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The Best Books On Modern Asia

I have a strong, if contrarian, interest in modern history, Asian history in particular. I have published more than a dozen articles and book reviews on the subject, and I have taught courses on modern Asian history (China, Japan, Vietnam, India) at New York University, where I have been a professor since 1968. A brief history of my somewhat unusual academic career may be found in a 50-page memoir published via Amazon in 2020 together with an appendix containing a sampling of my short writings. It is titled Moss Roberts: A Journey to the East. The memoir but not the appendix is free via Researchgate. In addition, I have studied (and taught) the Chinese language for more than half a century, and published translations of classical works of literature and philosophy.   

A Force So Swift: Mao, Truman, and the Birth of Modern China, 1949 Toward- Freedom: An Autobiography of Jawaharlal Nehru Viet Nam: A History from Earliest Times to the Present Pan-Asianism and Japan's War 1931-1945 The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America

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The Best Books About Fairies

Mary Losure is the author of The Fairy Ring, or Elsie and Frances Fool the World. Though she doesn’t happen to believe in fairies herself, when she went to Cottingley, England, and explained that she was writing a children’s book about the girls who took the Cottingley Fairy Photographs, she met a surprisingly large number of people who did.  Plus, she’s always been interested in imaginary worlds. Her most recent book, Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d, is the story of a magic-seeking boy who grew up to become the world’s greatest alchemist. Oh, and also discovered the secrets of the universe….

The Coming of the Fairies The Fairies in Tradition and Literature Irish Fairy and Folk Tales Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Artemis Fowl

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The Best Books Set In China’s Diverse Regions By Local Chinese Writers

I arrived in China in 1995 as one of the country’s first Peace Corps volunteers, and for over a decade lived in rural Sichuan, historic Beijing, and arcadian Jilin. These settings inform my trilogy of books about daily life in corners of the country overlooked by correspondents. I’ve won a Whiting Writers’ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Lowell Thomas Awards for travel writing, and I am currently a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan. I’m a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations‘ Public Intellectuals Program, a recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Fellowship, and a Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh, where I teach nonfiction writing. 

Border Town The King of Trees The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories: China from the Bottom Up Rickshaw Boy Love in a Fallen City

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The Best Books On The American Suburban Gothic

As someone who grew up a child of the sixties amidst suburban conformity but with a decidedly nonconformist gothic sensibility, I have wanted to find a way to combine these contradictory forces. Happily, as a professor of literature and film studies at Hofstra University, I was able to achieve my goal last year when I taught "(Un)Dead Girls and (Un)Safe Spaces: The Suburban Gothic in Film" and "Suburban Horrors" (a literature class). Unaware however that a global pandemic would mean teaching these courses via Zoom, my students and I found ourselves trapped within the confines of our own boxes in a suburban nightmare while discussing fictional and film narratives about sinister neighbors, monsters in closets, murderous family members, conspiratorial racists, and uncanny house hauntings. Oh, the horrible irony.

American Gothic Tales (William Abrahams) The Virgin Suicides Dark Tales Everything That Rises Must Converge: Stories Ghost World

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The Best Novels About Food

Crystal King is the author of The Chef’s Secret and Feast of Sorrow, which was long-listed for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and was a Must-Read for the MassBook Awards. She is an author, culinary enthusiast, and marketing expert. Her writing is fueled by a love of history and a passion for the food, language, and culture of Italy. She has taught classes in writing, creativity, and social media at GrubStreet, Harvard Extension School, and Boston University, among others. She resides in Boston.

The Flounder Cooking with Fernet Branca Appetite The Uncertain Hour: A Novel The Belly of Paris

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Best Books on the Black American Freedom Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s

I’m a legal historian, best-known for Bearing the Cross, my Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Martin Luther King, Jr., but I’ve also written the standard history of Roe v. Wade (Liberty and Sexuality) as well as books on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (Protest at Selma) and the FBI’s pursuit of Dr. King (The FBI and Martin Luther King, Jr.). I’ve been a top advisor for both the landmark PBS documentary series Eyes on the Prize and for the Library of America’s two-volume Reporting Civil Rights. More recently I’ve been featured in both the Academy Award-shortlisted documentary film MLK/FBI (Hulu) and in the Emmy Award-nominated documentary series Who Killed Malcolm X? (Netflix)

Simple Justice: The History of Brown V. Board of Education and Black America's Struggle for Equality Dividing Lines: Municipal Politics and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Montgomery, Birmingham, and Selma I've Got the Light of Freedom: The Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi Freedom Struggle Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention Family Properties: How the Struggle Over Race and Real Estate Transformed Chicago and Urban America

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The Best Books On Spies and Radicals

Seth Rosenfeld is an independent investigative journalist and author of the New York Times best-seller Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power. As a staff reporter for The San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle, he specialized in using public records and won national honors including the George Polk Award. Subversives, based on thousands of pages of FBI records released to him as a result of several Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, won the PEN Center USA’s Literary Award for Research Nonfiction Prize, the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sunshine Award, and other honors.

Last Second in Dallas Secrets: The CIA's War at Home Rebel Cinderella: From Rags to Riches to Radical, the Epic Journey of Rose Pastor Stokes Red Joan The Agitator: William Bailey and the First American Uprising Against Nazism

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The Best Books On Dream Interpretation

I am a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in ADHD. My passion for dreams overlaps with my interest in ADHD which is commonly associated with daydreaming. I have intensively studied dreams in courses, conferences, experiential dream groups, and in years-long therapy that focused only on dream interpretation. I have seen dreams offer insights and at times solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems in my client's lives and also in my own life. I am an author writing on ADHD, executive functioning, and depression including the books The Gift of Adult ADD and The Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning. Dreams can offer insights into all of these conditions suggesting perspectives and healing actions.

The History of Last Night's Dream: Discovering the Hidden Path to the Soul Dreams and Healing: A Succinct and Lively Interpretation of Dreams The Dreammaker's Apprentice: Using Heightened States of Consciousness to Interpret Dreams Dream Work: Techniques for Discovering the Creative Power in Dreams Knock Knock Dream Journal

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The Best Books About Human Relationships With Other Animals

Jean Halley is a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY). She earned her doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY, and her master’s degree in theology at Harvard University. Halley's book with the University of Georgia Press about girls who love horses, Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses, came out in 2019. She and her horse grew up in the Rocky Mountains. Today she lives in New York City.

When Species Meet Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Cultures Pets in America: A History The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets Made for Each Other: The Biology of the Human-Animal Bond

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