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The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
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The latest book in my 'Must-Read' catalogue. If you are remotely curious about why the United States still struggles with serious racial problems in this day and age, read this book. The author details, with clarity but not ad nauseum, the multi-face ...more
The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer
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I had the opportunity to see the author, Joshua Hammer, speak about this book and present some photos of his time in Mali, Timbuktu, and environs, and to discuss the manuscripts. I was underwhelmed, and it seemed as though Mr. Hammer was not an excel ...more
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“The extremists had declared jihad against anyone and anything that challenged their vision of a pure Islamic society, and these artifacts - treatises about logic, astrology, and medicine, paeans to music, poems idealizing romantic love - represented five hundred years of human joy. They celebrated the sensual and the secular, and they bore the explicit message that humanity, as well as God, was capable of creating beauty. They were monumentally subversive.”
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Secondhand Time by Svetlana Alexievich
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Evicted by Matthew Desmond
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A very enlightening and worth-while read. I recommend this to everyone! The author chronicles the happenstances of eight families/individuals in the City of Milwaukee that lead to their eviction and/or loss of a home, and how those events echo throug ...more
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The Theft of Memory by Jonathan Kozol
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“When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”
Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

“The extremists had declared jihad against anyone and anything that challenged their vision of a pure Islamic society, and these artifacts - treatises about logic, astrology, and medicine, paeans to music, poems idealizing romantic love - represented five hundred years of human joy. They celebrated the sensual and the secular, and they bore the explicit message that humanity, as well as God, was capable of creating beauty. They were monumentally subversive.”
Joshua Hammer, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts

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