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This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
This Is How You Lose Her

Pamela Erbe, January 30, 2013

The voice Junot Diaz gives to the Dominican immigrants in this brilliant collection of stories is authentic and in your face, plaintive and heartbreaking, and never maudlin or sentimentalized. The Dominicans themselves are the same. Somewhere between hip-hop and Shakespeare--Diaz has the most interesting voice in American fiction.
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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Pamela Erbe, January 2, 2011

A brilliant and passionate history of the Great Migration--a phenomenon that has been seriously overlooked and neglected. I learned so much about a subject I thought I understood--the Jim Crow South--and also about the responses to the migration in the northern cities that led eventually to ghettoes and a permanent underclass. But what I loved most about this beautifully written book was that I could not put it down. Because Wilkerson based her history in the lives of three individuals, whose chronicles form the spine of the narrative, the book reads like a novel, and the too-often dry details of history come alive on the page. Without a doubt, the best book among a lot of excellent books I read this year.
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Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America by Garrison Keillor
Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America

Pamela Erbe, December 13, 2008

In the great American tradition of personal political tracts, Garrison's statement of faith in the basic values of democracy is a gem. The perfect antidote to dirty politics, pay-to-play politics, and the corporate-political complex, this great little book makes the case for power to the people.
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