This week Colson Whitehead came to town to talk about The Underground Railroad for a local author forum series Will and I love. A few times a year, two writers share the stage—set up like a library, with a big wooden table, comfy chairs, and gigantic bookshelves—for an interview-style book discussion.
Whitehead discussed the inspiration and history for his latest work, of course. (We found out he first had the idea for The Underground Railroad sixteen years ago—but he didn’t think he had the skills to do it justice till now.)
It wasn’t a political discussion, but when Whitehead grazed the topic near the end of the hour, his interviewer pounced, and asked him for the books he’d recommend for our post-election reading lists. I thought you’d like to hear his answer.
His first response was immediate: “If you need comfort, go to the books you love.” Whatever they are.
After a moment’s thought, he recommended three specific titles, all thoughtfully written works with plenty of nuance, regardless of your political beliefs. Here they are.
Previously recommended for post-election reading: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver, and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance. And to save $$$ on any books, including these recommended titles, Amazon has revived its $5 savings on a book purchase. Get the details here.