‘N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law,’ by Jody Armour
Reclamation, rejection, or creation: what does agency mean?
Jody Armour’s ‘N*gga Theory’ is an unexpected book title in 2020. In this treatise on modern racial justice, does the author argue successfully for the reclamation of painful language? Lindsay Gary reviews.
‘Salut! France Meets Philadelphia’ by Lynn Miller and Therese Dolan
In plein sight
From the Founders’ reading lists to the bridges, architecture, and artists that define Philly’s look today, ‘Salut! France Meets Philadelphia’ proves that French style is part of our city’s DNA. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
‘I Ain’t Marching Anymore: Dissenters, Deserters & Objectors to America’s Wars’ by Chris Lombardi
'I Ain’t Marching Anymore' explores the long history of protests by US military members. Elisa Shoenberger reviews.
‘Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy’ by Talia Lavin
Exposing hate groups, in her own voice
Talia Lavin, one of the current political moment’s most incisive journalists, details her confrontations with the world’s worst trolls in ‘Culture Warlords.’ Stephen Silver reviews.
‘Pillar of Heaven’ by Kitty Shields
What’s a paycheck worth?
Young workers trying to survive the shoals of 2020 will relate to Philly author Kitty Shields’s urban fantasy debut, ‘Pillar of Heaven,’ which considers just what a big paycheck is worth. Michelle Nugent reviews.
'Sentience' by Courtney P. Hunter
Painting humanity by numbers
In Philadelphia writer Courtney P. Hunter’s debut novel, 24 participants enter an experiment to determine who among them is human and who is an artificially intelligent robot. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color,’ by Ruby Hamad
What white women must face
Ruby Hamad’s debut book, ‘White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color,’ is a provocative and powerful account of white women’s role in white supremacy and the repercussions of their position on women of color. Kelly Conrad reviews.
‘Seeing Things in Black and White’ by Antoine K. Stroman
The Black experience is stranger than fiction
Despite its flaws, Antoine K. Stroman’s debut novella, ‘Seeing Things in Black and White,’ paints the Black experience in a multitude of colors. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan’ by Sarah Archer
Cultural identity through cats
Philadelphia author Sarah Archer’s new book, ‘Catland: The Soft Power of Cat Culture in Japan,’ is a perfect crossover for history buffs and cat lovers. Kyle V. Hiller reviews.
‘The Music of Friends’ by David W. Webber
American classical music grows up
Since 1946, Vermont’s Chamber Music Conference has been an important part of American musical life, attracting many Philadelphia luminaries. A new book, ‘The Music of Friends,’ tells the story. Peter Burwasser reviews.