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Lending Library

In 1997 the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and representatives of the faculty, administrative, and staff Affirmative Action Review Committees initiated a Diversity Reading Group.

The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity has a Lending Library. We are located in Suite 304 of Blunt Alumni Center. Please stop by to browse and check out books.

Book List:

A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America, by David K. Shipler, Dartmouth College trustee - The book's premise is that in all consequential interactions between blacks and whites in the United States, race is a factor. Mr. Shipler examines how blacks and whites think, their images of each other, and what happens when their paths intersect.

Among the White Moon Faces: An Asian-American Memoir of Homelands, by Shirley Geok-Lin Lim - A memoir of immigrant women's experience and a reflection upon the homelands we leave behind, the homelands we discover, an the homelands we hold within ourselves.

An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, by Henry Wiencek - This book examines Virginia's plantation aristocracy and, in particular, Washington who came to abhor slavery in the course of his lifetime.

Best Intentions, by Robert Sam Anson, the story of Edmund Perry - A black Harlem teenager and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, who is killed by a white New York City plainclothes policeman.

Bint Arab: Arab and Arab-American Women in the United States, Evelyn Shakir - Shakir presents the diverse voices of women of Arab origin discussing their families, communities, businesses, and generational differences in their adaptation to Anglo-American society.

Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat. After being reclaimed by her long-absent mother, a 12-year old Haitian girl is irrevocably changed not only by her abrupt move to New York City, but also by the tragic influence of a family history of sexual abuse on her development as a teenager and young adult.

Brothers and Sisters, by Bebe Moore Campbell, a novel set in contemporary Los Angeles that presents the dilemmas of interracial friendships.

By the Lake of Sleeping Children: The Secret Life of the Mexican Border, by Luis Alberto Urrea - Urrea explores the post-NAFTA and Proposition 187 border purgatory of garbage pickers and dump dwellers, gawking tourists, and relief workers to illuminate the horrors and the simple joys of people trapped between the two worlds of Mexico and the Unites States.

Class Matters: Cross-class Alliance Building for Middle-Class Activists, by Betsy Leondar-Wright, a guide to help people build bridges across class lines and collaborate more effectively in mixed-class social change efforts.

Class Warrior, First Ed. by Class Action, a sort of dictionary - A way of expanding our vocabularies about social class and issues related to classism.

Days of Awe, by Achy Obejas - A Jewish-Cuban-American novel in which the protagonist searches for her Cuban roots. Gorgeously written, this narrative digs deep into questions of faith, conversion, nationality and history, exploring philosophical issues in human terms.

Desirable Daughters, by Bharati Mukherjee - This novel is both the tumultuous portrait of a traditional Brahmin Indian family and a contemporary American story of a woman who has in many ways broken with tradition but still remains tied to her native country.

Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley - A mystery set in Los Angeles in 1948. Easy Rawlins, a black war veteran, seeks to uncover the mystery that surrounds blonde and elusive Daphne Monet.

Digging to America, by Anne Tyler - Two families arrive at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport in August 1997 to claim the Korean infants they have adopted. Strangers until that evening, they are destined to begin a friendship that will span their adoptive daughters' childhoods.

Disposable People, by Kevin Bales describes how current economic conditions encourage the enslavement of an estimated 27 million people worldwide, and how, through globalization, we all participate in this modern manifestation of human bondage.

Dogs of March, by Ernest Hebert, Professor of English, Dartmouth College - This gritty portrayal of class relations, poverty, and the working poor in rural New Hampshire was written by a local author with a national profile.

Dreaming in Cuban, by Cristina Garcia presents the lives of a Cuban matriarch and her children as a technicolor tale of women, politics, culture, madness, and magic.

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance, by Barack Obama - Obama, a black man raised by his white mother and grandparents, decided to journey to Kenya to learn more about his African father after receiving news of his death.

Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality & Insecurity, by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel, a social class resource that looks at the causes and manifestations of wealth disparities in the United States, examining the recent changes in income and wealth distribution, as well as economic policies and shifts in power that have fueled the growing divide.

