Liv Multi Winter Reads

Our top 15 multicultural books to pick up this winter

  1. A Promised Land by President Barack Obama

From the 44th President: “First and foremost, I hoped to give an honest rendering of my time in office—not just a historical record of key events that happened on my watch and important figures with whom I interacted but also an account of some of the political, economic, and cultural crosscurrents that helped determine the challenges my administration faced and the choices my team and I made in response. Where possible, I wanted to offer readers a sense of what it’s like to be the president of the United States…”

2. Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice by Michelle Obama

Following Michelle Obama’s best-selling biography, this guided journal has more that 150 quotes and questions from the former First Lady to help you discovery your own story.

3.  Caste by Isabel Wilkerson

This Oprah’s Book Club list pick and bestseller explains the unspoken caste system in America.

4.  In the Dream House: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado

An innovative and captivating memoir about domestic abuse in a lesbian relationship with each chapter utilizing common fictional tropes to tell the story.


5. The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth Book 1) by N.K. Jemisin

The world is coming to an end and a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)


6. The Burning God (The Poppy War Book 3) by R.F. Kuang

The thrilling end to The Poppy War trilogy, R. F. Kuang’s award-winning epic fantasy was just released.  This series combines the history of twentieth-century China with a world of gods and monsters.

7. Offerings: A Novel by Michael ByungJu Kim

A national best-seller that has been hailed as a financial thriller and a coming-of-age immigrant tale.

8. The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The debut novel of the author of “Between the World and Me” explores magic realism in the context of American slavery.

9. Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

This New York Times Bestseller is already in development to become a Hulu original series.  A thriller set in the Mexican countryside in the 1950’s, where a socialite from Mexico City seeks to uncover the dark secrets of English aristocrats who have married into her family.

10. Binti: The Complete Trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

Collected for the first time in an omnibus edition, the Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning Binti trilogy, the story of one extraordinary girl’s journey from her home to distant Oomza University.

11.Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie

From debut author Asha Lemmie, this novel – a bestseller and Good Morning America Book Club Pick – tells the story of the child of a married Japanese aristocrat and her African American GI lover, who is taken in and concealed by her grandparents.  This powerful story of prejudice and family bonds begins in 1940’s Japan and spans decades and continents.

12. The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett examines sisterhood, black identity and more in this New York Times Top 10 books of the Year.  The novel tells the story of African-American identical twins growing up in the segregated South who run away at the age of sixteen and choose very different paths – with one choosing to pass as a white woman.

13.  The Murmur of Bees by Sofia Segovia

Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees tells the story of  a mysterious child with the power to change a family’s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

14. Dominicana by Angie Cruz

Shortlisted for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction, this novel is the coming-of-age story of a woman’s journey from the Dominican countryside to New York City to marry a man she doesn’t love and how she finds her voice in the world.

15. In the Time of Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

This year marks the 25th anniversary of this classic novel that was inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the Dominican government under Gen. Rafael Leónidas Trujillo’s dictatorship.

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