Book of Month

March 20, 2017

The Sound of Midnight Fire

"The Sound of Midnight Fire" by Rick Jankowski

The Sound of Midnight Fire is a collection of thirty general fiction, science fiction and humorous stories by award winning writer, Rick Jankowski. This collection includes two Pushcart Prize nominated stories: The Deception, a tale about a dying Chicago Cubs fan and his son, who will do anything to ensure the Cubs win; and The Edifice, a story about a star roving anthropologist who makes a startling discovery about God. Other stories include: • The Pepper Mill, a story about an artifact that can make its owner rich beyond imagination; • Sometimes on Mondays, a tragic tale of unrequited love; • The Jimmy Bertucci stories, which chronicle the humorous adventures of a college con artist on the make; • Of Time, Fraud and Thieves, in which crooks travel through time to steal stuff – and sell it on Ebay; • The Conspiracy, the story of two little boys who set out to prove there’s no Santa Claus; • The Sound of Midnight Fire, a haunting piece about the last novel ever written.

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March 20, 2017

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America


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The New York Times bestseller
A New York Times Notable and Critics’ Top Book of 2016
Longlisted for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction
One of NPR's 10 Best Books Of 2016 Faced Tough Topics Head On
NPR's Book Concierge Guide To 2016’s Great Reads
San Francisco Chronicle's Best of 2016: 100 recommended books
A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2016
Globe & Mail 100 Best of 2016

Formidable and truth-dealing . . . necessary. The New York Times

“This eye-opening investigation into our country’s entrenched social hierarchy is acutely relevant.” O Magazine

In her groundbreaking  bestselling history of the class system in America, Nancy Isenberg upends history as we know it by taking on our comforting myths about equality and uncovering the crucial legacy of the ever-present, always embarrassing—if occasionally entertaining—poor white trash.

 
“When you turn an election into a three-ring circus, there’s always a chance that the dancing bear will win,” says Isenberg of the political climate surrounding Sarah Palin. And we recognize how right she is today. Yet the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, argues Isenberg.

The wretched and landless poor have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds.
 
Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over four hundred years, Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics–-a widely popular movement embraced by Theodore Roosevelt that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and LBJ’s Great Society; they haunt us in reality TV shows like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Duck Dynasty. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the character of the American identity.
 
We acknowledge racial injustice as an ugly stain on our nation’s history. With Isenberg’s landmark book, we will have to face the truth about the enduring, malevolent nature of class as well.
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March 20, 2017

I Want To See My Papa

"I Want To See My Papa" by Angela Campagnoni

Little Bear struggles to understand what it means when he is told he would no longer be able to see his Papa. He questions those around him as he tries to bring meaning to why his Papa is gone. Through his memories and dreams, Little Bear goes on a journey to realize his Papa will always be with him. “I Want to See my Papa” by Angela Campagnoni, is a heartfelt story to help children deal with loss and grief through healing, love and most of all, learning that our loved ones are carried with us always, in our hearts.

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March 20, 2017

Psychology Led Astray

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