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Real to Reel: A New Approach to Understanding Realism in Film and TV Fiction

by Marten Sohn-Rethel

What happens when we watch feature films or television dramas? Many of our responses to moving-image fiction texts embody "realism" or "truth," but what are we responding to, exactly, and how is our notion of reality or truth to be understood? For film and media students and makers of moving-image fiction in new digital forms, the question of how to get a more objective, rigorous handle on realism has never been more important. In this accessible book, Martin Sohn-Rethel brings a lifetime of teaching film and media to bear on developing a new approach to analyzing the "realism" of the moving image: a set of seven "codes" that plot this tricky field of enquiry more systematically. In doing so, he considers a wide range of film and media texts chosen for their accessibility, including Do the Right Thing (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993), Erin Brokovich (2000), and District 9 (2009).

Philadelphia Freedom

by David Kairys

"David Kairys is one of the grand long-distance runners in the struggle for justice in America. His brilliant legal mind and superb lawyerly skills are legendary. This marvelous book is his gift to us!" ---Cornel West, Professor of Religion and African American Studies, Princeton University, and award-winning author of Race Matters Philadelphia Freedom is the spellbinding tale of an idealistic young lawyer coming of age in the political cauldron of the 1960s and 1970s. From his immersion in the civil rights movement to his determined court battles to quell criminal violence by Philadelphia police, Kairys recounts how he helped make history in the city of brotherly love." ---William K. Marimow, Editor and Executive Vice President, Philadelphia Inquirer, and recipient of two Pulitzer Prizes "In the current climate of political deception and the trampling of our civil rights, Kairys's compelling book is a clenched fist, a prayer for social justice and a call to conscience." ---Steve Lopez, Los Angeles Times columnist and former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist "With engaging, insider stories of innovative legal strategies of a truly creative lawyer, this book evokes the ebullient spirit of progressive social change launched in the 1960s and should be read by aspiring and practicing lawyers as well as anyone interested in American social history. Philadelphia Freedom reads like a suspense novel and reveals how novel legal and political thinking can and does make a real difference to individuals and to the quality of justice." ---Martha L. Minow, Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard University "David Kairys's compelling book properly explains the vital role that civil rights attorneys play in our system of justice." ---Judge John E. Jones III, United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and presiding judge in the landmark Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District case A memoir that is also a compelling page-turner, Philadelphia Freedom is the poignant, informative, often inspiring account of renowned civil-rights lawyer David Kairys's personal quest for achieving social justice during the turbulent 1960s and 70s. Philadelphia Freedom brings us intimately and directly into Kairys's burgeoning law career and the struggles of the 60s as his professional and private life navigated the turmoil and promise of the civil rights and antiwar movements. Many of the cases Kairys took on involved discrimination and equal protection, freedom of speech, and government malfeasance. Kairys is perhaps most well known for his victory in the Camden 28 draft board case, in which the FBI set up a sting of the Catholic anti-war left at the behest of the highest levels of government. The stories and cases range from nationally important and recognizable---the family of the scientist the CIA unwittingly gave LSD in the 1950s; the leading race discrimination case against the FBI; Dr. Benjamin Spock's First Amendment case before the Supreme Court; the city handgun lawsuits Kairys conceived---to those he encountered in his early work as a public defender. The characters include public figures such as FBI Directors J. Edgar Hoover and Louis Freeh; CIA Director William Colby; Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter; New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer; U.S. Attorneys General Edward Levi and John Mitchell; Georgia Governor Lester Maddox; Pennsylvania Governor, former Philadelphia Mayor, and Democratic National Committee chair Ed Rendell; Philadelphia Mayor and Police Commissioner Frank Rizzo. But some of the most memorable are not well known, involving regular people caught up in the often heartless machinery of the courts and legal system. Though it reads like a novel, with all the elements of character, plot, and suspense, Philadelphia Freedom also has historical significance as a firsthand account of the 1960s and 70s and contains social commentary about race as well as insights and major perspectives on the nature and social role of law. David Kairys is Professor of Law at Beasley School of Law, Temple University. He ...

