Coming to an agreement on a book club selection with a lot of people can be tough work. We’ve all got that one basic bestie that only wants to read Nicholas Sparks books. Choosing a reading theme can make it a lot easier – that way you all agree on a general theme, so it’s a lot easier to narrow it down to a book.
We choose books by women of color, so the suggestions below are around keeping your group as woke as possible. Change doesn’t happen without dialogue, and we hope you start those conversations.
If you’re a person of colour, it’s great to hear your narratives and stories reflected in common culture. That’s why it’s so important to integrate all stories. Some stories about race are ones of struggle, and they’re important to understand our history and way the world operates. However, it’s equally as important to read books by people of colour that are just about everyday life.
Books we recommend: Between the World and Me - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Sellout – Paul Beatty, Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
So much of our culture is cis-normative that those of us that fall in that bucket don’t even realise it. More and more, books are starting to introduce main characters that are LGBTQ and tell the world from the way in which they experience it. These books are a great reminder to be inclusive with our language and our politics.
Books we recommend: For Today I am A Boy - Kim Fu, Middlesex – Jeffrey Euginedes, Symptoms of Being Human – Jeff Garvin
Now more than ever, we need tales of immigration. Despite being a nation built by immigrants, we tend to forget the modern day people that bring new energy, culture and skills to our country. What’s amazing is that with our global world - immigrant stories are so similar yet so diverse.
Books we recommend: When I was Puerto Rican – Esmeralda Santiago, Open City – Teju Cole, Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
We all switch back and forth between our ‘identity’ hats. The books below tell stories of people who flip back and forth and are often unsure of where their true identity lies.
Books we recommend: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Book of Salt - Monique Truong, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz