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 : 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 : 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 : "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 : Broken Promises of the Conservatives is intended help the reader understand the conservative ideology and look at how their promises have been kept. Our country is faced with a series of very serious issues that require solutions. Our huge budget deficit, tax reform, immigration, background checks to purchase guns, funding shortfall of Social Security and Medicare, rebuilding of our infrastructure, educating our children and the creation of living wage jobs to mention a few. This book will help the reader look at the conservative approach to these issues and document how they have dealt with each of them. The sources that have been used are primarily official United States Government Agencies such as the Department of the Treasury Bureau Public Debt, the CBO, OMB, the Department of Labor and various historical records of the United States Government. In addition studies from Harvard and Brown Universities and The Brookings Institute have been cited. The author, Gene P. Abel brings a successful and diverse educational and professional background to his factual analysis of the conservative policies. Mr. Abel has a formal education that includes a bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s degree in business administration. He has 30 years as a highly successful business executive in both the private and public sectors overlaid with his 30 years service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army and Army Reserve. Mr. Abel graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Penn State and spent 5 years on active duty as a Regular Army Officer and 25 years as an Army Reserve Officer. He completed the Army War College in 1985 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal on two occasions. He had such diverse assignments as nuclear weapons officer to finance officer. He retired as a Colonel in 1993.
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 : These poems are about my life experience. They are a glimpse into my journey of reclaiming my life. I began writing poetry as a way of releasing stress, loneliness, and sadness. When I moved to Calgary I had no one to talked to. I felt very alone and out of place, and I had no idea what I was going to do with myself. All of my friends were in Montreal, along with everything I had ever owned. I only had five hundred dollars in my wallet, and two suitcases full of toys, clothes, and important documents."
Description : Broken Promises follows the main character, Beebe, who falls in love with the man of her dreams. He literally sweeps her off her feet with promises of happy ever after. We have heard the saying ´things are not as they seem´, ´sometimes, people are too good to be true.´ That is exactly what we find in Desmond Carlisle. He takes Beebe on an emotional roller coaster ride to the point that she almost loses herself in the process. Were it not for the love of a close family, her belief in God, and her own common sense, she finally allows the blinders to come off in order to see what she has been hiding from herself. The person that she married never really existed. She fell in love with his representative. Now she had to figure out a way to dig her way out of the mess she has allowed herself to be in. However, she had to tread carefully because she had no idea who she was dealing with...Who was this man who had stolen her heart and ripped it apart like pieces of common paper...
Description : Considering that getting along in civil society is based on the expectation that (most) people will do what they say they will do, i.e., essentially live up to their explicit or implicit promises, it is amazing that so little scientific attention has been given to the act of promising. A great deal of research has been done on the moral development of children, for example, but not on the child’s ability to make and keep a promise, one of the highest moral achievements. What makes it possible developmentally, cognitively, and emotionally to make a promise in the first place? And on the other hand, what compels one to keep a promise (or vow or threat) when there seems to be no personal advantage in doing so, and even when harm can be predicted? How do we know when a promise is offered seriously to be taken at face value, and how do we understand that another is only a polite gesture, not to be taken seriously? In Promises, Oaths, and Vows: On the Psychology of Promising, Herbert Schlesinger addresses these questions, drawing on the literature of moral development in children; the psychotherapy of a patient who regularly broke promises that were unnecessary in the first place; those who were regarded as "promising youngsters" who did not fulfill their "promise"; and those who feared making a promise, a commitment, or a threat out of fear that, once made, the utterance would take on a life of its own and could never be taken back. Furthermore, he illustrates his conclusions by examining the widespread use of promising in classical literature, such as Greek drama and the plays of Shakespeare, as well as the motivating and reifying power of the promise in Western religious traditions. With a style honed over the penning of two previous books, Schlesinger once again produces a work grounded in a firm analytic sensibility, but which also retains the wit and candor of the seasoned analyst. His seminal investigation of this all but neglected topic in the clinical literature is as timely as it is scholarly, and – with the title firmly in mind – Promises, Oaths, and Vows is assured to be a worthy addition to any clinician’s library and a provoking investigation into Nietzsche’s notion of man as "the animal who makes promises."
Description : Watch the sparks fly when a woman who doesn’t believe in love, family, or happily-ever-after meets a hopeless romantic who does. Michelle Alerte brings you Book 1 of her new romance series Love At First Sight. A Promise Worth Making will make you laugh, cry, and cheer our hero on to victory. Dr. Rachelle Joseph has no time to dally with a man. She is on her way to Haiti to contribute her medical expertise in the aftermath of the earthquake. Having grown up in a New York orphanage, neither fostered nor adopted, independent Rachelle has recently discovered her Haitian heritage and seeks to embrace it. But life throws her a curveball. On the plane to Port-au-Prince, Rachelle meets Nicolas Marchand, a handsome French architect who, for some reason, gets her heart racing. Nicolas’ father had always told him the Marchand men were “gifted with knowing, when they know, that they know” when they meet the woman with whom they’ll fall in love. Though this had been true for his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Nicolas had never truly believed this would happen to him—until Rachelle Joseph, that is. The hard part now is convincing the lucky lady the two of them belong together in spite of Rachelle’s trust issues and fear of depending on another person. Will Rachelle overcome her determination to keep control of her life by shutting Nicolas out, or will he persuade her that loving and trusting another person is better than living only on the surface of life? Content Notes: Spicy, Contemporary, Interracial, Multi-Cultural