I really should be posting some reviews today, but I didn't find any and the hour is late.
I will mention that I'm excitehttp://bookcritics.org/news/archive/2008_nbcc_finalists_announced/d that the NBCC has a biography of Ida B. Wells and the book about the Hemings family on their final award list.
Both will go on my to-read list. 2009, here we come.