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A Lover's Quarrel With The Past

by Ranjan Ghosh

Although not a professional historian, the author raises several issues pertinent to the state of history today. Qualifying the 'non-historian' as an 'able' interventionist in historical studies, the author explores the relationship between history and theory within the current epistemological configurations and refigurations. He asks how history transcends the obsessive 'linguistic' turn, which has been hegemonizing literary/discourse analysis, and focuses greater attention on historical experience and where history stands in relation to our understanding of ethics, religion and the current state of global politics that underlines the manipulation and abuse of history.

Fortune And The Cursed

by Katherine Swancutt

Innovation-making is a classic theme in anthropology that reveals how people fine-tune their ontologies, live in the world and conceive of it as they do. This ethnographic study is an entrance into the world of Buryat Mongol divination, where a group of cursed shamans undertake the 'race against time' to produce innovative remedies that will improve their fallen fortunes at an unconventional pace. Drawing on parallels between social anthropology and chaos theory, the author gives an in-depth account of how Buryat shamans and their notion of fortune operate as 'strange attractors' who propagate the ongoing process of innovation-making. With its view into this long-term 'cursing war' between two shamanic factions in a rural Mongolian district, and the comparative findings on cursing in rural China, this book is a needed resource for anyone with an interest in the anthropology of religion, shamanism, witchcraft and genealogical change.

Animism In Rainforest And Tundra

by Vanessa Elisa Grotti Marc Brightman Olga Ulturgasheva

Amazonia and Siberia, classic regions of shamanism, have long challenged 'western' understandings of man's place in the world. By exploring the social relations between humans and non-human entities credited with human-like personhood (not only animals and plants, but also 'things' such as artifacts, trade items, or mineral resources) from a comparative perspective, this volume offers valuable insights into the constitutions of humanity and personhood characteristic of the two areas. The contributors conducted their ethnographic fieldwork among peoples undergoing transformative processes of their lived environments, such as the depletion of natural resources and migration to urban centers. They describe here fundamental relational modes that are being tested in the face of change, presenting groundbreaking research on personhood and agency in shamanic societies and contributing to our global understanding of social and cultural change and continuity.

Best Friends through Eternity

by Sylvia Mcnicoll

Inspired by the true story of a teen who was killed at a railway crossing, the author weaves the tale of fourteen-year-old Paige, who, taking a shortcut alongside the tracks to avoid the school bullies, is tragically hit by a train and transported to a surreal world where she encounters Kim, who died seven years before. Convinced she is only dreaming, Paige must discover a way to return to her former life. Poignant, gripping, and full of unexpected twists and turns, Best Friends through Eternity will resonate with readers who have struggled with cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and the real meaning of home.

Reality Check in Detroit

by Roy Macgregor

The Screech Owls are invited to compete in a four-day skills competition in Detroit. Along with another team, they will be participating in a reality show called Goals & Dreams. They're staying at a fancy hotel, being showered with hockey swag, given Hollywood nicknames, and posing for the film crew -- Hockeytown doesn't look bad at all! That's until they meet the other team and start noticing how differently they're being treated. Are the producers engineering certain tensions and situations to pump up the show? The Screech Owls don't like to be manipulated . . .

You Get What You Pray For: Always Divas Series Book Three

by E. N. Joy

Lorain has been a prisoner of her secrets for almost her entire life. At the age of thirteen, she managed to keep her pregnancy a secret, discarding the infant and leaving it for dead. Years later, Lorain's mother finally met the love of her life, and Lorain couldn't find the courage to tell her mother that her new beau was the man who molested Lorain and impregnated her. Now, to complicate matters, Lorain discovers that the baby she abandoned all those years ago survived, and God has placed Lorain in her now adult child's life. It seems like the legacy of secrets has been passed on, too, as Lorain helps her daughter conceal the true details behind one of her own pregnancies. Lorain has managed to maneuver the secrets and lies like pieces in a strategic game of chess and is now living the lavish, fairy-tale life of a doctor's wife. But even that is a lie. With the rug about to be pulled out from under Lorain by the woman who raised her abandoned child, all Lorain prays for is that everything will end well. In this cycle of lies, secrets, shame, and guilt, will Lorain get what she prays for?

