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List: 40 Books by Oppressed People

My aim is to read these books this year. What a magical wealth of stories, thoughts, strong characters, complex life views, and places to journey to. Its a collection of awesome authors and regions, including indigenous people from different countries, sexually diverse people, hardcore women, industrial workers, migrants, revolutionaries, Black activists, and people who have faced such struggles and adversity themselves that their works are full of insight, courage and non-conforming imagination. Thanks for all the suggestions, and of course there are many more than these … to be read in future years!

1. Things We Left Unsaid – Zoya Pirzad
2. The Quiet Violence of Dreams – K Sello Duiker
3. Song of Solomon – Toni Morrison
4. Another Country – James Baldwin
5. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson
6. Poetry by Bobby Sykes
7. Poetry by Oodgeroo Noonuccal
8. My Place – Sally Morgan
9. Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
10. Malcom X’s autobiography
11. Dorothy Hewett’s biography
12. Deadman – Kim Scott
13. Swan Book – Alexis Wright
14. Fortune’s Rocks – Anite Shreve
15. Poems by Miyó Vestrini
16. The Ballad of Ontillu – Keshava Reddy
17. An Unsafe Havan – Nada Awar Jarrar
18. Poetry by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
19. Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Mustafa Ouda – Ahmed Masoud
20. Martin Eden – Jack London
21. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
22. Who Fears Death – Nnedi Okorafor
23. The Lost Girl – Sandu Mandanna
24. Hunting in Harlem – Mat Johnson
25. The House that was Eureka – Nadia Wheatley
26. Filfth – Irvine Welsh
27. Pedro Paramo – Juan Rulfo
28. Los de Abajo (The Underdogs) – Mariono Azuela
29. Inspite of the Dark Silence – Jorge Volpi
30. Poems by Nezahualcóyotl
31. Poems by Yu Xuanji
32. Senselessness – Horacio Castellanos Moya
33. La aventura de Miguel Littín clandestino en Chile (Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littín) – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
34. Fire from the Mountain (La montaña es algo mas que una inmensa estepa verde) – Omar Cabezas
35. Audacity to Believe – Sheila Cassidy
36. Passing – Nella Larson
37. A Home at the End of the World – Michael Cunningham
38. Fun Home – Alison Bechdel
39. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter – Carson McCullers

40.  The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven- Sherman Alexie

Bonus 19 (books I’ve read but that I recommend to others).
1. The Book of Embraces – Eduardo Galeano
2. Beloved – Toni Morrison
3. A Time for New Dreams – Ben Okri
4. Woman on the Edge of Time – Marge Piercy
5. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
6. Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Ruby Langford Ginibi
7. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
8. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
9. Gods Bits of Wood – Sembene Ousmane
10. Half of a Yellow Sun -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
11. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz
12. Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
13. Fledgling – Octavia Butler
14. This Earth of Mankind – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
15. Not Without Laughter – Langston Hughs
16. The Unknown Industrial Prisoner – David Ireland
17. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry
18. Birth of Our Power – VictorSerge
19. In the Time of the Butterflies – Julia Alvarez

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