Episode #32: Reading About Race with Novels

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been reading non-fiction books about racism and white supremacy. And, it’s super valuable. I’d like to add some fiction titles to the list as well. Fiction can help a reader feel, see, and understand situations through the characters and context in a different way than non-fiction.

And, while I’ve just started in on the non-fiction, I’ve been reading fiction by Black and Indigenous writers since my teen years. Here are some of my favs.

This is NOT by any means an exhaustive list. These are books that I’ve read, some multiple times, enjoyed, and learned from. Feel free to leave any of your favs in the comments.

Start with Alice Walker’s essay, “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens.” It’s a powerful look at Black creativity.

A selection of fiction I’ve read and loved by Black and Indigenous authors:

Gloria Naylor: The Women of Brewster PlaceMama Day, &Linden Hills

Toni Morrison: Song of SolomonSulaThe Bluest Eye&Beloved

Alice Walker: The Color Purple

Maya Angelou:I know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Jamaica Kincaid: Annie John&Lucy

Octavia Butler: Kindred

Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man

Richard Wright: Native Son

Louise Ehrdrich: Love Medicine

Alexie Sherman: The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven&The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

My to Read List:

Louise Erdrich:  The Plague of Doves &The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse

Terri McMillan’s newest book I Almost Forgot About You

Yaa Gyasi: Homegoing

Angie Thomas: The Hate You Give

Tayari Jones: An American Marriage

Zinzi Clemmons: What We Lose

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