Book Excerpts

Read an excerpt from Mouths of Rain

Read an excerpt from Waste by Catherine Coleman Flowers

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 by Greg Mitchell

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 by Dahr Jamail

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 by Romesh Gunesekera

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.”

Everything and Nothing Has Changed. Ten Years after The New Jim Crow Was First published.

In January 2020 we published the tenth anniversary edition of Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This landmark book argues that the racial caste system in America never ended—it was simply redesigned—and that today’s criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control.

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