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READING WOMEN, 2014: Lists of Suggested books

Year of Reading South Asian Women

Year of Reading Arab Women

Bibliglobal year of Reading (Global) Women

Marilyn Brady’s Reading Global Women of color

Suggestions from others. Links are to those I have read and reviewed.

Any of Chitra Divakaruni’s books. India
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.
Someone Else’s Garden by Dipika Rai.
We Need New Names, by No Violet Bulawayo. Africa
Carpentaria, by Alexis Wright.  Australian Indigenous
My Place, by Sally Morgan. Australian Indigenous
Americanah, by Adichie.  Nigeria and USA
The Bone People, by Keri Hulme. New Zealand Indigenous
Dogside Story, by Patricia Grace. New Zealand Indigenous

SOURCES which frequently review and suggest books by Global Women of Color.
Some are also useful sources of information about the authors themselves.

Bellistra is an excellent source that regularly publishes reviews of books by women worldwide.

Voices from the Gap, created by the University of Minnesota English Department, is a website devoted to making available books and other resources by and about women writers of color worldwide.

Feminist presses like  SpinifexInannaAunt Lute and Feminist Press have all made it a priority to publish books by women globally. Their catalogues are full of books by global women of color.  If you cannot find them locally, you can order directly often getting ebooks which eliminate international shipping charges.

The Australian Women Writers  and South Asian Women Writers are both reading challenges listing books by women writers from those regions.

South Asian Women’s Network also has an extensive list of South Asian Women Writers. 

Another fine source for African American women is Melissa Harris Perry’s Black Feminist Syllabus.

Last year for GWC Teresa @ Reading like I am feasting created a booklist of Latin American Women Writers available in English.

Since my own ability to buy books is limited, I often rely Paperback Book Swap and Better World Books.   Both have surprising offering of used books by Global Women of Color.

BLOG ROLL:  Bloggers who often read and discuss books by Global Women of Color.  Check their categories and indexes for particular books, authors, and locations.

Kinna at  Hosts a Challenge about African books and offers helpful lists and suggestions.

Eva at A wise reader and reviewer who reads vociferously.

Lisa at  Fine reviews of international books by an Australian woman.  Hosts an Indigenous Writing Week.  Her own project is reading books from every country and she often reads books by women.  Marilyn’s general book blog.


  1. mdbrady says:

    Great!!! Please do. I have just looked back over it and was trying to decide if I should add it even if I didn’t hear from you. I think I will post the link and then add it to the BOOKLISTS page.

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