21st century

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21st century

The clearing

"The Clearing is the debut collection of poems from the winner of the 2019 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, Allison Adair"--.

The great escape

a true story of forced labor and immigrant dreams in America
"In 2007, Saket Soni received an anonymous phone call from an Indian migrant worker inside a Mississippi labor camp. He and 500 other men were living in squalor in Gulf Coast 'man camps,' surrounded by barbed wire, watched by armed guards, crammed into cold trailers with putrid portable toilets, forced to eat moldy bread and frozen rice. Worse, lured by the promise of good work and green cards, the men had desperately scraped together up to 20,000 dollars each to apply for this 'opportunity' to rebuild oil rigs after Hurricane Katrina, putting their families into impossible debt. Soni traces the workers' extraordinary escape; their march on foot to Washington, DC; and their 31-day hunger strike to bring attention to their cause"--Provided by publisher.

New teeth

"Two murderous pirates find a child stowaway on board and attempt to balance pillaging with co-parenting. A woman raised by wolves prepares for her parents' annual Thanksgiving visit. An aging mutant superhero is forced to learn humility when the mayor kicks him upstairs to a desk job. And in the hard-boiled caper--The Big Nap--a weary two-year-old detective struggles to make sense of a world gone mad. Equal parts silly and sincere, New Teeth is an ode to growing up, growing older, and what it means to make a family"--.


American novelist and poet Patricia Lockwood describes her life, including her upbringing in a household led by her unusual Catholic priest father as well as the time spent living in her parents' home with her husband after a decade of living on their own.

Hits & misses

"A collection inspired by a former Saturday Night Live writer's real experiences in Hollywood, chronicling the absurdity of fame and the humanity of failure in a world dominated by social media influencers and reality TV stars"--OCLC.

His name is George Floyd

one man's life and the struggle for racial justice
"A landmark biography . . . that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy-from his family's roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing-telling the singular story of how one man's tragic experience brought about a global movement for change. The events of that day are now tragically familiar: on May 25, 2020, George Floyd became the latest Black person to die at the hands of the police, murdered outside of a Minneapolis convenience store by white officer Derek Chauvin. The video recording of his death set off a series of protests in the United States and around the world, awakening millions to the dire need for reimagining this country's broken systems of policing. But behind a face that would be graffitied onto countless murals, and a name that has become synonymous with civil rights, there is the reality of one man's stolen life: a life beset by suffocating systemic pressures that ultimately proved inescapable. This biography of George Floyd shows the athletic young boy raised in the projects of Houston's Third Ward who would become a father, a partner, a friend, and a man constantly in search of a better life. In retracing Floyd's story, [the authors] bring to light the determination Floyd carried as he faced the relentless struggle to survive as a Black man in America. Placing his narrative within the larger context of America's deeply troubled history of institutional racism, [this book] examines the Floyd family's roots in slavery and sharecropping, the segregation of his Houston schools, the overpolicing of his communities, the devastating snares of the prison system, and his attempts to break free from drug dependence-putting today's inequality into uniquely human terms."--Provided by publisher.

Translating myself and others

". . . a collection of . . . personal essays by Puliter Prize-winning authur Jhumpa Lahiri, who reflects on her emerging identity as a translator as well as a writier in two languages. . ."--Dust jacket.

The end of solitude

selected essays on culture and society
"What is the internet doing to us? What is college for? What are the myths and metaphors we live by? These are the questions that William Deresiewicz has been pursuing over the course of his award-winning career. The End of Solitude brings together more than forty of his finest essays, including four that are published here for the first time. Ranging widely across the culture, they take up subjects as diverse as Mad Men and Harold Bloom, the significance of the hipster, and the purpose of art. Drawing on the past, they ask how we got where we are. Scrutinizing the present, they seek to understand how we can live more mindfully and freely, and they pose two fundamental questions: What does it mean to be an individual, and how can we sustain our individuality in an age of networks and groups?"--.

Cramm this book

so you know WTF is going on in the world today
"A guide to the recent history of the world that's led to where we are today, so Gen Z readers can have context for the news they see and hear every day"--Provided by publisher.

The breach

the untold story of the investigation into January 6th
Provides a behind-the-scenes look at the January 6th committee's investigation into the Capitol Riot and discusses the threat that far-right domestic terror groups pose to American democracy.


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