Tuesday, January 19, 2010

POC Author and Book Suggestions, A-K

(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 L-Z list)

Abi-Ezzi, Nathalie
A Girl Made of Dust
Achebe, Chinua
Things Fall Apart
No Longer At Ease
Arrow of God
A Man of the People
Girls at War
Abdel-Fattah, Randa
Does My Head Look Big In This? (YA)
Ten Things I Hate About Me (YA)
Where the Streets Had a Name (YA)
Adams, J. (Jewel)
The Journey (YA)
Adams, Stacy Hawkins
The Jubilant Soul Series
Spirit and Soul Series
Adetunji, Tijuanna
Dear Daughter Series
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi
Purple Hibiscus
Half of a Yellow Sun
The Thing Around Your Neck
Adiga, Aravind
The White Tiger
Between the Assassinations
Adina, Shelly
All About Us series (YA)
Agarwal, Shilpa
Haunting Bombay
Ajmera, Maya
Faith (CH)
Alexie, Sherman
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (YA)
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Reservation Blues
War Dances
Indian Killer
Allende, Isabel
Paula (NF)
The Sum of Our Days (NF)
My Invented Country (NF)
Portrait in Sepia
The Island Beneath the Sea
Inés of My Soul
The Infinite Plan
Of Love and Shadows
The House of the Spirits
Daughter of Fortune
City of Beasts (YA)
Kingdom of the Golden Dragon (YA)
Forest of Pygmies (YA)
Alvarez, Julia
Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA (NF)
Return to Sender (MG)
Finding Miracles (YA)
Before We Were Free (YA)
How the García Girls Lost Their Accents (YA)
In the Name of Salomé
In the Time of the Butterflies
Saving the World
Anderson, Jessica Lee
Border Crossing
Anaya, Rudolfo
Bless Me Ultima
The Legend of La Llorona
Heart of Aztlan
Serafina's Stories
Anderson, M.T.
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (YA)
Angelou, Maya
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Gather Together In My Name
Singin' and Swingin' and Gettin' Merry Like Christmas
The Heart of a Woman
All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
A Song Flung Up To Heaven
Armah, Ayi Kwei
The Healers
Osiris Rising
Two Thousand Seasons
Why Are We So Blest?
The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
Baldwin, James
Tell Me How Long the Train's Been Gone
Notes of a Native Son
Go Tell It On The Mountain
Down at the Cross
Another Country
Bambara, Toni Cade
Those Bones Are Not My Child
The Salt Eaters
This Bridge Called My Back
Gorilla, My Love
Raymond's Run
Banerjee, Anjali
Invisible Lives
Imaginary Men
Maya Running (MG)
Bantwal, Shobhan
The Forbidden Daughter
The Sari Shop Widow
The Dowry Bride
Beals, Melba Patillo
Warriors Don't Cry
Belli, Gioconda
The Inhabited Woman
Infinity in the Palm of Her Hand
The Scroll of Seduction
The Country Under My Skin
Bhagat, Chetan
2 States
One Night @ the Call Center
Five Point Someone
The 3 Mistakes of My Life
Bolaño, Roberto
The Savage Detectives
By Night in Chile
The Romantic Dogs
The Skating Rink
Distant Star
Last Evenings on Earth
Booth, Coe
Kendra (YA)
Tyrell (YA)
Brice, Carleen
Orange Mint and Honey
Children of the Waters
Walk Tall: Affirmations for People of Color

