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  • Why Liberalism Failed

    Why Liberalism Failed

    Why Liberalism Failed

    Patrick J. Deneen
    Political Science
    3.87 (2,142)

    Has liberalism failed because it has succeeded? of the three dominant ideologies of the twentieth century—fascism, communism, and liberalism—only the last remains. this has created a peculiar situation in which liberalism’s proponents tend to forget that it is an ideology and not the natural end-state of human political evolution. as patrick deneen argues in this provocative book, liberalism is built on a foundation of contradictions: it trumpets equal rights while fostering incomparable material inequality; its legitimacy rests on consent, yet it discourages civic commitments in favor of privatism; and in

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    I found this book thought-provoking.

    Jun 16, 2018 — Source

  • An American Marriage

    An American Marriage

    An American Marriage

    Tayari Jones
    Fiction
    3.95 (310,987)

    Newlyweds celestial and roy are the embodiment of both the american dream and the new south. he is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. but as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime celestial knows he didn’t commit. though fiercely independent, celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in andre, her childhood friend, and best man at

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    A moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple.

    Aug 19, 2018 — Source

  • A House for Mr Biswas
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    The Nobel Prize winner's first great novel about growing up in Trinidad and the challenge of post-colonial identity.

    Aug 19, 2018 — Source

  • Futureface

    Futureface

    Futureface

    Alex Wagner
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.42 (712)

    The daughter of a burmese mother and a white american father, alex wagner grew up thinking of herself as a “futureface”—an avatar of a mixed-race future when all races would merge into a brown singularity. but when one family mystery leads to another, wagner’s post-racial ideals fray as she becomes obsessed with the specifics her own family’s racial and ethnic history. drawn into the wild world of ancestry, she embarks upon a quest around the world—and into her own dna—to answer the ultimate questions of who she really is and

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    a thoughtful, beautiful meditation on what makes us who we are

    Jun 16, 2018 — Source

  • Factfulness

    Factfulness

    Factfulness

    H. Rosling
    Business & Economics
    Nature
    4.34 (150,518)

    When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. so wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, nobel laureates, and investment bankers.in factfulness, professor of international health and global ted phenomenon hans rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, anna and ola, offers . they reveal —from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and

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    a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.

    Aug 19, 2018 — Source

  • Truth Decay

    Truth Decay

    Truth Decay

    Douglas Groothuis
    Religion
    3.86 (207)

    The concept of truth as absolute, objective and universal has undergone serious deterioration in recent years. no longer is it a goal for all to pursue. rather postmodernism sees truth as inseparable from culture, psychology, race and gender. ultimately, truth is what we make it to be. what factors have accelarated this decay of truth? why are people willing to embrace such a devalued concept? how does this new view compare and contrast with a christian understanding? while postmodernism contains some truthful insights (despite its attempt to dethrone truth), douglas

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    The title is self-explanatory, but the findings are very interesting.

    Jun 16, 2018 — Source

  • Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon

    Toni Morrison
    Fiction
    4.11 (95,849)

    Milkman dead was born shortly after a neighborhood eccentric hurled himself off a rooftop in a vain attempt at flight. for the rest of his life he, too, will be trying to fly. with this brilliantly imagined novel, toni morrison transfigures the coming-of-age story as audaciously as saul bellow or gabriel garcía márquez. as she follows milkman from his rustbelt city to the place of his family’s origins, morrison introduces an entire cast of strivers and seeresses, liars and assassins, the inhabitants of a fully realized black world.

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    They're transcendent...You'll be glad you read them.

    Aug 15, 2019 — Source

  • Life 3.0

    Life 3.0

    Life 3.0

    Max Tegmark
    Technology & Engineering
    4.04 (18,351)

    How can we grow our prosperity through automation without leaving people lacking income or purpose? what career advice should we give today's kids? how can we make future ai systems more robust, so that they do what we want without crashing, malfunctioning or getting hacked? should we fear an arms race in lethal autonomous weapons? will machines eventually outsmart us at all tasks, replacing humans on the job market and perhaps altogether? will ai help life flourish like never before or give us more power than we can handle?what sort

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  • All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See

    All the Light We Cannot See

    Anthony Doerr
    4.32 (1,239,664)

    Marie-laure lives in paris near the museum of natural history, where her father works. when she is twelve, the nazis occupy paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of saint-malo, where marie-laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. with them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.in a mining town in germany, werner pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places

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    On Barack Obama's summer reading list

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  • Dying

    Dying

    Dying

    Cory Taylor
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.78 (3,738)

    Cory taylor is one of australia’s celebrated novelists, the author of the brilliant me and mr booker (winner of the commonwealth writers prize, pacific region), and my beautiful enemy (shortlisted for the miles franklin award).at the age of sixty, she is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. her illness is no longer treatable. as she tells us in her remarkable last book, dying: a memoir, she now weighs less than her neighbour’s retriever.written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautifully written book

