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Books that Move Us

  • Palaces for the People

    Palaces for the People

    Written by Eric Klinenberg

    This is of great interest on many levels especially as we look forward to building our new music center.

    Synopsis

    We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.

     Zoom Release
    February 1, 2021

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    Picked by Christopher Schnell, Assistant Principal Cello
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  • Word by Word

    Word by Word the Secret Life of Dictionaries

    Written by Kory Stamper

    [Stamper’s] very humorous explanations of her passionate, deep work as a lexicographer remind me very much of our study and practice as classical musicians. Fellow word nerds will love this book!

    Synopsis

    With wit and irreverence, lexicographer Kory Stamper cracks open the obsessive world of dictionary writing, from the agonizing decisions about what to define and how to do it to the knotty questions of ever-changing word usage. Filled with fun facts—for example, the first documented usage of “OMG” was in a letter to Winston Churchill—and Stamper’s own stories from the linguistic front lines (including how she became America’s foremost “irregardless” apologist, despite loathing the word), Word by Word is an endlessly entertaining look at the wonderful complexities and eccentricities of the English language.

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