Recent events and the ongoing debates around them have forced many of us to face hard questions concerning race relations in the United States. Many books have been written in recent years which attempt to address those questions, and many classic books that have remained in print for decades address many of these issues as well.
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, was awarded the National Book Award for Nonfiction last month. Written in the form of a letter to his son, Mr. Coates is firing on all cylinders in this attempt to address the question of our fraught history of race relations, as well as what it means to live as a black man in America today.
The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander, offers a timely and original framework for understanding mass incarceration, it’s origins, and our modern caste system.
The Warmth of Other Sons, by Isabel Wilkerson, also received the National Book Award in 2010 for her acclaimed historical study of the migration of African Americans out of the Southern United States into the Midwest, Northeast, and West between 1915 and 1970.
The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore, tells the story of two boys from Baltimore who share a name and a similar history, but whose lives turn out very differently.
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs, is about a young man from a rough neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, who attends an ivy league school only to return to his familiar life.
Posted by: Mark