Lady Elect 2: Lady Arykah Reigns

by Nikita Lynnette Nichols

Five weeks after she's brutally attacked and beaten in her home, Arykah Miles-Howell returns to church determined to reclaim her title as the First Lady of Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ. Not fully recovered from the loss of her unborn child, Arykah deals with broken women who bombard her with problems of their own.With the help of her supporters, affectionately known as Team Arykah, and her loving husband, Bishop Lance Howell, Arykah manages to overcome her personal struggles. She proves to the congregation that she is a force to be reckoned with when Bishop Lance's ex-girlfriend tries to take Arykah's place on the front pew.Will Arykah keep her eye on the prize and stay covered and protected in the armor of God, or will she strip down to nothing but her flesh, boxing gloves, and stilettos and jump in the ring to battle?

Drama in the Church Saga

by Dynah Zale

Drama ensues when the chaos of the world enters the doors of First Nazareth A.M.E. Church. Tressie faithfully prays every night that God will send her a thug. It isn't long before her prayers are answered and she meets a handsome ex-convict named Payce Boyd. He is a fine roughneck, everything Tressie imagined and more--that is, until Tressie experiences firsthand the reality of being a thug's girl. Seeking solace and comfort in the sanctuary, Tressie soon learns valuable lessons and shocking truths about herself and others. Val and Julian's love for one another has grown so strong over the years that the time has come for them to take the next step. Val is sure that this time nothing will come between them, until a secret from Julian's past comes back to haunt her and forces her heart to open up to another. Dean is saved, thoughtful, and understanding to Olivia's need to remain celibate until she's married. Finally Dean pops the question and Olivia wonders why the sudden rush to get married. When the wedding day comes, will the marriage be consummated? Danyelle has plans that don't include a man, until one enters her life and shows her what it means to be in love. Share in the journey of love, lust, self-doubt, and Drama in the Church.

BFF's 2: Best Frenemies Forever Series

by Brenda Hampton

Kayla thought that her best friends, Evelyn and Trina, were supposed to always have her back, but when she discovers that Evelyn has been creeping with her husband, Cedric, and Trina has known about the ongoing affair for quite some time, Kayla is ready to cut ties and leave her so-called friends behind. Their actions have shown how scheming they truly are. Of course, they are no more manipulative than Cedric, who lies in a hospital bed, clinging to life. The person who attempted to silence him is now behind bars, but just because one scorned woman is out of the picture, it doesn't mean he's in the clear. He may not be able to utilize his joystick for a while, but his millions are still in play. Evelyn is eager to get her hands on his money, and pregnant with his child, she envisions a bright future ahead. She has a serious need for greed--greed that also makes her hungry for Trina's beau, Keith. He displays a deep concern for the troublesome BFF's, but his involvement may have him confessing to Trina that whatever Evelyn wants, she will eventually get.

The Politics Of Education Reform In The Middle East

by Achim Rohde Samira Alayan Sarhan Dhouib

Education systems and textbooks in selected countries of the Middle East are increasingly the subject of debate. This volume presents and analyzes the major trends as well as the scope and the limits of education reform initiatives undertaken in recent years. In curricula and teaching materials, representations of the "Self" and the "Other" offer insights into the contemporary dynamics of identity politics. By building on a network of scholars working in various countries in the Middle East itself, this book aims to contribute to the evolution of a field of comparative education studies in this region.

Peter Lorre: Face Maker

by Sarah Thomas

Peter Lorre described himself as merely a 'face maker'. His own negative attitude also characterizes traditional perspectives which position Lorre as a tragic figure within film history: the promising European artist reduced to a Hollywood gimmick, unable to escape the murderous image of his role in Fritz Lang's M. This book shows that the life of Peter Lorre cannot be reduced to a series of simplistic oppositions. It reveals that, despite the limitations of his macabre star image, Lorre's screen performances were highly ambitious, and the terms of his employment were rarely restrictive. Lorre's career was a complex negotiation between transnational identity, Hollywood filmmaking practices, the ownership of star images and the mechanics of screen performance.

