Black Holocaust for Beginners - (For Beginners (For Beginners)) by S E Anderson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 184Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SlaverySeries Title: For Beginners (For Beginners)Format: PaperbackPublisher: For BeginnersAge Range: AdultAuthor: S E AndersonLanguage: English Book Synopsis Virtually anyone, anywhere knows that six million Jewish human beings were killed in the Jewish Holocaust. But how many African human beings were killed in the Black Holocaust - from the start of the European slave trade (c. 1500) to the Civil War (1865)? And how many were enslaved? The Black Holocaust, a travesty that killed millions of African human beings, is the most underreported major event in world history. A major economic event for Europe and Asia, a near fatal event for Africa, the seminal event in the history of every African American - if not every American! - and most of us cannot answer the simplest question about it. Here is a sample of what you will get from the painstakingly researched, painfully honest The Black Holocaust For Beginners: The total number of slaves imported is not known. It is estimated that nearly 900,000 came to America in the 16th Century, 2.75 million in the 17th Century, 7 million in the 18th, and over 4 million in the 19th - perhaps 15 million in total. Probably every slave imported represented, on average, five corpses in Africa or on the high seas. The American slave trade, therefore, meant the elimination of at least 60 million Africans from their fatherland.The Black Holocaust For Beginners - part indisputably documented chronicle, part passionately engaging narrative, puts the tragic event in plain sight where it belongs! The long overdue book answers all of your questions, sensitively and in great depth. About the Author S.E. Anderson, a veteran actiovist/educator, has been in the Black Liberation Movement on many levels. He is not only a mathematics professor, a Senior Editor (NOBO: Journal of African Dialogue), a founding member of the Network of Black Organizers and of The African Heritage Studies Association but also an essayist on a variety of topics related to black culture and liberation as well as science and technology. His political and cultural activism in his native New York City ranges from helping to fund the New York City Algebra Project to being a founding member of the New York City Coalition For Excellence In Black Education.As a young activist, Anderson was a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and helped found the Black Panther Party in Harlem in 1966. He has been active in the African Liberation Support Movement since 1964 and participated in the historic Black student/community struggle against Columbia University's encroachment into Harlem in 1968. Ironically, almost twenty years later, he became a Columbia University Revson Fellow (1986-7). In addition, he has taught mathematics, science, and Black Studies at Queens College...Anderson became one of the first Black Studies Chairs, when in 1969 he accepted the challenge at Sarah Lawrence College to create a department that included mathematics and the natural sciences as part of a Black Studies Curriculum.
Walking Words - by Eduardo Galeano (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 330Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Folklore & MythologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: W. W. Norton & CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: Eduardo GaleanoLanguage: English About the Book The author of Memory of Fire presents a brilliant feat of storytelling inspired by the folklore of rural and urban Latin America. Beautifully illustrated by Brazilian woodcut artist Jose Francisco Borges, these tales are testaments to the power of stories to make and remake and enchant the world. Featured on National Public Radio. Book Synopsis In Walking Words world-renowned author Eduardo Galeano draws on the folklore of rural and urban Latin America to discover and retell the stories of ghouls and fools that Id like to write. These tales are beautifully illustrated by his collaborator, the Brazilian woodcut artist José Francisco Borges, and become testaments to the power of stories to make and remake and enchant the world. Review Quotes Anyone with a liking for fables, aphorisms, myths, fairy tales, philosophical parables, childrens stories, lurid tabloid headlines or clever graffiti will find plenty to enjoy. . . . At his best Galeano rivals such masters of the fable as Kafka and that other Borges, and it is to their work that his haunting pages should rightly be compared.--Michael Dirda "Washington Post Book World"
Cassandra Speaks - by Elizabeth Lesser (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Feminism & Feminist TheoryFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Harper WaveAge Range: AdultAuthor: Elizabeth LesserLanguage: English About the Book "In her new book, bestselling author Elizabeth Lesser looks to the stories told about women over the ages and how they contribute to persistent misogyny and gender inequality, and offers a path towards framing new stories that honor all people"-- Book Synopsis What story would Eve have told about picking the apple? Why is Pandora blamed for opening the box? And what about the fate of Cassandra who was blessed with knowing the future but cursed so that no one believed her? What if women had been the storytellers? Elizabeth Lesser believes that if women's voices had been equally heard and respected throughout history, humankind would have followed different hero myths and guiding stories--stories that value caretaking, champion compassion, and elevate communication over vengeance and violence. Cassandra Speaks is about the stories we tell and how those stories become the culture. It's about the stories we still blindly cling to, and the ones that cling to us: the origin tales, the guiding myths, the religious parables, the literature and films and fairy tales passed down through the centuries about women and men, power and war, sex and love, and the values we live by. Stories written mostly by men with lessons and laws for all of humanity. We have outgrown so many of them, and still they endure. This book is about what happens when women are the storytellers too--when we speak from our authentic voices, when we flex our values, when we become protagonists in the tales we tell about what it means to be human. Lesser has walked two main paths in her life--the spiritual path and the feminist one--paths that sometimes cross but sometimes feel at cross-purposes. Cassandra Speaks is her extraordinary merging of the two. The bestselling author of Broken Open and Marrow, Lesser is a beloved spiritual writer, as well as a leading feminist thinker. In this book she gives equal voice to the cool water of her meditative self and the fire of her feminist self. With her trademark gifts of both humor and insight, she offers a vision that transcends the either/or ideologies on both sides of the gender debate. Brilliantly structured into three distinct parts, Part One explores how history is carried forward through the stories a culture tells and values, and what we can do to balance the scales. Part Two looks at women and power and expands what it means to be courageous, daring, and strong. And Part Three offers "A Toolbox for Inner Strength." Lesser argues that change in the culture starts with inner change, and that no one--woman or man--is immune to the corrupting influence of power. She provides inner tools to help us be both strong-willed and kind-hearted. Cassandra Speaks is a beautifully balanced synthesis of storytelling, memoir, and cultural observation. Women, men and all people will find themselves in the pages of this book, and will come away strengthened, opened, and ready to work together to create a better world for all people. Review Quotes "Elizabeth is a wise and powerful storyteller. Cassandra Speaks helps us understand the roots of women's shame and guilt and offers a path forward--by changing our stories, we change our lives.--Eileen Fisher, founder of Eileen Fisher, Inc."Every chapter of this blazingly wonderful book hit home. It gave me strength, comfort and hope.--Sally Field, Academy-award winning actor, bestselling author of In PiecesA book that will change women's lives--and therefore, everyone's lives--by calling out the stories that have held us back for millennia. Cassandra Speaks delivers an urgent message to women to listen within, follow their instincts, and do power differently.--Alyssa Milano, actor and activist"Cassandra Speaks is a nod to the power of storytelling in our journey to build a truly equitable society. It lays bare the relationship between gender and power, and makes a compelling case for deepening our connections and embracing our collective humanity."--Tony Porter, CEO of A Call to Men"Cassandra Speaks is about the power of love instead of the love of power. Elizabeth Lesser speaks to the value of finding your voice in the wilderness of these times and, of taking a new kind of hero's journey--one that replaces violence and domination with deep feeling and courageous communication. What a blessing!"--Iyanla Vanzant, author and host of Iyanla: Fix My Life (OWN)"Blessed are the truthtellers, and Elizabeth Lesser is one of them. Cassandra Speaks is astute and witty, tender and soulful. It's a tapestry of memoir, cultural commentary, and spiritual fuel that inspires women--and all people left out of history's storytelling--to reclaim our lineage, to become prophetic alchemists in a world in grave need of healing."--Jamia Wilson, executive director and publisher of the Feminist Press"When did we as women start trying so desperately to tame our feelings, our bodies, our ambition? In this powerful and beautiful book, Elizabeth Lesser brings us back to the earliest stories that convinced us to silence our voices, and then forward to a place where we trust ourselves to lead our lives--and the world."--Glennon Doyle, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Untamed and founder of Together Rising
The Lost Keys of Freemasonry - by Manly P Hall (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 342Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Freemasonry & Secret SocietiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: TarcherperigeeAge Range: AdultAuthor: Manly P HallLanguage: English About the Book From the late author of "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" comes his classic work about history's most secretive brotherhood--reset and collected and now containing two additional Hall volumes on occult Masonry. Book Synopsis Here is Manly P. Hall's classic work on history's most secretive brotherhood- reset and collected with two additional celebrated Hall volumes on occult Masonry. Freemasonry is the subject of perennial fascination-recently the cover story of a national newsmagazine, the premise of the movie National Treasure, and the anticipated basis of a forthcoming novel by Dan Brown. The twentieth century's great scholar of occult and esoteric ideas, Manly P. Hall was a Mason himself and nurtured a lifelong interest in the secret fraternal order, making it the focus of one of his earliest and best-loved books, The Lost Keys of Freemasonry. In this celebrated work, he examines the ethical training required of a Freemason, and the character traits a Mason must build within himself. Hall's 1923 volume is now reset and made available exclusively in this new edition, along with the author's two further classics on Masonry: - Freemasonry of the Ancient Egyptians (1937), which explores the roots of Freemasonry in the initiatory temple rites of Pharaonic Egypt; and - Masonic Orders of Fraternity (1950), a fascinating work of short history that chronicles the reemergence of Freemasonry in Europe in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It surveys the lives of Masonry's modern architects and the secretive organizations that immediately preceded the brotherhood. This three-in-one volume features the original illustrations of each book, for a total of nearly thirty images, including recreations of scenes and rites from Masonry's unusual history. It also includes a new index encompassing all three titles. About the Author Manley P. Hall (1901-1990), widely regarded as a sage and teacher steeped in the wisdom of antiquity, was one of the leading esoteric scholars of the twentieth century. The author of the landmark work The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Hall was named a 33° Mason in 1973. It is the highest rank Freemasonry can bestow.
I'll Fly Away - (P.S.) by Wally Lamb & I'll Fly Away Contributors (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Women's StudiesSeries Title: P.S.Format: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PerennialAge Range: AdultAuthor: Wally Lamb & I'll Fly Away ContributorsLanguage: English Book Synopsis For several years, Wally Lamb, the author of two of the most beloved novels of our time, has run a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institution, Connecticut's only maximum-security prison for women. Writing, Lamb discovered, was a way for these women to face their fears and failures and begin to imagine better lives. Couldn't Keep It to Myself, a collection of their essays, was published in 2003 to great critical acclaim. With I'll Fly Away, Lamb offers readers a new volume of intimate pieces from the York workshop. Startling, heartbreaking, and inspiring, these stories are as varied as the individuals who wrote them, but each illuminates an important core truth: that a life can be altered through self-awareness and the power of the written word. Review Quotes "Accomplished...Each story, no matter how grim or gritty, shows polish."--Kirkus Reviews"Inspiring and raw...They write from the heart...each vignette is more compelling than the one before it."--Library Journal"Lamb . . . continues to offer readers an intimate look at women struggling to maintain their humanity."--Booklist
The Phylaxis Collection Two - by John B Williams (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 202Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Freemasonry & Secret SocietiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Phylaxis ImprintAge Range: AdultAuthor: John B WilliamsLanguage: English About the Book This book contains the second ten editions of The Phylaxis magazine from December 1976 to January 1979. Book Synopsis This book contains the second ten issues of The Phylaxis magazine printed between December 1976 and January 1979 in a bound collection. It is one of the best books available about the early history of Prince Hall Freemasonry. This collection of magazines contains the most enlightening articles ever published by The Phylaxis Society. Anyone studying the history of Prince Hall Freemasonry will find this collection to be essential to that study. In 1977 a startling truth was revealed: what we had been told about Prince Hall the man for 75 years was based on a lie. Throughout those years, a book written by William Grimshaw had been taken as the definitive story of Prince Hall's life. IT WAS NOT.
Standpoints - by Svend Brinkmann (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Polity PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Svend BrinkmannLanguage: English About the Book Translation of: Stêasteder: 10 gamle ideer til en ny verden. Copenhagen: Gyldendals, 2016. Book Synopsis Self-help gurus, life coaches and business consultants love to tell us that we must strive for constant self-improvement to realize our full potential and become truly happy. But it doesn't seem to work - for many of us, life still seems hollow and meaningless. So focused are we on personal development and material possessions that we've overlooked the things that make life truly fulfilling and worthwhile. So how do we figure out what's really worth striving for? In this compelling follow-up to his bestselling book Stand Firm, Danish philosopher and psychologist Svend Brinkmann shows us that the important things in life are those with intrinsic value, like goodness, freedom, truth and love. We should stop asking 'what's in it for me?', and turn our attention outwards to our friends, families and communities. By putting others first and embracing these unconditional principles, or standpoints, he argues, we can find a more meaningful and sustainable way of living. Review Quotes In this crisply-written, page-turner of a book, Svend Brinkmann courageously demonstrates how we can stand firm against the tsunami of societal mandates for self-improvement, with their reality-defying instructions for achieving happy, healthy, wealthy lives. Easy and fun to read, Standpoints breathes new life into the old philosophers who have something new and important to tell us yet.Barbara S. Held, Barry N. Wish Professor of Psychology and Social Studies Emerita, Bowdoin CollegeA short, clever, witty book which gradually and powerfully builds a forensic critique of the self obsessions of modern culture. Provocative and highly enjoyable.Matthew Taylor, The Royal Society of Arts With characteristic aplomb, Svend Brinkmann follows his wildly popular Stand Firm with a timely set of reminders about what makes a human life worth living. Brinkmann wears his wisdom lightly, but it is wisdom indeed that he wears.Todd May, Clemson University About the Author Svend Brinkmann is professor of general psychology and qualitative methods at Aalborg University.
My Misspent Youth - by Meghan Daum (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 192Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Popular CultureFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Picador USAAge Range: AdultAuthor: Meghan DaumLanguage: English About the Book This first collection from an acclaimed young essayist in the tradition of Joan Didion delves into the center of things while closely examining the detritus that spills out along the way. Daum speaks to questions at the root of the contemporary experience, from the search for authenticity and interpersonal connection in a society defined by consumerism and media to the disenchantment of working in a "glamour profession". Book Synopsis Now back in print, author of The Unspeakable Meghan Daum's acclaimed cult classic that revitalized the personal essay for a new generation of writers Meghan Daum is one of the most celebrated nonfiction writers working today, widely recognized for the fresh, provocative approach with which she unearths hidden fault lines in the American landscape. From her well-remembered New Yorker essays about the financial demands of big-city ambition and the ethereal, strangely old-fashioned allure of cyber relationships to her dazzlingly hilarious riff in Harper's about musical passions that give way to middle-brow paraphernalia, Daum delves into the center of things while closely examining the detritus that spills out along the way. She speaks to questions at the root of the contemporary experience, from the search for authenticity and interpersonal connection in a society defined by consumerism and media; to the disenchantment of working in a glamour profession; to the catastrophic effects of living among New York City's terminal hipsters. With precision and well-balanced irony, Daum implicates herself as readily as she does the cartnears that fascinate and horrify her. In this stirring and surprising collection we see the emergence of a talented new voice in American writing. Review Quotes "Maybe you once found yourself in the dimming light of your twenties. And maybe someone handed you a copy of the book My Misspent Youth and maybe you thought, Finally, someone has written exactly how I feel." --New York Magazine "An empathetic reporter and a provocative autobiographer ... I finished it in a single afternoon, mesmerized and sputtering." --Caleb Crain, The Nation "Throughout this book, there are a surprising number of moments when your jaw just drops in amazement at what [Daum is] saying. Even when she's being funny, her writing has a clarity and intensity that just makes you feel awake." --Ira Glass "Meghan Daum is not an eccentric exhibitionist or a self-indulgent memoirist. Her world is suburban New Jersey girlhood, Vassar, publishing, and the disillusionment that results when the reality of one's life falls short of expectations. Daum approaches the first lesson of adulthood--that the prosaic will intrude on the fantastic every time--without ever dissolving into cynicism." --The New York Times Book Review "People I know still talk about Meghan Daum's 2001 debut essay collection, My Misspent Youth. Nobody writing about her generation was more incisive or entertaining than she." --Sigrid Nunez About the Author MEGHAN DAUM is a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, the author of The Unspeakable, My Misspent Youth, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House, The Quality of Life Report, and the editor of Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review, Vogue, and other publication
Fables of Fortune - by Richard Watts (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 183Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Social Classes & Economic DisparityFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Emerald Book CoAge Range: AdultAuthor: Richard WattsLanguage: English Book Synopsis Imagine private jets ready for an afternoon flight to New York City for a transcontinental shopping trip . . . luxury yachts circling the globe awaiting their owner s arrival . . . fully staffed but rarely visited vacation homes throughout the world. The rich live trouble free lives of graceful ease. Or do they? In "Fables of Fortune," author Richard Watts pulls back the brocade curtain to reveal the precarious path of wanting more. As the advisor to the super rich, Watts reflects on the reality of wealth and a difficult and heartbreaking lesson: The wealthiest person is not who has the most, but who needs the least. "Fables of Fortune" convincingly persuades readers that wealth may be overrated. Through vignettes based on true stories, Watts reveals the challenges the super-wealthy face, including marriages based on net worth, interfamily inheritance battles, faux friends, entitled children, alienation, and spiritual depletion. The successes and failures of life inspire the heartbeat of passion and self-actualization. Watts will challenge readers to reconsider key life questions of personal value and discover surprising new answers. "Fables of Fortune" reveals an honest, comparative, eye-opening analysis for any reader who believes wealth is a rose without thorns. Read on and gain perspective and appreciation for your own real fortune in life." About the Author Richard Watts, the founder and President of Family Business Office (r) ( FBO ), was admitted to the California State Bar to practice law in 1982 and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. FBO is a legal and consulting firm that manages the country s wealthiest families and their family office enterprises. Richard s families rely on him to oversee family operations and make decisions with them on a daily basis. Richard is a resident of Laguna Beach, California. His passions include traveling with his wife, Debbie, and family, long board surfing at San Onofre, swimming, skiing and snowboarding in the local mountains, piano, and music composition. He is the proud father of three adult sons; Aaron, Todd, and Russell, and welcomed his first granddaughter, Maclane Marie, in 2010. Richard has a talent for creativity and will continue writing books in the "Fables of Fortune" series. Richard is often asked to speak on this topic to business, religious, and charitable groups. "
She Speaks - by Yvette Cooper (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Feminism & Feminist TheoryFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Atlantic Books (UK)Age Range: AdultAuthor: Yvette CooperLanguage: English Book Synopsis A powerful celebration of brilliant speeches by women throughout the ages, from Boudica to Greta Thunberg. Looking at lists of the greatest speeches of all time, you might think that powerful oratory is the preserve of men. But the truth is very different--countless brave and bold women have used their voices to inspire change, transform lives, and radically alter history. In this timely and personal selection of exceptional speeches, Yvette Cooper MP tells the rousing story of female oratory. From Boudica to Greta Thunberg and Margaret Thatcher to Malala, Yvette introduces each speech and demonstrates how powerful and persuasive oratory can be decidedly female. Written by one of our leading public voices, this is an inspirational call for women to be heard across the globe. About the Author Yvette Cooper is the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford, and Knottingley. She served in the Cabinet under Prime Minister Gordon Brown as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Since 2016 she has been chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.
