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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Children's Books

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy today, we want to call attention to ten new books for young people that shine a long-overdue spotlight on other inspiring African-Americans in our nation's history.

Irma Boom’s Library, Where Pure Experimentalism Is on the Shelf

The Dutch designer, one of the world’s pre-eminent bookmakers, doesn’t call herself an artist, but many view her creations as works of art.

Books of The Times: ‘Class’ Takes Satirical Aim at Brooklyn Grade-School Parents

The heroine of Lucinda Rosenfeld’s stiletto-sharp novel tries to do the right thing about race, class, nutrition, poverty, parenthood and plastics.

This Week in Books: To Have Been There Then

Welcome to This Week in Books, where we highlight books just released by small and independent presses. Books have always been a symbol for and means of spreading knowledge and wisdom, and they are an important part of our toolkit in fighting for social justice.

A Day to Celebrate

Ten new books for young people to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Newswire: Nightwing’s new vigilante team falls apart in this exclusive preview

Nightwing is back in the crime-ridden city of Blüdhaven (his old stomping grounds in the pre-New 52 DC continuity), but it’s been a turbulent homecoming for the hero. He’s quickly found himself in the middle of a conspiracy framing reformed...Show More Summary

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: "Now What Do We Do to Fix This Thing?"

The basketball great, thoughtful commentator, and author of Writings on the Wall shares his list of books for understanding our country's tumultuous history with race.

Glass Houses

Sophia Nguyen After lip-reading what’s supposed to be a closed-door conversation in a nearby office, lobbyist Liz Sloane (Jessica Chastain) scoffs, “Glass walls? Seriously?” Floor-to-ceiling windows dominate the political drama MissShow More Summary

Stars Within Our Reach

Katie Klabusich Bestselling narrative nonfiction author Dava Sobel brings to light the stories of those who put the stars within our reach with her latest, The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure...Show More Summary

New Music Monday: H.E.R.

Katie Presley This is one of the more mysterious New Music Mondays we'll have here at Bitch. In September, an excellent R&B album was released by an artist called H.E.R. At the time, and in the four months since, precisely no identifying information has been released as follow-up. Show More Summary

Sirens by Joshua Mohr

Charles Kruger reviews Sirens by Joshua Mohr today in Rumpus Books.


Sad and yet so true. Happy Monday my friends. Enjoy your week.

Tips for Living Easy

Today’s Tips for Easy Living Thomas 1982 If you remember the Today Show from the late 1970s or early 80s, you might remember Dian Thomas and her lifestyle segments. She is still around, according to her website, as a speaker and author. The book is a bit dated, but the recipes are typical of the […]

Critic's Notebook: Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

In an interview seven days before leaving office, Mr. Obama talked about the role books have played during his presidency and throughout his life.

The Duke Who Knew Too Much by Grace Callaway

The Duke Who Knew Too Much blends Regency romance, mystery and kink–a formula that I expect will intrigue a lot of readers (especially those looking for more erotic historicals). There are a lot of things going on in this book–a lot– but the author weaves them all together well. Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Rion Amilcar Scott

Rion Amilcar Scott discusses his story collection Insurrections, father relationships, hip-hop, knowing when to abandon a project, and choosing not to workshop certain stories.

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