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Ruth and the Green Book

by Gwen Strauss, Calvin Alexander Ramsey, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)

Ruth was so excited to take a trip in her family's new car! In the early 1950s, few African Americans could afford to buy cars, so this would be an adventure. But she soon found out that black travelers weren't treated very well in some towns. Many hotels and gas stations refused service to black people. Daddy was upset about something called Jim Crow laws . . . Finally, a friendly attendant at a gas station showed Ruth's family The Green Book. It listed all of the places that would welcome black travelers. With this guidebookand the kindness of strangersRuth could finally make a safe journey from Chicago to her grandma's house in Alabama.

 

Storia della bruttezza

Umberto Eco

Questo libro fa seguito al precedente "Storia della bellezza". Apparentemente bellezza e bruttezza sono concetti che si implicano l'uno con l'altro, e di solito s'intende la bruttezza come l'opposto della bellezza tanto che basterebbe definire la prima per sapere cosa sia l'altra. Ma le varie manifestazioni del brutto attraverso i secoli sono più ricche e imprevedibili di quanto comunemente si pensi. Ed ecco che sia i brani antologici che le straordinarie illustrazioni di questo libro ci fanno percorrere un itinerario sorprendente tra incubi, terrori e amori di quasi tremila anni, dove gli atti di ripulsa vanno di pari passo con toccanti moti di compassione, e al rifiuto della deformità si accompagnano estasi decadenti per le più seducenti violazioni di ogni canone classico.

Home and Away

Writing the Beautiful Game

Karl Ove Knausgaard and Fredrik Ekelund

Karl Ove Knausgaard is sitting at home in Skåne with his wife, four small children, and dog. He is watching soccer on TV and falls asleep in front of the set. He likes 0-0 draws, cigarettes, coffee, and Argentina.

Fredrik Ekelund is away, in Brazil, where he plays soccer on the beach and watches matches with others. Ekelund loves games that end up 4-3 and teams that play beautiful soccer. He likes caipirinhas and Brazil.

Home and Away is an unusual soccer book, in which the two authors use soccer and the World Cup in Brazil as the arena for reflections on life and death, art and politics, class and literature. What does it mean to be at home in a globalized world?

El Tren de la Bruja

by BRIGHTON 64

 

Where the Line Is Drawn

A Tale of Crossings, Friendships, and Fifty Years of Occupation in Israel-Palestine

Raja Shehadeh

In Where the Line Is Drawn, Shehadeh explores how occupation has affected him personally, chronicling the various crossings that he undertook into Israel over a period of forty years to visit friends and family, to enjoy the sea, to argue before the Israeli courts, and to negotiate failed peace agreements.

Those forty years also saw him develop a close friendship with Henry, a Canadian Jew who immigrated to Israel at around the same time Shehadeh returned to Palestine from studying in London. While offering an unforgettably poignant exploration of Palestinian-Israeli relationships, Where the Line Is Drawn also provides an anatomy of friendship and an exploration of whether, in the bleakest of circumstances, it is possible for bonds to transcend political divisions.

Igor Stravinsky

Poétique musicale

Septembre 1939, la guerre vient d'éclater en Europe. Igor Strawinsky s'embarque pour New York. Nommé titulaire de l'illustre chaire de poétique de l'université Harvard (occupée entre autres par T.S.¬†Eliot), le compositeur va y donner une série de six conférences regroupées sous le titre de Poétique musicale et dans lesquelles il développe ses idées sur la création musicale. Compositeur rigoureux, Strawinsky pense la musique en philosophe et la juge parfois en polémiste – comme dans cette leçon sur la musique russe que son premier éditeur en France jugea bon de supprimer. Myriam Soumagnac propose ici une édition complète de ce texte demeuré longtemps introuvable et livre un travail inédit sur la genèse de ces leçons et le rôle joué dans leur élaboration par le collaborateur privilégié de Strawinsky que fut Roland-Manuel.

