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Women’s Center Monthly Reading List

The Women’s Center has curated a monthly reading list to showcase the importance of literature and the transformative power of the written word. This list will include theoretical text, fictional novels, non fiction books and articles. Skim through our list and let us know your favorite piece! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

Books for Summer Reading:

• Tenderheaded: A Comb-Bending Collection of Hair Stories – edited by Juliette Harris and Pamela Johnson
• Getting to Maybe: How the World is Changed – Frances Westley, Brenda Zimmerman, and Michael Patton
• No More Heroes: Grassroots Challenges to the Savior Mentality – Jordan Flaherty
• Citizen: American Lyric – Claudia Rankine
• Food for Our Grandmothers: Writings by Arab American and Arab Canadian Feminists – Joanna Kadi
• The Body is Not an Apology – Sonya Renee Taylor
• Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition – Cedric J. Robinson
• Indigenous Women and Feminism: Politics, Activism, and Culture – Suzack, Huhndorf, Perreault, and Burman
• When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: My Life as a Hip Hop Feminist – Joan Morgan
• When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America – Paula J. Giddings
• The Picture of Dorian Gray: An Annotated, Uncensored Edition – Oscar Wilde
• New Jewish Feminism: Probing the Past, Forging the Future – Elyse Goldstein
Sleepers – Lorenzo Carcaterra
• Trust: Mastering the Four Essential Trusts – Iyanla Vanzant
• Dark Eros: Black Erotic Writing – Reginald Martin
• Stolen Women: Reclaiming Our Sexuality, Taking Back Our Lives – Gail Wyatt
• Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present – Harriet A. Washington
• Delfina Cuero: Her Autobiography: An Account of Her Last Years and Her Ethnobotanic Contributions – Delfina Cuero
• Woman Who Glows in the Dark: A Curandera Reveals Traditional Aztec Secrets of Physical and Spiritual Health – Elena Avila
• The Last Days of Socrates – Plato
• Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times – Jasbir Puar
• The Future of Whiteness – Linda Martín Alcoff
• Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples – Linda Tuhiwai Smith
• Living Chicana Theory – Carla Trujillo
• Decolonizing Educational Research: From Ownership to Answerability – Leigh Patel
• Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others – Sara Ahmed
• Disidentifications: Queers Of Color And The Performance Of Politics – José Esteban Muñoz
• Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures, and Other Latina Longings – Juana María Rodriguez
• Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity – C. Riley Snorton
• Belonging: A Culture of Place – bell hooks
• Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
• The Queer Art of Failure – John Halberstam
• The Promise of Happiness – Sara Ahmed
• Cruel Optimism – Lauren Berlant
• The Affect Theory Reader – Melissa Gregg
• Touching Feeling: Affect, Pedagogy, Performativity – Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
• Poetics of Relation – Edouard Gissent
• China Dolls: A Novel – Lisa See
• Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America – Celeste Fraser Delgado and José Esteban Muñoz
• Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism – Safiya Umoja Noble
• Ethnic Identity: The Transformation of White America – Richard D. Alba
• Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, and Religion in Appreciation of Winthrop D Jordan – David J. Libby, Paul Spickard, Susan Ditto
• Strange Encounters: Embodied Others in Post-coloniality – Sara Ahmed
• Puerto Rican Soldiers and Second-Class Citizenship: Representations in Media – Manuel G Aviles Santiago
• Sovereign Stories and Blood Memories: Native American Women’s Autobiography – Annette Angela Portillo
• Chicana Feminist Thought: The Basic Historical Writing – Alma M. Garcia
• Great Ancestors: Women Claiming Rights in Muslim Contexts – Farida Shaheed and Aisha Lee Shaheed
• The Right to Maim: Debility, Capacity, Disability – Jasbir K Puar
• Scenes of Subjection: Terror, Slavery, and Self-Making in the Nineteenth Century – Saidiya Hartman
• In the Wake: On Blackness and Being – Christina Sharpe
• Forgetting the Alamo, Or, Blood Memory: A Novel – Emma Pérez
• Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana – Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• El Mesquite: A Story of the Early Spanish Settlements Between Nueces and the Rio Grande – Elena Zamora O’Shea
• Lieutenant Nun: Memoir of a Basque Transvestite in the New World – Catalina de Erauso, Michele Stepto, Gabri Stepto
• A Chicanx Codex of Changing Consciousness: Writings, 2000-2010 – Cherrie Moraga
• What is Found There: Notebooks on Poetry and Politics – Adrienne Rich
• Reclaiming Medusa: Short Stories by Contemporary Puerto Rican Women – Diana Vélez
• Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About – Carla Trujillo
• The Two Mujeres – Sara Levi Calderón
Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellion – Piyali Bhattacharya
• Babaylan: An Anthology of Filipina and Filipina American Writers – Nick Carbó and Eileen Tabios 
The Lowest Blue Flame Before Nothing – Lara Stepleton




  • Mala, Mala
  • Whore’s Glory
  • 13th
  • Cartel Land
  • Blackfish
  • 3 ½ Minutes, 10 Bullets
  • He Named Me Malala
  • India’s Daughter
  • Dreamcatcher
  •  ‘Crips and Bloods: Made in America’
  •  A Sinner in Mecca