Novel Pairings

Welcome to Novel Pairings, a podcast dedicated to making the classics readable, relevant, and fun. Each episode we’ll discuss one classic book and share some recommendations for more contemporary reads that feature similar themes. As two nerdy bookworms, we appreciate the role of classic lit, but we but we won’t get too academic about it. We’ll talk about the books we love and the books we loath, and help stock your TBR pile with old and new reads for every literary taste.

36. The Autobiography of Malcolm X, as told by Alex Haley, with Traci Thomas of The Stacks

Today, Traci Thomas of The Stacks podcast joins Chelsey and Sara to discuss The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm, X, as told by Alex Haley. We loved diving into this iconic nonfiction classic with our favorite nonfiction expert, and we’re so excited to share this conversation with you. 


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Our discussion includes:

  • What makes this a “life-changing” book?
  • Does The Autobiography of Malcolm X belong in the classroom?
  • Which parts of the book ring especially true today
  • Brilliant storytelling and an incredible use of rhetoric


Plus, as always, we’re recommending a bunch of contemporary pairings to read along with this classic.


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Also mentioned:


The Stacks Ep. 60 Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Stacks Ep. 135 The Autobiography of Malcolm X

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