Box

By Robert Wrigley

Wrigley's tenth collection,¬†Box, is a book of poems obsessed with human containment, with the way people are contained or confined—by time, mortality, technology, identity, culture, and history—in almost everything they are and everything they do. Even the body, even the poem itself, is in this regard a kind of self-containing crate, in which the human being, perhaps the human spirit, is shipped into the world at large. But¬†Box¬†is also a book obsessed with escape from containment, and escape comes from dreams, from deep awareness, from contemplation, from love, and above all, as Wallace Stevens insisted, from "the imagination pressing back against the pressure of reality." The poems in¬†Box¬†aim to do nothing less than "help people live their lives," as Stevens put it.

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Lorca en Buenos Aires

Reina Roffé

En octubre de 1933, a bordo del buque Conte Grande, Federico García Lorca viajó rumbo a Argentina, como parte de su travesía cultural por América, convertido en una suerte de embajador de España en tierras del Nuevo Continente. Anteriormente había visitado Nueva York y La Habana, donde sostuvo diálogos con los intelectuales y creadores más representativos de la década de los años treinta. Pero fue en Buenos Aires donde experimentó uno de los mejores momentos profesionales y afectivos de su vida.

Rendición

de Ray Loriga

La guerra dura una década y nadie sabe a ciencia cierta cómo transcurre, qué bando fue el agresor y cuál el agredido. En la comarca, la vida ha continuado entre el temor a la delación y la añoranza de los que fueron al frente.

Cuando llega el momento de evacuar la zona por seguridad, él emprende camino junto a su mujer y al niño Julio, que ayuda a amortiguar el dolor por la ausencia de los hijos soldados. Un futuro protegido parece aguardarles en la ciudad transparente, donde todo es de dominio público y extrañamente alegre.

Cuervo

Caroline Norsk

Ayuda a tus hijos a aprender más sobre los fascinantes Cuervo con este libro de datos curiosos sobre los Cuervo. Es divertido, fácil de leer y, sin duda, te hará saber más sobre estas hermosas criaturas llamadas "Cuervo".

Rising Star

The Making of Barack Obama

by David Garrow

Rising Star is the definitive account of Barack Obama's formative years that made him the man who became the forty-fourth president of the United States—from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Bearing the Cross

Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention instantly catapulted him into the national spotlight and led to his election four years later as America's first African-American president. In this penetrating biography, David J. Garrow delivers an epic work about the life of Barack Obama, creating a rich tapestry of a life little understood, until now.

The Heart of Everything That Is

The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend

By Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud's powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the nineteenth century's most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told...

Picasso poète

de Androula Michaël

Picasso poète réunit poésies, écrits des carnets, notes et extraits de la correspondance de Picasso.

Androula Micha√´l montre dans cet ouvrage qu'écriture et peinture sont pour l'artiste des activités parallèles et complémentaires. Elle livre une analyse inédite sur ses processus d'écriture, son rapport à l'espace, au temps et au corps. Picasso poète rassemble pour la première fois un ensemble exceptionnel de photographies en couleur des différents états des écrits de Picasso.

Entre dos nadas

Francisco Brines

Prólogo de Alejandro Duque Amusco.

"Entre dos nadas" incluye 10 poemas inéditos y más de un centenar seleccionados por un curioso método: preguntar a una tira de amigos, lectores y estudiosos por un poema favorito de Brines. Según el editor, el homenajeado se resistió a la idea porque, decía, "no quería molestar a tanta gente".

Data and Goliath

The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

Bruce Schneier

You are under surveillance right now.

Your cell phone provider tracks your location and knows who's with you. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you're unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you're thinking because it saves your private searches. Facebook can determine your sexual orientation without you ever mentioning it.

Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we've gained? In Data and Goliath, security expert Bruce Schneier offers another path, one that values both security and privacy. He shows us exactly what we can do to reform our government surveillance programs and shake up surveillance-based business models, while also providing tips for you to protect your privacy every day. You'll never look at your phone, your computer, your credit cards, or even your car in the same way again.

Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary

Joe Jackson

Black Elk, the Native American holy man, is known to millions of readers around the world from his 1932 testimonial Black Elk Speaks. Adapted by the poet John G. Neihardt from a series of interviews with Black Elk and other elders at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Black Elk Speaks is one of the most widely read and admired works of American Indian literature. Cryptic and deeply personal, it has been read as a spiritual guide, a philosophical manifesto, and a text to be deconstructed—while the historical Black Elk has faded from view.

