Brooklyn Legends’ Reading Room

Welcome to Brooklyn Legends’ Reading Room.  Here you will discover books, short stories and essays written by the most esteemed authors of our time.  You will also be pleased to know that many of these writers are from Brooklyn!  We hope that you will be inspired to add one of these selections to your reading list.

thCAKTSF2K - The Twelve Tribes of HattieThe first book is The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Brooklyn native Ayana Mathis.  She is represented by Random House Speakers Bureau.  Here is how they describe this new writer:  “Ayana Mathis has captivated the nation.  Her powerful debut, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, is the most recent Oprah Book Club pick and a New York Times bestseller.  Mathis’ novel, set against the backdrop of the Great Migration, is an astonishing work about the resilience of the human spirit.”  To read more about this brilliant new author, we invite you to visit Ayana Mathis.

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xGatheringofWaters-133x200_jpg_pagespeed_ic_xh5uB6X_ZYThe second book is Gathering of Waters by Brooklyn native Bernice McFadden.  She is a veteran writer.  This is the 10th book that she has written as Bernice McFadden.  She has written two books under the pen name Geneva Halliday.  Gathering of Waters is described as “a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi – a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation.  Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families.”  Bernice has created a website that chronicles all of her novels.  When you have a moment, I encourage you to visit Bernice McFadden – I write to breathe life back into memory.

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9780374180560_custom-1bb3c80d82868b8bbf431e8cb56a5e9c6570e4cc-s6-c10 March 18, 2013 SNTThe third book is See Now Then, by Jamaica Kincaid, a native of St. John’s, Antigua who now resides in California.  This book was released early last month to rave reviews.  In a recent New York Times interview, Jamaica cautions “never mind the parallels, don’t read See Now Then as my life.”  “The thing I was trying to do in the novel,” she said, “was to get at the unknowability of another person, the person you have the deepest intertwining with.”  This is her fifth novel and one of 13 books she has written or edited.  To read the full story, please follow this link Feb. 2013 interview with The New York Times.  What an amazing accomplishment for someone whom I consider to be a trailblazer.  She has truly raised the bar high for other writers to follow.  To learn more about this esteemed author, please visit Jamaica Kincaid’s website.

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cover_book WarmthThe fourth book is The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson, who is also represented by Random House Speakers Bureau.  She was inspired to write this book by her own parents’ migration and devoted fifteen years to this project.  In this brilliant masterpiece, she interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous, and the unknown, to tell the epic story of the relocation of an entire people.  To learn more, please visit Isabel Wilkerson’s site.

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The fifth book, Alek Wek: My Life from Sudanese Refugee to Supermodel, is written by this Brooklyn native who is a supermodel and human rights activist.  Born in Wau, in southern Sudan, Alek knew only a few years of peace with her family before they were caught up in the country’s civil war.  This brutal conflict lasted for years and killed millions of people.  Alek recounts how she fled the war and her escape to London,
where her rise from young model to supermodel began.

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We hope that you will enjoy the books listed here.  Also, if you are interested in reading books with others, why not try out a book club?  For the past for years, I have been a member of Go On Girl Book Club, and I would not take anything for this experience.  Go On Girl has chapters throughout the country and a wonderful reading list.  To learn more, please visit Go On Girl Book Club.

Happy Reading!  Please check back often for updates.


Images for each book taken from each author’s website.
Full links are provided for each work that is cited.