[UUA-L:395] New titles from Beacon Press
dweiner at uua.org
Mon Dec 21 16:34:45 EST 1998
New titles from Beacon Press:
Off the Reservation:
Reflections on Boundary-Busting, Border-Crossing Loose Canons
by Paula Gunn Allen
0-8070-4604-X / $24.00 / hardcover
New and favorite essays from one of our foremost Native American
In this captivating collection of essays, Paula Gunn Allen explores
the symbiotic relationship between Native American culture and the
larger Western world. Looking into her own history and that of other
Native peoples, she searches for the connection that will link Native
peoples' eco-spiritual, multicultural heritage to the increasingly
global and culturally unilateral community.
Between Vengeance and Forgiveness:
Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence
By Martha Minow
Foreword by Judge Richard Goldstone
0-8070-4506-3 / hardcover / $23.00
A leading legal scholar examines our responses to national
The rise of collective violence and genocide is the twentieth
century's most terrible legacy. With "Between Vengeance and
Forgiveness," Martha Minow, Harvard Law Professor and one of our
most brilliant and humane legal minds, offers a landmark book on
justice and healing after horrific violence.
She explores the rich and often troubling range of responses to
massive, societal-level oppression; writes of the legacy of
war-crime prosecutions beginning with the Nuremberg trials; and of
whether reparation--such as the monetary awards given to
Japanese-Americans for internment during World War II--can be a basis
for reconciliation after immeasurable personal and cultural loss.
Minow also writes with informed, searching prose of the extraordinary
drama of truth commissions in Argentina, East Germany, and most
notably South Africa, and in the process delves into the meaning of
victimization, the worth of gesture, and the dynamic of gender in the
midst of these riveting national experiments in justice and healing.
Night Bloom: A Memoir
by Mary Cappello
0-8070-7216-8 /$24.00 / hardcover
Of the mysterious Night Blooming Cereus, Mary Cappello writes: "The
flower fell into our neighborhood like a shooting star."
That neighborhood was a working-class suburb of Philadelphia divided
by class distinction and haunted by contradiction: her father,
between fits of rage, tended the neighborhood's most beautiful
garden; her mother, gutsy poet and activist, suffered from paralyzing
fears that kept her from leaving the house.
Delicately interweaving the bilingual journals of her grandfather (a
southern Italian shoemaker), her mother's poetry, Sicilian folklore,
and dreamwork with her own story, Mary Cappello writes as witness of
the marks left on her family by immigration and assimilation. "Night
Bloom" encounters America's obsession with mafiosi at the same time
that it exposes the daily violence of grinding poverty.
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