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Impossible worlds
Francesco Berto
BC199.P7 B47 2019
"Berto and Jago question how to understand the impossible without collapsing into total incoherence. By considering the metaphysics of impossible worlds - and applying this concept to issues in logic, semantics, and philosophy - they offer a framework for obtaining a metaphysical, logical, and conceptual grasp of situations that simply cannot be." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Written in exile : the poetry of Liu Tsung-Yuan
Zongyuan Liu
PL2673 .A2 2019
"Appended with thoroughly researched notes, an in-depth introduction, and the Chinese originals, Written in Exile presents the long-overdue introduction of a legendary T'ang poet"-- Provided by publisher.
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The cigarette : a political history
Sarah Milov
HD9149.C43 U663 2019
"The Cigarette: A Political History offers a fresh interpretation of tobacco's role in the twentieth century. It argues that tobacco played a vital and emblematic role in the history of twentieth century political economy." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The marvellous equations of the dread : a novel in bass riddim
Marcia Douglas
PS3554.O8274 M37 2018
"Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, the deaf woman, Leenah, and, in the way of this otherworldly book, when Bob steps into the street each day, five years have passed. Jah ways are mysterious ways, from Kingston's ghettoes to London, from Haile Selaisse's Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas's mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history. This amazing novel--in bass riddim--carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion." -from Melvyl catalog.
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Descending with angels : Islamic exorcism and psychiatry : a film monograph
Christian Suhr
BP188.18.S53 S84 2019
"The book reveals how both psychiatric and Islamic healing work to produce relief from pain, and also entail an ethical transformation of the patient and the cultivation of religious and secular values through the experience of pain. Creatively exploring the analytic possibilities provided by the use of a camera, both text and film show how disruptive ritual techniques are used in healing to destabilise individual perceptions and experiences of agency, which allows patients to submit to the invisible powers of psychotropic medicine or God." --from Amazon summary.
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The Green New Deal : why the fossil fuel civilization will collapse by 2028, and the bold economic plan to save life on earth
Jeremy Rifkin
HD9502.A2 R537 2019
"With twenty-five years of experience implementing Green New Deal-style transitions for both the European Union and the People's Republic of China, Rifkin offers his vision for how to transform the global economy and save life on Earth." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The unknowers : how strategic ignorance rules the world
Linsey McGoey
HM651 .M34 2019
"Unpacking a range of high profile examples—from the 2016 US presidential elections to the scandals surrounding News International—Linsey McGoey reveals how ignorance is more than just an absence of knowledge, but a useful tool in political and economic life. She explores how financial and political elites have become highly adept at harnessing ignorance for their own ends: strategically minimizing their responsibility and passing blame onto others. And how, in a “post-truth” era in which the average citizen is derided for knowing too little, it is the rich and powerful who benefit from ignorance most. Exploring the influence of the “known unknowns,”  shines a light on how elite ignorance is transforming all of our daily lives." --from Amazon summary.
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The yellow house
Sarah M Broom
PS3602.R6458 Y45 2019
"Sarah M. Broom's [memoir] The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina."-- Provided by publisher.
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A massacre in Mexico : the true story behind the missing forty-three students
Anabel Hernández
HV6322.3.M6 H4713 2018
"The definitive account of the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students and the government that tried to cover it up. On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace. Hernández reconstructs almost minute-by-minute the events of those nights in late September 2014, giving us what is surely the most complete picture available." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The invisible killer : the rising global threat of air pollution : and how we can fight back
Gary Fuller
TD883 .F846 2019
"Scientists were aware of the impact of air pollution as far back as the seventeenth century. Now, as more of us live in cities, we are closer than ever to pollution sources, and the detrimental impact on the environment and our health has reached crisis point. This book will introduce you to the individuals whose research paved the way to today's understanding of air pollution, often at their own detriment." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Hot comb
Ebony Flowers
PN6727.F5869 H68 2019
"Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story 'Hot Comb' is about a young girl's first perm--a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming 'too white' in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In 'Virgin Hair', taunts of 'tender-headed' sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking."-- Provided by publisher.
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Details opened. Press escape to close. The institute : a novel
Stephen King
PS3561.I483 I57 2019
"In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents -- telekinesis and telepathy -- who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out." --from Melvyl  catalog.
