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Paper cadavers : the archives of dictatorship in Guatemala
Kirsten Weld
F1466.5 .W45 2014
"Tracing the history of the police files as they were transformed from weapons of counterinsurgency into tools for post-conflict reckoning, [author] Weld sheds light on the country's fraught transition from war to an uneasy peace, reflecting on how societies forget and remember political violence." --from Publisher's description.
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The fault in our stars
John Green
PZ7.G8233 2012
"Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss, and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten." --from Publisher.
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Counterfactuals and causal inference : methods and principles for social research
Stephen L Morgan; Christopher Winship
H62 .M646 2015
"In this second edition of Counterfactuals and Causal Inference, completely revised and expanded, the essential features of the counterfactual approach to observational data analysis are presented with examples from the social, demographic, and health sciences. Alternative estimation techniques are first introduced using both the potential outcome model and causal graphs; after which, conditioning techniques, such as matching and regression, are presented from a potential outcomes perspective. For research scenarios in which important determinants of causal exposure are unobserved, alternative techniques, such as instrumental variable estimators, longitudinal methods, and estimation via causal mechanisms, are then presented. The importance of causal effect heterogeneity is stressed throughout the book, and the need for deep causal explanation via mechanisms is discussed." --from Melvyl catalog.    
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Families as they really are
Barbara J Risman; Virginia Rutter; Amy Brainer
HQ535 .F354 2015
"A fresh collection of original essays by leading scholars that explores how families operate in everyday life." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The corset : a cultural history
Valerie Steele
GT2075 .S74 2001
"[This] book concludes with insightful analyses of such recent developments as the reconception of the corset as a symbol of rebellion and female sexual empowerment, the revival of the corset in contemporary high fashion, and its transformation from an item of underwear to outerwear." --from Publisher's description.
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The white boy shuffle
Paul Beatty
PS3552.E19 W45 2001
"An awkward black surfer bum is moved from Santa Monica to West Lost Angeles, where he begins to undergo a transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, eventually becoming the reluctant hero of the neighborhood." --from Melvyl catalog.  
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin
PS3563.A7239 G36 1996
"Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of throne"--Provided by publisher.
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Divergent
Veronica Roth
PZ7.R7375 2011
"In a future Chicago, sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all." --from Publisher.
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The boy who was raised as a dog : and other stories from a child psychiatrist's notebook : what traumatized children can teach us about loss, love, and healing
Bruce Duncan Perry; Maia Szalavitz
RJ499.34 .P47 2008
"Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry shares the stories of trauma and transformation he has encountered in his line of work, describing what happens to a child's brain when exposed to extreme stress and how innovative treatments are helping those children heal and become healthy adults." --from Melvyl catalog.
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I am Malala : the girl who stood up for education and was shot by the Taliban
Malala Yousafzai; Christina Lamb
LC2330 .Y69 2013
"This is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons." --from publisher's description.
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The ancient minstrel : novellas
Jim Harrison
PS3558.A67 A6 2016
"A collection of three novellas by acclaimed author Jim Harrison." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Walls of indifference : immigration and the militarization of the US-Mexico border
Nicole I Torres
JV6912 .T67 2014
"This ethnography documents and explores the social, political, and material consequences of militarization in the borderlands of Arizona. Based on two years of fieldwork in Phoenix, Tucson, and other communities along the US-Mexico border, the author identifies militarization as a social and political phenomenon that gradually reconfigures both individuals and communities." --from Amazon.com.
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Male daughters, female husbands : gender and sex in an African society
Ifi Amadiume
DT515.45 .I33 A47 2015
"An early study of queer theory and non-Western feminism, challenging the concept of gender." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Diversities old and new : migration and socio-spatial patterns in New York, Singapore and Johannesburg
Global diversities
JV7048 .D58 2015
"Spanning sociology, anthropology and human geography, [this] book seeks to analyze the changing nature of diversity and it's socio-spatial patterns in major cities around the world. In addition to rich ethnographic descriptions and robust sociological examination concerning some of the key urban processes of our age, Diversities Old And New also provides methodological innovations, including visual methods, which have been utilized to gather and analyze data." --from Melvyl catalog.
Anthropologies of class : power, practice and inequality
Anthropologies of class : power, practice and inequality
James G Carrier; Don Kalb
GN448 .A58 2015
"A study of class and inequality from an anthropological perspective, bringing together an international team of researchers." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The lost white tribe : explorers, scientists, and the theory that changed a continent
Michael F. Robinson
DT3 .R63 2016
"Stanley's discovery of this African 'white tribe' haunted him and seemed to substantiate the so-called Hamitic Hypothesis: the theory that the descendants of Ham--the son of Noah--had populated Africa and other remote places, proving that the source and spread of human races around the world could be traced to and explained by a Biblical story. In [this book], Michael Robinson traces the rise and fall of the Hamitic Hypothesis"-- from Amazon.com.
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How to believe
John Cottingham
BD215 .C68 2015
" In How to Believe , John Cottingham charts a course towards belief by arguing that adopting a religious outlook involves undergoing a process of transformation that enables us to see true meaning and value in our human existence. " -- from author's website.
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Don't let my baby do rodeo : a novel
Boris Fishman
PS3606.I824 D66 2016
"When their adopted eight-year-old son Max suddenly turns feral, Maya Shulman convinces her husband, Alex, to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max's birth parents, which results in unexpected consequences and life-altering changes." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The language animal : the full shape of the human linguistic capacity
Charles Taylor
P107 .T39 2016
"The thesis of Taylor's new book is that this view neglects crucial features of our language capacity. Sometimes language serves not just to encode information, but also shapes what it purports to describe. This language is more than merely 'descriptive; ' it plays a 'constitutive' role."--Provided by publisher.
