Black History Month || Book to Read: Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad

underground-railroad-1Every year since 1976 the United States has observed Black History Month. Today’s policy, news and activist movements are weighted in the conversation around and experience of race in America. As part of our observance of Black History Month we will be publishing information and recommendations of film, music, books, lectures, and events that shed light, tell story, inspire action, open doors and influence the conversation of race in America.  We will not stop on February 28th, as the conversation should not stop on February 28th, but we hope this dedicated time will be influential and informative. See the rest of this series of resources in honor of Black History Month HERE.

I (D.C. Jim) just finished Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, and damn, it was So. Freakin. Good.

The Underground Railroad is the 2016 National Book Award Winner for Fiction and #1 New York Times bestseller. The book imagines the Underground Railroad to be a real, physical locomotive criss-crossing the ante-bellum South, and follows a female slave, Cora, who runs away from her plantation.

Whitehead evokes Gulliver’s Travels when detailing Cora’s trials and experiences. At every turn of the page Cora was encountering a new challenge or unexpectedly running into challenges she thought she’d passed. The book is beautifully written, suspenseful and entertaining, difficult at points, but overall an amazing read. I raced through the book in two weeks, simply because I needed to know how Cora navigated the different scenes, and now find myself eager for others to read it, so we can talk about it. Pick up a copy or you can borrow mine.

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