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

Language

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鈥檚 <em>Dreams from My Father</em>." 鈥擟harles Kaiser, <em>The Guardian</em><br /><br /><br /><br />A mayor鈥檚 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 鈥渢he most interesting mayor you鈥檝e never heard of,鈥?Pete Buttigieg, the thirty-seven-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has now emerged as one of the nation鈥檚 most visionary politicians. With soaring prose that celebrates a resurgent American Midwest, <em>Shortest Way Home</em> narrates the heroic transformation of a 鈥渄ying city鈥?(<em>Newsweek</em>) into nothing less than a shining model of urban reinvention.</p><br /><p>Interweaving two narratives鈥攖hat of a young man coming of age and a town regaining its economic vitality鈥擝uttigieg 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鈥檚 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鈥攂ecoming, 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鈥檚 youngest mayor, Pete Buttigieg immediately recognized that 鈥済reat cities, and even great nations, are built through attention to the everyday.鈥?As <em>Shortest Way Home</em> recalls, the challenges were daunting鈥攚hether 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鈥檚 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鈥攖hat 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 鈥渇lyover country鈥濃€擝uttigieg provides a new vision for America鈥檚 shortest way home.</p>
In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy
by Fr茅d茅ric 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 expos茅 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 鈥?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.
White
by Bret Easton Ellis

Language

English

Pages

273

Publication Date

April 16, 2019

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<b>Own it, snowflakes: you've聽<i>lost聽</i>everything you聽claim to聽hold dear.</b><br /><br /><i>White聽</i>is Bret Easton Ellis's first work of nonfiction. Already the聽bad boy of American literature, from<i>聽Less Than Zero</i>聽to聽<i>American Psycho</i>, Ellis has also聽earned the wrath of right-thinking people everywhere with his provocations on social media, and here he聽escalates his admonishment of received truths as聽expressed by today's version of "the left." Eschewing convention, he embraces views that will make many in literary and聽media communities聽cringe, as he takes aim at the relentless anti-Trump fixation, coastal elites, corporate聽censorship, Hollywood, identity politics, Generation Wuss, "woke"聽cultural watchdogs, the obfuscation of ideals聽once both聽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,聽<i>White</i>聽is a clarion call for freedom of speech and artistic freedom.<br /> <i>聽</i><br /> "The central tension in Ellis's art鈥攐r his life, for that matter鈥攊s 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."鈥擪aren Heller,聽<i>The聽Washington Post</i><br /> <i>聽</i><br />"Sweating with rage . . . humming with paranoia."鈥擜nna Leszkiewicz,聽<i>The Guardian</i><br /> <i>聽</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."鈥擝ari Weiss<i>, The New York Times</i><br /> <i>聽</i>
Why Liberals Win the Culture Wars (Even When They Lose Elections)...
by Stephen Prothero

Language

English

Pages

330

Publication Date

January 05, 2016

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<p>In this timely, carefully reasoned social history of the United States, the <em>New York Times</em> bestselling author of <em>Religious Literacy</em> and <em>God Is Not One</em> places today鈥檚 heated culture wars within the context of a centuries-long struggle of right versus left and religious versus secular to reveal how, ultimately, liberals always win.</p><p>Though they may seem to be dividing the country irreparably, today鈥檚 heated cultural and political battles between right and left, Progressives and Tea Party, religious and secular are far from unprecedented. In this engaging and important work, Stephen Prothero reframes the current debate, viewing it as the latest in a number of flashpoints that have shaped our national identity. Prothero takes us on a lively tour through time, bringing into focus the election of 1800, which pitted Calvinists and Federalists against Jeffersonians and 鈥渋nfidels;鈥?the Protestants鈥?campaign against Catholics in the mid-nineteenth century; the anti-Mormon crusade of the Victorian era; the fundamentalist-modernist debates of the 1920s; the culture wars of the 1980s and 1990s; and the current crusade against Islam.</p><p>As Prothero makes clear, our culture wars have always been religious wars, progressing through the same stages of conservative reaction to liberal victory that eventually benefit all Americans. Drawing on his impressive depth of knowledge and detailed research, he explains how competing religious beliefs have continually molded our political, economic, and sociological discourse and reveals how the conflicts which separate us today, like those that came before, are actually the byproduct of our struggle to come to terms with inclusiveness and ideals of 鈥淎mericanness.鈥?To explore these battles, he reminds us, is to look into the soul of America鈥攁nd perhaps find essential answers to the questions that beset us.</p>
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 鈥渉ate speech鈥?and 鈥渁nti-Semitism,鈥?which have become weapons wielded to destroy people. The term 鈥渉ate speech鈥?is a creation of the Anti-Defamation League. Like the analogous term 鈥渁nti-Semitism,鈥?hate speech is any utterance Jews at organizations like the ADL find offensive.
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler's Concentration Camp for Wo...
by Sarah Helm

Language

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: Ravensbr眉ck, the only Nazi concentration camp built for women</b><br />聽 <br />On聽a sunny morning in May 1939 a phalanx of 867 women鈥攈ousewives, doctors, opera singers, politicians, prostitutes鈥攚as 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 /> 聽 聽 聽Their destination was Ravensbr眉ck, 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 Genevi貓ve de Gaulle, General de Gaulle鈥檚 niece, and Gemma La Guardia Gluck, sister of the wartime mayor of New York.聽<br />聽 聽 聽Only a small number of these women were Jewish;聽Ravensbr眉ck was largely a place for the Nazis to eliminate other inferior beings鈥攕ocial outcasts, Gypsies, political enemies, foreign resisters, the sick, the disabled, and the 鈥渕ad.鈥?Over six years the prisoners endured beatings, torture, slave labor, starvation, and random execution. In the final months of the war, Ravensbr眉ck became an extermination camp. Estimates of the final death toll by April 1945 have ranged from 30,000 to 90,000.<br />聽 聽 聽For decades the story of Ravensbr眉ck 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.聽<br />聽 聽 聽Far more than a catalog of atrocities, however, <i>Ravensbr眉ck聽</i>is also a compelling account of what one survivor called 鈥渢he heroism, superhuman tenacity, and exceptional willpower to survive.鈥?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.聽<br />聽 聽 聽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鈥檚聽final attempt to seek a separate peace with the Allies using the women of Ravensbr眉ck as a bargaining chip. Chilling, inspiring,聽and deeply unsettling, <i>Ravensbr眉ck</i> is a groundbreaking work聽of historical investigation. With rare clarity, it reminds us of the capacity of humankind both for bestial cruelty and for courage against all odds.
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." 鈥擯arul 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." 鈥擱oxane 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鈥攁n abusive drunk and a brilliant artist鈥攚ho 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鈥檚 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鈥攂ut 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鈥檚 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." 鈥擡mma 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></b>
Finding Stevie: A dark secret. A child in crisis.
by Cathy Glass

Language

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鈥檚 social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isn鈥檛 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鈥檚 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鈥檛 tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what he鈥檚 done.</p>
Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice
by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Sama...

Language

English

Pages

261

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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In this collection of essays, Lambda Literary Award鈥搘inning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all. <br /><br /><br /><br /><i>Care Work</i> is a mapping of access as radical love, a celebration of the work that sick and disabled queer/people of color are doing to find each other and to build power and community, and a tool kit for everyone who wants to build radically resilient, sustainable communities of liberation where no one is left behind. Powerful and passionate, <i>Care Work</i> is a crucial and necessary call to arms.
The Meaning of Matthew: My Son's Murder in Laramie, and a World T...
by Judy Shepard

Language

English

Pages

300

Publication Date

August 29, 2009

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<b>鈥?lt;i>The Meaning of Matthew</i> is Judy Shepard鈥檚 passionate and courageous attempt to understand what no mother should have to understand, which is why her son was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming, in the fall of 1998. It is a vivid testimony to a life cut short, and testimony too, to the bravery and compassion of Judy and Dennis鈥擬atthew鈥檚 parents鈥攁s they struggle to survive a grief that won鈥檛 go away.鈥濃€擫arry McMurty, author of <i>Terms of Endearment</i> and <i>Lonesome Dove</i></b><br /><br /> Today the name Matthew Shepard is synonymous with gay rights, but until 1998, he was just Judy Shepard鈥檚 son. In this remarkably candid memoir,聽Judy Shepard shares the story behind the headlines. Interweaving memories of Matthew and her family with the challenges of confronting her son鈥檚 death, Judy describes how she handled the crippling loss of her child in the public eye, the vigils and protests held by strangers in her son鈥檚 name, and ultimately how she and her husband gained the courage to help prosecutors convict her son's murderers. <br /><br /><i>The Meaning of Matthew</i> is more than a retelling of horrific injustice that brought the reality of inequality and homophobia into the American consciousness. It is an聽unforgettable and inspiring account of how one ordinary woman turned an unthinkable tragedy into a vital message for the world.

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