Novelist recently introduced an exciting new feature. You can now search specifically for “Own Voices” titles by typing “SC Own Voices” into the Novelist search bar. “Own Voices” authors share a diverse or marginalized identity or trait with their character. We asked KPL staff to pick a title from Novelist’s selection of “Own Voices” titles that they are most interested in reading. Results are below!

Shannon and Ellen
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Emma
Family Trust by Kathi Wang

Kirsten
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Brian
Fall Down 7 Times Get Up 8: A Young Man’s Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida

Sarah
Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Barbara
The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu

Daniel
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna 

Amanda
LaRose by Louise Erdrich

Julia
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Melinda
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Betsy
Madness Rules the Hour: Charleston, 1860 and the Mania for War by Paul Starobin

Ryan
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Kim
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

Laurel
Your Voice in my Head by Emma Forrest

Lynn
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Ellen Gurski is a Reference Librarian for the Kirkwood Public Library. She has been with the library since April 2014. Some of her favorite authors include Tamora Pierce, Jane Austen and C.S. Lewis. She spends her time reading and watching Science Fiction TV shows.