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W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ Offers Lasting Lessons On Gentrification In Philly’s Historically Black Neighborhoods, On Its 125th Anniversary
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W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ Offers Lasting Lessons On Gentrification In Philly’s Historically Black Neighborhoods, On Its 125th Anniversary

On its 125th anniversary, W.E.B. Du Bois’ ‘The Philadelphia Negro’ offers lasting lessons on gentrification in Philly’s historically Black neighborhoods. Society Hill, where Sixers star Joel Embiid recently put his penthouse condo on the market for US$5.5 million, has long been one of Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhoods. It’s a distant cry from what the neighborhood looked like 125 years ago when sociologist and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois published “The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study.” The book examines in meticulous detail the social conditions of thousands of Black Philadelphians living in what was then called the Seventh Ward, a neighborhood that overlaps present-day Society Hill. We are sociologists and scholars of Du Bois whose research covers gentrificat...
Arresting And Powerful, Flight Examines The Possibility And Pain Of Fierce Love And Hope In Our Time Of Looming Existential Threats
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Arresting And Powerful, Flight Examines The Possibility And Pain Of Fierce Love And Hope In Our Time Of Looming Existential Threats

Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers "Suspenseful, dazzling and moving.” — Rumaan Alam, New York Times bestselling author of Leave the World Behind. It’s December twenty-second and siblings Henry, Kate, and Martin have converged with their spouses on Henry’s house in upstate New York. This is the first Christmas the siblings are without their mother, the first not at their mother’s Florida house. Over the course of the next three days, old resentments and instabilities arise as the siblings, with a gaggle of children afoot, attempt to perform familiar rituals, while also trying to decide what to do with their mother’s house, their sole inheritance. As tensions rise, the whole group is forced to come together unexpectedly when a local mother and daughter need...
From The Writer Of The Netflix Sensation, A Christmas Prince, And Christmas Camp, Comes A Heartwarming New Christmas Story, Finding Christmas
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From The Writer Of The Netflix Sensation, A Christmas Prince, And Christmas Camp, Comes A Heartwarming New Christmas Story, Finding Christmas

With all the glittering decorations, twinkling lights, snow angels, gingerbread men and mistletoe, Christmas is Emmie’s first love. This year, she can’t wait to share her favorite Christmas traditions with her boyfriend, Grant. She thinks he’s “the one.” So when Grant’s hectic work schedule has him more “Bah Humbug” than “Ho, Ho, Ho,” Emmie creates a holiday-themed scavenger hunt to help him find his Christmas spirit. At the end of the journey, Grant will arrive at the charming town of Christmas Point where she’s planned a romantic weekend filled with holiday activities. But Emmie’s plan backfires when a mix-up has the wrong guy following her clues! Sam, a best-selling mystery writer, thinks Emmie’s clever Christmas riddles are from his agent, who is trying to help him get over his epic ...
Christmas Magic Is In The Air, Four Bestselling Authors Whip Up Some Unforgettable Romance, With A Little Help From Some Enchanted Shortbread
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Christmas Magic Is In The Air, Four Bestselling Authors Whip Up Some Unforgettable Romance, With A Little Help From Some Enchanted Shortbread

Christmas magic is in the air... From the ballrooms of London, to abandoned Scottish castles, to the snowy streets of Gilded Age New York, four bestselling authors whip up some unforgettable romance...with a little help from some enchanted shortbread. "Meet Me in Mayfair" by Tessa Dare Louisa Ward needs a Christmas miracle. Unless she catches a wealthy husband at the ball tonight, the horrid, heartless Duke of Thorndale will evict her family from their beloved Mayfair home. But when her friend begs to switch dance cards, Louisa finds herself waltzing with the enemy: the horrid, heartless--and unexpectedly handsome--Thorndale himself. Now the duke's holding her future in his hands...and he's not letting go. "The Duke of Christmas Present" by Sarah MacLean Rich and ruthless, Eben, Duke of A...
How Charles Dickens Redeemed The Spirit Of Christmas
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How Charles Dickens Redeemed The Spirit Of Christmas

