The Running Man

A Novel
Author: Stephen King
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501143859
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
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A desperate man attempts to win a reality TV game where the only objective is to stay alive in this #1 national bestseller from Stephen King, writing as Richard Bachman. It was the ultimate death game in a nightmare future America. The year is 2025 and reality TV has grown to the point where people are willing to wager their lives for a chance at a billion-dollar jackpot. Ben Richards is desperate—he needs money to treat his daughter’s illness. His last chance is entering a game show called The Running Man where the goal is to avoid capture by Hunters who are employed to kill him. Surviving this month-long chase is another issue when everyone else on the planet is watching—and willing to turn him in for the reward. With an introduction by Stephen King on “The Importance of Being Bachman.”

The Lonely City

Adventures in the Art of Being Alone
Author: Olivia Laing
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 1250039576
Category: Art
Page: 336
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"You can be lonely anywhere, but there is a particular flavor to the loneliness that comes from living in a city, surrounded by thousands of strangers. The Lonely City is a roving cultural history of urban loneliness, centered on the ultimate city: Manhattan, that teeming island of gneiss, concrete, and glass. What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live, if we're not intimately involved with another human being? How do we connect with other people, particularly if our sexuality or physical body is considered deviant or damaged? Does technology draw us closer together or trap us behind screens? Olivia Laing explores these questions by travelling deep into the work and lives of some of the century's most original artists, among them Andy Warhol, David Wojnarowicz, Edward Hopper, Henry Darger and Klaus Nomi. Part memoir, part biography, part dazzling work of cultural criticism, The Lonely City is not just a map, but a celebration of the state of loneliness. It's a voyage out to a strange and sometimes lovely island, adrift from the larger continent of human experience, but visited by many - millions, say - of souls"--

The Complete Works


Author: Charles Fillmore
Publisher: Youcanprint
ISBN: 8892641506
Category: Social Science
Page: N.A
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Content: 1 - PROSPERITY 2 - THE TWELVE POWERS OF MAN 3 - DYNAMICS FOR LIVING 4 - TEACH US TO PRAY 5 - MYSTERIES OF JOHN 6 - MYSTERIES OF GENESIS 7 - ATOM-SMASHING POWER OF MIND 8 - TALKS ON TRUTH 9 - JESUS CHRIST HEALS 10 - CHRISTIAN HEALING: THE SCIENCE OF BEING 11 - KEEP A TRUE LENT 12 - THE REVEALING WORD

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


Author: Rebecca Skloot
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 1400052181
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 381
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Documents the story of how scientists took cells from an unsuspecting descendant of freed slaves and created a human cell line that has been kept alive indefinitely, enabling discoveries in such areas as cancer research, in vitro fertilization and gene mapping. Includes reading-group guide. Reprint. A best-selling book.

The Loony-bin Trip


Author: Kate Millett
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
ISBN: 9780252068881
Category: Social Science
Page: 316
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"The Loony-Bin Tripis the powerful, staggeringly personal story of Kate Millett's struggle to regain control of her life after falling under an ascription of manic depression. Compulsively readable, Millett's journey into ""that other region"" traverses a fearful terrain of self-doubt, futility, and alienation.Beginning with the summer at her farm in Poughkeepsie, New York, when she decides to prove her sanity by going off the lithium prescribed to combat depression, Millett courses through a season of doubt about her own sanity And The loyalty of the people around her. Tormented by the fear that her own mind is ""too dangerous"" to be left to its own devices, haunted by recollections of two brief, involuntary commitments to mental hospitals--the first by a doctor who mockingly commented, ""Your only mistake was in trusting the people who brought you here""--she becomes increasingly terrified of being ""captured"" again. Millett's nightmares come true when she is forcibly confined to a mental hospital while traveling in Ireland.""I am telling you what happened to me,"" Kate Millett says, ""in the hope that it may help all those who have been or are about to be in the same boat."" Her story illuminates not only the personal but also the social conditions--the ""general superstition""--of mental illness. A new preface comments on recent movements for patients' rights and notes touchstone books that have begun to tread the still-taboo ground of psychiatric confinement."

The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration
Author: Isabel Wilkerson
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0679763880
Category: Social Science
Page: 622
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Presents an epic history that covers the period from the end of World War I through the 1970s, chronicling the decades-long migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West through the stories of three individuals and their families.

North Korea Undercover: Inside the World's Most Secret State


Author: John Sweeney
Publisher: Pegasus Books
ISBN: 1605988030
Category: History
Page: 336
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An authoritative and, at times, frightening investigation into the dark side of North Korean society. North Korea is like no other tyranny on earth. Its citizens are told their home is the greatest nation on earth. Big Brother is always watching: It is Orwell's 1984 made reality. Award-winning BBC journalist John Sweeney is one of the few foreign journalists to have witnessed the devastating reality of life in the controversial and isolated nation of North Korea, having entered the country undercover, posing as a university professor with a group of students from the London School of Economics. Huge factories with no staff or electricity; hospitals with no patients; uniformed child soldiers; and the world-famous and eerily empty DMZ—the DeMilitarized Zone, where North Korea ends and South Korea begins—all framed by the relentless flow of regime propaganda from omnipresent loudspeakers. Free speech is an illusion: one word out of line and the gulag awaits. State spies are everywhere, ready to punish disloyalty and the slightest sign of discontent. Drawing on his own experiences and his extensive interviews with defectors and other key witnesses, Sweeney's North Korea Undercover pulls back the curtain, providing a rare insight into life there today, examining the country's troubled history and addressing important questions about its uncertain future.

