Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 7:00pm

Scott Savitt - Crashing the Party: An American Reporter in China

Scott Savitt is the in-house Chinese-English translator for numerous human rights organizations and the New York Times. His articles have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington PostWall Street JournalNew York Times, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is a former visiting scholar at Duke University.

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ISBN: 9781593766528
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Published: Soft Skull Press - November 15th, 2016

"In this page-turning debut, Savitt, a New York Times’s Chinese-English translator, relates his experiences in China. He begins his story in 1982, when he was a first-year Duke student; grief-stricken after his girlfriend’s death, he decided to go on a study abroad trip to the country. Returning after graduation to pursue his journalistic dreams, Savitt finds himself in the midst of historic news stories. The book vividly describes his 17 years of knowing China as intimately as an American can, during which he sees its cultural and economic flowering. He also observes the Tiananmen Square massacre, where he dodges bullets and fights the urge to participate, not just witness. His creation of China’s first independent English-language newspaper gets him noticed, first by the Beijing bureaus of Western media outlets and then by the Communist Party. He comes across as a risk taker whose wealthy family back home could only help him so much—his activist reporting style eventually leads to solitary confinement and a hunger strike. Savitt is a smart, thrilling memoirist, but his book is not just a narrative roller-coaster ride: readers will receive a new understanding of what has happened in China over the past 30 years, from someone who stood shoulder to shoulder with students asking for a better country." — Publishers Weekly (http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-59376-652-8)


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The Witches (Stacy Schiff) Off-Site Event

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Off-Site Event

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Stacy Schiff Discusses Her Book "The Witches: Salem, 1692 "

It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister's daughter began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before 19 men and women had been hanged and a 75-year-old man crushed to death.

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Published: Back Bay Books - September 20th, 2016

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Dave Coverly & Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 7:00pm

Syndicated Cartoonist & Ann Arbor Local Dave Coverly & Fundraiser for Humane Society of Huron Valley Bountiful Bowls Program

BarkPost’s Dogs and Their People: Photos and Stories of Life with a Four-Legged Love

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ISBN: 9780399574269
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - October 18th, 2016

Mostly community-sourced and filled with never-before-told anecdotes, stories, photos, and intimate insights, "Dogs and Their People"spotlights over 200 unique and remarkable dogs. Some are celebri-dogs while others are just making their debut; some will make your heart ache, while others will make it soar; and others simply look really dapper in color. All bring to life and celebrate the crazy, consuming, insatiable love we feel for the World's Ultimate Best Friend in a book that is the perfect gift for Dog Lovers everywhere.


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Kirsten Pagacz - Leaving the Ocd Circus

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Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 3:00pm

Kirsten Pagacz - Leaving the Ocd Circus: Your Big Ticket Out of Having to Control Every Little Thing

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ISBN: 9781573246811
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Published: Conari Press - October 1st, 2016

It’s like the meanest, wildest monkey running around my head, constantly looking for ways to bite me. That was how Kirsten Pagacz described her OCD to her therapist on their first session when she was well into her 30s she’d been following orders from this mean taskmaster for 20 years, without understanding why.

Initially the tapping and counting and cleaning and ordering brought her comfort and structure, two things lacking in her family life. But it never lasted; the loathsome self-talk only intensified, and the rituals she had to perform got more bizarre. By high school she was anorexic and a substance abuser common "shadow syndromes" of OCD. By adulthood, she could barely hide her problems and held on to jobs and friends through sheer grit. Help finally came in the form of a miraculously well-timed public service announcement on NPR about OCD at last her illness had an identity.

Leaving the OCD Circus reveals the story of Pagacz s traumatic childhood and the escalation of her disorder demonstrating how OCD works to misshape a life from a very young age and explains the various tools she used for healing including meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, exposure therapy, and medication. Pieces of her art scattered throughout the book add depth and humor to her stories.


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L.E. Kimball - Seasonal Roads

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Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 3:00pm

L.E. Kimball - Seasonal Roads

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ISBN: 9780814341452
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Published: Wayne State University Press - April 1st, 2016

"Inscrutable, inaccessible, indefinable. Even at the end. That's what her mother had always been to her." In Seasonal Roads, L. E. Kimball introduces Norna, Aissa, and Jane-mother, daughter, and granddaughter-who are as fierce and complex as the northern terrain they inhabit. Following a nonlinear timeline,

Kimball's stories unravel the beautiful mess of layers that is their lives and allow the narratives to roam freely in time, thus granting the reader keen insights into the past, present, and future.

Spiraling through time and perspective, the stories converge at Norna's two-room cabin in the woods, accessible only by "seasonal roads" that disappear under deep snow in the winter. The cabin is witness to Norna's years of solitude spent hunting, foraging, fishing, and defending herself from intruders, Aissa's escape from her divorce, and Jane's stubborn vigil as a forest fire rages dangerously nearby. Through raw and ephemeral memories, we learn the darkest kept secrets of these women and the ties that bind them to each other and to the land.

Kimball's sensual descriptions of the Upper Peninsula, combined with her hauntingly vivid characters, paint an unforgettable picture in Seasonal Roads. Readers of fiction will enjoy the surprising turns of this collection.


