not all she expected. …More

An American Marriage An American Marriage 
By Jones, Tayari
- Algonquin Books
9781616201340 Check Our Catalog




"One of my favorite parts of summer is deciding what to read when things slow down just a bit, whether it's on a vacation with family or just a quiet afternoon . . . An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects …More

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States 
By Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne
2015-08 - Beacon Press
9780807057834 Check Our Catalog

2015 Recipient of the American Book Award

The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples

Today in the United States, there are more than five hundred federally recognized Indigenous nations comprising nearly three million people, descendants of the fifteen million Native people who once inhabited this land. The centuries-long genocidal program …More

An Untamed State An Untamed State 
By Gay, Roxane
2014-05 - Grove Press, Black Cat
9780802122513 Check Our Catalog

Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (2015), PEN Literary Award (2015)

"Once you start this book, you will not be able to put it down. An Untamed Stateis a novel of hope intermingled with fear, a book about possibilities mixed with horror and despair. It is written at a pace that will match your racing heart, and while you find yourself shocked, amazed, devastated, you also dare to hope for the best, for all involved."--Edwidge Danticat, author of …More

And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic And the Band Played on: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic 
By Shilts, Randy
2007-11 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312374631 Check Our Catalog

The national bestseller is now a major HBO TV movie, with stars including Alan Alda, Richard Gere, Lily Tomlin and Angelica Houston. "A heroic work of journalism on what must rank as one of the foremost catastrophes of modern history" (New York Times), this extraordinary book reveals how the federal government put budget considerations ahead of the nation's welfare. (Penguin) …More

Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes 
By Kushner, Tony
2014-01 - Theatre Communications Group
9781559363952 Check Our Catalog

Tony Kushner's two-part masterwork is now available in a single edition to coincide with the broadcast of the epic HBO special directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Emma Thompson, Mary-Louise Parker, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Gambon and Simon Callow, scheduled for December 2003. …More

Autobiography of Malcolm X Autobiography of Malcolm X 
By Malcolm X
1992-09 - Ballantine Books
9780345379757 Check Our Catalog

With its first great victory in the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown vs. Board of Education in 1954, the Civil Rights movement gained the powerful momentum it needed to sweep forward into its crucial decade, the 1960s. As voices of protest and change rose above the din of history and false promises, one sounded more urgently, more passionately than the rest. Malcolm X - once called the most …More

The Awakening The Awakening 
By Chopin, Kate
Introduction by Showalter, Elaine
1992-11 - Everyman's Library
9780679417217 Check Our Catalog

In the summer of her 28th year, Edna Pontellier and her children, along with the wives and families of other prospective businessmen, spend the summer in an idyllic coastal community away from their husbands and the sweltering heat of 1890s' New Orleans. Aware of deep yearnings that are unfulfilled by marriage and motherhood, Edna plunges into an illicit liaison that reawakens her long dormant …More

The Bell Jar The Bell Jar 
By Plath, Sylvia
2013-06 - Harper
0060174900 Check Our Catalog

The Bell Jar is a classic of American literature, with over two million copies sold in this country. This extraordinary work chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful - but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time. Step by careful step, Sylvia Plath takes us with Esther through a painful month in New York as a contest-winning junior …More

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir 
By Bui, Thi
2018-04 - Harry N. Abrams
9781419718786 Check Our Catalog

National bestseller

2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist

ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection

Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection

ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi 

Between the World and Me Between the World and Me 
By Coates, Ta-Nehisi
2015-07 - One World
9780812993547 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2016), Alex Awards (2016), Books for a Better Life (2016), Kirkus Prize (2015), Literary Award (2016), National Book Awards (2015)


Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a …More

The Black Book The Black Book 
By Harris, Middleton A.
Editor Smith, Ernest
Editor Levitt, Morris
2019-12 - Random House (NY)
9781400068487 Check Our Catalog

Now in a deluxe 35th anniversary hardcover edition, "The Black Book" remains a breathtaking testament to the legendary wisdom, strength, and perseverance of black men and women intent on freedom. Features a new Foreword and original poem by Toni Morrison. …More

Bless Me, Ultima Bless Me, Ultima 
By Anaya, Rudolfo A.
1999-04 - Grand Central Publishing
9780446675369 Check Our Catalog

When a curandera comes to stay with a young boy, he tests the bonds that tie him to his culture and finds himself in the secrets of the past. …More

Blindness Blindness 
By Saramago, Jose
1999-10 - Mariner Books
0156007754 Check Our Catalog

Portuguese Nobel Laureate Saramago tells a fantastic tale about a city hit by an epidemic of "white blindness," in this work that is the basis for the upcoming movie with Julianne Moore. …More

The Bluest Eye The Bluest Eye 
By Morrison, Toni
2000-04 - Knopf Publishing Group
0375411550 Check Our Catalog

The Bluest Eye, published in 1970, is the first novel written by Toni Morrison, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Literature. 

It is the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove -- a black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others -- who prays for her eyes to turn blue: so that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so …More

A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain A Body, Undone: Living on After Great Pain 
By Crosby, Christina
2017-10 - New York University Press
9781479853168 Check Our Catalog

In the early evening on October 1, 2003, Christina Crosby was three miles into a seventeen mile bicycle ride, intent on reaching her goal of 1,000 miles for the riding season. She was a respected senior professor of English who had celebrated her fiftieth birthday a month before. As she crested a hill, she caught a branch in the spokes of her bicycle, which instantly pitched her to the …More

The Bone People The Bone People 
By Hulme, Keri
Illustrator Heller, Pepa
2010-06 - Penguin Group
9780143116455 Check Our Catalog

Set in the harsh environment of the South Island beaches of New Zealand, this masterful story brings together three singular people in a trinity that reflects their country's varied heritage. Winner of the 1985 Booker-McConnell prize for fiction. …More

Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, Fourth Edition 
By Anzaldua, Gloria
2012-06 - Aunt Lute Books
9781879960855 Check Our Catalog

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. LGBT Studies. Fourth Edition. Rooted in Gloria Anzald a's experience as a Chicana, a lesbian, an activist, and a writer, the essays and poems in this volume profoundly challenged, and continue to challenge, how we think about identity. BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA remaps our understanding of what a "border" is, presenting it not as a simple divide …More

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood 
By Noah, Trevor
2016-11 - One World
9780399588174 Check Our Catalog

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed


Born Both: An Intersex Life Born Both: An Intersex Life 
By Viloria, Hida
2017-03 - Hachette Books
9780316347846 Check Our Catalog

From one of the world's foremost intersex activists, a candid, provocative, and eye-opening memoir of gender identity, self-acceptance, and love.

My name is Hida Viloria. I was raised as a girl but discovered at a young age that my body looked different. Having endured an often turbulent home life as a kid, there were many times when I felt scared and alone, especially given my …More

Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency 
By Wilkinson, Willy
2015-11 - Hapa Papa Press
9780997012309 Check Our Catalog

In this historic moment of transgender visibility in the U.S., writer, activist, and public health consultant Willy Wilkinson's Born on the Edge of Race and Gender: A Voice for Cultural Competency uses the power of storytelling to contextualize one of the most misunderstood social issues of our time. This poetic, journalistic memoir shines an intersectional beacon on the ambiguity and …More

Breath, Eyes, Memory Breath, Eyes, Memory 
By Danticat, Edwidge
Author Giroux
Author Straus
2003-07 - Soho Press
1569471428 Check Our Catalog


The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street 
By Mahfouz, Naguib
Translator Maynard, William H.
Introduction by Hafez, Sabry
2001-10 - Everyman's Library
9780375413315 Check Our Catalog

Naguib Mahfouz's magnificent epic trilogy of colonial Egypt appears here in one volume for the first time. The Nobel Prize--winning writer's masterwork is the engrossing story of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain's occupation of Egypt in the early decades of the twentieth century. 

