Books and coffee go together like red beans and rice; peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies. Why else would most bookstores have an in-house cafe? There’s nothing greater than curling up with your favorite book and a steaming hot salted caramel mocha (it’s that time of the year again…YAY!). Anyway, in honor of today – National Coffee Day – I’m listing two of my favorite books that pertain to coffee or at least name it in the title.
Milk in My Coffee – Eric Jerome Dickey
This is one of the first books that I’ve by EJD and it also happened to be one of the first I/R (interracial) books I’ve read. The story centers on a young black man who moves from the South to New York in pursuit of his career. He meets and falls in love with a young white woman. They experience the typical hills and valleys of any relationship but with the unique pressure of it being interracial. Mix in some drama from family and friends, and they have one roller coaster ride of a relationship. This book isn’t a social commentary on race relations, just good contemporary fiction with romance.
Coffee Will Make You Black – April Sinclair
This is a coming-of-age story set in 1960’s South Side Chicago. It centers on a young girl named Stevie as she navigates through adolescence. Stevie deals with her changing body, boys, friends, trying to fit in at school, etc. It’s very reminiscent of Judy Blume’s Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, though there are few more dimensions to Stevie’s world. This is an engaging read that can be enjoyed by all ages.