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Building fortress Europe book cover
Building fortress Europe : the Polish-Ukrainian frontier
Karolina S. Follis
DK4185.U38 F65 2012
"This book explores why the two nations have defined sovereignty so differently and what impact these choices have had on individual and minority rights and participation."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Neoliberalism and commodity production in Mexico
Thomas Weaver
HC135 .N414 2012
"Neoliberalism and Commodity Production in Mexico details the impact of neoliberal practice on the production and exchange of basic resources in working-class communities in Mexico."-- from Amazon summary.
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Useful fictions : evolution, anxiety, and the origins of literature
Michael Austin
PN3352.P7 A87 2010
"Drawing on evolutionary biology, anthropology, narrative theory, cognitive psychology, game theory, and evolutionary aesthetics, Austin develops the concept of a 'useful fiction, ' a simple narrative that serves an adaptive function unrelated to its factual one."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Fatal invention : how science, politics, and big business re-create race in the twenty-first century
Dorothy Roberts
GN269 .R64 2011
"Explores the ways science, politics, and large corporations affect race in the twenty-first century, discussing the efforts and results of the Human Genome Project, and describing how technology-driven science researchers are developing a genetic definition of race."--from Melvyl catalog.
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The menial art of cooking : archaeological studies of cooking and food preparation
Sarah R. Graff, Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría
TX645 .M46 2012
"The Menial Art of Cooking is the first archaeological volume focused on cooking and food preparation in prehistoric and historic settings around the world and will interest archaeologists, social anthropologists, sociologists, and other scholars studying cooking and food preparation or subsistence."-- from Amazon summary.
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Friendship : development, ecology, and evolution of a relationship
Daniel J. Hruschka
GN486.3 .H78 2010
"In this fascinating multidisciplinary study, Daniel J. Hruschka synthesizes an array of cross-cultural, experimental, and ethnographic data to understand the broad meaning of friendship, how it develops, how it interfaces with kinship and romantic relationships, and how it differs from place to place."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Voices of Jordan
Rana F. Sweis
DS154.6 .S84 2018
"This book tells the story of Jordan through the lives of ordinary people, including a political cartoonist, a Syrian refugee, a Jihadist and a female parliamentarian. The raw voices and everyday struggles of these people shine a fresh light on the politics, religion, and society of a culture coming to terms with the harsh reality of modernization and urbanization at a time of regional upheaval."-- from Amazon summary.
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Drug effects : khat in biocultural and socioeconomic perspective
Lisa L. Gezon
HV5822.Q3 G49 2012
"Khat, marijuana, peyote--are these dangerous drugs or vilified plants with rich cultural and medical values? In this book, Lisa Gezon brings the drug debate into the 21st century, proposing criteria for evaluating psychotropic substances."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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State of white supremacy : racism, governance, and the United States
Moon-Kie Jung, João H. Costa Vargas, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva
E184.A1 S76 2011
"Uncovering the false promise of liberalism, State of White Supremacy reveals race to be a fundamental, if flexible, ruling logic that perpetually generates and legitimates racial hierarchy and privilege."-- from Amazon summary.
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Hip hop Desis : South Asian Americans, Blackness, and a global race consciousness
Nitasha Tamar Sharma
ML3918.R37 S53 2010
" Hip hop desis contest and seek to bridge perceived divisions between Blacks and South Asian Americans. By taking up themes considered irrelevant to many Asian Americans, desi performers, such as D’Lo, Chee Malabar of Himalayan Project, and Rawj of Feenom Circle, create a multiracial form of Black popular culture to fight racism and enact social change." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Blaming Islam
John R. Bowen
BP67.U6 B69 2012
"In Blaming Islam, John Bowen uncovers the myths about Islam and Muslim integration into Western society, with a focus on the histories, policy, and rhetoric associated with Muslim immigration in Europe, the British experiment with sharia law for Muslim domestic disputes, and the claims of European and American writers that Islam threatens the West."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Fearing the black body : the racial origins of fat phobia
Sabrina Strings
HQ1220.U5 S77 2019
"An important and original work, Fearing the Black Body argues convincingly that fat phobia isn't about health at all, but rather a means of using the body to validate race, class, and gender prejudice."-- from Melvyl catalog.  
