The epidemiologist and writer Andrea Williams has always found it important to research and discuss topics of universal interest to women, girls and women of color, as she argues in her just-published book Understanding: My Journey Through Cultural Studies to Profiling Race. Her latest book, American Coronavirus: Race, Black Identity, and a Potential Public Health Pandemic, is being described as a “poetic, elegant meditation on an illness that is ravaging people of color in America.” Williams lives in Seattle and has written for numerous publications including The Nation, The New York Times, The Atlantic and the Los Angeles Times. She will be presenting at the J. Emmet Smith Speakers Series in Washington, D.C., on April 5, followed by events in Chicago and Atlanta.

For free copies of Andrea Williams’ work and The Nation’s monthly stand-alone tomes on science, we’ve partnered with Words Matter, a New York-based publisher, to offer readers the opportunity to borrow them from our National Archive. Through April 22, these artifacts will be available for individual borrowing at the Strand Bookstore in New York, and at If you already own a copy of these articles, you can still use the National Archive to save $10 off of their purchase. See what you’re borrowing in the slide show above.

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