Ready for a Brand New Beat:  How "Dancing in the Street" became an anthem for a changing America.
Hardback, Riverhead Books, 2013


In 1964, Marving Gaye, record producer Wiliam "Mickey" Stevenson, and Motown song writer Ivy Jo Hunter wrote "Dancing In The Street."  Recorded at Hitsville U.S.A. Studio by Martha and the Vandellas, the song was supposed to be upbeat party music.  But in a volatile summer the words could mean many things. The summer of 1964 was the in edition to the summer the Beatles came, the zenith of the Civil Rights movement with the Mississippi Freedom Summer, the summer of Black Power, the summer the Vietnam War began, the summer that a presidential election permanently reconfigured American politics, and the first Black ... Read More >>

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Battle Fatigue
Bloomsbury, October 2011


A young adult novel about a boy born in the shadow of World War II. His childhood is all about war and he believes that when he comes of age there will be a war waiting for him. There is, in a place called Vietnam, and he struggles with a growing feeling that his war is wrong and that maybe all war is wrong.  This is a different kind of coming of age story about growing up with the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement , and finally the Vietnam War. It is about learning to stand up not for what youare told is right but what you believe is right.

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What?:  Are these the 20 most important questions in human history—or is this a game of 20 questions?
Bloomsbury, May 2011


A small book about questioning that asks why we make so many statements but ask so few questions. The book is written entirely in the interrogative and is statement-free, with 22 linocut illustrations of questions. It questions the questioning of Jane Austin, T.S. Elliot, The Gospels, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Descartes, Freud, Langston Hughes, Keats, Neitzche, Plato, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, The Talmud and many others.

What is What? Could it be that noted author Mark Kurlansky has written a very short, terrifically witty, deeply thought-provoking book entirely in the form of questions? ...
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The World Without Fish:  How Kids Can Help Save the Oceans
Workman, April 2011


A children's book that explains, through both text and a graphic novel, the current crisis in the oceans, the frightening tragedy of a sea devoid of fish, the impact of that sad outcome, and how to prevent it.

Mark Kurlansky, beloved author of the award-winning bestseller Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World, offers a riveting new book for kids about what’s happening to fish, the oceans, and our environment, and what, armed with knowledge, kids can do about it.

Written by a master storyteller, World Without Fish connects all the dots—biology, economics, evolution, politics, climate, history, ...
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Hank Greenberg:  The Hero Who Didn't Want To Be One
Yale University Press, March 2011


Part of a new Yale series on Jewish lives. This is the story of the life of Hank Greenberg, the son of immigrants, who dreamed of a better life and became the Jewish icon he never wanted to be,  of the relationship of Jews to sports in America, and the unresolved issue of immigrant assimilation.

One of the reasons baseball fans so love the sport is that it involves certain physical acts of beauty. And one of the most beautiful sights in the history of baseball was Hank Greenberg's swing. His calmly poised body seemed to have some special set of springs with a trigger release that snapped his arms and swept the...
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