Intersectional Reading List for Women's History Month

Inspired by Women's History Month, staff members at UCLA's Charles E. Young Research Library have curated a non-fiction reading list at the intersection of racial, gender and cross-cultural identities. All titles are accessible through UC Library Search.
 

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Evil Dead Center : A Mystery. By Carole LaFavor (2017)

After a Ojibwa woman is found dead on the Minnesota Red Earth Reservation, her ex-lover Renee LaRoche comes back to prove it wasn't suicide. Renee finds herself amid a larger investigation tied to a deep trauma inflicted on many of the Ojibwa people.
 


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The New Woman: Literary Modernism, Queer Theory, and the Trans Feminine Allegory by Emma Heaney (2017)

Traces the process by which medical sources simplified the diversity of trans feminine experience, creating the archetype for the "sexual anarchy" of the Modernist period.


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Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler, Damian Duffy, and John Jennings (2020)

Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles in 2024, is protected from a dystopic environment by the walls of her gated community. What begins as a fight for survival soon leads to a startling vision of human destiny and the birth of a new faith.


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The Lioness in Bloom : Modern Thai Fiction About Women by Susan Fulop Kepner (1996)

A collection of short stories that explore and disrupt the perception of the 'ideal' Thai woman in relation to Buddhist tradition, historical gender roles, and imperial influences.


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Amreekiya : A Novel by Lena Mahmoud (2018)

Isra Shadi, 21-yr-old woman of mixed Palestinian and white descent, lives with her extended family after the death of her mother and abandonment by her father. Isra struggles with the pressure to marry, her first visit to Palestine, and the complexity of identity.


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Elegies for Uncanny Girls by Jennifer Colville (2017)

A collection of short stories that challenge American girlhood in all its delusions, conflicting messages, and treacherous terrain by following mysterious girls as they leave their realities behind for strange and slightly unreal places.