An NPR journalist chronicles the changes in immigration in America over the past half-century by examining the dramatically shifting demographics of a single county in Virginia, which now includes large populations of Asians, Latin Americans and Middle Easterners.
Filled with gossip, bitter rivalries and unlikely alliances, a candid account of the people, the money and the power that re-invented Times Square tells the stories of the Shubert Organization and the shows that rebuilt a city in grand style, revealing that the backstage drama often rivaled what transpired onstage.
Sherry Turkle investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity and productivity — and why reclaiming face-to-face conversation can help us regain lost ground.
Female friendships are the subject of song and story today, but that wasn't the case — The Social Sex traces the evolution of female friendship, all the way back to the era when conventional wisdom held that women were incapable of forming friendships.
A behind-the-scenes account of the high-stakes race to reform Newark's failing schools draws on inside access to such figures as Mark Zuckerberg, Cory Booker and Chris Christie to offer insight into the initiative's obstacles, detractors and economic realities. 40,000 first printing.
An analysis of how an increasingly globalized and interdependent world influences the decisions of America's Supreme Court examines how today's Court seeks to balance national imperatives with the realities of foreign jurisdictions.
American writer Stephen Landrigan and Afghan writer Qais Akbar Omar recall their efforts to create an Afghan production of William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost.
The author of Bloodlands presents a history of the Holocaust that offers insights into Hitler's genocidal views and the partisan groups who supported Jewish targets, arguing that wrong conclusions about the Holocaust are compromising the world's future.
A graduate of Duke Medical School shares his experiences grappling with racial identity, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans, examining the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult terrain of race and medicine.
A highly personal meditation on race, sex and American culture by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic traces her upbringing and education in upper-class African-American circles against a backdrop of the Civil Rights era and its contradictory aftermath.
Discusses the origins and history of heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables and the connection they have to the culinary past, describing the intense efforts being made to preserve their seeds for the future.
An account of the intertwined lives of the first two women to be appointed to the Supreme Court examines their respective religious and political beliefs while sharing insights into how they have influenced interpretations of the Constitution to promote equal rights for women.