The most recent book I have read off NPR’s list of the 10 best books of 2016 is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
This book was fantastically written. The imagery was haunting and gruesome. A book about this rough period of time should not be pleasant to read, and this wasn’t, but it was gripping. I found myself thinking about certain scenes in the book at random times throughout the day. To me, that’s the sign of a perfectly told story. I won’t be forgetting it any time soon.
The main character, Cora, is a slave escaping from horrible living conditions via the Underground Railroad. It is a story that has been told before, but Cora is a unique and relatable character. Her strength and ability to persevere kept me intrigued throughout the book.
I was starting to lose a bit of faith in NPR’s list as the last two books didn’t thrill me, but this book restored my interest in completing the list.
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Here is the updated list:
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone by Olivia Laing The Wonder by Emma Donoghue Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Eleanor Roosevelt: The War Years and After, 1939-1962 by Blanche Wiesen Cook
Eyes on the Street: The Life of Jane Jacobs by Robert Kanigel