The Root Recommends: 'Indigo'

A new book unravels the true colors of a very special shade of blue.

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc.

In Indigo: In Search of the Color That Seduced the World, author Catherine E. McKinley explores the significance of the color indigo throughout the world, chronicling its storied history in western Africa and beyond.

A self-professed enthusiast of the ubiquitous, jean-hued color, McKinley highlights indigo's past connections with the African slave trade and the color's meaningful prominence in today's Africa. Indigo blends the history of the pervasive color with the author's powerful narrative as she treks through Africa in search of indigo's historical and contemporary relevance.

Previous recommendation: Mayer Hawthorne.

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