Saturday, December 26, 2015

TIME's top ten nonfiction books

One of Time magazine's top ten nonfiction books of 2015:
Negroland, Margo Jefferson

Jefferson’s upbringing in 1950s Chicago was almost idyllic. Almost. Home life was cozy enough—her physician father and socialite mother were members of the city’s black bourgeoisie, and she and her sister were well fed, well cared for, pointedly well dressed. But the tensions of the time were inescapable, and with them came personal pressures that eventually sunk Jefferson into depression—yet one more thing she wasn’t “allowed” to have as a black woman. Jefferson uses the long poem format, alternating between poetry and prose, despair and triumph, to tell a story that is as compelling for the reader as it seems cathartic for her.
Read about the other books on the list.

Also see: TIME's top ten fiction books of 2015.

--Marshal Zeringue