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Racial Equity and Social Justice

Materials selected by IU librarians and members of our community
Malcolm X, Autobiography (1964)

*The Autobiography of Malcolm X

1964 classic. One of Time's ten most important non-fiction books of the twentieth century.

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Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976)

The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts

Maxine Hong Kingston's innovative autobiographical portrayal of multiple intersecting identities – immigrant, female, Chinese, American. Originally published in 1976. 

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Audre Lorde, Zami (1982)

*Zami: A New Spelling of My Name

Coming-of-age "biomythography" by the "Black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet" Audre Lorde. Originally published in 1982.

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Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I'm Dying (2007)

Brother, I'm Dying

Award-winning family memoir from 2007 by Haitian American writer Edwidge Danticat.

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Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone (2007)

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Award-winning memoir by Ishmael Beah telling of the author's experiences as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Published in 2007. 

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Deborah Miranda, Bad Indians (2012)

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir

Book originally published in 2012 by Deborah A. Miranda that is part tribal history, and part family memoir.

Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped (2013)

Men We Reaped: A Memoir

By African American writer Jesmyn Ward. 2013 memoir about the deaths of five Black men in the author's life.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (2015)

*Between the World and Me

Bestselling book from 2015 by Ta-Nehisi Coates combining personal narrative with reimagined history. Between the World and Me is written in the form of a letter by the author to his son about what it means to grow up as a Black male in the United States.

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J. Drew Lanham, The Home Place (2016)

*The Home Place

2016 family memoir by ecology professor J. Drew Lanham about race and the American landscape. E-book.

Roxane Gay, Hunger (2017)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body

2017 memoir by bestselling author Roxane Gay about food, bodies, and trauma.

Susan Devan Harness, Bitterroot (2018)

Bitterroot: A Salish Memoir of Transracial Adoption

Award-winning memoir first published in 2018. Susan Devan Harness relates her experiences of being a Native child brought up by a White couple in the American West. 

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Terese Marie Mailhot, Heart Berries (2018)

Heart Berries: A Memoir

Terese Marie Mailhot's 2018 memoir about growing up on an Indian reservation in Canada, and her family's trauma. E-book. 

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Kiese Laymon, Heavy (2018)

Heavy: An American Memoir

Award-winning memoir by Kiese Laymon examining racism and oppression in North America. Published in 2018.

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Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele, When They Call You a Terrorist

When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir

Memoir from 2018 by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele about the founding of Black Lives Matter.

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Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House (2019)

In the Dream House: A Memoir

Memoir about domestic abuse within a Queer relationship by Carmen Maria Machado. Published in 2019.

Cherríe Moraga, Native Country of the Heart (2019)

Native Country of the Heart: A Memoir

Mother-daughter memoir by Queer Chicana writer and activist Cherríe Moraga. Published in 2019.

Kamala Harris, The Truths We Hold (2019)

*The Truths We Hold

New York Times bestseller by Vice President Kamala Harris. Published in 2019.

Sarah Broom, The Yellow House (2019)

The Yellow House

Award-winning family memoir by Sarah Broom set in New Orleans. Published in 2019.

Billy-Ray Belcourt, A History of My Brief Body (2020)

A History of My Brief Body

Autobiographical essay collection by Queer Indigenous writer Billy-Ray Belcourt. From 2020. E-book.

Cathy Park Hong, Minor Feelings (2020)

*Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning

2020 work by Cathy Park Hong that is both memoir and cultural criticism, and which examines Asian American consciousness. Please be aware that part of this book discusses a rape case, and may cause some distress. E-book. 

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