Random Family

Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx

Author: Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439124892

Category: Social Science

Page: 432

View: 8054

Random Family tells the American outlaw saga lurking behind the headlines of gangsta glamour, gold-drenched drug dealers, and street-corner society. With an immediacy made possible only after ten years of reporting, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc immerses the reader in the mind-boggling intricacies of the little-known ghetto world. She charts the tumultuous cycle of the generations, as girls become mothers, mothers become grandmothers, boys become criminals, and hope struggles against deprivation. Two romances thread through Random Family: the sexually charismatic nineteen-year-old Jessica's dizzying infatuation with a hugely successful young heroin dealer, Boy George, and fourteen-year-old Coco's first love with Jessica's little brother, Cesar, an aspiring thug. Fleeing from family problems, the young couples try to outrun their destinies. Chauffeurs whisk them to getaways in the Poconos and to nightclubs. They cruise the streets in Lamborghinis and customized James Bond cars. Jessica and Boy George ride the wild adventure between riches and ruin, while Coco and Cesar stick closer to the street, all four caught in a precarious dance between life and death. Friends get murdered; the DEA and FBI investigate Boy George's business activities; Cesar becomes a fugitive; Jessica and Coco endure homelessness, betrayal, the heartbreaking separation of prison, and throughout it all, the insidious damage of poverty. Together, then apart, the teenagers make family where they find it. Girls look for excitement and find trouble; boys, searching for adventure, join crews and prison gangs. Coco moves upstate to dodge the hazards of the Bronx; Jessica seeks solace in romance. Both find that love is the only place to go. A gifted prose stylist and a profoundly compassionate observer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc has slipped behind the cold statistics and sensationalism surrounding inner-city life and come back with a riveting, haunting, and true urban soap opera that reveals the clenched grip of the streets. Random Family is a compulsive read and an important journalistic achievement, sure to take its place beside the classics of the genre.

Der Alte König in seinem Exil

Author: Arno Geiger

Publisher: Carl Hanser Verlag GmbH Co KG

ISBN: 3446236902

Category: Fiction

Page: 192

View: 4406

Arno Geiger hat ein tief berührendes Buch über seinen Vater geschrieben, der trotz seiner Alzheimerkrankheit mit Vitalität, Witz und Klugheit beeindruckt. Die Krankheit löst langsam seine Erinnerung und seine Orientierung in der Gegenwart auf, lässt sein Leben abhandenkommen. Arno Geiger erzählt, wie er nochmals Freundschaft mit seinem Vater schließt und ihn viele Jahre begleitet. In nur scheinbar sinnlosen und oft so wunderbar poetischen Sätzen entdeckt er, dass es auch im Alter in der Person des Vaters noch alles gibt: Charme, Witz, Selbstbewusstsein und Würde. Arno Geigers Buch ist lebendig, oft komisch. In seiner tief berührenden Geschichte erzählt er von einem Leben, das es immer noch zutiefst wert ist, gelebt zu werden.

Slum. Eine Geschichte von Leben, Tod und Hoffnung

Author: Katherine Boo

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426416158

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 3461

Annawadi ist ein Slum jenseits des luxuriösen Flughafens von Mumbai. Hier wohnen Tausende Menschen in notdürftig errichteten Hütten. Eng ist es hier und schmutzig. Und nicht selten fallen hungrige Ratten nachts über die Kinder her. In Annawadi lebt Abdul, der Müllsammler. Dass er geschickt ist in seinem Job, dass er Müll zu sammeln, zu sortieren und weiterzuverkaufen weiß wie kein Zweiter, ruft viele Neider auf den Plan. Denn der Erfolg des einen bedeutet den möglichen Ruin des anderen. Und jeder in dem Slum kämpft mit allen Mitteln um die pure Existenz. Katherine Boo erzählt nicht nur die Geschichten der Menschen in Annawadi – sie erzählt auch von ihrer Hoffnung und ihrem Streben nach einem besseren Leben und von den Auswirkungen des westlichen Konsums bis in dieses Eckchen der Welt.

