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Atkins' Physical Chemistry by Peter Atkins et. alCombining broad coverage with an innovative use of pedagogy, Atkins' Physical Chemistry remains the textbook of choice for studying physical chemistry. Significant re-working of the text design makes this edition more accessible for students, while also creating a clean and effective textthat is more flexible for instructors to teach from.
Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity by John C. KotzReflecting Cengage Learning's commitment to offering flexible teaching solutions and value for students and instructors, this new hybrid version features the instructional presentation found in the printed text while delivering all the end-of chapter exercises online in OWLv2, the leading online learning system for chemistry. The result--a briefer printed text that engages learners online! Improve your grades and understanding of concepts with this value-packed Hybrid Edition. An access code to OWLv2 with MindTap Reader is included with the text, providing powerful online resources that include tutorials, simulations, randomized homework questions, videos, a complete interactive electronic version of the textbook, and more! Succeed in chemistry with the clear explanations, problem-solving strategies, and dynamic study tools of CHEMISTRY & CHEMICAL REACTIVITY, 9th edition. Combining thorough instruction with the powerful multimedia tools you need to develop a deeper understanding of general chemistry concepts, the text emphasizes the visual nature of chemistry, illustrating the close interrelationship of the macroscopic, symbolic, and particulate levels of chemistry. The art program illustrates each of these levels in engaging detail--and is fully integrated with key media components.
Chemistry in Context by American Chemical SocietyFollowing in the tradition of the first seven editions, the goal of this successful, issues-based textbook, Chemistry in Context, is to establish chemical principles on a need-to-know basis for non-science majors, enabling them to learn chemistry in the context of their own lives and significant issues facing science and the world. The non-traditional approach of Chemistry in Context reflects today's technological issues and the chemistry principles within them. Global warming, alternate fuels, nutrition, and genetic engineering are examples of issues that are covered in Chemistry in Context.
Call Number: QD 415 .C482 2015
Publication Date: 2014-01-08
Fitness and Wellness by Wener W. K. Hoeger et alTake control of your health�and life�with FITNESS & WELLNESS. Reflecting the latest research and practical guidelines on nutrition, fitness, and disease prevention, the 14th Edition equips you with the tools you need to make positive choices for your health. After assessing your current habits, you can immediately use the book's step-by-step instruction and hands-on activities to start making positive behavior changes in your own life. In addition, engaging photos, illustrations, and descriptive examples in each chapter help you visualize key concepts, while online resources, including behavior modification planning activities, practice tests, online labs, and a behavior change planner, extend your learning beyond the classroom. Empower yourself to make positive changes and improve your health and quality of life with FITNESS & WELLNESS.
General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry by Karen C. TimberlakeGeneral, Organic, and Biological Chemistry: Structures of Life breaks chemical concepts and problem solving into clear, manageable pieces, ensuring students follow along and stay motivated throughout their first, and often only, chemistry course. Karen Timberlake's friendly writing style, student focus, vetted and refined clinical chemistry problems, and engaging health-related applications help today's students make connections between chemistry and their intended careers as they develop the problem-solving skills they'll need beyond the classroom. The Fifth Edition fully integrates the text with MasteringChemistry to provide an interactive and engaging experience. New Construct a Concept Map activities help students connect ideas through video solutions and live demonstrations, while the text and media establish a clinical focus that ties chemistry directly to allied health. Instructors can also assign MasteringChemistry's new Dynamic Study Modules, which enable students to remediate core math and chemistry skills outside of class, freeing professors to focus on GOB Chemistry concepts and problem solving during class. Also available with MasteringChemistry MasteringChemistry from Pearson is the leading online homework, tutorial, and assessment system, designed to improve results by engaging students before, during, and after class with powerful content. Instructors ensure students arrive ready to learn by assigning educationally effective content before class, and encourage critical thinking and retention with in-class resources such as Learning Catalytics. Students can further master concepts after class through traditional and adaptive homework assignments that provide hints and answer-specific feedback. The Mastering gradebook records scores for all automatically graded assignments in one place, while diagnostic tools give instructors access to rich data to assess student understanding and misconceptions. Mastering brings learning full circle by continuously adapting to each student and making learning more personal than ever-before, during, and after class.
