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Denver Public Library Alternate Classics Collection

A team of staff at Denver Public Library came up with the term "Alternate Classics" as a phrase to label great works from around the world that may not traditionally be thought of as "classics." Many classics lists (especially those founded in the tradition of the Western canon) are grounded in European and American voices. We believe that literature inspires empathy and that it's important to use literature to consume experiences across walks of life. Alternate Classics books are diverse and capture many different voices; they are enduring and important works of literature and narrative non-fiction that speak to the human condition.
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Ake (Wole Soyinka)
Ake (Wole Soyinka)
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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Michael Chabon)
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American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
American Born Chinese (Gene Luen Yang)
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An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)
An American Marriage (Tayari Jones)
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
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And the Band Played on (Randy Shilts)
And the Band Played on (Randy Shilts)
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Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
Angels in America (Tony Kushner)
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The Answer/La Respuesta (Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz)
The Answer/La Respuesta (Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz)
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Malcolm X)
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The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)
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The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
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The Best We Could Do (Thi Bui)
The Best We Could Do (Thi Bui)
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Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
Between the World and Me (Ta-Nehisi Coates)
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Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya)
Bless Me, Ultima (Rudolfo Anaya)
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The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
The Bluest Eye (Toni Morrison)
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A Body Undone: Living on After Great Pain (Christina Crosby)
A Body Undone: Living on After Great Pain (Christina Crosby)
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The Bone People (Keri Hulme)
The Bone People (Keri Hulme)
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Borderlands (Gloria E. Anzaldúa)
Borderlands (Gloria E. Anzaldúa)
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Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)
Born a Crime (Trevor Noah)
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Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hida Viloria)
Born Both: An Intersex Life (Hida Viloria)
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Born on the Edge of Race and Gender (Willy Wilkinson)
Born on the Edge of Race and Gender (Willy Wilkinson)
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Breath Eyes Memory (Edwidge Danticat)
Breath Eyes Memory (Edwidge Danticat)
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The Cairo Trilogy (Naguib Mahfouz)
The Cairo Trilogy (Naguib Mahfouz)
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Cane (Jean Toomer)
Cane (Jean Toomer)
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Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko)
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Cloudstreet (1991) (Tim Winton)
Cloudstreet (1991) (Tim Winton)
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The Collected Schizophrenias (Esmé Weijun Wang)
The Collected Schizophrenias (Esmé Weijun Wang)
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Coming Through Slaughter (Michael Ondaatje)
Coming Through Slaughter (Michael Ondaatje)
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The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
The Complete Persepolis (Marjane Satrapi)
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The Conference of the Birds (Farid Ud-Din Attar)
The Conference of the Birds (Farid Ud-Din Attar)
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Confessions of the Fox (Jordy Rosenberg)
Confessions of the Fox (Jordy Rosenberg)
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Crazy Brave (Joy Harjo)
Crazy Brave (Joy Harjo)
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Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (Ida B. Wells)
Crusade for Justice: The Autobiography of Ida B. Wells (Ida B. Wells)
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Custer Died for Your Sins (Vine Deloria, Jr.)
Custer Died for Your Sins (Vine Deloria, Jr.)
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Darkness Visible (William Styron)
Darkness Visible (William Styron)
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Devil in a Blue Dress (Walter Mosley)
Devil in a Blue Dress (Walter Mosley)
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The Devil's Highway (Luis Alberto Urrea)
The Devil's Highway (Luis Alberto Urrea)
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Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
Dhalgren (Samuel R. Delany)
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Anne Frank:  the Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
Anne Frank: the Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank)
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby)
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Jean-Dominique Bauby)
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