Looking for a book you can’t put down? Pick up Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, which is the story of 4 slaves and their complex relationships with their respective masters. The women are given the opportunity to escape to a free life, but it would mean leaving their children behind. Also be sure to take a listen to Brothers by Black Keys, a soulful album for those in need of an album with substance.
“In her debut, Perkins-Valdez eloquently plunges into a dark period of American history, chronicling the lives of four slave women—Lizzie, Reenie, Sweet and Mawu—who are their masters’ mistresses. The women meet when their owners vacation at the same summer resort in Ohio. There, they see free blacks for the first time and hear rumors of abolition, sparking their own desires to be free.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“In its best moments, the Black Keys’s Brothers is as ferocious and soulful an exploration of contemporary blues as anything in recent memory. It’s also a record that speaks to the duo’s fearlessness, and, at least on initial impression, it suggests that they have moved beyond their “transitional” phase with a new clarity of purpose. For an act as accomplished and progressive as the Keys, that kind of focus and vision makes Brothers one of 2010′s strongest albums.” – Jonathan Keefe, Slant Magazine
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