Tuesday, January 19, 2010

POC Author and Book Suggestions, L-Z

(This is a work-in-progress and we welcome your input. Not all of the authors' books are listed here--if you think something should be added, or if you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment!)

(MG=Middle Grade, YA=Young Adult, NF=Non-Fiction, CH=Children's)

Listed by Author: (click here for A-K list)


Lahiri, Jhumpa
The Namesake
Unaccustomed Earth
Larbalestier, Justine
Liar (YA)
Lemus, Felicia Luna
Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties
Like Son
Levine, James A.
The Blue Notebook
Levy, Andrea
The Long Song
Small Island
Never Far From Nowhere
Fruit of the Lemon
Lin, Grace
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (CH)
Year of the Rat (CH)
Year of the Dog (CH)
Lin, Tao
you are a little bit happier than i am
Eeeee Eee Eeee
Shoplifting From American Apparel
Lo, Malinda
Ash (YA)
Lockheart, E.
Dramarama (YA)
Lopez, Diana
Confetti Girl (YA)
Lorde, Audre
The Black Unicorn
A Burst of Light
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Louis, Adrian C.
Bone and Juice
Evil Corn
Wild Indians and Other Creatures
Ceremonies of the Damned
Among the Dog Eaters
Shedding Skins: Four Sioux Poets (ed.)
Lyons, Kelly Starling
One Million Men and Me (CH)
NEATE: Eddie's Ordeal (CH)

Magoon, Kekla
The Rock and the River (YA/MG)
Mandela, Nelson
Long Walk to Freedom
Manivong, Laura
Escaping the Tiger (MG)
Marino, Peter
Magic or Misery (YA)
Márquez, Gabriel García
Love in the Time of Cholera
Leaf Storm
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Autumn of the Patriarch
Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Innocent Erendira
Marshall, Paule
Praisesong for the Widow
Brown Girl, Brownstones
The Chosen Place, the Timeless People
Martel, Yann
Life of Pi
Beatrice and Virgil
Martin, S.I.
Jupiter Williams (YA)
Jupiter Amidships (YA)
Incomparable World
Martinez, Tomas Eloy
Santa Evita
Flight of the Queen
The Passion According to Trelew
Martinez, Victor
Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida (YA)
Mathabane, Mark
Kaffir Boy
African Women
Miriam's Song
McBride, James
The Color Of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (NF)
Miracle at St. Anna
Song Yet Sung
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Under the Mesquite (YA)
A Mesquite in the Rose Garden (YA)
McDonnell, Carole
McFadden, Bernice
Nowhere is a Place
Camilla's Roses
Loving Donovan
This Bitter Earth
The Warmest December
McKissack, Patricia
Color Me Dark (MG)
Mclaurin, Melton
Celia, A Slave (NF)

McMillan, Terry
Waiting to Exhale
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
Disappearing Acts
The Interruption of Everything
Breaking Ice
McNair, Wendy Raven
Giant Slayers
Mealer, Bryan
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (with William Kamkwamba)
All Things Must Fight to Win
Meminger, Neesha
Shine, Coconut Moon (YA)
Miller-Lachmann, Lyn
Gringolandia (YA)
Montero, Mayra
The Messenger
Deep Purple
The Last Night I Spent With You
The Red of His Shadow
Moody, Anne
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Mosley, Walter
Devil in a Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mystery)
Known to Evil
Morrison, Toni
The Bluest Eye
Song of Solomon
A Mercy
Murakami, Haruki
After Dark
Kafka on the Shore
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
After the Quake
Sputnik Sweetheart
South of the Border West of the Sun
Hear the Wind Sing
Murray, Millie
Lois (YA)
Kiesha (YA)
Jade (YA)
Sorelle (YA)
Cairo Hughes (YA)
Mussi, Sara
The Last of the Warrior Kings
The Door of No Return
Myers, Walter Dean
Monster (YA)
Scorpions (YA)
Dope Sick (YA)
Sunrise Over Fallujah (YA)
Amiri and Odette (YA)
Fallen Angels (YA)
Crystal (YA)

Na, An
The Fold (YA)
Wait For Me (YA)
A Step From Heaven (YA)
Naipaul, V.S.
Half a Life
A House For Mr. Biwas
Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (NF)
The Middle Passage (NF)
A Bend in the River
The Enigma of Arrival
National Museum of the American Indian
Do All Indians Live in Tipis?
Naylor, Gloria
Mama Day
The Women of Brewster Place
Bailey's Cafe
Nelson, Marilyn
Pemba’s Song (with Tonya C. Hegamin) (YA)
Nordwall, Adam Fortunate Eagle
Heart of the Rock: The Indian Invasion of Alcatraz (NF)
Pipestone: My Life in an Indian Boarding School (NF)
North, Pearl
Lybrinth (YA)
Northup, Solomon
Twelve Years a Slave (NF)

