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Book reviews: W.E.B. Du Bois, a slavery time fiction & more

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

The Salvation Of Perception, by Lesley Precilla (self-published)

In Wayne’s world, children and young adults are murdering and being murdered. Incarceration is a normal right of passage. Mental illness is commonplace, physical, psychological and emotionally scarring, and is part of almost everyone’s experience, and the hopelessness it births is staining futures and destroying lives.

Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

This novel begins with two African sisters who experience life during the slave trade differently – one is taken as a wife by a white Englishman and remains in Ghana, while the other is sold into slavery to America. The novel follows the descendants of the sisters as they grow up on two different continents over the next 300 years. Beautifully moving and haunting, this is a perfectly rewarding read to dig into during your holidays.

The Souls Of Black Folk, by W. E. B. Du Bois

Restless Classics presents The Souls of Black Folk, W. E. B. Du Bois’s seminal work of sociology, with searing insights into our complex, corrosive relationship with race and the African-American consciousness. Reconsidered for the era of Obama, Trump and Black Lives Matter, the new edition includes an incisive introduction from rising cultural critic Vann R. Newkirk II and stunning illustrations by the artist Steve Prince.

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