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From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
E185.86 .T367 2016
"Activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and Black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation."--Front flap.
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United States of Jihad : investigating America's homegrown terrorists
Peter L. Bergen
HV6432 .B4624 2016
"Presents a look at "homegrown" Islamist terrorism, from 9/11 to the present, discusses the perpetrators who have acted both in the U.S. and abroad, and examines the controversial tactics used to track potential terrorists." --Publisher's description.
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Worldly Shakespeare
Richard Wilson
PR2976 .W55 2016
"In Worldly Shakespeare Richard Wilson proposes that the universalism proclaimed in the name of Shakespeare's playhouse was tempered by his own worldliness, the performative idea that runs through his plays, that if 'All the world's a stage: then 'all the men and women in it' are 'merely players'. " --from Melvyl catalog.
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Losing Afghanistan : an Obituary for the Intervention
Noah Coburn
DS371.412 .C63 2016
"The U.S.-led intervention in Afghanistan mobilized troops, funds, and people on an international level not seen since World War II...Through the stories of four individuals—an ambassador, a Navy SEAL, a young Afghan businessman, and a wind energy engineer—Noah Coburn weaves a vivid account of the challenges and contradictions of life during the intervention." --from Amazon.
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From curlers to chainsaws : women and their machines
Joyce Dyer; Jennifer Cognard-Black; Elizabeth MacLeod Walls
GN406 .F65 2016
"From Curlers to Chainsaws is a groundbreaking collection of lyrical and illuminating essays about the serious, silly, seductive, and sometimes sorrowful relationships between women and their machines. This collection explores in depth objects we sometimes take for granted, focusing not only on their functions but also on their powers to inform identity." --from Amazon.
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UFOs, conspiracy theories and the new age : millennial conspiracism
David G. Robertson
BF2050 .R625 2016
""How--and why-- were UFOs so prevalent in both conspiracy theories and the New Age milieu in the post-Cold War period? In this ground-breaking book, David G. Robertson argues that UFOs symbolized an uncertainty about the boundaries between scientific knowledge and other ways of validating knowledge, and thus became part of a shared vocabulary." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Killing Reagan : the violent assault that changed a presidency
Bill O'Reilly; Martin Dugard
E877.3 .O74 2015
"From the team of Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, bestselling authors of the blockbuster Killing series, now comes Killing Reagan. This page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan tells the vivid story of his rise to power -- and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Throwing rocks at the Google bus : how growth became the enemy of prosperity
Douglas Rushkoff
HC79.I55 R87 2016
"In this groundbreaking book, acclaimed media scholar and author Douglas Rushkoff tells us how to combine the best of human nature with the best of modern technology. Tying together disparate threads--big data, the rise of robots and AI, the increasing participation of algorithms in stock market trading, the gig economy, the collapse of the Eurozone--Rushkoff provides a critical vocabulary for our economic moment and a nuanced portrait of humans and commerce at a critical crossroads." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Movie freak : my life watching movies
Owen Gleiberman
PN1998.3.G585 A3 2016
"As one of the premiere tastemakers for more than three decades, Gleiberman, a self-confessed movie freak, explains why he, and so many others, equate film with life. Readers will revel in the juicy details of the behind-the-scenes life of a critic, and cheer as he lifts the curtain on life along the red carpet." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Ecuadorians in Madrid : migrants' place in urban history
Araceli Masterson-Algar
DP358.3.E2 M37 2016
"Rather than addressing migrants as a general human type marked by (dis)placement, [this book] offers an illustration of how Ecuadorian migrants forge transnational processes through their everyday lives in specific time and place, and how these processes manifest culturally on both sides of the Atlantic." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Browned off and bloody-minded : the British soldier goes to war, 1939-1945
Alan Allport
D759 .A64 2015
"Touching on issues of class, sex, crime, trauma, and national identity, through a colorful multitude of fresh individual perspectives, the book provides an enlightening, deeply moving perspective on how a generation of very modern-minded young men responded to the challenges of a brutal and disorienting conflict." --Provided by publisher. 
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Encyclopedia of Jewish food
Gil Marks
TX724 .M3194 2010
A comprehensive, A-to-Z guide to Jewish foods, recipes, and culinary traditions.
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PanAbcdario
Ana Rossetti; Carlos Pan
PQ6668 .O858 P36 2014
26 illustrated poems; one for each letter of the alphabet.
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Music of Yarsan : a living tradition = موسيقى يارسان : يک سنت زنده
Partow Hooshmandrad
ML3756.7 .K47 M87 2015
"The educational documentary film Music of Yarsan: A Living Tradition is an investigation into the variety of muscial practices in the life of the Kurdish Ahl-e Haqq people of the Guran region, in the Kermanshah province of Iran." --Container.
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Carnavalización y poesía: (subversión erótica de símbolos religiosos en la poesía de Ana Rossetti)
María Rosal; Ana Rossetti
PQ3336 .O858 R68 2007
This book explores the metaphoric and religious symbols used in the erotic poetry of Ana Rossetti.
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Medusa's web
Tim Powers
PS3566.O95 M43 2015
"From the award-winning author of Hide Me Among the Graves, Last Call, Declare, and Three Days to Never, a phantasmagoric, thrilling, mind-bending tale of speculative fiction in which one man must uncover occult secrets of 1920s Hollywood to save his family." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Moths, myths, and mosquitoes : the eccentric life of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr.
