It introduces us to an arresting and unforgettable new voice. Chosen by john updike as a Today Show Book Club Pick. Already an award-winning writer, ZZ Packer now shares with us her debut, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere. We meet a brownie troop of black girls who are confronted with a troop of white girls; a young man who goes with his father to the Million Man March and must decides where his allegiance lies; an international group of drifters in Japan, unable to find work; a girl in a Baltimore ghetto who has dreams of the larger world she has seen only on the screens in the television store nearby, who are starving, where the Lithuanian shopkeeper holds out hope for attaining his own American Dream.
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere #ad - With penetrating insight that belies her youth—she was only nineteen years old when Seventeen magazine printed her first published story—ZZ Packer helps us see the world with a clearer vision.
More information about Riverhead Books #ad
DrownRiverhead Books #ad - From the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family’s journey through the New World. Here is the soulful, unsparing book that made Díaz a literary sensation. . It also introduced an unforgettable narrator— yunior, the haunted, brilliant young man who tracks his family’s precarious journey from the barrios of Santo Domingo to the tenements of industrial New Jersey, and their epic passage from hope to loss to something like love.
Drown #ad - A coming-of-age story of unparalleled power, Drown introduced the world to Junot Díaz's exhilarating talents.
More information about Riverhead Books #ad
Lost in the City #ad
Heads of the Colored People: StoriesAtria / 37 INK #ad - Boldly resisting categorization and easy answers, Nafissa Thompson-Spires is an original and necessary voice in contemporary fiction. Some are darkly humorous—from two mothers exchanging snide remarks through notes in their kids’ backpacks, to the young girl contemplating how best to notify her Facebook friends of her impending suicide—while others are devastatingly poignant—a new mother and funeral singer who is driven to madness with grief for the young black boys who have fallen victim to gun violence, or the teen who struggles between her upper middle class upbringing and her desire to fully connect with black culture.
Each captivating story plunges headfirst into the lives of new, utterly original characters. Longlisted for the national book award for fiction and kirkus prize Finalist Calling to mind the best works of Paul Beatty and Junot Díaz, timely, this collection of moving, and darkly funny stories examines the concept of black identity in this so-called post-racial era.
Heads of the Colored People: Stories #ad - A stunning new talent in literary fiction, Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes. Her stories are exquisitely rendered, and captivating in turn, engaging in the ongoing conversations about race and identity politics, satirical, as well as the vulnerability of the black body.
Thompson-spires fearlessly shines a light on the simmering tensions and precariousness of black citizenship.
More information about Atria / 37 INK #ad
Help Me! #ad
The Boatbuilder #ad
Friday Black #ad
The Light of the World: A MemoirGrand Central Publishing #ad - For those who have loved and lost, or for anyone who cares what matters most, THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD is required reading. In the light of the world, elizabeth alexander finds herself at an existential crossroads after the sudden death of her husband. The light of the world is at once an endlessly compelling memoir and a deeply felt meditation on the blessings of love, art, family, and community.
Channeling her poetic sensibilities into a rich, Alexander tells a love story that is, lucid price, itself, a story of loss. As she reflects on the beauty of her married life, the trauma resulting from her husband's death, and the solace found in caring for her two teenage sons, Alexander universalizes a very personal quest for meaning and acceptance in the wake of loss.
Louis dispact best book of 2015 picknew york times book review editor's choicean amazon's best Book of the Month, May 2015A deeply resonant memoir for anyone who has loved and lost, April 2015IndieBound Indie Next #1 Pick, from acclaimed poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander. It is also a lyrical celebration of a life well-lived and a paean to the priceless gift of human companionship.
The Light of the World: A Memoir #ad - Pulitzer prize in letters: biography finalist""national book critics cirle awards autobiography finalist"new york times bestsellerfirst lady michelle Obama's Favorite Book of 2015A New Yorker, Newsday, Boston Globe, Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, NPR, People. Com, shelf awareness, The Root, and St.
