Chris Myers Asch

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I lead many different lives. I’m a dad who left full-time work five years ago to raise three kids; I’m a historian who teaches at Colby College and just finished a book on race in D.C. (Chocolate City); I’m a social entrepreneur who has helped start and run three non-profit organizations, including the Capital Area New Mainers Project; I’m an athlete who loves baseball, martial arts, and hiking. It's a full life! ...more

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Chocolate City by Chris Myers Asch
"Really enjoyed this book! It is somewhat academic in tone, so not for everyone. But the narrative moves quickly and I learned so much.

I have been a DC-area resident on and off since 1984, when I moved there for college. I wish I could have read this" Read more of this review »
Chocolate City by Chris Myers Asch
"8 months and a 36 hour audiobook later… wow! This should be required reading for any (especially white) DC transplants or anyone interested in the DC statehood conversation. Asch & Musgrove do an incredible job explaining the specific stories and cir" Read more of this review »
Chocolate City by Chris Myers Asch
"Thorough and fascinating history of DC beginning with the indigenous people of the area; mercifully only one chapter on Marion Barry (if you've read Dream City you already know a lot of Barry highlights :) :) :)) "
Chocolate City by Chris Myers Asch
"Excellent history of DC! I loved the playful (for non-fiction!) tone. Plenty of lessons about political leadership failures and successes. This was a book club pick and it was great to spark conversation about the surprising history of DC and to cons" Read more of this review »
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A Good Provider Is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle
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Just finished this extraordinary book -- what a pleasure! Spanning four decades, it chronicles the life of a Filipino family, focusing on one daughter who winds up migrating to Texas (via Abu Dhabi) and raising a new generation of Filipino Americans. ...more
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“The warm friendliness that accompanied interracial interactions in town now seemed to be simply a cordial veneer covering latent animosity.”
Chris Myers Asch, Senator and the Sharecropper




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