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Obstacle course : the everyday struggle to get an abortion in America
David S. Cohen, Carole E. Joffe
HQ767.U6 C65 2020
"This book tells the real story of abortion in America, one that captures a disturbing reality of sometimes insurmountable barriers put in front of women trying to exercise their legal rights to medical services. Without the efforts of an unheralded army of doctors, nurses, social workers, activists, and volunteers, what is a legal right would be meaningless for the almost one million people per year who get abortions. There is a better way-treating abortion like any other form of health care-but the United States is a long way from that ideal." -- Provided by publisher.
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The night swimmers
Peter Rock
PS3568.O327 N54 2019
"Peter Rock's stunning auto-biographical novel begins in the 90s on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin, where the narrator, a man recently graduated from college, and a young widow, Mrs. Abel, swim together at night, making their way across miles of open water, navigating the currents and swells, the rise and fall of the lake. The nature of these night swims, and of his relationship to Mrs. Abel, becomes increasingly mysterious to the narrator as the summer passes, until the night that Mrs. Abel disappears. Twenty years later, the narrator--now married with two daughters--tries to understand that time, it's obsessions and dreams." -- Provided by publisher.
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The new class war : saving democracy from the managerial elite
Michael Lind
HM1263 .L56 2020
"In The New Class War, Michael Lind exposes globalization for what it really is: a strategy used by the powerful managerial elite--including the people who run our governments, businesses, and the media--to undermine the working class. This book confronts us with hard truths: Trade and immigration really have damaged many members of the working class. Globalization is not an inexorable force that everyone should embrace and adapt to. Instead, since the end of the Cold War globalization has been a strategy that serves the selfish interests of those who have the education and other advantages to make the most of it." -- Provided by publisher.
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A memory called empire
Arkady Martine
PS3613.A786325 M46 2019
"During a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court, Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. Now Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion--all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret--one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life--or rescue it from annihilation." -- Provided by Publisher.
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Margaret Thatcher : the authorized biography : herself alone
Charles Moore
DA591.T47 M6674 2019
"The first is Mrs. Thatcher's dominance of her government in almost every domestic field, but also her growing intolerance of dissent, the increasing alienation of her most senior ministers over Europe and the fatal corrosion that followed. The second is her commanding presence on the world stage, ... her role in the ending of the Cold War, her central position in the response to the invasion of Kuwait, and her increasing isolation as America's priorities in Europe changed. The third is how she, a woman, coped and led in political worlds almost entirely occupied by men." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Lurking : how a person became a user
Joanne McNeil
HM851 .M3965 2020
"In Lurking, Joanne McNeil digs deep and identifies the primary (if sometimes contradictory) concerns of people online: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility. She charts what it is that brought people online and what keeps us here even as the social equations of digital life--what we're made to trade, knowingly or otherwise, for the benefits of the internet--have shifted radically beneath us. Long one of the most incisive, ferociously intelligent, and widely respected cultural critics online, McNeil here establishes a singular vision of who we are now, tells the stories of how we became us, and helps us start to figure out what we do now." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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The loud minority : why protests matter in American democracy
Daniel Q. Gillion
HN57 .G55 2020
"Drawing on historical evidence, statistical data, and detailed interviews about protest activity since the 1960s, Daniel Gillion shows that electoral districts with protest activity are more likely to see increased voter turnout at the polls. Surprisingly, protest activities are also moneymaking endeavors for electoral politics, as voters donate more to political candidates who share the ideological leanings of activists. Finally, protests are a signal of political problems, encouraging experienced political challengers to run for office and hurting incumbents’ chances of winning reelection. The silent majority may not speak by protesting themselves, but they clearly gesture for social change with their votes." -- Provided from Amazon.
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Living weapon
Rowan Ricardo Phillips
PS3616.H467 L58 2020
"A bracing renewal of civic poetry, from the award-winning essayist and poet." -- Provided by publisher.
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The living presidency : an originalist argument against its ever-expanding powers
Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash
KF5050 .P73 2020
"Beloved by liberals, the living Constitution evolves with the times. But one downside has been the erosion of constitutional constraints on executive action. Saikrishna Prakash argues that if we want to rein in this imperial, living presidency, we must embrace constitutional originalism and revive the framers' vision of the separation of powers." -- Provided by publisher.