The novels of The Cairo Trilogy trace three generations of the family of tyrannical patriarch …More

Cane Cane 
By Toomer, Jean
1994-06 - Modern Library
0679601090 Check Our Catalog

Originally published in 1923, Cane is a literary masterpiece of the Harlem Renaissance. The growing interest in African-American literature that began in the1960's led to the rediscovery of earlier African-American writers, oneof whom is Jean Toomer, author of Cane. Itis an innovative literary work part drama, part poetry, part fiction. …More

A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealings with Some of the Indian Tribes A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Government's Dealings with Some of the Indian Tribes 
By Jackson, Helen Hunt
1995-04 - University of Oklahoma Press
9780806127262 Check Our Catalog

First published in 1881 and reprinted in numerous editions since, Helen Hunt Jackson's A Century of Dishonor is a classic account of the U.S. government's flawed Indian policy and the unfair and cruel treatment afforded North American Indians by expansionist Americans. Jackson wrote the book as a polemic to "appeal to the hearts and conscience of the American people", who she hoped would demand …More

Ceremony Ceremony 
By Silko, Leslie Marmon
Introduction by McMurtry, Larry
2007-01 - Penguin Group
9780143104919 Check Our Catalog

"Demanding but confident and beautifully written" (Boston Globe), this is the story of a young Native American returning to his reservation after surviving the horrors of captivity as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. …More

Cloudstreet Cloudstreet 
By Winton, Tim
2002-06 - Scribner Book Company
0743234413 Check Our Catalog

From separate catastrophes, two rural Australian families flee to the city and find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again. …More

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays 
By Wang, Esme Weijun
2019-02 - Graywolf Press
9781555978273 Check Our Catalog

Powerful, affecting essays on mental illness, winner of the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize and a Whiting Award

An intimate, moving book written with the immediacy and directness of one who still struggles with the effects of mental and chronic illness, The Collected Schizophreniascuts right to the core. Schizophrenia is not a single unifying diagnosis, and Esm Weijun Wang …More

Coming Through Slaughter Coming Through Slaughter 
By Ondaatje, Michael
1996-03 - Vintage
9780679767855 Check Our Catalog

At the turn of the century, the Storyville district of New Orleans had some 2,000 prostitutes, 70 professional gamblers, and 30 piano players. It had only one man who played the cornet like Buddy Bolden. By day he cut hair and purveyed gossip at N. Joseph's Shaving Parlor. At night he played jazz as though unleashing wild animals in a crowded room. At the age of thirty-one, Buddy Bolden went mad. …More

The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale 
By Spiegelman, Art
1996-11 - Pantheon Books
0679406417 Check Our Catalog

In a world where Jews are mice, Germans are Cats and the Polish are pigs, a son documents his parents' experience during the Holocaust and his relationship with his father. …More

The Conference of the Birds The Conference of the Birds 
By Attar, Farid Ud-Din
Translator Abdulla, Raficq
2003-03 - Interlink Books
1566564808 Check Our Catalog

A twelfth-century Sufi allegorical poem. The Conference of the Birds tells the story of the quest for a king undertaken by the birds of the world, as it also describes the Sufi (or mystical Islamic) path to enlightenment. Richly illustrated with illuminations from Persian manuscripts in the British Library. …More

Confessions of a Mask Confessions of a Mask 
By Mishima, Yukio
Translator Weatherby, Meredith
1958-01 - New Directions Publishing Corporation
9780811201186 Check Our Catalog

This book is one of the classics of modern Japanese fiction. It is the story of an adolescent who must learn to live with the painful fact that he is unlike other young men. Mishima's protagonist discovers that he is becoming a homosexual in a polite, post-war Japan. To survive, he must live behind a mask of propriety. …More

Confessions of the Fox                                                                                                                                Confessions of the Fox 
By Rosenberg, Jordy
- One World
9780399592270 Check Our Catalog

New York Times Editors' Choice: "A mind-bending romp through a gender-fluid, eighteenth century London . . . a joyous mash-up of literary genres shot through with queer theory and awash in sex, crime, and revolution."

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New Yorker HuffPost -Kirkus Reviews Finalist for the Lambda Literary Award …More

Crazy Brave: A Memoir Crazy Brave: A Memoir 
By Harjo, Joy
2012-07 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393073461 Check Our Catalog

Narrating the complexities of betrayal and love, "Crazy Brave" is a memoir about family and the breaking apart necessary to find a voice. Harjo's tale of a hardscrabble youth, young adulthood, and transformation into an award-winning poet and musician is haunting and unique. …More

Custer Died for Your Sins: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future Custer Died for Your Sins: Shadows from the Past and Portents for the Future 
By Deloria, Vine
1988-05 - University of Oklahoma Press
9780806121291 Check Our Catalog

It seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria's Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, …More

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness 
By Styron, William
1992-01 - Vintage
9780679736394 Check Our Catalog

A work of great personal courage and a literary tour de force, this bestseller is Styron's true account of his descent into a crippling and almost suicidal depression. Styron is perhaps the first writer to convey the full terror of depression's psychic landscape, as well as the illuminating path to recovery. …More

Devil in a Blue Dress Devil in a Blue Dress 
By Mosley, Walter
1990-06 - W. W. Norton & Company
0393028542 Check Our Catalog

1st book in Easy Rawlins series

Devil in a Blue Dress honors the tradition of the classic American detective novel by bestowing on it a vivid social canvas and the freshest new voice in crime writing in years, mixing the hard-boiled poetry of Raymond Chandler with the racial realism of Richard Wright to explosive effect. …More

The Devil's Highway: A True Story The Devil's Highway: A True Story 
By Urrea, Luis Alberto
2004-04 - Little Brown and Company
0316746711 Check Our Catalog

A BookPage Notable Title

The author of "Across the Wire" offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out. 2 maps. …More

Dhalgren Dhalgren 
By Delany, Samuel R.
2001-05 - Vintage
9780375706684 Check Our Catalog

Spectrum Awards (2002)

In Dhalgren," perhaps one of the most profound and bestselling science fiction novels of all time, Samuel R. Delany has produced a novel "to stand with the best American fiction of the 1970s" (Jonathan Lethem). 

Bellona is a city at the dead center of the United States. Something has happened there.... The population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander the streets. Strange portents …More

The Diary of a Young Girl The Diary of a Young Girl 
By Frank, Anne
Editor Frank, Otto M.
Editor Pressler, Mirjam
1997-01 - Bantam
0553577123 Check Our Catalog

Anne Frank's "The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the twentieth century. Since its publication in 1947, it has been read by tens of millions of people all over the world. It remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit. Restored in this Definitive Edition are diary entries that were omitted from the original edition. …More

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death 
By Bauby, Jean-Dominique
1998-06 - Vintage
9780375701214 Check Our Catalog

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. By the end of the year he was also the victim of a rare kind of stroke to the brainstem. After 20 days in a coma, Bauby awoke into a body which had all but stopped working: only his left eye …More

The Dream of the Red Chamber The Dream of the Red Chamber 
By Xueqin, Cao
Translator Joly, H. Bencraft
Foreword by Minford, John
2010-09 - Tuttle Publishing
9780804840965 Check Our Catalog

Beloved by generations of Chinese readers, The Dream of the Red Chamber is China's equivalent of Romeo & Juliet …More

By Borges, Jorge Luis
Translator Boyer, Mildred
Translator Morland, Harold
1985-01 - University of Texas Press
9780292715493 Check Our Catalog

Dreamtigers has been heralded as one of the literary masterpieces of the twentieth century by Mortimer J. Adler, editor of Great Books of the Western World. It has been acknowledged by its author as his most personal work. Composed of poems, parables, and stories, sketches and apocryphal quotations, Dreamtigers at first glance appears to be a sampler -- albeit a dazzling one -- of the master's …More

Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans 
By Brown, Don
2015-08 - Houghton Mifflin
9780544157774 Check Our Catalog

L.A. Times Book Prize (2015), Orbis Pictus Award (2016), Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award (2016)

Sibert Honor Medalist Kirkus' Best of 2015 list School Library Journal Best of 2015 Publishers Weekly's Best of 2015 list Horn Book Fanfare Book Booklist Editor's Choice

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina's monstrous winds and surging water overwhelmed the protective levees around low-lying New Orleans, Louisiana. Eighty percent of the …More

Empire of the Senseless Empire of the Senseless 
By Acker, Kathy
Introduction by Kleeman, Alexandra
2018-05 - Grove Press
9780802128355 Check Our Catalog

Set in the near future, in a Paris rated by two terrorists and occasional lovers, Thivai, a pirate, and Abhor, part robot and part human. …More

The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for 
By Bechdel, Alison
2008-11 - Houghton Mifflin
9780618968800 Check Our Catalog

Triangle Awards (2009)


Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City 
By Desmond, Matthew
2016-03 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9780553447439 Check Our Catalog

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE - NAMED ONE OF TIME'S TEN BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE - One of the most acclaimed books of our time, this modern classic "has set a new standard for reporting on poverty" (Barbara Ehrenreich, The New York Times Book Review).

