The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis
Personal stories of the Great Migration come alive through the children and grandchildren (the 12 tribes) of Hattie Shepherd, a woman who left the South in 1923 in hopes of finding a better life in Philadelphia.
The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey by Walter Mosley
At the age of 91 Ptolemy’s fogged brain suddenly clears, revealing in a flash his painful and poignant odyssey in a racially divided America, and one last struggle he must undergo.
Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange
Music is the sustaining force in this story that traces African American history from Reconstruction to the present as it affects seven generations of the Mayfield women.
A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story by Souljah
The long-awaited sequel to “The Coldest Winter Ever” tells the story of Porsche Santiaga, Winter’s little sister. Porsche’s feisty nature lands her in juvenile detention where hard luck girls share stories and find strength in survival.
Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn West
Esch’s close-knit family barely has enough to eat or get by when Hurricane Katrina makes its way to their Mississippi town. National Book Award winner for Fiction in 2011.
These titles and 17 more are featured in our new Seattle Picks: African American Fiction list.