One President. Five Books.
1. Isabel Wilkerson’s National Book Critics Circle Award winner, “The Warmth of Other Suns,” which chronicles the Great Migration of black Americans out of the South.
2. “Cutting For Stone” by Abraham Verghese: an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined.
3. “Rodin’s Debutante” by Ward Just, is an inquiry into family, honor, and injustice in his beguiling and unnerving seventeenth novel.
4. “To the End of the Land” by David Grossman is a book of mourning for those not dead, a mother’s lament for life during a wartime that has no end in sight. At the same time, it’s joyously and almost painfully alive, full to the point of rupture with the emotions and the endless quotidian details of a few deeply imagined lives.
5. “The Bayou Trilogy” by Daniel Woodrell. The story of an uncompromising detective swimming in a sea of filth who takes on hit men, porn kings, a gang of ex-cons, and the ghosts of his own checkered past