Black History Month Book Suggestions for Adults
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt’s. Here she discovers love and a life – dangerous and heathen – beyond the confines of her father’s authority.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Okonowo is the greatest warrior alive. His fame has spread like a bushfire in West Africa and he is one of the most powerful men of his clan. But he also has a fiery temper. Determined not to be like his father, he refuses to show weakness to anyone – even if the only way he can master his feelings is with his fists. When outsiders threaten the traditions of his clan, Okonowo takes violent action. Will the great man’s dangerous pride eventually destroy him?
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
Whenever foreigners visit Paradise they always ask Darling and her friends to smile for the camera. Here are some of the things Darling and her friends have to smile about: stealing guavas, gifts from NGOs, singing Lady Gaga at the tops of their voices. But they all want to go to the real paradise in America or Britain.
How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu
One early September afternoon, Yosef and Mariam, young Ethiopians who have spent all but their first year of marriage apart, set off on a road trip in search of an identity as an American couple. 30 years later, the couple’s son, Jonas, sets out to retrace his parent’s trip.
NW by Zadie Smith
Zadie Smith’s tragi-comic ‘NW’ follows four Londoners – Leah, Natalie, Felix and Nathan – after they’ve left their childhood council estate, grown up and moved on to different lives. From private houses to public parks, at work and at play, their city is brutal, beautiful and complicated. Yet after a chance encounter they each find that the choices they’ve made, the people they once were and are now, can suddenly, rapidly unravel.
All of the recommended titles can be borrowed from Wokingham Borough Libraries