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  • A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat

    A Grain of Wheat

    Ngugi wa Thiong'o
    Kenya
    3.86 (4,723)

    A masterly story of myth, rebellion, love, friendship and betrayal from one of africa's great writers, ngugi wa thiong'o's a grain of wheat includes an introduction by abdulrazak gurnah, author of by the sea, in penguin modern classics.it is 1963 and kenya is on the verge of uhuru - independence day. the mighty british government has been toppled, and in the lull between the fighting and the new world, colonized and colonizer alike reflect on what they have gained and lost. in the village of thabai, the men and women

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  • Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Long Walk to Freedom

    Nelson Mandela
    Political Science
    4.29 (80,279)

    Nelson mandela is one of the great moral and political leaders of our time: an international hero whose lifelong dedication to the fight against racial oppression in south africa won him the nobel peace prize and the presidency of his country. since his triumphant release in 1990 from more than a quarter-century of imprisonment, mandela has been at the center of the most compelling and inspiring political drama in the world. as president of the african national congress and head of south africa's anti-apartheid movement, he was instrumental in moving

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  • Americanah

    Americanah

    Americanah

    CHIMAMANDA. NGOZI ADICHIE
    Nature
    4.3 (303,450)

    Introducing the Collins Modern Classics, a series featuring some of the most significant books of recent times, books that shed light on the human experience - classics which will endure for generations to come.

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  • The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Warmth of Other Suns

    The Warmth of Other Suns

    Isabel Wilkerson
    Biography & Autobiography
    Social Science
    4.4 (84,297)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, pulitzer prize–winning author isabel wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of american history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the south for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. from 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of america. wilkerson compares this epic migration to the migrations of other peoples in history. she interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to new data and official records, to write this

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  • Arthur Ashe

    Arthur Ashe

    Arthur Ashe

    Raymond Arsenault
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.14 (311)

    Born in richmond, virginia, in 1943, by the age of eleven, arthur ashe was one of the state's most talented black tennis players. jim crow restrictions barred ashe from competing with whites. still, in 1960 he won the national junior indoor singles title, which led to a tennis scholarship at ucla. he became the first african american to play for the us davis cup team in 1963, and two years later he won the ncaa singles championship. in 1968, he won both the us amateur title and the first us

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  • Coach Wooden and Me

    Coach Wooden and Me

    Coach Wooden and Me

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Sports & Recreation
    4.36 (1,932)

    When future nba legend kareem abdul-jabbar was still an 18-year-old high school basketball prospect from new york city named lew alcindor, he accepted a scholarship from ucla largely on the strength of coach john wooden's reputation as a winner. it turned out to be the right choice, as alcindor and his teammates won an unprecedented three ncaa championship titles. but it also marked the beginning of one of the most extraordinary and enduring friendships in the history of sports. in coach wooden and me, abdul-jabbar reveals the inspirational story of

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  • Men Without Women

    Men Without Women

    Men Without Women

    Haruki Murakami
    Fiction
    3.77 (70,765)

    A dazzling new collection of short stories—the first major new work of fiction from the beloved, internationally acclaimed, haruki murakami since his #1 best-selling colorless tsukuru tazaki and his years of pilgrimage.across seven tales, haruki murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all.marked by the same wry humor that has defined

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  • Florida

    Florida

    Florida

    Lauren Groff
    3.78 (25,372)

    The stories in this collection span characters, towns, decades, even centuries, but florida—its landscape, climate, history, and state of mind—becomes its gravitational center: an energy, a mood, as much as a place of residence. groff transports the reader, then jolts us alert with a crackle of wit, a wave of sadness, a flash of cruelty, as she writes about loneliness, rage, family, and the passage of time. with shocking accuracy and effect, she pinpoints the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and

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  • The World As It Is

    The World As It Is

    The World As It Is

    Ben Rhodes
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.31 (10,604)

    The world as it is tells the full story of what it means to work alongside a radical leader; of how idealism can confront reality and survive; of how the white house really functions; and of what it is to have a partnership, and ultimately a friendship, with a historic president.a young writer and washington outsider, ben rhodes was plucked from obscurity aged 29. chosen for his original perspective and gift with language, his role was to help shape the nation’s hopes and sense of itself. for nearly ten years,

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  • Basketball (and Other Things)

    Basketball (and Other Things)

    Basketball (and Other Things)

    Shea Serrano
    Sports & Recreation
    4.4 (4,718)

    Who is the greatest dunker of all time? which version of the michael jordan was the best michael jordan? what is allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? basketball (and other things) presents readers with a whole new set of pivotal and ridiculous fan disputes from basketball history, providing arguments and answers, explained with the wit and wisdom that is unique to shea serrano. serrano breaks down debates that nba fans didn’t even know they needed, from the classic (how many years during his career was

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  • Immigrant, Montana

    Immigrant, Montana

    Immigrant, Montana

    Amitava Kumar
    Fiction
    3.13 (1,285)

    One winter morning, a monkey stole into mamaji's room. he climbed on the huge white bed and finding mamaji's pistol brandished it - they say - at my cousin, born two months after me and still in her crib. no one moved. then, turning the pistol around, the primate brain prompting the opposable thumb to grasp the trigger, the monkey blew his brains out.meet kailash. aka kalashnikov. or ak-47. or just plain ak. his journey from india has taken him to graduate school in new york where he keeps falling

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  • The Lowland

    The Lowland

    The Lowland

    Jhumpa Lahiri
    Comedians
    Fiction
    3.85 (90,981)

    Epic in its canvas and intimate in its portrayal of lives undone and forged anew, the lowland is a deeply felt novel of family ties that entangle and fray in ways unforeseen and unrevealed, of ties that ineluctably define who we arefrom subhash's earliest memories, at every point, his brother was there. in the suburban streets of calcutta where they wandered before dusk and in the hyacinth-strewn ponds where they played for hours on end, udayan was always in his older brother's sight. so close in age, they were inseparable

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  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

    Shoshana Zuboff
    Business & Economics
    4.07 (7,723)

    The challenges to humanity posed by the digital future, the first detailed examination of the unprecedented form of power called "surveillance capitalism," and the quest by powerful corporations to predict and control our behavior.in this masterwork of original thinking and research, shoshana zuboff provides startling insights into the phenomenon that she has named surveillance capitalism. the stakes could not be higher: a global architecture of behavior modification threatens human nature in the twenty-first century just as industrial capitalism disfigured the natural world in the twentieth.zuboff vividly brings to life the

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  • Barbarian Days

    Barbarian Days

    Barbarian Days

    William Finnegan
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.24 (23,063)

    Barbarian days is william finnegan’s memoir of an obsession, a complex enchantment. surfing only looks like a sport. to initiates, it is something else entirely: a beautiful addiction, a demanding course of study, a morally dangerous pastime, a way of life. raised in california and hawaii, finnegan started surfing as a child. he has chased waves all over the world, wandering for years through the south pacific, australia, asia, africa. a bookish boy, and then an excessively adventurous young man, he went on to become a distinguished writer and war

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  • We Live in Water

    We Live in Water

    We Live in Water

    Jess Walter
    Fiction
    3.91 (5,640)

    We live in water is a darkly comic, moving collection of short stories that veer from comic tales of love to social satire to suspenseful crime fiction, from hip portland to once-hip seattle to never-hip spokane, from a condemned casino in las vegas to a bottomless lake in the dark woods of idaho. this is a world of lost fathers and redemptive con men, of meth tweakers on desperate odysseys and men committing suicide by fishing.in "thief," an aluminum worker turns unlikely detective to solve the mystery of which of

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  • The Broken Ladder

    The Broken Ladder

    The Broken Ladder

    Keith Payne
    Social Science
    4.24 (2,741)

    A timely examination by a leading scientist of the physical, psychological, and moral effects of inequality. the levels of inequality in the world today are on a scale that have not been seen in our lifetimes, yet the disparity between rich and poor has ramifications that extend far beyond mere financial means. in the broken ladder psychologist keith payne examines how inequality divides us not just economically; it also has profound consequences for how we think, how we respond to stress, how our immune systems function, and even how we

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  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    Paula Hawkins
    3.94 (2,446,631)

    Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. she knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. she’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. “jess and jason,” she calls them. their life—as she sees it—is perfect. if only rachel could be that happy. and then she sees something shocking. it’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. now everything’s changed. now rachel has a chance to become a

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  • Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    Frederick Douglass

    David W. Blight
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.99 (11,843)

    As a young man, frederick douglass (1818–1895) escaped from slavery in baltimore, maryland. he was fortunate to have been taught to read by his slave owner mistress, and he would go on to become one of the major literary figures of his time. his very existence gave the lie to slave owners: with dignity and great intelligence he bore witness to the brutality of slavery.initially mentored by william lloyd garrison, douglass spoke widely, using his own story to condemn slavery. by the civil war, douglass had become the most famed

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  • H is for Hawk

    H is for Hawk

    H is for Hawk

    Helen Macdonald
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.73 (68,510)

    Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.when helen macdonald's father died suddenly on a london street, she was devastated. an experienced falconer—helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she'd never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss,

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  • The Sixth Man

    The Sixth Man

    The Sixth Man

    Andre Iguodala,Carvell Wallace
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (2,641)

    Andre iguodala is one of the most admired players in the nba. and fresh off the warriors' third nba championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger.off the court, iguodala has earned respect, too--for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in america. it is no surprise, then, that in his first book, andre--with his cowriter carvell wallace--has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but

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  • Janesville

    Janesville

    Janesville

    Amy Goldstein
    Political Science
    4.1 (6,507)

    A washington post reporter’s intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a general motors’ assembly plant in janesville, wisconsin - paul ryan’s hometown - and a larger story of the hollowing of the american middle class.this is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the american heartland when its factory stills—but it’s not the familiar tale. most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to

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  • Lot

    Lot

    Lot

    Bryan Washington
    Ethnic relations
    3.79 (7,441)

    In the city of houston - a sprawling, diverse microcosm of america - the son of a black mother and a latino father is coming of age. he's working at his family's restaurant, weathering his brother's blows, resenting his older sister's absence. and discovering he likes boys.this boy and his family experience the tumult of living in the margins, the heartbreak of ghosts, and the braveries of the human heart. the stories of others living and thriving and dying across houston's myriad neighbourhoods are woven throughout to reveal a young

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  • Washington

    Washington

    Washington

    Ron Chernow
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.09 (65,932)

    The celebrated ron chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of america. with a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life, he carries the reader through washington's troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the french and indian wars, his creation of mount vernon, his heroic exploits with the continental army, his presiding over the constitutional convention and his magnificent performance as america's first president.despite the reverence his name inspires washington remains a waxwork to many readers, worthy but dull, a laconic man of remarkable self-control. but

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    A Gentleman in Moscow

    Amor Towles
    Fiction
    4.33 (392,909)

    With his breakout debut novel, rules of civility, amor towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. readers and critics were enchanted; as npr commented, “towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change.”a gentleman in moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of count alexander rostov. when, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a

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  • Lab Girl

    Lab Girl

    Lab Girl

    Hope Jahren
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.95 (63,603)

    Acclaimed scientist hope jahren has built three laboratories in which she’s studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. her first book is a revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also so much more. lab girl is a book about work, love, and the mountains that can be moved when those two things come together. it is told through jahren’s stories: about her childhood in rural minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom’s labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science,

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  • American Spy

    American Spy

    American Spy

    Lauren Wilkinson
    3.52 (24,409)

    What if your sense of duty required you to betray the man you love? one woman struggles to choose between her honor and her heart in this enthralling espionage drama that deftly hops between new york and west africa.it's 1986, the heart of the cold war, and marie mitchell is an intelligence officer with the fbi. she's brilliant, but she's also a young black woman working in an old boys' club. her career has stalled out, she's overlooked for every high-profile squad, and her days are filled with monotonous paperwork.

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  • How Democracies Die

    How Democracies Die

    How Democracies Die

    Daniel Ziblatt,Steven Levitsky
    History
    Religion
    4.19 (17,815)

    Donald trump's presidency has raised a question that many of us never thought we'd be asking: is our democracy in danger? harvard professors steven levitsky and daniel ziblatt have spent more than twenty years studying the breakdown of democracies in europe and latin america, and they believe the answer is yes. democracy no longer ends with a bang--in a revolution or military coup--but with a whimper: the slow, steady weakening of critical institutions, such as the judiciary and the press, and the gradual erosion of long-standing political norms. the good

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  • There There

    There There

    There There

    Tommy Orange
    Fiction
    3.98 (144,540)

    Tommy orange's wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from native communities: all traveling to the big oakland powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize. among them is jacquie red feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind. dene oxendene, pulling his life together after his uncle's death and working at the powwow to honor his memory. fourteen-year-old orvil, coming to perform traditional dance for the very first time. together, this chorus of voices tells of the

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  • Exit West

    Exit West

    Exit West

    Mohsin Hamid
    Fiction
    3.77 (119,676)

    In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent nadia and gentle, restrained saeed. they embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. when it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. as the violence escalates, nadia and saeed decide that they no longer have a choice.

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  • Lost Children Archive

    Lost Children Archive

    Lost Children Archive

    Valeria Luiselli
    Fiction
    3.84 (17,838)

    From the two-time nbcc finalist, an emotionally resonant, fiercely imaginative new novel about a family whose road trip across america collides with an immigration crisis at the southwestern border--an indelible journey told with breathtaking imagery, spare lyricism, and profound humanity.a mother and father set out with their two children, a boy and a girl, driving from new york to arizona in the heat of summer. their destination: apacheria, the place the apaches once called home.why apaches? asks the ten-year-old son. because they were the last of something, answers his father.in

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  • Grant

    Grant

    Grant

    Ron Chernow
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.4 (30,550)