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Author Bob Goldstein - Discrediting the Red Scare

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Monday, October 17, 2016 - 7:00pm

Author Bob Goldstein - Discrediting the Red Scare

Robert Justin Goldstein is emeritus professor of political science at Oakland University. His many books include Flag Burning and Free Speech: The Case of Texas v. Johnson and American Blacklist: The Attorney General s List of Subversive Organizations, both from Kansas.

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ISBN: 9780700622252
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Published: University Press of Kansas - April 1st, 2016

During the Allies invasion of Italy in the thick of World War II, American soldier James Kutcher was hit by a German mortar shell and lost both of his legs. Back home, rehabilitated and given a job at the Veterans Administration, he was soon to learn that his battles were far from over. In 1948, in the throes of the post-war Red Scare, the hysteria over perceived Communist threats that marked the Cold War, the government moved to fire Kutcher because of his membership in a small, left-wing group that had once espoused revolutionary sentiments. Kutcher's eight-year legal odyssey to clear his name and assert his First Amendment rights, described in full for the first time in this book, is at once a cautionary tale in a new period of patriotic one-upmanship, and a story of tenacious patriotism in its own right. 


The son of Russian immigrants, James Kutcher came of age during the Great Depression. Robbed of his hope of attending college or finding work of any kind, he joined the Socialist Workers Party, left-wing and strongly anti-Soviet, in his hometown of Newark. When his membership in the SWP came back to haunt him at the height of the Red Scare, Kutcher took up the fight against efforts to punish people for their thoughts, ideas, speech, and associations. As a man who had fought for his country and paid a great price, had never done anything that could be construed as treasonous, held a low level clerical position utterly unconnected with national security, and was the sole support of his elderly parents, Kutcher cut an especially sympathetic figure in the drama of Cold War witch-hunts. In a series of confrontations, in what were highly publicized as the case of the legless veteran, the federal government tried to oust Kutcher from his menial Veterans Administration job, take away his World War II disability benefits, and to oust him and his family from their federally subsidized housing. Discrediting the Red Scare tells the story of his long legal struggle in the face of government persecution that redoubled after every setback until the bitter end.

Review

Socialist Workers Party member James Kutcher lost both legs in Italy during WW II. Taking a minor file clerk position in the Veterans' Administration in 1946, he was secretly targeted by the FBI, was ultimately purged from his job, and then lost his federal housing for "loyalty" during the second Red Scare, accused of subverting a country he had defended in combat. For a decade, Kutcher tenaciously fought and lost his way through the courts, until in 1956, the Supreme Court upheld his contention that citizens' rights could not be denied on the strength of executive suspicion or assertion without evidence. Goldstein (Michigan) draws heavily from Kutcher's autobiography and declassified documents to present a story rather than a legal brief. The "Landmark Law Cases and American Society"series of short volumes focuses, as the title implies, on important legal cases with particular relevance to sociopolitical issues. Lacking the copious footnotes expected of legal scholarship, the book is written for interested and informed non-professionals. Like other volumes in the series, the work is a well-researched, thorough narrative of the case, suitable for undergraduates and general readers. Summing Up: Recommended. Public and undergraduate libraries.--R. L. Saunders, Southern Utah University Reprinted with permission of Choice, copyright 2016, American Library Association.


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Good People - Robert Lopez & Wonderland  - Samuel Ligon

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Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 4:00pm

Good People - Robert Lopez & Wonderland  - Samuel Ligon

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ISBN: 9781942658023
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Published: Bellevue Literary Press - January 12th, 2016

Lopez has the ability to give the reader whiplash with his unconventional and bewitching stories. "Los Angeles Times" 
Robert Lopez is the master of deadpan dread, of the elliptical koan, of the sudden turn of language that reveals life to be so wonderfully absurd. Always with Lopez, the voice is all hisenchanting, surprising, at times devastating. JESS WALTER, author of "Beautiful Ruins" 
Robert Lopez's strange, incantatory, visionary stories reveal the mysteries behind the ordinary world. You lift your head from this book and it's as if a third eye has been opened. DAN CHAON, author of "Await Your Reply" and "Stay Awake" 
Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, claims Samuel Beckett. To this, we add: nothing is funnier than unhappiness with a heavy dose of amorality, as we learn from Robert Lopez's unforgettable "Good People." In these twenty stories, a motley cast of obsessive, self-deluded outsiders narrate their darker moments, which include kidnapping, voyeurism, and psychic masochism. As their struggles give way to the black humor of life's unreason, the bleak merges with the oddly poetic, in a style as lean and resolute as Carver or Hemingway. 
Treading the fine line between confession and self-justification, the absurd violence of threatened masculinity, and the perverse joy of neurosis, Lopez's stories reveal the compulsive suffering at the precarious core of our universal humanity. 


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By Samuel Ligon, Stephen Knezovich (Illustrator)
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Published: Lost Horse Press - April 7th, 2016

"I didn't know how much there was to want in the world until I saw Sheena, and then I wanted it all." These twelve short-short stories, illustrated by collage artist Stephen Knezovich, are as dark and absurd as they are poignant, playful, and true, examining men and women, love and loss, donkeys and goats, and murder, carnivals, and whiskey bosoms. "Nobody deserves love. Or everyone does. It comes and it goes of its own free will. Like fever. Like flood. Like the greatest thing you're ever gonna lose. And once it's gone, it's gone for good."


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