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A new biography of Stokely Carmichael traces his evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.
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Things are not what they seem in Helen Oyeyemi's new novel, set in 1950s New England. The book places Snow White in a particular historical context, exploring beauty, envy and identity.
The military is a huge bureaucracy with many redundancies. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with University of Kentucky's Robert Farley, who argues that we need air power, but not a separate Air Force.
Therese Walsh knows Colleen McCullough's famous novel — which contains not just sex, but sex with a priest -- might not be "appropriate" for teens. But, she says, it's the perfect sort of dangerous.
Dinaw Mengestu is known for writing about the immigrant experience, but his latest novel takes a slightly different tack: It's about love born out of loneliness and need, and complicated by war.
In 1998, the novelist befriended a rich, eccentric, art-loving Rockefeller — or so he thought. Kirn explores the man's lies in Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade.
In his new book, Ezekiel Emanuel explains How the Affordable Care Act Will Improve Our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System.
Nicole Mones' new novel tells the story of African-American musicians who found respect and appreciation in Shanghai's nightclubs, even as the city descended into Japanese occupation and war.
Anthony Marra recommends Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman as a way to understand the events unfolding in Ukraine.
In the afterglow of Sochi, Pres. Vladimir Putin’s drive to get respect from the world shifted into reverse as he invaded Ukraine’s attempt to leave his self defined orbit. Putin answered Western allies’ and President Obama’s offering of a velvet hand with a spiked club, invading the Crimea. The U.S. may not consider this reviving the Cold War, but I could not personally suppress some familiar emotions. I remember vividly tanks rolling into Hungary in 1956 to crush a revolt. Dwight Eisenhower was president then and the U.S. did not answer with force. They recognized the U.S.S.R. Œs sphere; the …
Stokely Carmichel popularized one of the best known and most polarizing phrases of the civil rights era: "black power." Historian Peniel Joseph shares his new book Stokely: A Life.
It was a painful sight. Who could misuse God’s creatures like this? These poor animals had been abused and neglected yet they perked up every time someone walked by. It was obvious they wanted to be loved and needed little more than a clean home, fresh water, a warm bed and maybe a little pat on the head now and then. Their coats were stained and greasy, their fur matted and their sad, red-rimmed weepy eyes looked like they’d seen nothing but hard times and bad treatment. I spoke to George Geoffrey, founder of Heavenly Hope Husband Rescue standing in …
Piper Kerman's TV tie-in prison memoir, Orange is the New Black, has hit half a year on the list.
Nora's life is changed by a new student's family in The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud, at No. 14.
In The Future of the Mind, Michio Kaku surveys current science of the human mind. It debuts at No. 3.
Debuting at No. 3, Lorrie Moore's Bark is a collection of eight short stories.
The lists are compiled from weekly surveys of close to 500 independent bookstores nationwide.
The person responsible for the Grand County Building Department’s missing $500,000 has yet to be formally named and charged. County officials have a good idea of the desk from which the suspicious activity originated, but invoked rural community familiarity and “trust” as their reason for taking 12 years to notice. Still, according to some county officials, red flags began popping up from the building department years prior. Treasurer Christina Whitmer told the Sky-Hi News she’s heard a profusion of citizens’ concern over her role in preventing the building department scandal, which only came to light last October. However, Whitmer clarified …