We shared our Top 10 Contemporary Biracial Memoirs with you last year. We realized that there are so many stories that we want to make sure you know about. Here are 4 more Top Biracial Memoirs that you want to put on your to-read list!
The Letting Go Trilogies: Stories of a Mixed-Race Family (2016) by Dmae Roberts
This is a great read! In a series of essays, Roberts tells the story of growing up Taiwanese and white before people talked about being biracial. Her prose is moving and her honesty and insight is often heart breaking. Check it out!
Turning Japanese (2016) by MariNaomi
MariNaomi’s graphic novel tackles the story of how after ending two long-term relationships Naomi learns to deal with her “otherness” to both Japanese and American culture. When she decides to work at a Japanese hostess bar in the Bay Area and then travels “back” to Japan to connect with her family. At turns funny and touching, you’ll love Mari Naomi’s artwork and the heart she puts in her story.
Born a Crime: Growing Up Biracial During Apartheid (2016) by Trevor Noah
The biracial South African-born comedian that took the reins of the Daily Show in 2015 has penned a memoir about the absurdities and difficulties of being mixed race in a country where his birth violated any number of laws, statutes, and regulations. This is not a simple celebrity tell-all, rather, Noah shares deeply personal stories about growing up poor, raised by a single mom who instilled in him a belief that he could rise above the circumstances of his birth. Reviewers have praised this book across the board. Be sure to check it out.
Love Imagined: A Mixed Race Memoir (2014) by Sherry Quan Lee
Sherry Quan Lee has written a fascinating memoir about growing up mixed race (Black and Chinese) in a mostly Scandinavian-American region. She writes about the loneliness and confusion she experienced because of the silence imposed on her family about her racially and culturally complex identity. The memoir is raw, honest, and a really great read.