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message 1: by Aubrey (last edited Dec 10, 2016 03:49PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 1988 comments American with African Heritage

Behind the Scenes, or, Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House - Elizabeth Keckley (1868)
Beloved - Toni Morrison (1988)
The Big Mama Stories - Shay Youngblood (1989)
Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment - Patricia Hill Collins (1990)
Black Ice - Lorene Cary (1991)

Black Women Writers at Work - Claudia Tate (1989)
This Child's Gonna Live - Sarah E. Wright (1969)
Coming of Age in Mississippi - Anne Moody (1968)
Corregidora - Gayl Jones (1975)
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells - Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1928)

Daddy Was a Number Runner - Louise Meriwether (1970)
Deals with the Devil and Other Reasons to Riot - Pearl Cleage (1993)
Disappearing Acts - Terry McMillan (1989)
God Bless the Child - Kristin Hunter Lattany (1964)
Gorilla, My Love - Toni Cade Bambara (1981)

Her - Cherry Muhanji (1990)
Homemade Love - J. California Cooper (1986)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou (1969)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs (1861)
Jubliee - Margaret Walker (1966)

Killing Color - Charlotte Watson Sherman (1992)
Kindred - Octavia E. Butler (1979)
Lemon Swamp and Other Places: A Carolina Memoir - Mamie Garvin Fields, Karen Fields (1983)
Like One of the Family: Conversations from a Domestic's Life - Alice Childress (1956)
The Living is Easy - Dorothy West (1948)

Lover's Choice - Becky Birtha (1987)
Mama Day - Gloria Naylor (1988)
Maud Martha - Gwendolyn Brooks (1953)
Moses, Man of the Mountain - Zora Neale Hurston (1939)
Our Nig; or Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-Story House, North, Showing that Slavery's Shadows Fall Even There - Harriet E. Wilson (1859)

Passing - Nella Larsen (1929)
Possessing the Secret of Joy - Alice Walker (1992)
Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family - Pauli Murray (1956)
Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo - Ntozake Shange (1982)
Sister Outsider - Audre Lorde (1984)

Spiritual Narratives - Sue E. Houchins (1935)
The Street - Ann Petry (1946)
Sweet Summer: Growing Up With and Without My Dad - Bebe Moore Campbell (1989)
Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black - bell hooks (1989)
A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story - Elaine Brown (1992)

A Voice from the South - Anna Julia Cooper (1899)
A War of Eyes and Other Stories - Wanda Coleman (1988)
Why Not Me? The Story of Gladys Milton, Midwife - Gladys Milton, Wendy L. Bovard (1993)
Women, Culture, & Politics - Angela Y. Davis (1990)
The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Volume I - Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1895)
Yours in Struggle: Three Feminist Perspectives on Anti-Semitism and Racism - Barbara Smith (PoC), Elly Bulkin, Minnie Bruce Pratt (1984)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Assata: An Autobiography - Assata Shakur (1992)
The Black Unicorn - Audre Lorde (1978)
The Bluest Eye - Toni Morrison (1970)
The Color Purple - Alice Walker (1982)
Home - Toni Morrison (2012)

Native Guard - Natasha Trethewey (2006)
Quicksand - Nella Larsen (1928)
A Raisin in the Sun - Lorraine Hansberry
Salvage the Bones - Jesmyn Ward (2010)
Sarah Phillips - Andrea Lee (1984)
Song of Solomon - Toni Morrison (1977)
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston (1937)

American with African and Caribbean Heritage

Pride of Family - Carole Ione

American with Anishinaabe/Chippewa/Ojibwe Heritage

Tracks - Louise Erdrich

American with Antiguan Heritage

A Small Place - Jamaica Kincaid

American with Barbadian Heritage

Praisesong for the Widow - Paule Marshall

American with Cherokee Heritage

Claiming Breath - Diane Glancy

American with Chickasaw Heritage

Mean Spirit - Linda Hogan

American with Chilean Heritage

Scraps of Life: Chilean Arpilleras, Chilean Women, and the Pinochet Dictatorship - Marjorie Agosín

