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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Cornel West Michelle Alexander

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control--relegating millions to a permanent second-class status--even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action.<P><P> Chosen for Mark Zuckerberg's "A Year of Books"


by Henning Mankell Ebba Segerberg

Ystad, Sweden, fall 1997. Two teenage girls brutally murder a taxi driver. Although they are quickly apprehended, one of them escapes police custody and disappears without a trace. A few days later, a man stops at an ATM during his evening walk and suddenly falls dead to the ground. Shortly thereafter, a blackout cuts power to a large swath of southern Sweden. When a serviceman arrives at the malfunctioning power substation, he makes a grisly discovery.Inspector Kurt Wallander begins to sense a connection between all of these events and, at the same time, becomes increasingly aware of the vulnerability of our digitized society.

Faceless Killers

by Henning Mankell Steven T. Murray

First in the Kurt Wallander series.It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have--and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecutor who has peaked his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.

Wounds That Will Not Heal

by Russell K Nieli

Racial preference policies first came on the national scene as a response to black poverty and alienation in America as dramatically revealed in the destructive urban riots of the late 1960s. From the start, however, preference policies were controversial and were greeted by many, including many who had fought the good fight against segregation and Jim Crow to further a color-blind justice, with a sense of outrage and deep betrayal. In the more than forty years that preference policies have been with us little has changed in terms of public opinion, as polls indicate that a majority of Americans continue to oppose such policies, often with great intensity.In Wounds That Will Not Heal political theorist Russell K. Nieli surveys some of the more important social science research on racial preference policies over the past two decades, much of which, he shows, undermines the central claims of preference policy supporters. The mere fact that preference policies have to be referred to through an elaborate system of euphemisms and code words-- "affirmative action," "diversity," "goals and timetables," "race sensitive admissions"-- tells us something, Nieli argues, about their widespread unpopularity, their tendency to reinforce negative stereotypes about their intended beneficiaries, and their incompatibility with core principles of American justice. Nieli concludes with an impassioned plea to refocus our public attention on the "truly disadvantaged" African American population in our nation's urban centers--the people for whom affirmative action policies were initially instituted but whose interests, Nieli charges, were soon forgotten as the fruits of the policies were hijacked by members of the black and Hispanic middle class. Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime, which Nieli analyses with a penetrating gaze and an eye for cant that will leave few unmoved.

All the Things We Never Knew

by Sheila Hamilton

A reporter chases the biggest story of her life-her husband's descent into mental illness.Even as a reporter, Sheila Hamilton missed the signs as her husband David's mental illness unfolded before her. By the time she had pieced together the puzzle, it was too late. Her once brilliant, intense, and passionate partner was dead within six weeks of a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, leaving his nine-year-old daughter and wife without so much as a note to explain his actions, a plan to help them recover from their profound grief, or a solution for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt that they would inherit from him.All the Things We Never Knew takes readers from David and Sheila's romance through the last three months of their life together and into the year after his death. It details their unsettling descent from ordinary life into the world of mental illness, and examines the fragile line between reality and madness. Now, a decade after David's death, Sheila and her daughter, Sophie, have learned the power of choosing life over retreat; let themselves love and trust again; and understand the importance of forgiveness. Their story will resonate with all those who have loved someone who suffers from mental illness.

Stretching for 50+

by Karl Knopf

IMPROVE YOUR FLEXIBILITY WITH THE GENTLE, BEGINNER STRETCHES ILLUSTRATED IN THIS BOOKDesigned to meet the unique needs of the 50+ person, the carefully modified stretches in this book are easy to learn and safe to perform at any age. Illustrated with step-by-step photos and explained with clear captions, the stretches in Stretching for 50+ can reverse years of muscle tightening, helping you perform daily activities without pain and enjoy sports and leisure activities without injury.Stretching for 50+ offers customized programs for: Back pain Arthritis Knee problems Long Drives Desk fatigue Shoveling snow Golf Jogging Tennis Swimming Skiing GardeningTo help assist you, many of the movements in Stretching for 50+ use a chair, block, strap, pillow or blanket. The author also includes tips, cautions and techniques for properly performing each stretch.