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Why we believe : evolution and the human way of being
Agustin Fuentes
BF698.95 .F84 2019
"Why are so many humans religious? Why do we daydream, imagine, and hope? Philosophers, theologians, social scientists, and historians have offered explanations for centuries, but their accounts often ignore or even avoid human evolution... this book employs evolutionary, neurobiological, and anthropological evidence to argue that belief—the ability to commit passionately and wholeheartedly to an idea—is central to the human way of being in the world."--from Amazon summary.
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The prehistory of Morro Bay : Central California's overlooked estuary
Terry L. Jones, Deborah A. Jones, William R. Hildebrandt, Kacey Hadick, Patricia Mikkelsen
F868.S18 J645 2019
"In this monograph, we consider the prehistory of one of California's least-known, most isolated, and last-studied estuaries: Morro Bay on the central coast of California in San Luis Obispo County."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Alta California : from San Diego to San Francisco, a journey on foot to rediscover the Golden State
Nick Neely
F866.2 .N44 2019
"In Alta California, Nick Neely chronicles his 650-mile trek on foot from San Diego to San Francisco, following the route of the first overland Spanish expedition into what was soon called Alta California. Led by Gaspar de Portolá in 1769, the expedition sketched a route that would become, in part, the famous El Camino Real." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Antisocial : online extremists, techno-utopians, and the hijacking of the American conversation
Andrew Marantz
HN90.R3 M343 2019
"Antisocial reveals how the boundaries between technology, media, and politics have been erased, resulting in a deeply broken informational landscape -- the landscape in which we all now live."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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How charts lie : getting smarter about visual information
Alberto Cairo
T385 .C3388 2019
"A leading data visualization expert explores the negative--and positive--influences that charts have on our perception of truth. By examining contemporary examples ranging from election-result infographics to global GDP maps and box-office record charts, How Charts Lie teaches us how to do just that"-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Dr. Space Junk vs. the universe : archaeology and the future
Alice Gorman
TL788.6 .G67 2019
"Going boldly forth as a pioneer in the fledgling field of space archaeology, Dr. Alice Gorman (aka Dr. Space Junk) turns the common perception of archaeology as an exploration of the ancient on its head."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Likewar : the weaponization of social media
P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking
HM742 .S5745 2018
"Social media has been weaponized, as state hackers and rogue terrorists have seized upon Twitter and Facebook to create chaos and destruction. This urgent report is required reading, from defense expert P.W. Singer and Council on Foreign Relations fellow Emerson Brooking."--from Melvyl catalog.
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The development dictionary : a guide to knowledge as power
Wolfgang Sachs
HD75 .D48 2019
"The original critical guide to key concepts in development studies from some of the world's most eminent critical development scholars and practitioners."--from Melvyl catalog.
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A possible anthropology : methods for uneasy times
Anand Pandian
GN33 .P363 2019
"A Possible Anthropology is an ethnography of anthropologists at work: canonical figures like Bronislaw Malinowski and Claude Lévi-Strauss, ethnographic storytellers like Zora Neale Hurston and Ursula K. Le Guin, contemporary scholars like Jane Guyer and Michael Jackson, and artists and indigenous activists inspired by the field."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Waters of the world : the story of the scientists who unraveled the mysteries of our oceans, atmosphere, and ice sheets and made the planet whole
Sarah Dry
GB659.6 .D79 2019
"From the glaciers of the Alps to the towering cumulonimbus clouds of the Caribbean and the unexpectedly chaotic flows of the North Atlantic, Waters of the World is a tour through 150 years of the history of a significant but underappreciated idea: that the Earth has a global climate system made up of interconnected parts, constantly changing on all scales of both time and space."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Border wars : inside Trump's assault on immigration
Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear
JV6483 .D38 2019
"Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of the defining issue of Donald Trump's presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the US."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Protest! : a history of social and political protest graphics
Liz McQuiston
N72.P6 M37 2019
"Providing a visual exploration both joyful and brutal, McQuiston discusses how graphics have been used to protest wars, call for the end to racial discrimination, demand freedom from tyranny, and satirize authority figures and regimes."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Filial crisis and erotic politics in Black Cuban literature : daughters, sons, and lovers
Conrad Michael James
PQ7372 .J36 2019
"This book proposes an affective reading of twentieth-century Afro-Cuban literature through its focus on a set of concerns ranging from the filial to the erotic."--from Amazon summary.
