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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