Is Free Speech Racist? - (Debating Race) by Gavan Titley (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 144Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: DemographySeries Title: Debating RaceFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Polity PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Gavan TitleyLanguage: English About the Book "Freedom of speech should not be used to give dangerous falsehoods a veneer of truth"-- Book Synopsis The question of free speech is never far from the headlines and frequently declared to be in crisis. Starting from the observation that such debates so often focus on what can and cannot be said in relation to race, Gavan Titley asks why racism has become so central to intense disputes about the status and remit of freedom of speech. Is Free Speech Racist? moves away from recurring debates about the limits of speech to instead examine how the principle of free speech is marshalled in today's multicultural and intensively mediated societies. This involves tracing the ways in which free speech has been mobilized in far-right politics, in the recycling of 'race realism' and other discredited forms of knowledge, and in the politics of immigration and integration. Where there is intense political contestation and public confusion as to what constitutes racism and who gets to define it, 'free speech' has been adopted as a primary mechanism for amplifying and re-animating racist ideas and racializing claims. As such, contemporary free speech discourse reveals much about the ongoing life of race and racism in contemporary society. Review Quotes This is a small but mighty book.Angela Saini, BBC Science Focus 'Best Books of 2020'Titley's book offers a detailed, analytical counter-argument to those voices suggesting that the rights of the already entitled are somehow under threat or that speaking out against racism is an assault on public life." [...F]ree speech is always more, rather than less, complex in his analysis of the fluid processes by which it shapes racism.Times Higher EducationAn excellent contribution to dispelling liberal myths that freedom of expression is impotent and unconditional, and to taking back freedom of expression. [...] Titley's short and concise book [is] recommended for any anti-racist thinking and action. Antirasistisk [This book] is clear, manageable and does not reproduce that fakely neutral tone that some academic discourses on race do. It does not shy away from complexity either. This book is both a worthwhile contribution to the history of writing on racism and a timely publication considering recent events. Highly recommended. Manchester Review of Books [O]ne of the clearest accounts that has yet been published of [...] how free speech is being misused by those who have turned it into an ideology. [...] It's lively, compelling and principled, and anyone who cares about the topic should buy a copy. David Renton, lives; runningA particularly necessary reminder to those of us who relate to freedom of expression on a liberal basis [...] that the worn-out term 'liberal democracy' is actually based on freedoms and rights that do not arise through reflex responses - that these are processes that require active debate to defend and develop. It is never more important than after attacks on our open societies.Göteborgs-Posten Titley writes with an analytical and interrogative eye toward one of democracy's most professed values and tenets--free speech. Clawing his way beneath the surface of popular political rhetoric, Titley implores his audience to reconsider how they understand free speech and its implications.Sociology of Race and EthnicityA significant contribution to our understanding [of how and why] the far- and racist right in many Western countries have with uneven but significant success managed to appropriate the language and rhetorics of free speech, and weaponize it for the purpose of mainstreaming racism and Islamophobia.Sindre Bangstad, Ethnic and Racial Studies [P]seudoscience has now gone mainstream: it infects public and political discourse on the pandemic, on climate, on medicine and vaccination, on abortion, race and culture. [...] As media scholar Gavan Titley points [...], dealing with misinformation of this kind is an unequal battle.Chemistry WorldIn this admirably short, tightly argued and easily accessible book [...], Titley shows us all what Applied Philosophy (my description, not his) can be, but so often is not: remorselessly logical, but at the same time jargon-free, witty and continually stimulating. The case that he sets out ought to be--but of course will not be--the last word on the matter.Bob Brecher, Res Publica [A]n excellent inquiry into how racist expression has found a home through the alleged 'free speech crisis'.Irish Marxist Review This important contribution embeds contemporary discussions of free speech into Critical Race Theory in subtle, well-argued ways. Titley exemplifies how racisms are advanced through the defense of freedom of speech, and how the latter is used as a blunt weapon to bludgeon efforts to tackle racist expression.David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine A marvellously readable and yet intellectually rigorous exploration of how race, racism and freedom of speech have become so intensely intertwined in the western public sphere. Titley offers an illuminating account of how the so-called "free speech crisis" is really a story of race, power and politics whereby vested interests have captured the very idea of the freedom to speak.Priyamvada Gopal, Churchill College, University of CambridgeThis is an excellent and urgently needed book that offers a key contribution to both academic and public debate on free speech. In a clear, succinct style, Gavan Titley persuasively argues that free speech is often defended in a superficial way, which focuses on speech as a mere channel of ideas and neglects structural inequalities between different speakers.Matteo Bonotti, Monash University About the Author Gavan Titley is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies at Maynooth University.
Kebra Nagast (the Glory of Kings) - (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 236Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Folklore & MythologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: LMH PublishersAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis KEBRA NAGAST Lost for centuries, the KEBRA NAGAST (The Glory of Kings) is a truly majestic unveiling of ancient secrets. These pages were excised by royal decree from the authorized 1611 King James version of the Bible. Originally recorded in the ancient Ethiopian language (Ge'ez) by anonymous scribes, The Red Sea Press, Inc. and Kingston Publishers now bring you a complete, accurate modern English translation of this long suppressed account. Here is the most starting and fascinating revelation of hidden truths; not only revealing the present location of the Ark of the Covenant, but also explaining fully many of the puzzling questions on Biblical topics which have remained unanswered up to today. "ï¿½[O]nly in the Kebra Nagast, and not in the Bibleï¿½ the bold assertion is madeï¿½ that the Ark had gone from Jerusalem to Ethiopia". "ï¿½[H]ow could the most important Biblical object in the world end up in the heart of Africa? The Kebra Nagastï¿½with a great deal of weight and historical authenticityï¿½offers a clear answer to this questionï¿½as Ethiopia's claim to be the last resting place of the lost Ark remains unchallengedï¿½" "ï¿½[T]he Kebra Nagast's audacious claim of a massive cover-upï¿½[and] all information about the tragic loss of the Ark during Solomon's reign had been suppressed, which is why no mention is made of it in the Scriptures". "ï¿½a great epicï¿½a remarkable documentï¿½erected above a solid foundation of historical truth". About the Author Dr. Miguel F. Brooks is an Historical and Biblical Researcher, Lecturer and Public Speaker, and an activist in the African Holocaust Reparation Movement. Born in Panama? of Jamaican parents, he is a graduate of the Instituto Istmen?o in Panama? and Universidad de Carabobo in Venezuela. A member of several academic and philosophic societies, he holds a B.Sc. degree in General Science and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Dr. Brooks was awarded the Centenary Gold Medal of the Battle of Adwa by the Ethiopian Crown Council for his work on behalf of Ethiopian Culture and History. He is the translator/editor of "KEBRA NAGAST" (The Glory of Kings) the Sacred Book of Ethiopia.
Hired - by James Bloodworth (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Social Classes & Economic DisparityFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Atlantic Books (UK)Age Range: AdultAuthor: James BloodworthLanguage: English Book Synopsis Cracking open the gig economy, journalist James Bloodworth spends six months undercover working the most grueling low-wage jobs. He lives on the meager proceeds and discovers the anxieties and hopes of those he encounters, including working-class men and women, young students striving to make ends meet, and Eastern European immigrants. From a harrowing Amazon warehouse to driving for Uber, Bloodworth uncovers horrifying employment practices and shows how traditional working-class communities have been decimated by the move to soulless service jobs with no security, advancement or satisfaction. But this is more than an exposé of unscrupulous employers; this is a gripping examination of a divided society which needs to understand the true reality of how other people live and work, before it can heal. Review Quotes "A very discomforting book, no matter what your politics might be . . . very good." --Sunday Times"A wake-up call to us all. A very graphic and authentic journey exposing the hard and miserable working life faced by too many people living in Britain today." --Margaret Hodge, MP, former Chair, Public Accounts Committee"An extraordinary and unsettling journey into the way modern Britons work. It is Down and Out In Paris and London for the gig economy age." --Matthew d'Ancona, Guardian columnist and author of Post-Truth"Bloodworth's unflinching account of life and work in the towns we have come to know as being "left behind" exposes the mercilessness of the low-wage economy and modern capitalism." --Prospect"Exceptional . . . Bloodworth is the best young left wing writer Britain has produced in years." --Observer"Grim but necessary reading... Theresa May should horrify [Bloodworth] by picking up a copy of Hired and learning from it." --Spectator"Whatever you think of the political assertions in this book--and I disagree with many of them--this is an important investigation into the reality of low-wage Britain. Whether you are on the Right, Left or Centre, anybody who believes in solidarity and social justice should read this book." --Nick Timothy, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May"James Bloodworth has done the hellish job of showing what it's like to scrounge a living off gruesome work conditions, callous paymasters, and no job security. He writes with humanity and keen moral insight. Although his setting is Britain, his subject is the post-industrial service economy and what it does to ordinary men and women. Orwell and Sinclair would be proud." -- Michael Weiss, CNN journalist and bestselling author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror About the Author James Bloodworth is the former editor of Left Foot Forward, one of the most influential left-wing websites in the UK. He is a fortnightly columnist for the International Business Times and regularly contributes to the Independent, Guardian, New Statesman, and Wall Street Journal. He has 15,000 followers on Twitter.
A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle - by David Young & Robert Rogers & Russell Willier (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 240Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Indigenous StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: North Atlantic BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: David Young & Robert Rogers & Russell WillierLanguage: English About the Book "Details the life and healing practices of medicine man Russell Willier, with extensive photographs and materials on the plants used by Willier in addition to valuable information on the active ingredients in these plants and their uses in alternative therapies"-- Book Synopsis With the rise of urban living and the digital age, many North American healers are recognizing that traditional medicinal knowledge must be recorded before being lost with its elders. A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle is a historic document, including nearly 200 color photos and maps, in that it is the first in which a native healer has agreed to open his medicine bundle to share in writing his repertoire of herbal medicines and where they are found. Providing information on and photos of medicinal plants and where to harvest them, anthropologist David E. Young and botanist Robert D. Rogers chronicle the life, beliefs, and healing practices of Medicine Man Russell Willier in his native Alberta, Canada. Despite being criticized for sharing his knowledge, Willier later found support in other healers as they began to realize the danger that much of their traditional practices could die out with them. With Young and Rogers, Willier offers his practices here for future generations. At once a study and a guide, A Cree Healer and His Medicine Bundle touches on how indigenous healing practices can be used to complement mainstream medicine, improve the treatment of chronic diseases, and lower the cost of healthcare. The authors discuss how mining, agriculture, and forestry are threatening the continued existence of valuable wild medicinal plants and the role of alternative healers in a modern health care system. Sure to be of interest to ethnobotanists, medicine hunters, naturopaths, complementary and alternative health practitioners, ethnologists, anthropologists, and academics, this book will also find an audience with those interested in indigenous cultures and traditions. Review Quotes "What a profound gift Russell Willier has given to the world, with the help and support of his friends, colleagues and researchers anthropologist David Young and ethnobotanist and herbalist Robert Dale Rogers! The depth of Mr. Willier's knowledge and experience about healing plants and their properties is matched only by his kindness and generosity in sharing this knowledge and the strength of the personal bonds lasting over decades that allowed the creation of this book. The book is unique in the partnerships that it reflects, in the compellingly personal way the knowledge is presented, and in the ties of each special featured healing plant to a particular place, habitat, and season: truly place-based knowledge and practice. Balancing the need to safeguard and respect this knowledge with the concerns that the teachings will be lost to younger generations if it is not recorded, this book reveals sacred knowledge yet also cautions us against its misuse. Key to the book is the understanding that medicinal treatments are deeply embedded in our emotional and psychological condition, and that human health and well-being are completely dependent on the health of other species and of the environment as a whole."--Nancy Turner, PhD, professor, University of Victoria, and renowned ethnobotanist and leading expert on First Nations use of medicinal plants of the Pacific Northwest"While the medicinal plants discussed here are generally well known, what is most interesting is the various discussions of why certain plants are useful for certain medical problems. This is a significant contribution to understanding Native American, and particularly Cree, medical knowledge."--Daniel Moerman, PhD, professor emeritus, University of Michigan, and renowned medical anthropologist and leading research on Native American ethnobotany About the Author DAVID EARL YOUNG spent much of his childhood in Sierra Leone, West Africa. After returning to the U.S., he graduated with a BA in sociology and philosophy from the University of Indianapolis, followed by a BD in religion and anthropology from Yale University, an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and a PhD in anthropology from Stanford University. Dr. Young taught anthropology for many years at the University of Alberta in Canada before retiring to take a teaching position at Kansai Gaidai University in Japan. He has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, Japan, China, and northern Canada. Dr. Young and his wife are retired and living on the island of Gabriola, off the west coast of Canada. ROBERT DALE ROGERS, BSc, RH/AHG, FICN, has been a student of native plants and fungi from the Canadian prairies for more than forty years. He is a retired clinical herbalist, amateur mycologist, and professional member of the American Herbalist Guild. Rogers is an assistant clinical professor in family medicine at the University of Alberta. His over 20 books and ebooks may be found at www.amazon.com/author/robertdalerogers. They involve the traditional use of plants and fungi of the boreal forest with special attention to application by aboriginal healers. Rogers teaches plant medicine at Grant MacEwan University and the Northern Star College of Mystical Studies in Edmonton (www.northernstarcollege.com). He is a consultant to the herbal, mycological, and nutraceutical industries, is currently chair of the medicinal mushroom committee of the North American Mycological Association, and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms. Rogers lives in Edmonton, Canada with his wife, Laurie. You can visit their webpage at www.selfhealdistributing.com. RUSSELL WILLIER was born on the Sucker Creek Reserve in northern Alberta. He grew up in a large family of twelve brothers and sisters. His father was a skilled hunter and trapper who passed his knowledge about the traditional Woods Cree way of life on to his son. Willier attended Catholic mission school but quit in order to help his parents on the family farm. Even at an early age, Russell showed signs of having been selected by the Spirit World to be a healer, but he resisted for many years. Eventually, he accepted this responsibility and received the medicine bundle of his great grandfather, Moostoos, a well-known healer in the area and signer of Treaty 8. By the time Willier received his medicine bundle, the knowledge of how to use the little plant packets inside it had been lost, so Russell showed them to elders and asked if they knew how these "combinations" were used. Gradually, over many years, Russell pieced together the information he needed to begin practice as a Medicine Man. Willier, who still lives on the Sucker Creek Reserve, travels extensively to treat those who call upon him for help.
Resonance - by Hartmut Rosa (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 576Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Polity PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Hartmut RosaLanguage: English Book Synopsis The pace of modern life is undoubtedly speeding up, yet this acceleration does not seem to have made us any happier or more content. If acceleration is the problem, then the solution, argues Hartmut Rosa in this major new work, lies in "resonance." The quality of a human life cannot be measured simply in terms of resources, options, and moments of happiness; instead, we must consider our relationship to, or resonance with, the world. Applying his theory of resonance to many domains of human activity, Rosa describes the full spectrum of ways in which we establish our relationship to the world, from the act of breathing to the adoption of culturally distinct worldviews. He then turns to the realms of concrete experience and action - family and politics, work and sports, religion and art - in which we as late modern subjects seek out resonance. This task is proving ever more difficult as modernity's logic of escalation is both cause and consequence of a distorted relationship to the world, at individual and collective levels. As Rosa shows, all the great crises of modern society - the environmental crisis, the crisis of democracy, the psychological crisis - can also be understood and analyzed in terms of resonance and our broken relationship to the world around us. Building on his now classic work on acceleration, Rosa's new book is a major new contribution to the theory of modernity, showing how our problematic relation to the world is at the crux of some of the most pressing issues we face today. This bold renewal of critical theory for our times will be of great interest to students and scholars across the social sciences and humanities. Review Quotes If in the rush to increase production and wealth, we ever pause to consider what a good life would be like, and whether we're missing something essential, Rosa's book Resonance would be a good place to start. This remarkable work combines systematic theory with a host of valuable insights into human fulfillments that we too easily forgo.--Charles Taylor, McGill University Affirmation of ordinary life is a key feature of modernity, but alienation from the world is a persistent experience of modern men and women. In Resonance, Rosa offers sketches of an alternative relation to the world and thereby a foundation for a sociology of the good life. A very important text and highly recommended.--Miroslav Volf, Yale University Hartmut Rosa is one of the leading and most distinctive voices in contemporary social theory. In Resonance he continues the important analysis of the very nature of modernity laid out in Social Acceleration, and offers a new approach to basic human relationships, both to other people and to the world. This is a truly important book.--Craig Calhoun, Arizona State University About the Author Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology at the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany, and Director of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, Erfurt, Germany.
Drag - by Simon Doonan (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Laurence KingAge Range: AdultAuthor: Simon DoonanLanguage: English About the Book "DRAG is transformation, communication and, above all, exaggeration, where gender non-conformity is the plat du jour. In this arresting book, [the author] observes an increasingly complex world by exploring drag's journey through history--from the surprising, to the sophisticated, to the radical--from the heady days of Caligula right up to our gender-fluid present"--Back cover. Book Synopsis Drag is transformation, communication and, above all, exaggeration, where gender non-conformity is the plat du jour. Drag: The Complete Story observes this increasingly complex world by exploring drag's journey through the twentieth century. Corralled into thematic chapters, including glamor drag, art drag, butch drag, black drag, historical drag, comedy drag and popstar drag, this book is the first flamboyant and poignant survey of drag culture. Drag: The Complete Story is not just for fabulous queens and drag enthusiasts, but for anyone interested in gender fluidity and the culture surrounding it. You come for the glamorous pictures and stay for the sizzling prose. Doonan writes like an angel with a sword: beautifully and provocatively.NY Journal of Books Barneys' creative ambassador traces drag culture from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to RuPaul, providing a fabulously comprehensive celebration of the intersection of gender fluidity and fashion. New York Times Book Review Doonan divides the past and present landscape of drag into nine categories: glamour, art, butch, black, historical, comedy, poster, movie, and radical. Each chapter illustrates how drag queens and kings in those spaces or times periods have helped shape drag in some meaningful way - or, in the case of black drag queens, how they've shaped the LGBTQ community at large in a meaningful way. FastCompany Whether you're already a massive fan of drag culture, or just interested in learning more about the movement's origins over the centuries - from tabloid scandal in the Victorian era to Emmy-award winning phenomenon in the 21st century - you'll find something to love in Doonan's extensive tome.Bustle Drag: The Complete Story by Simon Doonan, writer, fashion icon and Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, perfectly captures the delightfully drag-filled moment we're currently living in, while offering a glimpse into the long legacy of drag. Over the course of the book, Doonan is able to shine a new light on drag, offering a fresh perspective on an art form that has long gone unrecognized.Newsweek Review Quotes Drag: The Complete Story by Simon Doonan, writer, fashion icon and Creative Ambassador-at-large for Barneys New York, perfectly captures the delightfully drag-filled moment we're currently living in, while offering a glimpse into the long legacy of drag. Over the course of the book, Doonan is able to shine a new light on drag, offering a fresh perspective on an art form that has long gone unrecognized.-NewsweekBarneys' creative ambassador traces drag culture from ancient Egypt through the Renaissance to RuPaul, providing a fabulously comprehensive celebration of the intersection of gender fluidity and fashion.-New York Times Book ReviewDoonan divides the past and present landscape of drag into nine categories: glamour, art, butch, black, historical, comedy, poster, movie, and radical. Each chapter illustrates how drag queens and kings in those spaces or times periods have helped shape drag in some meaningful way-or, in the case of black drag queens, how they've shaped the LGBTQ community at large in a meaningful way.-FastCompanyWhether you're already a massive fan of drag culture, or just interested in learning more about the movement's origins over the centuries - from tabloid scandal in the Victorian era to Emmy-award winning phenomenon in the 21st century - you'll find something to love in Doonan's extensive tome.-BustleYou come for the glamorous pictures and stay for the sizzling prose. Doonan writes like an angel with a sword: beautifully and provocatively.-Jonah Raskin, NY Journal of Books About the Author Writer, fashionista, and author Simon Doonan is the Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. His books include Soccer Style, Eccentric Glamour, and Gay Men Don't Get Fat. Simon appears as a judge on the NBC television show Making It, co-hosted by Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.
