The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: Cover image of this Pulitzer-winning tale of freedom and escape, showcased on

Book Recommendations and Ratings:

Get it on       

Escape into History: Colson Whitehead's "The Underground Railroad"

Step onto "The Underground Railroad," where Colson Whitehead reimagines the past with a harrowing tale woven with the threads of history and a touch of the fantastical. This Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning novel transports you into the life of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who discovers an actual underground train that will lead her on a fraught journey toward freedom.

With the precision of a historian and the narrative force of a novelist, Whitehead reconstructs the Antebellum South and the heart-wrenching stories of the African American experience. It's a story of survival and courage, a relentless pursuit of liberation set against the grim reality of American slavery. It's not just Cora's escape; it's an escape for humanity from its darkest corners.

Author's Tip:

"Reflect on the past to comprehend the present. Understanding our history is the first step toward forging a better future."


- "The first step was to escape the plantation. The second was to own herself."
- "America was a ghost in the darkness, like a monster hiding under a child's bed."
- "To see chains on another person and be glad they are not your own—such was the good fortune permitted colored people, defined by how much worse it could be any moment."

Interesting Facts:

- The character Cora was inspired by the historical figure Harriet Jacobs, who escaped from slavery and later wrote an influential autobiography.

- Whitehead conducted extensive research on the era, but his decision to infuse the story with elements of magical realism, such as the literal underground railroad, adds a layer of poignant metaphor to the historical narrative.

Colson Whitehead's reputation as a versatile and incisive author is cemented by this novel's gripping portrayal of a dark chapter in American history. It's a must-read for those who seek not only to understand the depths of racial injustice but to feel the relentless spirit of hope that drives the quest for freedom.

At, we celebrate books that not only entertain but also challenge and inspire. "The Underground Railroad" is a testament to the power of storytelling, and we recommend it as a crucial addition to any reader's library.

Embark on a journey through time and truth. Share the story of "The Underground Railroad" with someone who values freedom, or treat yourself to this essential read. Discover Whitehead's masterpiece and other transformative books at

Get it on       

— I believe that everyone should find books that they enjoy. You don’t have to read only classics or only contemporary books. Read what interests you and makes you feel good.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— I make sure to leave enough time in my schedule to think about what to work on. The best ways for me to do this are reading books, hanging out with interesting people, and spending time in nature.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— Having a good set of principles is like having a good collection of recipes for success.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— His money went largely toward books, which to him were like sacred objects, providing ballast for his mind.

— At fifty-four, I am still in progress, and I hope that I always will be.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— Read a lot and discover a skill you enjoy.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— You get more from reading 1 great book 5 times rather than reading 5 mediocre books.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— The most meaningful way to succeed is to help others succeed.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading; cultivate curiosity and strive to become a little wiser every day.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— The genuine love for reading itself, when cultivated, is a superpower.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you don’t know as your financial means, mortgage rates and the currently tight real-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menancingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— Read 500 pages... every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author

— I read books and talked to people. I mean that’s kind of how one learns anything. There’s lots of great books out there & lots of smart people.

See the Gifts Inspired by the Author