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Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America by Beth Macy - Book Review

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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 7th, 2018

Macy portrays an epidemic sowed by pharmaceutical companies and drug dealers, enabled by beleaguered bureaucrats, sustained by flailing politicians, and financed, often fatally, by the bodies of dopesick addicts. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay - Book Review

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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

An incredibly honest anthology involving the personal stories of individuals affected by sexual assault. Many unique insights from the authors provide the reader with the opportunity to understand the different ways sexual trauma can impact one's life. This novel should become required reading to help rid the stigma and skepticism surrounding rape culture. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America by T. Christian Miller - Book Review

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Published: Crown - February 6th, 2018

Weaving statistics with story, these two authors investigate the butterfly effect in one serial rapist case. An insightful look at the way police investigations of rape are often tragically flawed because of erroneous assumptions made by the people who judge and investigate them. This is a true crime story in which the worst offense is the systemic doubt of women. Impressive writing regardless, but especially so on a topic such as this by two men. I read this cover to cover in a day. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


The Most Dangerous Branch: Inside the Supreme Court's Assault on the Constitution by David A. Kaplan - Book Review

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Published: Crown - September 4th, 2018

Take any of these terms: abortion, gun, voting, and gay, follow with "rights," and think who ultimately determines their validity. The answer is the United States Supreme Court. Kaplan argues the Court's outsized influence has enfeebled the political process, poisoned public discourse, subverted democracy, and brashly empowered a tribunal of unaccountable judges. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump by Michiko Kakutani - Book Review

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Published: Tim Duggan Books - July 17th, 2018

The embedding of postmodern theory into contemporary society that, warped and degraded by politics, has so broken and divided us into our own bubbles and factions, resulting in the renowned importance of personal truths away from any sole objective truths is what's at the heart of Kakutani's well researched analysis on our modern crisis. Thoroughly absorbing and undoubtedly important. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Book Review

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Published: Spiegel & Grau - July 14th, 2015

This is one of those “buzz books” that anyone with any interest whatsoever in the history and current state of race relations and police-minority relations knows they eventually have to read.

Coates' very language and attitude towards his topic can, at first, be off-putting or even hard to grasp for those in the racial majority who have, through location and life experience, much safe distance from the danger and struggles of being dark-skinned in America. He even refers to “those who think they are white” and the illusions of whiteness and blackness in a way that wholly transforms the readers assumptions and presumed knowledge of race and racial history. He succeeds, like few authors I've encountered, in revealing the ultimate truth as regards to “having a black body” in our nation and the devastating realities of police brutality, frequently lethal, carried out against this population both day to day in modern times and throughout history with little to no repercussion.

This can be a daunting read. Coates pulls no punches and softens not a drop of his ire towards those in the “white” power structure as well as those of us who live lives of privilege while still in denial of the true historical and human costs of the “American Dream”. There is no quarter offered for those who would presume to push the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow and ongoing institutional racism​- as well as the continuing endangerment and destruction of black bodies by contemporary police forces-​ into the past or to deny its valid presence in the future. As American citizens we all own it, the history, the reality, the ongoing struggles and the endless racial prejudice and Coates is, quite rightly, quite vividly and most brilliantly unwilling to buy into America's material-wealth-at-all-costs “dream”. It is a dream built on a tortured history, a dream that can only be a dream when viewed with the blinders of ignorance or racial intolerance in place.

A must read ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


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