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The Street
by Ann Petry

The poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

perseverance realistic 448 pages

The Street
by Ann Petry

The poignant, often heartbreaking story of Lutie Johnson, a young black woman, and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

448 pages perseverance realistic 448 pages

Day of Tears
by Julius Lester

When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.

177 pages non-white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 4 slavery american south american civil war

Day of Tears
by Julius Lester

When gambling debts and greed enter into the Butler household, Pierce Butler decides to host the biggest slave auction in American history and breaks a promise by selling Emma, his most-valued slave and caretaker of his children--a decision that brings about unthinkable consequences.

177 pages non-white undisclosed cis female slavery american south american civil war

Flygirl
by Sherri L. Smith

All Ida Mal Jones wants to do is fly. Ida's father was a pilot, and when he took her flying, she never want to come down again. But after his death, the sky is off-limits to a young black woman such as herself. When America enters World War II, the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida has a chance to join, if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as white.

278 pages non-white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 4 world war II women airplane pilots

Flygirl
by Sherri L. Smith

All Ida Mal Jones wants to do is fly. Ida's father was a pilot, and when he took her flying, she never want to come down again. But after his death, the sky is off-limits to a young black woman such as herself. When America enters World War II, the Army forms the WASP-Women Airforce Service Pilots-and Ida has a chance to join, if she's willing to use her light skin to pass as white.

278 pages non-white undisclosed cis female world war II women airplane pilots

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. The only person alive who knows what really happened is Starr.

464 pages non-white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 4 police violence racism prep school

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. The only person alive who knows what really happened is Starr.

464 pages non-white undisclosed cis female police violence racism prep school

In the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Álvarez

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows why they died.

339 pages non-white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 4 dominican republic revolution women

In the Time of the Butterflies
by Julia Álvarez

It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows why they died.

339 pages non-white undisclosed cis female dominican republic revolution women

Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung

Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless—everything Lucy once loved about herself.

336 pages non-white undisclosed cis female MoreScore: 4 chinese bullying boarding school

Lucy and Linh
by Alice Pung

Lucy is a bit of a pushover, but she’s ambitious and smart, and she has just received the opportunity of a lifetime: a scholarship to a prestigious school, and a ticket out of her broken-down suburb. Though she’s worried she will stick out like badly cut bangs among the razor-straight students, she is soon welcomed into the Cabinet, the supremely popular trio who wield influence over classmates and teachers alike. Linh is blunt, strong-willed, and fearless—everything Lucy once loved about herself.

336 pages non-white undisclosed cis female chinese bullying boarding school

The Blood Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani

In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

400 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 iran women weaving

The Blood Flowers
by Anita Amirrezvani

In 17th-century Iran, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. But when her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

400 pages non-white straight cis female iran women weaving

Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina Garcia

Three generations of Cuban women struggle to understand and accept the Cuban revolution. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption.

272 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 cuba new york mothers

Dreaming in Cuban
by Cristina Garcia

Three generations of Cuban women struggle to understand and accept the Cuban revolution. The lives of Celia del Pino and her husband, daughters, and grandchildren mirror the magical realism of Cuba itself, a landscape of beauty and poverty, idealism and corruption.

272 pages non-white straight cis female cuba new york mothers

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

The story examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties.

288 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 chinese-american mothers daughters

The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan

The story examines the sometimes painful, often tender, and always deep connection between mothers and daughters. As each woman reveals her secrets, trying to unravel the truth about her life, the strings become more tangled, more entwined. Mothers boast or despair over daughters, and daughters roll their eyes even as they feel the inextricable tightening of their matriarchal ties.

288 pages non-white straight cis female chinese-american mothers daughters

Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

264 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 time travel slavery american south

Kindred
by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

264 pages non-white straight cis female time travel slavery american south

Queen Sugar
by Natalie Baszile

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

384 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 american south sugar cane women

Queen Sugar
by Natalie Baszile

When Charley unexpectedly inherits eight hundred acres of sugarcane land, she and her eleven-year-old daughter say goodbye to smoggy Los Angeles and head to Louisiana. She soon learns, however, that cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley struggles to balance the overwhelming challenges of a farm in decline with the demands of family and the startling desires of her own heart.

384 pages non-white straight cis female american south sugar cane women

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

An incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other.

372 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 afghanistan families

A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini

An incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other.

372 pages non-white straight cis female afghanistan families

Tituba of Salem Village
by Ann Petry

In 1688, Tituba and her husband, John, are sold to a Boston minister and sent to the strange world of Salem, Massachusetts. Rumors about witches are spreading like wildfire throughout the state, filling the heads of Salem’s superstitious, God-fearing residents. When the reverend’s suggestible young daughter, Betsey, starts having fits, the townsfolk declare it to be the devil’s work. Suspicion falls on Tituba, who can read fortunes and spin flax into thread so fine it seems like magic.

256 pages non-white straight cis female MoreScore: 3 salem witch trials women slavery

Tituba of Salem Village
by Ann Petry

In 1688, Tituba and her husband, John, are sold to a Boston minister and sent to the strange world of Salem, Massachusetts. Rumors about witches are spreading like wildfire throughout the state, filling the heads of Salem’s superstitious, God-fearing residents. When the reverend’s suggestible young daughter, Betsey, starts having fits, the townsfolk declare it to be the devil’s work. Suspicion falls on Tituba, who can read fortunes and spin flax into thread so fine it seems like magic.

256 pages non-white straight cis female salem witch trials women slavery

The Well of Loneliness
by Radclyffe Hall

Follow the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection. One of the first novels written by a lesbian about life as a lesbian.

