unCommon Authors, an Author Video Series: POVERTY, BY AMERICA by Matthew Desmond

                                                                  PRH Education/Common Reads presents: unCommon Authors unCommon Authors is a monthly video series highlighting exceptional and unique authors talking about their books.

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Adam Grant’s Hidden Potential

Hidden Potential offers a new framework for raising aspirations and exceeding expectations. Adam Grant weaves together groundbreaking evidence, surprising insights, and vivid storytelling that takes readers from the classroom to the boardroom, the playground to the Olympics, and underground to outer space. Grant explores how to build the character skills and motivational structures to realize one’s

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Jordan Salama’s Stranger in the Desert

Jordan Salama, author of Every Day the River Changes, is American, Syrian, Argentinian, and Iraqi Jewish. Inspired by his global genealogy and the family lore that he may have long-lost relatives in Argentina, Jordan goes in search of the “Lost Salamas,” traveling more than a thousand miles through the Argentine Andes.   “Kan ya makan .

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Books All Georgians and Young Georgians Should Read 2024

The Georgia Center for the Book, an affil­i­ate Cen­ter of the Nation­al Cen­ter for the Book in the Library of Con­gress, has released the list of Books All Georgians and Young Georgians Should Read 2024. All books are selected works with Georgia connections—either by prize-winning authors and illustrators from Georgia or about topics important to

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Dr. Uché Blackstock’s Legacy

At once a searing indictment of our healthcare system, a generational family memoir, and a call to action, Legacy is Dr. Uché Blackstock’s odyssey from child to medical student to practicing physician—to finally seizing her own power as a health equity advocate against the backdrop of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement.   Introduction When

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Benjamin Herold’s Disillusioned

Through the stories of five American families, a masterful and timely exploration of how hope, history, and racial denial collide in the suburbs and their schools. Disillusioned braids human stories together with penetrating local and national history to reveal a vicious cycle undermining the dreams upon which American suburbia was built. For generations, upwardly mobile white

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Kevin F. Alder and Donald W. Burnes’ When We Walk By

When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America is a must-read guide to understanding housing instability, supporting our unhoused neighbors, and reclaiming our humanity.   Not in My Backyard When most of us think about “the homeless,” we do not see the loneliness,

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s Chain Gang All Stars

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence In Chain Gang All Stars, two top women gladiators fight for their freedom within a depraved private prison system not so far-removed from America’s own.   The Freeing of Melancholia Bishop She felt their eyes, all those executioners. “Welcome, young lady,” said Micky Wright, the premier announcer

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Hafizah Augustus Geter’s The Black Period

Winner of the PEN Open Book Award Winner of the Lambda Literary Award A New Yorker Best Book of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of the Year A Brittle Paper Notable African Book of the Year Finalist for the Chautauqua Prize Acclaimed poet Hafizah Augustus Geter reclaims her origin story in this “lyrical memoir” (The

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Jeff Horwitz’s Broken Code

By award-winning technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal Jeff Horwitz, a behind-the-scenes look at the manipulative tactics Facebook used to grow its business, how it distorted the way we connect online, and the company insiders who found the courage to speak out. “Jeff Horwitz has written a blockbuster expose of Facebook, the notoriously secretive social media giant

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NEA Big Read Introduces New Theme “Where We Live.” Applications Now Open.

In case you missed it, in October the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced new guidelines for its NEA Big Read initiative and the 2024-2025 theme “Where We Live” alongside 50 books available for selection, culled from its archive. Applications are now open for grants to support NEA Big Read projects between September 2024

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Ruth J. Simmons’ Up Home

From the farmland of East Texas to Houston’s Fifth Ward to New Orleans at the dawn of the civil rights movement, Ruth J. Simmons depicts an era long gone but whose legacies of inequality we still live with today. Written in clear and timeless prose, Up Home is both an origin story set in the segregated South

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