First Person, First Peoples, edited by Andrew Garrod and Colleen Larimore, is a collection of Native American Dartmouth graduates' life stories. Contributors include a tribal court judge, a professional baseball player, and the first Navajo woman surgeon.

From the Deep Woods to Civilization: Chapters in the Autobiography of an Indian, by Charles Eastman - Charles Eastman's compelling memoir of his own formal education (including Dartmouth) and career helping fellow Indians adapt to a new reality while retaining the best of their own culture.

Give Me My Father's Body: The Life of Minik, the New York Eskimo, by Ken Harper, Kevin Spacey. The story of Minik Wallace, who was brought to the U.S. as a child from Greenland and grew to adulthood uncomfortable in both American and native society, raises questions about how culture, race, and science combine to enable "respectable" persons to carry out what are later viewed as indefensible acts.

Go Tell It on the Mountain, by James Baldwin - A fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin uses the spiritual and moral awakening of 14-year-old John Grimes during a Saturday night service in a Harlem storefront church as a frame to lay bare the secrets of a tormented black family during the depression.

Half and Half: Writers on Growing Up Biracial and Bicultural, edited by Claudine Chiawei O'Hearn. A collection of meditations on biracial/bicultural marriages, families, and one's own "home," this book includes essays by several authors whose books have been Diversity Reading Group selections.

Helen Keller: A Life, by Dorothy Herrmann - A recent biography covering well-known and unfamiliar aspects of Helen Keller's relationship with Annie Sullivan, her teacher, whose own life and education were equally remarkable.

Honky! by Dalton Conley, the author recounts his experiences as a white boy growing up in a poor, predominately black and Hispanic housing project in New York City, providing insights into how race and class shape the opportunities and resources available to Americans of different racial and social backgrounds.

How Race is Lived in America: Pulling Together, Pulling Apart, a collection of 15 articles originally published in the New York Times that examine today's race relations and present an intimate picture of how race remains a central feature of twenty-first century America.

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez - A family saga of the immigration and education of four sisters from the Dominican Republic that proceeds backwards to reveal family secrets that shaped the women's lives.

Hunger of Memory, by Richard Rodriguez, is the autobiography of a Latino student who pays the cost of social assimilation and academic success with a painful alienation from his past, his parents, and his culture.

I Choose to Stay: A Black Teacher Refuses to Desert the Inner-City, by Salome Thomas-El - A teacher/principal in Philadelphia's inner city is committed to teaching disadvantaged students using chess as a way to develop confidence and an appreciation for academics in his students.

I Never Had It Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson by Jackie Robinson as told to Alfred Duckett - In 1947 he became the first black major league baseball player, and his life story encompassed much of the racial, economic, political, and social turmoil of twentieth century America.

Interpreter of Maladies, is a Pulitzer prize-winning collection of nine short stories set in India as well as the United States, by Jhumpa Lahiri who introduces the reader to both ex-patriot and continental Indian culture by exposing the complex inner lives of her characters during seemingly ordinary days.

Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison, chronicles the journey of a young black man who seeks self-knowledge but encounters racial intolerance and cultural blindness in depression-era America.

Just as I Thought, by Grace Paley offers wit and wisdom on such topics as writing, family, gender, race, class, aging, and activism.

Kindred, by Octavia Butler, is the story of Dana, a 20th century black professional woman in an interracial marriage, who time travels to the early 19th century and confronts slavery first-hand.

La Perdida, by Jessica Abel - Carla Olivares, a young Mexican-American woman, goes to Mexico City to try to get in touch with her Mexican side.

Living at Night, by Mariana Romo-Carmona is the tale of a young working class woman who juggles her job on the night shift at an institution for developmentally challenged women, her presence as Puerto Rican lesbian in a New England town, and an unresolved obligation towards an ill parent.

Maus a Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History, by Art Spiegelman - Told with chilling realism in an unusual comic-book format, this is more than a tale of surviving the Holocaust. Spiegelman relates the effect of those events on the survivors' later years and upon the lives of the following generation.

Monkey Bridge, by Lan Cao - This account of Vietnamese refugees is told by two narrators - a young girl with her own version of the immigrant experience in the US, and her mother who reveals the life they left behind that stalks them still.

