Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
Oni Press, May 28, 2019
This graphic memoir is the coming-of-age story of Maia as they learn to navigate the difficult times as nonbinary/asexual person.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Random House Trade Paperbacks; unknown edition, April 21, 2009
This heart-wrenching, but inspiring, memoir tells the story of the many atrocities Maya experienced growing up but how she persevered through it all.
My First Thirty Years: A Banned Memoir by Gertrude Beasley
Sourcebooks, September 28, 2021
My First Thirty Years is a refreshingly candid book about the rough life Gertrude experienced from the moment she was conceived.
12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
37 Ink; 37th ed. edition, November 19, 2013
This remarkable memoir tells the story of a man that was born and raised a free man but who got drugged and sold into slavery.
All Boys Aren’t Blue: A Memoir-Manifesto by George M. Johnson
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR); Illustrated edition, April 28, 2020
This New York Times bestseller, by LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson, shares the good and bad of his life growing up.
This Book Is Gay by Juno Dawson
Sourcebooks Fire; 2nd edition, September 7, 2021
This Book is Gay is the uncensored, and candid, exploration of sexuality across the spectrum.
How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by Clint Smith
Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition, June 1, 2021
This New York Times bestseller delves into the history of slavery across America by evaluating historical monuments and landmarks and discussing both the truths and lies associated with them.
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Harper Perennial Modern Classics, April 29, 2008
Black Boy is the slightly controversial, but deeply inspiring, book about the many hardships involved in being a Black boy growing up in the South.