Jo’s Pick of the Week: Conjure Women by Afia Atakora

The intertwined relationships of a slave girl, her mother, and a plantation owner’s daughter are at the heart of this transporting debut novel. Conjure Women by Afia Atakora alternates between Slaverytime in 1854 and Freedomtime in 1867. In Slaverytime, May Belle is a midwife and healer among the plantation’s slaves, but also is known for…

Check out some of our favorite ebooks!

Did you know that newly released books, including ebooks, come out on Tuesdays? Every Tuesday morning I order the new fiction ebooks for Cook Memorial Public Library District’s Overdrive (Libby) and Cloud Library services. If you are an ebook user, you’ve probably noticed that the new titles often are quickly checked out. So if you…

Thoughts on American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

I can’t remember a book in recent memory that has generated as much praise and uproar as American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins. Before the novel’s publication, it received rave reviews from the major book review publications, including Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist. Famous authors praised the work, including Sandra Cisneros, Julia Alvarez, Ann…