24 Books to Christmas is really making me look back on my past reading. There are so many really great books that I’ve read in the recent past but also in the far away past. I decided to go with The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race for day 4.
The Fire This Time was released in 2016. It is an anthology that was edited by National Book Award Winner, Jesmyn Ward. It’s a collection of 17 essays by some of the top black American writers of the moment. Discussing race these essays are all poignant and thought-provoking. While its title is inspired by Baldwin’s, The Fire Next Time, Jesmyn Ward brought these essays together as a response to the ongoing atrocities happening to blacks and people of color in the United States. You surely won’t forget them.
Sadly I feel like this collection was hardly pushed in the book influencer community at its release. I wonder if that was because of the subject matter, or because it’s an anthology, or both. Please comment below and let me know what you think the reason could be.
You’ll read powerful essays from Isabel Wilkerson, Kiese Laymon, Mitchell S. Jackson, Edwidge Danticat, Daniel José Older, and more. The Fire This Time is accessible and not very long for those that find long essay collections a put off. The collection is separated into 3 parts: Legacy, Reckoning, and Jubilee, which represent some of “the darkest corners of American history” (The Fire This Time inside book flap). I recommend this essay collection to readers looking for and excellent nonfiction read, readers who desire to learn more about living in the United States as a black person, and who are interested in reading nonfiction pieces from some of their favorite black authors.
The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward
My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
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