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The Reading Resilience Project: Complete Book List

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Title Author Yale Library Availability Recommended because:
1Q84  Haruki Murakami
A Brief History of 7 Killings  Marlon James
A Bound Woman is a Dangerous Thing Damaris B. Hill
A Chinese Life Li Kunwu "It is a graphic novel centered around China under Mao and the Cultural Revolution. The sketches are beautiful."
A Darker Wilderness: Black Nature Writing from Soil to Stars Erin Sharkey, editor "New edited volume on Black land relations and caretaking that I think Yale community folks should know about."
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America Ronald Takaki "The book details the roles of various immigrant groups in making the U.S. what it is today, something absent in many hist books."
A Fine Balance  Rohinton Mistry
A Lesson Before Dying  Ernest J. Gaines
A Little Life  Hanya Yanagihara

“This book changed the way I live my life at Yale. The book explores friendship and love in such profound depth.”

A Mercy Toni Morrison "This historical fiction novel centers the stories of black and indigenous women in early colonial America."
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
"A Retrograde" in What Noise Against The Cane Desiree C. Bailey
A Small Place Jamaica Kincaid
The Tempest: Based on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest;' Adaptation for a Black Theatre  Aimé Césaire
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
A Toast in the House of Friends Akilah Oliver "These poems are witness to complexities of grief, loss, limits of the body. Holy/earthly, they transfigure mourning into living."
African American Women Confront the West: 1600-2000 Quintard Taylor, Shirley Ann Wilson Moore "Learn about black women on the 'frontier,' their varied experiences and colonial encounters, as well as their organizing."
All About Love: New Visions bell hooks
Aloha America: Hula Circuits through the U.S. Empire Adria Imada "Hula and other Hawaiian cultural practices are widely appropriated across the U.S. and even by Yale students."
Aloha Betrayed Noenoe K. Silva
Altai  Wu Ming
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“An incredible book about what it's like to enter the racial world of America when being from a different country.”

Amistad (movie)  Steven Spielberg
An Unkindness of Ghosts Rivers Solomon
Angela Davis: An Autobiography Angela Davis "Because 'we have to talk about liberating minds as well as liberating society.'"
Another Brooklyn  Jacqueline Woodson "This book is written by an incredible black woman and was nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 2016."
Another Country  James Baldwin
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe Benjamin Alire Sáenz

"Two very different Chicano boys become friends, and together think about family, sexuality, and their futures. Funny and lyrical."
Asante Identities: History and Modernity in an African Village, 1850-1950  T. C. McCaskie
Askari: A Story of Collaboration and Betrayal in the Anti-Apartheid Struggle Jacob Dlamini
Assata: An Autobiography Assata Shakur
Bad Feminist  Roxane Gay
Beauty is a Wound  Eka Kurniawan
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self Danielle Evans "This book was the first time I read about Black girls in fiction, and the stories have a way of getting into your head.”
Beloved Toni Morrison "Morrison invents her own language and literary style to describe the indescribable, haunting legacy of slavery."


Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates "Most beautifully written book I've ever read and perfectly captures the intellectual argument against institutional racism in U.S.”
Binti  Nnedi Okorafor
Bir Dinazorun Anilari  Mina Urgon Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Bitch Planet Kelly Sue DeConnick
Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth Richard Wright
Black Like Me John Howard Griffin

“This book opened my eyes to the whole issue of discrimination and maltreatment 50 years ago.”

