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The Burdens of Aspiration

by Elsa Davidson

During the tech boom, Silicon Valley became one of the most concentrated zones of wealth polarization and social inequality in the United States--a place with a fast-disappearing middle class, persistent pockets of poverty, and striking gaps in educational and occupational achievement along class and racial lines. Low-wage workers and their families experienced a profound sense of exclusion from the techno-entrepreneurial culture, while middle class residents, witnessing up close the seemingly overnight success of a "new entrepreneurial" class, negotiated both new and seemingly unattainable standards of personal success and the erosion of their own economic security. The Burdens of Aspiration explores the imprint of the region's success-driven public culture, the realities of increasing social and economic insecurity, and models of success emphasized in contemporary public schools for the region's working and middle class youth. Focused on two disparate groups of students--low-income, "at-risk" Latino youth attending a specialized program exposing youth to high tech industry within an "under-performing" public high school, and middle-income white and Asian students attending a "high-performing" public school with informal connections to the tech elite--Elsa Davidson offers an in-depth look at the process of forming aspirations across lines of race and class. By analyzing the successes and sometimes unanticipated effects of the schools' attempts to shape the aspirations and values of their students, she provides keen insights into the role schooling plays in social reproduction, and how dynamics of race and class inform ideas about responsible citizenship that are instilled in America's youth.

Freeing Speech

by John Denvir

The United States is in the midst of a heated conversation over how the Constitution impacts national security. In a traditional reading of the document, America uses military force only after a full and informed national debate. However, modern presidents have had unparalleled access to the media as well as control over the information most relevant to these debates, which jeopardizes the abilities of a democracy's citizens to fully participate in the discussion. In Freeing Speech, John Denvir targets this issue of presidential dominance and proposes an ambitious solution: a First Amendment that makes sure the voices of opposition are heard.Denvir argues that the First Amendment's goal is to protect the entire structure of democratic debate, even including activities ancillary to the dissemination of speech itself. Assessing the right of political association, the use of public streets and parks for political demonstrations, the press' ability to comment on public issues, and presidential speech on national security, Denvir examines why this democratic model of free speech is essential at all times, but especially during the War on Terror.

Black Garden: Armenia and Azerbaijan through Peace and War

by Thomas De Waal

Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2003Black Garden is the definitive study of how Armenia and Azerbaijan, two southern Soviet republics, got sucked into a conflict that helped bring them to independence, bringing to an end the Soviet Union, and plaguing a region of great strategic importance. It cuts between a careful reconstruction of the history of Nagorny Karabakh conflict since 1988 and on-the-spot reporting on its convoluted aftermath. Part contemporary history, part travel book, part political analysis, the book is based on six months traveling through the south Caucasus, more than 120 original interviews in the region, Moscow, and Washington, and unique primary sources, such as Politburo archives. The historical chapters trace how the conflict lay unresolved in the Soviet era; how Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders exacerbated it; how the Politiburo failed to cope with the crisis; how the war began and ended; how the international community failed to sort out the conflict. What emerges is a complex and subtle portrait of a beautiful and fascinating region, blighted by historical prejudice and conflict.

Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State

by Daniel Dreisbach

No phrase in American letters has had a more profound influence on church-state law, policy, and discourse than Thomas Jefferson's "wall of separation between church and state," and few metaphors have provoked more passionate debate. Introduced in an 1802 letter to the Danbury, Connecticut Baptist Association, Jefferson's "wall" is accepted by many Americans as a concise description of the U.S. Constitution's church-state arrangement and conceived as a virtual rule of constitutional law. Despite the enormous influence of the "wall" metaphor, almost no scholarship has investigated the text of the Danbury letter, the context in which it was written, or Jefferson's understanding of his famous phrase. Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State offers an in-depth examination of the origins, controversial uses, and competing interpretations of this powerful metaphor in law and public policy.

Critical Race Theory: An Introduction

by Richard Delgado Jean Stefancic

For well over a decade, critical race theory-the school of thought that holds that race lies at the very nexus of American life-has roiled the legal academy. In recent years, however, the fundamental principles of the movement have influenced other academic disciplines, from sociology and politics to ethnic studies and history. And yet, while the critical race theory movement has spawned dozens of conferences and numerous books, no concise, accessible volume outlines its basic parameters and tenets. Here, then, from two of the founders of the movement, is the first primer on one of the most influential intellectual movements in American law and politics.

