To celebrate Black History Month, Matchmakers tweeted a recommendation for each weekday using the eight-word review model. If you’re not on Twitter, you can read our Tweets here and reserve items we tweeted about:
One father, two families. Only one side knows. Silver Sparow by Tayari Jones
Escapes small town; life’s journeys bring him back. Home by Toni Morrison
Coming of age story in Jim Crow South. Black Boy (American Hunger): A Record of Childhood and Youth by Richard Wright.
Hometown poet created jazz poetry; led Harlem Renaissance. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes.
1950s, Jim Crow, changing times, Nat King Cole. Driving the King by Ravi Howard.
Talented teen overcame ingrained institutional racism in education. A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Ron Suskind.
Family trip to Birmingham during civil rights movement. The Watsons Go to Birminham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.
The struggle for civil rights in graphic format. March by John Lewis.
Why so pale? Is she hiding her roots? Passing by Nella Larsen.
Lady Day’s voice forever changed the music world. The Quintessential Billie Holiday.
Jim Crow story influenced by author’s family history. Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell.
Strong woman overcomes abuse and separation from sister. The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
He created the premier magazine for Black women. The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women by Edward Lewis.
After the fall, don’t know where I fit. The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow.
Southern murder or disappearance? Will there be justice? The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson.
1930s black woman finding herself after failed marriages. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.
He went from barber to funk music megastar. Brothas be, yo like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You by George Clinton.
Black lives matter.