Call Number: QD 33.2 T56 2015
Publication Date: 2014-12-24
Inorganic Chemistry by Duward ShriverFrom the fundamentals to the frontiers of research, this classic text offers an introduction to inorganic chemistry no other book can match. The new edition is most modern and most student-friendly yet, covering both the theoretical and descriptive aspects of inorganic chemistry in presentation that includes helpful new study tools and, as always, a captivating focus on experimental methods, industrial applications, and cutting-edge topics.
Lewin's GENES XII by Jocelyn E. Krebs et al.Long considered the quintessential molecular biology textbook, for decades Lewin's GENES has provided the most modern presentation to this transformative and dynamic science. Now in its twelfth edition, this classic text continues to lead with new information and cutting-edge developments, covering gene structure, sequencing, organization, and expression. Leading scientists provide revisions and updates in their respective areas of study offering readers current research and relevant information on the rapidly changing subjects in molecular biology. No other text offers a broader understanding of this exciting and vital science or does so with higher quality art and illustrations. Lewin's GENES XII continues to be the clear choice for molecular biology and genetics.
Call Number: QH430 .L4 2018
Publication Date: 2017-03-16
Medical Microbiology by Patrick R. Murray et alTurn to Medical Microbiology, 8th Edition for a thorough, clinically relevant understanding of microbes and their diseases. This succinct, easy-to-use text presents the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology in a clearly written, engaging manner-effectively preparing you for your courses, exams, and beyond. Coverage of basic principles, immunology, laboratory diagnosis, bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology help you master the essentials. Review questions at the end of each chapter correlate basic science with clinical practice to help you understand the clinical relevance of the organisms examined. Clinical cases illustrate the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases, reinforcing a clinical approach to learning. Full-color clinical photographs, images, and illustrations help you visualize the clinical presentations of infections. Summary tables and text boxes emphasizing essential concepts and learning issues optimize exam review. Additional images, 200 self-assessment questions, NEW animations, and more. Student Consult eBook version included with purchase. This enhanced eBook experience includes access -- on a variety of devices -- to the complete text, videos, images, and references from the book. Thoroughly updated chapters include the latest information on the human microbiome and probiotics/prebiotics; including a new chapter on Human Microbiome In Health and Disease. NEW chapter summaries introduce each microbe chapter, including trigger words and links to the relevant chapter text (on e-book version on Student Consult), providing a concise introduction or convenient review for each topic. Online access to the complete text, additional images, 200 self-assessment questions, NEW animations, and more is available through Student Consult.
Call Number: QR 46 .M4683 2016
Publication Date: 2015-10-28
Medical Parasitology by Ruth Leventhal; Russell F. CheadleRely on this concise, systematic introduction to the biology and epidemiology of human parasitic diseases. Explore an extensive series of photographs, line drawings, and plates that aid in the recognition of medically-relevant parasites and help to build a solid understanding of the fundamentals of diagnosis and treatment.
Organic Chemistry by Francis A. CareyFor ten editions, Organic Chemistry has been designed to meet the needs of the "mainstream," two-semester, undergraduate organic chemistry course. This best-selling text gives students a solid understanding of organic chemistry by stressing how fundamental reaction mechanisms function and reactions occur.
Call Number: QD 251.3 C37 2017
Publication Date: 2016-01-07
Principles of Biochemistry by David L. Nelson et al.Lehninger's Principles of Biochemistry earned acclaim for its presentation and organization of complex concepts and connections, anchored in the principles of biochemistry. This legacy continues in the eighth edition with a new framework that highlights the principles and supports student learning.
