Check out the lists below for your next reading inspiration. Book club members and voracious readers alike will find something to pique their interest. The best part? You can click on the Amazon or IndieBound links, and start reading right away! Check back regularly as new lists will be added and existing lists updated.

Featured Recommendations

Memoir Reading Recommendations

A list of memoir book recommendations, along with podcasts and videos to supplement your reading. “You never really understand a person until you consider things [...]

Banned Books Reading List

Welcome to the AWM’s banned books reading list! Now more than ever, authors across the country are fighting against attempts to ban and challenge books. [...]

Dark Testament Reading List

The ultimate reading list for Dark Testament: A Century of Black Writers on Justice Welcome to the reading list for the AWM’s newest exhibit, Dark [...]

9 LGBTQ+ Themed Children’s Books

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month with these children’s books that celebrate all kinds of families. June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and it honors the anniversary of [...]

Asian American Writers, Their Books & The Books They Love

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, celebrate by reading these writers, their recent books, and the books they love! Visit our page at [...]

“My America” Reading List

All the books featured in My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today. We present our reading list of books written by refugees, immigrants, and second-generation [...]

National Book Lovers Day Staff Picks

National Book Lovers Day Staff Picks In honor of National Book Lovers Day, celebrated annually on August 9, we present the books we absolutely love [...]

LGBTQ+ Books to Read

By Frankie Paar Each year, the month of June is designated as Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and celebrate the LGBTQ+ [...]

Staff Reads

AWM Staff Picks: September 2023

Reading Recommendations from the staff of the American Writers Museum. We can’t recommend these books highly enough! Check back every month for more reading recommendations, [...]

Reading for the season

Baseball Books to Get You Through MLB’s Postponement

For baseball fans, the arrival of spring usually ushers in excitement and enthusiasm. With the start of a new season right around the corner, baseball [...]


Chicago Summer Books

By Christian Thorsberg The Chicago summer. She asks not for permission. She asks not for forgiveness. She arrives fashionably late, kicks up her feet, and [...]


Spooky Summer Reads

By Frankie Paar The days are sunny and the air is warm. It’s that time of the year: summer! And nothing says summer like secrets [...]

More Reading Recommendations

Coming Out Stories

Celebrate National Coming Out Day (October 11) with these “coming out” stories. Today, October 11th, 2021, marks the 33rd anniversary of National Coming Out Day. [...]

7 Trans and Non-Binary Writers to Read Today

“I’ve learned to shy away from binaries. They’re usually false.” —Akwaeke Emezi There has been a lot of buzz recently around trans and non-binary people [...]

Cats, A Writer’s Loyal Companion

There’s something about cats that gives them a certain mystery and one that makes a special muse to writers. Check out this list of books [...]

Six Environmental Authors Who Should Be On Your Reading List

As the days lengthen and the sun shines higher in the afternoon sky, birds begin to chatter and whistle returning to their northern homes. The [...]


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