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A love story unlike any other I have read, Ebony Roberts’ memoir gets vulnerable as she shares how she fell in love with Shaka Senghor during the last four years of his nineteen year prison sentence. The title alludes to the end of the romantic relationship, and her story highlights how it feels to love someone who is incarcerated as well how difficult it is for their relationship to flourish and readjust outside prison. We often forget the other victims of the legal system are family members who take care of those who are imprisoned.

 

 

The Love Prison Made and Unmade: My Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062876645
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Published: Amistad - July 9th, 2019

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Elliott Maraniss was a talented newspaperman when, in 1952, he was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee for his communist affiliations. He lost his job and was blacklisted for five years, yet retained his faith in the United States and went on eventually to a successful career in journalism. In A Good American Family, David Maraniss tells his dad’s story along with the stories of others who were in the Committee hearing room—members of the Committee, his dad’s lawyer, and the FBI informant who named him. Through these individual histories, David explores what it means to be an American. On one level, the book is a touching family tale about a son’s search for his father’s past, but on a larger level it’s a resonant story with enduring universal significance, a story of courage, conviction, betrayal, political opportunism, reckoning, and ultimately American identity.

 

 

 

 

A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501178375
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Published: Simon & Schuster - May 14th, 2019

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A decorated former Marine turned journalist turned author, Elliot Ackerman has written three acclaimed novels since 2015 and now a memoir. In Places and Names, he offers a real-life accounting, writing with the same urgency, passion, and attention characteristic of his novels and with the same penetrating examination of the meaning and costs of war. He does this through a series of essays as he travels to conflict zones, old battlefields, and refugee camps, looking back on his war experiences from different angles. The result is not only an intensely personal book about the purpose and impact of war but also a meditation on the larger meaning of the past two decades of America’s ill-fated involvement in the Middle East.

 

 

 

Places and Names: On War, Revolution, and Returning Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525559962
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Published: Penguin Press - June 11th, 2019

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