The activist tradition in American literature has long testified to the power of words to change people and the power of people to change the world, yet in recent years many professional humanists have chosen to distract themselves with a postmodern fundamentalism of indeterminacy and instability rather than engage with social and political issues. Throughout her bold and provocative call to action, Elizabeth Ammons argues that the responsibility now facing humanists is urgent: inside and outside academic settings, they need to revive the liberal arts as a progressive cultural force that offers workable ideas and inspiration in the real-world struggle to achieve social and environmental justice. Brave New Words challenges present and future literary scholars and teachers to look beyond mere literary critique toward the concrete issue of social change and how to achieve it. Calling for a profound realignment of thought and spirit in the service of positive social change, Ammons argues for the continued importance of multiculturalism in the twenty-first century despite attacks on the concept from both right and left. Concentrating on activist U.S. writers—from ecocritics to feminists to those dedicated to exposing race and class biases, from Jim Wallis and Cornel West to Winona LaDuke and Paula Moya and many others—she calls for all humanists to link their work to the progressive literature of the last half century, to insist on activism in the service of positive change as part of their mission, and to teach the power of hope and action to their students. As Ammons clearly demonstrates, much of American literature was written to expose injustice and motivate readers to work for social transformation. She challenges today’s academic humanists to address the issues of hope and purpose by creating a practical activist pedagogy that gives students the knowledge to connect their theoretical learning to the outside world. By relying on the transformative power of literature and replacing nihilism and powerlessness with conviction and faith, the liberal arts can offer practical, useful inspiration to everyone seeking to create a better world.
An Earl mired in melancholy is no match for a determined woman... Widower Benjamin Romilly, Earl of Furness, has given up hope of finding happiness. His wife died in childbirth five years ago, leaving him with a broken heart and a child who only reminds him of his loss. Miss Jean Saunders is a cousin by marriage. She doted on Benjamin's late Countess, and can't bear it when she hears rumors that the Earl is too bereaved to care for his young son. She arrives on the scene to evaluate his fitness as a father, and if necessary, to take his son away. Jean's sudden eruption into the Earl's household simultaneously infuriates and invigorates him. She may be the only person who can breathe life into his neglected home—and his aching heart... The Way to a Lord's Heart: Brave New Earl (Book 1) What People Are Saying About Jane Ashford: "Jane Ashford absolutely delights."—Night Owl Reviews "Filled with wit and charm."—Fresh Fiction for Nothing Like a Duke "Expertly crafted...another triumph of nuanced characterization and sparkling wit."—Booklist for Nothing Like a Duke
You are being watched. Your every movement is being tracked, your every word recorded. Your spouse may be an informer, your children may be listening at your door, your best friend may be a member of the secret police. You are alone among thousands, among great crowds of the brainwashed, the well-behaved, the loyal. Productivity has never been higher, the media blares, and the army is ever triumphant. One wrong move, one slip-up, and you may find yourself disappeared -- swallowed up by a monstrous bureaucracy, vanished into a shadowy labyrinth of interrogation chambers, show trials, and secret prisons from which no one ever escapes. Welcome to the world of the dystopia, a world of government and society gone horribly, nightmarishly wrong. What happens when civilization invades and dictates every aspect of your life? From 1984 to The Handmaid's Tale, from Children of Men to Bioshock, the dystopian imagination has been a vital and gripping cautionary force. Brave New Worlds collects the best tales of totalitarian menace by some of today's most visionary writers, including Neil Gaiman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Ursula K. Le Guin. When the government wields its power against its own people, every citizen becomes an enemy of the state. Will you fight the system, or be ground to dust beneath the boot of tyranny?
The long-awaited sequel to War's End: The Storm - Jess has returned to her hometown in Belton, Missouri. There she and her family will rebuild their lives and learn lessons about love, and loss, and the strength of perseverance. Miles away, Chris longs for family, for children, and dreams of the home he lost. The danger is not over. Jess must face her greatest fear and overcome the nightmares that have plagued her for the past decade.
This novel ironically explores the demise of maternal instinct through DNA-inspired altered human reproduction. Human birthing is spliced from the uterus and the maternal mind. Future Mother provides the egg and evolving biomedical engineering does the rest. A dramatic benefit of the process will be a permanent amnesia of the birth itself. No more nine-month discomfort, unsightly bulges, water retention, messy labor, or later responsibility because there is no memory of having given birth. Doctor Victor’s altered Eve can eat all the apples she wants. “Doctor Munch was much beloved. This she craved because she was a ‘born orphan,’ which was her quirky way of saying that her parentage was unknown. She had never forgotten being deprived of parental bonding and she had compensated by seeking love by giving it, openly and professionally. This was her work ethic and she gave herself to it, utterly.”
