Michele Norris wrote one of the best nonfiction books, The Grace of Silence, of 2010. Inspired in part by Barack Obama's presidency, the NPR journalist investigates race in America through the experiences of her family's, especially her father's, history. Here, Norris shares her five favorite must-reads about race in America:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama by Gwen Ifill

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A Mercy by Toni Morrison


For a list of best 2010 memoir, click here.

To watch a video of Michele Norris discussing The Grace of Silence, click here. 

This book was featured in the Kirkus Best of 2010
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