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Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup
258 pages; Waxkeep Publishing
In the 1840s, Solomon Northup, an African-American man born free in the North, was kidnapped, brought to the South and sold into slavery for a dozen years before he escaped. Yes, the movie version of his autobiography (a best-seller in its day) stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Brad Pitt, but as Northup himself wrote, "It has been suggested that an account of my life and fortunes would not be uninteresting to the public." He was not wrong.
— Leigh Newman