My Soul is Rested: Movement Days in the Deep South Remembered, by Howell Raines. The book is an absorbing oral history of the 50's and 60's civil rights movement told through the words of black and white activists, lawyers, politicians, and ordinary citizens from a wide political spectrum

My Year of Meats, by Ruth L. Ozeki, a Japanese-American documentary filmmaker grapples with irreconcilable differences between Japanese and American cultural attitudes toward gender, sexuality, and food preferences.

Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae Lee, is a novel of domestic political intrigue that weaves together themes of intergenerational misunderstandings, marital discord, and family tragedy into a complex portrait of immigrants and their communities.

Nickel and Dimed; On (Not) Getting by in America, author Barbara Ehrenreich worked at a series of unskilled jobs and lived on the wages thereof in order to answer the question, How does anyone survive on $6-$7 per hour?

On Gold Mountain, by Lisa See. This true saga of a Chinese-American family over more than 100 years is an absorbing example of family biography as social history.

One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, by Dartmouth Alumnus, Keith Boykin, thoughtfully examines the lives and experiences of African-American gay men and women within the context of the civil rights movement and clarifies the relationship between blacks and gays in America

Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity, by Ella Bell (Tuck School of Business) and Stella Nkomo examines highly successful black and white women in the corporate world and the importance of gender, race, and class in their professional development.

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi - A wise, funny, and heartbreaking memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah's regime, the triumph of the Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys, by Daniel Kindlon and Michael Thompson, is a critical examination of the restrictive gender role assigned to American boys and its implications for our society.

Reservation Blues, by Sherman Alexie, the tale of a traveling Native American blues band presents reservation life as alternately mythic, poignant, revealing, and hilarious.

Reviving Ophelia, by Mary Pipher, reveals the complex, often dangerous, pressures on girls during their vulnerable adolescent years and offers useful advice on how to recognize and cope with issues facing young women today.

Robber's Wine, by Ellen Hart, is a mystery set in northern Minnesota and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Mystery. Amateur sleuth Jane Lawless delves into an old friend's death and uncovers a family secret.

She's Come Undone, by Wally Lamb recalls Janice Ian's "At Seventeen," as the main character, Dolores Price, travels through adolescence. Loneliness masquerades as bravado as Dolores attempts to love herself and find comfort in those around her.

She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders, by Jennifer Finney Boylan - A memoir that challenges many assumptions about love, sex, and gender as the author, an English professor at Colby College, relates the lifelong quest that led to her gender shift.

Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, is a mystery set on an island just north of Puget Sound haunted by memories of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II.

Spoon River Anthology, by Edgar Lee Masters - In this 1915 collection of poems, Masters tells the stories of the dead--through their own posthumous words--in the fictional town of Spoon River. The stories are well told and often harsh, as the dead of Spoon River carry their passions and commitments to their graves. Each free-verse monologue stands as an epitaph for the person speaking, yet the poems are ultimately about life, not death.

Strong for Potatoes, by Cynthia Thayer. In this novel, a young girl comes to terms with physical disability, sexual identity, and her Passamoquoddy heritage in eastern Maine

Talking from 9 to 5: How Women's and Men's Conversational Styles Affect Who Gets Heard, Who Gets Credit, and What Gets Done at Work, by Deborah Tannen, offers new ways of understanding what happens in the workplace and how we are regarded and rewarded.

Talking to High Monks in the Snow, by Lydia Minatoya tells the story of a Japanese-American raised in Albany in the 1950s who travels to Asia and gains a new understanding of her heritage.

The Alphabet in My Hands: A Writing Life, by Marjorie Agosin - An autobiography of a Chilean author who describes her childhood, adolescence, and her life in exile after the 1973 coup in Chile.

The Beans of Egypt Maine, by Carolyn Chute, is a story of the dignity and desperation in the lives of the rural underclass.

The Best Little Girl in the World, by Steven Levenkron - A young, aspiring ballerina develops anorexia nervosa, causing her family and health professionals to join her struggle to overcome this disorder.

The Color of Water, by James McBride, is a black man's tribute to his white mother.