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Let the people rule : how direct democracy can meet the populist challenge
John G. Matsusaka
JC423 .M3766 2020
"Propelled by the belief that government has slipped out of the hands of ordinary citizens, a surging wave of populism is destabilizing democracies around the world. Over the past century, while democratic governments have become more efficient, they have also become more disconnected from the people they purport to represent. The solution Matsusaka advances is familiar but surprisingly underused: direct democracy, in the form of referendums. With a crisis of representation hobbling democracies across the globe, Let the People Rule offers important new ideas about the crucial role the referendum can play in the future of government." -- Provided by publisher.
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Ledger : poems
Jane Hirshfield
PS3558.I694 A6 2020
"Ledger's pages hold the most important and masterly work yet by Jane Hirshfield, one of our most celebrated contemporary poets. From the already much-quoted opening lines of despair and defiance, Hirshfield's poems inscribe a registry, both personal and communal, of our present-day predicaments. Hirshfield's signature alloy of fact and imagination, clarity and mystery, inquiry, observation, and embodied emotion has created a book of indispensable poems, tuned toward issues of consequence to all who share this world's current and future fate." -- Provided from Amazon.
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The jetsetters : a novel
Amanda Eyre Ward
PS3623.A725 J48 2020
"When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the "Become a Jetsetter" contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can't seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage - literal and figurative - and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso." --Provided by publisher.
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How Trump happened : a system shock decades in the making
Steven E. Schier, Todd E. Eberly
E911 .S35 2020
"Racism. Sexism. Russian interference. A few thousand votes in key swing states. There are no shortage of explanations for the stunning 2016 election of Donald Trump. In How Trump Happened, political experts Steven Schier and Todd Eberly step back to trace the factors driving his election, arguing that Trump's victory was decades in the making. As Americans prepare once again to cast their presidential ballots, How Trump Happened will be indispensable reading for anyone seeking to understand the current political landscape unprecedented 2016 election and Trump presidency." -- Provided by publisher.
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Hood feminism : notes from the women that a movement forgot
Mikki Kendall
E185.86 .K46 2020
"In this collection of essays, Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement. She argues that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?" -- Provided from Melvyl.
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A good neighborhood
Therese Fowler
PS3606.O857 G66 2020
"A gripping contemporary novel that examines the American dream through the lens of two families living side by side in an idyllic neighborhood, and the one summer that changes their lives irrevocably." -- Provided by publisher.
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Getting smart about race : an American conversation
Margaret L. Andersen
E185.615 .A6793 2020
"The purpose of this book is to provide an accessible introduction to understanding racial inequality-and to do so with the hope that a more informed understanding will help readers know what to do about it." -- Provided by publisher.
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Friendship : the evolution, biology, and extraordinary power of life's fundamental bond
Lydia Denworth
BF575.F66 D46 2020
"An engaging and deeply reported investigation of friendship: its evolution, purpose, and centrality in human and nonhuman lives alike. In Friendship, journalist Lydia Denworth visits the front lines of the science of friendship in search of its biological, psychological, and evolutionary foundations. Finding it to be as old as life on the African savannas, she also discovers that friendship is reflected in our brain waves, detectable in our genomes, and capable of strengthening our cardiovascular and immune systems."-- Provided by publisher.
The false cause : fraud, fabrication, and white supremacy in Confederate memory
Adam H. Domby
E645 .D66 2020
"This book examines the foundational role of deliberate misrepresentation in various elements of white supremist Lost Cause mythology, from Confederate soldiers' military prowess, loyalty, motivation, and unity, to mythical black Confederates, to the evolution of Lost Cause myths to support present-day white supremacy. It adds to the understanding of the memory and reality of the American Civil War as American society debates historical monuments and sees the mainstream rise of emboldened white supremacist political groups." -- Provided by publisher.
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The fairest of the them all : Snow White and 21 tales of mothers and daughters
Maria Tatar
GR75.S6 T37 2020
"The story of the rivalry between a beautiful, innocent girl and her equally beautiful and cruel mother has been endlessly repeated and refashioned all over the world, as shown here in this collection of "Snow White" tales. But, as every fan of the story knows, there is more to Snow White than that. The magic mirror, the poisoned apple, the catatonic sleep, and the strange scene of revivification are important elements in the phantasmagoria of the Snow White universe, as Maria Tatar's Introduction makes clear." -- Provided by publisher.
