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A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes
(Harlem Cycle Detective series Book 1)
After reading about Chester Himes for the first time on Mosaic Literary Magazine's website, I added him to my high priority list. According to the article, Himes started his literary career while serving a seven and a half year prison sentence. I read his first novel If He Hollers Let Him Go which was published in the 1940’s and immediately knew that I would read more of his work. I have not yet complete an entire book series. Maybe the Harlem Cycle Detective series will be the first.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
I have no idea what this book is about. But when I read in an article somewhere that the main character is an introvert, I was sold. Well that plus the fact that I enjoyed This Is How You Lose Her, Diaz’s first book. Fortunately I found a copy at one of my favorite used book stores, so it’s at my fingertips.
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An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay is all up in my Facebook news feed these days. I’m not usually one that’s inclined to read what everyone else is reading but I at least had to see what all of the excitement was about. When I read the synopsis on this book and realized it was set in Haiti, it was a done deal. But Gay has my dearest, Edwidge Danticat, to thank for that. Danticat has me fascinated with all things Haitian.
I was watching a documentary on JFK, when it was mentioned that this book won a Pulitzer Prize. I searched for it for a while and I finally found it at another one of my used bookstore escapes. Hopefully reading Profiles in Courage will remove the horrific image of his assassination which immediately comes to mind when I hear his name. I wish I had never seen the video.
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Anything else by James Baldwin
I’ve only read one book by James Baldwin. Shameful. In light of the situation in Ferguson, many have used his words to express how they feel. After reading The Fire Next Time and nearly underlining the entire book, I decided that it would be worth a re-read. But I think I’ll pick up another of his works first. I own several.
Stay tuned for Part 2!
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