Book of Month

March 15, 2017

Beyond Religious Freedom: The New Global Politics of Religion


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In recent years, North American and European nations have sought to legally remake religion in other countries through an unprecedented array of international initiatives. Policymakers have rallied around the notion that the fostering of religious freedom, interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance, and protections for religious minorities are the keys to combating persecution and discrimination. Beyond Religious Freedom persuasively argues that these initiatives create the very social tensions and divisions they are meant to overcome.

Elizabeth Shakman Hurd looks at three critical channels of state-sponsored intervention: international religious freedom advocacy, development assistance and nation building, and international law. She shows how these initiatives make religious difference a matter of law, resulting in a divide that favors forms of religion authorized by those in power and excludes other ways of being and belonging. In exploring the dizzying power dynamics and blurred boundaries that characterize relations between "expert religion," "governed religion," and "lived religion," Hurd charts new territory in the study of religion in global politics.

A forceful and timely critique of the politics of promoting religious freedom, Beyond Religious Freedom provides new insights into today's most pressing dilemmas of power, difference, and governance.


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March 15, 2017

Bone Pit (The Gina Mazzio Series Book 3)


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RN Gina Mazzio is not a wimp, but after nearly being murdered twice in the recent past, she needs a time out. Needs to get away from San Francisco and Ridgewood Hospital.
In this third Gina Mazzio, RN series of medical thrillers, Gina and fiancé Harry Lucke sign up for a Travel Nurse assignment at a small Nevada facility involved in clinical drug trials, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. On their first day, driving down a long, creepy private road, ominous sentry-like boulders rise up to block out the sun. When they finally arrive, Gina's "warning" eye starts to twitch when she sees iron bars across all the second-story windows.
What kind of place is this, what are they really getting into?


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March 15, 2017

It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism


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Hyperpartisanship has gridlocked the American government. Congress's approval ratings are at record lows, and both Democrats and Republicans are disgusted by the government's inability to get anything done. In It's Even Worse than It Looks, Congressional scholars Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein present a grim picture of how party polarization and tribal politics have led Congress—and the United States—to the brink of institutional failure.

In this revised edition, the authors bring their seminal book up-to-date in a political environment that is more divided than ever. The underlying dynamics of the situation—extremist Republicans holding government hostage to their own ideological, anti-government beliefs—have only gotten worse, further bolstering their argument that Republicans are not merely ideologically different from Democrats, but engaged in a unique form of politics that undermines the system itself. Without a fundamental change in the character and course of the Republican Party, we may have a long way to go before we hit rock bottom.

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March 15, 2017

Meat


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Emmet has a vested interest in keeping his neighborhood respectable. When he sees strange individuals coming, but never leaving his neighbor’s house, he begins to suspect that something nefarious is going on. Now that he saw a small child walk in but never walk out, he and his wife Clara need to figure out what is going on.

They will stop at nothing to rescue the innocent boy that is trapped inside before it’s too late.

Short story: 10,000 words

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