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The unwanted : stories of the Syrian refugees
Don Brown
DS98.6 .B76 2018
"Starting in 2011, refugees flood out of war-torn Syria in Exodus-like proportions. The surprising flood of victims overwhelms neighboring countries, and chaos follows. Resentment in host nations heightens as disruption and the cost of aid grows. By 2017, many want to turn their backs on the victims. The refugees are the unwanted. Don Brown depicts moments of both heartbreaking horror and hope in the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis. Shining a light on the stories of the survivors, The Unwanted is a testament to the courage and resilience of the refugees and a call to action for all those who read." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Seventeen
Hideo Yokoyama; Louise Heal Kawai
PL877.5.O369 K8713 2018
"Seventeen years after an air disaster of unprecedented scale occured near his newspaper office, reporter Kazumasa Yuuki makes good on a promise he made during that supercharged week and solves a mystery." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Reclaiming the Black past : the use and misuse of African American history in the twenty-first century
Pero Gaglo Dagbovie
E184.65 .D345 2018
"In this information overloaded twenty-first century, it seems impossible to fully discern or explain how we know about the past. But two things are certain. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all think historically on a routine basis. And our perceptions of history, including African American history, have not necessarily been shaped by professional historians. In this wide-reaching and timely book, PeroGaglo Dagbovie argues that public knowledge and understanding of black history, including its historical icons, has been shaped by institutions and individuals outside academic ivory towers." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Queerly cosmopolitan : bohemia and belonging in a Brazilian middle-of-nowhere city
Timothy Eugene Murphy
F2651.T47 M87 2018
"An ethnography of urban citizenship, global belonging, and queerness in a rapidly growing provincial city in the Global South, Queerly Cosmopolitan explores how people develop a sense of belonging in a city understood by many to be “unimportant” and “in the middle of nowhere.” --from Amazon summary.
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Pain killer : an empire of deceit and the origin of America's opioid epidemic
Barry Meier
HV5822.O99 M45 2018
"Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by the aggressive marketing of OxyContin by its maker, Purdue Pharma. Purdue, owned by a wealthy and secretive family--the Sacklers--knew early on that teenagers and others were abusing its billion dollar "wonder" drug. But Justice Department officials balked a decade ago when it came to meting out justice, allowing an opioid crisis to evolve into a catastrophe. Originally published in 2003 and hailed since as groundbreaking, Meier--in this thoroughly updated edition--reveals new and shocking information about how long the drug maker knew about OxyContin's abuse, even as it marketed it aggressively, and the way government officials passed up opportunities to protect hundreds of thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business expos, ̌ Pain Killer is the origin story of the opioid crisis, a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy"--Provided by publisher. 
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The pope who would be king : the exile of Pius IX and the emergence of modern Europe
David I Kertzer
BX1373 .K47 2018
"Documents the story of the violent revolution that signaled the end of the political power of the popes and resulted in the emergence of modern Europe." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Orchid : a cultural history
Jim Endersby
SB409.48 .E64 2016
"Some flowers make us think of love or heaven, of political causes or drug cravings, while others are food, medicine, or decoration; almost every plant that humans have ever taken an interest in has acquired a rich web of associations. So it is not surprising that flowers as alluring as orchids are associated with a very specific set of images, ideas, and symbols. Yet the precise significances we attach to orchidsmay be, Jim Endersby argues, the weirdest ever to have become linked to a plant. By following orchids through history, Endersby discovers unexpected connections that lead us into myriad other histories." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Nine perfect strangers
Liane Moriarty
PR9619.4.M67 N56 2018
"Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can't even admit to themselves. Amid all the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be. Frances Welty, the formerly bestselling romantic novelist, arrives at Tranquillum House and is immediately intrigued by her fellow guests, including the charismatic owner and director. Could this person really have the answers Frances didn't even know she was seeking? Should Frances put aside her doubts and immerse herself in everything Tranquillum House has to offer -- or should she run while she still can? And it's not long before every guest is asking the same question." --from Melvyl catalog.
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How long 'til black future month?
N K Jemisin
PS3610.E46 A6 2018
"N. K. Jemisin is one of the most powerful and acclaimed speculative fiction authors of our time. In the first collection of her evocative short fiction, Jemisin equally challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption. In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Behind the scenes of the Old Testament : cultural, social, and historical contexts
Jonathan S Greer; John W Hilber; John H Walton
DS62.23 .B45 2018
"A team of world-class scholars covers the full range of Old Testament backgrounds studies in a concise, authoritative, and comprehensive manner." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The resource curse
Syed Mansoob Murshed
HD9502.A2 M87 2018
"An authoritative introduction to one of the most perplexing issues of economic growth: the notion that developing countries rich in natural resources perform less well economically than countries." --from Melvyl catalog.
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A shameful life
Osamu Dazai; Mark Gibeau
PL825.A8 N513 2018
"Osamu Dazai is one of the most famous--and infamous--writers of 20th-century Japan. A Shameful Life (Ningen shikkaku) is his final published work and has become a bestselling classic for its depiction of the tortured struggle of a young man to survive in a world that he cannot comprehend." -- from Melvyl catalog.
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Queerness in play
Todd Harper; Meghan Blythe Adams; Nicholas Taylor, (Professor of Digital Media); Gerald Voorhees
HQ76.25 .Q84 2018
"Queerness in Play examines the many ways queerness of all kinds-from queer as `LGBT' to other, less well-covered aspects of the queer spectrum-intersects with games and the social contexts of play." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Phenomenology : the basics
Dan Zahavi
B829.5 .Z32513 2019
"Phenomenology: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to one of the dominant philosophical movements of the 20th century. This lively and lucid book provides an introduction to the essential phenomenological concepts that are crucial for understanding great thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, the book considers key philosophical arguments around phenomenology, making this an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a concise and accessible introduction to the rich and complex study of phenomenology." --from Melvyl catalog.
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The happiness fantasy
Carl Cederström
BF575.H27 C43 2019
"In this devastatingly witty new book, Carl Cederström traces our present-day conception of happiness from its roots in early-twentieth-century European psychiatry, to the Beat generation, to Ronald Reagan and Donald Trump. He argues that happiness is now defined by a desire to be "authentic", to experience physical pleasure, and to cultivate a quirky individuality. But over the last fifty years, these once-revolutionary ideas have been co-opted by corporations and advertisers, pushing us to live lives that are increasingly unfulfilling, insecure and narcissistic." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Girl talk : what science can tell us about female friendship
A New York Times' science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships, and how they shape the culture at large
BF575.F66 M76 2018
"A New York Times' science reporter's investigation into the fascinating and distinctive nature of women's friendships, and how they shape the culture at large." --from Melvyl catalog.
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Black power and Palestine : transnational countries of color
Michael R Fischbach
E185.615 .F527 2019
"This is the first book to explore how conflict in the Middle East shaped the American civil rights movement." -- from Amazon summary.
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Jesus saved an ex-con : political activism and redemption after incarceration
Edward Flores
BV4341 .F56 2018
"This book sheds light on how former gang members and formerly incarcerated persons wage campaigns to expend the rights of those with criminal records. While the use of religion to rehabilitate and redeem has been a cultural touchstone of the modern era, such religious outreach has typically been associated with an emphasis on private spirituality. By contrast, this book examines how formerly incarcerated persons utilize faith-based organizations and the public arena."  -- from book cover.