    Ulysses s. grant's life has typically been misunderstood. all too often he is caricatured as a chronic loser and inept businessman, fond of drinking to excess; or as the triumphant but brutal union general of the civil war; or as a credulous and hapless president whose tenure came to symbolize the worst excesses of the gilded age. these stereotypes don't come close to capturing adequately his spirit and the sheer magnitude of his monumental accomplishments. a biographer at the height of his powers, chernow has produced a portrait of grant

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  • Asymmetry

    Asymmetry

    Asymmetry

    Lisa Halliday
    Fiction
    3.45 (25,650)

    A singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art, from 2017 whiting award winner lisa halliday.told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. the first section, folly tells the story of alice, a young american editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer ezra blazer. a tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance

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  • The Sixth Extinction

    The Sixth Extinction

    The Sixth Extinction

    Elizabeth Kolbert
    Nature
    4.13 (59,149)

    Over the last half-billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. this time around, the cataclysm is us. in prose that is at once frank, entertaining, and deeply informed, the new yorker writer elizabeth kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no

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  • The Topeka School

    The Topeka School

    The Topeka School

    Ben Lerner
    Fiction
    3.5 (20,712)

    Adam gordon is a senior at topeka high school, class of 1997. his mother, jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, jonathan, is an expert at getting "lost boys" to open up. they both work at the foundation, a well-known psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. adam is also one of the seniors who brings the loner darren eberheart--who is, unbeknownst to adam, his father's patient--into the social scene, with disastrous effects.this is the story of a family's struggles and strengths: jane's reckoning

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  • The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    The Largesse of the Sea Maiden

    Denis Johnson
    Fiction
    3.83 (7,822)

    The largesse of the sea maiden is the long-awaited new story collection from denis johnson. it follows the groundbreaking, highly acclaimed jesus’ son. written in the same luminous prose, this collection finds johnson in new territory, contemplating old age, mortality, the ghosts of the past, and the elusive and unexpected ways the mysteries of the universe assert themselves. finished shortly before johnson’s death in may 2017, this collection is the last word from a writer whose work will live on for many years to come.

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  • Feel Free

    Feel Free

    Feel Free

    Zadie Smith
    Literary Collections
    Religion
    3.82 (6,487)

    Since she burst spectacularly into view with her debut novel almost two decades ago, zadie smith has established herself not just as one of the world's preeminent fiction writers, but also a brilliant and singular essayist. she contributes regularly to the new yorker and the new york review of books on a range of subjects, and each piece of hers is a literary event in its own right.arranged into five sections--in the world, in the audience, in the gallery, on the bookshelf, and feel free--this new collection poses questions we

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  • Anything Is Possible

    Anything Is Possible

    Anything Is Possible

    Elizabeth Strout
    Fiction
    3.76 (49,230)

    Short story collection anything is possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others.here are two sisters: one trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. the janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help; a grown daughter longs for mother love even as she comes to accept her mother’s happiness

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  • The Shadow of Sirius

    The Shadow of Sirius

    The Shadow of Sirius

    W. S. MERWIN
    Poetry
    4.2 (1,562)

    The nuanced mysteries of light, darkness, presence, and memory are central themes in w.s. merwin’s new book of poems. “i have only what i remember,” merwin admits, and his memories are focused and profound—the distinct qualities of autumn light, a conversation with a boyhood teacher, well-cultivated loves, and “our long evenings and astonishment.” in “photographer,” merwin presents the scene where armloads of antique glass negatives are saved from a dumpcart by “someone who understood.” in “empty lot,” merwin evokes a child lying in bed at night, listening to the muffled

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  • American Prison

    American Prison

    American Prison

    Shane Bauer
    Convict labor
    Psychology
    4.23 (10,022)

    In 2014, shane bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in winnfield, louisiana. an award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name; in american prison, bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in america from their origins in the decades before the civil war. for, as he soon realized, we can't understand the cruelty of our current system and its place in the larger story of mass incarceration

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  • Five-Carat Soul

    Five-Carat Soul

    Five-Carat Soul

    James McBride
    Fiction
    3.99 (3,062)

    The stories in five-carat soul--none of them ever published before--spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. mcbride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. an antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by civil war general robert e. lee now sits in the home of a black minister in queens. five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. an american president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. and members of the five-carat soul bottom

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  • Furious Hours

    Furious Hours

    Furious Hours

    Casey Cep
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.79 (19,561)

    The story of an alabama serial killer and the true-crime book that harper lee worked on obsessively in the years after to kill a mockingbird.reverend willie maxwell was a rural preacher accused of murdering five of his family members for insurance money in the 1970s. with the help of a savvy lawyer, he escaped justice for years until a relative shot him dead at the funeral of his last victim. despite hundreds of witnesses, maxwell’s murderer was acquitted–thanks to the same attorney who had previously defended the reverend.sitting in the

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  • How to Do Nothing

    How to Do Nothing

    How to Do Nothing

    Jenny Odell
    ART
    3.76 (34,480)

    When the technologies we use every day collapse our experiences into 24/7 availability, platforms for personal branding, and products to be monetized, nothing can be quite so radical as… doing nothing. here, jenny odell sends up a flare from the heart of silicon valley, delivering an action plan to resist capitalist narratives of productivity and techno-determinism, and to become more meaningfully connected in the process.