American with Chinese Heritage

A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman - Ning Lao T'ai-T'ai
Bone - Fae Myenne Ng
Crossings - Chuang Hua
Fifth Chinese Daughter - Jade Snow Wong

The Kitchen God's Wife - Amy Tan
Spring Moon - Bette Bao Lord
Typical American - Gish Jen
The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts - Maxine Hong Kingston

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Love in a Fallen City - Eileen Chang
Lust, Caution - Eileen Chang
Red Azalea - Anchee Min

American with Chinese and Filipino Heritage

Dogeaters - Jessica Hagedorn

American with Cree, Ktunaxa, and Schitsu'umsh Heritage

The Jailing of Cecelia Capture - Janet Campbell Hale

American with Crow Creek Lakota Heritage

The Power of Horses and Other Stories - Elizabeth Cook-Lynn

American with Dakota Heritage

Waterlily - Ella Cara Deloria

message 2: by Aubrey (last edited Dec 10, 2016 03:52PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 1988 comments American with Dominican Republic Heritage

How the García Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Álvarez (1991)

American with Filipino Heritage

Awaiting Trespass - Linda Ty-Casper (1985)

American with Gwich'in Athabascan Heritage

Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival - Velma Wallis (1993)

American with Haitian Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads
Brother, I'm Dying - Edwidge Danticat (2007)

American with Indian Heritage

Anjana Appachana (1992)
Nampally Road - Meena Alexander (1991)
Jasmine - Bharati Mukherjee (1989)

American with Iñupiat Heritage

Once Upon an Eskimo Time - Edna Wilder (1987)
The Roots of Ticasuk: An Eskimo Woman's Family Story - Ticasuk Brown (1974)

American with Iranian Heritage

Veils - Nahid Rachlin (1992)

American with Jamaican Heritage

Bake-Face and Other Guava Stories - Opal Palmer Adisa (1986)
The Land of Look Behind: Prose and Poetry - Michelle Cliff (1985)

American with Japanese Heritage

The Floating World - Cynthia Kadohata (1989)
From the Lanai and Other Hawaii Stories - Jessica Saiki (1991)
The Loom and Other Stories - R.A. Sasaki (1991)
Nisei Daughter - Monica Itoi Sone (1953)

Seventeen Syllables and Other Stories - Hisaye Yamamoto (1948)
Talking to the Dead - Sylvia Watanabe (1992)
Talking to High Monks in the Snow - Lydia Minatoya (1992)
Through the Arc of the Rain Forest - Karen Tei Yamashita (1990)

Additions by Members of Goodreads
A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki (2013)
My Year of Meats - Ruth Ozeki (1998)

American with Kahniakenhaka Heritage

Mohawk Trail - Beth Brant (1985)

American with Korean Heritage

Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America - Mary Paik Lee (1990)
Clay Walls - Kim Ronyoung (1987)

American with Laguna, Lebanese, and Sioux Heritage

Grandmothers of the Light: A Medicine Women's Sourcebook - Paula Gunn Allen (1991)

American with Laguna Pueblo and Mexican Heritage

Ceremony - Leslie Marmon Silko (1977)

American with Otoe and Pawnee Heritage

Talking Indian: Reflections on Survival and Writing - Anna Lee Walters (1992)

American with Pakistani Heritage

Cracking India - Bapsi Sidhwa (1991)

American with Puerto Rican Heritage

Silent Dancing: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood - Judith Ortiz Cofer (1990)
Singing Softly/Cantado Bajito - Carmen De Monteflores (1989)

American with Singaporean Heritage

The Scent of the Gods - Fiona Cheong (1991)

American with Sioux Heritage

American Indian Stories - Zitkala-Ša (1921)


The Impenetrable Madame X - Griselda Gambaro (1984)

Australian with Palku Heritage

My Place - Sally Morgan

Australian with Quandamooka Heritage

Stradbroke Dreamtime - Oodgeroo Nunukul (1972)


