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Haiti Noir

by Edwidge Danticat

"A wide-ranging collection from the beloved but besieged Caribbean island. [...] The 36th entry in Akashic's Noir series (which ranges from Bronx to Delhi to Twin Cities) is beautifully edited, with a spectrum of voices."--Kirkus Reviews"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration."--Publishers Weekly"A solid contribution to the [noir] series, especially for its showcasing of a setting not commonly portrayed in crime fiction."--Booklist"Who can ever judge how important Danticat has been to Americans' understanding and re-evaluating Haiti's position and role in the hemisphere? Not just as a novelist and essayist in her own right, but as editor and guiding force behind this collection of short stories and the re-publication and English translation of the Chauvet triptych, the Haitian-born Danticat has brought her country's literature back into the world of English-speakers. Filled with delights and surprises, Haiti Noir, taken as a whole, provides a profound portrait of the country, from its crises to its triumphs, from the tiny bouks of the countryside to the shanties of the sprawling bidonvilles. Danticat herself has a lovely story in the collection, and permits two distinguished foreign writers on Haiti, Madison Smartt Bell and Mark Kurlansky, to slide in there among all the brilliant Haitians."--Daily BeastIncludes brand-new stories by: Edwidge Danticat, Rodney Saint-Eloi, Madison Smartt Bell, Gary Victor, M.J. Fièvre, Marvin Victor, Yanick Lahens, Louis-Philipe Dalembert, Kettly Mars, Marie Ketsia Theodore-Pharel, Evelyne Trouillot, Katia Ulysse, Ibi Aanu Zoboi, Nadine Pinede, and others.Haiti has a tragic history and continues to be one of the most destitute places on the planet, especially in the aftermath of the earthquake. Here, however, Edwidge Danticat reveals that even while the subject matter remains dark, the caliber of Haitian writing is of the highest order.

Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs

by William Upski Wimsatt

Here's what the critics have to say about William Upski Wimsatt's previous work:"Spiritual heir to Norman Mailer."-The Atlantic"Wimsatt's charisma stems from his courage."-Cornel West"Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons are cult classics deftly reflecting the hip-hop generation's maturation."-Miami New Times"A refreshing voice for Generation X."-Library Journal"Ahead of the curve."-SpinAs a potty-mouthed graffiti writer from the South Side of Chicago, William Upski Wimsatt electrified the literary and hip-hop world with two of the most successful underground classic books in a generation, Bomb the Suburbs (1994) and No More Prisons (1999), which, combined, sold more than ninety thousand copies.In Please Don't Bomb the Suburbs, Wimsatt weaves a first-person tour of America's cultural and political movements from 1985-2010. It's a story about love, growing up, a generation coming of age, and a vision for the movement young people will create in the new decade. With humor, storytelling, and historical insight, Wimsatt lays out a provocative vision for the next twenty-five years of personal and historical transformation. Never heard of Billy Wimsatt before? Your life just got better.William Upski Wimsatt is the author of Bomb the Suburbs and No More Prisons. A maverick graffiti artist, journalist, and political and philanthropic organizer, Wimsatt has appeared in dozens of publications and is a popular speaker at colleges and conferences. He founded the League of Young Voters, worked for Barack Obama in Ohio, and co-organized the first-ever briefing of social justice artists with the White House. He was honored as a "visionary" by Utne Reader and included in The Source's "Power 30" list. He lives in Brooklyn.

Tender As Hellfire

by Joe Meno

"Features some of the liveliest characters that one is apt to meet in a contemporary novel. Vividly described."--Publishers Weekly"Extremely vivid. . . . Any number of novels have been written about unhappy childhoods and bizarre families, but this one surpasses many."--Kirkus ReviewsJoe Meno limns a near-fantastical world of trailer park floozies, broken-down '76 Impalas, lost glass eyes, and the daily experiences of two boys trying to make sense of their random, sharp lives. Joe Meno is the author of the novels Hairstyles of the Damned, The Boy Detective Fails,and How the Hula Girl Sings. He was the winner of the 2003 Nelson Algren Award for short fiction and is a professor of creative writing at Columbia College Chicago.

