An Anti-Racist Fiction Reading List

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Narrative fiction can be very powerful in instilling empathy and helping readers understand other people’s lives. In this episode, we share a list of narrative fiction/memoirs that can serve to make the Black experience more accessible to any reader and bring about perspective and understanding.

The Boys Club by Erica Katz (Gayle’s review here)
The Last Story of Mina Lee by Nancy Jooyun Kim
A Very Punchable Face by Colin Jost (Gayle’s review here)
White Ivy by Susie Yang (Gayle’s review here)
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Gayle’s review here)
Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen (Gayle’s review here)
Firefly Lane on Netflix
Bridgerton on Netflix
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney (Gayle’s review here)
Passing by Nella Larsen
The Twelve Tribes Of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
The Travelers by Regina Porter (Gayle’s review here)
The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridgett Davis
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Gayle’s review here)
A Life Apart by L.Y. Marlow
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Gayle’s review here)
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi (Gayle’s review here)
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (Gayle’s review here)
No One Is Coming To Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Jump At The Sun by Kim McLarin (Gayle’s review here)
TheTaste Of Salt by Martha Southgate
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones (Gayle’s review here)
Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson
Memorial Drive by Natasha Tretheway
That Kind Of Mother by Rumaan Alam (Gayle’s review here)
Green by Sam Graham-Felsen (Gayle’s review here)
Real American by Julie Lythcott-Haims (Gayle’s review here)
Black Is The Body by Emily Bernard

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  1. 2.18.21
    Nancy said:

    Currently listening to Mill Town!

    • 2.21.21
      Nicole Bonia said:

      I want to read that! How is the audio?