In the Blood: Understanding America’s Farm Families

Farming is essential to the American economy and our daily lives, yet few of us have much contact with farmers except through the food we eat. Who are America’s farmers? Why is farming important to them? How are they coping with dramatic changes to their way of life? In the Blood paints a vi

Reality is harsh in Etaf Rum’s debut novel ‘A Woman is No Man’

 From the mountains of Birzeit in Palestine to the concrete confines of New York’s Brooklyn comes Etaf Rum’s novel, “A Woman is No Man.”   The brilliant debut and New York Times bestseller is an incredible Palestinian-American story of unhappy relationships, cri

Show Them You’re Good by Jeff Hobbs

The bestselling, critically acclaimed, award-winning author of “The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace” presents a brilliant and transcendent work that closely follows four Los Angeles high school boys with vastly different background and resources as they apply to college. “

The Organ Thieves

In 1968, Bruce Tucker went into a research hospital in the US state of Virginia with a head injury, only to have his heart taken out of his body and put into the chest of a businessman.Now, in The Organ Thieves, Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Chip Jones exposes the horrifying inequality surro

The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820–1900 by Theodore M. Porter

The Rise of Statistical Thinking, 1820–1900 explores the history of statistics from the field’s origins in the 19th century through to the factors that produced the burst of modern statistical innovation in the early 20th century. Theodore Porter shows that statistics was not developed

Hitler’s Northern Utopia by Despina Stratigakos

Between 1940 and 1945, German occupiers transformed Norway into a vast construction zone. This remarkable building campaign, largely unknown today, was designed to extend the Greater German Reich beyond the Arctic Circle and turn the Scandinavian country into a racial utopia. From ideal new cities

The Age of Questions by Holly Case

In the early 19th century, a new age began: The age of questions. In the Eastern and Belgian questions, as much as in the slavery, worker, social, woman, and Jewish questions, contemporaries saw not interrogatives to be answered but problems to be solved. Alexis de Tocqueville, Victor Hugo, Karl M

Former President George W. Bush, Who Previously Oversaw the Creation of ICE, is Releasing a Book of Immigrant Portraits

A little more than a year ago, President-turned-painter George W. Bush set out to make a series of portraits about American immigrants. Well, mission accomplished. Last week, Bush announced a new book collecting 43 of these portraits, each of which will be accompanied by a small essay he’s

Man and beast: Tuareg’s tale of desert survival

Shortlisted for the 2015 Man Booker International Prize, literary giant Ibrahim Al-Koni’s novel “Gold Dust” tells the moving tale of Ukhayyad and his thoroughbred camel as the pair struggle to survive in the Tuareg deserts of the Sahara.   The novel, first printed 30 years a

The Development Dilemma by Robert H. Bates

In The Development Dilemma, Robert Bates responds to this challenge by turning to history, focusing on England and France. By the end of the 18th century, England stood poised to enter “the great transformation.” France by contrast verged on state failure, and life and property were inse

After the Last Border

Author: Jessica Goudreau After the Last Border — written by Jessica Goudreau — is an intimate look at the lives of two women as they struggle for the 21st century American dream, having won the “golden ticket” to settle as refugees in Austin, Texas.The book casts a light on

The Dangerous Snakes of Africa

Authors: Stephen Sprawls and Bill Branch   Africa is home to several hundred snake species, including some of the world’s most dangerous. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa is an indispensable guide to all 137 of these perilous species, both venomous and nonvenomous, and also looks at anoth

Urban Economics and Fiscal Policy by Holfer Sieg

With more than half of today’s global GDP being produced by approximately 400 metropolitan centers, learning about the economics of cities is vital to understanding economic prosperity.  This textbook introduces graduate and upper-division undergraduate students to the field of urban eco

Journalists between Hitler and Adenauer

Author: Volker R. Berghahn Journalists between Hitler and Adenauer takes an in-depth look at German journalism from the late Weimar period through the postwar decades. Illuminating the roles played by journalists in the media metropolis of Hamburg, Volker Berghahn focuses on the lives and work of t

A new bestselling novel scrutinizes colorism and standards of beauty in America

While the world continues to reckon with systemic racism and anti-Blackness during a summer of protest and awakening after the killing of George Floyd, a new novel explores another layer of discrimination experienced by people within Black communities. Brit Bennett's "The Vanishing Half" is the s

Rated Agency: Investee Politics in a Speculative Age

Author: Michel Feher The hegemony of finance compels a new orientation for everyone and everything: Companies care more about the moods of their shareholders than about longstanding commercial success; governments subordinate citizen welfare to appeasing creditors; and individuals are concerned les

A word in your ear… why the rise of audiobooks is a story worth celebrating

When I look back on 2020, audiobooks may not be the first thing I remember, but they will occupy a prominent place in the list of crutches that propped me up in this strange and perturbing year. One of the first things I did when I undertook my own Covid-19 journey in early April – three weeks

Nathalie Sarraute: A Life Between

Author: ann jefferson A leading exponent of the nouveau roman, Nathalie Sarraute (1900–1999) was also one of France’s most cosmopolitan literary figures, and her life was bound up with the intellectual and political ferment of 20th-century Europe. Ann Jefferson’s Nathalie Sarraute

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