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New York school abolishes homework. Does homework do any good?

A growing number of schools are doing away with homework. Some experts think it's a step in the right direction.<p>One prominent homework abolitionist …

Banished

• <b>Author:</b> Lauren Drain & Lisa Pulitzer<p>NOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER<p>You've likely heard of the . Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with messages that are too offensive to copy here, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of …

Amity & Sorrow

• <b>Author:</b> Peggy Riley<p>A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she's convinced will follow them wherever they go--her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can't imagine what the …

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

• <b>Author:</b> Therese Anne Fowler<p><b>THE INSPIRATION FOR THE TELEVISION DRAMA Z: THE BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING</b><p><i>I wish I could tell everyone who thinks we're ruined, Look closer…and you'll see something extraordinary, mystifying, something real and true. We have never been what we seemed.</i><p>When beautiful, reckless …

Books

The Language of Flowers

• <b>Author:</b> Vanessa Diffenbaugh<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b> <br>The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a …

Flowers

Monkey Mind

• <b>Author:</b> Daniel Smith<p>Daniel Smith’s <i>Monkey Mind</i> is the stunning articulation of what it is like to live with anxiety. As he travels through anxiety’s demonic layers, Smith defangs the disorder with great humor and evocatively expresses its self-destructive absurdities and painful internal coherence. …

iBooks

Stories I Only Tell My Friends

• <b>Author:</b> Rob Lowe<p><b>A wryly funny and surprisingly moving account of an extraordinary life lived almost entirely in the public eye</b><p>A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a …

Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

• <b>Author:</b> Lindy Woodhead<p><b>If you lived at Downton Abbey, you shopped at Selfridge’s.</b><p>Harry Gordon Selfridge was a charismatic American who, in twenty-five years working at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, rose from lowly stockboy to a partner in the business which his visionary skills had helped to create. …

I Can Barely Take Care of Myself

• <b>Author:</b> Jen Kirkman<p>In this instant <i>New York Times</i> bestseller that’s “boldly funny without being anti-mom” (<i>In Touch</i>), comedian and <i>Chelsea Lately</i> regular Jen Kirkman champions every woman’s right to follow her own path—even if that means being “childfree by choice.”<p>In her debut memoir, actress and …

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

• <b>Author:</b> Mindy Kaling<p>Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and …

Unbearable Lightness

• <b>Author:</b> Portia de Rossi<p><i>“I didn’t decide to become anorexic. It snuck up on me disguised as a healthy diet, a professional attitude. Being as thin as possible was a way to make the job of being an actress easier . . .”</i><p>Portia de Rossi weighed only 82 pounds when she collapsed on the set of the …

Chanel Bonfire

• <b>Author:</b> Wendy Lawless<p>In her stunning memoir, Wendy Lawless tells the often heartbreaking tale of her unconventional upbringing with an unstable alcoholic and suicidal mother—a real-life Holly Golightly turned Mommie Dearest—and the uncommon sense of resilience that allowed her to rise above it all. …

The Still Point of the Turning World

• <b>Author:</b> Emily Rapp Black<p>Like all mothers, Emily Rapp had ambitious plans for her first and only child, Ronan. He would be smart, loyal, physically fearless, and level-headed, but fun. He would be good at crossword puzzles like his father. He would be an avid skier like his mother. Rapp would speak …

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

• <b>Author:</b> Maya Angelou & Oprah Winfrey<p>Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. <i>I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings</i> captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s …

Maya Angelou

Fresh Off the Boat

• <b>Author:</b> Eddie Huang<p><b>NOW AN ORIGINAL SERIES ON ABC • “Just may be the best new comedy of [the year] . . . based on restaurateur Eddie Huang’s memoir of the same name . . . [a] classic fresh-out-of-water comedy.”—People</b> <b></b> <b><br>“Bawdy and frequently hilarious . . . a surprisingly sophisticated memoir about</b> …

Unorthodox

• <b>Author:</b> Deborah Feldman<p>The instant <i>New York Times</i> bestselling memoir of a young Jewish woman’s escape from a religious sect, in the tradition of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s <i>Infidel</i> and Carolyn Jessop’s <i>Escape</i>, featuring a new epilogue by the author.<p>As a member of the strictly religious Satmar sect of Hasidic …

Her

• <b>Author:</b> Christa Parravani<p><b>Wall Street Journal, "Favorite Books of the Year 2013"</b><b><br>Cosmopolitan, "Best Books of the Year for Women"</b><b><br>Library Journal, "Best Books of 2013"</b><b><br>Salon, "Best Books of 2013"</b><p><b>"Haunting... more than a beautifully written memoir. [A] powerful and raw love letter."—The Washington Post</b><p><b>A</b> …

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

• <b>Author:</b> Rosaria Champagne Butterfield<p>Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were …