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Celebrate Arab-American Heritage Month, Autism Acceptance Month, National Poetry Month, and Scottish-American Heritage Month by checking out this book list full of great recommendations!

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PENN HILLS LIBRARY PRESENTS<br />

April<br />

Book List<br />

Arab-American Heritage Month Book List<br />

Autism Acceptance Month Book List<br />

National Poetry Month Book List<br />

Scottish-American Heritage Month Book<br />

List


A Note for<br />

Readers<br />

Every book has some buzzwords<br />

which are taken from the<br />

website/app The Story Graph,<br />

which is a Black owned business<br />

and an awesome app for logging<br />

the books you read, tracking<br />

reading stats, participating in<br />

reading challenges, and more!<br />

You can download Story Graph<br />

for free at<br />

https://app.thestorygraph.com/


Arab-American<br />

heritage Month<br />

Book List


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

Mirage by Somaiya Daud<br />

fiction fantasy young adult<br />

adventurous tense mediumpaced<br />

The Three Lucys by Hayan<br />

Charara<br />

nonfiction emotional sad<br />

medium-paced<br />

Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana<br />

Khan, illustrated by Sophie<br />

Blackall<br />

fiction lighthearted mediumpaced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al<br />

Mansour<br />

fiction contemporary middle<br />

grade emotional lighthearted<br />

medium-paced<br />

The Turtle of Oman by<br />

Naomi Shihab Nye<br />

fiction middle grade<br />

adventurous slow-paced<br />

We Hunt the Flame by<br />

Hafsah Faizal<br />

fiction fantasy young adult<br />

adventurous slow-paced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

Once Upon an Eid edited by S.K.<br />

Ali & Aisha Saeed<br />

fiction middle grade short stories<br />

emotional hopeful lighthearted<br />

fast-paced<br />

Silverworld by Diana Abu-Jaber<br />

fiction childrens fantasy<br />

adventurous emotional<br />

mysterious medium-paced<br />

The Arabic Quilt by Aya<br />

Khalil<br />

fiction childrens emotional<br />

medium-paced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

Sitti's Secrets by Naomi<br />

Shihab Nye<br />

fiction emotional reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

The Librarian of Basra: A True<br />

Story from Iraq by Jeanette<br />

Winter<br />

nonfiction biography childrens<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

My Father's Shop by Satomi<br />

Ichikawa<br />

fiction childrens lighthearted<br />

slow-paced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

The Cat Man of Aleppo by<br />

Karim Shamsi-Basha<br />

nonfiction emotional sad<br />

medium-paced<br />

Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye<br />

fiction historical young adult<br />

challenging emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Night Counter by Alia Yunis<br />

fiction fantasy historical magical<br />

realism emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

In the Country of Men by<br />

Hisham Matar<br />

fiction historical reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

Crescent by Diana Abu Jaber<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

emotional reflective slowpaced<br />

Lailah s Lunchbox: A Ramadan<br />

Story by Reem Faruqi, illustrated<br />

by Lea Lyon<br />

nonfiction childrens lighthearted<br />

medium-paced


Children's & Young Adult<br />

Fiction<br />

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by<br />

Tahera Mafi<br />

fiction young adult challenging<br />

emotional reflective mediumpaced<br />

An Ember in the Ashes by<br />

Sabaa Tahir<br />

fiction fantasy young adult<br />

adventurous dark fast-paced


Fiction<br />

Grape Leaves: A Century of Arab-<br />

American Poetry edited by Gregory<br />

Orfalea<br />

nonfiction poetry challenging<br />

informative reflective medium-paced<br />

An Unnecessary Woman by<br />

Rabih Alameddine<br />

fiction literary reflective slowpaced<br />

The Map of Salt and Stars by<br />

Zeyn Joukhadar<br />

fiction fantasy historical<br />

adventurous challenging<br />

emotional slow-paced


Fiction<br />

The Thirty Names of Night by Zeyn<br />

Joukhadar<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ literary magical<br />

realism challenging emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Beauty of Your Face by<br />

Sahar Mustafah<br />

fiction literary emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Other Americans by Laila<br />

Lalami<br />

fiction contemporary literary<br />

mystery emotional mysterious<br />

reflective slow-paced


Fiction<br />

You Exist Too Much by Zaina<br />

Arafat<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ literary<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

A Woman is No Man by Etaf<br />

Rum<br />

fiction contemporary literary<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

