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Immigrant Reading List

Given the hot mess that our country is in right now, a friend of mine thought to crowdsource via Facebook a list of books by and about immigrants. Her post reads, “Here’s your immigrant reading list (pick 2).”

On this list and in the comments on her post and mine are the following titles:


American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (and all her other books too)

Interpreter of Maladies and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (and all her other books too)

Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

In the Country by Mia Alvar

Snow Hunters by Paul Yoon

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

All Our Names by Denaw Mengastu

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

A Step From Heaven – An Na

The Sun is Also a Star – Nicola Yoon

Anya’s Ghost*- Vera Brosgol

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros


This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color edited by Cherríe L. Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Persepolis* by Marjane Satrapi

Maus * by Art Spiegelman

Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness by Cherríe L. Moraga

Borderlands / La Frontera by Gloria E. Anzaldúa

What is the What by Dave Eggers

Almost A Woman by Esmeralda Santiago

En La Lucha = In The Struggle: A Hispanic Women’s Liberation Theology by Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz (and all of her other books)

*Indicates comic/graphic novel

And picture books, for the littles (or for the grown-ups and almost grown-ups who just like some good children’s lit):

The Circuit by Francisco Jiménez

Here I Am by Patti Kim and Sonia Sanchez

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz

Miss Moore Thought Otherwise by Jan Pinborough and Debby Atwell

Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote by Duncan Tonatiuh

Four Feet Two Sandals by Karen Lynn Williams, Khadra Mohammed and Doug Chayka

What titles would you like to see added? I can edit this post to infinity!

EDIT: Here’s Book Riot’s “Book Recommendations From Countries Targeted by Trump’s Travel Ban”