Tales of the Out & the Gone

by Amiri Baraka

Comprising short fiction from the early 1970s to the twenty-first century--most of which has never been published--Tales of the Out & the Gone reflects the astounding evolution of America's most provocative literary anti-hero.The first section of the book, "War Stories," offers six stories enmeshed in the vola-tile politics of the 1970s and 1980s. The second section, "Tales of the Out & the Gone," reveals Amiri Baraka's increasing literary adventurousness, combining an unpredictable language play with a passion for abstraction and psychological exploration.Throughout, Baraka's unique and constantly changing literary style will educate readers on the evolution of one of America's most accomplished literary masters of the past four decades.

Istanbul Noir

by Mustafa Ziyalan Amy Spangler

"[In Istanbul Noir] you get blown along the shore of the Bosporus in the wealthy enclave of Bebek (Feryal Tilmac's "Hitching in the Lodos"), hustled through the shadowy past in the bustling Aksaray (Mustafa Ziyalan's "Black Palace"), have your mind read in the "haven for lowlifes" that is Siskinbakkal (Algan Sezginturedi's "Around Here, Somewhere") and thrown behind bars in Sagmacilar (Yasemin Aydinoglu's "One Among Us").-- The Lead Miami BeachA city at once ancient and modern, Istanbul is the quintessentially postcard-perfect metropolis. But don't let the alluring vistas fool you. For beneath its veneer as the meeting place of cultures, religions, and ethnicities lies a heart of darkness, seething with suppressed desire, boiling with frustration, and burning with a fervor for vengeance.Brand-new stories from: Baris Mustecaplioglu, Muge Iplikci, Behcet Celik, Algan Sezginturedi, Ismail Guzelsoy, Hikmet Hukumenoglu, Lydia Lunch, Yasemin Aydinoglu, Riza Kirac, Sadik Yemni, Feryal Tilmac, Mehmet Bilal, Inan Cetin, Mustafa Ziyalan, Jessica Lutz, Tarkan Barlas, and others.

Alice Fantastic

by Maggie Estep

Alice Hunter is a thirty-six-year-old professional gambler living in Queens, New York. She is modestly successful as a horseplayer and enjoys her work. Though avidly pursued by her lover, Clayton, who she refers to as The Big Oaf, Alice's closest companion is Candy, a small spotted dog, and Alice likes it that way. When Clayton's overzealousness leads Alice to ask one of her racetrack cronies to intimidate Clayton into leaving her, a few things go wrong and Alice turns to her half-sister Eloise, a toy maker, whose own lover has just been killed in a freak accident. There is fierce love between Alice, Eloise, and Kimberly (their unconventional mother), but it takes Alice's accidental discovery of an awful secret Kimberly has been keeping to truly bring three eccentric women, seventeen dogs, and assorted lovers together. Maggie Estep has published six books, including Hex, a New York Times Notable Book of 2003.

Will Work for Drugs

by Lydia Lunch

"Lydia Lunch is an American icon."--Austin American-Statesman"Lunch has defined the underground music and art scene for over thirty years. Predictable only in her unpredictability, she has exploited every creative outlet at her disposal, from film to books, photography to poetry." --SF WeeklyNo Wave founder Lydia Lunch's first book, Paradoxia (Akashic Books, 2007), proved that her talent is as strong on the page as it is on the stage. Her literary talents are even more impressive and varied in this iconoclastic and uncompromising collection.Lydia Lunch is a musician, writer, and photographer. She was the primary instigator of the No Wave movement, and the focal point of the Cinema of Transgression.