I, the Divine by Rabih<br />

Alameddine<br />

fiction literary challenging<br />

reflective slow-paced


Fiction<br />

Lifted by the Great Nothing by<br />

Karim Dimechkie<br />

fiction emotional reflective<br />

fast-paced<br />

Arabian Jazz by Diana Abu-<br />

Jaber<br />

fiction contemporary<br />

challenging reflective slowpaced<br />

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan<br />

fiction historical emotional<br />

reflective medium-paced


Fiction<br />

As Good as True by Cheryl Reid<br />

fiction historical mystery<br />

emotional mysterious reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

Ayesha at Last by Uzma<br />

Jalaluddin<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

funny lighthearted mediumpaced


Non-Fiction<br />

Out of Place by Edward Said<br />

nonfiction autobiography<br />

biography memoir reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

The Girl in the Tangerine Scarf<br />

by Mohja Kahf<br />

fiction historical religion<br />

emotional reflective slow-paced<br />

Hope and Other Dangerous<br />

Pursuits by Laila Lalami<br />

fiction short stories emotional<br />

reflective medium-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

Conditional Citizens by Laila<br />

Lalami<br />

nonfiction memoir politics<br />

challenging informative<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Language of Baklava by<br />

Diana Abu-Jaber<br />

nonfiction biography memoir<br />

lighthearted medium-paced<br />

Baghdad Burning: Girl Blog from<br />

Iraq by Riverbend<br />

nonfiction history memoir<br />

emotional informative reflective<br />

slow-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

When We Were Arabs: A Jewish<br />

Family s Forgotten History by<br />

Massoud Hayoun<br />

nonfiction history memoir religion<br />

emotional reflective slow-paced<br />

How Does it Feel to Be a Problem?:<br />

Being Young and Arab in America by<br />

Moustafa Bayoumi<br />

nonfiction politics race religion<br />

sociology challenging informative<br />

reflective medium-paced<br />

I Was Their American Dream by<br />

Malaka Gharib<br />

nonfiction graphic novel memoir<br />

emotional lighthearted reflective<br />

fast-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

Other Words for Home by<br />

Jasmine Warga<br />

fiction contemporary middle<br />

grade poetry challenging<br />

emotional hopeful medium-paced<br />

Huda F Are You? by Huda<br />

Fahmy<br />

fiction graphic novel young adult<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

medium-pace


Autism<br />

Acceptance<br />

Month Book List


Fiction<br />

Always Only You by Chloe<br />

Liese<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

sports emotional funny hopeful<br />

medium-paced<br />

With You Forever by Chloe<br />

Liese<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

emotional funny lighthearted<br />

medium-paced<br />

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde<br />

fiction contemporary lgbtqia+<br />

young adult emotional funny<br />

lighthearted medium-paced


Fiction<br />

The Kiss Quotient by Helen<br />

Hoang<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

emotional lighthearted mediumpaced<br />

The Bride Test by Helen<br />

Hoang<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

emotional lighthearted mediumpaced<br />

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne<br />

Duyvis<br />

fiction science fiction young<br />

adult emotional sad mediumpaced


Fiction<br />

The State of Grace by Rachael<br />

Lucas<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

young adult emotional mediumpaced<br />

An Unkindness of Ghosts by<br />

Rivers Solomon<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ science fiction<br />

challenging dark emotional<br />

medium-paced<br />

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by<br />

Talia Hibbert<br />

fiction contemporary romance<br />

emotional funny lighthearted<br />

fast-paced


Fiction<br />

The Someday Birds by Sally J<br />

Pla<br />

fiction middle grade emotional<br />

slow-paced<br />

Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay<br />

Kerr<br />

fiction contemporary young adult<br />

emotional hopeful reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll<br />

fiction children's contemporary<br />

middle grade challenging<br />

emotional hopeful medium-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

22 Things a Woman with<br />

Asperger’s Syndrome Wants Her<br />

Partner to Know by Rudy Simone<br />

nonfiction psychology self help<br />

informative medium-paced<br />

Aspergirls: Empowering Females<br />

with Asperger’s Syndrome by Rudy<br />

Simone<br />

nonfiction psychology self help<br />

challenging emotional informative<br />

medium-paced<br />

Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic: A<br />

Comedian’s Guide to Life on the<br />

Spectrum by Michael<br />

McCreary<br />

nonfiction memoir funny informative<br />

lighthearted fast-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

Odd Girl Out: An Autistic Woman in a<br />

Neurotypical World by Laura E.<br />

James<br />

nonfiction memoir psychology<br />

informative reflective medium-paced<br />

The Secret Life of a Black<br />

Aspie: A Memoir by Anand<br />

Prahlad<br />

nonfiction memoir challenging<br />

emotional reflective slow-paced<br />

Spectrum Women: Walking to the Beat<br />

of Autism edited by Barbara Cook and<br />

Dr. Michelle<br />

Garnett<br />

nonfiction psychology hopeful<br />

informative inspiring medium-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

