“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

[This review was originally written in April 2016.] Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates Audio narrated by the author The author writes a letter to his 15yo son about what it means to be a black American, the way our nation's history has been twisted and rewritten to serve the purpose of making … Continue reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates ★★★★

“The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead ★★★

Fictionalized account of one woman's harrowing journey out of the Deep South via the escape route dubbed "The Underground Railroad".  This author's version uses a play on words by portraying the railroad as an actual system of train tracks and tunnels dug underground, each section only traveling a short distance before it would reach another … Continue reading “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead ★★★

“From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad” by Jacqueline L. Tobin ★★★★

This is a very well-researched and interesting testament of some of the key players involved in the implementation of the Underground Railroad and their impact, following a timeline starting well before the American Civil War and following up through the war and during the Reconstruction period. Included is the well-known Araminta Ross (Harriet Tubman), whom … Continue reading “From Midnight to Dawn: The Last Tracks of the Underground Railroad” by Jacqueline L. Tobin ★★★★

“Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell ★★★★★

An incredible encapsulation of the people, culture, and events of the American Civil War and the Reconstruction years in the Atlanta, Georgia area.  Centers around the life of Scarlett O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a genteel and lovely French mother and a first-generation Irish immigrant father, who made his fortune and built a life and … Continue reading “Gone With the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell ★★★★★