HARLEM SHADOWS, by Claude McKay. (Modern Library, 112 pp., $15.) McKay’s 1922 collection of poetry, introduced in a new reprint by Jericho Brown, examines McKay’s longing for his Jamaican homeland, the plight of Harlem’s sex workers, and the struggles of black and Caribbean people in the United States.
THE BLACK CHURCH: This is our story, this is our song, by Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Penguin, 304 pp., $20.) This companion installment to Gates’ PBS series traces the origins of the Black Church, from African religions to Roman Catholicism and Islam to Protestantism, and examines its role in American politics. “According to Gates,” our reviewer, Jon Meacham, noted that the black church “shines bright even as the nation itself moves precariously through the darkness, seeking justice on earth.”
OPERATION CHASTISE: The RAF’s most brilliant attack of WWII, by Max Hastings. (Harper Perennial, 432 pp., $18.99.) According to our reviewer, Richard Toye, Hastings’ account of the events of May 16-17, 1943 – the so-called Dambusters raid – is captivating, “but his analysis of their causes and effects is equally worthy of attention.”
RAFT OF STARS, by Andrew J. Graff. (Ecco, 304 pp., $16.99.) In this debut, two 10-year-old boys flee into the northern Wisconsin woods and grow into better versions of themselves with their adult pursuers. The men “enter the woods broken and stupefied, exiles in their own bodies,” noted our reviewer, Sam Graham-Felsen, and are softened by the wilderness, prompting them to “open up and cry, express their regrets.” , revealing fears and needs.” .”