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Mohammad Bey is the patriarch of the wealthy Abuzeid family and his two wives—a young, modern Egyptian and an older, traditional Sudanese woman—embody the tensions of the day as they wage battle over Read More »

Even Silence Has an End

In 2002, former Colombian senator Ingrid Betancourt was kidnapped on the campaign trail by the rebel group FARC and Read More »

The Generosity Plan

The word “philanthropist” calls to mind a barrage of images—elite, wealthy, seasoned, powerful. But in her first book, The Generosity Plan, activist and self-proclaimed generosity adviser Kathy LeMay calls for a revitalization of the way we think about giving. Read More »

Goddess Shift

This jam-packed volume features inspiration from some of the world’s most influential women. Read More »

Field Notes on Democracy: Listening to Grasshoppers

Arundhati Roy turns a critical eye on the fairytale of Indian democracy. In Field Notes on Democracy, she looks at several significant moments in India’s recent history. Read More »

The Thing Around Your Neck

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie follows up her acclaimed novel Half a Yellow Sun with this bold short-story collection. Read More »

A Woman Among Warlords

Malalai Joya’s story could have easily ended as a quick headline about Afghanistan’s promising young parliamentarian, a symbol of budding freedom and women’s progress. In A Woman Among Warlords, Malalai Joya tells her version of the story, which is not so neatly packaged. Read More »

A Thousand Sisters: My Journey into the Worst Place on Earth to Be a Woman

Just before her 30th birthday, Lisa Shannon was living a “normal” American life. Victorian bungalow, successful business, perfect fiancé. Read More »

The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

In her powerful new memoir, The Blue Sweater, Acumen Fund founder Jacqueline Novogratz reflects on her personal fight against global poverty and the future of sustainable philanthropy. Read More »

Burnt Shadows

Pakistani writer Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, Burnt Shadows, is an epic story of new beginnings. It opens in 1945 when Hiroko Tanaka, a young Japanese woman, and Konrad Weiss, a German man, fall in love and plan to marry. But their plans are obliterated in an instant when Konrad is killed in the bombing of Nagasaki. Read More »

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