Grove and Gallows - by James Chisholm (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Folklore & MythologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Lodestar BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: James ChisholmLanguage: English About the Book Translations of the major sources for Germanic religion and religious practices drawn from Greek and Latin sources. Book Synopsis James Chisholm collects and translates the major texts originally written in the Greek and Latin languages which report on the religious practices of the ancient, pre-Christian Germanic peoples. This body of evidence should be read in conjunction with Tacitus and other early sources to discover otherwise unknown aspects of the ancient Germanic past.
Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother - by Xinran (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 272Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Scribner Book CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: XinranLanguage: English About the Book Originally published in Great Britain in 2010 by Chatto & Windus. Book Synopsis Now in paperback one of the most stirring accounts of the lives of Chinese women since Wild Swans "full of heart-rending tales....shocking, simply told...a very powerful polemic" (The New York Times Book Review). Following her internationally bestselling book The Good Women of China, Xinran has written one of the most powerful accounts of the lives of Chinese women. She has gained entrance to the most pained, secret chambers in the hearts of Chinese mothers--students, successful businesswomen, midwives, peasants--who, whether as a consequence of the single-child policy, destructive age-old traditions, or hideous economic necessity, have given up their daughters. Xinran beautifully portrays the "extra-birth guerrillas" who travel the roads and the railways, evading the system, trying to hold on to more than one baby; naïve young girl students who have made life-wrecking mistakes; the "pebble mother" on the banks of the Yangtze River still looking into the depths for her stolen daughter; peasant women rejected by their families because they can't produce a male heir; and Little Snow, the orphaned baby fostered by Xinran but confiscated by the state. For parents of adopted Chinese children and for the children themselves, this is an indispensable, powerful, and intensely moving book. Message from an Unknown Chinese Mother is powered by love and by heartbreak and will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page. Review Quotes A touching book...[Xinran] gives voice to the silent heartbreak of tens of thousands of Chinese women. --New York Post"This collection is powerful and heartbreaking. It's a must-read for families who have adopted children from China, as well as for anyone who has an interest in what women's lives are like in the economic powerhouse China has become." -Lisa See About the Author Xinran was born in Beijing in 1958 and was a successful journalist and radio presenter in China. In 1997 she moved to London, where she began work on her seminal book about Chinese women's lives, The Good Women of China. Since then she has written a regular column for the Guardian, appeared frequently on radio and television and published the acclaimed Sky Burial and a book of her Guardian columns called What the Chinese Don't Eat. She lives in London but travels regularly to China.
Full Surrogacy Now - by Sophie Lewis (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Feminism & Feminist TheoryFormat: HardcoverPublisher: VersoAge Range: AdultAuthor: Sophie LewisLanguage: English About the Book "Giving birth is commonly called labor. What happens if all of human pregnancy and gestation is thought from the labor point of view? If it is all labor, then how can that labor be freed from now global regimes of colonial and commodity exploitation? That's the challenge of Full Surrogacy Now. The new lens on labor it gives us opens up crucial challenges and questions: What are the connections between the bodily labor of gestating and other forms of biological, social, and ecological production and reproduction? How can we politicize (human and nonhuman) work that's treated as natural, taken for granted, and done for free? Why is the impossible concept of "surrogacy" crucial to our collective liberation? And what might organizing based on solidarity between the "shopfloors" of paid and unpaid babymaking have to do with the often forgotten liberation horizon of family abolition?" -- provided by publisher Book Synopsis Where pregnancy is concerned, let every pregnancy be for everyone. Let us overthrow, in short, the "family" The surrogacy industry is estimated to be worth over $1 billion a year, and many of its surrogates around the world work in terrible conditions--deception, wage-stealing and money skimming are rife; adequate medical care is horrifyingly absent; and informed consent is depressingly rare. In Full Surrogacy Now, Sophie Lewis brings a fresh and unique perspective to the topic. Often, we think of surrogacy as the problem, but, Full Surrogacy Now argues, we need more surrogacy, not less! Rather than looking at surrogacy through a legal lens, Lewis argues that the needs and protection of surrogates should be put front and center. Their relationship to the babies they gestate must be rethought, as part of a move to recognize that reproduction is productive work. Only then can we begin to break down our assumptions that children "belong" to those whose genetics they share. Taking collective responsibility for children would radically transform our notions of kinship, helping us to see that it always takes a village to make a baby. Review Quotes "Lewis takes one of the most everyday things about being human and thinks it through from the point of view of a cyborg communism. This book goes far into places where few gender abolitionists have ventured and brings us a vision of another life." --McKenzie Wark, author of A Hacker Manifesto "Full Surrogacy Now is more than an intervention, it is a landmark text of visionary feminist thinking. Sophie Lewis tears down decades of essentialist and contradictory presumptions on labor, motherhood and ownership to offer us the possibility of new ways to live with and for each other. This book is as breathtaking as it is necessary." --Natasha Lennard, author of Violence: Humans in Dark Times (with Brad Evans) "Full Surrogacy Now arrived and I could not stop reading. The crises of our time are crises of reproduction. Radical that she is, Sophie Lewis gets right to the root of the matter--and, radical that she is, finds its roots to be intersecting and entangled, 'lovely, replicative, baroque, ' as one of her own gestators, Donna Haraway, might put it. But the gestator? Lewis moves expertly through decades of debates, as well as a rapidly growing body of empirical research, on surrogacy to carry us beyond the by-now familiar refrain that this or that activity 'is work.' Her goal could hardly be more ambitious: to rethink the 'natural' gestation that every one of us comes from. I will reread this book for the sense it gives me that new ways of making one another and the world new might, in fact, be possible. Its verve and wit make me feel sure that Lewis' reproductive commune will be fun." --Moira Weigel, author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating "An extraordinary book, as nuanced as it is provocative. Lewis delivers an incisive analysis, combining sensitivity to the material conditions faced by gestational laborers with a radical utopian vision for what surrogacy might become. It's an exhilarating read and is likely to have a substantial influence on the field. I cannot recommend it highly enough."--Helen Hester, author of Xenofeminism "An instructive and moving book about the work of babymaking and the best possible future for birthing and raising children. It offers both a convincing polemic about surrogacy's past and present, and a vision of how to make it both more common and more mutually beneficial. Lewis treats surrogacy as a signal example of what will be integral to any common human flourishing to come: unmaking gender and the family as we know them, to build new kinds of sociality and care for what is not 'biologically' 'ours.' I was floored by it." --Sarah Brouillette, author of Literature and the Creative Economy "Sophie Lewis is at the top of a new generation of scholars and activists thinking the transformation of gestational labor within contemporary pharmacopornographic capitalism. Neither simply natural nor banally cultural, gestation appears as the unthought core of gender and sexual politics, and the key of a forthcoming womb revolution: trans-Marx meets mammal's politics!"--Paul B. Preciado, author of Testo Junkie Sophie Lewis and her expansive vision of feminism are desperately needed right now. She makes the work of undoing what 'womanhood' has come to mean look possible and irresistible. --Melissa Gira Grant, author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work "Pregnancy. Babies. Families. Nature itself. Like capitalism, communism knows no bounds. Relentless in the task of seizing of the means of reproduction, Sophie Lewis is the Right's worst nightmare."--George Ciccariello-Maher, author of Building the Commune "Full Surrogacy Now makes a significant contribution to the pressing political project of advocating for the rights of those workers whose labour is so often delegitimised, exploited and criminalised ... join[ing] such texts as Juno Mac and Molly Smith's Revolting Prostitutes in combating the white, liberal, trans-exclusionary, whorephobic, 'feminist' discourse which is currently dominating conversations around sex work and gestational labour."--Vector "Lewis is attempting to do for pregnancy what the Wages for Housework movement did in reconceptualizing the unpaid labor done by women in the home as work. And recognizing surrogacy as work and surrogates as workers is a necessary first step, for if surrogacy is work, then isn't, by extension, every pregnancy?"--Esther Wang, Jezebel "The radical openness of these dreams is alluring ... [Full Surrogacy Now] leaves one with the beautiful, liquid possibility of a world that recognizes 'our inextricably surrogated contamination with and by everybody else.'"--Times Literary Supplement "A thrilling new intervention ... by placing reproductive labour at the centre of her vision in Full Surrogacy Now, Lewis confronts a central issue that continues to be sidelined in the male-dominated field of futurism." --New Humanist "Theoretical, devious, a mix of manifesto and memoir." --Jessica Weisberg, New Yorker "Dazzling." --Jenny Turner, London Review of Books "Incisive and exciting ... a must-read for those interested in queer feminist engagements with family, reproductive labour and global class relations. "--LSE Review of Books About the Author Sophie Lewis is a theorist, critic and translator living in Philadelphia. She publishes her work--on topics ranging from dating to Donna Haraway--on both scholarly and non-academic platforms, including Boston Review, Viewpoint, Signs, Science as Culture, Jacobin, the New Inquiry, Mute, and Salvage Quarterly. Her translations include Communism for Kids by Bini Adamczak (with Jacob Blumenfeld), A Brief History of Feminism by Antje Schrupp, and Other and Rule by Sabine Hark and Paula Villa. A feminist committed to cyborg ecology and queer communism, she is a member of the Out of the Woods collective and an Editor at Blind Field: A Journal of Cultural Inquiry. Full Surrogacy Now is her first book.
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens - by Alice Walker (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 397Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: EssaysFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Mariner BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Alice WalkerLanguage: English Book Synopsis In this, her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as ablack woman, writer, mother, and feminist in thirty-six pieces rangingfrom the personal to the political. Among the contents are essays aboutother writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and theantinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid memoir of a scarringchildhood injury and her daughter's healing words. From the Back Cover In her first collection of nonfiction, Alice Walker speaks out as a black woman, writer, mother, and feminist, in thirty-six pieces ranging from the personal to the political. Here are essays about Walker's own work and that of other writers, accounts of the civil rights movement of the 1960s and the antinuclear movement of the 1980s, and a vivid, courageous memoir of a scarring childhood injury. Throughout the volume, Walker explores the theories and practices of feminists and feminism, incorporating what she calls the "womanist" tradition of black women. "This is one of the healthiest collections of essays I have come across in a long time. . . . What [Walker] says about the black woman she says from the depths of oppression. What is said from the depths of oppression illuminates all other oppressions."-New Statesman Alice Walker is the author of seven novels, three collections of short stories, three collections of essays, seven volumes of poetry, and several children's books. Her novel The Color Purple won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and her work has been translated into more than two dozen languages. Born in Eatonton, Georgia, Walker lives in northern California. Review Quotes PRAISE FOR IN SEARCH OF OUR MOTHERS'GARDENS"Reflects not only the ideas but a life that has . . . breathed color, sound, and soulinto fiction and poetry--and into our lives as well."--SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Disability and the Way of Jesus - by Bethany McKinney Fox (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: People with DisabilitiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: IVP AcademicAge Range: AdultAuthor: Bethany McKinney FoxLanguage: English About the Book What does healing mean for people with disabilities? Bridging biblical studies, ethics, and disability studies with the work of practitioners, Bethany McKinney Fox examines healing narratives in their biblical and cultural contexts. This theologically grounded and winsomely practical resource helps us more fully understand what Jesus does as he heals and how he points the way for relationships with people with disabilities. Book Synopsis 2019 IVP Readers' Choice Award What does healing mean for people with disabilities? The Gospels are filled with accounts of Jesus offering physical healing. But even as churches today seek to follow the way of Jesus, people with disabilities all too often experience the very opposite of healing and life-giving community: exclusion, judgment, barriers. Misinterpretation and misapplication of biblical healing narratives can do great damage, yet those who take the Bible seriously mustn't avoid these passages either. Bethany McKinney Fox believes that Christian communities are better off when people with disabilities are an integral part of our common life. In Disability and the Way of Jesus, she considers how the stories of Jesus' healings can guide us toward mutual thriving. How did Jesus' original audience understand his works of healing, and how should we relate to these texts today? After examining the healing narratives in their biblical and cultural contexts, Fox considers perspectives from medical doctors, disability scholars, and pastors to more fully understand what Jesus does as he heals and how he points the way for relationships with people with disabilities. Personal reflections from Christians with disabilities are featured throughout the book, which concludes with suggestions for concrete practices adaptable to a variety of church settings. Bridging biblical studies, ethics, and disability studies with the work of practitioners, Fox provides a unique resource that is both theologically grounded and winsomely practical. Disability and the Way of Jesus provides new lenses on holistic healing for scholars, laypeople, and ministry leaders who care about welcoming all people as Jesus would.
Who Owns the Future? - by Jaron Lanier (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 411Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Future StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Simon & SchusterAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jaron LanierLanguage: English About the Book Lanier is the bestselling author of "You Are Not a Gadget," the father of virtual reality, and one of the most influential thinkers of our time. Now, Lanier asserts that the rise of digital networks led the economy into recession, decimated the middle class, and creates more challenges. Book Synopsis The "brilliant" and "daringly original" (The New York Times) critique of digital networks from the "David Foster Wallace of tech" (London Evening Standard)--asserting that to fix our economy, we must fix our information economy. Jaron Lanier is the father of virtual reality and one of the world's most brilliant thinkers. Who Owns the Future? is his visionary reckoning with the most urgent economic and social trend of our age: the poisonous concentration of money and power in our digital networks. Lanier has predicted how technology will transform our humanity for decades, and his insight has never been more urgently needed. He shows how Siren Servers, which exploit big data and the free sharing of information, led our economy into recession, imperiled personal privacy, and hollowed out the middle class. The networks that define our world--including social media, financial institutions, and intelligence agencies--now threaten to destroy it. But there is an alternative. In this provocative, poetic, and deeply humane book, Lanier charts a path toward a brighter future: an information economy that rewards ordinary people for what they do and share on the web. Review Quotes Who Owns the Future? explains what's wrong with our digital economy, and tells us how to fix it. Listen up!"--George Dyson "bestselling author of Turing's Cathedral"Who Owns the Future? is a deeply original and sometimes startling read. Lanier does not simply question the dominant narrative of our times, but picks it up by the neck and shakes it. A refreshing and important book that will make you see the world differently.--Tim Wu "author of The Master Switch""Daringly original . . . Lanier's sharp, accessible style and opinions make Who Owns the Future? terrifically inviting."--Janet Maslin "The New York Times""Lanier has a poet's sensibility and his book reads like a hallucinogenic reverie, full of entertaining haiku-like observations and digressions."-- "Financial Times""Lanier's book mixes scholarly analysis with a series of intriguing ideas on how to take back control of our virtual identity."-- "TechGenMag.com""Lanier's career as a computer scientist is entwined in the central economic story of our time, the rapid advance of computation and networking. . . . [Who Owns the Future?] not only makes a convincing diagnosis of a widespread problem, but also answers a need for moonshot thinking."-- "The New Republic""This book is rare. It looks at technology with an insider's knowledge, wisdom, and deep caring about human beings. It's badly needed."--W. Brian Arthur "economist and author of The Nature of Technology"A smart, accessible book that takes a critical look at our online state of affairs and finds it out of balance.--Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles TimesEveryone complains about the Internet, but no one does anything about it . . . except for Jaron Lanier.--Neal Stephenson "bestselling author of Reamde and Cryptonomicon"Lanier has a mind as boundless as the internet . . . [He is] the David Foster Wallace of tech.-- "London Evening Standard"One of the best skeptical books about the online world.-- "Salon"One of the triumphs of Lanier's intelligent and subtle book is its inspiring portrait of the kind of people that a democratic information economy would produce. His vision implies that if we are allowed to lead absorbing, properly remunerated lives, we will likewise outgrow our addiction to consumerism and technology.-- "The Guardian"This ambitious book is about how to help ordinary people survive and prosper at a time when advances in computer technology make it increasingly difficult for some people to find a job.--USA Today"The most important book I read [this year] . . . Provocative, unconventional ideas for ensuring that the inevitable dominance of software in every corner of society will be healthy instead of harmful." --Joe Nocera, The New York Times"Brilliant."--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
Troubling Biblical Waters - (Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Studies in North American Black R) by Cain Hope Felder (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 233Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Ethnic StudiesSeries Title: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner Studies in North American Black RFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Orbis BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: African American StudiesAuthor: Cain Hope FelderLanguage: English About the Book A comprehensive and challenging look at the significance of the Bible for blacks, and the importance of blacks in the Bible. "Timely . . . serious and creative".--The Catholic Journal. Book Synopsis A comprehensive and challenging look at the significance of the Bible for blacks, and the importance of blacks in the Bible. "Timely . . . serious and creative."--The Catholic Journal.
Barry Farm-Hillsdale in Anacostia - (American Heritage) by Alcione M Amos (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Ethnic StudiesSeries Title: American HeritageFormat: PaperbackPublisher: History PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: African American StudiesAuthor: Alcione M AmosLanguage: English Book Synopsis Barry Farm-Hillsdale was created under the auspices of the Freedmen's Bureau in 1867 in what was then the outskirts of the nation's capital. Residents built churches and schools, and the community became successful. In the 1940s, youth from the community courageously desegregated the Anacostia Pool, and Barry Farm Dwellings was built to house war workers. In the 1950s, community parents joined the fight to desegregate schools in Washington, D.C., as local leaders fought off plans to redevelop the area. Both the women and the youth of Barry Farm Dwellings, then public housing, were at the forefront of the fight to improve their lives and those of their neighbors in the 1960s, but community identity was being subsumed into the larger Anacostia neighborhood. Curator and historian Alcione M. Amos tells these little-remembered stories.
What Tech Calls Thinking - (Fsg Originals X Logic) by Adrian Daub (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: GeneralSeries Title: Fsg Originals X LogicFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fsg OriginalsAuthor: Adrian DaubLanguage: EnglishFrom FSGO x Logic: a Stanford professor's spirited dismantling of Silicon Valley's intellectual originsAdrian Daub's What Tech Calls Thinking is a lively dismantling of the ideas that form the intellectual bedrock of Silicon Valley. Equally important to Silicon Valley's world-altering innovation are the language and ideas it uses to explain and justify itself. And often, those fancy new ideas are simply old motifs playing dress-up in a hoodie. From the myth of dropping out to the war cry of "disruption," Daub locates the Valley's supposedly original, radical thinking in the ideas of Heidegger and Ayn Rand, the New Age Esalen Foundation in Big Sur, and American traditions from the tent revival to predestination. Written with verve and imagination, What Tech Calls Thinking is an intellectual refutation of Silicon Valley's ethos, pulling back the curtain on the self-aggrandizing myths the Valley tells about itself.FSG Originals ï¿½ Logic dissects the way technology functions in everyday lives. The titans of Silicon Valley, for all their utopian imaginings, never really had our best interests at heart: recent threats to democracy, truth, privacy, and safety, as a result of tech's reckless pursuit of progress, have shown as much. We present an alternate story, one that delights in capturing technology in all its contradictions and innovation, across borders and socioeconomic divisions, from history through the future, beyond platitudes and PR hype, and past doom and gloom. Our collaboration features four brief but provocative forays into the tech industry's many worlds, and aspires to incite fresh conversations about technology focused on nuanced and accessible explorations of the emerging tools that reorganize and redefine life today.
