Books on Diversity

The following list of books is grouped by identity, although some books may be listed in more than one category. This is a partial list with an emphasis on thought leaders and ground breaking works. If you have any recommendations, please email

African American Experience

Mumia Abu-Jamal   Live From Death Row

Maya Angelou    And Still I Rise

James Baldwin   Notes of a Native Son

Derrick Bell   Faces at the Bottom of the Well

Gwendolyn Brooks   The Bean Eaters

Bebe Moore Campbell   Your Blue Eyes Ain’t Like Mine

Abraham Chapman   Black Voices: An Anthology of African American Literature

Eldridge Cleaver   Soul on Ice

Angela Davis   Women, Race and Class

Frederick Douglass   My Bondage and My Freedom

W.E.B. Du Bois   The Souls of Black Folk

Ralph Ellison   Invisible Man

Lorraine Hansberry   A Raisin in the Sun

Robert Hemenway   Zora Neale Hurston

Billie Holiday   Lady Sing the Blues

bell hooks   Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

Zora Neale Hurston   Jonah’s Gourd Vine

Langston Hughes   General Works

Harriet Jacobs   Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Edward Jones   The Known World

Jamaica Kincaid   Annie John

Alex Kotlowitz   There Are No Children Here

Audre Lorde   Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Paule Marshall   Brown Girl, Brown Stones

Nathan McCall   Makes Me Wanna Holler

Toni Morrison   Tar Baby

Gloria Naylor   The Women of Brewster Place

Kesho Scott   The Habit of Surviving

Ntozake Shange   For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf

Taigi Smith   Sometimes Rhythm, Sometimes Blues: Young African Americans on Love, Relationships, Sex, and the Search for Mr. Right

Barbara Smith   Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology

Ronald Suskind   A Hope in the Unseen

Alice Walker   In Search of Her Mother’s Garden

Richard Wright   Uncle Tom’s Children

Malcolm X The Autobiography of Malcolm X


Asian American/Pacific Islander Experience

Asian Women United   Making Waves: An Anthology

Peter Bacho   Cebu

Carlos Bulosan   America Is in the Heart

Marilyn Chin   Dwarf Bamboo

Shusaku Endo   Silence

David Guterson   Snow Falling on Cedars

Jessica Hagedorn   Gangster of Love

Maxine Hong Kingston   The Woman Warrior

Yuji Ichioka   The Issei

Gish Jen   Chinese American, Typical American

Richard E. Kim   Last Names

Lilikala Kamaelehiwa   Native Land, Native Rights

Akemi Kikumura   Through Harsh Winters

Joy Kogawa   Obason

Li-Yong Lee   The City in Which I Love You

R. Zamora Linmark   Rolling the R’s

Jeffrey A. McNeely and Paul S. Sochaczewski   Soul of the Tiger

Bharati Mukherjee   Darkness

David Mura   Turning Japanese

Milton Murayama   All I’m Asking for Is My Body

Vickie Nam   YELL-Oh Girls!

Gary Y. Okihiro   Cane Fires

Chang Rae Lee   Native Speaker

Kim Ronyoung   Clay Walls

Sonia Shah (ed.)   Dragon Ladies Breathe Fire

Monica Sone   Nisei Daughter

Paul Spickard   Japanese Americans: The Formation and Tranformations of an Ethnic Group

Rabindranath Tagore   Gitanjali

Ronald Takaki   Strangers From A Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans

Amy Tan   The Kitchen God’s Wife

Haunani-Kay Trask   From a Native Daughter

V.S. Naipaul   India: A Million Mutinies

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houseon and James Houston   Farewell to Manzanar

Shawn Wong   American Knees


Caucasian/White Experience

Much of American literature features novels about the Caucasian experience — the following readings provide a more analytical look at racial identity.

Chris Crass   Beyond the Whiteness: Essays on Grassroots Anti-Racist Organizing

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic   Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror

Paul Kivel   Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice

George Lipsitz   The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics

Paula Rothenberg   White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism

Becky Thompson   A Promise and a Way of Life: White Anti-Racist Activism

Cooper Thompson, Emmett Schaefer, and Harry Brod   White Men Challenging Racism: 35 Personal Stories


