Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable, and What We Can Do About It BY MARC GOODMAN
Welcome to the brave new world of criminal technology, where robbers have been replaced by hackers1
and victims include all of us on the Web.
Goodman, a former beat cop who founded the Future Crimes Institute, wrote his book to shed light on the latest in criminal and terrorist tradecraft and to kick off a discussion. He presents myriad2
A Little Life BY Hanya Yanagihara
Hanya Yanagihara's novel, which was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction, illuminates3
human suffering pushed to its limits, drawn4
in extraordinary, eloquent5
quickly concentrates on Jude, an orphan7
with a mysterious past. Jude's desire to maintain a veneer8
of control, despite being haunted by sexual and psychological abuse, creates the book's major drama.
Through her decade-by-decade examination of these people's lives, Yanagihara draws a deeply realized character study that inspires as much as devastates9
Negroland: A memoir10 BY MARGO JEFFERSON
Margo Jefferson was an African American girl from a good family that had money, connections and expectations of excellence11
She was (mostly) protected from the sting of racism12
and its pernicious hacking13
away at self-esteem, opportunity and hope. But her armor was thin, and over the years she has nursed her discomfort14
with being a child of privilege.
Purity BY JONATHAN FRANZEN
The book traces the unlikely rise of a poor, fatherless child named Pip. At least partially19
to escape her mother's neediness20
, Pip accepts an internship21
with a rogue22
Web site in the jungles of Bolivia that exposes the nasty secrets of corporations and nations.
Franzen writes with perfectly26
. From its tossed-off observations to its thoughtful reflections on nuclear weapons and the moral compromises of journalism28
, this novel offers a constantly provocative29
series of insights.
Welcome to Braggsville BY T.GERONIMO JOHNSON
D'aron Little May Davenport, a polite white teen from Braggsville, Ga., arrives at University of California at Berkeley as if he's a Southern-fried Candide.
The whole novel turns on a moment in one of his history classes . A too clever, incredibly offensive, potentially disastrous30
plan is born: D'aron and three friends travel back to Braggsville and stage a mock lynching, "a performative intervention31