TIME magazine selected non-fiction books by Heather McGhee, Andrea Elliott, and Annette Gordon-Reed for their must-read list of 2021. Read their excerpts below.
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together
“Heather McGhee draws on a wealth of knowledge about the economy to show how racism is harmful to everyone in The Sum of Us. In the book, which was long-listed for a National Book Award, she uses economic data to make a cogent case that laws and practices in the U.S. that discriminate against the Black community also hurt white people, and may be the root of some of society’s most taxing issues. McGhee’s engrossing explanations come with solutions, too—she proposes that the way we can solve this inequality gap is to come together in solidarity, across racial lines, to accomplish what we can’t achieve alone.”
Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival & Hope in an American City
“In Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Andrea Elliott’s first book, a family is tested by poverty, housing and food insecurity, racism and addiction as they attempt to survive in New York City. The book centers on Dasani, a brilliant young girl—who, when we meet her, lives with her parents and six siblings in a Brooklyn shelter—and the challenges she encounters after she enrolls in a boarding school. Based on over a decade of reporting, Invisible Child is a heartbreaking and honest look at inequality and the power of a family’s love.”
“Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Texas native Annette Gordon-Reed tells the origin story of Juneteenth with incredible depth and warmth in her book, On Juneteenth. Combining deep historical research with personal anecdotes, Gordon-Reed outlines the background of not only the new federal holiday, which celebrates the day the last enslaved people in Texas learned they were free, but also the broader history of Black people in the state and country, as well as the continuing fight for racial justice today.”
Check out the full list here.
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