Today's Featured Article Archive, July-August, 2009

New York University Press

OProduct Details ur Schools Suck: Students Talk Back to a Segregated Nation on the Failures of Urban Education by Gaston Alonso, Noel S. Anderson, Celina Su, and Janine Theoharis published by New York University Press in 2009. This book explores problems of the U.S. schools. Many students are trapped in under-funded and mismanaged schools that are simply unsafe. The young people are committed to education, and this book analyzes the perspectives and students’ opinions, highlighting the dishonesty of public claims that children do not value education.
The authors of this book teach political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
The Ugly Laws: Disabilities in Public by Susan M. Schweik published by New York University Press in 2009. In this book, author explores the ugly laws, uncovers the murky history behind these laws, situating the varied legislation in its historical content and exploring what the laws meant. Schweik rewrites an urban legend about disability into a meticulously researched and powerfully reasoned argument about politics, cultural aesthetics, and about laws… She examines the disability norms, municipal law, and American culture. This title is an invaluable contribution for those who interested in social history, disability theory, and poverty law and policy.
Across Generations, NYU PressAcross Generations: Immigrant Families in America, edited by Nancy Foner published by New York University Press in 2009. The foreign-born now represent about 13 percent of the U.S. population. This group constitutes nearly a quarter of USA, more than 65 million people. It would have approximately twice the population of Canada. This important book spotlights the aspect of immigrant family life with intergenerational relations, primary the relations between immigrant parents and their children. Nancy Foner is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the author of numerous books.

Houghton Mifflin's New Books

Go Like Hell, Houghtoon Mifflin booksGo Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans by A. J. Baime published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009.
This is dramatic story of Ford Company’s quest to beat Ferrari at Le Mans. Now American car companies fighting for their lives in sales war. This title examines a time of car-making innovation and reinvention; this untold story is more relevant today than ever, because some 50 years ago Ford Motor Company was at a similar situation. In 60s, Ford was failing behind. Henry Ford knew he had to do something. Same time, Enzo Ferrari impressed European racing scene, crafted fabulous sports cars…
This historical title tells story how Henry Ford ll with Lee Iacocca and Carroll Shelby concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company.
A. J. Baime is an executive editor at Playboy, he oversees the automotive and various feature sections. He has written for the New York Times , Popular Science and Village Voice. Film rights to Go Like Hell were optioned by 20th Century Fox in a major deal.

Walking People, Mifflin HarcourtThe Walking People by Mary Beth Keane published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2009. This is the story of one Irish woman who one day decided go to new York. She discovered that in USA she can fall in love and raise her children. But before, she would never believed that she could leave her village in the west of Ireland…
This old-fashioned novel is a debut of fascinating range of power. The author explores life and drama of new Irish immigrant in a new way.
Mary Beth Keane attended Barnard College and earned an MFA from the University of Virginia. There she was a Henry Hoyns Fellow She’s a winner of the Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Award in 2004 and was a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2005

Ukraine: President Viktor Uschenko Celebrated 350 Anniversary of the Konotop's Battle

Festival Cossack Rodoslav took place in Shapovalovka's Cossack Slavi Square on July 11. Guests were entertained by folk groups and the Obrazsovo-pokazatelni Orchestra of Ukraine's Militants with conductor General-Mayer Bladimir Derkach. Among other renown guests of the festival there were singers Taras Petrienko, Tatiana Gorobets, Nina Matvienko of the group "Gold Keys".
The center of Shapovalovka was used to imitate and build look-like kureni of XVII-XVIII centuries. Each of them was made in different region's Cossack traditions...
Ukrainian President Viktor Uschenko with his brother Peter have visited the Kuren of Nedrigalov region. They were treated well and according to its local traditions: with kulich, kapustniak, pig's fat (Ukrainian best-loving food), and home-made sausages. Owners of the Kuren said that brothers Uschenko were drinking only sparkling water...
July 11, in Konotop, Saint Patriarch Filaret was baptizing new church that was built specially for this celebration. The same day, President of Ukraine Viktor Uschenko opened in Shapovalovka the Monument which was built to celebrate the victory in this historical battle.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism invested about 500,000 Grivens for this celebration. For restoration of the roads in the Konotop’s region, government spent 9 Mil. Grivens.
The historical battle near Konotop between Cossack Army (headed by Hetman Ivan Vigovski) and Moscow Army (head - Knight Alexei Trubetski) was 27-30 of June, 1659 on the shores of Kukolka river, near Sosnovka, Shapovalovka, Popovka, Sharanovka. These villages are now belong to Konotop's region. Tatars and the hired German and Polish military were helping to Ukrainians in achieving this important success, and made Russian czar Alexei Michailovich to stop his military activities against Cossacks - Hetmans - and start thinking about the protection of his land. It was the turning point.
It was 350 years ago. Now, in 2009, we create more positive and friendly, non-violent environment.
As one said: "Happiness is the good health and bad memory..." History is important and it helps to live better life now, but let’s look optimistic in our future, and live without wars, hate and bad feelings. Yes, bad things happen, but it was then, now everything is different, better, and, by the way, we live in the new millennium! So, let’s live sensibly, in peace and happiness.
(Partial information about the battle Celebration was retrieved from Lyudmila Popkova's material, through D. Burliuk Foundation, Ukraine.)

