What do you recommend?

 ‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead is my favorite book of the last five years. Whitehead weaves together heartbreaking history with a speculative version of America’s past to tell the truth that is much larger than an accumulation of statistics. I’m handing this book to everyone I know.”

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of “Ashes,” the final installment of the Seeds of America Trilogy. Anderson appears at 8 p.m. Friday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables