We Recommend 2012

Vivian Maier Predator Nation Exile and the Kingdom Algerie 1954-1962 Mad, Bad, and Sad 27 de septiembre No se lo cuentes a nadie The World of Yesterday Our Idiot Brother Harvest of Empire La Ribera Making Movies Planes para mañana Julio Cortazar Sudeste Free Lunch Waging Nonviolent Struggle Inside Job Prophets of War Howard Zinn Cairo Time

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

Edited by John Maloof, Foreword by Geoff Dyer

A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide— from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one.

 

 

 

Predator Nation

Corporate Criminals, Political Corruption, and the Hijacking of America

Written by Charles H. Ferguson

Charles H. Ferguson, who electrified the world with his Oscar-winning documentary Inside Job, now explains how a predator elite took over the country, step by step, and he exposes the networks of academic, financial, and political influence, in all recent administrations, that prepared the predators' path to conquest.

 

 

 

Exile and the Kingdom

Albert Camus

From a variety of masterfully rendered perspectives, these six stories depict people at painful odds with the world around them. A wife can only surrender to a desert night by betraying her husband. An artist struggles to honor his own aspirations as well as society's expectations of him. A missionary brutally converted to the worship of a tribal fetish is left with but an echo of his identity. Whether set in North Africa, Paris, or Brazil, the stories in Exile and the Kingdom are probing portraits of spiritual exile, and man's perpetual search for an inner kingdom in which to be reborn. They display Camus at the height of his powers.

 

 

 

Algérie 1954-1962 : Lettres, carnets et récits des Français et des Algériens dans la guerre

Benjamin Stora

L album de famille d un jeune pied-noir La note de service d un colonel contre les mauvais traitements infligés aux Algériens Le livret de vocabulaire arabe-français donné aux appelés La carte postale d un para décrivant un bombardement au napalm Un exemplaire du journal clandestin du FLN El Moudjahid Une pétition de femmes algériennes adressée au général de Gaulle Des dessins, des photos et des courriers de jeunes écoliers algériens à un officier français instituteur dans le bled Des tracts anti-FLN et une liste d opérations d une section de quadrillage Une lettre inédite d Albert Camus sur les déchirements algériens Le manuscrit original du discours de de Gaulle ¬´ Je vous ai compris ¬ª

 

 

 

Mad, Bad, and Sad

A History of Women and the Mind Doctors

Lisa Appignanesi

This fascinating history of mind doctors and their patients probes the ways in which madness, badness, and sadness have been understood over the last two centuries. Lisa Appignanesi charts a story from the days when the mad were considered possessed to our own century when the official psychiatric manual lists some 350 mental disorders. Women play a key role here, both as patients-among them Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, and Marilyn Monroe-and as therapists. Controversially, Appignanesi argues that women have significantly changed the nature of mind-doctoring, but in the process they have also inadvertently highlighted new patterns of illness.

 

 

 

27 de septiembre

de Esmeralda Berbel

En 1935 el escritor ruso Máximo Gorki desea que escritores de todo el mundo narren con la mayor precisión posible un día de su vida. El día que elige es el 27 de septiembre de aquel año. Veinticinco años después, el periódico moscovita Izvestia continúa la tradición, y la escritora alemana Christa Wolf se entusiasma con la idea y escribe su 27 de septiembre durante 40 años dando origen al libro Un día del año. En la primavera de 2008 leo el libro y quiero continuar el deseo de escribir un día del año. Así nace el libro 27 de septiembre. Un día en la vida de las mujeres, y de él surge el comentario que ya imaginaba: ¿y ellos?, ¿qué dicen ellos? Aquí está el de hombres.

 

 

 

No se lo cuentes a nadie

Narrativa (demipage)

Cristina Peri Rossi (Autor), Diana Patricia Decker (Autor), Liliana Heker (Autor), Elena Bossi (Autor), Isabel Núñez (Autor), Elena Vilallonga (Autor), Esmeralda Berbel (Autor), Lydia Zimmermann (Autor), Alejandra Costamagna (Autor), Andrea Palet (Autor)

 

 

 

The World of Yesterday

Stefan Zweig (1881–1942) was a poet, novelist, and dramatist, but it was his biographies that expressed his full genius, recreating for his international audience the Elizabethan age, the French Revolution, the great days of voyages and discoveries. In this autobiography he holds the mirror up to his own age, telling the story of a generation that "was loaded down with a burden of fate as was hardly any other in the course of history." Zweig attracted to himself the best minds and loftiest souls of his era: Freud, Yeats, Borgese, Pirandello, Gorky, Ravel, Joyce, Toscanini, Jane Addams, Anatole France, and Romain Rolland are but a few of the friends he writes about.

 

 

Our Idiot Brother

Ned Rochlin looks for the good in every situation and in everyone, which often puts him at odds with the world around him -- especially his family. Upon being released from jail for a stupid mistake, Ned is kicked off of the organic farm he lives and works on by his ex-girlfriend Janet who also more »insists on keeping his beloved dog, Willie Nelson. Having nowhere else to go, he turns to his family, three ambitious sisters and an overbearing mother. Ned crashes at each of their homes, in succession, and brings honesty, happiness and a sunny disposition into their lives. In other words, he wreaks havoc.

