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The Lonely Hearts Hotel book cover
The Lonely Hearts Hotel
Heather O'Neill
PR9199.4.O64 L66 2017
"With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans -in love with each other since they can remember-whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Somewhere between
Linda Goldstein Knowlton
HV875.5 .S66 2013
This film presents the "experiences of four teenage girls of Chinese birth adopted by families in the U.S. Examines questions of race and identity of the adoptees."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Doctorow : collected stories
E L Doctorow
PS3554.O3 A6 2016
"E. L. Doctorow selected some of his finest stories to create this pinnacle collection, his final project before his death. There are 15 stories total, including "The Water Works," "Jolene," "All the Time in the World," and Doctorow's own revision of "Liner Notes: The Songs of Billy Bathgate."" --from Melvyl catalog.
Burning country : Syrians in revolution and war book cover
Burning country : Syrians in revolution and war
Robin Yassin-Kassab; Leila Al-Shami
Ebrary eBook
"Burning Country explores the complicated reality of life in present-day Syria with unprecedented detail and sophistication, drawing on new first-hand testimonies from opposition fighters, exiles lost in an archipelago of refugee camps, and courageous human rights activists. Yassin-Kassab and Al-Shami expertly interweave these stories with an incisive analysis of the militarization of the uprising, the rise of the Islamists and sectarian warfare, and the role of Syria s government in exacerbating the brutalization of the conflict."--from Publisher's description.
Gay rights and moral panic : the origins of America's debate on homosexuality book cover
Gay rights and moral panic : the origins of America's debate on homosexuality
Fred Fejes
EBL eBook
"Using the 1977 campaign against the Dade County Florida gay rights ordinance as a focal point, this book provides an examination of the emergence of the modern lesbian and gay American movement, the challenges it posed to the accepted American notions of sexuality, and how American society reacted in turn."--from Melvyl catalog.
Manifest West : western weird book cover
Manifest West : western weird
Mark Todd
EBL eBook
"Topics included in this collection of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction range from the West's numinous fascination with E.T., Bigfoot, and ghosts and its celebration of its indigenous fauna and deadly landscapes to its uncomfortable relationships with its own marginalized peoples and its unforgiving and sometimes violent traditions. The tone of these works ranges from light--even campy--to chilling, but all allow readers to gaze straight into the many faces of what makes the West a weird place."--from Melvyl catalog.
"I Love Learning; I Hate School" : an Anthropology of College book cover
"I Love Learning; I Hate School" : an Anthropology of College
Susan D Blum
EBL eBook
 "Frustrated by her students' performance, her relationships with them, and her own daughter’s problems in school, Susan D. Blum, a professor of anthropology, set out to understand why her students found their educational experience at a top-tier institution so profoundly difficult and unsatisfying. Through her research and in conversations with her students, she discovered a troubling mismatch between the goals of the university and the needs of students. In "I Love Learning; I Hate School," Blum tells two intertwined but inseparable stories: the results of her research into how students learn contrasted with the way conventional education works, and the personal narrative of how she herself was transformed by this understanding."--from Publisher's description.
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Everybody Had an Ocean : Music and Mayhem in 1960s Los Angeles
William McKeen
EBL eBook
 "Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history...But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naive young musicians and the hangers-on who exploited the decade's peace, love, and flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success...Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there....You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way."--from Publisher's description.
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First ladies and American women : in politics and at home
Jill Abraham Hummer
E176.2 .H86 2017
"This book is a history of first ladies beginning with Lou Henry Hoover and ending with Michelle Obama, discussing how they defined their role with a focus on how they related to women's issues and how they participated in politics." --from Melvyl catalog.
When police kill book cover
When police kill
Franklin E Zimring
HV8031 .Z56 2017
"When Police Kill is the first comprehensive analysis of police use of lethal force in the United States. The first seven chapters of this volume provide a summary and analysis of the known facts about killings by police. Who dies from police gunfire? What circumstances provoke police to shoot? Why is the death rate from shootings by police so high? The final five chapters of the book provide an account of how federal, state and local governments can reduce killings by police without risking the lives of police officers." --from Melvyl catalog.
