Try on a new perspective! Do you tend to read books written by people surprisingly similar to yourself? Well now’s as good a time as any to expand your circle. One of the challenges we set out for you during our 2018 Reading Challenge was to read a “Memoir by an author of a different race or ethnicity than you.” If you haven’t yet marked this challenge off your list, we’ve got you covered.

Here are a few diverse memoirs to try:

What recent memoirs would you recommend? Here are a few that made our list…

The best we could do: an illustrated memoir, by Thi Bui
In this powerful graphic novel, author/artist Bui describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family’s move from their war-torn home to the United States. 

Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood, by Trevor Noah
The host of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah traces his wild coming of age during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. (Especially good as an audiobook, narrated by Trevor Noah!)

In the country we love: my family divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
Guerrero, an actress from Orange is the New Black, was just fourteen years old on the day her parents and brother were arrested and deported to Colombia. Born in the U.S., Guerrero was able to remain in the country and continue her education, depending on the kindness of family friends who took her in.

Give a diverse memoir a try and tell us what you think. Find our list here. Be aware that there may be more than one format for each title, so if you prefer eBook or audiobook, search again for the title to see the library’s full holdings. Did your favorite memoir not make our list? Let us know in the comments.

If you don’t know about our 2018 Reading Challenge: Read Outside the Box, then download our challenge list and get started now. The year’s not yet half over, so there’s still plenty of time to try and finish the challenge!

 

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