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Center Library

Literature is a powerful way to motivate empathy and critical thinking regarding issues of diversity and social justice. Diversity Center director Dr. Yolanda Padilla has curated a collection of contemporary books on a range of issues. Included are memoirs and ethnographies, traditional, graphic, and science fiction novels, and books on social action. Click on the book cover for a book description. The book covers are organized by genre and alphabetized by book title. A corresponding book list with publication information is provided.

Narrative Nonfiction

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Dear-America.jpg Dirty-River.jpg
The-Girl-Who-Smiled-Beads.jpg The-Girl-With-Seven-Names.jpg
Homeward.jpg Hundreds-of-Interlaced-Fingers.jpg I-Know-Why-the-Caged-Bird-Sings.jpg
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Notes-From-a-Young-Black-Chef.jpg One-Time-One-Place.jpg
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Nonfiction Graphic Novels

Fiction 

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On-Earth-We-re-Briefly-Gorgeous.jpg Midnight-s-Children.jpg
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        Science Fiction/Fantasy

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        Fiction Graphic Novels

Social Analysis/Activism

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Becoming-Transnational-Youth-Workers.jpg Becoming-Wise-an-Inquiry-into-the-Mystery-and-Art-of-Living.jpg Biological-Exuberance.jpg
The-Case-Against-Free-Speech.jpg The-Class-Ceiling.jpg
Dispossession-and-the-Environment.jpg
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A-Sand-County-Almanac.jpg Solution-Focused-Brief-Therapy.jpg
The-Social-Transformation-of-American-Medicine.jpg Stamped-from-the-Beginning.jpg Unequal-City.jpg
     

Featured Book 

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7 Generations a graphic novel that follows one Indigenous family over three centuries and seven generations.

Genre: Fiction