Looking for the best way to answer the many many questions her son — who is half Jewish and half Indian — asks about not only the world but also his place in it, Jacob turns to her own history, and looks at the conversations about race, sexuality, injustice, and love that have helped her make sense of the world. In the extensively reported The Truffle Underground , Ryan Jacobs dives deep into the dark and sometimes deadly world of the truffle supply chain — spies stealing trade secrets, armed farmers guarding their fields, hunters poisoning the dogs of their rivals.
Being the only child of parents living with addiction and in nearly constant conflict, Madden looks elsewhere for solace — and these essays, often about the objects of those searches, are haunting and profound. Inspired by the responses, Filgate sought other essays about other unspoken topics between mother and child; this intimate, cathartic, and thought-provoking anthology featuring essays from Kiese Laymon, Alexander Chee, Carmen Maria Machado, and others is the result.
The Great Recession crippled an entire generation, and black millennials were among the hardest hit. Allen interviewed dozens of her peers for an honest and occasionally heartbreaking look at young black twenty- and thirtysomethings trying to succeed in a nation that has often inhibited them from achieving their dreams. Beloved New Yorker television critic and Pulitzer Prize winner publishes her first collection of essays, chronicling the rise of the Golden Era of TV and making a case in favor of so-called genre TV.
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Award-winning professor of sociology Tressie McMillan Cottom tackles beauty, pop culture, race, and money in the eight incisive essays within Thick — dissecting such wide-ranging topics as Trump rallies, networking platforms, Saturday Night Live , and memes. It is at once revelatory and accessible.
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Read one of the poems from the collection here. The race riot in Chicago lasted eight days and killed 38 people. Choi writes poems that disarm with their frankness about sex, depression, and plain strangeness. The acclaimed poet and essayist publishes her first play, about a wealthy Manhattan couple and the emerging artist they invite to dinner. Cracks and fissures along racial lines emerge.
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As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins "A teenaged boy encounters one comedic calamity after another when his train strands him in the middle of nowhere, and everything comes down to luck.
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Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli "Will Tuppence's life has always been ruled by science and common sense but in ninth grade, shaken up by the discovery that protons decay, he begins to see the entire world differently and gains new perspective on his relationships with his little sister and two closest friends. Adios, Nirvana by Conrad Wesselhoeft "As Seattle sixteen-year-old Jonathan helps a dying man come to terms with a tragic event he experienced during World War II, Jonathan begins facing his own demons, especially the death of his twin brother, helped by an assortment of friends, old and new.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne "Bored and lonely after his family moves from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in , Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence. The King's Arrow by Michael Cadnum "In England's New Forest on the second day of August, , eighteen-year-old Simon Foldre, delighted to be allowed to participate in a royal hunt as squire to the Anglo-Norman nobleman Walter Tirel, finds his future irrevocably altered when, during the hunt, he witnesses the possible murder of King William II.
Annexed by Sharon Dogar "A retelling of the story of Anne Frank imagines life in the secret annex from the perspective of Peter, who overcomes an initial loathing for the precocious young diarist before falling in love with her and questioning his faith in light of frightening persecutions.