Ever read a book that you could completely or almost completely relate to?
Made you feel like it was made specifically for you, right? This book did that for the first time in my life and I’m grateful and happy that I had the chance to read it.
Saying this is a must buy isn’t a stretch – it’s not just cause I can relate to it. It’s the knowledge you gain instead.
*No way you can’t know him*
Author: Yescheilyah Ysrayl
Genres: African-Amercan Literature, Historical
Publisher: Literary Korner Publishing
Release Date: July 15, 2017
Rating: Bruh+ or 5+ (See Rating System/Scale)
When seventeen-year-old Nora White successfully graduates High School in 1922 Mississippi and is College bound, everyone is overjoyed and excited. Everyone except Nora. She dreams of Harlem, Cotton Clubs, Fancy Dresses, and Langston Hughes. For years, she’s sat under Mr. Oak, the big oak tree on the plush green grass of her families five acres, and daydreamed of The Black Mecca.
The ambitious, young Nora is fascinated by the prospect of being a famous writer in The Harlem Renaissance and decides she doesn’t want to go to College.
Despite her parent’s staunch protest, Nora finds herself in Jacobsville, New York, a small town forty-five minutes outside of Harlem.
Shocked by their daughter’s disappearance, Gideon and Molly White are plagued with visions of the deadly south, like the brutal lynching of Gideon’s sister years ago. As the couple embark on a frightening and gut wrenching search for Nora, they are each stalked by their own traumatic past. Meanwhile, Nora learns that the North is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Can Gideon and Molly overcome their disturbing past in time to find their daughter before it’s too late?
Although there is a story attached to the history, the knowledge and understanding you can get from reading this is what pushes me to say I think this book should be read in schools.
No, I’m not exaggerating. I’m not reaching.
*Exaggeration to it’s finest right here*
The story focuses on a teenage girl during the time of the Harlem Renaissance. Pretty straight-forward if you ask me, but I wasn’t expecting to learn the insides of the Renaissance, nor did I expect to learn Black history to the extent it went to. Short reason, this is why I think kids should be able to read this in schools as part of the curriculum.
- Inside of
- Black history (which is still very relatable to this day)
- Harlem Renaissance
- Minds of Black people (which is still the same to this day)
- Very enjoyable story within history….or is it history within the story….Yecheilyah help!!
In school, what of Black history did you learn? Did they teach you the full extent of the history or did they make it seem like it wasn’t as good or bad as it was? Don’t even try to tell me every school teaches everything history related cause that’s a flat-out lie.
I didn’t learn any history until I researched it my damn self.
Put this book into kid’s hands, they can understand how Black and White people functioned back then. The story helps infinitely, too. You know how attention is super short with kids – the story is much needed to keep their interest.
I didn’t even know that the artists of the Harlem Renaissance were basically controlled. You know how celebrities are more or less controlled, or how certain races are placed in certain areas that keep them there? During that time, they went through the same thing, but worse.
Nowadays, you can put yourself out there without the help of mainstream platforms (news, big endorsements, ads, etc). The internet gave us that option. Internet also gave us a way to understand where people are coming from to an extent. Want more to that extent you could either talk to certain races extensively, place yourself within their in culture, or read about them.
In this case, you can read about them (them being Black people).
This is why I have to state that Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) by Yecheilyah Ysrayl is a must buy.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest review….but I might’ve been a bit bias here lol*
If you didn’t know, Yecheilyah is on WordPress. I’d be surprised if you didn’t know honestly. All the links I placed go right to her blog. Check her out y’all.