American Whitelash by Wesley Lowery

Staff Pick

Wes Lowery explores the roots of the surges in white supremacist violence this country has experienced. His central premise is that each step America has taken toward a more racially just society has sparked a backlash. One recent case in point: Barack Obama’s election as president helped incite the xenophobia and racial animus of the Trump years. Lowery’s book isn’t meant to be a comprehensive history of white resentment in America but rather, as he says at the outset, to put human faces on the relentless cycle of racial violence. It focuses on six particular cases of white racial violence—four from during Obama’s presidency and two from Trump’s. This is an unsettling and important book by one of the most experienced journalists covering issues of race and justice in America today.

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ISBN: 9780358393269
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Published: Mariner Books - June 27th, 2023

Rewriting illness, by Elizabeth Benedict

Staff Pick

This is a deeply moving and, given the subject, surprisingly entertaining memoir about Liz Benedict’s experience with cancer, which began after she suddenly discovered a lump in her armpit late one night in 2017. Benedict brings a veteran author’s crisp style and sense of detail and description to recounting going through something she—and many of the rest of us—have feared. She also tells her story with a good deal of humor and self-awareness and succeeds in making her very personal account resonate with universal meaning.

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ISBN: 9781942134916
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Published: Mandel Vilar Press - May 23rd, 2023

The Book of Charlie, by David Von Drehle

Staff Pick

A wonderful book that has its roots in a chance meeting when Washington Post columnist David von Drehle moved to Kansas City and encountered, living across the street, Dr. Charlie White, then 102 years old. White was an engaging teller of tales, and von Drehle, a skilled listener, recognized a great book in the long arc of White’s life that spanned more than a century of incredible change, invention, and disruption. White himself was a paragon of resilience and equanimity, someone who held fast to simple truths, which made him a natural role model. As von Drehle explains at the start of the book, he wrote it with his own four kids in mind, hoping they’d take some lessons from White’s life and incredible attitude. There’s certainly much for the rest of us, too, in this inspirational, lovingly crafted tale about an exemplary individual.

The Book of Charlie: Wisdom from the Remarkable American Life of a 109-Year-Old Man By David Von Drehle Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476773926
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 23rd, 2023