Havana Lunar

by Robert Arellano

One hungry, hallucinatory night in the dark heart of Havana, Mano Rodriguez, a young doctor with the revolutionary medical service, comes to the aid of a teenage jinetera named Julia. She takes refuge in his clinic to break away from the abusive chulo who prostituted her, and they form an unlikely allegiance that Mano thinks might save him from his twin burdens: the dead-end hospital assignment he was delegated after being blacklisted by the Cuban Communist Party and a Palo Monte curse on his love life commissioned by a vengeful ex-wife. But when the pimp and his bodyguards come after Julia and Mano, the violent chain-reaction plunges them all into the decadent catacombs of Havana's criminal underworld.Inspired by fifty years of Cuban literary noir, from Cold Tales by Virgilio Piñera to Reinaldo Arenas' Before Night Falls, Robert Arellano's Havana Lunar intertwines an insider testimony on the collapse of socialist Cuba with a psychological mystery.

Philadelphia Noir

by Carlin Romano

"It's a collection enhanced by an unerring sense of place . . . that will please the most discriminating lovers of the dark side."--Kirkus Reviews"It took long enough for Akashic's noir series to get to Philly. Now that it has, compiled under the shadowy auspices of Inquirer literary critic/West Philly native Carlin Romano, the fun begins."--Philadelphia City PaperIncludes brand-new stories by: Diane Ayres, Cordelia Frances Biddle, Keith Gilman, Cary Holladay, Solomon Jones, Gerald Kolpan, Aimee LaBrie, Halimah Marcus, Carlin Romano, Asali Solomon, Laura Spagnoli, Duane Swierczynski, Dennis Tafoya, and Jim Zervanos.Carlin Romano, critic-at-large of the Chronicle of Higher Education and literary critic of The Philadelphia Inquirer for twenty-five years, teaches philosophy and media theory at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2006 he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, cited by the Pulitzer Board for "bringing new vitality to the classic essay across a formidable array of topics." He lives in University City, Philadelphia, in the only house on his block.

Lone Star Noir

by Johnny Byrd Bobby Byrd

"Sure to be of regional interest and to appeal to fans of noir or 'dark' fiction, this spicy black brew of sinister thrills is not for the squeamish or the easily offended."--Library Journal"Unsettling and shivery."--Kirkus Reviews"Crime, like politics, is local. The folks at Akashic Books understand this . . . "Lone Star Noir" is a solid collection. Heck, it better be -- the state's red clay looks like dried blood. Noir grows out of the ground here."--Austin American-Statesman"What makes Texas noir different from any other noir? Is it just that the gumshoes wear cowboy boots? . . . Akashic Books finally turns its attention to the biggest state in the Lower 48, but all that land just means more places to bury the bodies. As father-son editing partnership Bobby and Johnny Byrd observe in their introduction, this isn't J.R. Ewing's Lone Star State. This is the Texas of chicken shit bingo, Enron scamsters, and a feeling that what happens in Mexico stays in Mexico. [...] So what defines Texas noir? Who knows, but you better pray that blood doesn't stain your belt buckle."--Austin ChronicleIncludes brand-new stories by: James Crumley, Joe R. Lansdale, Claudia Smith, Ito Romo, Luis Alberto Urrea, David Corbett, George Weir, Sarah Cortez, Jesse Sublett, Dean James, Tim Tingle, Milton Burton, Lisa Sandlin, Jessica Powers, and Bobby Byrd.Bobby Byrd is the co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press in El Paso, Texas. As a poet, Byrd is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship awarded by the University of New Mexico, and an International Residency Fellowship.John Byrd, co-publisher of Cinco Puntos Press, is co-editor (with Bobby Byrd) of the anthology Puro Border: Dispatches, Snapshots & Graffiti from La Frontera. He is also a Spanish-to-English translator and a freelance essayist.

