What are the best intellectual books that are not by white men?

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    #1Beloved

    Beloved

    Beloved is a multi-award-winning historical fiction novel written by Nobel laureate for literature, Toni Morrison. It was first published in 1987 and it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988.

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    Kenneth Fowler
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This is an interesting fiction book, that describes an interesting story with unique characters and situations. It is very easy to be adsorbed by the story because the style of writing is very descriptive and you will imagine the situation very easily. I suggest reading this book during vacations, and i am sure that you will have a very good time with it. "
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    #2The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Jacqueline Powell
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I remember when the movie came out it seemed like everyone was reading this book. I can't get as into it as other people but I think there is value in the story."
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    #3The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper

    The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic fiction book written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman with Elaine Hedges for the Afterword, and Maggie O'Farrell for the Introduction. First published in 1892 by Virago Modern Classics and republished in 2006.

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    Edward Cole
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book is so intense. I suggest reading this book during free time at home, and i am sure you will like it. It has very exciting stories and situations, with many colorful characters and it will engages your imagination in maximum."
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    #4Wide Sargasso Sea

    Wide Sargasso Sea
    Wide Sargasso Sea is Jean Rhys' novel about Antoinette, a Creole heiress in 1830s Jamaica who married an Englishman, who later forced Antoinette to become an ideal Victorian lady.
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    Sean Howell
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea is a compelling read on so many fronts it is hard to list them all in a short space. Rhys early career was astonishing and she returns with a story for the ages incorporating much of her well known, by now, women characters and twists from other novels in an unexpected manner. You must read this if the genre is at all to your liking. Highest marks. "
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    #5The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things

    The God of Small Things is a Man Booker Prize-winning novel by Arundhati Roy. It tells the story of fraternal Indian twins, Rahel and Estha, in 1960s India, as they embark on a journey of political drama and forbidden love.

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    Edward Cooper
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I love intellectual books and I love variety in them. So I recently read the book "The God of Small Things" which was not written by a white male. It was very interesting to read something from this point of view. I found it stimulating and really feel like I learned a lot."
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    #6Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus
    Purple Hibiscus is a historical fiction novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author of the award-winning novel Half of a Yellow Sun. It tells the story of Kambili and Jaja, as their country is torn apart by political strife.
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    Catherine Burke
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "urple Hibiscus is a historical fiction novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This a fictipnal story about a Nigerian teen. This ztory has alot of depth to it. Great read!"
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    #7The Complete Persepolis

    The Complete Persepolis
    The Complete Persepolis is a compilation of  Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, graphic memoir about her childhood and coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. The book was published by Pantheon Books on  October 30th, 2007.
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    #8The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.

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    Jennifer Wheeler
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ursula K. Le Guin has consistently proven herself to be one of my favorite authors, exploring themes most other American writers don't dare to (whether because they're afraid to or simply aren't interested.) Her novels always carry a profound message about the fate of humanity as we ascend from an age of prejudice and superstition, and no other story exemplifies that as well as those from the Hainish Cycle."
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    #9Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time

    Woman on the Edge of Time is Marge Piercy's 1976 novel with themes about gender and race. This book depicts Connie, an American in the 1970s who was contacted by an envoy from the future and was shown different outcomes of humanity.

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    Sai Kapoor
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I enjoyed this inventive and sharp book. The author looks at the future from a few different angles or outcomes and reaches the conclusion that the future is what we make of it... and the choices we make today help determine the path. Not the most astute observation I guess, as it makes perfect sense once you think about it, but seeing it from her perspective was rewarding for me."
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    #10Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?
    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson is the true story behind her first successful novel Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. This is a nonfiction autobiography that tackles her quest for finding her biological mother.
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    Dorothy Alvarado
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Jeanette Winterson's memoir is a passion-filled recounting of a woman's struggles, the kind we all have, that isolate, but have the power to bring us closer together. It's a beautiful book, but also feels a little drawn out in places. It is worth a read."
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    #11My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)

    My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)

    My Brilliant Friend is a historical fiction and the first book in The Neapolitan Novels series written by Elena Ferrante. It is published in 2011 by Europa Editions. 

