Five Books By Empowered Women Of Color To Read Today
Empowered women of color – Latinas/Indigenous/Black women continue to trailblaze in the world of literature. For instance, notable author Elizabeth Acevedo who has a prestigious Carnegie Medal among her many awards, for ‘The Poet X’.
Here at BoldLatina, we add on to our reading lists religiously and recommend these amazing titles below:
1. “Citizens But Not Americans: Race and Belonging Among Latino Millennials” by Nilda Flores
Nilda focuses Citizens But Not Americans
on the Dreamers point of view (POV). What is it like for Dreamers to have a family on the other side of the border knowing they won’t ever get to see them again.
Flores interviews dozens of young Latina/os seeking insights about their family’s history, their fights against racism, social class, language barriers and overall living standards with blending cultures and traditions.
This exploration gives us an understanding of what it’s like to grow up and be loyal to a country that won’t accept your heritage, completely lost between moving forward or honoring your past, this book represents the powerful concept of the desire to belong.
2.“Dealing in Dreams” by Lilliam Rivera
Dealing in Dreams is the story of a young teenager raised in a dystopian era, think ‘The Lost Boys meets Mad Max; but all female power.
In Rivera‘s novel the ‘Mal Criadas own the streets‘ it’s a new world order where the women are in charge. The story touches upon sisterhood, survival, betrayal, relationships are tested, alliances are formed as well as broken and nothing is certain. Rivera destroys the stereotype of how a young woman should be as a dominant character.
3. “American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures” by America Ferrera
American Like Me is America Ferrera’s masterpiece among all her creative endeavors so far. Ferrera is a natural storyteller. Feeling alone in her experience growing up as a minority in U.S. America, Ferrera shares her own POV growing up with her Honduran family.
Ferrera’s story provides an inside look at rough anecdotes where readers will be able to identify themselves in parts of other Dreamer’s stories as a growing community.
4. “Tell Me How It Ends” by Valeria Luiselli
Tell Me How It Ends explains the painful reality of undocumented citizens in America, and their unaccompanied dangerous journeys to seek a better life, abandoned children left to the U.S. immigration system and their traumatic journeys. Thousands of infants have fled to the U.S. due to violence and political chaos in their own countries, only to find themselves in a harder situation than they left.
Luiselli was born in Mexico, began her volunteer work as an interpreter helping to interview children while also trying to have them receive pro bono legal help. Luiselli’s goal with this book is to seek humanity within the reader, help them understand their emotional struggle. Luiselli calls on us to have the courage and speak up for those who are most vulnerable in this country while repeating Hillel’s famous quote “If not us, who? If not now, when?” Luiselli latest release is the ‘Los Children Archive‘ 2019, next on our list to read!
5. “The Old Drift” by Namwali Serpell
The Old Drift is a story of a changing world, nation, and people, switching from person to person and location to location all cleverly linked. You get so involved with the characters you’ll want to submerge into the story. A series of sadness hangs over everything; hope and determination manage to push through. Serpell is a Black author, born in Zambia and as an empowered woman of color digs into a variety of themes, issues and history, including the characters independence and infinite variations of lust and love. Magical and brilliantly constructed in an astonishing novel!