Category: United States Of America

  • Gascoyne

    First released in 1966, Gascoyne is a hilarious look at a destiny that appears remarkably just like the present.

    Meet Gascoyne, a guy who spends entire weeks in his vehicle, consuming, slumbering and accomplishing his company through cell phone. Gascoyne has came upon a brand new preoccupation―hunting down the killer of his company affiliate (last noticeable slithering clear of the crime scene in a tree-sloth costume), and checking out how the southern California megalopolis has without notice slipped out of his take hold of.
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  • The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape

    By James Howard Kunstler

    The Geography of Nowhere strains America's evolution from a kingdom of major Streets and coherent groups to a land the place each position is like no position particularly, the place the towns are useless zones and the nation-state is a desert of comic strip structure and parking plenty.
    In dependent and infrequently hilarious prose, Kunstler depicts our nation's evolution from the Pilgrim settlements to the trendy automobile suburb in all its ghastliness. The Geography of Nowhere tallies up the massive financial, social, and religious expenses that the USA is purchasing its car-crazed way of life. it's also a warning call for electorate to reinvent the areas the place we are living and paintings, to construct groups which are once more invaluable of our affection. Kunstler proposes that by way of reviving civic artwork and civic lifestyles, we are going to rediscover public advantage and a brand new imaginative and prescient of the typical solid. "The destiny would require us to construct larger places," Kunstler says, "or the long run will belong to folks in different societies."
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  • This Land: The Battle over Sprawl and the Future of America

    By Anthony Flint

    Despite a modest revival in urban residing, american citizens are spreading out greater than ever―into "exurbs" and "boomburbs" miles from at any place, in huge homes in sizeable subdivisions. We grasp to the idea of more secure neighborhoods and higher colleges, yet what we get, argues Anthony Flint, is lengthy commutes, crushing fuel costs and better taxes―and a panorama of strip shops and workplace parks badly wanting a makeover.

    This Land tells the untold tale of improvement in America―how the panorama is formed by way of a livid conflict of political, financial and cultural forces. it's the tale of burgeoning anti-sprawl circulation, a 1960s-style revolution of latest Urbanism, clever progress, and eco-friendly development. And it's the tale of landowners struggling with again at the foundation of estate rights, with free-market libertarians, homebuilders, street pavers, monetary associations, or even the lawn-care correct along them.

    The subdivisions and extra-wide roadways are encroaching into the wetlands of Florida, ranchlands in Texas, and the wilderness outdoors Phoenix and Las Vegas. yet with as much as a hundred and twenty million extra humans within the kingdom by way of 2050, will the spread-out development collapse on itself? may perhaps americans include a brand new method of improvement if it made experience for them?

    A veteran journalist who coated making plans, improvement, and housing for the Boston Globe for 16 years and a traveling student in 2005 on the Harvard layout institution, Flint finds a few excellent truths in regards to the destiny and the way we are living in This Land.

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  • The Lake Shore Limited (Vintage Contemporaries)

    By Sue Miller

    Meet Billy Gertz: a fiercely autonomous playwright, whose most modern drama imagines the tale of a guy ready to listen to if his estranged spouse has survived a cataclysmic occasion. As her lifestyles touches 3 different unforgettable characters, Billy’s play—the emotion at the back of its genesis and its strong performance—forms the thread that binds all of them jointly. A relocating love tale and a story of connection and loss, The Lake Shore restricted is Sue Miller at her surprising best.

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  • The Wilding: A Novel

    By Benjamin Percy

    The Wilding via Benjamin Percy

    A canyon earmarked for improvement as a golfing inn. One final looking journey in a vanishing desolate tract. A grandfather, a son, and a grandson―plus one indignant endure. Over the process the weekend, each one guy will switch in sharply contrasting ways.

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  • Crossing the Plains with Bruno

    By Annick Smith

    Dogs, like people, have thoughts, instincts, fears, and loyalties. yet, so far as we all know, canines don't get swept up in nostalgia, hypothesis, or self-analysis. even supposing they've got hopes, they aren't pushed by means of regrets. In Crossing the Plains with Bruno, Annick Smith weaves jointly a memoir of go back and forth and dating, western background and relations historical past, human love and animal love centering round a week highway journey around the nice Plains she and her ninety five pound chocolate lab, Bruno, took in the summertime of 2003. it's a chain of associated meditations, frequently brought on through position, approximately how the earlier impinges at the current and the way the current can exist possible sans past.

