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The beauty of dusk : on vision lost and found

The beauty of dusk : on vision lost and found

Bruni, Frank, author
2022

From columnist and author Frank Bruni comes a wise and moving memoir about aging, affliction, and optimism after partially losing his eyesight. Bruni recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities, but also gathering wisdom from longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

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Building cultural competence : innovative activities and models

Building cultural competence : innovative activities and models

2012

"Building Cultural Competence presents the latest work in the intercultural field and provides step-by-step instructions for how to effectively work with the new models, frameworks, and exercises for building learners' cultural competence. Featuring fresh activities and tools from experienced coaches, trainers, and facilitators from around the globe, this collection of over 50 easy-to-use activities and models has been used successfully worldwide in settings that range from Fortune 500 corporations to the World Bank, non-profits, and universities."--Publisher's description.

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The care crisis : what caused it and how can we end it?

The care crisis : what caused it and how can we end it?

Dowling, Emma, 1978- author.
2021

Emma Dowling examines the care crisis in the UK, looking at the changes to the care system over the last decade. Dowling gives an account not only of the impact of austerity measures on care provision in the UK but also of the underlying logic of neoliberalism driving the crisis.

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The colour of time : a new history of the world, 1850 to 1960

The colour of time : a new history of the world, 1850 to 1960

Jones, Dan, 1981- author.
2018

The Colour of Time spans more than a hundred years of world history from the reign of Queen Victoria and the US Civil War to the Cuban Missile Crisis and beginning of the Space Age. It charts the rise and fall of empires, the achievements of science, industry and the arts, the tragedies of war and the politics of peace, and the lives of men and women who made history. The book is a collaboration between a gifted Brazilian artist and a leading British historian. Marina Amaral has created 200 stunning images, using contemporary photographs as the basis for her full-colour digital renditions. Dan Jones has written a narrative that anchors each image in its context, and weaves them into a vivid account of the world that we live in today. A fusion of amazing pictures and well-chosen words, The Colour of Time offers a unique - and often beautifl - perspective on the past.

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The end of policing

The end of policing

Vitale, Alex S., author.
2021


Global dexterity : how to adapt your behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process

Global dexterity : how to adapt your behavior across cultures without losing yourself in the process

Molinsky, Andy.
2013

In Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process, Andy Molinsky gives you the tools needed to adapt your behavior to new cultural contexts--what he calls "cultural code-switching." He teaches us to switch behaviors and overcome the emotional and psychological challenges of doing so, relaying his findings from more than 15 years of research, teaching, and consulting with managers and executives around the world.

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How to fight

How to fight

Nhất Hạnh, Thích
2017


The invention of the white race : the origin of racial oppression

The invention of the white race : the origin of racial oppression

Allen, Theodore (Theodore W.), author.
2021

When the first Africans arrived in Virginia in 1619, there were no 'white' people there; nor, according to colonial records, would there be for another sixty years. Historical debate about the origin of racial slavery has focused on the status of the Negro in seventeenth-century Virginia and Maryland. However, as Theodore W. Allen argues in this magisterial work, what needs to be studied is the transformation of English, Scottish, Irish and other European colonists from their various statuses as servants, tenants, planters or merchants into a single new all-inclusive status: that of whites. This is the key to the paradox of American history, of a democracy resting on race assumptions.

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Moab : the 10 premier hikes

Moab : the 10 premier hikes

Copeland, Kathy, 1959-
2007


Noise : a flaw in human judgment

Noise : a flaw in human judgment

Kahneman, Daniel, 1934- author
2021

Discusses why people make bad judgements and how to make better ones by reducing the influence of "noise"--variables that can cause bias in decision making--and draws on examples in many fields, including medicine, law, economic forecasting, forensic science, strategy, and personnel selection.

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Overtime : why we need a shorter working week

Overtime : why we need a shorter working week

Stronge, Will, author.
2021

As precarity and low pay become further embedded in the job market, at a time when work-related stress and exhaustion are endemic, it is clear that a new, radical approach to employment is required. This urgent and timely book shows what a shorter working week means in the context of capitalist economies and delves into the history of this idea as well as its political implications.

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The politics of care.

The politics of care.

2020

From the COVID-19 pandemic to uprisings over police brutality, we are living in the greatest social crisis of a generation. But the roots of these latest emergencies stretch back decades. At their core is a brutal neoliberal ideology that combines structural racism with a relentless assault on social welfare. Its results are the failing economic and public health systems we confront today--those that benefit the few and put the most vulnerable in harm's way. Contributors to this anthology insist there is another way: a new kind of politics--a politics of care--that centers people's basic needs and connections to fellow citizens, the global community, and the natural world.

