Nonfiction Round-Up: Culture and Society (7/29/20)

A graphic novel about indigenous culture and history in America + an eye-opening breakdown of the issues of sexuality and gender identity in the world today + a history and investigation into the concept of character + the key to success as told by a Silicon Valley expert + a deeper look at our outrage from a rapper and radio host = this nonfiction spotlight on society and culture.

PAYING THE LAND by Joe Sacco

3 starred reviews!

“A startling depiction of an Indigenous people struggling to remain true to their traditions. Yet another triumph for Sacco.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Sacco delves deeper than the current debate, exploring the long, fraught relationship between the Dene, the Canadian government, and the land…Sacco again proves himself a master of comics journalism.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Sacco’s reporting, accompanied by impressively drawn black-and-white illustrations, is occasionally overwhelmingly detailed, but with good reason: this is a vitally important story about an underrepresented people.”–Library Journal, starred review

THE PINK LINE: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser

2 starred reviews!

“For readers who appreciated the New York Public Library’s THE STONEWALL READER, this work moves the observation of the evolution of LGBT life and culture to the global scale and is a must-read for all interested in ­gender studies.”–Library Journal, starred review

“Gevisser’s monumental effort in this global deep-think of a text outlines how much work remains ahead. This necessary, timely, intelligent book belongs in every library, the world over.”–Booklist, starred review

CHARACTER: The History of a Cultural Obsession by Marjorie Garber

“Surveying philosophical, literary, and social science perspectives as well as recent political rhetoric, Garber (THE USE AND ABUSE OF LITERATURE, 2011) finds that character is a bewilderingly slippery abstraction that has endured and evolved.”–Booklist

INTENTIONAL INTEGRITY: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution by Robert Chesnut with Joan O’C. Hamilton

“Sound advice for the corporate world on creating and maintaining a culture of trust and integrity. Will appeal to aspiring corporate leaders and readers interested in a glimpse of the inner workings of successful start-ups.”–Library Journal

OUTRAGED: Why Everyone Is Shouting and No One Is Talking by Ashley “Dotty” Charles

This candid take on our society’s outrage is also a funny, passionate, and unrelentingly wise guide on how to enact change and channel our responses.

PAYING THE LAND by Joe Sacco; 9781627799034; available now.
THE PINK LINE: Journeys Across the World’s Queer Frontiers by Mark Gevisser; 9780374279967; available now.
CHARACTER: The History of a Cultural Obsession by Marjorie Garber; 9780374120856; available now.
INTENTIONAL INTEGRITY: How Smart Companies Can Lead an Ethical Revolution by Robert Chesnut with Joan O’C. Hamilton; 9781250239709; available now.
OUTRAGED: Why Everyone Is Shouting and No One Is Talking by Ashley “Dotty” Charles; 9781635575002; available now.

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