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Charisma's Turn

Read an Excerpt from Charisma's Turn

Monique Couvson’s trailblazing book Pushout laid the groundwork for understanding how our schools are failing Black girls; her follow-up, Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues, provided a blueprint for their healing and liberation. In the new new graphic novel Charisma’s Turn, vibrantly illustrated by Amanda Jones, Couvson tells an inspiring story from the perspective of the very girls she has been fighting for years to lift up.

Celebrating Feminist Economist Devaki Jain during Women’s History Month

Words of Wisdom from Howard Zinn

Author, activist, and historian Howard Zinn would have turned one hundred years old on August 24, 2022. To celebrate his birthday we’ve collected some powerful quotes from Zinn’s Truth Has a Power of Its Own: Conversations About A People’s History. A longform interview with journalist Ray Suarez, Truth Has a Power of Its Own looks back on the writing of his most famous work, and offers reflections on the American past, present, and future as applicable now as they were when A People’s History of the United States was first published.

Allow Me to Retort on Abortion

Elie Mystal’s New York Times bestseller Allow Me to Retort channels Mystal's trademark humor, expertise, and rhetorical flair to explain why Republicans are wrong about the law almost all of the time. Despite what conservatives would have you believe, the Constitution is not gospel. It is an imperfect document that is in dire need of updating.

Read an Excerpt from Mouths of Rain

Read an Excerpt from Waste

Waste, activist Catherine Coleman Flowers's new memoir traces her evolution from country girl to student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion. Flowers has fought for basic sanitation in her home community of Lowndes County, Alabama and in communities across the country, an issue that lies at the intersection of health, environmental, economic, and social justice.

Read an Excerpt from The Beginning or the End

Award-winning author Greg Mitchell's new book, The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood—and America—Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, released this week. We're celebrating the book's publication with a special giveaway. The Beginning or the End chronicles the never-before-told story behind Hollywood’s 1947 film of the same name.

Read an excerpt from Touch and Go by Studs Terkel

This week, we're celebrating Stud’s Terkel’s birthday with a series of posts honoring his legacy. Today, we are sharing an excerpt from his final memoir, Touch and Go, published just two years prior to his death.

Read an Excerpt from The End of Ice

Tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being recognized as a global holiday. While we may not be able to gather in nature to celebrate this year, we can always connect to our planet by educating ourselves on how to take care of it. Dahr Jamail’s revelatory The End of Ice: Bearing Witness and Finding Meaning in the Path of Climate Disruption is the perfect Earth Day companion this year.

Read an Excerpt from Suncatcher: A Novel

The latest from internationally celebrated author Romesh Gunesekera, Suncatcher debuted in the United States earlier this month. The novel tells a tumultuous, heartfelt coming-of-age story, praised by Kirkus Reviews as “a lyrical and evocative portrait of a Sri Lankan boyhood friendship and the life lessons that came with it.”


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