The Blog of War:Front-Line Dispatches from Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan M. Currier Burden
Elaine Benson, a successful novelist who let love in the person of an unreliable screenwriter jettison her career, is now divorced, broke, and on her way to a so-called primitive, untamed northern forest on Canada’s Lake Muskoka to interview for a job. Elderly Miss Moira Madison of the fabulously rich Canadian family wishes to write her memoirs. Miss Madison isn’t interested in a best seller; she wants to leave a record of her life and, most specifically, of her years with the Canadian Army Nursing Sisters of World War II. Her service in the European theaters was filled with triumphs and bitter losses and forever shaped her life. Settling into the family ´´cottage” and what remains of a lifestyle long gone, Elaine reconnects with her love of researching the past - until she discovers that the first such writer hired died under suspicious circumstances. Could her project stir someone to murder? Vicki Delany left a job as a systems analyst to settle in Prince Edward County, Ontario, where she writes mystery novels and a blog about the writing life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/004992/bk_blak_004992_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Overwhelmed by the news cycle and the state of affairs in our world? A pastor, blogger, and powerful voice in the Resistance, John Pavlovitz has the answer and the antidote: Hope and Other Superpowers - inspirational, practical, and motivational lessons to cultivate our inner superheroes and save the world.Pastor John Pavlovitz has become a voice and a beacon of hope for progressives around the world. His popular and beloved blog, Stuff That Needs to Be Said, offers almost daily inspiration and insight into the state of affairs in the world and expertly captures the emotional zeitgeist; the angst, rage, fear, and despair that are the ´´new normal” for so many people. In the face of the hand-wringing helplessness we often feel, John offers the antidote: a practical and inspirational guide to transforming your burdens into dreams and your outrage into activism in order to become the kind of people the world needs right now.Using the fun and relatable framework of superhero mythology, John calls on us to create our origin stories that spur us to action and explains how we can build our protective suits of armor, identify and curb our personal kryptonite, and vanquish villains. He also helps us cultivate the specific ´´superpowers” we can enlist to make our lives and our world better. Along the way, he offers inspiring and stirring anecdotes and profiles about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things to help humankind.These times call for us to become superheroes in our own right, with the fearlessness, determination, and commitment to fight the battle against lies, oppression, and bigotry. As in the pages of a comic book, the bad guys are relentless, and so we have to be equally steadfast in our goodness. Here, Pastor John sounds the urgent call to action to empower and implore listeners to find agency and a sense of meaning and purpose. For people who want to believe in a better world and our c 1. Language: English. Narrator: John Pavlovitz. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/008982/bk_sans_008982_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This volume approaches questions about gender and the politics of appearance from a new perspective by developing the notion of aesthetic labour. Bringing together feminist writing regarding the ´beauty myth´ with recent scholarship about new forms of work, the book suggests that in this moment of ubiquitous photography, social media, and 360 degree surveillance, women are increasingly required to be ´aesthetic entrepreneurs´, maintaining a constant state of vigilance about their appearance. The collection shows that this work is not just on the surface of bodies, but requires a transformation of subjectivity itself, characterised by notions of personal choice, risk-taking, self-management, and individual responsibility. The book includes analyses of online media, beauty service work, female genital cosmetic surgery, academic fashion, self-help literature and the seduction community, from a range of countries. Discussing beauty politics, postfeminism, neoliberalism, labour and subjectivity, the book will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in Gender, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Social Psychology and Management Studies. ´´This highly engaging, smart, and wide-ranging collection analyzes how, under the self-governing mandates of neoliberalism, the demands that girls and women regulate and control their bodies and appearance have escalated to new, unforgiving levels. A special strength of the book is its emphasis on the rise of ´aesthetic labour´ as a global, transnational and ever-colonizing phenomenon that seeks to sweep up women of all races, ages and locales into its disciplinary grip. Highly recommended.´´ -Susan J Douglas, University of Michigan, USA the inherited responsibility that remains women´s particular burden to manage.´´ -Melissa Gregg, Intel Corporation, USA ´´This book incisively conceptualizes how neo-liberalist and postfeminist tendencies are ramping up pressures for glamour, aesthetic, fashion, and body work in the general public. In a moment when YouTube ´makeup how to´ videos receive millions of hits; what to wear and how to wear it blogs clock massive followings; and staying ´on brand´ is sold to us as the key to personal and financial success, ´aesthetic entrepreneurship´ is bound to become a go-to concept for anyone seeking to understand the profound shifts shaping labor and life in the 21 st century.´´ -Elizabeth Wissinger, City University of New York, USA