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Cultural Identity

Nonfiction and fiction books related to racial, religious, or cultural identity of people. It includes ideas, customs, and social behavior. It can include minority groups or religious minorities.

African-American | American Indian | Asian & Indian | Hispanic | Jewish | Immigrants or Refugees | Muslim

African-American or Black People

Balm in Gilead: Journey of a Healer
by Sara Lawrence Lightfoot

The Bluest Eye
by Toni Morrison

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother
by James McBride

Cry, the Beloved Country
by Alan Paton

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance
by Barack Obama

Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice
by Raymond Arsenault

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Margot Lee Shetterly

The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd

The Kitchen House
by Kathleen Grissom

Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust
by Immaculée Ilibagiza and Steve Erwin

Life is So Good
by George Dawson and Richard Glaubman

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs

Prince among Slaves
by Terry Alford

Same Kind of Different as Me
by Ron Hall and Denver Moore, with Lynn Vincent

Small Great Things
by Jodi Picoult

Song of Solomon
by Toni Morrison

Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston

The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

American-Indian or Native Peoples

Ceremony
by Leslie Marmon Silko

Desert Wife
by Hilda Faunce

The Education of Little Tree
by Forrest Carter

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

A History of Utah’s American Indians
edited by Forrest S. Cuch

The Journey of the Diné
by Ellen G. Callister and Robert Maryboy (illustrator)

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
by David Grann

Lewis and Clark Among the Indians
by James P. Ronda

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Rabbit-Proof Fence
by Doris Pilkington

Reservation Blues
by Sherman Alexie

A Thief of Time
by Tony Hillerman

Asian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, or Indian

Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam
by Andrew X. Pham

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

The Good Earth
by Pearl S. Buck

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel
by Jamie Ford

A Jar of Dreams
by Yoshiko Uchida

Kira-Kira
by Cynthia Kadohata

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert

My Year of Meats
by Ruth L. Ozeki

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See

The Orphan Keeper
by Camron Wright

Shanghai Girls: A Novel
by Lisa See

Snow Falling on Cedars
by  David Guterson

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs
by Cathy A. Small

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China
by Jung Chang

Hispanic or Latino

America’s Dream
by Esmeralda Santiago

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

The House on Mango Street
by Sandra Cisneros

Like Water for Chocolate
by Laura Esquivel

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez

Romiette and Julio
by Sharon M. Draper

Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez

Jewish or Jewish-American

The Assistant
by Bernard Malamud

Bee Season
by Myla Goldberg

Bread Givers: A Novel
by Anzia Yezierska

The Chosen: A Novel
by Chaim Potok

Davita’s Harp
by Chaim Potok

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

Lost in Translation: A Life in a New Language
by Eva Hoffman

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

Mona in the Promised Land
by Gish Jen

Neighbors: The Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne, Poland
by Jan T. Gross

Immigrants or Refugees

America’s Dream
by Esmeralda Santiago

Bread Givers: A Novel
by Anzia Yezierska

The Devil’s Highway: A True Story
by Luis Alberto Urrea

Faces of Utah: A Portrait
edited by Shannon R. Hoskins

Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Minaret
by Leila Aboulela

Missing Stories: An Oral History of Ethnic and Minority Groups in Utah
by Leslie G. Kelen and Eileen Hallet Stone

On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See

Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez

Shanghai Girls: A Novel
by Lisa See

Something to Declare
by Julia Alvarez

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures
by Anne Fadiman

Voyages: From Tongan Villages to American Suburbs
by Cathy A. Small

Muslim and Muslim-American

The Butterfly Mosque
by G. Willow Wilson

Does My Head Look Big in This?
by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Favored Daughter: One Woman’s Fight to Lead Afghanistan into the Future
by Fawzia Koofi with Nadene Gourhi

Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

Infidel
by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Minaret
by Leila Aboulela

A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America
Leila Ahmed

Prince among Slaves
by Terry Alford

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books
by Azar Nafisi

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples

Sisters in War: A Story of Love, Family, and Survival in the New Iraq
by Christina Asquith