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Books by Women of Color to Read in 2024

We've used R.O. Kwon and Electric Lit's list as a jumping off point for this playlist of upcoming titles to pre-order and get excited about in 2024!

The Storm We Made

A Novel

By: Vanessa Chan
Narrated by: Samantha Tan
Length: 10 hours 52 minutes

“Stunning. Horrifying. Raw. Gritty. Luscious. The WWII novel you haven't seen before. Read more

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The Fetishist

By: Katherine Min
Narrated by: Eunice Wong & Kayla Min Andrews
Length: 8 hours 46 minutes

The Fetishist is an exploration of serious emotions, accompanied by a degree of absurdity and humor. Min expertly highlights the female Asian American experience of being fetishized with unforgiving, razor-sharp prose. Read more

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American Negra

A Memoir

By: Natasha S. Alford
Narrated by: Natasha S. Alford
Length: 10 hours 38 minutes

Award-winning journalist Natasha S. Alford grew up between two worlds as the daughter of an African American father and Puerto Rican mother. In American Negra, a narrative that is part memoir, part cultural analysis, Alford reflects on growing up in a working-class family from the city of Syracuse, NY.In smart, vivid prose, Alford illustrates... Read more

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Exhibit

A Novel

By: R. O. Kwon
Narrated by: Ami Park & Sue Jean Kim
Length: 5 hours 17 minutes

Exhibit is my favorite kind of novel. Sentences that hold you tight. A sharp eyed narrator. A story about story, creativity, and artistic vision. Longing and fear. Best read in one sitting, so you can gulp it right up like I did. Read more

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Dead in Long Beach, California

A Novel

By: Venita Blackburn
Narrated by: Lynnette Freeman
Length: 6 hours 43 minutes

"This book rewired my brain; it's a bonafide knockout." —Kristen Arnett, author of With Teeth

"You can try bracing yourself for the ride this story takes you on, but it's best to just surrender. Your wig is going to fall off no matter what you do." —Saeed Jones, author of How We Fight for Our Lives

A gut-busting and heartbreaking descent into one...
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Behind You Is the Sea

A Novel

By: Susan Muaddi Darraj
Narrated by: Rasha Zamamiri & Ali Nasser
Length: 6 hours 30 minutes

“In these linked stories, three Palestinian interconnected families in Baltimore, caught between the values of their homeland while struggling to make sense of their American children, come to life. It’s a portrait of how class, gender, generations and traditional values both divide and unite them, with a different family in focus in each... Read more

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Broughtupsy

A Novel

By: Christina Cooke
Narrated by: Alisha Bailey
Length: 5 hours 52 minutes

At once cinematic yet intimate, Broughtupsy is an enthralling debut novel about a young Jamaican woman grappling with grief as she discovers her family, her home, is always just out of reach.

Tired of not having a place to land, twenty-year-old Akúa flies from Canada to her native Jamaica to reconnect with her estranged sister Tamika. Their... Read more

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Come and Get It

By: Kiley Reid
Narrated by: Nicole Lewis
Length: 12 hours 52 minutes

“Kiley Reid again delivers an expert study of race, class, and money- this time set against the backdrop of residential life at the University of Arkansas. She examines where adulthood begins, and the very grey area between right and wrong. The audiobook is superbly narrated. Read more

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Your Utopia

Stories

By: Bora Chung
Narrated by: Greta Jung
Length: 6 hours 54 minutes

“In these stories, Chung’s brilliant imagination brings us futures filled with advanced AI, transformed nature, plague, and questions about humanity. I loved every moment of these stories and each unexpected turn. We don’t know what the future holds, but Chung gives us possibilities that are sometimes frightening, sometimes heartwarming, always... Read more

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River East, River West

A Novel

By: Aube Rey Lescure
Narrated by: David Shih & Jennifer Lim
Length: 11 hours 53 minutes

SHORTLISTED FOR THE WOMEN'S PRIZESet against the backdrop of developing modern China, this mesmerizing literary debut is part coming-of-age tale, part family and social drama, as it follows two generations searching for belonging and opportunity in a rapidly changing world—perfect for readers of Behold the DreamersWhite Ivy, and The... Read more

