Crescent - Diana-Abu Jaber
Sirine, a half-Iraqi chef in California falls in love with a Middle Eastern studies professor and through stories, food, and relationships discovers her roots and her destiny.
Away - Amy Bloom
Lilian Leyb’s quest for a better life takes her from Russia to New York to Alaska in this historical novel.
The House on Mango Street - Sandra Cisneros
Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina comes of age in Chicago, as did the author, who was born in 1954.
The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka
The story of the lives of “picture brides” brought to San Francisco from Japan in the 1920s until World War II upends their world is told in lyrical succinct writing.