by Joan Didion
Beautifully concise writing about issues in the 70s. Always interesting, even when the subject matter isn't.
Huck Finn's America: Mark Twain and the Era That Shaped His Masterpiece
by Andrew Levy
Interesting look at Huck Finn in the context of life in the author's world. Twain loved minstrel shoes as a boy and became a champion of civil rights in the 1880s, but never lost his fondness for an art form that fell precipitously from public favor. Seems entirely consistent with a fantastic novel that is a bit messy in parts.
The Last Thing He Wanted