Do you like to read interesting books beyond psychology texts and journals? Fiction and non-fiction? Diverse authors writing about diverse places and cultures? Take a look at our reading suggestions! 

The Reader's Corner


The Diversity Committee would like to recommend the following:

1. "Someone Knows My Name" by Lawrence Hill

 - in this fictional slave narrative, the protagonist is an escaped slave who helps pen the Book of Negroes, a lsit of blacks rewarded for service to the king with safe passage to Nova Scotia.

2. "Say You're One of Them" by Uwem Akpan

- a powerful collection of stories detailing the struggles facing children in modern-day Africa.

3. "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri

- this novel takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans.

4. "Lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran" by Azadh Moaveni

- born in Palo Alto, CA, into an Iranian diaspora community, Moaveni moves to Tehran after college. She reveals her private struggle to build a life in a homeland that may not exist.

5. "When My SIster was Cleopatra Moon" by Frances Park

- a novel about the bond between sisters growing up first generation Korean-American.

6. "American Chica: Two Worlds, One Childhood" by Marie Arana

- a memoir about a bicultural childhood

7. "Mistress of Spices" by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

- a novel about an immigrant woman from India whose life is changed when she falls in love with an American man.

8. "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden

- tells a fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II.

9. "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

- tells the multigenerational story of the Buendia family, whose patriarch, Jose Arcadio Buendia, founds the town of Maconda, the metaphoric Colombia.

10. "Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison

- a novel that follows the life of Macon "Milkman" Dead III, and African-American male living in Michigan, from birth to adulthood.