Smashed

Story of a Drunken Girlhood
Author: Koren Zailckas
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780143036470
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 342
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A twenty-four-year-old survivor of alcoholism recounts her journey from teen experimentation to binge drinking, a process during which she endured depression, rage, sexual exploitation, and troubled relationships before making the decision to heal, in a personal memoir that also offers insight into youth alcohol abuse. Reprint.

Negotiations of the »New World«

The Omnipresence of »Global« as a Political Phenomenon
Author: Sabine Selchow
Publisher: transcript Verlag
ISBN: 3839428963
Category: Social Science
Page: 234
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»Global« is everywhere - recent years have seen a significant proliferation of the adjective »global« across discourses. But what do social actors actually do when using this term? Written from within the political studies and International Relations disciplines, and with a particular interest in the US, this book demonstrates that the widespread use of »global« is more than a linguistic curiosity. It constitutes a distinct political phenomenon of major importance: the negotiation and reproduction of the »new world«. As such, the analysis of the use of »global« provides fascinating insights into an influential and politically loaded aspect of contemporary imaginations of the world.

Did God Have a Wife?

Archaeology and Folk Religion in Ancient Israel
Author: William G. Dever
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802828521
Category: Religion
Page: 344
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This richly illustrated, non-technical reconstruction of "folk religion" in ancient Israel is based largely on recent archaeological evidence, but also incorporates biblical texts where possible.

Midnight In Sicily

On Art, Feed, History, Travel and la Cosa Nostra
Author: Peter Robb
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 1466861290
Category: Travel
Page: 480
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A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year From the author of M and A Death in Brazil comes Midnight in Sicily. South of mainland Italy lies the island of Sicily, home to an ancient culture that--with its stark landscapes, glorious coastlines, and extraordinary treasure troves of art and archeology--has seduced travelers for centuries. But at the heart of the island's rare beauty is a network of violence and corruption that reaches into every corner of Sicilian life: Cosa Nostra, the Mafia. Peter Robb lived in southern Italy for over fourteen years and recounts its sensuous pleasures, its literature, politics, art, and crimes.

Gift from the Sea


Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Publisher: Pantheon
ISBN: 0307805174
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 144
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Over a quarter of a century after its first publication, the great and simple wisdom in this book continues to influence women's lives. From the Hardcover edition.

The Beauty Myth

How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Author: Naomi Wolf
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780061969942
Category: Social Science
Page: 368
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The bestselling classic that redefined our view od the relationship between beauty and female identity. In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

When Half Is Whole

Multiethnic Asian American Identities
Author: Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu
Publisher: Stanford University Press
ISBN: 0804783950
Category: Social Science
Page: 248
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"I listen and gather people's stories. Then I write them down in a way that I hope will communicate something to others, so that seeing these stories will give readers something of value. I tell myself that this isn't going to be done unless I do it, just because of who I am. It's a way of making my mark, leaving something behind . . . not that I'm planning on going anywhere right now." So explains Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu in this touching, introspective, and insightful examination of mixed race Asian American experiences. The son of an Irish American father and Japanese mother, Murphy-Shigematsu uses his personal journey of identity exploration and discovery of his diverse roots to illuminate the journeys of others. Throughout the book, his reflections are interspersed among portraits of persons of biracial and mixed ethnicity and accounts of their efforts to answer a seemingly simple question: Who am I? Here we meet Norma, raised in postwar Japan, the daughter of a Japanese woman and an American serviceman, who struggled to make sense of her ethnic heritage and national belonging. Wei Ming, born in Australia and raised in the San Francisco of the 1970s and 1980s, grapples as well with issues of identity, in her case both ethnic and sexual. We also encounter Rudy, a "Mexipino"; Marshall, a "Jewish, adopted Korean"; Mitzi, a "Blackinawan"; and other extraordinary people who find how connecting to all parts of themselves also connects them to others. With its attention on people who have been regarded as "half" this or "half" that throughout their lives, these stories make vivid the process of becoming whole.

Checkmate


Author: Nicki Bennett,Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 1634774639
Category: Fiction
Page: 294
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When sword-for-hire Teodoro Ciéza de Vivar accepts a commission to “rescue” Lord Christian Blackwood from unsuitable influences, he doesn’t expect to land in an assassination plot—or to fall in love.

Stretch

The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude
Author: Neal Pollack
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 0062006924
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
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From Neal Pollack, acclaimed author of Alternadad and The Neal Pollack Anthology of American Literature, comes Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude. Here is the hilarious but true account of an overweight, balding, skeptical guy who undergoes a miraculous transformation into a healthy, blissful, obsessively dedicated yoga fiend.