Beka Lamb - Zee Edgell (1982)


Sultana's Dream and Selections from The Secluded Ones - Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1905)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Padmarag - Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain (1924)

Botswanan with South African Heritage

Collector of Treasures and Other Botswana Village Tales - Bessie Head (1977)


A Bag of Stories - Edla Van Steen (1991)
Child of the Dark: The Diary of Carolina Maria de Jesus - Carolina Maria de Jesus (1960)
Dora, Doralina - Rachel de Queiroz (1975)

Canadian with Chinese Heritage

Disappearing Moon Cafe - Sky Lee (1990)

Canadian with Jamaican Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Midnight Robber - Nalo Hopkinson

Canadian with Japanese Heritage

Obasan - Joy Kogawa (1981)

Canadian with Kahniakenhaka Heritage

Moccasin Maker - E. Pauline Johnson (1913)

Canadian with Métis Heritage

Half-breed - Maria Campbell (1973)

Canadian with Trinidadian Heritage

Dionne Brand (1988)

Canadian with Vietnamese Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Ru - Kim Thúy (2009)


Claiming Breath - Sylvia López-Medina (1992)
Forged Under the Sun/Forjado bajo el sol: The Life of María Elena Lucas - María Elena Lucas, Fran Leeper Buss (1993)
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros (1984)
The Last of the Menu Girls - Denise Chávez (1986)
Loving in the War Years - Cherríe L. Moraga (1983)

Margins - Terri de la Peña (1992)
The Mixquiahuala Letters - Ana Castillo (1986)
Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist - Kathleen Alcalá (1992)
Cherríe L. Moraga, Gloria E. Anzaldúa (1979)
Estela Portillo Trambley (1975)
The Ultraviolet Sky - Alma Luz Villanueva (1988)


Breakthrough - Mercedes Valdivieso (1961)
The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende (1982)


Love Must Not Be Forgotten - Zhang Jie (1986)
Miss Sophie's Diary - Ding Ling (1927)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Amour dans une petite ville - Wang Anyi (1986)
Dialogues in Paradise - Can Xue (1989)
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices - Xinran (2002)


Magic Eyes: Scenes from an Andean Girlhood - Wendy Ewald (1992)

Costa Rican

There Never Was a Once Upon a Time - Carmen Naranjo (1989)

message 3: by Aubrey (last edited Dec 10, 2016 03:59PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 1988 comments Côte d'Ivoire

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Queen Pokou: Concerto for a Sacrifice - Véronique Tadjo (2009)


Dreaming in Cuban - Cristina García (1992)


A Bridge Through Time - Laila Abou-Saif (1985)
Distant View of a Minaret - Alifa Rifaat (1983)
Two Women in One - Nawal El Saadawi (1975)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

The Woman from Tantoura -Radwa Ashour

English with African Heritage

The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave, Related by Herself - Mary Prince (1831)

English with Chinese Heritage

Wild Swans - Jung Chang (1991)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

I Am China - Xiaolu Guo (2014)
Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth - Xiaolu Guo (2008)

English with Guyanese Heritage

Frangipani House - Beryl Gilroy (1986)

English with Indian Heritage

Nectar in a Sieve - Kamala Markandaya (1954)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Mahabharata: A Modern Retelling - Carole Satyamurti (2015)
The World is Full of Laughter - Dolly Norah Sen (2002)

English with Jamaican Heritage

The Threshing Floor - Barbara Burford (1987)
Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands - Mary Seacole (1857)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

On Beauty- Zadie Smith (2005)
White Teeth - Zadie Smith (1999)

English with Nigerian Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Mr. Fox - Helen Oyeyemi (2011)

English with Sierra Leonean Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads
The Memory of Love - Aminatta Forna (2010)

French with Iranian Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi (2000)

French with Senegalese Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Three Strong Women - Marie NDiaye (2009)

German with Japanese Heritage

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Where Europe Begins: Stories - Yōko Tawada (1991)


Changes - Ama Ata Aidoo (1991)


