African American men
May 30, 2014 — Ellison's exploration of race and identity won the National Book Award in 1953 and has been called one of the best novels of the 20th century.
Sep 24, 2013 — In Men We Reaped, Jesmyn Ward recalls the deaths of five young men in her life, which she believes were all connected to being poor and black in the rural South. "It made me feel that I wasn't promised some long life. ... That's not a given for me."
Sep 17, 2013 — Jesmyn Ward's new memoir Men We Reaped follows the lives and tragically early deaths of several young black men — Ward's brother among them. Reviewer Richard Torres says Ward is "talented enough to turn ... prose into poetry," but that she doesn't sugarcoat her terrible experiences.
Sep 15, 2013 — Author Jesmyn Ward lost her brother in a car wreck — and several friends in quick succession after that — all young black men, all dead before the age of 30. She tells their stories, and her own, in a wrenching new memoir, Men We Reaped.
Jun 24, 2013 — Six years ago, the mystery writer sent Easy Rawlins off a cliff, seemingly killing him. Now, Easy's back on the streets his creator once called home. Mosley says other than Los Angeles, he and his detective hero don't have much in common, but NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates begs to differ.
Apr 23, 2012 — In his new memoir, Rodney King explains why he gave his famous "Can we get along?" speech when riots erupted after police officers were acquitted in his beating. His lawyers had drafted a far angrier script for him. He also reflects on his life since the trial: "Things have changed for me," he says.
Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Them: A Novel by Nathan McCall. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Three Days Before the Shooting . . . by Ralph Ellison, John F. Callahan, and Adam Bradley. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Dec 10, 2010 — Celebrated debut author Danielle Evans selects her favorite "outsider fiction" of 2010, choosing the best books that grappled with themes of identity, society and belonging.
Feb 12, 2010 — Valentine's Day is one of the most anticipated and dreaded days of the year, depending on whom you ask. It might be especially poignant for African Americans, who have some of the lowest marriage rates in the U.S. A panel of African-American writers, all of whom have written books about black love and loss, share their theories on what many believe is a disconnect between black men and women.