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Invisible Americans: The Tragic Cost of Child Poverty

With passionate advocacy, Madrick addresses a systemic problem with a simple solution. His argument will appeal to those who champion economic policy change that centers the child.

I’ve Been Wrong Before: Essays

This is a profoundly moving book that doesn’t let up and is well worth the emotion it is sure to engender in readers.
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This Is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City, a Voice That Held It Together

A great crossover read for teens as well as adults about community, tenacity, and the power of one person to make a difference.

Sexual Citizens: A Landmark Study of Sex, Power, and Assault on Campus

A readable and thought-provoking work on a topic of concern on college campuses. The SHIFT project generated many academic publications, but this book successfully reaches a general audience, specifically students, parents, and policymakers.
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Recollections of My Nonexistence: A Memoir

An engaging look at Solnit’s life, which succeeds in giving voice to inequity caused by patriarchy. Recommended for memoir aficionados, especially feminist audiences.
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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Recommended for renters, owners, developers, and policymakers alike.
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Pravda Ha Ha: True Travels to the End of Europe

Fans of travelogs, history buffs, and those with an interest in Russia and the former U.S.S.R. will thoroughly enjoy.
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Gay Like Me: A Father Writes to His Son

Beautifully written with crystalline prose, most anyone could profit from reading this love letter from a parent to a child, whether they are gay or not.
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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

A wonderful compilation sure to please new and old lovers of Yiddish culture, Jewish history, and linguistics.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

A compelling accounting of the events that helped ignite Me Too. Highly recommended for readers interested in social justice and the reporting process.

All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator

While many of the most shocking incidents discussed here are public knowledge, the significant new material and the book’s usefulness as a single-volume source on the topic make this not only a critical current read but one likely to become even more important in the future.

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Long Way Round: Through the Heartland by River

Rivers were once the major highway systems of this country and Hildebrand’s rediscovery of this history feels so foreign to the point of near exposé. A must for Wisconsinites, but a recommended journey for socioculturalists in general.

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The New Smart: How Nurturing Creativity Will Help Children Thrive

Plenty of food for thought for all educators and parents preparing their children for future success.
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Loss Survive Thrive: Bereaved Parents Share Their Stories of Healing and Hope

A helpful and perspective-giving tool for anyone who is wading through tragedy and in need of support and inspiration.
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The Angry Child: What Parents, Schools, and Society Can Do

At just 100-plus pages, this breezy but impactful read provides concrete ideas for teaching children healthy ways to deal with anger.
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Right from the Start: A Practical Guide for Helping Young Children with Autism

Parents and caregivers of autistic children and teens will find this work offers sensible and realistic ideas that apply to all areas of a child’s life.
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Raising Boys Who Respect Girls: Upending Locker Room Mentality, Blind Spots, and Unintended Sexism

Those looking for inspirationally based advice will appreciate Willis’s suggestions on subjects as current as the headlines.

Failure To Launch: Why Your Twentysomething Hasn’t Grown Up...and What To Do About It

McConville is well qualified to guide parents through the challenges that many face but are less frequently examined. A valuable go-to resource for parents and teens alike.
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Decoding Boys: New Science Behind the Subtle Art of Raising Sons

An essential and approachable resource for parents of preteen and teenage boys.

How To Raise a Reader: Fostering a Love of Books, from Birth to Teens

Bold and bright illustrations combine with varied recommendations for instilling a love of reading in children of all ages; a must-purchase for all collections.

The Manager Mom Epidemic: How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It

Phelan brings his common-sense yet practical advice to a well-worn parenting issue. As with “1-2-3,” this latest will fly off the shelves, so stock up on multiple copies.
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The GLMA Handbook on LGBT Health

Despite some flaws, this volume is a nice supplement to Abbie E. Goldberg’s The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies and expands on Kevin L. Nadal’s The Sage Encyclopedia of Psychology and Gender. It will be useful for think tanks, policymakers, and professionals interested in establishing a LGBT-friendly practice.

Before and After the Book Deal: A Writer’s Guide to Finishing, Publishing, Promoting, and Surviving Your First Book

Highly recommended for anyone who thinks they have a book in them.

Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis

Calhoun’s latest will be useful for those interested in feminist theory, especially insofar as it intersects with age and class, as well as a useful resource for people struggling to find balance in their personal and professional lives.

Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope

Enlightening for all concerned Americans, but especially for those interested in social justice issues.
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Becoming a Man: The Story of a Transition

This is a memoir of the present, without closure or resolution, and the narrative sometimes feels incomplete or unsatisfying. Still, many readers will appreciate Carl’s honesty and perhaps read this work alongside Charlie Cragg’s excellent anthology, To My Trans Sisters.
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Barrio America: How Latino Immigrants Saved the American City

Likely to become a staple in Latinx and urban studies.
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White Negroes: When Cornrows Were in Vogue...and Other Thoughts on Cultural Appropriation

A thoughtful addition to social science and African American studies collections.

