A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

By: Flannery O’Connor Fiction 1955 Rating: 4/5 Wowie. Flannery O’Connor is dark. A Good Man Is Hard to Find is a collection of short stories, and also – a bit confusingly – the name of one of the short stories… Continue Reading

Growing Up

By: Russell Baker Followed by The Good Times Nonfiction 1982 Rating: 4.5/5   I greatly enjoyed Growing Up, the memoirs of Russell Baker, who grew up in the Depression-WWII era. Of course, I love me some biography. But autobiographies can be… Continue Reading

The Cay

By: Theodore Taylor (Not technically a series, but followed by Timothy of the Cay) Fiction 1969 Rating: 2.5/5   Can we just talk about that cover for a hot second? Yes. That’s real. Whoever designed that should be fired. I… Continue Reading

Death and the King’s Horseman

By: Wole Soyinka Drama 1975 Subject Matter: Elesin; Nigeria; History Rating: 4/5   Much like my last post about Woza Albert!, there is a lot of social commentary going on in Death and the King’s Horseman. And, again, I’m not… Continue Reading

Woza Albert!

By: Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema, and Barney Simon Drama 1983 Rating: 3/5   There’s a lot going on in Woza Albert! and I’m not sure that I should even try to talk about it. It’s a play set in Johannesburg,… Continue Reading

Meridian

By: Alice Walker Fiction 1976 Subject Matter: African American college students; African American women; Voter registration; Southern states; Atlanta Rating: 2/5 You probably know Alice Walker from The Color Purple. Like that novel, Meridian is a depiction of the African-American experience. Walker… Continue Reading

Why We Can’t Wait

By: Martin Luther King, Jr. Nonfiction 1963 Rating: 4/5 I’m not sure why I’ve never heard of Why We Can’t Wait before. Or that Martin Luther King, Jr. even wrote a book. (He has multiple, by the way.) Any person who’s ever… Continue Reading

Freshwater Road

By: Denise Nicholas Fiction 2005 Rating: 3/5 First and foremost, Freshwater Road is a book about race. It takes place during the real-life Freedom Summer that took place in 1964, during which volunteers went to towns all across the state of… Continue Reading