Following is a list of some recommended books, both fiction and Non. First is Ben Blums ‘Ranger Games’an account of Rangers robbing a bank and claiming it to be a training exercise. Next is Jesmyn Ward’s ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing’, a novel about life in rural Mississippi. Kurt Andersen’s history of America is called ‘FANTASYLAND:How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History’. Next up, Joanna Scott’s ‘Careers for Women’ is crime fiction set in New York City. Bringing to the forefront some of the most eminent black people of Detroit over several centuries is ‘BLACK DETROIT: A People’s History of Self-Determination’ by Herb Boyd. Next is the ‘The Lighthouse’ a novel of a man hiking in Germany. “A Disappearance in Damascus’ is a journalists account of the kidnapping of her Syrian guide.
- William Taubman wrote a strong biography on Mikhail Gorbachev, helpful for understanding recent Russian history
- Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen illuminates the falsehoods in alternative American culture
- Margaret Wilkerson Sexton debuted with her novel A Kind of Freedom about a black New Orleans family
“Ward’s latest novel, which carries echoes of Faulkner and of Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” is both timeless and perfectly poised for the moment.”