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  • Angie Thomas in Conversation With Laini Taylor

    The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive …

    The highly anticipated second novel from Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, returns to the world of Garden Heights. Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. As the daughter of an underground hip hop legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But it’s hard to get your come up when you’re labeled a hoodlum at school, and your fridge at home is empty after your mom loses her job. So Bri pours her anger and frustration into her first song, which goes viral… for all the wrong reasons. Insightful, unflinching, and full of heart, On the Come Up (Balzer & Bray) is an ode to hip hop from one of the most influential literary voices of a generation. Thomas will be joined in conversation by Laini Taylor, author of Muse of Nightmares. Please note: Tickets for this event, $28.99, include admission and a copy of On the Come Up and are available at the Portland'5 box office, all TicketsWest outlets, online at Portland5.com, or by phone at 800-273-1530. Books will be distributed at the event.

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  • Johannes Lichtman

    Jonas Anderson wants a fresh start. He’s made plenty of bad decisions in his life, and at age 28 he’s been fired from yet another teaching position after assigning homework like: Visit a stranger’s funeral and write about it. But, he’s sure a move to Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth, will …

    Jonas Anderson wants a fresh start. He’s made plenty of bad decisions in his life, and at age 28 he’s been fired from yet another teaching position after assigning homework like: Visit a stranger’s funeral and write about it. But, he’s sure a move to Sweden, the country of his mother’s birth, will be just the thing to kick-start a new and improved – and newly sober – Jonas. When he arrives in 2015, the city is struggling with the influx of tens of thousands of Middle Eastern refugees. Driven by an existential need to “do good,” Jonas begins volunteering with an organization that teaches Swedish to young migrants. The connections he makes there, and to one student in particular, might send him down the right path toward fulfillment – if he could just get out of his own way. Johannes Lichtman’s Such Good Work (Simon & Schuster) is a darkly comic novel, brought to life with funny, wry observations and searing questions about our modern world, told with equal measures of grace and wit.

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  • The Empathy Effect

    Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our "tribe." As Dr. Helen Riess has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait – it is also a skill that we can learn and …

    Empathy is undergoing a new evolution. In a global and interconnected culture, we can no longer afford to identify only with people who seem to be a part of our "tribe." As Dr. Helen Riess has learned, our capacity for empathy is not just an innate trait – it is also a skill that we can learn and expand. With The Empathy Effect (Sounds True), Dr. Riess presents a definitive resource on empathy: the science behind how it works, new research on how empathy develops from birth to adulthood, and tools for building your capacity to create authentic emotional connection with others.

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  • Douglas Rushkoff

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together…

    Team Human (W. W. Norton) is a fiery distillation of digital theorist Douglas Rushkoff’s most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature. In 100 lean, incisive statements, Rushkoff argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together – not as individuals. Yet today, society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Harnessing research on human evolution, biology, and psychology, Rushkoff shows that when we work together we realize greater happiness, productivity, and peace.

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  • Dani Shapiro

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book …

    In 2016, through a genealogy website to which she had whimsically submitted her DNA, Dani Shapiro received the stunning news that her father was not her biological father. She woke up one morning and her entire history – the life she had lived – crumbled beneath her. Inheritance (Knopf) is a book about secrets – secrets within families, kept out of shame or self-protectiveness; secrets we keep from one another in the name of love. It is the story of a woman’s urgent quest to unlock the story of her own identity, a story that had been scrupulously hidden from her for more than 50 years, years she had spent writing brilliantly, and compulsively, on themes of identity and family history.

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  • The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with…

    The Art of Dying Well (Scribner) is about living as well as possible for as long as possible and adapting successfully to change. Packed with helpful insights and inspiring true stories, journalist and prominent end-of-life speaker Katy Butler shows how to thrive in later life (even when coping with a chronic medical condition), how to get the best from our health system, and how to make your own “good death” more likely. Butler’s handbook – practical, communal, physical, and sometimes spiritual – will help you make the most of your remaining time, be it decades, years, or months.

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  • Punishment Without Crime

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases…

    Punishment Without Crime (Basic) offers an urgent new interpretation of inequality and injustice in America by examining the paradigmatic American offense: the lowly misdemeanor. Legal scholar Alexandra Natapoff reveals the inner workings of a petty offense system that produces over 13 million cases each year. People arrested for minor crimes are swept through courts where defendants often lack lawyers, judges process cases in mere minutes, and nearly everyone pleads guilty. As a result, vast numbers of Americans – most of them poor and people of color – are stigmatized as criminals, impoverished through fines and fees, and stripped of driver’s licenses, jobs, and housing.

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