Talking about race isn't easy. It's personal, it's political, it's visceral. That these were two of the most hotly anticipated and talked-about books of the year only underscores the power of literature to provide a window into this most difficult of subjects. Here are twelve books that have changed the way we talk about race in America.
There is nothing quite like being transported to a completely new world, of following the turbulent life of a plucky young protagonist who defeats fantastical evil against all odds and grows into their own. Answer this: in the current popularity of realistic fiction, where is everyone's favorite hero?
Why are books almost always better than the movie? The characters are never badly acted, the soundtrack is whatever you want it to be, and 35-year-olds don't play high schoolers. So give yourself the cred to say the original was way superior, and read these 10 Summer Blockbusters before they reach a screen near you.