Prescriptions for a Healthy House

by Dr Erica Elliott John Banta Paula Baker-Laporte

Although there is nothing complicated about constructing healthier homes, building for health is still not standard practice, and in fact there are many aspects of conventional home construction that are detrimental to human well-being.From foundation to rooftop, to home care and repair, Prescriptions for a Healthy House takes the mystery out of healthy-house building, renovation, and maintenance by walking the owner/architect/builder team through the entire construction process. Chapters include:Frame construction alternativesThermal and moisture controlFlooring and finishesFurnishingsThe authors--an architect, medical doctor, and restoration consultant--bring a singular combination of expertise and perspectives to this book. The result--now in its third completely updated edition--is a unique guide to creating healthy indoor and outdoor spaces, including many new resources, as well as specialized knowledge from several nationally recognized experts in the field of building biology.This unique guide will appeal to architects, designers, contractors, medical professionals, and homeowners.Paula Baker-Laporte is the principal architect and founder of Baker-Laporte & Associates and EcoNest Design. John Banta is a senior indoor environmental consultant for Restorations Consultants, Inc. Erica Elliott, MD is a medical doctor specializing in environmental medicine and family practice.

Creative Origami Kit: Learn to Fold Like a Pro!

by Marc Kirschenbaum

Ready to take your origami to the next level? Fold innovative and original origami projects with this fun new kit. <P><P>This collection of origami projects features models that use fewer folds to produce clever forms rivaling complex constructions that would normally stump a beginner. Many of the models presented in this origami kit use only simple mountain and valley folds, following the "Pureland" origami system pioneered by English artist John Smith. Noted origami artist Marc Kirschenbaum draws his inspiration from the art world and other sources to create easy origami projects that can be folded in just afew minutes. This origami kit contains Full-color 64 page booklet Clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions 15 original origami designs 72 origami papers Free Instructional DVD Try your hand at exciting new projects like: Homage to Picasso The Duck-Billed Platypus A Ship in a Bottle The Freedom Eagle The Doctor's Dog

Survival Indonesian: How to Communicate Without Fuss or Fear Instantly!

by Katherine Davidsen

This practical Indonesian phrasebook puts all the most important Indonesian words and phrases in the palm of your hand. It contains all the necessary words and phrases for speaking Indonesian in any kind of setting. Perfect for students, tourists, or business people learning Indonesian or traveling to Indonesia, it also contains a beginner guide to the Indonesian language, allowing for a deeper understanding of Indonesian than a typical Indonesian phrasebook or Indonesian dictionary. The phrase book is organized by situations where one might need to speak Indonesian such as: at the hotel, in a taxi, using numbers, etc. Key features ofSurvival Indonesian include: Hundreds of useful Indonesian words and expressions. A pronunciation guide for Indonesian letters and words. A guide to Indonesian grammar. A section on specific titles and place names. Manga illustrations to provide fun visual cues.

Origami Zoo Kit

by Joel Stern

Children and beginners will love folding origami animals of every kind with this easy origami-for-kids kit. Origami Zoo Kit is designed to stimulate your child's imagination and creativity through the age-old art of paper folding. It contains instructions and patterned folding papers for thirteen adorable animals along with life-like trees and people (zoo visitors) who together form a complete zoo. Each character comes with simple folding instructions and the colorful papers can be folded up in just a few minutes. Stickers are provided to add finishing details to the models. Kids can then play with the animals on the fold-out zoo map that is provided. This map also has a coloring activity on the back! This origami kit contains: Full-color 48 page booklet Clear, step-by-step diagrams and instructions 15 fun origami projects 95 animal parts stickers 40 sheets of origami paper Fold-out zoo map The Origami Zoo Kit will provide hours of enjoyment for your kids while at the same time teaching them a valuable new skill!

Kansai Japanese

by Peter Tse

This volume seeks to teach the Japanese language as it is really spoken in the region of Japan, which includes Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Nagoya, the home of the Japanese auto industry.