More information about Grand Central Publishing #ad
The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled ProfessionAnchor #ad - In her groundbreaking history of 175 years of American education, Dana Goldstein finds answers in the past to the controversies that plague our public schools today. Teaching is a wildly contentious profession in America, one attacked and admired in equal measure. And she also discovers an emerging effort that stands a real chance of transforming our schools for the better: drawing on the best practices of the three million public school teachers we already have in order to improve learning throughout our nation’s classrooms.
The teacher wars upends the conversation about American education by bringing the lessons of history to bear on the dilemmas we confront today. By asking “how did we get here?” Dana Goldstein brilliantly illuminates the path forward. In the teacher wars, a rich, and unprecedented history of public school teaching, lively, Dana Goldstein reveals that teachers have been similarly embattled for nearly two centuries.
The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession #ad - From the genteel founding of the common schools movement in the nineteenth century to the violent inner-city teacher strikes of the 1960s and '70s, from the dispatching of northeastern women to frontier schoolhouses to the founding of Teach for America on the Princeton University campus in 1989, ranking and firing veteran teachers, and finds that recent popular ideas to improve schools—instituting merit pay, evaluating teachers by student test scores, from teacher tenure to charter schools, Goldstein shows that the same issues have continued to bedevil us: Who should teach? What should be taught? Who should be held accountable for how our children learn? She uncovers the surprising roots of hot button issues, and recruiting “elite” graduates to teach—are all approaches that have been tried in the past without producing widespread change.
More information about Anchor #ad
The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education #ad
Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools #ad
For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education (Race, Education, and Democracy) #ad
The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity Will Determine Our Future (Multicultural Education Series) #ad
Middle PassageScribner #ad - It is 1830 He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Rutherford calhoun, a newly treed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher.
. Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery. Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, slave narrative, historical romance, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, sea yarn, and philosophical novel.
More information about Scribner #ad
The Known World #ad
Thrall: Poems #ad
Dreamer: A Novel #ad
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in AmericaBerrett-Koehler Publishers #ad - These stereotypes persist to this day through newspaper headlines, government policies, Sunday sermons, cable punditry, social media memes, and hit song lyrics. The trouble is the people who refuse to see us sparkling. ”. We have facets like diamonds, ” she writes. She counters warped prejudices with the straight-up truth about being a black woman in America.
Emancipation may have happened more than 150 years ago, but America still won't let a sister be free from this coven of caricatures. Tamara winfrey harris delves into marriage, and more, sexuality, motherhood, health, beauty, taking sharp aim at pervasive stereotypes about black women. When african women arrived on american shores, the three-headed hydra—servile Mammy, angry Sapphire, and lascivious Jezebel—followed close behind.
The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America #ad - Gold medalist of foreword reviews' 2015 indiefab awards in women's studieswhat's wrong with black women? not a damned thing!The Sisters Are Alright exposes anti–black-woman propaganda and shows how real black women are pushing back against distorted cartoon versions of themselves. In the '60s, the matriarch, the willfully unmarried baby machine leeching off the state, joined them.
More information about Berrett-Koehler Publishers #ad
This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America #ad
The New Jim Crow #ad
Sour Heart: StoriesLenny #ad - Narrated by the daughters of chinese immigrants who fled imperiled lives as artists back home only to struggle to stay afloat—dumpster diving for food and scamming Atlantic City casino buses to make a buck—these seven stories showcase Zhang’s compassion, moral courage, and a perverse sense of humor reminiscent of Portnoy’s Complaint.
A darkly funny and intimate rendering of girlhood, to find your home, reject it, Sour Heart examines what it means to belong to a family, leave it, and return again. Praise for sour heart“jenny zhang’s coming-of-age tales are coarse and funny, sweet and sour, told in language that’s rough-hewn yet pulsating with energy.
