letter to jimmy by Alain Mabankou
A writer and professor weaves a letter to James Baldwin with biographical details and explores his own relationship to Baldwin's work.This book is a strong biography but I felt Mabankcou could have delved more into his own feelings on the author. He does this occasionally and effectively but I would have loved more insight. Nonetheless, I think this is a useful and engaging look at race in America through the narrower lens of Baldwin's life and career.
the ongoing moment by Geoff Dyer
An author, fairly inexperienced with photography, describes types of photographs organized by subject matter. It is mostly but not exclusively early American photography.
I liked the structure of this book and would like to read more about photography (any suggestions?) but I think Dyer's prose sometimes drifts carelessly into a self-satisfied tone which can be off- putting.