The Afghanistan Papers

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The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982159009
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 31st, 2021

The Pentagon Papers is the obvious inspiration for Whitlock’s title. At first, I was suspect as the length of the book seemed to indicate it was not as encompassing an examination of U.S. involvement in its longest war as it’s model. The Afghanistan Papers, however, brings to light decades of interviews with the actual boots on the ground through the military’s own “Lessons Learned” project. What is compelling clear is that the U.S. took almost nothing from the lessons of our involvement in Vietnam. Once again, year after year, the top brass and our politicians lied about the progress being made in yet another unwinnable war without a clear strategy in a country we never made the effort to understand. Read this book to find out why what is happening in Afghanistan today is not in the least surprising and long ago foreseen.


What Wasn't I Thinking?

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ISBN: 9781637603635
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Published: Querelle Press - June 21st, 2021

Provacative.  Moving.  At times funny and irreverent, author and playwright Sebastian Stuart's book  - What Wasn't I Thinking?  takes us back to his early life in New York, his college days in 1970's San Francisco and importantly to the relationship with his beloved cousin Tina.  A memoir, an autobiography, a chronicle of times past - this book is a triumph for its author.


No Mud, No Lotus

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ISBN: 9781937006853
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Published: Parallax Press - December 2nd, 2014

What is suffering? What is happiness? How do they relate and how do you experience them? Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, provides thoughts on how one can truly face and understand one's hurt rather than only carry its burden. Written in very beautiful, kind, and humble words, No Mud, No Lotus is a book that refreshes oneself like a rejuvenating gulp of crisp air that you didn't know you needed.


I Know What I am

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ISBN: 9781683962113
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Published: Fantagraphics - September 10th, 2019

This incredibly well researched graphic biography tells the story of my personal favorite painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Siciliano doesn't shy away from the dark and often violent truth of Gentileschi's life as she went from her father's apprentice to a famous Renaissance painter in her own right. This book captures the humanity of such a great figure, while still giving us a view of the politics and hardships of the time --and an art lesson to round out the whole thing. Plus, just look at this cover, who wouldn't want to add such a beautiful book to their collection? CW: Sexual Assault



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By Rebecca Hall, Hugo Martínez (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781982115180
Published: Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

So many histories of women can only be found in the cracks, pieced together through what is omitted rather than saved. In her debut graphic novel, with striking pen and ink illustration by Hugo Martinez, Rebecca Hall recounts the struggle to uncover narratives about women’s roles in slave revolts for her PhD. But where she is met with lack and institutional gatekeeping, she fills in the stories of these women herself. A necessary and heart-wrenching read.


The Orphans of Davenport

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The Orphans of Davenport: Eugenics, the Great Depression, and the War over Children's Intelligence Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631494680
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Published: Liveright - July 27th, 2021

In the 1930s, most psychologists thought IQ was fixed -- children who scored low were always going to be unintelligent. This is the story of how researchers discovered -- almost by accident -- that intellectual capacity changes, and how children are cared for is crucial in shaping them.



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ISBN: 9780307911797
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Published: Pantheon - January 5th, 2021


Very much a bookend to her first book, the 1985 memoir Solace of Open Spaces set in Wyoming where she came to make her home, Ehrlich’s new work is much darker for she’s witness to the calamitous effects of climate change on the distant places and people she’s come to love over the past decades, from Greenland to Japan to Africa. In the end it’s a book not without hope as it is also a story of resilience , renewal, and once again, love.


I Believe I'll Go Back Home

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I Believe I'll Go Back Home: Roots and Revival in New England Folk Music Cover Image
ISBN: 9781625345653
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Published: Bright Leaf - May 28th, 2021

I Believe I'll Go Back Home is an excellent survey of the function and traditions of folk music in New England (starting with what little we have left of the traditions that predate colonization) and how those made Boston and Cambridge fertile ground for the birth of the Folk Revival of the late 1950s into the 1960s. There is such a rich musical history in New England that gets obfuscated because it didn't birth the major American music genres of today, but its contribution is not small. Curren's fast-paced and readable history colored in this opaque backstory and brought to life the cultural movement that percolated in clubs and coffeehouses on streets I know and love. 


The Magic of Sleep

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ISBN: 9780744026542
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Published: DK Children - March 2nd, 2021

There's so much to learn about sleep! In addition to understanding why sleep is important (and tricks for sleeping easier), this book also talks about the funny, scary, weird myths and histories across time and cultures. Bonus? You get to find out who sleeps in a snot-bubble sleeping bag.


Double Cross

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ISBN: 9780307888778
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Published: Crown - May 14th, 2013

In this fascinating history bestselling author Ben Macintyre - author of The Spy and the Traitor focuses on the story of June 4, 1944 -D-Day.  Filled with intrigue, suspense, double agents, colorful characters, spies, and heroes, Double Cross reads like an epic spy novel.



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