Usa today“one of the knockout fiction debuts of the year. New york “compelling writing about what it means to be a teenager. A sly debut story collection that conjures the experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City—for readers of Zadie Smith and Helen Oyeyemi.
Sour Heart: Stories #ad - Winner of the los angeles times Book Prize • Winner of the PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut fiction • finalist for the new york public library’s young lions fiction awardnamed one of the best books of the year by the new yorker • NPR • O: The Oprah Magazine • The Guardian • Esquire • New York • BuzzFeedA fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America.
More information about Lenny #ad
Nature Poem #ad
Inherit the Wind: The Powerful Courtroom Drama in which Two Men Wage the Legal War of the CenturyBallantine Books #ad - Lee were classic broadway scribes who knew how to crank out serious plays for thinking Americans. The spectators sat uneasily in the sweltering heat with murder in their hearts, barely able to restrain themselves. We’re still arguing this case–all the way to the White House. Chicago Tribune“Powerful. His trial was a Roman circus.
Inherit the Wind: The Powerful Courtroom Drama in which Two Men Wage the Legal War of the Century #ad - A classic work of american theatre, which pitted clarence darrow against William Jennings Bryan in defense of a schoolteacher accused of teaching the theory of evolutionThe accused was a slight, based on the Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925, frightened man who had deliberately broken the law. A crackling good courtroom play.
Inherit the wind is a perpetually prescient courtroom battle over the legality of teaching evolution. That provides two of the juiciest roles in American theater. Copley news Service“This historical drama.
More information about Ballantine Books #ad
Lost in the CityHarperCollins e-books #ad - Lost in the city received the pen/Hemingway Award for Best First Fiction and was a National Book Award Finalist. Winner of the pulitzer prize, and numerous other honors for his novel The Known World, the National Book Critics Circle Award, Jones made his literary debut with these powerful tales of ordinary people who live in the shadows in this metropolis of great monuments and rich history.
Original and arresting…. Jones’s stories will touch chords of empathy and recognition in all readers. Washington post “these 14 stories of African-American life…affirm humanity as only good literature can. Los angeles timesa magnificent collection of short fiction focusing on the lives of African-American men and women in Washington, D.
Lost in the City #ad - C. Lost in the city is the book that first brought author Edward P. Jones to national attention. This beautiful 20th anniversary edition features a new introduction by the author, and is a wonderful companion piece to Jones’s masterful novel and his second acclaimed collection of stories, All Aunt Hagar’s Children.
More information about HarperCollins e-books #ad
Inappropriation: A NovelEcco #ad - A controversial indian guru, culminating in a date-rape revenge plot so confused, and her own Holocaust-surviving grandmother propel Ziggy through a series of misidentifications, a transgender drag queen, it just might work. Uproariously funny, and technology, but written with extraordinary acuity about the intersections of gender, race, sexual politics, Inappropriation is literary satire at its best.
. Or so she thinks. This is a daring book, thrillingly of our moment. Emma cline, author of the girlsa wildly irreverent take on the coming-of-age story that turns a search for belonging into a riotous satire of identity politicsStarting at a prestigious private Australian girls’ school, fifteen-year-old Ziggy Klein is confronted with an alienating social hierarchy that hurls her into the arms of her grade’s most radical feminists.
Inappropriation: A Novel #ad - Ostracized at school, she seeks refuge in Donna Haraway’s seminal feminist text, A Cyborg Manifesto, and discovers an indisputable alternative identity. Tormented by a burgeoning collection of dark, and a biological essentialist mother, sexual fantasies, Ziggy sets off on a journey of self-discovery that moves from the Sydney drag scene to the extremist underbelly of the Internet.
As pc culture collides with her friends’ morphing ideology and her parents’ kinky sex life, race, Ziggy’s understanding of gender, and class begins to warp. With a deft finger on the pulse of the zeitgeist, Lexi Freiman debuts on the scene as a brilliant and fearless new talent.
More information about Ecco #ad