The Water Dancer
Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Reader's Review: This absolutely beautifully written love story presents a thoroughly researched historical adventure drawn from our spiritual journey as a People. A story about Black families, set in the context of the internal trade of enslaved people during the days leading up to the Civil War. As a bonus, if you listen to the audio version, you are in for a special treat. Read by actor and musician, Joe Morton who interprets characters and even sings the work song snippets that are found throughout the novel. As Coates puts it, “not to have included works songs would have been like writing a story set in modern times and not including hip-hop.” --Read and recommended by Baba Cole
5.0 rating

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her — but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he’s ever known.