Border & Rule, by Harsha Walia
To my eyes & politics, this is one of the most significant
books of the year. Walia’s ability to take outrages that
have a tendency to compound and debilitate, and to
articulately synthesize them is remarkable in itself. She
demonstrates that the the world’s migrant/refugee crises
are inevitable outcomes of conquest, capitalist
globalization, and climate change generating mass
Black Nature - Camille Dungy (editor)
I know it’s not a competition, but if I had to decide
what is the best anthology in the store . . . it very
well may be this one. It’s stunning in its scope --
some 400 years of African American nature writing.
Superlatives stacked cannot do it justice. An
indispensable book, period … end of story.
The Delectable Negro - by Vincent Woodard
This is one of the most exciting books I just happened to
stumble upon this. Posthumously published, Woodard’s
thesis is jaw-droppingly original and compelling,
exploring the linkages (metaphorical and real) between
homoeroticism, cannibalism, and cultures of
consumption in the context of American literature and US
slave culture. A truly stunning piece of scholarship.
Being Property Once Myself - by Joshua
Joshua Bennett is a renowned poet AND a helluva
literary-critical scholar. Here, he examines the
intersection of the non-human and human, man and
animal, and the role blackness has played / been
denied in the relationship.