April 12, 2014

Sam Chaltain spoke about his book, Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice , at Politics & Prose on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Almost every major American city is experimenting with school choice—a deeply controversial idea that is dramatically reshaping public education. Will the wider array of school options help parents and educators identify better strategies for helping all children learn? Or will the high stakes of the marketplace end up privatizing this most public of institutions? Education activist Sam Chaltain believes that before we can answer these questions, we must put a human face on the modern landscape of teaching and learning. Our School documents a year in the life of two schools in the nation’s capital—one a new charter school just opening its doors, the other a neighborhood school that first opened in 1924. Chaltain weaves together the observations and emotions of the people whose lives intersect there, and the triumphs and the challenges they experience. The result is an unsettling, complex portrayal of American public education. Our School is important reading for educational policymakers, administrators, parents, the media, and anyone who aspires to be a teacher.

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ISBN: 9780807755310
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Published: Teachers College Press - April 4th, 2014

April 6, 2014

Leslie Jamison spoke about her book, The Empathy Exams: Essays, at Politics & Prose on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? By confronting pain—real and imagined, her own and others’—Jamison uncovers a personal and cultural urgency to feel. She draws from her own experiences of illness and bodily injury to engage in an exploration that extends far beyond her life, spanning wide-ranging territory—from poverty tourism to phantom diseases, street violence to reality television, illness to incarceration—in its search for a kind of sight shaped by humility and grace.

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ISBN: 9781555976712
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Published: Graywolf Press - April 1st, 2014

April 1, 2014

Walter Kirn spoke about his book, Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade, at Politics & Prose on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

More chilling than fiction—though it contained plenty of that—Kirn’s friendship with the wealthy Clark Rockefeller had lasted for fifteen years before Kirn discovered that Rockefeller was in fact Christian Gerhartstreiter, a con man, kidnapper, and murderer. Kirn, a novelist himself, had been taken in by a man who’d fabricated identities from fiction and films. How did this happen?

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ISBN: 9781631490224
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Published: Liveright - March 30th, 2015