FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Noé Álvarez’s Accordion Eulogies

Searching, propulsive, and deeply spiritual, Accordion Eulogies is an odyssey to repair a severed family lineage, told through the surprising history of a musical instrument. Growing up in Yakima, Washington, Noé Álvarez never knew his grandfather. Stories swirled around this mythologized, larger-than-life figure: That he had abandoned his family, and had possibly done something awful that

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unCommon Authors, an Author Video Series: THE WEIGHT OF NATURE by Clayton Page Aldern

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

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unCommon Authors, an Author Video Series: DEFIANT DREAMS by Sola Mahfouz and Malaina Kapoor

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

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unCommon Authors, an Author Video Series: TOTAL GARBAGE by Edward Humes

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

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FROM THE PAGE: An Excerpt from Yashica Dutt’s Coming Out as Dalit

Born into a “formerly untouchable manual-scavenging family in small-town India,” Yashica Dutt was taught from a young age to not appear “Dalit looking.” Although prejudice against Dalits, who compose 25% of the population, has been illegal since 1950, caste-ism in India is alive and well. Blending her personal history with extensive research and reporting, Dutt

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Edward Humes’ Total Garbage

Total Garbage is an investigative narrative that dives into the waste embedded in our daily lives—and shows how individuals and communities are making a real difference for health, prosperity, quality of life and the fight against climate change, by a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Edward Humes.   1 Our Disposable Age The innocent question that

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Lakiesha Carr’s An Autobiography of Skin

This magisterial, intimate look at Black womanhood “follows three women whose various traumas haunt them literally and metaphorically, as it explores what it means to be a Black woman in America today” (The New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice). An Autobiography of Skin is a masterful portrait of interconnected generations in the South from a

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Clancy Martin’s How Not to Kill Yourself

FINALIST FOR THE KIRKUS PRIZE FOR NONFICTION ONE OF TIME’S 100 MUST-READ BOOKS OF THE YEAR ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW’S CRITICS’ PICKS ONE OF THE BOSTON GLOBE’S 55 BOOKS WE LOVED THIS YEAR ONE OF KIRKUS’S BEST NONFICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR How Not to Kill Yourself is an intimate, insightful, at

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Matthew Desmond’s Poverty, by America

Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Nonfiction The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Evicted reimagines the debate on poverty, making a “provocative and compelling” (NPR) argument about why it persists in America: because the rest of us benefit from it. Access educator resources for the book at: endpovertyusa.org/#teaching-resources   Chapter 1 The Kind of Problem Poverty Is I

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Sheila Liming’s Hanging Out

With the introduction of AI and constant Zoom meetings, our lives have become more fractured, digital and chaotic. Hanging Out: The Radical Power of Killing Time shows us what we have lost to the frenetic pace of digital life and how to get it back.   Introduction I was looking at a field of sunflowers. They were

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Dacher Keltner’s Awe

From a foremost expert on the science of emotions, a groundbreaking and essential exploration into the history, science, and greater understanding of awe.   One Eight Wonders of Life An Awe Movement Begins The strange thing about life is that though the nature of it must have been apparent to every one for hundreds of

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FROM THE PAGE: An excerpt from Charles Duhigg’s Supercommunicators

From the author of The Power of Habit, a fascinating exploration of what makes conversations work—and how we can all learn to be supercommunicators at work and in life.   1 The Matching Principle How to Fail at Recruiting Spies If Jim Lawler was being honest with himself, he had to admit that he was terrible

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