The Russian Empire : 1450-1801 book cover
The Russian Empire 1450-1801
Nancy Shields Kollmann
DK40 .K66 2017
"Modern Russian identity and historical experience has been largely shaped by Russia's imperial past: an empire that was founded in the early modern era and endures in large part today. The Russian Empire 1450-1801 surveys how the areas that made up the empire were conquered and how they were governed, [giving] detailed attention to the major ethnic and religious groups, and surveys the government's strategies of governance - centralized bureaucracy, military reform, and a changed judicial system." --from Melvyl catalog.  
Zombies, migrants, and queers book cover
Zombies, migrants, and queers : race and crisis capitalism in pop culture
Camilla Fojas
P94.65.U6 F653 2017
"Camilla Fojas uses representations of people of color, the incarcerated, and trans/queers--vulnerable populations all--to work through the contradictions created by the economic crisis and its freefalling aftermath. [This book]  is an overdue exploration of America's reshuffled capitalism and the stories emerging from within its contradictions and uncertainties." --from Publisher's description.
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The usefulness of useless knowledge
Abraham Flexner; R Dijkgraaf
Q126.8 .F54 2017
"This brief book includes Flexner's timeless 1939 essay alongside a new companion essay by Robbert Dijkgraaf, the Institute's current director, in which he shows that Flexner's defense of the value of 'the unobstructed pursuit of useless knowledge' may be even more relevant today than it was in the early twentieth century. Dijkgraaf describes how basic research has led to major transformations in the past century and explains why it is an essential precondition of innovation and the first step in social and cultural change." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Where song began : Australia's birds and how they changed the world
Tim Low
QL693 .L685 2016
"This book is 'an authoritative and entertaining exploration of Australia's distinctive birds and their unheralded role in global evolution.'" --from Melvyl catalog.
The attack book cover
The attack
Loïc Dauvillier; Glen Chapron; Ivanka Hahnenberger; Yasmina Khadra
PN6747.D37 A8813 2016
    "The Attack opens with Amin Jaafari, an Israeli surgeon of Palestinian origin, trying to save the casualties of a suicide bombing. A day after the deadly attack, an Israeli police officer informs Jaafari that the suicide bomber was his wife, Sihem. Desperate to understand how he missed even the slightest clue, Jaafari leaves the relative security of Israel and enters the Palestinian territories to find the fanatics who recruited her." --from Melvyl description.    
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The Airbnb story : how three ordinary guys disrupted an industry, made billions... and created plenty of controversy
Leigh Gallagher, (Journalist)
TX911.2 .G35 2017
"A thorough and objective profile of this groundbreaking and unusual company covers its founders, meteoric rise, nagging troubles, and global popularity." --from melvyl catalog.   A thorough and objective profile of this groundbreaking and unusual company covers its founders, meteoric rise, nagging troubles, and global popularity.A thorough and objective profile of this groundbreaking and unusual company covers its founders, meteoric rise, nagging troubles, and global popularity.
Evil children in the popular imagination book cover
Evil children in the popular imagination
Karen J Renner
BJ1401 .R46 2016
"Focusing on narratives with supernatural components, Karen J. Renner argues that the recent proliferation of stories about evil children demonstrates not a declining faith in the innocence of childhood but a desire to preserve its purity. Renner illustrates how each subtype offers a different explanation for the problem of the “evil” child and adapts to changing historical circumstances and ideologies." --from publisher's description.
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Culture jamming : activism and the art of cultural resistance
Marilyn DeLaure; Moritz Fink
HM1206 .C85 2017
"Revealing how culture jamming is at once playful and politically transgressive, this accessible collection explores the degree to which culture jamming has fulfilled its revolutionary aims. Featuring original essays from prominent media scholars discussing Banksy and Shepard Fairey, foundational texts...and artwork by and interviews with noteworthy culture jammers...'Culture Jamming' makes a crucial contribution to our understanding of creative resistance and participatory culture." --from Melvyl catalog.
Medievalism : a manifesto book cover
Medievalism : a manifesto
Richard J Utz
CB353 .U89 2017
"Richard Utz [seeks to help] reform the way we think about and practice our academic engagement with medieval culture." --from publisher's description.