Stranger: The Challenge Of A Latino Immigrant In The Trump Era
By Jorge Ramos
Vintage Books, A Division of Penguin Random House, available February 27th
Jorge Ramos, the Emmy-award winning journalist and Univision anchor, answers the question of what it means to be an American in his new book Stranger.
This question has taken on a new meaning in President Donald Trump’s America.
A lot of Ramos’ focus is on immigration changing the face of America, and Stranger comes out amidst the debate on the fate of the Dreamers as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is set to expire.
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Wild Escape: The Prison Break from Dannemora and the Manhunt that Captured America
By Chelsia Rose Marcius
Diversion Books, on sale: February 27th
Convicted murderers David Sweat and Richard Matt successfully escaped Clinton Correctional Facility on June 6, 2015.
The subsequent three-week long manhunt was one of the costliest and most intense in New York history, and it came to an end when Sweat was taken into custody and Matt was fatally shot by a border patrol SWAT team member.
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Where I Live
By Brenda Rufener
Harper Collins Publishers, Will Be Released On February 27
Brenda Rufener is a long-time advocate for homeless youth and she wanted to tell a story that would give voice to the many teenagers she has helped get back on their feet.
Drawing on those experiences and her own family’s financial struggles when she was growing up, Rufener has written a riveting coming of age story of hope’s triumph over adversity in Where I Live.
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Reclaiming Gotham: Bill de Blasio and the Movement to End America’s Tale of Two Cities
By Juan Gonzalez
The New Press
Juan Gonzalez, the crusading columnist formerly of the Daily News, gives the first in-depth account of how a little-known progressive politician stunned the elite of the nation’s greatest cuty by winning the mayoralty of New York City in a wild race in 2013.
Bill de Blasio, who served in the City Council and as Public Advocate, vowed to end the “Take of Two Cities” and he attacked income inequality as “the moral issue of our time.”
Those themes led de Blasio to succeed billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg as Mayor by attracting the support of ordinary New Yorkers still left reeling by the Great Recession in 2008.
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By Marie Marquardt
Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press – released February 20th
Marie Marquardt is an author, immigration rights advocate, and college professor who has written two novels, The Radius of Us and Dream Thing True, that have dealt with the emotional and physical struggles undocumented youth face in the United States.
Marquardt is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emery University’s Candler School of Theology and has been an advocate for social justice for Latin American immigrants in the South for two decades.
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The Invention Of Ana: A Novel
By Mikkel Rosengaard
Custom House, A New Line of Books From William Morrow, $25.99
Mikkel Rosengaard’s debut novel, The Invention Of Ana, is a story about a young man’s friendship with a most peculiar artist.
The title character was inspired by the author’s own chance encounter with an unforgettable Romanian artist years ago.
While on a rooftop in Brooklyn on a spring night, a young intern and would-be writer, who just arrived from Copenhagen, meets the intriguing artist and mathematician Ana Ivan.
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By Ryan McIlvain
Hogarth; $26.00, 288 pages, will be out February 13, 2018
These are very polarizing political times right now, with a lot of people as active and discussing issues possibly more than ever before.
Ryan McIlvain enters this conversation with his novel, The Radicals.
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By Alafair Burke
Harper, An Imprint of Harper Collins, $26.99
Alafair Burke, whose profile soared with her novel The Ex, in 2016, is back with a domestic thriller, The Wife, a story that asks how far a wife will go to protect the man she loves.
Will she stand by his side, even if he drags her down with him?
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Tips For Living: A Gripping and Soulful Novel of Suspense
By Renee Shafransky
Lake Union Publishing; Feburary 1 2018; hardcover + e-book
Tips for Living is the debut novel for Renee Shafransky, and it centers around a woman who has been wronged and is determined to “come back to life” following a very public, devastating divorce.
Nora Glasser fled New York City to recover from the humiliation and heartbreak of her then-husband, acclaimed painter Hugh Walker’s, infidelity.
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Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth
By Howard Kurtz
Regnery Publishing; $28.99, Available on January 29th
One of the overriding themes of Donald Trump’s campaign for president and his time in the White House has been his ongoing battle with the press and his repeated declarations of “fake news” on Twitter and in press conferences.
Howard Kurtz, the host of Fox News’s Media Buzz and former Washington Post columnist, offers a stunning expose of how objective journalists, alarmed by Trump’s success, have moved into the opposing camp. Kurtz uncovers how journalists have abandoned any semblance of neutrality out of their idea that they must protect the country from Trump.
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