THE DIVIDE by Matt Taibbi

April 21, 2014

Matt Taibbi spoke about his book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap , at Politics & Prose on Monday, April 21, 2014.

Matt Taibbi takes readers on a galvanizing journey through both sides of our new system of justice—the fun-house-mirror worlds of the untouchably wealthy and the criminalized poor. He uncovers the startling looting that preceded the financial collapse; a wild conspiracy of billionaire hedge fund managers to destroy a company through dirty tricks; and the story of a whistleblower who gets in the way of the largest banks in America, only to find herself in the crosshairs. On the other side of the Divide, Taibbi takes us to the front lines of the immigrant dragnet; into the newly punitive welfare system which treats its beneficiaries as thieves; and deep inside the stop-and-frisk world, where standing in front of your own home has become an arrestable offense. As he narrates these incredible stories, he draws out and analyzes their common source: a perverse new standard of justice, based on a radical, disturbing new vision of civil rights.

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By Matt Taibbi, Molly Crabapple (Illustrator)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812983630
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Published: Random House - October 21st, 2014

OUR SCHOOL by Sam Chaltain

April 12, 2014

Sam Chaltain spoke about his book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice , at Politics & Prose on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Almost every major American city is experimenting with school choice—a deeply controversial idea that is dramatically reshaping public education. Will the wider array of school options help parents and educators identify better strategies for helping all children learn? Or will the high stakes of the marketplace end up privatizing this most public of institutions? Education activist Sam Chaltain believes that before we can answer these questions, we must put a human face on the modern landscape of teaching and learning. Our School documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation’s capital—one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924. Chaltain weaves together the observations and emotions of the people whose lives intersect there, and the triumphs and the challenges they experience. The result is an unsettling, complex portrayal of American public education. Our School is important reading for educational policymakers, administrators, parents, the media, and anyone who aspires to be a teacher.

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$28.95
ISBN: 9780807755310
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Published: Teachers College Press - April 4th, 2014

THE EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison

April 6, 2014

Leslie Jamison spoke about her book, The Empathy Exams: Essays, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

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