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  • Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

    Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Brigid Schulte
    Format:   
    Publisher:   Sarah Crichton Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Can working parents in America—or anywhere—ever find true leisure time?According to the Leisure Studies Department at the University of Iowa, true leisure is “that place in which we realize our humanity.” If that’s true, argues Brigid Schulte, then we're doing dangerously little realizing of our humanity. In Overwhelmed, Schulte, a staff writer for The Washington Post, asks: Are our brains, our partners, our culture, and our bosses making it impossible for us to experience anything but “contaminated time”?Schulte first asked this question in a 2010 feature for The Washington Post Magazine: “How did researchers compile this statistic that said we were rolling in leisure—over four hours a day? Did any of us feel that we actually had downtime? Was there anything useful in their research—anything we could do?”Overwhelmed is a map of the stresses that have ripped our leisure to shreds, and a look at how to put the pieces back together. more

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  • The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country

    The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Gabriel Sherman
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Random House (2013, May 21st).
    Pages:   336

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA deeply reported journey inside the secretive world of Fox News and the life of its combative, visionary founder.   When Rupert Murdoch enlisted Roger Ailes to launch a cable news network in 1996, American politics and media changed forever. Now, with a remarkable level of detail and insight, New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman brings Ailes’s unique genius to life, along with the outsize personalities—Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Sarah Palin, Karl Rove, Glenn Beck, Mike Huckabee, and others—who have helped Fox News play a defining role in the great social and political controversies of the past two decades. From the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal to the Bush-Gore recount, from the war in Iraq to the Tea Party attack on the Obama presidency, Roger Ailes has developed an unrivaled power to sway the national agenda. more

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  • The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

    The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Amy Chua
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    Publisher:   Penguin Press HC, The (2014, Feb 4th).
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    "That certain groups do much better in America than others—as measured by income, occupational status, test scores, and so on—is difficult to talk about. In large part this is because the topic feels racially charged. The irony is that the facts actually debunk racial stereotypes. There are black and Hispanic subgroups in the United States far outperforming many white and Asian subgroups. Moreover, there’s a demonstrable arc to group success—in immigrant groups, it typically dissipates by the third generation—puncturing the notion of innate group differences and undermining the whole concept of 'model minorities.'" Mormons have recently risen to astonishing business success. Cubans in Miami climbed from poverty to prosperity in a generation. more

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