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The rising of the women : feminist solidarity and class conflict, 1880-1917

The rising of the women : feminist solidarity and class conflict, 1880-1917

Tax, Meredith, author.
2022

Focusing on the socialist housewives, settlement workers, and left-wing feminists who were the main allies of working women between the 1880s and World War I, The Rising of the Women explores the successes and failures of the "united fronts" within which middle- and working-class American women worked together to improve social and economic conditions for female laborers." "Through detailed studies of the Woman's Trade Union League, the Illinois Women's Alliance, the New York shirtwaist makers strike of 1909-10, and the 1912 textile workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Meredith Tax uncovers the circumstances that helped and hindered cross-class and cross-gender cooperation on behalf of women of the working class.

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Scorched earth : beyond the digital age to a post-capitalist world

Scorched earth : beyond the digital age to a post-capitalist world

Crary, Jonathan, author.
2022

In this uncompromising essay, Jonathan Crary presents the obvious but unsayable reality: our "digital age" is synonymous with the disastrous terminal stage of global capitalism and its financialisation of social existence, mass impoverishment, ecocide, and military terror. Scorched Earth surveys the wrecking of a living world by the internet complex and its devastation of communities and their capacities for mutual support.

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Smashing young man : four plays

Smashing young man : four plays

Salerno, Rob, author.
2022


Smoke gets in your eyes : & other lessons from the crematory

Smoke gets in your eyes : & other lessons from the crematory

Doughty, Caitlin, author
2015

The blogger behind the popular Web series Ask a Mortician describes her experiences working at a crematory, including how she sometimes got ashes on her clothes and how she cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes.

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Spirits in the sky : northern lights photography

Spirits in the sky : northern lights photography

Zizka, Paul, author, photographer
2022

Few natural phenomena compare to the drama, surprise, and beauty of the northern lights. Witnessing their dance across the sky is a magical and unforgettable experience. Capturing the aurora borealis with a camera, though, takes careful planning and persistence, an understanding of the science, attention to the data and conditions, and a dose of luck. For over a decade, landscape photographer Paul Zizka has been on a chase to capture the northern lights - one that has taken him right off his doorstep in Banff, Canada, throughout the Canadian Rockies, and to the far-flung corners of the Northern Hemisphere: the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavik, Labrador, Iceland, and Greenland. This spectacular collection compiles Zizka's finest northern lights photographs and showcases the varied nature of this celestial display in an array of settings. From electric green to royal purple, streaking the sky over mountains or reflecting off iceberg-laden seas, Spirits in the Sky displays the aurora borealis like you've never seen it before.

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Why you should be a trade unionist

Why you should be a trade unionist

McCluskey, Len, author.
2020

Len McCluskey, General Secretary of Unite the Union, presents the case for joining a union. Drawing on anecdotes from his long career, he looks at the history of trade unions, what they do and how they give a voice to working people, as democratic organizations. He considers the changing world of work, the challenges and opportunities of automation and why being trade unionists can help us to shape the future. He sets out why being a trade unionist is as much a political as it is an industrial role and why the historic links between the labour movement and the Labour Party matter. Ultimately, McCluskey explains how being a trade unionist means putting equality at work and in society front and centre-stage, fighting for an end to discrimination, and to inequality in wages and power.

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The witch's book of self-care : magical ways to pamper, soothe, and care for your body and spirit

The witch's book of self-care : magical ways to pamper, soothe, and care for your body and spirit

Murphy-Hiscock, Arin, author
2018

Self-care is a necessity for any modern woman, and this book helps you prioritize #1 with a little help from the magic of witchcraft. The Witch's Book of Self-Care has advice for pampering your body, mind, and spirit with spells, meditations, mantras, and powerful activities to help you to keep healthy, soothe stress, relinquish sadness, channel joy, and embrace your strength.

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The women are up to something : how Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch revolutionized ethics

The women are up to something : how Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch revolutionized ethics

Lipscomb, Benjamin J. Bruxvoort.
2022

"The story of four remarkable women who shaped the intellectual history of the 20th century: Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch. On the cusp of the Second World War, four women went to Oxford to begin their studies: a fiercely brilliant Catholic convert; a daughter of privilege longing to escape her stifling upbringing; an ardent Communist and aspiring novelist with a list of would-be lovers as long as her arm; and a quiet, messy lover of newts and mice who would become a great public intellectual of our time. They became lifelong friends. At the time, only a handful of women had ever made lives in philosophy. But when Oxford's men were drafted in the war, everything changed. As Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch labored to make a place for themselves in a male-dominated world, as they made friendships and families, and as they drifted toward and away from each other, they never stopped insisting that some lives are better than others. They argued that courage and discernment and justice-and love-are the heart of a good life. This book presents the first sustained engagement with these women's contributions: with the critique and the alternative they framed. Drawing on a cluster of recently opened archives and extensive correspondence and interviews with those who knew them best, Benjamin Lipscomb traces the lives and ideas of four friends who gave us a better way to think about ethics, and ourselves"-- Provided by publisher.

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Work : the last 1,000 years

Work : the last 1,000 years

Komlosy, Andrea, author.
2018

Presents the history of labor from the thirteenth century up to the present, discussing how the definition and economic structures surrounding work have changed over time and how unpaid and exploited work is an ignored but vital part of the modern economy. -- Publisher's description.

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