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Still wondering what happened in the US election? Distinguished sociologist Arlie Hochschild (The Second Shift; Emotional Labour) spent 5 years researching the Tea Party movement when she became ‘alarmed at the increasingly hostile split in [the US] nation’ between the two main political parties. Taking their concerns seriously and with empathy, Hochschild explores what she calls the Great Paradox: why do people on the conservative right who need the help of federal government most, despise it so much? The result is Strangers in Their Own Land, nominated for a National Book Award and now on the NYT bestseller list. You can pick one up here. And while you’re over at Amazon, do you have a budding sociologist in your family? If so, be sure to check out Coleen the Question Girl, a children’s book which Hochschild wrote in 1973 when her first son was young. It was one of the first titles published by the Feminist Press. Featuring the protagonist Coleen, who questions inequality in her hometown, the story is light-hearted and whimsical. Andrea Francke and I worked with Hochschild over the past year to update and revise the text and commission new illustrations in this 2016 edition which we have recently published. Our updated Coleen is still asking questions, and still trying to make the world a better place. Available in paperback on Amazon and in hardcopy on Blurb. Happy reading.