The Book of Isaias

A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America

Author: Daniel Connolly

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250083079

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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**One of Southern Living's Best Books of 2016** A fast-paced nonfiction narrative that will help you understand today's immigration battles 18-year-old high school senior Isaias Ramos plays in a punk rock group called Los Psychosis and likes to sing along to songs by Björk and her old band, the Sugarcubes. He’s so bright that when his school’s quiz bowl goes on local TV, he acts as captain. The counselors at school want him to apply to Harvard. But Isaias isn’t so sure. He's thinking about going to work painting houses with his parents, who crossed the Arizona desert illegally from Mexico. Despite the obstacles and his own doubts, Isaias sets out on the journey to become the first in his family to go to college. He faces make-or-break standardized testing, immigration bureaucracy and absurdly high college costs. And most importantly, the siren song of doubt. This simple story reflects broader truths. Mexican immigration has brought the proportion of Hispanics in the nation’s youth population to roughly one in four. Every day, children of immigrants make decisions about their lives that will shape our society and economy for generations. In the tradition of Friday Night Lights and A Hope in the Unseen, this deeply human narrative offers a powerful antidote to the heated political rhetoric about immigrants and their children.

Towers of Gold

How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California

Author: Frances Dinkelspiel

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429959599

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 1935

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Isaias Hellman, a Jewish immigrant, arrived in California in 1859 with very little money in his pocket and his brother Herman by his side. By the time he died, he had effectively transformed Los Angeles into the modern metropolis we see today. In Frances Dinkelspiel's groundbreaking history, the early days of California are seen through the life of a man who started out as a simple store owner only to become California's premier money-man of the late 19th and early 20th century. Growing up as a young immigrant, Hellman quickly learned the use to which "capital" could be put, founding LA's Farmers and Merchants Bank, that city's first successful bank, and transforming Wells Fargo into one of the West's biggest financial institutions. He invested money with Henry Huntington to build trolley lines, lent Edward Doheney the funds that led him to discover California's huge oil reserves, and assisted Harrison Gary Otis in acquiring full ownership of the Los Angeles Times. Hellman led the building of Los Angeles' first synagogue, the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, helped start the University of Southern California and served as Regent of the University of California. His influence, however, was not limited to Los Angeles. He controlled the California wine industry for almost twenty years and, after San Francisco's devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, calmed the financial markets there in order to help that great city rise from the ashes. With all of these accomplishments, Isaias Hellman almost single-handedly brought California into modernity. Ripe with great historical events that filled the early days of California such as the Gold Rush and the San Francisco earthquake, Towers of Gold brings to life the transformation of California from a frontier society whose economy was driven by the barter of hides and exchange of gold dust into a vibrant state with the strongest economy in the nation.

Perspectives on Social Media

A Yearbook

Author: Piet Kommers,Pedro Isaias,Tomayess Issa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113501101X

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Perspectives on Social Media presents the most current research on the effectiveness of social media across sectors. Progress in finding better applications for social media relies on the difficult task of integrating media technologies into fields such as engineering, marketing, health, learning, art, tourism, and the service industry. This book is based on cutting-edge creative work among top international researchers and renowned designers and provides readers with a preview of the most visionary outcomes in the field of social media. Some of the major topics that the book discusses are: New social media design Sense of community in web applications App design and development for mobile devices. Perspectives on Social Media uniquely builds on recent disputes among the top scholars around the world, thus including the dynamics of knowledge-sharing and cross-fertilization that one would expect to happen on the web but that are rarely found in a book.

