The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

The best stories of the week, as chosen by the editors of Longreads.

Photo: Reggie Ugwu / BuzzFeed News

Below, our favorite stories of the week. Kindle users, you can also get them as a Readlist.
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1. Grieving In America, Rebuilding In Nigeria

Reggie Ugwu | BuzzFeed | April 2, 2016 | 40 minutes (10,230 words)

After his brother died and his father was partially paralyzed, Ugwu’s family traveled 7,000 miles in search of an old home, a new house, and the things they’d lost on the road in between.

2. The Reckoning

Pamela Colloff | Texas Monthly | March 31, 2016 | 51 minutes (12,878 words)

When she was 18 and eight months pregnant, Claire Wilson was critically wounded during the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting. This is Wilson’s story, which goes into how her life was affected in the tragedy’s aftermath.

3. Mother for Hire

Rachel Aviv | The New Yorker | April 11, 2016 | 34 minutes (8,580 words)

A searing look at the lives of the immigrant women who tend to the needs of other people’s families.

4. Low Stakes Forever

Nicholas Hune-Brown | Hazlitt | March 31, 2016 | 16 minutes (4,000 words)

A profile of Gordon Korman, the wunderkind of 1980s Canadian kid-lit.

5. Dave Morton Is Quitting Everest. Maybe. (It’s Complicated.)

Abe Streep | Outside | April 4, 2016 | 21 minutes (5,461 words)

A veteran mountain guide reconsiders his life’s work on Mount Everest after years of witnessing the tragic loss of everyone from outfitters and Sherpas to would-be climbers.