Missing!

by Judith Kay

When high school students in the small midwestern town of Oakton start disappearing, police are left without any clues until a psychic named Serena Sills begins working on the case. Serena and Police Chief Matt Williams combine detective work and supernatural intuition as they try to find the missing teenagers before it's too late. The MICHIGAN Reading Plus Readers are original fiction written for students who wish to improve their reading skills. The MICHIGAN Reading Plus Readers support the need for extensive reading on topics of interest to today's students. The Readers offer students books in the genres of mystery, science-fiction, and romance. Activities that practice vocabulary and reading skills are provided on the companion website.

A Fine Line

by Howard Curtis Gianrico Carofiglio

"A FINE LINE is a terrific novel, a legal thriller that is also full of complex mediations on the life of the lawyer and the difficult compromises inherent in any system of criminal justice. A book that is intensely rewarding at many levels."Scott TurowThe fifth in the best-selling Guido Guerrieri series. When Judge Larocca is accused of corruption, Guerrieri goes against his better instincts and takes the case. Helped by Annapaola Doria, a motorbike-riding bisexual private detective who keeps a baseball bat on hand for sticky situations, he investigates the alleged links to the mafia. Of course Guerrieri cannot stop himself from falling for Annapaola's exotic charms.The novel is a suspenseful legal thriller but it is also much more. It is the story of a judge who, to quote Dostoevsky, "lies to himself and listens to his own lies, so gets to the point where he can no longer distinguish the truth, either in himself or around himself."

Murder in Montauk

by Judith Kay

Charlie Anderson, a reporter on leave from the Boston Globe, becomes entangled in an unusual mystery when he stumbles upon a news article about his own death. Confused and still very much alive, Charlie travels to Montauk, Long Island, to learn more about the deceased man and learns more about himself in the process. The MICHIGAN Reading Plus Readers are original fiction written for students who wish to improve their reading skills. The MICHIGAN Reading Plus Readers support the need for extensive reading on topics of interest to today's students. The Readers offer students books in the genres of mystery, science-fiction, and romance. Activities that practice vocabulary and reading skills are provided on the companion website.

The Quantum Universe

by Brian Cox Jeff Forshaw

In The Quantum Universe, Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw approach the world of quantum mechanics in the same way they did in Why Does E=mc2? and make fundamental scientific principles accessible-and fascinating-to everyone.The subatomic realm has a reputation for weirdness, spawning any number of profound misunderstandings, journeys into Eastern mysticism, and woolly pronouncements on the interconnectedness of all things. Cox and Forshaw's contention? There is no need for quantum mechanics to be viewed this way. There is a lot of mileage in the "weirdness" of the quantum world, and it often leads to confusion and, frankly, bad science. The Quantum Universe cuts through the Wu Li and asks what observations of the natural world made it necessary, how it was constructed, and why we are confident that, for all its apparent strangeness, it is a good theory.The quantum mechanics of The Quantum Universe provide a concrete model of nature that is comparable in its essence to Newton's laws of motion, Maxwell's theory of electricity and magnetism, and Einstein's theory of relativity.

Mind in the Balance

by B. Alan Wallace

By establishing a dialogue in which the meditative practices of Buddhism and Christianity speak to the theories of modern philosophy and science, B. Alan Wallace reveals the theoretical similarities underlying these disparate disciplines and their unified approach to making sense of the objective world. Wallace begins by exploring the relationship between Christian and Buddhist meditative practices. He outlines a sequence of meditations the reader can undertake, showing that, though Buddhism and Christianity differ in their belief systems, their methods of cognitive inquiry provide similar insight into the nature and origins of consciousness. From this convergence Wallace then connects the approaches of contemporary cognitive science, quantum mechanics, and the philosophy of the mind. He links Buddhist and Christian views to the provocative philosophical theories of Hilary Putnam, Charles Taylor, and Bas van Fraassen, and he seamlessly incorporates the work of such physicists as Anton Zeilinger, John Wheeler, and Stephen Hawking. Combining a concrete analysis of conceptions of consciousness with a guide to cultivating mindfulness and profound contemplative practice, Wallace takes the scientific and intellectual mapping of the mind in exciting new directions.