Brown, Dee
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (NF)
Brown, Linda Beatrice
Black Angels (MG)
Rainbow 'Roun Mah Shoulder
Crossing Over Jordan
Bruchac, Joseph
March Toward the Thunder
(Complete list of works here)
Budhos, Marina
Ask Me No Questions (YA)
Burney, Claudia Mair
Murder, Mayhem, & a Fine Man
Death, Deceit & Some Smooth Jazz
Zora and Nicky
The Exorsistah
Exorsistah: X Returns
Butler, Octavia E.
Patternist series
Bloodchild and Other Stories
Lilith's Brood
Wild Seed
Cameron, Ann
Colibri (MG)
Campbell, Maria
People of the Buffalo
Little Badger and the Fire Spirit
The Book of Jessica
Stories of the Road Allowance People
Carlson, Lori M.
Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (anthology)
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (anthology)
The Sunday Tertulia
Carpentier, Alejo
The Kingdom of This World
The Lost Steps
War of Time
The Rite of Spring
Carvell, Marlene
Who Will Tell My Brother?
Sweetgrass Basket (MG)
Castillo, Ana
So Far From God
The Mixquiahuala Letters
The Guardians
Peel My Love Like An Onion
I Ask The Impossible
My Father Was A Toltec and Selected Poems
Cervantes, Jennifer
Tortilla Sun (MG)
Cezair-Thompson, Margaret
The True History of Paradise
The Pirate's Daughter
Chadda, Sarwat
Devil’s Kiss (YA)
The Dark Goddess (YA)
Chang, Jung
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
Cheva, Cherry
She's So Money (YA)
Choi, Sook Nyul
Year of Impossible Goodbyes (MG)
Echoes of the White Giraffe (MG/YA)
Gathering of Pearls (YA)
Cisneros, Sandra
The House on Mango Street
Woman Hollering Creek
Clarke, Austin
The Polished Hoe
The Origin of Waves
The Question
The Survivors of the Crossing
The Meeting Point
Clarke, Breena
River, Cross My Heart
Stand the Storm
Clifton, Lucille
Generations (NF)
Everett Anderson’s Good-bye (CH)
The Book of Light
The Terrible Stories
Blessing The Boats: New and Collected Poems 1988-2000
An Ordinary Woman
Good Times
Compestine, Ying Chang
A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts (YA)
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party (MG/YA)
Conde, Maryse
I, Tituba: Black Witch of Salem
Tree of Life
The Last of the African Kings
Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?: A Fantastical Tale
Crutcher, Chris
Whale Talk (YA)
Culleton, Beatrice
In Search of April Raintree
In the Shadow of Evil
Spirit of the White Bison
Curtis, Christopher Paul
The Watsons Go To Birmingham (MG)
Bud, Not Buddy (MG)

Danticat, Edwidge
Breath, Eyes, Memory
The Farming of Bones
The Dew Breaker
Brother, I'm Dying
Daswani, Kavita
Indie Girl
Davis, Angela
Angela Davis: An Autobiography
Davis, Kyra
So Much for My Happy Ending
Sophie Katz Mystery Series
Deedy, Carmen Agra
14 Cows (CH)
Martina, The Beautiful Cockroach (CH)
de la Pena, Matt
Ball Don't Lie (YA)
We Were Here (YA)
Mexican White Boy (YA)
De la Cruz, Melissa
Blue Bloods Series (YA)
Fresh Off the Boat (YA)
Diaz, Junot
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee
The Mistress of Spices
Sister of My Heart
One Amazing Thing
Divine, L.
Drama High series
Dolamore, Jaclyn
Magic Under Glass (YA)
Douglass, Frederick
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (NF)
My Bondage and My Freedom (NF)
Dove, Rita
Thomas and Beulah
American Smooth
Dowdy, Cecelia
Chesapeake Weddings
First Mates
Draper, Sharon M.
Copper Sun (YA)
The Jericho Trilogy (YA)
Hazelwood Trilogy (YA)
Romiette and Julio (YA)
Double Dutch (YA)
Du Bois, W.E.B
The Souls of Black Folk (NF)
Black Reconstruction (NF)
Dungy, Camille T.
Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (anthology)
Edwardson, Debby Dahl
Blessing's Bead (MG)
Elkeles, Simone
Perfect Chemistry (YA)
Elliott, Zetta
A Wish After Midnight (YA)
Ellison, Ralph
Invisible Man
Shadow and Act
Going to the Territory
Emecheta, Buchi
Second-Class Citizen
The Bride Price
The Slave Girl
The Joys of Motherhood
English, Karen
Francie (MG)
Erdrich, Karen Louise
Love Medicine
The Master Butchers Singing Club
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse
The Plague of Doves
The Beet Queen
The Bingo Palace
The Antelope Wife
Grandmother's Pigeon (CH)
The Birchbark House (CH)
The Range Eternal (CH)
The Game of Silence (CH)
The Porcupine Year (CH)
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country (NF)
Esquivel, Laura
The Law of Love
Like Water for Chocolate
Between the Fires
Felin, M. Sindy
Touching Snow
Flake, Sharon G.
The Skin I'm In (MG)
Money Hungry (MG)
Begging for Change (MG)
Who Am I Without Him? (YA)
The Broken Bike Boy and the Queen of 33rd Street (CH)
Ford, Aisha
Flippin’ the Script
Pride and Pumpernickel
The Wife Degree
Stacy’s Wedding
Fuentes, Carlos
The Orange Tree
Terra Nostra
The Death of Artemio Cruz
The Old Gringo
The Eagle's Throne
Fuller, David

