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New Releases – March

March 10, 2014

Overpowered: The Dangers of Electromagnetic Radiation (EMF)and What You Can Do about It

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Cell phones have become ubiquitous fixtures of 21st century life–suctioned to our ears and stuck in our pockets. Yet, we’ve all heard whispers that these essential little devices give you brain cancer. Could it be true? Overpowered brings readers, in accessible and fascinating prose, through the science, indicating biological effects resulting from low, non-thermal levels of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (levels considered safe by regulatory agencies). Radiation that comes not only from cell phones, but many other devices we use in our homes and offices every day.

It is generally accepted that there should be a limit on exposure of the public to EMF. However, industry pushes the envelope. Dr. Blank advises applying the precautionary principle when it comes to demonstrably hazardous EMF–and teaches us how we can take steps in our daily lives to reduce exposures. In this incredibly timely book, he arms us with the information we need to keep ourselves and our families safe.

 

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Sammy Wong, All-American

A basketball novel about a shy, big man and his triumphs and troubles on and off the court. Sammy Wong, All-American tells the tale of a very talented Asian basketball player’s rise and stumble in the all-American sport of basketball–among the most international of team sports, yet one where until very recently Asians were completely unrepresented. The novel unwinds in spectacular fashion. On his high school, college, and professional teams, Sammy isn’t given much of a chance. Then when he does get into games, he turns out to be the kind of player who can turn a losing team into a winning one. Wong’s career turns on chance opportunities and unexpected twists as much as on talent, persistence and hard work. There are great scenes describing pivotal plays on the hardwood floor as only Charley Rosen can. Like all Rosen’s novels, this is about more than basketball. Sammy Wong, All-American is a book about identity in multi-ethnic American culture and the cost of innocence in the modern world. A sports novel that delivers on multiple levels, Sammy Wong will delight basketball fans and fiction readers alike.

 

Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil

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From the celebrated author of the cult classic, Cunt: A Declaration of Independence comes a searing picture of our history, and the cultural narratives that prevent us from realizing true freedom and community.

In an updated second edition of her widely anticipated follow-up to Cunt, controversial feminist author Inga Muscio asserts that the history we learn in school and that is perpetuated in all areas of life in the US, is, in fact, a marketing brand developed by powerful people to maintain gross inequities. With Autobiography of a Blue-Eyed Devil, it’s Muscio’s turn to take Americans on a tour through our history, from Columbus to today. Whose country is this? Has democracy ever really existed? With her trademark ability to deconstruct reality and expose truths that allow us to see our culture and ourselves more clearly, Muscio delves deep to answer these fundamental questions. Including chapters such as “God Told Me To Kill You” and “Postage Stamp Redemptions,” Muscio offers new perspectives on histories that will shock even the most ardent alternative history buff.

 

Ma, I’m Gettin Meself a New Mammy

The second of four volumes–all bestsellers in Ireland–of Martha Long’s wrenching memoir of a 1950s Dublin childhood. Ma, I’m Gettin Meself a New Mammy covers Martha’s early teenage years, living away from her abusive stepfather, lonely in a teeming convent school.

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After numerous arrests for shoplifting, Martha is sent to the convent where, the judge rules, she is to get an education. Martha is relieved to be out of the clutches of her horrible drunken stepfather, Jackser, and her feckless mother, Sally, but anxious about what awaits. Her days in the convent are steady, predictable, safe–everything that her life had not been prior to being sent away. But as she says, “You can have a full belly, but your heart can be very empty.” Put to back-breaking work by the nuns, and treated cruelly by the other children–they’ve marked her as a “street kid”–Martha works hard, keeps to herself, and steals away when she can with a cherished book. But Martha pines for simple affection, keeping after the Sisters day after day with the hope of an arm laid across her shoulders or a tender look. When her siblings arrive at the convent–taken from their mother by the courts–Martha is thrilled to again be with family and care for the babies. But then Sally and Jackser arrive to take the children home and beg Martha to return and help care for the kids. Martha makes a wrenching decision to stay behind, knowing with an unnatural foresight for such a young girl that they will all drag her down and possibly out forever. She must find her own way. She is thirteen.

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