The Trouble With Europe:Third Edition: Why the EU isn't Working, How it Can be Reformed, What Could Take its Place

by Roger Bootle

This updated and expanded Third edition of Roger Bootle's critically acclaimed book includes updated material on European reform, mass migration and a major new chapter on the UK referendum and its consequences.The EU hasnt delivered the prosperity and growth it promised; the euro has turned out to be a disaster; and the EU s share of world GDP is set to fall sharply.Moreover, no one is clear what the EU is for, or how ever closer union can be matched with expanding borders and huge disparities of income and culture. The EU is the most important thing that stands between Europe and success.David Cameron's renegotiation with the EU has produced nothing substantive. It now looks as though it cannot and will not willingly embrace fundamental reform.Outside the EU, the UK could thrive, shorn of the EU's regulatory burden and free to develop close trading links with everyone a truly global Britain. Moreover, BREXIT could provide the spur for the EU either to reform or break up. The UK can lead the way to a better Europe.

Swan Boy

by Nikki Sheehan

When Johnny moves house and starts a new school he has to deal with a bully who can't leave him alone. But help comes from an unexpected and surprising source and Johnny's growing power soon puts him in a very special place.A chance encounter with a swan sparks a series of events that result in Johnny playing the lead in a school ballet. His teacher wants him to live the role, and when feathers start sprouting on his chest, Johnny begins to understand his true potential. But will he be strong or brave enough to beat his bullies, take care of his brother, support his mother and find a place for himself among all the chaos that is prevailing in his life.

The Fight for Beauty: Our Path to a Better Future

by Fiona Reynolds

We are using the resources of this planet as if we had three to depend on, not one. The threat of climate change looms large, yet our vision for the future remains based on materialism rather than values. While our politicians compete for economic credibility, there is no one with any power or influence who is showing us a different path.Conservationist and campaigner Dame Fiona Reynolds makes the case for the power of beauty and how it can lead us towards solutions to present crises. She demonstrates the irresistible way in which it forces its way into our decisions and debates. A stirring polemic, The Fight for Beauty warns of the dark future ahead but also demonstrates that this isn't inevitable - an alternative future is within our reach, if there is a will and a want to work hard enough to achieve it.

Ghosts of the Desert

by Ryan Ireland

To escape his troubled past, Norman heads to the Utah desert to lose himself in work. Having just received a research grant he plans to study the ghost towns and now-obsolete mines littering the inhospitable landscape. But when he comes across a desert-dwelling group of outcasts, and is taken captive by their charismatic yet ever-watchful leader, he is introduced to an alternate way of life that both repulses and attracts him. As Norman struggles to find his place and make sense of this strange new world - with its perverse and unorthodox practices - he must decide whether to take his chances and run, or yield, and risk becoming one of those around him.Ireland's refined and sparse prose cut through to the dark heart of the American dream in this chilling novel about the complex relationship between the primitive and the civilized, the living and the dead.

The Memento

by Christy Ann Conlin

Haunting gothic elements are exquisitely re-imagined in this strange tale of madness, murder and dark secrets set on the rugged Bay of Fundy coast by the acclaimed author of Heave.The Memento tells the story of Fancy Mosher as she lives and works in the servants' quarters at Petal's End, a formerly illustrious private land surrounded by dense forest belonging to the famed Parker family. Since the Great War, the estate has been slowly crumbling at the same rate as the family's reputation. Fancy grows up listening to her family's ghost stories and watching the Parkers from a safe distance with her best friend, Art, but the summer she turns twelve she not only learns that her family has been hiding a terrifying truth about who she is and what she is capable of, she also begins to experience firsthand the magnitude of secrets and horrors held within the estate's walls and buried in its lush gardens--secrets and lies that come to haunt Fancy and the large, fabulous cast of Petal's End, all of whom refuse to move on from a dying way of life. Christy Ann Conlin gives us a lyrical and chilling meditation on human nature and the manner of recollection in this captivating ghost story where webs of memories haunt and distort reality and ultimately destroy those who weave them.