Biological Science, 7th ed by Scott Freeman For introductory courses for biology majors. Discover biology, develop skills, and make connections Known for its discovery-based, student-centered approach, Scott Freeman's Biological Science emphasizes higher-order thinking, enhances skill development, and promotes active learning. Biological Science equips students with strategies that go beyond memorization and guides them in making connections between core concepts and content, underscoring principles from the Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education report. Students learn to apply their knowledge throughout the course, assess their level of understanding, and identify the types of cognitive skills that need improvement. The 7th Edition enables students to see that biology concepts are connected by weaving one case study throughout the entire text, helping students make connections across biology. New content includes updated coverage of advances in genomic editing, global climate change, and recent insights into the evolution of land plants. New embedded Pearson eText assets support content in the text with whiteboard Making Models videos, Figure Walkthrough videos, and BioFlix animations that engage students, help them learn, and guide them in completing assignments. Also available with Mastering Biology By combining trusted author content with digital tools and a flexible platform, Mastering personalizes the learning experience and improves results for each student.Integrate dynamic content and tools with Mastering Biology and enable students to practice, build skills, and apply their knowledge. Built for, and directly tied to the text, Mastering Biology enables an extension of learning, allowing students a platform to practice, learn, and apply outside of the classroom. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Mastering Biology does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Biology ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. If you would like to purchase boththe physical text and Mastering Biology search for: 0135209838 / 9780135209837 Biological Science Plus Mastering Biology with Pearson eText -- Access Card Package Package consists of: 013467832X / 9780134678320 Biological Science 0135231043 / 9780135231043 Mastering Biology with Pearson eText -- ValuePack Access Card -- for Biological Science
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot DíazWinner of: The Pulitzer Prize The National Book Critics Circle Award The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award The Jon Sargent, Sr. First Novel Prize A Time Magazine #1 Fiction Book of the Year One of the best books of 2007 according to: The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, People, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, Salon, Baltimore City Paper, The Christian Science Monitor, Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, New York Public Library, and many more... Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Oscar is a sweet but disastrously overweight ghetto nerd who--from the New Jersey home he shares with his old world mother and rebellious sister--dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and, most of all, finding love. But Oscar may never get what he wants. Blame the fukú--a curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, following them on their epic journey from Santo Domingo to the USA. Encapsulating Dominican-American history, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao opens our eyes to an astonishing vision of the contemporary American experience and explores the endless human capacity to persevere--and risk it all--in the name of love.
Call Number: e-BOOK
Publication Date: 2008-09-02
Calculus: Early Transcendentals by Jon Rogawski; Colin AdamsThe most successful calculus book of its generation, Jon Rogawski's Calculus offers an ideal balance of formal precision and dedicated conceptual focus, helping students build strong computational skills while continually reinforcing the relevance of calculus to their future studies and their lives. Guided by new author Colin Adams, the new edition stays true to the late Jon Rogawski's refreshing and highly effective approach, while drawing on extensive instructor and student feedback, and Adams' three decades as a calculus teacher and author of math books for general audiences. W. H. Freeman/Macmillan and WebAssign have partnered to deliver WebAssign Premium - a comprehensive and flexible suite of resources for your calculus course. Combining the most widely used online homework platform with the authoritative and interactive content from the textbook, WebAssign Premium extends and enhances the classroom experience for instructors and students. Maximize Teaching and Learning with WebAssign Premium Macmillan Learning and WebAssign have partnered to deliver WebAssign Premium - a comprehensive and flexible suite of resources for your calculus course. Combining the most widely used online homework platform with authoritative textbook content and Macmillan's esteemed Calctools, WebAssign Premium extends and enhances the classroom experience for instructors and students. Preview course content and sample assignments at www.webassign.net/whfreeman.
