• Carmen Graham

TCY Book Club Guide: Novels by BIPOC

Updated: Jun 14, 2020

One of the best ways you can expand how you think about the black community, and people of color, is by expanding your reading repertoire to includes books by BIPOC authors and that feature BIPOC characters. If you're not much of a non-fiction reader (guilty), these picks are a mix of modern classics and newer best-sellers.

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

A young Black girl doesn't feel like she's beautiful because she doesn't have blonde hair and blue eyes, and the obsession follows her as life gets more and more difficult. A deep look at how European beauty standards affect those who fall outside of it.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This story opens up with a scene of a Black nanny at a grocery store with her white charge...and everything that ensues after that. It'll have you questioning where you stand on a few, new-age race issues you might have not considered.

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

A Black man is wrongfully accused of a crime, and the story, told from both sides of the marriage, centers around the impact it has on them as individuals, their friends and their families ultimately asking if love really conquers all.

The Caring and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

A couple goes to jail and it unearths a generation of trauma in her sisters and their daughters. Add to that the regular tensions between mothers and daughters, and you can imagine how tense this one gets at points.

Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston

One of the most important books in African-American literature follows a strong female lead (our favorite kind) throughout her life and three marriages without letting it bring her down.

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz

This book is a look into the Dominican diaspora, through the lens of the ins and outs of various short stories about love, loss, marriage and sexuality. Sometimes it's also really funny.

Swing Time by Zadie Smith

First, Zadie Smith is one of the great writers of our age. Second, this book about two dancers takes a look at the discrimination within the dance world.

Between The World And Me Ta-Nehisi Coates

A father's concerns for his son, in an intimate look of how racism impacts Black communities personally and at home.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

A classic American vignette story about Esperanza Cordero, a Mexican girl in Chicago. Some of the stories are funny, some are sad, but all dissect the issues that young girls face, especially as a minority in the U.S.

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat

A survival story and a love story about a Haitian couple living during the Dominican slaughter of Haitian migrant workers. An important reminder of how deep racism ran in Latin American history.



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