EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond
This book is vitally important and accessible to all. Matthew Desmond, sociologist at Harvard and MacArthur Genius, in a feat of astonishing journalism brings us deep into the poorest neighborhoods in Milwaukee. We intimately get to know the daily struggles of the people there. People who live in fear of calling the police to report domestic violence or a child's asthma attack--for fear it will lead to an eviction ("nuisance citation"). This book clearly explains just how the law continues to allow for the exploitation of our country’s poorest and why it cannot stay this way. For more, see coverage inThe New York Times, The Atlantic , and TheNew Yorker .
—Kate Layte, owner + manager
by Jane Mayer
DARK MONEY is Jane Mayer's investigation into the roots of Citizens United, the Koch Brothers's money (inherited wealth their dad made building oil refineries for Hitler and Stalin), and how the super-rich subvert our political system. Mayer details how the Koch brothers, whose ideas were rejected at the ballot box, altered our political landscape and changed the rules of our democracy by funneling money to educational institutions and politicians that would like to strip the government's function down to protection of individual and property rights. If you've been wondering how we go to this point a lot more lately, this book tells that harrowing tale.
—John Cleary, bookseller
WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS
by Helen Oyeyemi
This book of short stories doesn't publish until Tuesday, but I highly recommend that when it does your come and grab it up fast. WHAT IS NOT YOURS IS NOT YOURS has no theme save for "keys" which can be tangible or metaphysical, which open rooms and open doors to new ways of thinking. The stories in this book are all very different from one another, but each has characters that are so marvelously drawn that they are easy to miss when the story has ended. Fans of BOY, SNOW, BIRD should rejoice that Oyeyemi is back at it and showing us how damn good a short story can be.
—Katie Eelman, media + events coordinator
TROUBLE IS A FRIEND OF MINE
by Stephanie Tromly
Trouble Is a Friend of Mine is a great example of expert character building within a web of mystery. I came for the mystery but stayed for Digby and Zoe's repertoire and the great dialogue writing. Then I found out the author is a screenwriter and I started crossing my fingers for a movie adaptation! Ultimately, the plot seemed beside the point when the real draw was the great interactions between this cast of characters. A hilarious read - definitely pick this up if you want a little John Hughes with your Rainbow Rowell.
—Jill Saginario, bookseller