So February is Black History Month, and I thought I’d try to spotlight African-American-centered books. Most of my reviews this month will be on that topic, but I thought I’d quickly point out a couple of old reviews that are topical, as well.
Tears We Cannot Stop is an excellent place to start, written from a black person to white people.
American War follows a bisexual woman of color in a dystopia where the south has seceded again.
There’s also my Goodreads shelf on Activism and Civil Rights.
Coming up this month are reviews of Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings, from Oprah’s Book Club. By the end of the month I’m also hoping to have reviews of Zora Neale Hurston’s autobiography, Dust Tracks on a Road, and an ARC of a new African-inspired fantasy novel, Children of Blood and Bone. Also on the list to read is The Black Rose, the story of the first female African-American millionaire in America. This Bridge Called My Back and Colonize This! are also on my shelf, but they might wind up being later this year instead of this month.
I’ve been making an effort to read more diversely, but that covers more than just African-American, so I only have these two to link here so far. Stay tuned this month for more, though! You can find other minority-driven stories under my “Minority Representation” tag.