FLY Library

A list of novels, short stories, non-fiction, poetry, and spoken word/videos by women and non-binary people of colour, carefully and lovingly curated by the FLY community.


Americanah, Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Thing Around Your Neck, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be FeministsChimamanda Ngozi Adichie (TED Talk)

Everything Good Will ComeSefi Atta

Good Girls Marry Doctors: South Asian American Daughters on Obedience and Rebellioned. Piyali Bhattachary, Tarfia Faizullah 

Arranged Marriage, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Beloved, Toni Morrison

God Help the ChildToni Morrison

Under the Udala TreesChinelo Okparanta

The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy

Shadows in the Sun: Healing from Depression and Finding the Light Within, Gayathri Ramprasad

Ghana Must Go, Taiye Selasi

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (PDF)

On BeautyZadie Smith

Swing TimeZadie Smith

White TeethZadie Smith

Anita and Me, Meera Syal

Short Stories

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Sex and Power: Defining Histories, Shaping Societies, Rita Banerji

Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay

Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, ed. Leymah Gbowee, Carol Mithers

A Beginner’s Guide To Acting English, Shappi Khorsandi

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Colour, ed. Cherríe Moraga and Gloria E. Anzaldúa (PDF)

The Good Immigrant, ed. Nikesh Shukla


Elephant, Siana Bangura

Loop of Jade, Sarah Howe

Questions for Ada, Ijeoma Umebinyuo

Voyage of the Sable Venus, Robin Coste Lewis (Excerpts in New Yorker)

Naomi Shibab Nye

Citizen, Claudia Rankine (Excerpt)

Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth, Warsan Shire

nejma, Nayyirah Waheed

salt.Nayyirah Waheed (Selections)

Spoken Word/Videos

“Grandma”, Siana Bangura (Book Launch at Hackney Attic)

“Suggestions from a White Feminist Poet”, Tova Charles

“For Peter Liang”, Franny Choi

“Accents”, Denice Frohman

“Black Girl Magic”, Shasparay Lighteard

“(Yet Still, I Wait)”, Kate Hao & Kristen Sze-Tu

“Transplant”, Chrysanthemum Tran

“Your stories and you”, Yrsa Daley-Ward

“Trans/Generation”, Alok Vaid-Menon