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Antony and Cleopatra : a critical reader
Domenico Lovascio
PR2802 .A825 2020
"This volume offers a stimulating and accessible guide to the play that takes stock of the past and current situation of scholarship while simultaneously opening up fresh, thought-provoking critical perspectives."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Extinction events
Liz Breazeale
PS3602.R4325 A6 2019
"In this collection of short stories, Liz Breazeale explores the connections between humans and the natural world by examining the processes and history of our planet."--from Amazon summary.
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Heads of the colored people : stories
Nafissa Thompson-Spires
PS3620.H6885 A6 2019
"Nafissa Thompson-Spires grapples with black identity and the contemporary middle class in these compelling, boundary-pushing vignettes."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Mobilizing mutations : human genetics in the age of patient advocacy
Daniel Navon
RB155.5 .N38 2019
"Drawing on a wealth of fieldwork and historical material, Navon presents a sociological account of the ways genetic mutations have been mobilized and transformed in the sixty years since it became possible to see abnormal human genomes, providing a new vista onto the myriad ways contemporary genetic testing can transform people’s lives."--from Amazon summary.
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The consequential frontier : challenging the privatization of space
Peter Ward
HD9711.75.A2 W37 2019
"This in-depth work of reportage dares to ask what's at stake in privatizing outer space Earth is in trouble--so dramatically that we're now scrambling to explore space for valuable resources and a home for permanent colonization."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Celebrity mad : why otherwise intelligent people worship fame
Brett Kahr
BJ1470.5 .K34 2020
"This short book by Professor Brett Kahr provides a psychoanalytic understanding of fame and celebrity in the early twenty-first century, building upon the bedrock foundations of the Freudian corpus."--from Amazon summary.
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Citizen Brown : race, democracy, and inequality in the St. Louis suburbs
Colin Gordon
E185.93.M7 G67 2019
"As Colin Gordon shows in this urgent and timely book, the events in Ferguson exposed not only the deep racism of the local police department but also the ways in which decades of public policy effectively segregated people and curtailed citizenship not just in Ferguson but across the St. Louis suburbs." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The cult of Trump
Steven Hassan
E913.3 .H37 2019
"One of America's leading experts in cults and mind-control provides an eye-opening analysis of Trump and the indoctrination tactics he uses to build a fanatical devotion in his supporters."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Frontiers of citizenship : a black and indigenous history of postcolonial Brazil
Yuko Miki
F2659.N4 M55 2018
"An engaging, innovative history of Brazil's black and indigenous people that redefines our understanding of slavery, citizenship, and national identity."--from Melvyl catalog.
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Emotions : problems and promise for human flourishing
Barbara J. McClure
BF531 .M23 2019
"In Emotions: Problems and Promise for Human Flourishing, McClure examines how emotions can be properly engaged for health and healing both individually and corporately."--from Melvyl catalog.
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The original Australians : story of the Aboriginal people
Josephine Flood
DU123.4 .F56 2019
  "The Original Australians tells the story of Australian Aboriginal history and society from its distant beginnings to the present day." --from Melvyl catalog.