Invisible Differences by Julie<br />

Dachez<br />

nonfiction comics funny<br />

informative reflective mediumpaced<br />

Camouflage: The Hidden Lives of<br />

Autistic Women by Sarah<br />

Bargiela<br />

nonfiction comics psychology<br />

challenging informative fast-paced<br />

But you don’t look autistic at all by<br />

Bianca Toeps<br />

nonfiction memoir psychology<br />

challenging informative mediumpaced


Non-Fiction<br />

In a Different Key: The Story of<br />

Autism by John Donvan and Caren<br />

Zucker<br />

nonfiction history psychology science<br />

challenging informative slow-paced<br />

NeuroTribes: The Legacy of<br />

Autism and the Future of<br />

Neurodiversity by Steve Silberman<br />

nonfiction history psychology science<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Look Me in the Eye by John Elder<br />

Robison<br />

nonfiction memoir psychology funny<br />

informative reflective mediumpaced


Non-Fiction<br />

Stim: An Autistic Anthology<br />

edited by Lizzie Huxley-Jones<br />

nonfiction essays informative<br />

reflective medium-paced<br />

Thinking in Pictures: My Life with<br />

Autism by Temple Grandin<br />

nonfiction autobiography memoir<br />

psychology science challenging<br />

informative reflective slowpaced<br />

The Reason I Jump by Naoki<br />

Higashida<br />

nonfiction biography memoir<br />

psychology challenging emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced


Non-Fiction<br />

Nerdy, Shy, and Socially<br />

Inappropriate: A User Guide to an<br />

Asperger Life by Cynthia Kim<br />

nonfiction memoir psychology<br />

challenging informative reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

Spectrums: Autistic Transgender<br />

People in Their Own Words by<br />

Maxfield Sparrow<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ challenging<br />

informative reflective slow-paced<br />

All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living<br />

Racialized Autism by Lydia X.Z. Brown,<br />

Morénike<br />

Giwa Onaiwu, and E. Ashkenazy<br />

nonfiction literary challenging informative<br />

reflective medium-paced


National Poetry<br />

Month<br />

Book List


Poetry<br />

The Collected Poems of Emily<br />

Dickinson by Emily Dickinson<br />

fiction classics poetry<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Girl and the Goddess by Nikita<br />

Gill<br />

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ magical<br />

realism poetry religion emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez<br />

Smith<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ poetry race<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced


Poetry<br />

The Poet X by Elizabeth<br />

Acevedo<br />

fiction contemporary poetry<br />

young adult emotional inspiring<br />

reflective fast-paced<br />

The Black Flamingo by Dean<br />

Atta<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ poetry young<br />

adult emotional hopeful reflective<br />

fast-paced<br />

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and<br />

Yusef Salaam<br />

fiction crime young adult<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced


Poetry<br />

Dance Dance Revolution by<br />

Cathy Park Hong<br />

fiction poetry reflective slowpaced<br />

Real Phonies and Genuine<br />

Fakes by Nicky Beer<br />

challenging reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

Content Warning: Everything by<br />

Akwaeke Emezi<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ poetry<br />

emotional reflective mediumpaced


Poetry<br />

Time is a Mother by Ocean<br />

Vuong<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ literary<br />

poetry emotional reflective sad<br />

medium-paced<br />

Practical Gods by Carl<br />

Dennis<br />

nonfiction philosophy poetry<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Bless the Daughter Raised by a<br />

Voice in Her Head by Warsan Shire<br />

nonfiction biography memoir poetry<br />

dark emotional reflective fastpaced


Poetry<br />

Songs of Innocence and<br />

Experience by William Blake<br />

nonfiction art classics poetry<br />

emotional reflective fast-paced<br />

Selected Poems of<br />

Langston Hughes by<br />

Langston Hughes<br />

nonfiction poetry<br />

The Poetry of Maya Angelou by<br />

Maya Angelou<br />

nonfiction poetry emotional<br />

inspiring reflective slow-paced


Poetry<br />

The Collected Poems of Audre<br />

Lorde by Audre Lorde<br />

nonfiction feminism poetry<br />

challenging reflective mediumpaced<br />

Ariel by Sylvia Plath<br />

classics feminism poetry<br />

challenging emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Wild Iris by Louise Glück<br />

nonfiction poetry emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced


Poetry<br />

Neon Vernacular: New and<br />

Selected Poems by Yusef<br />

Komunyakka<br />

nonfiction poetry emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Sleeping with the Dictionary<br />

by Harryette Mullen<br />

poetry challenging informative<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

