Staff Pick

Although Peter Moskowitz is upfront regarding his own experience with gentrification, How to Kill a City tackles the subject not from a nostalgic standpoint but from the present. As Moskowitz takes us through New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Detroit - four cities experiencing rapid gentrification in ways unique and similar - we gain firsthand knowledge as to how the new luxury condos, offices, and restaurants that constitute the current wave of professional-class urban renewal often mean displacement and violence for marginalized communities. A great companion read to Richard Rothstein's The Color of Law, How to Kill a City shows how redlining continues to this day and will perhaps inspire the reader to take action for fairer and more equitable cities.  

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ISBN: 9781568585239
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bold Type Books - March 7th, 2017

Staff Pick

As any reader of Tim Kreider's previous work will tell you, the political cartoonist-turned-essayist has practically cornered the market on highly-entertaining personal tales that are both weirdly intimate and intimately weird - and on extraordinarily accurate meditations on the world around us. In his newest collection, Kreider shares with us a trip he took aboard a circus train to Mexico, revisits a seminal academic study he took part in as a toddler, and provides the truest and most moving tribute to cat ownership I've ever read. 

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ISBN: 9781476738994
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - February 6th, 2018

Staff Pick

In keeping with the current cultural moment, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank is an adventure story involving pre-teens that is heavily coated in nostalgia and homages to various films and genres, from The Goonies to Reservoir Dogs to Ocean's Eleven. This story of four 11-year-olds who conceive of a bank robbery after getting mixed up with a group of criminals is fast and funny, with excellent writing and artwork. While not exactly what you'd call "feel-good" - there are some surprisingly dark turns in this comic - it's fun, compelling, and guaranteed to keep the reader hooked until the last panel.

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ISBN: 9781628751888
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Black Mask Comics - November 21st, 2017