Description : "This book provides an occasion to examine the complex conjuncture between the White supremacist realities of the American Academy and the often threatening presence of brilliant Black men in the Academy. This challenging book should also serve as an inspiration for a new generation of Black men deeply devoted to the life of the mind in or outside the Academy." ??From the foreward by Cornel West. Sixteen of America's leading scholars offer an uncompromising critique of the academy from their perspective as African American men. They challenge dominant majority assumptions about the culture of higher education, most particularly its claims of openness to diversity and divergent traditions. They take issue with the processes that determine what is legitimized as scholarship, as well as with who wields the power to authenticate it. They describe the debilitating pressures to subordinate Black identity to a supposedly universal but hegemonic Eurocentric culture. They question the academy's valuing of individuality and its privileging of dichotomy over their cultural styles of community, humanism and synthesis. They also range over such issues as culturally mediated styles of cognition, the misuse of standardized testing, the disproportionate burden of service placed on African American faculty and a reward system that discounts it.
Description : Broken PromisesIf never made, then never broken. . . When a person has lost all hope due to circumstances beyond his/her control, the only place to turn is to God, for He is truly the one who gives all people the courage to persevere even when the world tells you, you should give up. The main character, Randi, is married to a man whom she loves very much. However, he turns to the use of alcohol and drugs while Randi is pregnant with their first child. Randi wonders why he has a changed from a devoted, loving, caring husband to a man she cannot trust. Sam's battle with his addiction continues until he ultimately overdoses and almost dies. Scared, afraid, and frustrated, Randi continues to be devoted to her husband even when her family suggests that she should leave him. Randi believes in the commitment of marriage, and remains by his side as he checks into his first treatment center at which she and their newborn daughter, Jenna, visit him. Unfortunately, Sam goes back to his destructive ways, and he ends up using drugs and alcohol, again. So distraught with the promise he had not only broken to her but to their young daughter, Jenna. Randi is uncertain if she can remain married to a man who seemingly cannot stay sober by commencing to living on spiritual principles. Sam ultimately convinces Randi that without her and their daughter, his life would not even be worth living; and because of this, he checks himself into a treatment center which specifically deals with people who are methamphetamine addicts. Finally, after his extensive treatment, the family is united, and life for them seems like it is finally going to be filled with all the love, peace, joy, and happiness which the young couple could imagine. They make plans to purchase a home, and soon after they are blessed with the pregnancy of their second child, Aden. However, everything begins to spiral downward as Sam, once again, cannot combat the insidious temptation of drugs. This pivotal point in the story propels Randi into making choices that will ultimately result in a different way of life not only for herself but also for her two young children. The author Jordan Austin writes with such heartfelt honesty that one cannot help to be drawn into her story as the lives of the characters unfold. Although her book is categorized as fiction, all the events in the story are based on real life characters and their experiences. Jordan Austin is also the author of Second Chances and the Rocky Road.
Description : The book has more fire--more call to arms' gusto--than anything I've read on reading education. "Richard Abrahamson, University of Houston" "Broken Promises" is an important and powerful book precisely because it provides the opportunity for us all to experience the kinds of insights and construct the kinds of understandings that we need to grow professionally and to be a profession. "Reading Research & Instruction Journal" The volume provides a cogent critique of majority practice. This is one of the few volumes that relate critical pedagogy, ' as exemplified by the work of Giroux, Apple, and others, to specific examples of school practice. Because reading instruction is a central school activity, this connection is significant and the content is of value to anyone interested in public education. "Choice" Shannon argues that a combination of psychology, science, and capitalism has transformed reading from a means of personal and social empowerment into an ability to perform well on tests and has transformed learning from a human transaction between teacher and student into an exchange between things--commercially packaged reading materials--and students. To rationalize reading instruction according to these principles, he says, is to silence the voices of readers and teachers. These compelling new ideas, carefully grounded in research, show how popular solutions to problems in reading instruction--mastery learning, merit pay, and school effectiveness research--actually work against improving teachers' instructional behavior and children's learning ability. A rallying call for teachers of reading, a tool for change, and a most provocative text for students of reading at all levels.
Description : Maggie moves to Eden in her sophomore year. She falls in love with Jamie, the richest boy in town, and they date throughout high school. This sweet and innocent girl believes in her heart that Jamie is going to propose to her after graduation. What she doesn't know is that Jamie's football teammates have lied to him, claiming that his girlfriend has been having sex with them behind his back, while holding out on him. He cools his relationship with Maggie right up until graduation. Then Jamie takes her on a picnic to the lake on a day that changes everything. Jamie turns violent and brutally rapes her. He beats Maggie until she doesn't recognize herself in the mirror the next morning. When Maggie discovers that she's pregnant, she disappears so she won't bring shame on her family. But Maggie vows to someday come back to Eden and make Jamie and his friends pay for destroying her life. Years later, Maggie returns as a high-powered attorney ready for her revenge. What form will it take? Broken Promises is a gripping novel that moves swiftly to a surprising conclusion.