Chicano/a and Latino/a Experience

Adalberto Joel Acosta   From Common Clay

Miguel Algarin   Time Is Now

Isabel Allende   The Stories of Eva Luna

Gloria Anzaldua   Borderlands/La Frontera

Toni Cade Bambara   Gorilla, My Love

Nash Candelaria   Inheritance of Strangers

Ana Castillo   So Far from God

Sandra Cisneros   The House on Mango Street

Angela De Hoyos   Woman, Woman

Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic   The Latino/a Condition

Buchi Emecheta   Second Class Citizen

Carlos Fuentes   The Old Gringo

Alma Gomez, Cherrie Moraga, and Mariana Romo-Carmona   Cuentos: Stories by Latinas

Oscar Hijuelos   The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love

Graciela Limon   Memories of Ana Calderon

Gabriel Garcia Marquez   100 Years of Solitude

Rigoberta Menchu   I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala

Nicholosa Mohr   El Bronx Remembered

Michelle Herrera Mulligan and Robyn Moreno   Border-line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas Dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting

Alejandro Moralea   Barrio on the Edge

Octavio Paz   Collected Poems of Octavio Paz

Alvina Quintana   Home Girls: Chicana Literary Voices

Alberto Rios   Five Indiscretions: A Book of Poems

Luis Rodriguez   Always Running: LA Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A.

Richard Rodriguez   Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father

Richard Rodriguez   Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez

Piri Thomas Down   These Mean Streets

Evangelina Vigil   Woman of Her Word: Hispanic Women Write

Marcia Yarmus   The Hispanic World of John Steinbeck


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Experiences

James Baldwin   Giovanni’s Room

Evelyn Torton Beck   Nice Jewish Girls: A Lesbian Anthology

Kate Bornstein   Gender Outlaw

Rita Mae Brown   Rubyfruit Jungle

Georgia Cotrell   Shoulders

Martin Duberman   Stonewall

Larry Duplechan   Blackbird

Lilian Faderman   Chloe Plus Olivia

Leslie Feinberg   Stone Butch Blues

E.M. Forster   Maurice

Aaron Fricke   Reflections of a Rock Lobster

Judy Grahn   Another Mother Tongue

James Earl Hardy   B-Boy Blues

E. Lynn Harris Invisible Life

Kevin Jennings   Becoming Visible: A Reader in Gay and Lesbian History for High School and College Students

June Jordan   Some of Us Did Not Die: Selected Essays of June Jordan

Moisés Kaufman   The Laramie Project

Jackie Kay   Trumpet

Jamaica Kincaid   Lucy

Tony Kushner   Angels in America

David Leavitt   The Lost Language of Cranes

Audre Lorde   Sister Outsider

Armistead Maupin   Tales of the City (series)

Eric Marcus   Is It a Choice?

Diane Middlebrook   Suits Me: The Double Life of Billy Tipton

Paul Monette   Becoming a Man

Claire Morgan   The Price of Salt

Joan Nestle   A Restricted Country

Leslea Newman   A Letter to Harvey Milk

Suzanne Pharr   Homophobia: A Weapon of Sexism

Richard Plant   The Pink Triangle: The Nazi War Against Homosexuals

Tom Robbins   Even Cowgirls Get the Blues

Sarah Schulman   People in Trouble

Carla Trujillo   Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About

Patricia Nell Warren   The Front Runner

Bett Williams   Girl Walking Backwards

Virginia Woolf   Orlando


Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Experience

Elenore Smith Bowen   Return to Laughter

Jimmy Santiago Baca   Black Mesa Poems

G. Reginald Daniels   More Than Black?: Multiracial Identity and the New Racial Order

Daniela Gioseffi   On Prejudice

Frank McCourt   Angela’s Ashes

Cherrie Moraga and Gloria Anzaldua   This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color

Adrienne Rich   Dark Fields of the Republic

Alan Archer Stephens   White River Poems

Ronald Takaki   A History of Multicultural America

Ronald Takaki   A Larger Memory: A History of Our Diversity, With Voices

Robert W. Terry   For Whites Only

MitsuyeYamada   Sowing TI Leaves: Writings by Multicultural Women


Native American Experience

Gretchen Bataille   American Indian Women: Telling Their Lives

Nicholas Black Elk   Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux

Forrest Carter   The Education of Little Tree

Joy Harjo   She Had Some Horses

David Jones   Sanapia: Comanche Medicine Woman

Barbara Kingsolver   The Bean Trees

Nancy O. Lurie   Mountain-Wolf Woman, Sister of Crashing Thunder

Kathleen Mullen Sands   Telling Their Lives

John Neihardt Black Elk Speaks

Kent Nerburn   Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder

Alfonso Ortiz   The Tewa World

Vicki Rozema   Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation

Leslie Silko   Ceremony

Irene Stewart   A Navajo Woman’s Own Story

Mary Tall Mountain A Quick Brush of Wings


Experiences With Religion and Spirituality

Yekeda Amichai   A Life of Poetry

Anne Frank   Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Carlo Ginzburg   The Cheese and the Worms

