Books about the Caste System

By Coll Rowe | May 22 2024 | English Language ArtsSocial StudiesHistory

Here is a collection of titles that delve into the caste system in India that includes fiction, non-fiction, and history.

A Burning
A Read with Jenna Pick
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize
$16.00 US
Jun 29, 2021
304 Pages

Coming Out as Dalit
A Memoir of Surviving India's Caste System (Updated Edition)
“…a moving personal story and a useful educational examination of persistent discrimination”—Kirkus ReviewsFor readers of Caste, the coming-of-age story of a Dalit individual that illuminates systemic injustice in India and its growing impact on US society
$29.95 US
Feb 06, 2024
264 Pages
Beacon Press

Caste (Adapted for Young Adults)
In this young adult adaptation of the Oprah Book Club selection and New York Times bestselling nonfiction work, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson explores the unspoken hierarchies that divide us across lines of race and class. Revealing and timely, this work will speak to young people who are engaged more than ever with the world around them, or to anyone who believes in a more just existence for all.
$12.99 US
Sep 19, 2023
352 Pages

Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity
Winner of the National Book Award, Los Angeles Times Book Prize, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, and PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award
$19.00 US
Apr 08, 2014
288 Pages
Random House Trade Paperbacks

The Bridge Home
"Readers will be captivated by this beautifully written novel about young people who must use their instincts and grit to survive. Padma infuses her story with hope and bravery that will inspire readers."--Aisha Saeed, author of the New York Times Bestseller Amal Unbound
$8.99 US
Apr 14, 2020
208 Pages
Nancy Paulsen Books

The Billionaire Raj
A Journey Through India's New Gilded Age
A colorful portrait of India's new billionaire class and its role in a radically unequal society. Now in paperback.
$17.00 US
Jul 02, 2019
416 Pages

The powerful story of an Untouchable in India’s caste system, now with a new introductionWith precision, vitality, and a fury that earned him praise as India’s Charles Dickens, Mulk Raj Anand recreates in Untouchable what it was like to live on the fringes of society in pre-independence India. Bakha, an attractive, proud, and strong young man, is also an Untouchable, the lowest of the low in India’s caste system. A sweeper and a toilet-cleaner, he must warn others on the street of his status so that he will not pollute them with his presence. In this urgent 1935 re-creation of one day in the life of an outcast, a violent encounter leads Bakha to question his fate—and to find an answer in the unlikeliest of places.For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
$16.00 US
Jun 24, 2014
176 Pages
Penguin Classics

Ambedkar: India’s Crusader for Human Rights
It is rare in human history when one man's life changes the destiny of millions. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar was one such remarkable leader.
$16.99 US
Aug 06, 2019
176 Pages