In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew …More

Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close 
By Foer, Jonathan Safran
2006-04 - Mariner Books
9780618711659 Check Our Catalog

Green Mountain Book Award (2008)

Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center. …More

The Famished Road The Famished Road 
By Okri, Ben
1992-05 - Nan A. Talese
9780385424769 Check Our Catalog

Man Booker Prize (1991)

Azaro, a 'spirit-child' from a ghetto community in Africa, uses his instinctual memory from ancient times to see the hate and violence that keep his people trapped in poverty. 35,000 first printing. $35,000 ad/promo. Tour. …More

Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment 
By Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Author Houston, James D.
2002-04 - Houghton Mifflin
9780618216208 Check Our Catalog

A Japanese-American woman looks back on life at an internment camp during World War II and tells of how the fear, confusion, and ultimate dignity of the people there shaped her life. …More

The Fire Next Time The Fire Next Time 
By Baldwin, James A.
1992-12 - Vintage
9780679744726 Check Our Catalog

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on …More

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race 
By Ward, Jesmyn
2016-08 - Scribner Book Company
9781501126345 Check Our Catalog

The New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race--collected by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation--are "thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. The Fire This Time is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify" (USA TODAY). …More

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem 
By Shange, Ntozake
2010-11 - Scribner Book Company
9781451624205 Check Our Catalog

From its inception in California in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at Joseph Papp's Public Theater and on Broadway, the Obie Award-winning "for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf "has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the country. Passionate and fearless, Shange's words reveal what it meant to be of color and female in the …More

Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life / My Bondage and My Freedom / Life and Times 
By Douglass, Frederick
Editor Gates, Henry Louis
1994-02 - Library of America
9780940450790 Check Our Catalog

Born a slave, Frederick Douglass educated himself, escaped, and made himself one of the greatest leaders in American history. His three autobiographical narratives, collected here in one volume, are now recognized as classics of both American history and American literature. Writing with the eloquence and fierce intelligence that made him a brilliantly effective spokesman for abolition and equal …More

Freshwater Freshwater 
By Emezi, Akwaeke
2018-02 - Grove Press
9780802127358 Check Our Catalog

A National Book Foundation "5 Under 35" Honoree

Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award for a Debut Novel

Shortlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize

New York Times Notable Book

One of the most highly praised novels of the year, the debut from an astonishing young writer, Freshwater tells the story of Ada, an unusual child who is …More

Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation 
By Bornstein, Kate
Author Bergman, S. Bear
2010-08 - Seal Press (CA)
9781580053082 Check Our Catalog

Lambda Literary Awards (2010), Lambda Literary Awards (2011), Triangle Awards (2011)

Part coming-of-age story, part mind-altering manifesto on gender and sexuality, coming directly to you from the life experiences of a transsexual woman, Gender Outlaw breaks all the rules and leaves the reader forever changed.26 black-and-white illustrations. …More

Giovanni's Room Giovanni's Room 
By Baldwin, James
Introduction by Toibin, Colm
2016-03 - Everyman's Library
9781101907740 Check Our Catalog

James Baldwin's groundbreaking novel about love and the fear of love is set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris.

David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni's …More

The God of Small Things The God of Small Things 
By Roy, Arundhati
1997-04 - Random House (NY)
9780679457312 Check Our Catalog

Set mainly in Kerala, India, in 1969, this is the story of twins, a brother and sister, who learn that their whole world can change in a single day--that love and life can be lost in a moment. Armed only with the invisible innocence of children, they seek to craft a childhood for themselves amid the wreckage that constitutes their family. …More

Heavy: An American Memoir Heavy: An American Memoir 
By Laymon, Kiese
2018-10 - Scribner Book Company
9781501125652 Check Our Catalog

*Named a Best Book of 2018 by the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, NPR,Broadly, Buzzfeed (Nonfiction), The Undefeated, Library Journal(Biography/Memoirs), The Washington Post (Nonfiction), Southern Living(Southern), Entertainment Weekly, and The New York Times Critics*

*WINNER of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and FINALIST for …More

Here Comes the Sun Here Comes the Sun 
By Dennis-Benn, Nicole Y.
2016-07 - Liveright Publishing Corporation
9781631491764 Check Our Catalog

In this radiant, highly anticipated debut, a cast of unforgettable women battle for independence while a maelstrom of change threatens their Jamaican village. …More

The Home and the World The Home and the World 
By Tagore, Rabindranath
Translator Tagore, Surendranath
Introduction by Desai, Anita
2005-04 - Penguin Group
9780140449860 Check Our Catalog

This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally important and have elected to …More

Homegoing Homegoing 
By Gyasi, Yaa
2016-06 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781101947135 Check Our Catalog

Winner of the NBCC's John Leonard First Book Prize

New York Times 2016 Notable Book

One of Oprah's 10 Favorite Books of 2016

NPR's Debut Novel of the Year

One of Buzzfeed's Best Fiction Books Of 2016

One of Time's Top 10 Novels of 2016

"Homegoing is an inspiration." --Ta-Nehisi Coates

The unforgettable …More

House Made of Dawn (50th Anniversary Edition) House Made of Dawn (50th Anniversary Edition) 
By Momaday, N. Scott
2018-12 - Harper Perennial
9780062909954 Check Our Catalog

A special 50th anniversary edition of the magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning classic from N. Scott Momaday, with a new preface by the author

A young Native American, Abel has come home from war to find himself caught between two worlds. The first is the world of his grandfather's, wedding him to the rhythm of the seasons, the harsh beauty of the land, and the …More

The House of the Spirits The House of the Spirits 
By Allende, Isabel
Translator Bolin, Magda
Introduction by Hitchens, Christopher
2005-04 - Everyman's Library
1400043182 Check Our Catalog

Here, in an astonishing debut by a gifted storyteller, is the magnificent saga of proud and passionate men and women and the turbulent times through which they suffer and triumph. They are the Truebas. And theirs is a world you will not want to leave, and one you will not forget. 

Esteban -- The patriarch, a volatile and proud man whose lust for land is legendary and who is haunted by …More

The House on Mango Street The House on Mango Street 
By Cisneros, Sandra
1991-04 - Vintage
9780679734772 Check Our Catalog

Told in a series of vignettes stunning for their eloquence, The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros's greatly admired novel of a young girl growing up in the Latino section of Chicago. Acclaimed by critics, beloved by children, their parents and grandparents, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, it has entered …More

How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York; With Illustrations Chiefly from Photographs Taken by the Author How the Other Half Lives: Studies Among the Tenements of New York; With Illustrations Chiefly from Photographs Taken by the Author 
By Riis, Jacob
2011-10 - University of Michigan Library
9781458500427 Check Our Catalog

How the Other Half Lives occupies a premier place on a small list of American books along with Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Jungle, Silent Spring, The Feminine Mystique, and Unsafe at Any Speed that changed public opinion, influenced public policy, and left an indelible mark on history. …More

Human Acts Human Acts 
By Kang, Han
2017-01 - Hogarth Press
9781101906729 Check Our Catalog

From the internationally bestselling author of The Vegetarian, a "rare and astonishing" (The Observer) portrait of political unrest and the universal struggle for justice.

In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed.