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  • The Return

    The Return

    The Return

    Hisham Matar
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.14 (8,662)

    WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • The acclaimed memoir about fathers and sons, a legacy of loss, and, ultimately, healing—one of The New York Times Book Review’s ten best books of the year, winner of the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there. The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as “a first-person elegy for home and father.” Transforming his personal quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us an unforgettable work with a powerful human question at its core: How does one go on living in the face of unthinkable loss? NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times • The Washington Post • The Guardian • Financial Times “A tale of mighty love, loyalty and courage. It simply must be read.”—The Spectator (U.K.) “Wise and agonizing and thrilling to read.”—Zadie Smith “[An] eloquent memoir . . . at once a suspenseful detective story about a writer investigating his father’s fate . . . and a son’s efforts to come to terms with his father’s ghost, who has haunted more than half his life by his absence.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times “This outstanding book . . . roves back and forth in time with a freedom that conceals the intricate precision of its art.”—The Wall Street Journal “Truly remarkable . . . a book with a profound faith in the consolations of storytelling . . . a testament to [Matar’s] father, his family and his country.”—The Daily Telegraph (U.K.) “The Return is a riveting book about love and hope, but it is also a moving meditation on grief and loss. . . . Likely to become a classic.”—Colm Tóibín “Matar’s evocative writing and his early traumas call to mind Vladimir Nabokov.”—The Washington Post “Utterly riveting.”—The Boston Globe “A moving, unflinching memoir of a family torn apart.”—Kazuo Ishiguro, The Guardian “Beautiful . . . The Return, for all the questions it cannot answer, leaves a deep emotional imprint.”—Newsday “A masterful memoir, a searing meditation on loss, exile, grief, guilt, belonging, and above all, family. It is, as well, a study of the shaping—and breaking—of the bonds between fathers and sons. . . . This is writing of the highest quality.”—The Sunday Times (U.K.)

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  • Tough Love

    Tough Love

    Tough Love

    Susan Rice
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.07 (1,698)

    Although you may think you know susan rice--whose name became synonymous with benghazi following her sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in libya--in tough love, the author reveals the truth of her surprising story with unflinching honesty. often mischaracterized by political opponents, rice emerges as neither a villain nor victim, but a strong, compassionate leader.mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of american interests and values, rice connects the personal and the professional. taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an african

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  • Trust Exercise

    Trust Exercise

    Trust Exercise

    Susan Choi
    Fiction
    3.14 (28,769)

    In an american suburb in the early 1980s, students at a highly competitive performing arts high school struggle and thrive in a rarified bubble, ambitiously pursuing music, movement, shakespeare, and, particularly, their acting classes. when within this striving "brotherhood of the arts," two freshmen, david and sarah, fall headlong into love, their passion does not go unnoticed--or untoyed with--by anyone, especially not by their charismatic acting teacher, mr. kingsley.the outside world of family life and economic status, of academic pressure and of their future adult lives, fails to penetrate this

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  • Trick Mirror

    Trick Mirror

    Trick Mirror

    Jia Tolentino
    Literary Collections
    4.12 (52,234)

    Trick mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. this is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. in each essay, jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the american scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything, including

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  • The Anarchy

    The Anarchy

    The Anarchy

    William Dalrymple
    Business & Economics
    4.16 (11,050)

    The story of how the east india company took over large swaths of asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.in august 1765, the east india company defeated the young mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by english traders who collected taxes through means of a private army.the creation of this new government marked the moment that the east india company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power.

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  • Inland

    Inland

    Inland

    OBREHT TEA
    Fiction
    3.44 (11,076)

    In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the arizona territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives unfold. nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life--her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home.meanwhile, lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. he sees lost souls

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    Colson Whitehead
    4.04 (347,446)

    Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in georgia. life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for cora; an outcast even among her fellow africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. when caesar, a recent arrival from virginia, tells her about the underground railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. matters do not go as planned—cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.in

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  • The Orphan Master's Son

    The Orphan Master's Son

    The Orphan Master's Son

    Adam Johnson
    Fiction
    4.03 (98,920)

    Pak jun do is the haunted son of a lost mother - a singer "stolen" to pyongyang - and an influential father who runs long tomorrows, a work camp for orphans. there the boy is given his first taste of power, picking which orphans eat first and which will be lent out for manual labor. recognized for his loyalty and keen instincts, jun do comes to the attention of superiors in the state, rises in the ranks, and starts on a road from which there will be no return.considering himself

