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With all of the static across our country and in Washington about immigration, refugees, and the place of “newcomers” in our society, there is no more relevant nor more timely book right now than this. Thorpe spent a year at South High School in Denver in a class designated for “newcomers” – children who have arrived in the United States as refugees, usually from conflict or war zones, often having had serious lapses in schooling, and with virtually no resources. Her year-long immersion in the lives of the students, their families, and the teachers and school administrators produced a rich chronicle of how children work to adapt to a new place, culture, and system. As with her two previous books about people in transition, Thorpe tells this story with insight, compassion, and urgency. A must read as the immigration debate rages on in our country.

The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501159091
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Published: Scribner - November 14th, 2017

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Roddy Doyle’s latest work of fiction Smile, might be called a modern Irish Bildungsroman. It begins with the seemingly mundane story of a recently divorced man wandering into a pub, but quickly evolves into an examination of how we revisit the unpleasant truths of our pasts. An unwelcome meeting with an old acquaintance forces the protagonist, Victor Forde, to dredge up memories of childhood and reckon with his own buried feelings about the church, politics, marriage, and family. While the novel is punctuated with Doyle’s irreverent and often irresistible humor (often through politically incorrect dialogue), the “smile” in the book’s title refers to something far more sinister.

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ISBN: 9780735224445
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Published: Viking - October 17th, 2017

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Mary Beard’s Women and Power is a slim volume comprising two of her most famous lectures about the roots of sexism and misogyny from ancient times until now. This little tome has been called “a modern feminist classic,” befitting Beard, a scholar of the Greeks and Romans who has also become something of a social media sensation in Britain. The book begins with the story of Telemachus trying to forcefully silence his mother, Penelope, and moves on to other historical precedents for attitudes and biases against women that persist today. Beard’s smart, lively, and persuasive case for women raising their voices (and fists) offers an intellectual and historical foundation for the women’s resistance, from marches, to #MeToo, to the droves of female candidates running for political office this year. Onward!

Women & Power: A Manifesto Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494758
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 12th, 2017