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Looking for a good book to read while you're traveling in Jamaica? Check out my list of books about Jamaica and by Jamaican authors.

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Marlon James
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

The New York Times likened James’ fictionalized history of Jamaica to “a Tarantino remake… with a soundtrack by Bob Marley and a script by Oliver Stone and William Faulkner, with maybe a little creative boost from some primo ganja.” Dickensian in scope, from the enormous cast of characters (more than 75 — including Marley himself) to the numerous interwoven plots (not to mention the hefty page count), the book was the first by a Jamaican author to receive the Booker Prize.

Selected Poems

Louise Bennett
CATEGORIES: Sense of Culture

The Jamaican poet and folklorist was well known in her home country for working to preserve the practice of presenting poetry, folk songs, and stories in patois. This book rounds up some of the best of Miss Lou’s literary poetry, which offers valuable insight into Jamaican culture. (Recommended by H.E. Audrey Patrice Marks, Jamaican ambassador to the U.S., in CN Traveler.)

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