Marc E. Epstein
QL31.D89 E67 2016
"Known for years by Washington, D.C. history buffs and entomologists as an eccentric's eccentric for his underground tunnels, bigamy, and fighting with colleagues, it is oft forgotten that Harrison Gray Dyar, Jr. was a world-class scientist from 1890s until his death. His contributions to the understanding of evolution, classification, and the biology of moths, mosquitoes and primitive wasps have stood the test of time, as have his underappreciated contributions to building the national collections of these insects at the Smithsonian Institution." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Let me die in his footsteps
Lori Roy
PS3618.O89265 L48 2015
"In the spellbinding and suspenseful Let Me Die in His Footsteps, Edgar Award-winner Lori Roy wrests from a Southern town the secrets of two families touched by an evil that has passed between generations." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914-1945
Enzo Traverso; David Fernbach
D431 .T7313 2016
"Fire and Blood looks at the European crisis of the two world wars as a single historical sequence: the age of the European Civil War (1914–1945)." -- from Amazon summary.
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Earthquake time bombs
Robert S Yeats
QE538.8 .Y43 2015
"Assesses the cities and communities at critical risk of devastating earthquakes, and asks what we can do to protect them." -- from Melvyl  catalog.  
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Conflict resolution for holy beings : poems
Joy Harjo
PS3558.A62423 A6 2015
"In these poems, the joys and struggles of the everyday are playing against the grinding politics of being human." -- from Melvyl catalog.    
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The science inside the child : the story of what happens when we're growing up
Sara Meadows
BF721 .M4237 2016
"This engaging book presents some of the ways in which science can describe and explain how and why children develop in the way they do." -- Google books summary.
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Food whore
Jessica Tom
PS3620.O45 F66 2015
"Food whore (n.): a person who will do anything for food fresh out of college, Tia Monroe has every intention of taking the New York City restaurant scene by storm. But after a coveted internship goes up in smoke, Tia's suddenly just another food lover in the big city...Within weeks, Tia's world transforms into one of glamour and luxury...Tia loves every minute of it until she sees her words in print and Michael Saltz taking all the credit. As the veneer of extravagance wears thin and her secret identity begins to crumble, Tia is faced with what it means to truly succeed. In a city where "making it" is the ultimate goal, she will have to decide: how far is she willing to go for the life she craves?" -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The superhero costume : identity and disguise in fact and fiction
Barbara Brownie; Danny Graydon
GT580 .B69 2016
"Costume defines the superhero, disguising and distinguishing them from his or her civilian alter-ego. A lively and thorough account of superhero fashions throughout history, The Superhero Costume will be essential reading for undergraduate students of fashion, visual culture, popular culture and cultural studies." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The passions of the soul and other late philosophical writings
René Descartes; Michael Moriarty
B1837 .M67 2015
"Descartes is most often thought of as introducing a total separation of mind and body. But he also acknowledged the intimate union between them, and in his later writings he concentrated on understanding this aspect of human nature. The Passions of the Soul is his greatest contribution to this debate." 
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Why are they angry with us? : essays on race
Larry E. Davis
E184.A1 D2829 2016
"Why Are They Angry With Us? attempts to resolve the questions and conflicts about race in America that have plagued our country from the days of Jim Crow, through the battle for civil rights, and remain with us today. The author's personal journey and his professional scholarship have lead him to an understanding of our collective history." --from the publisher.
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The Tragedy of Fatherhood : King Laius and the Politics of Paternity in the West
Silke-Maria Weineck
PN56.5.F38 W45 2014
"The Tragedy of Fatherhood weaves together figures as seemingly disparate as Aristotle, Freud, Kafka, and Kleist, to produce a stunning reappraisal of the nature of power in the Western tradition." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Hotels of North America : a novel
Rick Moody
PS3563.O5537 H68 2015
"Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many posts do more than just evaluate hotels around the globe--they tell his life story...but when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life--or at least the life he has carefully constructed--which writer Rick Moody must decipher. Are these the crazed ramblings of a nomadic eccentric? Or are they an essential document of our times and a treatise on what it means to be alone?" --from Melvyl catalog.
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Art of building in Yemen
Fernando Varanda
NA1470 .V37 1982
"This is the first systematic survey of the architecture of Yemen, covering the full range of vernacular building types, styles, and materials found throughout the country. It may also be the last look at this architecture in its purest, most homogeneous form as Yemen becomes increasingly susceptible to the Western influences which have already begun to alter the environments of its richer neighbors on the Arabian Peninsula." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Rwanda's popular genocide : a perfect storm
Jean Paul KimonyoJean Paul Kimonyo
DT450.435 .K5413 2016
"Jean-Paul Kimonyo's social and economic history explores at the deepest level the role both of power relations among Rwanda’s grassroots citizens, political parties, and the state and of socioeconomic factors vs. politically/socially constructed ethnicity."
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The day the Renaissance was saved : the Battle of Anghiari and Da Vinci's lost masterpiece
Niccolò Capponi; André Naffis-Sahely
DG537 .C3613 2015
"In The Day the Renaissance Was Saved, Niccolò Capponi - a direct descendant of Niccolò Machiavelli, as well as of a Florentine general who was a key strategist of the campaign at Anghiari - weaves the story of da Vinci's lost masterpiece through the narrative of the history-changing battle, and offers context on the development of humanist thought and the political intrigues of fifteenth-century Italy." -- provided by publisher.
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How can the human mind occur in the physical universe?
