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  • Uprising: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter

    Uprising: A New Age Is Dawning for Every Mother's Daughter

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sally Armstrong
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    Publisher:   Thomas Dunne Books (2014, Mar 4th).
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    The earth is shifting under the status of women. UPRISING tells a remarkable story about women claiming their own space - against all odds - and how this shift from oppression to emancipation will improve the economy, reduce poverty and curtail conflict. Sally Armstrong, also known as the war correspondent for the world's women, has been following the action on the front line for women and girls in Bosnia, Egypt, Congo, The Middle East, Afghanistan and America for twenty-five years. She says the manifesto for this revolution is being written in mud-brick huts in Afghanistan and on Tehrir Square in Egypt and in the forests of the Congo, as well as on the streets of Kenya, where 160 girls sued their government for failing to protect them from being raped, and won, and in Pakistan, where Malala Yousafzai, is fighting for the rights of all girls. more

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  • Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System

    Reinventing American Health Care: How the Affordable Care Act will Improve our Terribly Complex, Blatantly Unjust, Outrageously Expensive, Grossly Inefficient, Error Prone System

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Ezekiel Emanuel
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    Publisher:   PublicAffairs (2014, Mar 4th).
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    The definitive story of American health care today—its causes, consequences, and confusionsIn March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America’s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and highly political, and the law faced legal challenges reaching all the way to the Supreme Court; it even precipitated a government shutdown. It was a signature piece of legislation for President Obama’s first term, and also a ball and chain for his second.Ezekiel J. Emanuel, a professor of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania who also served as a special adviser to the White House on health care reform, has written a brilliant diagnostic explanation of why health care in America has become such a divisive social issue, how money and medicine have their own—quite distinct—American story, and why reform has bedeviled presidents of the left and right for more than one hundred years. more

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  • Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

    Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Misty Copeland
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    Publisher:   Touchstone (2014, Mar 4th).
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    “Picture a ballerina in a tutu and toe shoes. What does she look like?” As the only African American soloist dancing with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has made history. But when she first placed her hands on the barre at an after-school community center, no one expected the undersized, anxious thirteen-year-old to become a ground­breaking ballerina. When she discovered ballet, Misty was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culmi­nating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind. more

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  • Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America

    Kitty Genovese: The Murder, the Bystanders, the Crime that Changed America

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Catherine Pelonero
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (2014, Mar 3rd).
    Pages:   288

    At last, the true story of a crime that shocked the world. New York City, 1964. A young woman is stabbed to death on her front stoop—a murder the New York Times called “a frozen moment of dramatic, disturbing social change.” The victim, Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, became an urban martyr, butchered by a sociopathic killer in plain sight of thirty-eight neighbors who “didn’t want to get involved.” Her sensational case provoked an anxious outcry and launched a sociological theory known as the “Bystander Effect.” That’s the narrative told by the Times, movies, TV programs, and countless psychology textbooks. But as award-winning author Kevin Cook reveals, the Genovese story is just that, a story. more

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  • Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality

    Invent It, Sell It, Bank It!: Make Your Million-Dollar Idea into a Reality

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Lori Greiner
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    Publisher:   Ballantine Books (2014, Mar 11th).
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    NATIONAL BESTSELLERFrom one of the stars of ABC’s Shark Tank and QVC’s Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner comes a hands-on, nuts-and-bolts guide to getting a new product or company off the ground and making it a success.   Turn your idea into a reality. Become your own boss. Make your first million. Achieve financial freedom. Lori Greiner shows you how.   Lori Greiner is one of America’s most successful, prolific, and sought-after entrepreneurs. But before she created her first hit product, all she had was a great idea, a tireless work ethic, and no clue how to get it to market. So Lori taught herself everything she needed to know about bringing an invention from concept to creation to consumers in months. She learned the ins and outs of business, manufacturing, investors, patents, marketing, and more. more

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  • Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

    Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Julia Angwin
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    Publisher:   Times Books (2014, Feb 25th).
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    An inside look at who’s watching you, what they know and why it matters. We are being watched.We see online ads from websites we’ve visited, long after we’ve moved on to other interests. Our smartphones and cars transmit our location, enabling us to know what’s in the neighborhood but also enabling others to track us. And the federal government, we recently learned, has been conducting a massive data-gathering surveillance operation across the Internet and on our phone lines.In Dragnet Nation, award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin reports from the front lines of America’s surveillance economy, offering a revelatory and unsettling look at how the government, private companies, and even criminals use technology to indiscriminately sweep up vast amounts of our personal data. more