Servants of Allah: African Muslims Enslaved in the Americas

by Sylviane A. Diouf

Despite the explosion in work on African American and religious history, little is known about Black Muslims who came to America as slaves. Most assume that what Muslim faith any Africans did bring with them was quickly absorbed into the new Christian milieu. But, surprisingly, as Sylviane Diouf shows in this new, meticulously researched volume, Islam flourished during slavery on a large scale. Servants of Allah presents a history of African Muslim slaves, following them from Africa to the Americas. It details how, even while enslaved many Black Muslims managed to follow most of the precepts of their religion. Literate, urban, and well traveled, Black Muslims drew on their organization and the strength of their beliefs to play a major part in the most well known slave uprisings. Though Islam did not survive in the Americas in its orthodox form, its mark can be found in certain religions, traditions, and artistic creations of people of African descent. But for all their accomplishments and contributions to the cultures of the African Diaspora, the Muslim slaves have been largely ignored. Servants of Allah is the first book to examine the role of Islam in the lives of both individual practitioners and in the American slave community as a whole, while also shedding light on the legacy of Islam in today's American and Caribbean cultures. Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1999.

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome

by Susan Wise Bauer

A lively and engaging narrative history showing the common threads in the cultures that gave birth to our own. This is the first volume in a bold new series that tells the stories of all peoples, connecting historical events from Europe to the Middle East to the far coast of China, while still giving weight to the characteristics of each country. Susan Wise Bauer provides both sweeping scope and vivid attention to the individual lives that give flesh to abstract assertions about human history. Dozens of maps provide a clear geography of great events, while timelines give the reader an ongoing sense of the passage of years and cultural interconnection. This old-fashioned narrative history employs the methods of "history from beneath"--literature, epic traditions, private letters and accounts--to connect kings and leaders with the lives of those they ruled. The result is an engrossing tapestry of human behavior from which we may draw conclusions about the direction of world events and the causes behind them.

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

by Annette Gordon-Reed

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize<P><P> This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826.

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon

by Steve Wozniak Gina Smith

"iWoz? traces the life and times of a brilliant, gifted... individual whose contributions to the scientific, business and cultural realms are extensive."--?Bookpage Before slim laptops that fit into briefcases, computers looked like strange, alien vending machines. But in "the most staggering burst of technical invention by a single person in high-tech history" (?BusinessWeek?) Steve Wozniak invented the first true personal computer. Wozniak teamed up with Steve Jobs, and Apple Computer was born, igniting the computer revolution and transforming the world. Here, thirty years later, the mischievous genius with the low profile treats readers to a rollicking, no-holds-barred account of his life--for once, in the voice of the wizard himself.

Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting

by L. P. Brezny

The long-range game has changed! It's been seven years since ballistics expert L.P. Brezny wrote the first edition of Gun Digest Book of Long-Range Shooting. Much has changed in the distance game in that time, and Brezny covers it all in this completely updated 2nd Edition. Inside you'll find: Best new guns going long New calibers and loadings Big-bore heavy-hitters for 1,000 yards and beyond The lowdown on Rifle Golf, the hottest new long-range game The hottest optics, props, chronographs, and techniques With hundreds of fresh photos and page after page of exciting new information on guns, optics, and ammunition, plus a special chapter dedicated to long-range experts in uniform, Brezny's 40-plus years behind the gun and on the bench come to life. You'll see just how far the sport of long-range shooting has come. If you've been stuck in the rut of the 100-yard rifle range and are yearning for something more challenging, this is the book you must read first.

Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer

by Massad Ayoob

In Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer 2nd Edition, pre-eminent fighting handgun trainer Massad Ayoob takes an in-depth look at some of the finest pistols on the market. In this revised 2nd Edition: First-hand gun reviews evaluate handling characteristics, design and performance Insider reviews explain developments over the past 10 years New chapters cover the most popular new models, and revisions explain significant changes to existing models If you own a SIG-Sauer pistol, have considered buying one or just appreciate the quality of these fine pistols, this is the book for you!

