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When dad hurts mom : helping your children heal the wounds of witnessing abuse / Lundy Bancroft

Call number: HV6626.2 .B254 2004

Mothers in physically or emotionally abusive relationships ask themselves these questions every day. Here, a counselor reveals how abusers interact with and manipulate children-and how mothers can help their children recover from the trauma of witnessing abuse.

This book, the first ever of its kind, shows mothers how to:

– Protect children and help them heal emotionally
– Provide love, support, and positive role models, even in the midst of abuse
– Increase their chances of winning custody
– Help their kids feel good about themselves (From Google Books)

Amexica : war along the borderline / Ed Vulliamy

Call number: HV5840.M4 V85 

Amexica is a street-level portrait of the extraordinary terror unfolding along the U.S.-Mexico border–“a country in its own right, which belongs to both the United States and Mexico, yet neither”–as the narco-war escalates to a fever pitch. In 2009, after reporting from the border for many years, journalist Ed Vulliamy traveled the frontier from the Pacific coast to the Gulf of Mexico, from Tijuana to Matamoros, a kaleidoscopic landscape of corruption and all-out civil war, but also of beauty and joy and resilience. He describes in detail how the narco gangs work; the smuggling of people, weapons, and drugs back and forth across the border; middle-class flight from Mexico and an American celebrity culture that is feeding the violence; the interrelated economies of drugs and the maquiladora factories; and the ruthless, systematic murder of young women in Ciudad Juarez. Heroes, villains, and victims all come to life in this singular book.–From publisher description.

Humanity on a tightrope : thoughts on empathy, family, and big changes for a viable future / Paul R. Ehrlich

Call number: HN18.3 .E47 2010

As the world finds itself faced with common problems that affect most of the planet’s population–climate change, increasing poverty, escalating violence, international conflicts, illness–a growing sense of empathy and connection with those in remote parts of the world has caught hold and is spreading. This book presents a unique approach to what it means to belong to one human family and how it can help us address the problems that affect us all. (From Google Books)

Deadly spin : an insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans / Wendell Potter

Call number: HG9383 .P68 2010

Wendell Potter is the insurance industry’s worst nightmare. In June 2009, Wendell Potter made national headlines with his scorching testimony before the Senate panel on health care reform. This former senior VP of CIGNA explained how health insurers make promises they have no intention of keeping, how they flout regulations designed to protect consumers, and how they skew political debate with multibillion-dollar PR campaigns designed to spread disinformation. Potter had walked away from a six-figure salary and two decades as an insurance executive because he could no longer abide the routine practices of an industry where the needs of sick and suffering Americans take a backseat to the bottom line.
The last straw: when he visited a rural health clinic and saw hundreds of people standing in line in the rain to receive treatment in stalls built for livestock. In Deadly Spin, Potter takes readers behind the scenes to show how a huge chunk of our absurd healthcare spending actually bankrolls a propaganda campaign and lobbying effort focused on protecting one thing: profits. Whatever the fate of the current health care legislation, it makes no attempt to change that fundamental problem.
Potter shows how relentless PR assaults play an insidious role in our political process anywhere that corporate profits are at stake—from climate change to defense policy. Deadly Spin tells us why—and how—we must fight back. (From Google Books)

Butler’s big dance : the team, the tournament, and basketball fever / Susan S. Neville

Call number: GV885.43.B88 N48 

The Butler Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA National Championship basketball game against Duke University upon defeating Michigan State on April 3, 2010. With only 4,500 students, Butler was the smallest school to play for a national championship since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Coached by Brad Stevens — just three years into his position as head basketball coach — the undefeated Bulldogs were a hometown team, playing before a hometown crowd on the national stage. Two days later, Butler lost narrowly to Duke, 61–59, but their run for the championship had become a national phenomenon. From her vantage point as a Butler professor, acclaimed writer Susan Neville observed (and participated in) Hoosier Hysteria firsthand. In Butler’s Big Dance, she intertwines her recollections of the events with interviews, anecdotes, and photographs to bring readers a taste of the on-campus and courtside excitement of the Bulldogs’ David-and-Goliath bid for the national title. (From Google Books)