by Stephanie Clifford
In stores August 18, 2015
New Day, New You prize pack
Feel glamourous every day! One (1) winner receives:
· A copy of Everybody Rise
· plus a Dior addict make-up set.
One (1) winner receives:
· $100 Visa gift card
· Copy of The President’s Shadow
Giveaway open to US addresses only.
Prizing and samples provided by Grand Central Publishing.
Of the many issues facing modern liberal democracies, economic inequality, also known as the problem of the “wealth gap”, is undoubtedly one of the most challenging. Although many cite Western countries like the United States as “lands of opportunity”, that claim is becoming less credible when, as Oxfam reports, the world’s one percent are getting to the point where they hold more wealth than the remaining 99 percent combined. Such inequality might be productive for small, extremely moneyed classes, but for the overwhelming majority of the populous, such wealth disparity is a meaningful roadblock to class mobility.
It’s this vexing issue that Nobel Prize winning (2001) economist and Columbia University professor Joseph Stiglitz tackles in his newest volume, The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them. In the video below, Stiglitz visits the independent Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose to talk about his findings, and how, per the book’s title, we could go about remediating the problems of inequality.
There still is a year and a half to go before Michelle Obama bows out of the White House, but that hasn’t stopped writer and reporter Peter Slevin’s from writing a lengthy examination of the life of this fascinating woman. Michelle Obama: A Life traces the many aspects of Obama’s life, including her youth in Chicago, her time at Princeton University and Harvard’s law school, and her unique take on the role of the First Lady. Washington, D.C.‘s Politics and Prose hosts his reading, here.
When it was announced that a new novel by Harper Lee would be released this year, one that carries on the story of her classic work To Kill a Mockingbird, a wave of excitement erupted. Not long after that, however, some skepticism was raised. This had to do with a claim made by Lee’s sister, Alice, a lawyer who fiercely defended her sister’s estate, who said: “Harper can’t see and can’t hear and will sign anything put before her by anyone in whom she has confidence.” Because of this, many began speculating that the only reason the novel is being released now is that Alice passed away shortly ago, leaving Lee vulnerable to signing a potentially exploitative contract. Lee’s mental status is often referred to as “senile”, or at the very least seriously impaired.