Since Alexis de Tocqueville's seminal work on American democracy, no one has attempted to diagnose the current state of democracy in the United States. Democracy in America (Authorhouse, $25.20) is a modest attempt to do such an update, based on both democratic theory and the author's actual practice in governing Miami for three terms. Xavier Suarez reports from his perspective as an immigrant, but also from the perspective of a trial lawyer, college professor and politician with half a century of being fully immersed in the American experience.
Under the Yarmulke: Tales of Faith, Fun and Football (Chai Books, $15) isan inspiring and touching collection of stories, lessons and jokes by world-renown rabbi and global leader of interfaith relations, Rabbi Solomon Schiff. In this long-awaited memoir, Sol Schiff recaptures his remarkable journey from local cantor in a Bronx Synagogue to internationally recognized rabbi, whose devotion to community service and interfaith relations has made him a beacon of inspiration for millions of all faiths. He has shared thoughts with five American presidents, three Israeli Prime Ministers, two Popes and the Dalai Lama, along the way collecting a treasure chest of memories.
Harriet Hubbard Ayer established Récamier Preparations, Inc. in 1883, the earliest cosmetic company owned and operated by a woman. First with her creams and balms and then with her words about women’s health and beauty, she influenced several generations of women to look and feel good about themselves. After being committed to an insane asylum, this former Chicago socialite reinvented herself as the highest paid newspaperwoman in the United States, editing the women’s pages of Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. In Dispensing Beauty in New York & Beyond (History Press, $21.99), Annette Blaugrund presents Harriet’s story as never before heard.