Undoing Optimization - by Alison B Powell (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Yale University PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: UrbanAuthor: Alison B PowellLanguage: English About the Book A unique examination of the civic use, regulation, and politics of communication and data technologies Book Synopsis A unique examination of the civic use, regulation, and politics of communication and data technologies City life has been reconfigured by our use--and our expectations--of communication, data, and sensing technologies. In this book Alison Powell examines the civic use, regulation, and politics of these technologies, looking at how governments, planners, citizens, and activists expect them to enhance life in the city. She argues that the de facto forms of citizenship that emerge in relation to these technologies represent sites of contention over how governance and civic power should operate. These sites become more significant as an increasingly urbanized and polarized world faces new struggles over local participation and engagement. The author moves past the usual discussion of top-down versus bottom-up civic action and instead explains how citizenship shifts in response to technological change and particularly in response to issues related to pervasive sensing, big data, and surveillance in "smart cities." Review Quotes "Erudite and thought-provoking, Undoing Optimization makes a compelling argument for another type of smart city, one where civic action extends beyond the logics of technology companies."--Rob Kitchin, Maynooth University Social Science Institute "Undoing Optimization charts the complex intersections of smart cities and civic action. By deftly examining imaginaries of technological systems and citizenship, Powell contributes an important study in urban optimization."--Jennifer Gabrys, author of How to Do Things with Sensors "An unflinching critical account of the rise of the 'optimized city'--of the urban spatial extraction and modeling of data for optimization by private commercial and governmental authorities."--Louise Amoore, author of Cloud Ethics: Algorithms and the Attributes of Ourselves and Others "Global upheaval has revealed the fragility and malleability of our urban and communication networks. Alison Powell reminds us that citizens have the power to build new systems embodying progressive politics."--Shannon Mattern, author of Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media "This is an essential book for anyone concerned with how cities of tomorrow can work, and who they can work for."--Mark Graham, coauthor of The Gig Economy: A Critical Introduction About the Author Alison B. Powell is associate professor of media and communication at the London School of Economics and Political Science and is affiliated with the Ada Lovelace Institute.
The Idea of Cultural Heritage - 2nd Edition by Derek Gillman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 204Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: ArchaeologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Cambridge University PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Derek GillmanLanguage: English About the Book This book reviews the competing claims that works of art belong either to a particular people and place, or to humankind. Book Synopsis The idea of cultural heritage has become widespread in many countries, justifying government regulation and providing the background to disputes over valuable works of art and architecture. In this book, Derek Gillman uses several well-known cases from Asia, Europe, and the United States to review the competing claims that works of art belong either to a particular people and place, or, from a cosmopolitan perspective, to all of humankind. Noting the importance of cultural roles and narratives in shaping heritage, he looks at the ways in which the idea of heritage has been constructed. He focuses first on Britain and the writings of Edmund Burke and then on China and its medieval debate about the nature of "our culture." Drawing on a range of sources, including the work of Ronald Dworkin, Will Kymlicka, and Joseph Raz, Gillman relates debates about heritage to those in contemporary political philosophy and offers a liberal approach to moral claims and government regulation. Review Quotes "This book is of value for Canadian archaeologists working both at home and abroad for a number of reasons." --Jeffrey Seibert, Journal Canadien D'Archeologie 36
40 Chances - by Howard G Buffett (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 443Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Philanthropy & CharityFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Simon & SchusterAge Range: AdultAuthor: Howard G BuffettLanguage: English Book Synopsis With a foreword by Warren Buffett, 40 Chances is an "inspiring manifesto...both an informative guidebook and a catalyst for igniting real changes" (Booklist) in the struggle against world hunger. If someone granted you $3 billion to accomplish something great in the world, what would you do? In 2006, legendary investor Warren Buffett posed this challenge to his son Howard G. Buffett. Howard set out to help the most vulnerable people on earth--nearly a billion individuals who lack basic food security. And Howard gave himself a deadline: 40 years to put the resources to work on this challenge. 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World captures Howard's journey. Beginning with his love for farming, we join him around the world as he seeks out new approaches to ease the suffering of so many. Each of the 40 stories here provides a compelling look at the lessons Howard learned, ranging from his own backyard to some of the most difficult and dangerous places on Earth. But this message goes beyond the pages of this book, it's also a mindset: a way of thinking that speaks to every person wanting to make a difference. It's about reasons to hope and actions we can take. 40 Chances "recounts Howard's personal and professional experiences in surprisingly candid and colorful fashion...successfully blending personal stories with a tough look at the struggle to fight domestic food scarcity and world hunger...A satisfying read" (Publishers Weekly) that provides inspiration to transform each of our limited chances into opportunities to change the world.
The Dispossessed - by John Washington (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 352Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Emigration & ImmigrationFormat: HardcoverPublisher: VersoAge Range: AdultAuthor: John WashingtonLanguage: English About the Book "The first comprehensive, in-depth book on the Trump administration's assault on asylum protections. Arnovis couldn't stay in El Salvador. If he didn't leave, a local gangster promised that his family would dress in mourning--that he would wake up with flies in his mouth. "It was like a bomb exploded in my life," Arnovis said.The Dispossessed tells the story of a twenty-four-year-old Salvadoran man, Arnovis, whose family's search for safety shows how the United States--in concert with other Western nations--has gutted asylum protections for the world's most vulnerable. Crisscrossing the border and Central America, John Washington traces one man's quest for asylum. Arnovis is separated from his daughter by US Border Patrol agents and struggles to find security after being repeatedly deported to a gang-ruled community in El Salvador, traumatic experiences relayed by Washington with vivid intensity. Adding historical, literary, and current political context to the discussion of migration today, Washington tells the history of asylum law and practice through ages to the present day. Packed with information and reflection, The Dispossessed is more than a human portrait of those who cross borders--it is an urgent and persuasive case for sharing the country we call home." -- Book Synopsis The first comprehensive, in-depth book on the Trump administration's assault on asylum protections Arnovis couldn't stay in El Salvador. If he didn't leave, a local gangster promised that his family would dress in mourning--that he would wake up with flies in his mouth. "It was like a bomb exploded in my life," Arnovis said. The Dispossessed tells the story of a twenty-four-year-old Salvadoran man, Arnovis, whose family's search for safety shows how the United States--in concert with other Western nations--has gutted asylum protections for the world's most vulnerable. Crisscrossing the border and Central America, John Washington traces one man's quest for asylum. Arnovis is separated from his daughter by US Border Patrol agents and struggles to find security after being repeatedly deported to a gang-ruled community in El Salvador, traumatic experiences relayed by Washington with vivid intensity. Adding historical, literary, and current political context to the discussion of migration today, Washington tells the history of asylum law and practice through ages to the present day. Packed with information and reflection, The Dispossessed is more than a human portrait of those who cross borders--it is an urgent and persuasive case for sharing the country we call home. Review Quotes "In an era of massive and unprecedented human migration, John Washington documents in his poignant book, The Dispossessed: A Story of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border and Beyond, how the poverty and violence powerful nations inflict on poor countries is a major reason so many flee their lives and families. Offering expansive historical analysis of how ancient religions, cultures, and societies understood the imperative of welcoming the outsider, particularly those seeking safety from harm or death, and contrasting it with our current world order, Washington has written one of the most important books of our time on one of the most dire systematic injustices on our planet. I read this book in one sitting because I simply couldn't put it down."--Jeremy Scahill, author of Dirty Wars "The Dispossessed is one of the most beautiful and wrenching books I've read in a long time. We are becoming a stateless world, as the combined effects of climate change, war, and struggles of resources push people from their land and their homes. John Washington's book offers no easy answers, but in its empathy, it is a guide for how we confront the crisis with decency.--Greg Grandin, author of The End of the Myth "John Washington is a rarity in the world of Central American migration. He doesn't parachute into tragedy. He travels with humility and seeks to understand, not to reaffirm his hypotheses. This is a book from someone who has been understanding for a long time. I've been covering migration in Central America, Mexico, and the United States for thirteen years, and I can say with complete conviction: Read this book."--Óscar Martinez, author of The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail "John Washington delivers an absorbing, harrowing, and deeply moving reportage that renders the most thorough and critical assessment of the US asylum system that I have ever read."--Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders "The Dispossessed is one book that you will not soon forget."--Skye Anderson, Patch About the Author John Washington is a writer, translator, and activist. A regular contributor to The Nation magazine and The Intercept, he writes about immigration and border politics, as well as criminal justice, photography, and literature. Washington is an award winning translator, having translated Óscar Martinez, Anabel Hernández, and Sandra Rodriguez Nieto, among others. A long term volunteer with No More Deaths, he has been working with activist organizations in Mexico, California, Arizona, and New York for more than a decade. He is currently based in Brooklyn.
The Whiteness of Wealth - by Dorothy A Brown (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Discrimination & Race RelationsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY)Age Range: AdultAuthor: Dorothy A BrownLanguage: English Book Synopsis A groundbreaking exposé of racism in the American taxation system from a law professor and expert on tax policy "Important reading for those who want to understand how inequality is built into the bedrock of American society, and what a more equitable future might look like."--Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist Dorothy A. Brown became a tax lawyer to get away from race. As a young black girl growing up in the South Bronx, she'd seen how racism limited the lives of her family and neighbors. Her law school classes offered a refreshing contrast: Tax law was about numbers, and the only color that mattered was green. But when Brown sat down to prepare tax returns for her parents, she found something strange: James and Dottie Brown, a plumber and a nurse, seemed to be paying an unusually high percentage of their income in taxes. When Brown became a law professor, she set out to understand why. In The Whiteness of Wealth, Brown draws on decades of cross-disciplinary research to show that tax law isn't as color-blind as she'd once believed. She takes us into her adopted city of Atlanta, introducing us to families across the economic spectrum whose stories demonstrate how American tax law rewards the preferences and practices of white people while pushing black people further behind. From attending college to getting married to buying a home, black Americans find themselves at a financial disadvantage compared to their white peers. The results are an ever-increasing wealth gap and more black families shut out of the American dream. Solving the problem will require a wholesale rethinking of America's tax code. But it will also require both black and white Americans to make different choices. This urgent, actionable book points the way forward. Review Quotes "In The Whiteness of Wealth, Brown brings the American tax code to life. Hands shape it and wield it like a shield in the defense of the most powerful among us. The tax code tells a story about American priorities. The news isn't good, Brown writes, but there's still time to change the future."--New York "[An] accessible and lively . . . primer on how wealth works in America."--Bloomberg Businessweek "This enlightening book is a vital companion to The New Jim Crow, The Color of Wealth, and Evicted, for how it reimagines everything you thought you knew about U.S. social policy."--Tressie McMillan Cottom, MacArthur Fellow and author of Thick: And Other Essays "This book is a tour de force. With clarity and conviction, Dorothy Brown reveals how U.S. tax policy sustains and deepens the wealth gap between black and white Americans. As I read The Whiteness of Wealth, I found myself shaking my head as I eagerly turned the pages and shouting 'damn' with each revelation. If we are finally to address the long history of racism in this country, we must grapple with the arguments of Brown's powerful book. This is a MUST read for these troubling times."--Eddie S. Glaude Jr., New York Times bestselling author of Begin Again and Democracy in Black "I couldn't put it down! Dorothy Brown skillfully weaves her analysis of the racial bias in tax law with compelling personal stories of both Black and White taxpayers as well as policy recommendations for how to bring equity to our tax system."--Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? "At once passionate and analytical, The Whiteness of Wealth is a bracing contribution to the history of policy racism that takes us to the heart of taxation's effects on patterns of economic distribution."--Ira Katznelson, author of When Affirmative Action Was White "In this urgent account, Dorothy Brown incisively unpacks how racism is embedded in our nation's tax system, enhancing White wealth at the expense of Black Americans."--Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning "An eye-opening look at race-based economic biases, with reasonable steps to undo them.--Kirkus Reviews"An illuminating exploration of how U.S. tax policies exacerbate the Black-white wealth gap."--Publishers Weekly "Brown . . . writes brilliantly and lucidly on systemic racism and injustice within the American tax system. [The Whiteness of Wealth] is an eye-opening, well-sourced and -argued account of tax law and economic policy at the intersection of racism and social history."--Booklist (starred review) About the Author Dorothy A. Brown is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor at Emory University School of Law. A graduate of Fordham University and Georgetown Law, she received her LLM in Taxation from New York University. A nationally recognized scholar in the areas of race, class, and tax policy, she has published dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on the topic. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS, and NPR, and her opinion pieces have been published in CNN Opinion, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Born and raised in the South Bronx in New York City, Dorothy Brown currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond - by Rama Salla Dieng & Andrea O'Reilly (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 360Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Women's StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Demeter PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Rama Salla Dieng & Andrea O'ReillyLanguage: English Book Synopsis Feminist Parenting: Perspectives from Africa and Beyond asks and considers: What is feminist parenting? Is it something for all parents? What does it mean to be a feminist parent in practice? The collection aims to fill a gap on feminist parenting in the existing literature by bringing timely post-Western perspectives. More specifically, the anthology's main contribution is its explicit focus on feminist parenting from the margins to the global periphery: from Africa and its diaspora, from the Global South to Europe and America. The 27 parents from diverse backgrounds, walks of life, and countries gathered in this anthology share powerful responses to the above questions by narrating their experiences of some of the challenges, dilemmas, promises, and compromises of parenting with a feminist perspective. The volume is one of the first collections published with first-person essays describing very touching, beautiful, and sometimes painful stories of what it means and more importantly what it costs to become a feminist parent with an intersectional approach. In doing so, the authors of this book aim at (re)claiming parenting as a necessarily political terrain for subversion, radical transformation, and resistance to patriarchal oppression and sexism. About the Author Rama Salla Dieng, PhD, is a Senegalese scholar and writer. She is a Lecturer at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh, and a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships of the same university. Rama is the Programme Director for the MSc Africa and International Development and her research focuses on African feminisms, feminist political economy, agrarian studies and gender and development in Africa. She currently serves on the Council of Development Studies Association UK, and convenes the Decolonising Development Study Group. Between 2010 and 2015, she worked at the Policy Research Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP) in Senegal. Rama has published a novel La Dernière Lettre with Présence Africaine in 2008. She has contributed to an Edited volume by Gender Links on Polygamy: At the heart of the Matter (2009), and an edited volume on Democracy and Development: Perspectives of Young African Researchers (2013) published by l'Harmattan. She holds a PhD and a MSc in International Development from SOAS, University of London and a Master in International Cooperation from Sciences Po Bordeaux, France.Andrea O'Reilly, PhD, is Professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at York University. O'Reilly is founder and director of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, founder and editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative, and founder and publisher of Demeter Press. Rama Salla Dieng, PhD, is a Senegalese writer, academic, and activist. She is currently a Lecturer in Africa and International Development at the Centre of African Studies, University of Edinburgh.
Everybody Was Kung Fu Fighting - (Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity) by Vijay Prashad & Prashad (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 232Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Ethnic StudiesSeries Title: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural PurityFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: Asian American StudiesAuthor: Vijay Prashad & PrashadLanguage: English Book Synopsis Selected as One of the Village Voice's Favorite 25 Books of 2001 In this landmark work, historian Vijay Prashad refuses to engage the typical racial discussion that matches people of color against each other while institutionalizing the primacy of the white majority. Instead he examines more than five centuries of remarkable historical evidence of cultural and political interaction between Blacks and Asians around the world, in which they have exchanged cultural and religious symbols, appropriated personas and lifestyles, and worked together to achieve political change. Review Quotes In this brilliant exploration of the often surprising historical solidarities linking black and South Asian experiences, Prashad demolishes the conservative conceits of ethnic essentialism and so-called multiculturalism. In the usual dead zone of debate about identity politics, this little book is a refreshing oasis of original insight and unexpected affinity. -Mike Davis, author of City of Quartz and Magical Urbanism Finally! A book that just might bring an end to all the silly talk of 'identity politics.' Vijay Prashad's powerful, original essays reveal that neither brown skins nor cultural commonalities explain the long and dynamic history of Afro-Asian solidarity. Rather, the answer lay in dreams of emancipation, dreams borne of Empire but nourished in the imaginations of so-called colored people who had to learn to trust each other in the trenches. This is one complicated and uncompleted journey we all need to know about. -Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination About the Author Vijay Prashad is director and associate professor of international studies at Trinity College and the author of The Karma of Brown Folk. He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.
The Amish of Lancaster County - 2nd Edition by Donald B Kraybill (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 120Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Customs & TraditionsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Stackpole BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Donald B KraybillLanguage: English About the Book More than 8.5 million people visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, every year to experience the culture of the oldest Amish community in the world. This primer to understanding Amish life, by the leading scholar of the people and their culture, includes captivating color photography and insight on recent media events. Book Synopsis More than 8.5 million people visit Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, every year to experience the culture of the oldest Amish community in the world. This book by the leading scholar of the Amish explains the uncommon lifestyle of these simple-living people who intrigue so many visitors. Mini essays on all aspects of Amish life, from dress and spirituality to horse-and-buggy transport, are accompanied by beautiful full-color photographs. The author also discusses myths about the Amish, their selective use of technology, the current media attention to Rumspringa, and the tragedy at the Nickel Mines school. About the Author Donald B. Kraybill is Distinguished Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College. He has published numerous books on the Amish, including The Riddle of Amish Culture (978-0-8018-6772-9) and The Puzzles of Amish Life (978-1-5614-8001-2).
Everything Ancient Was Once New - (Indigenous Pacifics) by Emalani Case (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Indigenous StudiesSeries Title: Indigenous PacificsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: University of Hawaii PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Emalani CaseLanguage: English About the Book Case explores Indigenous persistence through the concept of Kahiki, a term that is at once both an ancestral homeland for Hawaiians and the knowledge that there is life to be found beyond Hawaiʻi. Book Synopsis In Everything Ancient Was Once New, Emalani Case explores Indigenous persistence through the concept of Kahiki, a term that is at once both an ancestral homeland for Kānaka Maoli (Hawaiians) and the knowledge that there is life to be found beyond Hawaiʻi's shores. Kahiki is therefore both a symbol of ancestral connection and the potential that comes with remembering and acting upon that connection. Tracing physical, historical, intellectual, and spiritual journeys to and from Kahiki, Case frames it as a place of refuge and sanctuary, a place where ancient knowledge can constantly be made anew. It is in Kahiki, and in the sanctuary it creates, that today's Kānaka Maoli can find safety and reprieve from the continued onslaught of settler colonial violence while confronting some of the uncomfortable and challenging realities of being Indigenous in Hawaiʻi, in the Pacific, and in the world. The book engages with Kahiki as a shifting term employed by Kānaka Maoli to explain their lives and experiences at different points in history. Case argues for reactivated and reinvigorated engagements with Kahiki to support ongoing work aimed at decolonizing physical and ideological spaces and to reconnect Kānaka Maoli to peoples and places in the Pacific region and beyond in purposeful, meaningful ways. By tracing Kahiki through pivotal moments in history and critical moments in contemporary times, Case demonstrates how the idea of Kahiki--while not always mentioned by name--was, and is, always full of potential. Intertwining personal narrative with rigorous research and analysis, Case weaves the past and the present together, reflecting on ancient concepts and their continued relevance in movements to protect lands, waters, and oceans; to fight for social justice; to reexamine our responsibilities to each other across the Pacific region; and to open space for continued dialogue on what it means to be Indigenous when at home and when away. Everything Ancient Was Once New journeys to and from Kahiki, offering readers a sanctuary for reflection, deep learning, and continued dreaming with the past, in the present, and far into the future. About the Author Emalani Case is a Kanaka Maoli lecturer in Pacific studies at Te Herenga Waka--Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
What Makes America Great - by Bob Dowell (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 100Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Ethnic StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Toplink Publishing, LLCAge Range: AdultBook theme: Native American StudiesAuthor: Bob DowellLanguage: English Book Synopsis What Makes America Great is a narrative summary of the elements of greatness Bob Dowell revealed in several of the country's key historical and literary documents. Birthed by the Reformation and corner stone laid by Puritans dedicated to establishing a God centered commonwealth, the exemplary has been America's vision from its beginnings. Dedication to the exemplary can be documented in numerous American documents from John Winthrop's "Model of Christian Charity" envisioning the exemplary "city upon a hill," to Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence with its exemplary creed that "all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights," to Elizabeth Cady Stanton's exemplary Declaration of Sentiments envisioning equal rights for women [all men and women are created equal], to Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and "Gettysburg Address" addressing the evils of slavery and envisioning a nation dedicated to an exemplary government "of the people, by the people, and for the people," to Martin Luther King's exemplary "I Have a Dream Speech" envisioning America living up to its equality creed by extending full equality to its African American citizens.What Makes America Great celebrates the exemplary in the American experience noting particularly its greatness being confirmed in the fact that its history is primarily the fruition of its creed as stated in its Declaration of Independence.