A phantom rectum is the least of Aki’s problems; at least it behaves itself in public. No, it’s her stoma that has a mind of it’s own, gurgling and rumbling without any sense of propriety. Standing in the middle of the grocery shop, her trolley half full, her pouch fit to bursting, there’s a slight fug in the air and her fellow shoppers start to take notice. Oh, the humiliation… Aki had not expected to live life with a colostomy bag. But then, does anyone expect a routine colonoscopy to result in a punctured intestine? To hell with it! It’s not the end of the world and millions of people with colostomy bags live normal lives. As for Aki, given she’s Japanese, this falls front and centre into her psyche for hygiene and cleanliness. The only spanner in the works: she has married an Englishman, seemingly raised by wolves, happy to clean his hands on the inside of his pockets and eat food that has fallen on the floor. This could get messy!
In this revelatory memoir, Doctor Cynthia Li shares the truth about her disabling autoimmune illness, the limitations of Western medicine, and her hard-won lessons on healing—mind, body, and spirit. Li had it all: a successful career in medicine, a loving marriage, children on the horizon. But it all came crashing down when, after developing an autoimmune thyroid condition, mysterious symptoms began consuming her body. Test after test came back "within normal limits," baffling her doctors—and baffling herself. Housebound with two young children, Li began a solo odyssey from her living room couch to find a way to heal. Brave New Medicine details the physical and existential crisis that forces a young doctor to question her own medical training. She dives into the root causes of her illness, learning to unlock her body's innate intelligence and wholeness. Li relates her story with the insight of a scientist, and the humility and candor of a patient, exploring the emotional and spiritual shifts beyond the physical body. Millions of people worldwide are affected by autoimmune disease. While complex conditions like chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) are gaining attention, patients struggling with these mysterious ailments remain largely dismissed by their doctors, families, and friends. This is the harsh reality that doctor-turned-"difficult patient" Li faced firsthand. Drawing on cutting-edge science, ancient healing arts, and the power of intuition, this memoir offers support, validation, and a new perspective for doctors and patients alike. Through her story, you can find the wisdom and heart to start your own healing journey, too.
An entertaining, practical guide for first-time mamas and those who need a baby refresher course. The new mom initiation ritual involves sleepless nights, an inexplicable obsession with baby booties, and more questions than answers. This take on everything baby offers new moms the Christian girlfriend advice she needs to feel confident in her new role, including: getting into the motherhood groove breastfeeding advice suggestions for losing the baby weight—before your baby is no longer a baby time management tips that may just help you find time to do laundry—before you run out of clean underwear how you can manage to be a godly mother and a good wife on less than three hours of sleep a night Easy-to-read and relatable, this been-there-done-that guide answers these questions and more with a dose of humor an a lot of grace so that new moms can become the moms that God intended them to be during their baby's first year.
Table of Contents Introduction Natural Nursing Infant Formula – The First Poison You Are Feeding Your Baby The Importance of Natural Milk Lactating Mother’s Diet Colostrum Conclusion Prenatal Influence Author Bio Publisher Introduction A healthy, happy family unit is one of the most blessed things in society today. This book is the beginning of the series, which is going to tell you all about how you can keep yourself healthy naturally, and also have a healthy child. I do not care where you are from, your race, denomination, creed, religion, or caste. If you belong to the universal sisterhood of mothers, have had children, and/or have intentions of having children, this book and other books in the series are for you. These books are going to cover the psychological aspect of motherhood, with beliefs, conventions, traditions, and also how children have managed to survive naturally, even though ignorance in the ancient times and too much knowledge in the 21st century making their existence full of jeopardy. You might find some terms here, which in many parts of the world are not spoken in public, because of innate modesty, and upbringing. You may also be told about some activities which are thoroughly natural, but because of conventions or because of brainwashing have been either made taboo or things not to be discussed in general public, thanks to inhibitions. We are not living in Victorian times when maidens were told, even up to the age of 20 and if they were unmarried, that children were found under the Cabbage Patch! This is, of course, the height of absurdity, foolishness, and repression, which was the reason why so many Victorian women could not bear the marriage bed, because their mothers had told them that it was either sinful to enjoy this part of the marital bond or through sheer ignorance, and disgust in an activity which it is supposed to be crude, they did not allow themselves to take part in the physical aspect of a marriage. And that is the reason why their menfolk had mistresses, who were more practical, common, earthy, and enjoyed what the missus called “bed sport” in a prim and prudish fashion. These women thus definitely did not have any emotional attachment to their children, and once the child was born, it was given in the hands of nurses and wet nurses to be brought up far away from the sight of the mother.