Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx
Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439124892
Category: Social Science
Page: 432
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Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Der alte König in seinem Exil

Author: Arno Geiger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783423141543
Category: Domestic fiction
Page: 188
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Berührendes Psychogramm des an Demenz erkrankten Vaters, das seine aus ihm heraussickernde Persönlichkeit seziert, seine Kindheit und sein Leben rekonstruiert und dabei schon verloren geglaubte Charakterzüge neu entdeckt.

Denn bereuen sollst du nie

mein Leben
Author: Mary Higgins Clark
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783453405042
Page: 255
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Anschaulich und offen erzählt die amerikanische Autorin aus ihrem von Familienglück, Schicksalsschlägen und Erfolg geprägten Leben.

Slum. Eine Geschichte von Leben, Tod und Hoffnung

Author: Katherine Boo
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426416158
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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Annawadi ist ein Slum jenseits des luxuriösen Flughafens von Mumbai. Hier wohnen Tausende Menschen in notdürftig errichteten Hütten. Eng ist es hier und schmutzig. Und nicht selten fallen hungrige Ratten nachts über die Kinder her. In Annawadi lebt Abdul, der Müllsammler. Dass er geschickt ist in seinem Job, dass er Müll zu sammeln, zu sortieren und weiterzuverkaufen weiß wie kein Zweiter, ruft viele Neider auf den Plan. Denn der Erfolg des einen bedeutet den möglichen Ruin des anderen. Und jeder in dem Slum kämpft mit allen Mitteln um die pure Existenz. Katherine Boo erzählt nicht nur die Geschichten der Menschen in Annawadi – sie erzählt auch von ihrer Hoffnung und ihrem Streben nach einem besseren Leben und von den Auswirkungen des westlichen Konsums bis in dieses Eckchen der Welt.

Failure to Flourish

How Law Undermines Family Relationships
Author: Clare Huntington
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190212209
Category: Law
Page: 352
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Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America. Failure to Flourish contends that we must re-orient the legal system to help families avoid crises and, when conflicts arise, intervene in a manner that heals relationships. To understand how wrong our family law system has gone and what we need to repair it, Failure to Flourish takes us from ancient Greece to cutting-edge psychological research, and from the chaotic corridors of local family courts to a quiet revolution under way in how services are provided to families in need. Incorporating the latest insights of positive psychology and social science research, the book sets forth a new, more emotionally intelligent vision for a legal system that not only resolves conflict but actively encourages the healthy relationships that are at the core of a stable society.

Violence at the Urban Margins

Author: Javier Auyero,Philippe Bourgois,Nancy Scheper-Hughes
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190221488
Category: Social Science
Page: 352
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In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety--from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America--are dominated by members of the middle and upper-middle classes. However, a cursory count of the victims of urban violence in the Americas reveals that the people suffering the most from violence live, and die, at the lowest of the socio-symbolic order, at the margins of urban societies. The inhabitants of the urban margins are hardly ever heard in discussions about public safety. They live in danger but the discourse about violence and risk belongs to, is manufactured and manipulated by, others--others who are prone to view violence at the urban margins as evidence of a cultural, or racial, defect, rather than question violence's relationship to economic and political marginalization. As a result, the experience of interpersonal violence among the urban poor becomes something unspeakable, and the everyday fear and trauma lived in relegated territories is constantly muted and denied. This edited volume seeks to counteract this pernicious tendency by putting under the ethnographic microscope--and making public--the way in which violence is lived and acted upon in the urban peripheries. It features cutting-edge ethnographic research on the role of violence in the lives of the urban poor in South, Central, and North America, and sheds light on the suffering that violence produces and perpetuates, as well as the individual and collective responses that violence generates, among those living at the urban margins of the Americas.

Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers

Living Doubled-Up
Author: Ronald E. Hallett
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136652256
Category: Education
Page: 148
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Homeless youth face countless barriers that limit their ability to complete a high school diploma and transition to postsecondary education. Their experiences vary widely based on family, access to social services, and where they live. More than half of the 1.5 million homeless youth in America are in fact living "doubled-up," staying with family or friends because of economic hardship and often on the brink of full-on homelessness. Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers investigates the effects of these living situations on educational participation and higher education access. First-hand data from interviews, observations, and document analysis shed light on the experience of four doubled-up adolescents and their families. The author demonstrates how complex these residential situations are, while also identifying aspects of living doubled-up that encourage educational success. The findings of this powerful book will give students, researchers, and policymakers an invaluable look at how this understudied segment of the adolescent population navigates their education.

