Ethnic Lit Reading Choices

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Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Year Published: 2006

“With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.”

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Author Interview/article

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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
by Julia Alvarez
Year Published: 1991

“The Garcias: Dr. Carlos (Papi), his wife Laura (Mami), and their four daughters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofia belong to the uppermost echelon of Spanish Caribbean society, descended from the conquistadores. Their family compound adjoins the palacio of the dictator’s daughter. So when Dr. Garcia’s participation in a coup attempt is discovered, the family must flee and face the cultural and familial challenges of New York in the 1960’s.

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Book Review

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I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
Year Published: 2013

“I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.”

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Book Review

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Interpreter of Maladies
by Jhumpa Lahiri
Year Published: 1999

“Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In ‘A Temporary Matter,’ published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession.”

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Book Review

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Radio Golf
by August Wilson
Year Published: 2005

“Radio Golf is August Wilson’s final play. Set in 1990 Pittsburgh, it is the conclusion of his Century Cycle—Wilson’s ten-play chronicle of the African American experience throughout the twentieth century—and is the last play he completed before his death. With Radio Golf Wilson’s lifework comes full circle as Aunt Ester’s onetime home at 1839 Wylie Avenue (the setting of the cycle’s first play) is slated for demolition to make way for a slick new real estate venture aimed to boost both the depressed Hill District and Harmond Wilks’ chance of becoming the city’s first black mayor. A play in which history, memory, and legacy challenge notions of progress and country club ideals.”

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Book Trailer

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The Terrorists's Son 
by Zak Ebrahim
Year Published: 2014

“An extraordinary story, never before told: The intimate, behind-the-scenes life of an American boy raised by his terrorist father—the man who planned the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.”

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Ted Talk

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The Woman Warrior 
by Maxine Hong Kingston
Year Published: 1976

“In her award-winning book The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston creates an entirely new form—an exhilarating blend of autobiography and mythology, of world and self, of hot rage and cool analysis. First published in 1976, it has become a classic in its innovative portrayal of multiple and intersecting identities—immigrant, female, Chinese, American.”

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Author Interview