The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone

The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being AloneWhat does it mean to be lonely How do we live, if we re not intimately engaged with another human being How do we connect with other people Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens n nWhen Olivia Laing moved to New York City in her mid thirties, she found herself inhabitin

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An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago

An American Summer: Love and Death in ChicagoFrom the bestselling author of There Are No Children Here, a richly textured, heartrending portrait of love and death in Chicago s most turbulent neighborhoods n nThe numbers are staggering over the past twenty years in Chicago, 14,033 people have been killed and another roughly 60,000 wounded by gu

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Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class Metropolis

Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Founding, Its Apocalyptic Weather, Its Purloined Basketball Team, and the Dream of Becoming a World-class MetropolisAward winning journalist Sam Anderson s long awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City a great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny n nOklahoma City was born from chaos It was founded in a bizarre but momentous Land Run in 1889, when thousands of people l

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The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in America

The Beast Side: Living (and Dying) While Black in AmericaA New York Times Best Seller Searing Dispatches from the Urban Zones Where African American Men Have Become an Endangered SpeciesTo many in the age of Obama, America had succeeded in going beyond race, putting the divisions of the past behind us And then seventeen year old Trayvon Martin was shot

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This is London: Life and Death in the World City

This is London: Life and Death in the World CityIn This is London, the author turns his reporter s eye on home, immersing himself in the hidden world of the city s immigrants from the richest to the poorest to discover the complex and varied individuals who are making London what it is today He s had dinner with oligarchs and meetings with f

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Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America

Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in American A stunning, deeply reported investigation into the housing crisis n n nSpacious and affordable homes used to be the hallmark of American prosperity Today, however, punishing rents and the increasingly prohibitive cost of ownership have turned housing into the foremost symbol of inequality and an e

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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day

Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present DayA Sunday Times Bestseller n nIn Queer City Peter Ackroyd looks at London in a whole new way through the history and experiences of its gay population n nIn Roman Londinium the city was dotted with lupanaria wolf dens or public pleasure houses , fornices brothels and thermiae hot baths.

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The Odd Woman and the City: A Memoir

The Odd Woman and the City: A MemoirA memoir of self discovery and the dilemma of connection in our time, The Odd Woman and the City explores the rhythms, chance encounters, and ever changing friendships of urban life that forge the sensibility of a fiercely independent woman who has lived out her conflicts, not her fantasies, in a ci

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In Our Mad and Furious City

In Our Mad and Furious CityFor Selvon, Ardan, and Yusuf, growing up under the towers of Stones Estate, summer means what it does anywhere football, music, and freedom, but now, after the killing of a British soldier, riots are spreading across the city, and nowhere is safe While the fury swirls around them, Selvon and Ardan

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Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

Rome: A History in Seven SackingsNo city on earth has preserved its past as has Rome Visitors stand on bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and Cicero, walk around temples visited by Roman emperors, and step into churches that have hardly changed since popes celebrated mass in them sixteen centuries ago nThese architectural

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