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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha
The Crying Tree

Live to Read, January 1, 2012

Naseem Rakha's moving novel deals with classic themes: family, love, secrets, mistakes, forgiveness. As the story develops and new information is slowly revealed, you become more drawn into the drama and more immersed in the realtionship's in the family. As in most families, there are secrets and pain but also love and hope. I love this story. Do yourself a favor and read it soon!
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The Devil All the Time by Donald Ray Pollock
The Devil All the Time

Live to Read, September 1, 2011

Donald Ray Pollock is deserving of the National Book Award or National Book Critics Circle award. I knew he was a gifted writer when I read Knockemstiff, but this shows he is very special. The separate stories are captivating in their own right, but he slowly and very believably pulls them together for a conclusion that has so much occurring in a short span. He is the voice of the downtrodden and poor in Southern Ohio and Appalachia.

He subtly creates sympathy for characters that would revile you in real life, or at least compel you to cross to the other side of the street if you saw them approaching. Others would elicit your pity, but Mr. Pollock shows it isn't our pity they need or expect, they live the lives they know. Mr. Pollock knows the people well in this (his) part of the country and he serves them well by giving them a voice. Their thoughts and dialog seem so true-to-life I sometimes felt I was eavesdropping on actual conversations.

One of my favorite writers is the late, great Ed McBain (Evan Hunter). One can only hope Mr. Pollock will be as prolific!
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