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Christopher Oldstone-Moore, Of Beards and Men

Beards—they’re all the rage these days. Take a look around: from hip urbanites to rustic outdoorsmen, well-groomed metrosexuals to post-season hockey players, facial hair is everywhere. The New York Times traces this hairy trend to Big Apple hipsters circa 2005 and reports that today some New Yorkers pay thousands of dollars for facial hair transplants to disguise patchy, juvenile beards. And in 2014, blogger Nicki Daniels excoriated bearded hipsters for turning a symbol of manliness and power into a flimsy fashion statement. The beard, she said, has turned into the padded bra of masculinity.

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Christopher Oldstone-Moore is a senior lecturer in history at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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Published: University of Chicago Press - December 8th, 2015

When We Fight, We Win: Greg Jobin-Leeds and AgitArte

Same-sex marriage, #BlackLivesMatter, the DREAM Act, the People's Climate March, End the New Jim Crow, Occupy Wall Street, the fight for a $15 minimum wage -- these are just a few of the remarkable movements that have blossomed in the past decade, a most fertile and productive era of activism. Now, in a visually rich and deeply inspiring book, the leaders and activists of these and other movements distill their wisdom, sharing lessons of what makesand what hinderstransformative social change. 

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Published: New Press - January 5th, 2016

Jon Lukomnik, What They Do with Your Money

Each year we pay billions in fees to those who run our financial system. The money comes from our bank accounts, our pensions, our borrowing, and often we aren't told that the money has been taken. These billions may be justified if the finance industry does a good job, but as this book shows, it too often fails us. Financial institutions regularly place their business interests first, charging for advice that does nothing to improve performance, employing short-term buying strategies that are corrosive to building long-term value, and sometimes even concealing both their practices and their investment strategies from investors.

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Jon Lukomnik is Managing Partner for Sinclair Capital and a founder of GovernanceMetrics International, a global corporate governance rating service.

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Published: Yale University Press - May 24th, 2016

Mark Polanzak & Lucas Mann

Mark Polanzak teaches English at the Berklee College of Music and is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process. He was a runner-up for the 2014 Italo Calvino Prize for fabulist fiction, and his stories have appeared in Third CoastThe Southern Review, and The American Scholar. He received his MFA from the University of Arizona.

Lucas Mann was born in New York City and received his MFA from the University of Iowa, where he was the Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction.

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Published: Stillhouse Press - March 22nd, 2016

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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

Mychal Denzel Smith, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching

Mychal Denzel Smith, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World WatchingHow do you learn to be a black man in America? For young black men today, it means coming of age during the presidency of Barack Obama. It means witnessing the deaths of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Akai Gurley, and too many more. It means celebrating powerful moments of black self-determination for LeBron James, Dave Chappelle, and Frank Ocean. 

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Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at the Nation Institute, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine, and a contributor to Feministing.com and Salon. He has also written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, the Root, the Grio, ThinkProgress, and the Huffington Post, and he has been a featured commentator on NPR, BBC radio, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America, HuffPost Live, and a number of other radio and television programs.

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Published: Bold Type Books - June 14th, 2016

Rosamund Zander, Pathways to Possibility

Rosamund Zander, Pathways to PossibilityThe bestselling author of The Art of Possibility returns with a new vision for achieving true human fulfillment.

In this powerful and inspiring book, family systems therapist and executive coach Rosamund Stone Zander invites readers to shed the childhood stories that hold us back, and enter a realm of true maturity and fulfillment, where limitless growth becomes possible. 

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Rosamund Stone Zander is a family therapist, leadership coach, and landscape painter. 

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Published: Viking - June 21st, 2016

Marjorie Williams, Markets of Provence

Provence, France, is justly famous for its dazzling light, vibrant colors, rich history, and flavorful foods and wines. And its markets have been the beating heart of Provencal life since the Middle Ages. In Markets of Provence, Marjorie Williams whisks you away to 30 of the best. This pocketable guide, complete with detailed maps and organized by days of the week, gives you all the information you need for your visit.

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Marjorie R. Williams has been attending farmers markets since her childhood. Her work has been featured in Edible magazine and travel blogs. She has an MFA in creative writing and held executive editorial positions with major publishers. She also writes short fiction and is a book coach. She and her husband have lived in Paris and reside in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - May 3rd, 2016

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

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