Gun Digest 2014

by Jerry Lee

The world's greatest gun book is here again--it's Gun Digest 2014! Since 1944, Gun Digest has been regarded as the shooter's No. 1 resource worldwide. Our 2014 68th Edition is nothing less, as we continue the tradition of bringing you more of everything that firearms fanatics crave! In-depth articles about the world's most fascinating guns, testfire reports on the latest models, insights about fine collectibles and one-of-a-kind custom creations, and round-ups of what's new in firearms, ammo, reloading and optics from today's leading manufacturers--you simply won't find a more comprehensive collection of firearms information. It's all here! Rifles, handguns & shotguns Tactical firearms Engraved & custom guns Ammunition Handloading resources Whether you're interested in the latest tactical weapons or want to learn more about sporting arms, firearms history or anything else related to guns and shooting--you'll find it in Gun Digest 2014.

Firearms for Personal Protection

by Joseph Von Benedikt

Armed Defense for the New Gun Owner Firearms for Personal Protection provides the armed citizen with comprehensive information and education on critical aspects of practical personal-protection gun ownership and use, featuring: Solid, practical information on firearms, free of pseudo-tactical attitude. Technical information on various models of suitable personal protection firearms. How-to: choosing the right gun, becoming proficient, methods of carry, and more. Special section on Prepping, for those whose fears extend beyond dark parking lots. Achieve a solid, quiet competence with the help of the old-fashioned, practical, common sense approach you'll find in Firearms for Personal Protection.

Creative Scarves

by Tiffany M. Windsor Heidi Borchers

Show off your scarf style! Why shop endlessly for the perfect scarf when you can create one that is perfectly you? In Creative Scarves you'll find 24 fashionably fun and incredibly easy design ideas to help you make (or make-over) your own gorgeous scarves for every outfit, occasion and season. Add your own personal touch as you sew, stamp, stencil, dye, bead, paint and trim your way to a complete scarf collection. Flip to the "Favorite Ways to Wear" section for tips on wearing your unique creations. Sew, stamp, stencil, dye, bead, paint and trim your scarves!

Contemporary Celtic Crochet

by Bonnie Barker

Learn to crochet cables! Have you ever wanted to create a sweater with beautiful cables, but you didn't know how to knit? Now, in Contemporary Celtic Crochet, you can learn how to use basic crochet stitches to create the same stunning effect on sweater wraps, stoles, cardigans, and more. This book features easy projects, such as hats, scarves and device covers, and more difficult projects, including sweaters, wraps and blankets. Make the Hialeah Honey Baby Blankey to swaddle a newborn or create the Inisheer Sweater Wrap to stay cozy in cool weather. The Cables Meet Lace Cape is perfect for evenings out, and the Pennywhistler's Pack will let you carry your essentials on any day trip. These Celtic-inspired stitches and projects are the perfect addition to your crochet repertoire.

Gunsmithing - The AR-15 Volume 2

by Patrick Sweeney

Whether you are new to America's most popular rifle, or a longtime user who questions some of the old wives' tales and urban myths surrounding the AR-15, Sweeney lays out all the detail you need to select and maintain your rifle.From nomenclature to field-stripping, and keeping an AR functioning at its peak no matter how harsh the environment or demands, Sweeney gets under the hood with you to keep it running.IT'S ALL HERE, INCLUDING:TerminologyEssential ToolsDisassembly & CleaningZeroingTroubleshootingAnd much more!

Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to the AR-15

by Richard A. Mann

Welcome to the world of the AR-15! Without a doubt, the AR-15 and AR-10 rifles are two of America's most popular semi-auto long guns. Every day, new shooters are exploring these durable, reliable, and accurate rifles and finding new and fun ways to use them. Now, in the Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to the AR-15, author Richard Mann examines what has truly become the most versatile rifle in America. Inside you'll find: Gas impingement vs. piston systems--which one's right for you? Competition, security and hunting--how the AR does it all. Optics and sights, uppers and lowers, handguards and stocks. A full breakdown of AR-15 and AR-10 cartridges. Plus how to build your own AR and much, much more! Whether you're brand new to the world of ARs or you're a veteran owner with a safe full of ARs in a dozen configurations, Mann brings the goods and offers something for everyone. Truly, the Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to the AR-15 is the one reference every AR aficionado will reach for time and time again.

The Joy of Swimming

by Lisa Congdon Lynn Cox

From Lisa Congdon, bestselling author of Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, this lovely new book invites readers to dip into the many joys of swimming. Congdon brings her personal passion as a lifelong swimmer to this beautiful and thoughtful celebration of getting in the water. Hand-lettered inspirational quotes, watercolor portraits paired with real people's personal stories, illustrated collections of vintage objects--colorful swim caps, bathing suits through the ages, traditional pool signs--and much more evoke the beauty and inspiration of the subject. An emphasis on swimming as a way of life--taking the leap, going with the flow--makes this delightful volume one that will speak to serious swimmers, vacation paddlers, and anyone pondering their next high dive.

