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Outcasts United

Author : Warren St. John
ISBN : 0385529597
Genre : Social Science
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BONUS: This edition contains a reader's guide. The extraordinary tale of a refugee youth soccer team and the transformation of a small American town Clarkston, Georgia, was a typical Southern town until it was designated a refugee settlement center in the 1990s, becoming the first American home for scores of families in flight from the world’s war zones—from Liberia and Sudan to Iraq and Afghanistan. Suddenly Clarkston’s streets were filled with women wearing the hijab, the smells of cumin and curry, and kids of all colors playing soccer in any open space they could find. The town also became home to Luma Mufleh, an American-educated Jordanian woman who founded a youth soccer team to unify Clarkston’ s refugee children and keep them off the streets. These kids named themselves the Fugees. Set against the backdrop of an American town that without its consent had become a vast social experiment, Outcasts United follows a pivotal season in the life of the Fugees and their charismatic coach. Warren St. John documents the lives of a diverse group of young people as they miraculously coalesce into a band of brothers, while also drawing a fascinating portrait of a fading American town struggling to accommodate its new arrivals. At the center of the story is fiery Coach Luma, who relentlessly drives her players to success on the soccer field while holding together their lives—and the lives of their families—in the face of a series of daunting challenges. This fast-paced chronicle of a single season is a complex and inspiring tale of a small town becoming a global community—and an account of the ingenious and complicated ways we create a home in a changing world.
Category: Social Science

City On The Verge

Author : Mark Pendergrast
ISBN : 9780465094981
Genre : Social Science
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What we can learn from Atlanta's struggle to reinvent itself in the 21st Century Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions. Today, the most promising catalyst for the city's rebirth is the BeltLine, which the New York Times described as "a staggeringly ambitious engine of urban revitalization." A long-term project that is cutting through forty-five neighborhoods ranging from affluent to impoverished, the BeltLine will complete a twenty-two-mile loop encircling downtown, transforming a massive ring of mostly defunct railways into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars. Acclaimed author Mark Pendergrast presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted, up-to-the-minute history of the biggest city in America's Southeast, using the BeltLine saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy, urban planning, religion, politics, and community. An inspiring narrative of ordinary Americans taking charge of their local communities, City of the Verge provides a model for how cities across the country can reinvent themselves.
Category: Social Science

Lieber Jetzt Als Irgendwann

Author : Lauren Graham
ISBN : 9783104029351
Genre : Fiction
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LAUREN GRAHAM, BEKANNT AUS „GILMORE GIRLS“, erzählt eine Geschichte, die ihre eigene sein könnte. Franny Banks ist zwar ein bisschen chaotisch, aber vor allem witzig, charmant und klug – eigentlich müsste sie alle ihre Ziele erreichen können: - Schauspielerin werden - den Durchbruch schaffen - Mann fürs Leben finden Für den Notfall hat sie trotzdem einen Plan B: - langjährigen Freund Clark heiraten - Englisch-Lehrerin werden - in einen Vorort ziehen Doch ihr „Ultimatum zur Traumverwirklichung“ von drei Jahren läuft bald ab. Als sich herausstellt, dass sogar Plan B geplatzt ist, lautet Frannys Motto deshalb: Lieber jetzt als irgendwann.
Category: Fiction

The Necessity Of Strangers

Author : Alan Gregerman
ISBN : 9781118534557
Genre : Business & Economics
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A counterintuitive approach to fostering greater innovation, collaboration, and engagement Most of us assume our success relies on a network of friends and close contacts. But innovative thinking requires a steady stream of fresh ideas and new possibilities, which strangers are more likely to introduce. Our survival instincts naturally cause us to look upon strangers with suspicion and distrust, but in The Necessity of Strangers, Alan Gregerman offers the provocative idea that engaging with strangers is an opportunity, not a threat, and that engaging with the right strangers is essential to unlocking our real potential. The Necessity of Strangers reveals how strangers challenge us to think differently about ourselves and the problems we face. Shows how strangers can help us innovate better, get the most out of each other, and achieve genuine collaboration Presents principles for developing a "stranger-centric" mindset to develop new markets and stronger customer relationships, leverage the full potential of partnerships, and become more effective leaders Includes practical guidance and a toolkit for being more open, creating new ideas that matter, finding the right strangers in all walks of life, and tapping the real brilliance in yourself To stay competitive, you and your business need access to more new ideas, insights, and perspectives than ever before. The Necessity of Strangers offers an essential guide to discovering the most exciting opportunities you haven't met yet.
Category: Business & Economics

