Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

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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
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Published: Doubleday - February 26th, 2019

A Good Provider is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParle

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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
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Published: Viking - August 20th, 2019

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

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In Women Talking (Bloomsbury, $24), Miriam Toews takes a true story and makes it into a novel, a Greek tragedy, a play, and a feminist protest. The facts are that between 2005 and 2009 the women of a Mennonite community in Bolivia were attacked and raped in their sleep. At first, the colony blamed spirit demons, but eventually it emerged that the attackers were some of the colony’s men. Toews sets her fiction during the course of a few days; while the community’s men are in town working to release the perpetrators, the women gather in a hayloft to debate their options. They can do nothing, stay and fight, or leave. Because they’ve been kept illiterate, the women delegate the colony’s schoolteacher—who is shunned by the other men—to record their discussion. The women are eloquent, funny, sharp as they consider both the religious and the everyday implications of their decisions. Women Talking, with its vivid voices—full of individual idiosyncrasies and generational differences—fluid transitions, and unexpected tensions, could easily be a play. Toews’s dialogue is uncannily alive, and her narration is tender, unadorned, and sympathetic as she writes of women’s pain and doubts, but also their hope and faith and profound humanity.

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ISBN: 9781635572582
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - April 2nd, 2019