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That will never work : the birth of Netflix and the amazing life of an idea
Marc Randolph
HD9697.V544 N488 2019
"From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when Netflix brass pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world-even with an idea that many think will never work." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Just responsibility : a human rights theory of global justice
Brooke A. Ackerly
JC571 .A1338 2018
"Using a feminist critical methodology, Ackerly argues that what to do about injustice is not just an ethical or moral question, but a political question about assuming responsibility for injustice, regardless of our causal responsibility and extent of our knowledge of the injustice." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The slow moon climbs : the science, history, and meaning of menopause
Susan P. Mattern
RG186 .M38 2019
"Taking readers from the rainforests of Paraguay to the streets of Tokyo, Mattern draws on historical, scientific, and cultural research to reveal how our perceptions of menopause developed from prehistory to today." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The lost books of Jane Austen
Janine Barchas
PR4037 .B35 2019
  "The author traces the significant yet underappreciated historical role that mass-market paperbacks of Jane Austen's books have played in making her the celebrated author she is today." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The invention of race in the European Middle Ages
Geraldine Heng
D1056 .H46 2018
"In The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages, Geraldine Heng questions the common assumption that the concepts of race and racisms only began in the modern era." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The history and evolution of psychology : a philosophical and biological perspective
Brian D. Cox
BF81 .C69 2019
"This book discusses key figures in history in the context of their time, takes students on a carefully-formulated, chronological journey through the build-up of psychology from ancient times to the present, and seeks to draw students into the way science." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Make it scream, make it burn : essays
Leslie Jamison
PS3610.A485 A6 2019
"With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which Leslie Jamison has been so widely acclaimed, the fourteen essays in Make It Scream, Make It Burn explore the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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A fool's errand : creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the age of Bush, Obama, and Trump
Lonnie G. Bunch III
E185.53.W3 N383 2019
"Founding Director Lonnie Bunch's inside story of how the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture was created." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The injustice never leaves you : anti-Mexican violence in Texas
Monica Muñoz Martinez
F395.M5 M375 2018
"The Injustice Never Leaves You documents a little known period of state violence in the early twentieth century that targeted ethnic Mexican residents in the Texas-Mexico borderlands. This book takes on the task of explaining why violence occurred, what it meant at the time, and what it means today." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Holy wild
Gwen Benaway
PR9199.4.B4594 A6 2018
"In her third collection of poetry, Holy Wild, Gwen Benaway explores the complexities of being an Indigenous trans woman in expansive lyric poems." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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The butterfly girl : a novel
Rene Denfeld
PS3604.E54 B88 2019
"Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies---her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood--the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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David Mogo, godhunter
Suyi Davies Okungbowa
PR9387.9.O394327 D38 2019
  "Lagos will not be destroyed. The gods have fallen to earth in their thousands, and chaos reigns. Though broken and leaderless, the city endures. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter, has one task: capture two of the most powerful gods in the city and deliver them to the wizard gangster Lukmon Ajala. No problem, right?"-- from Melvyl catalog.
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Grand Union Stories
Zadie Smith
HD6060.3 .K36 2019
"A dazzling collection of short fiction, more than half of which have never been published before, from the multi-award-winning author of White Teeth and Swing Time Zadie Smith has established herself as one of the most iconic, critically-respected, and popular writers of her generation."-- from Melvyl catalog.
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She Said
Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey
HD6060.3 .K36 2019
"From the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse for the New York Times, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the thrilling untold story of their investigation and its consequences for the #MeToo movement." -- from Amazon summary.
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Fun home : a family tragicomic
Alison Bechdel
PN6727.B3757 Z46 2007
"A memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father--a funeral home director, high school English teacher, and closeted homosexual." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Computing patterns in strings
Bill Smyth
QA76.9.A43 S58 2003
"The purpose of this text is to provide a general introduction to algorithms for computing patterns in strings that is useful to experienced researchers in this and other fields, but that is also useful to senior undergraduate and graduate students." --from Goodreads summary.
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The Palestinian diaspora : formation of identities and politics of homeland
Helena Lindholm Schulz, Juliane Hammer
DS113.6 .S38 2003
"In this pioneering study, Helena Lindholm Schulz examines the ways in which Palestinian identity has been formed in the diaspora through constant longing for a homeland lost." --from Amazon summary.
