YES! staff recommend books that influenced and entertained us this year.
“The Dawn of Everything” confronts deep assumptions about how human society developed from its humble origins.
“Our job, as human beings, is to learn from our suffering.”
With a simple gesture, Colin Kaepernick started a movement.
Oriel María Siu’s new children’s book explodes the myth of Christopher Columbus as a celebrated explorer and re-centers Indigenous narratives of how the Americas were colonized.
In adrienne maree brown’s new work of speculative fiction, grief is a pandemic that devastates Detroit.
In “Piece by Piece: The Story of Nisrin’s Hijab,” a young teen struggles to define her identity in the aftermath of a hate crime.
In memoir and nonfiction, these authors navigate big themes and resist stereotypes.
Getting White men to give up dominance is a challenge.
A look back at inter-racial solidarity between Black Americans and Asian Americans, from Nobuko Miyamoto in “Not Yo’ Butterfly.”
Sonora Jha was new to America and on her own with a 6-year-old when she was injured in a car accident. But she found a new community willing to help out—with songs, play dates, and kimbap.