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Par Ivan Aleksandrovich Goncharov. 1987
The 19th century Russian author's account of an 1852-1853 journey from St. Petersburg around the Cape of Good Hope, up…to Japan on the frigate "Pallada", concluding with an overland trek across Siberia. c1987. Uniform title: Fregat "Pallada".
Par Joan Frances Casey, Lynn I Wilson. 1991
In 1981, therapist Lynn Wilson diagnosed Joan Casey as having a multiple personality disorder. Joan's story, interspersed with the therapist's…notes, describes the abuse she suffered as a child as well as Lynn Wilson's unorthodox 4-year treatment of the disorder. Violence and explicit descriptions of sex. c1991.
Par Betty Friedan. 2001
This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist…movement, and that has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations. A new introduction by Anna Quindlen traces the book in her own history, we well as how it was prescient on consumer culture and domestic issues. Some descriptions of sex. 2001, c1963.
Par Dick Lehr. 2009
The Fence documents the true story of a Boston police incident during which an undercover officer was brutally beaten by…fellow officers who mistook him for a murder suspect. Some strong language and some descriptions of violence. c2009.
Par Brian J Harvey. 2008
A biologist searches for a solution that will save many fish species from life-threatening dams. His adventures take him from…a fisheries patrol boat on the Fraser River to the great Tsukiji fish market in Japan, with stops in the Philippines, Thailand, and assorted South American countries. Portrays fishermen, fish farmers, and even fish cops in a new light, as well as scientists, shysters, and some very drunk, hairy Brazilian men in thongs. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some descriptions of violence. c2008.
Par Robert W Ferguson. 2003
The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest inland body of water, has lost over half its surface area and 80 percent…of its volume since 1960, due to poorly planned irrigation systems. In January 2000, Canadian Rob Ferguson went to Uzbekistan to work on an environmental project to save the Aral Sea. After a year of dealing with corrupt officials, not only had the project gone nowhere, but Ferguson was under suspicion of murder. Some strong language. 2003.
Par Richard Rothstein. 2017
In this history of the modern American metropolis, Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided…through de facto segregation--that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, he incontrovertibly makes clear that it was de jure segregation--the laws and policy decisions passed by local, state, and federal governments--that actually promoted the discriminatory patterns that continue to this day. 2017.
Par Jerry Kobalenko. 2002
Ellesmere Island lays a mere 450 miles from the North Pole and has the highest peaks in the Western Hemisphere…east of the Rockies. For more than a decade, Kobalenko has traced the routes of explorers and Inuits, and broken many new trails across the frozen terrain of Ellesmere Island. He investigates the motives and mistakes of the island's first explorers, searches for clues to the mysterious disappearance of scientist-explorer Dr. Hans Kruger and the murder of an Inuit guide. 2002.
Par Peter Levi. 1981
Greece as seen through the eyes of a sensitive traveller - English classicist, archaeologist, and former Jesuit priest, whose poetic…observations about the land and its people are interspersed with personal narrative. c1981.
Par Micheline Ishay. 2004
Depicts the struggle for human rights, from the Mesopotamian Codes of Hammurabi to today's era of globalization. Chapters are structured…around questions such as: What are the origins of human rights? Why did the European vision of human rights triumph over those of other civilizations? Has socialism made a lasting contribution to the legacy of human rights? Is globalization eroding or advancing human rights? 2004.
Par Paul Theroux. 1992
Renowned travel writer Theroux embarks on an exotic exploration of the Pacific Islands. From New Zealand to Hawaii, with stops…in New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and others, he explores the lush landscapes, encounters unique wildlife, and lives among the fascinating peoples who have made Oceania their home. c1992.
Par Ted Simon. 1997
The author recounts his 1500 mile journey, much of it on foot, through Eastern Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania,…making personal connections with people in the turbulent region, and learning more about himself and his parents who had escaped from there years before. 1997.
In the 1960s, Lynn Povich was one of the lucky women, like Nora Ephron, Jane Bryant Quinn, Ellen Goodman, and…Susan Brownmiller, to land a job at Newsweek, but it was a dead end - women researchers sometimes became reporters, rarely writers, and never editors. On March 16, 1970, the day Newsweek published a cover story on the fledgling feminist movement, forty-six Newsweek women charged the magazine with discrimination. It was the first female class action lawsuit - the first by women journalists - and it inspired other women in the media to quickly follow suit. Includes strong language. 2012.
Par Michiko Kakutani. 2018
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic comes an impassioned critique of America's retreat from reason. We live in a time when…the very idea of objective truth is mocked and discounted by the occupants of the White House. Discredited conspiracy theories and ideologies have resurfaced, proven science is once more up for debate, and Russian propaganda floods our screens. The wisdom of the crowd has usurped research and expertise, and we are each left clinging to the beliefs that best confirm our biases. How did truth become an endangered species in contemporary America? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm. In social media and literature, television, academia, and politics, Kakutani identifies the trends, originating on both the right and the left, that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values. And she returns us to the words of the great critics of authoritarianism, writers like George Orwell and Hannah Arendt, whose work is newly and eerily relevant. With remarkable erudition and insight, Kakutani offers a provocative diagnosis of our current condition and points toward a new path for our truth-challenged times. 2018.
Par Judith Fingard. 1992
Using court records, newspaper accounts and other sources, the author studies 92 "repeat" offenders of late Victorian Halifax, including thieves,…prostitutes, drunks and brawlers. She then examines how the middle class do-gooders tried to solve "the problems of the disrespectable lower classes". 1992.
Par Charles Wilkins. 1998
The author travelled over three-thousand kilometres in Canada in order to get the inside story on life with a travelling…circus. He vividly describes the seductive freedoms and horrific risks of traditional circus life. He also shares the lives of the circus performers and their motivations for becoming a member of a travelling troupe. 1998.
Par Jimmy Breslin. 2004
When the recent church sex scandals emerged, and when it became apparent that these scandals had been covered up by…the church hierarchy, the author visited many victims of molestation by priests and found lives in emotional chaos. He questioned the bishops and found an ossified clergy that has a sense of privilege and entitlement. Disillusioned with his church, though not with his faith, he writes about the loss of moral authority yet uses his trademark mordant humour to good effect. 2004.
The courage to change: hope and help for alcoholics and their families : personal conversations with Dennis Wholey
Par Dennis Wholey, Robert Bauman. 1984
The author writes of her conversion from a Southern Baptist with a patriarchal view of the world to a feminist…who glories in the spiritual consciousness of womanhood. Kidd includes research from the Bible, fairy tales, myths, and feminist religious leaders to illustrate her beliefs. 1996.