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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Signature of All Things

catfish, November 20, 2013

I loved this book! And even if you are one of those people who hated Eat, Pray, Love, you should give this a try. It is entirely different. A big, sweeping historical novel that spans much of the 19th century with its spirit of scientific discovery and invention, it is also the story of one family, and one woman in particular, her fascination with scientific endeavors, and the relationships, fulfilling and otherwise, that give shape to her life. The novel explores the big issues like the origins and purpose of life, while also being an intimate portrait of a woman's psyche. The characters are wonderful, rich and so real you wish you could know them and have a conversation.
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After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey
After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story

catfish, March 19, 2013

Michael Hainey never got over his father's untimely and somewhat mysterious death at age 35. Growing up without a father he always felt different. Now as an adult, he goes back to find out what really happened the night his father died, a death that occurred in the early morning hours in a street far from home and with no obvious witnesses. In the process of tracking down people who might remember what happened, he learns a lot about himself, his mother, his family and the father he never really knew. It is a haunting and touching story of self-discovery, and the family secrets that we all live with.
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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars

catfish, January 30, 2013

Not just for young adults! Best book of the year.
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Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis

catfish, January 5, 2013

A fascinating look at the life of photographer Edward Curtis and his quest to capture the vanishing way of life of the American Indian at the turn of the century. The book captures the essence of Curtis's photographs-- his treatment of the American Indian and their disappearing culture with respect,honesty,empathy and great beauty --- and his desire to capture these images for all time.
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Where'd You Go, Bernadette

catfish, January 1, 2013

Hilariously funny send up of all things Seattle and Microsoft culture .
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