The Supremes

The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and [Untitled]Betrayal by Mark Ribowsky published by Da Capo Press in July 2009. In this title, Mark Ribowsky shows the rise of the most successful female signing group of all time, the first group to make it into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1960, they auditioned for Motown producer Berry Gordy, by 1962, the Supremes had cut down to three singers, signed with Motown Records, and played the Apollo. They were touring and living their dream...
Diana Ross demanded top billing and Gordy anointed Diana as lead singer. The Supremes conquered television, expanded their repertoire with doo-wop and Broadway. Ribowsky shows the Supremes's role as cultural icons, their rags-to-riches journey, success in an industry dominated then by men.
Mark Ribowsky is the author of Slick: The Silver and Black Life of Al Davis, He's a Rebel, a biography of Phil Spector and other books. He lives in New York City.

ECCO, an Imprint of HarperCollins: New Titles

You or Someone Like You By Chandler BurrYou Or Someone Like You by Chandler Burr published by ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollins in 2009. As one of the most engaging contemporary writers of narrative nonfiction, C. Burr wrote his novel, which shows the author’s versatility.
…Anne is a wife of a powerful Hollywood studio executive, she lives quietly enjoying her garden in Hollywood Hills and reading her books. By accident, she was pulled from her isolation. Profiled in newspapers, photographed, Ann turned into a top celebrity. Then she realize that her husband was in crisis of conscience…
This title is a fascinating journey through western literature and Hollywood behind the scene. It is a story about marriage, ancient claims and modern believes, love and intellect, with appearances by celebrity figures from the world of publishing and film. It is the wonderful celebration of both, an intellect and great literature.
Chandler Burr also wrote The Emperor of Scent, The Perfect Scent, his New York Times columns won him praise for his sharpness and lyrical descriptions…

Conquest, Harpercollins, EccoConquest of the Useless: Reflections from the Making of Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog published by ECCO, an imprint of HarperCollins in July 2009. The celebrated director, producer, and writer exposes the journals he kept during the movie’s grueling shoot. His private thoughts, which were written down in notebooks were locked away over 20 years. Werner Herzog chronicles his problems with language barriers, budgetary woes, logistical problems, psychological and physical toll of exceptionally ambitious undertaking. He was cut off from the world with a small and loyal group of colleagues. The Conquest of the Useless recounts the tireless and successful efforts of the crew to create Fitzcarraldo, the story of an obsessive world-be tycoon who pulls a steamship over a hill in order to access fertile rubber territory.
Werner writes about many details, such as intense and behind-the-scenes drama.
As a child, Werner never saw any films, television. He grew up in Bavaria. Now, after successful years in film business, he has produced, written, and directed more that 50 films. He is a 2009 Oscar nominee for his documentary Encounters at the End of the World. He lives in LA, California

From Alfred A. Knopf

A Monster’s Notes by Laurie Sheck published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2009.
...We see Mary Shelley’s life from her childhood through her writing of Frankenstein, the birth and death of her children, her drowning, widowhood, her travels, and her death from the brain tumor at age of fifty-four. Mary had not invented Frankenstein monster, but… what if she met him when she was a girl, sitting by her mother’s grave?… And who know, maybe he still live now, in 21st century…
This thrilling and philosophical, fiction book is a meditation on creativity, technology, ugliness, beauty, alienation and otherness. And, of course, on human need to be understood.
Laurie Sheck is the author of 5 books of poetry, she was a finalist of the Pulitzer Prize. She is a recent Fellow at the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard and at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library She teaches in the MFA Program at the New School and lives in NYC.

Product Details Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2009. (Translation and critical edition of Miguel Angel Asturias, Hombrez de maiz.) This is the first and authorized biography of the 1982 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and one of the most popular international novelists for last 50 years. Garcia Marquez life story begins in 1917. Raised by grandparents and aunts in a small backwater town in Colombia, Garcia matured into novelist, whose books read by millions around the world. He became a man of wealth and influence, who never lost touch with his roots.
While chronicling the life of Garcia Marques, Gerald Martin considers the overarching issues: the tension between Garcia Marquez’s celebrity and his quest for literary quality, and between his politics and his writing, the seductions of power, love and solitude. Author explores the contrast between Garcia’s Caribbean background and authoritarianism of Bogota, and much more. This book is illustrated with black-and-white photographs and is distinguished by its pages of clarity. Even Marquez is a difficult subject for biographer, Gerald Martin did his job very successful.

Skeleton Justice by Dr. Michael Baden and Linda Kenney Baden published by Alfred A. Knopf (Borzoi Book) in 2009.
Sceleton Justice,This novel is a bold and chilling thriller about crime fighting. Linda Kenney Baden is the trial attorney and commentator; Dr. Michael Baden is Forensic expert of the HBO series Autopsy. This popular couple have written their book of suspense and twist with fascinating real life tome.
There’s the high alert for a serial killer who stalks his victims for the purpose of extracting a vial of blood. Jake Rosen, world-famous pathologist, and Manny Manfreda, top litigator begin to suspect that there is a connection between the killer’s victims… This is a tragic tale of today’s corruption, conspiracies, dictators, and death squads…

Hachette Book Group USA: The Education of American Dream And More...

