Welcome, welcome to another listicle! My tbr is almost toppling over, but without access to a well-stocked library and a tight budget, a lot of my reading these days is done via kindle and on Scribd. Which is back to being unlimited, hurrah! Here are five works I hope to get to very soon:
1.A Bit of Difference by Sefi Atta
“At thirty-nine, Deola Bello, a Nigerian expatriate in London, is dissatisfied with being single and working overseas. Deola works as a financial reviewer for an international charity. When her job takes her back to Nigeria in time for her father’s five-year memorial service, she finds herself turning her scrutiny inward. In Nigeria, Deola encounters changes in her family and in the urban landscape of her home, and new acquaintances who offer unexpected possibilities.” (GR)
I always seem to be drawn to Nigerian authors, but this is my first Sefi Atta! Hope it’s a good one to start out with! Have you read her works?
2.Black, Brown, Yellow, and Left by Laura Pulido
“Laura Pulido traces the roots of third world radicalism in Southern California during the 1960s and 1970s in this accessible, wonderfully illustrated comparative study. Focusing on the Black Panther Party, El Centro de Acción Social y Autonomo (CASA), and East Wind, a Japanese American collective, she explores how these African American, Chicana/o, and Japanese American groups sought to realize their ideas about race and class, gender relations, and multiracial alliances.” (GR)
I love works that explore solidarity and shared struggles along racial and gender lines! This one looks at activism in Los Angeles in the 60s/70s, hope it’s a good one.
3.Inherit the Crown by Jayde Brooks
“Eden Reid is not interested in prophesy. The problem is that a doozy of a prophesy is bearing down on her. Such is the case when you’re a twenty-five-year-old from Brooklyn, New York who is about to discover she is an ancient god. A truly formidable demon is gunning for her; a zombie-like pandemic is spreading across the country; and there is the mysterious, handsome stranger with powers of his own who claims to have been her lover from a time and a life that Eden cannot remember.” (GR)
This book collects two novels in one: Daughter of Gods and Shadows and the sequel City of Dark Creatures. The series sounds pretty epic, about a young Black woman who tries for normalcy but also happens to be a reincarnated warrior god!
4.Nameless Woman by ellyn peña, jamie berrout & venus selenite, eds.
“Nameless Woman, the Collective’s first publication, is an expanded edition of An Anthology of Fiction by Trans Women of Color, which was originally published as an ebook by editors Ellyn Peña and Jamie Berrout on March 31, 2016. Nameless Woman is twice the length of the original anthology and features the contributions of eleven more people, including editor Venus Selenite and artist Luvia Montero.” (GR)
It’s here and I’m excited to delve into this collection! It’s wonderful to see this anthology collect even more stories and contributors. I’ve also got a poetry collection by Venus Selenite waiting for me, so I might read those in tandem with the anthology.
5.Belle City by Penny Mickelbury
“This interracial, intergenerational saga of love, land and loss is told from the disparate perspectives of Ruth Thatcher, who is Black, and Jonas Thatcher, who is White, and spans nearly a century. The story, told in three parts, begins in Carrie’s Crossing, Georgia, in 1917 on the eve of World War I, when Ruth and Jonas first meet as 12-year-old farm children, and ends in 2005 as their descendants struggle to unravel and understand the legacies of this star-crossed pair. Ruth and Jonas have left behind them two astounding wills and a century of oral and written family history to tell the stories of their respective families against the backdrop of Reconstruction, the Ku Klux Klan, two World Wars, Jim Crow, the Great Migration, and the Jazz Age, segueing ultimately into the strange new digital world of the Twenty-First Century.” (GR)
Penny Mickelbury writes excellent mysteries! But she’s also published Belle City, a sprawling family saga. To be honest these sort of books scare me off, somehow I rarely manage to connect with each generation, but I haven’t given up yet and I do love her detective stories, so once more into the breach! Sounds like the book for epic, family saga readers though!
What’s waiting in your ebook queue / on your tbr? Let me know in the comments!