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Facebook : the inside story
Steven Levy
HM743.F33 L48 2020
"And in light of recent controversies surrounding election-influencing 'fake news' accounts, the handling of its users' personal data, and growing discontent with the actions of its founder and CEO, never has the company been more central to the national conversation. Based on years of exclusive reporting and interviews with Facebook's key executives and employees, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Steven Levy's sweeping narrative digs deep into the whole story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences."-- Provided by publisher.
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The exhibition of Persephone Q
Jessi Jezewska Stevens
PS3619.T4835 E94 2020
"Percy is pregnant. Probably she should tell her husband - certainly she means to - but one night she wakes up to find she no longer recognizes him. Amid this alienation - from her husband, home, and rapidly changing body - a package arrives. In it: an exhibition catalog for a photography show. The photographs consist of a series of digitally manipulated images of a woman lying on a bed in a red room. It takes a moment for even Percy to notice that the woman is herself . . . but no one else sees the resemblance. Percy must now come to grips with the fundamental question of identity in the digital age: To what extent do we own our own image, and to what extent is that image shaped by the eyes of others?" --Provided by publisher.
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Everywhere you don't belong : a novel
Gabriel Bump
PS3602.U474 E95 2020
"Claude McKay Love is an average kid coping with abandonment, violence, riots, failed love, and societal pressures. As a young black man born on the South Side of Chicago, he is raised by his civil rights-era grandmother, who tries to shape him into a principled actor for change. When riots consume his neighborhood he hesitates to take sides, unwilling to let race define his life. He decides to escape Chicago to go to college, find a new identity, and leave the pressure cooker of his hometown behind. Is there is any safe haven for a young black man in this time and place called America?" -- Provided from Melvyl.
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The case for climate capitalism : economic solutions for a planet in crisis
Tom Rand
HC79.E5 R36 2020
"The left and right -- the business community and environmentalists, bankers and activists -- must together reclaim capitalism and force profits to align with the planet. Rejecting the old left/right ideologies, Rand develops a more pragmatic view capable of delivering practical solutions to this critical problem. A renewed capitalism harnessed to the task is the only way we might replace fossil fuels fast enough to mitigate severe climate risk. If we leave our dogma at the door, Rand argues, we might just build an economy that survives the century." -- Provided by publisher.
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Deacon King Kong
James McBride
PS3613.C28 D43 2020
"In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself."-- Provided by publisher.
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Driving while Black : African American travel and the road to civil rights
Gretchen Sullivan Sorin
E185.61 .S667 2020
"In Driving While Black, acclaimed historian Gretchen Sorin reveals how the car - the ultimate symbol of independence and possibility - has always held particular importance for African Americans, allowing black families to evade the many dangers presented by an entrenched racist society and to enjoy, in some measure, the freedom of the open road. As Driving While Black reminds us, the civil rights movement was just that - a movement of black people and their allies in defiance of local law and custom. At the same time, Sorin shows that the car, despite the freedoms it offered, brought black people up against new challenges, from segregated ambulance services to unwarranted traffic stops and the racist violence that too often followed." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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The dance of life : the new science of how a single cell becomes a human being
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Roger Highfield
QL954.2.Z47 A3 2020
"By studying embryonic mouse cells, she witnessed the embryo's ability to rid itself of abnormal cells as it prepared for implantation in the womb. Her subsequent experiments with early human embryos and artificial "three parent" embryos were not only groundbreaking; they also proved that embryotic cells could be artificially nurtured through the trials and tribulations of their early development. And with profound implications for stem cell research, infertility treatment, prenatal diagnostic testing, immunotherapy, and genetic engineering, not to mention women's reproductive health, the stakes have never been higher."-- Provided by publisher.
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The compatriots : the brutal and chaotic history of Russia's exiles, emigrés, and agents abroad
Andreĭ Soldatov, I Borogan
DK35.5 .S65 2019
"Moscow-based journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan look at the complex, ever-shifting role of Russian emigrés since the 1917 October Revolution to the present day. From secret agents to doomed dissidents, the story of Russian emigrés is an invaluable angle through which to understand Russia in the modern world." -- Provided by publisher.