Gaines, Ernest
A Gathering of Old Men
A Lesson Before Dying
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
Garcia, Cristina
I Wanna Be Your Shoebox (MG)
Dreaming in Cuban
The Aguero Sisters
Monkey Hunting
The Lady Matador's Hotel
A Handbook to Luck
Gates, Henry Louis, Jr.
America Behind the Color Line (NF)
The Signifying Monkey (NF)
The Trials of Phillis Wheatley (NF)
Colored People: A Memoir (NF)
The African American Century: How Black Americans Have Shaped Our Century (NF)
Ghosh, Amitav
Sea of Poppies
The Hungry Tide
The Imam and the Indian
The Glass Palace
The Calcutta Chromosome
The Circle of Reason
Giovanni, Nikki
Black Feeling, Black Talk
Black Judgement
Re: Creation
Sacred Cows ... And Other Edibles
Those Who Ride the Night Winds
Glover, Bonnie
Going Down South
The Middle Sister
Gonzalez, Christina Diaz
The Red Umbrella (YA)
Gourevich, Philip
We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families (NF)
Griffith, Marilynn
Sassy Sistahood series
Rhythms of Grace
Songs of Deliverance
Mom’s the Word
Gurnah, Abdulrazak
By the Sea

Hamilton, Virginia
Bluish (CH)
Cousins (CH)
M.C. Higgins, the Great (CH)
Zeely (CH)
The House of Dies Drear (CH)
Justice and Her Brothers (CH)
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales
Her Stories: African American Folk Tales, Fairy Tales and True Tales
A Ring of Tricksters
Hammad, Suheir
Breaking Poems
Hansberry, Lorraine
A Raisin in the Sun
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black
Les Blancs
Harris, Eddy L.
South of Haunted Dreams
Mississippi Solo
Native Stranger
Still Life in Harlem
Harris, Violet J.
Using Multiethnic Literature in the K-8 Classroom
Teaching Multiethnic Literature in the K-8 Classroom
Hearn, Lian
Tales of the Otori
Hegamin, Tonya C.
Pemba’s Song (with Marilyn Nelson) (MG)
Hernandez, David
No More Us For You (YA)
Suckerpunch (YA)
Hijuelos, Oscar
Our House in the Last World
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love
The Fourteen Sisters of Emilio Montez O'Brien
Empress of the Splendid Season
Dark Dude

Hill, Lawrence
The Book of Negroes/Someone Knows My Name
Any Known Blood
Some Great Thing
The Deserter's Tale (NF)
Black Berry, Sweet Juice (NF)
Hosseini, Khaled
A Thousand Splendid Suns
The Kite Runner
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki
Farewell to Manzanar (YA)
Hughes, Langston
The Weary Blues
Not Without Laughter
The Ways of White Folks
The Big Sea
Fine Clothes to the Jew
The Negro Speaks of Rivers (CH)

Hurston, Zora Neale
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Tell My Horse
Every Tongue Got to Confess
Jonah's Gourd Vine

Ilibagiza, Immaculee
Left to Tell
Ishiguro, Kazuo
Never Let Me Go
A Pale View of the Hills
Remains of the Day
An Artist of the Floating World
When We Were Orphans

Jacobs, Harriet (aka Linda Brent)
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Jal, Emmanuel
War Child: A Child Soldier's Story
Jemisin, N.K.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Jin, Ba
The Family
Living Amongst Heroes
Cold Nights
Ward Four: A Novel of Wartime China
Johnson, Angela
The First Part Last (YA)
Heaven (MG)
Johnson, Varian
My Life as a Rhombus (YA)
Red Polka Dot in a World of Plaid (YA)
Saving Maddie (YA)
Jones, Edward P.
Lost in the City
The Known World
All Aunt Hagar's Children
Jones, Tayari
Leaving Atlanta
The Untelling
Kadohata, Cynthia
A Million Shades of Grey
Kagawa, Julie
The Iron King
Kamkwamba, William
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (with Bryan Mealer) (NF)
Kawabata, Yasunari
House of the Sleeping Beauties
Beauty and Sadness
The Lake
Thousand Cranes
Snow Country
The Old Capital
Khan, Rukhsana
Wanting Mor
Kingston, Maxine Hong
The Woman Warrior
China Men
Tripmaster Monkey
Koomson, Dorothy
The Cupid Effect
My Best Friend's Girl
Goodnight, Beautiful
The Ice Cream Girls

**Last updated: 2/8/2010


  1. What an amazing list!

    Others I thought of--

    Felicia Luna Lemus
    - Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties

    Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
    - Consensual Genocide

    Suheir Hammad
    - Breaking Poems

    Junot Diaz
    - The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  2. I just thought of Cynthia Kadohata and her books Kira-Kira (which I loved) and Weedflower (which my daughter says is also excellent).

