Sunday, February 04, 2024

Ten great reads for Black History Month

The Amazon Book Review editors tagged ten of their favorite books to celebrate Black History Month, including:
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Blacktop Wasteland is straight-up crime fiction, but it was the push and pull between the good man Bug Montague wanted to be and the bad deeds he needed to perform, that is seared in my memory. On the ropes financially, he recalls a conversation with his dad, “Listen, when you're black in America you live with the weight of people's low expectations on your back every day.” But Bug wants better for his children, and so, “in his heart he knew that when Ariel told him about skipping college, that was the moment he decided to take the job with Ronnie Sessions and hit the jewelry store.” The action in this novel will make your heart skip a beat; the humanity will reach right into it.
—Vannessa Cronin, Amazon Editor
Read about another book on the list.

Blacktop Wasteland is among Lee Matthew Goldberg's seven stellar heist tales, Lisa Unger's five novels revolving around dysfunctional families, Nick Kolakowski’s five best getaway drivers in contemporary crime fiction, and Kia Abdullah's eight novels featuring co-conspirators.

--Marshal Zeringue