.This seems like an auspicious moment to engage in reflection, conversation and active listening about race in America. Every time we think we’ve reached a peak in terms of urgency for this to occur, a new incident reminds us that there is a lot of really difficult work ahead of us. Difficult days. Tough conversations. Hard lessons to learn – or re-learn. In that spirit, our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has curated a list of riveting new books to read in 2021 about race and the black experience in America, including memoirs, essays, histories and novels.. So much has already been said – and yet this new crop of books has lessons and wisdom that we all really need.
As a nation, we remain in a moment when many people continue to earnestly try to learn more about how black people experience life in America. And many of us who are black are in search of solace, inspiration and reminders of our heritage and the legacy of our forbearers. There are several ways to do that effectively. One is by reading poetry. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has gathered a list of some of the best and most iconic poems written by leading black and African-American poets. Here you will find voices from many generations of writers, including some who are creating brilliant work today. Any one of these would be perfect poems to read right now to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the lived experience of African-American poets. And to celebrate the laureates who give voice to our community, which is still too often silenced.
We remain in a moment when many people are earnestly seeking to learn more about how black people experience life in America. Also a moment when many of us who are black are looking for inspiration and reminders of our rich heritage and the courage of our ancestors. There are many ways to do that, of course. One is reading memoirs written by black writers. Empathy and knowledge can help build bridges. And understanding can begin – or be further deepened – by listening to stories. Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has gathered a list of 20 exceptional memoirs written by top black authors to read right now to better understand the Black Lives Matter movement and the African-American experience. Making time to immerse yourself in one or more of these is an excellent way to support brilliant writers. And to hurry along the change that we all so urgently hope for.
Martin Luther King Day is fast-approaching, and to honor to the holiday, we like to re-read some of the iconic works that illuminate his legacy, impact and spirit. What makes for the perfect read in honor of MLK Day? Whether fiction or non-fiction, there’s a wide array of outstanding choices. Here are our picks of the best books for adults to read for MLK Day, including classic and contemporary novels, poetry, memoirs and other non-fiction.
The literature of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic 2020 is here, and these are the best books, novels, essay collections and poems written (so far) during the time of mandatory social distance and shelter in place edicts. They’re an essential part of the first draft of a history that will be written and re-written for decades. Which of these resonates most deeply for you and your experience of this COVID-19 era?