Good Medicine

by Philip Hebert

Award-winning physician Philip C. Hébert creates a brave and intimate portrait of the complex ethical imperatives at the heart of good medicine: doctors do not have all the answers; patients must be heard; and their needs, desires, fears, and experiences must be reflected in how practitioners look after them. Medical science continues to advance to previously unimagined heights in its diagnostic and treatment capabilities. With these advances, however, come unexpected ethical dilemmas for practitioners, patients, and families. In Good Medicine, Dr. Hébert approaches these questions of pressing and fundamental importance from the dual point of view of acclaimed physician and long-time patient. With remarkable balance and sensitivity, he explores a range of politically, constitutionally, and ethically contentious matters, including assisted suicide, treatment refusal and suspension, and the overall allocation of medical resources. Hébert pairs his artful analysis with the real-life, often deeply moving stories of those who have lived these challenges. Hébert offers piercing and compassionate insight into the relationship between patients and medical professionals, and guides readers towards the open and empathetic communication needed to ensure good medicine for everyone.From the Hardcover edition.

Lucky Alan

by Jonathan Lethem

The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine stories that demonstrate his mastery of the short form.Jonathan Lethem's third collection of stories uncovers a father's nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in "Pending Vegan"; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in "Traveler Home"; a political prisoner in a hole in a Brooklyn street in "Procedure in Plain Air"; and a crumbling, haunted "blog" on a seaside cliff in "The Dreaming Jaw, The Salivating Ear." Each of these locates itself in Lethem-land, which can be discovered only by visiting. As in his celebrated novels, Lethem finds the uncanny lurking in the mundane, the irrational self-defeat seeping through our upstanding pursuits, and the tragic undertow of the absurd world(s) in which we live. Devoted fans of Lethem will recognize familiar themes: the anxiety of influence taken to reductio ad absurdum in "The King of Sentences"; a hapless, horny outsider summoning bravado in "The Porn Critic"; characters from forgotten comics stranded on a desert island in "Their Back Pages." As always in Lethem, humor and poignancy work in harmony, humans strive desperately for connection, words find themselves misaligned to deeds, and the sentences are glorious.From the Hardcover edition.

Picker's Pocket Guide - Comic Books

by David Tosh

COMICS PACK PUNCH!Comic book values are soaring. Superman's debut, Action Comics #1, sold for $3.2 million. The first appearance of Batman in Detective Comics #27 fetched $1 million. Exceptional examples? Certainly, but you don't need X-ray vision to see everyone from collectors to savvy investors covets vintage comic books. Discover for yourself what insiders have long known with this hands-on, how-to guide to picking comic books.You'll uncover:The best comics to hunt, from the 1930s-1980s and beyondWhere to find hidden treasuresPractical strategies for buying and selling comic booksHow to flip comics for profit and funCommon reprints and facsimilesRestoration and repairWhether for pleasure or profit, the Picker's Pocket Guide is a real find.

Knife Laws of the U.S.

by Evan F. Nappen

Do you carry a knife? You need this book! Knife Laws of the U.S.: Loopholes, Pitfalls & Secrets is the first and most comprehensive book ever published on federal and state knife laws. Nationally-known knife rights attorney Evan F. Nappen explains, in easy-to-understand terms, everything you need to know about the knife laws where you live.What knives are legal to own and carry in each state, and what knives aren't.Switchblades, ballistic, gravity, and other knives explained.What to do if you're arrested, and what not to do.Your rights as a knife owner.Tips to avoid legal problems.Avoid potential jail time and a criminal record with Knife Laws of the U.S.: Loopholes, Pitfalls & Secrets. It is THE indispensable guide to knife laws for knife owners, carriers, collectors, dealers, writers, manufacturers, attorneys, and law enforcement.

