30 Books that Explore Diverse Experiences

30 Books that Explore Diverse Experiences written on a gray background next to a stack of books

Posted on March 1, 2022

by Riese Bornell


Are you starting the Diverse Voices Reading Challenge in Beanstack or just looking for more diverse books to explore? We have a curated list of recommended books from each category in the Diverse Voices Reading Challenge! You can also find books in the LPCPL catalog, through Hoopla, and in Libby!

Women’s Voices

Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Juliet Takes A Breath by Gabby Rivera

Diverse Abilities

Disability Visibility by Alice Wong

About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times by Peter Catapano and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Sitting Pretty by Rebekah Taussig

Asian American Voices

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

LGBTQ+ Voices

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

We Are Everywhere by Matthew Riemer

Refugee/Immigrant Voices

The Ungrateful Refugee by Dina Nayeri

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

American Street by Ibi Zaboi

Race in America

Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 

Hispanic/Latino American Voices

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Poverty and Homelessness

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

$2.00 A Day by Kathryn Edin

The United States of Grace by Lenny Duncan

Indigenous Peoples Voices

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

African American Voices

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown

Riese Bornell

Riese Bornell

Riese is a Public Services Librarian. Her undergraduate degree from Indiana University South Bend is in Vocal Performance, and she loves all kinds of music from Alternative music to Showtunes. (Just not Country. Please, no Country). You can almost always find her watching anime or horror movies, reading, or talking about some kind of history topic. She is a proud cat and plant parent. If you want to use ‘they’ to refer to Riese, that’s cool too. They’ll respond to both.
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