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Greta & Valdin

A Novel

By: Rebecca K Reilly
Narrated by: Natalie Beran, Jackson Bliss, Eilidh Beaton, Nico Evers-Swindell & Gary Furlong
Length: 9 hours 28 minutes

“Quite possibly my favorite book of the year. The audio narration is perfectly executed, which is no easy feat given the surprising breadth of accents this globally entangled Auckland-based family draws into their hearts. The narrators voice with wry deprecation and warm embodied confusion the unforgettable titular queer millenial siblings at the... Read more

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A Fire So Wild

A Novel

By: Sarah Ruiz-Grossman
Narrated by: Marisha Tapera
Length: 6 hours 49 minutes

Zibby Mag, Electric Literature, The Rumpus, and She Reads Most Anticipated Book of the Year“Ruiz-Grossman balances the social and political, the emotional and physical, with insight and precision. Her disparate characters all hail from different worlds, and it’s a horrific thrill to witness their dramas unfurl and collide."" -- New York Times... Read more

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Acts of Forgiveness

A Novel

By: Maura Cheeks
Narrated by: Jade Wheeler
Length: 8 hours 20 minutes

“A vibrant and moving debut that takes to heart our deferred dreams and the value of remaining hopeful.”—Diane Marie Brown, author of Black Candle Women

How much of their lineage is one family willing to unearth in order to participate in the nation’s first federal reparations program?


Every American waits with bated breath to see whether or not... Read more

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Whiskey Tender

A Memoir

By: Deborah Taffa
Narrated by: Charley Flyte
Length: 11 hours 37 minutes

A Zibby Mag ""Most Anticipated Book"" * A San Francisco Chronicle ""New Book to Cozy Up With"" * A Publishers Weekly ""Memoirs & Biographies: Top 10"" * The Millions ""Most Anticipated"" * An Electric Lit “Books By Women of Color to Read""“We have more Native stories now, but we have not heard one like this. Whiskey Tender is unexpected and... Read more

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The Great Divide

A Novel

By: Cristina Henriquez
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 13 hours 21 minutes

“A fascinating novel about a wide cast of characters whose lives all intersect during the construction of the Panama Canal. The larger story emerges from many individual experiences; from laborers to housemaids to fishermen, all of whom play a part in the famous engineering feat. Read more

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Green Frog

Stories

By: Gina Chung
Narrated by: Jeena Yi, Sue Jean Kim & Hannah Choi
Length: 7 hours 6 minutes

From the author of Sea Change comes a short story collection that explores Korean American womanhood, bodies, animals, and transformation as a means of survival.

"The stories hit, each one, and land with such seeming perfection. Chung’s book sits next to my all-time favorite story collections by masters of the craft: Karen Russell, Nana Kwame...
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Lessons for Survival

Mothering Against “the Apocalypse”

By: Emily Raboteau
Narrated by: Emily Raboteau
Length: 9 hours 37 minutes

This program is read by the author.

Award-winning author and critic Emily Raboteau uses the lens of motherhood to craft a powerfully moving meditation on race, climate, environmental justice—and what it takes to find shelter.


Lessons for Survival is a probing series of pilgrimages from the perspective of a mother struggling to raise her children... Read more

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Anita de Monte Laughs Last

Reese's Book Club Pick (A Novel)

By: Xochitl Gonzalez
Narrated by: Jessica Pimentel, Jonathan Gregg & Stacy Gonzalez
Length: 13 hours 36 minutes

“Great storytelling from multiple characters perspective that touches on feminism, gender, power, race and art. Loved this gripping story. Marvelous audiobook. Read more

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The Manicurist's Daughter

A Memoir

By: Susan Lieu
Narrated by: Susan Lieu
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

“A really compelling story of a woman (and her family) dealing with the aftermath of a tragic event in her childhood. Read more

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Memory Piece

A Novel

By: Lisa Ko
Narrated by: Eunice Wong
Length: 9 hours 38 minutes

“Get ready Memory Piece starts out slow and personal and then takes a whirlwind turn into the intense. Centered around three childhood friends spanning 40 years, Ko weaves together a connection through art, technology advancement, and what society considers valuable. For fans of stories that center around the near distant future, coming-of-age,... Read more

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