Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Adichie gives this sprawling, coming-to-America story a welcome twist, as her protagonist thoughtfully assesses life (especially racial attitudes) in the U.S. and eventually re-embraces her native Nigeria.
Buck (Spiegel & Grau)
You can track Asante’s odyssey from thug to poet by the progression of hip-hop lyrics quoted in this memoir, which ends with his surprisingly dramatic confrontation with (of all things) a blank piece of paper. Spoiler alert: Asante wins.