The Edible Heirloom Garden

by Rosalind Creasy

Rosalind Creasy invites gardeners into the colorful and diverse world of heirloom vegetables. Plant, grow, and harvest the vegetables of a century ago, and serve them up using some of the delightful traditional recipes (with modern twists) in this sumptuous book.Replete with photographs of tomatoes, squash, carrots, beans, cabbages and many more, reminiscent of an old-time county fair, Creasy takes you on a tour of heirloom gardens from New England to Idaho and back to the Iowa heartland, where, Kent Whealy points out, many heirloom vegetables are native. In "How To Grow an Heirloom Garden," Creasy gives extensive instructions on saving and storing seeds from year to year. The "Resources" section of the book lists numerous sources for heirloom seeds.The "Encyclopedia of Heirloom Vegetables" section offers beets in white, deep red, and purple, as well as potatoes and tomatoes of every hue and shape. No list of heirloom vegetables would be complete without a section on parsnips, rutabaga, and turnips-the root vegetables that got our forebears through many a long winter.Creasy provides recipes for every season, including "Roasted Parsnips," which can be made fresh from the garden even in winter. Begin a meal with hearty "Beerocks" and end with mouth-watering "Carrot Pie," which, as Creasy points out, wouldn't have been considered dessert at all in Colonial days.

Supernatural and Mysterious Japan

by Catrien Ross

"To write this book on Japan's ghosts and other freaky phenomena, Catrien Ross collected accounts of the eerie and terrifying from around Japan. Along the way, she braved frightening locales including the uniquiet grave of the beautiful, betrayed Oiwa, and sacred Mount Osore, a gateway for communicating with the dead. The result of her journeys is a glimpse into hidden aspects of the Japanese world of the paranormal: a world of blind, women shamans, trees that grow human hair, weeping rocks, and even a graveyard where Jesus is reputed to have been buried. Covering ancient and modern times, Supernatural and Mysterious Japan offers not only some good, old-fashioned scary stories, but some special insights into Japanese culture and psychology. It delivers terrific entertainment - and some good chills - for the Japanophile and aficionado of the supernatural, alike. "--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Authentic Recipes from Vietnam

by Trieu Thi Choi Marcel Isaak

This beautifully illustrated Vietnamese cookbook offers over 80 authentic, mouthwatering recipes and simple, accessible instructions along with a trove of information about the "world's healthiest food". Vietnamese food is fast emerging as one of the most popular of all Asian cuisines. Its emphasis on fresh herbs, raw vegetables and light seasonings makes it ideal for the health-conscious cook. This lavishly illustrated Vietnamese cookbook, gathered and photographed in Vietnam, examines the historical and regional influences that have shaped the cuisine and presents a selection of classic dishes. The easy-to-follow recipes present a diverse range of dishes from the country's major regions--from Hanoi and the cooler north, to Saigon, the Mekong Delta, and all the points in between. Detailed information on Vietnamese ingredients and cooking techniques makes Authentic Recipes from Vietnam the perfect guide for anyone interested in the cuisine of this vibrant and bountiful country, where food is a daily celebration of life. Vietnamese recipes include: Pork Rice Paper Rolls Lotus Stem Salad with Shrimp Clam Soup with Starfruit and Herbs Fried Tofu with Lemongrass and Five Spice Crabs with Tamarind Sauce Braised Duck with Ginger Pork Stewed in Coconut Juice Slush Ice Lychee in Coconut Milk

Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong

by Victoria Cass Guo Xiaoting John Robert Shaw

Follow the brilliant and hilarious adventures of a mad Zen Buddhist monk who rose from humble beginnings to become one of China's greatest folk heroes!Ji Gong studied at the great Ling Yin monastery, an immense temple that still ranges up the steep hills above Hangzhou, near Shanghai. The Chan (Zen) Buddhist masters of the temple tried to instruct Ji Gong in the spartan practices of their sect, but the young monk, following in the footsteps of other great ne'er-do-wells, distinguished himself mainly by getting expelled. He left the monastery, became a wanderer with hardly a proper piece of clothing to wear, and achieved great renown-in seedy wine shops and drinking establishments!This could have been where Ji Gong's story ended. But his unorthodox style of Buddhism soon made him a hero for popular storytellers of the Song dynasty era. Audiences delighted in tales where the mad old monk ignored-or even mocked-authority, defied common sense, never neglected the wine, yet still managed to save the day. Ji Gong remains popular in China even today, where he regularly appears as the wise old drunken fool in movies and TV shows. In Adventures of the Mad Monk Ji Gong, you'll read how he has a rogue's knack for exposing the corrupt and criminal while still pursuing the twin delights of enlightenment and intoxication. This literary classic of a traveling martial arts master, fighting evil and righting wrongs, will entertain Western readers of all ages!

