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Known for her hilarious Podcast, 2 Dope Queens, Phoebe Robinson uses her comedic stylings in this book of essays on what it feels like to be a black woman today who still has to explain her existence to the world around her. An example of how the personal becomes political, she shares her own life experiences as a way for others to learn more about black women as a marginalized group by relating to her life’s struggles and triumphs. Good for anyone who loves to read short, comical, yet smart and substantive essays about black womanhood today.

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By Phoebe Robinson, Jessica Williams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143129202
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Published: Plume - October 4th, 2016

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The publication of J.D. Vance’s memoir could not have been more timely. In his account of growing up in a so-called hillbilly family, Vance offers a deeply personal, loving but clear-eyed view of his people, poor whites of Scots-Irish descent, endangered not only by economic forces beyond their control, but by their own fierce insularity and resistance to outside influences. Vance writes of his grandparents’ relocation from Kentucky in a wave of migration north to find work in the steel mills of Ohio, and the family’s subsequent struggle to hold on to middle class stability amid the decline following the closure of those same steel mills. Vance also gives us indelible portraits of family members: a mother struggling with addiction, an absent father’s strict adherence to conservative Christianity, and, most movingly, of his grandmother, known as “Mamaw,” an awesome, gun-owning matriarch who provided the only real stability he knew. Hillbilly Elegy is an engrossing, readable memoir, as well as a necessary perspective on the failure of the promise of American prosperity.

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ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

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If you are at all curious about Economics, when it works and when it fails us, and how it needs to be practiced, then the next book on your reading list should definitely be Economics Rules, by prize-winning economist Dani Rodrik. From Adam Smith’s “invisible hand” to modern day economic theories, Rodrik gives us a guide to better understand the power and limitations of a social science that affects every aspect of our lives. He evangelizes for the practical utility of economics: his main premise is that there are abundant, simple economic models that could be applied to different public problems, from combating disruptions in the global economy, to financing public transport, to fighting poverty. On the other hand, he is well aware that economics often fails us, and through analysis and examples shows us why economists sometimes don’t get it right. And no, this book is not intended only for those with the background in economics; it is written in a way that is approachable, funny and interesting. You can enjoy it and learn from it even if you’ve never heard about Adam Smith, Milton Friedman, or John Maynard Keynes before.

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ISBN: 9780393353419
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 11th, 2016