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When animals speak : toward an interspecies democracy
Eva Meijer
QL776 .M45 2019
"In When Animals Speak, Eva Meijer develops a new, ground-breaking theory of language and politics, arguing that non-human animals speak politically. She highlights the importance of listening to animal voices, introducing ways to help us bridge the divide between the human and non-human world. Drawing on insights from science, philosophy, and politics, Meijer provides fascinating, real-world examples of animal communities who use their voices to speak, and act, in political ways. Meijer encourages us to rethink our relations with other animals, showing that their voices should be taken into account as the starting point for a new interspecies democracy." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Until we reckon : violence, mass incarceration, and a road to repair
Danielle Sered
HV8688 .S47 2019
"Danielle Sered's brilliant and groundbreaking Until We Reckon steers directly and unapologetically into the question of violence, offering approaches that will help end mass incarceration and increase safety. Sered asks us to reconsider the purposes of incarceration and argues persuasively that the needs of survivors of violent crime are better met by asking people who commit violence to accept responsibility for their actions and make amends in ways that are meaningful to those they have hurt. Critically, Sered argues that the reckoning owed is not only on the part of those who have committed violence, but also by our nation’s overreliance on incarceration to produce safety." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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Twilight of democracy : the seductive lure of authoritarianism
Anne Applebaum
JC480 .A67 2020
"A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist explains why some of her contemporaries have abandoned liberal democratic ideals in favor of strongman cults, nationalist movements, or one-party states. In Twilight of Democracy, prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum argues that we should not be surprised by this change: There is an inherent appeal to political systems with radically simple beliefs, especially when they benefit the loyal to the exclusion of everyone else. Applebaum reveals the patterns that link the new advocates of illiberalism and charts how they use conspiracy theory, political polarization, social media, and nostalgia to change their societies." -- Provided by publisher.
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Too much and never enough : how my family created the world's most dangerous man
Mary L. Trump
E913 .T775 2020
"In this revelatory, authoritative portrait of Donald J. Trump and the toxic family that made him, Mary L. Trump, a trained clinical psychologist and Donald's only niece, shines a bright light on the dark history of their family in order to explain how her uncle became the man who now threatens the world's health, economic security, and social fabric." -- Provided by publisher.
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Tacky's revolt : the story of an Atlantic slave war
Vincent Brown
HT1096 .B75 2020
"Tacky's revolt, in modern-day Jamaica, was the largest slave uprising in the eighteenth-century British Atlantic. A strikingly modern guerilla conflict, the revolt inspired both fear of and sympathy toward black lives. Vincent Brown offers a gripping account of the fighting and its reverberations across an interconnected world." -- Provided by publisher.
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Smellosophy : what the nose tells the mind
A. S. Barwich
QP458 .B366 2020
"A. S. Barwich asks a deceptively simple question: What does the nose tell the brain, and how does the brain understand it? Barwich interviews experts in neuroscience, psychology, chemistry, and perfumery in an effort to understand the biological mechanics and myriad meanings of odors. Barwich proposes that what we know suggests the brain acts not only like a map but also as a measuring device, one that senses and processes simple and complex odors. Accounting for the sense of smell upsets theories of perception philosophers have developed. In their place, Smellosophy articulates a new model for understanding how the brain represents sensory information." -- Provided by publisher.
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The sensitives : the rise of environmental illness and the search for America's last pure place
Oliver Broudy
RB152.5 .B756 2020
"A compelling exploration of the mysteries of environmental toxicity and the community of 'sensitives'--people with powerful, puzzling symptoms resulting from exposure to chemicals, fragrances, and cell phone signals, that have no effect on 'normals.'" -- Provided by publisher.
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The road from Raqqa : a story of brotherhood, borders, and belonging
Jordan Ritter Conn
DS99.R27 C66 2020
"The Alkasem brothers, Riyad and Bashar, spend their childhood in Raqqa, the Syrian city that would later become the capital of ISIS. Wanting to expand his notion of government and justice, Riyad moves to the United States to study law, but his plans are derailed and he eventually falls in love with a Southern belle. After his older brother moves to America, Bashar embarks on a brilliant legal career under the same corrupt Assad government that Riyad despises. Reluctant to abandon his comfortable (albeit conflicted) life, he fails to perceive the threat of ISIS until it's nearly too late." -- Provided from Melvyl.
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The power of discord : why the ups and downs of relationships are the secret to building intimacy, resilience, and trust
Edward Tronick, Claudia M. Gold
BF637.C45 T76 2020
"You might think that perfect harmony is the defining characteristic of healthy relationships, but the truth is that human interactions are messy, complicated, and confusing. And according to renowned psychologist Ed Tronick and pediatrician Claudia Gold, that is not only okay, it is actually crucial to our social and emotional development. In The Power of Discord they show how working through the inevitable dissonance of human connection is the path to better relationships with romantic partners, family, friends, and colleagues." -- Provided from Amazon.
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The polymath : a cultural history from Leonardo Da Vinci to Susan Sontag
Peter Burke
HM728 .B87 2020
"From Leonardo Da Vinci to John Dee and Comenius, from George Eliot to Oliver Sacks and Susan Sontag, polymaths have moved the frontiers of knowledge in countless ways. Identifying 500 western polymaths, Burke explores their wide-ranging successes and shows how their rise matched a rapid growth of knowledge in the age of the invention of printing. It is only more recently that the further acceleration of knowledge has led to increased specialisation and to an environment that is less supportive of wide-ranging scholars and scientists. Spanning the Renaissance to the present day, Burke changes our understanding of this remarkable intellectual species." -- Provided from Melvyl.