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Severance: A Novel

Chris Brooks Facebook
The story is full of very relatable pandemic moments: workers questioning whether it’s safe to go to work or whether they should stay home, streets suddenly emptied, N-95 masks. What makes this all so remarkable is that it was published in 2018...

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The Fire She Fights

Jane LaTour New York Labor History Association
Women working in the blue-collar “nontraditional” occupations, traditionally occupied by men, have been writing about their experiences, contributing to our knowledge of “the hidden history of affirmative action.” Here is such a story.

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The Margins Will Not Hold

Gene Seymour Bookforum
This new publication brings the work of this astonishing novelist, a satirist and humorist of biting insight, to new audiences.

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Little Boy

Richard Crepeau New York Journal of Books
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, a leading figure of the mid-twentieth century culture of revolt, has just turned 100 years old. Reviewer Crepeau here discusses the poet and writer's newest novel.

Mystery and History: A Winning Combination

Ruth Needleman Portside
front cover of the novel The Man Who Fell From the Sky When one of my favorite political and historical analysts, Bill Fletcher Jr., announced the publication of a mystery, I could not wait to get my hands on the book. Bill Fletcher Jr, The Man Who Fell from the Sky, Hardball Press, Brooklyn NY, 2018

John Steinbeck, The Dust Bowl, and Farm-Worker Organizing

Harry Targ Portside
John Steinbeck was one of the most prolific and, in my view, significant American novelists of the twentieth century. He was influenced by and synthesized his own politics and personal experience with the political culture and movements of the 1930s.

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The Book Beneath the Noise

Jennifer Helinek Open Letters Monthly
In these early days of the Age of Trump, there is an upsurge of interest in Margaret Atwood's 1985 harrowing dystopian novel. Jennifer Helinek reminds us why this book has become a modern classic.
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