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Paradise In Ashes

Author : Beatriz Manz
ISBN : 0520246756
Genre : History
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An account of the violence and repression that defined the murderous Guatemalan civil war of the 1980s. Manz, an anthropologist, spent over two decades studying the Mayan highlands and remote rain forests of Guatemala. In a political portrait of Santa María Tzejá, where highland Maya peasants seeking land settled in the 1970s, Manz describes these villagers' plight as their isolated, lush, but deceptive paradise became one of the centers of the war convulsing the entire country. After their village was viciously sacked in 1982, desperate survivors fled into the surrounding rain forest and eventually to Mexico, and some even further, to the United States, while others stayed behind and fell into the military's hands. Manz follows their flight and eventual return to Santa María Tzejá, where they sought to rebuild their village and their lives. From publisher description.
Category: History

Jews In An Illusion Of Paradise

Author : Norman Simms
ISBN : 9781527507432
Genre : Religion
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These further six chapters of Jews in an Illusion of Paradise now focus on individual exemplary figures and clusters of poets, dramatists, critics, journalists, art historians—Jews whose achievements were once celebrated, but now are almost all but forgotten, not because of changes in aesthetic taste or style but because of social, political and other ideological issues. The book continues to examine the clash between their conscious and unconscious self-presentation as Jews in a culture that wilfully or inadvertently misunderstood or rejected this aspect of “otherness” the men and women represented from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Whereas the first volume concentrated on the themes, images and rhetorical motifs of this awkward status of Jewish intellectuals and artists, here the ambiguous personalities and repressed anxieties of the exemplary figures are stressed. For millennia, Jews were considered outside of normal history, passive victims of persecution; then suddenly, with Emancipation, they fell into history and out of their mythical place in the scheme of things. Everything seemed to crumble into dust and ashes.
Category: Religion

Ethnic Entrepreneurs

Author : Monica DeHart
ISBN : 9780804769334
Genre : Social Science
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Ethnic Entrepreneurs examines how diverse groups, including indigenous communities in Latin America and Latino communities in the United States, have become visible and valuable as agents of economic development in Latin America in recent years.
Category: Social Science

Broccoli And Desire

Author : Edward F. Fischer
ISBN : UOM:39076002572431
Genre : History
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This book takes a surprising look at the hidden world of broccoli, connecting American consumers concerned about their health and diet with Maya farmers concerned about holding onto their land and making a living. Compelling life stories and rich descriptions from ethnographic fieldwork among supermarket shoppers in Nashville, Tennessee and Maya farmers in highland Guatemala bring the commodity chain of this seemingly mundane product to life. For affluent Americans, broccoli fits into everyday concerns about eating right, being healthy, staying in shape, and valuing natural foods. For Maya farmers, this new export crop provides an opportunity to make a little extra money in difficult, often risky circumstances. Unbeknownst to each other, the American consumer and the Maya farmer are bound together in webs of desire and material production.
Category: History

Bitter Harvest

Author : Ann Rule
ISBN : 9780743202787
Genre : True Crime
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GIFTED WITH A BRILLIANT MIND, BLESSED WITH A BEAUTIFUL FAMILY -- AND CURSED WITH A DESTRUCTIVE MADNESS In this harrowing New York Times bestseller, Ann Rule is at her masterful best as she winnows horrific truths from the ashes of what seemed like paradise in Prairie Village, Kansas. Rule probes the case of Debora Green, a doctor and a loving mother who seemed to epitomize the dreams of the American heartland. A small-town girl with a genius IQ, she achieved an enviable life: her own medical practice, a handsome physician husband, three perfect children, and an opulent home in an exclusive Kansas City suburb. But when a raging fire destroyed that home and took two lives, the trail of clues led investigators to a stunning conclusion. Piece by piece, Ann Rule digs beneath this placid Midwestern facade to unveil a disturbing portrait of strangely troubled marriages, infidelity, desperation, suicide, and escalating acts of revenge that forever changed dozens of lives.
Category: True Crime

The Beckoners

Author : Carrie Mac
ISBN : 9781554697304
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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When her mother suddenly moves them to a new town, Zoe is unhappy about leaving behind what passes for a normal life. And when the first person she meets turns out to be Beck, who rules her new school with a mixture of intimidation and outright violence, she is dismayed. But she has no idea how bad things will get. Unsure of herself and merely trying to fit in, Zoe is initiated, painfully, into the Beckoners, a twisted group of girls whose main purpose is to stay on top by whatever means necessary. Help comes from unlikely quarters as Zoe struggles to tear loose from the Beckoners without becoming a target herself, while also trying to save April -- or Dog, as she is called -- from further torment. A chilling portrait of the bullying and violence that is all too common in schools, The Beckoners illustrates the lure of becoming tormentor rather than victim, and the terrible price that can be exacted for standing up for what is right.
Category: Young Adult Fiction

Paradise And Inferno

Author : Sorin Cerin
ISBN : 9781463552268
Genre : Philosophy
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1. If people would have the possibility to build each in part their own paradise they and would transform society and their lives into inferno. 2. We hope to paradise, not knowing, how much inferno can contain his essence.3. In paradise even and the hopes die because no one more has needed of them.4. There is no paradise without hopes and no paradise that once was created, to more leave to the hopes, life. From here, the paradise exists, only in illusory form of hope and nothing more.5. Only the one, fallen from paradise can to appreciate the inferno.
Category: Philosophy

Hotel Honolulu

Author : Paul Theroux
ISBN : 9780547526331
Genre : Fiction
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In this wickedly satiric romp, Paul Theroux captures the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted. The novel's narrator, a down-on-his-luck writer, escapes to Waikiki and soon finds himself the manager of the Hotel Honolulu, a low-rent establishment a few blocks off the beach. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all check in to the hotel. Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest has come in search of something -- sun, love, happiness, objects of unnameable longing -- and everyone has a story. By turns hilarious, ribald, tender, and tragic, HOTEL HONOLULU offers a unique glimpse of the psychological landscape of an American paradise.
Category: Fiction

The Man In The Shadows

Author : Chris Morphew
ISBN : 1760124257
Genre : Australian fiction
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The first two books of The Phoenix Files series, Arrival and Contact, come together. Luke is doing it tough. His parent's have just split up, and his mum has dragged him off to brand-new town in the middle of nowhere: Phoenix. There's something strange about Phoenix though. No cars, no phones and no internet. The only normal part is Peter and his other new friends. Things get even weirder when they discover that someone is plotting to wipe out the human race. Why are the all powerful Shackleton Co-operative after them? Why is Phoenix suddenly the safest place on earth? The clock is ticking. Blurb to be confirmed.
Category: Australian fiction