Lessons to Learn: Voices from the Front Lines of Teach for America, by Molly Ness, offers an in-depth look at the innovative national program that places young teachers in disadvantaged public school districts. The book includes interviews and essays from Teach For America corps members as well as a wide range of education experts, reflecting on the program’s successes and failures, the life lessons gathered along the way, and the broader challenges facing our nation’s public schools. (RoutledgeFalmer)
Author of four novels, editor of the new anthology Politically Inspired, and McSweeney’s poker columnist Stephen Elliott’s Looking Forward to It: An Inside Account From the Outside of the 2004 Presidential Election, a kaleidoscopic “new new journalism” look at the presidential race (part “on the bus” and part “in the car”), building on his campaign articles in The Believer and Newsday, to Josh Kendall at Picador USA/St. Martin’s Press.
Reason Magazine science correspondent Ron Bailey’s Liberation Biology: The Scientific and Moral Case for the Biotech Revolution, making the case that biogenetic research and the powerful new technologies it engenders should be encouraged and embraced, not feared and resisted, for the future well-being of humanity and our planet, to Steven Mitchell at Prometheus Books.
Investigative journalist Nena Baker’s The Body Toxic, the first comprehensive look at the toxins that permeate the environment and each of us – and what we can do about them – to Denise Oswald at North Point Press/Farrar, Straus & Giroux.