5 books not to be missed: Nicole Hannah-Jones ‘The 1619 Project,’ ‘The Office’ oral history


Looking for a good read? Her Barbara Vandenberg has been off the shelves for the latest book releases this week. All books go on sale November 16th.

1. “The 1619 Plan”Created by Nicole Hannah-Jones and The New York Times Magazine (One World, Nonfiction)

What about this: The dramatic expansion of The New York Times Magazine’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2019 project will include essays, poems and photos that explore the legacy of slavery in America and key moments of struggle and resistance.

Buzz: The star review by Kirkus Reviews says that “America is a much-needed book that holds a strong place on the battlefield of American past and present.”

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2. “Welcome to Dunder Mifflin: The Office’s Ultimate Oral History,”(Custom House, Nonfiction) by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman

What about this: The definitive history of the landmark TV show, based on hundreds of hours of interviews with artists and creators who share their favorite stories and untold secrets, is complete with backstage photographs.

Buzz: “A fan’s true insider’s guide full of sweet surprises and intellectual charm to make something new,” says the review starring Kirkus Reviews.

3. “Improvement: Sally Hemmings, Thomas Jefferson, and the Search for Descendants for Their Family’s Lasting Legacy,” By Gail Jessup White (Amistad, Nonfiction)

What about this: White, a journalist and genealogist enthusiast, describes the black descendants of President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemmings family, their journey to understand and reclaim their heritage.

Buzz: “This lively autobiography shows a promising path for a more honest calculation with the legacy of slavery,” says Publishers Weekly.

4. “The Joy and Light Bus Company: No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency”By Alexander McCall Smith (Pantheon, novel)

What about this: The worried son learns to inherit his aging father’s nurse’s family and takes his care to Emma Ramotswe and Emma Makutsi, the premier detective agency in Botswana.

Buzz: “Comfort-food reading, and never more welcome,” says Kirkus Reviews.

5. “Singles Table,” By Sara Desai (Berkeley, novel)

What about this: Zara Patel used to sit at the singles table, where she played matchmaker with her friends. However, this wedding season brings a new challenge: sexy single military security expert Jay Dayal. Can Zara play Matchmaker for himself?

Buzz: “The beautifully worded rom-com is full of laughter, heart and burning sexual tension,” says a review by the star of Kirkus Reviews.

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