When My Brother Was an Aztec<br />

by Natalie Diaz<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ poetry<br />

emotional reflective fast-paced


Poetry<br />

Bestiary: Poems by Donika<br />

Kelly<br />

nonfiction lgbtqia+ poetry<br />

emotional reflective slowpaced<br />

Monument: Poems New and<br />

Selected by Natasha Trethewey<br />

nonfiction poetry race<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

Lighthead by Terrance<br />

Hayes<br />

nonfiction poetry challenging<br />

reflective slow-paced


Poetry<br />

Life on Mars: Poems by Tracey<br />

K. Smith<br />

poetry science fiction<br />

challenging reflective slowpaced<br />

Citizen: An American Lyric by<br />

Claudia Rankine<br />

nonfiction essays poetry race<br />

challenging emotional reflective<br />

fast-paced


Scottish-<br />

American<br />

heritage month


Fiction<br />

Duck Feet by Ely Percy<br />

fiction literary emotional<br />

funny medium-paced<br />

Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith<br />

fiction lgbtqia+<br />

adventurous reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee<br />

fiction crime historical mystery<br />

adventurous dark mysterious<br />

medium-paced


Fiction<br />

Murder at the Mela by<br />

Leela Soma<br />

dark mysterious tense fastpaced<br />

All the Hidden Truths by Claire<br />

Askew<br />

fiction crime mystery thriller<br />

dark mysterious reflective<br />

slow-paced<br />

Goblin by Ever Dundas<br />

fiction historical literary magical<br />

realism dark mysterious fastpaced


Fiction<br />

Luckenbooth by Jenni Fagan<br />

fiction historical horror<br />

literary challenging<br />

informative slow-paced<br />

The Memory of Love by<br />

Aminatta Forna<br />

fiction historical emotional<br />

reflective sad medium-paced<br />

His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar<br />

Allen Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales<br />

Reimagined edited by<br />

Dahlia Adler<br />

fiction horror short stories young adult<br />

adventurous dark tense medium-paced


Fiction<br />

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow<br />

and Other Tales by Washington<br />

Irving<br />

fiction classics horror dark<br />

medium-paced<br />

The Private Memoirs and<br />

Confessions of a Justified Sinner<br />

by James Hogg<br />

fiction classics horror dark<br />

mysterious slow-paced<br />

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.<br />

Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson<br />

fiction classics horror science<br />

fiction dark mysterious mediumpaced


Fiction<br />

Morvern Callar by Alan<br />

Warner<br />

fiction contemporary dark<br />

slow-paced<br />

The Bridge by Iain Banks<br />

fiction contemporary fantasy<br />

science fiction adventurous<br />

challenging dark slow-paced<br />

Docherty by William<br />

McIlvanely<br />

fiction literary emotional<br />

reflective sad medium-paced


Fiction<br />

Life After Life by Kate<br />

Atkinson<br />

fiction fantasy historical<br />

science fiction emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

The Cutting Room by Louise<br />

Welsh<br />

fiction crime mystery dark<br />

mysterious tense medium-paced<br />

The Hand That First Held Mine by<br />

Maggie O’Farrell<br />

fiction contemporary historical<br />

emotional reflective mediumpaced


Fiction<br />

Trumpet by Jackie Kay<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ emotional<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Wain: LGBT Reimaginings of<br />

Scottish Folktales by Rachel<br />

Plummer<br />

fiction lgbtqia+ poetry adventurous<br />

emotional fast-paced<br />

The Inheritance of Solomon<br />

Farthing by Mary Paulson-Ellis<br />

fiction historical mystery<br />

emotional mysterious slowpaced


Fiction<br />

Lote by Shola von Reinhold<br />

fiction art contemporary<br />

lgbtqia+ challenging<br />

reflective medium-paced


non-Fiction<br />

Bessie Smith by Jackie Kay<br />

nonfiction biography music<br />

emotional reflective<br />

medium-paced<br />

Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare, and a<br />

Scottish Adventure Like No Other<br />

by Sam Heughan<br />

nonfiction history travel adventurous<br />

emotional funny slow-paced<br />

Native: Life in a Vanishing<br />

Landscape by Patrick Laurie<br />

nonfiction nature adventurous<br />

informative reflective slow-paced


non-Fiction<br />

Islands of Abandonment: Life in the<br />

Posthuman Landscape by Cal Flyn<br />

nonfiction essays nature<br />

adventurous challenging<br />

informative medium-paced<br />

At the Loch of the Green Corrie<br />

by Andrew Greig<br />

nonfiction nature travel<br />

reflective slow-paced<br />

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia<br />

Fraser<br />

nonfiction biography historical<br />

history challenging informative<br />

slow-paced


non-Fiction<br />

Tales and Traditions of Scottish<br />

Castles by Nigel Tranter<br />

nonfiction historical<br />

adventurous informative slowpaced<br />

A History of Scotland by Neil<br />

Oliver<br />

nonfiction history informative<br />

medium-paced<br />

Sea Room: An Island Life in the<br />

Hebrides by Adam Nicolson<br />

nonfiction memoir travel<br />

reflective slow-paced


non-Fiction<br />

Scotland: The Autobiography 2,000<br />

Years of Scottish History by Those Who<br />

Saw it Happen by<br />

Rosemary Goring<br />

nonfiction biography history adventurous<br />

reflective relaxing medium-paced

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