What We Are Reading Today: I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg

What We Are Reading Today: I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg
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Updated 18 November 2020

What We Are Reading Today: I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg

What We Are Reading Today: I’ll Be Seeing You by Elizabeth Berg

New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg tells the moving love story of caring for her parents in their final years in this beautifully written memoir.

I’ll Be Seeing You charts the passage from the anguish of loss to the understanding that even in the most fractious times, love can heal, transform, and lead to graceful — and grateful — acceptance. 

This is a touching story about the author as a caregiver to her aging parents. 

Berg has written “a bittersweet, often painful yet keenly observant accounting of her parents’ last years together. Her father became debilitated by dementia and her mother was his primary caretaker, while they moved from their home into a care facility ... There is much to learn here. It is a brave book,” said a review in goodreads.com. 

“This book is so insightful. Many of us will be both taking care of our children and our parents at the same time and possibly even grandparents. Berg’s thoughts and feelings are written beautifully and leave much to be thought about,” the review added.

Berg presents a very healthy and loving perspective.


What We Are Reading Today: Gangsters and Other Statesmen by Danilo Mandic

Updated 03 December 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Gangsters and Other Statesmen by Danilo Mandic

What We Are Reading Today: Gangsters and Other Statesmen by Danilo Mandic

Separatism has been on the rise across the world since the end of the Cold War, dividing countries through political strife, ethnic conflict, and civil war, and redrawing the political map. Gangsters and Other Statesmen examines the role transnational mafias play in the success and failure of separatist movements, challenging conventional wisdom about the interrelation of organized crime with peacebuilding, nationalism, and state making.

Danilo Mandic conducted fieldwork in the disputed territories of Kosovo and South Ossetia, talking to mobsters, separatists, and policymakers in war zones and along major smuggling routes. In this timely and provocative book, he demonstrates how globalized mafias shape the politics of borders in torn states, shedding critical light on an autonomous nonstate actor that has been largely sidelined by considerations of geopolitics, state-centered agency, and ethnonationalism. Blending extensive archival sleuthing and original ethnographic data with insights from sociology and other disciplines, Mandic argues that organized crime can be a fateful determinant of state capacity, separatist success, and ethnic conflict.

Putting mafias at the center of global processes of separatism and territorial consolidation, Gangsters and Other Statesmen raises vital questions and urges reconsideration of a host of separatist cases in West Africa, the Middle East, and East Europe.