The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida…
The Italian Red Brigades kidnap factory owners. A university threatens a group of students and faculty with more than a decade in jail following the closure of a campus bank. Twitter concedes to a subpoena of posts. Anarcho-punks find “four grab-n-go rotisserie chickens” in a Gainesville, Florida dumpster. Four writers whose lives and work intersect with radical politics assemble at Bookcourt.
Joshua Clover is a poet, scholar, and a professor at University of California Davis. Clover is the author of two books of cultural criticism, 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About, which traces the year in music from the rise of the cassingle to the fall of the Berlin wall, and The Matrix, as well as two books of poems, The Totality for Kids and Madonna anno domini. His current and recent work, including the ongoing poetry collection Tranche/Syntagma, concerns militant politics and economic crisis. As part of ongoing anti-privatization protests, Clover and a group of students blockaded a branch of U.S. Bank for nearly two months until the branch closed. In legal dispute with the bank and anxious to foreclose further protest. the campus charged the protestors with crimes that carry a possible 11 years in jail. Their trial is scheduled for June.
Rachel Kushner's new novel, The Flamethrowers, accelerates through the Bonneville Salt Flats motorcycle land speed record competition, labor revolts of 1970s Italy, the remnants of lower East side anarchist street gang The Motherfuckers, and the power politics of the New York art scene. Kushner’s debut novel, Telex from Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, Cabinet, and Grand Street.
Malcolm Harris is a writer and the senior editor at The New Inquiry, an online journal that has quickly gained wide following, an off-putting New York Times style section profile, and praise from Jonathan Lethem among others. Harris was arrested when Occupy Wall Street protestors crossed the Brooklyn Bridge and was at the center of a legal case over whether a search warrant was required in order for Twitter to release Harris' tweets. (Short answer: no) He was also responsible for pranking Occupy and the media with the rumor of a Radiohead performance at Liberty Plaza.
Justin Taylor is the author of the novel The Gospel of Anarchy and the story collection Everything Here Is the Best Thing Ever. With the poet Jeremy Schmall, he co-edits The Agriculture Reader, a limited-edition arts annual now in its sixth year. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute.
About The Free: In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times. Severely…
About The Free:
In his heartbreaking yet hopeful fourth novel, award-winning author Willy Vlautin demonstrates his extraordinary talent for illuminating the disquiet of modern American life, captured in the experiences of three memorable characters looking for meaning in distressing times.
Severely wounded in the Iraq war, Leroy Kervin has lived in a group home for eight years. Frustrated by the simplest daily routines, he finds his existence has become unbearable. An act of desperation helps him disappear deep into his mind, into a world of romance and science fiction, danger and adventure where he is whole once again.
Freddie McCall, the night man at Leroy's group home, works two jobs yet still can't make ends meet. He's lost his wife and kids, and the house is next. Medical bills have buried him in debt, a situation that propels him to consider a lucrative—and dangerous—proposition.
“Willy Vlautin is one of the bravest novelists writing.... An unsentimental Steinbeck, a heartbroken Haruf, Willy Vlautin tells us who really lives now in our America, our city in ruins.” -Ursula K. Le Guin
“Courageous, powerful, and mercifully refreshing, The Free is nothing less than an affirmation, that rare novel about lost souls which dares to be hopeful in the face of despair. Vlautin’s hard knock characters will break your heart with their humanity and grace.” -Jonathan Evison
“Willy Vlautin writes novels about people all alone in the wind. His prose is direct and complex in its simplicity, and his stories are sturdy and bighearted and full of lives so shattered they shimmer.” -Cheryl Strayed
“The Free is a graceful portrayal of an underrepresented side of American life. Willy Vlautin never overreaches, or takes the easy road, and his words have the heft of permanence.” -Patrick deWitt
“A portrait of American life that is so hard and so heartbreaking that it should be unbearable, but it isn’t. The straightforward beauty of Vlautin’s writing, and the tender care he shows his characters, turns a story of struggle into indispensable reading. I couldn’t recommend it more highly.” -Ann Patchett
“The Free is another outstanding book from one of America’s most underappreciated artists.” -George Pelecanos
Willy Vlautin is the author of The Motel Life, Northline, and Lean on Pete, and the singer and songwriter of the band Richmond Fontaine. He lives outside Portland, Oregon.
