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New Releases: #BlackLivesMatter, a WeWork Deep Dive, and More

Welcome to your new release nonfiction of the week!

Billion Dollar Loser: The Epic Rise and Spectacular Fall of Adam Neumann and WeWork by Reeves Wiederman

WeWork was founded in 2010 and is most recently known for its “gained mainstream media attention in 2019 with its failed IPO.” While “spectacular fall” of Neumann may be an overstatement (he was made to step down from the board, but he was paid $1.7 billion to do so and now gets a yearly salary of $46 million), this still looks pretty good.

Finding Latinx: In Search of the Voices Redefining Latino Identity by Paola Ramos

There are almost sixty million Latinos in the United States. In this travelogue, Ramos “embarks on a journey to find the communities of people defining the controversial term, ‘Latinx.'” She goes from New York to Texas to Milwaukee and looks at how Latinx “has given rise to a sense of collectivity and solidarity among Latinos unseen in this country for decades.”

Shit, Actually: The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema by Lindy West

You know what you need in these troubled times? Lindy West summarizing classic movies (…and Face/Off). This is West returning to her roots (have you read her Titanic review? because I wanted it framed). It’s hilarious and lighthearted and such a good escapist read.

The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart by Alicia Garza

Co-creator of the Black Lives Matter movement, this is Garza’s guide to building transformative movements. She examines how “making room amongst the woke for those who are still awakening can inspire and activate more people to fight for the world we all deserve.”

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