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by Haruki Murakami

"Murakami is like a magician who explains what he's doing as he performs the trick and still makes you believe he has supernatural powers . . . But while anyone can tell a story that resembles a dream, it's the rare artist, like this one, who can make us feel that we are dreaming it ourselves." --The New York Times Book Review The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 --"Q is for 'question mark.' A world that bears a question." Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled. As Aomame's and Tengo's narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell's--1Q84 is Haruki Murakami's most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

The Greatest Salesman in the World

by Og Mandino

What you are today is not important... for in this runaway bestseller you will learn how to change your life by applying the secrets you are about to discover in the ancient scrolls.From the Paperback edition.

Place Called Freedom

by Ken Follett

In a brutal world, charismatic rebel miner Mack McAsh - a slave by birth - is a man with the courage to stand up for what is right, and the strength to stick by his beliefs. Independent, rebellious Lizzie Hallim, meanwhile, is engaged to Jay Jamisson, the ruthless landlord's son and heir to an exploitative business empire. Born into separate worlds, Mack and Lizzie are thrown together when Mack becomes an enemy of the state and is forced to flee his homeland. Lizzie aids his escape, and it is not long before passions rage in the old world as well as the new . . . Set in an era of turbulent social changes, A Place Called Freedomis a magnificent novel from the undisputed master of suspense and drama, Ken Follett. 'A compulsive, sweeping adventure' Today 'Gripping historical narrative' San Francisco Chronicle

Learning to Swim

by Sara J. Henry

Winner of the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the Agatha Award for Best First Novel, and the Mary Higgins Clark Award When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. When she gets the child to shore she discovers that his name is Paul, he speaks only French--and no one seems to be looking for him. Her determination to protect Paul pulls Troy from her quiet life in a small Adirondack town into an unfamiliar world of wealth and privilege in Canada and then in Vermont. Her attachment to him--and the danger she faces when she tries to unravel the mystery of his abandonment--force her to evaluate everything she thought true about herself. Sara J. Henry's riveting, award-winning debut will keep readers engrossed right up to its shattering conclusion.From the Hardcover edition.s self-indulgence--a world in which the murder of a child is not unthinkable. She'll need skill and courage to survive and protect her charge and herself. Sara J. Henry's powerful and compelling Learning to Swim will move and disturb readers right up to its shattering conclusion.From the Hardcover edition.

The Snowman (Harry Hole #6)

by Jo Nesbo Don Bartlett

Internationally acclaimed crime writer Jo Nesbø's antihero police investigator, Harry Hole, is back: in a bone-chilling thriller that will take Hole to the brink of insanity. Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother's pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he's received and the disappearance of Jonas's mother--and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn in an increasingly terrifying game whose rules are devised--and constantly revised--by the killer.Fiercely suspenseful, its characters brilliantly realized, its atmosphere permeated with evil, The Snowman is the electrifying work of one of the best crime writers of our time. (From the Hardcover edition.)

Half of a Yellow Sun

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor's beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover's charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna's willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Half the Sky

by Nicholas D. Kristof Sheryl Wudunn

#1 National BestsellerFrom two of our most fiercely moral voices, a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world.With Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn as our guides, we undertake an odyssey through Africa and Asia to meet the extraordinary women struggling there, among them a Cambodian teenager sold into sex slavery and an Ethiopian woman who suffered devastating injuries in childbirth. Drawing on the breadth of their combined reporting experience, Kristof and WuDunn depict our world with anger, sadness, clarity, and, ultimately, hope.They show how a little help can transform the lives of women and girls abroad. That Cambodian girl eventually escaped from her brothel and, with assistance from an aid group, built a thriving retail business that supports her family. The Ethiopian woman had her injuries repaired and in time became a surgeon. A Zimbabwean mother of five, counseled to return to school, earned her doctorate and became an expert on AIDS.Through these stories, Kristof and WuDunn help us see that the key to economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential. They make clear how so many people have helped to do just that, and how we can each do our part. Throughout much of the world, the greatest unexploited economic resource is the female half of the population. Countries such as China have prospered precisely because they emancipated women and brought them into the formal economy. Unleashing that process globally is not only the right thing to do; it's also the best strategy for fighting poverty.Deeply felt, pragmatic, and inspirational, Half the Sky is essential reading for every global citizen.