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  • Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

    Cured: How the Berlin Patients Defeated HIV and Forever Changed Medical Science

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nathalia Holt
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    Publisher:   Dutton Adult (2014, Feb 27th).
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    Is the end of HIV upon us? Award-winning research scientist and HIV fellow at the Ragon Institute, Nathalia Holt, reveals the science behind the discovery of a functional cure and what it means for the millions affected by HIV and the history of the AIDS pandemic. Two men, known in medical journals as the Berlin Patients, revealed answers to a functional cure for HIV. Their cures came twelve years apart, the first in 1996 and the second in 2008. Each received his own very different treatment in Berlin, Germany, and each result spurred a new field of investigation, fueling innovative lines of research and sparking hope for the thirty-four million people currently infected with HIV. For the first time, Nathalia Holt, who has participated in some of the most fruitful research in the field, tells the story of how we came to arrive at this astounding and controversial turning point. more

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  • The Anatomy Lesson: A Novel

    The Anatomy Lesson: A Novel

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Nina Siegal
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    Publisher:   Nan A. Talese (2014, Mar 11th).
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    Set in the Dutch Golden Age, an engrossing historical novel that brilliantly imagines the complex story behind one of Rembrandt's most famous paintingsCommissioned by the Amsterdam Surgeons’ Guild, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp was the first major Rembrandt work to catapult the young painter to international fame. Taking this painting as its inspiration, Nina Siegal’s novel The Anatomy Lesson opens on the morning of the medical dissection and follows several characters as they prepare for the evening’s big event: we meet Aris the Kid, a one-handed coat thief who is awaiting his turn at the gallows; Flora, the woman who is pregnant with his child and who hopes to save him from the executioner; Jan Fetchet, a curio collector who also moonlights as an acquirer of medical cadavers; René Descartes, who will attend the dissection in the course of his quest to understand where the human soul resides; and the twenty-six-year-old Dutch master himself, who feels a shade uneasy about this assignment. more

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  • American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton

    American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Joan Barthel
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    Publisher:   Thomas Dunne Books (2014, Mar 4th).
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    In this riveting biography of Elizabeth Seton critically acclaimed and bestselling author Joan Barthel tells the mesmerizing story of a woman whose life featured wealth and poverty, passion and sorrow, love and loss. Elizabeth was born into a prominent New York City family in 1774. Her father was the chief health officer for the Port of New York and she lived down the block from Alexander Hamilton. She danced at George Washington's sixty-fifth Birthday Ball wearing cream slippers, monogrammed. Catholicism was illegal in New York when she was born; Catholic priests seen in the city were arrested, sometimes hung. When Elizabeth and her wealthy husband Will sailed to Italy in a doomed attempt to cure his tuberculosis, she and her family were quarantined in a damp dungeon. more

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  • Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere

    Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere

    Author/Actors/Director/etc.:   Sarah Al-hamad
    Format:   Hardcover
    Publisher:   Interlink Pub Group (2013, Jan 18th).
    Pages:   144

    SENSUAL AND DELICIOUS DATE DESSERTS FROM AROUND THE GLOBESticky. Sweet. Gooey. Eating a date is like biting into a caramel cloud, its sweet and soft flesh tinged with molasses and flavor. Dates are one of the oldest cultivated foods with over 600 varieties grown around the world today. From California's thirst-quenching date shakes to the quintessentially British sticky toffee pudding and its luscious butterscotch sauce, to wholesome date and sesame flatbreads, spicy ginger and date jam, and the creamiest, honeyed date cheesecake, Sun Bread and Sticky Toffee: Date Desserts from Everywhere is like a dense, shady date grove, packed with delicious, natural and healthy recipes that demonstrate the versatility of baking with dates and date syrup.The date palm's journey, across time and continents -- from Mesopotamia and Arabia to Europe and the Mediterranean and recently to North America's Coachella Valley -- is also evoked in stunning photographs taken on travels to palm-fringed locales. more

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