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House of Sticks by Ly Tran

An immigrant memoir that will pull at your heart strings, House of Sticks is an eye-opening tale of suffering and survival. 

Author Ly Tran and her family flee from the aftereffects of the Vietnam war and relocate to New York in the early 90s. Struggling with poverty, racism, health issues, cultural differences and their father’s PTSD, the Tran family are amazingly resilient and ever hopeful. 

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

The stories shared by comedian Amber Ruffin and her sister Lacey Lamar are hilarious and heartbreaking, unbelievable and yet unsurprising. Their personal and professional experiences and those of their parents demonstrate systemic racism experienced from Omaha to Chicago and New York City. Yes, this book is funny. More importantly, it provides valuable insight on the experiences of Black women in modern America–the daily injustices, the casual ignorance, and the obstacles faced.