The following are books that have influenced Shannon greatly, and continue to inspire her as she develops her aesthetics and politics.

You can also check out Shannon’s book list on Goodreads.

Alchemy of Race and Rights, Patricia Williams

Annotations, John Keene

An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro

An Open Heart, The Dalai Lama

Another Country, James Baldwin

A People’s History of the United States, Howard Zinn

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water, Michael Dorris

Because it is Bitter, and Because it is my Heart, Joyce Carol Oates

Because Why, Sarah Fox

Beloved, Toni Morrison

Birth Marks, Sandra Patton

Black Looks, bell hooks

Black Rain, Masuji Ibuse

Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon

Bloodchild and Other Stories, Octavia Butler

Borderlands/La Frontera, Gloria Anzaldua

Butting Out, Ananya Chatterjea

Cane, Jean Toomer

Corregidora, Gayl Jones

Discipline and Punish, Michel Foucault

Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, Claudia Rankine

Drown, Junot Diaz

Feminism Without Borders, Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Ficciones, Jorge Luis Borges

Flash Fiction: Very Short Stories, James Thomas, Denise Thomas, and Tom Hazuka (eds.)

Fun Home, Alison Bechdel

Giovanni’s Room, James Baldwin

Going to Meet the Man, James Baldwin

Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Harriet Jacobs

Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri

Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Jump and Other Stories, Nadine Gordimer

Kindred, Octavia Butler

Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto

Lolita, Vladamir Nabakov

Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Eugene O’Neil

Longing to Tell, Tricia Rose

Lost in Translation, Eva Hoffman

Love Medicine, Louise Erdrich

Massacre of the Dreamers, Ana Castillo

MAUS I & II, Art Spiegelman

My Confederate Kinfolk, Thulani Davis

Native American Fiction, David Treuer

Native Son, Richard Wright

Native Stranger, Eddie Harris

No Exit, Jean Paul Sartre

Notebook of a Return to a Native Land, Aime Cesaire

Oedipus Rex, Sophocles

Our Sister Killjoy, Ama Ata Aidoo

Outlaw Culture, bell hooks

Persepolis I & II, Marjane Strapiri

Playing in the Dark, Toni Morrison

Reservation Blues, Sherman Alexie

Salvation, bell hooks

Shadow and Act, Ralph Ellison

Skirt Full of Black, Sun Yung Shin

Simple Passion, Annie Ernaux

Sister Outsider, Audre Lorde

Small Island, Andrea Levy

So Far From God, Ana Castillo

Sula, Toni Morrison

Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu

Teaching to Transgress, bell hooks

Tell Me How Long the Train’s Been Gone, James Baldwin

The Analects, Confucius

The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born, Ayi Kwei Armah

The Book of Sarahs, Catherine McKinley

The Branch Will Not Break, James Wright

The Chosen Place, The Timeless People, Paule Marshall

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde, Audre Lorde

The Color of Wealth, Meizhu Lui, Barbara Robles, Betsy Leondar-Wright, Rose Brewer, and Rebecca Adamson

The Color Purple, Alice Walker

The Edible Woman, Margaret Atwood

The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin

The Forbidden Stories of Marta Veneranda, Sonia Rivera-Valdes

The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Aimee Bender

The Good Negress, A.J. Verdelle

The Grace in Dying, Kathleen Dowling Singh

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood

The Heart of the Matter, Graham Greene

The History of Sexuality, Michel Foucault

The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

The Known World, Edward P. Jones

The Language of Blood, Jane Jeong Trenka

The Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh

The Mixquiahuala Letters, Ana Castillo

The Parable Series, Octavia Butler

The Street, Ann Petry

The Telling, Ursula LeGuin

The Toughest Indian in the World, Sherman Alexie

The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera

The Woman Warrior, Maxine Hong Kingston

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Waiting for Godot, Sam Beckett

Winter Birds, Jim Grimsley

Woman Hollering Creek, Sandra Cisneros

Words of Fire: An Anthology of African-American Feminist Thought, Beverly Guy-Sheftall (ed.)

ZenZele: A Letter to My Daughter, J. Nozipo Maraire

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