“Clemmons’ voice is natural and appealing . . . and . . . what she is telling us is powerfully poignant and emotional, even at times, devastatingly resonant. . . .
“a love story that is also a survival story of beauty and hope.”
The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a startling novel following the life of Persimmons Wilson, a former slave that fights in the Civil War, only to be imprisoned and hanged once he o
“You need not be a bird lover or watcher to enjoy this book, but there’s a good chance you will love both birds and life more by its end.”
One could compare the artistic career of Clarence Major to that of musical genius Miles Davis. Major has always been miles ahead of other African American writers.
This thought-provoking novel is set in the years just after the Civil War.
The 1920s is one of those decades everyone seems to look back at with fascination and nostalgia.
“quickly read but not easily forgotten. It’s a lovely story . . .”
“warm and funny, touching in unpredictable chapters, and filled with McMillan’s signature snappy dialogue and salty inner monologue.”
“Chasing the North Star is an epic journey, vividly detailed, acutely satisfying, and ultimately hopeful.”
Kaitlyn Greenidge’s debut about family, race, and eugenics is a haunting coming-of-age novel.
Set in the late 80s, Jed has escaped Chicago and the beginning of the AIDS crisis to return to where he experienced a hedonist paradise during his college days.
This novel is as finely tuned as the best banjo played by 19-year-old runaway slave Henry Sims.
It’s not every day you get a PI book sent to you for reviewing written by an actual authentic-to-the-bone private investigator, so I was really intrigued and looking forward to reading this debut n
“perfect for young children just learning America’s history, long-time history buffs, and readers who love a stroll down memory lane . . .”
"Balm is a powerful tale of individual loves, longings, and losses . . ."
“. . . brilliant and gritty and urban . . . the most brutal coming of age story imaginable.”
The Kid is by far the most disturbing novel I have ever read.
“Makeda is beyond ambitious and imaginative and, at times challenging, but it is also well written and powerful, with an ending that is equal parts tragic and romantic in nature.