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April 13th, 2024

 

On This Week's Front Table, meditate on a devotional to the planet, to animals, and to plants from renowned author Lydia Millet, explore what it means to take up a feminist ethic of living rooted in the principles of radical inclusion, mutuality and friendship, and then travel from plant breeding labs to the jungles of Peru to study the impact of trees on our planet. Also, look closely at stories about life changing moments from the acclaimed storytelling series, The Moth, and read genre defying poetry that is an ode to New York, flirting, eavesdropping, and remembering. Find these titles and more at ...

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April 5th, 2024

On this week's Front Table, explore the lives of uncommonly brave men and women--saints, philosophers, artists--who have used their own wounded or stigmatized bodies to challenge society's mores and entrenched power structures, examine hopeful solutions for just how we can come together in a common purpose for criminal justice and racial justice reform, and explore the magical threads that run through our daily lives. Also, throw yourself into a novel that plumbs mortality and how it changes everything, except possibly love, and dive into the history of one of the most significant films of the twentieth century, sparked by Chicago's Second...

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March 29th, 2024

On this week’s Front Table, explore the topic of affinities between conspiracy theory and critical theory; discover a propulsive page-turner about multiple electrifying relationships; ruminate on daughterhood, the intergenerational inheritance of gendered violence, mothering, and the body's cumulative wisdom. Also, discover the newly published biography of Warhol superstar and transgender icon Candy Darling. Find these titles and more at semcoop.com.



Some Strange Music Draws Me In: A Novel
(W.W. Norton) 
Griffin Hansbury 

Populated by a cast of...

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March 22nd, 2024

 On This Week's Front Table, journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility to unveil the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife; navigate the labyrinths of history, love, and ethics in a fractured American present; explore the astonishing science of bird life, an unexpected blueprint for muscular citizenship, powered by joy; and ask, when you have lived a life in flux, how do you find rest? Find these titles and more at semcoop.com.


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March 22nd, 2024


On This Week's Front Table, journey into underground parties, pulsating with life and limitless possibility to unveil the unexpected revolution revitalizing urban nightlife; navigate the labyrinths of history, love, and ethics in a fractured American present; explore the astonishing science of bird life, an unexpected blueprint for muscular citizenship, powered by joy; and ask, when you have lived a life in flux, how do you find rest?...

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March 15th, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, analyze the roles assigned to women and the ways that they've used puzzles to negotiate the constraints and play of desire; explode the conventions of biography, with its assumptions about who makes history and how; examine the big questions through the microscope of a shambolic human perspective; and considers the lines between illusion and delusion. Find these titles and more at semcoop.com.


The Riddles of the Sphinx: Inheriting the Feminist History of the Crossword Puzzle
(HarperOne) 
Anna Shechtman

The indisputable...

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March 8th, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, take an intimate look at the women who dared to challenge the hierarchical world of elite science, an illuminating and disturbing view of the workings of contemporary political discourse, and a lifetime's reflection given powerful literary shape in the refiner's fire by a master storyteller; dive into an electrifying page-turner and a masterful exploration of who and what will survive in a warming world; and loose...

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March 1st, 2024

On this week's Front Table, explore the place of women in history, their creativity, and the enduring power of Emily Dickinson's poetry. Delve into an action-theoretical account of the aesthetic, and an intimate foray onto the dancefloor that speaks to the heart of what it is that makes us move. Then an epic, heartbreaking, and deeply reported history of the disastrous humanitarian crisis at the southern border, told through the lives of the migrants. Immerse yourself in exhilarating lyric poems that chart the history of a family, and explore a debut novel that delves into the devastation of feeling invisible and the transformative power of being seen. Find these titles and more at semcoop.com...

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February 23rd, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, Mamma Andersson’s newest paintings blend our sense of the past, present, and future; explore an iconic writer’s memoir through two threads of personal narrative: the arc of her life, and her transition to a place of inner and outer alignment; and rhyming couplets and prose vignettes chronicle relationships. Then, a vital account of enslavement and escape on nineteenth-century Réunion, alphabetical diaries over a ten-year period, a study of the paradigms and platforms that leveraged Angela Davis into recognition as an activist and radical intellectual, and a groundbreaking reframing of reparations' past, present, and...

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February 16th, 2024

On This Week's Front Table, celebrate radical queer survival, learn about what may have been history's first pandemic which struck the Roman Empire, and find the levity within the stormiest of crises. Also, ensure a bright future by embracing the darkness, question if sanctions work in the way they should, and then dive into a fresh and intimate portrait of desire, consumption, and reckless abandon. Explore these titles and more at semcoop.com.



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