    Traveling from her rural home in Montana to choose up her approximately 100-year-old mom from her senior place of abode on Chicago’s North part and produce her to the family’s seashore apartment on a dune overlooking Lake Michigan, Smith frequently will get misplaced in reminiscence and rambling contemplation. Bruno’s consistent companionship and ever current wishes strength her to come to the particular, reminding her that she, too, is an animal whose life relies on being alert to the scents, attractions, hungers, and feelings of the moment.

    Passing via huge open areas, demise ranch cities, eco-friendly cornfields, and Midwestern hamlets, Annick is immersed in thoughts of her immigrant Hungarian Jewish relations, her youth days in Chicago, her early marriage, and supreme immigration west. prompted via random encounters alongside the best way, she’s taken again to lifestyles as a tender mom, her occupation as a author and filmmaker who produced the vintage A River Runs via It, the dying of her husband, and the fun of a overdue romance. a life of mirrored image performed out one mile at a time.

    Crossing the Plains with Bruno is a narrative narrated through a lady beset by means of the approaches of getting older, residing with the approaching fact of a parent’s demise, however it is the puppy that rides shotgun, like Sancho Panza to Don Quixote, that turns into the reminder of the actual realities open air our personal imaginations.
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  • Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History

    It was once the twang heard 'round the area: Rockabilly used to be born out of nation, bluegrass, jazz, and the blues within the Fifties, changing into rock ’n’ roll and ruling the area. Here’s the tale of Elvis Presley’s first sunlight documents that encouraged all. And here’s Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny funds, Roy Orbison, and lots of extra rockabillies from the golden years of 1955–1959, in a e-book chock filled with photographs, collectible memorabilia, motion picture posters, infrequent documents, style, and insurgent way of life. comprises contributions from famous song reporters Greil Marcus, Peter Guralnick, Luc Sante, Robert Gordon, and more.

    The tale maintains this present day, with a rockabilly revival that started with stars, such because the Stray Cats and Robert Gordon, spreading around the world from Europe to Japan. this present day, rockabilly is best than ever, with bands like Rev. Horton warmth and others taking part in the tune and dwelling the lifestyles from Memphis to Helsinki to Tokyo. There’s nonetheless strong rockin’ tonight!

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  • Organizing at the Margins: The Symbolic Politics of Labor in South Korea and the United States

    By Jennifer Jihye Chun

    The realities of globalization have produced a stunning reversal within the concentration and techniques of work activities all over the world. After years of overlook and exclusion, hard work organizers are spotting either the wishes and the significance of immigrants and girls hired within the starting to be ranks of low-paid and insecure carrier jobs. In Organizing on the Margins, Jennifer Jihye Chun specializes in this shift because it happens in international locations: South Korea and the United States.

    Using comparative old inquiry and in-depth case reviews, she exhibits how exertions events in international locations with assorted histories and constructions of monetary improvement, classification formation, and cultural politics embark on comparable trajectories of swap. Chun exhibits that because the base of employee energy shifts from those that carry high-paying, commercial jobs to the previously "unorganizable," exertions events in either international locations are utilising new suggestions and vocabularies to problem the attack of neoliberal globalization on staff' rights and livelihoods.

    Deftly combining idea and ethnography, she argues that by way of cultivating replacement assets of "symbolic leverage" that root staff' calls for within the collective morality of broad-based groups, instead of the slender confines of office disputes, staff within the lowest levels are remodeling the facility kinfolk that maintain downgraded sorts of paintings. Her case reviews of janitors and private provider staff within the usa and South Korea provide a shocking comparability among converging hard work activities in very varied nations as they refashion their relation to traditionally deprived sectors of the team and extend the ethical and fabric obstacles of union club in a globalizing world.

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  • Nuclear First Strike: Consequences of a Broken Taboo

    By George H. Quester

    This provocative and well timed paintings examines quite a few situations during which the deployment of nuclear guns might ensue, the possible effects of such an escalation, the most probably global reactions, and the believable coverage ramifications. instead of projecting the actual harm that might outcome from nuclear assaults, George H. Quester deals an exploration of the political, mental, and social aftermath of nuclear clash.

    The prospect of nuclear attack―sixty years after atomic bombs destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki―is tricky to confront on many degrees. We may well stay away from the dialogue for emotional purposes, for worry of producing a self-confirming speculation, or just as a result normal "nuclear taboo." yet there also are self-denying propositions to be harnessed right here: if the realm supplies a few strengthen suggestion to how nuclear guns may be used back, such assaults can be headed off.

    If the realm avoids nuclear guns use until eventually the 12 months 2045, it is going to be in a position to have fun 100 years of nuclear harmony. Quester means that this can be completed in the course of the cautious attention of attainable nuclear deployment situations and their results. during this insightful research, he offers a place to begin for educated and centred mirrored image and training.

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