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kissing god goodbye june jordan

Adrienne Rich calls her "one of the most musically and lyrically gifted poets of the late twentieth century." Alice Walker describes her as "among the bravest of us, the most outraged.She is the universal poet." Legend-in-waiting June Jordan's latest collection of poetry, her twenty-fourth book, is an impassioned exploration of love, loss, and the most problematic political intersections of our time.
halfway heaven melanie thernstrom

Halfway Heaven unravels the mystery of what happened on May 28, 1995, at Harvard University. Sinedu Tadesse, a foreign student from Ethiopia, stabbed her roommate, Trang Phuong Ho, forty-five times before hanging herself in her dormitory bathroom. Reconstructing the paths that led these two young women to such a tragic end, Melanie Thernstrom delivers an insightful and harrowing tale of loneliness, despair, and murder.
jefferson's children leon botstein

Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, is a cultural optimist and modern-day Renaissance Man. He does not agree with those who overly romanticize the past and are pessimistic about the future, and believes that these attitudes are detrimental to society. Botstein analyzes our present system of education and finds it complacent and uninspiring. His ideas for educational renewal offer hope, inspiring both thought and action.
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