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Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America'...
by Pete Buttigieg

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English

Pages

347

Publication Date

February 12, 2019

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<p><strong><em>NEW YORK TIMES</em> BESTSELLER<br /><br />"The best American political autobiography since Barack Obama’s <em>Dreams from My Father</em>." —Charles Kaiser, <em>The Guardian</em><br /><br /><br /><br />A mayor’s inspirational story of a Midwest city that has become nothing less than a blueprint for the future of American renewal.</strong></p><br /><p>Once described by the <em>Washington Post</em> as “the most interesting mayor you’ve never heard of,” Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation’s most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, <em>Shortest Way Home</em> narrates the heroic transformation of a “dying city” (<em>Newsweek</em>) into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention.</p><br /><p>Interweaving two narratives—that of a young man coming of age and a town regaining its economic vitality—Buttigieg recounts growing up in a Rust Belt city, amid decayed factory buildings and the steady soundtrack of rumbling freight trains passing through on their long journey to Chicagoland. Inspired by John F. Kennedy’s legacy, Buttigieg first left northern Indiana for red-bricked Harvard and then studied at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before joining McKinsey, where he trained as a consultant—becoming, of all things, an expert in grocery pricing. Then, Buttigieg defied the expectations that came with his pedigree, choosing to return home to Indiana and responding to the ultimate challenge of how to revive a once-great industrial city and help steer its future in the twenty-first century.</p><br /><p>Elected at twenty-nine as the nation’s youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg immediately recognized that “great cities, and even great nations, are built through attention to the everyday.” As <em>Shortest Way Home</em> recalls, the challenges were daunting—whether confronting gun violence, renaming a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr., or attracting tech companies to a city that had appealed more to junk bond scavengers than serious investors. None of this is underscored more than Buttigieg’s audacious campaign to reclaim 1,000 houses, many of them abandoned, in 1,000 days and then, even as a sitting mayor, deploying to serve in Afghanistan as a Navy officer. Yet the most personal challenge still awaited Buttigieg, who came out in a South Bend Tribune editorial, just before being reelected with 78 percent of the vote, and then finding Chasten Glezman, a middle-school teacher, who would become his partner for life.</p><br /><p>While Washington reels with scandal, <em>Shortest Way Home</em>, with its graceful, often humorous, language, challenges our perception of the typical American politician. In chronicling two once-unthinkable stories—that of an Afghanistan veteran who came out and found love and acceptance, all while in office, and that of a revitalized Rust Belt city no longer regarded as “flyover country”—Buttigieg provides a new vision for America’s shortest way home.</p>
White
by Bret Easton Ellis

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>Own it, snowflakes: you've <i>lost </i>everything you claim to hold dear.</b><br /><br /><i>White </i>is Bret Easton Ellis's first work of nonfiction. Already the bad boy of American literature, from<i> Less Than Zero</i> to <i>American Psycho</i>, Ellis has also earned the wrath of right-thinking people everywhere with his provocations on social media, and here he escalates his admonishment of received truths as expressed by today's version of "the left." Eschewing convention, he embraces views that will make many in literary and media communities cringe, as he takes aim at the relentless anti-Trump fixation, coastal elites, corporate censorship, Hollywood, identity politics, Generation Wuss, "woke" cultural watchdogs, the obfuscation of ideals once both cherished and clear, and the fugue state of American democracy. In a young century marked by hysterical correctness and obsessive fervency on both sides of an aisle that's taken on the scale of the Grand Canyon, <i>White</i> is a clarion call for freedom of speech and artistic freedom.<br /> <i> </i><br /> "The central tension in Ellis's art—or his life, for that matter—is that while [his] aesthetic is the cool reserve of his native California, detachment over ideology, he can't stop generating heat.... He's hard-wired to break furniture."—Karen Heller, <i>The Washington Post</i><br /> <i> </i><br />"Sweating with rage . . . humming with paranoia."—Anna Leszkiewicz, <i>The Guardian</i><br /> <i> </i><br />"Snowflakes on both coasts in withdrawal from Rachel Maddow's nightly Kremlinology lesson can purchase a whole book to inspire paroxysms of rage . . . a veritable thirst trap for the easily microaggressed. It's all here. Rants about Trump derangement syndrome; MSNBC; #MeToo; safe spaces."—Bari Weiss<i>, The New York Times</i><br /> <i> </i>
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
by Frédéric Martel

