Three books that, through various genres and forms, explore identity and division in contemporary America—and, somehow, find hope. Steph Cha’s Your House Will Pay is set in Los Angeles, where a shocking crime forces two families, connected by past violence, to face down their history while navigating the tumult of a city on the brink of more violence. Jennine Capó Crucet’s My Time Among the Whites is a collection of essays on feeling like an “accidental” American and the tectonic edges of identity in a society centered on whiteness. Mira Jacob’s graphic memoir Good Talk is a bold, wry, and intimate graphic memoir about American identity, interracial families, and the realities that divide us. It is a love letter to the art of conversation—and to the hope that hovers in our most difficult questions. Moderated by Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day.
Hard Conversations: Race, Family, America
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