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November 14, 2021


#Non-fiction Clint Smith (essays)

by N@ncy


Quick Scan:

  1. A deeply researched look at the legacy of slavery
  2. …and its imprint on centuries of American history.
  3. If I could give a book a rating
  4. with  10 stars…this is the one!
  5. This book is #Must Read for high school students…
  6. and in fact every American.
  7. To say…I learned a lot
  8. is an understatement.
  9. This isn’t just a work of history,  but an exploration of
  10. how we’re still distorting our history.
  11. Favorite chapters: Monticello, Whitney Plantation,
  12. Angola Prison and New York City.
  13. #1 New York Times bestseller
  14. Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Nonfiction

Last thought tweet:

  • #NonficNov essays by Clint Smith, “How the Word Is Passed”.
  • Revelations of Black life in America… absorbing (if sometimes uncomfortable)
  • reading because of the way it’s organized, as a travelogue of sorts
  • ….but still a magnificent book!


4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Nov 15 2021

    I just started this book on my walk today and can’t wait to get back to it! I’ve got both the print and audio versions from the library… very good so far.


  2. Nov 15 2021

    Joan, I love the times we are living in…history that was “hidden” ….not mentioned is coming to light b/c young historians are demanding the truth. David Olusago’s book Black and British: A Forgotten History is book worth looking for in the library!
    Thanks for your comment!

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  3. Ah, I’m glad to hear this was so good! I’ve really enjoyed Smith’s writing for The Atlantic, so I really should get to this one.



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