Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann)

This was one of those books that as soon as I heard about it, I knew I absolutely had to read it.  Why?  First, because it sounded like a great detective story.  But also because little-known stories of vicious racism from the American past are often illuminating – in this case, revealing how an entire … Continue reading Killers of the Flower Moon (David Grann)

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Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Middle Passage was not at all what I expected it to be.  I expected a historical novel about, well, the Middle Passage.  Which Middle Passage is, in the most basic sense.  But it’s also an adventure story, and a short-but-dense philosophical musing on race, identity and America.  In the end, the best description I can … Continue reading Middle Passage (Charles Johnson)

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)

I had never heard of Trevor Noah until he took over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart.  (I’m not well-versed in the comedy world, so he was probably way better known than I realized.)  I don’t watch much TV, but I did watch some of his standup comedy on YouTube.  He’s funny, of course.  But … Continue reading Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood (Trevor Noah)