The Pronoun Lowdown - by Nevo Zisin (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 96Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Gender StudiesFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Smith Street BooksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Nevo ZisinLanguage: English About the Book "Dismantle the messy myth of gender, with this a colorful, approachable, and irreverent-AF book. We find ourselves at an exciting moment in history. For the first time, trans and gender diverse people are being seen and heard. Thanks to tireless activism, and an increased visibility worldwide, these lived experiences (the joyful, and the painful) are no longer able to be ignored. And so, The Pronoun Lowdown is here to demystify and celebrate trans and gender diverse excellence. Woven together with author Nevo Zisin's own pronoun journey, this colourful hardback sheds light on the complicated history of gender around the world, in language and across time. Nevo shares their ideas for how young trans and gender diverse folk might begin to navigate their identities, as well as simple suggestions for friends and family on how to provide the best support possible. And, as well as Nevo's own anecdotes, these pages also salute the tireless work of other LGBTQIA+ trailblazers and activists - without whom this joyous book could never exist. Everyone deserves to have their identity affirmed by their friends, families, and the world through which they move. The Pronoun Lowdown celebrates trans and gender diverse identities, in all their fluid and imperfect perfection!"--Publisher's description. Book Synopsis Dismantle the messy myth of gender, with this a colorful, approachable, and irreverent-AF book. We find ourselves at an exciting moment in history. For the first time, trans and gender diverse people are being seen and heard. Thanks to tireless activism, and an increased visibility worldwide, these lived experiences (the joyful, and the painful) are no longer able to be ignored. And so, The Pronoun Lowdown is here to demystify and celebrate trans and gender diverse excellence. Woven together with author Nevo Zisin's own pronoun journey, this colourful hardback sheds light on the complicated history of gender around the world, in language and across time. Nevo shares their ideas for how young trans and gender diverse folk might begin to navigate their identities, as well as simple suggestions for friends and family on how to provide the best support possible. And, as well as Nevo's own anecdotes, these pages also salute the tireless work of other LGBTQIA+ trailblazers and activists - without whom this joyous book could never exist. Everyone deserves to have their identity affirmed by their friends, families, and the world through which they move. The Pronoun Lowdown celebrates trans and gender diverse identities, in all their fluid and imperfect perfection! About the Author Nevo Zissin is a Jewish, queer non-binary activist, public speaker and writer. They run gender inclusivity workshops in schools, workplaces, and in their local Jewish community. Nevo previously authored Finding Nevo, a poignant memoir on the experience of gender transitioning.
Earning the Rockies - by Robert D Kaplan (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 224Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: AnthropologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Random House TradeAge Range: AdultBook theme: Cultural & SocialAuthor: Robert D KaplanLanguage: English About the Book "As a boy, Robert Kaplan listened to his truck-driver father tell evocative stories about traveling across America in his youth, travels in which he learned to understand the country literally from the ground up. In Earning the Rockies, Kaplan undertakes his own cross-country journey to recapture an appreciation of American geography often lost in the jet age. Along the way, he witnesses both prosperity and decline--increasingly cosmopolitan cities that thrive on globalization, impoverished towns denuded by the loss of manufacturing--and paints a bracingly clear picture of America today. Kaplan lays bare the roots of American greatness--the fact that we are a nation, empire, and continent all at once--and how westward expansion shaped our national character, and should shape our foreign policy"--Provided by publisher. Book Synopsis An incisive portrait of the American landscape that shows how geography continues to determine America's role in the world Book Club Pick for Now Read This, from PBS NewsHour and The New York Times - "There is more insight here into the Age of Trump than in bushels of political-horse-race journalism."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) At a time when there is little consensus about who we are and what we should be doing with our power overseas, a return to the elemental truths of the American landscape is urgently needed. In Earning the Rockies, New York Times bestselling author Robert D. Kaplan undertakes a cross-country journey, traversing a rich and varied landscape that still remains the primary source of American power. Traveling west, in the same direction as the pioneers, Kaplan witnesses both prosperity and decline, and reexamines the history of westward expansion in a new light: as a story not just of genocide and individualism but also of communalism and a respect for the limits of a water-starved terrain. Concluding at the edge of the Pacific Ocean with a gripping description of an anarchic world, Earning the Rockies shows how America's foreign policy response ought to be rooted in its own geographical situation. Praise for Earning the Rockies "Unflinchingly honest . . . a lens-changing vision of America's role in the world . . . a jewel of a book that lights the path ahead."--Secretary of Defense James Mattis "A sui generis writer . . . America's East Coast establishment has only one Robert Kaplan, someone as fluently knowledgeable about the Balkans, Iraq, Central Asia and West Africa as he is about Ohio and Wyoming."--Financial Times "Kaplan has pursued stories in places as remote as Yemen and Outer Mongolia. In Earning the Rockies, he visits a place almost as remote to many Americans: these United States. . . . The author's point is a good one: America is formed, in part, by a geographic setting that is both sanctuary and watchtower."--The Wall Street Journal "A brilliant reminder of the impact of America's geography on its strategy. . . . Kaplan's latest contribution should be required reading."--Henry A. Kissinger "A text both evocative and provocative for readers who like to think ... In his final sections, Kaplan discusses in scholarly but accessible detail the significant role that America has played and must play in this shuddering world."--Kirkus Reviews Review Quotes "There is more insight here into the Age of Trump than in bushels of political-horse-race journalism. . . . Earning the Rockies is a tonic, because it brings fundamentals back into view."--The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice) "A sui generis writer . . . America's East Coast establishment has only one Robert Kaplan, someone as fluently knowledgeable about the Balkans, Iraq, Central Asia and West Africa as he is about Ohio and Wyoming."--Financial Times "In his long career as a foreign correspondent, Robert Kaplan has pursued stories in places as remote as Yemen and Outer Mongolia. In Earning the Rockies, he visits a place almost as remote to many Americans: these United States. . . . The author's point is a good one: America is formed, in part, by a geographic setting that is both sanctuary and watchtower."--The Wall Street Journal "A text both evocative and provocative for readers who like to think ... In his final sections, Kaplan discusses in scholarly but accessible detail the significant role that America has played and must play in this shuddering world."--Kirkus Reviews "Earning the Rockies is a brilliant reminder of the impact of America's geography on its strategy. An essential complement to his previous work on the subject of geostrategy, Kaplan's latest contribution should be required reading."--Henry A. Kissinger "Robert D. Kaplan uses America's unique geography and frontier experience to provide a lens-changing vision of America's role in the world, one that will capture your imagination. Unflinchingly honest, this refreshing approach shows how ideas from outside Washington, D.C., will balance America's idealism and pragmatism in dealing with a changed world. A jewel of a book, Earning the Rockies lights the path ahead."--Secretary of Defense James Mattis "Earning the Rockies is a thoughtful, engrossing, eloquent reflection on the United States' westward expansion to fill our continent--and on the implications of the resulting national character for the current debate about the proper role of America in the world. Here's another masterpiece by Robert D. Kaplan."--General (Ret.) David Petraeus "Robert D. Kaplan has given us a great gift in this intelligent, engaging, and memorable book about America at home and abroad. Jefferson believed our national fate inextricably linked to the West; Kaplan shows us how true that remains all these years distant."--Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House "Any Robert D. Kaplan road trip is bound to be compelling, but Earning the Rockies is all the more so for crossing America. Like Kerouac and Tocqueville, Kaplan makes us see the country in a wholly new way. This concise classic is highly recommended."--John Lewis Gaddis, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of George F. Kennan: An American Life "What a fine, stimulating, energizing, and thoroughly original book . . . All diplomats and soldiers--indeed, all Americans with power or the hope of power--should read Robert D. Kaplan generally, and this slim volume particularly."--Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author of Pacific: The Ocean of the Future About the Author Robert D. Kaplan is the bestselling author of nineteen books on foreign affairs and travel translated into many languages, including The Good American, The Revenge of Geography Asia's Cauldron, Monsoon, The Coming Anarchy, and Balkan Ghosts. He holds the Robert Strausz-Hupe Chair in Geopolitics at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. For three decades he reported on foreign affairs for The Atlantic. He was a member of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel. Foreign Policy magazine twice named him one of the world's Top 100 Global Thinkers.
Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy - by Barrington Moore (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 592Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Beacon PressAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Barrington MooreLanguage: English Book Synopsis This classic work of comparative history explores why some countries have developed as democracies and others as fascist or communist dictatorships Originally published in 1966, this classic text is a comparative survey of some of what Barrington Moore considers the major and most indicative world economies as they evolved out of pre-modern political systems into industrialism. But Moore is not ultimately concerned with explaining economic development so much as exploring why modes of development produced different political forms that managed the transition to industrialism and modernization. Why did one society modernize into a relatively free, democratic society (by which Moore means England)? Why did others metamorphose into fascist or communist states? His core thesis is that in each country, the relationship between the landlord class and the peasants was a primary influence on the ultimate form of government the society arrived at upon arrival in its modern age. "Throughout the book, there is the constant play of a mind that is scholarly, original, and imbued with the rarest gift of all, a deep sense of human reality . . . This book will influence a whole generation of young American historians and lead them to problems of the greatest significance." --The New York Review of Books Review Quotes A landmark in comparative history and a challenge to scholars of all lands who are trying to learn how we arrived at where we are now. -New York Times Book Review About the Author Barrington More, Jr. is a Lecturer in Sociology at Harvard University and Senior Research Fellow for the University's Russian Centre. He was educated at Williams College, where he took a degree in Greek and Latin, and at Yale University where he gained a PhD in sociology. His book Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy received the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award in political science and the MacIver Award in sociology. He is also the author of Soviet Politics: The Dilemma of Power, Terror and Progress: USSR, Political Power and Social Theory and, with Robert P. Wolff and Herbert Marcuse, A Critique of Pure Tolerance. His most recent book, Reflections on the Causes of Human Misery and Upon Certain Proposals to Eliminate Them, was given the Ralph Waldo Emerson Award of Phi Beta Kappa.
Communal Luxury - by Kristin Ross (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 160Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: VersoAge Range: AdultBook theme: UrbanAuthor: Kristin RossLanguage: English About the Book Translation of: L'imaginaire de la Commune. Book Synopsis Reclaiming the legacy of the Paris Commune for the twenty-first centuryKristin Ross's highly acclaimed work on the thought and culture of the Communard uprising of 1871 resonates with the motivations and actions of contemporary protest, which has found its most powerful expression in the reclamation of public space. Today's concerns--internationalism, education, the future of labor, the status of art, and ecological theory and practice--frame and inform her carefully researched restaging of the words and actions of individual Communards. This original analysis of an event and its centrifugal effects brings to life the workers in Paris who became revolutionaries, the significance they attributed to their struggle, and the elaboration and continuation of their thought in the encounters that transpired between the insurrection's survivors and supporters like Marx, Kropotkin, and William Morris. The Paris Commune was a laboratory of political invention, important simply and above all for, as Marx reminds us, its own "working existence." Communal Luxury allows readers to revisit the intricate workings of an extraordinary experiment. Review Quotes "No work specifies more fully Marx's claim that, the greatest achievement of the Paris Commune was its 'actual working existence.'"--Jacobin "In recent years, the Paris Commune has again moved to the center of political thinking. Kristin Ross's new book now, virtually for the first time, gives us an account of the intellectual antecedents of the Commune as well as its contemporary impact. This is an indispensable text for all current left theory!"--Fredric Jameson "Although this is a book of ideas, it is neither dry nor overburdened by scholarly references. Ross's vision of the Commune extends beyond the 72 days, and beyond the space of Paris (and indeed of France), to encompass its echoes throughout the rest of the 19th century ... For Ross, the story of the Commune is not a tragedy, because it is not finished."--Financial Times "Communal Luxury is a rich and complex book. It is an inspired rereading of the Paris Commune. It is a critique of historical accounts that ignore the ways in which the practices of insurrectionary movements generate their own theory. It is a call to historians to attend to the alternatives offered at decisive moments of political and economic consolidation. It is, as well, Ross's own manifesto about how we might think our futures differently. This is a history with enormous relevance for our contemporary political moment."--Joan W. Scott, Institute For Advanced Study, Princeton "Ross argues that the spirit of the Commune is alive today among ... the Indignados in Spain and inside the Occupy movement [and] discusses the 'political imaginary' that fuelled and outlived the Commune.'"--Philippe Marlière, London Review of Books "A timely, elegant and rather useful cartography of the Paris Commune ... This small book is a sort of parable, about another time and place, but not really about the past as past. It is more about the possibility of other kinds of action in time, as indeed are most parables."--McKenzie Wark "Rendered with economy and ease and an engaging array of portraiture that can only be noted here... For all its rich interest and value as a work of historical retrieval and remembrance, Communal Luxury is a book with designs on the future ... Ross anholds out the immensely appealing prospect of an integrally green communism in a society freed from capital, state and national passions, a general instance, perhaps, of her preferred intellectual orientation, which she presents as an undoctrinaire exchange between Marxism and anarchism." --Francis Mulhern, New Left Review "One of the most important political books of the year...The ingenuity and collective good sense of the communards will challenge any reader who struggles to reconcile egalitarian politics with concerns over state violence and power." --Flavorwire "A timely and fecund work that should stimulate anarchist thought and action on the relevance of the Commune to the contemporary politics of occupation, resistance, and prefiguration."--Anarchist Studies"Ross is the perfect guide for such a journey: few critics are more attuned to how words and images can travel ... [she] has an acute eye for this juxtaposition of the pastoral and the political, how the vines of nature can overtake the monuments of empire, how revolutionary events can interrupt the silence of the countryside." --Corey Robin, Salon "Ross brilliantly remaps the political topoi of the Commune in a narrative that is short but densely interwoven, a pattern of lively and vibrant connections not unlike the floral design by Morris on the book's cover. What the attentive reader gains is the ability to feel the surge of ideas and movement of people that transformed a situation of insurmountable crisis into a moment for revolutionary change" --caa.reviews "Ross implies that the political horizons of our time share something with the maximalist project produced by the Commune and elaborated by its survivors and exponents, who glimpsed in its fragile and unexpected manifestation the furthest possibilities of social revolution." --Jasper Bernes, Critical Inquiry "The strength of Communal Luxury lies in the combativeness and perceptiveness with which it wrests the Paris Commune from the conformism that has always threatened to confine it in an almost unimaginable past." --Matthew Beaumont, Journal of William Morris Studies "Ross evokes the exhilaration of art freed from the museum and being lived as something 'vital and indispensable to the community.'" --Marx & Philosophy "At its most literal, the ideal of communal luxury could just mean public art but the demand the slogan evokes is more expansive and far-reaching, namely, the demand that beauty flourish in social spaces and therefore the later avant-garde expectation of the full integration of art into everyday life exemplified in Constructivism. Ross evokes the exhilaration of art freed from the museum and being lived as something 'vital and indispensable to the community.'"--Jeremy Spencer, Marx & Philosophy Society "An essential resource for all those on the Left." --Mark Hutchinson, Art & the Public Sphere About the Author Kristin Ross is a professor of comparative literature at New York University. She is the author of numerous books, including Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture and May '68 and its Afterlives.
Kindheit 6.7 - by Michael Hüter (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 480Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: GeneralFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Michael HuterAge Range: AdultAuthor: Michael HüterLanguage: German Book Synopsis Die großen Entwicklungen, Fortschritte und Leistungen im kulturellen wie auch im wissenschaftlichen Bereich - und die sind enorm - verdanken wir einzelnen Menschen, oft schon Kindern und Jugendlichen, die vorwiegend durch die Unterstützung ihrer Familie die Möglichkeit hatten, ihrer Intuition und ihren Begabungen zu folgen. Ohne Krippe, Kindergarten und Schul-Druck. Etwa 80 Prozent aller Persönlichkeiten (nicht nur) Europas der letzten Jahrhunderte, die Herausragendes für Kultur, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft geleistet haben, wurden zuallererst lange familial sozialisiert. Wir haben in der gesamten industrialisierten Welt den Blick für die Kompetenzen von Kindern verloren und eine Welt erschaffen, die gegenwärtig etwa 50 Prozent(!) der Kinder krank und viele junge Menschen buchstäblich verrückt werden lässt. Wir haben weltweit und vorrangig in den >hoch entwickeltenartgerechtesEndlich ein Buch, das so fundiert so viele Argumente zusammenträgt, die alle deutlich machen, dass es mit unserem Bildungssystem so wie bisher nicht weitergehen kann. Hoffentlich wird es möglichst bald zur Pflichtlektüre für alle Erziehungs- und Bildungsverantwortlichen und zur Lieblingslektüre für Eltern.
