MacMillan

Music is often at the heart of stories of peace triumphing over war. We easily accept the idea of music as the universal communicator, but rarely utilize it in real life as such. Sandy Tolan though gives us a true story, following Ramzi Hussein Aburedwan (the literal posterboy for Palestinian intifada) as he grows and grows up with music, maintaining his anti-occupation beliefs, but pursuing peace, collaboration, and hope through music.
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Jocelyn
$28.00
ISBN: 9781608198139
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - April 7th, 2015

I’ve never wanted children, and I’m not alone, as these sixteen authors prove with their deeply personal, impassioned essays on their decision to remain child-free. Some of the many reasons to opt out of parenthood are explored in these smart, eloquent, and often funny essays. I hope this book gives skeptics a better understanding of chosen childlessness, and provides those of us who have made that choice with a greater sense of community.
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Flannery
By Meghan Daum, Meghan Daum (Editor)
$26.00
ISBN: 9781250052933
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

In this all-out satire, nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, and we are the better for it. This hilarious but inflammatory novel opens as our young black narrator stands before the Supreme Court, having reinstituted slavery and resegregated the school in his “deleted” hometown as a political act. Yes, it only escalates and alarms from there, but as it does, it challenges us to examine what makes us laugh and cringe, and to face what needs to be faced.
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Melinda
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374260507
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - March 3rd, 2015

Mary Jo Bang’s much anticipated collection of poems is smart and dark, sharp medicine we could all use in these times of geopolitical strife and environmental damage. As she writes in her poem “Worn,” “The form of the dream I just had / is a fact. A serious talk. An inner / outward.” This is how I read her poetry, chastened, hardened, amazed. With tense, evocative imagery, she pulls no punches, but alas we need to be punched.

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Melinda
$16.00
ISBN: 9781555977047
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Published: Graywolf Press - March 3rd, 2015

Davis has long been a unique voice in American letters and is finally receiving the wider acclaim and readership she deserves. Her latest collection features the kind of off-beat and thought-provoking work she’s known for—micro-stories, prose poems, dreams, language experiments and even a few good old fashioned short stories. All of it is crisp, intelligent, and imbued with her sly humor and wonderfully particular sensibility.

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Rico
$16.00
ISBN: 9781250062437
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Published: Picador USA - March 31st, 2015

San Francisco is my favorite city in the world, and this book gives so many reasons to fall in love all over again – and is also an intriguing and lovely introduction for any stranger to the foggy shore. Starting from a physical exploration, Gary Kamiya takes you on a temporal, environmental, and ideological tour of this small, wonderful place.   

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Jocelyn
$16.00
ISBN: 9781620401262
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 14th, 2014

The best DIY, anti-consumer homemaker guide out there. Easy to use, compact, realistic, and not for hippies. Want to save money and avoid toxic chemicals while cleaning your stuff and yourself, but still want your hair to shine and your toilet to sparkle? Includes everything from non-toxic lip balm recipes to what kind of dish soap you can recycle into your gardening.  

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Julia
$21.00
ISBN: 9781605294629
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Published: Rodale Press - April 26th, 2011

This is a good book. It's about people who are happy and depressed and ecstatic and regretful and loving and bored, and how they are brought together in this book with ink and pain and blood and everything they’ve experienced. Pen & Ink is sparse and gorgeous, the illustrations allowing the narratives to take center stage.  

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Rachel
$22.00
ISBN: 9781620404904
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC - October 7th, 2014

Reminiscent of an engaging college lecture, Animal Weapons is as labeled: a look at the evolution of antlers, horns, teeth, and spikes (with the weapon-bearers ranging from hoofstock and prehistoric cats to birds and dung beetles). Emlen also tracks the evolution of human weapons, providing an interesting comparison of the time-line between the two. 

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Rachel
By Douglas J. Emlen, David Tuss (Illustrator)
$30.00
ISBN: 9780805094503
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - November 11th, 2014

The true story of 4 undocumented Mexican American teenagers from an under-funded, under-supported Phoenix high school are challenged by their brave teachers to enter a national, collegiate level robotics competition--and they win. (Don't worry, I'm not giving anything away; it wouldn't now be a Hollywood-produced movie if they'd lost.) Joshua Davis is a master storyteller who is interested in more than just the shiny success story of these amazing students. What does it mean when this kind of potential is squandered, even deported? Spare Parts is entertaining, inspiring, and funny, without a doubt--but it's also a thought-provoking look at the modern "American Dream" and the institutions and prejudices that decide who gets to have a chance at it.

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Julia
$14.00
ISBN: 9780374534981
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - December 2nd, 2014

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