In this sweeping book, Joe Jackson provides the definitive biographical account of a figure whose dramatic life converged with some of the most momentous events in the history of the American West. Born in an era of rising violence between the Sioux, white settlers, and U.S. government troops, Black Elk killed his first man at the Little Bighorn, witnessed the death of his second cousin Crazy Horse, and traveled to Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. Upon his return, he was swept up in the traditionalist Ghost Dance movement and shaken by the Massacre at Wounded Knee. But Black Elk was not a warrior, instead accepting the path of a healer and holy man, motivated by a powerful prophetic vision that he struggled to understand. Although Black Elk embraced Catholicism in his later years, he continued to practice the old ways clandestinely and never refrained from seeking meaning in the visions that both haunted and inspired him.

The Hatred of Poetry

by Ben Lerner

In this inventive and lucid essay, Lerner takes the hatred of poetry as the starting point of his defense of the art. He examines poetry's greatest haters (beginning with Plato's famous claim that an ideal city had no place for poets, who would only corrupt and mislead the young) and both its greatest and worst practitioners, providing inspired close readings of Keats, Dickinson, McGonagall, Whitman, and others. Throughout, he attempts to explain the noble failure at the heart of every truly great and truly horrible poem: the impulse to launch the experience of an individual into a timeless communal existence. In The Hatred of Poetry, Lerner has crafted an entertaining, personal, and entirely original examination of a vocation no less essential for being impossible.

Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010

by Greil Marcus

The book begins in Berkeley in 1968, and ends with a piece on Dylan's show at the University of Minnesota—his very first appearance at his alma mater—on election night 2008. Marcus follows not only recordings but performances, books, movies, and all manner of highways and byways in which Bob Dylan has made himself felt in our culture.

Together the dozens of pieces collected here comprise a portrait of how, throughout his career, Bob Dylan has drawn upon and reinvented the landscape of traditional American song, its myths and choruses, heroes and villains. They are the result of a more than forty-year engagement between an unparalleled singer and a uniquely acute listener.

In a Different Key

The Story of Autism

John Donvan and Caren Zucker

An extraordinary narrative history of autism: the riveting story of parents fighting for their children 's civil rights; of doctors struggling to define autism; of ingenuity, self-advocacy, and profound social change

Nearly seventy-five years ago,¬†Donald Triplett of Forest, Mississippi, became the first¬†child diagnosed¬†with¬†autism. Beginning with his family's odyssey, In a Different Key tells the extraordinary story of this often misunderstood condition, and of the civil rights battles waged by the families of those who have it. Unfolding over decades, it is a beautifully rendered history of ordinary people determined to secure a place in the world for those with autism—by liberating children from dank institutions, campaigning for their right to go to school, challenging expert opinion on what it means to have autism, and persuading society to accept those who are different.

Garden Time

by W. S. Merwin

W.S. Merwin composed Garden Time during the difficult process of losing his eyesight. When he could no longer see well enough to write, he dictated his new poems to his wife, Paula. In this gorgeous, mindful, and life-affirming book, our greatest poet channels energy from animated sounds and memories to remind us that "the only hope is to be the daylight."

From "A Breath of Day":

Last night I slept on the floor of the sea
in an unsounded part of the ocean
in the morning it was a long way up
through the dark streets of a silent country
with no language in its empty houses
until I had almost reached the surface
of a morning that I had never seen
then a breeze came to it and I began
to remember the voices of young leaves . . .

Evicted

Poverty and Profit in the American City

Matthew Desmond

In this brilliant, heartbreaking book, Matthew Desmond takes us into the poorest neighborhoods of Milwaukee to tell the story of eight families on the edge. Arleen is a single mother trying to raise her two sons on the $20 a month she has left after paying for their rundown apartment. Scott is a gentle nurse consumed by a heroin addiction. Lamar, a man with no legs and a neighborhood full of boys to look after, tries to work his way out of debt. Vanetta participates in a botched stickup after her hours are cut. All are spending almost everything they have on rent, and all have fallen behind.