Language

English

Pages

571

Publication Date

February 21, 2019

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b><br /><b><br />'[An] earth-shaking exposé of clerical corruption' - <i>National Catholic Reporter</i></b><br /><i><i><br /></i>In the Closet of the Vatican</i> exposes the rot at the heart of the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church today. This brilliant piece of investigative writing is based on four years' authoritative research, including extensive interviews with those in power. <br /><br />The celibacy of priests, the condemnation of the use of contraceptives, the cover up of countless cases of sexual abuse, the resignation of Benedict XVI, misogyny among the clergy, the dramatic fall in Europe of the number of vocations to the priesthood, the plotting against Pope Francis – all these issues are clouded in mystery and secrecy.<br /><br /><i>In the Closet of the Vatican</i> is a book that reveals these secrets and penetrates this enigma. It derives from a system founded on a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself. It is based on the double lives of priests and on extreme homophobia. The resulting schizophrenia in the Church is hard to fathom. But the more a prelate is homophobic, the more likely it is that he is himself gay.<br /><br />'Behind rigidity there is always something hidden, in many cases a double life'. These are the words of Pope Francis himself and with them the Pope has unlocked the Closet.<br /><br />No one can claim to really understand the Catholic Church today until they have read this book. It reveals a truth that is extraordinary and disturbing.
Heart Berries: A Memoir
by Terese Marie Mailhot

Language

English

Pages

140

Publication Date

February 13, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER<br /><br />Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for March/April 2018<br /><br /><br />A <i>New York Times</i> Editor's Choice<br /><br />A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Selection<br /><br /><br /><br />"A sledgehammer. . . . Her experiments with structure and language . . . are in the service of trying to find new ways to think about the past, trauma, repetition and reconciliation, which might be a way of saying a new model for the memoir." —Parul Sehgal, <i>The New York Times</i><br /><br /><br /><br /><b>"<i>Heart Berries</i> by Terese Mailhot is an astounding memoir in essays. Here is a wound. Here is need, naked and unapologetic. Here is a mountain woman, towering in words great and small . . . What Mailhot has accomplished in this exquisite book is brilliance both raw and refined." —Roxane Gay, author of <i>Hunger</i></b><br /><br /><br /><br /></b><br /><i>Heart Berries</i> is a powerful, poetic memoir of a woman's coming of age on the Seabird Island Band in the Pacific Northwest. Having survived a profoundly dysfunctional upbringing only to find herself hospitalized and facing a dual diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar II disorder; Terese Marie Mailhot is given a notebook and begins to write her way out of trauma. The triumphant result is <i>Heart Berries</i>, a memorial for Mailhot's mother, a social worker and activist who had a thing for prisoners; a story of reconciliation with her father—an abusive drunk and a brilliant artist—who was murdered under mysterious circumstances; and an elegy on how difficult it is to love someone while dragging the long shadows of shame.<br /><br />Mailhot trusts the reader to understand that memory isn't exact, but melded to imagination, pain, and what we can bring ourselves to accept. Her unique and at times unsettling voice graphically illustrates her mental state. As she writes, she discovers her own true voice, seizes control of her story, and, in so doing, reestablishes her connection to her family, to her people, and to her place in the world.<br /><br /><br /><br /><b>"I am quietly reveling in the profundity of Mailhot’s deliberate transgression in <i>Heart Berries</i> and its perfect results. I love her suspicion of words. I have always been terrified and in awe of the power of words—but Mailhot does not let them silence her in <i>Heart Berries</i>. She finds the purest way to say what she needs to say . . . [T]he writing is so good it’s hard not to temporarily be distracted from the content or narrative by its brilliance . . . Perhaps, because this author so generously allows us to be her witness, we are somehow able to see ourselves more clearly and become better witnesses to ourselves." —Emma Watson, Official March/April selection for Our Shared Shelf<br /><br /><br /><br /><b>Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2018 by:<br /><br />Goodreads<br /><br /><i>Esquire</i><br /><br /><i>Entertainment Weekly</i><br /><br /><i>ELLE</i><br /><br /><i>Cosmopolitan</i><br /><br /><i>Huffington Post</i><br /><br /><i>B*tch</i><br /><br /><i>NYLON</i><br /><br />Buzzfeed<br /><br />Bustle<br /><br /><i>The Rumpus</i><br /><br />The New York Public Library</b>
Jewish Privilege
by E. Michael Jones

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English

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Publication Date

July 04, 2019

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Sixty years ago, Jewish activists like Leo Pfeffer claimed with a straight face that Jews favored free speech, and, indeed, they did then: they were in the forefront of undermining anti-obscenity and anti-abortion laws. Once the moral code was destroyed, social anarchy followed. A new code was imposed. Previously known as political correctness, it is now known by its opposite, namely, hate speech. Jewish Privilege today finds its primary expression in terms like “hate speech” and “anti-Semitism,” which have become weapons wielded to destroy people. The term “hate speech” is a creation of the Anti-Defamation League. Like the analogous term “anti-Semitism,” hate speech is any utterance Jews at organizations like the ADL find offensive.
So You Want to Talk About Race
by Ijeoma Oluo