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MySQL : the definitive guide to using, programming, and administering MySQL 4.1 and 5.0
Paul DuBois
QA76.73.S67 D588 2005
"This newest edition has been updated to include information on MySQL 5 and it will prove itself again to you as being the most definitive reference guide to using, administering and programming MySQL databases. You'll learn everything from the basics to using MySQL to generate dynamic web pages to administering MySQL servers." --from Amazon summary.
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Impossible worlds
Francesco Berto
BC199.P7 B47 2019
"Berto and Jago question how to understand the impossible without collapsing into total incoherence. By considering the metaphysics of impossible worlds - and applying this concept to issues in logic, semantics, and philosophy - they offer a framework for obtaining a metaphysical, logical, and conceptual grasp of situations that simply cannot be." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Written in exile : the poetry of Liu Tsung-Yuan
Zongyuan Liu
PL2673 .A2 2019
"Appended with thoroughly researched notes, an in-depth introduction, and the Chinese originals, Written in Exile presents the long-overdue introduction of a legendary T'ang poet"-- Provided by publisher.
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The cigarette : a political history
Sarah Milov
HD9149.C43 U663 2019
"The Cigarette: A Political History offers a fresh interpretation of tobacco's role in the twentieth century. It argues that tobacco played a vital and emblematic role in the history of twentieth century political economy." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The marvellous equations of the dread : a novel in bass riddim
Marcia Douglas
PS3554.O8274 M37 2018
"Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, the deaf woman, Leenah, and, in the way of this otherworldly book, when Bob steps into the street each day, five years have passed. Jah ways are mysterious ways, from Kingston's ghettoes to London, from Haile Selaisse's Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas's mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history. This amazing novel--in bass riddim--carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion." -from Melvyl catalog.
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Descending with angels : Islamic exorcism and psychiatry : a film monograph
Christian Suhr
BP188.18.S53 S84 2019
"The book reveals how both psychiatric and Islamic healing work to produce relief from pain, and also entail an ethical transformation of the patient and the cultivation of religious and secular values through the experience of pain. Creatively exploring the analytic possibilities provided by the use of a camera, both text and film show how disruptive ritual techniques are used in healing to destabilise individual perceptions and experiences of agency, which allows patients to submit to the invisible powers of psychotropic medicine or God." --from Amazon summary.
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The Green New Deal : why the fossil fuel civilization will collapse by 2028, and the bold economic plan to save life on earth
Jeremy Rifkin
HD9502.A2 R537 2019
"With twenty-five years of experience implementing Green New Deal-style transitions for both the European Union and the People's Republic of China, Rifkin offers his vision for how to transform the global economy and save life on Earth." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The unknowers : how strategic ignorance rules the world
Linsey McGoey
HM651 .M34 2019
"Unpacking a range of high profile examples—from the 2016 US presidential elections to the scandals surrounding News International—Linsey McGoey reveals how ignorance is more than just an absence of knowledge, but a useful tool in political and economic life. She explores how financial and political elites have become highly adept at harnessing ignorance for their own ends: strategically minimizing their responsibility and passing blame onto others. And how, in a “post-truth” era in which the average citizen is derided for knowing too little, it is the rich and powerful who benefit from ignorance most. Exploring the influence of the “known unknowns,”  shines a light on how elite ignorance is transforming all of our daily lives." --from Amazon summary.
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The yellow house
Sarah M Broom
PS3602.R6458 Y45 2019
"Sarah M. Broom's [memoir] The Yellow House tells a hundred years of her family and their relationship to home in a neglected area of one of America's most mythologized cities. This is the story of a mother's struggle against a house's entropy, and that of a prodigal daughter who left home only to reckon with the pull that home exerts, even after the Yellow House was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina."-- Provided by publisher.
