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Category: POPULAR CULTURAL

POPULAR CULTURAL

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  • From the 1920s to 1950, Georgia Tann ran a corrupt baby business at the Tennessee Children’s Home Society in Memphis. She offered up more than 5,000 orphans tailored to the wish lists of eager parents – hiding the fact that many weren’t orphans at all, but stolen sons and daughters of poor families, desperate single mothers, and women told in maternity wards that their babies had died.

    The publication of Lisa Wingate’s novel Before We Were Yours brought new awareness of Tann’s child trafficking. Adoptees who knew little about their pasts gained insight into the startling facts behind their family histories. Encouraged by their contact with Wingate and award-winning journalist Judy Christie, who document the stories of fifteen adoptees in this book, many survivors set out to trace their roots and find their birth families.

    Before and After includes moving and shocking accounts of the ways in which adoptees were separated from their first families. Often raised as only children, many have joyfully reunited with siblings in the final decades of their lives. In Before and After , Wingate and Christie tell of first meetings that are all the sweeter and more intense for time missed, and of families from very different social backgrounds reaching out to embrace brothers, sisters, and cousins.

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  • Forty thousand years ago the human species existed as thousands of small virtually autonomous bands roaming a world almost entirely untouched their presence each band in contact with a few neighbors but unaware of the thousands of others spread across the planet. Today no life can unfold in isolation from the general flux and flow of human activity. Every habitable inch of the planet is inhabited by humans there is no place left untouched by our presence and events anywhere on this planet can have consequences felt by people anywhere else on this planet. The center of the world no longer seems to be this place or that place but the system as a whole.

    This journey – from vulnerable small groups to a planet-encompassing hive – is the subject of Tamim Ansary’s elegant and gripping history. His object is not just to describe the journey but to illuminate origins of distinct ways of understanding the world organizing ourselves and making sense of what we experience. What each of us sees when we look up at the stars-or at the political landscape of this moment-is shaped by a narrative begun many thousands of years ago; and by the environment tools and language that informed that narrative. Ansary also reveals our various gods and laws our rulers and bankers our philosophers and outcasts each of which is a continuous presence in the various global cultures. They are the survivors in the human drama whereas nation states corporations policies and political ideas are all susceptible to violent upheaval and dramatic erasure.

    Our current moment Ansary shows is one of revolutionary reinvention as old habits are cast aside and reconfigured by the ever more intertwined world we have created. The whole of human history after all has been leading up to it.

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  • ‘Stanton writes with terrific verve and precision . . . his understanding of the seductive pleasures of gaming takes us right to its heart.’
    Maria Bustillos Times Literary Supplement

    ‘The best overview book of the industry that I’ve read.’
    Andrew Liptak io9

    From the first wood-panelled Pong machines in California to the masterpieces of engineering that now sit in countless homes all over the world A Brief History of Video Games reveals the vibrant history and culture of interactive entertainment.

    Above all this is a book about the games – how the experience of playing has developed from simple repetitive beginnings into a cornucopia of genres and styles at once utterly immersive and socially engaging. With full-colour illustrations throughout it shows how technological advances have transformed the first dots and dashes of bored engineers into sophisticated responsive worlds that are endlessly captivating.

    As thrilling and surprising as the games it describes this is an indispensable read for anyone serious about the business of having fun.

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  • Over the years, the companies have deployed an arsenal of schemes in an attempt to outmaneuver the competition, whether it be stealing ideas, poaching employees, planting spies, ripping off characters or launching price wars. Sometimes the feud has been vicious, at other times, more cordial. But it has never completely disappeared, and it simmers on a low boil to this day.

    This is the story of the greatest corporate rivalry never told. Other books have revealed elements of the Marvel-DC battle, but this will be the first one to put it all together into a single, juicy narrative. It will also serve as an alternate history of the superhero, told through the lens of these two publishers.

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  • Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is a manifesto and call to arms for people of all sizes and ages. With her trademark wit veteran blogger and advocate Jes Baker calls people everywhere to embrace a body-positive worldview changing perceptions about weight and making mental health a priority.Alongside notable guest essayists Jes shares personal experiences paired with in-depth research in a way that is approachable digestible and empowering. Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls is an invitation to reject fat prejudice fight body-shaming at the hands of the media and join this life-changing movement with one step: change the world by loving your body.Among the many Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls that you don’t want to miss:1. It’s Possible to Love Your Body (Today. Now.)2. You Can Train Your Brain to Play Nice3. Your Weight Is Not a Reflection Of Your Worth4. Changing Your Tumblr Feed Will Change Your Life5. Salad Will Not Get You to Heaven6. Cheesecake Will Not Send You to HellIf you’re a person with a body this book is for you.>

