Our Hidden Conversations by Michele Norris

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Traveling around the country 14 years ago for her first book, The Grace of Silence, Michele Norris, to draw people in, asked them to offer their reflections on identity—in just six words. This led eventually to what Norris named The Race Card Project, which has continued to invite six-word thoughts on race from people around the world. More than half-a-million have participated in the project. Our Hidden Conversations shares many of the responses along with their back stories. It’s a fascinating, illuminating read that provides crucial insights into how considerations of race, ethnicity, identity, and class affect our lives. It’s also a beautifully designed volume, with photos, illustrations, and attractive graphics that give the work the look of an expansive, elegant scrapbook.

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ISBN: 9781982154394
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

The Identity Trap by Yascha Mounk

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Mounk explores in crystal clear prose the cultural history of identity politics and mounts a deeply learned and powerful critique, showing how, ultimately, identity-based perspectives will fail to achieve the equality they espouse. While arguing from a position of true sympathy with and belief in many causes now underway, Mounk argues that a better vehicle for achieving true equality is the imperfect, painfully slow, but dependable program of classical liberalism. This book is the antidote to the breathless culture-warrior soapboxing of the Left and the disingenuous "race-blindness" of the spittle-flecked Right. 

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ISBN: 9780593493182
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Published: Penguin Press - September 26th, 2023

Poverty, by America by Matthew Desmond

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This is a really good book. Weaving together statistics with personal anecdotes, Desmond dives into America’s long history of (gutting) welfare programs, wage theft, and tax evasion by the country’s wealthiest citizens, enumerating the reasons the richest country on earth also has the highest rates of poverty and inequality. His study is accessible, thoroughly researched, and well argued. It will inform you--and then it will make you really angry. By the end, you’ll have a head full of numbers and, hopefully, someday, a belly full of the rich you’ve eaten. 

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ISBN: 9780593239919
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Published: Crown - March 21st, 2023