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Choosing for changing selves
Richard Pettigrew
BJ1419 .P48 2019
"What we value, like, endorse, want, and prefer changes over the course of our lives, sometimes as a result of decisions we make-such as when we choose to become a parent or move to a new country-and sometimes as a result of forces beyond our control-such as when our political views change as we grow older. In Choosing for Changing Selves, Richard Pettigrew presents a theory of rational decision making for agents who recognise that their values will change over time and whose decisions will affect those future times." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Black imagination
Natasha Marin
N6537.M3716 A4 2020
"This dynamic collection of Black voices works like an incantation of origin, healing, and imagination. Born from a series of conceptual art exhibitions, the perspectives gathered here are no where near monochromatic. 'Craving nuance over stereotype, we sought out black children, black youth, LGBTQ+ black folks, unsheltered black folks, incarcerated black folks, neurodivergent black folks, as well as differently-abled black folks." Each insists on their own variance and challenges every reader to witness for themselves that Black Lives (and Imaginations) Matter.'" -- Provided by publisher.
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Beyond the politics of the closet : gay rights and the American state since the 1970s
Jonathan Bell
HQ76.8.U5 B47 2020
"This collection of essays seeks to explore the impact that gay rights politics and activism have had on the wider American political landscape since the rights revolutions of the 1960s." -- Provided by publisher.
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Believe me : how trusting women can change the world
Jessica Valenti, Jaclyn Friedman
HQ1237 .V345 2020
"In Believe Me, contributors ask and answer the crucial question: What would happen if we didn't just believe women, but acted as though they matter? If we take women's experiences of online harassment seriously, it will transform the internet. If we listen to and center survivors, we could revolutionize our systems of justice. If we believe Black women when they talk about pain, we will save countless lives. With contributions from many of the most important voices in feminism today, Believe Me is an essential roadmap for the #MeToo era and beyond." -- Provided from Amazon.
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Being Heumann : an unrepentant memoir of a disability rights activist
Judith E. Heumann, Kristen Joiner, Beacon Press
JC571 .H49 2020
"One of the most influential disability rights activists in US history tells her personal story of fighting for the right to receive an education, have a job, and just be human. A story of fighting to belong in a world that wasn't built for all of us and of one woman's activism--from the streets of Brooklyn and San Francisco to inside the halls of Washington--Being Heumann recounts Judy Heumann's lifelong battle to achieve respect, acceptance, and inclusion in society." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Author in chief : the untold story of our presidents and the books they wrote
Craig Fehrman
E176.1 .F38 2020
"Based on a decade of research and reporting, Author in Chief tells the story of America's presidents as authors--and offers a delightful new window into the public and private lives of our highest leaders. Beginning with Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia, the first presidential book to influence a campaign, these books have cast fresh light on the private drives and self-doubts that fueled our nation's leaders. Fehrman shows that the story of America's presidents and their books opens a rich new window into presidential biography." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Actress : a novel
Anne Enright
PR6055.N73 A63 2020
"From the Man Booker Prize-winner, a brilliant and moving novel about celebrity, sexual power, and a daughter's search to understand her mother's hidden truths. With age, alcohol, and dimming stardom, her grip on reality grows fitful and, fueled by a proud and long-simmering rage, she commits a bizarre crime. Actress is finally a book about the freedom we find in our work and in the love we make and keep."-- Provided by publisher.
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The cabinet : George Washington and the creation of an American institution
Lindsay M. Chervinsky
E311 .C46 2020
"On November 26, 1791, George Washington convened his department secretaries-- Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, and Edmund Randolph-- for the first cabinet meeting. He had waited two and a half years into his presidency to call his cabinet, because the US Constitution did not create or provide for such a body. Deciding he needed a group of advisors he could turn to, Washington modeled his new cabinet on the councils of war he had led as commander of the Continental Army. The cabinet served at the president's pleasure, and Washington tinkered with its structure throughout his administration. Chervinsky reveals the far-reaching consequences of Washington's choice." -- Provided from Melvyl. 
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Apartment : a novel
Teddy Wayne
PS3623.A98 A63 2020
"In 1996, the unnamed narrator in Teddy Wayne's Apartment is attending the MFA program at Columbia on his father's dime and living in an illegal sublet of a rent-stabilized apartment. But the close quarters and power imbalance of their living arrangement breed tensions that neither man could predict. In elegant prose that interrogates the Clinton-era origins of today's most sensitive and resonant issues - the spectrums of gender and sexuality, the clash between coastal liberalism and heartland conservatism, socioeconomic identity and privilege - Apartment is a gutting portrait of one of New York's many lost, disconnected souls." -- Provided by publisher.