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  • Nearly every night on every major network unscripted” (but carefully crafted) reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago. In Reality Bites Back media critic Jennifer L. Pozner aims a critical analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. She deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple guilty pleasures” these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political development of this generation’s young viewers. She lays out the cultural biases promoted by reality TV about gender race class sexuality and consumerism and explores how those biases shape and reflect our cultural perceptions of who we are what we’re valued for and what we should view as our place” in society. Smart and informative Reality Bites Back arms readers with the tools they need to understand and challenge the stereotypes reality TV reinforces and ultimately to demand accountability from the corporations responsible for this contemporary cultural attack on three decades of feminist progress.>

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  • The landmark survey that celebrates all the places where people hang out–and is helping to spawn their revival

    A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice
    “Third places” or “great good places” are the many public places where people can gather put aside the concerns of home and work (their first and second places) and hang out simply for the pleasures of good company and lively conversation. They are the heart of a community’s social vitality and the grassroots of a democracy. Author Ray Oldenburg portrays probes and promotes th4ese great good places–coffee houses cafes bookstores hair salons bars bistros and many others both past and present–and offers a vision for their revitalization.
    Eloquent and visionary this is a compelling argument for these settings of informal public life as essential for the health both of our communities and ourselves. And its message is being heard: Today entrepreneurs from Seattle to Florida are heeding the call of The Great Good Place–opening coffee houses bookstores community centers bars and other establishments and proudly acknowledging their indebtedness to this book.

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  • Marijuana hit mainstream America over 30 years ago and has been accepted by a large segment of society ever since. Despite government efforts to isolate and eliminate its use it is more popular now than ever. Why Marijuana Should Be Legal analyzes the effects of marijuana and marijuana laws on society. The book addresses the drug’s industrial and medical applications preserving our Constitutional rights economic costs health effects and sociological aspects. New and updated information includes how state officials are acting against the legalization of marijuana and how U.S. marijuana laws are based on inaccurate and outdated information. In discussing such issues and many more the book presents clear documented evidence for all of its conclusions. Also included is an annotated list of organizations that lobby for change of marijuana laws. “Rosenthal and Kubby offer crisp well-reasoned arguments for legalizing marijuana.”—Mike Tribby Booklist “[A]n important contribution to the current national dialog on moves toward the decriminalization of this controversial drug.”—The Midwest Book Review
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  • The Question-and-Answer interview was one of Andy Warhol’s favourite communication vehicles so much so that he named his own magazine after the form. Yet never before has anyone published a collection of interviews that Warhol himself gave. I’ll Be Your Mirror contains more then thirty conversations revealing this unique and important artist. Each piece presents a different facet of the Sphinx-like Warhol’s ever-evolving personality. Writer Kenneth Goldsmith provides context and provenance for each selection. Beginning in 1962 with a notorious interview in which Warhol literally begs the interviewer to put words into his mouth the book covers Warhol’s most important artistic period during the’60s. As Warhol shifts to filmmaking in the’70s this collection explores his emergence as socialite scene-maker and trendsetter his influential Interview magazine and the Studio 54 scene. In the 80s his support of young artists like Jean-Michel Basquait his perspective on art history and the growing relationship to technology in his work are shown. Finally his return to religious imagery and spirituality are available in an interview conducted just months before his death. Including photographs and previous unpublished interviews this collage of Warhol showcases the artist’s ability to manipulate captivate and enrich American culture.>

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  • Essential reading for the 100 million Americans currently using wireless phones this thoroughly researched and documented cautionary work stands alongside of such classics as Silent Spring and The Coming Plague. With news reports proliferating of the possible connection between brain tumors and cell phone use Dr. George Carlo was hired by the cell phone industry in 1993 to study the safety of its product. In 1999 funds for Dr. Carlo’s research were not renewed and the industry sought to discredit him. Undeterred Carlo now brings his case to the public with a powerful assessment of the dangers posed by the microwave radiation from cell phone antennasdisruption of the functioning of pacemakers penetration of the developing skulls of children compromise to the blood-brain barrier and most startlingly genetic damage that is a known diagnostic marker for canceras well as a presentation of safeguards that consumers can implement right now to protect their health. “. the authors raise serious questions about the integrity of the cell phone industry and the FDA.”San Francisco Chronicle “Extraordinarily informative…[a] captivating story .”Publishers Weekly>

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  • Chelsea Fagan has felt the pressures and expectations of young adult life firsthand. Building on the success of her popular articles on Thought catalogue her book I’m Only Here for the WiFi presents an honest refreshing and hilarious perspective on the life of a misplaced twentysomething desperate for advice about how to survive adulthood- all while maintaining an active social life. With insights ranging from partying to finding and keeping a job I’m Only Here for the WiFi is a healthy mix of commentary humour and real advice.>

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  • No it doesn’t get any weirder than this: Thor Templar Lord Commander of the Earth Protectorate who claims to have killed ten aliens. Or April the Neo-Nazi bringing up her twin daughters Lamb and Lynx (A.K.A. Prussian Blue a white-power folk group for kids) and her youngest daughter Dresden. For a decade Louis Theroux has been making acclaimed television programs about offbeat characters on the fringes of U.S. society. Now he revisits the people who have intrigued him the most to try to discover what motivates them-and why they hold their bizarre beliefs. Reflecting on these assorted dreamers schemers and outlaws Theroux entertainingly and unforgettably creates a moving funny and frightening exposé of America and its often elusive dream” ( NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ).>

