I’m proud to say that since the start of this year I have kept my nose in the middle of some great books, while struggling to finish a not-so-great-one. In my latest trip to the library I picked up a few books, which are more contemporary than what I’ve been reading as of 2011. I’m extremely excited to start.
Jam on the Vine (Thorndike Press, 2015) – Lashonda Katrice Barnett
“A new American classic: a dynamic tale of triumph against the odds and the compelling story of one woman’s struggle for equality ”
Gathering of Waters (Akashic Books, 2012)
“a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi–a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.”
Queen Sugar (Penguin Group, 2014)
“A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana”
Thanks to a recommendation to read Flannery O’Connor I am now dead-locked in an obsession that may have gone a bit overboard in my latest trip to the library. Here are the books I picked up:
- 365 Days – 365 plays —Suzan-Lori Parks
- A Good Man is Hard to Find, and other stories —Flannery O’Connor
- Collected Works –Flannery O’Connor
- The Complete Stories —Flannery O’Connor
- The Strange History of the American Quadroon: Free Women of Color in the Revolutionary Atlantic World –Emily Clark
As I sink into my beloved genre of Southern Goth I’ll be hitting the “renew item” button for quite a while.
Ok, so not exactly a haul, but I have heard so much about Octavia Butler’s Kindred that I had to pick it up! Hopefully I get to it before its return date.
My local library was having an incredible book-sale–fill a bag of books for only $3!–so I had to check it out. Here are some books I picked up:
- My Education, Susan Choi
- My Jim, Nancy Rawles
- In The Woods, Tana French
- Rosa Parks: My Story, Rosa Parks
- See Now Then, Jamaica Kincaid
- The First Bad Man, Miranda July
- The House Girl, Tara Conklin
The two aforementioned names are fixtures in my life that hold insurmountable weight. They are influential beings that have provided hope in my quests as a writer and socially conscious citizen; they have also served as intimidating figures whose accomplishments proved greater than anything I could ever hope to achieve. But, nonetheless, they are omnipresent in my quests as a writer, a thinker, a woman, black woman, an artist.
I encourage you all to check out the video link below of a conversation these two revolutionaries had at the New York Public Library in 2010 where they discussed their childhoods, their literary work, and theories on life.