The Same Sky

A Novel

Author: Amanda Eyre Ward

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0553390511

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

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From the acclaimed author of How to Be Lost and Close Your Eyes comes a beautiful and heartrending novel about motherhood, resilience, and faith—a ripped-from-the-headlines story of two families on both sides of the American border. Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more. Alice and her husband, Jake, own a barbecue restaurant in Austin, Texas. Hardworking and popular in their community, they have a loving marriage and thriving business, but Alice still feels that something is missing, lying just beyond reach. Carla is a strong-willed young girl who’s had to grow up fast, acting as caretaker to her six-year-old brother Junior. Years ago, her mother left the family behind in Honduras to make the arduous, illegal journey to Texas. But when Carla’s grandmother dies and violence in the city escalates, Carla takes fate into her own hands—and with Junior, she joins the thousands of children making their way across Mexico to America, facing great peril for the chance at a better life. In this elegant novel, the lives of Alice and Carla will intersect in a profound and surprising way. Poignant and arresting, The Same Sky is about finding courage through struggle, hope amid heartache, and summoning the strength—no matter what dangers await—to find the place where you belong. Praise for The Same Sky “The Same Sky is the timeliest book you will read this year—a wrenching, honest, painstakingly researched novel that puts a human face to the story of undocumented youth desperately seeking their dreams in America. This one’s going to haunt me for a long time—and it’s going to define the brilliant Amanda Eyre Ward as a leading author of socially conscious fiction.”—Jodi Picoult, author of Leaving Time “Riveting, heartrending, and beautifully written, The Same Sky pulled me in on the first page and held my attention all the way to its perfect conclusion. I devoured this book.”—Christina Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train “Ward is deeply sympathetic to her characters, and this affecting novel is sure to provoke conversations about immigration and adoption.”—The New York Times Book Review “A deeply affecting look at the contrast between middle-class U.S. life and the brutal reality of Central American children so desperate they’ll risk everything.”—People “Amanda Eyre Ward’s novel of the migrant journey, The Same Sky, is the most important book to come out of Austin this year.”—The Austin Chronicle “After reading The Same Sky, you just might view the world a little differently. And isn’t that the goal of all great art?”—Bookreporter “Emotionally gripping . . . a novel that brilliantly attaches us to broader perspectives. It is a needed respite from the angry politics surrounding border issues that, instead of dividing us, connects us to our humanity.”—The Dallas Morning News “It takes a skilled, compassionate writer to craft an authentic, moving page-turner from a complex social issue like immigration, but Ward nails it.”—Good Housekeeping “Poignant and bittersweet . . . Carla’s journey is powerfully rendered and will stick with readers long after they close the book.”—Publishers Weekly “Ward writes with great empathy. . . . Earnest and well-told. Heartstrings will be pulled.”—Kirkus Reviews From the Trade Paperback edition.

Born Bright

A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America

Author: C. Nicole Mason

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1250069920

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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“Read this book and see America differently." —Liz Murray, author of Breaking Night

Mourning Remains

State Atrocity, Exhumations, and Governing the Disappeared in Peru's Postwar Andes

Author: Isaias Rojas-Perez

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 150360263X

Category: Social Science

Page: 344

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Mourning Remains examines the attempts to find, recover, and identify the bodies of Peruvians who were disappeared during the 1980s and 1990s counterinsurgency campaign in Peru's central southern Andes. Isaias Rojas-Perez explores the lives and political engagement of elderly Quechua mothers as they attempt to mourn and seek recognition for their kin. Of the estimated 16,000 Peruvians disappeared during the conflict, only the bodies of 3,202 victims have been located, and only 1,833 identified. The rest remain unknown or unfound, scattered across the country and often shattered beyond recognition. Rojas-Perez examines how, in the face of the state's failure to account for their missing dead, the mothers rearrange senses of community, belonging, authority, and the human to bring the disappeared back into being through everyday practices of mourning and memorialization. Mourning Remains reveals how collective mourning becomes a political escape from the state's project of governing past death and how the dead can help secure the future of the body politic.

The Crusades of Cesar Chavez

A Biography

Author: Miriam Pawel

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1608197107

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 560

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A searching portrait of an iconic figure long shrouded in myth by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of an acclaimed history of Chavez's movement.

Conversations with Eritrean Political Prisoners

Author: Dan Connell

Publisher: The Red Sea Press

ISBN: 9781569022351

Category: History

Page: 212

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In 2001, after a devastating war with Ethiopia, a huge debate erupted within Eritrea regarding government policy. This book revisits that debate through interviews with five critics - top government officials and former liberation movement leaders - shortly before they disappeared into the Eritrean gulag. As these conversations reveal, the speakers knew what was in store for them - arrest and indefinite detention. This book not only opens a critical window into that seminal moment, it also signals the persistent dream of a democratic future yet to be fulfilled.