The Dead Detective

by William Heffernan

"The Dead Detective is William Heffernan's first novel in seven years, and wherever he's been, he hasn't forgotten how to write a good, gritty police procedural . . . This edgy police drama succeeds in capturing the hysteria the grips Tampa residents when a celebrity criminal . . . is found dead in a cyprus swamp with her throat cut and the word 'Evil' carved into her forehead."--New York Times Book Review"The Dead Detective is a meaty story that offers an intriguing and conflicted protagonist, a darkly fascinating victim, solid police procedural detail, a knowing look at the Tampa Bay area and its politics, an unlikely murderer, and a creepy denouement that hints that Harry [protagonist] will be back."--Booklist"In his first new novel in seven years . . . Heffernan delivers a readable, tidy police procedural that echoes any number of popular television series, from The Mentalist to Criminal Minds, whose many fans will find this series debut enjoyable."--Library Journal"After a lengthy hiatus, Edgar-winner Heffernan makes a welcome return ... Tough, troubled Harry Doyle will keep readers in line."--Kirkus Reviews"Heffernan is a master of scene, setting, characterizations, plot, and dialogue."--Nelson DeMilleHarry Doyle was murdered as a ten-year-old child and brought back to life by two Tampa cops. Twenty years later he has dedicated his life to putting killers behind bars as a homicide detective who has the unwanted ability to hear the postmortem whispers of murder victims. Dubbed "The Dead Detective" by his fellow cops, Doyle now faces his most difficult case--a beautiful murder victim who was a notorious child molester. It is a case that will shake Harry to his very core.WILLIAM HEFFERNAN, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, is the author of fifteen novels, including such bestsellers as The Corsican and The Dinosaur Club (a New York Times bestseller).

Rick Steves' Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese

by Rick Steves

Following the self-guided tours in this book, youll explore Athens' most popular sights, including the Acropolis, Ancient Agora, and the National Archaeological Museum. Experience the culture like a localenjoy an evening meal of souvlaki at a breezy caf, then sip ouzo at a rollicking taverna in the Plaka. Line up at the starting block at Olympia's historic stadium, then set sail for the idyllic Greek island of Hydra.

The 3-Day Reset

by Pooja Mottl

Eating healthy can be a struggle. It's hard to choose broccoli and brown rice instead of hot, cheesy pizza. And diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.In The 3-Day Reset, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 simple ways you can change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy, delicious foods-three days at a time. Each reset takes only 72 hours to complete, which means you'll be able to stay focused on healthy eating from start to finish.Resets include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout.Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should eat whole foods like quinoa instead of processed, frozen, or packaged foods, The 3-Day Reset will set you on the path to healthy eating... and help you stay there for good.

Roadblocks to Equality

by Jeffery Klaehn

Covering a wide range of topics and dealing with real-life issues, these international contributors, who are both male and female and who cross a variety of boundaries--social, cultural, and political--examine various dimensions of women's lived experiences in order to address the challenges that arise from women's contemporary struggles in relation to globalization, human rights, and a political economy.The book is divided into four main sections, and each section includes an introductory essay, and then each chapter recaps some of the history of the given issue before it goes on to examine its current status. Essay topics include: women in the workplace and their push toward wage equity; support for working mothers and the importance of universal, affordable childcare; women in academia and women in politics; aging as a gendered experience, why aging and women's activism matter, and the importance of storytelling; the experiences of girls where the presence of feminism in their lives is, and has been, taken for granted; how women have been perceived by advertisers and how they have been represented in the media; the international sex trade, pornography, and the question of men's responsibility; and women and human rights, in both a local and a global context.Contributors include: Patrizia Albanese, Anurita Bains, Susan Bryant, Walter DeKeseredy, Natalie Dias, Melissa Ditmore, Peter Eglin, Danielle Fagen, Kathleen Gotts, Sylvia Hale, Mandy Hall, Robert Jensen, Jeffery Klaehn, Michèle Martin, Claudia Mitchell, Michael Parenti, Richard Poulin, Jocey Quinn, Jacqui Reid-Walsh, Carole Roy, Martin D. Schwartz, and Nancy Snow.

Community of Rights - Rights of Community

by Daniel Fischlin Martha Nandorfy

Community of Rights enters into a dialogue with global communities about the meaning of being human and having rights.Because of the important contribution it makes to the discussion about global human rights, this book will be on the shelves of advocates everywhere.