What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He and She

Based on decades of research, Baron’s masterly work documents the historical and continued importance of personal pronouns. Those interested in gender politics or English grammar, or who feel that “he” and “she” are inadequate, would benefit greatly from perusing this book.
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Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights

Sorin’s engaging account of black motoring exposes a rough road in race relations but also a technology’s impact on black freedom. A great resource for people learning about black freedoms—and the fragility of those freedoms
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Citizen Reporters: S.S. McClure, Ida Tarbell, and the Magazine That Rewrote America

Readers interested in Gilded Age history and its parallels to contemporary society will enjoy learning about this trailblazing publication.
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Busted in New York and Other Essays

The wide-ranging scope of this excellent book, with a foreword by Zadie Smith, will appeal to a broad audience. Anyone with a desire to reflect on the role that racism plays in shaping individual lives and broader American culture will undoubtedly find this to be a valuable read.

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South Away: The Pacific Coast on Two Wheels

Biking and adventure travel enthusiasts will revel in the author’s descriptions and ability to endure such an arduous trip, and find this account restores one’s faith in human goodness.

Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and Other Personal Narratives

This unusual approach to disability studies will be of interest to faculty and students researching disability studies, life writing, anthropology, psychology, and sociology.
PREMIUM

Cities Around the World: Struggles and Solutions to Urban Life

An excellent primer for high school students, undergraduates, and interested nonspecialist readers who want to expand their perspectives about urban issues both within and beyond the United States.
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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Setter applies phonetic analysis to a range of aspects of daily life in a way that is approachable to a wide audience. However, the level of technical detail and geographical focus on the UK may limit the overall appeal to academic readers.
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America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States

This thoroughly researched, informative, and lucid work is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States, and how it influences the current political environment.
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The Queering of Corporate America: How Big Business Went from LGBTQ Adversary to Ally

The underlying question remains: Are corporations friends or foes? Ball’s history is sure to be controversial and will be of interest to social activists of all stripes.
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Broke: Hardship and Resilience in a City of Broken Promises

With a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson, this book is an important read for policymakers and urban dwellers, locally and nationally.

What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

A compelling collection that encourages readers to hold writers and their stories, both told and untold, in their hearts with every page.travel & geography
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Bagels, Bumf, and Buses: A Day in the Life of the English Language

For anyone curious about where everyday English words “come from,” this accessible text will prove to be an enticing choice, as well as a useful guide for general readers seeking resources on English usage and popular linguistics.
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The Best American Travel Writing 2019

No matter what their mood or interest, readers can find much to move and delight them in this entertaining collection.

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Dairylandia: Dispatches from a State of Mind

This breezy read can be picked up and put down or started in the middle. A perfect “popcorn” book for high school to adult users who enjoy stories that highlight the Midwest with its individual quirks and its universality.

What We Will Become: A Mother, a Son, and a Journey of Transformation

This is a vital and engrossing book about how to live an authentic life. Well suited for readers interested in gender and generational family dynamics.

The Witches Are Coming

Covering everything from the 2016 election and #metoo to abortion rights and fat-positive body representation to the climate crisis, West’s latest will have progressive readers, especially longtime followers of her work, nodding along, quoting passages to friends. Hand to fans of Rebecca Traister, Ijeoma Oluo, and Roxane Gay.

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir

Revealing the inner-workings of foreign policy, this engrossing memoir will appeal to informed readers and will inspire women contemplating careers in public service. [See Prepub Alert, 3/4/19.]

The Seine: The River That Made Paris

For readers who have walked along the banks of the Seine or dream of someday doing so, this love letter to a river is highly recommended.

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Rebent Sinner

Coyote has a deep humanity that is hard to resist and creates an immediate connection with readers. An insightful collection for all.
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Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans Who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society

A touching example of the power of storytelling, this book will appeal to readers of Before We Were Yours and those interested in family histories and issues related to adoption.

Darkly: Black History and America’s Gothic Soul

Overall, a rare glimpse into American gothic from an African American perspective.
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Inventing Disaster: The Culture of Calamity from the Jamestown Colony to the Johnstown Flood

Using an array of resources from primary sources such as local newspapers and secondary sources written both then and now, Kierner presents an in-depth, well-researched and persuasive thesis for the beginning and eventual continuation of a cultural mind-set that has remained fairly intact since the 19th-century. Even with its academic presentation, this should be enjoyed by readers who appreciate disaster histories.
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Reproduction on the Reservation: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Colonialism in the Long Twentieth Century

Theobald’s use of oral histories and interviews with Native women makes for an intimate, affecting exploration of resilience under assimilationist pressures.

