All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation


Simon & Schuster - It was the year the proportion of american women who were married dropped below fifty percent; and the median age of first marriages, which had remained between twenty and twenty-two years old for nearly a century 1890–1980, had risen dramatically to twenty-seven. New york times notable books of 2016 selection * best books of 2016 selection by the boston globe * entertainment weekly * npr * chicago public library * the new york times bestselling investigation into the sexual, economic, and emotional lives of women is “an informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just the single ladies—who want to gain a greater understanding of this pivotal moment in the history of the United States” The New York Times Book Review.

In 2009, award-winning journalist Rebecca Traister started All the Single Ladies about the twenty-first century phenomenon of the American single woman. An informative and thought-provoking book for anyone—not just single ladies” The New York Times Book Review, All the Single Ladies is a remarkable portrait of contemporary American life and how we got here, through the lens of the unmarried American woman.

Covering class, sexual orientation, politics, and filled with vivid anecdotes from fascinating contemporary and historical figures, race, “we’re better off reading Rebecca Traister on women, and America than pretty much anyone else” The Boston Globe. Today, only twenty percent of Americans are married by age twenty-nine, compared to nearly sixty percent in 1960

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation - But over the course of her vast research and more than a hundred interviews with academics and social scientists and prominent single women, Traister discovered a startling truth: the phenomenon of the single woman in America is not a new one. And historically, abolition, secondary education, the results were massive social change—temperance, when women were given options beyond early heterosexual marriage, and more.

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White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America


Penguin Books - When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win, ” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization.

We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. And we recognize how right she is today. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility.

The new york times bestseller a new york times notable and critics’ top book of 2016longlisted for the pen/john kenneth galbraith award for nonfictionone of npr's 10 best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head OnNPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great ReadsSan Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended booksA Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016“Formidable and truth-dealing.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America - Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. They were alternately known as “waste people, ” “lazy lubbers, ” “offals, ” “rubbish, ” and “crackers.

By the 1850s, ragged clothing, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers, ” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, and listless minds. Yet the voters who boosted trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

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My Absolute Darling: A Novel


Riverhead Books - At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable.

What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. Instant new york times bestseller la times book prize finalistnbcc john leonard prize finalistone of the new york times's most notable books of 2017one of the washington post’s most notable books of 2017one of npr’s ‘great reads’ of 2017a usa today best book of the year an amazon.

My Absolute Darling: A Novel - Com best book of the year a business insider best book of the year"impossible to put down. Npr"a novel that readers will gulp down, gasping. The washington post  "the word 'masterpiece' has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one. Stephen kinga brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl's heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. With turtle's escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, heart in throat, the reader watches, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well. Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting, My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Her social existence is confined to the middle school where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell and to her life with her father.

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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger


Simon & Schuster - It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, when harnessed, which, can change history. Her wise and provocative columns helped make sense of a cultural transformation. National magazine award citation, 2018 “The most brilliant voice on feminism in this country. Anne lamott, author of bird by bird from rebecca traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.

New york times bestseller*** ***best books of 2018 selection by*** * washington post * people * npr * esquire * elle * wired * refinery 29 * “in a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister. With eloquence and fervor, rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. Here traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today.

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger - She deconstructs society’s and the media’s condemnation of female emotion notably, rage and the impact of their resulting repercussions. But long before pantsuit nation, and before the #MeToo movement, before the Women’s March, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic.

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The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People


Regan Arts. - One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today. Leading authors, actors, ceos, and other notables share the books that changed their life, why they love them, politicians, and their passion with readers everywhere.

Contributors include al roker, emma straub, jeff kinney, fran lebowitz, lev grossman, susan orlean, laura lippmann, Tim Gunn, Jim Shepard, Dave Eggers, Fay Weldon, Nelson DeMille, Mayim Bialik, and Tommy Hilfiger, Margaret Atwood, Gillian Flynn, Liev Schreiber, Eric Idle, Rosanne Cash, Gregory Maguire, Carl Hiaasen, among others.

The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People - Regan arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.

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Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War


Harper - Emma edmonds cut off her hair and assumed the identity of a man to enlist as a Union private, witnessing the bloodiest battles of the Civil War. The beautiful widow, engaged in affairs with powerful Northern politicians to gather intelligence for the Confederacy, Rose O’Neale Greenhow, and used her young daughter to send information to Southern generals.

Elizabeth van lew, a wealthy richmond abolitionist, hid behind her proper Southern manners as she orchestrated a far-reaching espionage ring, right under the noses of suspicious rebel detectives. Using a wealth of primary source material and interviews with the spies’ descendants, Abbott seamlessly weaves the adventures of these four heroines throughout the tumultuous years of the war.

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War - With a cast of real-life characters including walt whitman, liar, temptress, detective Allan Pinkerton, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Emperor Napoleon III, General Stonewall Jackson, Soldier, Spy draws you into the war as these daring women lived it. Liar, temptress, soldier, Spy contains 39 black & photos and 3 maps.

