Congratulations to Rebecca Solnit
WINNER! 2018 KIRKUS PRIZE
Solnit is careful with her words (she always is) but never so much that she mutes the infuriated spirit that drives these essay.
For those heartsick at Trumpism, essayist and Harper’s contributing editor Solnit (The Mother of All Questions, 2017, etc.) offers context and support. Optimism? You’re on your own. Read full book review
Bound by Cultural Expectations…
Two Zapatista women, bound by cultural expectations, struggle to express the truth of their lives in the highlands of Chiapas.
When a woman rises, a community is nourished. In the Maya township of Chenalhó in Chiapas, Veronica, a teenage girl, is recovering from a disastrous early marriage. Spurred on by a community program of women telling their stories, she asks her mother Magdalena to record the story of her growing up and that of her best friend, Lucia.
Highlighted in School Library Journal list of “September Stars” https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars
Searching for a sense of identity and belonging…
This is a beautifully written story about a child searching for a sense of identity and belonging, by debut picture-book author Francie Latour. Illustrator Ken Daley has drawn on his knowledge of the Caribbean to create vibrant paintings that convey the flavor of life in Haiti. With a brief introduction to the history of Haiti, including a few of its heroes.
Highlighted in School Library Journal list of September Stars. https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars
Unique Magical Powers
A WINTER’S PROMISE
* Starred review from School Library Journal and was highlighted on their list of “September Stars” https://slj.com/?detailStory=50-Spectacular-Titles-September-2018-Stars!!! “Translated from French, this international best-seller is world-building at its best. The unusual settings, original characters, dark intrigue, originality, and fast-moving plot result in a book that leaves readers eagerly awaiting the next volume. It has great adult crossover as the characters and situations cross age levels. ”
LIZA JANE & THE DRAGON
Liza Jane believed she could find better parents. So she fired her mom and dad and hired the first applicant who came to the door–what could possibly go wrong?
“A girl frustrated with her parents’ rules fires them and hires a dragon to take their place.”
—Publishers Weekly, Fall 2018 Announcements
Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs (Vol. 1 & 2)
In June of 2017, an international group of specialists in ethnopharmacology, chemistry, botany, psychology, and anthropology met to discuss their findings of the last fifty years and assess the potential future for investigations into traditional plant-based medicines. The Ethnopharmacologic Search for Psychoactive Drugs is the defining scholarly publication on both past and current research with psychotropic plant substances for medicinal, therapeutic, and spiritual uses.
A defining scholarly publication on the past and current state of research with psychedelic plant substances for medicine, therapeutics, and spiritual uses
Mexico’s’ Presidential Election & Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s Stunning Victory
“I’m not going to limit myself to condemning corruption and calling for its eradication; I also want to set out . . . a new politics, a different economic model, and the strengthening of cultural, moral, and spiritual values that can revitalize our nation.”
The stunning victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) in yesterday’s Mexican presidential elections follows a campaign that pledged to tackle corruption, halt privatization of the oil industry, invest in education and infrastructure, open a dialogue with the country’s drug cartels, and oppose Donald Trump’s border wall.
A true crime story with a remarkable twist
A Lawyer’s Journey through the Historic, Haunting, and Deeply Personal Case of Albert Dyer, the Smiling Monster of Inglewood