John R Anderson
BF311 .A5897 2007
"Anderson discusses in detail how...various modules can combine to produce behaviors as varied as driving a car and solving an algebraic equation, but focuses principally on two of the modules: the declarative and the procedural. The declarative module involves a memory system that, moment by moment, attempts to give each person the most appropriate possible window into his or her past." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Queensland : everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask
Mark Bahnisch
DU270 .B34 2015
"Everyone has heard the clichés about Queensland politics: Queensland is ‘different’...Political commentator and Queenslander Mark Bahnisch looks closely and boldly at the Queensland experience, from the Joh Era to the present. His must-read book reaches some surprising conclusions." --synopsis from Goodreads.
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Trees on Mars : our obsession with the future
Hal Niedzviecki
CB161 .N52 2015
"A roller-coaster tour through our obsession with the future - and what's at stake when we neglect our present... Niedzviecki shows how future-obsession and future-anxiety are affecting real people." --from Melvyl catalog.
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For your safety please hold on
Kayla Czaga
PR9199.4.C93 F67 2014
"For Your Safety Please Hold On is a truly remarkable first poetry collection from debut talent Kayla Czaga...the irrepressible energy of the poems in For Your Safety Please Hold On, paired with their complex balancing act between light and dark, humour and melancholy, innocence and danger, make this collection an extraordinary first offering." --synopsis from Amazon.
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A colorful history of popular delusions
Robert E Bartholomew; Peter Hassall
HM866 .B36 2015
"This eclectic history of unusual crowd behavior describes a rich assortment of mass phenomena ranging from the amusing and quirky to the shocking and deplorable...vivid, detailed, and thoroughly researched, this is a fascinating overview of collective human behavior in its many unusual forms." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The secret chord
Geraldine Brooks
PR9619.3.B7153 S43 2015
"Traces the arc of King David's journey from obscurity to fame, from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, from beloved king to murderous despot and into his remorseful and diminished dotage." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Presenting Shakespeare : 1,100 posters from around the world
Mirko Ilić; Steven Heller
PR3091 .I55 2015
"Presenting Shakespeare collects more than twelve hundred posters for Shakespeare's plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing more than xx countries, from Japan to Colombia to India to Russia to Australia and beyond." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The invention of nature : Alexander von Humboldt's new world
Andrea Wulf
Q143.H9 W85 2015
"A portrait of the German naturalist reveals his ongoing influence on humanity's relationship with the natural world today, discussing such topics as his views on climate change, conservation, and nature as a resource for all life." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Chicagonomics : the evolution of Chicago free market economics
Alan O Ebenstein
HB98.3 .E235 2015
"Ebenstein's tenth book in the history of economic and political thought...deals specifically in the area of classical liberalism, examining the ideas of Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman, and is the first comprehensive history of economics at the University of Chicago from the founding of the University in 1892 until the present." --symopsis from Amazon.
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Beyond bullying : breaking the cycle of shame, bullying, and violence
Jonathan Fast
BF575.S45 F27 2016
"In Beyond Bullying: Breaking the Cycle of Shame, Bullying, and Violence, veteran professor of social work Jonathan Fast deftly weaves together research from the fields of psychology, sociology, economics, and history to create a single overarching theory of shame. " -- synopsis from Goodreads.
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Magical realism and the history of the emotions in Latin America
Jeronimo Arellano
PQ7082.N7 A835 2015
"Magical Realism and the History of the Emotions in Latin America rethinks the rise and fall of magical realism in Latin America in light of the cultural history of the emotions and in conversation with contemporary theories of affect. It explores how twentieth-century magical realist narrative reimagines public and collective forms of feeling, in particular the colonial history of wonder in the wake of the voyages to the New World." --from Melvyl catalog.
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African independence : how Africa shapes the world
Tukufu Zuberi
DT31 .Z83 2015
"This book is a dynamic discussion of how Africa shapes world events today. Although Africa is often portrayed as a remove and impoverished area, remembered for the suffering of its people, it has played an important role in recent history and will continue to play a significant role in the future of America." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The mystery of prayer : the ascension of the wayfarers and the prayer of the gnostics
Ruhollah Khomeini; Sayyid Amjad H Shah Naqavi
BP194.9.P7 K485 2015
"Writing forty years before the Islamic revolution, Khomeini shows a formidable leel of insight into the spiritual aspects of Islamic prayer. Through discussions on topics such as spiritual purity, the presence of the heart before God, and the stations of the spiriotual wayfarer, Khomeini elucidates upon the nature of reality as the countenance of the divine." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A global monetary plague : asset price inflation and Federal Reserve quantitative easing
Brendan Brown
HG540 .B76 2015
"This book investigates the ways in which quantitative easing has caused a sequence of markets to become infected by asset price inflation." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Suffrage reconstructed : gender, race, and voting rights in the Civil War era
Laura E Free
JK1896 .F74 2015
"By integrating gender analysis and political history, Suffrage Reconstructed offers a new interpretation of the Civil War–era remaking of American democracy, placing African American activists and women’s rights advocates at the heart of nineteenth-century American conversations about public policy, civil rights, and the franchise." -- Cornell University Press.
