21 New Books By Native American Writers

Posted by Cybil on November 1, 2020


November is National Native American Heritage Month in the United States, and it's the perfect time to read a new book by an Indigenous writer. For this article, we selected books published within the last few years (since 2017) that were written by Native American authors and that span genres from memoir to mystery, from history to horror, and much more!

You're sure to find a book here that perfectly suits your reading mood, and perhaps you'll discover a favorite new author in the process. 

Don't forget to add the titles that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!

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Do you have book recommendations for someone looking to read more Indigenous authors? Share your picks with your fellow readers in the comments below. 

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message 1: by Cathy (last edited Nov 01, 2020 06:19AM) (new)

Cathy The Only Good Indians didn‘t really work for me, sadly enough. Parts of it I liked, the plot didn‘t come together in a satisfying way for me.

A recommendation, if you like apocalyptic specfic: Moon of the Crusted Snow. The author is Canadian (Wasauksing First Nation) and I hope he will publish another book soon...


message 2: by Hazel Bee (new)

Hazel Bee Thanks for the list. I've been planning on reading books by Indigenous people.


message 3: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Tiffany McDaniel's latest book, "Betty", is outstanding! You will surely enjoy this read. "Betty" is Tiffany McDaniel's second book; her debut book "The Summer that Melted Everything" is also excellent.


message 4: by Lee-ann (new)

Lee-ann If you are looking for young adult indigenous reads, Eric Gansworth and Cynthialeitichsmith are some authors to check out


message 5: by Leigh (new)

Leigh So glad to see this list!


message 6: by nitya (new)

nitya Dawn Quigley and James Bird also have great books!!!

Nice list, definitely adding these to my TBR ☺️


message 7: by Angela (new)

Angela Definitely "BETTY" by Tiffany McDaniel #cherokeeGirls


message 8: by Ash (new)

Ash Does anybody have any recommendation for Sci-fi/futuristic fiction by Native Americans?


message 9: by Cathy (last edited Nov 02, 2020 10:34AM) (new)

Cathy Ash wrote: "Does anybody have any recommendation for Sci-fi/futuristic fiction by Native Americans?"
Moon of the Crusted Snow is apocalyptic. It has more of a „end of days“ feeling to it and isolation. And then there is Trail of Lightning, which is Urban Fantasy. Her Black Sun is mentioned in the list above. She won a Hugo and Nebula for Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience. You can read it for free online—check it out to see if you like her writing: https://apex-magazine.com/welcome-to-...


message 10: by Joseph (last edited Nov 02, 2020 12:21PM) (new)

Joseph Bucknall Here's a coming-of-age story of a Native American boy with great imagination, visions, folklore and memories of his grandpa. Sixteen And Change
Sixteen And Change by Joseph Bucknall


message 11: by Jon (new)

Jon The Only Good Indians was a book I loved for so many reasons - the writing is sublime, the eerie atmospere, social observations etc. I highly recommend it and will most def check out more on this list.


message 12: by Norm (new)

Norm I just finished The High Divide by Lin Engeer and found it to be very satisfying. This is a first novel.


message 13: by Angela (new)

Angela Circle of the ancestors by Susan Gabriel


message 14: by Angela (new)

Angela Funerals for Horses by Catherine Ryan Hyde


message 15: by Bekaadizi (new)

Bekaadizi Aandeg Can someone recommend contemporary romance novels by Native Americans?


message 16: by Rachael (new)

Rachael Arsenault Really want to get Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse, but there's some other books in here I should add to my list as well.


message 17: by MK (new)

MK Can recommend some awesome Canadian indigenous authors: Daniel David Moses, Thomas King, Tomson Highway, Drew Hayden Taylor, Margaret Lawrence. In fact, check out this list https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/9...


message 18: by Jasmine (new)

Jasmine Five Little Indians by Michelle Good. What was interesting is that it was not about being in residential schools, but how the people coped after the schools.


message 19: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Connolly I love this post and plan to read every book listed!


message 20: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Santana-Banks So important to get this Native American and indigenous peoples representation!


message 21: by Thiago (new)

Thiago Freitas Recently, Atlas Obscura featured a discovery on the Incan counting system, quipu, and also can serve as Native American subject for a next post to inform us on books with this theme.


message 22: by Ruci (new)

Ruci Tukana Which ones do you recommend?


message 23: by alej (new)

alej Winter Counts is a really fast and exciting read and I found myself awake at 3am just to finish it!


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message 25: by Mageara (new)

Mageara "Braiding Sweet grass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer is an absolute must! I've bought it as gifts at least 4 times.


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