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The conservative party book cover
The conservative party : from Thatcher to Cameron
Tim Bale
JN1129.C7 B25 2016
"The Conservatives are back, and back with a bang two election wins in a row and, providing they can hold things together, in a pretty good position to win another. But many questions about their recent past, present, and future still remain."--from Melvyl catalog.
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A plea for the animals : the moral, philosophical, and evolutionary imperative to treat all beings with compassion
Matthieu Ricard
HV4708 .R5313 2016
"Every cow just wants to be happy. Every chicken just wants to be free. Every bear, dog, or mouse experiences sorrow and feels pain as intensely as any of us humans do. In a compelling appeal to reason and human kindness, Matthieu Ricard here takes the arguments from his best-sellers Altruismand Happiness to their logical conclusion: that compassion toward all beings, including our fellow animals, is a moral obligation and the direction toward which any enlightened society must aspire." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The making of modern Korea
Adrian Buzo
DS916 .B89 2017
"This fully updated third edition of The Making of Modern Korea provides a thorough, balanced and engaging history of Korea from 1876 to the present day. The text is unique in analysing domestic developments in the two Koreas in the wider context of regional and international affairs." --from Melvyl catalog.
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We eat our own : a novel
Kea Wilson
PS3623.I58543 W4 2016
"An ambitious debut novel by an original young writer, We Eat Our Own blurs the lines between life and art with the story of a film director's unthinkable experiment in the Amazon. Inspired by a true story from the annals of 1970s Italian horror film, and told in dazzlingly precise prose, We Eat Our Own is a resounding literary debut, a thrilling journey behind the scenes of a shocking film and a thoughtful commentary on violence and its repercussions." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Shirley Jackson : a rather haunted life
Ruth Franklin
PS3519.A392 Z64 2016
"Still known to millions only as the author of the "The Lottery," Shirley Jackson (1916-1965) remains curiously absent from the American literary canon. A genius of literary suspense, Jackson plumbed the cultural anxiety of postwar America better than anyone.  Based on a wealth of previously undiscovered correspondence and dozens of new interviews, Shirley Jackson, with its exploration of astonishing talent shaped by a damaged childhood and a troubled marriage to literary critic Stanley Hyman, becomes the definitive biography of a generational avatar and an American literary giant." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Dada Africa : dialogue with the other
Esther Tisa Francini
N6494.D3 D32 2016
"Apart from the notorious brouhaha it caused on the European art scene of the time, the Dada movement aimed also at bringing to life non-European forms of artistic expression...published in conjunction with exhibitions at the two museums in spring and summer 2016, this new book for the first time closely examines the Dadaists' exploration of non-European art and culture." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Vishal Bharadwaj
PN1997.2 .H35 2014 discs 1-2
"Vishal Bhardwaj's adaptation of William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet', Haider. Set in 1995, a young man returns home to Kashmir on receiving news of his father's disappearance. Not only does he learn that security forces have detained his father for harboring militants, but that his mother is in a relationship with his very own uncle. Intense drama follows between mother and son as both struggle to come to terms with news of his father's death. Soon Haider learns that his uncle is responsible for the gruesome murder, what follows is his journey to avenge his father's death." --Container.
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Udta Punjab
Abhishek Chaubey
PN1997.2 .S57 2001
"A fictional drama set in the north Indian State of Punjab that presents how a rock star, a migrant laborer, a doctor and a cop all encounter and deal with drug abuse." --from Melvyl.
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Staging harmony : music and religious change in late medieval and early modern English drama
Katherine Steele Brokaw
PR658.R43 B76 2016
"In Staging Harmony, Katherine Steele Brokaw reveals how the relationship between drama, music, and religious change across England's long sixteenth century moved religious discourse to more moderate positions. In analyzing musical practices and discourses, theological debates, devotional practices, and early staging conditions, Brokaw offers new readings of well-known plays (Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s The Tempest and The Winter’s Tale) as well as Tudor dramas by playwrights including John Bale, Nicholas Udall, and William Wager." --from Cornell University Press.
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Eating Earth : Environmental Ethics and Dietary Choice
Lisa Kemmerer
EBL eBook
"In Eating Earth, Lisa Kemmerer reveals a potential place of common ground for the environmental and animal-rights movements: human dietary choice...The book argues that rather than choosing to pursue separate agendas, a joint promotion...could lead to targeted results for both groups...A brief but poignant examination of what human beings consume, Eating Earth shows that the issue of dietary choice deserves to be considered in a new environmental light." -- from Publisher's description.