Black Man in a White Coat Damon Tweedy
Black Movie Danez Smith
Black Skin, White Masks Frantz Fanon
Blended Sharon Draper
Blind Willie Johnson (artist)  Blind Willie Johnson
Book of Salt Monique Truong
Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza Gloria Anzaldúa "This is a great book which encompasses the experience of Anzaldua as she navigates her identity as a queer Chicana."
Braiding Sweetgrass Robin Wall Kimmerer "Beautifully written and totally perspective changing - highly recommend for science majors and thinkers!"
Breathe: Shifting Tides Book 2 Maxine Jackson Not currently available; available on Amazon
Cairo Trilogy Naguib Mahfouz
Calling A Wolf A Wolf Kaveh Akbar "Emotionally gripping poetry on faith and grief, and often connected to the author's Persian-American identity."
Cane Jean Toomer "Depicts the everyday lifestyle of African Americans in the early 20th century, specifically those in the South."
Carceral Capitalism  Jackie Wang
Ceremony Leslie Marmon Silko
Certain Dark Things Silvia Moreno- Garcia
Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel García Márquez "The story is easy to follow, immensely interesting, and beautifully written."
Circle K Cycles Karen Tei Yamashita "Really cute book about assimilation and cultural exchange between Japanese and Brazilians in Brazil, and also has a lot of pics."
Citizen Claudia Rankine
Code of the Street Elijah Anderson "Great for understanding the isolating effects of poverty on urban communities."
Coming Out as Dalit: A Memoir Yashica Dutt "Powerful insight to the oppressive caste system in India. Relatable to the Black struggle in America yet different."
Community As Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color Lorgia García Peña  
Cosmopolitan Canopy Elijah Anderson "Good examination of how our everyday spaces are racially charged. Provides good framework for looking at racism in our time."
Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed The Movement Kimberlé Crenshaw
Cruising  Gerald Walker
Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples Linda Tuhiwai Smith "Reclaiming our history is powerful & therefore indigenous participation is essential in establishing new research methods.”
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution Dan Georgakas, Marvin Surkin "A lesser-known but absolutely essential history of Black workers' revolutionary organizing in late 1960s Detroit."
Discourse in Colonialism Aimé Césaire
Discrimination and Disparities Thomas Sowell
Disgraced Ayad Ahktar
Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Claudia Rankine
Dragon Republic R.F Kuang
Eleven Minutes  Paulo Coelho
Enjambie (music group) Enjambie Not currently available
Essays on Native Modernism: Complexity and Contradiction in American Indian Art Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Everything I never told you  Celeste Ng
Exit West  Mohsin Hamid
Fast Car (song) Tracy Chapman Not currently available
Feel Free  Zadie Smith
Fences: A Play August Wilson "It's a play written in accessible language that explores the dynamics of a Black family (with a strong female character)."
Fifteen Dogs  Andre Alexis
Fight or Flight, Shifting Tides Book 1 Maxine Jackson
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered suicide / When The Rainbow is Enuf Ntozake Shange "It's a beautifully poetic and moving play that tells the life stories of several women of color."
Frédéric Bruly Bouabré Frédéric Bruly Bouabré "Very good overview of the work of a talented and respected artist from Côte d'Ivoire."
From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaiʻi Haunani Kay Trask "Recent and current issues having to do with race and ethnicity in Hawai'i are even less known than Hawaiian history."
Get Out (movie)  Jordan Peele
Ghana Must Go Taiye Selasi "Absolutely beautifully written; a complex portrait of a transnational African family in Ghana and the US."
Giovanni's Room James Baldwin "Because James Baldwin was a God of writing and this is his best."
Gnosis (magazine)  Jay Kinney, editor "This periodical contains invaluable (and hard to obtain) information about the various branches of African American Islam."
Go Tell it on the Mountain  James Baldwin
Half of a Yellow Sun  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Heavy: An American Memoir  Kiese Laymon
Here Comes the Sun  Nicole Dennis-Benn
Homegoing Yaa Gyasi
House on Mango Street  Sandra Cisneros
How Long Til Black Future Month N.K. Jemisin "The short stories involve Afrofuturist elements. Several protagonists of color and of sexual minorities."
How Tia Lola Came to Stay Julia Alvarez “The author lives in my hometown in Vermont, and it was one of my first introductions as a child to the complexities of heritage.
How To Be an Antiracist Ibram X. Kendi
How to be Drawn Terrance Hayes
How We Fight For Our Lives: A Memoir Saeed Jones
I Am Alfonso Jones Tony Medina
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter Erika Sánchez
I Hotel  Karen Tei Yamashita
I Love Her Sunjeev Sahata  Not currently available  
If Beale Street Could Talk  James Baldwin
Ikaw (song) Yeng Constantino
In Praise of Shadows  Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
In The Time of Butterflies  Julia Alvarez
Indian Epics Retold R. K. Narayan
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote  Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Interpreter of Maladies  Jhumpa Lahiri
Invisible Man Ralph Waldo Ellison "A resonating story of self-realization despite upward mobility and social responsibility that transcends its pre-1950s setting."
Jazz  Toni Morrison
Jewish War Veterans Women in Military Life  Constance Cotton (Interviewer) "My mom, who is African American, interviewed women veterans and shared her military story in a video."
Just Mercy  Bryan Stevenson "A powerful story of mass incarceration in America and the Equal Justice Initiative's pursuit of justice."
Kafka on the Shore  Haruki Murakami
Killer of the Flower Moon David Grann
Killing the Black Body Dorothy Roberts
Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 Nam-Joo Cho "Powerful and stark story is presented. Brings many issues to the forefront, would highly recommend."
Kindred  Octavia E. Butler
Lead Belly (artist)  Lead Belly
Letras Afroperuanas: Creación e Identidad José Campos, José Respaldiza "An incredible collection of poems drawing from issues of religion, culture, and class in Afro-Peruvian communities."