About The Tooth Fairy: The Tooth Fairy is an extraordinarily honest, shockingly funny memoir of a man torn between isolation and connection. In shimmering prose that weaves between intimate confessions, deadpan asides, and trenchant reflections on the fear and turmoil that defined the long decade …
About The Tooth Fairy:
The Tooth Fairy is an extraordinarily honest, shockingly funny memoir of a man torn between isolation and connection. In shimmering prose that weaves between intimate confessions, deadpan asides, and trenchant reflections on the fear and turmoil that defined the long decade after 9/11, Clifford Chase tells the stories that have shaped his adulthood.
There are his aging parents, whose disagreements sharpen as their illnesses looms larger; and his beloved brother, lost tragically to AIDS; and his long-term boyfriend—always present, but always kept at a distance. There is also the revelatory, joyful music of the B-52s, Chase’s sexual confusion in his twenties, and more recently, the mysterious appearance in his luggage of weird objects from Iran the year his mother died. In the midst of all this is Chase’s singular voice—incisive, wry, confiding, by turns cool and emotional, always engaging.
The way this book is written—in pitch-perfect fragments—is crucial to Chase’s deeper message: that we experience and remember in short bursts of insight, terror, comedy, and love. As ambitious in its form as it is in its radical candor, The Tooth Fairy is the rare memoir that can truly claim to remake the genre.
Clifford Chase is the author of the cult classic novel Winkie. He is also the author of a memoir, The Hurry-Up Song, and edited the anthology Queer 13:Lesbian & Gay Writers Recall Seventh Grade. His writing has appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek.com to Yale Review to McSweeney’s. He lived in New York City and Sharon, Connecticut, and teaches at Wesleyan University.
About Saints of the Shadow Bible: Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past... Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news …
About Saints of the Shadow Bible:
Rebus and Malcolm Fox go head-to-head when a 30-year-old murder investigation resurfaces, forcing Rebus to confront crimes of the past...
Rebus is back on the force, albeit with a demotion and a chip on his shoulder. He is investigating a car accident when news arrives that a case from 30 years ago is being reopened. Rebus's team from those days is suspected of helping a murderer escape justice to further their own ends.
Malcolm Fox, in what will be his last case as an internal affairs cop, is tasked with finding out the truth. Past and present are about to collide in shocking and murderous fashion. What does Rebus have to hide? And whose side is he really on? His colleagues back then called themselves "The Saints," and swore a bond on something called the Shadow Bible. But times have changed and the crimes of the past may not stay hidden much longer — and may also play a role in the present, as Scotland gears up for a referendum on independence.
Allegiances are being formed, enemies made, and huge questions asked. Who are the saints and who the sinners? And can the one ever become the other?
Ian Rankin is a #1 international bestselling author. Winner of an Edgar Award and the recipient of a Gold Dagger for fiction and the Chandler-Fulbright Award, he lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and their two sons.
About Design Brooklyn: Design Brooklyn is a visual exploration of the unique and diverse architecture, interiors, and design of public and private spaces in today’s Brooklyn, from mechanics’ shops renovated into restaurants, to newly built museums, to restored brownstones and modern townhouses.…
About Design Brooklyn:
Design Brooklyn is a visual exploration of the unique and diverse architecture, interiors, and design of public and private spaces in today’s Brooklyn, from mechanics’ shops renovated into restaurants, to newly built museums, to restored brownstones and modern townhouses. Chapters focusing on renovation, restoration, innovation, and industry come to life with more than 150 original photographs representing various neighborhoods and trends. Including studies of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s newest addition, Fort Greene Park, and Boerum Hill’s Flavor Paper, Design Brooklyn will appeal to anyone interested in urban living, design, and trendsetting Brooklyn style.
Praise for Design Brooklyn:
“A terrific book. Anne Hellman and Michel Arnaud perfectly capture the essence of the innovative, independent style of the creative people who define Brooklyn!” -Wendy Goodman, Design Editor, New York magazine
“Brooklyn’s design identity is captured in this inspired collection of projects that takes you from the manufacturing past of the Brooklyn Navy Yard to influential architect-designed new construction, with plenty of bespoke brownstone renovations and handmade artists’ studios in the mix.” -Francesca Connolly, New York editor of Remodelista.com
“The creativity that New York City is so known for seemed synonymous with Manhattan . . . that was until Brooklyn bloomed. And boy, has it bloomed!” -Newell Turner, editor in chief, Hearst Design Group
“Brooklyn’s cutting-edge creativity, beauty, and bold self-confidence are well represented in this extraordinary book of Brooklyn design. Brooklyn has more character and characters than anywhere else in the world, and that spirit of originality and sense of history is vibrant and alive in these homes and cultural institutions.” -Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn borough president
“No sleep till you devour Design Brooklyn—a thrilling guide to architecture and décor in the mythical New York City borough. From a Beastie Boy’s clever brownstone renovation to insider tours of cultural spaces and imaginative restaurant design, this stunning and idea-packed guide to Brooklyn design shows how wonderfully the old can meld with the new. Design Brooklyn is sure to resonate far beyond its borders.” -Ingrid Abramovitch, Author of Restoring a House in the City
“A visual feast of the best of Brooklyn style.” -atHome magazine
“Packed with engaging back stories of Brooklyn’s homes, shops, restaurants and public institutions like Fort Greene Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Visitor Center in Prospect Heights.” —New York Times
“It’s turned the borough into a playground for high design, all beautifully chronicled in a new survey by Anne Hellman, Design Brooklyn, with page after page of gorgeous photos by Michel Arnaud.” —Town & Country
“Design Brooklyn is expansive, inclusive and filled with inspiring ideas and images of interiors, both public and private.” —Janel Laban, Apartment Therapy
“What makes this book special, is that it documents the interior spaces of Brooklyn in a way that I haven’t seen before. We all know that Brooklyn has drastically changed in the last few years, but it’s rare to get the opportunity to peek into some of the private homes or have the luxury of time or money to check out all the new public spaces—restaurants, bars and hotels—that have popped up around the borough . . . It gave me a new appreciation for the sheer volume of design happening in Brooklyn every day.” —Amy Azzarito, Design*Sponge
Anne Hellman is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor. She is the coauthor most recently of LogoLounge 7 and of Designers on Design: Joel Desgrippes and Marc Gobe on Emotional Brand Experience.
Michel Arnaud is an acclaimed photographer of interiors and fashion. His work has appeared in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Architectural Digest, Oprah, House & Garden, the New York Times, and InStyle, and in many solo and group exhibitions in Europe and the United States. He divides his time between New York City and upstate New York. Together Hellman and Arnaud started the blog Design-Brooklyn.tumblr.com.
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bout The Answer to the Riddle Is Me: On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity. Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be…
bout The Answer to the Riddle Is Me:
On October 17, 2002, David MacLean “woke up” on a train platform in India with no idea who he was or why he was there. No money. No passport. No identity.
Taken to a mental hospital by the police, MacLean then started to hallucinate so severely he had to be tied down. Soon he could remember song lyrics, but not his family, his friends, or the woman he was told he loved. All of these symptoms, it turned out, were the result of the commonly prescribed malarial medication he had been taking. Upon his return to the States, he struggled to piece together the fragments of his former life in a harrowing, absurd, and unforgettable journey back to himself.
The Answer to the Riddle Is Me, drawn from David MacLean’s award-winning This American Life essay, is a deeply felt, closely researched, and intensely personal book. It asks every reader to confront the essential questions of our age: In our geographically and chemically fluid world, what makes me who I am? And how much can be stripped away before I become someone else entirely?
David Stuart Maclean is a Pen/American award-winning writer. His work has appeared in Ploughshares and on the radio program This American Life. He has a PhD from the University of Houston and is a co-founder of the Poison Pen Reading Series. He lives in Chicago with his wife.
About Before We Met: Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what…
About Before We Met:
Hannah, independent, headstrong, and determined not to follow in the footsteps of her bitterly divorced mother, has always avoided commitment. But one hot New York summer she meets Mark Reilly, a fellow Brit, and is swept up in a love affair that changes all her ideas about what marriage might mean.
Now, living in their elegant, expensive London townhouse and adored by her fantastically successful husband, she knows she was right to let down her guard.
But when Mark does not return from a business trip to the U.S. and when the hours of waiting for him stretch into days, the foundations of Hannah’s certainty begin to crack. Why do Mark’s colleagues believe he has gone to Paris not America? Why is there no record of him at his hotel? And who is the mysterious woman who has been telephoning him over the last few weeks?