Harlequin Intrigue November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Delores Fossen Carol Ericson Elle James

Harlequin Intrigue brings you three new titles at a great value, available now! Enjoy these suspenseful reads packed with edge-of-your-seat intrigue and fearless romance. LONE WOLF LAWMAN Appaloosa Pass Ranch by Delores Fossen After learning her birth father is a serial killer, rancher Addie Crockett lands in bed with Texas Ranger Weston Cade only to learn that he wants to use her as bait. Worse, Addie has no choice but to team up with Weston to protect their unborn child. CLANDESTINE CHRISTMAS Covert Cowboys, Inc. by Elle James With Covert Cowboys's Kate Rivers posing as his fiancée, billionaire rancher Chase Marsden is determined to find the culprits trying to murder his old friend. But will Christmas find them under the mistletoe...or escaping kidnappers and dodging hit men? SECRET AGENT SANTA Brothers in Arms: Retribution by Carol Ericson When covert agent Mike Becker agrees to take on one last assignment--protecting widowed mother Claire Chadwick--he never imagines that it will turn into the opportunity to foil a terrorist attack and find redemption... Look for Harlequin Intrigue's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more edge-of-your seat romantic suspense! Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Intrigue!

Harlequin Special Edition November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Nancy Robards Thompson Ami Weaver Caro Carson

Harlequin® Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Special Edition box set includes:THE MAVERICK'S HOLIDAY MASQUERADEMontana Mavericks: What Happened at the Wedding?by Caro CarsonSmall-town cowgirl Kristen Dalton only wants to fall for a local rancher. As soon as she sees Ryan Roarke, she's hooked. Little does she know that Ryan's not a rodeo star, but a big-city lawyer who doesn't want to disillusion the girl he's come to adore. But the Maverick must reveal his secret before the clock strikes Christmas&#8230HIS TEXAS CHRISTMAS BRIDE Celebrations, Nancy Robards ThompsonThe one time Becca Flannigan indulged in a night of anonymous passion, she wound up pregnant. She never expected to see her mystery man again--let alone learn that he's Nick Chamberlin, Celebration Memorial Hospital's latest doc! Nick's scared of fatherhood, but he knows that all he wants for Christmas is Becca and their baby under his tree.A HUSBAND FOR THE HOLIDAYS Made for Matrimony by Ami WeaverWhen Mack Lawless finds out his ex-wife, Darcy Kramer, has returned to Holden's Crossing, Michigan, he's floored. He's never gotten over her--or the loss of their child. But Darcy's promised to work alongside Mack on her uncle's Christmas tree farm&#8230and with the holiday season right around the corner, who knows what magic mistletoe will bring?Look for Harlequin Special Edition's November 2015 Box set 1 of 2, filled with even more stories of life, love and family!Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Special Edition!

Harlequin Special Edition November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Marie Ferrarella Rachel Lee Michelle Major

Harlequin® Special Edition brings you three new titles for one great price, available now! These are heartwarming, romantic stories about life, love and family. This Special Edition box set includes:COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMASMatchmaking Mamasby Marie FerrarellarThe Matchmaking Mamas are at it again. Emotionally reclusive Keith O'Connell is back home only to sell his late mother's house, but he can't help but be intrigued by Kenzie Bradshaw, who's helping organize the estate sale. Can the bachelor and the beauty fall in love in time for a holiday happily-ever-after?A COWBOY FOR CHRISTMAS Conard County: The Next Generationby Rachel LeeCountry music superstar Rory McLane has retreated to his Conard County ranch to lick his emotional wounds. He enlists housekeeper Abby Jason to spruce up his home and help with his child. Abby's been burned by love before, but her hardened heart eases at the sight of the sexy single dad. Can the singer and his sweetheart finally heal together?A VERY CRIMSON CHRISTMAS Crimson, Colorado by Michelle MajorLiam Donovan has done his best to forget his difficult childhood in Crimson, Colorado&#8230until he reconnects with his childhood pal Natalie Holt. She wants nothing to do with the man who left her behind years ago, while he wants to win back the woman he missed. Can there be a second chance in the snow for these two members of the Lonely Hearts Club? Look for Harlequin Special Edition's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more stories of life, love and family!Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Special Edition!