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  • Heartland

    Heartland

    Heartland

    Sarah Smarsh
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.76 (12,892)

    During sarah smarsh’s turbulent childhood in kansas in the 1980s and 1990s, the forces of cyclical poverty and the country’s changing economic policies solidified her family’s place among the working poor. by telling the story of her life and the lives of the people she loves, smarsh challenges us to look more closely at the class divide in our country and examine the myths about people thought to be less because they earn less. her personal history affirms the corrosive impact intergenerational poverty can have on individuals, families, and communities,

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  • Girl, Woman, Other

    Girl, Woman, Other

    Girl, Woman, Other

    Bernardine Evaristo
    Fiction
    4.35 (159,888)

    Teeming with life and crackling with energy — a love song to modern britain and black womanhoodgirl, woman, other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. mostly women, black and british, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.joyfully polyphonic and vibrantly contemporary, this is a gloriously new kind of history, a novel of our times: celebratory, ever-dynamic and utterly irresistible.

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  • The Return

    The Return

    The Return

    Hisham Matar
    Political Science
    4.14 (9,125)

    From man booker prize and national book critics circle award finalist hisham matar, a memoir of his journey home to his native libya in search of answers to his father's disappearance. in 2012, after the overthrow of qaddafi, the acclaimed novelist hisham matar journeys to his native libya after an absence of thirty years. when he was twelve, matar and his family went into political exile. eight years later matar's father, a former diplomat and military man turned brave political dissident, was kidnapped from the streets of cairo by the

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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    The Shallows

    Nicholas Carr
    3.89 (25,958)

    “is google making us stupid?” when nicholas carr posed that question, in a celebrated atlantic monthly cover story, he tapped into a well of anxiety about how the internet is changing us. he also crystallized one of the most important debates of our time: as we enjoy the net’s bounties, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?now, carr expands his argument into the most compelling exploration of the internet’s intellectual and cultural consequences yet published. as he describes how human thought has been shaped through the centuries

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  • Seveneves

    Seveneves

    Seveneves

    Neal Stephenson
    Fiction
    Social Science
    3.98 (106,656)

    What would happen if the world were ending?a catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. in a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.but the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious

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  • The Power

    The Power

    The Power

    Naomi Alderman
    Fiction
    3.79 (189,024)

    In the power the world is a recognisable place: there's a rich nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local american politician; a tough london girl from a tricky family. but something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. teenage girls now have immense physical power - they can cause agonising pain and even death. and, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly.this extraordinary novel by naomi alderman, a sunday times

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  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee

    David Treuer
    Indians of North America
    4.22 (4,289)

    A sweeping history—and counter-narrative—of native american life from the wounded knee massacre to the present.the received idea of native american history—as promulgated by books like dee brown's mega-bestselling 1970 bury my heart at wounded knee—has been that american indian history essentially ended with the 1890 massacre at wounded knee. not only did one hundred fifty sioux die at the hands of the u. s. cavalry, the sense was, but native civilization did as well. growing up ojibwe on a reservation in minnesota, training as an anthropologist, and researching native life

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  • The Yellow House

    The Yellow House

    The Yellow House

    Sarah M. Broom
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.91 (20,034)

    In 1961, sarah m. broom's mother ivory mae bought a shotgun house in the then-promising neighborhood of new orleans east and built her world inside of it. it was the height of the space race and the neighborhood was home to a major nasa plant--the postwar optimism seemed assured. widowed, ivory mae remarried sarah's father simon broom; their combined family would eventually number twelve children. but after simon died, six months after sarah's birth, the yellow house would become ivory mae's thirteenth and most unruly child.a book of great ambition,

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  • Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall

    Hilary Mantel
    3.88 (191,723)

    England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. if the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. henry viii wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry anne boleyn. the pope and most of europe opposes him. into this impasse steps thomas cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition. but henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous. cromwell helps him break the

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  • Finding My Voice

    Finding My Voice

    Finding My Voice

    Valerie Jarrett
    4.12 (1,338)

    When valerie jarrett interviewed a promising young lawyer named michelle robinson in july 1991 for a job in chicago city government, neither knew that it was the first step on a path that would end in the white house. jarrett soon became michelle and barack obama's trusted personal adviser and family confidante; in the white house, she was known as the one who "got" him and helped him engage his public life. jarrett joined the white house team on january 20, 2009 and departed with the first family on january

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  • Solitary

    Solitary

    Solitary

    Albert Woodfox
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.39 (2,612)

    Solitary is the unforgettable life story of a man who served more than four decades in solitary confinement—in a 6-foot by 9-foot cell, 23 hours a day, in notorious angola prison in louisiana—all for a crime he did not commit. that albert woodfox survived was, in itself, a feat of extraordinary endurance against the violence and deprivation he faced daily. that he was able to emerge whole from his odyssey within america’s prison and judicial systems is a triumph of the human spirit, and makes his book a clarion call

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  • Evicted

    Evicted

    Evicted

    Matthew Desmond
    Fiction
    4.46 (78,677)

    In evicted, princeton sociologist and macarthur "genius" matthew desmond follows eight families in milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century america's most devastating problems. its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.

