Tara M. Stringfellow recommends 5 books to read after “Memphis”

Throughout April, the Read With Jenna book club read Tara M. Stringfellow’s debut novel”Memphis.” The story is about four generations of black women in Memphis. Hope, love, racism and trauma ripple through the generations with lasting impacts on the women of the North family. As the book skips Back and forth through perspectives and timelines, the story of women unfolds.

If you liked “Memphis,” Stringfellow recommended five books for readers to try next. From poetry collections to generational sagas, there’s something for everyone on this list.

“Oh, You Thought It Was a Date?!: Apocalypse Poems”, by C. Russel Price

C. Russel Price’s collection of poems deals with sexuality and homosexuality through the lens of pop culture. Price uses powerful and honest language to discuss heavy topics such as mental health and sexual assault. It is a book filled with resilience, pain and dark humor.

“Bless the Girl Raised by a Voice in Her Head”, by Warsan Shire

“Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head” is a book of poems about migration, femininity, trauma and resilience. Shiree draws from her own life and that of black immigrant women to write about becoming a woman without a nurturing guide. It’s a celebration of strength and survival.

“Citizen: An American Lyric”, by Claudia Rankine

A finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry, “Citizen: An American Lyric” is a collection of essays, photos, and poems that reflect race in 21st-century America. The author highlights growing racial aggression and the cost of intentional and unconscious hostility.

“Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee

Lee’s novel is the story of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family living in 20th century Japan. The family saga begins when Sunja, the teenage daughter of a disabled fisherman in Korea, becomes pregnant at the hands of a wealthy married man. Refusing to be bought off, Sunja marries a sickly minister passing through the country on his way to Japan.

Centered on strong and complex characters who evolve over generations, “Pachinko” is a story of love, loyalty and family.

“The God of Little Things”, by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s debut novel, “The God of Little Things”, is set in India in 1969 and tells the moving story of a wealthy Indian family. The novel is both an esteemed work of fiction and a powerful political commentary exploring how small things have dramatic effects on the lives of twins, Estha and Rahel.

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