Call Number: QA 303.2 R643 2019
Publication Date: 2019
City of Dreams by Tyler AnbinderNew York has been America's city of immigrants for nearly four centuries. Growing from Peter Minuit's tiny settlement of 1626 to a clamorous metropolis with more than three million immigrants today, the city has always been a magnet for transplants from all over the globe.City of Dreams is the long-overdue, inspiring, and defining account of New York's immigrants, both famous and forgotten: the young man from the Caribbean who relocated to New York and became a founding father; Russian-born Emma Goldman, who condoned the murder of American industrialists as a means of aiding downtrodden workers; Dominican immigrant Oscar de la Renta, who dressed first ladies from Jackie Kennedy to Michelle Obama. Over ten years in the making, Tyler Anbinder's story is one of innovators and artists, revolutionaries and rioters, staggering deprivation and soaring triumphs. In so many ways, today's immigrants are just like those who came to America in centuries past--and their stories have never before been told with such breadth of scope, lavish research, and resounding spirit. "A masterful achievement,City of Dreams is the definitive account of the American origin story, as told through our premier metropolis. Bold, exhaustive, always surprising, Anbinder's book is a wonderful reminder of how we came to be who we are." -- Timothy Egan, best-selling author ofThe Immortal Irishman
Call Number: eBOOK
Publication Date: 2017-10-10
Climate Change by Marie-Antoinette MélièresThis book is designed for first- and second-year university students (and their instructors) in earth science, environmental science, and physical geography degree programmes worldwide. The summaries at the end of each section constitute essential reading for policy makers and planners. It provides a simple but masterly account, with a minimum of equations, of how the Earth's climate system works, of the physical processes that have given rise to the long sequence of glacial and interglacial periods of the Quaternary, and that will continue to cause the climate to evolve. Its straightforward and elegant description, with an abundance of well chosen illustrations, focuses on different time scales, and includes the most recent research in climate science by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It shows how it is human behaviour that will determine whether or not the present century is a turning point to a new climate, unprecedented on Earth in the last several million years.
Concepts of Genetics by William S. KlugConcepts of Genetics, Eleventh Edition emphasizes the fundamental ideas of genetics, while exploring modern techniques and applications of genetic analysis. The best-selling text has a strong problem-solving approach, and this edition has been extensively updated with relevant, cutting-edge coverage of emerging topics in genetics. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; MasteringGenetics(tm)does not come packaged with this content. If you would like to purchase both the physical text and MasteringGenetics search for ISBN-10: 0321948475/ISBN-13: 9780321948472. That package includes ISBN-10: 0321948912/ISBN-13: 9780321948915 and ISBN-10: 0133863298/ISBN-13: 9780133863291. MasteringGenetics is not a self-paced technology and should only be purchased when required by an instructor.
Call Number: QH 430 .K574 2015
Publication Date: 2014-09-05
The Dew Breaker by Edwidge DanticatFrom the universally acclaimed author of Breath, Eyes, Memory and Krik? Krak!, a brilliant, deeply moving work of fiction that explores the world of a “dew breaker”—a torturer—a man whose brutal crimes in the country of his birth lie hidden beneath his new American reality. We meet him late in his life. He is a quiet man, a husband and father, a hardworking barber, a kindly landlord to the men who live in a basement apartment in his home. He is a fixture in his Brooklyn neighborhood, recognizable by the terrifying scar on his face. As the book unfolds, moving seamlessly between Haiti in the 1960s and New York City today, we enter the lives of those around him: his devoted wife and rebellious daughter; his sometimes unsuspecting, sometimes apprehensive neighbors, tenants, and clients. And we meet some of his victims. In the book’s powerful denouement, we return to the Haiti of the dew breaker’s past, to his last, desperate act of violence, and to his first encounter with the woman who will offer him a form of redemption—albeit imperfect—that will change him forever. The Dew Breaker is a book of interconnected lives—a book of love, remorse, and hope; of rebellions both personal and political; of the compromises we often make in order to move beyond the most intimate brushes with history. Unforgettable, deeply resonant, The Dew Breaker proves once more that in Edwidge Danticat we have a major American writer.
Call Number: PS3554.A5815 O96 2005 Reserves
Publication Date: 2004-03-09
Drown by Junot DíazFrom the beloved and award-winning author Junot Díaz, a spellbinding saga of a family's journey through the New World. A coming-of-age story of unparalleled power, Drown introduced the world to Junot Díaz's exhilarating talents. It also introduced an unforgettable narrator-- Yunior, the haunted, brilliant young man who tracks his family's precarious journey from the barrios of Santo Domingo to the tenements of industrial New Jersey, and their epic passage from hope to loss to something like love. Here is the soulful, unsparing book that made Díaz a literary sensation.
