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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Eric G. Wilson
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2012, Feb 14th).
Why can’t we look away?Whether we admit it or not, we’re fascinated by evil. Dark fantasies, morbid curiosities, Schadenfreude: As conventional wisdom has it, these are the symptoms of our wicked side, and we succumb to them at our own peril. But we’re still compelled to look whenever we pass a grisly accident on the highway, and there’s no slaking our thirst for gory entertainments like horror movies and police procedurals. What makes these spectacles so irresistible?In Everyone Loves a Good Train Wreck, the scholar Eric G. Wilson sets out to discover the source of our attraction to the caustic, drawing on the findings of biologists, sociologists, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, theologians, and artists. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Rachel Rivett
Publisher: Lion UK (2011, Oct 1st).
A beautiful picture book that explores the connections with nature a child might find in times of emotional need "O Lord, if things are hard, I imagine I'm a river and you help me flow quick and clean around the rocks that block my path. O Lord, if I'm full of joy, I imagine I'm a robin singing sweet songs for everyone to hear." Combining an original prayer with fresh and engaging artwork, this picture book will encourage children to reflect quietly upon themselves and our world, inspiring wonder and excitement for what lies at the heart of them both. Peaceful scenes range from forest streams, to majestic mountaintops at sunset, to a family of foxes nestled in their hole deep underground. Childhood is full of emotions, and this delightful book enables children to express them in a positive way that brings them closer to both our Lord and the world around them. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America's Schools (Intersections: Transdisciplinary Perspectives on Genders and Sexualities)Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jessie Klein
Publisher: (2000, Jan 1st).
In today's schools, kids abusing kids is not an occasional occurrence but rather an everyday reality where children learn early that being sensitive, respectful, and kind earns them no respect. Jessie Klein makes the provocative argument that the rise of school shootings across America, and childhood aggression more broadly, are the consequences of a society that actually promotes aggressive and competitive behaviour. The Bully Society is a call to reclaim America's schools from the vicious cycle of aggression that threatens our children and our society at large. Heartbreaking interviews illuminate how boys - but also girls - obtain status by acting "masculine," displaying aggression at one another's expense as both students and adults engage in surveillance of themselves and others to enforce boy and girl codes. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Charles Duhigg
Publisher: Random House (2012, Mar 6th).
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYThe Wall Street Journal • Financial TimesA young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed. Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year. An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Paul Waldau
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA (2011, Jan 4th).
In this compelling volume in the What Everyone Needs to Know series, Paul Waldau expertly navigates the many heated debates surrounding the complex and controversial animal rights movement. Organized around a series of probing questions, this timely resource offers the most complete, even-handed survey of the animal rights movement available. The book covers the full spectrum of issues, beginning with a clear, highly instructive definition of animal rights. Waldau looks at the different concerns surrounding companion animals, wild animals, research animals, work animals, and animals used for food, provides a no-nonsense assessment of the treatment of animals, and addresses the philosophical and legal arguments that form the basis of animal rights. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability