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The Return (Pulitzer Prize Winner): Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812985085
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Published: Random House Trade - April 4th, 2017

This book will not only teach you about Libya, crisis, and war but is also an incredibly eloquent memoir from the point of view of the Telemachus-like son of a former Libyan diplomat/ political dissident. Winning the Pulitzer this year, this work is a gripping portrayal of Gaddafi's tyranny and daily life, under autocracy and after. One of the best books of the year.

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631492853
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - May 2nd, 2017

Debunking the thought train of de facto segregation in the 20th century and today, Richard Rothstein gives a comprehensive yet readable and approachable list of precisely the legislative, de jure, acts of government which segregated America and continue to do so today. Rothstein reminds us not to forget the incredible and very real history of written legal racism in this country and the dangers that come with ignoring our judicial and legislative mistakes. Must read if you haven't already been assigned it. -Ashley

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The Relive Box and Other Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062673398
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Published: Ecco Press - October 3rd, 2017

In the collection of short stories, T.C. Boyle successfully throws his readers head first into Kafka-esque worlds, each more absurd than the last- and yet disturbingly normal. Boyle's characters often, very similarly, attempt to cope with these non-sensical and suddenly paranormal worlds with exceptional realness, coated with self-absorption and humorous under-reaction. These are stories I've thought about weeks after reading - with new realizations. Always a fan of T.C. Boyle, The Relive Box and Other Stories does not disappoint. -Ashley

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It Devours!: A Welcome to Night Vale Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062476050
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 17th, 2017

With its campy, surrealistic, sci-fi world, Nightvale initially reminds one of Douglas' Hitchhiker's Guide. The clever and often silly narration style provides an amusing tone familiar to fans of the podcast but still manages to stay accessible to newcomes to Nightvale, without every seeming redundant. Definitely recommend to readers seeking a fun yet pertinently satirical adventure into what may well be one of the great sci-fi universes of the 21st century. -Ashley

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Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812979305
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Published: Random House Trade - November 4th, 2008

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

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Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir Cover Image
By Amy Tan
ISBN: 9780062319296
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Published: Ecco Press - October 17th, 2017

An exploration into patterns and creativity of thought, this autobiography is one of the best and most eloquent diary like works I've had the pleasure of reading. Amy Tan, here, feels immensely relatable, speaking of and giving words to thoughts we've all had, but from the perspective of a living classic author. Incredibly down to earth and refreshing. 

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The Courage of Hopelessness: A Year of Acting Dangerously Cover Image
ISBN: 9781612190037
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Published: Melville House Publishing - February 6th, 2018

Having seen Slavoj Zizek speak in NYC, this book seems like a continuation of the conversation Zizek has been trying to make the world have for years. An excellent perspective on eurozone politics and a rare voice on Greek politics, The Courage of Hopelessness weaves together philosophically, the crises of Western and Europe politics, with an interesting optimistic snark. With Brexit unfolding, Syriza functioning?, and confusing German elections, Zizek helps us make sense of it all.