Becca Balint - The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit

Do come join us with Becca Balint while she discusses her new book of non-fiction, The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit.

Please note this even will be in the Brooks House Atrium for Gallery Walk on Friday, July 1 from 4-6pm! Harmony lot will be closed from 3pm, but parking is available in the Transportation center on Elliot St as well as the High Grove lot on High St. I believe the golf carts for disabled parking will make a return for Gallery Walk, and I'll post the number as soon as it's available.

The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit: Essays on Politics, History, and Culture Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781950584376
Published: Green Writers Press - June 14th, 2022

The Girl in the Yellow Pantsuit collects the best-loved of Becca Balint’s weekly columns on politics, history, and culture. Becca’s curiosity, humor, and deep affection for her subjects provide readers with new ways of examining trenchant problems.

My Very First Blog Post

I couldn't resist that title. Writing it in capital letters returns me to the days of my youth and writing those ever so hated book reports, where I felt like a fool in my inability to discuss what I like or dislike. I'm a better writer now, of course. At least I think I am!

In truth I was a blogger for many years before moving to other forms of social media, but I've always liked being able to say, edit, what I've written and am happy to return to blogging for the love of books.

And Thus Spring Enters ~

Hello everyone!

The holidays were incredibly busy, so much so that it's only now that I'm doing this update. The plan is to tidy the website for easier use on pc and phone, which shouldn't include anything beyond the look for any of you. Having said that, none of are uh, super technically proficient at Website 3.0, and the learning curve is steep.

Ben Cohen - Above the Law

Please join us at 118 Elliot at 5:30pm on Friday, October 22nd for a discussion with Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's,  about his new book Above the Law: How "Qualified Immunity" Protects Police. (there will be ice cream!)

Above the Law: How
ISBN: 9781682192573
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Published: OR Books - June 15th, 2021

- A police officer kills a twelve-year-old boy. It's caught on video. The officer gets off.
- A police officer strangles a man selling cigarettes. It's caught on video. The officer gets off.
- A police officer shoots a man in his car. It's live-streamed. The officer gets off.

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Armchair Traveling - Part Two!

I hope we picked a good selection for you, but if you're looking for suggestions please don't hesitate to call or email us! Part One if you missed it.

Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101973165
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Published: Anchor - February 5th, 2019


Sovietistan: Travels in Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643133263
Published: Pegasus Books - January 7th, 2020

An unforgettable journey through Central Asia, one of the most mysterious and history-laden regions of the world.

Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan became free of the Soviet Union in 1991.

The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Landscapes #3) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780147509796
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Robert MacFarlane's new book is Underland: A Deep Time Journey and has gotten rave reviews.

Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781573228152
Published: Riverhead Books - May 1st, 2000

Nancy loves this book!

Kings of the Yukon: One Summer Paddling Across the Far North Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316396691
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Published: Back Bay Books - November 5th, 2019

A thrilling journey by canoe across Alaska, by critically acclaimed writer Adam Weymouth.

On Trails: An Exploration Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476739236
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 4th, 2017

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the National Outdoor Book Award • Winner of the Saroyan International Prize for Writing • Winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award • “The best outdoors book of the year.” —Sierra Club

From a talent who’s been compared to Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, David Quammen, and Jared D

Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage Cover Image
ISBN: 9780465062881
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Published: Basic Books - April 28th, 2015

Experience one of the greatest adventure stories of the modern age in this New York Times bestseller: the harrowing tale of British explorer Ernest Shackleton's 1914 attempt to reach the South Pole.

In August 1914, polar explorer Ernest Shackleton boarded the Endurance and set sail for Antarctica, where he planned to cross the last uncharted continent on fo

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon (Vintage Departures) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400078455
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Published: Vintage - January 26th, 2010

Another fantastic book similar in vein to The Lost City of the Monkey God. In this case, however, the author goes on his journey because he's fascinated by realy life of Col. Percy Fawcett and his eldest son, who disappeared in the Amazon in 1924. In my opinion, Col. Fawcett is the real Indiana Jones - a really entertaining read.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451659177
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Published: Simon & Schuster - June 7th, 2016

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • #1 Indie Next Pick • Winner of the PEN New England Award

“Enchanting…A book filled with so much love…Long before Oregon, Rinker Buck has convinced us that the best way to see America is from the seat of a covered wagon.” —The Wall Street Journal

“Amazing…A real nonfic

Ottoman Odyssey: Travels Through a Lost Empire Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781643130750
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Pegasus Books - May 7th, 2019

An exploration of the contemporary influence of the Ottoman Empire on the wider world, as the author uncovers the new Ottoman legacy across Europe and the Middle East.

