Americanah by Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Aside from a somewhat disappointing ending, I appreciated this story, specifically its Nigerian perspective of being a non-American black in America.  I don't think I often enough distinguished the Black experience into its many subcategories, but I feel  at the very least more informed now. In a nutshell, the story centers around Ifemelu who leaves Nigeria… Continue reading Americanah by Ngozi Adichie (2013)

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (2014)

This might be the most important book I've read this year.  Paired with Ta-Nehisi Coates's  Between the World and Me, these two memoirs offer a raw and brutal lens with which to examine race in America.  As a recent Harvard Law graduate in the 1980s, Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a firm based in… Continue reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (2014)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

This is a tough and powerful read: it's intellectually challenging, and, at times,  emotionally draining. Written as a letter to his teenage son, Coates  puts forth his philosophy of life and what it means to be black in America.  Within the first few pages he questions not what Abraham Lincoln meant by a "government of… Continue reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)

It took me three tries to get through this book, but as the adage goes, the third time was the charm.  You can’t be in a hurry or distracted by other tasks or in the mood for a page-turner.  So a lazy summer weekend was the perfect time for Lethem’s detailed descriptions of 1970’s Brooklyn… Continue reading The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (2003)