Holy Ghost Girl

A Memoir

Author: Donna M. Johnson

Publisher: Avery

ISBN: 1592407358

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 278

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Recounts the author's childhood as an organist's daughter for tent revivalist David Terrell, describing her witness to his mass "miracles" and his morally corrupt activities behind the scenes as well as the growing fame that transformed his broken-down caravan into a lucrative ministry before his illegal practices were exposed. 20,000 first printing.

Role of Oxidative Stress in Chronic Diseases

Author: Isaias Dichi,José Wander Breganó,Andréa Name Colado Simão,Rubens Cecchini

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1482216825

Category: Medical

Page: 720

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This book presents recent findings on the role of oxidative stress in chronic diseases. Understanding the mechanisms behind it enables readers to comprehend the rationale which underlies intervention in such conditions. The book places special emphasis on genetic polymorphism—an important issue related to this field of study. It covers the role of oxidative stress in transmissible disorders as well as non-transmissible chronic conditions with chapters on metabolic diseases, autoimmune and neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer and cachexia. Each chapter covers a different disorder and the efficacy of interventional procedures.

Underbug

An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology

Author: Lisa Margonelli

Publisher: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374712387

Category: Science

Page: 320

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The award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli, national bestselling author of Oil on the Brain: Petroleum’s Long, Strange Trip to Your Tank, investigates the environmental and economic impact termites inflict on human societies in this fascinating examination of one of nature’s most misunderstood insects. Are we more like termites than we ever imagined? In Underbug, the award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli introduces us to the enigmatic creatures that collectively outweigh human beings ten to one and consume $40 billion worth of valuable stuff annually—and yet, in Margonelli’s telling, seem weirdly familiar. Over the course of a decade-long obsession with the little bugs, Margonelli pokes around termite mounds and high-tech research facilities, closely watching biologists, roboticists, and geneticists. Her globe-trotting journey veers into uncharted territory, from evolutionary theory to Edwardian science literature to the military industrial complex. What begins as a natural history of the termite becomes a personal exploration of the unnatural future we’re building, with darker observations on power, technology, historical trauma, and the limits of human cognition. Whether in Namibia or Cambridge, Arizona or Australia, Margonelli turns up astounding facts and raises provocative questions. Is a termite an individual or a unit of a superorganism? Can we harness the termite’s properties to change the world? If we build termite-like swarming robots, will they inevitably destroy us? Is it possible to think without having a mind? Underbug burrows into these questions and many others—unearthing disquieting answers about the world’s most underrated insect and what it means to be human.

A New Song

Author: Sarah Isaias

Publisher: Derusha Pub Llc

ISBN: 9781935104056

Category: Fiction

Page: 409

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Embarking on a dangerous quest for the physical and metaphysical origins of the Abrahamic faith traditions, this modern love story followes a Muslim poet and a Jewish physician in their global search for a poem they believe to be the key to humanity's redemption. After travelling the world and facing off against shadowy conspirators and violent extremists, they discover a truth that is powerfully simple yet never more urgent -- Publisher's description.

The 33

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free

Author: Héctor Tobar

Publisher: Picador

ISBN: 1250088933

Category: History

Page: 336

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Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Antonio Banderas Includes New Material Exclusive to the Paperback A Finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award A Finalist for a Los Angeles Times Book Prize A New York Times Book Review Notable Book Selected for NPR's Morning Edition Book Club When the San José mine collapsed outside of Copiapó, Chile, in August 2010, it trapped thirty-three miners beneath thousands of feet of rock for a record-breaking sixty-nine days. After the disaster, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar received exclusive access to the miners and their tales, and in The 33, he brings them to haunting, visceral life. We learn what it was like to be imprisoned inside a mountain, understand the horror of being slowly consumed by hunger, and experience the awe of working in such a place-underground passages filled with danger and that often felt alive. A masterwork of narrative journalism and a stirring testament to the power of the human spirit, The 33 captures the profound ways in which the lives of the Chilean miners and everyone involved in the catastrophe were forever changed.

