by Paul Beatty
This NYT bestseller and Winner of the Man Booker Prize is a satirical take on race and identity in the United States. The narrator grows up as the only child of a single-father on the outskirts LA. He’s lonely, he’s poor, and due to his father’s sociological line of work, he’s subjected to racially charged psychological studies. When his father is killed in a police shoot-out, he realizes his hope for a better life dies, too. His grief and anger inspire him to make things right – at least right in his own mind – which culminates in a race trial in front of the Supreme Court.