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Original Essays | July 22, 2014

Nick Harkaway: IMG The Florist-Assassins



The three men lit up in my mind's eye, with footnotes. They were converging on me — and on the object I was carrying — in a way that had... Continue »
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Sandra Miller, January 1, 2012

If you want to believe that the war on drugs is working, if you think that everyone gets a fair deal under the law and you absolutely do not want to hear anything to the contrary, well, don't read this book. If you have a sense that something isn't right with our justice system, the privatization of our prisons, right up to the Supreme Court then get a group together and read this book, discuss what you've read, spread the word, and find out what you can do to stop the mass incarceration of people of color, especially men. Ms. Alexander has done her homework well and writes a compelling review of what is happening across our country, and in your neighborhood. You may not agree with each of her conclusions, but the hard facts alone will frighten you. I'd love to say this is a "good" read, but I can't. It is an important read.
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New and Selected Poems by Mary Oliver
New and Selected Poems

Sandra Miller, September 1, 2011

I read a fair amount of poetry ranging over a wide variety of styles, eras when written and yet more criteria, but when I feel confined by the city and need a dose of the great order of nature, when I'm in need of solace, or want to be reminded of the depth of joy I am capable of feeling, it's Mary Oliver to whom I turn. She is a consummate wordsmith, picking her words carefully but with the best of intent, and with the greatest impact. If you love poetry this book should be by your bedside as a companion for the few moments before sleep, or as a companion on sleepless nights.
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Night Train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier
Night Train to Lisbon

Sandra Miller, January 1, 2011

Wow! I absolutely loved this book. What an adventure, and so exceedingly well told. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late too many nights as I avariciously ate up each and every word as if I were starving for the rest of the story. Add to that the philosophical food for thought sprinkled like gem stones throughout the story. Is it possible to be quiet and yet so intense you can hardly stand it? This book accomplishes that with great aplomb. Could you turn your life upside down on a whim? Find out as you consider your life in relationship to Gregorius, and let him grow on you as he struggles with his own story.
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Cracking India by Bapsi Sidhwa

Sandra Miller, January 1, 2011

I really liked this book. It came recommended to me by a dear Pakistani friend who lived and breathed this story. Quite frankly, the writing style is not my favorite but it is fine and the story will open up a piece of the history of India, issues of prejudice and colonialism. Ms. Sidhwa was impeccable credentials for writing this story and it will captivate you in surprising ways. I also recommend her book The Crow Eaters.
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Sandra Miller, January 1, 2011

Favorite may not be the right word to use for my relationship to this book. Most important book I read this year would be a more apt description. I work with chronically street homeless men and women and read this to get a perspective I didn't have on some of the issues that contribute to their circumstances. What I got was an education about a level of injustice that astounded and disheartened me. I may not agree with all of Michelle Alexander's conclusions, but the indisputable facts she cites will give even the most hardened cynic real pause for thought. Read this book and find out what the Supreme Court has done in your name!
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