14 Of The Most Anticipated Books For Fall, According To Goodreads Members
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Here’s a reason to treat yo’ shelves.
It’s almost the season for curling up in front of a toasty fire with a good book. But if you’re lacking in books for your fall 2019 reading list, this news should tickle your spine: The literary experts at Goodreads shared with HuffPost their guide to 2019’s most anticipated books for fall, and it has given us some novel inspiration.
Each month, the 90 million members of Goodreads add more than 18 million books to their “Want To Read” shelves. Goodreads determines its most-anticipated lists by tallying how many members mark a book “To Read.”
Calvin Tyler, who left Morgan State University, a historically Black college, in 1963, worked his way up to become a UPS board member Calvin Tyler and his wife Tina sign the $20m pledge to students at Morgan State in Baltimore. The gift is the largest ever private donation from a former student. Photograph: Paul "P A." Greene/AP A man who dropped out of college because he couldn’t afford tuition costs and became a UPS driver has pledged $20m in scholarships to his former university nearly 60 years on. Calvin Tyler was the first in his family to go to college when he enrolled at Morgan State University, a historically Black college, in Baltimore, Maryland in 1961, but had to leave two years later due to lack of funding.He worked his way up at UPS from a driver to become senior vice-president of US operations and a board member before retiring in 1998. The gift, from Calvin and his wife Tina, is the largest ever private donation to the university from a former student. They started the Calvin and Tina Tyler Endowed Scholarship Fund at the university in 2002 to pay for full-tuition scholarships for students in Baltimore. In 2016 they pledged $5m, which was then the largest gift of its kind to the university. But following the pandemic, they decided to quadruple their pledge and expand it to students from across the US. Tyler said: “My wife and I have become keenly aware of the effect that the pandemic has had on a number of young people trying to get an education and we have the resources to help a lot of young people. “This is why we are increasing our commitment at Morgan. We want to have more full tuition scholarships offered to young people so that they can graduate from college and enter the next stage of their life debt free.” The university said that 90% of its students receive financial aid. So far, the Tylers’ fund has supported 222 students through 46 full-tuition and 176 partial scholarships. David Wilson, president of Morgan State University, said the donation will help “generations of aspiring leaders whose financial shortfalls may have kept them from realizing their academic dreams.” He added: “The Tylers’ generosity over the years, culminating with this transformative commitment, is a remarkable example of altruism with great purpose. We are forever indebted to the Tylers.”
The town meeting, for centuries, was a staple of New England life — but the coronavirus pandemic could accelerate the departure from the tradition where people gather to debate everything from the purchase of local road equipment to multimillion-dollar budgets to pressing social issues. The basis of the town meeting is to bring everyone together in the same room — sometimes a literal town hall, sometimes a school gymnasium — where voters will hash out local issues until a decision is made. Others are using pre-printed ballots to decide issues, forgoing the daylong debate altogether.
New York City's Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday he will step down, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. Carranza, who has spent three years on the job, briefly choked back tears at a news conference as he announced his decision to step down. This story has been corrected to update that Carranza has spent about three years on the job, not one year.
Internet freedom advocates on Friday warned new Indian social media regulations could pose a threat to freedom of expression, after New Delhi announced plans for tough new rules that could force platforms to remove content it deems objectionable.
As a musician, Nicky Jam has received accolades including a Latin Grammy and a Billboard Music Award, but nothing would make the reggaeton star happier than having a star with his name in the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s something he considers plausible now that he’s been developing his incipient acting career in Hollywood, where he has appeared in big productions like “xXx: Return of Xander Cage” and “Bad Boys for Life.” Bigger than an Oscar, bigger than a Grammy, bigger that anything, cause my children, my grandchildren, could walk over the streets and see my name on the floor of Hollywood.
