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The End of Normal

James K. Galbraith. Simon & Schuster, $26 (304p) ISBN 978-1-4516-4492-0

"Since the 2008 financial debacle, University of Texas economist Galbraith – yes, he is Kenneth's son, and, yes, he is a stand-out economist in his own right – has made something of a splash. Galbraith criticizes efforts to revitalize banks and at all costs get back to "normal" growth. He explains convincingly why 2008 was a "turning point"– the end of normal – and gives an extended, articulate account of flush postwar economic growth, locating its end in the 1970s. He reviews the millennial derivatives orgy and the banking system's response. Drawing a dark portrait of high unemployment and unsustainable debt, and predicting an increasingly unstable Europe, Galbraith makes it clear he is no friend of "austerity" or capitalism's status quo. Bankers' orthodoxies about debt and credit go forward based on what Galbraith sees as postwar anomalies and false...

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"[A]nd as this book shows, Hall—who sometimes puts his essays through more than 80 drafts—has not lost his touch. Laconic, witty, and lyrical, Hall is a master stylist... . [T]his work offers revealing insights into the human condition—and the grit and openness it requires." -- Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Emory University professor Ben Reiss's THOREAU'S BED: How Sleep Became a Problem in the Modern World, combining cultural history, literature, science and psychology to investigate the origins and the future of our present obsession with getting the perfect night's sleep, to Alison MacKeen at Basic, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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Challis Professor of American History at University of Sydney Shane White's THE PRINCE OF DARKNESS: Wall Street's First Black Millionaire, the story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, who in the middle of the nineteenth century was a well-known, swashbuckling figure on Wall Street and Cornelius Vanderbilt's arch rival; reportedly the richest colored man in the United States, he possessed a fortune of two million dollars, or in excess of two hundred and fifty million dollars in today's currency, to Elisabeth Dyssegaard at Palgrave, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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A Committee of NEIBA member booksellers chose five finalists in each category.

FICTION Shortlist:

Cambridge by Susanna Kaysen

Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

Euphoria by Lily King

The Kept by James Scott

Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

NON-FICTION Shortlist:

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

Love & Fury by Richard Hoffman

Mud Season by Ellen Stimson

Pigs Can't Swim by Helen Peppe

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Publishers Weekly, Jun 09, 2014

After a decade in Boston, the Strothman Agency will be moving its headquarters to New York on July 1. Founder Wendy Strothman said that with the concentration of publishers in New York, the agency's clients will "benefit from [its] increased visibility there." Strothman's colleague, Lauren MacLeod, will continue to operate out of Nashville, Tenn.

Strothman served as publisher for both Boston-based Beacon Press and the trade and reference books division of Houghton Mifflin.

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Comedians Tyler Gillespie and Claire Meyer's THE AWKARD PHASE, a collection of triumphant stories by awkward kids all grown up ready to claim their identities rather than disown them, based on the popular Chicago-based live show and the Tumblr of the same name , to Holly Rubino at Skyhorse, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).

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Editor of Words in Air: The Complete Correspondence Between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell Thomas Travisano's LOVE UNKNOWN: The Life and Worlds of Elizabeth Bishop, the story of a woman who lived a singular and adventurous life and who created a magnificent body of poetry, prose and correspondence, to Kathryn Court at Viking, in a good deal, at auction, by Wendy Strothman of The Strothman Agency (World English).

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James Scott's HUBRIS: General Douglas MacArthur and the Sack of Manila, about the near total destruction of "the Pearl of the Orient" in early 1945 and the slaughter of some 100,000 Filipino civilians at the hands of the Japanese, marking one of the deadliest urban battles of World War II, to John Glusman at Norton, for publication in April 2017, by Wendy Strothman at The Strothman Agency (World English).

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SUNDAY BOOK REVIEW, New York Times

The Price of Slavery
‘The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,’ by David Brion Davis
By BRENDA WINEAPPL EMARCH 28, 2014

"In 1862, when Nathaniel Hawthorne headed south from New England to see the Civil War firsthand, he came upon a group of former slaves trudging northward. “They seemed a kind of creature by themselves, not altogether human,” he wrote, “but perhaps quite as good, and akin to the fauns and rustic deities of olden times.” “Whoever may be benefited by the results of this war,” he added, “it will not be the present generation of negroes.”

Hawthorne’s stunning comparison of real men and women to half-human creatures, even if kindly intended, gets to the heart of David Brion Davis’s “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation,” the richly textured final volume in his exceptional trilogy about slavery in the Western Hemisphere. “I have long interpreted the problem of...

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