No better $35 can be spent for a book in this country than this collection of James Baldwin’s collected non-fiction— what were published as five books, from Notes of a Native Son through The Devil Finds Work, with a selection of essays not previously collected included. Timely in their day, this writing feels prophetically and astoundingly true to today, soaring, seeing, telling what needs to be seen and told. This, thirty years after James Baldwin’s passing. His fiction, published in two accompanying Library of America volumes, to be read and known, too. A great gift to give to another— or to yourself.
—Rick Simonson, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA