60. Libertie by Kaitlyn Greenidge
Libertie is a young black girl living in Reconstruction era Brooklyn along with her mother, a physician, who dreams of the same destiny for her daughter. The book examines various facets of freedom from Libertie’s mother’s ability to pass as a white woman while Libertie is judged for her dark skin, freedom from the expectations of family, and freedom from the oppression of men. I wish I had liked this book more than I did. I just found it sort of a slog to get through. I’m not sure why. It just read really slow to me and I kept wanting to be done with it. I read it for a book club and I do think we can have a good discussion about its themes though. I give it a 6 out of 10.