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The “S” Word by John Nichols During the Cold War it became a dirty word in the United States, but “socialism” runs like a red thread through the nation’s history, an integral part of its political consciousness since the founding of the republic. In this unapologetic corrective to today’s collective amnesia, John Nichols calls for the proud return of socialism in American life. He recalls the reforms lauded by Founding Father Tom Paine; the presence of Karl Marx’s journalism in American letters; the left leanings of founders of the Republican Party; the socialist politics of Helen Keller; the progressive legacy of figures like Chaplin and Einstein. Now in an updated edition, The “S” Word makes a case for socialist ideas as an indispensable part of American heritage. A new final chapter considers the recent signs of a leftward sea change in American politics in the face of increasing and historic levels of inequality.
Today, corporations – like other rich “individuals” – pay fewer taxes than they did in the 1950’s, while our infrastructure crumbles and the seas rise. The “S” Word addresses a nation that can no longer afford to put capital before people.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton Since its original publication by Little, Brown, and Company in 1942, Edith Hamilton’s Mythology has been a perennial bestseller and has sold millions of copies throughout the world. Expansive in its scope, Mythology brings to life for the modern reader Greek, Roman, and Norse myths and legends, as well as the gods, heroes, and mortals who inhabit them, and who have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present.
Vivid, decadent, and full of action, Hamilton’s retellings of these timeless tales – from the birth of the goddess Athena, who sprung fully formed from the head of her father Zeus, to the great adventures of Ulysses and the labors of Hercules – appeal to readers of all ages and reveal essential truths about the behavior of man.
The book is organized into seven parts: The Gods, the Creation, and the Earliest Heroes; Stories of Love and Adventure; The Great Heroes Before the Trojan War; The Heroes of the Trojan War; The Great Families of Mythology; The Less Important Myths; and The Mythology of the Norseman, and includes geneaologies. The ten full-color plates by Jim Tierney, specially commissioned for this 75th anniversary edition, are the perfect complement to Hamilton’s classic work.
The Ring of Avalon by G.S. Forgey Young Ian Caine learns he is a descendant of the legendary King Arthur after he finds a ring on Glastonbury Tor, the current site of what once was the Isle of Avalon. The ring has strange symbols and writing on it which Ian discovers are similar to the name “Caledfwich,” the name of King Arthur’s legendary sword “Excalibur.” Ian discovers that the ring allows him to time travel, but that’s not all.
Upon the initial use of the ring, Ian releases the sorceress, Morgan le Fay, who had been imprisoned in the ring by the wizard Merlin. Morgan informs Ian that she and her sisters forged the ring to give to King Arthur to help him defeat his enemies. Morgan further explains all the powers of the ring and teaches Ian how to use it.
Ian can think of many good uses for the ring. But, he has a dilemma: the ring was found on property owned by the National Trust, a conservation organization that works to preserve and protect historic places in the United Kingdom. Should he turn the ring over to the Trust?
As Ian teaches Morgan about the 21st century, the pair have many exciting adventures traveling through time as they save lives, solve crimes, and meet famous people including Pope Julius II, Michelangelo, Roman Emperor Titus, and Queen Elizabeth.
But revisiting the past, visiting the future, and changing events can be dangerous. One small change can have disastrous and unintended consequences, not only for history, but for Ian himself.
The Library of Greek Mythology, translated by Robin Hard Apollodorus’ Library has been an invaluable source book for early Greek myths from the time of its compilation in the first/second century AD to the present, influencing writers from the scholars of Byzantium to Robert Graves. It provides a complete history of Greek myth, telling the story of each of the families of heroic mythology and the various adventures associated with the main heroes and heroines, from Jason and Perseus to Heracles and Helen of Troy. As a primary source for Greek myth, as a reference work, and as an indication of how the Greeks themselves viewed their mythical traditions, the Library is indispensable to anyone who has an interest in classical mythology.
Robin Hard’s accessible and fluent translation is supplemented by extensive editorial apparatus. The Introduction gives a detailed account of the Library’s sources and discusses the developing traditions of Greek mythical narrative.
Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks Hope Anderson is at a crossroads. At thirty-six, she’s been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.
Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.
I Fired God by Jocelyn R. Zichterman Jocelyn Zichterman was born, raised, married in to, and finally, with her family, fled the Independent Fundamental Baptist Church, which was founded by the fiery preacher Bob Jones. With several hundred thousand members, the IFB insists that congregants must not associate with members of other Baptist denominations and evangelicals. The church also emphasizes secrecy, insular marriages within the church, subservience for women, and unusual child-raising practices.