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  • How to Read the Air

    How to Read the Air

    How to Read the Air

    Dinaw Mengestu
    Fiction
    3.25 (2,562)

    A heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination, which confirms mengestu's reputation as one of the brightest talents of his generation.dinaw mengestu's first novel, the beautiful things that heaven bears, earned the young writer comparisons to bellow, fitzgerald, and naipaul, and garnered ecstatic critical praise and awards around the world for its haunting depiction of the immigrant experience. now mengestu enriches the themes that defined his debut with a heartbreaking literary masterwork about love, family, and the power of imagination, which confirms his reputation as one

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  • Washington Black

    Washington Black

    Washington Black

    Esi Edugyan
    Fiction
    3.96 (58,116)

    Washington black is an eleven-year-old field slave who knows no other life than the barbados sugar plantation where he was born. when his master's eccentric brother chooses him to be his manservant, wash is terrified of the cruelties he is certain await him. but christopher wilde, or "titch," is a naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor, and abolitionist. he initiates wash into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky; where two people, separated by an impossible divide, might begin to see each other as human; and

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  • Maid

    Maid

    Maid

    Stephanie Land
    Biography & Autobiography
    3.8 (55,499)

    An alternate cover edition of isbn 9780316505116 can be found here.at 28, stephanie land’s plans of breaking free from the roots of her hometown in the pacific northwest to chase her dreams of attending a university and becoming a writer, were cut short when a summer fling turned into an unexpected pregnancy. she turned to housekeeping to make ends meet, and with a tenacious grip on her dream to provide her daughter the very best life possible, stephanie worked days and took classes online to earn a college degree, and

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  • A Different Way to Win

    A Different Way to Win

    A Different Way to Win

    Jim Rooney
    Biography & Autobiography
    4.16 (162)

    Dan rooney was one of the most influential sports executives of his generation, the man who transformed the pittsburgh steelers into one of the national football league’s great dynasties and premiere franchises. some of his most important achievements, however, took place off the playing field as he sought to bring about equity in the league’s hiring practices and peace in his ancestral homeland of ireland. as a business leader, a philanthropist, a diplomat and the author of the famous rooney rule, dan rooney was known for his core values, his

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  • Say Nothing

    Say Nothing

    Say Nothing

    Patrick Radden Keefe
    Authors
    American
    True Crime
    4.4 (74,024)

    In december 1972, jean mcconville, a thirty-eight-year-old mother of ten, was dragged from her belfast home by masked intruders, her children clinging to her legs. they never saw her again. her abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as the troubles. everyone in the neighborhood knew the i.r.a. was responsible. but in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. in 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to northern ireland, a set of human bones was

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  • Warlight

    Warlight

    Warlight

    Ondaatje Michael
    Fiction
    3.61 (41,653)

    In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself – at once both shadowed and luminous – warlight is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. it is 1945, and london is still reeling from the blitz and years of war. 14-year-old nathaniel and his sister, rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named the moth. they suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew

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    Is a meditation on the lingering effects of war on family.

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  • The New Geography of Jobs

    The New Geography of Jobs

    The New Geography of Jobs

    Enrico Moretti
    Business & Economics
    4.04 (2,316)

    From a rising young economist, an examination of innovation and success, and where to find them in america. an unprecedented redistribution of jobs, population, and wealth is under way in america, and it is likely to accelerate in the years to come. america’s new economic map shows growing differences, not just between people but especially between communities. in this important and persuasive book, u.c. berkeley economist enrico moretti provides a fresh perspective on the tectonic shifts that are reshaping america’s labor market—from globalization and income inequality to immigration and technological

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    a timely and smart discussion of how different cities and regions have made a changing economy work for them

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  • In the Shadow of Statues

    In the Shadow of Statues

    In the Shadow of Statues

    Mitch Landrieu
    Fiction
    4.03 (2,640)

    The new orleans mayor who removed the confederate statues confronts the racism that shapes us and argues for white america to reckon with its past. a passionate, personal, urgent book from the man who sparked a national debate."there is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence for it." when mitch landrieu addressed the people of new orleans in may 2017 about his decision to take down four confederate monuments, including the statue of robert e. lee, he struck a nerve nationally, and his speech has now been heard or

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    Thats something Mitch takes to heart in this book, while grappling with some of the most painful parts of our history and how they still live in the present.

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