513 pages white non-straight cis female MoreScore: 3 world war II lesbians

The Well of Loneliness
by Radclyffe Hall

Follow the life of Stephen Gordon, an Englishwoman from an upper-class family whose homosexuality is apparent from an early age. She finds love with Mary Llewellyn, whom she meets while serving as an ambulance driver in World War I, but their happiness together is marred by social isolation and rejection. One of the first novels written by a lesbian about life as a lesbian.

513 pages white non-straight cis female world war II lesbians

Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quiñonez

Willie Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyrical, inspired, and darkly funny.

224 pages non-white straight cis male MoreScore: 2 new york puerto ricans

Bodega Dreams
by Ernesto Quiñonez

Willie Bodega is king.  Need college tuition for your daughter?  Start-up funds for your fruit stand?  Bodega can help.  He gives everyone a leg up, in exchange only for loyalty—and a steady income from the drugs he pushes. Lyrical, inspired, and darkly funny.

224 pages non-white straight cis male new york puerto ricans

No-No Boy
by John Okada

Ichiro Yamada is a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys" who answered "no" twice to a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States after he and his entire family were forcibly interned during world war II. Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.

264 pages non-white straight cis male MoreScore: 2 japanese internment world war II

No-No Boy
by John Okada

Ichiro Yamada is a fictional version of the real-life "no-no boys" who answered "no" twice to a compulsory government questionnaire as to whether he would serve in the armed forces and swear loyalty to the United States after he and his entire family were forcibly interned during world war II. Ichiro earns two years in prison and the hostility of his family and community when he returns home to Seattle.

264 pages non-white straight cis male japanese internment world war II

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

When an insurance settlement provides Walter and Ruth Younger the chance at changing their life for the better, practical plans collide with wild dreams. Walter wants to leave his job as a limo driver and open a liquor store. Walter's mother wants to put a down payment on a house in white neighborhood. White neighbors try to buy out the Younger's to prevent them from moving to the neighborhood. Walter's business associates steal the money. Dreams shrivel like a raisin in the sun.

151 pages non-white straight cis male MoreScore: 2 chicago african americans families

A Raisin in the Sun
by Lorraine Hansberry

When an insurance settlement provides Walter and Ruth Younger the chance at changing their life for the better, practical plans collide with wild dreams. Walter wants to leave his job as a limo driver and open a liquor store. Walter's mother wants to put a down payment on a house in white neighborhood. White neighbors try to buy out the Younger's to prevent them from moving to the neighborhood. Walter's business associates steal the money. Dreams shrivel like a raisin in the sun.

151 pages non-white straight cis male chicago african americans families

The Two Pearls of Wisdom
by Alison Goodman

Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, candidate Eon is training to become a Dragoneye - a powerful Lord able to master wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret. Eon is, in fact, Eona, a young woman who has endured years of disguise as a boy for the chance to practice the Dragoneye's Art.

512 pages undisclosed straight cis female MoreScore: 2 magic women

The Two Pearls of Wisdom
by Alison Goodman

Under the harsh regime of an ambitious master, candidate Eon is training to become a Dragoneye - a powerful Lord able to master wind and water to protect the land. But Eon also harbours a desperate secret. Eon is, in fact, Eona, a young woman who has endured years of disguise as a boy for the chance to practice the Dragoneye's Art.

512 pages undisclosed straight cis female magic women

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

As the heroine, Edna Pontellier, awakens to her own desires, she begins to question her ideas about marriage, motherhood, society, art, and the nature of love itself.

296 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 new orleans women desire

The Awakening
by Kate Chopin

As the heroine, Edna Pontellier, awakens to her own desires, she begins to question her ideas about marriage, motherhood, society, art, and the nature of love itself.

296 pages white straight cis female new orleans women desire

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, A novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder.

432 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 american south racism homophobia

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, A novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder.

432 pages white straight cis female american south racism homophobia

I Stand Here Ironing
by Tillie Olsen

When a mother is contacted by a guidance counselor at her daughter Emily's school to say that Emily is in trouble, the mother remembers the joys and regrets of raising Emily in the Depression. The mother resolves to help Emily break free free from the past and help her to dig her way onward to a new life.

10 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 mothers daughters

I Stand Here Ironing
by Tillie Olsen

When a mother is contacted by a guidance counselor at her daughter Emily's school to say that Emily is in trouble, the mother remembers the joys and regrets of raising Emily in the Depression. The mother resolves to help Emily break free free from the past and help her to dig her way onward to a new life.

10 pages white straight cis female mothers daughters

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

322 pages white straight cis female MoreScore: 1 revenge adultery women

The Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Set in 17th-century Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity.

322 pages white straight cis female revenge adultery women

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

A study of the events which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials and a parable for 1950s McCarthyism in the USA where artists were blacklisted for their beliefs.

139 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 new england witches women

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

A study of the events which led to the 1692 Salem witchcraft trials and a parable for 1950s McCarthyism in the USA where artists were blacklisted for their beliefs.

139 pages white straight cis male new england witches women

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

It's the 1930s and one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads have been driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision.

544 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 california great depression migration

The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck

It's the 1930s and one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads have been driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision.

544 pages white straight cis male california great depression migration

Master Harold and the Boys
by Athol Fugard

The play recounts the long, rainy afternoon that Hally ("Master Harold") spends with Sam and Willie, two middle-aged African servants of his parent's household. Sam and Willie have cared for seventeen year old Hally his whole life. Set in South Africa, it was banned there by the apartheid government.

60 pages white straight cis male MoreScore: 0 south africa racism

Master Harold and the Boys
by Athol Fugard

The play recounts the long, rainy afternoon that Hally ("Master Harold") spends with Sam and Willie, two middle-aged African servants of his parent's household. Sam and Willie have cared for seventeen year old Hally his whole life. Set in South Africa, it was banned there by the apartheid government.

60 pages white straight cis male south africa racism