Handgun Training - Practice Drills For Defensive Shooting

by Grant Cunningham

You have a handgun for self-defense, and have taken a good defensive shooting class. How do you practice and maintain those critical skills? This book has the tools you need to hone your skills at your favorite range. Inside you'll find:Drills you can do on your ownDrills you can do with a training partnerDrills to help replicate the environment you live inDrills that you can do even on very restricted shooting rangesDETAILED DESCRIPTIONS allow you to easily replicate the drills on your range.CLEAR EXPLANATIONS of the purpose of each drill help you focus on areas of concern or weakness.RANGE-TESTED with handgun training students -- every drill helps keep your skills sharp.EXCLUSIVE URL gives you access to download PDFs of targets designed just for this book!Regardless of how you've trained, this book will help you keep your defensive handgun shooting skills in tip-top shape!

The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets

by Ed Maciorowski Jeff Maciorowski

Brick by Brick BrillianceLEGO bricks are the building blocks of childhood. Yet they are far from child's play. LEGO sets are fast becoming a hot commodity with collectors worldwide for fun and profit.Abundantly visual, informative and detailed, The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets is the definitive reference to more than 2,000 of the most collectible sets on the secondary market, illustrating the incredible value of LEGO bricks, not only from an entertainment and educational standpoint, but also as an investment. Consider a Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series Millennium Falcon, which sold at retail for $500, is now selling for more than $3,500 on the secondary market.The Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets features:More than 25 top themes, including Advanced Models, Batman, Ideas/Cuusoo, Star Wars UCS and non-UCS sets, Technic, Trains, and VintageUp-to-date secondary market prices for more than 2,000 new and used sets from 2000 to presentMore than 300 full-color photos of sets in their boxes, and built modelsTips on reselling, flipping, and investingThe Ultimate Guide to Collectible LEGO Sets is your brick-by-brick guide to a world of imagination and discovery.

Gun Digest Guide to Advanced Reloading

by Philip Massaro

From Chapter One:Hello again folks, Mr. Massaro here, welcoming you to the second reloading ammo blog series. We will get a bit more in depth this time, so grab a comfy chair and let's chat.Shoulder bump, eh? Nah, I'm not talking about some hipster dance, I'm talking about how much we move the cartridge shoulder during the resizing process.Most folks (myself included) will resize a bottleneck rifle case so that it adheres to the specified SAAMI specifications, but that requires working the brass considerably. As we've all seen, overworking the brass will make it brittle, and cut the life of our brass much shorter than necessary.

Coin of the Year

by Donald Scarinci

A Celebration of Excellence For three decades, the Krause Coin of the Year Award has come to symbolize the highest achievement in international numismatic design, artistic vision, and craft smanship. Now you can celebrate this remarkable work in its entirety with Coin ofthe Year, a lavish salute to the winners of this prestigious annual competition. Featuring the obverse and reverse images of winning coins from the past thirty years, as well as invaluable collector information and back story, Coin of the Year provides a complete and impressive tribute to the finest moderncommemorative coins in the world.

Picker's Pocket Guide - Toys

by Eric Bradley

Welcome to Toyland!Whether it's a rare three-wheeled motorcycle that sold for $23,000 or an unopened LEGO set of the Millennium Falcon that can go for as much as $4,500, toy-box treasures are out there waiting to be found. Discover for yourself what veteran collectors know with this hands-on, how-to guide to picking toys, the No. 1 collecting category. Learn what seasoned collectors look for and what they value in this easy-to-follow and indispensable pocket guide.You'll uncover:The best toys to hunt for, including action figures, LEGO sets, model trains, space toys, teddy bears, tin toys, vehicles, oddities, and morePractical strategies from top buyers and sellersWhere to find hidden treasuresHow to flip toys for profit and funCommon fakes and reproductions Whether for pleasure or profit, the Picker's Pocket Guide is a real find.

