I picked this up at random because it looked interesting and I had some book money saved up. I ended up using part of it in my English 1101 class. My students really enjoyed the section I gave them and really seemed to engage with the style of the writing (we used it during our description/narration unit). The writing is accessible and highly engaging. The stories themselves are terrible in their simplicity, brutality and beauty. I thought I would just peruse the book and then come back to it later, but I read one entire section in one sitting because I became so wrapped up in one of the stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in American history, but also for anyone who has an interest in human history--in the human cost of racism discrimination, no matter what your skin color or ethnic heritage. This is a wonderfully written and researched book.