Oh I am very excited about Steve Mcqueen's upcoming film 12 Years A Slave. I read this book in college and I have to say that it is one of the best books I have ever read. This shockingly true story is an amazing page turner and first account of a free Black man, Solomon Northup, being kidnapped and forced into slavery.
Its not upbeat but its brillant. I would like to read it again before the film comes out.
Here is Michael Fassbender talking about it, sort of.
The book is short and I recommend it to the highest degree.