World Social Forum

by Peter Waterman Jai Sen

"A stellar collection of essays. Indispensable reading."--Immanuel Wallerstein, Fernand Braudel CenterThis comprehensive volume provides a glimpse into the wide-ranging discussions, debates, and arguments that have gone into making the World Social Forum (WSF) one of the more prominent platforms of alternative ideas and practices in the present world. Jai Sen, an independent researcher living in New Delhi, has contributed to a number of works documenting the World Social Forum. Peter Waterman worked for the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, for nearly thirty years. He is the author of Globalisation, Social Movements, and the New Internationalisms.

Bakunin on Anarchism

by Sam Dolgoff

A selection of writings by one of the most important practitioners of social revolution. "The best available in English. Bakunin's insights into power and authority, and the conditions of freedom, are refreshing, original and still unsurpassed in clarity and vision. I read this selection with great pleasure."--Noam Chomsky

The Conquest of Bread

by Peter Kropotkin

The clearest statement of Kropotkin's anarchist social doctrines. In Kropotkin's own description, the book is "a study of the needs of humanity, and of the economic means to satisfy them."

Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger

by Nicholas Levis Ulrike Klausman Gabriel Kuhn Marion Meinzerin

There have always been women among pirates and sea robbers. Metaphors of mysterious and destructive femininity may have perennially been assigned to the sea and its dangers, but the real women who sailed on ships steered them, sank with them, commanded them, even commandeered them have been ignored by a history written by and for patriarchal men.Ample evidence of women pirates and even feminine piracy nonetheless abounds: beginning with ancient legends of Amazon sailors in several cultural traditions, and continuing uninterrupted through a wealth of confirmed historical figures, down to the present.Women Pirates and the Politics of the Jolly Roger is an account of piracy through three millennia, in histories of women and men sailing on four seas: the Chinese Straits, the Mediterranean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean. Writing with passion and humour, but without romanticizing, or ignoring the unsavoury side of some of their heroines, the authors turn history on its head. Nor do they forget the practical details, even including genuine recipes for shark and other delights.The volume is introduced by Gabriel Kuhn's essay on anarchism and piracy, "Under the Death's Head." Considering the history of Caribbean piracy and drawing on Stirner and Foucault among others, Kuhn describes a breaking out of structured obedience, an escape from perpetual supervision, a plunge into unpredictability, danger, "everything that makes strong, free action.""The stories are lively and exciting. You'll definately be able to taste the sensation of piracy, as the authors have included a number of actual recipes prepared on the high seas. This book is a hearty read which I would recommend to the saltiest of seadogs as well as your average landlubber."--Feminist Bookstore News"Carefully researched and vividly told."--In These Times"For those who like thier history marinated in oral tradition and spiced with socialist-feminist analysis the language is blunt, sly, poetic, and innocent of academic jargon. Also includes regional recipes; readers will want to try the Piquant Shark Schnitzel from the Caribbean."--Rain Taxi"A fascinating book...the offbeat subj

The Sixties in Canada

by M. Athena Palaeologu

Everywhere the 1960s are being examined and debated. Universities hold international conferences that bring together scholars and activists. Very little has been published about the sixties in Canada, however. This anthology is meant to close that gap. The essays in this volume reflect a minefield of research material that has been brought together from a rich reservoir of sources, heretofore little known.Contributors include Bryan Palmer, Jonathan Thompson, Anne Hoefnagels, Pat Smart, Sean Mills, Gillian Helfield, Myrna Kostash, John Cleveland, Paul Jackson, Carrie Dickenson, Eric Morton, Barbara Goddard, Laurence Davis, Kristin Ireland, Chris Harris, Kevin Brushett, and Dimitrios Roussopoulos.