Be Fierce - by Gretchen Carlson (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Sexual Abuse & HarassmentFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Center StreetAge Range: AdultAuthor: Gretchen CarlsonLanguage: English About the Book Originally published in hardcover in 2017 by Center Street. Book Synopsis Now updated with a new chapter! Includes the #metoo movement and the cultural revolution.A groundbreaking manifesto from journalist Gretchen Carlson about how women can protect themselves from sexual harassment in the workplace and reclaim their power against abuse or injustice.In BE FIERCE, Gretchen shares her own experiences, as well as powerful and moving stories from women in many different careers and fields who decided they too weren't ready to shut up and sit down. Gretchen became a voice for the voiceless.In this revealing and timely book, Gretchen shares her views on what women can do to empower and protect themselves in the workplace or on a college campus, what to say when someone makes suggestive remarks, how an employer's Human Resources department may not always be your friend, and how forced arbitration clauses in work contracts often serve to protect companies rather than employees. Her groundbreaking message encourages women to stand up and speak up in every aspect of their lives. Gretchen also discusses why this fight will require both women and men working together to ensure that our daughters and sons will have a brighter future.BE FIERCE is a cultural movement and a motivating testament to what we can accomplish if we collectively decide to become warriors in the path for a better future.The time is now. Take back your life, your career, and your dignity.Twitter: @GretchenCarlsonFacebook: @GretchenCarlsonInstagram: @therealgretchencarlsonA portion of each book sale will go towards Gretchen's Gift of Courage fund."Using your voice and speaking your truth is a step toward freedom. Be a 'Fierce' force because that's what it takes to change the world."--Maria Shriver, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement Review Quotes "As an accomplished violinist, former Miss America, and Fox News commentator, Carlson is no stranger to the spotlight, but she faced one of the brightest and harshest lights when she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes in 2015. The results-a torrent of verbal abuse from critics and thousands of messages from women sharing their own experiences-spurred her into dedicated advocacy for fighting against sexual harassment, with BE FIERCE as her latest effort. [...] Carlson's drive to dispel the myths around harassment and to offer guidance as to how speak out against it remains strong throughout. [...] Carlson's uncompromising passion on this issue is highly welcome."--Library Journal"BE FIERCE is an important book, if only because it encourages conversation - something that the #MeToo movement has proven to be incredibly powerful. By coming forward with her own experiences, Carlson writes that she "decided to jump off a cliff, all by myself, with no safety net and no way of knowing what would lie below." In sharing her story - and in searching for the stories of others - she is phenomenally and extraordinarily courageous."--Bustle"BE FIERCE offers readers pages of resources, as well as Carlson's plea for everyone to see the issue as nonpartisan. Sexual harassment, she writes, "is not a Republican issue. It's not a Democratic issue. No harasser stops to ask what party you belong to before he acts. It's a human issue, a women's issue, a men's issue. It's everyone's issue."--Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times"Carlson helped open the floodgates for thousands of women who had similar stories to tell. Their voices inspired her new book, BE FIERCE: Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back, in which she says sexual harassment is an equal-opportunity plight that affects women from all walks of life. Through their stories [she] examines the prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace and on college campuses, and outlines different ways to combat it."--Minnesota Star Tribune"Former Fox News anchor Carlson (Getting Real) draws from her own experience of being sexually harassed to illuminate an epidemic of inappropriate behavior in the workplace, and to educate women on their rights [...] Carlson talks to a civil rights attorney about what people who have been harassed can expect after reporting incidents to human resources, provides data from sociological studies on sexist patterns in the workplace, and explores the complicated machinations of forced arbitration clauses often buried in job contracts. She includes a 12-point plan for handling harassment, outlining how to document incidents and whom to tell and when. Carlson further advises on the need to keep young women safe on college campuses, teach children respectful behavior, and recruit men as allies in the workplace. [...] Carlson's inclusion of her own stories is courageous, and her commitment to making sexual harassment a nonpartisan issue is admirable."--Publishers Weekly"Gretchen Carlson's landmark sexual harassment lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes shattered the culture of silence for women at Fox News and forced Ailes to resign. Now, in this gripping new book, she shares stories from women all across the country and exposes the epidemic of sexual harassment in the workplace -- and how women can fight to end it."--Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent and author of the New York Times bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room"Men must act. That's the message I take from Carlson's new book, BE FIERCE. Carlson [...] writes with passion and the knowledge of one who knows the issue intimately. What her book deftly explains, as do many women experts, that harassment is not simply about sexual hijinks. It's about power."--John Baldoni, FORBES"Ms. Carlson readily acknowledges that this can be an uphill, rock-strewn battle for an individual, and that outcomes are generally not favorable. But her no-sugar-coating attitude is meant to be empowering, not disheartening. Ms. Carlson asserts that personal bravery, strong support systems, continued cultural education and awareness, and a refusal to be silenced can accomplish the goal of eliminating sexual harassment. BE FIERCE is part history, part myth dispeller, part self-help manual, and finally a call to arms for women (and men) to rise up and demand that women be treated as human beings in the workplace."--Pittsburg Post-Gazette"Sexual harassment doesn't always mean a sexual advance, as Carlson pointed out. It's about power through sexual intimidation. Surely, women have a right to live and work without this predatory threat. If enough fathers care about their daughters' future success; if enough brothers care about their sisters' safety; if enough women care enough about each other, #MeToo -- or #BeFierce -- won't be just another hashtag."--Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post"The book [...] is a chilling and disturbing revelation of how, in several instances, women have been and continue to be mistreated in the US."--The Sun Daily"This book is a must read for any woman who has ever felt victimized or harassed and for any man who knows it's his duty to do the right thing. Gretchen is a warrior and an inspiration." --Paul Feig, writer, producer, director of Bridesmaids, Spy, Ghostbusters, and The Heat"Using your voice and speaking your truth is a step toward freedom. Be a 'Fierce' force because that's what it takes to change the world."--Maria Shriver, Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist, New York Times bestselling author, and founder of The Women's Alzheimer's Movement"While BE FIERCE does share some of Carlson's personal experiences -- she was first sexually harassed years ago by a cameraman on assignment for the Virginia television station where she started her journalism career not long after winning the Miss America pageant -- it's actually structured partly as a self-help book with chapters on how to handle harassment when it occurs, the kinds of changes in law and business that might tamp down its prevalence, and the role of men in combating sexual harassment." --Orange County Register"With the revelations now public and as more women come forward, Carlson has become iconic in the most literal sense, a representative for thousands of women who've suffered alone. It's for them that she's written this book. The idea that her own daughter-and an entire generation of young women, with her-might face the same indignities that she has repulses her."--ELLE"Be Fierce is quite useful on the practical side of these issues, where Carlson is obviously alluding to her own experiences. Have a plan before you go to HR or you'll find your options predetermined; you may have a mandatory arbitration clause in your employment contract you don't know about[...]"--The New York Review of Books"[BE FIERCE] takes a brutally practical look at what can be done about sexual harassment. It asks: Why do so many women remain silent? And what needs to change to end that silence?" --Minnesota Public Radio News"Carlson's book delivers pep talks to women afraid to rock the boat, as well as specific legal strategies. Bullying and non-sexual forms of intimidation are also addressed and there's a chapter for men who stand up for women in their lives and workplace." --Associated Press"Gretchen has a 12-point plan on what to do if you are a victim of sexual harassment and abuse in her new book, Be Fierce." --Hollywood Life"Gretchen Carlson is a fighter through and through and she is using her voice to put herself on the right side of history on this issue."--Billie Jean King, founder of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative"Gretchen Carlson is not only FIERCE but brave as she pours sunlight on this scourge that hides in plain sight. Sexual harassment is an issue that all of us should be concerned about not just women. I encourage every man to read this book." --Larry Wilmore, Emmy Award-winning producer, actor, comedian, writer"Gretchen Carlson who took down Roger Ailes Chairman and CEO of Fox News and the Fox Television Stations Group for sexual harassment now tells in "Be Fierce Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back" the negative treatment she has received from people all over the country. She also cites other cases of sexual harassment by men to other women and how the perpetrators for the most part get away with their actions when they are exposed. Carlson reveals that many times human resources of company's side against the accuser and how their lives are tarnished just because they have come forward. There are other things she reveals as well that are sadly the way things are done today. At times "Be Fierce Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back" is so disgusting in the way females are treated by males that readers can only read a few pages at a time because the abuse is so repulsive to read about. There is hope though because Carlson shows there are men who are just as appalled and are side by side with women to bring about change while she also talks about how parents have to teach children to have more respect for girls and women. We have a long way to go but "Be Fierce Stop Harassment and Take Your Power Back" hopefully is a book that will begin the change that is needed for women."--Midwest Book Review"Gretchen Carlson's very brave and public stand against sexual harassment gave countless women the courage to fight back and is teaching our daughters (and sons) three very important words: it's not okay."--Katie Couric, award-winning journalist and cancer advocate"Gretchen's experiences in the workplace will be all too familiar to women of all professions and walks of life-many of whom she's enlisted to help tell their own stories of resilience, courage, and justice in the face of sexual harassment and assault. Her book should serve as a guide for both women and men, for interns and executives alike, on confronting and preventing sexual harassment, and finding the strength to handle the most impossible of situations with ferocity and grace."--U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill"In her book Be Fierce, Carlson shares stories from dozens of men and women on their own sexual harassment and assault experiences as well as advice for how to fight back in a system stacked against victims. But it's the revelations about her own life that keep you engaged." --The Washingtonian"The book, Carlson's second, is focused primarily on the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and relays many of the stories Carlson said she received from people around the country in the wake of her much-publicized exit from Fox News. She also offered lessons to women considering lodging a complaint." --The Hollywood Reporter"What [BE FIERCE] does so well is tell the stories of real women." --Yahoo Lifestyle About the Author Recently honored as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World and a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Matrix Award, Gretchen Carlson is one of the nation's most successful and recognized news anchors and a tireless advocate for female empowerment. Formerly, Carlson was co-host of the number-one rated cable morning news show, Fox and Friends, as well as the host of her own signature show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson. An honors graduate of Stanford University, Carlson also serves as a trustee for several national non-profit boards and in 2017 established her own fund, Gift of Courage, to empower women and young girls to realize their full potential. Since making the decision to speak out against sexual harassment, she has sparked an international conversation about the pervasiveness of the problem and, in doing so, discovered that every woman has a story.
We Were Feminists Once - by Andi Zeisler (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Feminism & Feminist TheoryFormat: PaperbackPublisher: PublicAffairsAge Range: AdultAuthor: Andi ZeislerLanguage: English About the Book "A critical assessment of feminism today by the founding editor and creative director of Bitch magazine draws on the stories of institutions and everyday women to illuminate how feminism has been compromised by market forces, subversive politics and popular culture, sharing strategic recommendations for how to reverse marginalizing trends,"--NoveList. Book Synopsis Feminism has hit the big time. Once a dirty word brushed away with a grimace, feminist has been rebranded as a shiny label sported by movie and pop stars, fashion designers, and multi-hyphenate powerhouses like BeyoncÃ(c) It drives advertising and marketing campaigns for everything from wireless plans to underwear to perfume, presenting what's long been a movement for social justice as just another consumer choice in a vast market. Individual self-actualization is the goal, shopping more often than not the means, and celebrities the mouthpieces. But what does it mean when social change becomes a brand identity? Feminism's splashy arrival at the center of today's media and pop-culture marketplace, after all, hasn't offered solutions to the movement's unfinished business. Planned Parenthood is under sustained attack, women are still paid 77 percent -- or less -- of the man's dollar, and vicious attacks on women, both on- and offline, are utterly routine. Andi Zeisler, a founding editor of Bitch Media, draws on more than twenty years' experience interpreting popular culture in this biting history of how feminism has been co-opted, watered down, and turned into a gyratory media trend. Surveying movies, television, advertising, fashion, and more, Zeisler reveals a media landscape brimming with the language of empowerment, but offering little in the way of transformational change. Witty, fearless, and unflinching, We Were Feminists Once is the story of how we let this happen, and how we can amplify feminism's real purpose and power. Review Quotes "Andi Zeisler, Bitch Media cofounder and feminist samurai, breaks the pop-culture time machine and makes you beg for more." -Susie Bright, best-selling author and host of In Bed with Susie Bright"As one of our most passionate and important feminist voices, Andi Zeisler takes on 'marketplace feminism, ' a feel-good, newly cool and media-friendly phenomenon disengaged from the reality of our ongoing and deeply entrenched forms of gender inequality. Engaging, smart and provocative, We Were Feminists Once challenges us to take on the gap between glitzy media appropriations of feminism and the significant unfinished business of the women's movement." -Susan J. Douglas, award-winning author of Where the Girls Are and Enlightened Sexism"Extremely insightful...One cannot quarrel with [Zeisler's] conclusion that the actual term feminism, once freighted with images of bra-burning, hairy-legged harridans has now become so lightweight as to be meaningless." -Jane Hailé, New York Journal of Books"Spirited, witty, and ferociously incisive." -Kirkus Reviews"Zeisler's analysis of what she calls 'marketplace feminism' is acute and endlessly relevant, highlighting the insidiousness of the coopting powers that be, and calling on feminists to direct their resources toward legitimate political action and reclaim feminism as an identity, not something commodifiable." -Publishers Weekly"With delightfully dry wit, Zeisler carries the discussion of the portrayal of women in advertising, movies, television, and fashion both in the present day and recent history. ...This thought-provoking yet sobering consideration of the current state of feminism emphasizes the need to continue to fight for full equality. Highly recommended for readers with an interest in women's studies, pop culture, and the media." -Library Journal, Editors' Spring Pick 2016 About the Author Andi Zeisler is a writer, editor, and cultural critic. She is the cofounder of Bitch Media, the nonprofit best known for publishing the award-winning quarterly magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture, which has over 50,000 subscribers. Zeisler is extremely plugged into the community of feminist bloggers, her writing on feminism, popular culture, and media has appeared in newspapers and magazines including Ms., Mother Jones, BUST, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and the Washington Post. She regularly speaks at colleges and universities and holds interviews in various national publications and radio programs around the country. She has been featured and interviewed in publications like the New York Times, among others.
The Boys in the Bunkhouse - by Dan Barry (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 352Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: People with DisabilitiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PerennialAge Range: AdultAuthor: Dan BarryLanguage: English About the Book "A full-length account of the author's prize-winning New York Times story chronicles the exploitation and abuse case of a group of developmentally disabled workers, who for 25 years, were forced to work under harrowing conditions for virtually no wages until tenacious advocates helped them achieve their freedom"-- Book Synopsis Nominated for the 2017 Hillman Prize and the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights AwardWith this Dickensian tale from America's heartland, New York Times writer and columnist Dan Barry tells the harrowing yet uplifting story of the exploitation and abuse of a resilient group of men with intellectual disability, and the heroic efforts of those who helped them to find justice and reclaim their lives.In the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa, dozens of men, all with intellectual disability and all from Texas, lived in an old schoolhouse. Before dawn each morning, they were bussed to a nearby processing plant, where they eviscerated turkeys in return for food, lodging, and $65 a month. They lived in near servitude for more than thirty years, enduring increasing neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse--until state social workers, local journalists, and one tenacious labor lawyer helped these men achieve freedom.Drawing on exhaustive interviews, Dan Barry dives deeply into the lives of the men, recording their memories of suffering, loneliness and fleeting joy, as well as the undying hope they maintained despite their traumatic circumstances. Barry explores how a small Iowa town remained oblivious to the plight of these men, analyzes the many causes for such profound and chronic negligence, and lays out the impact of the men's dramatic court case, which has spurred advocates--including President Obama--to push for just pay and improved working conditions for people living with disabilities.A luminous work of social justice, told with compassion and compelling detail, The Boys in the Bunkhouse is more than just inspired storytelling. It is a clarion call for a vigilance that ensures inclusion and dignity for all. From the Back Cover It is an ultimately uplifting tale from the heartland: a group of men with intellectual disability, all from Texas, living in a tired old schoolhouse in the tiny Iowa farm town of Atalissa. Every morning before dawn, they report to a nearby processing plant to eviscerate turkeys. In return, they receive food, lodging, and sixty-five dollars a month. For decades. The people of Atalissa accept and befriend the men--known as "the boys"--but fail to notice the signs of neglect, exploitation, and physical and emotional abuse. It isn't until a cadre of heroes--conscientious social workers, a local journalist, and one tenacious government lawyer--come to their rescue that the men receive a joyous and just coda to their lives.Drawing on extensive personal interviews and reams of public records, New York Times journalist Dan Barry delves deep into the lives of these extraordinary men, summoning their memories and suffering, their tender moments of joy, their persistent hopefulness--and, most of all, their endurance. Review Quotes Praise for Bottom of the 33rd: "What a book--an exquisite exercise in story-telling, democracy and myth-making that has, at its center, a great respect for the symphony of voices that make up America."--Colum McCann"As an exposé of a moral catastrophe, this is a vital piece of reportage."--New York Times Book ReviewThe story of these men gets the full telling it deserves in Dan Barry's powerful, moving, and at times heartbreaking book, The Boys in the Bunkhouse."--Commonweal Magazine"An important story about the horrors of slavery and exploitation that can happen to vulnerable people anywhere."--The Atlantic"Disturbing yet beautifully told..."--America Magazine"Hard-hitting journalism shot through with flourishes of the best literary nonfiction. . . . The Boys in the Bunkhouse is, ultimately, a hopeful story of the power of a few dogged individuals to make change."--Minneapolis Star Tribune"The Boys in the Bunkhouse is not just a book about the victims but also a book that turns those victims into real men. Dan Barry has written them into history, as only a journalist could."--Newsweek"[Dan] Barry does more than simply recount the inning-by-inning-by-inning box score. He delves beneath the surface, like an archaeologist piecing together the shards and fragments of a forgotten society, to reconstruct a time and a night that have become part of baseball lore."--Associated Press"A fascinating, beautifully told story... In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative...The book feels like 'Our Town' on the diamond."--Minneapolis Star Tribune"An astonishing tale that lyrically articulates baseball's inexorable grip on its players and fans, Bottom of the 33rd belongs among the best baseball books ever written."--Cleveland Plain Dealer"An extraordinary contribution to the literature of social injustice. . . . The Boys in the Bunkhouse surely will emerge as one of the landmark books of the year."--Providence Journal"Barry's book can't right all those wrongs, but it at least documents them eloquently, and in a more permanent way."--Kansas City Star"Dan Barry gives dignity even to the darkest corners of the American experience. He is the closest thing we have to a contemporary Steinbeck."--Colum McCann, author of the National Book Award-winning Let the Great World Spin"Dan Barry represents the magic that is possible in journalism when there is a convergence between a great story and great talent."--Gay Talese"Gently, emphatically, and indelibly, Barry conveys a tale of unthinkable brutality.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Fe)Male Gaze - by Manuel Arias Maldonado (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 80Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Human SexualityFormat: PaperbackPublisher: AnagramaAge Range: AdultAuthor: Manuel Arias MaldonadoLanguage: Spanish About the Book Is there going to be a before and after #MeToo? Based on notorious scandals, the author investigates the transformation of the laws that govern the relations between the sexes in the 21st century and proposes a mutual emancipation that excludes all coercion, but also all moralism.
High Art - by Robert Lambrechts & Estefanio Holtz (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 144Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Customs & TraditionsFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Clarkson Potter PublishersAge Range: AdultAuthor: Robert Lambrechts & Estefanio HoltzLanguage: English Book Synopsis Art can be confusing. Luckily, there's marijuana. This book pairs fifty classic works from all around the world with unique cannabis recommendations. High Art gives you answers to questions that have long plagued art history students, such as Is there an edible that will help me understand Cubism? (Yes!) Can a cannabis strain connect me more deeply to late-period Van Gogh? (Of course!) And Should I be intimidated by the work of William Blake? (Very much so--but cannabis extracts can help.) To get in touch with your inner self while viewing Van Gogh's Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat, toke on some of Gravita's Red-Headed Stranger and really feel the brush strokes wash over you. Or while viewing Henri Rousseau's 1910 Tropical Forest with Monkeys, you might smoke some mild Purple Monkey followed by a snack of THC-infused dried fruits for a body float that will allow you to connect with your primitive nature. So whether you know a lot about art and nothing about cannabis or a lot about cannabis and nothing about art, it's high time you expanded your mind. About the Author Robert Lambrechts works in advertising and would be grateful if you didn't hold that against him. When not working or writing, he spends his time in Northern California where he enjoys tormenting his wife and kids with the band Rush.Estefanio Holtz is a creative based in Brooklyn, New York, who is passionate about great concepts and the stunning visuals that make them remarkable. Originally from Brazil, he spends his time working in advertising and on some side projects and collabing on books and music videos. If a scatterbrained individual bumps into you around Greenpoint, that could be him pondering his next project.
Critique of Everyday Life - by Henri Lefebvre (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 905Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: VersoAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Henri LefebvreLanguage: English Book Synopsis Henri Lefebvre's magnum opus: a monumental exploration of contemporary society. Henri Lefebvre's three-volume Critique of Everyday Life is perhaps the richest, most prescient work by one of the twentieth century's greatest philosophers. Written at the birth of post-war consumerism, the Critique was a philosophical inspiration for the 1968 student revolution in France and is considered to be the founding text of all that we know as cultural studies, as well as a major influence on the fields of contemporary philosophy, geography, sociology, architecture, political theory and urbanism. A work of enormous range and subtlety, Lefebvre takes as his starting-point and guide the "trivial" details of quotidian experience: an experience colonized by the commodity, shadowed by inauthenticity, yet one which remains the only source of resistance and change. This is an enduringly radical text, untimely today only in its intransigence and optimism. Review Quotes "A savage critique of consumerist society."--Publishers Weekly "One of the great French intellectual activists of the twentieth century."--David Harvey "The last great classical philosopher."--Fredric Jameson About the Author Henri Lefebvre (1901-1991), former resistance fighter and professor of sociology at Strasbourg and Nanterre, was a member of the French Communist Party from 1928 until his expulsion in 1957. He was the author of sixty books on philosophy, sociology, politics, architecture and urbanism.
