The Line Becomes a River

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The Line Becomes a River

The Line Becomes a River

Dispatches from the Border

  • Author: Francisco Cantú
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 0735217726
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 256
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NAMED A TOP 10 BOOK OF 2018 BY NPR and THE WASHINGTON POST FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE NONFICTION AWARD FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN CURRENT INTEREST The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." --Esquire For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the full extent of the violence it wreaks, on both sides of the line.

Unjust Borders

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Unjust Borders

Unjust Borders

Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration

  • Author: Javier S. Hidalgo
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351383272
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 200
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States restrict immigration on a massive scale. Governments fortify their borders with walls and fences, authorize border patrols, imprison migrants in detention centers, and deport large numbers of foreigners. Unjust Borders: Individuals and the Ethics of Immigration argues that immigration restrictions are systematically unjust and examines how individual actors should respond to this injustice. Javier Hidalgo maintains that individuals can rightfully resist immigration restrictions and often have strong moral reasons to subvert these laws. This book makes the case that unauthorized migrants can permissibly evade, deceive, and use defensive force against immigration agents, that smugglers can aid migrants in crossing borders, and that citizens should disobey laws that compel them to harm immigrants. Unjust Borders is a meditation on how individuals should act in the midst of pervasive injustice.

Middlesex

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Middlesex

Middlesex

A Novel

  • Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • ISBN: 9781429956277
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 544
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A dazzling triumph from the bestselling author of The Virgin Suicides--the astonishing tale of a gene that passes down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl. In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry blond clasmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them--along with Callie's failure to develop--leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all. The explanation for this shocking state of affairs takes us out of suburbia- back before the Detroit race riots of 1967, before the rise of the Motor City and Prohibition, to 1922, when the Turks sacked Smyrna and Callie's grandparents fled for their lives. Back to a tiny village in Asia Minor where two lovers, and one rare genetic mutation, set in motion the metamorphosis that will turn Callie into a being both mythical and perfectly real: a hermaphrodite. Spanning eight decades--and one unusually awkward adolescence- Jeffrey Eugenides's long-awaited second novel is a grand, utterly original fable of crossed bloodlines, the intricacies of gender, and the deep, untidy promptings of desire. It marks the fulfillment of a huge talent, named one of America's best young novelists by both Granta and The New Yorker. Middlesex is the winner of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

On the Plain of Snakes

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On the Plain of Snakes

On the Plain of Snakes

A Mexican Road Trip

  • Author: Paul Theroux
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0241977533
  • Category: Travel
  • Page: 304
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Nogales is a border town caught between Mexico and the United States of America. A forty-foot steel fence runs through its centre, separating the prosperous US side from the impoverished Mexican side. It is a fascinating site of tension, now more than ever, as the town fills with hopeful border crossers and the deportees who have been caught and brought back. And it is here that Paul Theroux will begin his journey into the culturally rich but troubled heart of modern Mexico. Mexico is a country that has captured literary imaginations from D. H. Lawrence and Graham Greene to Aldous Huxley. Now Paul Theroux, master of travel writing, immerses himself, attending local language and culinary schools, driving through the country, getting under its skin.

Annual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia

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Annual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Annual Reports of Officers, Boards and Institutions of the Commonwealth of Virginia

  • Author: Virginia
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Virginia
  • Page: N.A
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The Gangster We Are All Looking For

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The Gangster We Are All Looking For

The Gangster We Are All Looking For

  • Author: Thi Diem Thuy Le
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307792250
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 176
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This acclaimed novel reveals the life of a Vietnamese family in America through the knowing eyes of a child finding her place and voice in a new country. In 1978 six refugees—a girl, her father, and four “uncles”—are pulled from the sea to begin a new life in San Diego. In the child’s imagination, the world is transmuted into an unearthly realm: she sees everything intensely, hears the distress calls of inanimate objects, and waits for her mother to join her. But life loses none of its strangeness when the family is reunited. As the girl grows, her matter-of-fact innocence eddies increasingly around opaque and ghostly traumas: the cataclysm that engulfed her homeland, the memory of a brother who drowned and, most inescapable, her father’s hopeless rage.

Lines of Flight

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Lines of Flight

Lines of Flight

Discursive Time and Countercultural Desire in the Work of Thomas Pynchon

  • Author: Stefan Mattessich
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • ISBN: 0822384132
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 302
  • View: 7034
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For Thomas Pynchon, the characteristic features of late capitalism—the rise of the military-industrial complex, consumerism, bureaucratization and specialization in the workplace, standardization at all levels of social life, and the growing influence of the mass media—all point to a transformation in the way human beings experience time and duration. Focusing on Pynchon’s novels as representative artifacts of the postwar period, Stefan Mattessich analyzes this temporal transformation in relation not only to Pynchon’s work but also to its literary, cultural, and theoretical contexts. Mattessich theorizes a new kind of time—subjective displacement—dramatized in the parody, satire, and farce deployed through Pynchon’s oeuvre. In particular, he is interested in showing how this sense of time relates to the counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s. Examining this movement as an instance of flight or escape and exposing the beliefs behind it, Mattessich argues that the counterculture’s rejection of the dominant culture ultimately became an act of self-cancellation, a rebellion in which the counterculture found itself defined by the very order it sought to escape. He points to parallels in Pynchon’s attempts to dramatize and enact a similar experience of time in the doubling-back, crisscrossing, and erasure of his writing. Mattessich lays out a theory of cultural production centered on the ethical necessity of grasping one’s own susceptibility to discursive forms of determination.

PBLIC DOCUMENTS

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PBLIC DOCUMENTS

PBLIC DOCUMENTS

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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United States Congressional Serial Set

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United States Congressional Serial Set

United States Congressional Serial Set

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  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
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Steamboats on the Hudson River

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Steamboats on the Hudson River

Steamboats on the Hudson River

  • Author: William H. Ewen
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780738574158
  • Category: History
  • Page: 127
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The Hudson River was the cradle of American steamboating. While many people think of steamboats on inland rivers like the Mississippi, the type of steamboat that evolved on the Hudson was far more typical of those that operated throughout North America. From Robert Fulton's steamboat through the last steamer on the river almost 170 years later, these boats were an integral part of the life and commerce of the Hudson River valley. Whether it was a huge 400-foot side-wheeler, a small freight boat, excursion boats, or a ferry crossing, almost every river community was served by a steamboat.