Cristina Henríquez’s novel The Book of Unknown Americans takes us inside a community of whom many Americans have little awareness. This book unfolds with an ensemble of Latino neighbors from a variety of cultures, with different personal histories, and with diverse prospects. For now, though, they live in a Delaware apartment complex, going out each day to work or to school. There’s an unusual teen love story here, as well as finely detailed and realized characters of all ages.
Steve Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War holds a very different kind of revelation about America. This history of government deception and the journalist who exposed the subterfuge won the Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2016 Excellence in Nonfiction Award and was a finalist for a National Book Award. Sheinkin brings a complex episode from recent American history into focus with such clarity that listeners can understand how and why so many Americans of today hold an underlying skepticism about our government.
(Adapted from American Revelations by Francesca Goldsmith)
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