Truevine is the true story of George and Willie Muse, two albino African American brothers who were kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks, and whose mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
Collects the most interesting Bill Murray anecdotes from the past forty years, many of which have never been made public, and pairs them with whimsical illustrations of the film star in various situations.
"From Tim Wu, author of award-winning The Master Switch, and who coined the phrase "net neutrality"—a revelatory look at the rise of "attention harvesting," and its transformative effect on our society and our selves"—
When he stumbles upon a treasure trove of rare books that once belonged to the Harvard philosopher William Ernst Hocking, the author, a disillusioned philosopher at sea in his marriage and career, begins to catalog and preserve this collection and rediscovers the very tenets of American philosophy, seeing them within a 21st-century context.
The stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster offers humorous, poignant essays describing her experience as a black woman in modern America on topics such as how she's been questioned on her love of Billy Joel and U2 and why you can't touch her hair.
Chronicles the life of a noted activist who wrote seven groundbreaking books, including her most famous, The Death and Life of Great American Cities; saved neighborhoods; stopped expressways; was arrested twice; and engaged at home and on the streets in thousands of debatesùall of which she won.
The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
A chronicle of a young black man's journey from violence to the world's elite opera circles describes Ryan Speedo Green's abuse-marked upbringing and struggles with racism and imprisonment before winning a New York Metropolitan Opera competition. By the author of the award-winning In the Land of Magic Soldiers. 100,000 first printing.
Traces the evolution of the author's views on social justice, from his youth in the civil rights era to his current role as a cultural commentator on topics ranging from race and economic inequality to music and the influence of the media.
Chronicles acts of racial cleansing in early twentieth-century Forsyth County, Georgia, where the murder of a young girl led to mob lynchings, acts of terror against black workers, and violent protests by night riders seeking to enforce whites-only citizenship.
Recounts a little-known story of twentieth century Jewish-Russian experience to reveal the complex truths behind pogrom and emigration activities, detailing the waves of Jewish influxes in the Birobidzhan homeland before its citizens were silenced by state-sanctioned purges.
A (necessarily) very abridged version of the 14th-century Egyptian scholar and civil servant Shihab al-Din al-Nuwayri's epic, 30-volume miscellany, covering everything from clouds to cheese to the nesting habits of flamingos.
And Other Practical Advice from Dogen, Japan's Greatest Zen Master: A Radical but Reverent Paraphrasing of Dogen's Treasury of the True Dharma Eye
Provides annotation and commentary to the eight hundred-year old Zen Buddhist tome, presenting insights into such topics as feminism and reincarnation.
Taking readers on a rollicking ride through history, a master storyteller and reporter, whose legend began in journalism, presents a paradigm-shifting argument that speech — not evolution — is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements.
A revelatory examination of America's national power grid traces how it developed while exposing its current vulnerabilities, making strategic recommendations for how it can be improved to meet the challenges of instability, security and sustainability.