Oyeyemi, Helen
The Icarus Girl
The Opposite House

Pamuk, Orhan
The Black Book
Cevdet Bey and His Sons
The Silent House
The White Castle
Istanbul: Memories and the City
Paredes, Americo
George Washington Gomez
With a Pistol in His Hand: A Border Ballad and Its Hero (NF)
Parkin, Gaile
Baking Cakes in Kigali
Parra, Kelly
Graffiti Girl (YA)
Invisible Touch (YA)
Pellegrino, Marge
Journey of Dreams (MG)
Perkins, Mitali
First Daughter Series (YA)
The Secret Keeper (YA)
Bamboo People (YA)
Monsoon Summer (YA)
Perkins-Valdez, Dolen
Perkovich, Olugbemisola Rhuday
8th Grade Superzero (MG)
Pickering, Roy L., Jr.
Patches of Grey (YA)
Piepzna-Samarasinha, Leah Lakshmi
Consensual Genocide
Pon, Cindy
Silver Phoenix (YA)
Puig, Manuel
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Betrayed by Rita Hayworth
Pullman, Philip
The Broken Bridge
Qamar, Amjed
Beneath My Mother's Feet

Rai, Bali
What's Your Problem?
(Un)arranged Marriage
City of Ghosts
Concrete Chips
Two Timer
Rani & Sukh
Ramirez, Misa
Living La Vida Lola
Hasta La Vista Lola
Rees, Celia
Reeves, Dia
Bleeding Violet (YA)
Resau, Laura
Red Glass
The Indigo Notebook
Roby, Kimberla Lawson
The Best of Everything
Be Careful What You Pray For
One in a Million
A Deep Dark Secret
Roy, Arundhati
The God of Small Things
Roy, Jacqueline
Fat Chance (MG)
A Daughter Like Me (CH)
Playing It Cool (MG)
Soul Daddy (MG)
The Fat Lady Sings
Rusesabagina, Paul
An Ordinary Man (NF)
Rushdie, Salman
The Ground Beneath Her Feet
The Enchantress of Florence
Midnight's Children
Shalimar the Clown
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
The Satanic Verses
Ryan, Pam Munoz
Esperanza Rising (YA)

Saenz, Benjamin Alire
Last Night I Sang to the Monster
He Forgot to Say Goodbye
A Perfect Season for Dreaming (CH)
Carry Me Like Water
A Gift from Papa Diego (CH)
The House of Forgetting
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood (YA)
Sanchez, Alex
The God Box
Rainbow Boys Trilogy
American Dreams
Saramago, Jose
The Cave
The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis
Death With Interruptions
Satrapi, Marjane
Persepolis 2
Schraff, Anne
Bluford High series (with Paul Langan) (YA)
Urban Underground series (YA)
Seale, Doris
The Broken Flute: The Native Experience in Books for Children (ed, with Beverly Slapin)
Ghost Dance: New and Selected Poems
The Multicolored Mirror: Cultural Substance in Literature for Children and Young Adults
See, Lisa
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Peony in Love
The Red Princess Mysteries
Seierstad, Asne
The Bookseller of Kabul
Selvon, Samuel
The Lonely Londoners
A Brighter Sun
Moses Ascending
Senzai, N.H.
Shooting Kabul (MG)
Seraji, Mahbod
Rooftops of Tehran
Setiawan, Erick
Of Bees and Mist
Shah, Tahir
The Caliph’s House
In Arabian Nights
In Search of King Solomon's Mines
Sheth, Kashmira
Keeping Corner
Boys Without Names
Monsoon Afternoon
Sitomer, Alan Lawrence
The Hoopster (YA)
Hip Hop High School (YA)
Homeboyz (YA)
The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez (YA)
Smith, Charles R., Jr.
Chameleon (YA)
I Am America (CH)
Hoop Kings (CH)
Hoop Queens (CH)
Tall Tales (CH)
Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Eternal (YA)
Tantalize (YA)
Indian Shoes (CH)
Rain Is Not My Indian Name (MG)
Jingle Dancer (CH)
Smith, Zadie
White Teeth
On Beauty
Soto, Gary
Buried Onions (YA)
The Afterlife (YA)
Jesse (YA)
Nickle and Dime (YA)
Stork, Francisco X.
Marcelo in the Real World (YA)
Last Summer of the Death Warriors (YA)
Behind the Eyes (YA)
The Way of the Jaguar (YA)
Strom, Kay Marshall
The Call of Zulina
In the Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India
Sundaresan, Indu
The Feast of Roses
The Twentieth Wife
The Splendor of Silence
In the Convent of Little Flowers