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Death by water
Kenzaburō Ōe; Deborah Boliver Boehm
PL858.E14 S8513 2015
""[Kogito Choko] returns to his hometown village in search of a red suitcase rumored to hold documents revealing the details of his father's death during World War II, details that will serve as the foundation for his new, and final, novel." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A concise history of the Middle East
Arthur Goldschmidt; Aomar Boum
DS62 .G64 2016
"An introduction to the history of this turbulent region from the beginnings of Islam to the present day, this widely acclaimed text by Arthur Goldschmidt Jr. is distinguished by its clear style, broad scope, and balanced treatment." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Al Qaeda, the Islamic State, and the global jihadist movement : what everyone needs to know
Daniel Byman
HV6433.M628 Q35 2015
"A sharp and concise overview of Al Qaeda, from its humble origins in the mountains of Afghanistan to the present, explaining its perseverance and adaptation since 9/11 and the limits of U.S. and allied counterterrorism efforts." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A garden of marvels : tales of wonder from early medieval China
Robert Ford Campany
PL2629.F35 C358 2015
"The selection of stories presented here provides an alluring introduction to early medieval Chinese storytelling and opens a doorway to the enchanted world of thought, culture, and religious belief of that era. Known as zhiguai, or "accounts of anomalies," they convey a great deal about how people saw the cosmos and their place in it. " --from Melvyl catalog.
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Writing across the landscape : travel journals 1960-2010
Lawrence Ferlinghetti; Giada Diano; Matthew Gleeson
PS3511.E557 Z46 2015
"Motorcycle Diaries for a new generation, this long-awaited volume provides a panoramic portrait of art and life across the twentieth century." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Girl waits with gun
Amy Stewart
PS3619.T49343 G57 2015
"Quick-witted and full of madcap escapades, Girl Waits with Gun is a story about one woman rallying the courage to stand up for and grow into herself--with a little help from sisters and sheriffs along the way. Through Amy Stewart's exuberant storytelling, Constance Kopp catapults from forgotten historical anecdote to unforgettable historical fiction heroine-- an outsized woman not only ahead of her time, but sometimes even ahead of ours." - from Melvyl catalog.
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Crooked
Austin Grossman
PS3607.R666 C76 2015
"Reimagines the cold war as an epic battle against the occult waged by the ultimate American antihero--Richard Nixon." - from Melvyl catalog.
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The black mirror : looking at Life through death
Raymond Tallis
BD431 .T35 2015
"In this beautifully written personal meditation on life and living, Raymond Tallis reflects on the fundamental fact of existence: that it is finite...Tallis blends lyrical reflection, humor, and the occasional philosophical argument as he explores his own postmortem recollections." - from Melvyl catalog.
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W.E.B. Du Bois : an American intellectual and activist
Shawn Leigh Alexander
E185.97.D73 A44 2015
"W. E. B. Du Bois was one of the most prolific African-American authors, scholars, and leaders of the twentieth century. In this book, Alexander's traces the development of Du Bois' thought over time." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The man who wasn't there : investigations into the strange new science of the self
Anil Ananthaswamy
QP360 .A48 2015
"Neuroscience has identified specific regions of the brain that, when they misfire, can cause the self to move back and forth between the body and a doppelganger, or to leave the body entirely. So where in the brain, or mind, or body, is the self actually located? As Ananthaswamy elegantly reports, neuroscientists themselves now see that the elusive sense of self is both everywhere and nowhere in the human brain" -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Humans are underrated : what high achievers know that brilliant machines never will
Geoffrey Colvin
BF576 .C65 2015
"What hope will there be for us when computers can drive cars better than humans, predict Supreme Court decisions better than legal experts, identify faces, scurry helpfully around offices and factories? [This book asserts the notion that]; as technology advances, we shouldn’t focus on beating computers at what they do—we’ll lose that contest. Instead, we must develop our most essential human abilities and teach our kids to value not just technology but also the richness of interpersonal experience." -- from book synopsis. 
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The dust that falls from dreams
Louis de Bernieres
PR6054.E132 D87 2015
"In the brief golden years of the Edwardian era the McCosh sisters--Christabel, Ottilie, Rosie and Sophie--grow up in an idyllic household in the countryside south of London. On one side, their neighbors are the proper Pendennis family, recently arrived from Baltimore, whose close-in-age boys--Sidney, Albert and Ashbridge--shake their father's hand at breakfast and address him as "sir." On the other side is the Pitt family: a "resolutely French" mother, a former navy captain father, and two brothers, Archie and Daniel, who are clearly "going to grow up into a pair of daredevils and adventurers." In childhood this band is inseparable, but the days of careless camaraderie are brought to an abrupt halt by the outbreak of The Great War, in which everyone will play a part." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The complete stories
Clarice Lispector
PQ9697.L585 A2 2015
"From one of the greatest modern writers, these stories, gathered from the nine collections published during her lifetime, follow an unbroken time line of success as a writer, from her adolescence to her death bed." --from Melvyl catalog.
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All things possible : setbacks and success in politics and life
Andrew Mark Cuomo
F125.3.C85 A3 2014
"The governor of New York discusses both his personal life and his career in politics." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Genius at play : the curious mind of John Horton Conway
Siobhan Roberts
QA29.C66 R63 2015
"Presents the life and accomplishments of the mathematician who inveted game theory, focusing on his quirky and nontraditional methods of teaching at Princeton University." -from Melvyl catalog.
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Teaching online: a guide to theory, research, and practice
Claire Howell Major
LB1044.87 .M245 2015
"It is difficult to imagine a college class today that does not include some online component. In this book, the author describes for college faculty the changes that accompany use of online technologies and offers real-world strategies for surmounting digital teaching challenges." -from Melvyl catalog.
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China rich girlfriend: a novel
Kevin Kwan
PS3611 .W36 C48 2015
"Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret e-mails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birthfather." - From Melvyl catalog.