The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected …More

The Hungry Tide The Hungry Tide 
By Ghosh, Amitav
2005-05 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0618329978 Check Our Catalog

A BookPage Notable Title

A contemporary story of adventure and romance, identity and history, this novel brings two outsiders deep into one of the most fascinating regions on Earth--tiny islands known as the Sundarbans off the coast of India--where life is ruled by the unforgiving tides and the constant threat of attack by Bengal tigers. …More

I Am a Cat I Am a Cat 
By Natsume, Soseki
Translator Ito, Aiko
2001-09 - Tuttle Publishing
9780804832656 Check Our Catalog

"A nonchalant string of anecdotes and wisecracks, told by a fellow who doesn't have a name, has never caught a mouse, and isn't much good for anything except watching human beings in action."--"The New Yorker" …More

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 
By Angelou, Maya
1970-01 - Random House (NY)
0394429869 Check Our Catalog

The moving and beautiful autobiography of a talented black woman. ". . . I have no words for this achievement, but I know that not since the days of my childhood . . . have I found myself so moved . . . Her portrait is a Biblical study of life in the midst of death".--James Baldwin. …More

I the Supreme I the Supreme 
By Bastos, Augustos Roa Resfr
2019-02 - Vintage
9780525564690 Check Our Catalog

"An elaborate and erudite opus saturated in the verbal bravura of classic modernism." The New Yorker …More

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 
By Skloot, Rebecca
2010-02 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
9781400052172 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2011), Ambassador Book Awards (2011), Black-Eyed Susan Award (2013), Discover Great New Writers (2010), Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (2013), Grand Canyon Reader Award (2015), L.A. Times Book Prize (2010)

Skloot brilliantly weaves together the story of Henrietta Lacks--a woman whose cells have been unwittingly used for scientific research since the 1950s--with the birth of bioethics, and the dark history of experimentation on African Americans. …More

In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose 
By Walker, Alice
2004-05 - Mariner Books
9780156028646 Check Our Catalog

In this, her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a

black woman, writer, mother, and feminist in thirty-six pieces ranging

from the personal to the political. Among the contents are essays about

other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the

antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid memoir of a …More

In the Time of the Butterflies In the Time of the Butterflies 
By Alvarez, Julia
2010-01 - Algonquin Books
9781565129764 Check Our Catalog

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republica in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands. …More

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: Written by Herself 
By Jacobs, Harriet Ann
Introduction by Painter, Nell Irvin
2000-07 - Penguin Group
9780140437959 Check Our Catalog

A haunting, evocative recounting of her life as a slave in North Carolina, and her final escape and emancipation, Jacobs' narrative, written between 1853 and 1858 and published in 1861, is one of the most important books ever written documenting the traumas and horrors of slavery in the antebellum South. …More

Interpreter of Maladies Interpreter of Maladies 
By Lahiri, Jhumpa
1999-06 - Mariner Books
9780395927205 Check Our Catalog

Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award (1999), New Yorker Book (2000), Pulitzer Prize (2000)

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and a baffling new world, the characters in Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. …More

Into the Beautiful North Into the Beautiful North 
By Urrea, Luis Alberto
2009-05 - Little Brown and Company
9780316025270 Check Our Catalog

Grand Canyon Reader Award (2013)

Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the U.S. to find work. "Into the Beautiful North" is the story of a young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence. …More

Invisible Life Invisible Life 
By Harris, E. Lynn
1994-02 - Anchor Books
9780385469685 Check Our Catalog

1st book in Invisible life trilogy

The re-issue of a remarkable first novel by a young, gay, black author who has fashioned a deeply moving and compelling coming of age story out of the highly controversial issues of bisexuality and AIDS. …More

Invisible Man Invisible Man 
By Ellison, Ralph Waldo
1992-09 - Modern Library
0679600159 Check Our Catalog

Ellison won the National Book Award for this searing record of a black man's journey through contemporary America. "Unquestionably, Ellison's book is a work of extraordinary intensity--powerfully imagined and written with a savage, wryly humorous gusto".--Atlantic. …More

Journey Into the Whirlwind Journey Into the Whirlwind 
By Ginzburg, Eugenia Semyonovna
2002-11 - Mariner Books
9780156027519 Check Our Catalog

Both witness to and victim of Stalin's reign of terror, a courageous woman tells the story of her harrowing eighteen-year odyssey through Russia's prisons and labor camps. Translated by Paul Stevenson and Max Hayward. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption 
By Stevenson, Bryan
2014-10 - Spiegel & Grau
9780812994520 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2015), Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence (2015), Books for a Better Life (2015), Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2015), In the Margins Book Award (2015), Indies Choice Book Awards (2015), Kirkus Prize (2014), L.A. Times Book Prize (2014), New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (2015)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX - A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice--from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

" Bryan Stevenson's] dedication to fighting for justice and equality has inspired me …More

Kindred Kindred 
By Butler, Octavia E.
2009-02 - Beacon Press
9780807083109 Check Our Catalog

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stays grow longer, more …More

The Kite Runner The Kite Runner 
By Hosseini, Khaled
2003-06 - Riverhead Books
1573222453 Check Our Catalog

An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, takes readers from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. As emotionally gripping as it is tender, "The Kite Runner" is an unusual and powerful debut.…More

The Known World The Known World 
By Jones, Edward P.
2003-08 - Amistad Press
0060557540 Check Our Catalog

2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winner

Winner - 2004 ALA Notable Fiction Selection

Winner-2004 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

A BookPage Notable Title

Henry Townsend, a black bootmaker and former slave in antebellum Virginia, becomes a proprietor of his own plantation--as well as his own slaves. This modern …More

Lakota Woman Lakota Woman 
By Crow Dog, Mary
With Erdoes, Richard
2011-06 - Grove Press
9780802145420 Check Our Catalog

This is the powerful autobiography of Mary Brave Bird, who grew up in the misery of a South Dakota reservation. Rebelling against the violence and hopelessness of reservation life, she joined the tribal pride movement in an effort to bring about much-needed changes. Now a major movie from TNT. Photos. …More

The Left Hand of Darkness The Left Hand of Darkness 
By Le Guin, Ursula K.
Afterword by Anders, Charlie Jane
Foreword by Mitchell, David
2000-07 - Ace Books
9780441007318 Check Our Catalog

Spectrum Awards (2001)

Praised as a groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary's mission to Winter, an unknown alien world whose inhabitants can choose -- and change -- their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter's inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely …More

Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir 
By Lawson, Jenny
2012-04 - Amy Einhorn Books
9780399159015 Check Our Catalog

Internet star Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her comedic and pointed debut. Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor. …More

Like Water for Chocolate Like Water for Chocolate 
By Esquivel, Laura
1992-09 - Doubleday Books
9780385420167 Check Our Catalog

Book Sense Book of the Year Award (1993)

Earthy, magical, and utterly charming, this tale of family life in turn-of-the-century Mexico became a best-selling phenomenon with its winning blend of poignant romance and bittersweet wit. The classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother's womb, her …More

The Living Is Easy The Living Is Easy 
By West, Dorothy
Afterword by Cromwell, Adelaide M.
Foreword by Jerkins, Morgan
2020-11 - Feminist Press
9781936932979 Check Our Catalog

The captivating firts novel by Dorothy West--author of "The Wedding." …More

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela 
By Mandela, Nelson
1995-10 - Back Bay Books
9780316548182 Check Our Catalog

Nelson Mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in South Africa won him the Nobel Peace Prize and the presidency of his country. Since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, Mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring …More

Lost City Radio Lost City Radio 
By Alarcon, Daniel
2007-02 - HarperCollins Publishers
9780060594794 Check Our Catalog

BookPage Notable Title

Alarcon's highly anticipated new novel is the story of three people searching for answers in a country ravaged by war. War by Candlelight, the author's debut story collection, was a finalist for the 2006 PEN Hemingway Award. …More

Love in a Fallen City Love in a Fallen City 
By Chang, Eileen
Translator Kingsbury, Karen S.
Translator Chang, Eileen
2006-10 - New York Review of Books
9781590171783 Check Our Catalog

A New York Review Books Original 

"[A] giant of modern Chinese literature" "-The New York Times" 

"With language as sharp as a knife edge, Eileen Chang cut open a huge divide in Chinese culture, between the classical patriarchy and our troubled modernity. She was one of the very few able truly to connect that divide, just as her heroines often disappeared inside it. She is …More

Love in the Time of Cholera Love in the Time of Cholera 
By Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
1988-03 - Knopf Publishing Group
0394561619 Check Our Catalog

Set in a country on the Caribbean coast of South America, this is a story about a woman and two men and their entwined lives. From the author of the legendary One Hundred Years of Solitude. …More

Love Medicine Love Medicine 
By Erdrich, Louise
2013-04 - Harper Perennial
9780062206312 Check Our Catalog

The first book in Erdrich's Native American tetralogy that includes The Beet Queen, Tracks, and The Bingo Palace is an authentic and emotionally powerful glimpse into the Native American experience--now resequenced and expanded to include never-before-published chapters. …More

Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 
By Cooper, Helene
- Simon & Schuster
9781451697353 Check Our Catalog


The harrowing, but triumphant story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leader of the Liberian women's movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history.

When Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won the 2005 Liberian presidential election, she demolished a barrier …More

Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling 
By Satyamurti, Carole
Afterword by Dharwadker, Vinay
Foreword by Doniger, Wendy
2015-03 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393081756 Check Our Catalog

Originally composed approximately two thousand years ago, the Mahabharata tells the story of a royal dynasty, descended from gods, whose feud over their kingdom results in a devastating war. But it contains much more than conflict. An epic masterpiece of huge sweep and magisterial power, "a hundred times more interesting" than the Iliadand the Odyssey, writes Wendy Doniger …More

Man's Search for Meaning: Gift Edition Man's Search for Meaning: Gift Edition 
By Frankl, Viktor E.
Preface by Allport, Gordon W.
2000-03 - Beacon Press (MA)
9780807014264 Check Our Catalog

Man's Search for Meaning has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we …More

March: Book One March: Book One 
By Lewis, John
Author Aydin, Andrew
Illustrator Powell, Nate
2013-08 - Top Shelf Productions
9781603093002 Check Our Catalog

Coretta Scott King Award (2014), Cybils (2013), Georgia Children's Book Award (2015), Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers (2015), Sequoyah Book Awards (2016), Virginia Readers Choice Award (2016), Volunteer State Book Awards (2016)

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon and key figure of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of …More

The Master and Margarita The Master and Margarita 
By Bulgakov, Mikhail
Translator Glenny, Michael
Introduction by Franklin, Simon
1992-04 - Everyman's Library
0679410465 Check Our Catalog

The devil, disguised as a magician, descends upon Moscow in the 1930s with his riotous band, which includes a talking cat and an expert assassin. Together they succeed in comically befuddling a population which denies the devil's existence, even as it is confronted with the diabolic results of a magic act gone wrong. This visit to the capital of world atheism has several aims, one of which …More

Maurice Maurice 
By Forster, E. M.
2005-12 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393310320 Check Our Catalog

Written during 1913 and 1914, Maurice deals with the then unmentionable subject of homosexuality. More unusual, it concerns a relationship that ends happily. …More

Men We Reaped Men We Reaped 
By Ward, Jesmyn
2013-09 - Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
9781608195213 Check Our Catalog

Dayton Literary Peace Prize (2014), Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (2014), Indies Choice Book Awards (2014), National Book Critics Circle Award (2013)

A memoir that examines rural poverty and the lingering strains of racism in the south by the prize-winning author of "Salvage the Bones." …More

Midnight's Children Midnight's Children 
By Rushdie, Salman
Introduction by Desai, Anita
1995-10 - Everyman's Library
9780679444626 Check Our Catalog

Man Booker Prize (1981)

The author of The Stananic Verses creates a fascinating family saga about the birth and maturity of a land and its people--a brilliant incarnation of the human comedy. "Rushdie has achieved a magnificent and unique work of fiction".--The Philadelphia Inquirer. …More

The Moor's Account The Moor's Account 
By Lalami, Laila
2014-09 - Pantheon Books
9780307911667 Check Our Catalog

Hurston/Wright LEGACY Award (2015), Langum Prize for Historical Literature (2014), Pulitzer Prize (2015)

**Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize**

**Nominated for the 2016 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award**

A Pulitzer Prize Finalist

New York Times Notable Book

Wall Street Journal Top 10 Book of the Year

An NPR Great Read of 2014

A Kirkus Best Fiction Book of the Year

In this stunning work …More

My Name Is Asher Lev My Name Is Asher Lev 
By Potok, Chaim
2003-03 - Anchor Books
9781400031047 Check Our Catalog

Asher Lev is a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels even when it leads him to blasphemy.In this stirring and often visionary novel, Chaim Potok traces Asher's passage between these two identities, the one consecrated to God, …More

My People the Sioux My People the Sioux 
By Standing Bear, Luther
Introduction by Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk
2006-11 - Bison Books
9780803293328 Check Our Catalog

Landmark description of life of the Lakota Indians in the late nineteenth century from the perspective of an Indian. …More

Near to the Wild Heart Near to the Wild Heart 
By Lispector, Clarice
Translator Entrekin, Alison
Preface by Moser, Benjamin
2012-06 - New Directions Publishing Corporation
9780811220026 Check Our Catalog

Literary Award (2013), PEN Literary Award (2013)

Near to the Wild Heart, published in Rio de Janeiro in 1943, introduced Brazil to what one writer called "Hurricane Clarice" a twenty-three-year-old girl who wrote her first book in a tiny rented room and then baptized it with a title taken from Joyce: "He was alone, unheeded, near to the wild heart of life."

The book was an unprecedented sensation -- the discovery of a genius. Narrative …More

Nervous Conditions Nervous Conditions 
By Dangarembga, Tsitsi
2004-12 - Ayebia Clarke Publishing
9780954702335 Check Our Catalog

A modern classic in the African literary canon and voted in the Top Ten Africa's 100 Best Books of the 20th Century, this novel brings to the politics of decolonization theory the energy of women's rights. An extraordinarily well-crafted work, this book is a work of vision. Through its deft negotiation of race, class, gender and cultural change, it dramatizes the 'nervousness' of the …More

Never Let Me Go Never Let Me Go 
By Ishiguro, Kazuo
2005-04 - Knopf Publishing Group
9781400043392 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2006), Alex Awards (2006), Man Booker Prize (2005), National Book Critics Circle Award (2005)

Winner - 2006 ALA Notable Fiction Selection

Alex Award Winner - 2006

A BookPage Notable Title

Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth were once classmates at Hailsham, a private school in the English countryside with a most unusual student body: human clones created solely to serve as organ donors. "You were brought into this world for a purpose," advised Miss…More

No Longer Human No Longer Human 
By Dazai, Osamu
Translator Keene, Donald
1973-01 - New Directions Publishing Corporation
9780811204811 Check Our Catalog

The poignant and fascinating story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. …More

No Time Like the Present No Time Like the Present 
By Gordimer, Nadine
2012-03 - Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374222642 Check Our Catalog

Nobel Prize winner Gordimer trains her keen eye on Steve and Jabulile, an interracial couple living in a newly, tentatively, free South Africa to capture the tortured, fragmented essence of a nation struggling to define itself post-apartheid. …More

The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression 
By Solomon, Andrew
2014-09 - Scribner Book Company
9781451611038 Check Our Catalog

A Scribner Classics edition of Andrew Solomon's National Book Award-winning, bestselling, and transformative masterpiece on depression--"the book for a generation, elegantly written, meticulously researched, empathetic, and enlightening" (Time)--now with a major new chapter covering recently introduced and novel treatments, suicide and anti-depressants, pregnancy and depression, and much …More

Notes of a Crocodile Notes of a Crocodile 
By Miaojin, Qiu
Translator Huie, Bonnie
2017-05 - New York Review of Books
9781681370767 Check Our Catalog


The English-language premiere of Qiu Miaojin's coming-of-age novel about queer teenagers in Taiwan, a cult classic in China and winner of the 1995 China Times Literature Award.

