Storming the Wall - Todd Miller

Staff Pick

Despite increasingly militarized borders, wealthy nations can’t keep out the real enemy: climate change. While Europe and the U.S. build more walls, design more sophisticated surveillance systems, and add more armed guards to protect national security, their focus on keeping out migrants misses the fact that what needs resolving is the high level of green-house gases that are making many parts of the world impossible to live in. Miller’s eye-opening humanitarian report takes us through the “dry corridor” of Central America, the post-typhoon Philippines, and the American Southwest, documenting the plight of today’s growing numbers of climate refugees. Calling the environment “the new human rights battleground,” Miller shows that we urgently need a legal framework for people displaced by droughts and floods, not more rigorous policing. Best of all would be diverting resources from borders to develop alternatives to the unsustainable consumer society that fueled climate change in the first place.

Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security (City Lights Open Media) By Todd Miller Cover Image
ISBN: 9780872867154
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: City Lights Books - September 12th, 2017

Vanishing New York - Jeremiah Moss

Staff Pick

 A refrain we read often in Vanishing New York is "This is not natural." After spending a decade pseudonymously chronicling the dramatic changes to the character of his beloved New York City, blogger Jeremiah Moss has written a book booming with thunderous passion and fury. A scathing critique of the massive rezoning and corporate-led gentrification that took place under Mayor Bloomberg - a process which has since been exported to cities the world over - Moss takes us on a historical and sociological tour through every street and alleyway in New York, exposing the once-radiant urban character that has been rapidly papered over, creating massive inequality in its wake. Even among the glut of recently-released books on the subject of gentrification, this is a must-read!

Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul By Jeremiah Moss Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062439697
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Dey Street Books - July 25th, 2017

Tell Me How It Ends - Valeria Luiselli

Staff Pick
By all rights, this should be 2017’s Between the World and Me, a book of slim appearance and world-shaking power, from one of today’s best Mexican expat authors. It’s a bracing snapshot of the thoughts and feelings aroused in her while working as a translator for legal services in New York, aiding undocumented children from Central America. There’s anger at the lack of understanding that surrounds this situation, heartrending compassion for the children she has met, and conflicted emotions about her past and present home countries. Most profoundly, it conveys the urgent need for the U.S. to account for its political role in what is really a refugee crisis and not mere immigration.
Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Valeria Luiselli, Jon Lee Anderson (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781566894951
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Published: Coffee House Press - April 4th, 2017