Books

Laila Lalami: By the Book

What books would you recommend for somebody who wants to know more about Morocco? The work of Mohamed Choukri, which I discovered when I was 15, was a revelation. His first novel, “Al-Khubz al-Hafi,” loosely based on his childhood and adolescence, was banned by the Moroccan government, but copies were …

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A Memoir of Black Life in the ‘Other America’

Jackson’s story of a black family living in Oregon feels particularly timely. He grew up surrounded by the kind of white, working-class and overlooked people who make up Donald Trump’s base and have been seen as responsible for his rise. “Survival Math” reminds us that a place like Oregon, where …

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