12 Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
Sure, youâ€™ve heard of the current bestsellers, but what about books from previous years that you never had a chance to read? Rediscover some great titles you may have missed.
The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff is an exhaustive (and at times, exhausting) account of the accusations, imprisonment, trials and executions of fourteen women and five men. Itâ€™s a story we all think we know, but Schiff places us in this world so completely, we can feel the chilly air and hear the howling of dogs at night.
Sometimes a new bestseller leads to older books. Reading Michael Eric Dysonâ€™s Tears We Cannot Stop led me to browse for his recommended reading, which led me to Douglas A. Blackmonâ€™s Slavery By Another Name: the Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. The book won a Pulitzer in 2009, and PBS made a documentary in 2012.