The Education of an American DreamerThe Education of An American Dreamer: How a Son of Greek Immigrants Learned His Way From A Nebraska Diner To Washington, Wall Street. And Beyond by Peter G. Peterson published by Twelve (a division of Hachette Books Group USA) in 2009. Written with humor, painful honesty and irony, this is a story about man’s life journey, his rise to the top with details about the price he paid. As the youngest Cabinet member in the Nixon administration, he explores his survival techniques in White House… He was doing well by doing good. Now, he is 80-year-old billionaire, and lives with his wife in New York. His is a father of 5 children and grandfather of 9.
I Hate People! Kick Loose from the Overbearing and
Underhanded Jerks at Work and Get What You Want Out Of Your Job by Jonathan Littman & Marc Hershon published by Little, Brown and Co. (a division of Hachette Books Group USA) in 2009. This very relevant book will teach you how to avoid those irritating encounters that can trash your career. I Hate People! is filled with the real-life methods that business managers and CEOs use at Fortune 500. This book offers directions to help you navigate your work place and leave the idiots behind.
Jonathan Littman is the author of many acclaimed books, and contributing editor for Playboy. Marc Hershon is a branding expert, and helped to create the names for the Blackberry, Swiffer, nuvi, and other product.

How Successful People Think by John C.Maxwell published 9781599951683_154x233by Center Street - a division of Hachette Book Group - in 2009. America's expert on leadership, John Maxwell explores the successful people's mentality, willing to help to his readers achieve life success. This invaluable guide to success will be your pocket book that will teach how to reach the top of excellence... The speaker and founder of several leadership organizations, including Maximum Impact, John Maxwell is a New York Times bestselling author who has written over thirty books.

Randolf Cliff

Supported by Edinburgh College of Art and the National Galleries of Scotland, and curated by Clémentine Deliss and Charles Asprey, Randolf Cliff has successfully completed its second year.
Guest artists in residence for 2008-2009 were Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Joseph Kosuth, Laura Letinsky, Sanna Marander, Dan Peterman, David Schutter, Dexter Sinister, and Frances Stark. Perched over an abrupt rock face in Edinburgh's eighteenth century New Town, Randolph Cliff looks out over the Dean Bridge to the Water of Leith, and forty miles further to the estuary of the Firth of Forth.
Over the centuries, the house, with its impressive Georgian façade, has inspired Edinburgh's leading optometrists and specialists of anaesthesia and claustrophobia. During their time at Randolph Cliff, guest artists are encouraged to engage in the preclusive or formative phase that leads to the generation of new work. The College of Art and the Gallery of Modern Art seek to assist this period of fluid enquiry between artists, scholars, and students in Edinburgh.
In addition, Randolph Cliff is building up a special research collection based on initial propositions and blueprints donated by visiting artists. In the Winter Semester 2009, Edinburgh College of Art shall hold a series of seminars to debate the conceptual, physical, and legal shape that future research or study collections might take. These seminars, developed in conjunction with the University of Edinburgh's School of Arts, Culture & Environment and the Talbot Rice Gallery, will include forthcoming artists in residence at Randolph Cliff, in particular Thomas Struth, Zvi Goldstein, Joseph Grigely, and Antje Majewski. An international conference on "Future Collections" supported by the Royal Society of Edinburgh will take place in Spring 2010.
Field Work is the first publication of A/S/N Mutual Press, a new imprint based on a micro-savings association established by nine graduates of Art/Space/Nature, the interdisciplinary Masters of Fine Art course directed by artist Alan Johnston at Edinburgh College of Art. Art/Space/Nature at Edinburgh College of Art is unique in that it offers postgraduate students from fine art, architecture, landscape architecture, and design the opportunity to study and engage with a wide range of sites from arctic Greenland to coastal Slovenia and urban Chicago, as well as several locations in Scotland including the islands of Orkney.
FIELDWORK gathers together a series of recent conversations with leading international artists who stayed at Randolph Cliff, plus interviews with anthropologists, landscape architects, and composers. Each interview reveals a complimentary vision of what it means to do fieldwork today, and the stimulating challenges of site-specific enquiry and interdisciplinary practice.
FIELDWORK 128 pages; b/w illustrations, 32 page colour section; A5; edition of 1000 of which 100 dated and numbered; original dust jackets printed on letterpress. Publication price 6GBP plus P&P. Limited edition of 100 dated and numbered 10GBP plus P&P.
Contributors: Jacob Bee, Ronald Boer, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Clémentine Deliss, Valerie Dempsey, Erin Gleason, Florian Graf, Naomi Hennig, Eelco Hooftman, Tim Ingold, Alan Johnston, Joseph Kosuth, Melissa MacRobert, Julia Martin, Martin Parker, Dan Peterman, and Christine Wylie.
Consulting Editor: Dr. Clémentine Deliss, Future Academy and Randolph Cliff, Edinburgh College of Art.

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