Like One of the Family; Conversations From a Domestic Life Alice Childress "A funny epistolary novel by prolific artist-activist Alice Childress told from the point of view of a black domestic in the 50s."
Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel  George Saunders
Love (song) Keyshia Cole
Love Medicine  Louise Erdrich
Maud Martha Gwendolyn Brooks "A gorgeously wrought examination of black interior girlhood written by one of our greatest poets--her only novel."
Men We Reaped: A Memoir  Jesmyn Ward
Mighty Justice: My Life In Civil Rights Dovey Johnson Roundtree Not currently available "Trailblazing civil rights attorney Dovey Johnson Roundtree recounts her inspiring life story."
Mohawk Trail Beth Brand
Monstress Marjorie M. Liu Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Moses Sumney (artist) Moses Sumney Not currently available
Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World  Tracy Kidder
Ms. Marvel G Willow Wilson "Fun, thought-provoking, and politically timely Wilson's Pakistani American MsMarvel is a 21st century super hero you'll root for."
Murgu Artan Fuga Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat) "Artan Fuga is a well-known professor of philosophy and and brilliant communicator. His works are beautiful."
Music & Literature Magazine "This journal explicitly seeks to translate and publish great foreign writers that are under-appreciated in the 'west.'"
My Bondage, My Freedom Frederick Douglass "The second and best autobiography by one of the greatest poets/prophets/philosophers of freedom in American history."
My Dream Carried Love Noah Humphrey and Meryl Humphrey "a book by a Yale MDiv student and his mother, both of African American descent."
My Sister, The Serial Killer Oyinkan Braithwaite
Native Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser  Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence  Gregory Cajete "This is a major philosophical work for indigenous scholars, addressing the relationship between humans, space, place, and land."
Native Son  Richard Wright
Never Fall Down Patricia McCormick "This novel tells the true story of a refugee from Cambodia and his experiences of resilience during the Genodice."
Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead "Beautifully written, a compelling narrative of the experiences of a young, black boy sentenced to a reform school during Jim Crow."
Night Sky with Exit Wounds  Ocean Vuong
Nisekoi = False Love Naoshi Komi
Nobody Knows My Name  James Baldwin
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond Marc Lamont Hill
O Espaço Dividido (Shared Space) Marlon Santos "Prominent Black Brazilian geographer Milton Santos explores develops a theory of unequal urban development in developing countries."
Of Love and Dust Ernest J. Gaines "This book captures the humanity of a troubled youth trying to escape his own demons and those of the Jim Crow South."
Of the Spirit  Douglas Cardinal "This architecture treaties was written by the most famous indigenous architects of the 20th and 21st century."
On Beauty  Zadie Smith
On The Battlefield: Overcoming Challenges Associated with the Aftermath of Military Experiences  Constance C. Cotton Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat) "My mother is a disabled war veteran and she published this book to educate society about women veterans."
Oreo  Fran Ross
Our Voices: Indignity and Architecture  Rebecca Kiddle, Luugigyoo Patrick stewart, and Kevin O'Brien (editors) "One of the only edited volumes, written and edited by indigenous people, on indigenous architecture."
Pachinko  Min Jin Lee
Parable of the Sower  Octavia E. Butler
Paradise Toni Morrison
Passing  Nella Larsen
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (TV show)  Hasan Minhaj Not currently available
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi "Graphic novel that makes author's sentiments as a child growing up in Iran accessible in a very moving way."
Pimp Iceberg Slim "Absolutely captivating."
Pipeline Dominique Morisseau  
Please Look After Mom Kyung-Sook Shin "Beautiful story of family and loss set in Korean culture that had me crying in the coffee shop as I read it."
Pluie et vent sur Télumée Miracle Simone Schwarz-Bart "Novel written by a female francophone author from the Caribbean. Explores the bonds between women and how they empower each other."
Pop Song Larissa Pham "It was an incredibly insightful and intimate read. Made me think about my life and the world in new ways!"
Prison Writings: My Life is My Sundance Leonard Peltier "Leonard Peltier is a Native political prisoner and activist that remains in prison today little known by non-Natives."
Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools Monique Morris
Quiver of Arrows Carl Phillips 
Race Matters  Cornel West
Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in America Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields "This book does a wonderful job of detailing the layers of race's social construction and pervasive power though it's a myth."
Reconsidering Reparations Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò "An argument for a constructive approach to reparations, rooted in distributive justice in the era of catastrophic climate change."
Reenactments: Poems & Translations Hai-Dang Phan "beautifully written Vietnamese American poetry contemplating on more than just the Vietnam War."
Regarding the Pain of Others Susan Sontag "In an image saturated word, understanding what these images do to our collective psyche is of utmost importance."
Reservation Blues Sherman Alexie "More magical realism! But this time on a reservation in Washington state surrounding a band of native musicians."
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry  Mildred D. Taylor
Rosewater Tade Thompson
Salvage the Bones Jesmyn Ward "Really beautiful writing about the tragedy that strike one family in rural Mississippi at the onset of Hurricane Katrina."
Saturn Apartments Hisae Iwaoka 
Searching for Zion Emily Raboteau "Super compelling, interesting, and personal literary nonfiction; author travels to Israel, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, & US South."
Season of Migration to the North Tayeb Salih "Captures experience of post-colonial interactions between Global North and South."


