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MVCC Library E-Book Spotlight September roundup

Librarian Picks from our New E-book Collections

Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice

by Becky Thompson

"Imagine a classroom that explores the twinned ideas of embodied teaching and a pedagogy of tenderness. Becky Thompson envisions such a curriculum--and a way of being--that promises to bring about a sea change in education." --Publisher's description

Campus Counterspaces: Black and Latinx Students' Search for Community at Historically White Universities

by Micere Keels

"Frustrated with the flood of news articles and opinion pieces that were skeptical of minority students' "imagined" campus microaggressions, Micere Keels, a professor of comparative human development, set out to provide a detailed account of how racial-ethnic identity structures Black and Latinx students' college transition experiences." --Publisher's description

From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education

by Estela Mara Bensimon, Lindsey Malcom, and Tia Brown McNair

"From Equity Talk to Equity Walk offers practical guidance on the design and application of campus change strategies for achieving equitable outcomes. Drawing from campus-based research projects sponsored by the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California, this invaluable resource provides real-world steps that reinforce primary elements for examining equity in student achievement, while challenging educators to specifically focus on racial equity as a critical lens for institutional and systemic change." --Publisher's description

Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators

by Elena Aguilar

"Onward tackles the problem of educator stress, and provides a practical framework for taking the burnout out of teaching...This actionable framework gives you concrete steps toward rediscovering yourself, your energy, and your passion for teaching." --Publisher's description

Russia on the Edge: Imagined Geographies and Post-Soviet Identity

by Edith W. Clowes

"Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russians have confronted a major crisis of identity. Soviet ideology rested on a belief in historical progress, but the post-Soviet imagination has obsessed over territory. Indeed, geographical metaphors—whether axes of north vs. south or geopolitical images of center, periphery, and border—have become the signs of a different sense of self and the signposts of a new debate about Russian identity. This book argues that refurbished geographical metaphors and imagined geographies provide a useful perspective for examining post-Soviet debates about what it means to be Russian today." --Publisher's website

The Soviet Union: A Short History

by Mark Edele

"In ten concise and compelling chapters, The Soviet Union covers the entire Soviet Union experience from the years 1904 to 1991 by putting the focus on three major themes: warfare, welfare, and empire. Throughout the book, Mark Edele—a noted expert on the topic—clearly demonstrates that the Soviet Union was more than simply "Russia." Instead, it was a multi-ethnic empire." --Publisher's description

Deep River

by Karl Marlantes

"From the New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War, a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, set against the early labor movements, World War I, and the upheaval of early twentieth-century America" --Publisher's description

Calypso

by David Sedaris

"With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny–it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future." --Publisher's description

The Goldfinch

by Donna Tartt

"Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by a longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into a wealthy and insular art community." --Publisher's description

The Counterlife

by Philip Roth

"The Counterlife is about people enacting their dreams of renewal and escape, some of them going so far as to risk their lives to alter seemingly irreversible destinies. Every major character (and most of the minor ones) is investigating, debating, and arguing the possibility of remaking the future." --Publisher's description

One Book, One College and Related E-Books

The Origins of the Dual City: Housing, Race & Redevelopment in Twentieth-Century Chicago

by Joel Rast

"Chicago is celebrated for its rich diversity, but, even more than most US cities, it is also plagued by segregation and extreme inequality. More than ever, Chicago is a “dual city,” a condition taken for granted by many residents. In this book, Joel Rast reveals that today’s tacit acceptance of rising urban inequality is a marked departure from the past." --Publisher's description

Ghosts in the Schoolyard

by Eve L. Ewing

"'Failing schools. Underprivileged schools. Just plain bad schools.'

That’s how Eve L. Ewing opens Ghosts in the Schoolyard: describing Chicago Public Schools from the outside. The way politicians and pundits and parents of kids who attend other schools talk about them, with a mix of pity and contempt.

But Ewing knows Chicago Public Schools from the inside: as a student, then a teacher, and now a scholar who studies them. And that perspective has shown her that public schools are not buildings full of failures—they’re an integral part of their neighborhoods, at the heart of their communities, storehouses of history and memory that bring people together." --Publisher's description

Electric Arches

by Eve L. Ewing

"Electric Arches is an imaginative exploration of Black girlhood and womanhood through poetry, visual art, and narrative prose.Blending stark realism with the surreal and fantastic, Eve L. Ewing’s narrative takes us from the streets of 1990s Chicago to an unspecified future, deftly navigating the boundaries of space, time, and reality. Ewing imagines familiar figures in magical circumstances—blues legend Koko Taylor is a tall-tale hero; LeBron James travels through time and encounters his teenage self. She identifies everyday objects—hair moisturizer, a spiral notebook—as precious icons." --Publisher's description

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