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Book review: "Bohemians"

Bohemians would appear to be the book Paul Buhle has been waiting to introduce his entire lengthy career as a writer and editor. 

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“Redefining Realness”: Janet Mock’s compelling memoir about gender, race, identity

I sat down last weekend, intending to read for 30 minutes or so, and ended up devouring Redefining Realness cover-to-cover in five hours.

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"Reds At The Blackboard": More positive view of today's Communist teachers

More historians are beginning to paint a more objective, balanced, and positive picture of the role of the CPUSA in the U.S. labor movement.

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“Negro Comrades of the Crown” should be required reading

Horne focuses on the reactionary nature of U.S. slavery and racism, and demonstrates the vanguard role of African Americans in the struggle for freedom.

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“Night People”: Humanity, New York style

Night People and Other Tales of Working New York is a new collection of short stories and poems reflecting the struggles of average citizens and workers in New York City and beyond.

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McBride's "Good Lord Bird," Packer's "Unwinding": National Book Award winners

The Good Lord Bird, the adventures of a disguised black child caught up in John Brown's abolitionist crusade, was the winner of the National Book Award for fiction.

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“Do You Dream in Color? Insights from a Girl Without Sight”

"My purpose is to be an artist, educator, responsible tax-paying citizen, and a contributing member to society who just so happens to be blind."

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Finding her authentic voice

Several stories reflect te author's gnawing awareness of severe class and ethnic disparities in her adopted land.

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"Conduct of Saints”: conscience, crime, and Catholics in post-Nazi Rome

Emanating from a small publishing house, this novel likely has no five- or six-figure advertising budget, and may escape notice. Make sure your local library gets it.

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Achebe inspired generations of Nigerian writers

Author Chinua Achebe, who revolutionized literature concerning Africa with his groundbreaking novel, "Things Fall Apart," inspired generations of African writers.

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