https://archive.org/details/AmericanDilemmaTheNegroProblemAndModernDemocracy An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy is a 1944 study of race relations by Nobel-laureate economist Gunnar Myrdal, funded by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Nearly 1,500 pages, painstakingly detailed what he saw as obstacles to full participation in American society that American Negroes faced as of the 1940s.
This is another one of those books-of-the-moment, books that everyone needs to have an opinion on — but whether you read it now or ten years from now, engaging with Gay’s ideas on feminism and American culture (and of course, it follows, engaging with your own) is likely to make you more interesting in a myriad of ways.
She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb Stephen King says sometimes you should read a book for the good writing and other books for the good story. When you find a book that has both qualities, treasure it. She's Come Undone is one of that rare breed. Wally Lamb's '90s classic follows the journey of an ordinary American woman as she navigates trauma and depression, drags herself out of it, and ...
How the World Sees You: each of us must identify specifically how we add the most value to the world, whether that's our ability to nurture, inspire trust, lead with confidence, explain with passion, create, spot detail, listen or communicate. You don't have to have all these qualities, but if you want to connect more deeply with others, you do have to identify the ones that you have and use them to their greatest strength.
a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.
How Well-Read Are You? I've read a lot of these, but I haven't read as many of these as I'd like, so I'm pinning the list so I have someplace to turn when I'm looking for something new to read. A lot of these I've never even heard of!
A brilliant novel presented as a series of missives from the last woman on Earth, sitting alone at her typewriter, half-remembering the details of the culture (philosophy, art, literature) now ground to a halt around her. Even if you half-remember this book, you’ll always have something to say to the person next to you. Assuming there’s always going to be someone next to you to say things to, that is.
The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty No feminist fiction roundup would be complete without an entry from Eudora Welty, who won a Pulitzer Prize for this book steeped in memory, family, and a sense of self. Though Southern American literature spent its earlier iterations populated by some (very substantial) male authors, Welty made her presence known with her brilliant colloquialism. ...