100 Essential Books About the Immigrant Experience

The list was compiled based on votes from the Goodreads community

1. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

3. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

5. Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

6. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1) by Frank McCourt

7. An Ishmael of Syria by Asaad Almohammad

8. My Ántonia by Willa Cather

9. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

10. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

11. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

12. Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1) by Lisa See

13. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

14. Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

15. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures by Anne Fadiman

16. Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

17. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

18. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

19. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan

20. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan

21. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

22. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

23. The Arrival by Shaun Tan

24. The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan

25. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

26. O Pioneers! by Willa Cather

27. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

28. The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston

29. How the García Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

30. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

31. Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

32. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

33. The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

34. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

35. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

36. The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

37. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

38. Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat

39. The Immigrant and the Golden Coin (Mike McBride Series #3) by Dorothy May Mercer

40. Starting Over by Laura Rittenhouse

41. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

42. Tis A Memoir (Frank McCourt, #2) by Frank McCourt

43. Digging to America by Anne Tyler

44. Managing Bubbie by Russel Lazega

45. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

46. How to Be an American Housewife by Margaret Dilloway

47. Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in Americaby Firoozeh Dumas

48. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

49. Small Island by Andrea Levy

50. When I Was Puerto Rican by Esmeralda Santiago

51. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum

52. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

53. Drown by Junot Díaz

54. I Love Yous Are for White People by Lac Su

55. Milena: & Other Social Reforms by Olja Knezevic

56. A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro

57. Exodus by Leon Uris

58. The Quiet American by Graham Greene

59. The Road Home by Rose Tremain

60. Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

61. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros

62. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

63. Honolulu by Alan Brennert

64. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

65. Annie’s Stories (Ellis Island, #2) by Cindy Thomson

66. Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen

67. The Chosen by Chaim Potok

68. Anissa’s Redemption (The Syrian Virgin #2) by Zack Love

69. Grace’s Pictures (Ellis Island #1) by Cindy Thomson

70. The Syrian Virgin (The Syrian Virgin #1) by Zack Love

71. The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

72. Ignorance by Milan Kundera

73. On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family by Lisa See

74. Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

75. Anil’s Ghost by Michael Ondaatje

76. Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

77. The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

78. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

79. Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey

80. On Beauty by Zadie Smith

81. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo

82. The Many Loves of Mila by Inna Swinton

83. Giants in the Earth by O.E. Rølvaag

84. Out of Place by Edward Said

85. Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage Through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam by Andrew X. Pham

86. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

87. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1) by Marjane Satrapi

88. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

89. The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos

90. Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska

91. The Emigrants (The Emigrants, #1) by Vilhelm Moberg

92. Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

93. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi

94. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

95. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

96. White Shanghai: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties in Chinaby Elvira Baryakina

97. A Coal Miner’s Bride: The Diary of Anetka Kaminska, Lattimer, Pennsylvania, 1896 by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

98. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

99. Brother, I’m Dying by Edwidge Danticat

100. The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

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