Here are the picks for Friday’s Bookclub voting:
- Sing, Unburied, Sing (2017) – Fiction – *WINNER of the NATIONAL BOOK AWARD for FICTION*. In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her other National Book Award–winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds.
- Pachinko (2017) – * National Book Award Finalist * by Min Jin Lee. This is a page-turning saga wherein four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2012) – by Michelle Alexander. Drug Policy as Race Policy. Not a throwaway. A very relevant and apparently powerful read.
- Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit (2016)”. A slim, potent book penned in the wake of the Bush administration’s invasion of Iraq; a book that has grown only more relevant and poignant in the decade since.”