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Electric Literature – “46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018”

46 Books By Women of Color to Read in 2018

Someday we’ll have a 46th president, but until then, here are 46 other things to look forward to

R.O. Kwon
December 26, 2017


  • When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele
  • This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins
    See posting in for this book.
  • Halsey Street by Naima Coster
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    See posting in for this book.
  • Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee
  • The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
    See posting in for this book.


  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
    See posting for An American Marriage at Books of Soul
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi
  • Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik
  • Secrets We Kept: Three Women of Trinidad by Krystal Sital
  • Feel Free by Zadie Smith
  • Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot
  • The House of Erzulie by Kirsten Imani Kasai


  • Bury What We Cannot Take by Kirstin Chen
  • The Parking Lot Attendant by Nafkote Tamirat
  • Everyone Knows You Go Home by Natalia Sylvester
  • Go Home!, edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
  • My Old Faithful by Yang Huang
  • The Beekeeper by Dunya Mikhail
  • Happiness by Aminatta Forna
  • Whiskey & Ribbons by Leesa Cross-Smith


  • Poignant Song: The Life and Music of Lakshmi Shankar by Kavita Das
  • Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  • Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover


  • The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
  • Not that Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, edited by Roxane Gay


  • Sick by Porochista Khakpour
  • Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li
  • Tiny Crimes, edited by Lincoln Michel and Nadxieli Nieto
  • Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
  • Old in Art School by Nell Irvin Painter


  • Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
  • How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs
  • Love War Stories by Ivelisse Rodriguez
  • What We Were Promised by Lucy Tan


  • A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua
  • If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim
  • Everyday People: The Color of Life, edited by Jennifer Baker
  • This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga


  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung
  • And It Begins Like This by LaTanya McQueen
  • Useful Phrases for Immigrants by May-lee Chai
  • The Body Papers by Grace Talusan

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