Who needs Kevin Bacon to play the six degrees of separation game? Using memoir, pop culture, and family lore, this gem of a book proves that serendipity is real and that everyone's personal story is connected to someone else's. This is a fun read all around--and one that will put you on high alert to the consequences of chance encounters.
Brookes uses his reporting skills to tell the gripping story of how Chinese scholars and curators dedicated their lives to saving over 60,000 cases of priceless cultural treasures from the invading Japanese army in the 1930s. The narrative takes us on a journey from the Forbidden City and across China as the massive collection was moved from spot to spot to avoid destruction. Not only is this a master class in logistics, it's also a remarkable history of modern, changing China.
Leading the way for AOC and The Squad, Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005) was elected by Brooklyn voters in 1968 as the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Just three years later she sought to become the first Black presidential candidate nominated by a major political party. With this compelling biography, Curwood shows how Chisholm's vision--which included advocating for minimum wage improvements, passing the ERA, boycotting apartheid South Africa, partnering with LGBTQ and Native American activists--formulated what we now call intersectionality--just one of the many reasons she should be celebrated as the true political heroine she was.