Brooklyn Magazine upped the ante from their from their borough’s literary proclivities with “The Best Book for Each Brooklyn Neighborhood” and published “The Literary United States: A Map of the Best Book for Every State.”
Almost all on the list are fiction, some are novels, but as the magazine stated:
So while some of these stories do indeed paint in rather broad strokes, others speak to singular experiences that still manage to be expansive in their reach. This is the writing we want to celebrate.
And here is what makes the list for Illinois:
ILLINOIS: Native Son, Richard Wright: God——, look! We live here and they live there. We black and they white. They got things and we ain’t. They do things and we can’t. It’s just like livin’ in jail.