Hannah begins to dig into her husband’s life, uncovering revelations that throw into doubt everything she has ever believed about him. As her investigation leads her away from their fairytale romance into a place of violence and fear she must decide whether the secrets Mark has been keeping are designed to protect him or protect her...
Lucie Whitehouse was born in Warwickshire, England in 1975, read Classics at Oxford University and now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is author of The House at Midnight and the The Bed I Made.
About the Event: Join Anna David and various contributors of True Tales of Lust and Love for an evening of readings and discussion! Praise: "Daring, delightful, sexy, cool, sweet, and poignant—Anna David's compilation True Tales of Lust and Love explores the dark, moist corners of the female …
About the Event:
Join Anna David and various contributors of True Tales of Lust and Love for an evening of readings and discussion!
"Daring, delightful, sexy, cool, sweet, and poignant—Anna David's compilation True Tales of Lust and Love explores the dark, moist corners of the female psyche, armed with pens, tears, and humor. I savored every word." -Gigi Levangie Grazer
“While there is no shortage of books about the pleasures and perils of dating in the 21st century, David's all-female collection stands out from the crowd…Humor and awkwardness feature throughout, but there is enough sweetness, especially in the latter two sections, sprinkled in to inspire even the most jaded to take a second look at their list of potential mates..None of the stories here fall flat; it's a hysterical and touching read perfect for young women still figuring out their way in the dating world.” -Publishers Weekly
Chloe Caldwell is the author of the essay collection, Legs Get Led Stray. Her nonfiction has appeared in Salon, The Rumpus, Nylon, Men’s Health, and The Sun. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Sacha Z. Scoblic is a writer and editor. She is the author of Unwasted: My Lush Sobriety, which is based on her popular essays for The New York Times blog “Proof: Alcohol and American Life.” Sacha is a 2012/2013 Rosalynn Carter fellow for mental health journalism through the Carter Center in Atlanta. Among other things, she writes about mental health, addiction, and pop fiction. Sacha is a contributing editor at The New Republic and a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post. Formerly a senior editor at Reader’s Digest, Sacha has written about everything from space camp to pulp fiction. Sacha lives with her husband, Peter; son, Theodore; and terrier, SciFi, in Washington, DC.
Iris Smyles has written for various publications including BOMB, Nerve, Guernica, and The New York Press. She was a humor columnist for Splice Today, edited the collection, The Capricious Critic(Otis Books 2010), and is the author of the novel, Iris Has Free Time (Soft Skull Press 2013).
Anna David is the New York Times-bestselling author of Party Girl, Bought, Reality Matters, Falling For Me andBy Some Miracle I Made It Out of There Alive. She's appeared on CNN, NBC, MSNBC, Fox News and more and owns and operates the addiction and recovery site www.afterpartychat.com
bout Kill Anything That Moves: Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few “bad apples.” But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking …
bout Kill Anything That Moves:
Americans have long been taught that events such as the notorious My Lai massacre were isolated incidents in the Vietnam War, carried out by just a few “bad apples.” But as award-winning journalist and historian Nick Turse demonstrates in this groundbreaking investigation, violence against Vietnamese noncombatants was not at all exceptional during the conflict. Rather, it was pervasive and systematic, the predictable consequence of official orders to “kill anything that moves.”
Drawing on more than a decade of research into secret Pentagon archives and extensive interviews with American veterans and Vietnamese survivors, Turse reveals for the first time the workings of a military machine that resulted in millions of innocent civilians killed and wounded—what one soldier called “a My Lai a month.” Devastating and definitive, Kill Anything That Moves finally brings us face-to-face with the truth of a war that haunts America to this day.
“An indispensable, paradigm-shifting new history of the war...All these decades later, Americans still haven’t drawn the right lesson from Vietnam.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A searing and meticulously documented book...A damning account of the horrors the United States inflicted on civilians.”—Financial Times
“Harrowing.”—The New York Review of Books
“A powerful case…With his urgent but highly readable style, Turse delves into the secret history of U.S.-led atrocities. He has brought to his book an impressive trove of new research—archives explored and eyewitnesses interviewed in the United States and Vietnam. With superb narrative skill, he spotlights a troubling question: Why, with all the evidence collected by the military at the time of the war, were atrocities not prosecuted?”—Washington Post
“There have been many memorable accounts of the terrible things done in Vietnam—memoirs, histories, documentaries, and movies. But Nick Turse has given us a fresh holistic work that stands alone for its blending of history and journalism, for the integrity of research brought to life through the diligence of first-person interviews....Here is a powerful message for us today—a reminder of what war really costs.”—Bill Moyers, Moyers & Company
Nick Turse is the author of The Complex, the managing editor for TomDispatch.com, and a fellow at the Nation Institute. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Nation, among other publications. Turse’s investigations of American war crimes in Vietnam have gained him a Ridenhour Prize for Reportorial Distinction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He lives near New York City.
