Our Year in Reading: History
Undoubtedly, 2020 will be a year that inspires many new books. Some are already reaching the shelves. But as ready as we are for this year to be history, it did bring us many great new books in the field of American and World History.
Erik Larson was our last large in-person event this year. Held February 29 at Calvary Moravian, 400 readers gathered to listen to award-winning and bestelling Larson talk about Churchill and the Blitz. As it turned out, this message of never giving up has been incredibly important for us all to make it through 2020.
From Pulitzer Prize-winner David Zucchino comes a searing account of the Wilmington riot and coup of 1898, an extraordinary event unknown to most Americans. Zucchino uses contemporary newspaper reports, diaries, letters, and official communications to create a gripping narrative that weaves together individual stories of hate, fear, and brutality. This is a dramatic and definitive account of a remarkable but forgotten chapter of American history.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. An instant bestseller, this one is destined to win many awards and be talked about for a long time.
Announced in late September, in this highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency--a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil. This book will be published on November 17, and Bookmarks is already taking pre-orders.