By Megan P.

With Independence Day upon us, we have an opportunity to reflect on the pain, joy, sacrifice, love, and heart which exist in the day to day lives of America’s people. The diversity and unique experience of its residents makes the United States beautiful. Celebrate the Fourth of July weekend by checking out one of these titles exploring the rich, complex lives of all kinds of Americans.



Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Round House by Louise Erdrich

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

American Pastoral by Philip Roth

There, There by Tommy Orange

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi



Call Me American by Abdi Nor Iftin

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehesi Coates

Sacred Duty: A Soldier’s Tour at Arlington National Cemetery by Tom Cotton

The View From Flyover Country: Essays by Sarah Kendzior

In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

American Overdose: The Opioid Tragedy in Three Parts by Chris McGreal

1776 by David McCullough

American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between Cultures by America Ferrera

Hidden America: From Coal Miners to Cowboys, an Extraordinary Exploration of the Unseen People Who Make This Country Work by Jeanne Marie Laskas


Picture Books

We Are America: A Tribute From the Heart by Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers

A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin

SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

Megan P.
Experience Facilitator

Megan P.

Megan is a horror, YA book, and cat enthusiast. She received her Bachelors degree in English literature.

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