Journey Through America

by Michael Kimmage Wolfgang Koeppen

Amerikafahrt by Wolfgang Koeppen is a masterpiece of observation, analysis, and writing, based on his 1958 trip to the United States. A major twentieth-century German writer, Koeppen presents a vivid and fascinating portrait of the US in the late 1950s: its major cities, its literary culture, its troubled race relations, its multi-culturalism and its vast loneliness, a motif drawn, in part, from Kafka's Amerika. A modernist travelogue, the text employs symbol, myth, and image, as if Koeppen sought to answer de Tocqueville's questions in the manner of Joyce and Kafka. Journey through America is also a meditation on America, intended for a German audience and mindful of the destiny of postwar Europe under many Americanizing influences.

Conversion And The Politics Of Religion In Early Modern Germany

by David M. Luebke David Warren Sabean Jared Poley Daniel C. Ryan

The Protestant and Catholic Reformations thrust the nature of conversion into the center of debate and politicking over religion as authorities and subjects imbued religious confession with novel meanings during the early modern era. The volume offers insights into the historicity of the very concept of "conversion." One widely accepted modern notion of the phenomenon simply expresses denominational change. Yet this concept had no bearing at the outset of the Reformation. Instead, a variety of processes, such as the consolidation of territories along confessional lines, attempts to ensure civic concord, and diplomatic quarrels helped to usher in new ideas about the nature of religious boundaries and, therefore, conversion. However conceptualized, religious change-- conversion--had deep social and political implications for early modern German states and societies.

Urban Residence

by Christien Klaufus

Riobamba and Cuenca, two intermediate cities in Ecuador, have become part of global networks through transnational migration, incoming remittances, tourism, and global economic connections. Their landscape is changing in several significant ways, a reflection of the social and urban transformations occurring in contemporary Ecuadorian society. Exploring the discourses and actions of two contrasting population groups, rarely studied in tandem, within these cities--popular-settlement residents and professionals in the planning and construction sector--this study analyzes how each is involved in house designs and neighborhood consolidation. Ideas, ambitions, and power relations come into play at every stage of the production and use of urban space, and as a result individual decisions about both house designs and the urban layout influence the development of the urban fabric. Knowledge about intermediate cities is crucial in order to understand current trends in the predominantly urban societies of Latin America, and this study is an example of needed interdisciplinary scholarship that contributes to the fields of urban studies, urban anthropology, sociology, and architecture.

Extreme Collecting

by Graeme Were J.C.H. King

By exploring the processes of collecting, which challenge the bounds of normally acceptable practice, this book debates the practice of collecting 'difficult' objects, from a historical and contemporary perspective; and discusses the acquisition of objects related to war and genocide, and those purchased from the internet, as well as considering human remains, mass produced objects and illicitly traded antiquities. The aim is to apply a critical approach to the rigidity of museums in maintaining essentially nineteenth-century ideas of collecting; and to move towards identifying priorities for collection policies in museums, which are inclusive of acquiring 'difficult' objects. Much of the book engages with the question of the limits to the practice of collecting as a means to think through the implementation of new strategies.

I'm Doin' Me

by Anna Black

After Tiffany lands a position as executive producer and head writer for the hit television series Boy Crazy, her career is skyrocketing. All seems perfect, until she learns that the network will be cancelling her show. To add insult to injury, when she returns home from work, she catches her man in bed with the hired help.Despite her personal problems, she's determined to move on and find a new home for her show. She pitches it unsuccessfully to every network on her list, until she finally piques the interest of the cable network TiMax. The only problem is that the network is run by Langley Green, father of Tressa Green, who happens to be the fiancée of Tiffany's high school crush, Kory Banks. Touted as the queen of L.A., Tressa not only wants to keep her man away from Tiffany, but she's also going to see to it that Tiffany's show never sees daylight again. With an undeniable attraction and a secretive lust brewing between them, Kory does everything in his power to resist the temptation. He pulls away from Tiffany and tries to focus on his fiancée, but it isn't long before the drama hits the fan. Tressa's schemes and manipulative devices to destroy Tiffany could cause her to lose more than she ever imagined.

