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Alternating history with personal account of his time as a guard at a corporate prison, Bauer shows that profiting from incarceration is a long standing American tradition. His own background of having been held in an Iranian prison influences the narrative in surprising ways. -Zeke Z.
Well written history of troubled times in different time periods in American's history. Times that changed our Democracy but each time our Democracy survived. So too will our Democracy survive this troubled time with an inadequate person as our president. -Connie F.
Mesmerizing story of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian Tribe in American history and, Quanah Parker, a captive who grew up with the Camanches. As an adult, Quanah refused to leave when she had a chance to escape. Hard to put this book down. -Connie F
Deborah Miranda is an enrolled member of the Ohlone-Costanoan Nation of the Greater Monterey Bay Area. Her most recent book of poems, Raised by Humans, transcends colonial structures of thought to sing Indigenous truths about history, education, and faith. In "Decolonizing the Alphabet," for example, she begins at a beginning: "Literacy starts with the flesh/ ripped from the backs of my ancestors..." -Janet S.
Interesting to get to know this talented man who I'd heard about but knew little about. Fun to visit familiar Portsmouth places with Mr Dunn through the author's words. -Connie F.
Pipher is right on target with examples of problems/situations and solutions that women are faced with as we age. A book that I'm sure I will refer back to many times in the upcoming years. -Connie F
"Behind Every Great Man there's a Great Woman" fully pertains to Frances Perkins and FDR. This book brings to light the little known first female Secretary of Labor & first female Cabinet member. Interesting to learn of Perkins strategies to accomplish important issues while working along side of powerful men in the 1930's. -Connie F
Olga Livshin's hybrid first book of poetry and translations, A Life Replaced, comes highly recommended by Ilya Kaminsky, Maggie Smith, and Rosanna Warren. Livshin's own poems about the experience of emigration from Russia with her parents, along with her translations of Anna Ahkmatova and Victor Gandelsman, are passionate, wildly imaginative, and nothing like contemporary poetry's same-old, same-old. -Janet S
NOS (Disorder, Not Otherwise Specified), a book of poems by Aby Kaupang and Matthew Cooperman, is an achingly beautiful chronicle of what it's like to raise a child with severe autism. What happens when two award-winning poets are presented with the challenge of literally advocating for their child's life? What happens is that we meet Maya, "who didn't eat, didn't sleep, didn't laugh, didn't shit, didn't walk anymore..." We also get to know her mother and father as they struggle to unlearn and remake their world. -Janet S.
For anyone who is sexually active, this book provides tools for better, more pleasurable sex regardless of ability or medical conditions. The book takes lessons learned from mindfulness and clinical psychology research to immediate improve one's relationship with sex. It is a must read for anyone who has experienced sexual pain. -Bridget S.
Make america educated again! Now more than ever, fight "fake history," learn who we are and how we got here... -Jon L.
Carryrou was the Wall Street Journal reporter who revealed the hoax that was Theranos, a bio-tech Silicon Valley wonder that was based on a very persuasive young woman CEO, Elizabeth Holmes. Despite the fact that the technology she was selling never worked, she assembled a high profile board of non-medical people and raised over 1 billion in venture capital. Very fast and fascinating read! And the story continues, as Holmes will stand trial at some point in 2020. -Jackie E.
Well-told stories about Noah's upbringing in South Africa, son of a German father (white) and African woman - thus the "crime" of the title, as intermarriage was forbidden in So. Africa at that time. Noah's mother who knew many languages, made sure her son used English as his first language, as she correctly saw that that would be his way out of the poverty and limited opportunities of apartheid. A fun, engaging read. -Jackie E.
This book is a beautiful love story to the diverse American food culture and its many intersections. In a world that is increasingly divided and segmented, this book is refreshing and inspiration. Plus there are plenty of delicious recipes! -Bridget S.
This autobiography describes Michelle's hardscrabble but loving childhood on the South Side of Chicago. We feel her parents' deep love for both her and her brother and their desire for them to gain the best education possible. Obama's writing captures her speaking voice--intelligent yet humorous and honest, especially as she chronicles her initial contacts with the man who becomes her husband, Barak Obama. Most intriguing are the insights revealed by her life in The White House and as the First Lady where the reader gains an understanding of the incredible sacrifices in privacy necessary to keep Michele and her family safe. Kathryn B.
Horrified yet riveted by this true story of a radical, Mormon family living in the mountains of Utah, I found myself guessing the exact moment Tara would recognize the absurdity of her family life as dictated by her father. Yet, time and again, despite leaving the family's mountain life to earn a bachelors, masters, and eventually a PhD, Tara returns to the radically warped mountain life and her role in it. The joy in reading this engrossing autobiography occurs when Tara discovers how to break free! -- Kathryn B.