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For those who may be unfamiliar, BIPOC is an acronym referring to Black, Indigenous and People of Color. During the past year, this broader, more inclusive term came about in celebration of these distinctly dynamic groups. Take a look at five inspiring books that BIPOC women have written to invigorate your soul. From electrifying memoirs to thought-provoking poetry, these will surely help you gain inspiration. You’ll ruminate on the words long after the final pages turn. 

More Than Enough by Elaine Welteroth

This is an uplifting memoir by the woman who climbed ranks to become the youngest Editor-in-Chief in Condé Nast’s 107-year-old history. Welteroth is the second Black person to secure the title at Teen Vogue. Welteroth’s “More Than Enough” is a heartening read for women everywhere who need encouragement to chase after their dreams and know that they can achieve their career goals. In short, this is a brilliant book for readers to contemplate on living with resilience. 

Photo: Elaine Welteroth on Facebook

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

From the woman who brought the “Bridgerton” novels to life on Netflix, Shonda Rhimes is a household name when it comes to romance and drama. However, in her book “Year of Yes,” Rhimes tells the story of how she challenged herself by spending a year saying “YES!” to everything that terrified her. In conclusion, this is the perfect read if you want to know more about her growth from childhood to becoming a recognizable powerhouse writer.

Photo: Shonda Rhimes on Facebook

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

With numerous awards and accolades, including being named one of TIME’s 100 Best Books of the Year and one of NPR’s Best Books of 2019, “Queenie” by Candice Carty-Williams is not one to miss. In this moving novel, she writes about Queenie, a Jamaican British woman struggling to gain confidence and strength in self-identity after a difficult breakup. This is definitely the book for readers who want to learn more about BIPOC women and their stories. Likewise, it is a book for those who may fall into comparisons with others, get hurt and then find an affirming sense of self-worth. 

Photo: Candice Carty-Williams on Instagram

Postcolonial Love Poem by Natalie Diaz

A finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Poetry, Mojave poet Natalie Diaz showcases her second poetry collection. “Postcolonial Love Poem,” is an intense and inspiring body of work with an accumulation of themes about erasure and statistics. Additionally, it’s all presented in a beautiful and lyrical way. Diaz’s poignant penchant for poetry is perfect for those new to the art form. Furthermore, it gives an insight into her wrestling with her personal and political views. 

Photo: Natalie Diaz on Instagram

Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu

This read is a highly acclaimed novel with numerous awards, including the Stonewall Book Award by the American Library Association. Author SJ Sindu breaks free from the status quo with “Marriage of a Thousand Lies.” Delving deep into a story of race, sexuality and nationality. Queer identity is a topic rarely talked about in South Asian American fiction. Sindu’s novel follows the life of Lucky who is married to a man, despite both parties being gay. Through our heroine’s journey back home to Sri Lanka, Lucky struggles with lying to their families and reconnecting with her first love, Nisha. To sum up, this novel is a wonderful read about feeling like an outsider no matter what choices one makes and wrestling with truths that define our relationships and identity as BIPOC women. 

Photo: SJ Sindu on Facebook

By Kaleen Luu
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