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Not until publication of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics (St. Martin’s , $28.99) has our country acknowledged or fully appreciated how four African American women—the self-proclaimed “colored girls”—have so deeply influenced contemporary American politics. This book, written with candor and humor by Donna Brazile, Yolanda Caraway, Leah Daughtry, and Minyon Moore, recounts how these “colored girls” found their paths in politics and at the center of the Democratic Party, working in every Democratic presidential campaign since 1984 and inside the last two Democratic administrations. Each woman alone is worthy of her own biography. But taken together, the stories of Brazile, Caraway, Daughtry, and Moore offer a unique and welcome primer on political activism, progressive social movements, party politics, and the nobility of public service. Their story is an important slice of American history, and a very enjoyable read to boot.

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ISBN: 9781250137715
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 2nd, 2018

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Readers looking for literary diversions from the real world will find a perfect escape in Tangerine (Ecco, $26.99), by Christine Mangan. This debut novel is a psychological thriller about two friends from Bennington College in the mid-1950s who are reunited under murky circumstances in Tangier several years later. As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that the two women, who alternate as the book’s narrators, are connected by a mysterious event in their past. But both narrators prove so unreliable and untrustworthy in their recounting of their shared history that the reader can never be sure which version of the past, or present, is true. As with any good thriller, there are enough twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued—and continually guessing. Be advised to read the book sooner rather than later. It’s already been optioned as a Hollywood film.

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ISBN: 9780062686664
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Published: Ecco - March 27th, 2018

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No one has transformed the way Americans think about food—its place in our individual and collective lives, and as a conveyer of our values—than Alice Waters. The founder of iconic Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, and the driving force behind the Edible Schoolyard program that has introduced tens of thousands of schoolchildren across America to the art of growing and cooking food, Waters has now written her long-awaited memoir. In Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook she describes her roots in New Jersey, her coming of age during the political tumult of the 1960s, and her ongoing crusade to make locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and “slow food” the mainstays of a new American cuisine. Throw in a few spicy love affairs, her passion for books, and a life spent intersecting with presidents and movie moguls, and you’ve got a book that is a satisfying and delicious full-course meal.

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ISBN: 9780307718297
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Published: Clarkson Potter - May 22nd, 2018