Language

English

Pages

247

Publication Date

January 16, 2018

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<div><b>In this <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a hard-hitting but user-friendly examination of race in America</b></div><div><br /></div><div>Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy--from police brutality to the mass incarceration of African Americans--have made it impossible to ignore the issue of race. Still, it is a difficult subject to talk about. How do you tell your roommate her jokes are racist? Why did your sister-in-law take umbrage when you asked to touch her hair--and how do you make it right? How do you explain white privilege to your white, privileged friend? </div><div><br /></div><div>In <i>So You Want to Talk About Race</i>, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life. </div><div><br /></div><div>"Oluo gives us--both white people and people of color--that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases."</div><div><i>--National Book Review</i></div><div><i><br /></i></div><div> </div><div>"Generous and empathetic, yet usefully blunt . . . it's for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action."</div><div>--<i>Salon</i> (Required Reading)</div><div><br /></div>
Finding Stevie: A dark secret. A child in crisis.
by Cathy Glass

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

February 21, 2019

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<p><em>Finding Stevie</em> is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking online.</p><p>When Stevie’s social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn’t sure what that term means and looks it up.</p><p>Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevie’s behaviour so they place him in care.</p><p>Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they can’t tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he’s done.</p>
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Wo...
by Sarah Helm

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English

Pages

746

Publication Date

March 31, 2015

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<b>A masterly and moving account of the most horrific hidden atrocity of World War II: Ravensbrück, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women</b><br />  <br />On a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women—housewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes—was marched through the woods fifty miles north of Berlin, driven on past a shining lake, then herded in through giant gates. Whipping and kicking them were scores of German women guards.<br />      Their destination was Ravensbrück, a concentration camp designed specifically for women by Heinrich Himmler, prime architect of the Holocaust. By the end of the war 130,000 women from more than twenty different European countries had been imprisoned there; among the prominent names were Geneviève de Gaulle, General de Gaulle’s niece, and Gemma La Guardia Gluck, sister of the wartime mayor of New York. <br />     Only a small number of these women were Jewish; Ravensbrück was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings—social outcasts, Gypsies, political enemies, foreign resisters, the sick, the disabled, and the “mad.” Over six years the prisoners endured beatings, torture, slave labor, starvation, and random execution. In the final months of the war, Ravensbrück became an extermination camp. Estimates of the final death toll by April 1945 have ranged from 30,000 to 90,000.<br />     For decades the story of Ravensbrück was hidden behind the Iron Curtain, and today it is still little known. Using testimony unearthed since the end of the Cold War and interviews with survivors who have never talked before, Sarah Helm has ventured into the heart of the camp, demonstrating for the reader in riveting detail how easily and quickly the unthinkable horror evolved. <br />     Far more than a catalog of atrocities, however, <i>Ravensbrück </i>is also a compelling account of what one survivor called “the heroism, superhuman tenacity, and exceptional willpower to survive.” For every prisoner whose strength failed, another found the will to resist through acts of self-sacrifice and friendship, as well as sabotage, protest, and escape. <br />     While the core of this book is told from inside the camp, the story also sheds new light on the evolution of the wider genocide, the impotence of the world to respond, and Himmler’s final attempt to seek a separate peace with the Allies using the women of Ravensbrück as a bargaining chip. Chilling, inspiring, and deeply unsettling, <i>Ravensbrück</i> is a groundbreaking work of historical investigation. With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of humankind both for bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds.
Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
by David Carter

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English

Pages

349

Publication Date

May 19, 2010

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<p>The basis of the PBS American Experience documentary <i>Stonewall Uprising.</i></p><p>In 1969, a series of riots over police action against The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village, changed the longtime landscape of the homosexual in society literally overnight. Since then the event itself has become the stuff of legend, with relatively little hard information available on the riots themselves. Now, based on hundreds of interviews, an exhaustive search of public and previously sealed files, and over a decade of intensive research into the history and the topic, <i>Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution</i> brings this singular event to vivid life in this, the definitive story of one of history's most singular events. </p><p>A Randy Shilts / Publishing Triangle Award Finalist</p><p>"Riveting...Not only the definitive examination of the riots but an absorbing history of pre-Stonewall America, and how the oppression and pent-up rage of those years finally ignited on a hot New York night." - Boston Globe</p>
The Stonewall Reader
by Penguin Classics

Language

English

Pages

335

Publication Date

April 30, 2019

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<b>For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.</b><br /><br />June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.

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