The Bridge of Beyond - Simone Schwarz-Bart (experience as French with Guadeloupean Heritage) (1972)
I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem - Maryse Condé (1986)

Guatemalan with K'iche' Heritage

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala - Rigoberta Menchú (1983)

Native Hawaiian (kānaka ʻōiwi, kānaka maoli, and Hawaiʻi maoli)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen - Liliuokalani


A River Sutra - Gita Mehta (1993)
Clear Light of Day - Anita Desai (1980)
My Story - Kamala Suraiyya (1976)
Rich Like Us - Nayantara Sahgal (1985)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

The God of Small Things - Arundhati Roy (1997)
Therigatha: Poems of the First Buddhist Women - Various (2014)
Sunlight on a Broken Column - Attia Hosain (1961)


A Persian Requiem - Simin Daneshvar (1969)
Daughter of Persia - Sattareh Farman Farmaian (1992)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Iran Awakening - Shirin Ebadi (2006)


Child of Fortune - Yūko Tsushima (1978)
Confessions of Lady Nijō - Lady Nijō (1271)
Requiem - Shizuko Gō (1973)
The Twilight Years - Sawako Ariyoshi (1972)
The Waiting Years - Fumiko Enchi (1957)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

A Drunken Dream and Other Stories - Moto Hagio (2010)
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto (1988)
The Lake - Banana Yoshimoto (2005)
Takekurabe - Ichiyō Higuchi (1896)
The Tale of Genji - Murasaki Shikibu (1008)


Letters of a Javanese Princess - Raden Adjeng Kartini (1899)


Additions by Members of Goodreads

Dust - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (2014)


Memoirs of a Korean Queen - Lady Hyegyeong (1796)


Beirut Fragments: A War Memoir - Jean Said Makdisi (1990)
Women of Sand and Myrrh - Hanan Al-Shaykh (1988)


Cartucho/My Mother's Hands - Nellie Campobello (1931)
City of Kings - Rosario Castellanos (1960)
The False Years - Josefina Vicens (1982)
Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments, with Recipes, Romances and Home Remedies - Laura Esquivel (1992)


Dumba Nengue: Run for Your Life: Peasant Tales of Tragedy in Mozambique - Lina Magaia (1988)

New Zealand with Te Arawa, Tūhoe and Waikato iwi Heritage

Tahuri - Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (1989)

message 4: by Aubrey (last edited Apr 29, 2016 04:55PM) (new)

Aubrey (korrick) | 1988 comments Nigerian

Efuru - Flora Nwapa (1966)
Yoruba Girl Dancing - Simi Bedford (possibly English with Nigerian Heritage) (1992)

Nigerian with Igbo Heritage

Second Class Citizen - Buchi Emecheta (1974)

Additions by Members of Goodreads

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
Half of a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2006)


Rituals of Survival: A Woman's Portfolio - Nicholasa Mohr (1985)


A Mountainous Journey - Fadwa Tuqan (1985)

Saudi Arabian

Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia - Jean Sasson (1992)


The Abandoned Baobab - Ken Bugul (1984)
The Beggars' Strike, or The Dregs of Society - Aminata Sow Fall (1979)
So Long a Letter - Mariama Bâ (1980)

Senegalese with Guadeloupean Heritage

Juletane - Myriam Warner-Vieyra (1982)


Or Else, The Lightning God & Other Stories - Catherine Lim (1980)

South African

And They Didn't Die - Lauretta G. Ngcobo (1990)
Coming Home and Other Stories - Farida Karodia (experience as Canadian with South African Heritage) (1988)


The Butcher's Wife - Li Ang (1983)


Crick Crack, Monkey - Merle Hodge (1970)


Additions by Members of Goodreads
The Bastard of Istanbul - Elif Shafak (2006)


Paradise of the Blind - Dương Thu Hương (1988)

Additions by Members of Goodreads
Spring Essence: The Poetry of Ho Xuan Huong - Hồ Xuân Hương (2000)


Nervous Conditions - Tsitsi Dangarembga (1988)

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