Shapeshifters: Black Girls and the Choreography of Citizenship Aimee Meredith Cox "This book is critical for understanding how Black girls and women navigate hostile territory and make a self."
She Weeps Each Time You're Born: A Novel Quan Barry "This fantasy book addresses Vietnam's tragic and violent history in a mystical, whimsical fashion. I couldn't put it down."
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jasmyn Ward 
So Far from God Ana Castillo "Story full of familial love, hardship, and magical realism in a family of Latina women in New Mexico."
So You Want To Talk About Race Ijeoma Oluo
Statements: Sizwe Bansi is Dead, The island Athol Fugard
Song of Solomon Toni Morrison “Such a dense and rich book that everyone should read on literary merit alone."
Stay True: A Memoir Hua Hsu "A beautifully written coming-of-age memoir about love, loss, and one's perspective of Asian American identity."
Suicide Club: A Novel About Living Rachel Heng Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
Sula Toni Morrison
Swingtime Zadie Smith
Tar Baby Toni Morrison
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia Samuel R. Delany 
Turbulence Before Takeoff: The Life & Times of Aviation Pioneer Marlon DeWitt Green Flint Whitlock "re: U.S. Supreme Court case which broke the color barrier to the commercial aviation cockpit in 1963."
Unaccustomed earth  Jhumpa Lahiri
War of the Mountain: Israelis, Christians and Druze in the 1983 Mount Lebanon Conflict Through the Eyes of a Lebanese Forces Fig Paul Andary Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat) "An episode of the Lebanese Civil War that describes the historical conflit between the Druze and the Christians in mount Lebanon."
Ways of Dying  Zakes Mda
What is Not Yours is Not Yours Helen Oyeyemi "Highly original, well-written short stories verging on magical realism, sprinkled with themes around race, class, and gender."
What It Means When Man Falls From the Sky  Lesley Nneka Arimah
When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving  Reginald Dwayne Betts 
When I Get Home (song)  Solange  Not currently available
When My Name Was Keoko Linda Sue Park