Call Number: PS3554 .I259 D76 1997 Reserves
Publication Date: 1997-07-01
The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook by Barry AnderssonLearn to shoot professional-quality HD footage with your DSLR Camera The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook, 2nd Edition is the expert guide to getting professional movie-making results with an HD video-enabled DSLR camera. Fully updated to reflect the latest technology, this updated edition provides guidance toward best practices and techniques that maximize results. Shooting HD video with a DSLR has many benefits -- and also a few tricky drawbacks -- but this guide gives you the insight and training you need to overcome these challenges as you learn what to anticipate, how to work around it, and how to fix imperfections in post-production. Award winning independent filmmaker Barry Andersson walks you through the shooting process and shows you what to do before, during, and after filming to ensure high quality results. Most of today's DSLRs have the capacity to shoot HD video. This, combined with incredible low-light capabilities, shallow depth of field, and relatively low price point make these cameras an extremely attractive entry point for would-be independent filmmakers. This book shows you how to exploit your DSLR's capabilities to produce beautiful film, with step-by-step expert instruction. Understand the limitations of DSLR video Learn what to plan for before filming begins Exploit HD capabilities to maximize the film's visuals Produce professional-level, film-quality footage With thorough explanations and expert instruction, The DSLR Filmmaker's Handbook, 2nd Edition is the training you need to start shooting beautiful HD footage.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015-03-13
Earth Science by Stephen MarshakThe leading authors in their respective fields physical geology and extreme weather Stephen Marshak and Robert Rauber bring years of classroom and research experience to this remarkable new book and media package. The authors' narrative approach to the content and innovative integration of new visual and interactive resources guides students to a clearer, more applicable understanding of the entire Earth System."
Call Number: QE 28 .M34148 2018
Publication Date: 2017-04-01
Environment and Society by Paul RobbinsSubstantially updated for the second edition, this engaging and innovative introduction to the environment and society uses key theoretical approaches to explore familiar objects. Features substantial revisions and updates for the second edition, including new chapters on E waste, mosquitoes and uranium, improved maps and graphics, new exercises, shorter theory chapters, and refocused sections on environmental solutions Discusses topics such as population and scarcity, commodities, environmental ethics, risks and hazards, and political economy and applies them to objects like bottled water, tuna, and trees Accessible for students, and accompanied by in-book and online resources including exercises and boxed discussions, an online test bank, notes, suggested reading, and website links for enhanced understanding Offers additional online support for instructors, including suggested teaching models, PowerPoint slides for each chapter with full-color graphics, and supplementary images and teaching material
Call Number: GE105.R63 2014
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
Human Physiology by Stuart Ira Fox#1 selling text with great explanations and just enough anatomy! Clear explanations and a solid learning framework have been market tested and refined. Fox helps students master the fundamentals by providing appropriate anatomical detail. Human Physiology, Fourteenth Edition, is intended for the one-semester Human Physiology course often taken by allied health and biology students. The beginning chapters introduce basic chemical and biological concepts to provide students with the framework they need to comprehend physiological principles. The chapters that follow promote conceptual understanding rather than rote memorization of facts. Health applications are included throughout the book to heighten interest, deepen understanding of physiological concepts, and help students relate the material to their individual career goals. Every effort has been made to help students integrate related concepts and understand the relationships between anatomical structures and their functions. Users who purchase Connect Plus receive access to the full online ebook version of the textbook.
Call Number: QP 34.5 .F68 2022
Publication Date: 2022
Intermediate Accounting by Donald E. KiesoIntermediate Accounting, 17th Edition is written by industry thought leaders, Kieso, Weygandt, and Warfield and is developed around one simple proposition: create great accountants. Upholding industry standards, this edition incorporates new data analytics content and up-to-date coverage of leases, revenue recognition, financial instruments, and US GAAP & IFRS. While maintaining its reputation for accuracy, comprehensiveness, and accessibility, Intermediate Accounting drives results by helping students build professional competencies through reliable problem material.
