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Books by Women of Color to Read in 2022

Books by Women of Color to Read in 2022

R.O. Kwon and Electric Lit pulled together this incredible list of upcoming titles to pre-order and get excited about in 2022!

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Brown Girls

A Novel

By Daphne Palasi Andreades
Narrated by: Tashi Thomas
Length: 4 hours 26 minutes

Brown Girls

“Told in the collective voice of the women of color of Queens, Brown Girls reads like poetry, with each chapter packing a powerful punch as we drop in on scenes in the girls' lives as they grow up, move away, and return to their home borough. This is one of those perfect books that goes down equally well as a one-sitting read or one that's doled out a chapter at a time. I've never read anything like this utterly compelling debut novel (and I've never been to Queens, let alone any other borough in New York), but reading this book still felt like coming home. ”

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The School for Good Mothers

A Novel

By Jessamine Chan
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 11 hours 56 minutes

The School for Good Mothers

“This novel toggles between infuriating, terrifying, and comedic. An interesting study on what it means to be a woman and a mother. Extremely satisfied with an unexpected ending.”

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Olga Dies Dreaming

A Novel

By Xochitl Gonzalez
Narrated by: Almarie Guerra, Armando Riesco & Inés del Castillo
Length: 11 hours 22 minutes

Olga Dies Dreaming

“What a debut! If you’re looking for a compelling, well written story about a woman at odds with her heritage, her family and trying desperately to figure out her place in the world Olga Dies Dreaming is the book for you. I couldn’t put it down-I stayed up until 2:30 in the morning because I had to know what happened to Olga!”

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Fiona and Jane

By Jean Chen Ho
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 7 hours 17 minutes

A TIME, NPR, VOGUE, OPRAH DAILY, AND VULTURE BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR (SO FAR)

One of TIME’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2022

“Ho's debut work is the perfect modern example of great American fiction. . . . You will love it.” —Jake Tapper

“Intimate, cinematic. . . . The world Ho creates between the two women feels like one friend reading the other’s story,...
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People Change

By Vivek Shraya
Narrated by: Vivek Shraya
Length: 1 hour 52 minutes

“A deeply generous and honest gift to the world.
Elliot Page
 
The author of I’m Afraid of Men lets readers in on the secrets to a life of reinvention.

Vivek Shraya knows this to be true: people change. We change our haircuts and our outfits and our minds. We change names, titles, labels. We attempt to blend in or to stand out. We outgrow... Read more »

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To Paradise

A Novel

By Hanya Yanagihara
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Catherine Ho, BD Wong, Feodor Chin & Kurt Kanazawa
Length: 28 hours 46 minutes

To Paradise

“Expansive, wholly original, and utterly engrossing, To Paradise is a masterpiece. Fans of Yanagihara’s A Little Life will find themselves making a little more room in their hearts for this marvelous, emotional, and brilliant story.”

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Manifesto

On Never Giving Up

By Bernardine Evaristo
Narrated by: Bernardine Evaristo
Length: 6 hours 7 minutes

From the bestselling and Booker Prize–winning author of Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo’s memoir of her own life and writing, and her manifesto on unstoppability, creativity, and activism

Bernardine Evaristo’s 2019 Booker Prize win was a historic and revolutionary occasion, with Evaristo being the first Black woman and first Black British...

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Fresh Banana Leaves

Healing Indigenous Landscapes through Indigenous Science

By Jessica Hernandez, Ph.D.
Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
Length: 9 hours 35 minutes

An Indigenous environmental scientist breaks down why western conservationism isn't working--and offers Indigenous models informed by case studies, personal stories, and family histories that center the voices of Latin American women and land protectors.

Despite the undeniable fact that Indigenous communities are among the most affected by... Read more »

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You Don’t Know Us Negroes and Other Essays

By Zora Neale Hurston, Henry Louis Gates & Genevieve West
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 15 hours 19 minutes

Introduction by New York Times bestselling author Henry Louis Gates Jr. 

Spanning more than 35 years of work, the first comprehensive collection of essays, criticism, and articles by the legendary author of the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston, showcasing the evolution of her distinctive style as an archivist and author.

“One of the greatest...

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Admissions

A Memoir of Surviving Boarding School

By Kendra James
Narrated by: Mela Lee
Length: 8 hours 53 minutes

A sharp-witted and deeply insightful look into the storied world of elite prep schools from the first African-American legacy student to graduate from The Taft School.

Early on in Kendra James’ professional life, she began to feel like she was selling a lie. As an admissions officer specializing in diversity recruitment for independent prep... Read more »

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Joan Is Okay

A Novel

By Weike Wang
Narrated by: Catherine Ho
Length: 6 hours 36 minutes

If you enjoyed Convenience Store Woman, then you’ll love Joan Is Okay.

“This book about a doctor navigating work and personal life questions and struggles pre- and post-Covid was reminiscent of Convenience Store Woman and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine but it also felt original and fresh. The main character was believable and lovable and the writing was solid, insightful, funny and moving. I only wished there had been a little more of this book to love, but also liked its sparseness. This might be my favourite book of the year so far!”

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Violeta [English Edition]

A Novel

By Isabel Allende
Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

If you enjoyed The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, then you’ll love Violeta [English Edition].

“Before you gas up for your next solo road trip, load up Violeta. With the conversational tone and linear plot line you’ll feel like you’ve got a buddy in the passenger seat who really knows how to tell a story!”

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South to America

A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

By Imani Perry
Narrated by: Imani Perry
Length: 16 hours 32 minutes

“An elegant meditation on the complexities of the American South—and thus of America—by an esteemed daughter of the South and one of the great intellectuals of our time. An inspiration.”

—Isabel Wilkerson, New York Times bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents

An essential, surprising journey...

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Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century

By Kim Fu
Narrated by: Piper Goodeve, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Samara Naeymi, Gary Tiedemann & Jeena Yi
Length: 6 hours 27 minutes

In the twelve unforgettable tales of Lesser Known Monsters of the 21st Century, the strange is made familiar and the familiar strange, such that a girl growing wings on her legs feels like an ordinary rite of passage, while a bug-infested house becomes an impossible, Kafkaesque nightmare. Each story builds a new world all its own: a group of... Read more »

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Reclaim the Stars

17 Tales Across Realms & Space

By Zoraida Córdova
Narrated by: Almarie Guerra & Zoraida Córdova
Length: 13 hours 6 minutes

One of Bustle's Most Anticipated Books of 2022
One of Pop Sugar's Best New YA of 2022

From stories that take you to the stars, to stories that span into other times and realms, to stories set in the magical now, Reclaim the Stars takes the Latin American diaspora to places fantastical and out of this world.


Follow princesses warring in space,...

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When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East

A Novel

By Quan Barry
Narrated by: David Lee Huynh
Length: 8 hours 24 minutes

From the acclaimed author of We Ride Upon Sticks comes a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.

"A dazzling achievement...The rhythms are more like prayer than prose, and the puzzlelike plot yields revelations." —The New York Times

Tasked with... Read more »

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The Lost Dreamer

The Lost Dreamer Duology: Book #1

By Lizz Huerta
Narrated by: Elisa Melendez & Inés del Castillo
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

"[Narrators] Melendez and del Castillo work together to heighten the vibrancy and tension of Huerta's narrative with forceful deliveries and dynamic characterizations. In a moving exploration of family, power, community, and love, two stories beautifully combine into a vivid, captivating adventure. A compelling debut, well suited to fans of...

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The Last Suspicious Holdout

Stories

By Ladee Hubbard
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo & JD Jackson
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

The critically acclaimed author of The Rib King returns with an eagerly anticipated collection of interlocking short stories including the title story written exclusively for this volume, that explore relationships between friends, family and strangers in a Black neighborhood over fifteen years

The twelve gripping tales...

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When We Were Birds

A Novel

By Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
Narrated by: Sydney Darius & Wendell Manwarren
Length: 8 hours 40 minutes

A mythic love story set in Trinidad, Ayanna Lloyd Banwo's radiant debut is a masterwork of lush imagination and exuberant storytelling—a spellbinding and hopeful novel about inheritance, loss, and love's seismic power to heal.

"Roots the reader in [Trinidad’s] traditions and rituals [and] ... in the glorious matriarchy by which lineage is... Read more »

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A Ballad of Love and Glory

A Novel

By Reyna Grande
Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi & Aidan Kelly
Length: 13 hours 33 minutes

A Long Petal of the Sea meets Cold Mountain in this “epic and exquisitely wrought” (Patricia Engel, New York Times bestselling author) saga following a Mexican army nurse and an Irish soldier who must fight, at first for their survival and then for their love, amidst the atrocity of the Mexican-American War—from the author of The Distance... Read more »

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