Today’s Critical Linking is sponsored by Once We Were Sisters by Sheila Kohler.
One side-effect of Rep. John Lewis’s heated and very public spat with President-elect Donald Trump: ballooning interest in books written by the civil rights icon.
The Georgia Democrat’s “Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement” was sold out on Amazon and was the site’s No. 2 bestseller. Used copies of the hardcover edition were going for nearly $100.
Claiming the top spot on the list was another book by Lewis: “March,” a graphic-novel trilogy about the civil rights movement. The third installment won the National Book Award last year.
Oprah Winfrey stars in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (played by Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Daliyah, a 4-year-old from Gainesville, Georgia, has already read more than 1,000 books. On Jan. 10, she became the Library of Congress’s first-ever Librarian for the Day.