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A SHATTERED NATION
by Anne Sarah Rubin


080785592
Price: $19.95

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AOK LIBRARY'S UMBC AT 50
UMBC at 50
Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

Sharing the past, building the future...

Also check out UMBC's Vintage 20th Anniversary Poster!

188837812
Price: $15.00

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BEATING THE ODDS
by Freeman A. Hrabowski signed copies available
019510219
Price: $35.00

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BEYOND THE CHECKPOINT
Author: Rebecca A. Adelman

Subtitle: Visual Practices in America's Global War on Terror

Since the 9/11 attacks on U.S. soil, American citizenship has been redefined by the visual images associated with the Global War on Terror (GWOT). Rebecca A. Adelman contends that, in viewing images such as security footage of the 9/11 hijackers, film portrayals of the attacks and subsequent wars, memorials commemorating the attacks, and even graphics associated with increased security in airports, American citizens have been recast as militarized spectators, brought together through the production, circulation, and consumption of these visual artifacts. Beyond the Checkpoint reveals that the visual is essential to the prosecution of the GWOT domestically and abroad, and that it functions as a crucial mechanism in the ongoing formation of the U.S. state itself and an essential component of contemporary American citizenship.

Tracing the connections between citizenship and spectatorship, and moving beyond the close reading of visual representations, this book focuses on the institutions and actors that create, monitor, and regulate the visual landscape of the GWOT. Adelman looks around and through common images to follow the complex patterns of practice by which institutions and audiences engage them in various contexts. In the process, she proposes a new methodology for studying visual cultures of conflict, and related phenomena like violence, terror, and suffering that are notoriously difficult to represent.

Attending to previously unanalyzed dimensions of this conflict, this book illustrates the complexity of GWOT visual culture and the variegated experiences of citizenship that result as Americans navigate this terrain.

- from the publisher

162534070
Price: $26.95

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BREAKING LOOSE TOGETHER
by Marjoleine Kars


080784999
Price: $22.50

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CITY OF DEVI, THE
By Manil Suri
A dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but, with its epic reach from quarks to mythology to geopolitics, also encapsulates the fate of the entire world.

039308875
Price: $26.95

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CURIOUS BEHAVIOR: YAWNING, LAUGHING, HICCUPPING, AND BEYOND
by Robert R. Provine

Robert Provine boldly goes where other scientists seldom tread-in search of hiccups, coughs, yawns, sneezes, and other lowly, undignified human behaviors. Upon investigation, these instinctive acts bear the imprint of our evolutionary origins and can be uniquely valuable tools for understanding how the human brain works and what makes us different from other species.

Many activities showcased in Curious Behavior are contagious, but none surpasses yawning in this regard-just reading the word can make one succumb. Though we often take it as a sign of sleepiness or boredom, yawning holds clues to the development of our sociality and ability to empathize with others. Its inescapable transmission reminds us that we are sometimes unaware, neurologically programmed beasts of the herd. Other neglected behaviors yield similar revelations. Tickling, we learn, may be the key to programming personhood into robots. Coughing comes in musical, medical, and social varieties. Farting and belching have import for the evolution of human speech. And prenatal behavior is offered as the strangest exhibit of all, defying postnatal logic in every way. Our earthiest acts define Homo sapiens as much as language, bipedalism, tool use, and other more studied characteristics.

As Provine guides us through peculiarities right under our noses, he beckons us to follow with self-experiments: tickling our own feet, keeping a log of when we laugh, and attempting to suppress yawns and sneezes. Such humble investigations provide fodder for grade school science projects as well as doctoral dissertations. Small Science can yield big rewards.

067404851
Price: $24.95

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FAULKNER & HEMINGWAY: BIOGRAPHY of a LITERARY RIVALRY
by Joseph Fruscione
081421174
Price: $49.95

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GAGARIN STREET
poems by Piotr Gwiazda


093184680
Price: $12.00

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GOLD LEAF LADY
by Stephen E. Braude


022607152
Price: $22.50

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