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Summary: "In Tales of Two Americas, some of the literary world's most exciting writers look beyond numbers and wages to convey what it feels like to live in this divided nation. Their extraordinarily powerful stories, essays, and poems demonstrate how boundaries break down when experiences are shared, and that in sharing our stories we can help to alleviate a suffering that touches so many...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 818 TAL

Cashin, Sheryll

Summary: "A meditation on how America protects and overinvests in "white space" and disinvests, surveils, and stereotypes in "the Hood;" Cashin calls for abolition of these anti-Black processes and bold new investment to repair poor Black neighborhoods and our broken race relations"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2021

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 307.1 CAS

Eichner, Maxine

Summary: US families have been pushed to the wall. At the bottom of the economic ladder, poor and working-class adults aren't forming stable relationships and can't give their kids the start they need because of low wages and uncertain job prospects. Toward the top, professional parents' lives have become a grinding slog of long hours of paid work. Meanwhile their kids are overstressed by pressure to...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.85 EIC

Hughes, Chris

Summary: A co-founder of Facebook makes the case that one percenters like him should pay their fortune forward in a radically simple way: a guaranteed income for working people as a tool to combat poverty and stabilize the middle class.

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Publisher / Publication Date: St. Martin's Press 2018

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1 available in New Non-fiction, Call number: 331 HUG

Konczal, Mike

Summary: "The progressive economics writer redefines the national conversation about American freedom"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: The New Press 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 330.973 KON

Packer, George

2 holds on 2 copies

Summary: A National Book Award-winning author examines America's current descent into a failed state and discusses the ways we can leverage this moment to forge a new path forward that overcomes injustice, legislative paralysis, and political divides.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2021

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Noah, Timothy.

Summary: Critically assesses income inequality in America and the ways it threatens democracy, tracing disturbing income ratio trends throughout the past three decades while outlining an urgent call for nonpartisan solutions.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury Press 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.22 NOA

Stiglitz, Joseph E.

Summary: Examines how the wealthy classes have contributed to growing inequality in society and explains how the quest to increase wealth has hindered the country's economic growth as well as its efforts to solve its most pressing economic problems.

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Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.5 STI

Smiley, Tavis

Summary: Presents an analysis of the recent increase of poverty in the United States, even among the middle class, describing twelve steps that can be undertaken to give the poor more equitable access to housing, education, and health care.

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Publisher / Publication Date: SmileyBooks 2012

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.22 SMI

Brill, Steven

Summary: "From the award-winning journalist and best-selling author of America's Bitter Pill: a tour de force examination of 1) how and why major American institutions no longer serve us as they should, causing a deep rift between the vulnerable majority and the protected few, and 2) how some individuals and organizations are laying the foundation for real, lasting change. In this revelatory narrative...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2018

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2 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306 BRI

Markovits, Daniel

Summary: As the author reveals the inner workings of the meritocratic machine, he also illuminates the first steps outward, towards a new world that might once again afford dignity and prosperity to the American people.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Press 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.5 MAR

Ifill, Sherrilyn A.

Summary: This blisteringly candid discussion of the American dilemma in the age of Trump brings together the head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the former attorney general of the United States, a bestselling author and death penalty lawyer, and a star professor for an honest conversation the country desperately needs to hear. Drawing on their collective decades of work on civil rights issues as well...

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Publisher / Publication Date: The New Press 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 IFI

Klinenberg, Eric

Summary: "An eminent sociologist and bestselling author offers an inspiring blueprint for rebuilding our fractured society. We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn't seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together, to find common...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Crown 2018

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 307.76 KLI

Copies Available at East Bay

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 307.76 KLI

Mechanic, Michael

Summary: "A senior editor at Mother Jones dives into the lives of the extremely rich, showing the fascinating, otherworldly realm they inhabit-and the insidious ways this realm harms us all"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.5 MEC

Sunkara, Bhaskar

Summary: With the stunning popularity of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Americans are embracing the class politics of socialism. But what, exactly, is socialism? And what would a socialist system in America look like? In The Socialist Manifesto, Bhaskar Sunkara explores socialism's history since the mid-1800s and presents a realistic vision for its future. The editor of Jacobin magazine,...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2019

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 320.53 SUN

Conley, Dalton

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Publisher / Publication Date: Pantheon Books 2004

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.8 Conley

Smith, Mychal Denzel

Summary: "We are better than this" has been the rallying cry since Donald Trump was elected. But as New York Times-bestselling author Mychal Denzel Smith shows, Americans are too comfortable imagining our greatness. We like to believe in the rightness of our path and the inevitability of choosing our better angels. But historically, we've only come close to living up to the ideals we profess after we've...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Bold Type Books 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 973.933 SMI

Chang, Jeff

Summary: "In his most recent book, Who We Be, Jeff Chang looked at how art and culture effected massive social changes in American society. Since the book was published, the country has been gripped by waves of racial discord, most notably the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In these highly relevant, powerful essays, Chang examines some of the most contentious issues in the current discussion of race...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 CHA

Richardson, Heather Cox

3 holds on 1 copy

Summary: "While in the short term--militarily--the North won the Civil War, in the long term--ideologically--victory went to the South. The continual expansion of the Western frontier allowed a Southern oligarchic ideology to find a new home and take root. Even with the abolition of slavery and the equalizing power of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, and the ostensible equalizing of economic...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Oxford University Press 2020

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Putnam, Robert D.

Summary: "What has happened to the Land of Opportunity? The promise of the American Dream is that anyone, regardless of his or her origins, can have a fair start in life. If we work hard, we can get a good education and achieve success. But over the last several decades a disturbing 'opportunity gap' has unexpectedly emerged between kids from 'have' and 'have-not' backgrounds. The central tenet of the...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2015

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 305.5 PUT

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.3 PUT

Summary: A collection of essays from twenty-one young adult authors explore their experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon Pulse 2018

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1 available in Young Adult Non-fiction, Call number: YA 305.4 OUR

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1 available in Young Adult Collection, Call number: YA 305.42 REE

Stewart, Matthew

Summary: "A trenchant analysis of how the wealthiest 9.9 percent of Americans -- those just below the tip of the wealth pyramid -- have exacerbated the growing inequality in our country and distorted our social values"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Simon & Schuster 2021

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Newman, Katherine S.

Summary: A sharp examination of the troubled state of retirement in America shares sobering insights into how the real estate crash and limited social security are preventing retirement and inducing widespread poverty in aging Baby Boomers.

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Publisher / Publication Date: Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt and Company 2019

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1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.3 NEW

Zamalin, Alex

Summary: "A sweeping political and intellectual history of the way that civility has been used to maintain racial inequality"--

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Publisher / Publication Date: Beacon Press 2021

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305.8 ZAM

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