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41. A Different Drummer + If Beale Street Could Talk

What happens when all the black people in a Southern town decide to pack their things and leave?

First published in 1962, A Different Drummer by William Melvin Kelley had been largely forgotten until rediscovered by journalist Kathryn Schulz. Her New Yorker article put it back on the map. Laura’s book club were intrigued by the story, but did it live up to the cultural hype?

Meanwhile Kate’s book club tackled If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin, a moving story of love in the face of injustice set in Harlem, New York. The Hollywood film adaptation was nominated for several awards but what did we think of the book? Listen in to find out.

Book recommendations

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge

Between The World and Me by Ta-Nahisi Coates

The Sellout by Paul Beatty


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