New Titles Featuring African Americans

As a avid reader I’m almost never without a book. There are several book blogs and book-related magazines that I skim weekly for titles I can add to my TBR (to-be-read) list. From fiction to nonfiction my interests include topics from A to Z. While I mostly select books about current trends, I also try to read at least one classic work per year. With the recent celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and African American History Month not far away, I thought I’d share some of my recent TBR list additions.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
The life, or rather death, of Henrietta Lacks fascinates me. Her cells were “vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb’s effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions.” (

by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Tawawa House, a pre-Civil War Ohio resort, was the place where southern plantation owners vacationed. The white cottages, rolling green grass and lovely ponds made it picture perfect. But it was also within the boundaries of a slave-free state where fine southern gentlemen took their black enslaved mistresses to openly exhibit their relationships. This novel is based on facts.

Blond Roots
by Bernadine Evaristo
What would have happened if the Trans Atlantic slave trade had sold Europeans instead of Africans? Written by a mixed-heritage British author, this book has been referred to as “an astonishing, uncomfortable and beautiful alternative history.” (

I, Alex Cross
by James Patterson
Detective Alex Cross returns to solve the murder of a dear family member. Cross is among Patterson fans’ favorite characters. The movie Kiss the Girls, starring Morgan Freeman, was based on an earlier book in this series.

Best African American Fiction 2010 (various authors)
This is the second year that this collection has been published, and I’m looking forward to reading short stories from great authors like Edwidge Danticat, Desiree Cooper, Amina Gautier and others.

One Response to “New Titles Featuring African Americans”

  1. January 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    (Here's one to add) I just picked up a new book today, "Step Out On Nothing" by Byron Pitts, (60 Minutes Correspondent) which has gotten v good reviews. I love the fact that the author is a true example of "nice guys DON'T finish last". TD Jakes says that Pitt's book "should be required reading for anyone who has been told, 'You can't do it.'"