The Undocumented Americans, by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Staff Pick
For a book that tucks easily into the back pocket of your jeans, The Undocumented Americans packs quite a punch. Villavicencio's writing is unforgiving and unidealized--her stories of the undocumented are detached from the hateful, fearmongering rhetoric of anti-immigration movements, but also from the (sometimes) picturesque, cherry-picked narratives fostered by those who support immigration reform. Instead, Villavicencio offers a stream-of-conscious blend of objective journalism and heightened realism that is--like many of her subjects--impossible to categorize. These are stories about our neighbors. These are stories about us.
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ISBN: 9780399592706
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Published: One World - April 6th, 2021

Nudge: The Final Edition, by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein

Staff Pick
There have been countless "pandemic books," both fresh takes and old favorites whose popularity has surged as readers everywhere seek hope, catharsis, and escape. Back in 2020, a friend recommended Thaler and Sunstein's Nudge as I clawed desperately for answers, and although I've read 60+ books since the pandemic began, Nudge is truly my "pandemic book." Count me unsurprised that the authors thought to revise and re-release the book, tying in some of its core principles to the advent of Covid-19. Read it to discover the book's beloved standbys like "choice architecture" and "libertarian paternalism," and buckle in for brand new content on "Smart Disclosure," "choice engines," "sludge," and more!
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ISBN: 9780143137009
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Published: Penguin Books - August 3rd, 2021

Build Bridges, Not Walls, by Todd Miller

Staff Pick

Turn a wall on its side, and you have a bridge. Of course, as Miller knows too well after covering border issues for 15 years, it’s not that simple. The world is suffering from a severe case of “wall sickness,” which fuels and is fueled by nationalism and xenophobia, afflicts nearly everyone whether they work or live near a border or not, diverts resources from, for instance, fighting climate change, to criminalizing climate refugees, and has caused the number of border walls worldwide since 1989 to grow from 15 to 70-plus. Focusing on Southwest desert crossings, Miller draws on a wide range of statistics, analysis, and, most powerfully, interviews with border agents, activists, refugees, and their families to examine arguments for and against open borders. Offering water to a dehydrated man, listening to a father’s anguish over a missing daughter, and recounting an agent’s epiphany when he watched an injured teenager die, Miller argues for the value of our common humanity, showing how we could reinvent the world by replacing competition with cooperation; as with Covid, to heal the ills of discrimination and division, we need to work together for everyone’s benefit. 

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ISBN: 9780872868342
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Published: City Lights Books - April 6th, 2021