Looking for a new book to read? Well, you should definitely add “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” to your list! Especially if you’re a romantic like me.
Written by Betty DeRamus, a veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, is just as the title implies. It is a compilation of loves stories from the Underground Railroad.
DeRamus has always had a love for stories of her African American ancestry. This love and inspiration for her book were only furthered after hearing the accounts of enslaved people who went through extraordinary lengths to stay together because of love.
According to CBS Detroit, “’And it inspired me to start thinking maybe there are some more stories about what we did for love and I began researching them and after a couple of years I discovered I had a book that somebody actually wanted to publish,’ says DeRamus.”
CBS Detroit continued to say that DeRamus’s book was published in 2005 and has been picked up by a major television. Motown great Stevie Wonder will be producing the planned mini-series.
In addition to her book being turned into a television series, DeRamus will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame in April.