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|Author||: Niles Eldredge,Sidney Horenstein|
|Editor||: Univ of California Press|
If they are to survive, cities need healthy chunks of the world’s ecosystems to persist; yet cities, like parasites, grow and prosper by local destruction of these very ecosystems. In this absorbing and wide-ranging book, Eldredge and Horenstein use New York City as a microcosm to explore both the positive and the negative sides of the relationship between cities, the environment, and the future of global biodiversity. They illuminate the mass of contradictions that cities present in embodying the best and the worst of human existence. The authors demonstrate that, though cities have voracious appetites for resources such as food and water, they also represent the last hope for conserving healthy remnants of the world’s ecosystems and species. With their concentration of human beings, cities bring together centers of learning, research, government, finance, and media—institutions that increasingly play active roles in solving environmental problems. Some of the topics covered in Concrete Jungle: --The geological history of the New York region, including remnant glacial features visible today --The early days of urbanization on Manhattan Island, focusing on the history of Central Park, Collect Pond, and Manhattan Square --The history of early railway lines and the development of New York’s iconic subway system --The problem of producing enough safe drinking water for an ever-expanding population --Prominent civic institutions, including universities, museums, and zoos
|Author||: Menno Schilthuizen|
|Editor||: Quercus Publishing|
See your city through fresh eyes We are marching towards a future in which three-quarters of humans live in cities, and a large portion of the planet's landmass is urbanized. With much of the rest covered by human-shaped farms, pasture, and plantations, where can nature still go? To the cities -- is Menno Schilthuizen's answer in this remarkable book. And with more and more wildlife carving out new niches among humans, evolution takes a surprising turn. Urban animals evolve to become more cheeky and resourceful, city pigeons develop detox-plumage, and weeds growing from cracks in the pavement get a new type of seeds. City blackbirds are even on their way of becoming an entirely new species, which we could name Turdus urbanicus. Thanks to evolutionary adaptation taking place at unprecedented speeds, plants and animals are coming up with new ways of living in the seemingly hostile environments of asphalt and steel that we humans have created. We are on the verge of a new chapter in the history of life, Schilthuizen says -- a chapter in which much old biodiversity is, sadly, disappearing, but also one in which a new and exciting set of life forms is being born. Menno Schilthuizen shows us that evolution in cities can happen far more rapidly, and strangely, than Darwin had dared dream.
|Author||: Mark Dion,Alexis Rockman|
A Pop Media Investigation of Death and Survival in Urban Ecosystems. An exploration into the results of what happens when urban and human environments intersect with each other.
|Author||: Nathan Archer|
Two New York City cops are suffering in a sweltering summer not improved by the appearence of some of the nastiest corpses they have ever come across. But this is only the beginning.....
|Author||: Charles Stross|
The first novel in Hugo Award-winning author Charles Stross's witty Laundry Files series. Bob Howard is a low-level techie working for a super-secret government agency. While his colleagues are out saving the world, Bob's under a desk restoring lost data. His world was dull and safe - but then he went and got Noticed. Now, Bob is up to his neck in spycraft, parallel universes, dimension-hopping terrorists, monstrous elder gods and the end of the world. Only one thing is certain: it will take more than a full system reboot to sort this mess out . . .
|Author||: Feana Tu'akoi|
|Editor||: Learning Media Ltd|
"Maria's school has a concrete playground with concrete walls. Her cousin's school in the country has grass and trees. Maria thinks it's time her class did something to change their school"--Back cover. Suggested level: primary.
|Author||: Niles Eldredge,Sidney Horenstein|
|Editor||: Univ of California Press|
Traces the geological history of New York, using it to highlight the intricate relationship between cities and the environment.