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A massacre in Mexico : the true story behind the missing forty-three students
Anabel Hernández
HV6322.3.M6 H4713 2018
"The definitive account of the mass disappearance of 43 Mexican students and the government that tried to cover it up. On September 26, 2014, 43 male students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College went missing in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico. According to official reports, the students commandeered several buses to travel to Mexico City to commemorate the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre. During the journey, local police intercepted the students and a confrontation ensued. By the morning, they had disappeared without a trace. Hernández reconstructs almost minute-by-minute the events of those nights in late September 2014, giving us what is surely the most complete picture available." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The invisible killer : the rising global threat of air pollution : and how we can fight back
Gary Fuller
TD883 .F846 2019
"Scientists were aware of the impact of air pollution as far back as the seventeenth century. Now, as more of us live in cities, we are closer than ever to pollution sources, and the detrimental impact on the environment and our health has reached crisis point. This book will introduce you to the individuals whose research paved the way to today's understanding of air pollution, often at their own detriment." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Hot comb
Ebony Flowers
PN6727.F5869 H68 2019
"Hot Comb offers a poignant glimpse into black women's lives and coming of age stories as seen across a crowded, ammonia-scented hair salon while ladies gossip and bond over the burn. The titular story 'Hot Comb' is about a young girl's first perm--a doomed ploy to look cool and to stop seeming 'too white' in the all-black neighborhood her family has just moved to. In 'Virgin Hair', taunts of 'tender-headed' sting as much as the perm itself. It's a scenario that repeats fifteen years later as an adult when, tired of the maintenance, Flowers shaves her head only to be hurled new put-downs. Realizations about race, class, and the imperfections of identity swirl through Flowers' stories and ads, which are by turns sweet, insightful, and heartbreaking."-- Provided by publisher.
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Details opened. Press escape to close. The institute : a novel
Stephen King
PS3561.I483 I57 2019
"In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis' parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there's no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents -- telekinesis and telepathy -- who got to this place the same way Luke did: Kalisha, Nick, George, Iris, and 10-year-old Avery Dixon. They are all in Front Half. Others, Luke learns, graduated to Back Half, "like the roach motel," Kalisha says. "You check in, but you don't check out." --from Melvyl  catalog.
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Clearing the air : the beginning and the end of air pollution
Tim Smedley
TD883 .S64 2019
"With insights from the scientists and politicians leading the battle against it, and people whose lives have been affected by it, Clearing the Air tells the full story of air pollution for the first time: what it is, which pollutants are harmful, where they come from and most importantly what we can do about them. Air pollution is a problem that can be solved. The stories uncovered on this journey show us how. Clearing the Air is essential reading for anyone who cares about the air they breathe. And this much becomes clear: in the fight against air pollution, we all have a part to play. The fightback has begun." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The testaments
Margaret Atwood
PR9199.3.A8 T47 2019
"More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results. Two have grown up as part of the first generation to come of age in the new order. The testimonies of these two young women are joined by a third voice: a woman who wields power through the ruthless accumulation and deployment of secrets. As Atwood unfolds The Testaments, she opens up the innermost workings of Gilead as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes." --publisher description.
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Reasons to be cheerful
Nina Stibbe
PR6119.T525 R43 2019
"Lizzie Vogel lands a job in a local dentist's office after answering a classified ad. The job comes with an apartment of her own, as well as an eccentric boss, a high-strung coworker, and the occasional call to perform light dentistry herself. It also provides Lizzie with an introduction to Andy Nicolello: handsome, kind, slightly indifferent. Lizzie begins calling him her boyfriend even though they have never so much as kissed or sat next to each other on the sofa. Navigating the new waters of adult life (conquering homesickness, learning to drive, hosting a dinner party, making bold-or tragic, depending on the viewer-fashion choices), Lizzie arrives at an unexpected, and unexpectedly moving, destination." --adapted from jacket.