Harlequin Desire November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Catherine Mann Kathie Denosky Janice Maynard

Do you love stories with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all--wealth, status, and incredibly good looks? Harlequin® Desire brings you all this and more with these three new full-length titles for one great price! COURTING THE COWBOY BOSS (Texas Cattleman's Club: Lies and Lullabies)Janice Maynard Case Baxter learned the hard way with his first marriage that becoming involved with an employee never works out. So what's a cowboy to do when he falls hard for his gorgeous new maid? PREGNANT WITH THE RANCHER'S BABY (The Good, the Bad and the Texan)Kathie DeNosky Rancher Nate Rafferty's on-again, off-again lover is pregnant with his baby! Now that she's back, how can she refuse to marry him? She says yes to one month living on his ranch. Now that he has her where he wants her, he won't take no for an answer! CHRISTMAS BABY SURPRISE (Billionaires and Babies)Catherine Mann When Alaina Rutger wakes from a coma with no memory of her husband or their newly adopted son, she must face the mistakes in her past to reconnect with her surprise family...all in time for Christmas. Look for Harlequin® Desire's November 2015 Box set 1 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!

Harlequin Desire November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Elizabeth Bevarly Brenda Jackson Andrea Laurence

Do you love stories with sexy, romantic heroes who have it all--wealth, status, and incredibly good looks? Harlequin® Desire brings you all this and more with these three new full-length titles for one great price! BREAKING BAILEY'S RULES (The Westmorelands)Brenda Jackson When Bailey Westmoreland follows loner Walker Quinn to his Alaskan ranch to apologize for doing him wrong, she can't help but stay to nurse the exasperating man's wounds...and lose her own heart in the process! ONE WEEK WITH THE BEST MAN (Brides and Belles)Andrea Laurence When wallflower Gretchen McAlister is chosen as the fake wedding date of sexy movie star Julian Cooper, they don't have to fake their chemistry for the camera. But is the best man ready to become Gretchen's groom? A CEO IN HER STOCKING (The Accidental Heirs)Elizabeth Bevarly Struggling single mom Clara Easton is stunned when her three-year-old inherits a massive fortune from the man who never acknowledged his son...and who also has a gorgeous, wickedly sexy twin brother dead set on wooing her. Look for Harlequin® Desire's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!

Harlequin Presents November 2015 - Box Set 2 of 2

by Sharon Kendrick Susan Stephens Maya Blake Tara Pammi

Harlequin® Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! This Presents box set includes: THE SHEIKH'S CHRISTMAS CONQUEST (The Bond of Billionaires) by Sharon Kendrick As the snow falls, innocent Olivia Miller finds a darkly handsome and compelling man on her doorstep. The sheikh she refused has arrived to whisk her off to his kingdom...and this time he won't take no for an answer! A MARRIAGE FIT FOR A SINNER (Seven Sexy Sins) by Maya Blake Zaccheo Giordano is a man with one thing on his mind: revenge. And he'll start with his ex-fiancée, Eva Pennington. She will wear Zaccheo's ring again and he'll ensure their marriage will be real in every sense... BRAZILIAN'S NINE MONTHS' NOTICE (Hot Brazilian Nights!) by Susan Stephens Chambermaid Emma Fane thinks her best friend's wedding will be the perfect distraction...until she spies Lucas Marcelos--father to her unborn child! It only took one night to change their lives, now they have nine months to face the consequences. BOUGHT FOR HER INNOCENCE (Greek Tycoons Tamed) by Tara Pammi Jasmine Douglas is the only one who knows the darkness of Dmitri Karegas's past. But only Dmitri can help when she's forced to put her virginity up for sale. Now he must decide what to do with her...and her innocence! Look for 8 new exciting stories every month from Harlequin® Presents!

