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Center Library

Literature serves as a powerful pedagogical tool to motivate empathy and critical thinking on issues of diversity and social justice. Diversity Center Director Dr. Yolanda Padilla curates a collection of contemporary books on a range of social issues. Included in this collection are memoirs and ethnographies; traditional, graphic, and science fiction novels; and books on social analysis/action. The last section is a collection of children’s books that offer an appreciation of cultural worldviews through folktales and other stories. Book covers are organized by genre and alphabetized by book title. Click on a book cover for a book description. See the corresponding book list for publication information.

Narrative Nonfiction

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Barefoot-Woman.png Black-Lotus.jpg Children-of-the-Land.png
Dear-America.jpg The-Making-of-a-Teenage-Service-Class.png
Dirty-River.jpg Domestica.png
The-Girl-Who-Smiled-Beads.jpg The-Girl-With-Seven-Names.jpg
Good-Girls-Revolt.png Here-We-Are.png The-Home-Place.png Homeward.jpg
Hundreds-of-Interlaced-Fingers.jpg The-Death-and-life-of-Aida-Hernandez.png
Luther-Standing-Bear.jpg Mukiwa.png Negroland.png
Notes-From-a-Young-Black-Chef.jpg One-Time-One-Place.jpg
Spirit-Catches-You-and-You-Fall-Down.png There-Will-Be-No-Miracles-Here.png They-Leave-Their-Kidneys-in-the-Fields.png
Travels-with-Lizbeth.png $2-00-A-Day.png The-Undying.png The-Ungrateful-Refugee.png
With-the-Old-Breed.png The-Yellow-House.jpg

Nonfiction Graphic Novels

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Fiction 

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The-Gone-Dead.jpg Gringo-Champion.png Home-Fire.jpg
House-of-Stone.jpg
Midnight-s-Children.jpg
My-Part-of-Her.png On-Earth-We-re-Briefly-Gorgeous.jpg the-other-americans.jpg The-Poet-X.jpg
Refuge.png Slash-and-Burn.png
Ta-Nehisi-Coats-the-Water-Dancer.png
Women-Dreaming.png    

Science Fiction/Fantasy

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The-Deep.png
The-Forever-War.png The-Freedom-Artist.png
Parable-of-the-Sower.jpg
The-Wall.jpg
   

Fiction Graphic Novels

Social Analysis/Activism

Afrotopia.png As-Long-as-Grass-Grows.jpg Automating-Inequality.png
Becoming-Ms-Burton.jpg Becoming-Transnational-Youth-Workers.jpg Becoming-Wise-an-Inquiry-into-the-Mystery-and-Art-of-Living.jpg
Biological-Exuberance.jpg Black-Wave.png
The-Boys-Crusade.png Can-t-Stop-Won-t-Stop.png The-Casualty-Gap.png
The-Class-Ceiling.jpg The-Closing-of-the-American-Mind.png Dispossession-and-the-Environment.jpg
El-Norte.png Book-Cover-Race-Question.jpg
Fight-of-the-Century.png
Forgotten-Citizens.png Fragile-Families.png Good-Economics-for-Hard-Times.png Good-Muslim-Bad-Muslim.jpg
Ghosts-in-the-Schoolyard.png Guest-House-for-Young-Widows.png Home-and-Exile.png
How-to-Be-An-Antiracist.png How-to-Do-Nothing.png Hungry-Translations.png Hustle-and-Gig.png
The-Injustice-Never-Leaves-You.png Jay-Z.png
Light-of-the-Stars.jpg
Memes-to-Movements.jpg No-BS.png
The-Ones-We-ve-Been-Waiting-For.png The-Poisoned-City.png On-Being-Included.png
Permanent-Record.png Reason-in-a-Dark-Time.jpg Refuge-Beyond-Reach.png
A-Sand-County-Almanac.jpg Salt-Sugar-Fat.png Secondhand-Time.png The-Sixth-Extinction.png
We-Are-the-Weather.png Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy.jpg
The-Social-Transformation-of-American-Medicine.jpg Stamped-from-the-Beginning.jpg Tethered-Fates.png
Trauma-Stewardship.png The-the-World-May-Know.png The-Uninhabitable-Earth.png Unequal-City.jpg
The-Warmth-of-Other-Suns.png
Where-Do-We-Go-From-Here.png Who-s-the-Bigot.png Wilmington-s-Lie.png
     

Children's Literature 

Great-Soybean-Picnic.png Bowwow-Powwow.png A-Differnt-Pond.png Dreamers.png
Family-Pictures.png Firebird-(1).png Grandpa-Cacao.png Islandborn.png
Jack-Agyu.png Leila-in-Saffron.png Black-Fish.png My-First-Book-of-Haiku-Poems.png
My-LIfe-with-the-Wave.png The-Name-Jar.png The-Promise.png Sharing-Our-World.png
Sulwe.png The-Three-Questions.png Where-Are-You-From.png Windcatcher.png

Featured Book 

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“Hate and ignorance have not driven the history of racist ideas in America. Racist policies have driven the history of racist ideas in America,” so declares Stamped from the Beginning.