Today, Traci Thomas of The Stacks podcast joins Chelsey and Sara to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm, X, as told by Alex Haley. We loved diving into this iconic nonfiction classic with our favorite nonfiction expert, and we’re so excited to share this conversation with you.
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Our discussion includes:
- What makes this a “life-changing” book?
- Does The Autobiography of Malcolm X belong in the classroom?
- Which parts of the book ring especially true today
- Brilliant storytelling and an incredible use of rhetoric
Plus, as always, we’re recommending a bunch of contemporary pairings to read along with this classic.
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- Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention by Manning Marable
- The Dead are Arising by Malcolm X by Les Payne, Tamara Payne
- Heavy by Kiese Laymon
- Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. by Peniel E. Joseph
- Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph
- Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
- Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
- Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
- X: A Novel by Ilyasha Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
- How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones