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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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Penguin Books 2017

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

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...

Format: text

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, Call number: 307.76 KLI

Sitaraman, Ganesh

Summary: "Argues that America's strong and sizeable middle class is actually embedded in the framework of the nation's government and its founding document and discusses the necessity of taking equality-establishing measures,"--NoveList.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339.2 SIT

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,...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Basic Books 2019

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

Cobham, Alex

Summary: "What we count matters, and in a world where policies and decisions are underpinned by numbers, statistics and data, if you're not counted, you don't count. In this book, Alex Cobham argues that systematic gaps in economic and demographic data not only lead us to understate a wide range of damaging inequalities, but also to actively exacerbate them"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Polity 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305 COB

Lakey, George

Summary: "An academic and activist takes an entertaining look at the Nordic welfare state--and shows us how we, too, can have a far more equal and just economic system In America, many Democrats invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while most Republicans fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Melville House 2016

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 330.9 LAK

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.

Format: text

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

Copies Available at Peninsula

1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.3 NEW

Paisley, Erinne

Summary: "This work of nonfiction in the PopActivism series for teens looks at the importance of talking about feminism and continuing to fight for equal rights."--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Orca Book Publishers 2018

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

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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Alfred A. Knopf 2018

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

Hanson, Anders

Summary: Shows how to be tolerant and respectful of the differences in others.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: ABDO Publishing Company 2015

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 305 HAN

Killermann, Sam

Summary: Where do we start, when it comes to learning about something that's everywhere, infused into everything, and is often one of the primary lenses through which we see ourselves and others? When it comes to understanding gender, it's best to begin with deep breath, then with section one of this book by social justice advocate Sam Killermann, who uses clear language, helpful examples, and a bit of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Impetus Books 2017

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 306.76 KIL

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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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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bold Type Books 2020

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

Summary: An unflinching look at how women are treated in the United States today. Examining both real-life stories and precedent-setting legal cases, director Kamala Lopez uncovers how outdated and discriminatory attitudes inform and influence seemingly disparate issues, from workplace harassment to domestic violence, rape and sexual assault to the foster care system, and the healthcare conglomerate to...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2016

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1 available in TC Film Fest DVDs, Call number: DVD TCFF EQU

Felix, Rebecca

Summary: Readers learn about the #WomensMarch, movement from the campaign for women's suffrage, to legislation safeguarding reproductive rights and protecting them from sexual harassment, to the 2017 and 2018 Women's Marches and the continued fight for gender equality and social justice.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Abdo Publishing 2020

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 305.4 FEL

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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: The New Press 2018

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Piketty, Thomas

Summary: "Thomas Piketty's bestselling Capital in the Twenty-First Century galvanized global debate about inequality. In this audacious follow-up, Piketty challenges us to revolutionize how we think about politics, ideology, and history. He exposes the ideas that have sustained inequality for the past millennium, reveals why the shallow politics of right and left are failing us today, and outlines the...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Harvard University Press 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 305 PIK

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...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Picador 2016

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

Dias, Marley (Marley Emerson)

Summary: The young organizer of the #1000blackgirlbooks campaign explores the power of activism, drawing on her personal experiences to counsel readers on how they can work together to make positive changes in their communities in the areas of literacy and diversity.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Scholastic Press 2018

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1 available in Juvenile Nonfiction, Call number: J 921 DIA

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...

Format: text

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.

Format: text

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

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

Piketty, Thomas

Summary: "Thomas Piketty wrote The Economics of Inequality as an introduction to the conceptual and factual background necessary for interpreting changes in economic inequality over time. Piketty begins by explaining how inequality evolves and how economists measure it. In subsequent chapters, he explores variances in income and ownership of capital and the variety of policies used to reduce these gaps....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2015

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 339 PIK

Stevenson, Bryan

Summary: "In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling Just Mercy, which the New York Times calls "as compelling as To Kill a Mockingbird, and in some ways more so," Bryan Stevenson delves deep into the broken U.S. justice system, detailing from his personal experience his many challenges and efforts as a lawyer and social advocate, especially on behalf of America's most rejected and...

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Publisher / Publication Date: Delacorte Press 2018

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Wilkinson, Richard G.

Summary: This eye-opening UK bestseller shows how one single factor--the gap between its richest and poorest members--can determine the health and well-being of a society. The authors also outline a new political outlook in which a shift from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more sustainable society is paramount.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Bloomsbury Press 2011

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: 306.1 Wilkinson 2011

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