‘Sulwe’ by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison

Title: SulweAuthor: Lupita Nyong’oIllustrator: Vashti HarrisonPublished: 2019Genre: Children’s Fiction Synopsis: Sulwe has the color of midnight.She is darker than everyone in her family.She is darker than anyone in her school.Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changesContinue reading “‘Sulwe’ by Lupita Nyong’o and Vashti Harrison”

‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones

Title: An American MarriageAuthor: Tayari JonesPublished: 2018Genre: Fiction Synopsis: A captivating love story that is also a clear-eyed look at the effects of injustice in contemporary American life, Tayari Jones’s novel gorgeously chronicles three people who are bound together and separated by forces beyond their control.As newlyweds, Celestial and Roy are living the American Dream.Continue reading “‘An American Marriage’ by Tayari Jones”

‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe

Title: Things Fall ApartAuthor: Chinua AchebePublished: 1958Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second,Continue reading “‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe”

‘Adulthood Rites’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: Adulthood RitesAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: 1988Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Lilith’s baby, Akin, looks human. He is not. The alien Oankali, driven by irresistible need, have genetically merged with us. But there are rebels who resist the Oankali tide. Childless humans desperate to regain their world, they seek to “cleanse” the “alien taint” by kidnappingContinue reading “‘Adulthood Rites’ by Octavia E. Butler”

‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Title: AmericanahAuthor: Chimamanda Ngozi AdichiePublished: 2013Genre: Fiction Synopsis: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze hadContinue reading “‘Americanah’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

‘Dawn’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: DawnAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: 1987Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Lilith Ayapo is in the remote Andes, mourning the death of her husband and son, when nuclear war destroys the world. Centuries later, she revives, held captive aboard a starship.Miraculously powerful and hideously grotesque galactic beings, the Oankali have rescued the planet and the war’s victimsContinue reading “‘Dawn’ by Octavia E. Butler”

‘Binti’ by Nnedi Okorafor

Title: BintiAuthor: Nnedi OkoraforPublished: 2015Genre: Science Fiction Synopsis: Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travelContinue reading “‘Binti’ by Nnedi Okorafor”

‘Kindred’ by Octavia E. Butler

Title: KindredAuthor: Octavia E. ButlerPublished: June 1979Genre: Narrative Fiction, Science Fiction Synopsis: Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana hasContinue reading “‘Kindred’ by Octavia E. Butler”

‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi

Title: Children of Blood and BoneAuthor: Tomi AdeyemiPublished: March 6, 2018Genre: Fantasy, Magical Realism Synopsis: Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.But everything changed once magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, the maki were targetedContinue reading “‘Children of Blood and Bone’ by Tomi Adeyemi”