 . Karen abbott, the new york times bestselling author of sin in the Second City and “pioneer of sizzle history” USA Today, tells the spellbinding true story of four women who risked everything to become spies during the Civil War. Karen abbott illuminates one of the most fascinating yet little known aspects of the Civil War: the stories of four courageous women—a socialite, an abolitionist, a farmgirl, and a widow—who were spies.

After shooting a union soldier in her front hall with a pocket pistol, Belle Boyd became a courier and spy for the Confederate army, using her charms to seduce men on both sides.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage: A novel Vintage International


Vintage - Here haruki murakami—one of the most revered voices in literature today—gives us a story of love, friend­ship, and heartbreak for the ages. A new york times and washington Post notable book, and one of the Financial Times, St. An instant #1 new york times bestseller, colorless tsukuru tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present.

Louis post-dispatch,  slate,  mother Jones, The Daily Beast,  and BookPage's best books of the year.

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The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined


Penguin Books - For most of history, war, gruesom punishments, programs, assassinations, child abuse, slavery, infanticide, deadly quarrels, and genocide were ordinary features of life. But today, pinker shows with the help of more than a hundred graphs and maps all these forms of violence have dwindled and are widely condemned.

Yet as new york times bestselling author steven pinker shows in this startling and engaging new work, just the opposite is true: violence has been diminishing for millenia and we may be living in the most peaceful time in our species's existence. If i could give each of you a graduation present, it would be this—the most inspiring book I've ever read.

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined - Bill gates may, 2017selected by the new york times book review as a Notable Book of the YearThe author of Enlightenment Now and The New York Times bestseller The Stuff of Thought offers a controversial history of violence. Faced with the ceaseless stream of news about war, crime, and terrorism, one could easily think we live in the most violent age ever seen.

 . Exploding fatalist myths about humankind's inherent violence and the curse of modernity, this ambitious and provocative book is sure to be hotly debated in living rooms and the Pentagon alike, and will challenge and change the way we think about our society. The key, he explains, is to understand our intrinsic motives--the inner demons that incline us toward violence and the better angels that steer us away--and how changing circumstances have allowed our better angels to prevail.

How has this happened?this groundbreaking book continues Pinker's exploration of the esesnce of human nature, mixing psychology and history to provide a remarkable picture of an increasingly nonviolent world.

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Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why it Matters


Skyhorse - Lembke challenges her readers to consider the idea that all creatures are conscious, with the ability to make choices, exercise awareness, and seek pleasure while shunning pain. Sometimes, however, we fall in love—as in the case of the cat in the title—or otherwise encounter our animal neighbors in ways that change both of us.

This is a sensitive and timely appraisal of how we treat the creatures we share our planet with—and how we ought to. Rarely has a book of natural history covered such a broad range of subjects, from the everyday bargains we make with our pets and other domestic creatures to descriptions of bungee-cord snail sex and the purpose of a honeybee's sting.

Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why it Matters - It is a book that no lover of intelligent writing about the natural world will want to miss. For the most part, we drift along separately, with neither man nor animal affecting the other's way of life. 20 b/w illustrations. A new book by Janet Lembke is always a cause for celebration. Sue hubbell we share our lives, with a multitude of animals, white-tailed deer and white-tailed eagles, for better or worse, and, last but hardly least, frogs and guppies, hens and wrens, bugs and bacteria.

Lembke explores the evolution of her subjects, wide-ranging portraits of everyday and more unusual encounters, and draws on literature and myth to paint gorgeous, such as that of a gardener and a groundhog, or a chicken egg and Augustus Caesar's wife.

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Salt: A World History


Penguin Books - The only rock we eat, salt has shaped civilization from the very beginning, and its story is a glittering, often surprising part of the history of humankind. An unlikely world history from the bestselling author of Cod and The Basque History of the WorldIn his fifth work of nonfiction, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a common household item with a long and intriguing history: salt.

A substance so valuable it served as currency, secured empires, salt has influenced the establishment of trade routes and cities, provoked and financed wars, and inspired revolutions. Populated by colorful characters and filled with an unending series of fascinating details, Salt is a supremely entertaining, multi-layered masterpiece.

Salt: A World History - From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America


Picador - Twenty-three leading feminist writers on protest and solidaritywhen 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump and 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton, how can women unite in Trump’s America? Nasty Women includes inspiring essays from a diverse group of talented women writers who seek to provide a broad look at how we got here and what we need to do to move forward.

Featuring essays by rebecca solnit on trump and his “misogyny army, sarah hepola on resisting the urge to drink after the election, and sarah jaffe on the labor movement and active and effective resistance, sarah hollenbeck on trump’s cruelty toward the disabled, meredith talusan on feminism and the transgender community, RANDA JARRAR on traveling across the country as a queer Muslim American, SAMANTHA IRBY on racism and living as a queer black woman in rural America, NICOLE CHUNG on family and friends who support Trump, KATHA POLLITT on the state of reproductive rights and what we do next, JILL FILIPOVIC on Trump’s policies and the life of a young woman in West Africa, ” CHERYL STRAYED on grappling with the aftermath of Hillary Clinton’s loss, among others.

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