Arabic in a Flash Kit Volume 1

by Fethi Mansouri

Arabic in a Flash: Volume I is an excellent new language learning resource for beginning students of Arabic.This unique set of flash cards enables learners to acquire basic Arabic words and their derivatives in an easy-to-use manner at whatever pace the learner prefers. Each card has Arabic script on one side, with romanized forms and English meanings/derivatives agiven on the other. Contains 448 flash cards plus a 32-page index booklet.Learn 448 main words plus 1,792 related words and phrases--2,700 basic vocabulary items.Arabic script, romanized forms and English meanings given for all items.A sample sentence in Arabic with English translation shows how the main word is used.

Balinese Food

by Vivienne Kruger

Explore the exotic world of Balinese cooking--a cuisine dedicated to the gods and fueled by an aromatic array of fresh tropical island spices and ingredients!In Balinese Food: The Traditional Cuisine & Food Culture of Bali, Dr. Vivienne Kruger brings to life Bali's time-honored and authentic village cooking traditions. In over 20 detailed chapters, Dr. Kruger explores how the island's intricate culinary art is an inextricable part of Bali's Hindu religion, its culture and its community life. This book provides a detailed roadmap for those who wish to make an exciting exploration into the exotic world of Balinese cooking, with chapters on: The traditional Balinese kitchen Snacking at a roadside warung food stall Visiting a traditional Balinese market Preparing delicious satays with a Balinese twist Brewing heavenly kopi Bali coffeeContaining interviews with Balinese master cooks and over 40 of their favorite recipes, Balinese Food presents the full range of food experiences you will find in Bali. Sections devoted to ingredients, equipment, and resources make Balinese Food a delightful social and cultural guide to the food of this fascinating island.


by Curtis Knapp

Simply to say that this book is a first is to completely understate the importance and significance of Catwalk. Never before have top Japanese fashion models felt comfortable enough to appear without the safety net of beautiful clothing, even for a Japanese photographer with whom they might have felt more comfortable. Their belief in the artistic mastery and the unique sensitivity of Curtis Knapp is exhibited in every plate of this book.The project took Knapp several years to complete, as he had first to gain the confidence of the Japanese models and then experiment with the use of infrared film in beauty photography. In Catwalk, the stunning results of Knapp's determination are plain to see for every aficionado of fine photography.In this book the exotic Asian charm that has captivated fashion designers and buyers from Milano and Paris to Tokyo is here displayed as never before. Curtis Knapp has truly captured the warmth and beauty of some of the world's most attractive women.

What's My Name in Hawaii?

by Ray Lanterman Louise Bonner

What's My Name in Hawaii? is a multicultural children's story of a little Japanese boy's search for a name.He needs a new one because he is about to become an American citizen in Hawaii, where his parents have come to live from faraway Japan.<P><P>When Toshio Takahashi first goes to school he does not want to play with the other children. Like most beginners, he cries because he misses his mother and mostly because he does not speak or understand English. Language, however, proves no barrier in a child's world and soon Toshio is just another flower in the school called Na Lei o Ka Keiki, "a lei of children".When Toshio's citizenship day approaches, all of his young schoolmates wish to help him select an American name like theirs, to add to those reflecting their various racial backgrounds. Susan Iwalani Au suggests "John" and Lisa Ilima Santiago offers "Gaylord" because she has an uncle by that name.The final choice is a happy one for all most of all, to Toshio whose new name now reveals that he was born in Japan, but is an American citizen living in Hawaii, the 50th State of America.

Survival Hindi: How to Communicate without Fuss or Fear - Instantly!

by Madhumita Mehrotra Sunita Mathur Narain

A handy Hindi phrasebook and guide to the Hindi language, Survival Hindi contains basic vocabulary necessary for getting around.This book contains all the necessary words and phrases for speaking Hindi in any kind of setting. <P><P>Perfect for students, tourists, or business people learning Hindi or travelling to India, it also contains a beginner guide to the Indian language, allowing for a deeper understanding of Hindi than a typical Hindi phrasebook or Hindi dictionary. The book is broken into eight basic sections, covering everything from common Hindi expressions and key words to ordering in a restaurant. All Hindi words and phrases are written in Romanized form as well phonetically, making pronouncing Hindi a breeze.This phrasebook includes: Hundreds of useful Hindi words and expressions. An A-Z index with more than 1,000 words allowing the book to function as an English to Hindi dictionary. Romanized forms, phonetic spellings, and Hindi script (Devanagari) for all words and phrases. A concise background and history of the Hindi language. An introduction to the Hindi Alphabet. A pronunciation guide for Hindi. A guide to Hindi grammar.