  3. Laura Resau has two books, Red Glass and The Indigo Notebook, both featuring Latina characters.

  4. I've got a couple of additions for you!

    Juhmpa Lahiri has also written Interpreter of Maladies (collection of short stories)

    Andrea Levy: Small Island
    Never Far From Nowhere
    Fruit of the Lemon

  5. Would Lawrence Hill be in this category?

  6. Thanks for the suggestions! Kristilyn, yes, and I just added him to the list. :)

  7. Julia Alvarez: Yo!
    Ayi Kwei Armah: The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born
    Toni Cade Bambara: Those Bones Are Not My Child
    Gioconda Belli: The Inhabited Woman
    Roberto Bolano [tilde on n]: The Savage Detectives
    Octavia Butler: Kindred [Really all of her stuff should be on here, but I'm partial because this is in my TBR pile]
    Ana Castillo: Sapogonia
    Alejo Carpentier: The Kingdom of This World
    Junot Diaz: Drown
    Sandra Cisneros: Woman Hollering Creek
    Austin Clarke: The Polished Hoe
    Maryse Conde: I, Tituba Black Witch of Salem; Crossing the Mangrove
    Beatrice Culleton: In Search of April Raintree
    Ralph Ellison: Invisible Man
    Laura Esquivel: The Law of Love; Like Water for Chocolate
    Carlos Fuentes: The Orange Tree, Terra Nostra
    Eddy L. Harris: South of Haunted Dreams
    Oscar Hijuelos: Our House in the Last World
    Zora Neale Hurston: Tell My Horse: Every Tongue Got to Confess
    Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go; A Pale View of the Hills
    Yasunari Kawabata: House of the Sleeping Beauties

    I actually have more to add, but I thought I'd at least make it easy on you by following your letter divisions. Ha. Ummm. I have a lot of books. Yeah. I should also add that I am deliberately not adding poets to this list despite the fact that I plan on reading several of them, but I'd be happy to supply a list if anyone's interested.

  8. Terry McMillian "Waiting to Exhale"
    (that's the only one I know from her, I'm sure she had others too)

    I have to second Octavia Butler, she's an important part of Sci-Fi literature.

    Hmm, those are the only ones I would be readily aware of.

  9. I would like to suggest anthologies edited by Lori M. Carlson, which will introduce readers to several wonderful voices--Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States (Henry Holt, 2005) and Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (HarperCollins, 2005). Full disclaimer: I'm the author of one of the stories in Moccasin Thunder.

  10. Wow, great suggestions all! Updated the list.

  11. Pam,
    Snagged this great list from Mitali. All YA

    THE SKIN I'M IN by Sharon Flake
    CODETALKER by Joseph Bruchac
    BLUFORD HIGH series by Anne Schraff and Paul Langan
    DRAMA HIGH series by L. Divine
    KIMANU TRU series by various authors
    ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon Draper
    LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
    EXTRAS by Scott Westerfeld
    SUNRISE OVER FAJULLAH by Walter Dean Myers
    BALL DON'T LIE by Matt de la Peña
    AFTER TUPAC AND D. FOSTER by Jacqueline Woodson
    SUCKERPUNCH by David Hernandez
    CONFETTI GIRL by Diana López
    MY LIFE AS A RHOMBUS by Varian Johnson
    GRAFFITI GIRL by Kelly Parra
    HATERS by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez
    THE FIRST PART LAST by Angela Johnson
    SHE'S SO MONEY by Cherry Cheva
    PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles
    ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
    TYRELL by Coe Booth
    ALL ABOUT US series by Shelly Adina

  12. Children's books

    Faith by Maya Ajmera
    14 Cows by ~ Carmen Agra Deedy
    Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator), Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah
    The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes, illustrated by E.B. Lewis
    Cora Cook Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore

  13. One author I remember right now -

    Uwem Akpan, Say you're one of them

  14. This is a new one being published this spring (I believe in March but I could be wrong):

    Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

    Also I don't remember seeing Thrity Umrigar on your list. She wrote The Space Between Us and The Weight of Heaven.

  15. Is it too pushy of me to suggest my own book, TANKBORN, and Tu Books' other launch books WOLF MARK and GALAXY GAMES? Also to be released this year, VODNIK and CAT GIRL'S DAY OFF.