2013 Preview: Books By and About African Americans

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Looking ahead to 2013, several well-known and newly-famous African-American authors are coming out with new books. Additionally, several books focusing on the black experience are also debuting. Check out some books Madame Noire is excited for in early 2013!

Ayana MathisThe Twelve Tribes of HattieDecember 2012
Ayana Mathis struck gold. Her debut novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, was chosen by Oprah to be featured for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. Published by Knopf, Twelve Tribes was written while Mathis was studying at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and follows one family through the generations, including the titular Hattie as she participates in the Great Migration to the North from the South.

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie has been well received by critics, including The New York TimesMichiko Kakutani and a starred review in Kirkus Reviews, and the publication date was pushed up to accommodate Lady O herself.

Dany Laferrière, The World Is Moving Around Me, January 2013
Award-winning Haitian writer Dany Laferrière shares his first-hand experience of the 2010 Haiti earthquake in The World Is Moving Around Me, to be released on January 12, 2013, the third anniversary of the deadly disaster. The author of 14 novels, Laferrière tells of his experience, having been eating at a Port-au-Prince restaurant when the earthquake struck. The story is told through a novelist’s view, and discusses the political and personal implications of the disaster.

Rawn James Jr., The Double V: How Wars, Protest, and Harry Truman Desegregated America’s Military, January 2013
The son and grandson of veterans, Rawn James Jr. looks at the rich history of African-Americans serving in the military and Executive Order 9981, which allowed for desegregation in the military, in The Double V. Now one of the most diverse institutions in the country, the military, and African Americans’ role in its history, makes this a unique read for early 2013.

Cheryl Mullenbach, Double Victory: How African American Women Broke Race and Gender Barriers to Help Win World War II , January 2013
Need some inspiration? Travel back in time to World War II and learn about the ways African-American women served their country as war workers, political activists, military women, volunteers, entertainers, and more. Written by former history teacher Cheryl Mullenbach, Double Victory will be released January 1 and has already seen solid reviews and support from the book industry.

Kimberla Lawson Roby, The Perfect Marriage, January 2013
Kimberla Lawson Roby, author of the Reverend Curtis Black series, is releasing her latest stand-alone novel, The Perfect Marriage, in January 2013. Following a seemingly perfect couple with a shocking secret, The Perfect Marriage is the first of three books to be released by Roby in 2013. She also has the latest installment of the Reverend Curtis Black Series, A House Divided, set for May 2013 and a Christmas novella set to be published in October.

Amy Wilentz, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, January 2013
Another Haiti-themed book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, is also set to publish around the anniversary of the earthquake. The nonfiction account, of the history of Haiti and its experiences after the earthquake, was written by Amy Wilentz, a journalist who previously chronicled Haiti in her 1989 book The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier.

André Brink, Philida, February 2013
André Brink’s novel Philida was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and is being released in the US in February. Historical fiction, Philida is set in Cape Town, Africa in 1832 and focuses on a slave woman, Philida, and her quest for freedom. Part of the book is based on Brink’s own family history, blending historical fact with innovative fiction writing.

Dennis Kimbro, The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires, February 2013
Want a little motivation for the New Year? Dennis Kimbro highlights the issues of the African-American community when it comes to managing wealth in his upcoming book, The Wealth Choice, and analyzes a study of the lives of 1,000 of the wealthiest African-Americans, including Spike Lee, Herman Cain, T. D. Jakes, and Tyrese Gibson. How can you develop wealth-generating mindset and habits?

HoneyB, The Rich Girls’ Club, March 2013
If you’re looking for something a little more salacious to read in 2013, get ready for New York Times best-selling author HoneyB’s latest: The Rich Girls’ Club. HoneyB, also known as Mary Morrison, has written numerous novels that focus on social and sexual issues impacting relationships. Her latest focuses on the gubernatorial campaign of a female candidate in California, backed by some of the wealthiest women in the state, and the danger, trust, and revenge that comes with it.


Walter Mosley, Stepping Stone / The Love Machine: Crosstown to Oblivion, April 2013
Award-winning crime fiction novelist Walter Mosley brings together two short novels in Stepping Stone / The Love Machine: Crosstown to Oblivion, coming out in April 2013. The book tackles some serious questions about the meaning of life and the fight between good and evil, so giving readers some deep thoughts to look forward to in 2013.

Eric Jerome Dickey, Decadence, April 2013
New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey will release Decadence in April 2013, following up to his 2008 book Pleasure, featuring Nia Simone Bijou. In the four years since the events of Pleasure, Nia has moved to Los Angeles and is balancing her writing career with the decadence and indulgence of LA.

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