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  • Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

    Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Greg Gutfeld
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    Publisher:   Crown Forum (2014, Mar 18th).
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    Behind every awful, dangerous decision lurks one evil beast: the Cool.     From politics to the personal, from fashion to food, from the campus to the locker room, the desire to be cool has infected  all aspects of our lives. At its most harmless, it is annoying. At its worst, it is deadly, on a massive scale.  The Cool are the termites of life, infiltrating every nook and cranny and destroying it from within. The Cool report the news, write the scripts, teach our children, run our government—and each day they pass judgment on those who don’t worship at the altar of their coolness.  The cool fawn over terrorists, mock the military, and denigrate employers. They are, in short, awful people. From what we wear and what we eat, to what we smoke and who we poke, pop culture is crafted and manipulated by the cool and, to Greg Gutfeld, that's Not Cool. more

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  • The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Lewis
    Format:   Kindle Edition
    Publisher:   Spiegel & Grau (2014, Apr 8th).
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    From Barnes & NobleIncome inequality is growing in the United States: According to the Congressional Budget Office, in the period between 1979 and 2007, the top 1% of households doubled their share of pretax income while the share of the bottom 80% fell. And that was before the Great Recession... In the The Divide, investigative journalist Matt Taibbi goes beyond the corrosive economic effects of this continuing trend by laying out evidence that this frightening trend is transforming and undermining the meaning of rights, justice, and basic citizenship in our country. Library Journal09/15/2013 Rolling Stone contributing editor Taibbi argues that the widening gap between the rich one percent and the rest of us has altered our sense of justice. more

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  • Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River in Louisiana

    Twelve Years a Slave: Narrative of Solomon Northup, a Citizen of New York, Kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and Rescued in 1853, from a Cotton Plantation Near the Red River in Louisiana

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Solomon Northup
    Format:   Paperback
    Publisher:   Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (2013, Dec 13th).
    Pages:   352

    336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm. more

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  • House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

    House of Outrageous Fortune: Fifteen Central Park West, the World's Most Powerful Address

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Michael Gross
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    Publisher:   Atria Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    In real estate–obsessed New York, no new building has captured the city’s imagination—or as many of its richest residents—as Fifteen Central Park West. In House of Outrageous Fortune, America’s foremost chronicler of the upper crust, journalist and bestselling author Michael Gross, turns his gimlet eye on the new-money wonderland that’s sprung up on the southwest rim of Central Park. Mixing an absorbing business epic with hilarious social comedy, Gross creates a dishy exposé of today’s wealthiest and most famous. This colorful story recounts the recordsetting building’s inspired genesis, costly construction, and the flashy international lifestyle it has brought to a once benighted and socially déclassé Manhattan neighborhood. more

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  • The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

    The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Paul Taylor
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    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (2014, Mar 4th).
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    The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.America is in the throes of a demographic overhaul. Huge generation gaps have opened up in our political and social values, our economic well-being, our family structure, our racial and ethnic identity, our gender norms, our religious affiliation, and our technology use.Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: How to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future. more

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  • Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness

    Otherhood: Modern Women Finding A New Kind of Happiness

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Melanie Notkin
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    Publisher:   Seal Press (2014, Feb 25th).
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    More American women are childless than ever before—nearly half those of childbearing age don’t have children. While our society often assumes these women are “childfree by choice,” that’s not always true. In reality, many of them expected to marry and have children, but it simply hasn’t happened. Wrongly judged as picky or career-obsessed, they make up the “Otherhood,” a growing demographic that has gone without definition or visibility until now. In Otherhood, author Melanie Notkin reveals her own story as well as the honest, poignant, humorous, and occasionally heartbreaking stories of women in her generation—women who expected love, marriage, and parenthood, but instead found themselves facing a different reality. more

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  • Russians: The People behind the Power

    Russians: The People behind the Power

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gregory Feifer
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    Publisher:   Twelve (2014, Feb 18th).
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    From former NPR Moscow correspondent Gregory Feifer comes an incisive portrait that draws on vivid personal stories to portray the forces that have shaped the Russian character for centuries-and continue to do so today. RUSSIANS explores the seeming paradoxes of life in Russia by unraveling the nature of its people: what is it in their history, their desires, and their conception of themselves that makes them baffling to the West? Using the insights of his decade as a journalist in Russia, Feifer corrects pervasive misconceptions by showing that much of what appears inexplicable about the country is logical when seen from the inside. He gets to the heart of why the world's leading energy producer continues to exasperate many in the international community. more

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