Generation Unbound: Drifting Into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday September 27, 2014 11:06 am

Over half of all births to young adults in the United States now occur outside of marriage, and many are unplanned. The result is increased poverty and inequality for children. The left argues for more social support for unmarried parents; the right argues for a return to traditional marriage.

In Generation Unbound, Isabel V. Sawhill offers a third approach: change “drifters” into “planners.”


The Dandelion Insurrection – love and revolution (novel) – Book Salon Preview, Kit O’Connell Hosts

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 11:00 am

“In a time that looms around the corner of today, under a gathering storm of tyranny, Zadie Byrd Gray whirls into the life of small town reporter Charlie Rider and asks him to become the voice of the Dandelion Insurrection. With the rallying cry of life, liberty, and love, Zadie and Charlie fly across America leaving a wake of revolution in their path. “

Part of the Family?: Nannies, Housekeepers, Caregivers and the Battle for Domestic Workers’ Rights — Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 11:32 am

“Love and compassion are at the heart of domestic labor, yet historically, domestic workers have been rendered invisible—by society and in the eyes of the law. Mostly foreign-born women, these workers have been excluded from labor protections that workers in the rest of the economy take for granted. However, in the past decade, a growing movement has emerged calling for domestic workers to share in the same rights guaranteed other workers, which is likely to lead to one of the most critical and encompassing labor battles of the twenty-first century.”

No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes – Juan Cole hosts

By: Sunday June 22, 2014 10:01 am

“Told through the lives of three Afghans, the stunning tale of how the United States had triumph in sight in Afghanistan—and then brought the Taliban back from the dead. In a breathtaking chronicle, acclaimed journalist Anand Gopal traces in vivid detail the lives of three Afghans caught in America’s war on terror. He follows a Taliban commander, who rises from scrawny teenager to leading insurgent; a US-backed warlord, who uses the American military to gain personal wealth and power; and a village housewife trapped between the two sides, who discovers the devastating cost of neutrality.”

The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book – Book Salon Preview, hosted by emptywheel

By: Saturday June 21, 2014 11:09 am

“Drawing on newly declassified government files, this is the dramatic story of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a secret CIA weapon in the ideological battle between East and West.”

Win a Copy of Clark Stoeckley’s ‘United States vs. Private Chelsea Manning’ & Join Us for His Book Salon on Sunday

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 2:12 pm

The sketches drawn by Stoeckley were frequently used here at Firedoglake when I was at Fort Meade reporting on the court martial. Without them, just about every post would have been Manning’s military portrait.

We’re giving away a copy of the book. You can enter here:

Marriage Markets: How Inequality Is Remaking the American Family – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday May 17, 2014 11:30 am

here was a time when the phrase “American family” conjured up a single, specific image: a breadwinner dad, a homemaker mom, and their 2.5 kids living comfortable lives in a middle-class suburb. Today, that image has been shattered, due in part to skyrocketing divorce rates, single parenthood, and increased out-of-wedlock births. But whether it is conservatives bewailing the wages of moral decline and women’s liberation, or progressives celebrating the result of women’s greater freedom and changing sexual mores, most Americans fail to identify the root factor driving the changes: economic inequality that is remaking the American family along class lines.

Win a Copy of Thomas Piketty’s Book Capital in the 21st Century and Join Us for His Book Salon on Sunday at 5pm ET

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 12:30 pm

Thomas Piketty’s new book Capital in the 21st Century has been causing quite the stir lately, and we’re proud to be welcoming him on the FDL Book Salon this Sunday at 5pm ET, hosted by George “Knut” Grantham.

Please join us for what promises to be a lively discussion, and you can enter for a chance to win a copy of the book below. The winner will be announced at the book salon.

Win a Copy of Nomi Prins Book “All the President’s Bankers” and Join Us for Her Book Salon Today at 5pm ET

By: Saturday April 26, 2014 10:47 am

Nomi Prins is getting well-deserved rave reviews for her book All the President’s Bankers:  The Hidden Alliances that Drive American Power.  She’ll be here discussing it at the Firedoglake Book Salon tomorrow, April 26, at 5pm ET with guest host the ever wonderful Bill Black.

We’re giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader. In order to enter, just leave a comment in the comment section of this post. Voting will close at 4pm ET tomorrow, right before the book salon, and the winner will be announced at the salon.

Shock and Awe, Taser Drone Zaps Intern at #SXSW

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 7:18 pm

I love a good publicity stunt. At the South By Southwest festival (SXSW) festival, Chaotic Moon Studio used a drone to tase an intern.

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