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Must Read Novels

March 3, 2015

At the beginning of each our all our Editors vow to read more, on our commute, traveling or just for 10 before we hit the hay ... small steps towards re-igniting the soul ... 

Buzzfeed just put out a brilliant article on the must read contempary writers right now, and we agree - here are some of our favorites!  (by )

Natalie Baszile is an essayist and the author of the novel Queen Sugar.  Why you should read her: Queen Sugar is about a single mother who suddenly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.  Uprooting her duaghter and herself from LA to this new farm ... A story of an uphill battle and deep transformation, and of course Oprah is producing the tv movie for it! 

Edwidge Danticat is the author of books such as Breath, Eyes, MemoryClaire of the Sea Light; and Brother, I’m Dying. Her young adult novel Untwine is coming out later this year.In her complex and eloquent work, Danticat explores Haiti’s history of violence and trauma, and what it is to be exiled from a place while knowing it cannot truly be left behind.

Edwidge Danticat Breath, Eyes, Memory haiti

The Sellout - Paul Beatty is the author of the novels The White Boy ShuffleTuffSlumberland, and the forthcoming The Sellout.

The Sellout is a hilarious satire that will make you laugh while confronting undeniably difficult truths. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality--the black Chinese restaurant.

The Sellout Paul Beatty

View more of the books that Isaac recommends on Buzzfeed here!