Harlequin Presents November 2015 - Box Set 1 of 2

by Trish Morey Caitlin Crews Kate Hewitt Maisey Yates

Harlequin® Presents brings you four new titles for one great price! This Presents box set includes: A CHRISTMAS VOW OF SEDUCTION (Princes of Petras) by Maisey Yates With one band of gold, Prince Andres of Petras can erase his past--and most pleasurable--sins. But his prospective bride is untamable Princess Zara. So the playboy prince must seduce her into compliance and crown her by Christmas! UNWRAPPING THE CASTELLI SECRET (Secret Heirs of Billionaires) by Caitlin Crews Lily Holloway turned her back on the forbidden passion she shared with Rafael Castelli five years ago. But when their paths cross again, Lily attempts to veil herself with deception in order to retain her freedom...and her child! LARENZO'S CHRISTMAS BABY (One Night With Consequences) by Kate Hewitt After two years behind bars, Larenzo Cavelli is determined to get his life back...starting with Emma Leighton. It was deception that imprisoned him, so what will happen when he discovers Emma's secret? One he might never be able to forgive... SHACKLED TO THE SHEIKH (Desert Brothers) by Trish Morey Nanny Tora Burgess eagerly waits to meet her new boss--but is horrified to discover he's her red-hot, one-night lover! Rashid is cold, distant and has a shocking proposal that will shackle her to the sheikh forever! Look for 8 new exciting stories every month from Harlequin® Presents!

Lover's Bite

by Maggie Shayne

Book eleven in Maggie Shayne's bestselling Wings in the Night series She had one man on her mind Or rather, one vamp. Jack Heart had conned her out of half a million bucks--and, worse, her heart--and that was something Topaz was not going to stand for. She was on his trail, and she was going to make him pay. Or was she? Her whole life, mortal and vampire, was nothing but a mystery. What really killed her movie-star mother? Which of the four men claiming to be her father really is? And why is Jack so interested in her complicated history? She wants to hate him, but she needs his help to find the truth and, as much as she hates to admit it, she also needs him to mend the heart he so callously broke. Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Phantasies Twilight Memories Twilight Illusions, with bonus novella Beyond Twilight Born in Twilight, with bonus novella Twilight Vows Twilight Hunger Embrace the Twilight, with bonus novella Run from Twilight Edge of Twilight Blue Twilight, with bonus novella Before Blue Twilight Prince of Twilight Demon's Kiss Lover's Bite Angel's Pain Bloodline, with bonus novella Vampires in Paradise Twilight Prophecy Twilight Fulfilled

Sarah McCarty Hell's Eight Series Books 1-3

by Sarah Mccarty

Texas Territory, 1858Following the law as they see it, the men of Hell's Eight earned their reputation for ruthlessness. Outlaws dread having the Eight on their trail, mothers hide their daughters when the Eight come to town. They fear with good reason: Hell's Eight are wild, untamed, alluring. And they're all about to meet their matches.Caine Allen is definitely not the marrying kind. But when he rescues a kidnapped woman and returns her to town, his honor and his desire for Desi won't allow him to let her go, despite her vow to let no man control her again. Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, but fiery Isabella and the secret she carries may be more than he bargained for. Tucker McCade's learned the hard way that you have to fight to survive, but in order to win the woman he craves, he considers hanging up his guns for good...until his violent past catches up with him.The stakes have never been higher; the passion has never burned hotter!Collected here for the first time are the first three novels in Sarah McCarty's New York Times bestselling series.HELL'S EIGHT, Volume One Featuring:CAINE'S RECKONINGSAM'S CREEDTUCKER'S CLAIM

The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature

by Jamie Cohen-Cole

The Open Mind chronicles the development and promulgation of a scientific vision of the rational, creative, and autonomous self, demonstrating how this self became a defining feature of Cold War culture. Jamie Cohen-Cole illustrates how from 1945 to 1965 policy makers and social critics used the idea of an open-minded human nature to advance centrist politics. They reshaped intellectual culture and instigated nationwide educational reform that promoted more open, and indeed more human, minds. The new field of cognitive science was central to this project, as it used popular support for open-mindedness to overthrow the then-dominant behaviorist view that the mind either could not be studied scientifically or did not exist. Cognitive science also underwrote the political implications of the open mind by treating it as the essential feature of human nature. While the open mind unified America in the first two decades after World War II, between 1965 and 1975 battles over the open mind fractured American culture as the ties between political centrism and the scientific account of human nature began to unravel. During the late 1960s, feminists and the New Left repurposed Cold War era psychological tools to redefine open-mindedness as a characteristic of left-wing politics. As a result, once-liberal intellectuals became neoconservative, and in the early 1970s, struggles against open-mindedness gave energy and purpose to the right wing.

