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Sherman, an American who lived in Tokyo for several years, describes the city as “one vast timepiece,” but on the evidence of her captivating memoir, it’s more of a living diorama, exhibiting the various ways time has been kept—and told—throughout the metropolis’s long history. During the centuries Tokyo was Edo, its rulers marked time with the daily tolling of nine bells, and Sherman has organized her book around a search for these relics. As she visits the various temples, castles, and other sites—such as a notorious prison—where the bells were once struck, she builds a rich narrative of cultural history that encompasses Eastern and Western notions of power, wealth, art, and, in the moving sections about the 1945 firebombing, war. Her prose is spare and lyrical—a perfect setting for an exploration of mutability that ranges from the shoguns’ mythic origins to the apportioning of hours by the animals of the zodiac, from clocks meant to be “more than just a machine” to atomic lattice clocks “accurate to within a second of the birth of the universe.”

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ISBN: 9781250206428
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Published: Picador - December 1st, 2020

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With brutal honesty, Tate writes about the good, bad, and the ugly in her life. She may have graduated first in law school and been a professional success, but her personal life was a mess. Tate talks about contemplating suicide, her meaningless one night stands, her lack of real friendships, and recounts other heart-breaking stories. She takes a chance on group therapy, first attending one group and then another. Her non-traditional therapist encourages Tate to bare her soul and Tate recounts the process and all the bravery it entails. 

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ISBN: 9781982154615
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 27th, 2020

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Edward Ball, a onetime journalist and author of the award-winning Slaves in the Family, returns to his family’s history and pieces together the shameful story of a racist great-great-grandfather who took part in the re-establishment of white supremacy in New Orleans after the Civil War. Life of a Klansman provides a glimpse into the foot soldier ranks that populated early racist movements, and it carries particular resonance today as our country continues to confront racist violence and ideology. Indeed, as Ball calculates in his prologue, half of all white Americans living today have a family link to a Klansman. But most don’t realize it. What Ball has done powerfully in his book is claim this difficult past, show it can be done, reckon publicly with this legacy of white supremacy, and try to learn from it.

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ISBN: 9780374186326
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020