Staff Pick

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright knows a thing or two about what it means to be free—and what it feels like when freedom gets taken away. So who better than Secretary Albright to alert us to the perils of demagogues who assault trusted democratic institutions and show contempt for the rule of law? And who better to alert us to the risks of being complacent in response? Secretary Albright was a child when her family was twice driven from their home in Czechoslovakia, first by the Nazis, then after World War II by an aggressive Communist regime. In 1948, her family came to the United States, where she finished her schooling, raised three daughters, entered public service, and became one of the leading voices shaping U.S. foreign policy. In her sixth and latest book, Fascism—A Warning (Harper, $27.99), she draws on her personal and diplomatic experiences, and examples of despots from the last century—and now—to explain why in the Trump era we shouldn’t be lulled into a false confidence that the United States is immune to a disturbing worldwide trend.  If you think it can’t happen here, think again.

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ISBN: 9780062802187
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Published: Harper - April 10th, 2018

Staff Pick

Not until publication of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (St. Martin’s , $28.99) has our country acknowledged or fully appreciated how four African American women—the self-proclaimed “colored girls”—have so deeply influenced contemporary American politics. This book, written with candor and humor by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore, recounts how these “colored girls” found their paths in politics and at the center of the Democratic Party, working in every Democratic presidential campaign since 1984 and inside the last two Democratic administrations. Each woman alone is worthy of her own biography. But taken together, the stories of Brazile, Caraway, Daughtry, and Moore offer a unique and welcome primer on political activism, progressive social movements, party politics, and the nobility of public service. Their story is an important slice of American history, and a very enjoyable read to boot.

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ISBN: 9781250137715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 2nd, 2018

Staff Pick

Readers looking for literary diversions from the real world will find a perfect escape in Tangerine (Ecco, $26.99), by Christine Mangan. This debut novel is a psychological thriller about two friends from Bennington College in the mid-1950s who are reunited under murky circumstances in Tangier several years later. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the two women, who alternate as the book’s narrators, are connected by a mysterious event in their past. But both narrators prove so unreliable and untrustworthy in their recounting of their shared history that the reader can never be sure which version of the past, or present, is true. As with any good thriller, there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued—and continually guessing. Be advised to read the book sooner rather than later. It’s already been optioned as a Hollywood film.

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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018