The Fix 2

by K'Wan

Two lives . . . two paths . . . one tragic outcome. The Fix 2 is in and the game is afoot!The past few months have been a living hell for Persia. Seemingly overnight, she has fallen from grace and found herself scraping rock bottom, all in the name of two lovers--Chucky and cocaine. One was supposed to love her and the other take away the pain, but they've both fallen short on their promises. The last time she saw either one of them was the night she almost lost her life. It has taken a bout of physical therapy and a stint in a rehabilitation center for Persia to be able to start pulling together the pieces of the life she almost ruined. She's living at home with her mother and stepfather and is refocused on school. For the first time in what seems like forever, she is finally able to enjoy life as an average teenage girl trying to graduate from high school. That's when they get the phone call that sends everything to the left.As Persia struggles with her demons, her childhood friend Li'l Monk is embracing his. Under the tutelage of the vicious crime lord Ramses, Li'l Monk is quickly making his way through the ranks of the Pharaoh's army and creating a name for himself on the streets as a ruthless killer. Just as his father, Big Monk, had always predicted, he is walking a mile in his daddy's bloody shoes. As cold as Li'l Monk's heart is, however, he still has a soft spot for his old friends. When a childhood pal comes to him for a favor, Li'l Monk finds himself with blood on his hands and dirt on his name. When the double cross knocks him out of favor with Ramses, Li'l Monk is left with two options: kill or die. K'wan delivers another instant street classic that is sure to keep him at the top of the charts.

Slick

by Brenda Hampton

Lifelong friends Dana and Sylvia often share their dirty little secrets, but Sylvia isn't happy about having to cover up Dana's ongoing affair with Lewis. Sylvia despises the man her friend is creeping with. In addition to sexing Dana, Lewis believes that he can have any woman he wants wrapped around his finger. That includes Sylvia, but after several sexual advances from Lewis, she makes it clear that only one man has her heart. She's head over heels for her handsome, no-nonsense boss, Jonathan Taylor. Jonathan is somewhat clueless about what is transpiring behind closed doors. He suspects that his wife, Dana, has some skeletons in her closet, but when the truth is revealed about Dana's adulterous ways, he's prepared to take action. Jonathan's retaliation will leave his wife's head spinning in circles, and her best friend sexually satisfied. When the lines of true friendship are crossed and matrimonial territory erodes, hell is bound to break loose. This tale sizzles with sensuality, deception, greed, and a whole lot of drama! Slick . . . Ain't that the truth!

Carl Weber Presents Ride or Die Chick 2

by J. M. Benjamin

According to Teflon Jackson, she has nothing else to live for. Having lost the only man she ever truly loved to the streets of Virginia, and missing the child she gave up for adoption, she can't decide whether to continue to ride out her current predicament or end her life to meet up with her other half--until she is given another reason to live.Richard Robinson, a.k.a. Rich Gunz, the father of Treacherous Freemen, finds a way to reach out to Teflon while finishing up his last ten years in federal prison for armed robbery. Instantly the two form a father-daughter relationship thicker than thieves from behind the prison walls. Upon his release, Rich vows to find the whereabouts of his grandchild and to do everything in his power to aid Teflon in her situation. He re-enters the streets of Virginia after being absent for nearly three decades.With a second chance at life, Teflon is faced with the decision to live the way society deems best, or become a ride or die chick once again.

Carl Weber Presents Ride or Die Chick 1

by J. M. Benjamin

From the day he was born, Treacherous Freeman was never given a fair chance. He was raised by his father, a notorious gangster who deprived Treacherous of a normal childhood. Instead, he gave Treacherous an education in life on the streets of Virginia. When the time comes for Treacherous to make some sudden decisions, he has no idea they will land him in the very place that he is trying to avoid. Teflon Jackson is a beautiful woman who is the result of a horrible union. With a prostitute for a mother and a pimp for a father, Teflon's childhood was far from a fairytale. Witnessing her parents' abusive relationship, Teflon is determined not to follow in her mother's footsteps. When tragedy strikes and Teflon is forced into the streets to fend for herself, however, she finds herself relying on all the tricks her mother taught her. Treacherous and Teflon cross paths, and what starts out as a bad situation blossoms into an unbreakable bond. A bona fide gangster, Treacherous is confident that he can't lose, as long as he has his ride or die chick!Carl Weber Presents Ride or Die Chick: The Story of Treacherous and Teflon is about two people who come from nothing and are willing to sacrifice everything. This is a modern day tale of Bonnie and Clyde, built on a love that is stronger than that of Romeo and Juliet.

