Mira Jacob's latest book is a graphic memoir that begins with trying to talk to her 6-year-old son, who just happens to be obsessed with Michael Jackson, about race. Altogether hilarious and pointedly serious, Mira Jacob shows us what it's like to be the mother of a small brown boy in America by examining her own adolescence and move towards adulthood. Good Talk is a great conversation starter!
In Florida, in the 90s, T. Kira grows up. There's money and privilege, but racism and longing to belong. At its core, this book is a love letter to family and T. Kira finding parts of herself she didn't even know were missing. A story about parents who are both attentive and love madly, but who disappear into themselves. I read this book in six hours on a train. It is good. It will be up for all the awards; get ahead of them this year!
George Washington Black is born on a plantation in Barbados, but he is not fated to stay. Surrounded by violence, Wash becomes a manservant for Titch, the owner's brother, who is a naturalist and leads Wash around the plantation grounds to record and draw. When Wash witnesses a white man's suicide, Titch makes plans for them to escape, leaving the island on a hot air balloon and setting off on a journey to the arctic. As the plot unfolds, and Wash becomes more aware that a man is looking to collect a reward for his capture, he understands Titch is trying to get rid of him, and Washington Black must become his own person.