The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory - Joni Tevis

The Wet Collection (Milkweed, $16), by Joni Tevis, is a sprawling, wandering, tale through American places—Appalachia, Ohio farmland, Eastern Oregon’s high desert, the Gulf Coast—and through histories as far ranging as those of ancient Egypt and Central Oregon’s Jefferson County, circa 1911. Tevis takes it all and combines it in remarkable essays offering fragments of poetic lyricism imbued with a naturalist’s precision; this writer has a curiosity for all things, living and dead. The true beauty of this collection is Tevis’s ability to present a diverse selection of thoughts, stories, and facts within a complementary exploration of what it is to be (past, present, and future). She’s come up with a dazzling and mind-spinning collection.
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ISBN: 9781571313164
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Milkweed Editions - October 2nd, 2012

Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation - Cokie Roberts

In Ladies Of Liberty (Harper Perennial, $15.99) Cokie Roberts picks up where she left off in Founding Mothers: George Washington is dead, and the young nation is struggling to keep itself together during the transition. Luckily, our plucky heroines Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, Martha Jefferson Randolph, and others are there to encourage, push, nag, and prod their husbands in the right direction. With the women’s sacrifices, our country becomes unified and strong, and while the ladies haven’t always gotten the credit they deserve, Ms. Roberts’s delightful book does a great job of giving them their due.

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ISBN: 9780060782351
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Published: Harper Perennial - March 24th, 2009

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart - Bill Bishop

In The Big Sort (Mariner, $15.95) Bill Bishop paints a surprising portrait of the demographics of the United States today. While we think of ourselves as increasingly ethnically diverse, Bishop convincingly argues that we are populated more by disparate homogenous communities than at any time in our history. Large numbers of us have highly sensitive cultural antennae that inform us whether we are with “our kind.” High in the ratings that define that “kind” are lifestyle choices: where we live, where we shop, where we vacation.  Yes, it’s true that customers who shop at Books-A-Million in Alexandria are different from customers who shop at Politics and Prose, and because we are so tightly contained in our clustered communities, we are more foreign to each other than ever before.  Bishop’s snapshot of America is fascinating but troubling.

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ISBN: 9780547237725
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Published: Mariner Books - May 11th, 2009