New Material from APB Speakers

Whether you plan on escaping this winter’s dreary weather by hibernating for the next few months or by vacationing in Zanzibar, your long wait till spring can fortunately be livened up with new reading and viewing material by such APB speakers as Robin Karr-Morse, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Raj Patel, James McBride, Matthew Pearl, Anthony Shadid, A.J. Jacobs, and Bay Buchanan. The following briefly describe some of our favorite recently released and upcoming books and films:
Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Traume in Adult Disease, by Robin Karr-Morse
Childhood development speaker Robin Karr-Morse discusses the repercussions of chronic fear in infants—when humans are at our most helpless—into adulthood, and how these may trigger common diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression in adults. She deftly exposes the importance of preventing excess stress in infants in an account that may help us improve the well being of future generations.
To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, by Charlayne Hunter-Gault
A retrospective of award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault’s involvement with the Civil Rights Movement, this enlightening book begins with the author’s efforts to integrate the University of Georgia as one of two black students there, and culminates with her attending Barack Obama’s inauguration as president. With clarity and candor, diversity speaker Charlayne Hunter-Gault exposes an integral piece of American history, providing photographic evidence and original articles from The New York Times along the way.
Payback, a film by Jennifer Baichwal featuring Raj Patel
Journalist and food policy expert Raj Patel appears in Payback, a documentary film directed by Jennifer Baichwal loosely based on a novel by Margaret Atwood. The film discusses the various shapes “debt” assumes—from the “ecological debt” human beings owe the Earth to the “psychic debt” present in any feeling of revenge. The film suggests that debt is a mental construct that affects all human endeavors, from our relationships to the fate of the planet. Patel weighs in with a sharp critique of capitalism, offering a thought-provoking take on the economic imbalance in our society.
Red Hook Summer, a film by Spike Lee, co-written by James McBride
Author and APB speaker James McBride co-wrote Spike Lee’s new film, Red Hook Summer, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. A coming-of-age story about a young black boy who spends a summer with his grandfather, the film probes issues such as race, neighborhood gentrification, impotent police, and the ravaging effects of drugs and gang violence on the African American community.
The Technologists, by Matthew Pearl (Publication Date: February 21)
In a historical thriller set in 19th-century Boston, best-selling author and keynote speaker Matthew Pearl pits the past against the present and tradition against technology. When a series of inexplicable catastrophes threaten to destroy the city, it’s up to a band of MIT students to uncover the reason why chaos has been unleashed, and to save Boston. Pearl’s novel promises to be a thrilling and engaging read.
House of Stone: A Memoir of Home, Family, and a Lost Middle East, by Anthony Shadid (Publication Date: March 27)
Pulitzer prize-winning correspondent Anthony Shadid, who was one of four New York Times reporters captured in Libya in 2011, recounts returning to his grandfather’s home after he was freed. In this extraordinary account, journalist and prominent Middle East speaker Shadid meditates on the nature of “home” as he attempts to find his place in his grandfather’s estate, a place haunted by memories of a lost era when the Middle East was known for its grace and grandeur.
Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection, by A.J. Jacobs (Publication Date: April 10)
Keynote speaker A.J. Jacobs, who brought us the side-splitting The Year of Living Biblically, returns with a new mission: to become the healthiest man alive. With characteristic wit, Jacobs describes the innumerable diets and exercise regimens he religiously followed for two years, exposing the often ridiculous nature of these so-called health-plans.
Bay and her Boys: Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a (Single) Mom, by Bay Buchanan (Publication Date: May 12)
Political analyst, former US Treasurer, and keynote speaker Bay Buchanan may be known for her political career, but she reveals a more private facet in this new book. In Bay and her Boys: Unexpected Lessons I Learned as a (Single) Mom, she shares her experience raising three young boys as a single mom.

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