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The empiricists : critical essays on Locke, Berkeley, and Hume
Margaret Atherton
B1302 .E6 E46 1999
"This collection of essays on themes in the work of John Locke, George Berkeley, and David Hume, provides a deepened understanding of major issues raised in the Empiricist tradition. In exploring their shared belief in the experiential nature of mental constructs, The Empiricists illuminates the different methodologies of these great Enlightenment philosophers and introduces readers to important metaphysical and epistemological issues including the theory of ideas, personal identity, and skepticism." --From publisher's description.
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Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Robert K Massie
DK170 .M34 2011
"This narrative biography tells the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history." - Melvyl catalog.
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The sisters are alright : changing the broken narrative of black women in America
Tamara Winfrey Harris
E185.86 .W5565 2015
"Everyone seems to have an opinion about American black women--they need to get married, change their hair, act like 'ladies,' and so on. Celebrated writer Tamara Winfrey Harris writes a searing account of being a black woman in America and explains why it's time for black women to speak for themselves"--Provided by publisher.
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Rain : a natural and cultural history
Cynthia Barnett
QC925 .B315 2015
"Cynthia Barnett's "Rain" begins four billion years ago with the torrents that filled the oceans, and builds to the storms of climate change. It weaves together science--the true shape of a raindrop, the mysteries of frog and fish rains--with the human story of our ambition to control rain, from ancient rain dances to the 2,203 miles of levees that attempt to straitjacket the Mississippi River. As climate changeupends rainfall patterns and unleashes increasingly severe storms and drought, Barnett shows rain to be a unifying force in a fractured world." - from Melvyl catalog.
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Nixon's first cover-up : the religious life of a Quaker president
H Larry Ingle
E856 .I54 2015
"Nixon's unique and personally tailored brand of evangelical Quakerism stayed hidden when he wanted it to, but was on display whenever he felt it might help him advance his career in some way. Ingle's unparalleled knowledge of Quakerism enables him to deftly point out how Nixon bent the traditional rules of the religion to suit his needs or, in some cases, simply ignored them entirely. This theme of the constant contradiction between Nixon's actions and his apparent religious beliefs makes Nixon's First Cover-up truly a groundbreaking study both in the field of Nixon research as well as the field of the influence of religion on the U.S. presidency. Forty years after Nixon's resignation from office, Ingle's work proves there remains much about the thirty-seventh president that the American public does not yet know." -from Melvyl catalog.
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The making of zombie wars
Aleksandar Hemon
PS3608.E48 M35 2015
"Josh Levin is an aspiring screenwriter teaching ESL classes in Chicago. His laptop is full of ideas, but the only one to really take root is Zombie Wars. When Josh comes home to discover his landlord, an unhinged army vet, rifling through his dirty laundry, he decides to move in with his girlfriend, Kimmy. It's domestic bliss for a moment, but Josh becomes entangled with a student, a Bosnian woman named Ana, whose husband is jealous and violent. Disaster ensues, and as Josh's choices move from silly to profoundly absurd, The Making of Zombie Wars takes on real consequence." - from Melvyl catalog.
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Tasty : the art and science of what we eat
John McQuaid
TX631 .M395 2015
"A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor, from our ancestors' first bites to ongoing scientific advances in taste and today's "foodie" revolution." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Invisible : the dangerous allure of the unseen
Phillip Ball
QC406 .B35 2015
"If offered the chance--by cloak, spell or superpower--to be invisible, who wouldn't want to give it a try? We are drawn to the idea of stealthy voyeurism and the ability to conceal our own acts, but as desirable as it may seem, invisibility is also dangerous. It is not just an optical phenomenon, but a condition full of ethical questions. As esteemed science writer Philip Ball reveals in this book, the story of invisibility is not so much a matter of how it might be achieved but of why we want it and what we would do with it." - from Melvyl catalog.
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C.S. Lewis and his circle : essays and memoirs from the Oxford C.S. Lewis Society
Roger White, J E Wolfe, B N Wolfe
PR6023.E926 Z5963 2015
"C. S. Lewis and His Circle is an edited volume of the best essays and memoirs culled from archives of over two hundred recordings presented at the Oxford University C. S. Lewis Society in the past three decades." -from Melvyl catalog.
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Chica lit : popular Latina fiction and Americanization in the twenty-first century
Tace Hedrick
PQ7081.5 .H44 2015
"Chica Lit illuminates how discourses of Americanization, ethnicity, gender, class, and commodification shape the genre of "chica lit," popular fiction written by Latina authors with Latina characters." - from Melvyl catalog.