Benjamin Franklin

eine Biographie

Author: Edmund S. Morgan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783406535086

Category: Inventors

Page: 303

View: 9295

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist-and the most prominent celebrity of the eighteenth century. Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions, as Edmund Morgan demonstrates in this brilliant biography. A reluctant revolutionary, Franklin had desperately wished to preserve the British Empire, and he mourned the break even as he led the fight for American independence. Despite his passion for science, Franklin viewed his groundbreaking experiments as secondary to his civic duties. And although he helped to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, he had personally hoped that the new American government would take a different shape. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin's character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who consistently placed the public interest before his own desires.

Ein Glas Wut

Author: Raduan Nassar

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: 72

View: 2726

Denn bereuen sollst du nie

mein Leben

Author: Mary Higgins Clark

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783453405042

Category:

Page: 255

View: 6622

Anschaulich und offen erzählt die amerikanische Autorin aus ihrem von Familienglück, Schicksalsschlägen und Erfolg geprägten Leben.

Das Ende der Welt

Claire DeWitt ermittelt

Author: Sara Gran

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426419963

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 4865

San Francisco. Claire DeWitts Ex-Freund Paul wurde in seiner Wohnung erschossen, seine wertvollen Gitarren gestohlen. Alles deutet auf einen Raubmord. Seltsamerweise verkraftet Pauls Ehefrau Lydia den Tod ihres Mannes besser als Claire. Zu viele Freunde hat die brillante Ermittlerin schon an den Tod verloren. Sie muss herausfinden, was wirklich geschah. Claires stetig steigender Drogenkonsum ist ihr Betäubung und geniale Ermittlungshilfe zugleich. Doch längst hat sie die Grenze überschritten, die sie vor einem tödlichen Absturz bewahrt.

Failure to Flourish

How Law Undermines Family Relationships

Author: Clare Huntington

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190212209

Category: Law

Page: 352

View: 9195

Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America. Failure to Flourish contends that we must re-orient the legal system to help families avoid crises and, when conflicts arise, intervene in a manner that heals relationships. To understand how wrong our family law system has gone and what we need to repair it, Failure to Flourish takes us from ancient Greece to cutting-edge psychological research, and from the chaotic corridors of local family courts to a quiet revolution under way in how services are provided to families in need. Incorporating the latest insights of positive psychology and social science research, the book sets forth a new, more emotionally intelligent vision for a legal system that not only resolves conflict but actively encourages the healthy relationships that are at the core of a stable society.

Violence at the Urban Margins

Author: Javier Auyero,Philippe Bourgois,Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190221488

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

View: 9325

In the Americas, debates around issues of citizen's public safety--from debates that erupt after highly publicized events, such as the shootings of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin, to those that recurrently dominate the airwaves in Latin America--are dominated by members of the middle and upper-middle classes. However, a cursory count of the victims of urban violence in the Americas reveals that the people suffering the most from violence live, and die, at the lowest of the socio-symbolic order, at the margins of urban societies. The inhabitants of the urban margins are hardly ever heard in discussions about public safety. They live in danger but the discourse about violence and risk belongs to, is manufactured and manipulated by, others--others who are prone to view violence at the urban margins as evidence of a cultural, or racial, defect, rather than question violence's relationship to economic and political marginalization. As a result, the experience of interpersonal violence among the urban poor becomes something unspeakable, and the everyday fear and trauma lived in relegated territories is constantly muted and denied. This edited volume seeks to counteract this pernicious tendency by putting under the ethnographic microscope--and making public--the way in which violence is lived and acted upon in the urban peripheries. It features cutting-edge ethnographic research on the role of violence in the lives of the urban poor in South, Central, and North America, and sheds light on the suffering that violence produces and perpetuates, as well as the individual and collective responses that violence generates, among those living at the urban margins of the Americas.

Dieses Leben, das wir haben

Roman

Author: Lionel Shriver

Publisher: Piper Verlag

ISBN: 3492952658

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 8607

Den Alltagsärger hinter sich lassen, die Welt sehen, nachdenken – so hat sich Shepherd den Rest seines Lebens vorgestellt. Seine Frau Glynis kann ihm dabei nicht folgen – sie stellt ihn vor eine tragische Wahl. Nach ihrem mitreißenden Roman »Liebespaarungen« erzählt Lionel Shrivers neues Buch von den Wandlungen einer Ehe in schweren Zeiten. Und auch von dem Glück, das daraus entstehen kann.

Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers

Living Doubled-Up

Author: Ronald E. Hallett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136652256

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 5991

Homeless youth face countless barriers that limit their ability to complete a high school diploma and transition to postsecondary education. Their experiences vary widely based on family, access to social services, and where they live. More than half of the 1.5 million homeless youth in America are in fact living "doubled-up," staying with family or friends because of economic hardship and often on the brink of full-on homelessness. Educational Experiences of Hidden Homeless Teenagers investigates the effects of these living situations on educational participation and higher education access. First-hand data from interviews, observations, and document analysis shed light on the experience of four doubled-up adolescents and their families. The author demonstrates how complex these residential situations are, while also identifying aspects of living doubled-up that encourage educational success. The findings of this powerful book will give students, researchers, and policymakers an invaluable look at how this understudied segment of the adolescent population navigates their education.

Hispanic New York

A Sourcebook

Author: Claudio Iván Remeseira

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023151977X

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 3237

Over the past few decades, a wave of immigration has turned New York into a microcosm of the Americas and enhanced its role as the crossroads of the English- and Spanish-speaking worlds. Yet far from being an alien group within a "mainstream" and supposedly pure "Anglo" America, people referred to as Hispanics or Latinos have been part and parcel of New York since the beginning of the city's history. They represent what Walt Whitman once celebrated as "the Spanish element of our nationality." Hispanic New York is the first anthology to offer a comprehensive view of this multifaceted heritage. Combining familiar materials with other selections that are either out of print or not easily accessible, Claudio Iván Remeseira makes a compelling case for New York as a paradigm of the country's Latinoization. His anthology mixes primary sources with scholarly and journalistic essays on history, demography, racial and ethnic studies, music, art history, literature, linguistics, and religion, and the authors range from historical figures, such as José Martí, Bernardo Vega, or Whitman himself, to contemporary writers, such as Paul Berman, Ed Morales, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, Roberto Suro, and Ana Celia Zentella. This unique volume treats the reader to both the New York and the American experience, as reflected and transformed by its Hispanic and Latino components.

Wir erzählen uns Geschichten, um zu leben

Mit einem Nachwort von Antje Ravic Strubel

Author: Joan Didion

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843711305

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 304

View: 9488

Joan Didion erzählt von den Leitfiguren des American Dream wie Howard Hughes, Joan Baez oder John Wayne, vom Glanz Hollywoods und der Einsamkeit von Alcatraz, von der Aufbruchsstimmung der sechziger Jahre und der Ernüchterung, die ihr folgte. Dabei gelingt es ihr, die amerikanische Wirklichkeit in unvergessliche Bilder zu fassen.

Auf Rehwildjagd mit Jesus

Meldungen aus dem amerikanischen Klassenkampf. Essay

Author: Joe Bageant

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783940884923

Category:

Page: 356

View: 329

MCAT Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills Review

New for MCAT 2015

Author: Princeton Review

Publisher: Princeton Review

ISBN: 1101882441

Category: Study Aids

Page: 384

View: 5543

Publisher's Note: This eBook contains detailed color diagrams and art and is best viewed on tablets or other color-capable devices with zooming ability. We do not recommend this title for black-and-white E Ink devices. Get everything you need to ace the new Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills section on the updated MCAT exam! Designed specifically for students taking the longer, tougher exam debuting in 2015, The Princeton Review's MCAT CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING SKILLS REVIEW features: Everything You Need to Know to Help Achieve a High Score: · Access to our online Student Tools portal for up-to-the-moment information on late-breaking AAMC changes to the exam · In-depth coverage of the challenging critical analysis and reasoning skills needed for this important test · Bulleted chapter summaries for quick review · A fundamental 6-step approach to cracking any reading passage, including an annotated model passage to demonstrate this process · Strategic guidance and effective test-taking techniques More Practice Than Ever: · 3 full-length practice tests online · End-of-chapter practice questions · MCAT-style practice passages In MCAT CRITICAL ANALYSIS AND REASONING SKILLS REVIEW, you'll gain mastery of: · MCAT 2015 Basics · Critical Reasoning Skills Development · Active Reading · Passage Annotating and Mapping · Question Types and Formats · Process of Elimination and Attractors · Ranking and Ordering Passages · Strategy and Tactics · Mental Preparation And more!

