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Thurgood Marshall in His Own Words
Edited by Cathy Cambron
A courageous and brilliant lawyer and jurist, Thurgood Marshall won the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, ending legal racial segregation in America—a significant step in the continuing struggle of Black Americans for equal treatment in their own country. In 1967, Marshall became the first Black Supreme Court justice, and he continues to inspire us decades after his death.

This accessible collection of Marshall’s own words spans his entire career, from his fearless advocacy with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in the 1940s and 1950s, to his arguments as the first Black solicitor general under LBJ and his Supreme Court opinions and dissents. Introductions to the writings provide historical and legal context.

A Memoir
Malachy McCourt
In this bestselling memoir, Malachy recounts his flight from a childhood of poverty in Limerick, Ireland, heading for the promise of America.

He arrived in a fast-moving 1950s New York—a dark, glittering city, with a saloon on every corner and a new story to embellish every night. Larger than life, McCourt carved out a place for himself: in the saloons, as the first celebrity bartender; on stage, performing the works of James Joyce and Brendan Behan; and on television, where the tales he spun made him a Tonight Show regular.

Darkly funny, shockingly raw, and everywhere making the English language do tricks the British never intended, Malachy McCourt, a true original, tells his story with passion, wit, irreverence, and charm.

New York PI Giacomo Berg and missing-persons expert Bonita Boyd desperately search for old friend Peter Proust before he disappears from the face of the earth. Their quest leads deep into the vulnerable underbelly of America, populated by survivalists, untethered hippies, people fearing falling space debris, and chemical plant poisoning. Their tortuous search is mirrored by the meandering relationship between Berg and Boyd as they navigate the swamps, deserts, and mountains of the Southwest.
Reviews, Rants, and Commentary, 2011-2018
William O'Rourke

This new collection is O’Rourke’s third volume of a diverse mixture of long and short articles and it extends his reputation as a brilliant social historian and curmudgeonly contrarian. More political than his previous two volumes (Signs of the Literary Times, 1993; Confessions of a Guilty Freelancer, 2012), it additionally serves as an illuminating memoir of his literary generation. These provocative pieces analyze the contemporary turbulent period, from the Obama years to the dawn of the Trump era.