If you read a lot and you're American, you're bound to read a lot about race. I'd go so far as to say that the history of America (and maybe the world) is the history of conflict between the races. Which, if you haven't noticed, doesn't seem to be getting any less charged.
I've made a bit of an effort, especially on a day when we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, to bring forth some books I've read in the past 12 months that had race as a central theme. I'm not going to review these here.
However, I can recommend each of the books I've pictured below.
A 200-year look.
It wasn't just diseased blankets.