2021 HUE-MAN EXPERIENCE AUGUST BOOK LIST
Welcome to Hot Book Summer! This book list is meant to transport you away from your (post) Covid lockdown into a world of imagination - full of passion, intrigue, secrets and reveals. The stories take place everywhere from upscale island locales to southern sultry sands, yet all these books speak to Love. They represent Love in its many forms, from familial love, sistahood, soulmates, queer joy, love of justice...all wrapped with reverence and love of the beauty and nature.
By Natalie Baszile
► Queen Sugar the multigenerational family drama unwinds the story of captivating characters coming together to repair relationships and save their legacy. The novel, now a TV series was adapted, directed, and executive produced by Ava DuVernay with Oprah Winfrey serving as an executive producer. The story centers around three siblings who return to Louisiana to save their father's sugarcane field. Queen Sugar is steeped in New Orleans history, while also depicting modern life in the Deep South and the struggle to keep wealthy white farmers from taking their land.
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
by Maika Moulite Maritza Moulite
► Co-written by sisters Maika and Maritza Moulite, the novel begins when Quick-witted high school journalist Alaine Beauparlant gets booted from her elite private school after a prank goes awry She warily accepts an invitation from her aunt to spend her suspension at the family’s estate in Haiti–where her estranged mom is recuperating from a political fiasco.
In her family’s homeland for the first time, Alaine is put to work at her aunt’s start-up helping native children in need. Alaine meets locals, and is shown the ropes by Jason, a fellow intern whose charming ways are making work a bit more challenging. while there she finds letters, articles, emails, and diary entries that also help her know the mother she’s never really understood.
Here Comes the Sun
by Nicole Y. Dennis-Benn
► A New York Times Notable Book of the Year and Winner of the LAMBDA Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, Dennis- Benn captures the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect. She pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield her sister from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
Summer On the Bluffs
by Sunny Hostin
► The View cohost and New York Times bestselling author Sunny Hostin dazzles with this brilliant novel about a life-changing summer along the beaches of Martha's Vineyard. Welcome to Oak Bluffs, the most exclusive black beach community in the country. This picturesque town hugging the sea is a mecca for the crème de la crème of black society Meet Ama, the heart of the novel, and godmother to Perry, Billie, and Olivia. Ama is an talented Wall Street alum who faced sexism and racism in her career but worked hard to craft herself a beautiful life, complete with a beach house in Oak Bluffs.
When Ama’s husband passes away and she begins to consider her next chapter and she invites her goddaughters for one last summer together. This summer is unlike any before, as Ama has informed the girls that, at the season’s end, she will be giving the house to one of them. What unfolds is a summer of questions, love, and answers as the family holds on for dear life.
by Vanessa Riley
► This historical novel is based on the true life story of Dorothy Kirwan Thomas, a free woman of color who rose from slavery to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful landowners in the early 1800's Caribbean. From the port cities of the West Indies to the drawing rooms of London’s elite, Island Queen is a sweeping portrait of a true larger-than-life woman who made her mark on history.
Seven Days in June
by Tia Williams
► Witty and romantic, Seven Days tells the story of Brooklynite Eva Mercy, a single mom and bestselling erotica writer, and Shane Hall, a reclusive, enigmatic, award-winning literary author. When they meet unexpectedly at a literary event, sparks fly, raising not only their past buried traumas, but the eyebrows of New York's Black literati. What no one knows is that twenty years earlier, teenage Eva and Shane spent one crazy, torrid week madly in love. Over the next seven days in the middle of a steamy Brooklyn summer, Eva and Shane reconnect. Seven Days in June, a Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, is by turns humorous, warm and deeply sensual.
While Justice Sleeps
By Stacey Abrams
► A political thriller by, yes, that Stacey Abrams. The New York Times bestseller is a gripping novel set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court—where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America. While Justice sleeps pulls the reader along the strands of a complex web of politics, raw ambition and deadly deception.