Breathe: A Letter to My Sons

Perry’s uplifting and often lyrical meditation on living invites readers to delve into their self and particularly into the complicated categories of mother, parent, African American, and human. Highly recommended.

My Time Among the Whites: Notes from an Unfinished Education

Crucet’s well-written essays are entertaining and accessible, without letting readers or the author herself off the hook for reflecting on and addressing cultural issues. Strongly recommended for all readers.

Saving America’s Cities: Ed Logue and the Struggle To Renew Urban America in the Suburban Age

One of America’s most controversial policies as seen through the career of one of its most outspoken advocates; an essential read.
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Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race

Provocative in its review of and reflections on race and racism amid continuing de facto segregation, this work argues that personal identity does not exist as a checked box. It promises to appeal to readers willing at least to consider unlearning race so as to imagine a future without it and advance his vision of a multigenerational transformation of social repair.

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The Meritocracy Trap: How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite

Though it might have been more effective at half the length, this is an important contribution to the debate on economic inequality and of note to policymakers, activists, and scholars.

Surfacing

A fascinating, lyrical, wide-ranging work sharing thoughts on past and present that will appeal to a wide range of readers, including those interested in memoirs and reflections on the world around us.
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Fantasy Island: Colonialism, Exploitation, and the Betrayal of Puerto Rico

This book will be particularly important to readers with a connection to Puerto Rico and useful and thought-provoking to anyone else seeking to understand capitalism’s past, present, and future.

When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico

Recommended for teen and adult readers interested in Puerto Rican history and the effects of colonialism, which continue to impact the present day.
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Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm

That many of the authors expand on the topic of Maria to include historical background as well as future speculations and possible solutions adds an extra dimension that enhances the book’s relevancy. For specialists, academic libraries, and those interested in a broader and deeper understanding of the impact of Maria on Puerto Rico.

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A Guest of the Reich: The Story of American Heiress Gertrude Legendre’s Dramatic Captivity and Escape from Nazi Germany

This riveting account of a little-known historical personality will appeal to World War II and general history fans alike. [See Prepub Alert, 3/11/19.]

Return to the Reich: A Holocaust Refugee’s Secret Mission To Defeat the Nazis

An extremely accessible read, this well-researched book will appeal to fans of espionage tales, World War II history, biographies, as well as young adult audiences.
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Hitler: A Global Biography

A new perspective on a figure whose actions continue to have a profound and lasting impact on world history.
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The Force: The Legendary Special Ops Unit and WWII’s Mission Impossible

While the story has been related before, this well-told account of a little-known special operations unit will appeal to readers interested in World War II and fans of military history.

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Hitler: A Biography

Although the work is occasionally dense owing to the minutiae of German politics, such details are integral to Longerich’s assertion of Hitler’s centrality to all decisions, such as the Holocaust. While some may question the need for another Hitler biography, readers and scholars of 20th-century history will welcome this one.

Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA

Fans of Showtime’s Homeland and espionage novels will devour this highly recommended memoir, as will readers interested in counterterrorism, nonprofileration, and peacemaking.

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Standing with Standing Rock: Voices from the #NoDAPL Movement

While the editors have written their own books on the subject and are active participants in modern indigenous movements, this contextual anthology gives recognition and voice to the many who participated in the #NoDAPL protests. Highly recommended for casting light on a landmark cultural movement.
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Separated: Family and Community in the Aftermath of an Immigration Raid

While an important work, the academic presentation may not appeal to casual readers. Best suited for scholarly audiences interested in immigration and law enforcement.

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress

Recommended for YA and adult readers with an interest in cultural anthropology, current events, and apocalyptic social perspectives.
PREMIUM

Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey

While a solid primer for the LGBTQ+ movement, this should not be taken as a comprehensive look as it tends to focus almost exclusively on white members of the LGBTQ+ community, with few exceptions, notably Marsha P. Johnson. Still, this will be a good place to start for readers curious about LGBTQ+ rights throughout history, as well as the movement’s artwork and icons.

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Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim

Primarily recommended for Vernon’s existing fan base, this candid memoir will also be of interest for those who have experienced emotional, physical, or sexual violence, and who are seeking forceful encouragement toward self-empowerment and self-expression.

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Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It

This sobering book is indeed needed to help individuals better understand how information can be massaged to produce any sort of message desired. Recommended for general political science and current affairs collections.

