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Strange survivors : how organisms attack and defend in the game of life
Oné R Pagán
QR177 .P34 2018
"Strange Survivors is more than a collection of curiosities--it is a love letter to science and an argument for the continuing relevance of this evolutionary battle as we face the threat of resistant bacteria and the need for novel medical therapies. Whether discussing blood-thinning bats and electric fish or pondering the power of cooperation, Pagán reveals the surprising lessons found in some of life's natural oddities and how the tactics they employ to live might aid our own survival." --from Melvyl description.
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Metaphysics or ontology?
Piotr Jaroszyński; Hugh McDonald
BD118.P6 J3713 2018
"This volume treats the evolution of the object of metaphysics from being to the concept of being to, finally, the object. It examines metaphysics and ontology, and the history of these terms. It is relevant to scholars and philosophers." --from Amazon description.
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Engaging Japanese philosophy : a short history
Thomas P Kasulis
B5241 .K293 2018
"Philosophy challenges our assumptions - especially when it comes to us from another culture. In exploring Japanese philosophy, a dependable guide is essential. The present volume, written by a renowned authority on the subject, offers readers a historical survey of Japanese thought that is both comprehensive and comprehensible." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Visionary women : how Rachel Carson, Jane Jacobs, Jane Goodall, and Alice Waters changed our world
Andrea Barnet
HQ1123 .B3575 2018
"This is the story of four visionaries who profoundly shaped the world we live in today. Together, these women showed what one person speaking truth to power can do. With a keen eye for historical detail, Andrea Barnet traces the arc of each woman's career and explores how their work collectively changed the course of history." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Our woman in Havana : a diplomat's chronicle of America's long struggle with Castro's Cuba
Vicki Huddleston; Carlos M Gutierrez
E183.8.C9 H83 2018
"Our Woman in Havana chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush." --from Amazon description.
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Class matters : the strange career of an American delusion
Steve Fraser
HN90.S6 F73 2018
"From the decks of the Mayflower straight through to Donald Trump's "American carnage," class has always played a role in American life. In this remarkable work, Steve Fraser twines our nation's past with his own family's history, deftly illustrating how class matters precisely because Americans work so hard to pretend it doesn't. He examines six signposts of American history-the settlements at Plymouth and Jamestown; the ratification of the Constitution; the Statue of Liberty; the cowboy; the 'kitchen debate' between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev; and Martin Luther King's 'I Have a Dream' speech--to explore just how pervasively class has shaped our national conversation. With a historian's intellectual command and a riveting narrative voice, Fraser interweaves these examples with his own past--including his civil rights activism in Mississippi and his false arrest on charges of planning to blow up the Liberty Bell during the anti-war era--to tell a story both urgent and timeless." --from Melvyl catalog.
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American Islamophobia : understanding the roots and rise of fear
Khaled A Beydoun
BP67 .B49 2018
"Through the stories of Muslim Americans who have experienced Islamophobia across various racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines, Beydoun shares how U.S. laws shatter lives, whether directly or inadvertently. And with an eye toward benefiting society as a whole, he recommends ways for Muslim Americans and their allies to build coalitions with other groups. Like no book before it, American Islamophobia offers a robust and genuine portrait of Muslim America then and now." --Provided by publisher.
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Witches, Goddesses, and Angry Spirits : The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women's Fiction
Maha Marouan
Project Muse eBook
"Witches, Goddesses and Angry Spirits: The Politics of Spiritual Liberation in African Diaspora Women’s Fiction explores African diaspora religious practices as vehicles for Africana women’s spiritual transformation, using representative fictions by three contemporary writers of the African Americas who compose fresh models of female spirituality: Breath, Eyes, Memory (1994) by Haitian American novelist Edwidge Danticat; Paradise (1998) by African American Nobel laureate Toni Morrison; and I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem (1992) by Guadeloupean author Maryse Condé." -- from publisher's description.
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Complexities : women in mathematics
Bettye Anne Case; Anne M Leggett
ProQuest Ebook Central ebook
"This captivating book gives voice to women mathematicians from the late eighteenth century through to the present day. It documents the complex nature of the conditions women around the world have faced--and continue to face--while pursuing their careers in mathematics...Clear, engaging, and meticulously researched, Complexities will inspire young women who are contemplating careers in mathematics and will speak to women in many fields of endeavor and walks of life."  -- from publisher's description.
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Madame Chair : A Political Autobiography of an Unintentional Pioneer
Jean Westwood
Project Muse eBook
"...A Utah national committeewoman and member of the reform committee that reorganized the party, Westwood answered George McGovern’s call to lead his presidential campaign…Westwood provides an inside account of a period that reshaped national politics. Second-wave feminism—“women’s liberation”—and the civil rights and antiwar movements opened the way. As a major player in political reform, Jean Westwood both helped build that road and traveled it."  -- from publisher's description.
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Uncommon Women : Gender and Representation in Nineteenth-Century U.S. Women's Writing
Laura Laffrado
Project Muse eBook
"This feminist study considers the generic forms, language, and illustrations of a group of complex and often daring texts, including Sarah Kemble Knight’s unconventional travel Journal (1825); Fanny Fern’s controversial newspaper essays (1851–72); Civil War nurse Louisa May Alcott’s Hospital Sketches (1863); and cross-dressed soldier S. Emma E. Edmonds’s Nurse and Spy in the Union Army (1865), along with later women’s war reminiscences... it makes visible the ways in which these texts disputed restrictive female constructions, tested boundaries of race and class, and anticipated reaction to their disruptive discourses...This study’s findings make plain the impact of white/male discourses of gender on women’s self-narrative and illustrate how unconventional women were pressured to embrace domesticity, heterosexuality, marriage, motherhood, and political passivity." -- from publisher's description.
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Woman suffrage and citizenship in the Midwest, 1870-1920
Sara Egge
"Historian Sara Egge offers critical insights into the woman suffrage movement by exploring how it emerged in small Midwestern communities... Examining this grassroots activism offers a new approach that uncovers the sophisticated ways Midwestern suffragists understood citizenship as obligation...the efforts of the National American Women's Suffrage Association did not always succeed in promoting the movement's goals. Instead, it gained support among Midwesterners only when local rural women claimed the right to vote on the basis of their well-established civic roles and public service. By investigating civic responsibility, Egge reorients scholarship on woman suffrage and brings attention to the Midwest, a region overlooked by most historians of the movement. In doing so, she sheds new light onto the ways suffragists rejuvenated the cause in the twentieth century." -- from publisher's description.