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              By Shea, Suzanne Strempek

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              Two years ago, while recovering from radiation therapy, authoress Suzanne Shea volunteered to help in a local bookstore as a way of getting back into the world. Her work was briefly interrupted by an author tour that took her to other great bookstores. Descriptions of these and h...er memories of book-lined rooms reaching all the way back to childhood are scattered through this charming and humorous account of reading.
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              ISBN 9780807072592
              Released AU 1 Apr 2005
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              Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest
               

              Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest (Hardback)

              By Zack, Ian

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                2 Jun 20

              The first in-depth biography of Odetta, the legendary singer and Voice of the Civil Rights Movement who combatted racism and prejudice through her music. A leader of the 1960s folk revival, Odetta is one of the most important singers of the last 100 years. Her music has influence...d a huge number of artists over many decades, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, the Kinks, Carly Simon, Jewel and, more recently, Rhiannon Giddens and Miley Cyrus. But Odetta's importance extends far beyond music. Journalist Ian Zack follows Odetta from her beginnings in a deeply segregated Birmingham, Alabama to stardom in Los Angeles, where she helped the national heal after 9/11 through her music. It's hard to imagine the Civil Rights Movement without her opera-trained voice echoing at the March on Washington, the Selma to Montgomery march, and countless other rallies and protests, large and small. Odetta channeled her anger and shame into some the most powerful folk music the nation has ever heard. Through her lyrics and iconic persona, Odetta influenced lasting political, social, and cultural change. Through interviews with Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, and many more, Ian Zack brings Odetta back into the spotlight, reminding the world of the folk music that powered the Civil Rights Movement and continues to influence generations of musicians today.
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              ISBN 9780807035320
              Released AU 2 Jun 2020
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              Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist

              Being Heumann: An Unrepentant Memoir of a Disability Rights Activist (Hardback)

              By Heumann, Judith; Joiner, Kristen

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              A powerful memoir by one of the most influential disability rights activists in U.S. history and a manifesto for the future of accessibility. Paralyzed from polio and raised by her Holocaust surviving parents, Judy Heumann's fight for equal access began early in life. She fought ...her high school, who initially denied her a diploma because of her inability to participate in gym; she fought her college who described her as a fire hazard; and she filed a lawsuit against the New York City school system, who denied her a teacher's license because of her paralysis, which she won. As a young woman, Judy rolled her wheelchair through the doors of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare in San Francisco and organized what would be the longest takeover of a federal building in U.S. history. Demanding the implementation of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, protecting the rights of all people with disabilities, Judy led 150 disabled people in a sit-in, supported by the Black Panthers, Butterfly Brigade, Chicanos, and labor unions. In Being Heumann, we journey with Judy as she evolves from a woman that took on the U.S. government to a woman who worked within the government for 30 years, promoting rights for people with disabilities in the U.S. and across the world. Part memoir, part manifesto, it presents a blueprint for the future of disability rights.
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              ISBN 9780807019290
              Released AU 25 Feb 2020
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              Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition: Young Adult Edition
               

              Man's Search for Meaning: Young Adult Edition: Young Adult Edition (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Abridged edition)

              By Frankl, Viktor E.; Foreword by Boyne, John

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              First published in Germany in 1946 as Trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager ( Saying yes to life in spite of everything: a psychologist experiences the Concentration Camp ). First English-language edition published as From Death-Camp to Existe...ntialism: A Psychiatrist's Path to a New Therapy (Boston: Beacon Press, 1959).
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              ISBN 9780807067994
              Released AU 25 Apr 2017
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              Women Warriors: An Unexpected History

              Women Warriors: An Unexpected History (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Toler, Pamela D., Ph.D

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              Who says women don't go to war? From Vikings and African queens to cross-dressing military doctors and WWII Russian fighter pilots, these are the stories of women for whom battle was not a metaphor. The woman warrior is always cast as an anomaly--Joan of Arc, not GI Jane. But wom...en, it turns out, have always gone to war. In this fascinating and lively world history, Pamela Toler not only introduces us to women who took up arms, she also shows why they did it and what happened when they stepped out of their traditional female roles to take on other identities. These are the stories of women who fought because they wanted to, because they had to, or because they could. Among the warriors you'll meet are: * Tomyris, ruler of the Massagetae, who killed Cyrus the Great of Persia when he sought to invade her lands * The West African ruler Amina of Hausa, who led her warriors in a campaign of territorial expansion for more than 30 years * Boudica, who led the Celtic tribes of Britain into a massive rebellion against the Roman Empire to avenge the rapes of her daughters * The Trung sisters, Trung Trac and Trung Nhi, who led an untrained army of 80,000 troops to drive the Chinese empire out of Vietnam * The Joshigun, a group of 30 combat-trained Japanese women who fought against the forces of the Meiji emperor in the late 19th century * Lakshmi Bai, Rani of Jhansi, who was regarded as the bravest and best military leader in the 1857 Indian Mutiny against British rule * Maria Bochkareva, who commanded Russia's first all-female battalion--the First Women's Battalion of Death--during WWII * Buffalo Calf Road Woman, the Cheyenne warrior who knocked General Custer off his horse at the Battle of Little Bighorn * Juana Azurduy de Padilla, a mestiza warrior who fought in at least 16 major battles against colonizers of Latin America and who is a national hero in Bolivia and Argentina today * And many more spanning from ancient times through the 20th century. By considering the ways i
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              ISBN 9780807028339
              Released AU 25 Feb 2020
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              A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantanamo

              A Place Outside the Law: Forgotten Voices from Guantanamo (Hardback)

              By Honigsberg, Peter Jan

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              First-hand testimonies from Guantanamo Bay detainees, family members, personnel and journalists, uncovering the human story behind life there Law scholar and Witness to Guantanamo founder Peter Jan Honigsberg uncovers a haunting portrait of life at Guantanamo Bay detention center..., using 158 interviews he conducted across 20 countries with former detainees and their families, prison guards, interrogators, interpreters, chaplains, medical personnel, lawyers, and high-ranking military officials. Since the September 11th attacks, approximately 780 men of Arab descent have been detained at Guantanamo Bay as part of America's ill-fated War on Terror. Forty-one prisoners remained. Many of them have been tortured, and they will likely die there without receiving a trial. Through the stories Honigsberg captures, he introduces readers to an unforgettable cast of characters. There is Ayub Muhammed, who was kidnapped and sold to the American military as a Taliban operative at the age of sixteen. Brandon Neely, a prison guard who processed the first group of suspected operatives to arrive in Cuba. Matt Diaz, a Navy whistleblower who covertly released the names of 500 detainees by sending them in a greeting card to a lawyer in New York. Carol Rosenberg, a journalist who has committed the past ten years of her career to documenting life at Guantanamo. And many, many more, including Damien Corsetti, an interrogator who came to be known as the King of Torture. In startling, aching prose, Straying from Honor shines a light on these untold stories, and through them, provides a powerful testament to the consequences of unchecked state power.
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              ISBN 9780807026984
              Released AU 12 Nov 2019
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              In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family

              In Jerusalem: Three Generations of an Israeli Family and a Palestinian Family (Hardback)

              By Harris, Lis

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              An entirely fresh take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that examines the life-shaping reverberations of wars and ongoing tensions upon the everyday lives of families in Jerusalem. A secular, diaspora Jew, Lis Harris grew up with the knowledge of the historical wrongs done to ...Jews. In adulthood, she developed a growing awareness of the wrongs they in turn had done to the Palestinian people. It gave her an intense desire to understand how the Israelis' history led them to where they are now. However, she found that top-down political accounts and insider assessments made the lives of those most affected seem like chess pieces. What she wanted was to register the effects of the country's seemingly never-ending conflict on the lives of successive generations. Shuttling back and forth over ten years between East and West Jerusalem, Harris got to know two families: the Israeli Pinczowers/Ezrahis and the Palestinian Abuleils. She came to know members of each family young and old, religious and secular, male and female. As they shared their histories with her, she looked at how each family survived the losses and dislocations that defined their lives; how, in a region where war and its threat were part of the very air they breathed, they gave children hope for their future; and how the adults' understanding of the conflict evolved over time. Combined with a decade of historical research and political analysis, Harris creates a living portrait of one of the most complicated and controversial conflicts of our time.
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              ISBN 9780807029688
              Released AU 25 Sep 2019
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              History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times

              History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Berry, Mary Frances

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              Historian and civil rights activist proves how progressive movements can flourish even in conservative times. Historian Mary Frances Berry shows that resistance to presidential administrations has led to positive change and the defeat of outrageous proposals, even in challenging ...times. Noting that all presidents, including ones considered progressive, sometimes require massive organization to affect policy decisions, Berry cites Indigenous peoples' protests against the Dakota pipeline during Barack Obama's administration as a modern example of successful resistance built on earlier actions. Beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Berry discusses that president's refusal to prevent race discrimination in the defense industry during World War II and the subsequent March on Washington movement. She analyzes Lyndon Johnson, the war in Vietnam, and the antiwar movement and then examines Ronald Reagan's two terms, which offer stories of opposition to reactionary policies. The prochoice protests during the George H. W. Bush administration and the opposition to Bill Clinton's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and the protests against the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act during George W. Bush's presidency. Throughout these varied examples, Berry underscores that even when resistance doesn't achieve all the goals of a particular movement, it often plants a seed that comes to fruition later. Berry also shares experiences from her six decades as an activist in various movements, including protesting the Vietnam War and advocating for the Free South Africa and civil rights movements, which provides an additional layer of insight from someone who was there. And as a result of having served in five presidential administrations, Berry brings an insider's knowledge of government.
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              ISBN 9780807057674
              Released AU 5 Feb 2019
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              Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-And the New Research That's Rewriting the Story
               

              Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong-And the New Research That's Rewriting the Story (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Saini, Angela

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              What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subserv...ient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists--most of them male, of course--claimed to find evidence to support this. Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else. In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating--and sorely necessary--new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science's failure to understand women, she finds that we're still living with the legacy of an establishment that's just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men's and women's brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes. As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women's bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women's brains, bodies, and role i
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              ISBN 9780807010037
              Released AU 6 Mar 2018
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              The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century

              The Lonely American: Drifting Apart in the Twenty-First Century (Hardback)

              By Olds MD, Jacqueline; Schwartz MD, Richard S.

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              A fresh look at social isolation in America, from individual choices to social trends to ecological impact.

              ISBN 9780807000342
              Released AU 1 Feb 2009
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