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Rad American Women A-Z

Attention, parents and teachers: This is an alphabet book with a difference. A is for Angela Davis, Z is for Zora Neale Hurston. In between are scientists, poets, pilots and others, half of whom are women of color, who have long been left out of children’s history books.

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W.H. Auden, Complete

These six volumes of the work of W.H. Auden call to mind the great poet’s comment on the writing of another author: “It is a book in which one can browse for a lifetime without exhausting its treasures.”

Posted on Sep 25, 2015 READ MORE

Paid For

Rachel Moran, who spent seven years as a prostituted woman, explains in a book that is both excruciating memoir and brilliant political analysis, the real price that prostitution extracts from women turned into commodities under patriarchal capitalism.

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Latest Readings

Clive James, the great cultural critic diagnosed with leukemia in 2010, revisits a lifetime of reading in his latest, and perhaps last book: “If you don’t know the exact moment when the lights will go out, you might as well read until they do.”

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Fortune Smiles

The stories in Adam Johnson’s new collection are all set in an uncanny world you recognize but don’t. From ravaged American cities to abandoned torture chambers, each one is a miniature demonstration of why Johnson won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

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When Robots Run the Show

In “Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future,” Martin Ford predicts that the next wave of job losses will be caused by advances in artificial intelligence, making robots the most efficient way to perform routine work now done by humans.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE

Creatures of a Day

A new book on confronting mortality by Dr. Irvin Yalom illustrates that, when in the midst of another human being’s darkness, we should worry less about shining a light, and instead simply hold the person’s hand and stay in the darkness with him or her.

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Barbarian Days

William Finnegan’s memoir about surfing has more depth than many about other addictions. Nothing, not even his cliched dream of chasing waves, is as uncomplicated as it appears.

Posted on Jul 24, 2015 READ MORE


Everyone knows, or should know, about the Cherokee Trail of Tears in the early 1830s. But not till now, with NPR journalist Steve Inskeep’s new book focusing on President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee Principal Chief John Ross, has this episode in American history been rendered in such personal and human detail.

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House Keys, Not Handcuffs

A new book asks its readers to understand that the homeless in America need homes and serious social and public health services, not arrests, prosecution, police harassment and the continuing criminalization of the poor.

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE

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