21st century

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21st century


deliciously bad writing by your favorite authors
A collection of early writings by some of today's well-known writers that they have submitted as their worst work, along with the author's commentary about that particular piece of writing. Includes contributions from Dave Eggers, Rick Moody, Gillian Flynn, and many others.

Kate DiCamillo

As a child, DiCamillo was often sick in bed, but this allowed her imagination to flourish, now readers can follow DiCamillo's journey and spark their own imaginations.

Deaths of despair and the future of capitalism

"Documents the decline of white-working class lives over the last half-century and examines the social and economic forces that have slowly made these lives more difficult"--OCLC.

Democracy in black

how race still enslaves the American soul
"Argues that we live in a country founded on a "value gap"--with white lives valued more than others--that still distorts our politics today"--Provided by publisher.

Letters to a writer of color

"These seventeen essays by . . . writers of color start a more inclusive conversation about storytelling and encourage readers and writers to re-evaluate the codes and conventions that have shaped their assumptions about how fiction should be written. Edited by Deepa Anappara, author of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line, and Taymour Soomro, author of Other Names for Love, this anthology features writers from around the world, from a diversity of backgrounds and across genres, including: American Dirt critic Myriam Gurba, who describes the circle of Latina writers she has always worked within; . . . novelist Tahmima Anam, who writes about giving herself permission to be funny as an artist of color; and New York Times opinion columnist Mohammed Hanif, who recalls censorship he experienced at the hands of political authorities"--Provided by publisher.

The myth of normal

trauma, illness, & healing in a toxic culture
"In this . . . book . . . [the author] dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really 'normal' when it comes to health?"--Provided by publisher.

The refugee crisis

"Teens explore the history of the global refugee crisis from a journalistic viewpoint to understand the events that triggered the ongoing crises and the people and countries involved"--Provided by publisher.

Thinking critically

"The adoption of the Black Lives Matter movement into daily American life has been far from seamless. The incidence of police brutality and mass incarceration in the United States is the highest in the world. While the BLM movement continues to shine light on the systemic racism endemic in law enforcement and the criminal justice system, many Americans remain deeply divided on the most effective ways to address these issues"--Provided by publisher.

America's role in a changing world

"Anthology of curated essays exploring changes in the United States, its global allies and adversaries, and their relationships, in [more] recent years"--Provided by publisher.

Sometimes I never suffered

In Sometimes I Never Suffered, his seventh collection of poems, Shane McCrae remains ?a shrewd composer of American stories? (Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker). Here, an angel, hastily thrown together by his fellow residents of Heaven, plummets to Earth in his first moments of consciousness. Jim Limber, the adopted mixed-race son of Jefferson Davis, wanders through the afterlife, reckoning with the nuances of America?s racial history, as well as his own. Sometimes I Never Suffered is a search for purpose and atonement, freedom and forgiveness, imagining eternity not as an escape from the past or present, but as a reverberating record and as the culmination of time?s manifold potential to mend.


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