Okay, real-talk. This and Homegoing are my top two contenders for Best Book of 2016, with Sofia Samatar’s The Winged Histories and Jewell Parker Rhodes’ Towers Falling in a close second, with John Lewis’s last March volume rounding out the top five. 2016 has been a crappy year, but there have been some remarkable books. Let’s talk about what made this so extraordinary. I explain why in my full review.