Books Depicting the Experiences of Refugees or Immigrants

Books Depicting the Experiences

of Refugees or Immigrants

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"That is the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong." —F. Scott Fitzgerald



Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Arrival by Shaun Tan

The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Brooklyn by Colm Toibin

Call It Sleep by Henry Roth

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen

My Antonia by Willa Cather

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

On Bittersweet Place by Ronna Wineberg

Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker

Red Glass by Laura Resau

The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A Son of the Circus by John Irving

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn

Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

Under the Feet of Jesus by Helena M. Viramontes

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

What is the What by Dave Eggers

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest


Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Circuit by Francisco Jimenez

The Devil's Highway by Luis Alberto Urrea

The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig

Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas

Heading South, Looking North by Ariel Dorfman

Human Cargo by Caroline Moorehead

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

The Journey by Francesca Sanna

Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nozzario

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

Let Me Tell You Where I've Been edited by Persis Karim

The Long Road Home by Ben Shephard

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman

Maus by Art Speigelman

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi

Rain of Gold by Victor Villasenor

Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman

The Taqwacores by Micahel Muhammad Knight

Their Great Gift by John Coy

'Tis by Frank McCourt

Unto the Suns by Gay Talese

Upon the Head of the Goat by Aranka Siegel

Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire

Yekl by Abrahama Cahan


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