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Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

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When I first read Pilgrim as a college freshman, I'd never encountered anything like Dillard’s genre-defying reflections on the changing seasons in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. (I talked about this as a life-changing book in the Ask Anne Anything episode of What Should I Read Next.) General nonfiction, 1975. More info →
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Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America

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This meticulously researched and superbly written nonfiction work tells the story of Thurgood Marshall and his crucial involvement in one of the most important and controversial Civil Rights cases of the 1950s. King's fascinating constellation of topics includes the Jim Crow South, Florida's citrus industry, the inner workings of the NAACP, the FBI, and Thurgood Marshall's legal career. General nonfiction, 2013. More info →
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Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

I read this for my 2016 Reading Challenge and LOVED it, even though I initially thought it didn't sound like the right book for me. The story revolves around a 3000 mile cattle drive from a dusty Texas border town to the unsettled lands of Montana in the 1880s. Essential reading not for Western-lovers only, but for all fiction-lovers. Fiction, 1986. More info →
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Washington: A Life

Washington: A Life

Chernow can write. I'm currently making my way through Chernow's massive Hamilton biography—the one that inspired the musical—and his previous enormous historical biography about America's first president is next on my list. If you love Doris Kearns Goodwin, you'll love Chernow. Biography, 2011. More info →
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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

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This work from Harvard sociologist and MacArthur Genius grant recipient Desmond is one of the latest award winners. With painstaking detail, Desmond takes his reader into the heart of Milwaukee, illuminating current economic and sociological conditions through the lens of eight different families on the edge, and the conditions that are undoing them. Heartbreaking, powerful, eye-opening. General nonfiction, 2017. More info →
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Interpreter of Maladies

Interpreter of Maladies

I love Lahiri. In this short story collection, Lahiri's characters tenuously navigate the divide between their old world and their new, and taken together, the collection highlights myriad aspects of the immigrant experience. Evocative, bittersweet, and lyrical. I loved this on audio, and it's less than 6 hours. Fiction, 2000. More info →
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March

March

I've been meaning to read this for years, but didn't realize until recently it won the Pulitzer! In this historical novel, Geraldine Brooks takes her inspiration from Louisa May Alcott's beloved Little Women—with a twist. The "March" of her title is the absent father of Alcott's classic, who has left to serve the Union as a chaplain during the American Civil War. Fiction, 2006. More info →
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Beloved

Beloved

This isn't an easy book to read (and if you struggle through the first half, you're not alone), but persevering readers will be rewarded with one of the most important and beautifully written multi-cultural historical novels in the American canon. I can't improve on the publisher's description, which says Beloved is "filled with bitter poetry and suspense as taut as a rope." Fiction, 1988. More info →
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The Stone Diaries

The Stone Diaries

I accidentally came home from a library book sale this year with two copies of The Stone Diaries, and I think it's a sign I need to read it, and soon. Shields adopts an unconventional narrative structure: this is the fictionalized autobiography of Daisy Goodwill Flett, who reflects on her life, from birth to death, with a great deal of self-awareness and insight; she sees her life as a series of "mini-lives," and in each, she must become a different version of herself. Fiction, 1995. More info →
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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

In this epistolary novel, a young woman living in the South in the 1930s describes her life in a series of heartbreaking letters. But ultimately, redemption arrives in an unlikely form. A painful, beautiful book about the power of love. Fiction, 1983. More info →
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