U.S. history


The Good Lord Bird: A Novel by James McBride

The Good Lord Bird is a tale of the antebellum South like none you’ve heard. A young slave is liberated by John Brown, who will later try to ignite a revolution.


A tangled tale of race

One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race by Scott L. Malcomson


To Make Our World Anew, edited by Robin D. G. Kelly and Earl Lewis

This history of African Americans is a quintessentially American history. It presents the perspective of a people who have been among the most eloquent voices for and embodiments of America's cherished ideals of the essential liberty and equality of all people, the right to self-determination and the pursuit of happiness, the sanctity of individual life, and equality before the law.