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Here Are the 12 New Books You Should Read in August

Posted On: Jul 31, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

Here Are the 12 New Books You Should Read in August

What can history teach us about who we are today? It's a question of enormous scope, but one that the authors of this month's best books tackle with honesty and care. In her highly anticipated book Caste , journalist Isabel Wilkerson outlines a new framework to understand social hierarchy in the United States. In their twisty novels, Daisy Johnson and Charlotte McConaghy examine what makes people run away from the lives they once led. And in a sweeping collection of Native poetry, the voices of more than 160 poets demonstrate the evolution of Native literature. These books, among several others, pose crucial questions about how the past shapes the present.
Here, the 12 new books to read in August.
The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi
The first chapter of Akwaeke Emezi's latest novel contains just one sentence: “They burned down the market on the day Vivek Oji died.” From there, the story moves forward and backward in time, unveiling the titular character's coming-of-age in Nigeria, where his family...

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