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Leslie Lawrence, The Death of Fred Astaire

As a child of the sixties, Leslie Lawrence knew she didn't want to duplicate her parents lives, yet she never imagined she'd stray so far outside the lines of their and her own expectations. The Death of Fred Astaire opens with the story, both wrenching and funny, of how Lawrence says her goodbyes to the iconic images she's held since her youth; she then proceeds to bear a child and raise him with her lesbian partner. Some essays in this debut collection reflect on legacies Lawrence inherited from her Jewish family and culture. In others, she searches gamely for a rich, authentic life a voice, a vocation, a community, even a god she can call her own. 

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Leslie Lawrence was raised in Queens and attended New York City’s public schools.  A graduate of Oberlin College, Brown University, and Goddard College’s M.F.A. program (now Warren Wilson), she is a recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has been published in many journals and periodicals, including Prairie Schooner, Witness, Solstice, the Forward, and the Boston Globe Magazine.

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Published: Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo - May 1st, 2016

Derek Beck, The War Before Independence

Derek Beck, The War Before IndependenceDerek W. Beck continues his groundbreaking narrative into the period preceding the Declaration of Independence, just days into the Revolutionary War. Sweeping readers from the Battle of Bunker Hill to the triumphs and tribulations of one of America’s greatest military leaders, George Washington, The War Before Independence: 1775–1776 features a vast amount of new investigative research. A historically accurate, narrative nonfiction that includes the Boston Campaign and the epic battle for Quebec, it is destined to become a vital work of great importance to the collective American conscience. 

Derek W. Beck is an historian whose history writing has appeared in multiple history journals, scholarly works, and reviews and has been cited by the Boston Globe among other publications. He is a Major in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, and is the recipient of numerous medals and awards for his achievements. Beck's education includes a Master of Science degree in Engineering & Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife, Vicky.

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Published: Sourcebooks - May 3rd, 2016

Danielle Allen, Education and Equality

American education as we know it today guaranteed by the state to serve every child in the country is still less than a hundred years old. It's no wonder we haven't agreed yet as to exactly what role education should play in our society. In these Tanner Lectures, Danielle Allen brings us much closer, examining the ideological impasse between vocational and humanistic approaches that has plagued educational discourse, offering a compelling proposal to finally resolve the dispute.

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Danielle Allen is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and professor of government and education at Harvard University. The recipient of a MacArthur fellowship, she is the author or editor of many books.

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Published: University of Chicago Press - June 14th, 2016

Erik Fogg & Nathaniel Greene, Wedged

For over a decade the pundits of America have decried the dysfunction of American politics, and politicians have promised that, if elected, they'll bring about the change we need. We've grown rightly cynical to such promises, and we watch, seemingly helpless, as the state of politics in the US spirals further into partisan gridlock and mutual antipathy.

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Published: Erik Fogg - November 19th, 2015

Peter Selgin, The Inventors

Fall, 1970. At the start of eighth grade, Peter Selgin fell in love with the young teacher who'd arrived from Oxford in Frye boots, with long hair, and a passion for his students that was intense and unorthodox. The son of an emotionally remote inventor, Peter was also a twin with a burning need to feel unique. 

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Peter Selgin is the author of Drowning Lessons, winner of the 2007 Flannery O’Connor Award for Fiction, Life Goes to the Movies, a novel, two books on the craft of fiction, and two children’s books. His memoir in essays, Confessions of a Left-Handed Man: An Artist’s Memoir, was short-listed for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His novel, The Water Master, won the Pirate’s Alley William Faulkner Society Prize.

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Published: Hawthorne Books - March 29th, 2016

Michael Tougias and Alison O'Leary, So Close to Home

Alison O'Leary & Michael Tougias, So Close to HomeOn May 19, 1942 a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles away from New Orleans. Captained by 29-year-old Iron Cross and King's Cross recipient Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with fifty-nine souls onboard. Most of the crew were merchant seamen, but there were also a handful of civilians, including the Downs family, consisting of the parents, Ray Sr. and Ina, along with their two children, eight-year-old Ray Jr., nicknamed Sonny, and eleven-year-old Lucille. Fast asleep in their berths, the Downs family had no notice that two torpedoes were heading their way. When the ship exploded, Ina and Lucille became separated from Ray Sr. and Sonny.

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Michael J. Tougias is the author and coauthor of more than a dozen books, including two bestselling true-adventure and survival books, Ten Hours Until Dawn: A True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do and Fatal Forecast: An Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea.

Alison O'Leary is a former reporter for the Boston Globe, a magazine editor, and a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in publications across the country.

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Published: Pegasus Books - May 3rd, 2016

Quincy Whitney, American Luthier

From the time of Stradivari, the mysterious craft of violinmaking has been a closely guarded, lucrative, and entirely masculine preserve. In the 1950s Carleen Maley Hutchins was a grade school science teacher, amateur trumpet player, and New Jersey housewife. When musical friends asked her to trade a trumpet for a $75 viola, she decided to try making one, thus setting in motion a surprising career.

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Quincy Whitney, arts writer for The Boston Sunday Globe NH Weekly for 14 years, was a Eugene O'Neill Critic Fellow; Salzburg Seminar Fellow; Metropolitan Museum of Art Research Fellow; and Hosking Houses Trust (UK) Fellow. She is the author of Hidden History of New Hampshire and lives in New Hampshire.

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Published: ForeEdge - April 12th, 2016

Marc Wortman, 1941: Fighting the Shadow War

Officially, America entered World War II on December 8, 1941 the day after the bombing of Peal Harbor, but even before that infamous day America had been at war. Long before, Franklin D. Roosevelt had been supporting the Allies. While Americans were sympathetic to the people being crushed under the Axis powers, they were unwilling to enter a foreign war.

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Marc Wortman is an independent historian and award-winning freelance journalist. He is the author of The Millionaires' Unit: The Aristocratic Flyboys Who Fought the Great War and Invented Air Power (the inspiration for the prize-winning, feature-length documentary by Humanus Films) and The Bonfire: The Siege and Burning of Atlanta. He has written for many popular publications, including SmithsonianVanity Fair, and Town & Country, and his essays and reviews appear frequently on The Daily Beast.

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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - April 19th, 2016

Johanna Fernandez, Writing on the Wall

"Revolutionary love, revolutionary memory and revolutionary analysis are at work in every page written by Mumia Abu-Jamal. His writings are a wake-up call. He is a voice from our prophetic tradition, speaking to us here, now, lovingly, urgently. Black man, old-school jazz man, freedom fighter, revolutionary--his presence, his voice, his words are the writing on the wall." -- Cornel West, from the foreword

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Published: City Lights Books - June 30th, 2015

Joseph Bagley, A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts

History is right under our feet; we just need to dig a little to find it. Though not the most popular construction project, Boston's Big Dig has contributed more to our understanding and appreciation of the city's archaeological history than any other recent event. Joseph M. Bagley, city archaeologist of Boston, uncovers a fascinating hodgepodge of history from ancient fishing grounds to Jazz Age red-light districts that will surprise and delight even longtime residents. Each artifact is shown in full color and accompanied by description of the item's significance to its site location and the larger history of the city. From cannonballs to drinking cups and from ancient spears to chinaware, A History of Boston in 50 Artifacts offers a unique and accessible introduction to Boston's history and physical culture while revealing the ways objects can offer a tantalizing entree into our past. 

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Published: University Press of New England - April 12th, 2016

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