Books: WOC writing

The books listed below are the writings of women of colour, touching on the experiences of WOC; race/gender/class oppression as it affects WOC; and feminism/womanism from the perspective of WOC. This selection includes texts, novels, essays, and poetry.

Please add your comments, make your suggestions and submit or recommend reviews – use the comment form at the end.

NB books aimed at children and young people are listed separately below this list of books aimed at adults.

Monica Ali
Brick Lane. Amazon link.
Sarah Eppler Janda
Beloved Women: The Political Lives of LaDonna Harris and Wilma Mankiller. Amazon link.
Inés Hernández-Ávila
ed. Reading Native American Women. Amazon link.
bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Amazon link.
Where We Stand: Class Matters. Amazon link.
Andrea Levy
Every Light in the House Burnin’. Maia’s review. Amazon link.
Small Island. Amazon link.
Audre Lorde
Sister Outsider. Amazon link.
**Includes several classic essays and speeches by Audre Lorde, including Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power, Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface, An Open Letter to Mary Daly, The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House, and Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference.
Toni Morrison
Beloved. Amazon link.
Alice Walker.
The Color Purple. Maia’s review. Amazon link.
Possessing the Secret of Joy. Maia’s review. Amazon link.
Anything We Love Can Be Saved. Maia’s review. Amazon link.

Books for children

bell hooks
Skin Again. Maia’s review. Amazon link


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