In a collection of essays arranged into five sections—In the World, In the Audience, In the Gallery, On the Bookshelf, and Feel Free—the best-selling author of Swing Time discusses important questions about our world that readers will immediately recognize.
"Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag." In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. As a way out, Tara began to educate herself, learning enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University. Her quest for knowledge would transform her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Tara Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes, and the will to change it."—Provided by publisher.
In a roadmap to the movement to reduce incarceration in America, some of the leading criminal-justice experts strategize about how to cure the U.S. of its epidemic of mass punishment, showing us how to get people out of prisons, as well as the more appropriate responses to crime.
Examines the revolutionary changes that have taken place in finance, employment, politics and health and human services since the start of the digital age and discusses how algorithms and statistical models affects civil and human rights and economic equality.
Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
A rollicking assessment of life on the Big Slab by a decades-experienced long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains.
A clinical psychologist and a test-prep expert combine cutting-edge brain science with insights from their work with families to outline a case for giving children more freedom to unleash their full potential.
A divinity professor and young mother with Stage IV cancer shares her perspectives on friendship, love and death while describing her efforts to remain true to her faith in spite of impossible hardships. By the author of Blessed.
Examines the evolution of female friendship in pop culture and modern society, celebrating how the bonds between women have evolved to have as much significance as relationships with romantic partners and family members.
The author recounts her coming of age on the Seabird Island Indian Reservation in the Pacific Northwest where she survived a dysfunctional childhood and found herself hospitalized with a dual diagnosis of PTSD and bipolar II disorder.
Analyzes the role of art in contemporary politics and life through the stories of different culture warriors, including painter Bernadette Persaud, poet Ruel Johnson and historian Walter Rodney, who used their creativity in response to white supremacy, brutality, domination, and oppression.
Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the show's Broadway premiere, an oral history of Angels in America, a generation-defining classic and moving account of the AIDS era, is told through nearly 200 voices in vibrant conversation and debate and is both a rollicking theater saga and an uplifting testament to one of the great works of art of the past century.
A deeply reported examination of love, marriage and the state of modern India traces the experiences of three very different Mumbai couples whose realities are shaped by disparate views regarding independence, parenthood, gender roles and religion.
"A former Border Patrol agent's haunting experience of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross or to defend it"—
Traces America's intelligence, military, and diplomatic efforts to defeat Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the years since 9/11, and how the U.S. efforts in the Afghan War faltered because of a failure to understand the intentions of Pakistan's intelligence agency.
The award-winning author of The Hand That First Held Mine presents a memoir told entirely in 17 near-death experiences stemming from a dangerous childhood illness, accidents, an encounter with a disturbed person and the author's daily efforts to protect her daughter from the vulnerabilities of a high-risk condition.