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Teaching U.S. History Through Sports

General readers and educators will find much to spark their imaginations in this thoughtful work, from lists of resources to ways of connecting athletic history to larger social and cultural issues
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The Penguin Book of Migration Literature: Departures, Arrivals, Generations, Returns

With the exception of Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Displaced, no similar recent collection of evocative reflections on the migration experience exists. This will appeal to students and general readers, if only as a starting point for further exploration

The Europeans: Three Lives and the Making of a Cosmopolitan Culture

Vividly written and meticulously detailed, this book will please lovers of the history of literature and music, at the very least
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In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth

Charles Brandt's I Heard You Paint Houses is the basis for the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman, which depicts O'Brien as an unwitting helper in a hired killer's murder of Hoffa for the Mafia. Goldsmith's work may be an attempt to counter that seamless, powerful narrative. Both books should be read together to review the murky story; a treat for true crime readers.

Boys Will Be Boys

A necessary read that compliments Ford’s first book, but ultimately stands on its own.

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For the Love of Men: A New Vision for Mindful Masculinity

This heartfelt, recommended book will find a welcome place for general readers interested in a clearly argued analysis of the current gender environment.

Space Between: Explorations of Love, Sex, and Fluidity

This memoir/performance piece should be popular with fans of Tortorella, but it’s less likely to have significant staying power as core LGBTQ writing
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The Kongs of Qufu: The Descendants of Confucius in Late Imperial China

An enjoyable read that sheds light on Chinese feudal arrangements of the late imperial era. Highly recommended for all Chinese history enthusiasts

Start Finishing: How To Go from Idea to Done

Gilkey’s constructive guidance will likely appeal to white-collar workers, especially those in managerial and administrative positions

America’s Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr.

Readers fascinated by the Kennedys will be delighted by this captivating biography. See Randy Taraborelli's The Kennedy Heirs for a comprehensive account of the third generation Kennedys.

A Castle in Wartime: One Family, Their Missing Sons, and the Fight To Defeat the Nazis

An incredibly sweeping and readable tale, this excellent history is for readers interested in World War II and personal narratives

Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream

Through the stories of individuals, often from varied neighborhoods, businesses, and corporations, Lemann makes these experiences come alive. Readers can use this insightful business history to guide their forecasts

The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

Drawing on broad reading and visits to campuses across the country, Tough’s work offers an indictment of American society and political structures and persuasively argues that universities must fulfill the American commitment to equality of opportunity
PREMIUM

On the Plain of Snakes: A Mexican Journey

Tourists headed to Mexico and those interested in the current migrant situation will learn a great deal
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Picking Up the Pieces: Residential School Memories and the Making of the Witness Blanket

Readers interested in American Indian history or education will find important insights into the significance of the Witness Blanket and its component parts. Also consider the companion documentary, Picking Up the Pieces
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Burn It Down: Women Writing About Anger

These powerful essays strike a balance between memoir and theory and will be useful in courses on feminist theory as they provide highly individualized accounts of women’s experiences

Kochland: The Secret History of Koch Industries and Corporate Power in America

Based on six years of research and with a fast-paced writing style that interweaves multiple stories, this illuminating work on the exceedingly influential Koch and his company will be welcomed by all readers of business or politics. Leonard does for Koch what Andrew Sorkin’s Too Big To Fail did for the 2008 financial crisis
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Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale

Well written and packed with intriguing details, this is a great look at a global industry to which virtually all of us contribute, in one way or another
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Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic

Following after Sam Quinones’s Dreamland, which surveyed the ravages of prescription pills and black tar heroin, this book will assist policymakers, activists, and general readers in understanding better how to respond to the drug crisis that is only more intractable now
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The Man Who Played with Fire: Stieg Larsson’s Lost Files and the Hunt for an Assassin

Recommended for most true crime collections. This story is sure to gain international traction as the investigation into the Palme assassination heats up again

Near the Exit: Travels with the Not-So-Grim Reaper

This book’s journey to spiritual places near and far is worth taking
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Traveling with Service Animals: By Air, Road, Rail, and Ship Across North America

A highly recommended resource for anyone who travels with a service animal, as well as for anyone who works in transportation, hospitality, or any business with public accommodations

Tough Luck: Sid Luckman, Murder Inc., and the Rise of the Modern NFL

A terrific read that should draw interest from all general nonfiction readers

Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America

This is not exactly a how-to guide or a toolkit, despite the powerful tools designed to encourage grassroots activism, including media links and recommended readings in the final chapters. Instead, Jean-Pierre shows how and why we all need to participate in democracy and what is at stake if we don’t.

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Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost

Zaloom provides a clear-sighted and timely analysis of this issue. Recommended for readers interested in the cultural and economic implications of the current student debt crisis
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Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion—and the Future of Clothes

Fascinating reading for anyone who wears clothing.

The Girls: An All-American Town, a Predatory Doctor, and the Untold Story of the Gymnasts Who Brought Him Down

While the book is difficult to read at times owing to the details of sexual violence, it may be the most important sports title of the year. Pesta’s in-depth reporting reveals the entire scope of Nassar’s history, and the many who enabled his behavior. Highly recommended.

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