An area reader nominated “Jam on the Vine” by LaShonda Barnett. This novel follows the story of Ivoe Williams, an African American woman journalist, through the start of the twentieth century. Our nominator writes: “It’s a historical fiction about what it’s like to be a queer black woman struggling to be a journalist during Jim Crow and starting her own newspaper to address issues of racism, much like Ida B. Wells. An ode to activism that is important for our time. [This novel would be] good for starting conversations on the history of racism locally, given that part of it takes place in Kansas City. It’s always important to have strong female characters to encourage young folks who identify as girls that they can achieve their goals and dreams despite and in spite of all the roadblocks.”
Have a suggestion of your own? You still have a few days to let us know what you think our community should read in 2017 by filling out a suggestion form at any of our branches, the bookmobile, or online at oneread.org.