The 40 Best Books of 2016

Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul, James McBride (Spiegel & Grau)
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Kill ‘Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul, James McBride (Spiegel & Grau)

National Book Award winner McBride is known mainly for his memoir The Color of Water and his novels like The Good Lord Bird. His latest is an engrossing biography of the Godfather of Soul that also explores Brown’s place in music, in the context of race, class, and cultural history.

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