New books?  Why buy them all?

My preferred practice is to ask the public library to order it and give me the first read.  Right now I live in Arlington Heights which has a fine library, always pleased to make this happen.

My next library request will be Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco, in the style of Art Spiegelman’s graphic art Maus; here’s Philipp Meyer’s New York Times review.  DDDR shows ‘daily life in four centers of 21st-century American poverty’: Camden NJ, Pine Ridge Reservation, West Virginia coal mines, and human slavery in Florida tomato fields.

It looks good, looks to ring true with what I’ve seen in America’s abandoned postindustrial, posturban places.  A worthy acquisition for a well-used library.

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