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    Nicole Barnett
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is an interesting fiction book, that describes an interesting story with unique characters.I suggest reading this book during vacations, and i am sure that you will have a very good time with it, like i did."
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    #12The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories

    This book is a collection of revisited classics such as 'The Red Riding Hood', but with a dark and creepy environment. These stories are held in an enormous gothic mansion, full of dungeons, halls and hidden passages. 

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    Cynthia Ramos
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is very special, i have had a very good time reading this book, and i suggest it to all readers who want to have a special time, because i am sure that this book has quality, good writing and tells a very special story."
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    #13Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus

    Nights at the Circus is an award-winning novel by Angela Carter. It tells the story of Jack, a journalist, who joins Colonel Kearney's traveling circus to be with the woman he loves, a trapeze artist named Sophie Fevvers.

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    Julia Castillo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Nights at the Circus is a great love story that really takes you away. Not only do we get the tale of the love story but a story of the interesting background of a traveling circus. I really enjoyed the characters in this book. "
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    #14Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

    Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China is a nonfiction book by Jung Chang which tells the story of three generations in twentieth-century China and how they have been affected by Mao as well as their society. It was published in 2003 by Touchstone.

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    Ridhi Sharma
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This was an intense biographical account of one woman's family and their experiences living in China. I had no idea how terrible things were there under Mao Zedong. I recommend this to Americans and anyone else looking to gain a broader knowledge of our world's recent history."
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    #15Red Dust: A Path Through China

    Red Dust: A Path Through China

    Red Dust: A Path Through China is a nonfiction book by Ma Jian which is a culmination of his three-year immersion in the remotest parts of China which show the different worlds in China. It was published in 2000 by Anchor.

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    John Watson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This definitely meets the topic requirement for not by a white man. The book is more of a personal story and not something you would call intellectual. I suggest looking for another book. "
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    #16For a Song and a Hundred Songs

    For a Song and a Hundred Songs

    For a Song and a Hundred Songs: A Poet's Journey through a Chinese Prison is a nonfiction book by Liao Yiwu which tells of the bloody resolution in Tiananmen Square in 1989 and the outrage of the poet. It was published in 2013 by New Harvest.

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    Nicole Yi
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is such a poignant and powerful book. The personal touch on a historical moment, Tiananmen Square, brings in to life in a way no history book ever could, and I really appreciate that."
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    #17The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai

    The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai

    The Sing-song Girls of Shanghai is a nonfiction book by Han Bangquing which examines the lives of courtesans in China who lived in Shanghai's pleasure quarters in the nineteenth century. It was published in 2008 by Columbia University Press.

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    Deborah Hughes
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Sing Song Girls of Shanghai was a disappointment to me. I'm not sure if something got lost in translation or if I just cannot relate to the culture in the book, but it was slow and boring for me. Too much focus was put on the gender issues, sometimes stretching them to fit the agenda, and it harmed the general story of the women. "
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    #18Please Don't Call Me Human

    Please Don't Call Me Human

    Please Don't Call Me Human is a fiction book by Wang Shuo which tells of a fictional Olympic Games where nations compete based on their citizens' capacity for humiliation and where China does everything to win. It was published in 2003.

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    Joshua Owens
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "You can make fun of your own race and country if you're a native. This is some pretty devastating satire about the Chinese, but if you think about it, you can see people from many different countires that have the same issues."
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    #19China Underground

    China Underground

    China Underground is a nonfiction book by Zachary Mexico whcich aims to expose the new China or the real China with it's underground and secret worlds as well as its dispairing people. It was published in 2009 by Soft Skull Press.

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    Marie Robinson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I do not like this book at all. It is not engaging and the story doesn't make a lot of sense and is just not believable. There barely even seems to be a plot to this story. Would not recommend this at all. "

Summary

Best What are the best intellectual books that are not by white men
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1BelovedBooks 33 Paid
2The Kite RunnerBooks 30 Paid
3The Yellow WallpaperBooks 30 Paid
4Wide Sargasso SeaBooks 28 Paid
5The God of Small ThingsBooks 26 Paid
6Purple HibiscusBooks 25 Paid
7The Complete PersepolisBooks 23 Paid
8The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 22 Paid
9Woman on the Edge of TimeBooks 20 Paid
10Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?Books 17 Paid
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