Photo Illustration: Scouted/The Daily Beast/LunyaMy focus these days, especially when it comes to the clothing I wear day in and day out, was to be pickier about what I put on my body. I’m no longer in the mood to put up with bralettes that roll up or pinch or underwear that rides up or disintegrates after one wash. The newest items to pass my test come from Lunya’s super-soft seamless, supportive modal collection, of which I’d like every single piece.Buy on Lunya, $58Buy on Lunya, $48Buy on Lunya, $48I got a chance to try some out thanks to the brand and when I say that I look forward to wearing each piece, I mean it. The seamless modal construction is extremely soft and cool to the touch. It feels more like a second skin than undergarments. I opted to try the Seamless Racer Bralette, the Seamless Brief, and the Seamless Boyshort, all in the white/tan combination. I was most excited about trying the bralette as I have similarly-shaped tops that I like to wear as shirts in the summer. With the lowkey branding and supportive material, it is easily one of my favorites (I may have to splurge and get it in black, too). It’s thick enough that even in the white color, I could get away with wearing it once it’s warm out. The seamless design is even more important in the boyshort and brief, so there’s no bunching or pinching at the waist band or inseam. It’s all comfort, all the time.What Lunya excels at, that I have not found in other loungewear brands, is their excellence in simplicity. Nothing that they produce feels overworked or superfluous and the seamless collection is no different.From things that are worth spending a little more on to products you never realized you needed, The Case For reviews make compelling arguments for products that’ll upgrade your life.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
Trump targeted officials for launching war crimes investigations, as reports say Israel is lobbying to keep sanctions in place Biden in the Roosevelt Room on Tuesday with Kamala Harris, secretary of state Tony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan and Juan Gonzalez of the NSC. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP The Biden administration is facing growing criticism for failing to lift US sanctions imposed last year on war crimes prosecutors at the international criminal court, at the same time Israel is lobbying to keep the punitive measures in place. The sanctions, targeting officials in the ICC prosecutors and their families were imposed by the Trump administration in September in retaliation for launching investigations into the Afghan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts. Days after Joe Biden was inaugurated, the state department said that, though the new administration did not agree with the decision to launch those investigations, “the sanctions will be thoroughly reviewed as we determine our next steps”. Over a month later, there has been no move to lift the sanctions, and a state department spokesperson said this week they had no further comment. The failure to take action has provoked unease among US allies in Europe and elsewhere, who are staunch supporters of the ICC. According to Axios reporting confirmed by the Guardian, Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu lobbied Biden on 17 February, in their first phone call since the new president was inaugurated, to keep the sanctions in place. An official familiar with the conversation confirmed the report. In December, the ICC prosecutor declared there were grounds to open an investigation in the West Bank and Gaza, and a panel of judges earlier this month agreed that the prosecutor had jurisdiction. Like the US, Israel is not a signatory to the Rome treaty establishing the ICC, but Afghanistan and the Palestinian Authority are. The Israeli embassy in Washington did not respond to a request for comment. The Trump administration did not just sanction ICC officials involved in the investigation of alleged war crimes by the US and its allies, it also imposed visa restrictions on the families of those officials. It also claimed it would launch a counter-investigation into the ICC for alleged corruption, though it is unclear whether such an investigation was ever launched. The justice department did not respond to an inquiry on the status of the investigation. Legal sources said the continuing threat of sanctions has had the effect of seriously hindering investigations into atrocities by all sides in Afghanistan, the West Bank and Gaza, because lawyers and institutions have been reticent in cooperating with the ICC out of fear of bringing US sanctions on themselves. Earlier this month, more than 70 human rights organisations, faith-based groups and academic institutions made an appeal for the lifting of sanctions they described as “an unprecedented attack on the court’s mandate to deliver justice and the rule of law globally, an abuse of the US government’s financial powers, and a betrayal of the US legacy in establishing institutions of international justice”. Diplomats and experts predicted that the Biden administration would eventually lift the sanctions, but was seeking a way to do so without seeming to endorse the ICC investigations in Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories. “The US relationship with the ICC is in a much more complicated place than it was when the Obama administration took over,” said David Bosco, author of a book on the ICC, called Rough Justice. “The ICC now has an investigation underway in Afghanistan that includes scrutiny of US personnel and of course the judges just made clear that the prosecutor can investigate in Palestine.” Bosco added: “In this environment, figuring out how the US should approach the court is really tricky, and I think the administration has decided they need to assess all approaches before pulling off the sanctions.”
The White House says it "respects" the Senate parliamentarian's decision that a $15 per hour minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats' COVID-19 relief package — but not everyone on the left feels quite the same way. Some progressives are pushing to overrule Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, who on Thursday ruled the minimum wage increase can't be included in Democrats' coronavirus relief package under budget reconciliation. As Politico writes, some Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2017 called on the vice president to "ignore the merely 'advisory' opinions of the parliamentarian and decide for himself what policies were kosher under reconciliation," and some progressives are now pushing for that step. "The White House and Senate leadership can and should still include the minimum wage increase in the bill," Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Congressional Progressive Caucus chair, said. "We can't allow the advisory opinion of the unelected parliamentarian to stand in the way." Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) also told The Washington Post, "The progressive base understands that Vice President Harris can disregard the parliamentarian," adding, "This simply comes down to whether the VP will choose to include the $15 or not." Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), meanwhile, pushed for replacing the Senate parliamentarian, writing, "What's a Democratic majority if we can't pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable." But Politico writes that essentially "everyone to the right of the Squad" is opposed to that move. White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain has said that "we're going to honor the rules of the Senate and work within that system to get this bill passed," and on Thursday, the White House said President Biden is "disappointed" in this outcome but "respects the parliamentarian's decision and the Senate's process." Overruling the parliamentarian would be a "long shot," the Post writes, noting that the White House is opposed and that "it's unlikely that all 50 Senate Democrats would stand united on this even if it got on board." More stories from theweek.comJournalist Tim O'Brien, who's seen Trump's taxes, thinks Trump's accountant will now flip in D.A. inquiryDemocrats should take the Romney-Cotton proposal seriouslyHusband of Hitler-quoting GOP congresswoman parked his militia-stickered truck outside Capitol Jan. 6