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Natural capital: valuing our planet
Dieter Helm
HC85 .H45 2015
"In the face of the global, local, and national destruction of biodiversity and ecosystems, economist Dieter Helm here offers a crucial set of strategies for establishing natural capital policy that is balanced, economically sustainable, and politically viable. Helm shows why the commonly held view that environmental protection poses obstacles to economic progress is false, and he explains why the environment must be at the very core of economic planning. This volume will be essential reading for anyone concerned with reversing the headlong destruction of our environment." - from Melvyl catalog
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Dolls studies: the many meanings of girls' toys and play
Miriam Forman-Brunell, Jennifer Dawn Whitney
GN455.D64 D65 2015
"Covering eight countries and crossing three centuries, this volume reveals the potential of dolls - and girls at play - to construct and disrupt, mediate and contest, perform and rescript girlhoods." from Melvyl catalog  
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Ritual, performance and the senses
Michael Bull, Jon P. Mitchell
GN473 .R37 2015
"Ritual, Performance and the Senses is a unique and timely collection at the heart of which is an experiment in anthropological theory. It explores the possibility of developing a new anthropology of ritual by combining theoretical insights from three distinct domains of anthropological inquiry: cognitive/neuroanthropology, performance studies and the anthropology of the senses. These three areas of study are often considered, and indeed operate institutionally, as distinct academic sub-fields, and yet they share substantive objects of study, with their focus on experience, the body and the relationships between percept, concept and action. Bringing together scholars from each of these disciplines to consider the potential for drawing insights from each area to help to theorize ritual, this collection sheds new light on one of anthropology's most enduring research objects: by understanding ritual we understand processes at the very centre of human social life - of humanity itself. This will be invaluable reading for students and scholars of anthropology, cognitive science, performance studies and religious studies." from Melvyl catalog
Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of the New Yorker
Thomas Kunkel
PS3525.I9714 Z69 2015
"Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker was one of the greatest nonfiction writers in American letters. His long-form profiles of the everyday people and places at the margins of the city he loved--high-rise construction workers, Staten Island oystermen, Bowery bums--pioneered a new kind of reportage. In the Thirties, Forties, Fifties, and early Sixties he wrote about some of the most quirky and memorable characters ever captured on the page, culminating in 1964 with his extraordinary story "Joe Gould's Secret." And then . . . nothing. For the next thirty years Mitchell came to the office and seemed to be busy with writing projects, but he never published another word. In time he would become less known for his classic stories and elegant writing than for the longest writer's block this side of J.D. Salinger. Fifty years after his last story appeared, and almost two decades after his death, Mitchell still has legions of fans, and his story--especially the mystery of his thirty-year writer's block--continues to fascinate." -- from Melvyl catalog
Fateful ties: a history of America's preoccupation with China
Gordon H. Chang
E183.8.C5 C417 2015
"Americans look to China with fascination and fear, unsure whether the rising Asian power is friend or foe but certain it will play a crucial role in America's future. This is nothing new, Gordon Chang says. For centuries, Americans have been convinced of China's importance to their own national destiny. Fateful Ties draws on literature, art, biography, popular culture, and politics to trace America's long and varied preoccupation with China. China has held a special place in the American imagination from colonial times, when Jamestown settlers pursued a passage to the Pacific and Asia. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Americans plied a profitable trade in Chinese wares, sought Chinese laborers to build the West, and prized China's art and decor. China was revered for its ancient culture but also drew Christian missionaries intent on saving souls in a heathen land. Its vast markets beckoned expansionists, even as its migrants were seen as a 'yellow peril' that prompted the earliest immigration restrictions. A staunch ally during World War II, China was a dangerous adversary in the Cold War that followed. In the post-Mao era, Americans again embraced China as a land of inexhaustible opportunity, playing a central role in its economic rise. Through portraits of entrepreneurs, missionaries, academics, artists, diplomats, and activists, Chang demonstrates how ideas about China have long been embedded in America's conception of itself and its own fate. Fateful Ties provides valuable perspective on this complex international and intercultural relationship as America navigates an uncertain new era"--Provided by publisher, found in Melvyl.
Cool: how the brain's hidden quest for cool drives our economy and shapes our world
Steven Quartz, Annette Asp
HF5415.32 .Q37 2015
"A bold argument that our "quest for cool" shapes modern culture and the global economy Like it or not, we live in an age of conspicuous consumption. In a world of brand names, many of us judge ourselves and others by the products we own. Teenagers broadcast their brand allegiances over social media. Tourists flock to Rodeo Drive to have their pictures taken in front of luxury stores. Soccer moms switch from minivans to SUVs to hybrids, while hip beer connoisseurs flaunt their knack for distinguishing a Kölsch from a pilsner. How did this pervasive desire for "cool" emerge, and why is it so powerful today that it is a prime driver of the global economy? In Cool, the neuroscientist and philosopher Steven Quartz and the political scientist Anette Asp bring together the latest findings in brain science, economics, and evolutionary biology to form a provocative theory of consumerism, revealing how the brain's "social calculator" and an instinct to rebel are the crucial missing links in understanding the motivations behind our spending habits. Applying their theory to everything from grocery shopping to the near-religious devotion of Harley-Davidson fans, Quartz and Asp explore how the brain's ancient decision-making machinery guides consumer choice. Using these revolutionary insights, they show how we use products to advertise ourselves to others in an often unconscious pursuit of social esteem. Surprising at every turn, Cool will change the way you think about money, status, desire, and choice"-- (from Melvyl catalog record)  
100 Ways To Create A Great Ad
Tim Collins
HF5823 .C65 2014
This is an accessible introduction to creative advertising techniques. Featuring 100 spreads detailing concepts such as the 'Reveal' and the 'Mash-up', it presents the key methods of devising print, television, radio, direct, and online ideas. The process of creating an ad can be divided into three steps: planning; concept creation; crafting. This book provides a straightforward guide to concept creation, including methods that are applicable across media and offering wide-ranging examples from international campaigns. Aimed at agency creatives, planners, and account handlers, as well as graphic designers, marketing professionals, and students, this book has wide-ranging appeal.
A Profile Of The Automobile And Motor Vehicle Industry :innovation, Transformation, Globalization
James M Rubenstein; Thomas H Klier
HD9710.A2 R83 2014
The motor vehicle industry is one of the world's largest. This book covers the history, operations and manufacturing processes, organization, supply chain, key competitors, market and ultra-market forces, regulation, innovations and challenges, and the future of the industry.