In I Fired God, Jocelyn Zichterman systematically details the IFB’s disturbing history, exposing a cultlike atmosphere of corruption, greed, and abuse. Having been initiated into its innermost circles, Zichterman knows that the gentle demeanor America sees in the form of the Duggar clan on 19 Kids and Counting disguises the truth about the darker side of the church.
With written documentation and sources so thorough that law enforcement has used her work as a foundation for criminal prosecutions, Zichterman exposes the IFB with revelations that include:
- The disturbing world of abuse within the IFB, and doctors and teachers who cater exclusively to church members and fail to report physical and sexual abuse
- The IFB-controlled Bob Jones University, which issues degrees of questionable value while making vast sums of money for its founders
- The way the IFB influences politics on the local, state and national level, and protects its abusive culture under the constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion
Greek Mythology by Lance Hightower Some of the best stories about Ancient Greece are mixed with actual historical events: equal parts truth and fantasy, and that’s what makes them so intriguing. The Trojan War for example, in which we see the hero Achilles, the bulwark of the Greek Army who saved the kidnapped Helen, is told from the perspective of his goddess mother. But did you know that according to the ancient Greeks, Achilles had the choice to live a long and happy life or die by his ambition to be remembered as a hero? Even with all the intervention of his Immortal mother who called in favors from the gods, she could not change the fate of her son, which was allegedly set by the Fates when he was born.
Greek Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines, Monsters, and Classic Greek Myths of All Time is filled with interesting tidbits about the most popular heroes, gods and goddesses, as well as some little known facts and interpretations about their lives. You’ll find timelines and the genealogy of the Immortals as well as the men and women who were subjected to their whims and used as pawns to further their intentions. It gives us deep insight into the philosophy of this “religion,” into the minds of great thinkers of the time and how they viewed their world – the earth, the heavens, the stars, and the afterlife. But this book is as entertaining as it is informative.
Discover how the great Olympian and King of the Gods, Zeus himself, was controlled by his wife, Hera, and how something as meaningless as a pomegranate seed fated poor Persephone to being the Goddess of the Underworld, at least part-time, that is.
Find out about the four seasons, what or who inspires music and poetry, why life is limited to a certain span of time, how each person is allotted certain gifts and why, how the gods intervene, what came before Olympus, and how we got the names of many of our constellations and stars.
It may seem like superstition today, but a mere 3000 years ago, these were strongly held beliefs that influenced everything in daily life including philosophy, religion and government in the same way today’s dominant religions influence society. Greek Gods, Goddesses, Heroes, Heroines, Monsters, and Classic Greek Myths of All Time is a fun read and a book you’ll want to refer to again and again. It should find a place in your reference library and onto your reading list.
Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr by Thomas Fox Averill Not just epistolary, this novel is archival, told entirely through journals, letters, photos, drawings, notes, and clippings left behind by Nell Doerr, who lived in Lawrence, Kansas, between 1854 and 1889. Although Nell seems so real you can reach out and touch her, she is a fictional character. The novel tells the story of her two stillborn babies, her move to Kansas, the loss of her husband in Quantrill’s Raid, and her discovery, while hiding in her basement, of the fossils of ancient creatures in the foundation rock. In finding those specimens this unforgettable heroine finds herself, a woman unconventional and strong, a mother without children, a wife without a husband, a scientist without educational pedigree, and someone who nurtures her passion for nature and contributes to the scientific knowledge of her time.
Heroes, Gods and Monsters of the Greek Myths by Bernard Evslin In these exciting retellings of the ancient myths, follow fearless heroes as they battle epic beasts under the eyes of the mighty immortals who rule over them.
From mortal warriors like Perseus and his impossible task of slaying the monstrous Medusa, to Zeus, the king of the Gods, whose thunderbolts can shake the earth, to the minotaur, a gruesome beast, half-man and half-bull, who destroys young victims that are sacrificed to his terrifying power, this world is one of magic and adventure.
Golden Son by Pierce Brown He seeks justice. To free his enslaved people, Darrow has infiltrated his world’s brutal ruling class – on a mission to destroy them. And though the only path to liberation is revolution, he must strive not for vengeance but for a hopeful rebirth.
Moosewood Restaurant Daily Special: More Than 275 Recipes for Soups, Stews, Salads, & Extras From casual entertaining to healthful meals for a busy family, the cooks at Moosewood Restaurant know soups and salads are time-tested crowd pleasers. Choose from among more than 275 all-new recipesand mix and match to design your own Daily Specials and combo plates!
The Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein More and more of us want to ensure that what we eat doesn’t deplete resources, cause animal or human suffering, or lead to pollution. And at the same time we also want delicious food! If you are concerned about the environment but unsure how to make a difference, here is a handbook for finding and cooking environmentally friendly and ethically produced foods. Chef and environmentalist Jay Weinstein has written the bible for those who care about both the well-being of the world and flavorful food. He informs us:
- When organics really matter
- Where to source humanely raised meats and other ethically produced foods
- How to make choices with a clear conscience when dining out
He also explores subjects ranging from genetically modified foods to being savvy about farmed fish, and why to avoid disposable wooden chopsticks and bottled water. By providing 100 healthy, sophisticated, and mouthwatering recipes, Jay Winstein ensures that our ethical impulses are well rewarded. Dishes like Manchego-Potato Tacos with Pickled Jalepenos, Zucchini Spaghetti with Garlicky Clams and Grilled Bluefish, Pumpkin Basmati Rice Pilaf, and Coco-Vegetable Rice with Tramarind Chicken Skewers feature creative ways to use eco-friendly vegetables and legumes, sustainable seafood, and humanely raised animals.
The Cut Out Girl by Bart van Es Bart van Es left the Netherlands for England many years ago, but one story from his Dutch childhood never left him. It was a mystery of sorts: During the Second World War, a young Jewish girl named Lientje had been taken in by his relatives and hidden from the Nazis. She had been handed over by her parents, who understood all too well the danger they were in. The girl was raised by her foster family as one of their own, but then, well after the war, tehre was a falling out, and they were no longer in touch. What was the girl’s side of the story, van Es wondered? What really happened during the war, and after?
So began an investigation that would consume Bart van Es’s life, and change it. After some sluething, he learned that Lientje was now in her eighties and living in Amsterdam. Somewhat reluctantly, she agreed to meet him, and eventually they struck up a remarkable friendship, even a partnership. The Cut Out Girl braids a powerful re-creation of Lientje’s intensely harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of van Es’s efforts to piece that story together, in the process bringing some old ghosts back into the light.
It is a story rich with contradictions. There is great bravery and generosity on the part of many – first, Lientje’s parents, in giving up their beloved daughter, and then the Dutch families who faced real danger from the Nazi occupation for taking in Lientje and other Jewish children. And there are the more mundane sacrifices that a family under brutal occupation must make to provide for the children they already have. But tidy Holland also must face a darker truth, that it was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country, and that is part of Lientje’s story, too. Her time in hiding was made much more terrifying by the energetic efforts of the local Dutch authorities, zealous accomplices in the mission of sending every Jew – man, woman, and child – east to their extermination. Lientje herself was not always particularly well treated and sometimes, van Es learned, she was very badly treated indeed.
The Cut Out Girl is an astonishment, a deeply moving reckoning with a young girl’s struggle for survival during war. It is a story about the powerful love of foster families but also their challenges, and about the ways our most painful experiences define us but also can be redefined, on a more honest level, even many years after the fact. A work of subtlety, decency, and unflinching observation, The Cut Out Girl is a multifaceted family history that ultimately, triumphantly, finds an extraordinary new harmony and a deeper truth.
On Bullsh*t by Harry G. Frankfurt One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullsh*t. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullsh*t and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullsh*t is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, “we have no theory.”
Frankfurt, one of the world’s most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullsh*t and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullsh*tters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullsh*t need not be untrue at all.
Rather, bullsh*tters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullsh*t can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner’s capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullsh*t is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
How to Archive Family Keepsakes by Denise May Levenick In every family someone ends up with Mom’s and Dad’s “stuff” – a lifetime’s worth of old family photos, papers, and memorabilia packed into boxes, trunks, and suitcases. This inheritance can be as much a burden as it is a blessing. How do you organize your loved one’s estate in a way that honors your loved one, keeps the peace in your family and doesn’t take over your home or life? How to Archive Family Keepsakes gives you step-by-step advice for how to organize, distribute, and preserve family heirlooms.
You’ll learn how to:
- Organize the boxes of your parents’ stuff that you inherited
- Decide which family heirlooms to keep
- Donate items to museums, societies, and charities
- Protect and pass on keepsakes
- Create a catalog of family heirlooms
- Organize genealogy files and paperwork
- Digitize family history records
- Organize computer files to improve your research
Whether you have boxes filled with treasures or are helping a parent or relative downsize to a smaller home, this book will help you organize your family archive and preserve your family history for future generations.
How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition Thoroughly revised to cover new tools, techniques, and data, How to Do Everything: Genealogy, Fourth Edition uniquely addresses all the major genealogical record types and explains traditional and digital research strategies. Genealogy expert George G. Morgan shows you how to research your family history using the most current websites, mobile apps, social networking sites, record archives, census data, digital records, DNA research, and more. Discover your family’s past with help from the new edition of this bestselling guide.