10 Books From Around The World

10 Books From Around The World

By: Hephzibah Adesina

Our Kind of People by Lawrence Otis Graham

Author: American

Synopsis/Summary: In this book, Graham exposes America’s Black elites. We learn about African American aristocrats, their gracious living, their achievements, and their shortcomings. This is a must-read for anyone interested in African-American history and the world of the black upper class. 

Girl, Woman, Other, by Bernardine Evaristo

Author: British-Nigerian

Synopsis/Summary: This book features 12 British women of color trying to make it through everyday life. They represent different generations, classes, cultures, and sexualities. Evaristo received the 2019 Booker Prize for this book, making her the first black woman win the leading literary award in the English-speaking world. I’d say do yourself a favor and read this book. 

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

Author: Omani

Synopsis/Summary: Celestial Bodies explores three generations of two families while telling the story of marital misery and the rapid change that is currently happening in Oman. Alharthi teaches us the rules and expectations of a patriarchal Islamic society. She also reveals how men and women are handling the implications of the changes happening in Oman. This book is full of strong women characters representing the future by deciding to take control of their lives. This is part of my top two.

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

Author: Zimbabwean

Synopsis/Summary: The Hairdresser of Harare depicts the everyday struggles of young women in Zimbabwe while finding a way to give us a perfect personal narration of the life of Vimbai, the main character. Huchu also speaks on many existing prejudices in most of sub-Saharan Africa: unemployment, corruption, colonization, right-wing evangelicals, constant shortages, defective electricity, extreme homophobia, and so much more. The book is both captivating and easy to read. If you’re interested in learning more about Zimbabwe and love dramatic African stories such as the ones seen on Nollywood, then this is the book for you. 

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

Author: Jamaican

Synopsis/Summary: Everything Everything is a relatable and realistic book surrounding a teenage love story. This book is filled with many life lessons, twists, and emotions. An excellent feel-good book for a rainy summer day. I believe this book will be incredibly inspiring to all who might be feeling trapped. I highly recommend it!

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

Author: Mexican

Synopsis/Summary: Anger is a Gift is a must-read for every young activist. The book features an enormously diverse group of characters. Though seemingly dystopian, it is incredibly relevant to our current situation in America. This book features powerful and recurrent police brutality scenes, detailed imageries of anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. Overall, it is not a book meant for the faint of heart. Oshiro gives us an honest look at police brutality and systematic racism in the world we live in. A book like this deserves to be read and broadcasted everywhere.

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn

Author: Japanese- American

Synopsis/Summary: I Love You So Mochi is extremely lighthearted, funny, and cute. I honestly read this whole book in one day. I was captivated by the exciting family dynamic wrapped around a cute summer romance. Kimi, the main character, is at a crossroads between her dream and her immigrant mother’s dream for HER life. This journey of finding herself leads her to Japan to spend the summertime with her distant grandparents. Kimi is Japanese-American, and so is her dad, but her mom and love interest are Japanese Immigrants. Their differences lead to some fascinating and real conversations. All of this mixed with Kuhn featuring Japan and Japanese culture had the rom-com Anime lover in me geeking out! Thank you, Sarah Kuhn. I needed this book.

Language of the Gecko and Other Stories By Gary Yong Ki Pak

Author: Hawaiian

Synopsis/Summary: This book is a collection of nine short stories about Native Hawaiians, Asians living in the Hawaiian diaspora, and their cultures. The author focuses on character development and symbolism throughout the book while discussing the tension between race and nationality. This book is both exciting and thought-provoking. Grab your copy from Amazon today!

The Kiss Quotient By Hellen Hoang

Author: Vietnamese

Synopsis/Summary: The Kiss Quotient follows Stella, a 30-year-old econometrician with Asperger’s. She hires an escort to teach her about dating. An incredible love story! Hellen Hoang has written a very addictive and wonderfully balanced book.

Lep Jaltok: Poems From A Marshallese Daughter By Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

Author: Marshallese 

Synopsis/Summary: This book is a collection of poems about indigenous rights, racism, Oceania, migration, family, and so much more. The author, Kathy, talks about America’s complicated history with the Pacific and its current effect on their lives. She also talks about the future and the hope she has for the generations to come in the Marshall Islands. This book is for all my poetry lovers!