Before the Civil Rights movement, segregated American cities helped give birth to the Chitlin' Circuit, a touring revue that provided employment for hundreds of black musicians. Rock historian Ed Ward profiles two recent books which illuminate the conditions these musicians endured.
Book critic Maureen Corrigan give us her list of the best books to put on your Christmas list:
Two British comic novels:
"The Country Life" by Rachel Cusk
"Headlong" by Michael Frayn
"Waiting" by Ha Jin
"Amy and Isabelle" by Elizabeth Strout
Two short story collections:
"The Way People Run" by Christopher Tilghman
"The Best American Short Stories of the Century" edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison
Maureen Corrigan reveals part two of her summer reading suggestions. She reviews "Everybody Was So Young" by Amanda Vaill (Houghton Mifflin), "The Inviting Garden" by Allen Lacy (Henry Holt), "Gain" by Richard Powers (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux) and "The Way I Found Her" by Rose Tremain (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux).