BOOKS TO READ
Learn about the American experience from multiple lenses and celebrate diversity through these novels.
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Written by the renowned Zora Neale Hurston, this classic piece of Harlem Renaissance literature follows Janie Crawford as she faces discrimination and inequality as a black woman in the US.
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Ranya Tabari Idliby’s memoir tells the story of how she teaches her children what it means to be Muslim in a white man’s world and how to remain religious while living in a society in which they are rejected.
Written by John Joseph Matthews, this novel tells the story of Challenge Windzer, an Osage Native American, as he learns how his people were exploited and discovers what matters most to him.
The Boston Girl
Bestselling author Anita Diamant follows Addie Baum, the daughter of Jewish immigrants, in the hyper-sexualized world of being a teenager in the United States. Addie learns what it means to be a Jewish woman in a world turned against her.
This novel, written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, traces the life of Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman who comes to America to attend university. She learns there what it means to be a black person in a racist society.
Alison Gervais traces the life of Maya Harris, a deaf girl, as she adjusts to being in a hearing school for her senior year. She soon learns the disparity between the deaf community and those not a part of it.
N. Scott Momaday’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel displays the nature of systemic discrimination against indigenous people through the story of Abel, a soldier returning to New Mexico after fighting in WWII.
This novel by Nadine Jolie Courtney traces the life of Alia “Allie” Abraham as she learns to be proud of her identity as a Muslim-American girl and to live in her two worlds together in harmony.
Award-winning author Sharon G. Flake tells the story of Autumn, who struggles with a learning disability, and wheelchair-bound Adonis. The two discover that their weaknesses can become vital assets that will change their lives for the better.