Social Knowledge in the Making

by Michèle Lamont Neil Gross Charles Camic

Over the past quarter century, researchers have successfully explored the inner workings of the physical and biological sciences using a variety of social and historical lenses. Inspired by these advances, the contributors to Social Knowledge in the Making turn their attention to the social sciences, broadly construed. The result is the first comprehensive effort to study and understand the day-to-day activities involved in the creation of social-scientific and related forms of knowledge about the social world. The essays collected here tackle a range of previously unexplored questions about the practices involved in the production, assessment, and use of diverse forms of social knowledge. A stellar cast of multidisciplinary scholars addresses topics such as the changing practices of historical research, anthropological data collection, library usage, peer review, and institutional review boards. Turning to the world beyond the academy, other essays focus on global banks, survey research organizations, and national security and economic policy makers. Social Knowledge in the Making is a landmark volume for a new field of inquiry, and the bold new research agenda it proposes will be welcomed in the social science, the humanities, and a broad range of nonacademic settings.

Grains of Gold: Tales of a Cosmopolitan Traveler

by Gendun Chopel

In 1941, philosopher and poet Gendun Chopel (1903 51) sent a large manuscript by ship, train, and yak across mountains and deserts to his homeland in the northeastern corner of Tibet. He would follow it five years later, returning to his native land after twelve years in India and Sri Lanka. But he did not receive the welcome he imagined: he was arrested by the government of the regent of the young Dalai Lama on trumped-up charges of treason. He emerged from prison three years later a broken man and died soon after. Gendun Chopel was a prolific writer during his short life. Yet he considered that manuscript, which he titled "Grains of Gold," to be his life s work, one to delight his compatriots with tales of an ancient Indian and Tibetan past, while alerting them to the wonders and dangers of the strikingly modern land abutting Tibet s southern border, the British colony of India. Now available for the first time in English, "Grains of Gold" is a unique compendium of South Asian and Tibetan culture that combines travelogue, drawings, history, and ethnography. Gendun Chopel describes the world he discovered in South Asia, from the ruins of the sacred sites of Buddhism to the Sanskrit classics he learned to read in the original. He is also sharply, often humorously critical of the Tibetan love of the fantastic, bursting one myth after another and finding fault with the accounts of earlier Tibetan pilgrims. Exploring a wide range of cultures and religions central to the history of the region, Gendun Chopel is eager to describe all the new knowledge he gathered in his travels to his Buddhist audience in Tibet. At once the account of the experiences of a tragic figure in Tibetan history and the work of an extraordinary scholar, "Grains of Gold" is an accessible, compelling work animated by a sense of discovery of both a distant past and a strange present. "

Culinary Herbs & Spices of the World

by Ben-Erik van Wyk

For centuries herbs and spices have been an integral part of many of the world's great cuisines. But spices have a history of doing much more than adding life to bland foods. They have been the inspiration for, among other things, trade, exploration, and poetry. Priests employed them in worship, incantations, and rituals, and shamans used them as charms to ward off evil spirits. Nations fought over access to and monopoly of certain spices, like cinnamon and nutmeg, when they were rare commodities. Not only were many men's fortunes made in the pursuit of spices, spices at many periods throughout history literally served as currency. In Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World, Ben-Erik van Wyk offers the first fully illustrated, scientific guide to nearly all commercial herbs and spices in existence. Van Wyk covers more than 150 species--from black pepper and blackcurrant to white mustard and white ginger--detailing the propagation, cultivation, and culinary uses of each. Introductory chapters capture the essence of culinary traditions, traditional herb and spice mixtures, preservation, presentation, and the chemistry of flavors, and individual entries include the chemical compounds and structures responsible for each spice or herb's characteristic flavor. Many of the herbs and spices van Wyk covers are familiar fixtures in our own spice racks, but a few--especially those from Africa and China--will be introduced for the first time to American audiences. Van Wyk also offers a global view of the most famous use or signature dish for each herb or spice, satisfying the gourmand's curiosity for more information about new dishes from little-known culinary traditions. People all over the world are becoming more sophisticated and demanding about what they eat and how it is prepared. Culinary Herbs and Spices of the World will appeal to those inquisitive foodies in addition to gardeners and botanists.

