Books for Black History Month

Some new titles that fit in well with Black History month are bestesellers in the past year, including The Immortal Life of¬†Henrietta Lacks story, a moving multi-genre book–part biography, part medical research history, part cultural history. The Help contributes to racial consciousness too in its post WWII portrait of African American servants and their white employers, a middle-America version of the upstairs-downstairs class divide.¬† Some old-favorite children’s books are worth rememberiing too: Come On Rain and Just like Josh Gibson have African American girls as the focal point and Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains about a slave girl won a national book award several years ago.