Write Choices

Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling

Author: Sue Hertz

Publisher: CQ Press

ISBN: 1483322629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 891

Developing nonfiction writers at any stage of their career Write Choices: Elements of Nonfiction Storytelling helps writers cultivate their nonfiction storytelling skills by exploring the universal decisions writers confront when crafting any kind of factual narrative. Rather than isolating various forms of narrative nonfiction into categories or genres, Sue Hertz focuses on examining the common choices all true storytellers encounter, whether they are writing memoir, literary journalism, personal essays, or travel essays. And since today’s writers are no longer confined to paper, Write Choices also includes digital storytelling options, and how writers can employ technology to enhance their narratives. Integrating not only her own insights and experience as a journalist, nonfiction book author, and writing instructor, but also those of other established nonfiction storytellers, both print and digital, Hertz aims to guide writers through key decisions to tell the best story possible. Blending how-to instruction with illuminating examples and commentaries drawn from original interviews with master storytellers, Write Choices is a valuable resource for all nonfiction writers, from essayists to memoirists to literary journalists, at any stage of their career.

Verlorene Stunden

Author: Anne Tyler

Publisher: Kein & Aber AG

ISBN: 3036991670

Category: Fiction

Page: 304

View: 8078

Als Liam Pennywell seinen Job verliert, beschließt der 60-Jährige, aus seinem Haus in eine Wohnung zu ziehen. Er hofft, dort Ruhe zu finden und auf sein Leben zurückblicken zu können. Doch dann kommt alles anders: Liam wird in der ersten Nacht in seinem neuen Heim überfallen. Als er am nächsten Tag im Krankenhaus aufwacht, kann er sich nicht an die Geschehnisse erinnern. Von da an ist er nur noch von einem einzigen Gedanken besessen: Er muss sein Gedächtnis wiedererlangen. Auf der Such nach den verlorenen Stunden lernt er die 22 Jahre jüngere Eunice kennen. Obwohl sich ihre Welten grundlegend voneinander unterscheiden, fühlen sich die beiden zueinander hingezogen, und Liams Leben nimmt unverhofft eine völlig neue Wendung. Anne Tyler beleuchtet mit viel Charme und äußerst scharfsinnig das Leben eines einsamen Mannes, das plötzlich kopfsteht, obwohl es schon im letzten Akt zu sein schien.

Schachmatt

Author: Stephen L. Carter

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644429316

Category: Fiction

Page: 864

View: 5460

Wenn der schwarze König fällt ... Als der geachtete Richter Oliver Garland überraschend stirbt, ist sein Sohn Talcott überzeugt, dass ein schwaches Herz die Ursache war. Doch warum wird Talcott ständig nach den «Vorkehrungen» gefragt, die sein Vater für den Todesfall getroffen habe? Warum wird er verfolgt? Und warum fehlen zwei Schachfiguren auf dem sonst so sorgsam gehüteten Schachbrett des Richters? Bald darauf wird ein zweiter Toter aus dem Umfeld Oliver Garlands aufgefunden. Und Talcott sieht sich hineingezogen in die dunkle Vergangenheit seines Vaters. Er muss alles aufs Spiel setzen: seine Ehre, seinen Ruf – und sein Leben. «Seit Tom Wolfe habe ich keinen so vielschichtigen, mitreißenden und bereichernden Roman gelesen wie ‹Schachmatt›.» (USA Today) «Ein prall erzähltes, anekdoten- und facettenreiches Werk.» (Der Spiegel) «Dieses Buch kann man einfach nicht aus der Hand legen.» (New York Times Book Review) «Wunderbar erzählt und clever konstruiert. ‹Schachmatt› ist eine lebendige und vielschichtige Familiensaga, die geschickt verbunden ist mit der Spannung eines Thrillers ... Ein wirklicher Genuss!» (John Grisham) «Man kann dieses Buch einfach nicht aus der Hand legen ... Ein ebenso außergewöhnlicher wie überzeugender Roman.» (New York Times) «Ein unterhaltsamer, eleganter und ideenreicher Roman mit einem wunderbaren Kosmos von Figuren.» (The New York Review of Books) «Scharfsichtige Beobachtungen, gepaart mit einem ernsthaften sozialen Gewissen, das den meisten Büchern dieser Art fehlt ... Ein sprachliches Meisterwerk.» (Time)