Hispanic New York

A Sourcebook
Author: Claudio Iván Remeseira
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 023151977X
Category: Social Science
Page: 576
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Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's history. They represent what Walt Whitman once celebrated as "the Spanish element of our nationality." Hispanic New York is the first anthology to offer a comprehensive view of this multifaceted heritage. Combining familiar materials with other selections that are either out of print or not easily accessible, Claudio Iván Remeseira makes a compelling case for New York as a paradigm of the country's Latinoization. His anthology mixes primary sources with scholarly and journalistic essays on history, demography, racial and ethnic studies, music, art history, literature, linguistics, and religion, and the authors range from historical figures, such as José Martí, Bernardo Vega, or Whitman himself, to contemporary writers, such as Paul Berman, Ed Morales, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Roberto Suro, and Ana Celia Zentella. This unique volume treats the reader to both the New York and the American experience, as reflected and transformed by its Hispanic and Latino components.

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review

New for MCAT 2015
Author: Princeton Review
Publisher: Princeton Review
ISBN: 1101882441
Category: Study Aids
Page: 384
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Publisher's Note: This eBook contains detailed color diagrams and art and is best viewed on tablets or other color-capable devices with zooming ability. We do not recommend this title for black-and-white E Ink devices. Get everything you need to ace the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section on the updated MCAT exam! Designed specifically for students taking the longer, tougher exam debuting in 2015, The Princeton Review's MCAT CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING SKILLS REVIEW features: Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score: · Access to our online Student Tools portal for up-to-the-moment information on late-breaking AAMC changes to the exam · In-depth coverage of the challenging critical analysis and reasoning skills needed for this important test · Bulleted chapter summaries for quick review · A fundamental 6-step approach to cracking any reading passage, including an annotated model passage to demonstrate this process · Strategic guidance and effective test-taking techniques More Practice Than Ever: · 3 full-length practice tests online · End-of-chapter practice questions · MCAT-style practice passages In MCAT CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING SKILLS REVIEW, you'll gain mastery of: · MCAT 2015 Basics · Critical Reasoning Skills Development · Active Reading · Passage Annotating and Mapping · Question Types and Formats · Process of Elimination and Attractors · Ranking and Ordering Passages · Strategy and Tactics · Mental Preparation And more!

Write Choices

Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling
Author: Sue Hertz
Publisher: CQ Press
ISBN: 1483322629
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 256
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Developing nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting any kind of factual narrative. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel essays. And since today’s writers are no longer confined to paper, Write Choices also includes digital storytelling options, and how writers can employ technology to enhance their narratives. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from essayists to memoirists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

America's Urban History

Author: Lisa Krissoff Boehm,Steven Hunt Corey
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317813316
Category: History
Page: 414
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The history of the American city is, in many ways, the history of the United States. Although rural traditions have also left their impact on the country, cities and urban living have been vital components of America for centuries, and an understanding of the urban experience is essential to comprehending America’s past. America’s Urban History is an engaging and accessible overview of the life of American cities, from Native American settlements before the arrival of Europeans to the present-day landscape of suburban sprawl, urban renewal, and a heavily urbanized population. The book provides readers with a rich chronological and thematic narrative, covering themes including: The role of cities in the European settlement of North America Cities and westward expansion Social reform in the industrialized cities The impact of the New Deal The growth of the suburbs The relationships between urban forms and social issues of race, class, and gender Covering the evolving story of the American city with depth and insight, America's Urban History will be the first stop for all those seeking to explore the American urban experience.

