Celebrity Picks: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Favorite Reads of 2016

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Photo (c) Dan Winters225W"Fearless" might be a good adjective for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Whether he's playing out on the basketball court, helping kids reach their highest potential, or commenting on race in America, Abdul-Jabbar brings a clear mind and mental toughness to the problems he tackles. His latest book, Writings on the Wall, delves into the divisions people set between each other based on race, religion, and politics, and offers solutions for how to close those bitter gaps.

See Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's book picks below, and look here for more celebrity favorites. Learn more about the Amazon Books Editors' picks for the Best Books of the Year.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Favorite Reads of 2016

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Charcoal Joe by Walter Mosley
This 13th installment of the Easy Rawlins series is one of his best in that it features many of the familiar characters fans love, but also continues the adventures of one of the few black heroes in contemporary literature. While Rawlins is sure to solve whatever mystery is presented to him, he does it with relentless courage and fierce intelligence.
 

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Coates borrows the format of addressing a young family member from Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, but his conclusions about racial disparity in America are much darker. Though I don’t share Coates’ pessimism about eventually overcoming our racial differences—at least, most days—I do appreciate the sincerity of his writing and the intellectual analysis of race in America. His voice will resonate deep within the African-American community for years to come.
 

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The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson
A thoroughly researched, yet at times intimate, history of the Great Migration and the Second Great Migration of African-Americans from the South to the Northeast, West, and Midwest from 1915 to 1970. Like the hopeful immigrants who came to America looking for better, less oppressive lives, blacks left the South in search of the American Dream that had been denied them.
 

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