The Afterlife of an American Metropolis
Author: Mark Binelli
Publisher: Metropolitan Books
Category: Social Science
Once America's capitalist dream town, Detroit is our country's greatest urban failure, having fallen the longest and the farthest. But the city's worst crisis yet (and that's saying something) has managed to do the unthinkable: turn the end of days into a laboratory for the future. Urban planners, land speculators, neopastoral agriculturalists, and utopian environmentalists—all have been drawn to Detroit's baroquely decaying, nothing-left-to-lose frontier. With an eye for both the darkly absurd and the radically new, Detroit-area native Mark Binelli has chronicled this convergence. Throughout the city's "museum of neglect"—its swaths of abandoned buildings, its miles of urban prairie—he tracks both the blight and the signs of its repurposing, from the school for pregnant teenagers to a beleaguered UAW local; from metal scrappers and gun-toting vigilantes to artists reclaiming abandoned auto factories; from the organic farming on empty lots to GM's risky wager on the Volt electric car; from firefighters forced by budget cuts to sleep in tents to the mayor's realignment plan (the most ambitious on record) to move residents of half-empty neighborhoods into a viable, new urban center. Sharp and impassioned, Detroit City Is the Place to Be is alive with the sense of possibility that comes when a city hits rock bottom. Beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin, we glimpse a longshot future Detroit that is smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning—what could be the boldest reimagining of a post-industrial city in our new century. Detroit City Is the Place to Be is one of Publishers Weekly's Top 10 Best Books of 2012
Part III of the quatrainSome Die Mad
Author: Perry Aayr
The Some Die Mad quatrain continues as Malcolm Ward and his fellow pilot group therapy patients at Mid-State Hospital fight not only their own severe and probably fatal flaws but also try to topple a megalomaniacal superintendent and a system literally out to remove them permanently.
Lessons in Faith from a Deadly Ambush
Author: Joshua Motes
Publisher: Jim Kochenburger
"This is not the place to ignore me..." Thousands of miles from home, on the business end of a daring mission into a deserted Afghan cityscape where friend and foe blend, author Joshua Motes hears God speak these words, calling him back to wholehearted devotion and a renewed commitment to be an influence for Jesus among the men he led. As one of the few American soldiers serving in the military that has experienced direct fire combat where life and death are a constant reality, First Lieutenant Motes offers a unique perspective on living out a committed life of faith. Not the Place to Ignore Me: Lessons in Faith from a Deadly Ambush, will empower you to... Live as a Christian in a world where you fight a very real enemy; one just as real as those that waited to ambush Motes and his men. Discover the danger of lingering unrepentant in a spiritually dry season, and how to be restored and renewed to a passionate spiritual life. Gain a renewed revelation of the sovereignty of God, His incomprehensible grace, and His goodness. "The book you hold reaches beyond surface talk and broaches a subject we have often forgotten in the American church; spiritual warfare....It is time for Jesus' bride to pay attention. He alone has the ability to guide us faithfully through the fire and fury of our enemy...He will be faithful to fulfill His promises, if only we will not ignore Him." -Joshua Foliart, founder and president of MULTIPLi Joshua Motes graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010, with a bachelor's degree in communications. A first lieutenant in the US Army, Joshua served eleven years, completing combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO. Joshua recently began pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary, and hopes to begin full-time ministry soon.
Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar
Author: Julie Lindquist
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Linguists have become increasingly interested in examining how class culture is socially constructed and maintained through spoken language. Julie Lindquist's examination of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is an important and original contribution to the field. She examines how regular patrons argue about political issues in order to create a group identity centered around political ideology. She also shows how their political arguments are actually a rhetorical genre, one which creates a delicate balance between group solidarity and individual identity, as well as a tenuous and ambivalent sense of class identity.
Using History to Build Community
Author: Robert R. Archibald
Publisher: Rowman Altamira
Well-known public historian Robert Archibald's personal exploration of the intersections of history, memory, and community reveals how we participate in the making and sustaining of community as well as how we remember the community that shaped us. Writing in a rich literary narrative, Archibald blends local history, personal reminiscence, and an analysis of the changing meaning of community with a passionate call for more effective public history. A Place to Remember poetically illustrates how we are active participants in the past and the role and importance of history in contemporary life.
Rough Rock and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Indigenous Schooling
Author: Teresa L. McCarty
A Place To Be Navajo is the only book-length ethnographic account of a revolutionary Indigenous self-determination movement that began in 1966 with the Rough Rock Demonstration School. Called Diné Bi'ólta', The People's School, in recognition of its status as the first American Indian community-controlled school, Rough Rock was the first to teach in the Native language and to produce a body of quality children's literature by and about Navajo people. These innovations have positioned the school as a leader in American Indian and bilingual/bicultural education and have enabled school participants to wield considerable influence on national policy. This book is a critical life history of this singular school and community. McCarty's account grows out of 20 years of ethnographic work by the author with the Diné (Navajo) community of Rough Rock. The story is told primarily through written text, but also through the striking black-and-white images of photographer Fred Bia, a member of the Rough Rock community. Unlike most accounts of Indigenous schooling, this study involves the active participation of Navajo community members. Their oral testimony and that of other leaders in Indigenous/Navajo education frame and texture the account. Informed by critical theories of education, this book is not just the story of a single school and community. It is also an inquiry into the larger struggle for self-determination by Indigenous and other minoritized communities, raising issues of identity, voice, and community empowerment. A Place To Be Navajo asks whether school can be a place where children learn, question, and grow in an environment that values and builds upon who they are. The author argues that the questions Rough Rock raises, and the responses they summon, implicate us all.
Author: Lara Pawson
A memoir in the form of a series of sharply etched vignettes that shift astonishingly in time and mood, and range in place from Africa and the US to the streets of London. It demonstrates that no moment is isolated, and that privilege, conflict, race and gender are inherent in all our encounters, from the banal to the extreme
In Search of an Ecology of Music
Author: John Luther Adams
Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
Did Alaska create the music of John Luther Adams, or did the music create his Alaska? For the past thirty years, the vastness of Alaska has swept through the distant reaches of the composer’s imagination and every corner of his compositions. In this new book Adams proposes an ideal of musical ecology, the philosophical foundation on which his largest, most complex musical work is based. This installation, also called The Place Where You Go to Listen, is a sound and light environment that gives voice to the cycles of sunlight and darkness, the phases of the moon, the seismic rhythms of the earth, and the dance of the aurora borealis. Adams describes this work as “a place for hearing the unheard music of the world around us.” The book includes two seminal essays, the composer’s journal telling the story of the day-to-day emergence of The Place, as well as musical notations, graphs and illustrations of geophysical phenomena.
Author: Michelle Valdez
This story tells of a young woman who grew up in a loving home with two parents who adored her. One tragic night changed the course of her life forever. Alone in the world, Amanda enters into a relationship of lies, deception and heart-break. Only after she has a child of her own, does she have the determination to leave the relationship to provide a better life for herself and her young daughter, Bella. Through her journey she overcomes insurmountable odds but struggles to find love. However, when it comes to matters of the heart, love prevails. Mother and daughter finally find what they both so desperately wanted, but at a bitter-sweet cost that sets off a course of events that will test the magic of true everlasting love.