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Book reviews: Jamaica love, American history + more

MUST READ: Books to look out for this week


Familiar Stranger
Written by Stuart Hall with Bill Schwarz

This is the story, in his own words, of the extraordinary life of Stuart Hall: writer, thinker and one of the leading intellectual lights of his age. Growing up in a middle-class family in 1930s Jamaica, then still a British colony, Hall found himself caught between two worlds: the stiflingly respectable middle class in Kingston, who, in their habits and ambitions, measured themselves against the white planter elite, and working-class, peasant Jamaica, neglected and grindingly poor, though rich in culture, music and history.


How To Love A Jamaican
Written by Alexia Arthurs

Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret – Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home.

Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and mid-western university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life.


American Histories
Written by John Edgar Wideman

In this singular collection, John Edgar Wideman, the acclaimed author of Writing to Save a Life blends the personal, historical, and political to invent complex, charged stories about love, death, struggle, and what we owe each other.

With characters ranging from everyday Americans to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Nat Turner, American Histories is a journey through time, experience, and the soul of our country.

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