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The reluctant pilgrim : a skeptic's journey into native mysteries
Roger L Welsch
Ebrary eBook
"The Reluctant Pilgrim shares a skeptic’s spiritual journey from his Lutheran upbringing to the Native sensibilities of his adoptive families in both the Omaha and Pawnee tribes...encounters during his life prompted Welsch to confront a new way of learning and teaching as he was drawn inexorably into another world. Confronting mainstream contemporary culture’s tendency to dismiss the magical, mystical, and unexplained, Welsch shares his personal experiences and celebrates the fact that even in our scientific world, “Something Is Going On,” just beyond our ken." -- from Publisher's description.
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Hang 'em high : law and disorder in western films and literature
Bob Herzberg
Ebrary eBook
"...This book discusses the many Western films as well as the novels they are based on, that illustrate distortions of the law in the Old West and the many ways, most of them marked by vengeance, in which its characters pursued justice. The author has used correspondence from studio files, letters from the Production Code office, newspaper and magazine reviews, passages from the novels to analyze not only the filmmakers' intentions but also how the films, contrary to reality, became a showcase of America as it promoted the principles of due process, trial by jury, and innocence before proven guilty." -- from Publisher's description.
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Sweetness and Blood : How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, with Some Unexpected Results
Michael Moore
EBL eBook
"How did an obscure tribal sport from precolonial Hawaii--one that was nearly eliminated by Christian missionaries--jump oceans to California and Australia? And how did it become such a worldwide passion, even in places where the surf may be excellent but the society is highly conservative or superstitious about the sea? In this brilliantly written travel adventure, journalist (and surfer) Michael Scott Moore visits unlikely surfing destinations--Israel and the Gaza Strip, West Africa, Great Britain, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Cuba, and Morocco--to find out. Whether he is connecting eccentric surf legend Doc Paskowitz to the Arab-Israeli conflict, trying to deconstruct the terrorist bombing in a nightclub in Bali, or being chased by the German police while surfing a river break in Berlin, Moore masterfully weaves together politics, culture, history, and surfing to create a book like no other." -- from Publisher's description.
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Drinks with Dead Poets
Glyn Maxwell
EBL eBook
"Poet Glyn Maxwell wakes up in a mysterious village one autumn day. He has no idea how he got there – is he dead? in a coma? dreaming? – but he has a strange feeling there’s a class to teach. And isn’t that the poet Keats wandering down the lane? Why not ask him to give a reading, do a Q and A, hit the pub with the students afterwards? Soon the whole of the autumn term stretches ahead, with Byron, Yeats and Emily Dickinson, the Brontës, the Brownings and Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen and many more all on their way to give readings in the humble village hall. And everything they say – in class, on stage, at the Cross Keys pub – comes verbatim from their diaries, essays, or letters. Drinks With Dead Poets is a homage to the departed, a tale of the lives and loves of students, a critical guide to great English poetry, the dream of a heavenly autumn." -- from Publisher's description.
Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion
Tansy E. Hoskins
Ebrary eBook
"Moving between Karl Lagerfeld and Karl Marx, the book explores consumerism, class and advertising to reveal the interests which benefit from exploitation. Tansy E. Hoskins dissects fashion’s vampiric relationship with the planet and with our bodies to uncover what makes it so damaging. Why does ‘size zero’ exist and what is the reality of working life for models? In a critique of the portrayal of race in fashion, the book also examines the global balance of power in the industry. In a compelling conclusion Stitched Up explores the use of clothing to resist. Can you shock an industry that loves to shock? Is ‘green fashion’ an alternative? Stitched Up provides a unique critical examination of contemporary culture and the distorting priorities of capitalism." -- from Publisher's description.
The deepest roots: finding food and community on a Pacific Northwest island
Kathleen Alcalá
EBL eBook
"In The Deepest Roots, Alcalá walks, wades, picks, pokes, digs, cooks, and cans, getting to know her neighbors on a much deeper level. Wanting to better understand how we once fed ourselves, and acknowledging that there may be a future in which we could need to do so again, she meets those who experienced the Japanese American internment during World War II, and learns the unique histories of the blended Filipino and Native American community, the fishing practices of the descendants of Croatian immigrants, and the Suquamish elder who shares with her the food legacy of the island itself. Combining memoir, historical records, and a blueprint for sustainability, The Deepest Roots shows us how an island population can mature into responsible food stewards, and reminds us that innovation, adaptation, diversity, and common sense will help us make wise decisions about our future. And along the way, we learn how food is intertwined with our present but offers a path to a better understanding of the future." -- from Publisher's description.