Tademy, Lalita
Red River
Cane River
Takami, Koushun
Battle Royale
Tan, Amy
Joy Luck Club
Kitchen God's Wife
Hundred Secret Senses
Bonesetter's Daughter
Opposite of Fate (NF)
Tan, Hwee Hwee
Foreign Bodies
Mammon, Inc.
Tang, Camy
Deadly Intent
Sushi Series
Tanizaki, Junichiro
In Praise of Shadows
The Key and Diary of a Mad Old Man
The Makioka Sisters
Some Prefer Nettles
Taylor, Mildred D.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Thiong’o, Ngugi Wa
Weep Not, Child
Wizard of the Crow
Petals of Blood
Trethewey, Natasha
Native Guard
Treuer, David
The Translation of Dr. Apelles
The Hiawatha
Native American Fiction: A User's Manual

Valdes-Rodriguez, Alisa
Haters (YA)
The Dirty Girls Social Club
Playing With Boys
Venkatraman, Padma
Climbing the Stairs
Voorhees, Coert
The Brothers Torres (YA)

Walker, Alice
The Color Purple
The Third Life of Grange Copeland
Possessing the Secret of Joy
Wallach, Diana Rodriguez
Adios to All the Drama (YA)
Amor and Summer Secrets (YA)
Amigas and School Scandals (YA)
Washington, Booker T.
Up From Slavery
Welch, James
Fool's Crow
The Death of Jim Loney
Killing Custer: The Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Fate of the Plains Indians (NF)
Winter in the Blood
The Indian Lawyer
The Heartsong of Charging Elk
Last Stand at the Little Bighorn (poetry)
Westerfield, Scott
Extras (YA)
Wheatley, Phyllis
Poems on Various Subjects
Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley, a Native African and Slave
Wheland, Gloria
Homeless Bird
Chu Ju's House
The Listeners
Williams, Tia
It Chicks (YA)
Williams-Garcia, Rita
Jumped (YA)
No Laughter Here (YA)
Every Time a Rainbow Dies (YA)
Like Sisters on the Homefront (YA)
Fast Talk on a Slow Track (YA)
One Crazy Summer (YA)
Blue Tights (YA)
Wilson, August
The Piano Lesson (The Pittsburgh Cycle)
Fences (The Pittsburgh Cycle)
Two Trains Running (The Pittsburgh Cycle)
Woodson, Jacqueline
If You Come Softly (YA)
The Dear One (YA)
I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This (YA)
After Tupac and D. Foster (YA)
Wright, Richard
Native Son
Uncle Tom's Children
Black Boy
The Outsider


Yang, Gene Luen
American Born Chinese (YA)
The Eternal Smile
Yee, Lisa
Millicent Min, Girl Genius (MG)
Stanford Wong Flunks Big Time (MG)
Bobby vs. Girls (Accidentally) (MG)
Absolutely, Maybe (YA)
Yerby, Frank
An Odor of Sanctity
Goat Song
The Old Gods Laugh
Hail the Conquering Hero
A Darkness at Ingraham's Crest
The Dahomean

Zephaniah, Benjamin
Face (YA)
Gansta Rap (YA)
Refugee Boy (YA)

**Last updated: 2/8/2010


  1. Tao Lin: Eeeee Eee Eeee
    Márquez, Gabriel García: Innocent Eréndira
    Paule Marshall: Praisesong for the Widow; Brown Girl, Brownstones
    Tomás Eloy Martinez: Santa Evita
    James McBride: THe Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother (NF)
    Mayra Montero: The Messenger
    Toni Morrison: Jazz; Love
    Haruki Murakami: After Dark; Kafka ont the Shore; The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
    VS Naipul: Half a Life; A House for Mr. Biwas; Among the Believers: An Islamic Journey (NF); Guerillas
    Gloria Naylor: Mam Day
    Orhan Pamuk: Snow; The Black Book
    Americo Paredes: George Washington Gómez
    Manuel Puig: Kiss of the Spider Woman
    Salman Rushdie: The Ground Beneath Her Feet; Midnight's Children; Shalimar the Clown; Haroun and the Sea of Stories
    José Saramago: Blindness; Seeing; The Cave
    Sam Selvon: The Lonely Londoners
    Indu Sundaregan: The Feast of Roses; The Twentieth Wife
    Koushun Takami: Battle Royale
    Hwee Hwee Tan: Foreign Bodies
    Maria Campbell: Halfbreed

    OK. And this is really it. I promise.

  2. Hello - I'm particularly interested in British YA fiction, so I'd like to make these suggestions if there's room for any more;

    S.I. Martin: Jupiter Williams, Jupiter Amidships

    Millie Murray: Lois, Kiesha, Jade, Cairo Hughes, Sorelle

    Sara Mussi: The Last of the Warrior Kings, Door of No Return

    Philip Pullman: The Broken Bridge

    Bali Rai: What's Your Problem?, (Un)arranged marriage, City of Ghosts, Concrete Chips, Two Timer, Rani and Sukh

    Jacqueline Roy: Fat Chance, A Daughter like Me, Playing it Cool

    Benjamin Zephaniah: Face, Gangsta Rap, Refugee Boy

  3. How about The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan and Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif?