“I seem to be reading histories in various forms. I’d like to go with my eclectic five; there is some method to this madness.”
Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone
by Eduardo Galeano
History like you have never read it in hundreds of vignettes from the vantage point of everyone else.
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow
by Henry Louis Gates Jr
A reminder of how history can repeat itself if we let it.
Circe: A Novel
by Madeline Miller
An epic retold, with gods, mortals, and all and an indomitable woman at the center of it all.
The Old Drift: A Novel
by Namwali Serpell
Genre-defying historical, sociopolitical sci-fi romp of a novel that transported me home.
Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A Tribe Called Quest
by Hanif Abdurraqib
From the golden era, this is a story, love letters, and sounds for now by a remarkably inventive writer and poet.