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Albert Woodfox was held in solitary confi nement for more than 40 years, reportedly longer than any prisoner in our nation’s history. His wise, insightful memoir, Solitary (Grove, $26)—a finalist for the National Book Award—begins with his growing up poor in the Deep South, turning to petty crime to survive, and landing in jail, uneducated, while still in his teens. During a brief escape, he is introduced to the Black Panther Party before being caught and sent to one of Louisiana’s most notorious prisons, Angola. Soon he is framed for the murder of a white prison guard and confi ned to a 6-by-9 foot cell 23 hours a day. His friendship with two fellow Panthers —they become the Angola Three—sustains him through years of physical and emotional torture and legal chicanery. Determined to maintain his dignity, self-respect, and sanity, he transforms his tiny cell into a makeshift meditation room, gym, debate hall, and classroom where he educates himself through works of literature, philosophy, history, and law. Woodfox, finally released in 2016, is a gleaming example of resilience, spirit, and grace. And his story is a vivid chronicle of why our criminal justice system desperately needs fixing.

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ISBN: 9780802129086
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grove Press - March 5th, 2019

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Patrick Radden Keefe’s Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland (Doubleday, $28.95) begins with the kidnap and murder of a mother of ten by members of the IRA. Keefe uses this incident as a jumping off point to tell the larger story of the violent confl ict that wracked the country during the Troubles, in the 1970s and ‘80s. Keefe also introduces the glamorous Dolours Price, who joined the IRA after her attempts at non-violent protest were met with hatred and bloodshed. Responsible for some of the high-profile bombings in London, Price became the face of the radical chic IRA fighter, close to Gerry Adams and other political fi gures in Sinn Féin. Altogether, the events in Say Nothing put a human face to the yearslong struggle in Northern Ireland, showing the extreme brutality of both sides in the conflict.


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ISBN: 9780385521314
Availability: Backordered
Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

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A Good Provider is One Who Leaves: One Family and Migration in the 21st Century (Viking, $28) by New York Times journalist Jason DeParle, has everything—historical sweep, graceful writing, engaging real-life characters, and tremendous relevance. It’s about the great migration of masses of people that’s been taking place around the world. Not just the highly politicized matter of immigration across the U.S. southern border on which Donald Trump is so fixated, but the vast movement of workers and families occurring in many places and transforming the politics, economics, and culture of continents. DeParle centers his story on the personal saga of a woman named Rosalie and her remarkable journey from a Manila shantytown to a Texas community. But additionally the book tracks three generations of Rosalie’s extended family across multiple countries and sets their search for better lives in the context of the epochal rise in global migration.

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ISBN: 9780670785926
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Viking - August 20th, 2019