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A Burst of Light by Audre Lorde
A Burst of Light is a collection of prose that focuses on the experiences and beliefs of Audre Lorde, a self proclaimed Black Lesbian Feminist poet. The book is full of interesting information told from Lorde's view point.

Affirmative Acts by June Jordan
In her book Affirmative Acts June Jordan takes readers on a political and social journey through the 1990s. The book is a collection of essays that directly respond to particular political, historical, and intimate moments. Jordan's style of writing is a wonderful mix of the political and personal that draws a reader into the realm of social action. If words can move an American off of the proverbial couch, June Jordan's words will do it.

Being Black by Althea Prince
Born in a part of the Caribbean known as Antigua in 1945, Althea Prince moved to Canada shortly after and resides there today. She has written many short stories and novels such as Ladies of the Night and Other Stories, as well as the childrens books How the Star Fish Got the Sea and How the East Pond Got Its Flowers.

Black White and Jewish by Rebecca Walker
Rebecca Walker stakes her claim to writing not as the daughter of famed Alice Walker but as the author of a shocking autobiography. Her book, Black White and Jewish: Autobiography of a Shifting Self, tells the story of a "Movement" child born to a white Jewish father and a black mother.

Days and Nights in Calcutta by Bharati Mukherjee
In her autobiographical narrative, Days and Nights in Calcutta, Bharati Mukherjee explores the cultural tensions implicit in her life as a privileged Indian woman who returns to her homeland after becoming a Canadian citizen.

Dread Talk by Velma Pollard
Pollard has embarked on a worthwhile task by pooling together material about DT, also known as Rasta Talk, in a concise manner. It is, as she explains, "the language that has evolved and particularly [to] the lexical items that have emerged as a result of the impact of the movement on the Jamaican speech situation" (3).

First They Killed My Father by Loung Ung
Ung's first book, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers details her experiences under the Khmer Rouge from shortly before their invasion of Phnom Penh on April 17, 1975 through her departure from a refugee camp located in Thailand to the United States in February 1980.

Gloria E. Anzaldúa Interviews / Entrevistas. Edited by Ana Louisie Keating
Collecting and reprinting past interviews with Gloria Anzaldúa, Gloria E. Anzaldúa Interviews Entrevistas, edited by AnaLousie Keating, not only addresses a multitude of issues but also presents the reader with a spectrum of ideas. The text is sectioned off by ten separate conversation style interviews, all conducted by different interviewers.

Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers edited by Esmerelda Santiago and Joie Davidow
In the foreword to the anthology Las Mamis: Favorite Latino Authors Remember Their Mothers, Joie Davidow describes the mother-child relationship saying, "I saw that all of us live, not standing alone, a solitary tree in the wilderness, but in the shadow of the older tree that begot us" (ix).

Loving in the War Years by Cherríe Moraga
Moraga's struggle to define herself in relation to others, and particularly in the Chicana/o community, her attempts to balance her mother's values with her own, and her struggle to take pride in herself, all serve as an "axe for the frozen "sea inside" the reader.

My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid
Jamaica Kincaid definitely has a life full of stories to share and from which to benefit, and she tells them in a way that is so heartfelt that it encourages the reader to look at life through her eyes. Kincaid's brother Devon Drew was diagnosed with AIDS and died when he was thirty-three years old. In My Brother, Kincaid reflects upon his dying and his death, her relationship with him, and her family's life growing up on the island of Antigua.

Playing in the Dark by Toni Morrison
This book/essay is not an easy read, not something one would sit down with after work, but Playing in the Dark is highly recommended for anyone who has an ambitious or academic interest in Morrison's take on the African and African-American impact on the historical American literary canon.

Restless Wave by Ayako Ishigaki
Ishigaki explores the multiple sets of worlds Haru simultaneously inhabits: Japan and the United States, tradition and modernity, men's and women's experiences, upper and working class and Japanese America and White America. As one of the very first English novels written by a Japanese woman, Restless Wave is a testament to the "restless metamorphosis of women" (RW afterword).

Soldier: A Poet's Childhood by June Jordan
The gift of storytelling often lies in the fusion of details that form a lasting image in the responder's mind. In this fashion, poetry is the ultimate teller of stories in a few words enlivening a myriad of thoughts. June Jordan takes her poetic voice away from conventional form and uses it prosaically in her memoir entitled Soldier: A Poet's Childhood. Recounting her first twelve years of childhood, Jordan weaves through the emotional ups and downs of living with a father that treated her like a son.

Something to Declare by Julia Alvarez
Something to Declare, by Julia Alvarez, is a collection of autobiographical essays describing the life of a Dominican writer living in the United States. It is divided into two parts: Customs, and Declarations, a play on words referring to her family's leaving the Dominican Republic and immigrating to the United States in the 1960s.

Successful Women, Angry Men by Bebe Moore Campbell
Every married and unmarried man and woman in America should read Successful Women, Angry Men by Bebe Moore Campbell. Overzealous as that statement may seem, this quick and concise read offers a unique view of the mechanics of marriage in our unstable, ever-changing society. The book is packed with interviews, statistics, and insightful suggestions of how to make a dual-career marriage work in today's American society.

Tales from the Heart by Maryse Condè
Maryse Condè recalls the most influential and meaningful moments of her childhood in her book Tales from the Heart. This book is a collection of autobiographical essays that guide the reader through moments in a young girl's childhood. This childhood is not just any childhood, however.

The Woman Who Watches Over the World: A Native Memoir by Linda Hogan
Hogan begins her memoir telling us the story of a clay woman she fell in love with in a museum gift shop. The figure of the woman was spiritually connected to the earth, and was also made with clay from the earth.

Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter by Delphine Red Shirt and Lone Woman
The recent book from Lakota writer Delphine Red Shirt is called Turtle Lung Woman's Granddaughter. It is a colorful, emotional journey into the lives of four generations of Lakota women living in northern Nebraska and southern South Dakota.

When Broken Glass Floats by Chanrithy Him
The title of her book is a Cambodian proverb; "when broken glass floats" is a time when evil triumphs over good. Him takes her readers from beginning to end of her experience growing up in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.