Books for Cultural Diversity: March’s Picks


March is Women’s History Month (and International Women’s Day is March 8), so we’ve gathered a reading list of wonderful books by and about women. From childhood to adulthood, fiction to nonfiction, cooking to social commentary, we’re covering it all. Learn something new, revel in brilliant writing, and enjoy these March reads!


Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
From the bestselling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers Marjane’s tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt, and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea and talk.
Everything Belongs to Us
Everything Belongs to Us by Yoojin Grace Wuertz
At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. For childhood friends Jisun, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, and Namin, whose family lives in poverty, the stakes couldn’t be more different. When they meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, all of their lives will change forever.
I Am Malala
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who championed and encouraged his daughter (now the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize) to write and attend school, and of brave parents with a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.
Patisserie at Home
Pâtisserie at Home by Melanie Dupuis and Anne Cazor
In this baking bible, pâtissière Melanie Dupuis and molecular gastronomist Anne Cazor demystify the art of French baking for home cooks, giving them the tools, instructions, and recipes to create the most delicious and elaborate desserts.
Rolling Blackouts
Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of a journalism nonprofit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, on the war’s refugees. As the crew works their way through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, Glidden observes the reporters as they ask civilians, refugees, and officials, “Who are you?”
Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change: Wangari’s Gift to the World by Jen Cullerton Johnson, illustrated by Sonia Lynn Sadler
This lovely picture book for young readers brings to life the empowering story of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman, and the first environmentalist, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Engaging narrative and vibrant images paint a robust portrait of this inspiring champion of the land and of women’s rights.