The Citizen Recommends: Tattoo Monologues

A new book from a Philly health care worker features 29 local women with tattoos that tell their stories of trauma, healing and resilience.

By Emily Neil

The Citizen Recommends: We Are Not Like Them

Jo Piazza and Christine Pride’s new Philly-based novel is about a cross-racial friendship tested by the police shooting of a young Black teen. But really, it’s a way to start the hard conversations we need to have

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

What We Can Learn from the Fight for Marriage Equality

At last week’s Citizen Speaks event, in partnership with Fitler Club and NBCUniversal, Sasha Issenberg discussed his new book, The Engagement, which recounts the fight for same-sex marriage in the United States.

By Jeffrey Fishman

Mystery Shopper: Requesting a New Book at the Free Library

If there's a book you want that's not part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s collection, will they add it to the catalogue? In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper series, one of The Citizen’s (many) resident bookworms finds out.

Excerpt: The Engagement by Sasha Issenberg

The author of a new history of same-sex marriage joins The Citizen for an event next Tuesday. Here, an excerpt from the the highly acclaimed book.

Using Your Voice Against You

In his new book, Penn professor Joseph Turow warns about a growing smart tech industry determined to use our voices in ways that should alarm us. It’s not too late to take back control.

By Sarah Jordan

“The Narrow Path That We’re Walking”

A historian’s look at the 1844 riots, policing and nativism in Philly reminds us that this democracy has always been fractured, fragile—and worth protecting

By Thomas Koenig

Giving a Face to Gun Violence

Five reasons why you should read An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago, by Alex Kotlowitz, after watching The Citizen’s most recent virtual event

By Jeffrey Fishman