New Directions in American Literature: Recommended Reading

Looking for a great, new book to read? Take a suggestion from Puget Sound English majors!

In the fall semester, students in ENGL 383: Post-1965 Ethnic Literature compiled recommended reading lists for new or recent literary works inspired by the themes, topics, and aesthetic or structural dimensions of American literature covered in the course. Using contemporary, professional book reviews appearing in major newspapers, magazines and journals, students selected noteworthy titles to be purchased by the library.

These fictional works engage a wide range of voices and perspectives, represent unique and innovative approaches to storytelling, and incorporate a variety of styles that are sure to appeal to adventurous readers. Topics include queer speculative fiction, speculative fiction and structures of power, ethnic supernaturalism, alternative histories, satire, and multiple consciousness in novels of color.

To find your next great read, see the full list of titles below or check out the display at the main entrance of Collins Library.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke
Curved Horizon Taylor Brooke Let’s Play White by Chesya Burke
Open City by Teju Cole The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones
Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
Dear Cyborgs by Eugene Lim Severance by Ling Ma
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
In the Present Tense by Carrie Pack Past Imperfect by Carrie Pack
Conjugating Hindi by Ishmael Reed The Plot against America by Philip Roth
Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi We the Animals by Justin Torres
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Airman

– By Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian

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