Current Issues

People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present by Dara Horn - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393531565
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 7th, 2021

This work is from one of my favorite literary authors. Different from her fiction yet still rooted firmly in Jewish beliefs, these essays are a startling, clear, often brutal, unsparing and honest critique of anti-Semitism in all its ugly forms, both in current and ancient history and from across many cultures and countries. Insightful and analyzed with the precision of language of which an artist like Horn is a master. This book is the perfect balance to Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson and it will leave you moved beyond words. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year by Carol Leonnig - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
I Alone Can Fix It: Donald J. Trump's Catastrophic Final Year Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593298947
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Penguin Press - July 20th, 2021

Hankering to rubberneck a year-long train wreck? Stand clear of the tracks. The conductor pressed full throttle, the smokestack belched soot, the cars veered and crashed off the rails, and when the gears shut down, the locomotive was barred from the Pennsylvania Avenue line. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire by Lizzie Johnson - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Paradise: One Town's Struggle to Survive an American Wildfire Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780593136386
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Crown - August 17th, 2021

The word "campfire" usually summons up images of toasting marshmallows and chatting with friends, but it has a much different connotation for the people who lived in Paradise, California. In November of 2018, a downed powerline.started a blaze in kindling-dry terrain. Fanned by fierce winds, the fire roared like a runaway locomotive towards the surrounding towns, incinerating everything in its path. By the time the Camp Fire was contained, over ninety percent of the homes and businesses in Paradise had been destroyed and the grim task of sifting through the ashes and debris for the remains of the dead had begun. This is a meticulously researched chronicle of the deadliest wildfire in United States history and a harrowing examination of the devastating consequences of underestimating the power of nature unbound. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist by Patrick Nathan - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781640094536
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Counterpoint - August 17th, 2021

In this original and incisive work of cultural studies, Nathan articulates the intersection of our overwhelmingly visual culture and fascism--something that was here long time before #45. Freedom is just an American brand, he says pointing at how much of it we have abandoned for good since 9/11. Unethical consumption of images desensitizes us to the pain of others just as an unwillingness to engage with history is to forsake political awareness. Social media is almost a tool of fascist aesthetics. A brilliant contribution in the vein of Benjamin, Sontag, and Berger that looks deeply at art and how people consume culture in corporatized late capitalism. Against the gentrification of culture, the fascist replacement of reality, and the “right” of corporations to reduce our inner lives, Nathan offers stirring, engaged criticism as resistance. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Had It Coming: Rape Culture Meets #Metoo: Now What? by Robyn Doolittle - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Had it Coming: Rape Culture Meets #MeToo: Now What? (Sunlight Editions) Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781586422899
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Truth to Power - August 24th, 2021

Doolittle traces the societal evolution regarding sexual abuse and rape, and the awakenings spurred by the #MeToo movement. However, recent progress still leaves questions unanswered and problems unresolved, including generational, political, and legal conflicts. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents Cover Image
$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This is likely the most powerful and intelligently written book I have ever read. I believe it should be a mandatory read so Americans can better understand the overlooked and almost hidden caste system that still exists today. Even though Wilkerson has provided extensive research on the correlation of caste systems between America, Nazi Germany, and India, the way she presents information is always easily digestible and eye opening so she never leaves any reader behind. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Current Issues