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  • Suddenly comics are everywhere: a newly matured art form filling bookshelves with brilliant innovative work and shaping the ideas and images of the rest of contemporary culture. In Reading Comics critic Douglas Wolk shows us why and how. Wolk illuminates the most dazzling creators of modern comics-from Alan Moore to Alison Bechdel to Chris Ware-and explains their roots influences and where they fit into the pantheon of art. As accessible to the hardcore fan as to the curious newcomer Reading Comics is the first book for people who want to know not just which comics are worth reading but ways to think and talk and argue about them.>

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  • Everyone’s heard of Usain Bolt, but how many people know about Dineka Maguire? Like Bolt, the Irish woman is a world record holder but in the rather lesser known sport of bog snorkelling. She is just one of the hundreds of unsung heroes featured in this book chronicling the people who go to bizarre lengths to break world records in the weirdest categories; people who devote hours of intense training to spitting dung, eating cockroaches, sniffing feet or tossing tuna in the hope of one day being recognised as the best in the world. This astonishing compendium of the weirdest, wackiest and most disgusting world records will amuse and astound in equal measure.

    Entries include:

    Longest ear hair
    Fastest marathon while wearing a deep-sea diving suit
    Fastest bog snorkeller
    Farthest distance skateboarding by a goat
    Most bees on body
    Most milk crates balanced on head
    Fastest 5-km run while dressed as a penguin and juggling
    Heaviest airplane pulled with teeth
    Fastest shopping trolley
    Longest backwards motorcycle ride
    Most stairs climbed by bicycle
    Fastest 30 metres on a scooter by a dog
    First water-skiing squirrel

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  • In this tie-in to their popular ‘The Skeptics Guide to the Universe’ podcast, Steven Novella, along with ‘Skeptical Rogues’ Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella and Evan Bernstein explain the tenets of skeptical thinking and debunk some of the biggest scientific myths, fallacies and conspiracy theories (anti-vaccines, homeopathy, UFO sightings, and many more.) They’ll help us try to make sense of what seems like an increasingly crazy world using powerful tools like science and philosophy.

    The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is your guide through this maze of modern life. It covers essential critical thinking skills, as well as giving insight into how your brain works and how to avoid common pitfalls in thinking. They discuss the difference between science and pseudoscience, how to recognize common science news tropes, how to discuss conspiracy theories with that crazy colleague of yours, and how to apply all of this to everyday life.

    As fascinating as it is entertaining, this page turner is your essential guide to seeing through the fake news and media manipulation in our increasingly confusing world.

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  • Great teams are built and maintained with great intention though they can make it look deceptively easy. Too many teams engage in dysfunctional behaviors or fall into territorialism apathy and unproductive relationships. The result? An overwhelmed unengaged and stressed-out workforce that settles for average or poor performance.

    Here four authors with a combined century of management experience show readers how every team can be extraordinary. The authors introduce their field-tested Loyalist Team 3D assessment that allows anyone to get to the heart of why teams break down identify the weaknesses in their own team and build a Loyalist Team. This kind of team has members who ensure each other’s success as they work to ensure their own operate with absolute candor and value loyalty and authenticity to deliver results create a healthy work environment and help companies succeed. The Loyalist Team is a must-read for anyone who wants their team to achieve extraordinary results.

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  • This book brings together for the first time eight hundred of the most inspiring, dramatic and amusing letters from the life of Britain’s most beloved theatre: from Laurence Olivier’s gracious rejection letters to Peter Hall’s combative memos; from Helen Mirren’s impassioned defence of theatrical innovation to a Tory politician’s brutal telegram damning a play; from fantastical good luck missives to long conspiratorial letters. Together, they reveal the stories behind some of the most lavish, triumphant, daring and disastrous productions in the theatre’s history

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  • The nineties was the decade when British culture reclaimed its position at the artistic centre of the world. Not since the ‘Swinging Sixties’ had art, comedy, fashion, film, football, literature and music interwoven into a blooming of national self-confidence. It was the decade of Lad Culture and Girl Power; of Blur vs Oasis. When fashion runways shone with British talent, Young British Artists became household names, football was ‘coming home’ and British film went worldwide. From Old Labour’s defeat in 1992 through to New Labour’s historic landslide in 1997, Don’t Look Back In Anger chronicles the Cool Britannia age when the country united through a resurgence of patriotism and a celebration of all things British.

    But it was also an era of false promises and misplaced trust, when the weight of substance was based on the airlessness of branding, spin and the first stirrings of celebrity culture. A decade that started with hope then ended with the death of the ‘people’s princess’ and 9/11 – an event that redefined a new world order.

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