Dark Money

The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right

By Jane Mayer

From the bestselling author of The Dark Side, an electrifying work of investigative journalism that uncovers the powerful group of immensely wealthy ideologues who are shaping the fate of America.

In her new preface, Jane Mayer discusses the results of the most recent election and Donald Trump's victory, and how, despite much discussion to the contrary, this was a huge victory for the billionaires who have been pouring money in the American political system.

The Underground Railroad

By Colson Whitehead

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia... Cora's journey is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Bush Hardcover

by Jean Edward Smith

Distinguished presidential biographer Jean Edward Smith offers a "comprehensive and compelling" (The New York Times) life of George W. Bush, showing how he ignored his advisors to make key decisions himself—most disastrously in invading Iraq—and how these decisions were often driven by the President's deep religious faith.

George W. Bush, the forty-third president of the United States, almost singlehandedly decided to invade Iraq. It was possibly the worst foreign-policy decision ever made by a president. The consequences dominated the Bush Administration and still haunt us today.

Why Homer Matters

by Adam Nicolson

Why Homer Matters is a magical journey of discovery across wide stretches of the past, sewn together by the Iliad and the Odyssey and their metaphors of life and trouble. Homer's poems-transmitted orally across the generations, shaped and reshaped in a living, self-renewing tradition-occupy, as Adam Nicolson writes "a third space" in the way we relate to the past: not as memory, which lasts no more than three generations, nor as the objective accounts of history, but as epic, invented after memory but before history, poetry which aims "to bind the wounds that time inflicts."

The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes

Among Americans, diabetes is more prevalent today than ever; obesity is at epidemic proportions; nearly 10% of children are thought to have nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. And sugar is at the root of these, and other, critical society-wide, health-related problems. With his signature command of both science and straight talk, Gary Taubes delves into Americans' history with sugar: its uses as a preservative, as an additive in cigarettes, the contemporary overuse of high-fructose corn syrup. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about the relationship between sugar and weight loss; and provides the perspective necessary to make informed decisions about sugar as individuals and as a society.

J.D. Salinger: The Last Interview

And Other Conversations

J.D. Salinger

Edited and with an Introduction by David Streitfeld

From the moment J. D. Salinger published The Catcher in the Rye in 1951, he was stalked by besotted fans, would-be biographers, and pushy journalists. In this collection of rare and revealing encounters with the elusive literary giant, Salinger discusses—sometimes willingly, sometimes grudgingly—what that onslaught was like, the autobiographical origins of his art, and his advice to writers.

Empire of the Summer Moon

Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History

By S. C. Gwynne

S. C. Gwynne's Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Mari Sandoz: Story Catcher of the Plains

by Helen Winter Stauffer

As a historian and as a novelist Mari Sandoz (1896–1966) stands in the front rank of western writers: in the words of John K. Hutchens, "no one in our time wrote better than the late Mari Sandoz did, or with more authority and grace, about as many aspects of the old West." This first full-length biography is particularly concerned to show the relationship between Sandoz's life and experiences and her writing.

Drawing heavily on materials in the Mari Sandoz Collection at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln—correspondence to and from Sandoz, her research notes, and manuscripts—and on interviews with dozens of Sandoz's friends and acquaintances, the author not only establishes the facts of Sandoz's life but confirms her standing as a writer and historian.

Limonov: A Novel

by Emmanuel Carrere

Winner of Telegraph Books of the Year and Observer Books of the Year 2014. Limonov is not a fictional character, but he could have been. He's lived a hundred lives. He was a hoodlum in Ukraine, an idol of the Soviet underground, punk-poet and valet to a billionaire in Manhattan, fashion writer in Paris, lost soldier in the Balkans, and now, in the chaos after the fall of communism a charismatic party leader of a gang of political desperados. Limonov sees himself as a hero, but he is also a bastard. Carrere suspends judgment. Carrere decided to write about Limonov because he thought "that his life, romantic and reckless, tells us something, not just about Limonov or Russia, but the story of all of us after the end of World War II."

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