We’re excited to announce that “There Will Be No Miracles Here” by Casey Gerald is the December pick for the PBS NewsHour-New York Times book club, “Now Read This.”
“There Will Be No Miracles Here” is part memoir and part meditation, tracing Gerald’s journey from his childhood in a poor neighborhood in Dallas all the way to Yale and the halls of power. It also questions what that power means in America today, how it is attained and who it hurts. The New York Times named it a “best book” of 2018.
In The New York Times Book Review, author Mitchell S. Jackson writes that the book is terrific in part because of Gerald’s unique voice — “at turns exuberant, humorous, unsentimental, imaginative, keen” — as well as for his insights into elitism and power.
In the coming days, we’ll post discussion questions for the book, an annotated excerpt and writing advice from Gerald. And at the end of the month, he will answer your questions on the PBS NewsHour.
Just joining? Become a member of the book club by joining our Facebook group, or by signing up for our newsletter. You can find all of our book club content here, or look back at our conversations about previous selections for the book club below:
- Katie Kitamura’s psychological thriller, “A Separation“
- Nate Blakeslee’s tale of wolves and the West, “American Wolf“
- Robert Kaplan’s mix of road trip and political analysis “Earning the Rockies“
- Lesley Nneka Arimah’s short story collection “What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky“
- Min Jin Lee’s historical family saga “Pachinko“
- Andrew Sean Greer’s comic novel “Less“
- Tara Westover’s memoir “Educated‘
- Dan Egan’s environmental portrait “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes“
- Mohsin Hamid’s magical novel “Exit West”
- David Grann’s true crime tale “Killers of the Flower Moon”
- Jesmyn Ward’s lyrical “Sing, Unburied, Sing”
Thanks for reading along!