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Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Presents the points of view towards current social issues and provides essays, primary sources, statistics, and topic overviews to better inform you about the issues.
The Trayvon Generation by Elizabeth AlexanderWhat it is: a concise exploration of how Black artists reckon with generational trauma and racist violence.
Who it's for: Readers looking for a hopeful guide to engaging with social justice issues will find much to ponder in this thought-provoking treatise.
Book buzz: Poet and Pulitzer Prize finalist Elizabeth Alexander's bittersweet expansion of her titular New Yorker article was named one of TIME's Most Anticipated Titles of 2022.
You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation by Julissa ArceWhat it's about: how the myth of the "American Dream" harms people of color and reinforces white supremacy.
Read it for: journalist Julissa Arce's candid account of her own experiences as an undocumented Mexican immigrant and how she learned to reject assimilation into white American culture.
Reviewers say: "challenges the idea of American exceptionalism with equal parts passion, fury, intimacy, and ignored history" (Kirkus).
Flipped: How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power by Greg BluesteinWhat it's about: how grassroots campaign efforts led to victories for Democrats Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the 2021 Senate run-off election in Georgia.
Why you might like it: This engaging and fast-paced account of a pivotal moment in American politics features an unforgettable cast of characters, twists and turns aplenty, and interviews with key figures.
Why it matters: Georgia is expected to be a state of cutthroat elections for the foreseeable future, beginning with the gubernatorial race this fall.
The Journey of Humanity: The Origins of Wealth and Inequality by Oded GalorWhat it is: a sweeping and thought-provoking history of wealth and inequality.
Topics include: how and why economic disparities exist between nations; the impact of ethnic diversity and climate change on political and economic development.
Try this next: A Brief History of Equality by Thomas Piketty.
In on the Joke: The Original Queens of Stand-Up Comedy by Shawn LevyWho it's about: the trailblazing women who made their mark on the male-dominated world of stand-up comedy from the 1940s to the 1970s.
What's inside: moving tributes to Jackie "Moms" Mabley, Belle Barth, Elaine May, Phyllis Diller, Totie Fields, Joan Rivers, and more.
For fans of: When Women Invented Television by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong; Prime Video's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
The Shame Machine: Who Profits in the New Age of Humiliation by Cathy O'NeilWhat it is: a thought-provoking exploration of the uses (and misuses) of the "shame industrial complex" in the social media age.
Read it for: a clear-eyed look at how institutions capitalize on shaming by blaming societal ills on individuals to avoid addressing systemic issues.
For fans of: So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
Tuesday, May 10
Belle Isle Library, Meeting Room B
This is a program organized by the City of OKC and multiple partner groups, to make solar energy more affordable and accessible to residents and businesses. This kick off event will provide education about solar and the program, and would be geared to neighbors and property owners. You can learn more about the program here: www.solarizeokc.com.