Ten Mice for Tet!

by Pegi Deitz Shea To Ngoc Trang Cynthia Weill Pham Viet Dinh

It's time for Tet! This vibrant, unique counting book introduces children to the rich traditions of the Vietnamese New Year. A playful village of mice lead young readers through the joyful celebration, as exquisitely embroidered illustrations recreate ten scenes of preparation, gift giving, feasting, and firework displays. With simple text followed by an informative afterword, Ten Mice for Tet is a joyful tribute to a special holiday.

Supernatural - Cold Fire

by John Passarella

When a gruesome murder takes place in Braden Heights, Indiana, the local authorities suspect the disemboweled and eyeless corpse is the result of an animal attack. But when another body is discovered, the eyes gouged out, Sam, Dean and Castiel start looking for connections between the victims­--and discover both men were soon-to-be fathers. As the boys hunt the killer, they unearth the town's troubled past, and secrets some would prefer stay buried forever. A brand-new Supernatural novel, set during season 10, that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!

Daughter of Australia

by Harmony Verna

In a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough's classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage, set in Australia and America in the early decades of the twentieth century. The desert of Western Australia is vast and unforgiving. It's a miracle that the little girl dressed in rags and abandoned in the sand is still breathing when an old miner discovers her. Even more so that he is able to keep her alive long enough to bring her to the town from which she'll take her name: Leonora. Sent to an orphanage, mute with grief and fear, Leonora slowly bonds with another orphan, James, who fights to protect her until both are sent away--Leonora to a wealthy American family, James to relatives who have emigrated from Ireland to claim him. Years later, Leonora is given a chance to return to her beloved Australia. There, in Wanjarri Downs, she will again come face to face with James, who's grown from a reticent boy into a strong, resourceful man. Only James knows the truth about Leonora--that her roots and her heart are here, among the gum trees and red earth. And they will fight to find a way back to each other, even as war, turmoil, and jealousy test their courage again and again. Sweeping in scale yet filled with intricately drawn characters and vivid details that conjure the fascinating setting, Daughter of Australia is storytelling at its most Advance Praise for Harmony Verna's DAUGHTER OF AUSTRALIA "Verna's elegant and concise writing evokes a clear sense of the expanse and cruelty of the bush country and the toll it extracted from its people while examining themes of abandonment and human connection, the ebb and flow of life's fortunes, and ultimately, how our choices create our personal sense of identity. A beautiful, heart-wrenching story set at the turn of the twentieth century, Daughter of Australia is a compelling read!"--Ellen Marie Wiseman, author of What She Left Behind and Coal River "A captivating story of love and the search for identity. A mesmerizing debut novel. "--Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of The Edge of Lost "A dazzling debut. Her story pulses with a cast of intriguing characters. "--Duncan Alderson, author of Magnolia City "What distinguishes this powerful story of a love forged in a lonely and difficult childhood is the keen and vivid depiction of a harshly beautiful land and the people who choose or who are forced to inhabit it. This is a novel readers won't soon forget. "--Holly Chamberlin, author of Summer With My Sisters

Brighton Belle

by Sara Sheridan

"Great fun. The world needs Mirabelle's feistiness, intelligence, and charm."--James Runcie, author of the Grantchester mysteries In post-World War II England, former Secret Service operative Mirabelle Bevan becomes embroiled in a new kind of intrigue... 1951: In the popular seaside town of Brighton, it's time for Mirabelle Bevan to move beyond her tumultuous wartime years and start anew. Accepting a job at a debt collection agency seems a step toward a more tranquil life. But as she follows up on a routine loan to Romana Laszlo, a pregnant Hungarian refugee who's recently come off the train from London, Mirabelle's instincts for spotting deception are stirred when the woman is reported dead, along with her unborn child. After encountering a social-climbing doctor with a sudden influx of wealth and Romana's sister, who seems far from bereaved and doesn't sound Hungarian, Mirabelle decides to dig deeper into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death. Aided by her feisty sidekick--a fellow office worker named Vesta Churchill ("no relation to Winston," as she explains)--Mirabelle unravels a web of evil that stretches from the Brighton beachfront to the darkest corners of Europe. Putting her own life at risk, she must navigate a lethal labyrinth of lies and danger to expose the truth.

