I think this is a fantastic opportunity to share old favorites and discover not so new reads. Please hop over and pay Renee a visit and feel to join in. Share your throwbacks and link up with It’s Book Talk!
My Throwback for 7/13/17
By Octavia E. Butler
First Published 6/1/1979
The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.
Published the month and year of my birth, I first discovered this hidden diamond (years later) among the shelves of my local public library. That same copy later went on to be part of their and annual book sale and I still own it to this day. One of my favorite titles, I plan on revisiting this very soon before tackling the Graphic Novel adaptation that was released at the beginning of this year. Have you read this? If not, I cannot recommend this enough! This is a book that opened my eyes and challenged to discover more through reading.
What are some of your favorite throwbacks?