My mentee @mariaramosp94 asked weeks ago for recommendations on journalism books/long form. Been a hell ride but one of my fave narrative non fiction is Random Family & anything by Kate Boo + The Art of Political Murder by @PacoGoldman. What recs would you give to a young journo?
The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm made me think a LOT. @ajcorchado’s Midnight in Mexico was beautiful. Fan of David Grann. Homicide while I covered the crime beat was instrumental. Will add more as I think of it!
Cc: @chronsnyder I know you have a list!
So many awesome recommendations in this sprawling thread, thanks everyone! So many I’m book marking to read!

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