Here are new titles by local authors.
A great, easy-to-understand guide to auto maintenance for everyone but especially those who have been told repeatedly they have no place in the world of mechanics. You'll find out what that odd noise means, what a repair should cost and how to do some repairs yourself. Anyone who owns a car, should own this book. - Na'amen Gobert Tilahun
From the Publisher: "Thesentur: Conscientious Objector to Formalism is a series of minimal, image and quotation based works that uses poetry to confront mainstream art criticism, art history, to look beneath the surface politics of aesthetics and formalism in a presentation of art that is not self-referential or to put a Black face on the art history of imperialism."
"He illustrates this with a stomach-churning narrative of the historical transformation of chicken into a cheaply produced, unhealthy foodstuff, farmed out to individual contractors treated like sharecroppers and middlemen like Imperial with little oversight. These processes were accelerated by the revived Southern antipathy toward unions and long-running racial tensions; during the blaze, a black township’s fire department was kept on standby, confirming a sense of racial bitterness layered on top of class stratification." - Kirkus Reviews
"South of Pico is a testament to the pioneers of African–American art in the twentieth century, who forged new paths to liberation and selfhood through their work. Jones shows how these artists pushed against their own obliteration, and generated a zeal for change that would escalate into the 1980s, 1990s and beyond." - Rachel Hurn
"Immediately after the blast, Fermi 'began tearing a sheet of paper into small pieces and then dropping them from his upraised hand.... [A]s the front of the shock wave hit, the midair pieces were blown a short distance away.' He paced off the distance to their landing points and soon had an estimate of the blast's force. The number from his simple test was remarkably close to the magnitude determined by detailed measurements a week later.
'None of the physicists was surprised,' the authors note. The Pope of Physics was right as usual." - Fred Bortz
"A bold, brilliant, behemoth contribution to the fields of music, cultural and historical studies. This comprehensive treatise will forever change how we hear, understand and converse about the expansive legacy and rich contributions of 'black musics' across the African Diaspora over time." - Emmett G. Price III, Executive Editor, Encyclopedia of African American Music
“Finally Got the News invites us to step into the vibrancy of our radical past. This amazing collection of movement ephemera—posters, flyers, newsletters, pamphlets, broadsides, and handwritten chant sheets—accompanied by critical essays from radical thinkers, introduces or reminds us of our tradition of struggle. In a period where the archive is a vital resource for a new generation of liberationists, Finally Got the News brings history to life. The collection helps us recognize ourselves and each other: the cultural workers who made the flyers; the editorial collective laboring to produce the paper; the notes in the margins by the original owners. Our comrades, our labor, our vision. And in this way, Finally Got the News becomes what it is documenting, a portrait of an organic movement that continues to bloom.”—kai lumumba barrow
"He explores Chaucer’s role as a pioneer of English poetry, pushing English poetry from the dominant French and Italian models to a style tailored for the evolving English language. Wallace gives some biographical background for his subject and touches on various aspects of Chaucer’s world, focusing on how Chaucer responded to issues such as religion and the status of women. In a final chapter, he explores Chaucer’s influence on later authors, from Shakespeare up to the present." - Publisher's Weekly
"Machado creates eerie, inventive worlds shimmering with supernatural swerves in this engrossing debut collection. Her stories make strikingly feminist moves by combining elements of horror and speculative fiction with women’s everyday crises. Machado builds entire interior lives through sparse and minor details, turning even litanies of refrigerator contents and free-association on the coming of autumn into memorable meditations on identity and female disempowerment. Queerness permeates these tales, shaping the women and their problems, with a recurring focus on the inherent strangeness of female bodies. These bodies face an epidemic of inexplicable evaporation (“Real Women Have Bodies”), linger as distorted masses beyond weight-loss surgery (“Eight Bites”), or gain the ability to hear the thoughts of actors in porn (“Difficult at Parties”). “The Husband Stitch” makes explicit the hidden sexuality of creepy urban legends. In “Especially Heinous,” Machado rewrites 12 seasons of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, riffing on the titles as she imagines Benson haunted by victims, Stabler beset by domestic drama, and both competing with more efficient doppelgangers. Machado’s slightly slanted world echoes our own in ways that will entertain, challenge, and move readers." - Starred review from Publisher's Weekly
"In this fascinating biography, Gilyard (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and African American Studies, Pennsylvania State Univ.; True to the Language Game) portrays civil and human rights advocate Louise Thompson Patterson (1901–99). Born in Chicago, Patterson faced a lonely childhood, moving frequently with her family, who were often the sole black residents wherever they lived. As a college student studying economics at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1920s, she found a mentor in W.E.B. DuBois, while also realizing that black students were often unacknowledged. After college, she taught at the Hampton Institute but found herself discomforted by its racism and paternalism. A move to Harlem led her to writers such as Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, and future husband Wallace Thurman. Gilyard spends much of the book examining Patterson's deep involvement with the literary movements of the time and recounting her work on civil rights. In the 1930s, Patterson led a rally in Washington, DC, to attract attention to the Scottsboro Boys case. VERDICT An important book in helping to understand the persistent racism faced by African Americans in this country and what individuals can do to help fight against the injustice." Amy Lewontin in a Starred review for Library Journal
“We are in the middle of a global epidemic of stress, burnout, and nonengagement at work, costing our economy billions and wreaking havoc on our lives. In How to Be Happy at Work , Annie McKee provides an antidote to help you engage, succeed, and thrive.” - Ariana Huffington
"Black Post-Blackness moves rigorously with and against the grain of the most important work in black studies and performance studies, thereby joining it. In showing how blackness is unexhausted by the question of identity, Margo Natalie Crawford keeps its study on new, constantly renewed, persistently renewable footing."--Fred Moten, author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition
Hot damn is this a good'un! -- Andy Kaufman
Enlisting Faith vivdly explores American military commanders' century-long war to force thier soldiers' multifarious religious faiths inside the myth of a pristine Anglo-Saxon Protestant nation. -- Jon Butler, author of Becoming America