As one of the world’s richest authors, John Grisham is most well-known for his electrifying legal thrillers. In October, he will be returning to his best-known genre and releasing The Rooster Bar.
When The Amazon Book Review inquired what Grisham has been reading lately, he gave these recommendations and explained why you should to read them.
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“A fascinating and tragic story of yet another chapter in our country’s history of the mistreatment of native peoples.”
In the 1920s, the Osage found themselves in a unique position among Native American tribes. As other tribal lands were parceled out in an effort by the government to encourage dissolution and assimilation of both lands and culture, the Osage negotiated to maintain the mineral rights for their corner of Oklahoma, creating a kind of “underground reservation.” It proved a savvy move; soon countless oil rigs punctured the dusty landscape, making the Osage very rich. And that’s when they started dying.
“A wonderful adventure and tragically compelling story into America’s greatest sin.
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
“A true crime story about a murder in Mississippi in 1932 that captivated the country.”
Strange, fascinating, and sobering, Goat Castle tells the story of this local feud, killing, investigation, and trial, showing how a true crime tale of fallen southern grandeur and murder obscured an all too familiar story of racial injustice. This book will be released on October 9, 2017.
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