Barbara Kingsolver   The Poisonwood Bible

Anne Lamott   Traveling Mercies

Anne Lamott   Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

Stanford Lyman   Essential Readings on Jewish Identities, Lifestyles and Beliefs

Bernard Malamud   The Assistant

Caroline Myss   Sacred Contracts

Caroline Myss   Invisible Acts of Power

Robert Nash   Spirituality, Ethics, Religion, and Teaching: A Professor’s Journey

Kent Nerburn   The Wisdom of Native Americans

Chaim Potok   The Chosen

Sogyah Rinpoche   The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Henry Roth   Call it Sleep

Susan Fromberg Schaeffer   Anya

Paul S. Seaver   Wallington’s World: A Puritan Artisan in Seventeenth-Century London

Isaac Bashevis Singer   Shosha

Huston Smith   The World’s Religion

Paul Spickard   The Global History of Christians

Leon Uris   Exodus

Brian Weiss   Many Lives, Many Masters

Elie Wiesel   Night

Herman Wouk   Inside, Outside: A Novel

Anzia Yezierska   Bread Givers


Women’s Experience

Dorothy Allison   Bastard out of Carolina

Margaret Atwood   The Handmaid’s Tale

Tracy Chevalier   Girl with a Pearl Earring

Lucille Clifton   Quilting: Poems 1987–1990

Johnnetta Cole   All-American Women: Lines That Divide, Ties That Bind

Mary Daly   Gyn/Ecology

Nawal El Sadawi   Woman at Point Zero

Cynthia Enloe   Bananas, Beaches & Bases

Eve Ensler   I Am an Emotional Creature

Eve Ensler   The Vagina Monologues

Susan Faludi   Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Marilyn French   The Women’s Room

Betty Friedan   The Feminine Mystique

Pamela Church Gibson and Roma Gibson   Dirty Looks: Women, Pornography, Power

Mary Gordon   Final Payments

Jessica Hagedorn   Dogeaters

Zora Neale Hurston   Their Eyes Were Watching God

Jamaica Kincaid   Annie John

Maxine Hong Kingston   The Woman Warrior

Noretta Koetge   Valley of the Amazons

Anne Lamott   Operating Instructions:  A Journal of My Son’s First Year

Doris Lessing   The Golden Notebook

Grace Metalious   Peyton Place

Chandra Mohanty, Anna Russo, and Lourdes Torres   Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism

Anne Moody   Coming of Age in Mississippi

Cherrie Moraga   Loving in the War Years

Toni Morrison   The Bluest Eye

Marge Piercy   Woman on the Edge of Time

Janice Radway   Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature

Ann Snitow, Christine Stansell, and Sharon Thompson   Powers of Desire

Patrick White   The Cockatoos

Patricia Williams   The Alchemy of Race and Rights

Naomi Wolf   The Beauty Myth

Cathy Young   Ceasefire!


Men’s Experience

Much of American literature features novels about the male experience — the following readings provide a more analytical look at gender and male identity.

Gary Brooks   A New Psychotherapy for Traditional Men

Susan Faludi   Stiffed

Richard Hawley   Boys Will Be Men: Masculinity in Troubled Times

Jackson Katz   Why Men Hurt Women

Jackson Katz   More Than a Few Good Men

Sam Keen   Fire in the Belly

Paul Kivel   Boys Will be Men

Paul Kivel   Men’s Work: How to Stop the Violence That Tears Our Lives Apart

Ronald Levant   Masculinity Reconstructed

Ronald Levant and William S. Pollack   A New Psychology of Men

Robert L. Moore and Douglas Gillette   King, Warrior, Magician, Lover: Rediscovering the Archetypes of the Mature Masculine

Sam Osherson   Wrestling with Love

William Pollack   Real Boys: Rescuing Our Boys from the Myths of Boyhood

Terrence Real   I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Overcoming the Secret Legacy of Male Depression

Gail Sheehy   Understanding Men’s PassagesLionel Tiger The Decline of Males

Bernie Zilbergeld   The New Male Sexuality

Norah Vincent   Self-Made Man