Celebrate and reflect on this adventure with these 4 books

Whether you’re looking for a lighter read or something full of historical relevance this Juneteenth, here are four books that explore the black experience in America. Either way, remember: This day is a time of celebration.

“On the Juneteenth”

by Annette Gordon-Reed (livewrite, $15.95)

Now that Juneteen is a nationally recognized holiday in America, most probably know that June 19 marks the effective end of slavery in America, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Major General Gordon. Granger and a group of Confederate soldiers arrive in Galveston, Texas to announce and ensure the freeing of all enslaved people. But there is much more to the story than that. How was it for Black Texans before and after that terrible day? In “On the Juneteenth,” Texas local and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reid combines memoir and American history, resulting in a short but impressively candid dive into the country’s Juneteenth and poignant journey, which often leads to a slew of roles. Doesn’t talk about slavery. And black Americans play into Texas history. “To understand what happened on June 19, 1865 … one needs to understand the Lone Star State, and Gordon-Reid offers a timely history lesson,” The Washington Post reviewer wrote Dinah Rummy Berry. “She does so with beautiful prose, captivating stories and painful memories. Like the story of Juneteenth, the history she tells is one of woven threads, dark truths shone and freedom delayed.”

“Caste: The Origin of Our Discontent”

by Isabel Wilkerson (Random House, $32)

While we celebrate the end of slavery, it is important to remember its long-term effects on the lives of black Americans. As Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson explains in her 2020 release “Race,” this systemic oppression is more than racism—it’s a caste system. Wilkerson defined it as “an artificial construct, a fixed and embedded ranking of human value that determines the presumed supremacy of one group against the perceived inferiority of other groups based on ancestry and often immutable traits.” Or, figuratively, she says, “Caste is the wordless entrant into a dark theatre, a torch cast in the aisles that guides us to our assigned seats for a performance.” From Jim Crow to the election of President Barack Obama, Wilkerson examines America’s complex relationship with race and shows readers how, throughout history, America has been shaped by this implicitly artificial hierarchy, whether intentionally or not. Because once a group of individuals is seen as inferior to others, it is a perception that is hard to change. But Americans can move beyond that, and realizing that the devastating separations of human division exist may be the first step. “It pricked the back of my neck from the front pages, and that feeling never went away,” wrote New York Times Reviewer Dwight Garner. “I told more than one person, as I was progressing through my days last week, that I was reading one of the most powerful nonfiction books I had ever encountered.”

“A Book of Hell: A Novel”

by Jason Mott (Dutton, $27)

Speaking of the long-lasting effects of slavery, Jason Mott’s “Hell of a Book”, winner of the 2021 National Book Award for fiction, sees racism, police violence and blacks in America through a fictional, entertaining lens. A great look at the cost of having. , If you’re looking for a straightforward, plot-driven book, it’s not that kind of book, but “Hell of a Book” is a great option for those looking to take on a dense nonfiction feel without the dark Want to know more about Reading. The story begins with an unknown black author going on a book tour across America to promote his bestselling book. That’s all you need to know, because the less you know to go to “hell of a book”, the better. But keep in mind that the narrator is pretty incredible – just let this novel take you on its magical journey.

“Watermelon and the Red Bird: A Cookbook for the Juneteenth and Kale Celebrations”

by Nicole A. Taylor (Simon & Schuster, $29.99)

Kind of like how Juneteen just became a federal holiday Last yearAmerica is now just getting a cookbook in honor of the day of celebration. Nicole A. The subtitle of Taylor’s most recent release says it all: “Watermelon and the Red Birds” is “A Cookbook for Juneth and Black Celebration.” According to Washington PostSharon Bowers, Taylor’s longtime literary agent, suggested that the author write a Juneteenth cookbook after learning of Taylor’s holiday festivities in “The Up South Cookbook,” Taylor’s first book, released in 2015. Taylor was previously resistant to the idea. – that is, until the spring of 2020. Taylor told The Post that “being a part of being in lockdown and witnessing and being part of Black Terror, a state of depression caused by homicide, the massacre of unarmed black people… , I knew I wanted this cookbook to be a guide to joy. I knew for sure that this book was needed and I could do it.” Juneteenth is a time of celebration, and while most black experiences in America come with difficulty, there is equally to be enjoyed. And if there’s one place to find comfort and enjoyment, it’s food.

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