A Far Country

Author: Daniel Mason

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0307267210

Category: Fiction

Page: 288

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From the bestselling author of The Piano Tuner, a stunning novel about a young girl’s journey through a vast, unnamed country in search of her brother. Fourteen-year-old Isabel was born in a remote village with the gift and curse of “seeing farther.” When drought and war grip the backlands, her brother Isaias joins a great exodus to a teeming city in the south. Soon Isabel must follow, forsaking the only home she’s ever known, her sole consolation the thought of being with her brother again. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Tangled Vines

Greed, Murder, Obsession, and an Arsonist in the Vineyards of California

Author: Frances Dinkelspiel

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 1250033217

Category: True Crime

Page: 304

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On October 12, 2005, a massive fire broke out in the Wines Central wine warehouse in Vallejo, California. Within hours, the flames had destroyed 4.5 million bottles of California's finest wine worth more than $250 million, making it the largest destruction of wine in history. The fire had been deliberately set by a passionate oenophile named Mark Anderson, a skilled con man and thief with storage space at the warehouse who needed to cover his tracks. With a propane torch and a bucket of gasoline-soaked rags, Anderson annihilated entire California vineyard libraries as well as bottles of some of the most sought-after wines in the world. Among the priceless bottles destroyed were 175 bottles of Port and Angelica from one of the oldest vineyards in California made by Frances Dinkelspiel's great-great grandfather, Isaias Hellman, in 1875. Sadly, Mark Anderson was not the first to harm the industry. The history of the California wine trade, dating back to the 19th Century, is a story of vineyards with dark and bloody pasts, tales of rich men, strangling monopolies, the brutal enslavement of vineyard workers and murder. Five of the wine trade murders were associated with Isaias Hellman's vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga beginning with the killing of John Rains who owned the land at the time. He was shot several times, dragged from a wagon and left off the main road for the coyotes to feed on. In her new book, Frances Dinkelspiel looks beneath the casually elegant veneer of California's wine regions to find the obsession, greed and violence lying in wait. Few people sipping a fine California Cabernet can even guess at the Tangled Vines where its life began.

Dreaming of Dixie

How the South was Created in American Popular Culture

Author: Karen L. Cox

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press

ISBN: 0807834718

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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From the late nineteenth century through World War II, popular culture portrayed the American South as a region ensconced in its antebellum past, draped in moonlight and magnolias, and represented by such southern icons as the mammy, the belle, the chival

Winterhouse

Author: Ben Guterson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company (BYR)

ISBN: 1250123895

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 384

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An enchanting urban fantasy middle-grade debut—the first book in a trilogy—set in a magical hotel full of secrets. Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms—most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to car for, and even Winterhouse itself? Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets. A Christy Ottaviano Book

We Shall Overcome

Sacred Song on the Devil's Tongue

Author: Isaias Gamboa

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615475288

Category: African Americans

Page: 320

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EVERYTHING you think you know about the song, "We Shall Overcome..".is WRONG. This is the Shocking, Untold Story of the iconic freedom-song, We Shall Overcome and its TRUE author, Louise Shropshire - a sharecropper's daughter and self-proclaimed "nobody," who through love and dedication to God, Gospel-music and the African-American Church, overcomes racism and poverty to find herself in the inner-circle of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey and the Civil Rights Movement. Along her way, Shropshire composes and copyrights a popular Gospel-hymn, which is secularized and hijacked by Pete Seeger and his powerful associates known to insiders as the "Folk Mafia." The sacred song is then unlawfully copyrighted by Seeger and his associates then peddled for untold millions all over the globe by Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bruce Springsteen and countless others. Featuring more than 160 extraordinary photographs, this well sourced and cited compendium not only describes the disturbing details surrounding the misappropriation of Louise Shropshire's sacred hymn, but also explores the historical attitudes of Black-exploitation, subjugation and racism in America by non culture-bearers. -Attitudes that enabled such an unthinkable act to occur in the first place, and remain unchallenged for half a century. Although the US Library of Congress has called We Shall Overcome; "The Most Powerful Song of the 20th Century..".a song that raked in untold millions in royalties for its hijackers, Louise Shropshire would die penniless and unrecognized.