A Patriotic Pick: October 2023

  • October 13, 2023

Enjoy this Grateful American™ reading recommendation!

A Patriotic Pick: October 2023

Whether it’s via their tone, topic, or tenor, certain works just say “America.” Here is one such title, suggested by historian Jane F. Levey, past editor of Washington History: Magazine of the DC History Center:

  • Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride (Riverhead Books). “This is a wondrous, hilarious adventure novel of urban life in 1960s New York City centered on an old, drunken, church-going neighborhood handyman who recently lost his wife,” says Levey. “The book unfolds with mystery, crime, and a deeply observed portrait of a public-housing project. It bounces from realism to magic and back again, reminiscent of Gabriel García Márquez. And while it is often laugh-out-loud funny, it is also a deeply serious commentary on the state of African American, urban America today.”

Each year, the Grateful American™ Foundation, through its Book Prize, honors excellence in children’s historical nonfiction and fiction focused on the people and events that have shaped the U.S. since its birth. Learn more about the prize here.

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