An NYRB Classics Original

Set in the post-martial-law era of late-1980s Taipei, …More

Obasan Obasan 
By Kogawa, Joy
1993-12 - Anchor Books
0385468865 Check Our Catalog

Based on the author's own experiences, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War. …More

Orlando. Virginia Woolf Orlando. Virginia Woolf 
By Woolf, Virginia
2011-11 - Penguin Books
9780141198521 Check Our Catalog

A brand new series of five of Woolf's major works, in beautifully designed hardback editions. Written for Virginia Woolf's intimate friend, the charismatic, bisexual writers Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a playful mock 'biography' of a chameleon-like historical figure who changes sex and identity at will. First masculine, then feminine, Orlando begins life as a young sixteenth-century nobleman, …More

Pachinko Pachinko 
By Lee, Min Jin
2017-02 - Grand Central Publishing
9781455563937 Check Our Catalog

National Book Awards (2017)


Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington …More

Pedro Paramo Pedro Paramo 
By Rulfo, Juan
Translator Peden, Margaret Sayers
Foreword by Sontag, Susan
1994-03 - Grove Press
9780802133908 Check Our Catalog

A raíz del ruego de su madre moribunda de localizar a su padre, Pedro Paramo, del cual escaparon muchos años antes, Juan Preciado viaja a Comala. Comala es un pueblo que vive por susurros y sombras -un lugar que parece poblado únicamente por la memoria y las alucinaciones. Construido sobre la tiranía de la familia Páramo, sus estériles y derruidas calles son el eco de las voces de …More

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood 
By Satrapi, Marjane
2004-06 - Pantheon Books
9780375714573 Check Our Catalog

A "New York Times Notable Book

A "Time Magazine "Best Comix of the Year"

A "San Francisco Chronicle and "Los Angeles Times Best-seller 

Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, "Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi's memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages …More

Picnic at Hanging Rock Picnic at Hanging Rock 
By Lindsay, Joan
Foreword by Meloy, Maile
2017-10 - Penguin Group
9780143132059 Check Our Catalog

A 50th-anniversary edition of the landmark novel about three "gone girls" that inspired the acclaimed 1975 film, featuring a foreword by Maile Meloy, author ofDo Not Become Alarmed

It was a cloudless summer day in the year 1900. Everyone at Appleyard College for Young Ladies …More

Poems of Anna Andreevna Akhmatova Poems of Anna Andreevna Akhmatova 
By Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna
Translator Coffin, Lyn
Introduction by Brodsky, Joseph
2008-10 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393300147 Check Our Catalog

"Most of the lyrics in this volume are true to themselves as English poems and a nearly astonishing percentage are absolutely faithful, as well, to the Russian originals. . . .The Berlin Wall is as nothing compared to the linguistic boundaries separating East and West. The translations in this volume testify to a long-lasting love affair with these boundaries which has borne rich fruit." --Joseph …More

Prince Among Slaves Prince Among Slaves 
By Alford, Terry
2007-08 - Oxford University Press, USA
9780195320459 Check Our Catalog

First published in 1977, this engaging biography is the story of Abd al-Rahman Ibrahima, a Muslim slave in Natchez, Mississippi, who was in fact an African prince. This 30th anniversary edition feature new material discovered since the original publication and is being released to coincide with a new documentary about Ibrahima's life. 16 halftones. …More

Quicksand and Passing Quicksand and Passing 
By Larsen, Nella
2010-03 - Wilder Publications
9781604599923 Check Our Catalog

"Quicksand and Passing are novels I will never forget. They open up a whole world of experience and struggle that seemed to me, when I first read them years ago, absolutely absorbing, fascinating, and indispensable."--Alice Walker

"Discovering Nella Larsen is like finding lost money with no name on it. One can enjoy it with delight and share it without guilt." --Maya …More

A Raisin in the Sun A Raisin in the Sun 
By Hansberry, Lorraine
Introduction by Nemiroff, Robert
1995-08 - Modern Library
9780679601722 Check Our Catalog

"Never before, the entire history of the American theater, has so much of the truth of black people's lives been seen on the stage," observed James Baldwin shortly before "A Raisin in the Sun opened on Broadway in 1959. 

Indeed Lorraine Hansberry's award-winning drama about the hopes and aspirations of a struggling, working-class family living on the South Side of Chicago connected …More

Rashomon: And Other Stories Rashomon: And Other Stories 
By Akutagawa, Ryunosuke
Illustrator Kuwata, M.
Translator Kojima, Takashi
1999-12 - Liveright Publishing Corporation
9780871401731 Check Our Catalog

This fascinating collection features several stories by a master storyteller about Japan's cultural upheaval, including the classic "Rashomon, " the disturbing tale of a murder told from different perspectives. …More

The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism 
By Higashida, Naoki
Translator Yoshida, Ka
Translator Mitchell, David
2013-08 - Random House
9780812994865 Check Our Catalog

Books for a Better Life (2013), Books for a Better Life (2014)

A 13-year-old Japanese author illuminates his autism from within, making a connection with those who find the condition frustrating, mysterious or impenetrable. …More

Return of the Spirit Return of the Spirit 
By Al-Hakim, Tawfiq
Translator Hutchins, William Maynard
Foreword by Aswany, Alaa Al
2019-07 - Penguin Group
9780143133971 Check Our Catalog

The celebrated, revolutionary novel from a pioneering Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim, now for the first time in Penguin Classics with a foreword by Egyptian writer Alaa Al-Aswany

First published in Arabic in 1933, Egyptian playwright and novelist Tawfiq Al-Hakim'sReturn of the Spirit follows a patriotic young Egyptian and his extended family as they grapple with the events …More

Roots: The Saga of an American Family Roots: The Saga of an American Family 
By Haley, Alex
2000-09 - Wings
0517208601 Check Our Catalog

One of the most beloved bestsellers of all time that touched the hearts of readers across the globe, "Roots" is now available in the Modern Classic Edition marking the 25th anniversary of its first printing. …More

Rubyfruit Jungle Rubyfruit Jungle 
By Brown, Rita Mae
2015-06 - Bantam
9781101965122 Check Our Catalog

"The rare work of fiction that has changed real life . . . If you don't yet know Molly Bolt--or Rita Mae Brown, who created her--I urge you to read and thank them both."--Gloria Steinem

Winner of the Lambda Literary Pioneer Award Winner of the Lee Lynch Classic Book Award

A landmark coming-of-age novel that launched the career of one of this country's most distinctive …More

The Savage Detectives The Savage Detectives 
By Bolano, Roberto
Translator Wimmer, Natasha
2007-04 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374191481 Check Our Catalog

BookPage Notable Title

Bolano traces the hidden connection between literature and violence in a world where national boundaries are fluid and death lurks in the shadow of the avant-garde. The Savage Detectives is a dazzling original, the first great Latin American novel of the 21st century. …More

Say You're One of Them Say You're One of Them 
By Akpan, Uwem
2009-07 - Back Bay Books
9780316113953 Check Our Catalog

From a portrait of a family living together in a makeshift shanty in urban Kenya to a Rwandan girl's account of her family's struggles to maintain normalcy amid unspeakable horrors, each of the short stories in this collection is a testament to the wisdom and resilience of children. …More

Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet Searching for Sappho: The Lost Songs and World of the First Woman Poet 
By Freeman, Philip
2016-02 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393242232 Check Our Catalog

For more than twenty-five centuries, all that the world knew of the poems of Sappho--the first woman writer in literary history--were a few brief quotations preserved by ancient male authors. Yet those meager remains showed such power and genius that they captured the imagination of readers through the ages. But within the last century, dozens of new pieces of her poetry have been found written …More

Season of Migration to the North Season of Migration to the North 
By Salih, Tayeb
Translator Johnson-Davies, Denys
Introduction by Lalami, Laila
2009-04 - New York Review of Books
9781590173022 Check Our Catalog

"An" Arabian Nights" in reverse; the brilliant student of an earlier generation returns to his Sudanese village; obsessed with the mysterious West and a desire to bite the hand that has half-fed him, has led him to London and the beds of women with similar obsessions about the mysterious East." 

