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Good people, bad managers : how work culture corrupts good intentions
Samuel A Culbert
HD31 .C79 2017
"Modern organizations are rife with well-intentioned managers who follow the tenets of mainstream work culture and yet perpetuate patterns of poor management - sapping morale, well-being, and theperformance of individuals and organizations. In Good People, Bad Managers, author Samuel A. Culbert explains how to shift managers' mindsets and to encourage them to break from the culturally written "good management" scripts they enact - to conduct themselves moreintelligently, other-sensibly, and, as opportunities arise, to contribute to the common good." --from Melvyl catalog.
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New York 2140
Kim Stanley Robinson
PS3568.O2893 N49 2017
"A new vision of the future from Kim Stanley Robinson, the New York Times bestselling author of science fiction masterworks such as the Mars trilogy, 2312, and Aurora. The waters rose, submerging New York City. But the residents adapted and it remained the bustling, vibrant metropolis it had always been. Though changed forever. Every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. Through the eyes of the varied inhabitants of one building Kim Stanley Robinson shows us how one of our great cities will change with the rising tides. And how we too will change." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Rethinking race : the case for deflationary realism
Michael O Hardimon
GN269 .H36 2017
"Because science has shown that racial essentialism is false, and because the idea of race has proved virulent, many people believe we should eliminate the word and concept entirely. Michael O. Hardimon criticizes this line of thinking, arguing that we must recognize the real ways in which race exists in order to revise our understanding of its significance." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The little Buddhist monk ; &, The proof
César Aira; Nick Caistor
PQ7798.1.I7 A2 2017
"The Little Buddhist Monk is a story of Asian invention gone wild, as a diminutive Korean Buddhist monk acts as a tour guide to an increasingly distraught French couple on a working vacation in the Far East. Proof brings us quickly back to the West, where two punks, plus a new recruit...take control of a local supermarket with dire consequences for the hostages. These two Aira works are as different as night and day. Nevertheless, sex, identity, and modern day economics figure deeply in both of these fast-paced, edgy fictions." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Islamism : a new totalitarianism
Mehdi Mozaffari
BP166.14.F85 M6913 2017
"Provides an important new framework for understanding the full impact of Islamism in the Middle East and beyond." --from Google Books.
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Yuan Phai, the defeat of Lanna : a fifteenth-century Thai epic poem
Christopher John Baker; Pasuk Phongpaichit
PL4209.Y75 E5 2017
"Written after a battle fought in approximately 1475, this poem may be the oldest work of literature from Siam. It features the earliest and most detailed description of a Siamese army, the most elaborate eulogy of an early Thai monarch, and a fascinating discussion of the concept of loyalty. Scenes of personal treachery, heroism, combat, and looting after victory give an absorbing image of early Siam." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Mad country : stories
Samrat Upadhyay
PR9570.N43 U636 2017
"Samrat Upadhyay's new collection vibrates at the edges of intersecting cultures...A collection of formal inventiveness, heartbreak and hope, it reaffirms Upadhyay's position as one or our most important chroniclers of globalization and exile." --provided by Publisher.
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Essential Israel : essays for the 21st century
S Ilan Troen; Rachel Fish
DS119.7 .E86 2017
"[Many] Americeans are ill-prepared to engage thoughtfully in the increasingly serious debate about Israel, its place in the Middle East, and its relations with the United States. Essential Israel examines a wide variety of complex issues and current concerns in historical and contemporary contexts to provide readers with an intimate sense of the dynamic society and culture that is Israel today." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Jeff VanderMeer
PS3572.A4284 B67 2017
"From the author of the Southern Reach Trilogy comes a story about two humans, and two creatures. The humans are Rachel and Wick - a scavenger and a drug dealer - both with too many secrets and fears, ready with traps to be set and sprung. The creatures are Mord and Borne - animal, perhaps plant, maybe company discard, biotech, cruel experiment, dinner, deity, or source of spare parts." -- from Publisher's description.
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Wonder Woman and philosophy : the Amazonian mystique
Jacob M Held
MyiLibrary eBook
"Wonder Woman and Philosophy: The Amazonian Mystique explores a wide range of philosophical questions surrounding the most popular female superhero of all time, from her creation as feminist propaganda during World War II up to the first female lead in the blockbuster DC movie-franchise." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Trump Effect
K V Korostelina
MyiLibrary eBook
“Aimed at the general public and students in the U.S. and internationally, the book goes beyond many explanations of the ‘Trump Effect’. Using a multidisciplinary theoretical lens, it provides a systemic multifaceted analysis based on multiple theories of social identity, emotions, cognitions, morality, and power to explain the broader social phenomena of the rise of individuals in society.” -- from Publisher's description.
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Science fiction and the prediction of the future
Gary Westfahl; Wong Kin Yuen; Amy Kit-sze Chan
EBL eBook
“Science fiction has always challenged readers with depictions of the future. Can the genre actually provide glimpses of the world of tomorrow? This collection of fifteen international and interdisciplinary essays examines the genre's predictions and breaks new ground by considering the prophetic functions of science fiction films as well as SF literature.” -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The greening of architecture
Phillip Tabb; A Senem Deviren
Ebrary eBook
"This accessible and engaging text is the first to offer a comprehensive critical history and analysis of the greening of architecture through accumulative reduction of negative environmental effects caused by buildings, urban designs and settlements. Describing the progressive development of green architecture from 1960 to 2010, it illustrates how it is ever evolving and ameliorated through alterations in form, technology, materials and use and it examines different places worldwide that represent a diversity of cultural and climatic contexts." -- from Melvyl catalog