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Heavy : an American memoir book cover
Heavy : an American memoir
Kiese Laymon
E185.97.L394 A3 2018
"In this powerful and provocative memoir, Kiese Laymon fearlessly explores what the weight of a lifetime of secrets, lies, and deception does to a black body, a black family, and a nation teetering on the brink of moral collapse. By attempting to name secrets and lies he and his mother spent a lifetime avoiding, Laymon asks himself, his mother, his nation, and us to confront the terrifying possibility that few of us know how to responsibly love."--Provided by publisher.
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The fire now : anti-racist scholarship in times of explicit racial violence
Azeezat Johnson; Remi Joseph-Salisbury; Beth Kamunge
HT1523 .F58 2018
"Not so long ago, many spoke of a 'post-racial' era, claiming that advances made by people of colour showed that racial divisions were becoming a thing of the past. But the hollowness of such claims has been exposed by the rise of Trump and Brexit, both of which have revealed deep seated white resentment, and have been attended by a resurgence in hate crime and overt racial hatred on both sides of the Atlantic. Mapping out the problems we face, and the solutions we need, the book considers how anti-racist scholarship and activism can overcome the setbacks posed by the resurgence of white supremacy." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The Penguin book of Hell
Scott G Bruce
BL545 .P46 2018
"From the Hebrew Bible's shadowy realm of Sheol to twenty-first-century visions of Hell on earth, The Penguin Book of Hell takes us through three thousand years of eternal damnation. Along the way, you'll take a ferry ride with Aeneas to Hades, across the river Acheron; meet the Devil as imagined by a twelfth-century Irish monk--a monster with a thousand giant hands; wander the nine circles of Hell in Dante'sInferno, in which gluttons, liars, heretics, murderers, and hypocrites are made to endure crime-appropriate torture; and witness the debates that raged in Victorian England when new scientific advances cast doubt on the idea of an eternal hereafter. Drawing upon religious poetry, epics, theological treatises, stories of miracles, and accounts of saints' lives, this fascinating volume of hellscapes illuminates how Hell has long haunted us, in both life and death."--Page 4 of cover.
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Impeaching the president : past, present, and future
Alan Hirsch
KF5075 .H57 2018
"In an era when the notion of impeachment is tossed around as the ultimate political indictment, Alan Hirsch guides us with a steady hand through our own history to consider the three presidents who faced that ultimate punishment. This is a sober, precise, and carefully argued analysis that should be read by every member of Congress-and every president." --David K. Shipler, former reporter for the New York Times and Pulitzer Prize recipient.
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Happiness in America : a cultural history
Lawrence R Samuel
HN57 .S245 2018
"Beyond serving as the definitive guide to happiness in this country, Happiness in America offers readers a provocative argument that challenges standard thinking. Despite popular belief, Americans have never been a particularly happy people. Our perpetual (and futile) search for happiness indicates widespread dissatisfaction and discontent with life in general, something that will come as a surprise to many. The image of Americans as a happy-go-lucky people is thus more mythology than reality, an important finding rooted in the inherent flaws of consumer capitalism. Our competitive and comparative American Way of Life has not proven to be an especially good formula for happiness, Samuel argues, with external signs of success unlikely to produce appreciably happier people. Given these findings, he suggests readers consider abandoning their pursuit of happiness and instead seek out greater joy in life."--from Melvyl catalog.
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The alt-right : what everyone needs to know
George Hawley, (Political scientist)
E184.A1 H39 2019
"This book explains the ideas, tactics, history, and prominent figures of the so-called Alt-Right, a white nationalist movement that first gained national and international prominence during the 2016 presidential election. It describes this movement's place in contemporary American life, and how the Alt-Right relates to Donald Trump's much larger right-wing populist movement. In clear and dispassionate terms, the book explains the degree to which the Alt-Right and other elements of the modern white supremacist movement threaten American democracy."--from Melvyl catalog.
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An imaginary racism : Islamophobia and guilt
Pascal Bruckner; Steven Rendall; Lisa Neal
BP52 .B7813 2018
‘Islamophobia’ is a term that has existed since the nineteenth century. But in recent decades, argues Pascal Bruckner in his controversial new book, it has become a weapon used to silence criticism of Islam." --from Amazon. 
