• By Crystal Holland
  • Posted Friday, February 5, 2016

Books We Like

Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse I can not say enough good things about this book! If you like historical fiction, Sherlock Holmes or thrilling, suspense stories with strong characters- pick up a copy of this book. Abdul-Jabbar was a history major at UCLA and is a major Holmes fan. The main characters are a tobacco shop owner named Cyrus Douglas from Trinidad and Mycroft Holmes- Sherlock’s older brother. Their friendship and subsequent cross-Atlantic voyage to Trinidad to uncover the mystery behind the bizarre deaths of local children and to follow Mycroft’s fiance Georgiana will grip you. The plan for the re-institution of slavery that gets exposed along the way will chill you to the bone.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. This title was the Forsyth County Public Library’s On the Same Page community read selection in 2012.

Driving the King by Ravi Howard. This 2015 novel is told from the perspective of Nat Weary, a contemporary of Nat King Cole, who faces tragedy when he goes to see his former schoolmate perform. Weary witnesses a man attempting to attack Nat King Cole and rushes to his defense. In the year before the Civil Rights Movement, it is unfathomable that a black man would raise a hand to a white, even in self-defense. Weary serves ten years in prison. Nat King Cole has not forgotten him and gives him a job as his driver. Check out Ravi Howard’s All Things Considered NPR interview from January 24, 2015

A More Perfect Union by Ben Carson I loved Gifted Hands and I haven’t met anyone who doesn’t! When this book came in, I had to read it. Carson maintains a relatively positive focus as he explores the freedoms enumerated in the Constitution. It’s a quick read and will delight anyone following his Presidential bid.

These other popular authors have new titles out within the past 3-4 months. Be sure not to miss them! Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby One Night by Eric Jerome Dickey And Sometimes I Wonder About You by Walter Mosley You Get What You Pray For by E.N. Joy

To stay on top of new releases by African American authors, check out the most recent issue of the Forsyth County Public Library’s African American Literature NextReads e-newsletter.

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