18 BAME Writers You’d Be Crazy Not to Read

Explore the profound and diverse literary contributions of BAME writers in America, focusing on themes that encompass race, gender, identity, and sexual orientation. These authors offer compelling narratives that challenge and enrich our understanding of society.

1. Ta-Nehisi Coates

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Read “Between the World and Me” for a profound narrative on what it means to be black in America. Coates delivers his message through a letter to his teenage son, blending personal reflection with historical analysis.

2. Toni Morrison

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“Morrison’s Beloved” is a must-read. This Nobel Prize-winning author captures the brutal impacts of slavery through magical realism and rich storytelling that’s both moving and powerful.

3. Roxane Gay

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Explore “Bad Feminist,” a collection of essays that tackles feminism from a perspective intersecting race, culture, and identity. Gay’s candid prose challenges the notion of perfection in the feminist movement.

4. Jesmyn Ward

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Winner of two National Book Awards, Ward’s “Sing, Unburied, Sing” is a haunting tale of a black family’s struggle with history, substance abuse, and love in the American South.

5. Ocean Vuong

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“Night Sky with Exit Wounds” explores the complexities of immigration, identity, and sexuality. Vuong’s poetry delves deep into his Vietnamese heritage and his coming-of-age as a gay man.

6. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Read “Americanah” for a brilliant take on race, identity, and the immigrant experience. Adichie’s sharp and observant prose will make you reconsider what it means to belong.

7. Claudia Rankine

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“Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric” uses poetry, essay, and images to confront the subtleties of racism and gender politics in everyday encounters in American life.

8. Alice Walker

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Explore feminist themes in “The Color Purple,” which delves into the lives of African American women in the early 20th century South, exploring their struggles and growth amid adversity.

9. Junot Díaz

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“The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” offers a vibrant, engaging narrative that weaves together the life of a Dominican family in the United States and the curse that haunts them.

10. Isabel Allende

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“Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea” transports readers to the world of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) and follows the life of a slave and her fight for freedom, paralleling the struggle against colonialism.

11. Audre Lorde

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“The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde” captures the voice of a woman who wrote fearlessly about race, lesbian identity, feminism, and civil rights.

12. Ibram X. Kendi

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Read “How to Be an Antiracist” to challenge your perceptions of racism and to reflect on how to support anti-racist policies and actions in everyday life.

13. Zadie Smith

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Smith’s “White Teeth” humorously and intelligently explores the lives of two North London families, touching on themes of race, immigration, and Britain’s colonial past.

14. Jhumpa Lahiri

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“The Namesake” explores the themes of identity, migration, and cross-cultural challenges through the eyes of an Indian American family navigating life between tradition and modernity.

15. Maxine Hong Kingston

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“Warrior Woman” delves into the challenges of reconciling one’s cultural heritage with one’s burgeoning feminism and American identity.

16. Viet Thanh Nguyen

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“The Sympathizer” offers a gripping spy novel perspective on the Vietnam War and its aftermath, with a deep look at dual identity and political conflict.

17. Angela Davis

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“Women, Race, & Class” traces the history of the women’s movement, focusing on the intersections of race and class in America. Davis challenges the often overlooked struggles of minority women.

18. Octavia Butler

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Butler’s “Kindred” uses science fiction to explore the history of black slavery in the United States. It’s a powerful, imaginative narrative that challenges the roots of racial injustice.

A Broad Spectrum

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This list represents a spectrum of BAME voices that articulate a myriad of perspectives and experiences, inviting readers to engage deeply with America’s complex cultural fabric. Whether addressing feminist issues, LGBTQ+ experiences, or broader social and cultural challenges, these authors provide enlightening and essential reading.

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