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Writing for peer reviewed journals : strategies for getting published
Pat Thomson; Barbara Kamler
PN147 .T46 2013
"It's not easy getting published, but everyone has to do it. Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals presents an insider's perspective on the secret business of academic publishing, making explicit many of the dilemmas and struggles faced by all writers, but rarely discussed. Writing for Peer Reviewed Journals uses a wide range of multi-disciplinary examples from the writing workshops the authors have run in universities around the world: including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the United States. This international approach coupled with theoretically grounded strategies to guide the authoring process ensure that people at all stages of their career are addressed." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Shakespeare and ecofeminist theory
Rebecca Laroche; Jennifer Munroe
PR2976 .L37 2017
"Through fresh, detailed readings of Shakespeare's poetry and drama, this volume is a wholly original study articulating the ways in which we can better understand the world of Shakespeare's plays, and the relationships between men, women, animals, and plants that we see in them."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Harvester of hearts : motherhood under the sign of Frankenstein
Rachel Feder
PR5398 .F43 2018
"Explores how Mary Shelley's exchanges with her children - in utero, in birth, in life, and in death - infuse her literary creations. Drawing on the archives of feminist scholarship, Rachel Feder theorizes ""elective affinities"", a term she borrows from Goethe to interrogate how the personal attachments of literary critics shape our sense of literary history." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Segregation by design : local politics and inequality in American cities
Jessica Trounstine
Cambridge eBook
"Segregation by Design draws on more than 100 years of quantitative and qualitative data from thousands of American cities to explore how local governments generate race and class segregation. Starting in the early twentieth century, cities have used their power of land use control to determine the location and availability of housing, amenities (such as parks), and negative land uses (such as garbage dumps). The result has been segregation - first within cities and more recently between them. Documenting changing patterns of segregation and their political mechanisms, Trounstine argues that city governments have pursued these policies to enhance the wealth and resources of white property owners at the expense of people of color and the poor. Contrary to leading theories of urban politics, local democracy has not functioned to represent all residents. The result is unequal access to fundamental local services - from schools, to safe neighborhoods, to clean water." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Moscow rules: what drives Russia to confront the West
Keir Giles
"Keir Giles surveys Russia's history and the present day to explain why its current leadership feels it has no choice but to challenge and attack the West. Recognising and accepting that this will not change in the near future will help the West find a way of dealing with Russia without risking a deeper conflict."  --Provided by publisher. 
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Beyond gender binaries: the history of trans, intersex, and third-gender individuals
Rita Santos
Ebook Central eBook
"This book traces the history of how transgender, third gender, and other varieties of gender-nonconforming individuals have functioned in various societies. It documents how different societies' understanding of sex and gender has changed over time. Readers will explore how different cultures viewed these individuals as well as how their legal rights have evolved (or devolved). They will meet some of the historical figures that paved the way for so many others to live their truth." --Provided by publisher. 
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Handcuffs and chain link : criminalizing the undocumented in America
Benjamin Gonzalez O'Brien
"Handcuffs and chain link enters the immigration debate by addressing one of its most controversial aspects: the criminalization both of extralegal immigration to the United States and of immigrants themselves in popular and political discourse. Looking at the factors that led up to criminalization, Benjamin Gonzalez O’Brien points to the alternative approach of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and how its ultimate demise served to negatively reinforce the fictitious association of extralegal immigrants with criminality." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The unwanted : stories of the Syrian refugees
Don Brown
DS98.6 .B76 2018
"Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Hideo Yokoyama; Louise Heal Kawai
PL877.5.O369 K8713 2018
"Seventeen years after an air disaster of unprecedented scale occured near his newspaper office, reporter Kazumasa Yuuki makes good on a promise he made during that supercharged week and solves a mystery." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Reclaiming the Black past : the use and misuse of African American history in the twenty-first century
Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
E184.65 .D345 2018
"In this information overloaded twenty-first century, it seems impossible to fully discern or explain how we know about the past. But two things are certain. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all think historically on a routine basis. And our perceptions of history, including African American history, have not necessarily been shaped by professional historians. In this wide-reaching and timely book, PeroGaglo Dagbovie argues that public knowledge and understanding of black history, including its historical icons, has been shaped by institutions and individuals outside academic ivory towers." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Queerly cosmopolitan : bohemia and belonging in a Brazilian middle-of-nowhere city
Timothy Eugene Murphy
F2651.T47 M87 2018
"An ethnography of urban citizenship, global belonging, and queerness in a rapidly growing provincial city in the Global South, Queerly Cosmopolitan explores how people develop a sense of belonging in a city understood by many to be “unimportant” and “in the middle of nowhere.” --from Amazon summary.
