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One of the Good Ones: an intensely real thriller

Authors: Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

One of the Good Ones is nothing short of a historical odyssey for Kezi Smith’s sisters Genny and Happi and best friends Ximena and Derek. Armed with Victor Hugo Green’s, The Negro Motorist Green Book—a Michelin Guide of sorts that lists Black-friendly business in North America—they embark on a road trip across the country. The purpose of the trip was to discover which business still existed, if any, since the last edition of the guide was published more than 50 years ago. What the foursome discover, however—as they take turns driving a colorful Mustang convertible—is certainly much more than they had ever hoped for and well worth reading.

This novel is everything. The prose is beautiful, descriptive and imaginative. The story is a lesson in history, in humanity and in sibling rivalry. There’s sadness and there’s hope. The characters are so well developed that you’re likely to see yourself in all of them. It’s an adventure we should all hope would never happen to anyone, yet I’m all the better for having read it. This is American Literature!

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