The Divorce Colony, by April White

Staff Pick

While South Dakota might come to mind as a socially progressive state, White's study brings us back to the Gilded Age when it was a safe haven for women getting out of bad marriages and other, even worse, situations. For those obsessed with this era, this book is a peek beyond the lavish society balls into what women had to do to claim their agency--and it's a vivid reminder of how far we've come.



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ISBN: 9780306827662
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Published: Hachette Books - June 14th, 2022

Secret City, by James Kirchick

Staff Pick

This book proves that everything you ever knew about official Washington--and Presidential politics from FDR to Clinton--was wrong. Too many of the real stories and the most important thinkers were kept inside a destructive closet.  This incredibly researched book showcases the gay people who really made things happen.

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ISBN: 9781627792325
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 31st, 2022

Sandy Hook, by Elizabeth Williamson

Staff Pick

Williamson's account of the 2012 Connecticut school shooting--the darkest day of my hometown's history--focuses on the tragedy that followed the tragedy: the growth of conspiracy theories that deliberately distorted and even denied the facts of events. Her humane investigation tracks how these "truthers" caused further pain to grieving families who had already experiened far too much, and paints a chilling picture of the increasingly prominent role social media plays in such campaigns of disinformation--which don't stop at manipulating facts, but involve actively harrassing, intimidating, and threatening relatives of victims. While many fought back, many others chose to honor their loved ones in ways that felt best and right to them; neither should be judged for their decision. The memories of those lost are precious, and are not society’s to do with as it wishes.


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ISBN: 9781524746575
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Published: Dutton - March 8th, 2022