Manufacturing Consent

by Mark Achbar

Manufacturing Consent Noam Chomsky and the Media, the companion book to the award-winning film, charts the life of America's most famous dissident, from his boyhood days running his uncle's newsstand in Manhattan to his current role as outspoken social critic.A complete transcript of the film is complemented by key excerpts from the writings, interviews and correspondence. Also included are exchanges between Chomsky and his critics, historical and biographical material, filmmakers' notes, a resource guide, more than 270 stills from the film and 18 "Philosopher All-Stars" Trading Cards!Mark Achbar has applied a wide range of creative abilities and technical skills to over 50 films, videos, and books. He has worked as editor, researcher and production coordinator."A juicily subversive biographical/philosophical documentary bristling and buzzing with ideas."--Washington Post"You will see the whole sweep of the most challenging critic in modern political thought."--Boston Globe"One of our real geniuses, an excellent introduction."--Village Voice"An intellectually challenging crash course in the man's cooly contentious analysis, laying out his thoughts in a package that is clever and accessible."--Los Angeles TimesContents:The Man. Early Influences. Vietnam A Turning Point. On His Role. The Media. Thought Control in Democratic Societies. A Propaganda Model. The Gulf "War". A Case Study Cambodia & East Timor. Concision A Structural Constraint. "Sports Rap with Noam Chomsky." A Cabal of Anti-Conspiricists. Media in Media, Pennsylvania. Alternative Media. The Linguist. Basic Premises. Nim Chimsky: Chimpanzee. And the Elusive Connection to his Politics. The Social Order. On Education. Anarchism/Libertarian Socialism. Resistance & Critical Analysis. The Critics (Media-Based). William F. Buckley, Jr. "Firing Line". David Frum Journalist, Washington Post. Jeff Greenfield Producer, "Nightline". Karl E. Meyer Editorial Writer, The New York Times. Peter Worthington Editor, The Ottawa Sun. The Critics (Other Elites). Fritz Bolkestein Former Dutch Minister of Defense. Michel Foucault Philosopher. Yossi Olmert Tel Aviv University. John Silber

The Anarchist Collectives

by Sam Dolgoff Murray Bookchin

"Varied, complex, often inspiring, the achievement of the people in Spain is unique in the history of 20th century revolution. It should be carefully studied."--Noam Chomsky"An excellent documentary history of the Anarchist collective in Spain."--Paul AvrichThis is the first book in English that is devoted to the experiments in workers' self-management, both urban and rural, which constituted one of the most remarkable social revolutions in modern history. Libertarian communism was truly the creation of workers and peasants--a "spontaneous" creation, for which the groundwork had been laid by decades of struggle and education, experiment and thought.

Montreal at the Crossroads

by Jason Prince Jochen Jaeger Pierre Gauthier

In cities across North America, car-era infrastructures such as elevated highways are crumbling. City residents the world over are questioning how best to deal with aging infrastructures built for the automobile during an era of cheap fuel. The environmental crisis obliges cities to think about the environmental costs of car-dependency. Now is the time to weigh also the social, cultural, and economic costs of unrestrained automobility.Transportation engineers and political leaders are about to make decisions that will affect cities for generations to come. This volume brings together a wide range of viewpoints that enriches the discussion.

Afghanistan and Canada

by Lucia Kowaluk Steven Staples

Thousands of foreign troops have been fighting a seemingly endless war in Afghanistan. Billions of dollars of foreign aid have been poured into the country. Thousands of military and civilian causalities are the tragic human cost. International observers report that corruption is rampant. A new Taliban insurgency is active. In Canada an unprecedented public concern has emerged; a majority of Canadians want to end Canada's currently defined military involvement there.A number of Canada's top political analysts have contributed essays, including Peggy Mason, Linda McQuaig, Michael Neumann, James Laxer, Murray Dobbin, and Michael Byers.Lyle Stewart is a journalist who has worked for the Montreal Gazette and the CBC.

The Embroidered Couch

by Lu Tiancheng Lenny Hu

A book that is guaranteed to raise eyebrows, The Embroidered Couch is the first English translation of an erotic novel originally published in the early 17th century, attributed to Lu Tiancheng (b. 1580). Regarded as a notorious classic in Chinese literature, it has long been banned in China, and never been available in English.

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