Daughter of Moloka’i by Alan Brennert

One-year-old Ruth is taken in the night from her place of birth at the leper colony on Moloka'i to a school for girls on Oahu. There she learns her numbers and letters, and dreams of the possibilities of being adopted, yet, she is fearful that her half-Japanese and half-Hawaiian ancestry will scare away prospective families.... Continue Reading →

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

1992. After an assassination attempt, an ex-FBI agent and CIA contractor, flees with her two young sons to her mother's house on the island of Martinique. While there, Marie writes her children an explanation of her life. 1962- 1992. The story of her life growing up in NYC, running informants as a new FBI agent,... Continue Reading →

Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis

Reddick is an artist living in New York City, yet makes his living delivering and hanging art for wealthy clients. His life is thrown into turmoil when he’s one of the last people to see the fiancé of his current client before she goes missing. He’s quickly and mysteriously hired by another society family to... Continue Reading →

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America Edited by Ibi Zoboi

17 stories featuring young people of color of differing socioeconomic backgrounds living all over the country. These coming-of-age stories feature conflicts dealing with themes such as sexuality, education, and love, while always holding onto a strong connection to history and family. Yet, these narratives also discuss issues inherently connected to people of color: skin color,... Continue Reading →

Heads You Win by Jeffrey Archer

I read Archer's best known work, the novel Kane and Abel, a couple years ago. It tells the story of two men born on the same date in 1906. One, an immigrant in abject poverty, and the other, a member of the Boston elite. Their lives become intertwined with American history in the 20th century.... Continue Reading →

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