In SHOVEL READY, Adam Sternbergh’s propulsive, gripping, and wholly original debut, we meet Spademan, a one-of-a-kind antihero in this futuristic dystopian novel. Sternbergh reads from and discusses the novel, followed by a book signing.
About Shovel Ready: The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire. Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out …
About Shovel Ready:
The futuristic hardboiled noir that Lauren Beukes calls “sharp as a paper-cut” about a garbage man turned kill-for-hire.
Spademan used to be a garbage man. That was before the dirty bomb hit Times Square, before his wife was killed, and before the city became a blown-out shell of its former self.
Now he’s a hitman.
In a near-future New York City split between those who are wealthy enough to “tap in” to a sophisticated virtual reality, and those who are left to fend for themselves in the ravaged streets, Spademan chose the streets. His new job is not that different from his old one: waste disposal is waste disposal. He doesn’t ask questions, he works quickly, and he’s handy with a box cutter. But when his latest client hires him to kill the daughter of a powerful evangelist, his unadorned life is upended: his mark has a shocking secret and his client has a sordid agenda far beyond a simple kill. Spademan must navigate between these two worlds—the wasteland reality and the slick fantasy—to finish his job, clear his conscience, and make sure he’s not the one who winds up in the ground.
Adam Sternbergh has written a dynamite debut: gritty, violent, funny, riveting, tender, and brilliant.
Adam Sternbergh is the culture editor of The New York Times Magazine. Formerly an editor-at-large for New York, his writing has been featured in several other publications including GQ, The Times of London, and on the radio program This American Life. He lives in Brooklyn and is at work on a second Spademan novel.
In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying sixteen Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan, killing everyone on board. In that instant, machine gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend, Kip Jacoby, and seven members of his unit. Back in the US, Caleb begins…
In 2005 a Chinook helicopter carrying sixteen Special Ops soldiers crashed during a rescue mission in a remote part of Afghanistan, killing everyone on board.
In that instant, machine gunner Caleb Daniels lost his best friend, Kip Jacoby, and seven members of his unit. Back in the US, Caleb begins to see them everywhere—dead Kip, with his Alice in Wonderland tattoos, and the rest of them, their burned bodies watching him. But there is something else haunting Caleb, too—a presence he calls the Black Thing, or the Destroyer, a paralyzing horror that Caleb comes to believe is a demon.
Alone with these apparitions, Caleb considers killing himself. There is an epidemic of suicide among veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, men and women with post-traumatic stress disorder who cannot cope with ordinary life in the aftermath of explosions and carnage. Jennifer Percy finds herself drawn to their stories, wanting to comprehend their experiences and pain.
Her subject, Caleb, has been bringing damaged veterans to a Christian exorcism camp in Georgia that promises them deliverance from the war. As Percy spends time with these soldiers and exorcists and their followers—finding their beliefs both repellant and magnetic—she enters a world of fanaticism that is alternately terrifying and welcoming.
With a jagged lyricism reminiscent of Michael Herr and Denis Johnson, Demon Camp is the riveting true story of a veteran with PTSD and an exploration of the battles soldiers face after the war is over. Percy’s riveting account forces us to gaze upon the true human consequences of the War on Terror.
“Jennifer Percy has taken a sensationalistic, tabloid-worthy subject and explored it in a remarkably clear-eyed and empathetic fashion, without a trace of condescension. Demon Camp is not only luminously written and exhaustively researched; it's an important account of post-traumatic stress disorder in modern warfare.” -Teddy Wayne
“Beneath the taut, wry surface of Jen Percy's Demon Camp is a deeply felt investigation that is marvelously disturbing—-a pitch-perfect blend of reportage, meditation, and outright fantasy that beautifully captures the wounds of mind and heart in ruins.” -John D'Agata
“This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Lyrical, haunting, surreal, as fiercely brave as it is fearsome, Jennifer Percy’s Demon Camp is both damning and redemptive, a shot straight to the hellish heart of war.” -Kim Barnes
"Demon Camp is the most urgent, most harrowing book to yet emerge from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jennifer Percy is a brave and relentlessly powerful witness, again and again confronting us with the monsters of our own making. Written with haunting austerity, this exceptionally important book must be read not only by every voter but by every one of us yearning to be more humane." -Claire Vaye Watkins
Jennifer Percy is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Capote Fellow and the recipient of an Iowa Arts fellowship from the Nonfiction Writing Program. Her honors also include a Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For many Americans, the words ‘American’ and ‘Muslim’ simply do not marry well; for many the combination is an anathema, a contradiction in values, loyalties, and identities. This is the story of one American Muslim family—the story of how, through their lives, their schools, their friends,…
For many Americans, the words ‘American’ and ‘Muslim’ simply do not marry well; for many the combination is an anathema, a contradiction in values, loyalties, and identities. This is the story of one American Muslim family—the story of how, through their lives, their schools, their friends, and their neighbors, they end up living the challenges, myths, fears, hopes, and dreams of all Americans. They are challenged by both Muslims who speak for them and by Americans who reject them. In this moving memoir, Idliby discusses not only coming to terms with what it means to be Muslim today, but how to raise and teach her children about their heritage and religious legacy. She explores life as a Muslim in a world where hostility towards Muslims runs rampant, where there is an entire industry financed and supported by think tanks, authors, film makers, and individual vigilantes whose sole purpose is to vilify and spread fear about all things Muslim. Her story is quintessentially American, a story of the struggles of assimilation and acceptance in a climate of confusion and prejudice—a story for anyone who has experienced being an “outsider” inside your own home country.
"An unflinchingly intimate and honest examination of some of the most difficult issues that have come to define the ‘coming of age’ experiences of American Muslims. This is essential reading for those who have ever feared or been feared and anyone who has ever asked, ‘Where are the moderates?’" —Reza Aslan
“Burqas, Baseball and Apple Pie is a lovely and lyrical look into the life of one American Muslim woman and her family. It will expand and enrich your view of Islam and America.” —Eboo Patel
Ranya Tabari Idliby is a writer who lives in New York City. She co-authored The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew: Three Women Search for Understanding , an intimate dialog on faith and identity in America. She has spoken in churches, temples, and mosques, as well as at interfaith organizations, the United Nations, and the State Department. She was interviewed by Diane Sawyer for a special program on moderate Muslim voices, in addition to many other media engagements, including CNN, Oprah radio’s Dr. Oz , The Diane Rehm Show, USA Today , and the Today Show.
The daughter of a widowed child psychologist and parenting author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro grew up immersed in the culture of self-help, of books and pamphlets and board games and gadgets and endless jargon-filled conversations about feelings. It wasn’t until she hit her thirties that Jessica began …
The daughter of a widowed child psychologist and parenting author, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro grew up immersed in the culture of self-help, of books and pamphlets and board games and gadgets and endless jargon-filled conversations about feelings. It wasn’t until she hit her thirties that Jessica began to wonder: if all this self-improvement arcana was as helpful as it promised to be, why wasn’t she better adjusted? She had a flying phobia, hadn’t settled down, and didn’t like to talk about her feelings.
Thus began Jessica’s fascination with the eccentric and labyrinthine world of self-help. She read hundreds of books and articles, attended dating seminars, walked on hot coals, and attempted to conquer her fear of flying. But even as she made light of the sometimes dubious effectiveness of these as-seen-on-TV treatments, she slowly began to realize she was circling a much larger problem: her mother’s death when she was a toddler, and the almost complete silence that she and her father had always observed on the subject.
In the tradition of Augusten Burroughs, Jessica Lamb-Shapiro illuminates the peculiar neuroses and inalterable truths that bind families together, whether they choose to confront them or not. Promise Land is a tender, witty, and wise account of a young woman’s journey through her own psyche toward the most difficult stage of grown-up emotional life: acceptance.
Jessica Lamb-Shapiro has published fiction and nonfiction in The Believer, McSweeneys, Open City, and Index magazine, among others. She has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She lives in New York City and Columbia County, New York.