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Pain killer : an empire of deceit and the origin of America's opioid epidemic
Barry Meier
HV5822.O99 M45 2018
"Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by the aggressive marketing of OxyContin by its maker, Purdue Pharma. Purdue, owned by a wealthy and secretive family--the Sacklers--knew early on that teenagers and others were abusing its billion dollar "wonder" drug. But Justice Department officials balked a decade ago when it came to meting out justice, allowing an opioid crisis to evolve into a catastrophe. Originally published in 2003 and hailed since as groundbreaking, Meier--in this thoroughly updated edition--reveals new and shocking information about how long the drug maker knew about OxyContin's abuse, even as it marketed it aggressively, and the way government officials passed up opportunities to protect hundreds of thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business expos, ̌ Pain Killer is the origin story of the opioid crisis, a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy"--Provided by publisher. 
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The pope who would be king : the exile of Pius IX and the emergence of modern Europe
David I Kertzer
BX1373 .K47 2018
"Documents the story of the violent revolution that signaled the end of the political power of the popes and resulted in the emergence of modern Europe." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Orchid : a cultural history
Jim Endersby
SB409.48 .E64 2016
"Some flowers make us think of love or heaven, of political causes or drug cravings, while others are food, medicine, or decoration; almost every plant that humans have ever taken an interest in has acquired a rich web of associations. So it is not surprising that flowers as alluring as orchids are associated with a very specific set of images, ideas, and symbols. Yet the precise significances we attach to orchidsmay be, Jim Endersby argues, the weirdest ever to have become linked to a plant. By following orchids through history, Endersby discovers unexpected connections that lead us into myriad other histories." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Nine perfect strangers
Liane Moriarty
PR9619.4.M67 N56 2018
"Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amid all the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Frances Welty, the formerly bestselling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House and is immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, including the charismatic owner and director. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn't even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer -- or should she run while she still can? And it's not long before every guest is asking the same question." --from Melvyl catalog.
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How long 'til black future month?
N K Jemisin
PS3610.E46 A6 2018
"N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Behind the scenes of the Old Testament : cultural, social, and historical contexts
Jonathan S Greer; John W Hilber; John H Walton
DS62.23 .B45 2018
"A team of world-class scholars covers the full range of Old Testament backgrounds studies in a concise, authoritative, and comprehensive manner." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The resource curse
Syed Mansoob Murshed
HD9502.A2 M87 2018
"An authoritative introduction to one of the most perplexing issues of economic growth: the notion that developing countries rich in natural resources perform less well economically than countries." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A shameful life
Osamu Dazai; Mark Gibeau
PL825.A8 N513 2018
"Osamu Dazai is one of the most famous--and infamous--writers of 20th-century Japan. A Shameful Life (Ningen shikkaku) is his final published work and has become a bestselling classic for its depiction of the tortured struggle of a young man to survive in a world that he cannot comprehend." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Queerness in play
Todd Harper; Meghan Blythe Adams; Nicholas Taylor, (Professor of Digital Media); Gerald Voorhees
HQ76.25 .Q84 2018
"Queerness in Play examines the many ways queerness of all kinds-from queer as `LGBT' to other, less well-covered aspects of the queer spectrum-intersects with games and the social contexts of play." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Phenomenology : the basics
Dan Zahavi
B829.5 .Z32513 2019
"Phenomenology: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to one of the dominant philosophical movements of the 20th century. This lively and lucid book provides an introduction to the essential phenomenological concepts that are crucial for understanding great thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, the book considers key philosophical arguments around phenomenology, making this an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a concise and accessible introduction to the rich and complex study of phenomenology." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The happiness fantasy
Carl Cederström
BF575.H27 C43 2019
"In this devastatingly witty new book, Carl Cederström traces our present-day conception of happiness from its roots in early-twentieth-century European psychiatry, to the Beat generation, to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He argues that happiness is now defined by a desire to be "authentic", to experience physical pleasure, and to cultivate a quirky individuality. But over the last fifty years, these once-revolutionary ideas have been co-opted by corporations and advertisers, pushing us to live lives that are increasingly unfulfilling, insecure and narcissistic." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Girl talk : what science can tell us about female friendship
A New York Times' science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships, and how they shape the culture at large
BF575.F66 M76 2018
"A New York Times' science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships, and how they shape the culture at large." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Black power and Palestine : transnational countries of color
Michael R Fischbach
E185.615 .F527 2019
"This is the first book to explore how conflict in the Middle East shaped the American civil rights movement." -- from Amazon summary.