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Go ahead in the rain : notes to A Tribe Called Quest
Hanif Abdurraqib
ML421.T762 W55 2019
"Poet and essayist Hanif Abdurraqib digs into the group's history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre bending as the rap group itself. Abdurraqib traces the Tribe's creative career, from their early days as part of the Afrocentric rap collective known as the Native Tongues, through their first three classic albums, to their eventual breakup and long hiatus. Throughout the narrative Abdurraqib connects the music and cultural history to their street-level impact."-- from Melvyl.
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The Queen : the forgotten life behind an American myth
Josh Levin
HV6692.T39 L48 2019
"Levin's mesmerizing book, the product of six years of reporting and research, is an empathetic work of true crime, an account of how Taylor destroyed both strangers and those close to her ... Growing up in the Jim Crow South, Taylor was made an outcast because of the color of her skin. As she rose to infamy, the press and politicians manipulated her image to demonize poor black women. This is the dazzling story of what was done to Linda Taylor, what she did to others, and what was done in her name."-- from Melvyl.
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We keep us safe : building secure, just, and inclusive communities
Zach Norris ; with a foreword by Van Jones
JC599.U5 N55 2020
"Overturning more than 200 years of fear-based dehumanization, punishment and trauma, Zachary Norris presents a comprehensive new vision of care-based public safety for America that actually holds people accountable for harms rendered, that tackles the harms currently going unaddressed, and that prevents many harms from happening, through strengthened relationships, strategic investment of resources, and a stronger democracy"-- from Melvyl.
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Medieval crime fiction : a critical overview
Anne McKendry
PN3448.D4 M38 2019
"Combining elements of medievalism, the historical novel and the detective narrative, medieval crime fiction capitalizes upon the appeal of all three. This book investigates the enduring popularity of the largely unexamined genre and explores its social, cultural and political contexts"-- from Melvyl.
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Good talk : a memoir in conversations
Mira Jacob
PS3610.A356415 Z46 2018
"Like many six-year-olds, Mira Jacob's half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, has questions about everything. At first they are innocuous enough, but as tensions from the 2016 election spread from the media into his own family, they become much, much more complicated. Trying to answer him honestly, Mira has to think back to where she's gotten her own answers: her most formative conversations about race, color, sexuality, and, of course, love."-- from Melvyl.
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Black wave : Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the forty-year rivalry that unraveled culture, religion, and collective memory in the Middle East
Kim Ghattas
DS63.1 .G4916 2020
"Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shia Iran, once allies and twin pillars of US strategy in the region, became mortal enemies after 1979. Ghattas weaves together history, geopolitics, and culture to show how the 1979 Iranian revolution-- fueled by American policy-- fed intolerance, suppressed cultural expression, and encouraged sectarian violence from Egypt to Pakistan, leading to the assassination of countless intellectuals, the birth of groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, the September 11th terrorist attacks, and the rise of ISIS." -- from Melvyl.
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And in the Vienna woods the trees remain : the heartbreaking true story of a family torn apart by war
Elisabeth Åsbrink; translated from the Swedish by Saskia Vogel
DS135.S89 U45313 2020
"Winner of the August Prize, an intricate weave of documents, substantive narrative, and emotional commentary that centers on a young Jewish refugee's friendship with the future founder of IKEA. Otto Ullman, a Jewish boy, was sent from Austria to Sweden right before the outbreak of World War II. There he became best friends with Ingvar Kamprad, who would grow up to become the founder of IKEA." --from Melvyl.
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The wolf at the door : the menace of economic insecurity and how to fight it
Michael J. Graetz and Ian Shapiro
HC103 .G73 2020
"Americans face real economic hardship but respond with fantastical solutions, from tax-cut magic to the end of capitalism. Michael Graetz and Ian Shapiro focus on what truly worries people: their own insecurity. The authors propose concrete reforms affecting taxes, health care, and wages and share organizing strategies to achieve changes people need"-- from Melvyl.
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Lifestyle gurus : constructing authority and influence online
Stephanie A. Baker and Chris Rojek
HM1206 .B354 2020
"The rise of blogs and social media has facilitated an industry of self-appointed 'lifestyle gurus' who have become instrumental in the management of intimacy and social relations. Baker and Rojek trace the rise of lifestyle influencers in the digital age, relating this development to the erosion of trust in the expert-professional power bloc"-- from Melvyl.
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Women Against Cruelty : Protection of Animals in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Diana Donald
HV4805.A3 D66 2020
"This is the first book to explore women’s leading role in animal protection in nineteenth-century Britain, drawing on rich archival sources. They energetically promoted better treatment of animals, both through practical action and through their writings. Women’s own experience of oppressive patriarchy bonded them with animals, who equally suffered from the dominance of masculine values in society, and from an assumption that all-powerful humans were entitled to exploit animals at will." -- from Amazon.
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Five days gone : the mystery of my mother's disappearance as a child
Laura Cumming
HV6604.G72 E47 2019
"Using photographs from the time, historical documents, and works of art, Cumming investigates this case of stolen identity with the toolset of a detective and the unique intimacy of a daughter trying to understand her family's past and its legacies. Compulsive, vivid, and profoundly touching, Five Days Gone is a masterful blend of memoir and history, an extraordinary personal narrative unlike any other." --from Melvyl.