Though today regarded as the literary titan of the Victorian age, in late 1843 the 31-year-old Charles Dickens worried that his popularity was fading. His latest novel was not selling well, his finances were strained and his wife was pregnant with their fifth child. Dickens had recently visited the industrial city of Manchester, an experience that left him deeply moved by the plight of the poor. He understood their circumstances on a personal level – as a boy, Dickens had been humiliated when his father was forced into debtors’ prison. The title page from the first edition of A Christmas Carol. John Leech via Wikimedia Commons Initially intending to voice his concerns about the poor as a pamphleteer, Dickens instead crafted a story about the redemption of an old miser, believing that it w...
Claudia And The First Thanksgiving: The Baby-Sitters Club — Ann M. Martin
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Claudia And The First Thanksgiving: The Baby-Sitters Club — Ann M. Martin

Writing a Thanksgiving play for the third-grade class she coaches, Claudia is disappointed when some parents object to her less-than-traditional themes, and she must choose between letting the other kids down or fighting censorship. Every product is selected by editors. Things you buy through our links may earn us a commission.
Eileen Myles A Trailblazer Whose Decades Of Literary And Artistic Work “Set A Bar Few Lives Could Ever Match”
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Eileen Myles A Trailblazer Whose Decades Of Literary And Artistic Work “Set A Bar Few Lives Could Ever Match”

Prolific and widely renowned, Eileen Myles is a trailblazer whose decades of literary and artistic work “set a bar for openness, frankness, and variability few lives could ever match” (New York Review of Books). This newest book paints a kaleidoscopic portrait of a beloved confidant: the pit bull called Rosie. In 1990, Myles chose Rosie from a litter on the street, and their connection instantly became central to the writer’s life and work. During the course of their sixteen years together, Myles was madly devoted to the dog’s well-being, especially in her final days. Starting from the emptiness following Rosie’s death, Afterglow launches a heartfelt and fabulist investigation into the true nature of the bond between pet and pet owner. Through this lens, we witness Myles’ experiences with...
Love Midcentury Aesthetics — But Can Do Without The Misogyny — Elizabeth Zott Is The Heroine For You
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Love Midcentury Aesthetics — But Can Do Without The Misogyny — Elizabeth Zott Is The Heroine For You

If you love midcentury aesthetics—but can do without the misogyny—Elizabeth Zott is the heroine for you. The 1960s chemist is unapologetic and brilliant, but sexism in her field makes it near impossible to advance. What a surprise, then, that an offer to host a cooking show turns out to be just the opportunity Elizabeth’s been waiting for. We love Bonnie Garmus’ precise, honest, no-nonsense protagonist, a single mother who initially agrees to her new gig solely to provide for her smart 10-year-old daughter, Madeline. Elizabeth approaches her job at Supper at Six in her unique way, hosting in a lab coat, giving proper chemical names for ingredients, and encouraging her viewers to take their dreams, abilities, and intelligence 100 percent seriously. Miranda Raison’s cool and matter-of-fact...
A Revelation Shared Between Two Privileged Teenagers Sets Off A Chain Of Events With Devastating Consequences
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A Revelation Shared Between Two Privileged Teenagers Sets Off A Chain Of Events With Devastating Consequences

In the long-anticipated novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation, a revelation shared between two privileged teenagers from very different backgrounds sets off a chain of events with devastating consequences. On the surface, Niru leads a charmed life. Raised by two attentive parents in Washington, D.C., he’s a top student and a track star at his prestigious private high school. Bound for Harvard in the fall, his prospects are bright. But Niru has a painful secret: he is queer—an abominable sin to his conservative Nigerian parents. No one knows except Meredith, his best friend, the daughter of prominent Washington insiders—and the one person who seems not to judge him. When his father accidentally discovers Niru is gay, the fallout is brutal and swift. Coping ...
The “Deeply Felt And Fiercely Written” Story Of A Young Girl’s Journey Out Of Zimbabwe And To America
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The “Deeply Felt And Fiercely Written” Story Of A Young Girl’s Journey Out Of Zimbabwe And To America

Finalist for the Booker Prize: the "deeply felt and fiercely written" story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America (New York Times Book Review), from the author of Glory. Darling is only ten years old, and yet she must navigate a fragile and violent world. In Zimbabwe, Darling and her friends steal guavas, try to get the baby out of young Chipo's belly, and grasp at memories of Before. Before their homes were destroyed by paramilitary policemen, before the school closed, before the fathers left for dangerous jobs abroad. But Darling has a chance to escape: she has an aunt in America. She travels to this new land in search of America's famous abundance only to find that her options as an immigrant are perilously few. NoViolet Bulawayo's debut calls to mind the great stor...