Jamu: The Ancient Indonesian Art of Herbal Healing

by Susan-Jane Beers

Indonesian jamu-part of an integrated system of inner and outer health and beauty, encompassing powders, pills, ointments, lotions, massage and ancient folklore-is unknown to most Westerners. How, when, where and why were these treatments developed? <P><P>And, what is so special about them?Through the pages of this book you'll learn about the closed world of ancient Javanese palaces where Indonesian jamu was perfected. You meet the healers and jamu makers whose skills have been passed from generation to generation and learn about their cures. Advice is offered on where to find these age-old remedies, including formulae that can be made safely at home. The information here is for people who wish to find out more about Indonesian health and beauty, draw their own conclusions and even try jamu for themselves.[An integrated system of inner and outer health and beauty, Indonesian jamu has a 1,200-year-old history, yet little is known about it outside this diverse island nation. The first book to comprehensively explore the background, materials and application of this holistic approach, Jamu: The Ancient Indonesian Art of Herbal Healing is the culmination of ten years of research] and more than 100 interviews with practitioners and producers-from housewives in kitchen apothecaries to CEOs of multinational corporations. Its publication coincides with the increasing availability in the West of modern preparations of these time-honored herbal remedies. [Encompassing medicine, massage, cosmetics and folklore, jamu is as applicable to today's lifestyles as it was in the rarefied world of the ancient Javanese palaces where it was perfected.]Complemented by explanatory photographs shot on location, Jamu is the first definitive reference to this exotic yet practical healthcare system.

Kintaro's Adventure and Other Japanese Children's Favorite Stories

by Florence Sakade Yoshio Hayashi

Welcome to a fantastic world populated by singing turtles, boys who wrestle wolves, and a host of other beloved characters who have lived on for centuries in the traditional tales of Japan.<P><P>Drawn from folklore passed down from generation to generation, the six enchanting stories collected in this volume have been lovingly retold for today's readers. Vibrantly illustrated and full of thrilling adventures, funny discoveries, and important lessons, they're sure to become story time favorites. Included are some of Japan's best-loved stories:The Rolling Rice CakesHow to Fool a CatThe Princess and the HerdboySaburo the Eel CatcherKintaro's AdventuresThe Singing Turtle

Sho Japanese Calligraphy

by Christopher J. Earnshaw

Master calligrapher Christopher Earnshaw illuminates the techniques, history and philosophy of calligraphy with over 300 illustrations in Sho: Japanese Calligraphy. Calligraphy, along with poetry and painting, has been for centuries a discipline that all students of culture had to master. Brush writing reflected inner character, and many great masters of calligraphy were respected Zen priests, warriors and emperors. From practical lessons on brushwork to hints about exhibiting finished work, this beautiful volume is the fledgling calligrapher's best reference source. Its meditations on the philosophy of calligraphy will also offer new insights to students of Japanese culture and character.

Bali Home

by Luca Invernizzi Tettoni Kim Inglis

Bali is an island paradise that inspires countless dreams of tropical beaches, exotic people and gorgeous views. More than just an increasingly popular tourist destination, Bali is also a global leader in tropical design, showcased in all its glory in Bali Home. Covering over 100 homes, garden estates, hotels, restaurants and more, this book gives a tantalizing glimpse of the latest design trends coming out of Bali. Full-color photography, both of decorative details and architectural concepts, is accompanied by an insightful text that gives attainable interior design tips to tropical dream seekers.

Zen Art for Meditation

by Stewart W. Holmes Chimyo Horioka

This book is about emptiness and silence&#8212the mind-expanding emptiness of Zen painting, and the reverberating silence of haiku poetry. Through imaginative participation in the visions of painters and poets, its readers are led to the realization that, in the author's words, "emptiness, silence, is not nothingness, but fullness. Your fullness. " This cultural tradition has informed many distinguished lives and works of art. The work of painters like Niten, Liang K'ai, and Toba, and of painters like Basho, Buson, and Issa reflects the wholeness, spontaneity, and humanity of the Zen vision. Those who desire a glimpse into the world of intuitive contact with nature offered by Zen meditation will find these paintings, commentaries, and haiku poems especially rewarding. They enable the reader to experience the unique power of Zen art&#8212it's capacity to fuse esthetic appreciation, personal intuition, and knowledge of life into one creative event.

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