Book picks as published in the January 18, 2017 St. Albert Gazette.
With the United States on the cusp of a new era, some timely books reflecting on pressing social issues.
The Underground Railroad : a novel
By Colson Whitehead
This US National Book Award winning novel chronicles the daring survival story of a cotton plantation slave in Georgia, who, after suffering at the hands of both her owners and fellow slaves, races through the Underground Railroad with a relentless slave-catcher close behind. A powerful meditation on the history of race relations in America.
Hillbilly elegy : a memoir of a family and culture in crisis
By J.D. Vance
Shares the story of the author’s family and upbringing, describing how they moved from poverty to an upwardly mobile clan that included the author, a Yale Law School graduate, while navigating the demands of middle class life and the collective demons of the past. A passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of white working-class Americans.