The buzz is about The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis.
Mathis tells us the story of Hattie, a young African- American woman who is part of the Great Migration in America, moving from the Jim Crow South to Philadelphia. Her difficult life story, and her family’s, is told over the course of many decades.
This book has gotten great reviews from all sorts of sources….
You can put it on hold here at the Southfield Public Library but in the meantime, here’s a list of titles on similar topics that should intrigue and entice you.
All Aunt Hagars Children by Edward P. Jones
A collection of short stories, set in Washington D.C., concerning African-Americans who migrated from the South.
Friday Nights at Honeybee’s by Andrea Smith
Set in the 1960’s, Miss Honeybee hosts “gathers” of the jazz and blues greats of Harlem.
Jazz by Toni Morrison
Love, passion and murder are all part of the lives of steady stream of African-Americans moving North during the Jazz Age.
Life is Short but Wide by J. California Cooper
91 year old Hattie relates her family’s tales of trouble and triumph.
Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange
Follow seven generations of a family, from the time of emancipation up through the digital age.
Trading Dreams at Midnight by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
A multi-generational story of family love and pain, set in Philadelphia.
The Warmth of Other Suns: the epic story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
This non-fiction book relates the decades long migration of black citizens who fled the South, looking for a better life in Northern and Western states.