- The ObserverA beautifully constructed novel set in the Sudan. …More

The Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett The Selected Works of Ida B. Wells-Barnett 
By Wells-Barnett, Ida B.
Introduction by Harris, Trudier
1991-04 - Oxford University Press, USA
0195062027 Check Our Catalog

Four of Ida B. Wells-Barnett's moving anti-lynching essays are presented in this volume. Written during the height of the lynching craze at the turn of the century, they elegantly speak to the pain and loss caused by racist thought and action. …More

The Shadow of the Wind The Shadow of the Wind 
By Ruiz Zafon, Carlos
Translator Graves, Lucia
2005-01 - Penguin Books
9780143034902 Check Our Catalog

1st book in Cemetery of forgotten books series

Barcelona, 1945

A great world city lies shrouded in secrets after the war, and a boy mourning the loss of his mother finds solace in his love for an extraordinary book called The Shadow of the Wind, by an author named Julian Carax. When the boy searches for Carax's other books, it begins to dawn on him, to his horror, that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of …More

Signs Preceding the End of the World

Signs Preceding the End of the World 
By Herrera, Yuri
Translator Dillman, Lisa
2015-03 - And Other Stories
9781908276421 Check Our Catalog

Signs Preceding the End of the World is one of the most arresting novels to be published in Spanish in the last ten years. Yuri Herrera does not simply write about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it. He explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and …More

A Small Place A Small Place 
By Kincaid, Jamaica
1988-07 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374266387 Check Our Catalog

Kincaid introduces readers to the place where she grew up. Antigua is a ten-by-twelve-mile island in the British West Indies. In an expansive essay--lyrical, sardonic, and forthright by turns--she amplifies the vision of one small place and all that it signifies. …More

Snow Snow 
By Pamuk, Orhan
2004-08 - Knopf Publishing Group
0375406972 Check Our Catalog

From the acclaimed author of "My Name Is Red ("a sumptuous thriller"-John Updike; "chockful of sublimity and sin"-"New York Times Book Review), comes a spellbinding tale of disparate yearnings-for love, art, power, and God-set in a remote Turkish town, where stirrings of political Islamism threaten to unravel the secular order. 

Following years of lonely political exile in Western …More

So Lucky                                                                                                                                              So Lucky 
By Griffith, Nicola
2018-05 - MCD X Fsg Originals
9780374265922 Check Our Catalog

From the author of Hild, a fierce and urgent autobiographical novel about a woman facing down a formidable foe

So Lucky is the sharp, surprising new novel by Nicola Griffith--the profoundly personal and emphatically political story of a confident woman forced to confront an unnerving new reality when in the space of a single week her wife …More

Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz: Selected Works Sor Juana Ines de La Cruz: Selected Works 
By De La Cruz, Juana Ines
Translator Grossman, Edith
Introduction by Alvarez, Julia
2014-09 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393241754 Check Our Catalog

Sor Juana (1651-1695) was a fiery feminist and a woman ahead of her time. Like Simone de Beauvoir, she was very much a public intellectual. Her contemporaries called her "the Tenth Muse" and "the Phoenix of Mexico," names that continue to resonate. An illegitimate child, self-taught intellectual, and court favorite, she rose to the height of fame as a writer in Mexico City during the Spanish …More

The Souls of Black Folk The Souls of Black Folk 
By Du Bois, W. E. B.
Introduction by Rampersad, Arnold
1993-10 - Everyman's Library
067942802X Check Our Catalog

First published in 1903, this eloquent collection of essays exposed the magnitude of racism in our society. The book endures today as a classic document of American social and political history: a manifesto that has influenced generations with its transcendent vision for change. …More

The Story of My Life The Story of My Life 
By Keller, Helen
With Herrmann, Dorothy
Editor Shattuck, Roger
2003-05 - W. W. Norton & Company
0393057445 Check Our Catalog

The astonishing original version of Helen Keller's story, first published in 1903, has been out of print for many years and lost to the public. Now, 100 years after its initial publication, eminent literary scholar Roger Shattuck, in collaboration with Keller biographer Dorothy Hermann, has reedited the book to reflect more accurately its original composition. 10 illustrations. …More

The Street The Street 
By Petry, Ann
Introduction by Jones, Tayari
2020-01 - Mariner Books
9780358187547 Check Our Catalog

As much a historical document as it is a novel, this 1946 winner of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship is the poignant and unblinkingly honest story of a young black woman's struggle to live and raise her son by herself amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s. …More

A Suitable Boy A Suitable Boy 
By Seth, Vikram
2005-10 - Harper Perennial
9780060786526 Check Our Catalog

Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. Set in the early 1950s, in an India newly independent and struggling through a time of crisis, "A Suitable Boy" takes us into the richly imagined world of four large extended families and …More

The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) The Sympathizer: A Novel (Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) 
By Nguyen, Viet Thanh
2016-04 - Grove Press
9780802124944 Check Our Catalog

The winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as seven other awards, The Sympathizer is the breakthrough novel of the year. With the pace and suspense of a thriller and prose that has been compared to Graham Greene and Saul Bellow, The Sympathizer is a sweeping epic of love and betrayal. The narrator, a communist double agent, is a "man of two minds," a half-French, …More

The Tale of Genji The Tale of Genji 
By Murasaki, Shikibu
Translator Washburn, Dennis
2016-12 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393353396 Check Our Catalog

Murasaki Shikibu, born into the middle ranks of the aristocracy during the Heian period (794-1185 CE), wrote The Tale of Genji--widely considered the world's first novel--during the early years of the eleventh century. Expansive, compelling, and sophisticated in its representation of ethical concerns and aesthetic ideals, Murasaki's tale came to occupy a central place in Japan's …More

Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions 
By Luiselli, Valeria
Introduction by Anderson, Jon Lee
2017-04 - Coffee House Press
9781566894951 Check Our Catalog

"Humane yet often horrifying, Tell Me How It Ends offers a compelling, intimate look at a continuing crisis--and its ongoing cost in an age of increasing urgency." --Jeremy Garber, Powell's Books

p>>"Valeria Luiselli's extended essay on her volunteer work translating for child immigrants confronts with compassion and honesty the problem of the North American refugee crisis. It's a rare …More

Their Eyes Were Watching God Their Eyes Were Watching God 
By Hurston, Zora Neale
Illustrator Pinkney, Jerry
Introduction by Williams, Sherley Anne
1991-10 - University of Illinois Press
0252017781 Check Our Catalog

Initially published in 1937, this novel about a proud, independent black woman has, since its reissue in trade paper in 1978, been the most widely readand highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature. With this richly illustrated new edition, the novel is finally accorded the treatment it deserves as a classic. …More

There There: A novel There There: A novel 
By Orange, Tommy
2018-06 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780525520375 Check Our Catalog



One of the Best Books of the Year: The Washington Post, NPR, Time, O, The Oprah Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, GQ, The Dallas Morning …More

The Thief's Journal The Thief's Journal 
By Genet, Jean
Foreword by Sartre, Jean-Paul
Introduction by Smith, Patti
2018-08 - Grove Press
9780802128270 Check Our Catalog

Writing in the intensely lyrical prose style that is his trademark, the man Jean Cocteau dubbed France's 'Black Prince of Letters' her reconstructs his early adult years- time he spent as a petty criminal and vagabond, traveling through Spain and Antwerp, occasionally border hopping across the rest of Europe, always one step ahead of the authorities. …More

Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism Thinking in Pictures: And Other Reports from My Life with Autism 
By Grandin, Temple, Speaker
2006-01 - Vintage
9780307275653 Check Our Catalog

The captivating subject of Oliver Sack's "Anthropologist on Mars, here is Temple Grandin's personal account of living with autism extraordinary gift of animal empathy has transformed her world and ours.

