Staff Pick

 In her debut as a novelist, New York Times feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner provides an entertaining, smart, and insightful look at modern marriage and relationships among family and friends. Fleishman is in Trouble opens with Dr. Toby Fleishman, a 41-year-old doctor, reveling in post-divorce life. After more than 14 years of marriage, he’s free of his ambitious wife, is beginning to feel optimistic about life again, and thanks to dating apps, is surrounded by love interests. Then one day his ex-wife—Rachel, a successful talent agent—drops off the kids and disappears, throwing Toby’s life into chaos. As he struggles to figure out what happened, he reassesses his marriage and his life, but in time it becomes clear that his own perspective isn’t the only one that matters, and Toby isn’t the only one in trouble.

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ISBN: 9780525510871
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Published: Random House - June 18th, 2019

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The Unwanted is the extensively researched and heart-wrenching story of Jewish families who, deported in 1940 from a small village near Germany’s Black Forest to camps in France, desperately sought American visas. While some made it to America, others didn’t and ended up dying in Auschwitz. As made clear by Michael Dobbs, a former Washington Post journalist now on the staff of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, many of the barriers to reaching the United States were raised by American authorities amid heated debates about immigration policy in a political climate marked by isolationism, anti-Semitism, and moral cowardice. This is not just a German story but also an America one, with lessons very relevant to our current times.

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ISBN: 9781524733193
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Published: Knopf - April 2nd, 2019

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson upheld a Louisiana law mandating separate railroad cars. This ignominious ruling, effectively affirming the constitutionality of segregation, was one of the court’s worst and for more than half-a-century provided the legal foundation for the system of racial inequality known as Jim Crow. In Separate, Steve Luxenberg, a longtime Washington Post editor, not only engagingly recounts the stories of several key people involved in the case; he also persuasively portrays it as the culmination of a tumultuous six decades that stretched from the early struggles of Frederick Douglass and others to defy railcar segregation in the 1840s through the Civil War and emancipation years to the final repudiation of Reconstruction. 

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ISBN: 9780393239379
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 12th, 2019