Death Of A King: The Real Story Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year by Tavis Smiley with David Ritz. (Back Bay/Little, Brown) Nearly 50 years after his assassination, Martin Luther King Jr.’s “martyrdom has undermined his message,” Smiley notes in the introduction to this book. Bolstered by interviews with King’s previous biographers, friends and associates, the book traces the civil rights leader’s last year and adds nuance to his legacy.
After Birth by Elisa Albert. (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Two new mothers in an upstate New York college town navigate the terrain of maternity and selfhood. The story, a meditation on female bonds, motherhood and independence, depicts “a rapturously intimate friendship of a kind rarely captured in novels,” reviewer Merritt Tierce said.
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