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Stay woke : a people's guide to making all Black lives matter
Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith
E185.615 .L66 2019
"When #BlackLivesMatter went viral in 2013, it shed a light on the urgent, daily struggles of black Americans to combat racial injustice. The message resonated with millions across the country. Yet many of our political, social, and economic institutions are still embedded with racist policies and practices that devalue black lives. Stay Woke directly addresses these stark injustices and builds on the lessons of racial inequality and intersectionality the Black Lives Matter movement has challenged its fellow citizens to learn. In this essential primer, Tehama Lopez Bunyasi and Candis Watts Smith inspire readers to address the pressing issues of racial inequality, and provide a basic toolkit that will equip readers to become knowledgeable participants in public debate, activism, and politics.This book offers a clear vision of a racially just society, and shows just how far we still need to go to achieve this reality. From activists to students to the average citizen, Stay Woke empowers all readers to work toward a better future for black Americans." --from Amazon summary.
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Reciprocal ethnography and the power of women's narratives
Elaine J Lawless
GN33.8 .L39 2019
"Reciprocal ethnography is a feminist and collaborative ethnographic approach that Lawless developed as a challenge to the reflexive turn in anthropological fieldwork and research in the 1970s, which was often male-centric, ignoring the contributions by and study of women's culture. Collected here for the first time are Lawless's key articles on the topics of reciprocal ethnography and women's narrative which influenced not only folklore, but also the allied fields of anthropology, sociology, performance studies, and women's and gender studies."--provided by publisher.
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You throw like a girl : the blind spot of masculinity
Donald G McPherson
BF692.5 .M43 2019
"In You Throw Like a Girl, former Syracuse University quarterback and NFL veteran Don McPherson examines how the narrow definition of masculinity adversely impacts women and creates many 'blind spots' that hinder the healthy development of men. Dissecting the strict set of beliefs and behaviors that underpin our understanding of masculinity, he contends that we don't raise boys to be men, we raise them not to be women. Using examples from his own life, including his storied football career, McPherson passionately argues that viewing violence against women as a 'women's issue' not just ignores men's culpability but conflates the toxicity of men's violence with being male." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Making Black scientists : a call to action
Marybeth Gasman and Thai-Huy Nguyen
Q149.U5 G37 2019
"Educators, research scientists, and college administrators have all called for a new commitment to diversity in the sciences, but most universities struggle to truly support black students in science...Making Black Scientists makes the case that key pieces of this model can be successfully adapted at other schools and offers a blueprint that points the way toward a new, more inclusive future for science education." --from Melvyl catalog.
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No safe spaces
Mark Joseph and Dennis Prager
LC72.2 .N65 2019
"Terrifying violence on college campuses across America. Students lashing out at any speaker brave enough to say something they disagree with. Precious snow flakes demanding "Safe Spaces" to protect them from any idea they haven't heard from their liberal professors. In this book and the accompanying movie, Dennis Prager, Mark Joseph, and Adam Carolla expose the attack on free speech and free thought. It began in the universities, but--fair warning--it's coming to your neighborhood and your workplace." --from Melvyl catalog.
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How to be an anticapitalist in the twenty-first century
Erik Olin Wright
HB501 .W964 2019
"Erik Olin Wright has distilled decades of work into this concise and tightly argued manifesto: analyzing the varieties of anticapitalism, assessing different strategic approaches, and laying the foundations for a society dedicated to human flourishing. How to Be an Anticapitalist in the Twenty-First Century is an urgent and powerful argument for socialism, and an unparalleled guide to help us get there. Another world is possible." --from Amazon summary.
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Kate O'Neill
HD4482 .O54 2019
"Waste is one of the planet's last great resource frontiers. From furniture made from up-cycled wood to gold extracted from computer circuit boards, artisans and multinational corporations alike are finding ways to profit from waste while diverting materials from overcrowded landfills. Yet beyond these benefits, this 'new' resource still poses serious risks to human health and the environment. In this unique book, Kate O'Neill traces the emergence of the global political economy of wastes over the past two decades. She explains how the emergence of waste governance initiatives and mechanisms can help us deal with both the risks and the opportunities associated with the hundreds of millions - possibly billions - of tons of waste we generate each year." --provided by publisher.