Jo’s Pick of the Week: Booth by Karen Joy Fowler

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln, June 16, 1858 Karen Joy Fowler’s first novel in nine years, Booth, is one of the buzziest books of spring, and it deserves all the praise it is getting.   We all know that John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln. But I knew little about Booth’s family until…

Jo’s Pick of the Week: Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson 

Debut novelist Charmaine Wilkerson’s impressive Black Cake is a sweeping, multigenerational saga filled with secrets, misunderstandings, and eventually healing and reconciliation. At the heart of the story is matriarch Eleanor Bennett and her family’s signature recipe for Black Cake. The concoction, which has been passed down for generations, takes months to complete because the baker soaks the fruit in…