The Fire This Time felt important to me before the election, but it feels absolutely essential now. It’s an anthology of essays on race in America with a stellar list of contributors, including Edwidge Danticat, Kiese Laymon, Claudia Rankine, Isabel Wilkerson, and many more. It’s fabulous. The pieces are varied, ranging from essay to memoir to poetry. Each one is moving and powerful and each captures a different perspective on what it means to be Black in America today. Readers will come to this book for different reasons, but it remains required reading for everyone who cares about the American experience, past, present, and future.
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