Race, place and globalization: youth cultures in a changing world
Anoop Nayak
Ebrary eBook
"What does it mean to be young in a changing world? How are migration, settlement and new urban cultures shaping young lives? And in particular, are race, place and class still meaningful to contemporary youth cultures? This path-breaking book shows how young people are responding differently to recent social, economic and cultural transformations. From the spirit of white localism deployed by de-industrialized football supporters, to the hybrid multicultural exchanges displayed by urban youth, young people are finding new ways of wrestling with questions of race and ethnicity." -- from Melvyl catalog.
Cultural passions : fans, aesthetes and tarot readers
Elizabeth Wilson
Ebrary eBook
 "Elizabeth Wilson is one of our most radical cultural critics. In Cultural Passions she transcends the division between 'high' and 'low' culture, exploring the emotional commitment people bring to the books, performances, objects and rituals in which they find meaning and challenging an enduring suspicion of the pleasure of the aesthetic." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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A natural history of hell : stories
Jeffrey Ford
PS3556.O6997 A6 2016
"Emily Dickinson takes a carriage ride with Death. A couple are invited over to a neighbor's daughter's exorcism. A country witch with a sea-captain's head in a glass globe intercedes on behalf of abused and abandoned children. A book of fantastic stories about the hell on earth that is living." --from Melvyl catalog.
The Netflix effect
The Netflix effect : technology and entertainment in the 21st century
Kevin McDonald; Daniel Smith-Rowsey
HD9697.V544 N487 2016
"Netflix is the definitive media company of the 21st century. It was among the first to parlay new Internet technologies into a successful business model, and in the process it changed how consumers access film and television. It is now one of the leading providers of digitally delivered media content and is continually expanding access across a host of platforms and mobile devices. Despite its transformative role, however, Netflix has drawn very little critical attention-far less than competitors such as YouTube, Apple, Amazon, Comcast, and HBO." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Global families : a history of Asian international adoption in America
Catherine Ceniza Choy
HV875.5 .C47 2013
"In Global Families, Catherine Ceniza Choy unearths the little-known historical origins of Asian international adoption in the United States. Beginning with the post-World War II presence of the U.S. military in Asia, she reveals how mixed-race children born of Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese women and U.S. servicemen comprised one of the earliest groups of adoptive children." --from Melvyl catalog.
The strangest family
Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians
Janice Hadlow
DA506.A2 H34 2014
"An intensely moving account of George III's doomed attempt to create a happy, harmonious family, written with astonishing emotional force from a stunning new history writer." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Black print unbound : the Christian recorder, African American literature, and periodical culture
Eric Gardner
BX8440 .G37 2015
"As a study of the African Methodist Episcopal Church newspaper - and so of a periodical with national reach among free African Americans - Black Print Unbound is at once a massive recovery effort of a publication by African Americans for African Americans, a consideration of the nexus of African Americanist inquiry and print culture studies, and an intervention in the study of literatures of the Civil War, faith communities, and periodicals." -- from back cover.
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Charity and Sylvia : a same-sex marriage in early America
Rachel Hope Cleves
HQ1034 .U5 C54 2017
"Explores the lives of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, two ordinary middle-class women who serve as a window on historical constructs of marriage, gender, and sexuality in late 18th-century and early 19th-century America." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The Iran wars : spy games, bank battles, and the secret deals that reshaped the Middle East
Jay Solomon
DS63.2.I68 S65 2016
"This is a book rife with revelations, from the secret communications between the Obama administration and the Iranian government to dispatches from the front lines of the new field of financial warfare. It exposes the hidden history of a conflict most Americans don't even realize is being fought, but whose outcome could have far-reaching geopolitical implications." --from Dust Jacket.
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I'm thinking of ending things
Iain Reid
PR9199.4.R455 I6 2016
"Jake and a woman known only as The Girlfriend are taking a long drive to meet his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake takes a sudden detour, leaving The Girlfriend stranded at a deserted high school, the story transforms into a twisted combination of the darkest unease, psychological frailty, and a look into the limitations of solitude."  -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The beginning and end of rape : confronting sexual violence in Native America
Sarah Deer
KIE3560 .D44 2015
"The Beginning and End of Rape collects and expands the writings in which Deer, who played a crucial role in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act in 2013, has advocated for cultural and legal reforms to protect Native women from endemic sexual violence and abuse." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Harry Potter and the cursed child. Parts one and two
Jack Thorne; J K Rowling; John Tiffany
PR6120.H67 H37 2016
"As an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and a father, Harry Potter struggles with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs while his youngest son, Albus, finds the weight of the family legacy difficult to bear." -- Melvyl catalog.