Es geht uns gut

Author: Arno Geiger
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783423135627
Category: Austria
Page: 389
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Philipp Erlach hat das Haus seiner Großmutter in der Wiener Vorstadt geerbt, und die Familiengeschichte, von der er definitiv nichts wissen will, sitzt ihm nun im Nacken. Arno Geiger erzählt sie mit einer Unmittelbarkeit, als wäre jeder Tag der Vergangenheit unsere Gegenwart, und es gelingt ihm, jedes Jahrzehnt in einem einzigen Tag lebendig zu machen. So schildert er das Schicksal von Alma und Richard, die 1938 gerade Ingrid bekommen und nichts mit den Nazis zu tun haben wollen. Vom fünfzehnjährigen Peter, der 1945 mit den letzten Hitlerjungen durch die zerbombten Straßen läuft. Von Ingrid, die mit dem Studenten Peter eine eigene Familie gründen will, und von Philipp, dem Sohn der beiden. Arno Geiger erzählt mit einer Unmittelbarkeit, als wäre jeder Tag der Vergangenheit unsere Gegenwart. Höchst anschaulich gelingt es ihm, ein trauriges und komisches Jahrhundert lebendig zu machen. Siebzig Jahre Geschichte, siebzig Jahre Familiengeschichte. Gescheiterte Erfinder, trotzige Töchter, Minister und Meteorologinnen. Über drei Generationen hinweg erzählt Arno Geiger von einer Familie aus Wien und läßt ein trauriges und komisches Jahrhundert lebendig werden.

Verlorene Stunden

Author: Anne Tyler
Publisher: Kein & Aber AG
ISBN: 3036991670
Category: Fiction
Page: 304
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Als Liam Pennywell seinen Job verliert, beschließt der 60-Jährige, aus seinem Haus in eine Wohnung zu ziehen. Er hofft, dort Ruhe zu finden und auf sein Leben zurückblicken zu können. Doch dann kommt alles anders: Liam wird in der ersten Nacht in seinem neuen Heim überfallen. Als er am nächsten Tag im Krankenhaus aufwacht, kann er sich nicht an die Geschehnisse erinnern. Von da an ist er nur noch von einem einzigen Gedanken besessen: Er muss sein Gedächtnis wiedererlangen. Auf der Such nach den verlorenen Stunden lernt er die 22 Jahre jüngere Eunice kennen. Obwohl sich ihre Welten grundlegend voneinander unterscheiden, fühlen sich die beiden zueinander hingezogen, und Liams Leben nimmt unverhofft eine völlig neue Wendung. Anne Tyler beleuchtet mit viel Charme und äußerst scharfsinnig das Leben eines einsamen Mannes, das plötzlich kopfsteht, obwohl es schon im letzten Akt zu sein schien.


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Fashion
Page: N.A
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Das Ende der Welt

Claire DeWitt ermittelt
Author: Sara Gran
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 3426419963
Category: Fiction
Page: 400
View: 9203

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San Francisco. Claire DeWitts Ex-Freund Paul wurde in seiner Wohnung erschossen, seine wertvollen Gitarren gestohlen. Alles deutet auf einen Raubmord. Seltsamerweise verkraftet Pauls Ehefrau Lydia den Tod ihres Mannes besser als Claire. Zu viele Freunde hat die brillante Ermittlerin schon an den Tod verloren. Sie muss herausfinden, was wirklich geschah. Claires stetig steigender Drogenkonsum ist ihr Betäubung und geniale Ermittlungshilfe zugleich. Doch längst hat sie die Grenze überschritten, die sie vor einem tödlichen Absturz bewahrt.


Author: Joe Sacco
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9783037310809
Category: Arab-Israeli conflict
Page: 416
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Weißer Oleander

Author: Janet Fitch
ISBN: 3404157664
Category: Fiction
Page: 512
View: 8107

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Der weiße Oleander blüht in Kalifornien im Hochsommer. Dann, wenn die Hitze unerträglich erscheint. Für die zwölfjährige Astrid beginnt zu dieser Zeit eine ruhelose und dramatische Odyssee von Pflegefamilie zu Pflegefamilie. Ihre Mutter, eine exzentrische Schriftstellerin, die zu einer lebenslangen Haftstrafe verurteilt ist, vermag weiterhin einen dominanten Einfluss auf sie auszuüben. Erst allmählich gelingt es dem sensiblen und klugen Mädchen, einen eigenen Platz im Leben zu finden. Es zeigt sich, dass Astrid so stark wie der weiße Oleander ist, der selbst dann blüht, wenn man ihn immer wieder verpflanzt.