The One Book You Need to Read Before Summer Ends
This powerful novel about missing children, drug cartels and
the complexities of the American family makes for a heart-pounding read. Plus:
10 other favorites from our summer reviews.
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My Soul Looks Back
In New York City in the early '70s, food writer Jessica B.
Harris fell in with "an extraordinary circle of friends," including
James Baldwin and Maya Angelou, who "lived outrageously, loved abundantly,
laughed uproariously, and savored life while they created work that would come
to define the era." An intensely educated young black woman from a
progressive family, Harris worked at Queens College, where she met her husband
and Baldwin's closest confidant, Sam Floyd. Floyd smoked Gauloises Bleues, smelled
of Chanel Pour Homme and "talked of African American literature and opera,
politics and cooking, and golf." Fifteen years older and already an
established member of the black intelligentsia, Sam was Harris' entrée
into this iconic group, but it's her wide-eyed and wistful observations that
captivate the reader. In fact, after a tragic turn of events, the memoir
transforms into a beautiful, bohemian coming-of-age story as Harris finds her
own voice—at last.
— Kelly McMasters