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Book reviews: Michael Eric Dyson, murder mystery and more

ENJOY THIS week's selection of reads, from the desk of our Entertainment Editor Joel Campbell:

City Of Wooden Houses by Compton Davis

City Of Wooden Houses begins with a brief history of Georgetown, Guyana, revealing the many influences that resulted in its charming and characteristic architecture and explaining its distinctive house types. Sadly, many of these remarkable wooden buildings no longer exist, having been lost to fire, demolition or simply neglect since Davis began photographing them as a student in the early 1980s. The book is a fascinating record of a unique and rapidly disappearing architectural style.

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

When it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its own rules – a fact that Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger, knows all too well. Deeply ambivalent about growing-up black in the Lone Star State, he was the first in his family to get as far away from Texas as he could. Until duty called him home. When his allegiance to his roots puts his job in jeopardy, he travels up Highway 59 to the small town of Lark, where two murders – a black lawyer from Chicago and a local white woman – have stirred up a hornet’s nest of resentment.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson

Short, emotional, literary and powerful, Tears We Cannot Stop is the book that all Americans who care about the current and long-burning crisis in race relations will want to read. As the country grapples with racist division at a level not seen since the 1960s, one man’s voice soars above the rest with conviction and compassion. In his 2016 New York Times opinion piece, Death in Black and White, Michael Eric Dyson moved a nation. Now he continues to speak out in Tears We Cannot Stop, a provocative and deeply personal call for change.

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