In the 1950s, during the early stages of the Civil Rights Movement, a white man decided to do something bold: live in the deep South as a black man.
Through injections, tanning, wigs and other feature-altering moves, John Howard Griffin stepped out of the comforts of his white life into the belly of the beast of racism. His discoveries are chilling and very educational — even in 2013. Thus, Black Like Me leads the Hit List this week.
Also on the list is a book by Tim Wise, a historian and social activist whose specialty is white people and racism. In White Like Me, Wise discusses the privilege of white skin and its impact on society.
We also have a memoir by The Roots drummer Questlove, and we’ve thrown in a couple of novels including Curtis Sittenfeld’s Sisterland, the story of twin sisters who go their separate ways after they discover they have supernatural psychic abilities.
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