Posted on February 16, 2021 at 9:45 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The New York Times has excerpts from two just-released works of nonfiction that are worth sharing today.

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song, by Henry Louis Gates Jr., takes a historical look at the multiple functions that religion served for Blacks — and the whites who oppressed them — in the United States.

You can read an excerpt of The Black Church and a review of it in the NY Times, and Bookmarks also has a few reviews.

Our other excerpt to share also focuses on a serious topic.

Blindfold: A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment, by Theo Padnos, is the journalist’s memoir of being held for two years by al Qaeda in Syria.

The book’s blurb notes that Padnos has spent the longest with terrorists of any journalist who managed to gain freedom.

You can read an excerpt of Blindfold and a review of it in the NY Times.

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