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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.
Cracks in the schoolyard : confronting Latino educational inequality
Gilberto Q Conchas
EBL eBook
“In Cracks in the Schoolyard, Conchas challenges deficit models of schooling and turns school failure on its head. Going beyond presenting critical case studies of social inequality and education, this book features achievement cases that depict Latinos as active actors—not hopeless victims—in the quest for social and economic mobility.” -- from Publisher’s description.
Fundamentals of Practical Environmentalism
Mark B. Weldon
EBL eBook
“A fresh view of modern environmentalism, Fundamentals of Practical Environmentalism challenges readers to integrate concern for the environment with the necessities of daily living. This book introduces practical environmentalism as a new approach to sustainable environmental progress. It presents a four-part framework that includes environmental degradation, resource conservation, economic progress, and personal benefit as the four pillars to address when attempting to act on behalf of the environment.” -- from Publisher’s description.
Internet afterlife: virtual salvation in the 21st century
Kevin O'Neill
EBL eBook
 “The Internet has reinvented the paradigm of life and death: social media enables a discourse with loved ones long after their deaths, while gaming sites provide opportunities for multiple lives and life forms. In this thought-provoking work, author Kevin O'Neill examines America's concept of afterlife—as imagined in cyberspace—and considers how technologies designed to emulate immortality present serious challenges to our ideas about human identity and to our religious beliefs about heaven and hell.” – from Publisher’s description.
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Islam and competing nationalisms in the Middle East, 1876-1926
Kamal Soleimani
BP173.55 .S65 2016
"This book calls into question the foundational epistemologies of the nation-state by centering on the pivotal and intimate role Islam played in the emergence of the nation-state, showing the entanglements and reciprocities of nationalism and religious thought as they played out in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century Middle East."--Back cover.
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The girls in the garden : a novel
Lisa Jewell
PR6060.E95 G57 2016
"Deep in the heart of London, in a lush communal square, as a festive garden party is taking place, a thirteen year-old girl lies unconscious and bloody in a hidden corner. What really happened to her? And who is responsible? For fans of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes comes a family drama with a dark mystery at its core, from New York Times bestselling author Lisa Jewell." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The fall of heaven : the Pahlavis and the final days of imperial Iran
Andrew Scott Cooper
DS318 .C655 2016
"An immersive, gripping account of the rise and fall of Iran's glamorous Pahlavi dynasty, written with the cooperation of the late Shah's widow, Empress Farah. In this remarkably human portrait of one of the twentieth century's most complicated personalities, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Andrew Scott Cooper traces the Shah's life from childhood through his ascension to the throne in 1941." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Gender and the rhetoric of modernity in Spanish America : 1850-1910
Lee Joan Skinner
PQ7081 .S59 2016
"The author examines the work of both male and female writers to show how nineteenth-century discourses of modernity and gender overlapped and shaped each other in the Spanish-colonized Americas." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Dangerous creole liaisons : sexuality and nationalism in French Caribbean discourses from 1806 to 1897
Jacqueline Couti
F2181 .C68 2016
"Dangerous Creole Liaisons examines the neglected corpus of white Creole writers from the French Caribbean and how their discourse has been reappropriated to expose the significant role these men played in the construction of blackness, French nationalism and culture." --Melvyl catalog.