London's Glory: The Lost Cases of Bryant & May and the Peculiar Crimes Unit

by Christopher Fowler

Arthur Bryant and John May of the Peculiar Crimes Unit are London's craftiest and bravest detectives--and there's no better pair to solve the city's most confounding crimes. In this riveting eBook collection of mystery short stories, available together for the first time, Christopher Fowler takes Bryant and May on a series of twisting adventures and brings readers behind the scenes of his beloved novels. Includes a preview of Christopher Fowler's new Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery, Bryant & May and the Burning Man! In "Bryant & May in the Field," a woman is found with her throat slashed in a snowy park, yet the killer managed to escape without leaving any footprints. In "Bryant & May and the Nameless Woman," a businessman drowns in the pool of a posh club, and the only suspect is a young woman who remains almost too calm during questioning. And in "Bryant & May Ahoy!" the pair go on holiday on a friend's yacht in Turkey, but Bryant realizes there's something fishy about their fellow passengers. From London's grandest mansions to its darkest corners, from the Christmas department of Selfridges to a sinister traveling sideshow, there's no scene too strange for the Peculiar Crimes Unit and the indefatigable detectives at its helm. Praise for Christopher Fowler's ingenious novels featuring the Peculiar Crimes Unit "A brilliant series."--The Denver Post "Fowler, like his crime-solvers, is deadpan, sly, and always unexpectedly inventive."--Entertainment Weekly "Eclectic, eccentric and endlessly entertaining books."--The Seattle Times "Fowler's small but ardent American following deserves to get much larger."--Janet Maslin, The New York Times "A rough mash-up of Law & Order, The X-Files, and Monty Python's Flying Circus . . . These stories are witty, challenging, engrossing, informative and incredibly well-written."--Bookreporter "May and Bryant make a stellar team."--The Wall Street Journal "Fowler reinvents and reinvigorates the traditional police procedural."--The Boston Globe "Grumpy Old Men does CSI with a twist of Dickens! Bryant and May are hilarious. I love this series."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning

The Year of the Runaways: A novel

by Sunjeev Sahota

Short-listed for the Man Booker PrizeThe Guardian: The Best Novels of 2015The Independent: Literary Fiction of the Year 2015From one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists and Man Booker Prize nominee Sunjeev Sahota--a sweeping, urgent contemporary epic, set against a vast geographical and historical canvas, astonishing for its richness and texture and scope, and for the utter immersiveness of its reading experience.Three young men, and one unforgettable woman, come together in a journey from India to England, where they hope to begin something new--to support their families; to build their futures; to show their worth; to escape the past. They have almost no idea what awaits them.In a dilapidated shared house in Sheffield, Tarlochan, a former rickshaw driver, will say nothing about his life in Bihar. Avtar and Randeep are middle-class boys whose families are slowly sinking into financial ruin, bound together by Avtar's secret. Randeep, in turn, has a visa wife across town, whose cupboards are full of her husband's clothes in case the immigration agents surprise her with a visit. She is Narinder, and her story is the most surprising of them all. The Year of the Runaways unfolds over the course of one shattering year in which the destinies of these four characters become irreversibly entwined, a year in which they are forced to rely on one another in ways they never could have foreseen, and in which their hopes of breaking free of the past are decimated by the punishing realities of immigrant life. A novel of extraordinary ambition and authority, about what it means and what it costs to make a new life--about the capaciousness of the human spirit, and the resurrection of tenderness and humanity in the face of unspeakable suffering.From the Hardcover edition.

Where She Has Gone

by Nino Ricci

Set in Toronto and Italy, this powerful sequel to In a Glass House explores the sometimes forbidden aspect of desire and one's longing for what is unrecoverable. Victor Innocente remeets his half-sister in Toronto, shortly after his father's death. Uneasy with their new proximity in each other's lives, they are at first restrained. But gradually what is unspoken between them comes closer to the surface, setting in motion a course of events that will take Victor back to Valle del Sole in Italy, the place of his birth. It is there, where the story had its strange beginning twenty years earlier, that he confronts his past, its secrets and its revelations. Poignant, gripping, and written in luminous, highly charged prose, Where She Has Gone is an unforgettable novel - for its vivid portrayal of character and place, and for its extraordinarily moving encounter with the past.

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