December 6, 2019

In this enthralling history of the debutante ritual, Kristen Richardson sheds new light on contemporary ideas about women and marriage. Kristen Richardson, from a family of debutantes, chose not to debut. But as her curiosity drove her to research this enduring custom, she learned that it, and debutantes, are not as simple as they seem. This is the story The story begins in England six hundred years ago when wealthy fathers needed an efficient way to find appropriate husbands for their daughters. Elizabeth I’s exclusive present...

November 5, 2019

For several years, Andrew Marantz, a New Yorker staff writer, has been embedded in two worlds. The first is the world of social-media entrepreneurs, who, acting out of naïvete and reckless ambition, upended all traditional means of receiving and transmitting information. The second is the world of the people he calls "the gate crashers"--the conspiracists, white supremacists, and nihilist trolls who have become experts at using social media to advance their corrosive agenda. Antisocial ranges broadly--from the first m...

September 30, 2019

Conscientious. Right On!  — Annette Allen,The BookWalker There are so many plastic soda bottles that are scattered all over the world, adding to the volumes of waste in landfills, polluting our oceans, and costing the planet so much energy to create or to dispose of. Each plastic bottle we throw away adds to the problem. It might seem like a small thing to throw away a single bottle. However, doing this throughout our lifetime, along with millions of people doing the same, the problem compounds. What do we do to be on the other...

September 26, 2019

Socially enlightening. Page after page of truthful voice. Moving.  — Sophie Worley,The BookWalker Possibly abducted. The words did not make sense to author Pierre Marion. A couple of days earlier, his mother, Denise, called from Mon Repos, the family country house in Sherbrooke, Quebec, to inquire if Pierre knew where his father was. Apparently, his father, Charles Marion, did not come home overnight. Pierre was concerned but tried to reassure his mother that Charles probably slept off his beer after an improvised party with frie...

September 19, 2019

“ From a Vice magazine columnist whose beat is “the future,” here is entertaining speculation featuring both authoritative research and a bit of mischief: a look at how humanity is likely to weather such happenings as the day nuclear war occurs, the day the global internet goes down, the day we run out of effective antibiotics, and the day immortality is achieved. ” This is the story “If you live on planet Earth you’re probably scared of the future. How could you not be? Some of the world’s most stable democracies are looking pre...

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