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Clearing the air : the beginning and the end of air pollution
Tim Smedley
TD883 .S64 2019
"With insights from the scientists and politicians leading the battle against it, and people whose lives have been affected by it, Clearing the Air tells the full story of air pollution for the first time: what it is, which pollutants are harmful, where they come from and most importantly what we can do about them. Air pollution is a problem that can be solved. The stories uncovered on this journey show us how. Clearing the Air is essential reading for anyone who cares about the air they breathe. And this much becomes clear: in the fight against air pollution, we all have a part to play. The fightback has begun." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The testaments
Margaret Atwood
PR9199.3.A8 T47 2019
"More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes." --publisher description.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Nina Stibbe
PR6119.T525 R43 2019
"Lizzie Vogel lands a job in a local dentist's office after answering a classified ad. The job comes with an apartment of her own, as well as an eccentric boss, a high-strung coworker, and the occasional call to perform light dentistry herself. It also provides Lizzie with an introduction to Andy Nicolello: handsome, kind, slightly indifferent. Lizzie begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or sat next to each other on the sofa. Navigating the new waters of adult life (conquering homesickness, learning to drive, hosting a dinner party, making bold-or tragic, depending on the viewer-fashion choices), Lizzie arrives at an unexpected, and unexpectedly moving, destination." --adapted from jacket.
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Stay woke : a people's guide to making all Black lives matter
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith
E185.615 .L66 2019
"When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the country. Yet many of our political, social, and economic institutions are still embedded with racist policies and practices that devalue black lives. Stay Woke directly addresses these stark injustices and builds on the lessons of racial inequality and intersectionality the Black Lives Matter movement has challenged its fellow citizens to learn. In this essential primer, Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith inspire readers to address the pressing issues of racial inequality, and provide a basic toolkit that will equip readers to become knowledgeable participants in public debate, activism, and politics.This book offers a clear vision of a racially just society, and shows just how far we still need to go to achieve this reality. From activists to students to the average citizen, Stay Woke empowers all readers to work toward a better future for black Americans." --from Amazon summary.
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Reciprocal ethnography and the power of women's narratives
Elaine J Lawless
GN33.8 .L39 2019
"Reciprocal ethnography is a feminist and collaborative ethnographic approach that Lawless developed as a challenge to the reflexive turn in anthropological fieldwork and research in the 1970s, which was often male-centric, ignoring the contributions by and study of women's culture. Collected here for the first time are Lawless's key articles on the topics of reciprocal ethnography and women's narrative which influenced not only folklore, but also the allied fields of anthropology, sociology, performance studies, and women's and gender studies."--provided by publisher.
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You throw like a girl : the blind spot of masculinity
Donald G McPherson
BF692.5 .M43 2019
"In You Throw Like a Girl, former Syracuse University quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines how the narrow definition of masculinity adversely impacts women and creates many 'blind spots' that hinder the healthy development of men. Dissecting the strict set of beliefs and behaviors that underpin our understanding of masculinity, he contends that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women. Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that viewing violence against women as a 'women's issue' not just ignores men's culpability but conflates the toxicity of men's violence with being male." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Making Black scientists : a call to action
Marybeth Gasman and Thai-Huy Nguyen
Q149.U5 G37 2019
"Educators, research scientists, and college administrators have all called for a new commitment to diversity in the sciences, but most universities struggle to truly support black students in science...Making Black Scientists makes the case that key pieces of this model can be successfully adapted at other schools and offers a blueprint that points the way toward a new, more inclusive future for science education." --from Melvyl catalog.
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No safe spaces
Mark Joseph and Dennis Prager
LC72.2 .N65 2019
"Terrifying violence on college campuses across America. Students lashing out at any speaker brave enough to say something they disagree with. Precious snow flakes demanding "Safe Spaces" to protect them from any idea they haven't heard from their liberal professors. In this book and the accompanying movie, Dennis Prager, Mark Joseph, and Adam Carolla expose the attack on free speech and free thought. It began in the universities, but--fair warning--it's coming to your neighborhood and your workplace." --from Melvyl catalog.
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How to be an anticapitalist in the twenty-first century
Erik Olin Wright
HB501 .W964 2019
"Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into this concise and tightly argued manifesto: analyzing the varieties of anticapitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and an unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible." --from Amazon summary.
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Kate O'Neill
HD4482 .O54 2019
"Waste is one of the planet's last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this 'new' resource still poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In this unique book, Kate O'Neill traces the emergence of the global political economy of wastes over the past two decades. She explains how the emergence of waste governance initiatives and mechanisms can help us deal with both the risks and the opportunities associated with the hundreds of millions - possibly billions - of tons of waste we generate each year." --provided by publisher.