Alev Scott’s odyssey began when she looked beyond Turkey’s borders for contemporary traces of the Ottoman Empire.

Armchair Traveling - Part One

Part Two now available!

Given that many of us may not be able to go to our usual haunts for the next few weeks, I thought a list of books that would take us away from our current concerns would ease our levels of anxiety.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143037248
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Published: Penguin Books - June 27th, 2006

A stimulating exploration of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown from the author of Orwell's Roses

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062846662
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Published: Dey Street Books - June 11th, 2019

"Lands of Lost Borders carried me up into a state of openness and excitement I haven’t felt for years. It’s a modern classic."—Pico Iyer

Dare to Do: Taking on the planet by bike and boat Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781473655287
Published: Nicholas Brealey - November 13th, 2018

Shortlisted for the Edward Stanford Adventure Travel Book of the Year Award 2106On 1 April 2011, rower and adventurer Sarah Outen set off in her kayak from Tower Bridge for France. Her aim was simple: to circle the globe entirely under her own steam - cycling, kayaking and rowing across Europe, Asia, the Pacific, the Americas, the Atlantic and eventually home.

Wanderlust: A History of Walking Cover Image
ISBN: 9780140286014
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Published: Penguin Books - June 1st, 2001

A passionate, thought provoking exploration of walking as a political and cultural activity, from the author of the memoir Recollections of My Nonexistence

The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393355871
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 5th, 2018

“There’s nothing semi about Finn Murphy’s trucking tales of The Long Haul.”—Sloane Crosley, Vanity Fair

To Shake the Sleeping Self: A Journey from Oregon to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524761400
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Published: Convergent Books - December 31st, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “With winning candor, Jedidiah Jenkins takes us with him as he bicycles across two continents and delves deeply into his own beautiful heart.”Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things

Walking to the End of the World: A Thousand Miles on the Camino de Santiago Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680512038
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Published: Mountaineers Books - September 4th, 2018

2020 Silver Independent Publisher Book Award in Travel - Essay

Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War in Today's Vermont Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781581573183
Published: Countryman Press - November 23rd, 2015

Experience Civil War historic sites and small towns that can be found nowhere else in America

Alta California: From San Diego to San Francisco, A Journey on Foot to Rediscover the Golden State Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781640091658
Published: Counterpoint - November 5th, 2019

This national bestseller chronicles one man’s 650–mile trek on foot from San Diego to San Francisco—sure to appeal to readers of naturalist works like Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire, Paul Thoreau’s On the Plain of Snakes, and Mark Kenyon’s That Wild Country.

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

This is absolutely one of my favorite non-fiction books ever. The author, one half of Preston & Child (they write ripping yarns!), gets himself invited on an expedition to find the Lost White City of Honduras. What the expedition finds is remarkable - I would absolutely love a multi-part documentary - but perhaps more importantly, the reason why the Lost City was abandoned in the first place has incredible connotations for us today. Incredible connotations for us right now

Suggested Books: Social Justice

Social Justice is a hot topic (whenever has it not been?) these days, and we thought we would showcase a few of our most popular titles. Some of these books and authors are new, while others have been around for quite awhile. Either way, all have excellent reputations and make for worthwhile reading.

White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism Cover Image
ISBN: 9780807047415
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Published: Beacon Press - June 26th, 2018

The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.

Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991331307
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Published: Elephant Room Press - January 9th, 2014

For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction.

Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635572957
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - March 5th, 2019


"This is a book that was begging to be written. This is the kind of book that demands a future where well no longer need such a book. Essential." --Marlon James

The most important book for me this year. --Emma Watson

Selected by Emma Watson as the Our Shared Shelf Book Club Pick for January/February 2018

So You Want to Talk About Race Cover Image
ISBN: 9781580058827
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Published: Seal Press - September 24th, 2019

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ijeoma Oluo offers a revelatory examination of race in America

Protests against racial injustice and white supremacy have galvanized millions around the world. The stakes for transformative conversations about race could not be higher.

Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781849352604
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Published: AK Press - April 18th, 2017

In the tradition of Octavia Butler, radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help to shape the futures we want.

Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor Cover Image
By Layla Saad, Robin Diangelo (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781728209807
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Published: Sourcebooks - January 1st, 2020

The New York Times and USA Today bestseller This eye-opening book challenges you to do the essential work of unpacking your biases, and helps white people take action and dismantle the privilege within themselves so that you can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.

How to Be an Antiracist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525509288
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Published: One World - August 13th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942094470
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Published: Central Recovery Press - September 19th, 2017


"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."-- Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility

In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships (Nonviolent Communication Guides) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892005281
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Published: PuddleDancer Press - September 1st, 2015


What is Violent Communication?  
If “violent” means acting in ways that result in hurt or harm, then much of how we communicate—judging others, bullying, having racial bias, blaming, finger pointing, discriminating, speaking without listening, criticizing o

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most Cover Image
ISBN: 9780143118442
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Published: Penguin Books - November 2nd, 2010

The 10th-anniversary edition of the New York Times business bestseller-now updated with "Answers to Ten Questions People Ask"

Book Club!

Due to the big snow last Monday, our first Contemporary Issues Book Group meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 12th at 6 pm, . So...if you haven't read the book yet, but were hoping to participate, you've still got time!

Hate Inc. Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another by Matt Taibbi

Holiday Gift Guide: Non-Fiction

In the Dream House: A Memoir Cover Image
ISBN: 9781644450031
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Published: Graywolf Press - November 5th, 2019

A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties

Acid for the Children: A Memoir Cover Image
By Flea, Patti Smith (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781455530533
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 5th, 2019

With "virtuosic vulnerability" (The Atlantic), the iconic bassist and Red Hot Chili peppers co-founder pens a love letter to a youth spent wild in Los Angeles in his raw and riveting coming-of-age memoir.

Activist: Portraits of Courage (Civil Rights Book, Social Justice Book, Inspirational Gift) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452182773
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 8th, 2019

A speech on the radio. A high school literature class. A promise made to a mother.

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062691545
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Published: Ecco - August 20th, 2019

From one of the world’s most renowned cave divers, a firsthand account of exploring the earth’s final frontier: the hidden depths of our oceans and the sunken caves inside our planet

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans.

The Rise of Wolf 8: Witnessing the Triumph of Yellowstone's Underdog Cover Image
By Rick McIntyre, Robert Redford (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781771645218
Published: Greystone Books - October 15th, 2019

"The powerful origin story of one of Yellowstone's greatest and most famous wolves."
--Washington Post

" The Rise of Wolf 8] is a goldmine for information on all aspects of wolf behavior and clearly shows they are clever, smart, and emotional beings."
--Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today

We Are Indivisible: A Blueprint for Democracy After Trump Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982129972
Published: Atria/One Signal Publishers - November 5th, 2019


“The breakout star of the new activists.” —The Economist

“If Democrats are able to retake the House in 2018, it will be a victory built from Greenberg and Levin’s blueprint.” —Politico

“One of the biggest successes so far this year...Indivisible has played a leading rol

Edison Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812993110
Published: Random House - October 22nd, 2019

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edmund Morris comes a revelatory new biography of Thomas Alva Edison, the most prolific genius in American history.

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Time Publishers Weekly Kirkus Reviews

Me: Elton John Official Autobiography Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250147608
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - October 15th, 2019


In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.

Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524732363
Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

"A delight, full of heart and hijinks and humor . . . McDougall is a gifted storyteller who gets to the heart of the human-animal connection." --John Grogan, author of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog

Cabin Porn: Inside Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316423090
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Published: Voracious - October 1st, 2019

Learn to make your own quiet place somewhere with this inspiring journey inside tranquil cabins and handmade homes, from the creators of the wildly popular Cabin Porn phenomenon.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019


"Glorious. . .You will marvel at the brilliance and vast weirdness of your design." The Washington Post

The Program: Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538701065
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 24th, 2019

As seen in the HBO docuseries THE VOW: A jaw-dropping insider look into the world of the so-called "Hollywood Sex Cult" NXIVM chronicling the rise of enigmatic cult leader, Keith Raniere, from its "Patient Zero," his former girlfriend and test subject for his coercive control techniques.


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