Description : "Micheal Hawke, cardiologist, doesn't know where to turn . . . . People are turning up dead and no one knows who is next or what the motive is. He is working against the clock in an adventure that takes him, with his sidekick, Chen, through the world of the Russian mob and Neo-nazis to a modern-day grassroots political movement. There are vampires at every turn, and the current healthcare debate is injected into the mix. What follows is a heart-pounding thriller that will keep the reader on the edge of his seat, all the while introducing a running social commentary on the state of medicine today. Told from an insider's viewpoint, this novel allows readers to gain an insight into the secret world of high-tech medicine and how political changes can affect you. This is a page-turner from start to finish. With vampires, Nazis, health care, and present-day politics, there is nothing missing from this exciting thriller!
Description : "Essential...in showcasing people who are persistent, clever, flawed, loving, struggling and full of contradictions, Broke affirms why it’s worth solving the hardest problems in our most challenging cities in the first place. " —Anna Clark, The New York Times "Through in-depth reporting of structural inequality as it affects real people in Detroit, Jodie Adams Kirshner's Broke examines one side of the economic divide in America" —Salon "What Broke really tells us is how systems of government, law and finance can crush even the hardiest of boot-strap pullers." —Brian Alexander, author of Glass House A galvanizing, narrative account of a city’s bankruptcy and its aftermath told through the lives of seven valiantly struggling Detroiters Bankruptcy and the austerity it represents have become a common "solution" for struggling American cities. What do the spending cuts and limited resources do to the lives of city residents? In Broke, Jodie Adams Kirshner follows seven Detroiters as they navigate life during and after their city's bankruptcy. Reggie loses his savings trying to make a habitable home for his family. Cindy fights drug use, prostitution, and dumping on her block. Lola commutes two hours a day to her suburban job. For them, financial issues are mired within the larger ramifications of poor urban policies, restorative negligence on the state and federal level and—even before the decision to declare Detroit bankrupt in 2013—the root causes of a city’s fiscal demise. Like Matthew Desmond’s Evicted, Broke looks at what municipal distress means, not just on paper but in practical—and personal—terms. More than 40 percent of Detroit’s 700,000 residents fall below the poverty line. Post-bankruptcy, they struggle with a broken real estate market, school system, and job market—and their lives have not improved. Detroit is emblematic. Kirshner makes a powerful argument that cities—the economic engine of America—are never quite given the aid that they need by either the state or federal government for their residents to survive, not to mention flourish. Success for all America’s citizens depends on equity of opportunity.
Description : Henry W Cabarrus, Jr's formative years occurred during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. A young black male seeking self-identity through family and work, Henry struggled to find himself amidst the surrounding social cacophony. In 1954, the US Supreme Court ruled that segregation in US schools was unconstitutional. The decision kicked off a massive resistance movement in Virginia, where Henry's family lived. In response to the resistance, it was ruled that operation of public schools was a local option for the state's counties and cities, and no provision was made for educating the county's black children. With no education, prospects, or family support, Henry found himself saved from a near suicide attempt. He left Virginia in pursuit of a formal education and his place in the world. College was a struggle, but Henry prevailed, graduating with a 4.0 GPA from Saint Paul's College. Henry's memoir, Many Broken Promises and Yet I Stand!, is part history, part relationships, and part social commentary.
Description : Ricky Gilbert’s world is about to be turned upside down. After moving with his adopted American parents and Chinese sister from the only home he’s known in Singapore to a new one in New Jersey, the Filipino teenager finds himself feeling lost in unfamiliar surroundings and alone as the new kid in school. With the help of Max Parada, an American-born Filipino, and Amy Cho, his Korean American classmate, Ricky begins to find his place and identity through Taekwondo training. The training, however, is more than simply kicks and punches. It becomes his guide to life as he progresses from one belt to another. Just as he begins to adjust to his new environment, however, Ricky’s world takes another hit when he discovers a secret that forces him to question who he is and what family means to him. As he tries to come to terms with what he’s learnt, he inherits a large sum of money and is faced with a major decision - stay with the family he’s known all his life or leave and become a family of one. To help with his decision, Ricky travels to The Philippines and back to Singapore but he’s not just on a trip down memory lane. While on his quest, Ricky learns things about his father that make the two of them more alike than he’d ever thought - or even hoped - possible.
Description : A Year of Broken Promises is historical fiction and continues the story of James and Mary McGrother, a young Irish fisherman and his wife, who were the main characters in book 1: A Pocket Full of Shells.Even with the famine years behind them, tragedy and hardship does not stop. Promises made in good faith are broken, along with the hearts of those making them. A solicitor, a constable and a secretive organization, all play a part in determining the fate of a young couple whose only desire is to provide for their family and live a simple life.