Bulletproof Vest :the Ballad Of An Outlaw And His Daughter
Maria Venegas
HV6248.V455 A3 2014
Conversations With Beethoven
Sanford Friedman
PS3556.R564 C66 2014
Just before his death, Sanford Friedman completed this, his final novel, something entirely different from anything he, or for that matter anyone, had written before - Conversations with Beethoven, a moving meditation on greatness and pettiness, vulnerability and genius, that is as elegiac as it is witty and engaging.
Hack Attack :the Inside Story Of How The Truth Caught Up With Rupert Murdoch
Nick Davies
PN5130.N48 D38 2014
The definitive book on how the News of the World phone-hacking scandal reached the highest echelons of power in the government, security, and the media in the UK, from the journalist who broke the story
Hidden Lives And Human Rights In The United States: Understanding The Controversies And Tragedies Of Undocumented Immigration
Lois Ann Lorentzen,
JV6465 .H54 2014
"In the United States, the crisis of undocumented immigrants draws strong opinions from both sides of the debate. For those who immigrate, concerns over safety, incorporation, and fair treatment arise upon arrival. For others, the perceived economic, political, and cultural impact of newcomers can feel threatening. In this informative three-volume set, top immigration scholars explain perspectives from every angle, examining facts and seeking solutions to counter the controversies often brought on by the current state of undocumented immigrant affairs. Immigration expert and set editor Lois Lorentzen leads a stellar team of contributors, laying out history, theories, and legislation in the first book; human rights, sexuality, and health in the second; and economics, politics, and morality in the final volume. From family separation, to human trafficking, to notions of citizenship, this provocative study captures the human costs associated with this type of immigration in the United States, questions policies intended to protect the "American way of life," and offers strategies for easing tensions between immigrants and natural-born citizens in everyday life. Features: Discusses topics rarely covered, including sexual migration, religion, values, and mental health; Features essays across disciplines in the fields of psychology, law, politics, social work, public policy, history, education, and health; Includes tables, maps, photos, and a bibliography for each volume to provide visual interest and additional learning opportunities; Probes the latest controversies centered on recent immigration legislation in Arizona, Georgia, and Alabama; and Familiarizes readers with history, theories, and legislation related to undocumented migration in the United States." -- Publisher's website.
Infidel Kings And Unholy Warriors : Faith, Power, And Violence In The Age Of Crusade And Jihad
Brian A. Catlos
DE94 .C37 2014
Majority Decisions :principles And Practices
Stephanie Novak, Jon Elster
JF1051 .M24 2014
This book presents the most complete set of analytical, normative, and historical discussions of majority decision making to date. One chapter critically addresses the social-choice approach to majority decisions, whereas another presents an alternative to that approach. Extensive case studies discuss majority voting in the choice of religion in early modern Switzerland, majority voting in nested assemblies such as the French Estates-General and the Federal Convention, majority voting in federally organized countries, qualified majority voting in the European Union Council of Ministers, and majority voting on juries. Other chapters address the relation between majority decisions and cognitive diversity, the causal origin of majority decisions, and the pathologies of majority decision making. Two chapters, finally, discuss the counter-majoritarian role of courts that exercise judicial review. The editorial Introduction surveys conceptual, causal, and normative issues that arise in the theory and practice of majority decisions.
Rousseau's Critique Of Inequality :reconstructing The Second Discourse
Frederick Neuhouser
JC179.R9 N48 2014
Rousseau's Discourse on the Origin of Inequality among Mankind, published in 1755, is a vastly influential study of the foundations of human society, including the economic inequalities it tends to create. To date, however, there has been little philosophical analysis of the Discourse in the literature. In this book, Frederick Neuhouser offers a rich and incisive philosophical examination of the work. He clarifies Rousseau's arguments as to why social inequalities are so prevalent in human society and why they pose fundamental dangers to human well-being, including unhappiness, loss of freedom, immorality, conflict, and alienation.
The Un Secretariat's Influence On The Evolution Of Peacekeeping
Silke Weinlich
JZ6374 .W45 2014
Using the UN Secretariat and the evolution of UN peacekeeping as an example, shows that even international bureaucracies with limited autonomy can shape international politics. Covers operational, conceptual, and institutional dimensions and focuses on three specific decisions crucial to the evolution of UN peacekeeping.
The United States Military In Latin America :a History Of Interventions Through 1934
George B. Clark
F1410.5 .C55 2014
This book considers nearly 150 years of U.S. military intervention in Latin America, from naval patrols near turbulent Spanish colonies in the early 19th century, to the protection of U.S. interests during Caribbean rebellions at the turn of the 20th century, to later actions in Panama, Honduras, Cuba and Nicaragua.
Tiger In An African Palace : And Other Thoughts About Identification And Transformation
Richard Fardon
GN655.C3 F37 2014
White Robes And Burning Crosses :a History Of The Ku Klux Klan From 1866
Michael Newton
HS2330.K63 N499 2014
Winter Event--Antifreeze
Katja Aglert
N7093.A37 A79 2014
A Brief History Of The Official System In China
Baocheng Xie
JQ1510.X54 2013
A series that investigates the roots of China's economic successes and advancements. It looks at a specific aspect of Chinese economics and offers historical context to anyone seeking to understand China's financial growth.
A Book Of Travellers Tales
Eric Newby
G465 .N49 1986
David Livingstone on being attacked by a lion in Africa, Cecil Beaton on an evening with the Rolling Stones in Marrakesh, Roman Emperor Hannibal on crossing the Alps, Henry James on the Epsom Derby, John Steinbeck on trying to get out of a small town in upstate New York ... these are some of the more than 300 writers and subjects represented in this veritable Who's Who of travellers from 430 B.C. to the 1980s.