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November 30th, 2020

The Idealist: Wendell Willkie’s Wartime Quest to Build One World tells the unlikely story of America’s international coming of age during an earlier time of global crisis. The book reveals that history through the tale of Wendell Willkie, the Indiana Republican who lost the 1940 election to Franklin...

November 19th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, explore legal and rights-based approaches to contemporary dilemmas, from a redemption of the administrative state and a vindication of the rights of pregnant women, to a new declaration of the Rights of Nature. Browse anytime at semcoop.com.


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November 12th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, consider globalization, its consequences and its limits: find a history of American isolationism, from George Washington to the present; an argument for globalization that takes on critiques from both the Left and Right; a new political interpretation of Werner Herzog's international films; an account and defense of liberal internationalism as a mode of safeguarding democracy; a peek into the increasingly global yet steadfastly closed off world of contemporary art; and more. Browse anytime at semcoop.com.



Conditional Citizens (Pantheon Books)
Laila Lalami

What does it mean to be American? In this starkly illuminating and impassioned book, Pulitzer Prize­­–finalist Laila Lalami recounts...

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November 10th, 2020

Our friends at AlLBERTINE are hosting their annual Albertine Prize. The Albertine Prize, presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, recognizes American readers’ favorite work of contemporary Francophone fiction that has been translated into English and published in the US within the preceding calendar year. Vote here for your favorite of the five finalists, and be entered to win a set of all five nominated titles in English!

The nominated...

November 6th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, find explorations of the limits and liberatory possibilities of the law: an examination of "Jewish law" as philosophical praxis; a reckoning with the United States government's history of fascist policies; a renowned legal scholar's study of forgiveness in the administration of law; and more. Browse anytime at semcoop.com.


Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime (Viking)
Jennifer Taub

There is an elite crime spree happening in America, and the privileged perps are getting away with it. Selling loose cigarettes on a city sidewalk can lead to a choke-hold arrest, and death, if you are not among the top 1%. But if...

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October 30th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, find intersections of science and politics with an exploration of the ecological possibilities and ethical challenges of de-extinction, an account of the historical vicissitudes of psychedelic medicine, a collection of essays on disaster culture and climate anxiety...

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October 22nd, 2020

On our Front Table this week, find perspectives on the challenges of citizenship, from an exploration of the role of school curricula in constituting an informed electorate, to the long legal and political history of deportation in the United States. Browse anytime at...

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October 7th, 2020
 

On our Fiction and Poetry Front Table, find new collections from renowned authors, new chapbooks from emerging poets, and new literary responses to environmental crisis. Browse anytime at ...

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October 5th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, explore the many meanings of freedom with reflections on the struggle against...

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September 30th, 2020

On our Front Table this week, find political transformations past and present: an analysis of the rise of right-wing violence in the United States; ancient warnings about the dangers of demagogues; an inquiry into the impact of Reformation ideas; a history of the abolition-era development of ethical commerce; reflections on the internalization of capitalist imperatives; and an argument on the corporate co-optation of free speech. Browse anytime at...

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