The Roots of Radicalism: Tradition, the Public Sphere, and Early Nineteenth-Century Social Movements

by Craig Calhoun

The story of the rise of radicalism in the early nineteenth century has often been simplified into a fable about progressive social change. The diverse social movements of the eraOCoreligious, political, regional, national, antislavery, and protemperanceOCoare presented as mere strands in a unified tapestry of labor and democratic mobilization. Taking aim at this flawed view of radicalism as simply the extreme end of a single dimension of progress, Craig Calhoun emphasizes the coexistence of different kinds of radicalism, their tensions, and their implications. a"The Roots of Radicalism" reveals the importance of radicalismOCOs links to preindustrial culture and attachments to place and local communities, as well the ways in which journalistsawho had been pushed out of OC respectableOCO politics connected to artisans and other workers. Calhoun shows how much public recognition mattered to radical movements and how religious, cultural, and directly politicalOCoas well as economicOCoconcerns motivated people to join up. Reflecting two decades of research into social movement theory and the history of protest, "The Roots of Radicalism" offers compelling insights into the past that can tell us much about the present, from American right-wing populism to democratic upheavals in North Africa.

Bigger, Brighter, Louder: 150 Years of Chicago Theater as Seen by "Chicago Tribune" Critics

by Chris Jones

The first known Chicago Tribune theater review appeared on March 25, 1853. An anonymous notice, it shared the page with two other announcements--one about a pair of thousand-pound hogs set to be slaughtered and another trumpeting the largest load of lumber ever to leave Chicago. "And thus Chicago's priorities were starkly laid out right there on that page," begins Chris Jones in the introduction to this eyewitness cultural history. "Hog butcher for the world and windy self-promoter, specializing in commerce-driven superlatives. The arts came a poor third. Critics, and the artists they covered, would rail against that perceived set of civic priorities for years. " The Chicago of today, on the other hand, is regarded as one of the world's premier cities for theater, and no one has had a more consistent front-row seat to its ascendance than the Chicago Tribune theater critics. Bigger, Brighter, Louder weaves together more than 150 years of Tribune reviews into a compelling narrative, pairing full reviews with commentary and history. With a sharp eye for telling details and a keen sense of historical context, Jones, longtime chief Tribune theater critic, takes readers through decades of highs and lows, successes and failures. The book showcases fascinating early reviews of actors and shows that would go on to achieve phenomenal success, including a tryout of A Raisin in the Sun with newcomer Sidney Poitier and the first major review of The Producers. It also delves into the rare and the unusual, such as a previously unpublished Tennessee Williams interview and a long conversation with Edward Albee's mother. With reviews from Claudia Cassidy, Peregine Pickle, William Leonard, and more, many never collected before, Bigger, Brighter, Louder offers a unique lasting record of an ephemeral art and a riveting look at the history behind Chicago's rise to theatrical greatness.

