I’m not from the Bronx, but I know plenty of people who are. And so do most of us, which is why the Bronx-born Alda’s collection of interviews with others from the famous borough are so  entertaining. A professional musician and photographer, Alda is also a natural story-teller. She interviews Bronx natives from Colin Powel to Neil de Grasse Tyson to Carl Reiner to Mary Higgins Clark, along with other extraordinary Bronx-ers who have made their marks on the world. The result is a charming, funny, and often touching portrait of life in and beyond this unique part of New York City.

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781627790956
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 3rd, 2015

Thorpe is a meticulous reporter who spent years interviewing three women who signed up for the Indiana National Guard before 9/11 only to find that their lives would be forever changed, and not always for the better, by the service they gave. Thorpe had access not only to her subjects and their families, friends, and colleagues, but also to emails, therapists’ notes, and other personal documents. The book explores and illuminates the realities of a volunteer military asked to wage war in far-off and challenging lands. Thorpe has given us a fascinating – and essential – look at the human costs of America’s war on terror.

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ISBN: 9781451668100
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Published: Scribner - August 5th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781451668117
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Published: Scribner - July 7th, 2015

Susan Coll, director of events and programs at Politics & Prose, is an accomplished novelist whose fifth book, The Stager (Sarah Crichton, $26), is set, like some of her earlier works, in a tony Washington area zip code (local readers may feel sure that The Stager’s characters closely resemble their own neighbors). But even if you live outside of Washington, you will appreciate (and be entertained by) Coll’s searing wit as she deftly deconstructs the excesses of upscale life in suburbia. The story revolves around a couple selling their house and hiring a stager to make the abode presentable to potential buyers, a topic that neatly lends itself to satire in Coll’s capable hands. One fun surprise: the best character in the book is not a person, but a rabbit. And a philosopher rabbit at that!

The Stager: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374268817
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - July 8th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781250069375
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Published: Picador - July 7th, 2015

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