Dollar Bill

by Joy

Dareese "Dollar Bill" Blake is one of those bad guys that women love to hate. In an effort to escape the hood life and dabble in the good life, Dollar quickly grows from a small pup to a big dawg. After carefully critiquing the game, he chooses a concrete type of hustle that he's sure will offer him an early retirement from the workforce. If you ask his home girl, Thomasena, she'd say it's been nothing but love for Dollar since day one. In Dollar's eyes, however, Thomasena is just one of the boys, so it's no surprise that he tends to overlook her for every other piece of tail that wags by him. When Dollar calls on Thomasena to help him in the ultimate come-up, will she be able to put her feelings of rejection on the back burner, or will Dollar get burned?

Ladies Night: Carl Weber Presents

by Christian Keyes

Amp Anthony is strong-willed, ruggedly handsome, with a body that women will pay just to look at. He is also a recently freed felon. It's not easy to make things whole again under the rules of the halfway house to which he's been released, especially since his parole officer would like nothing more than to send him back to prison. Amp is bound and determined to make sure that will never happen.Like most felons, Amp has a hell of a time finding and keeping a job because of his record. When all else fails, he uses his body, letting women look for a price. If they're willing to pay more, they can even touch. Under the supervision of savvy club owner Madam Fox, Amp becomes one of the hottest male exotic dancers at Club Eden.Everything is strictly business until the club's attractive female DJ catches Amp's attention. Will either one of them be able to avoid the taboo of mixing business with pleasure? Ladies Night is an intense, thrilling, scandalous, and, at times, funny look at the transition of Amp Anthony from ex-con to exotic dancer, as he struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and escape the past that put him in prison in the first place.

Song of Solomon

by Kendra Norman-Bellamy

At age forty-five, Dr. Neil Taylor is an eligible bachelor, living a seemingly satisfied existence as a deacon of his church and director of Kingdom Builder's Academy. Despite outward appearances, however, Neil harbors secret pains that have caused him to erect a well-constructed wall of defense around his heart. Everything changes when Shaylynn Ford, a beautiful young mother, strolls through the doors of his office. There's a marked difference in their ages, but the years that separate them are the least of Neil's worries.Neil is certain that Shaylynn is his God-given soul mate, but even with all the prayers in the world, how can he get her to love him when she's already wearing a wedding ring?

God Has Spoken

by Theresa A. Campbell

How hard is it to forgive?After finding the biological mother who abandoned her as a baby, learning the identity of her birth father and her biological brother, Dupree is left distraught and betrayed. Like a volcano about to erupt, she vows to have nothing to do with her newly discovered family, so help her God! However, if Dupree's mother, Tiny, has anything to say about it, however, Dupree won't be able to keep that vow. How does a former teenaged runaway become a wealthy, sophisticated business executive? Tiny's quest for happiness and independence in Kingston, Jamaica has taken her on a life-altering journey through hell. After a vicious attack and a serious sickness that leaves her fighting for her life in the hospital, Tiny prays for death, but then God speaks. Will she listen to His Voice? What exactly is He saying?

Concentrationary Cinema

by Griselda Pollock Max Silverman

Since its completion in 1955, Alain Resnais's Night and Fog (Nuit et Brouillard) has been considered one of the most important films to confront the catastrophe and atrocities of the Nazi era. But was it a film about the Holocaust that failed to recognize the racist genocide? Or was the film not about the Holocaust as we know it today but a political and aesthetic response to what David Rousset, the French political prisoner from Buchenwald, identified on his return in 1945 as the 'concentrationary universe' which, now actualized, might release its totalitarian plague any time and anywhere? What kind of memory does the film create to warn us of the continued presence of this concentrationary universe? This international collection re-examines Resnais's benchmark film in terms of both its political and historical context of representation of the camps and of other instances of the concentrationary in contemporary cinema. Through a range of critical readings, Concentrationary Cinema explores the cinematic aesthetics of political resistance not to the Holocaust as such but to the political novelty of absolute power represented by the concentrationary system and its assault on the human condition.

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