Third Reich Collectibles

by Chris William

The rise and fall of Germany's Third Reich is one of the most studied, investigated and collected episodes of military history. A reign of terror that rose to near world domination during the 1930s and early 1940s, Adolph Hitler's Germany continues to fascinate generations of scholars and students of history alike.The Third Reich's insatiable drumbeat of pageantry and propaganda produced countless uniforms, insignia, medals, flags, daggers, swords, and headgear, comprising one of the most desired categories in all of military collectibles to study, understand and own.Groundbreaking in scope and execution, Third Reich Collectibles features more than 1,300 color images with descriptions and values for:UniformsHelmetsHeadgearFlagsBadgesMembership pinsPatchesArmbandsFirearmsBladesEquipmentPaper IDsSignageAnd more associated with the military and paramilitary groups of the Third ReichThroughout the book you'll also find historical background information and period photographs capturing everyday Nazi Germany.

Knives 2012

by Joe Kertzman

In its 32nd Edition, Knives 2012 progresses with the knives, showcasing the increasing talent of the world's best knifemakers who forge and grind curvaceous blades, fashion handles from the finest materials and practice embellishment techniques saved for only the most skilled artisans. Featured articles: Carving titanium handles Making knife blades from Lake Superior beach sand Hollywood movie knives and swords Anglo-Saxon and Viking swords AND...the finer points of Bob Loveless knives Also Includes: World's most complete Directory of Custom Knifemakers includes websites, emails and phone numbers Hot Trends in handmade knives State Of The Art embellishments and knifemaking techniques Historical overview of knives and their makers Savor the hand-selected, splendid color photography of some of the most beautiful and original custom knives in the world, chosen from over 2,000 submissions. The ever-evolving, magical world of custom knives, knifemaking techniques and embellishments is captured in full, glorious color between the covers of the most coveted book on edged masterpieces-- Knives 2012.

The Geek Handbook 2.0

by Alex Langley

An indispensable guide to life, the universe, and everything that's awesomely geeky, The Geek Handbook 2.0 is packed with even more self-improvement and maintenance tips, lifehacks, and sound advice to help you power up your skills to build a better, faster, stronger you and have fun along the way. Among the things you'll discover:Ways to light your inner fire of creativity, whether you want to learn a new skill, write a novel, or try ham-butting.How to conquer school and rule it on a throne of iron and blood, whether you're in high school, college, or at Hogwarts.Steps you can take toward crushing your career in your mighty fist.Tech-tonic toys and geektastic gadgets.Learning everything you need to know about relationships from Mass Eff ect.How to prep for a number of possible apocalyptic ends to the world.The things geeks dream about that don't involve nudity.If you're willing to put in the time to fi nd your Zen and hone your mad skills, The Geek Handbook 2.0 is the Obi-Wan to your Luke Skywalker, helping you build Yourself into Yourself 2.0.

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

by Joanne Fluke

This summer has been warmer than usual in Lake Eden, Minnesota, and Hannah Swensen is trying to beat the heat both in and out of her bakery kitchen. But she's about to find out the hard way that nothing cools off a hot summer day like a cold-blooded murder. . . Features over Ten Cookie and Dessert Recipes from The Cookie Jar, including Red Velvet Surprise Cupcakes and Chocolate Covered Peanut Cookies! "Culinary cozies don't get any tastier than this winning series. " --Library Journal "Loaded with mouthwatering recipes and clever plotting, the latest Hannah Swensen mystery delights. " --RT Book Reviews "If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you ought to know about Joanne Fluke. " --Charlotte Observer

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