3 sentences or less about fascinating books that beg to be read in less than 3 days.*
White journalist John Howard Griffin believed that one of racism’s many reprehensible by-products was a breakdown of communications between the two races that prevented whites from gaining any understanding of the other side’s plight. To bridge this gap he darkened his skin and altered his appearance in order to pass as a black man traveling through the South and recorded his experience first in a diary and, later, in this book. Griffin’s book will sadden you and anger you with its content and will often surprise with its quiet moments of beauty; it remains a powerful must-read years after its publication.
Smithsonian revisits the work, and the interesting life of its author, 50 years after publication.
*Individual reading times may vary due to factors such as fatigue, the presence of children, or beautiful WNC weather. The LRC is not responsible for books not finished within the advertised 3 days. We do, however, guarantee that our library staff finds each featured title compelling enough that it may cause readers to lose sleep or skip favorite TV shows in order to find out what happens next.