History, Biography, and Politics

After September 11th, Congress passed the USA PATRIOT Act in record time. Since then, civil liberties have been cast aside in the name of defeating terror. Unfortunately, ordinary citizens have had their rights violated because of their race, religion, political beliefs, and more. This is an examination of this trend, with heartbreaking interviews from people who have been affected. This law needs to end, and this book gives you plenty of reasons why.

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Flannery
Patriot Acts: Narratives of Post-9/11 Injustice (Voice of Witness) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781936365388
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Published: McSweeney's - August 23rd, 2011

If you find yourself a little fuzzy on how we got into our current economic mess, Matt Taibbi is here to remind you. Griftopia clearly illustrates the complexity of bubble economics. His witty contempt for the greed that has wrought so much hardship around the world is thoroughly satisfying. And, because it's now in paperback, you can comfortably hold it with one hand while you shake a fist in the air!

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Joe
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ISBN: 9780385529969
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - September 6th, 2011

Both sequel to and a prequel of her unforgettable Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, Fuller’s Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness tells the story of her parents long lasting and tumultuous love affair with Africa.  Booklist said that “Fuller's prose is so beautiful and so evocative that readers will feel that they, too, are sitting under (the Tree of Forgetfulness).”

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Nici
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ISBN: 9781594202995
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Published: Penguin Press - August 23rd, 2011

Michael Moore has been holding out on us. We've all seen his documentaries, but it turns out that the man with the camera has left plenty of stories untold. A memoir's worth, in fact. Here Comes Trouble is a collection of 24 vignettes, spanning the hilarious, the poignant and the strange (such as an exorcism lesson from a priest. No, really). It's a fresh glimpse of one of our most well known provocateurs.

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Kat
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ISBN: 9780446532242
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 13th, 2011

Most people probably know Jane Lynch for her well-deserved, award-winning performances as Sue Sylvester, the ruthless cheerleading coach on the hit TV show “Glee.” I first fell for the talented and hysterically funny Ms. Lynch in 2000, when I saw her portray domineering dog trainer Christy Cummings in the brilliant Christopher Guest comedy, “Best In Show.” Anyway, as if she isn’t busy enough being a big star, Jane Lynch has written her first book, Happy Accidents: A Memoir, and fans everywhere will now have a chance to get to know her a little bit better. She discusses everything from growing up in the Midwest to getting sober to, eventually, coming out of the closet and living the life she always wanted to live. And just like the woman herself, Happy Accidents is funny, poignant, and inspiring.

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George
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ISBN: 9781401341763
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Published: Voice - September 13th, 2011

Before there was Mary Karr (Liar’s Club) or Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle), there was Caroline Knapp, memoirist and pioneer of writing about truth and pain. Knapp’s Drinking: A Love Story, published in the early 1990’s, is a quietly moving story chronicling her harrowing relationship with alcohol. A few years after the book’s publication, Knapp and Gail Caldwell became best friends. Both writers, the two met for years to walk their dogs along a favorite path; their accumulative miles eventually logging a measure for the interior ground they covered. They spoke about everything from their shared history of struggle, to their relationships, to their love of writing books. When Knapp was diagnosed with cancer these two private, fiercely self-reliant women were suddenly thrown into the unknown. Caldwell chronicles this journey in her own memoir Let’s Take the Long Way Home (now available in paperback). Caldwell’s striking and beautiful prose speaks to the deepest levels of devotion and grief and to the transformation and treasures she found in knowing and then losing Caroline. This book is not only a gift to Ms. Knapp, but it is a gift to anyone who is lucky enough to have found and journeyed through life with that singular and treasured relationship of a best friend.

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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780812979114
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Published: Random House Trade - August 9th, 2011

We were captivated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff’s book about the enigmatic Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and so were the critics. “Captivating...Ms. Schiff strips away the accretions of myth that have built up around the Egyptian queen. In doing so, she gives us a cinematic portrait of a historical figure far more complex and compelling than any fictional creation, and a wide, panning, panoramic picture of her world.” —Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
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ISBN: 9780316001946
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 6th, 2011

Michele Norris of NPR’s All Things Considered set out to write a book about “the hidden conversation on race” that was taking place around the country since the election of President Obama. Norris was interested in the continuing phenomenon she felt when interviewing people about what they weren’t saying when race came up; people were being careful and she wanted to know why. Then, when interviewing her own family about race and silence, a family secret was revealed and suddenly Norris’s journey to understanding the complexity of racial legacy became a more immediate and intensely personal story. The Grace of Silence illuminates the ways that silence and revelation are deeply imbedded into how we have racial dialogue. I cannot get the ending words of this memoir out of my head, and nor do I want to. This is a beautiful, telling, and wonderful read. 
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S.M.C.
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ISBN: 9780307475275
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Published: Vintage - September 6th, 2011

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