“This book about two Korean siblings during the Japanese annexation showed me how I almost lost my precious motherland's culture.”

When the Emperor Was Divine Julie Otsuka "A powerfully unhinged last chapter contrasts w/ the matter-of-fact directness of previous chapters, making an unforgettable ending."
Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?  Martin Luther King Jr.
Where Reasons End Yiyun Li
White Tears Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color Ruby Hamad
White Teeth  Zadie Smith
Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race Reni Eddo-Lodge
Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World  Anand Giridharadas
Witchmark C.L. Polk 
With the Fire on High  Elizabeth Acevedo
Women, Race & Class Angela Davis
Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon
Yolk Mary H.Y. Choi
You Bring the Distant Near Mitali Perkins
Zaatar Diva Suheir Hammad "Hammad's poetry embraces the complexities of her Palestinian-American identity; there is joy, sorrow, anger, & love in her voice."
Zami a New Spelling of My Name  Audre Lorde "Fantastic book about self-discovery, blackness, queerness, womanhood and a lot more."
Teaching to Transgress bell hooks "She advocates the process of teaching students to think critically and raises concerns central to field of critical pedagogy."
The 1619 Project Nikole Hannah-Jones
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X
The Bathing Women Tie Ning
The Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears Dinaw Mengestu
The Belles Dhonielle Clayton Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison "classic and heart-wrenching story that captures the complex many women of color have about not embodying white beauty standards."
The Book of Unknown Americans  Christina Henriquez
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz "The voice and narrative so accurately mirror my own experience.”
The Broken Earth N.K. Jemisin
The City We Became N. K. Jemisin
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays Esmé Weijun Wang "This book was validating and insightful in its intimate descriptions of mental and chronic illness.”
The Color Purple Alice Walker "It's the sort of epistolary novel that makes you want to write letters in colored ink."
The Condemnation of Blackness Khalil Muhammad "A definitive writing on race, criminality and urban immigrants becoming white in the early 1900s."
The Elementary Particles  Michel Houellebecq
The Essential Tagore Rabindranath Tagore "Bengali literature is not often highlighted in western classes. However, he is a noble prize recipient and his work is amazing."
The Fifth Season  N. K. Jemisin "Women of color writing science-fiction and fantasy don't get enough exposure. This story is intersectional and awesome."
The Fire This Time Jesmyn Ward
The Four Agreements Don Miguel Ruiz
The Future Home of the Living God Louise Erdrich
The God of Small Things  Arundhati Roy
The Green Bone Saga Fonda Lee
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas
The Island Athol Fugard, John Kani, Winston Ntshona "This play shows the power of art and theater for self-expression and political resistance in apartheid South Africa."
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven  Sherman Alexie
The Lonliest Americans Jay Caspian Kang
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play  Kobe Bryant  Try Interlibrary Loan (link to WorldCat)
The Marrow Thieves Cherie Diamline 
The Museum of Innocence  Orhan Pamuk
The Namesake  Jumpa Lahiri
The Old Drift: A Novel  Namwali Serpell
The People of Kenya Speak for Themselves  Mbiyu Koinange
The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
The Prey of the Gods  Nicky Drayden
The Rediscovery of America: Native Peoples and the Unmaking of U.S. History Ned Blackhawk "This book is a comprehensive and unique look at US history."
The Satanic Verses  Salman Rushdie
The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett "The Vanishing Half is a beautiful novel that describes a multi-generational story of black twins and how their paths diverge."
The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson
The Women of Brewster Place  Gloria Naylor
The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon  "It exposes  through a psychological and psychiatric perspective, the dehumanizing effects of colonialism."
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston "Beautiful, extremely emotional, and individual story, incredibly written, eye-opening."
There, There: A Novel Tommy Orange "This novel probes a key question for people from increasingly diverse backgrounds: who am I? and how do I construct my identity?"
They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement Wesley Lowery
Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe "This book changed the way I approach cross-cultural interactions and facilitate conversation."
This Bridge Called My Back Cherrie Moraga, Gloria Anzaldua (editors) "This book is fundamental to women of color and intersectional feminism, discusses juggling multiple worlds and achieving acceptance."
This Is How You Lose Her Junot Diaz "First of all, it has perhaps my favorite title of all time. Junot's character's jump off the page with an unparalleled honesty. "
To Pimp a Butterfly (album)  Kendrick Lamar
"Tower of Babylon" in Stories of Your Life and Others Ted Chiang
Tram 83 Fiston Mwanza Mujila "Fiston Mwanza Mujila portrays the realities of colonialism old and new with a biting, dark humor."