Is there a book you want me to read or do a post on? Recommend it in a comments below! I am making decisions about what to read in 2013, so tell me by January 31st 2013. I will do a post on each of the eight books that receive the most recommendations, at least one a month.
I will take the top eight and not 12 because I have already promised these four (so no need to recommend them):
1. Rebecca Skloot: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (2011) – Henrietta Lacks died of cancer in 1951 but her seemingly immortal cells live on in medical research labs all over the world, saving countless lives. Did John Hopkins take advantage of her? Did Rebecca Skloot? Either way, very well written.
2. Jill Lepore: “New York Burning: Liberty, Slavery, and Conspiracy in Eighteenth-Century Manhattan” (2005) – in the winter of 1741 ten fires break out across Manhattan. Was it a slave uprising or just white fear of one? A hundred blacks are thrown in prison, 30 will hang or burn. Shapes American ideas of freedom of the press.
3. Francis Cress Welsing: “Isis Papers: The Keys to the Colors” (1991) – understanding white racism.
4. Kola Boof: “Diary of a Lost Girl” (2007) – Growing up in Sudan, Egypt and America. How she had to deal with black self-hatred in America. My son thinks I am just reading it for the sex parts. Good writing badly edited.