Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Staff Pick

Journalist Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (Simon & Schuster, $27), is part history, part social commentary, and part polemic, a brilliantly woven analysis of how and why female fury has shaped American social movements and politics over the past two years—and past two centuries. Traister is especially masterful in explaining how a minority (white men) have consistently succeeded in subjugating a majority (women) by dividing women along racial lines and co-opting white women (53 percent of whom voted for Trump) into supporting the norms and institutions of the white patriarchy. She gives credit long overdue to African-American feminists and activists whose efforts have so often been overlooked by white feminists and progressives. Through it all, Traister remains hopeful. The eruption of women’s anger after the 2016 election, she argues, was a good sign. Women are increasingly willing to acknowledge and embrace their anger, she says, and their collective rage could prove a potent weapon against Trump and his crude attempts to stymie women’s progress and protect the white patriarchy at the expense of everyone else.

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ISBN: 9781501181795
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Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - October 2nd, 2018

The Power of Presence by Joy Thomas Moore

Staff Pick

This is far more than an inspirational guidebook for single parents struggling to raise children in a difficult world. The Power of Presence (Grand Central, $26) is also a moving memoir. Joy Thomas Moore is the mother of Wes Moore, the author, commentator, and now president of the Robin Hood Foundation whose own story of transforming from a troubled African-American adolescent to Rhodes Scholar became a national bestseller. His mother, whom he credits for much of his success, turns out to have a life story equally compelling. Joy Moore’s book recounts how she found her way through ill-considered decisions, personal tragedy, financial hardship, family medical crises, and the pressures of raising three small children alone. A successful businesswoman today, the life lessons she shares are wise, never preachy, and full of candor and grace. Woven into her narrative are poignant stories of other women she has met along the way who exemplify strength, resilience, and her secret sauce of parental success, “the power of presence” in one’s children’s lives.

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ISBN: 9781538743805
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 18th, 2018

Fascism—A Warning by Madeleine Albright

Staff Pick

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright knows a thing or two about what it means to be free—and what it feels like when freedom gets taken away. So who better than Secretary Albright to alert us to the perils of demagogues who assault trusted democratic institutions and show contempt for the rule of law? And who better to alert us to the risks of being complacent in response? Secretary Albright was a child when her family was twice driven from their home in Czechoslovakia, first by the Nazis, then after World War II by an aggressive Communist regime. In 1948, her family came to the United States, where she finished her schooling, raised three daughters, entered public service, and became one of the leading voices shaping U.S. foreign policy. In her sixth and latest book, Fascism—A Warning (Harper, $27.99), she draws on her personal and diplomatic experiences, and examples of despots from the last century—and now—to explain why in the Trump era we shouldn’t be lulled into a false confidence that the United States is immune to a disturbing worldwide trend.  If you think it can’t happen here, think again.

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ISBN: 9780062802187
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Published: Harper - April 10th, 2018