Fight the Power - by Yusaf Jah & Chuck D & Yusuf Jah & Spike Lee (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 288Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Ethnic StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: DeltaAge Range: AdultBook theme: African American StudiesAuthor: Yusaf Jah & Chuck D & Yusuf Jah & Spike LeeLanguage: English About the Book A national bestseller, "Fight the Power" is an autobiography/treatise from Chuck D, the creative force behind Public Enemy, a founding father of Rap, and one of the music scene's most political and controversial figures. Photos. Book Synopsis Like the hard-hitting sounds of a Public Enemy jam, the words of the band's lead singer, Chuck D, excite the mind and senses. In his first book, Chuck D pours out commentary that takes on Hollywood, race, the music industry, the murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., drugs, and the three E's--education, economics and enforcement. Likening the challenge to "scaling a slick mountain on roller skates," Chuck D lets no one off the hook, putting celebrities and street kids alike on notice that the future is up for grabs...and the only way to be part of it, to be players not victims, is to work together. As an insider's view on Hip-Hop culture slides into intimate revelations about his own life, as lyrics from his songs bump shoulders with top ten lists like "The Greatest Rappers of All Time," Chuck D has his say with verve and electrifying energy, with anger, love and truth. A book that brings light into darkness, Fight the Power speaks for a generation. It is a powerful and prophetic message that America, both Black and White, urgently needs to hear. Nightline with Chuck as the featured guest. His rejection of celebrity and his constant community activism have made him a hero. For the past five years he's been touring colleges and universities, delivering three hour lectures on everything from the music industry's corruption of young talent, the history of black music from Blues to Rap, his own controversial lyrics, problems in the black community, self-empowerment, contemporary culture and current political leaders to Public Enemy's rise to international stardom. All while maintaining his solo and Public Enemy's recording careers. Fight the Power examines a multitude of complex social, racial and artistic issues. In his unmistakable voice, Chuck discusses the role of heroes and role models in the black community, Hollywood's negative images of blacks, the effect of gangsta rap, its images on the country's youth and the war between east and west coast rappers that may have spawned the murder of Tupac Shakur, the role of athletes and entertainers in eroding and strengthening values, and other vital contemporary concerns. Candid, thoughtful, and in your face, Fight the Power, the first substantial book by a rapper, offers readers a look into the culture of hip hop and the future of Black culture. Review Quotes "Chuck D is the towering artist of Hip-Hop culture....His voice challenges all of us!"--Cornel West, author of Race Matters "Fight the Power will raise some hackles, generate some furor, and, most importantly, get people thinking about the way things are, and why."--Chicago Sun-Times "Gives free rein to hip-hop's longest-standing cultural watchdog....Anyone who expresses support for both Tupac and C. Delores Tucker in one book is worth listening to."--The Source About the Author Chuck D, one of the pioneers of Rap music, is the founder and lead rapper for Public Enemy, which has a fan base of over twenty million people. Aside from his work with the "Rock the Vote" campaign, for which he was honored with the Patrick Lippert Humanitarian Award, he recently signed on as a reporter for the Fox News Channel. He also acted in his first film, An Alan Smithee Film--Burn, Hollywood, Burn. A new Public Enemy album was released in late 1997. Yusuf Jah is the author of Uprising: Crips and Bloods Tell the Story of America's Youth in Crossfire. He has also written two other books relating to the Black community and has lectured in colleges across the country.
Patterns of American Popular Heroism - by James G Shoopman (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 293Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Popular CultureFormat: PaperbackPublisher: McFarland & CompanyAge Range: AdultAuthor: James G ShoopmanLanguage: English About the Book ""The American popular hero has deeply bipolar origins: Depending on prevailing attitudes about the use or abuse of authority, American heroes may be rooted in the traditions of the Roman conquerors of The Aeneid or of the biblical underdog warriors and prophets. This book reviews the history of American popular culture and its heroes from the Revolutionary War and pre-Civil War "women's literature" to the dime novel tales of Jesse James and Buffalo Bill. "Hinge-heroes" like The Virginian and the Rider's of the Purple Sage paved the way John Wayne's and Humphrey Bogart's champions of civilization, while Jimmy Stewart's scrappy rebels fought soulless bankers and cynical politicians. The 1960s and 1970s saw a wave of new renegades-the doctors of MASH and the rebel alliance of Star Wars-but early 21st Century terrorism called for the grit of world weary cops and the super-heroism of Wonder Woman and Black Panther to make the world safe."-- Book Synopsis The American popular hero has deeply bipolar origins: Depending on prevailing attitudes about the use or abuse of authority, American heroes may be rooted in the traditions of the Roman conquerors of The Aeneid or of the biblical underdog warriors and prophets. This book reviews the history of American popular culture and its heroes from the Revolutionary War and pre-Civil War "women's literature" to the dime novel tales of Jesse James and Buffalo Bill. "Hinge-heroes" like The Virginian and the Rider's of the Purple Sage paved the way for John Wayne's and Humphrey Bogart's champions of civilization, while Jimmy Stewart's scrappy rebels fought soulless bankers and cynical politicians. The 1960s and 1970s saw a wave of new renegades--the doctors of MASH and the rebel alliance of Star Wars--but early 21st Century terrorism called for the grit of world weary cops and the super-heroism of Wonder Woman and Black Panther to make the world safe. About the Author James G. Shoopman is an associate professor in the humanities and communication department of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where he teaches comparative religions and Western cultural history.
The Dancer's Gift - by Meredith Kennedy & Marty E Zusman & Caroline Schacht & David Knox (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 250Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: De Sitter PublicationsAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: Meredith Kennedy & Marty E Zusman & Caroline Schacht & David KnoxLanguage: English About the Book Sociology students sometimes ask, "What does sociology have to do with me?" The answer is "Everything," and this novel - a love story - is a unique way of bringing sociological concepts and perspectives into awareness. The Dancer's Gift: Sociology in Life introduces readers to 180 sociological concepts that are cleverly interwoven throughout this story about two lovers: Samantha, a sociology major, and Marcel, a dancer. Storytelling is the creative conversion of life itself to a clearer, more powerful, and more meaningful experience. The stories and characters of this hybrid novel/textbook have been chosen to represent a spectrum of different cultures, socio-economic strata, religions, and ethnicity. The stories cover a range of issues, including marriage and divorce, adultery, education, religion, gender issues, and racism - basically a kaleidoscope of sociology topics are presented as events in the context of a love story.
Legends, Lore and Secrets of Western New York - by Lorna MacDonald Czarnota (Paperback)
Dimensions (Overall): 8.98 Inches (H) x 6.14 Inch (W) x .4 Inch (D)Weight: .59 PoundsNumber of Pages: 154Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Folklore & MythologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: History Press (SC)Author: Lorna MacDonald CzarnotaAge Range: AdultLanguage: English Book Synopsis Listen to the whispered legends of spirits, heroes and traitors hidden in one of New York's most captivating regions.Like the region's first inhabitants, the "Cat People," who made clothing from the mountain lions and panthers that they hunted, Western New Yorkers still savor the tradition of storytelling. Tales such as the "Mail-Riding Mamma" of Chautauqua County, who carried both the post and her infant child above her head as she journeyed across perilously-flooded creeks, and the Ossian Giant, who at age 19 stood 7 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 385 pounds, are vividly narrated by Buffalo storyteller Lorna MacDonald Czarnota.
Violence - by James Gilligan (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: SociologyFormat: PaperbackPublisher: VintageAge Range: AdultBook theme: GeneralAuthor: James GilliganLanguage: English About the Book In this groundbreaking book, James Gilligan examines the epidemic foremost in the minds of most Americans--violence. As he tells the stories of the men he treated at a hospital for the criminally insane, Dr. Gilligan traces the devastating links between violence and shame. He shows how that deadly emotion drives people to destroy others and even themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect. Book Synopsis Drawing on firsthand experience as a prison psychiatrist, his own family history, and literature, Gilligan unveils the motives of men who commit horrifying crimes, men who will not only kill others but destroy themselves rather than suffer a loss of self-respect. With devastating clarity, Gilligan traces the role that shame plays in the etiology of murder and explains why our present penal system only exacerbates it. Brilliantly argued, harrowing in its portraits of the walking dead, Violence should be read by anyone concerned with this national epidemic and its widespread consequences. Extraordinary. Gilligan's recommendations concerning what does work to prevent violence...are extremely convincing...A wise and careful, enormously instructive book.--Owen Renik, M.D., editor, Psychoanalytic Quarterly About the Author James Gilligan, M.D., directed the Center for the Study of Violence at Harvard Medical School. He is the former medical director of the Bridgewater State Hospital for the Massachusetts prison system.
This Is All I Got - by Lauren Sandler (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 352Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Poverty & HomelessnessFormat: HardcoverPublisher: Random HouseAge Range: AdultAuthor: Lauren SandlerLanguage: English About the Book "More than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive under the poverty line, day by day. Nearly 60,000 people sleep in New York City-run shelters every night--forty percent of them children. This Is All I Got makes this issue deeply personal, vividly depicting one woman's hope and despair and her steadfast determination to improve her situation, despite the myriad setbacks she encounters. Camila is a twenty-two-year-old new mother. She has no family to rely on, no partner, and no home. Despite her intelligence and determination, the odds are firmly stacked against her. Award-winning journalist Lauren Sandler tells the story of a year in Camila's life--from the birth of her son to his first birthday--as she navigates the labyrinth of poverty and homelessness in America. As Camila attempts to secure a college education and a safe place to raise her son, she copes with dashed dreams, failed relationships, and miles of red tape with grit, grace, and resilience. This Is All I Got is a dramatic story of survival and powerful indictment of a broken system, but it is also a revealing and candid depiction of the relationship between an embedded reporter and her subject and the tricky boundaries to navigate when it's impossible to remain a dispassionate observer"-- Book Synopsis A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK - From an award-winning journalist, a poignant and gripping immersion in the life of a young, homeless single mother amid her quest to find stability and shelter in the richest city in AmericaLONGLISTED FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD - "Riveting . . . a remarkable feat of reporting."--The New York Times Camila is twenty-two years old and a new mother. She has no family to rely on, no partner, and no home. Despite her intelligence and determination, the odds are firmly stacked against her. In this extraordinary work of literary reportage, Lauren Sandler chronicles a year in Camila's life--from the birth of her son to his first birthday--as she navigates the labyrinth of poverty and homelessness in New York City. In her attempts to secure a safe place to raise her son and find a measure of freedom in her life, Camila copes with dashed dreams, failed relationships, the desolation of abandonment, and miles of red tape with grit, humor, and uncanny resilience. Every day, more than forty-five million Americans attempt to survive below the poverty line. Every night, nearly sixty thousand people sleep in New York City-run shelters, 40 percent of them children. In This Is All I Got, Sandler brings this deeply personal issue to life, vividly depicting one woman's hope and despair and her steadfast determination to change her life despite the myriad setbacks she encounters. This Is All I Got is a rare feat of reporting and a dramatic story of survival. Sandler's candid and revealing account also exposes the murky boundaries between a journalist and her subject when it becomes impossible to remain a dispassionate observer. She has written a powerful and unforgettable indictment of a system that is often indifferent to the needs of those it serves, and that sometimes seems designed to fail. Praise for This Is All I Got "A rich, sociologically valuable work that's more gripping, and more devastating, than fiction."--Booklist "Vivid, heartbreaking. . . . Readers will be moved by this harrowing and impassioned call for change."--Publishers Weekly "A closely observed chronicle . . . Sandler displays her journalistic talent by unerringly presenting this dire situation. . . . An impressive blend of dispassionate reporting, pungent condemnation of public welfare, and gritty humanity."--Kirkus Reviews Review Quotes "Too few journalists put the time in to allow the working poor and homeless to be heard, speaking clearly about their pitfalls and occasional triumphs, in their own words. Sandler has achieved this with skill."--Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America "A remarkable feat of reporting . . . Sandler's such a keen observer, her writing so clear-eyed. . . . This Is All I Got is a testament to the bigness of the small story, to the power of intimate narratives to speak to something much larger."--The New York Times "Meticulously crafted and brilliantly reported, Lauren Sandler's This Is All I Got exposes the Kafkaesque cruelties of America's disintegrating social safety net. It is a gut punch of a narrative, an electrifying summons to policy action, and an instant classic."--Dan-el Padilla Peralta, associate professor of classics, Princeton, and author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League "This Is All I Got is an absorbing portrayal of a resourceful, driven, brilliant young woman--down and out in the richest country in the world. Sandler has written a book that reads like a novel, which only makes her indictment of dwindling affordability and the public assistance bureaucracy all the more penetrating."--Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Disgraced "A timely and empathetic act of journalism, brimming with moral conundra and posing an urgent and implicit question: How could we do better for this mother? How could we do better for this child?"--Ted Conover, director of NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and author of Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing "This is also a book you cannot put down: Lauren Sandler's remarkable, intimate reporting and her lyrical, specific prose shine."--Alissa Quart, author of Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America "A stunning portrait of homelessness in America, and an unforgettable account of one mother's quest to find shelter in the contemporary city, This is All I Got is an urgent, myth-shattering book about what happens when we refuse to deal with urban poverty. Read it, share it, don't let the story disappear."--Eric Klinenberg, Helen Gould Shepard Professor in Social Science at NYU and author of Palaces for the People "[An] engaging and moving new book . . . Sandler deftly includes context, history and clearheaded explanations of the public welfare system and its dysfunctions in her detailed account of Camila's life. . . . The 'system, ' ostensibly there to help Camila, who became a ward of the state at age fifteen, almost becomes a character in the book. . . . Ultimately, the story of her first year of motherhood is heartbreaking, inspiring and infuriating, all at once."--Erica Pearson, Minneapolis StarTribune About the Author Lauren Sandler is an award-winning journalist. She is the bestselling author of One and Only: The Freedom of Having an Only Child, and the Joy of Being One and Righteous: Dispatches from the Evangelical Youth Movement. Her essays and features have appeared in dozens of publications, including Time, The New York Times, Slate, The Atlantic, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian, and New York. Sandler has led the OpEd Project's Public Voices Fellowships at Yale, Columbia, and Dartmouth and has taught in the graduate journalism program at New York University, where she has also been a visiting scholar. Recently, she has been a Poynter Fellow at Yale and a Calderwood Fellow at MacDowell. She lives in Brooklyn.
Iron John - 25th Edition by Robert Bly (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 304Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Men's StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Da Capo PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Robert BlyLanguage: English About the Book "Bly's [book] is based on his ongoing work with men, as well as on reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale 'Iron John'--in which a mentor or 'Wild Man' guides a young man through eight stages of male growth--to remind us of ways of knowing long forgotten, images of deep and vigorous masculinity centered in feeling and protective of the young"-- Book Synopsis The 25th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, with a new afterword by the author--which offers a new vision of what it is to be a manIn this timeless and deeply learned classic, poet and translator Robert Bly offers nothing less than a new vision of what it means to be a man. Bly's vision is based on his ongoing work with men, as well as on reflections on his own life. He addresses the devastating effects of remote fathers and mourns the disappearance of male initiation rites in our culture. Finding rich meaning in ancient stories and legends, Bly uses the Grimm fairy tale Iron John-in which a mentor or Wild Man guides a young man through eight stages of male growth-to remind us of ways of knowing long forgotten, images of deep and vigorous masculinity centered in feeling and protective of the young. At once down-to-earth and elevated, combining the grandeur of myth with the practical and often painful lessons of our own histories, Iron John is an astonishing work that will continue to guide and inspire men-and women-for years to come. About the Author Robert Bly is a poet, author, translator, activist, and leader of the mythopoetic men's movement. Bly has received many awards, including the National Book Award, for his poetry; in 2013, he was awarded the Poetry Society of America's Robert Frost Medal, a lifetime achievement award. He lives in Moose Lake, Minnesota. robertbly.com
Standing Our Ground - by Lucy McBath (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 256Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Discrimination & Race RelationsFormat: PaperbackPublisher: 37 InkAge Range: AdultAuthor: Lucy McBathLanguage: English About the Book "From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and leading gun violence prevention advocate comes the riveting memoir of a mother's loss and call to action, as well as a faith-based exploration of how the nation's gun laws put a deadly cartnear on American lives"-- Book Synopsis From the national spokesperson for Everytown for Gun Safety and a mother who "turned her sorrow into a strategy and her mourning into a movement" (Hillary Clinton) comes the riveting memoir of a mother's loss and call to action for common-sense gun laws. Lucia Kay McBath knew deep down that a bullet could one day take her son. After all, she had watched the news of countless unarmed black men unjustly gunned down. Standing Our Ground is McBath's moving memoir of raising, loving, and losing her son to gun violence, and the story of how she transformed her pain into activism. After seventeen-year-old Jordan Davis was shot by a man who thought the music playing on his car stereo was too loud, the nation grieved yet again for the unnecessary loss of life. Here, McBath goes beyond the timeline and the assailant's defense--Stand Your Ground--to present an emotional account of her fervent fight for justice, and her awakening to a cause that will drive the rest of her days. But more than McBath's story or that of her son, Standing Our Ground keenly observes the social and political evolution of America's gun culture. A must-read for anyone concerned with gun safety in America, it is a powerful and heartfelt call to action for common-sense gun legislation. About the Author Lucia Kay McBath is the national spokesperson and faith and outreach leader for Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. McBath lobbies congressional and state legislators to enact sensible gun laws and supports political candidates for gun reform. She is now taking her work a step further and running for Congress in Georgia's 6th District race. She is regularly interviewed on national television, sits on panels, and delivers keynotes. Rosemarie Robotham is a writer, editor, and literary collaborator. She started her journalism career traveling the globe as a reporter and writer for the monthly Life, and later served as a senior editor at Simon & Schuster, and as the deputy editor of Essence magazine, where her stories won numerous awards. The coauthor of the award-winning Spirits of the Passage: The Transatlantic Slave Trade in the Seventeenth Century, she is the author of Jamaica Dreams, a memoir, Zachary's Wings, a novel, and two collections of fiction and memoir, Mending the World and The Bluelight Corner.
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Foxfire 9 - (Foxfire (Paperback)) by Eliot Wigginton (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 493Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: AnthropologySeries Title: Foxfire (Paperback)Format: PaperbackPublisher: Anchor BooksAge Range: AdultBook theme: Cultural & SocialAuthor: Eliot WiggintonLanguage: English About the Book The newest entry in the Foxfire publishing phenomenon--which all totalled has sold over 7 million books to date--continues the bestselling tradition with an all-new collection of home-folk material that promotes a more self-sufficient way of life. Black-and-white photographs throughout. Book Synopsis First published in 1972, The Foxfire Book was a surprise bestseller that brought Appalachia's philosophy of simple living to hundreds of thousands of readers. Whether you wanted to hunt game, bake the old-fashioned way, or learn the art of successful moonshining, The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center had a contact who could teach you how with clear, step-by-step instructions. The ninth volume of the series includes information about general stores, the Jud Nelson wagon, a praying rock, a Catawban Indian potter, haint tales, quilting, home cures, and more on the log cabin. About the Author Founded in 1966, FOXFIRE is a nonprofit education organization. Foxfire's learner-centered, community-based approach is advocated through The Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center and grounded in the Southern Appalachian culture that promotes a sense of place and appreciation of local people and culture as essential educational tools.