Nutrition Essentials for Nursing Practice by Susan DudekA strong foundation in nutrition is essential for effective nursing practice. Reflecting the latest evidence-based practice and nutrition recommendations, this eighth edition of Susan Dudek's highly respected text maintains its focus on all steps of the nursing care process, from assessment and nursing diagnoses to implementation and evaluation. Highlights of the eighth edition: * New! Unfolding case studies use real-life scenarios to build critical thinking skills by asking students to apply theory to nutrition issues. * A revised Chapter 1, Nutrition in Health and Healthcare, explains the role of nutrition in chronic disease prevention, the interdisciplinary nature of nutrition care, and how technology is affecting the future of nutrition. * Updated content includes the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and its companion MyPlate, use of "eating patterns" in place of "diet" to connote lifestyle rather than a therapeutic approach, and inclusion of the newly revised Nutrition Facts label to be implemented for most packaged foods by 2018. * New topics include antibiotics in the food supply, new guidelines for the provision of enteral and parenteral nutrition support, and proposed changes in how malnutrition is defined. * An increased focus on obesity prevention and treatment includes lifestyle modification, medication, and bariatric surgery. * Built-in learning aids, include chapter-opening Check Your Knowledge questions, key terms defined in the margins, at-a-glance Nursing Process tables, chapter-ending Key Concepts summaries, and How Do You Respond? questions that prepare students to think on their feet in clinical practice.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2017-06-07
Psychology, 4th ed by Scott O. LilienfeldFor courses in Introductory Psychology Provide the framework to go from inquiry to understanding Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding empowers students to apply scientific thinking to the psychology of their everyday lives. Authors Scott Lilienfeld, Steven Lynn, and Laura Namy introduce six principles of scientific thinking that serve as a clear framework for learning about psychology. As a result of this emphasis on the scientific method, the text helps students develop the critical thinking skills and open-minded skepticism needed to distinguish psychological misinformation from psychological information. In order to provide an up-to-date survey of the field, the Fourth Edition has been updated with the latest findings, coverage of fresh debates and challenges to psychology, and new sections on emerging areas of research. Available to package with Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, Fourth Edition, MyLab(tm) Psychology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with this text to engage students and improve results. MyLab Psychology is ideal for courses requiring robust assessments. Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, Fourth Edition is also available via Revel(tm), an interactive digital learning environment that replaces the print textbook, enabling students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Revel is ideal for courses where student engagement and mobile access are important. Note: You are purchasing a standalone product; Pearson MyLab does not come packaged with this content. Students, if interested in purchasing this title with MyLab, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information. 0134641094 / 9780134641096 Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding plus MyLab Psychology with eText - Access Card Package, 4/e Package consists of: 0134552512 / 9780134552514 Psychology: From Inquiry to Understanding, 4/e 0205206514 / 9780205206513 MyLab Psychology with eText Access Card
Call Number: BF 121 .P824 2018
Publication Date: 2017-03-15
The Social Media Reader by Michael MandibergWith the rise of web 2.0 and social media platforms taking over vast tracts of territory on the internet, the media landscape has shifted drastically in the past 20 years, transforming previously stable relationships between media creators and consumers. The Social Media Reader is the first collection to address the collective transformation with pieces on social media, peer production, copyright politics, and other aspects of contemporary internet culture from all the major thinkers in the field. Culling a broad range and incorporating different styles of scholarship from foundational pieces and published articles to unpublished pieces, journalistic accounts, personal narratives from blogs, and whitepapers, The Social Media Reader promises to be an essential text, with contributions from Lawrence Lessig, Henry Jenkins, Clay Shirky, Tim O'Reilly, Chris Anderson, Yochai Benkler, danah boyd, and Fred von Loehmann, to name a few. It covers a wide-ranging topical terrain, much like the internet itself, with particular emphasis on collaboration and sharing, the politics of social media and social networking, Free Culture and copyright politics, and labor and ownership. Theorizing new models of collaboration, identity, commerce, copyright, ownership, and labor, these essays outline possibilities for cultural democracy that arise when the formerly passive audience becomes active cultural creators, while warning of the dystopian potential of new forms of surveillance and control.
Call Number: OER
Publication Date: 2012-02-01
The Underground Railroad by Colson WhiteheadFrom prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood--where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned--Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor--engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey--hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre-Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.