A Thousand Small Sanities: The Moral Adventure of Liberalism, by Adam Gopnik
May 15, 2019 By showing the impact it's had in the past, Adam Gopnik presents liberalism not only as a moral adventure but also as a necessity in an age of resurging autocracy and rampant bigotry.
Warren Zevon in concert circa 1978 in New York City.
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May 14, 2019 C.M. Kushins has delivered a nuanced, in-depth, loving look at the complicated singer/songwriter, one that helps cement him as one of the most complex and captivating music figures of our times.
Theodor Geisel — Dr. Seuss --holds a toy of the Cat in the Hat, one of his most famous character creations.
May 7, 2019 Using personal papers, telegrams, biographies, unpublished interviews and letters, author Brian Jay Jones gives readers a comprehensive view of the complex, multifaceted creator who became a giant.
May 1, 2019 Juliet Escoria's autobiographical novel is a heartfelt, raw story about surviving mental illness and learning to cope with inner demons. It's not a comfortable read — but it is a powerful one.
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker, by Damon Young
March 26, 2019 Writer, critic and humorist Damon Young chronicles his efforts to endure the battles that come with being black; the beauty of his book is that he never tries to make it comfortable for his audience.
An illustration depicting Johannes Gutenberg taking the first proof off his printing press.
March 20, 2019 The depth of Margaret Leslie Davis' research on the tome's history cannot be understated — her writing is straightforward and, at times, heartbreaking, but outstanding reporting lies at the core.
An American Summer: Love And Death In Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz
March 8, 2019 Alex Kotlowitz's new book amplifies the words of those who have witnessed tragedy and makes their experiences available to readers — a chronicle that is painful but also necessary.
Albert Woodfox, who was in solitary confinement at the Louisiana State Penitentiary for more than 40 years, is seen here at a press conference on Nov. 15, 2016 in Paris.
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March 5, 2019 Albert Woodfox's timely account of his wrongful conviction and time in solitary confinement shows that some spirits are unbreakable; it should be required reading in an age of Black Lives Matter.
March 5, 2019 William Boyle's new novel follows mob widow Rena, her granddaughter and an ex-porn-star neighbor, on the run from a crazed mafia enforcer in — what else? — a 1962 Chevy Impala.
February 10, 2019 Joseph Scapellato's new novel mashes up noir and philosophy in a multi-layered story about an aimless young man who gets caught up in his uncle's strange and possibly dangerous performance art.
January 31, 2019 Hala Alyan reflects on three decades of life in an intimate, unsparing new poetry collection that offers a unique look at life as a Palestinian in exile, a woman, and a young person looking for love.
January 24, 2019 Part thriller, part noir, and part tropical gothic, Morris Collins' debut novel follows a New York photographer on a dangerous and increasingly surreal journey through Central America.
January 6, 2019 Akashic Books' Noir series continues with a visit to Amsterdam — and finding the shadowy side of a peaceful city where crime is low proves a challenge for editors René Appel and Josh Pachter.
October 20, 2018 Author and musician Jeff Jackson's new novel paints a nightmarish world where the debate over authenticity and selling out has lead to an epidemic of musicians being killed on stage, mid-performance.
October 13, 2018 Chaya Bhuvaneswar's new collection can be a hard read at times — she doesn't shy away from the difficulties of the immigrant experience in America. But these stories also offer a core of hope.