Coffee Will Make You Black

Excellent. Much less of a bummer than I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Also, since Coffee Will Make You Black is set in the 1960’s and in an urban setting, I could picture the surroundings a lot easier.

The main character, “Stevie,” has a prim and proper mother and an easy-going pragmatic father, very down-to-earth, and more believable than Maya Angelou’s real parents. She learns about sex, forms her opinions on white people, and watches her nerdy friend Roland turn into a Malcom X-styled activist.