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All the Single Ladies

Rebecca Traister excavates the economic, social and sexual options women have had historically in relation to marriage, and tracks how the growing numbers of unmarried women have advanced the fights for abolition, suffrage and labor rights.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Shrill

With a kind of cultural jujitsu, feminist Lindy West has memorably taken on fat-shaming, rape jokes and men who harass women online under the guise of free speech. The lovely thing is that she’s funny about it.

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Their Promised Land

Were Ian Buruma not an acclaimed historian, this book would probably never have been published. Yet the story of his grandparents, which spans both world wars, is full of resonance for contemporary Europe’s struggle with mass immigration and national identity.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016 READ MORE



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When you search for shoes or a hotel online, Google is watching you. But so are armies of marketers, psychologists and neurologists. They want to know why you chose what you chose. A new book parses what we know about the science of personal preferences.

Posted on Jun 3, 2016 READ MORE



Groucho: The Comedy of Existence

“Groucho and his brothers are outlaws, outcasts, and singular reproaches to society’s injustices and hypocrisies ... with deep roots in Jewish forms of irony and dissent,” author Lee Siegel writes. The famous dance sequence with Harpo leading a troupe of black children and adults, often dismissed as “another instance of Hollywood racism, is, on the contrary, as strong a statement of racial equality as you can find on the world of film.”

Posted on May 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Gene: An Intimate History

The gene has been called “one of the most dangerous ideas in history.” What we believe about genes is much of what we believe about ourselves and our fellow men and women. Those beliefs can amplify our humanity or demean it; they can be the basis for liberation or for the Holocaust.

Posted on May 21, 2016 READ MORE



Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

Posted on May 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Smartest Places on Earth

“The sharing of brainpower was taking place in very unlikely places that were becoming the hotspots of innovation,” write the authors of a new book. These unlikely places—the rust belts of America—are the cities and regions that were crushed by the previous round of competitiveness.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



What’s Yours Is Mine

The Sharing Economy, epitomized by companies such as Uber and Airbnb, “is a movement for deregulation,” Tom Slee writes. “It’s not about building an alternative to a corporate-driven market economy; it’s about extending the deregulated free market into new areas of our lives.”

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE



The Hundred-Year Walk

April 24 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day. The 1.5 million Armenians who perished in the genocide are often an abstract statistic, but a powerful new book, based on the journals of the author’s grandfather who lived through the atrocity, may help change that.

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 READ MORE


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