Whatever It Takes will change the way you think about poverty and the achievement gap in America. After years of working in a Harlem after-school program, Geoffrey Canada came to resent the cherry-picking nature of nonprofits: Why should some kids benefit and others sit on waiting lists? Instead, he proposed the Harlem Children’s Zone —a radical, interlocking net of programs that would serve every child, from birth to college, in a geographical area. President Obama has pledged to replicate Geoffrey Canada’s program in cities across the country. Once you finish Paul Tough’s elegantly written and incredibly grounding book, you will see why. Whatever It Takes is a great read for anyone considering a career in urban education.

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ISBN: 9780547247960
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Published: Mariner Books - September 10th, 2009

Join journalist Tony Horwitz on the most unusual American road trip you can imagine. Horwitz journeys throughout the former Confederacy to investigate the lingering, persistent fascination with the Civil War—and shows us why we should pay attention. Among other adventures, he brunches with the Daughters of the American Revolution and enlists with a particularly zealous bunch of "hardcore" reënactors (the guys who other Civil War reënactors think are crazy). Tony Horwitz is ever mindful of the subtext of race, rural poverty and the strange, powerful beast of public memory. The War Between the States is not as over as you might think.

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ISBN: 9780679758334
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Published: Vintage - February 22nd, 1999

Maira Kalman (The Elements of Style Illustrated) has created a new form: the visual essay (hand-painted and hand-lettered, with photographs and embroideries). Her follow-up to The Principles of Uncertainty, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (Penguin Press, $29.95), takes on American democracy itself—Kalman becomes a modern Tocqueville, an inquiring tourist and a philosopher traveling the country. The month-by-month chapters start in January 2009 with the Inauguration, and end in December with a meditation on George Washington at Mount Vernon. Painting artifacts and ephemera, interiors and people—a National Gallery museum guard, a Capitol tram operator—as she travels, Kalman observes, makes connections, and drifts into reveries. The book is especially a treat for Washingtonians: Kalman spent a lot of time in the Library of Congress, the Capitol, and the Supreme Court. There are detours to the Land of Lincoln, Monticello, Fort Campbell, even the edible schoolyard program in Berkeley. A wonderful book for students of American history—or for anyone; you will be delighted, and transformed. 

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ISBN: 9780143122036
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Published: Penguin Books - October 30th, 2012