Temple Grandin is renowned throughout the world as a designer of livestock holding equipment. Her unique empathy for animals has her to create systems which are humane and cruel …More

This Blinding Absence of Light This Blinding Absence of Light 
By Ben Jelloun, Tahar
Translator Coverdale, Linda
2002-05 - New Press
9781565847231 Check Our Catalog

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2004), Literary Award (2003), PEN Literary Award (2003)

2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Winner

Bookish Salim joins the Moroccan army without enthusiasm and is shocked first to find himself in the midst of an unsuccessful coup, then to be imprisoned in what is essentially a tomb. Salim concentrates all his energy on preserving his mind, praying and meditating with such intensity that his lucidity and discipline, along …More

This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color This Bridge Called My Back, Fourth Edition: Writings by Radical Women of Color 
By Moraga, Cherrie
Editor Anzaldúa, Gloria
2015-03 - State University of New York Press
9781438454399 Check Our Catalog

Bronze Medalist, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the Anthologies Category

Originally released in 1981, This Bridge Called My Back is a testimony to women of color feminism as it emerged in the last quarter of the twentieth century. Through personal essays, criticism, interviews, testimonials, poetry, and visual art, the collection explores, as coeditor Cherr e Moraga writes, …More

Three Daughters of Eve Three Daughters of Eve 
By Shafak, Elif
2017-12 - Bloomsbury USA
9781632869951 Check Our Catalog

The stunning, timely new novel from the acclaimed, internationally bestselling author of The Architect's Apprentice and The Bastard of Istanbul.

Peri, a married, wealthy, beautiful Turkish woman, is on her way to a dinner party at a seaside mansion in Istanbul when a beggar snatches her handbag. As she wrestles to get it back, a photograph falls to the ground--an old …More

The Tibetan Book of the Dead The Tibetan Book of the Dead 
By Coleman, Graham
Editor Coleman, Graham
Editor Jinpa, Thupten
2006-01 - Viking
0670858862 Check Our Catalog

Reflecting the insights and intentions of the original work, this text includes one of the most detailed and compelling descriptions of the after-death state and practices that transform the experience of daily life and the process of dying. …More

The Tiger's Wife The Tiger's Wife 
By Obreht, Tea
2011-03 - Random House
9780385343831 Check Our Catalog

ALA Notable Books (2012), Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction (2011), Indies Choice Book Awards (2012), National Book Awards (2011), New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association Award (2011), Orange Broadband Prize (2011), Women's Fiction AKA Orange Prize (2011)

Weaving a brilliant latticework of family legend, loss, and love, Obreht, the youngest of "The New Yorker's" 20 best American fiction writers under 40, spins a timeless novel about a young doctor who confronts the inexplicable circumstances surrounding her beloved grandfather's recent death. …More

Under the Udala Trees Under the Udala Trees 
By Okparanta, Chinelo
2015-09 - Houghton Mifflin
9780544003446 Check Our Catalog

Inspired by Nigeria's folktales and its war, Under the Udala Trees is a deeply searching, powerful debut about the dangers of living and loving openly.

Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall …More

The Underground Railroad The Underground Railroad 
By Whitehead, Colson
2016-08 - Doubleday Books
9780385542364 Check Our Catalog

National Book Awards (2016)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among …More

We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda 
By Gourevitch, Philip
1999-09 - Picador USA
9780312243357 Check Our Catalog

Guardian First Book Award (1999), Helen Bernstein Book Award (1999)

Gourevitch's haunting, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning work provides an anatomy of the war in Rwanda, a vivid history of the tragedy's background, and an unforgettable account of its aftermath. …More

The Well of Loneliness: The Classic of Lesbian Fiction The Well of Loneliness: The Classic of Lesbian Fiction 
By Hall, Radclyffe
1990-10 - Anchor Books
9780385416092 Check Our Catalog

First published in 1928, this timeless portrayal of lesbian love is now a classic. The thinly disguised story of Hall's own life, it was banned outright upon publication and almost ruined her literary career. …More

West with the Night: A Memoir West with the Night: A Memoir 
By Markham, Beryl
Introduction by Wheeler, Sara
2013-01 - North Point Press
9780865477636 Check Our Catalog

"West with the Night" is the story of Beryl Markham--aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty--and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and '30s. 


When I Was Puerto Rican When I Was Puerto Rican 
By Santiago, Esmeralda
2006-02 - Da Capo Press
9780306814525 Check Our Catalog

Magic, sexual tension, high comedy, and intense drama move through an enchanted yet harsh autobiography, in the story of a young girl who leaves rural Puerto Rico for New York's tenements and a chance for success. …More

White Teeth White Teeth 
By Smith, Zadie
2000-04 - Random House (NY)
0375501851 Check Our Catalog

Winner - 2001 ALA Notable Fiction Selection

A spectacular, riotously entertaining epic set in post-World War II London, "White Teeth" tells the story of two families, whose hilarious and tortured lives capture all the optimism and absurdity of the past half-century. …More

Whose Names Are Unknown Whose Names Are Unknown 
By Babb, Sanora
Foreword by Rodgers, Lawrence R.
2004-05 - University of Oklahoma Press
0806135794 Check Our Catalog

An intimate story about the Oklahoma Panhandle farmers in the 1930s who fought and fled drought and dust storms, this long-hidden novel--upstaged by John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath," which was published during the same period--is told with an empathy derived from the author's own firsthand experiences. …More

Wide Sargasso Sea 
By Rhys, Jean
Introduction by Danticat, Edwidge
2016-01 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393352566 Check Our Catalog

2nd book in Jane Eyre series

The fortieth anniversary reissue of the best-selling "tour de force" (Walter Allen, New York Times Book Review). …More

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China 
By Chang, Jung
1991-09 - Simon & Schuster
0671685465 Check Our Catalog

The forces of history and the exceptional talents of this young writer combine to produce a work of nonfiction with the breadth and drama of the richest, most memorable fiction classics. Wild Swans is a landmark book, with the intimacy of memoir and the panoramic vision of a monumental human saga, which tells of the lives of Jung Chang, her mother, her grandmother, and of 20th-century China. …More

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle 
By Murakami, Haruki
Translator Rubin, Jay
1997-10 - Alfred A. Knopf
0679446699 Check Our Catalog

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle is many things: the story of a marriage that mysteriously collapses; a jeremiad against the superficiality of contemporary politics; an investigation of painfully suppressed memories of war; a bildungsroman about a compassionate young man's search for his own identity as well as that of his nation. All of Murakami's storytelling genius - combining elements of detective …More

Woman on the Edge of Time Woman on the Edge of Time 
By Piercy, Marge
1997-06 - Ballantine Books
9780449000946 Check Our Catalog

Connie Ramos, a woman in her mid-thirties, has been declared insane. But Connie is overwhelmingly sane, merely tuned to the future, and able to communicate with the year 2137. As her doctors persuade her to agree to an operation, Connie struggles to force herself to listen to the future and its lessons for today....

"From the Paperback edition. …More

Written on the Body Written on the Body 
By Winterson, Jeanette
1994-02 - Vintage Books USA
9780679744474 Check Our Catalog

Lambda Literary Awards (1993)

The most beguilingly seductive novel to date from the author of The Passion and Sexing the Cherry. Winterson chronicles the consuming affair between the narrator, who is given neither name nor gender, and the beloved, a complex and confused married woman. "At once a love story and a philosophical meditation."--New York Times Book Review. …More

The Year of Magical Thinking The Year of Magical Thinking 
By Didion, Joan
2005-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
140004314X Check Our Catalog

Didion chronicles the experience of losing her husband, the writer John Gregory Dunne, to a massive coronary, just weeks after the two of them watched as their only daughter was put into an induced coma to save her life. With honesty and passion, Didion explores this intensely personal yet universal experience. …More

The Years with Laura Diaz The Years with Laura Diaz 
By Fuentes, Carlos
Translator MacAdam, Alfred
2011-06 - Mariner Books
9780156007566 Check Our Catalog

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (2002)

Fuentes gives readers a richly painted portrait of the 20th century as seen through the eyes of Laura Daz--a woman who becomes a part of the Mexican history she observes and helps to create. …More

Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Zami, a New Spelling of My Name 
By Lorde, Audre
1983-09 - Crossing Press
0895941236 Check Our Catalog

Audre Lorde pioneered "biomythography" in Zami: A New Spelling of My Name, originally published in 1982. In this extraordinary tale, Lorde weaves a narrative tapestry out of the threads of her own life--from her family's immigration to New York through her own coming of age--and the lives of the women who shaped her.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern …More

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