Meridian

By: Alice Walker 1976 Fiction 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

Storming Heaven

By: Denise Giardina (Not technically a series, but followed by The Unquiet Earth) 1987 Fiction Rating: 4.5/5 Wow. Just wow. Storming Heaven is quite the novel. Maybe it’s just because I love a good historical fiction novel, but wow. Storming Heaven… Continue Reading

Freshwater Road

By: Denise Nicholas 2005 Fiction 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

The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator By: Roald Dahl 1964; 1972 Fiction Rating: 3.5/5 Everybody has seen at least one of the Willy Wonka movies. (The original is fantastic; go watch it now if you… Continue Reading

Blues for Mister Charlie: A Play

By: James Baldwin 1964 Drama Subject Matter: Racism Rating: 4/5 I’ll start by saying that I’m not typically a huge fan of plays. So for Blues for Mister Charlie to get a four star rating is a big deal. But,… Continue Reading

Utopia

By: Thomas More 1516 Fiction Rating: 4/5 Here’s an interesting fact: Thomas More’s Utopia literally invented an entire genre of literature. All of those utopian/dystopian fiction novels that we’re so fond of (Brave New World, The Hunger Games, Uglies, the list goes… Continue Reading