What S A Dog For

Author : John Homans
ISBN : 9781101596272
Genre : Pets
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John Homans adopted his dog, Stella, from a shelter for all the usual reasons: fond memories of dogs from his past, a companion for his son, an excuse for long walks around the neighborhood. Soon enough, she is happily ensconced in the daily workings of his family. And not only that: Stella is treated like a family member—in ways that dogs of his youth were not. Spending humanlike sums on vet bills, questioning her diet and exercise regimens, contemplating her happiness—how had this all come to pass, when the dogs from Homans’s childhood seemed quite content living mostly out in the yard? In What’s a Dog For?, Homans explores the dog’s complex and prominent place in our world and how it came to be. Evolving from wild animals to working animals to nearly human members of our social fabric, dogs are now the subject of serious scientific studies concerning pet ownership, evolutionary theory, and even cognitive science. From new insights into what makes dogs so appealing to humans to the health benefits associated with owning a dog, Homans investigates why the human-canine relationship has evolved so rapidly—how dogs moved into our families, our homes, and sometimes even our beds in the span of a generation, becoming a $53 billion industry in the United States in the process. As dogs take their place as coddled family members and their numbers balloon to more than seventy-seven million in the United States alone, it’s no surprise that canine culture at large is also undergoing a massive transformation. They are now subject to many of the same questions of rights and ethics as people, and the politics of dogs are more tumultuous and public than ever— with fierce moral battles raging over kill shelters, puppy mills, and breed standards. Incorporating interviews and research from scientists, activists, breeders, and trainers, What’s a Dog For? investigates how dogs have reached this exalted status and why they hold such fascination for us. With one paw in the animal world and one paw in the human world, it turns out they have much to teach us about love, death, and morality—and ultimately, in their closeness and difference, about what it means to be human.
Category: Pets

For Soccer Crazy Girls Only

Author : Erin Downing
ISBN : 9781250064202
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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"To be a great soccer player, you must be in love with the game." – Mia Hamm Do you love lacing up your cleats for the first game of the season—and do you love it even more when they're caked with mud after the game? Are there many nights when you dream about kicking the ball, and watching as it soars through the air toward the goal? Would your perfect day include hours on the soccer field? Do you love to watch people play, soaking up everything you can from other soccer-crazy players? Have you ever felt like your soccer team is a second family? Then you're definitely soccer-crazy . . . and this book is definitely for you! From training techniques formations and strategies—this book has it all!
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Der Funke

Author : Kristine Barnett
ISBN : 9783641093273
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In jedem Kind verbirgt sich der »Funke«. Kristines Sohn Jacob hat einen höheren IQ als Einstein und verfügt über ein fotografisches Gedächtnis. Und er ist Autist. »Der Funke« erzählt die Geschichte einer Mutter, die gegen den Rat aller Experten darum kämpft, ihrem Sohn ein normales, glückliches Leben zu ermöglichen, indem sie ihn ermutigt, seinem »Funken« zu folgen, sich auf das zu konzentrieren, was er liebt, statt auf das, was ihn hindert. Großartige Möglichkeiten können sich eröffnen, wenn wir lernen, das wahre Potenzial zu erwecken, das in jedem Kind ruht – und in jedem von uns.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Little Princes

Author : Conor Grennan
ISBN : 3821865326
Genre : Political Science
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Die Weltreise eines jungen Amerikaners endet unverhofft in einer Rettungsaktion für verschleppte Kinder in Nepal. Die packende Geschichte eines Mannes, der einfach nicht mehr wegschauen konnte. Auf seiner Weltreise macht Conor Grennan einen dreimonatigen freiwilligen Dienst in einem Waisenhaus in Nepal. Das, was er dort sieht und erlebt, verändert sein Leben. Er findet heraus, dass viele der Kinder in Wirklichkeit gar keine Waisen sind. Ihre Eltern hatten sie für viel Geld Vermittlern anvertraut, um ihnen in Kathmandu eine bessere Zukunft zu ermöglichen. Wer im Waisenhaus landet, hat noch Glück gehabt. Wer ihre Eltern sind oder woher sie kommen, wissen die Kinder nicht. Trotzdem versucht Grennan das schier Unmögliche: die Kinder wieder mit ihren Familien zusammenzubringen. Monatelang reist er dabei in die entlegendsten Teile Nepals, sucht Spuren, redet mit Menschen, zeigt Fotos der Kinder. Packend und ehrlich erzählt er, wie es sich anfühlt, wenn man plötzlich selber derjenige ist, der handelt und das Leben der anderen verändert.
Category: Political Science

Das Wunder Von Lost River

Author : Fannie Flagg
ISBN : 3404154231
Genre : Fiction
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Nachdem sein Arzt bei ihm eine unheilbare Krankheit festgestellt hat, lässt Oswald das trübe winterliche Chicago hinter sich, um die letzten Wochen seines Lebens und sein letztes Weihnachtsfest im milden Klima von Lost River, Alabama zuverbringen. Die Bewohner des kleinen Städtchens nehmen ihn bereitwillig in ihre Gemeinschaft auf ? vor allem die unverheirateten Damen begrüßen den Zuwachs. Als schließlich ein kleines Mädchen, ausgesetzt und ausgehungert in Lost Riverauftaucht, ist die Hilfe aller gefragt ...
Category: Fiction