 

 

 

Harvest of Empire

A History of Latinos in America

Juan Gonzalez - Author

Within the next decade, Hispanics will become the largest minority group in the United States. The new immigrants have ignited a vibrant "Latin explosion" in popular culture and deeply affected American society.

Spanning 500 years--from the first New World colonies to our nation's nineteenth-century westward expansion, from the days of gunboat diplomacy to the turn of the millennium--Harvest of Empire features family portraits of real-life immigrants along with sketches of the political events and social conditions that compelled them to leave their homeland. In addition, it gives a fascinating look at how these Latino pioneers have transformed the cultural landscape of the United States.

 

 

 

LA RIBERA.

ENRIQUE WERNICKE.

EDICIONES ATRIL, BUENOS AIRES, 1998.

 

 

 

 

Making Movies

by Sidney Lumet

From one of America's most acclaimed directors comes a book that is both a professional memoir and a definitive guide to the art, craft, and business of the motion picture. Drawing on 40 years of experience on movies ranging from Long Day's Journey Into Night to The Verdict, Lumet explains the painstaking labor that results in two hours of screen magic.

 

 

 

Planes para mañana

Three stories intertwined which occur in a single day. The day Ines discovers she is pregnant, Antonia decides to abandon her family and Marian realizes she is going to die. PLANS FOR TOMORROW comprises an urban portrait of daily life, an extraordinary moment when the characters find they are able to remake their lives.

 

 

 

 

Julio Cortázar, una biografía revisada

Miguel Herráez

Una obra de divulgación de uno de los escritores más influyentes en lengua castellana del siglo XX. En ella se recoge infinidad de datos acerca de la vida de Cortázar, desde Buenos Aires a París, a partir de un conocimiento completo de su obra. De carácter ameno, el lector descubrirá a la vez, de manera precisa y sorprendente, a la persona y al escritor. Cuenta, además, con un prólogo del escritor nicaragüense Sergio Ramírez, amigo personal de Cortázar.

 

 

 

 

Sudeste

Haroldo Conti

 

 

 

 

 

Free Lunch

How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and StickYou with the Bill)

David Cay Johnston - Author

Free Lunch answers the great mystery of our time: How did our strong and growing economy give way to job uncertainty, debt, bankruptcy, and fear for millions of Americans? Acclaimed reporter David Cay Johnston reveals how government policies and spending have reached deep into the wallets of the many to benefit the top 1% of the wealthiest.

 

 

Waging Nonviolent Struggle:

20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential

Gene Sharp

This groundbreaking new work builds on 50 years of Gene Sharp's definitive academic research and practical experience aiding nonviolent struggles around the world. Recently, advocates have applied these methods and strategies with great success in Serbia and Ukraine. In his most recent work, Dr. Sharp shows how to strategically plan nonviolent struggle and make it more effective.

 

 

INSIDE JOB

From Academy Award® nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson ("No End In Sight"), comes INSIDE JOB, the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, INSIDE JOB traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Matt Damon, INSIDE JOB was made on location in the United States, Iceland, England, France, Singapore, and China.

 

 

Prophets of War

Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military Industrial Complex

William D. Hartung

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his famous warning about the dangers of the military-industrial complex, he never would have dreamed that a single company could accumulate the kind of power and influence that is now wielded by Lockheed Martin. As a full-service weapons maker, Lockheed Martin receives over $29 billion a year in Pentagon contracts, or roughly one out of every ten dollars the Department of Defense doles out to private contractors. Prophets of War recounts the fascinating and often-frightening history of America's largest military contractor as well as its role in the formation of foreign policy.

 

 

JANUARY 27

Don't Mourn, Organize

Celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010) by organizing a community screening of The People Speak documentary or hosting a reading of Voices of a People's History of the United States on or near the anniversary of his passing, January 27.

To read more about organizing a community screening of The People Speak documentary, visit

http://www.thepeoplespeak.com/

To read more about hosting a reading of Voices of a People's History of the United States, visit

http://www.peopleshistory.us/

 

 

Cairo Time

Juliette (Patricia Clarkson), a magazine editor, travels to Cairo to meet her husband, Mark (Tom McCamus), a UN official working in Gaza, for a three week vacation. When he is unavoidably delayed, he sends his friend Tareq (Alexander Siddig), who had been his security officer for many years, to escort her throughout the beautiful and exotic city. The last thing anyone expects is that they will fall in love. Cairo Time is a love letter to a city intertwined with a love story about a woman. It began when Syrian-Canadian writer/director Ruba Nadda first visited Cairo with her family many years ago. Returning a decade ago with one of her sisters, (and no longer under the protective eye of her father) they had memorable adventures. "The city was beautiful and the people were beautiful," Nadda recalled.

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