The Color of Wealth: The Story Behind the U.S. Racial Wealth Divide, by Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson, a resource on classism that lays bare the roots of the racial wealth divide and reveals the astonishingly decisive role government has played in shaping our unequal society.

The Human Stain, by Philip Roth - A college professor whose allegedly racist remark precipitates an examination of many of the compelling issues of our times: race, Vietnam, feminism, class, sexual expression, and identity.

The Jade Peony, by Wayson Choy. Set in Vancouver's Chinatown during the depression, the novel presents a nuanced picture of intergenerational conflict, gender identity, and the desire to retain Chinese identity in the face of pressures to assimilate to white culture.

The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, by Louise Erdrich '76, the tale of a white woman who lives as a priest in an Ojibwa community, raises questions about gender, the impact of religion on Indian acculturation, and life on an Indian reservation.

The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, by Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D., describes how balancing two very different cultures during early life helped the author develop a holistic method of patient care integrating Navajo traditional healing practices with modern technological medicine.

The Scopes Trial: A Brief History with Documents, by Jeffrey P. Moran - In 1925, Tennessee schoolteacher John Scopes was arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in violation of state law. This book analyzes the trial and its impact on the moral fiber of the country and the educational system.

The Situe Stories, by Frances Khiralla, which center on several generations of a large family of Arab Christians living in the US, explores issues of culture and gender facing all immigrants who must fit in to a new life that is ignorant or uncaring of traditional ways.

The Tortilla Curtain, by T. Coraghessan Boyle, the lives of illegal Mexican immigrants and Southern California yuppies intersect with tragic consequences, engaging the characters and the reader with questions about immigration, discrimination, and social responsibility.

The White Boy Shuffle, by Paul Beatty - A satirical tale of African American history, literature, activism, multiculturalism, and civil rights featuring an outrageous plot and very bad language.

The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston - A memoir of growing up Chinese American in Stockton, California.

The Velveteen Father: An Unexpected Journey to Parenthood, by Jesse Green. Issues of gender and sexual identity and culture figure in this memoir about a gay man's journey to fatherhood.

There are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing up in the Other America, by Alex Kotlowitz, a true story of a childhood in the housing projects of Chicago's segregated West Side that introduces themes of child development, class, gender, racial intolerance, and racial profiling that are also explored in the four subsequent reading selections.

This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience, by Juan Williams - A journey into African-American religious history, beginning with slavery through the emergence of free black churches; the rise of black nationalism and urban religious traditions in the early 20th century; the civil rights movement; and the embrace of new religions.

Trumpet, by Jackie Kay. Gender identity is only one element in this tale of a biracial musician who, at death, is discovered to be a woman who lived life as a man.

When the Emperor was Divine, by Julie Otsuka - One family's experience of WWII Japanese internment camps in the U. S., this novel portrays individuals responding to circumstances beyond their control during this troubling chapter in American history.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria, by Beverly Tatum, a jargon-free book that explains analytically, practically, and historically the development of racial identities using insightful anecdotes and discussion. Tatum illuminates why talking about racism is so difficult and how we might make it easier.

Working Poor: Invisible in America, by David K. Shipler - A first-hand view of the lives of the working poor is the core of this book that uses case histories to examine the ongoing problem of poverty in the U.S.

Yellow: Race in America beyond Black and White, by Frank Wu takes the Asian-American experience as the starting point for an exploration of affirmative action, immigration, racism, racial profiling, and other diversity issues.

Yo! by Julia Alvarez, tells of New Yorker Yolanda Garcia, born in the Dominican Republic and schooled in New England, as she explores her complex and entertaining immigrant experience.

Yo' Mama's DisFUNKtional: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America, by Robin D. G. Kelley. Fast-paced and funny, Kelley, a Montgomery Fellow during the summer of 2000, offers a sharp critique of the way popular images of African Americans in urban America have contributed to the failure of social policy to save our cities.

You Are Not A Stranger Here, by Adam Haslett - Themes of mental illness, grief, loss, and survival are evoked and explored in this collection of stories.



Last Updated: 10/27/09