We have some great new materials coming out, today! Stop on by and check out the latest additions to our shelves. We have some intense summer reading plus some movies – from old favorites to fresh out of the theaters – to relax in the air conditioning with. Come over and see us!
The Girls by Emma Cline Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960’s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged – a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction – and an indelible portrait of girls, and of the women they become.
Ratf**ked by David Daley In Ratf**cked, David Daley documents an unprecedented effort by Republican legislators and political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious redistricting plan called REDMAP.
Following the election of President Barack Obama, a group of men – including Karl Rove, Ed Gillespie, and Chris Jankowski – envisioned a darling campaign to flip state legislatures, where the power to redistrict is held, in battleground states in advance of post-census redistricting. Republican politicians nationwide then pressed their advantage by aggressively redrawing state and congressional lines in their favor. While gerrymandering has long been a quirk of our system, during this decade – thanks to state-of-the-art technological advances in map-making and voter tracking as well as a flood of dark money after the Citizens United decisions – it has ushered in a thoroughly entrenched and hyperpartisan Republican era. If our politics appear more broken and extreme than ever, REDMAP explains why. Launched with just $30 million, this entirely legal scheme has games of political “moneyball” in American history.
Deeply troubled by this new “ratf**cked” nation, Daley began an investigative odyssey that led him to uncover the stories behind these new carefully drawn, hydra-headed districts, hacked and cobbled together like a broken jigsaw puzzle by a new breed of wonks, stat geeks, and political hatchet men. They include absurdities such as Pennsylvania’s 7th, so bizarrely redrawn – extending from Lancaster and Reading, through parts of Philadelphia and Amish country – that now looks like “Donald Duck kicking Goofy.” Or Michigan’s 14th, which coils like a snake around impoverished Detroit, thrusting its neck all the way up to Pontiac to corral the African American vote there, and finally ending in an actual garbage dump.
Delving into court documents, cutting-edge statistical analysis, and interviews with many of the REDMAP architects themselves, Daley reconstructs this never-before-told story and pulls back the curtain on one of the greatest heists in American political history: our democracy.
We Are Charleston by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers, Jr., Ph.D., and Marjory Wentworth June 17, 2015, 9:05 p.m. Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, South Carolina
A young white man opens fire at a prayer meeting,
killing nine people.
What happened in Charleston that night was an assault on humanity, and what has happened since has implications that echo far beyond South Carolina. The fatal shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church opened up a deep wound of racism that still permeates Southern institutions and remains part of American society. We Are Charleston not only recounts the events of that terrible day but also offers a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the sufferings and triumphs of the people who formed Mother Emanuel and the wider denominational movement.
In many ways the church’s story is America’s story. Emanuel is the oldest AME church in the Deep South, fighting for freedom and civil rights but also fighting for grace and understanding – fighting to transcend bigotry, fraud, hatred, racism, poverty, and misery.
We Are Charleston searches the storied history of the AME Church as a way of explaining the price and power of forgiveness, a way of revealing God’s mercy in the midst of tremendous pain.
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