Autobiography of a Family Photo Jacqueline Woodson (Dutton, $17.95) This debut novel by the author of five young-adult books starts with a whimper and ends with a bang. Set in Brooklyn, it features a black girl coming of age in the late ’60s and early ’70s who watches her gay older brother go off to Vietnam, endures another brother’s molestations, witnesses the implosion of her parents’ marriage, and quickly discovers that her life is not unusual. Despite the emotional turbulence around her, she grows into a brave and lusty teenager, brimming with sass. Like her protagonist, Woodson’s writing undergoes a compelling transformation in these pages. The book’s opening is hobbled by empty prose poetry: ”Sky. Became the term for blue. Perfection, a synonym for rage .” But as Woodson continues, she finds a stronger voice-lean, angry, and often funny-that makes her story rich and true. B+ -Margot Mifflin
Posted April 21 1995 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Lin-Manuel Miranda live-tweeted commentary for 'Hamilton's America'
- J.K. Rowling loves Amy Schumer's book
- Chris Pratt encourages people to go outside and look for trolls
- Kanye West scored Kardashian family movies to 'Only One' for Kim's birthday
- 'Once Upon a Time' star says Robin Hood return provides closure
- Jason Sudeikis duets with Harry Connick Jr. as Harry Connick Jr.
- Chris Pine cast in Ava DuVernay's 'A Wrinkle in Time'