It looks like James Baldwin us shaping up to be the winner of our poll.
I don’t know if I mentioned this before but I first discovered Baldwin back in Ukraine, at a little bookstore that bought books in English from tourists or from hotels where people abandoned them. That bookstore (which obviously came into existence way after the USSR ended) was how I discovered Toni Morrison, W.B. Maxwell, James Baldwin, Barbara Vine (aka Ruth Rendell), Tom Clancy, and Ann Rule. This is a very eclectic selection but I had to take whatever was available to me.
Just Above My Head was my birthday present to myself this year. I even timed it to arrive exactly on April 18, which is hard because Amazon is erratic.
Keep voting, though, and I’ll share more stories about each of these books.