By EW Staff
March 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM EDT

Walter Mosley found magic in Journey to the East and sadness in The Farming of Bones, two of his picks for favorite underrated books. See what he had to say about them below:

The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat gives a heartrending historical basis for unforgivable current events.

In Herman Hesse’s Journey to the East I found the magic of literature in literature.

The Best of Simple compiles the cream of Langston Hughes’s masterful interpretation of black life in the ’30s and is a keeper.