Published in 1945, Richard Wright's classic childhood autobiography vividly reveals what it was like growing up black and poor in the Jim Crow South long before the Civil Rights Movement. It’s an unsentimental but moving and distressing travel back in time that should not be missed.
Why did I pick up Charlie Jane Anders' new sci-fi fantasy "All the Birds in the Sky"? I'm as much into science fiction, let alone fantasy, as I am into jumping off a cliff into a shark pool. Here's what I think is going on.