In a year of many upheavals, it's no surprise that books on income inequality, political protest and global warming would wind up on our top 10 literary list of the past year. But there's also room for a little comedy and some ancient history among the picks.
After 19 years behind bars, including seven in solitary confinement, the best-selling author works for criminal justice reform—and for those he left behind.
When I first witnessed a blood-red Alabama sunset, I thought of the Gudger and Ricketts families, their backs bent under the heavy bags of cotton, looking at this biblical ending to their long day of toil. The urge to re-read Agee was overwhelming.