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My Reading Goal

African/African American Literature

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Mar 23, 2015, 9:46am Top

This year, I have set a goal to read 50 books. From that 50 books, I want 1/4th of them to be African/African American Literature.

Mar 23, 2015, 10:40am Top

Good luck! I'm reading to complete 50 books by African women writers this year. At least, that's the goal...

Apr 4, 2015, 1:56pm Top

Good luck, LadyReadA!

Apr 4, 2015, 5:16pm Top

Here's some of my recently read favorites in your category. Hope I'm not being presumptuous, but you didn't provide any titles. Who knows, you and I may share some.

Stand the Storm by Breena Clarke
Fascinating and deeply involving novel about sewing slaves set in Washington, DC at the dawn of the Civil War and its aftermath. A family saga like no other I've read.

No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe
Highly concentrated little novel that has me examining it closely and writing in the margins in order not to miss any of its literary, symbolic, and thematic content.

*How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
Melancholic, elegiacal, and burdened by sorrow, this novel is a long good-bye to marriage between two couples -- the parents' and the son's marriages -- when people are mismatched and scarred by their personal limitations.

*Not my favorite

**The Story of a Marriage: A Novel by Andrew Sean Greer
Greer’s story of the taboos and racism of mid-century America unfolds delicate as a flower in a gentle parting of petals, but the sense of foreboding and perhaps doom pervades in his atmospheric prose and the telling incident that feel secretive.

My co-favorite with. . .

Home by Toni Morrison
A restrained piece of artistry -- almost a miniature -- about the meaning of manhood to the African-American hero who is required to undertake a heroic journey across segregated America to save his sister. This little book explodes with the power of a bomb.

And, of course, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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