Spotlight on U.S. (9/2/20)

Today’s spotlight on America is as varied as the country itself, with a memoir of growing up in a paper mill town, a Russian-American political history, graphic journalism following a refugee family, a humorous take on the 50 states, a call for national unity, and a history of American authoritarianism.

MILL TOWN: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault

2 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick!

“This moving and insightful memoir reminds readers that returning home—’the heart of human identity’—is capable of causing great joy and profound disappointment.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Arsenault reflects on her serene hometown and the cloaked environmental corruption plaguing it. Bittersweet memories and a long-buried atrocity combine for a heartfelt, unflinching, striking narrative combination.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE FOLLY AND THE GLORY: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 by Tim Weiner

2 starred reviews!

“A gripping history of 75 years of Russian-American conflict with the dismal conclusion that we seem outmatched.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Weiner uncovers Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s refusal, in September 2016, to make public Russia’s interference with America’s presidential campaign. In this fraught, globally consequential 2020 campaign season, one could hardly ask for a better explanation of how we landed here.”–Booklist, starred review

WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan

2 starred reviews!

“For readers raised on PERSEPOLIS, this moving documentary portrait hits home.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“While readers may be tempted to dismiss this book as just another work of graphic nonfiction, this is journalism at its finest, allowing readers to identify or sympathize with the immigrant experience.”–Booklist, starred review

OVERSTATED: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States by Colin Quinn

“For all 50 states Quinn pulls off the remarkable feat of being both very informative and thoroughly entertaining. This delightful read is highly recommended.”–Booklist, starred review

DIVIDED WE FALL: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation by David French

“This well-informed and often moving account provides an antidote to the ills of political partisanship.”–Publishers Weekly

ON FASCISM: 12 Lessons from American History by Matthew C. MacWilliams

An expert on American authoritarianism exposes the authoritarian attitudes that course through American history and compete with our democratic aspirations in what is both an honest reckoning and a call for reconciliation.

MILL TOWN: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault; 9781250155931; available now.
THE FOLLY AND THE GLORY: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 by Tim Weiner; 9781627790857; available 9/22/20.
WELCOME TO THE NEW WORLD by Jake Halpern and Michael Sloan; 9781250305596; available 9/22/20.
OVERSTATED: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States by Colin Quinn; 9781250268440; available 9/22/20.
DIVIDED WE FALL: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation by David French; 9781250201973; available 9/22/20.
ON FASCISM: 12 Lessons from American History by Matthew C. MacWilliams; 9781250752697; available 9/29/20.

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