Furry Nation - by Joe Strike (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 352Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Popular CultureFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Cleis PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Joe StrikeLanguage: English About the Book Furry fandom is a recent phenomenon, but anthropomorphism is an instinct hard-wired into the human mind: the desire to see animals on a more equal footing with people. It's existed since the beginning of time in prehistoric cave paintings, ancient gods and tribal rituals. It lives on today--not just in the sports mascots and cartoon characters we see everywhere, but in stage plays, art galleries, serious literature, performance art--and among furry fans who bring their make-believe characters to life digitally, on paper, or in the carefully crafted fursuits they wear to become the animals of their imagination. In Furry Nation, author Joe Strike shares the very human story of the people who created furry fandom, the many forms it takes--from the joyfully public to the deeply personal--and how Furry transformed his own life. Book Synopsis Winner of the 2017 Ursa Major Award for Best Non-Fiction Work! Furry fandom is a recent phenomenon, but anthropomorphism is an instinct hard-wired into the human mind: the desire to see animals on an equal footing with people. It's existed since the beginning of time in prehistoric cave paintings, ancient gods, and tribal rituals. It lives on today--not just in the sports mascots and cartoon characters we see everywhere, but in stage plays, art galleries, serious literature, performance art--and among furry fans who bring their make-believe characters to life digitally, on paper, or in the carefully crafted fursuits they wear to become the animals of their imagination. In Furry Nation, author Joe Strike shares the very human story of the people who created furry fandom, the many forms it takes--from the joyfully public to the deeply personal-- and how Furry transformed his own life. Review Quotes A lively and personal account of this new evolving species. --Thomas Thwaites, author of GoatMan: How I Took a Holiday from Being Human-- "Reviews"As an outsider of this community, I was entertained and enlightened by Furry Nation. Thanks to Strike's years of dedication and reporting, I came to better understand and appreciate the depth and breadth of this artistic and creative community. Furs will be thrilled with an accurate, positive portrayal of their subculture by one of their own and regular humanoids like me will be treated to a colorful history of a community unlike any other. --Nicole Guappone, sex writer and essayist previously published by The Rumpus, Glamour, and others-- "Reviews"Here is a vital and encyclopedic resource for all who are interested in the anthropomorphic fandom. Encompassing its beginnings and providing a comprehensive overview to the present day, it immediately attains the status of required reading...among all species. --Bill Holbrook, author of Kevin & Kell-- "Reviews"Joe Strike has been in furry fandom for over 25 years, and he knows it in depth. I am glad he has taken the time to get the history of furry right in Furry Nation. --Fred Patten, a founding father of furry fandom-- "Reviews"This is the most comprehensive history of Furry Fandom that has ever been written. Painstakingly researched, it follows the evolution of Mankind's fascination with anthropomorphics from its earliest roots in history (and pre-history) to the worldwide phenomenon that we know today. Joe combines his own recollections with those of dozens of other greymuzzles to tell the story of how a ragtag bunch of special interest groups unwittingly awakened millions of people to their own inner animals. This is indeed a remarkable book about a remarkable fandom, lovingly assembled by a remarkable man - even if he did choose a picture that makes me look fat. --Dr. Samuel Conway a.k.a. Uncle Kage, chairman of Anthrocon-- "Reviews"To stereotype all furries as sexual fetishists is to ignore the prevalence of anthropomorphic animals in human culture, from cave paintings to animated movies to graphic novels and newspaper comic strips. Furry Nation offers an honest, candid glimpse into all aspects of American furdom... Highly recommended. --Midwest Book Review-- "Reviews" About the Author Joe Strike's articles on film, TV, animation and related topics have appeared in a variety of publications including the New York Daily News, Newsday, and the New York Press. He has been a regular contributor to the entertainment industry website Animation World Network (awn.com) since 2000 and has interviewed countless cartoon luminaries including Hayao Miyazaki, John Lasseter, Brad Bird, and Lauren Faust, creator of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Joe served as a writer/producer of on-air promotional campaigns for Bravo and the Sci-Fi Channel, where he worked with talents like Stan Lee, Ralph Bakshi and the cast of Mystery Science Theatre 3000. He has scripted the Nick Jr. TV series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and is the author of the kids' comedy/adventure novel The Incredible Hare.
Parkland - by Dave Cullen (Hardcover)
Number of Pages: 400Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Violence in SocietyFormat: HardcoverPublisher: HarperAge Range: AdultAuthor: Dave CullenLanguage: English About the Book Offers an account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of Parkland who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and Congressional leaders, inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement. Book Synopsis A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROn the first anniversary of the events at Parkland, the acclaimed, New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers an intimate, deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors who became activists and pushed back against the NRA and feckless Congressional leaders--inspiring millions of Americans to join their grassroots #neveragain movement.Nineteen years ago, Dave Cullen was among the first to arrive at Columbine High, even before most of the SWAT teams went in. While writing his acclaimed account of the tragedy, he suffered two bouts of secondary PTSD. He covered all the later tragedies from a distance, working with a cadre of experts cultivated from academia and the FBI, but swore he would never return to the scene of a ghastly crime.But in March 2018, Cullen went to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School because something radically different was happening. In nearly twenty years witnessing the mass shootings epidemic escalate, he was stunned and awed by the courage, anger, and conviction of the high school's students. Refusing to allow adults and the media to shape their story, these remarkable adolescents took control, using their grief as a catalyst for change, transforming tragedy into a movement of astonishing hope that has galvanized a nation.Cullen unfolds the story of Parkland through the voices of key participants whose diverse personalities and outlooks comprise every facet of the movement. Instead of taking us into the minds of the killer, he takes us into the hearts of the Douglas students as they cope with the common concerns of high school students everywhere--awaiting college acceptance letters, studying for mid-term exams, competing against their athletic rivals, putting together the yearbook, staging the musical Spring Awakening, enjoying prom and graduation--while moving forward from a horrific event that has altered them forever.Deeply researched and beautifully told, Parkland is an in-depth examination of this pivotal moment in American culture--and an up-close portrait that reveals what these extraordinary young people are like as kids. As it celebrates the passion of these astonishing students who are making history, this spellbinding book is an inspiring call to action for lasting change. From the Back Cover The New York Times bestselling author of Columbine offers a deeply moving account of the extraordinary teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting who pushed back against the NRA and congressional leaders and launched the singular grassroots March for Our Lives movement.Emma González called BS. David Hogg called out Adult America. The uprising had begun. Cameron Kasky immediately recruited a colorful band of theater kids and rising activists, and brought them together in his living room to map out a movement. Four days after escaping Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, two dozen extraordinary kids announced the audacious March for Our Lives. A month later, it was the fourth-largest protest in American history.Dave Cullen, who has been reporting on the epidemic of school shootings for two decades, takes us along on the students' nine-month odyssey, from the shooting to the midterm elections and beyond. With unrivaled access to their friends and families, meetings and homes, he pulls back the curtain to reveal intimate portraits of the quirky, playful organizers who have taken the nation by storm. Cullen brings us onto the bus for the Road to Change tour, showing us how these kids seized an opportunity. They hit the highway to organize the young activist groups mushrooming across America in their image. Rattled but undeterred, they pressed on in gun country even as adversaries armed with assault weapons tailed them across Texas and Utah trying to scare them off. The Parkland students are genuinely candid about their experiences. We see them cope with shattered friendships and PTSD, along with the normal day-to-day struggles of school, including AP exams and college acceptances. Yet, with the idealism of youth they refuse victimhood, and continue to devise clever new tactics to stir their generation to action. Their goal is to build a powerhouse network to match that of the NRA. Parkland is a staggering story of empowerment and hope, told through the wildly creative and wickedly funny voices of a group of remarkable kids. This spellbinding book is a testament to change and a perceptive examination of a pivotal moment in American culture. After two decades of adult hand-wringing, the MFOL kids are mapping a way out. They see a long road ahead, a generational struggle to save every kid of every color from the ravages of gun violence in America. Review Quotes "Parkland is exceptional. I really look forward to it being unleashed to the world, because the Parkland students really did something. They are a political force to be reckoned with in our country."--Elise Jordan, NBC political analyst"Part character study, part media analysis, part political critique, Parkland ends up being many things. Thanks to Dave Cullen's gift for clear, involving storytelling, it ends up being, above all, a compelling "year-in-the-life" tale of a group of ordinary, yet also extraordinary, teens."--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"If any nonfiction writer is equipped to tell this story, it's Dave Cullen."--Book Forum"Parkland is one of the most uplifting books you will read all year. . . . [it] is a balm. . . . genius."--Washington Post"Parkland is the first book about the shooting that's not marketed toward teens and young adults. It also may be the most optimistic of the bunch. . . . an inspiring read."--The AtlanticParkland is an unexpectedly lively chronicle with a powerful message.--Newsday"[Parkland] provides nuanced, sensitive portraits of the Parkland kids who have become media stars. . . . These are extraordinary young people, and Cullen does them and us a great service by showing their ordinary lives."--San Francisco Chronicle"[A] page-turner. . . . Both realistic and optimistic, this insightful and compassionate chronicle is a fitting testament to a new chapter in American responses to mass shootings."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"Cullen brings his eloquence, expertise, combination of deep research and concision, and unbiased perspective to yet another mass school shooting, revealing its deepest layers and resonance. . . . [a] moving, defining, and important account of an essential and vital youth movement."--Booklist (starred review)"In both Columbine and this up-to-the minute portrait of the Parkland tragedy, Cullen has produced masterpieces that are simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful about a saner future."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Women with 2020 Vision - by Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 280Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Women's StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Fortress PressAge Range: AdultAuthor: Jeanne Stevenson-MoessnerLanguage: English About the Book Women haven't always had the right to vote. From such diverse voices as John Stuart Mill and Cokie Roberts, the absolute right of both women and men to vote has been affirmed. And yet, resistance to women's suffrage even by women themselves has a long and painful history. In this exciting volume, thirteen theologians and religious leaders in America look back at the historic victory in 1920 when women in the United States won the right to vote. They then assess the current situation and speak into the future.Women with 2020 Vision: American Theologians on the Vote, Voice, and Vision of Women commemorates the 100th anniversary of women in the United States obtaining the right to vote, a story that must be told and retold and reflected upon in light of the current sociopolitical-theological realities. Book Synopsis Women haven't always had the right to vote. From such diverse voices as John Stuart Mill and Cokie Roberts, the absolute right of both women and men to vote has been affirmed. And yet, resistance to women's suffrage even by women themselves has a long and painful history. In this exciting volume, thirteen theologians and religious leaders in America look back at the historic victory in 1920 when women in the United States won the right to vote. They then assess the current situation and speak into the future.Women with 2020 Vision: American Theologians on the Voice, Vote, and Vision of Women commemorates the 100th anniversary of women in the United States obtaining the right to vote, a story that must be told and retold and reflected upon in light of the current sociopolitical-theological realities. Review Quotes Women with 2020 Vision celebrates memories of courageous and faithful achievement 100 years ago even while shining light on the shadow side of the movement--embedded racism, blind eyes to indigenous struggle, distortion of Christian witness. They point our gaze toward the work needed now to overcome similarly rooted evils: trafficking, voter suppression, hunger, and family separation. And they show us a way forward, sparking in us hope that the journey, though long, does indeed bend toward justice. --Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins, former President, National Council of ChurchesStevenson-Moessner's Women with 2020 Vision commemorates the centennial of women's suffrage with a clarion call to honor the legacy of our foremothers by continuing to advance human dignity, gender justice, and racial equity today for the sake of a more enfranchised future for all. By helping us to see the history of the suffrage movement more clearly, she emboldens us to envision a future in which the full exercise of our rights is dependent on our responsibility to work for the extension of those same rights to others. We come to view suffrage--then and now--as sacred work. --Kathryn Mary Lohre, Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations & Theological DiscernmentThe multiple voices in this volume speak eloquently and accessibly to the intersectionality of sexism and racism as it relates to women's right to vote. The counterforces of the church, politics, government, and class reveal the barriers against the passage of the 20th amendment, but not without some shining moments of pure inspiration. Familiar stories of women working to overcome racism and sexism are told with some new insights as well as some new revelations of how women imagined that they could be free and equal! --Bishop Sally Dyck, Resident Bishop of Northern Illinois Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church
Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day - by Joe Scarborough (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 208Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Conspiracy TheoriesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Harper PaperbacksAge Range: AdultAuthor: Joe ScarboroughLanguage: English About the Book The former Republican congressman and now host of MSNBC's "Scarborough Country" wittily presents The Real Deal--that Democrats and Republicans are indistinguishable and equally adept at pillaging and pork-barreling tax dollars. Book Synopsis The former Republican congressman and now host of MSNBC's & #8220Scarborough Country & #8221 wittily presents The Real Deal--that Democrats and Republicans are indistinguishable: equally adept at pillaging and pork-barrelling your tax dollars--and he offers some solutions to the problem They get themselves elected as & #8220Washington outsiders & #8221-- Barbarians at the Gate. Once inside, however, these Vandals and Visigoths swiftly shed their pelts, don their togas, and heartily set about the business-as-usual of Our Perpetual Imperial Congress--fiddling while your tax dollars burn. Meanwhile, a Republican president and self-proclaimed conservative, George W. Bush, while mooning over Mars, has grown the federal government by a staggering 10.5% (Bill Clinton exited office at a disgraceful 3.4%). Welcome to the Orwellian & #8220Animal Farm & #8221-world of U.S. politics, as only Joe Scarborough can explain it from his unique perspective inside & #8220Scarborough Country. & #8221 From his unseating of an entrenched Democratic congressman in 1994 as part of the Gingrich Revolution, to his leadership role in the overthrow of Gingrich himself, to his rise as one of America's most respected and entertaining political and cultural commentators as host of MSNBC's top-rated & #8220Scarborough Country, & #8221 Joe Scarborough has consistently surprised friend and foe alike. Is he a conservative? Most certainly. Is he a Republican? Yes. Does that mean that the president, his oil-cabal cronies, and other false claimants to conservatism should get a pass? Certainly not. In Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day, Scarborough recounts his own political awakening within the Imperial Congress; provides profound and shocking insight into what is really happening inside Washington today; and offers solutions to our present dilemma that will appeal to all intelligent readers -- be they conservatives, liberals, libertarians, or folks just plain fed up with all the labels and all the lies. From the Back Cover Who are the political barbarians bankrupting America -- Democrats or Republicans? Where are taxpayers' dollars really going? Joe Scarborough gives you the inside scoop on how Washington really works and on the out-of-control deficit spending that takes place in our nation's capital each and every day. Joe Scarborough, former Republican congressman and current host of MSNBC's top-rated Scarborough Country, takes you behind the closed doors of Congress and wittily presents the reasons why Democrats and Republicans are alike when it comes to squandering taxpayer dollars. As part of the Gingrich Republican Revolution, he witnessed the principles of fiscal responsibility get buried in the political swamp of Washington. Now Scarborough offers profound solutions on how excessive government spending by politicians of all stripes can be minimized, and how the Repub-lican Party can be called back to the principles that President Ronald Reagan made famous. Review Quotes "A strong, independent voice...[a] hard-hitting collection of revelations."--Mario M. Cuomo"Joe is a refreshingly independent thinker and straight talker."--Senator John McCain"Scarborough pulls no punches."--Daily News
The Diversity Myth - by David O Sacks & Peter A Thiel (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 320Genre: Social ScienceSub-Genre: Minority StudiesFormat: PaperbackPublisher: Independent InstituteAge Range: AdultAuthor: David O Sacks & Peter A ThielLanguage: English Book Synopsis This is a powerful exploration of the debilitating impact that politically-correct "multiculturalism" has had upon higher education and academic freedom in the United States. In the name of diversity, many leading academic and cultural institutions are working to silence dissent and stifle intellectual life. This book exposes the real impact of multiculturalism on the institution most closely identified with the politically correct decline of higher education--Stanford University. Authored by two Stanford graduates, this book is a compelling insider's tour of a world of speech codes, "dumbed-down" admissions standards and curricula, campus witch hunts, and anti-Western zealotry that masquerades as legitimate scholarly inquiry. Sacks and Thiel use numerous primary sources--the Stanford Daily, class readings, official university publications--to reveal a pattern of politicized classes, housing, budget priorities, and more. They trace the connections between such disparate trends as political correctness, the gender wars, Generation X nihilism, and culture wars, showing how these have played a role in shaping multiculturalism at institutions like Stanford. The authors convincingly show that multiculturalism is not about learning more; it is actually about learning less. They end their comprehensive study by detailing the changes necessary to reverse the tragic disintegration of American universities and restore true academic excellence. Review Quotes This engaging saga of Stanford's experiment in multiculturalism compellingly draws readers into the nightmare world of social engineering in practice. --Elizabeth Fox-Geovese, professor of humanities, Emory University"There is no higher duty for intellectuals than to denounce incipient totalitarianism wherever they observe it. Some of its symptoms are present at Stanford. In The Diversity Myth, two recent Stanford graduates document the situation there with a thoroughness and depth of analysis that should help stiffen the spine of university administrators." --René N. T. Girard, Andrew B. Hammond Professor Emeritus of French Language, Literature, and Civilization, Stanford University" . . . . [A]uthors David Sacks and Peter Thiel show how Stanford University has incorporated the multicultural agenda into its undergraduate curriculum. The authors note that Stanford's undergraduates can now get credit for such courses as 'Creation/Procreation, ' which looks into 'the gendered aspects of cosmological or religious systems, ' and 'Gender and Science, ' which purports to study science free of outdated assumptions. There is also a feminist studies course titled 'How Tasty Were my French Sisters, ' about which I dare not speculate." --Wall Street Journal"The Diversity Myth charges that 'politicized' classes and student activities have led to an ironic intolerance on campus--intolerance of all things Western." --Newsweek"The Diversity Myth is a carefully documented and sensitively recorded historical account of the whole tragic saga, together with keen analysis of how all this could have happened. Future historians will find this book indispensable." --National Review"A great read and an important story, this book will not just cause alarm about our educational institutions. It will inspire renewal." --William Kristol, editor and publisher, the Weekly Standard"If you want to find out what went wrong at Stanford University, read The Diversity Myth. There's hardly a better source than this book for learning why multiculturalism on campus cannot work." --Linda L. Chavez, former Director, U. S. Commission on Civil Rights; Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity"Two former Stanford students, who lived through the 'culture wars' there, have written the most thorough and detailed account yet available of what 'multiculturalism' has meant at a major American university. With fascinating and often disheartening detail, The Diversity Myth will certainly lead readers to question what is happening today in American higher education." --Nathan Glazer, Professor of Education and Social Structure, Emeritus, Harvard University"Written by two recent Stanford Graduates, The Diversity Myth says the campus was divided, and the curriculum destroyed, by the multicultural movement. The authors, David O. Sacks and Peter A. Thiel, bemoan the offering of a history course in the spring of 1992 that focused entirely on black hair styles as a political and cultural statement . . . . Their book also discusses censorship, speech codes, and date rape." --the Chronicle of Higher Education About the Author David O. Sacks is a research fellow at The Independent Institute and is vice president of product strategy at PayPal, Inc. He has worked as a legislative aide to U. S. Representative Christopher Cox and received his A.B. in economics (1994) from Stanford University. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, National Review, Policy Review, and Academic Questions. Peter A. Thiel is a research fellow at The Independent Institute and is chairman andCEO at PayPal, Inc. He has worked as a derivatives trader at Credit Suisse Financial Products, a securities lawyer for Sullivan & Cromwell, and a speechwriter for former Education Secretary William J. Bennett. He received his A.B. in philosophy (1989) and J.D. (1992) from Stanford University. They both live in Palo Alto, California.