The Death Penalty

by Jacques Derrida

In this newest installment in Chicago s series of Jacques Derrida s seminars, the renowned philosopher attempts one of his most ambitious goals: the first truly philosophical argument against the death penalty. While much has been written against the death penalty, Derrida contends that Western philosophy is massively, if not always overtly, complicit with a logic in which a sovereign state has the right to take a life. Haunted by this notion, he turns to the key places where such logic has been established and to the place it has been most effectively challenged: literature. With his signature genius and patient yet dazzling readings of an impressive breadth of texts, Derrida examines everything from the Bible to Plato to Camus to Jean Genet, with special attention to Kant and post World War II juridical texts, to draw the landscape of death penalty discourses. Keeping clearly in view the death rows and execution chambers of the United States, he shows how arguments surrounding cruel and unusual punishment depend on what he calls an anesthesial logic, which has also driven the development of death penalty technology from the French guillotine to lethal injection. Confronting a demand for philosophical rigor, he pursues provocative analyses of the shortcomings of abolitionist discourse. Above all, he argues that the death penalty and its attendant technologies are products of a desire to put an end to one of the most fundamental qualities of our finite existence: the radical uncertainty of when we will die. Arriving at a critical juncture in history especially in the United States, one of the last Christian-inspired democracies to resist abolition "The Death Penalty" is both a timely response to an important ethical debate and a timeless addition to Derrida s esteemed body of work. "

Unearthing the Nation: Modern Geology and Nationalism in Republican China

by Grace Yen Shen

Questions of national identity have long dominated ChinaOCOs political, social, and cultural horizons. So in the early 1900s, when diverse groups in China began to covet foreign science in the name of new technology and modernization, questions of nationhood came to the fore. In "Unearthing the Nation," Grace Yen Shen uses the development of modern geology to explore this complex relationship between science and nationalism in Republican China. aaaaaaaaaaaShen shows that Chinese geologistsOCoin battling growing Western and Japanese encroachment of Chinese sovereigntyOCofaced two ongoing challenges: how to develop objective, internationally recognized scientific authority without effacing native identity, and how to serve China when China was still searching for a stable national form. Shen argues that Chinese geologists overcame these obstacles by experimenting with different ways to associate the subjects of their scientific study, the land and its features, with the object of their political and cultural loyalties. This, in turn, led them to link national survival with the establishment of scientific authority in Chinese society. The first major history of modern Chinese geology, "Unearthing the Nation "introduces the key figures in the rise of the field, as well as several key organizations, such as the Geological Society of China, and explains how they helped bring Chinese geology onto the world stage. "

Ideas Have Consequences: Expanded Edition

by Richard M. Weaver

Originally published in 1948, at the height of post-World War II optimism and confidence in collective security, Ideas Have Consequences uses "words hard as cannonballs" to present an unsparing diagnosis of the ills of the modern age. Widely read and debated at the time of its first publication,the book is now seen asone of the foundational texts of the modern conservative movement. In its pages, Richard M. Weaver argues that the decline of Western civilization resulted from the rising acceptance of relativism over absolute reality. In spite of increased knowledge, this retreat from the realist intellectual tradition has weakened the Western capacity to reason, with catastrophic consequences for social order and individual rights. But Weaver also offers a realistic remedy. These difficulties are the product not of necessity, but of intelligent choice. And, today, as decades ago, the remedy lies in the renewed acceptance of absolute reality and the recognition that ideas--like actions--have consequences. This expanded edition of the classic work contains a foreword by New Criterion editor Roger Kimball that offers insight into the rich intellectual and historical contexts of Weaver and his work and an afterword by Ted J. Smith III that relates the remarkable story of the book's writing and publication.

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Here is an overview of the specialized formats that Bookshare offers its members with links that go to the Help Center for more information.

  • Bookshare Web Reader - a customized reading tool for Bookshare members offering all the features of DAISY with a single click of the "Read Now" link.
  • DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) - a digital book file format. DAISY books from Bookshare are DAISY 3.0 text files that work with just about every type of access technology that reads text. Books that contain images will have the download option of ‘DAISY Text with Images’.
  • BRF (Braille Refreshable Format) - digital Braille for use with refreshable Braille devices and Braille embossers.
  • MP3 (Mpeg audio layer 3) - Provides audio only with no text. These books are created with a text-to-speech engine and spoken by Kendra, a high quality synthetic voice from Ivona. Any device that supports MP3 playback is compatible.
  • DAISY Audio - Similar to the Daisy 3.0 option above; however, this option uses MP3 files created with our text-to-speech engine that utilizes Ivona's Kendra voice. This format will work with Daisy Audio compatible players such as Victor Reader Stream and Read2Go.