|Author||: Dibs Baer|
|Editor||: Simon and Schuster|
Violence was a way of life for the girls of Mott Middle School in the South Bronx. Some woke up to it at home, and others dodged it on the way to school. Vicious physical fights broke out in classrooms, hallways, and bathrooms. These girls filed their fingernails into sharp points because they had to be ready to go at any time. Then a new coach joined the ranks at Mott Middle, and a new program began: girl's softball. Astacio offers the girls the time and attention they need to take their first steps to success. As they learned to throw, hit and field, they also dealt with the foul balls life threw at them: unwanted pregnancies, abusive boyfriends, and unsupportive families. But the biggest challenge they faced was learning to think and act like a team, not just a bunch of fierce girls against each other—and the world. Lady Tigers is a story of coming together with faith, courage, and new-found values to overcome fear, violence, and doubt. These girls have ushered in a new confidence and pride not only in themselves, but in their school, the faculty, and their friends. And while not all of them have continued down this new path, many are now the first in their families to go to college and are beginning to see how being a Lady Tiger will always be a part of their lives.
|Author||: Mark Verheiden|
|Editor||: Dark Horse Comics|
Before Predator 2 was ever conceived as a film, writer Mark Verheiden and artist Chris Warner created an acclaimed comic-book sequel to Predator that took the alien trophy hunters from the jungles of Central America to the concrete jungle of New York City - where they face Dutch Schaefer's big brother, who's an NYPD detective! Also included in this volume are Verheiden's two subsequent Predator stories - Cold War and Dark River. Three now-classic tales in one over-sized, deluxe hard cover volume designed to sit on your bookshelf beside the Aliens 30th Anniversary edition!
|Author||: Michael Romyn|
|Editor||: Springer Nature|
This book looks beyond the Aylesbury’s public face by examining its rise and fall from the perspective of those who knew it, based largely on the oral testimony and memoir of residents and former residents, youth and community workers, borough Councillors, officials, police officers and architects. What emerges is not a simple story of definitive failures, but one of texture and complexity, struggle and accord, family and friends, and of rapidly changing circumstances. The study spans the years 1967 to 2010 – from the estate’s ambitious inception until the first of its blocks were pulled down. It is a period rarely dealt with by historians of council housing, who have typically confined themselves to the years before or after the 1979 watershed. As such, it demonstrates how shifts in housing policy, and broader political, economic and social developments, came to bear on a working-class community – for good and, more especially, for ill.
|Author||: Shannon Holmes,Anthony White,A J Rivers|
|Editor||: Jackson Press|
Presents a collection of short stories about American urban life includes such writers as Jasmin L. Harry, Shannon Holmes, and Nikia Comfort.
|Author||: Upton Sinclair|
|Editor||: OUP USA|
A searing novel of social realism, Upton Sinclair's The Jungle follows the fortunes of Jurgis Rudkus, an immigrant who finds in the stockyards of turn-of-the-century Chicago a ruthless system that degrades and impoverishes him, and an industry whose filthy practices contaminate the meat it processes. From the stench of the killing-beds to the horrors of the fertilizer-works, the appalling conditions in which Jurgis works are described in intense detail by an author bent on social reform. So powerful was the book's message that it caught the eye of President Theodore Roosevelt and led to changes to the food hygiene laws. In his Introduction to this new edition, Russ Castronovo highlights the aesthetic concerns that were central to Sinclair's aspirations, examining the relationship between history and historical fiction, and between the documentary impulse and literary narrative. As he examines the book's disputed status as novel (it is propaganda or literature?), he reveals why Sinclair's message-driven fiction has relevance to literary and historical matters today, now more than a hundred years after the novel first appeared in print.
|Author||: Nathan Archer,Mark Verheiden|
Two over-heated New York City cops are suffering a sweltering summer not improved by the appearance of some of the nastiest corpses they've ever had the priviege to investigate. But this is only the beginning... Detective Shaefer realises that his involement in the case may be more than circumstantial when the military shows a covert interest in police procedure. Remembering the tales told by his missing brother, Dutch, about strange aliens and government cover-ups, Shaefer and his partner suspect there is more to the investigation than they're ever going to find out by conventional means.
|Author||: Raven Kaldera,Tannin Schwartzstein|
|Editor||: Llewellyn Worldwide|
In this alternative guide to Magick for Pagan city folk, the authors include practical recommendations not found anywhere else in a tone that is humorous and irreverent but full of serious information.
|Author||: Darrell Bracey|
|Editor||: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform|
In the underlying trenches of the Nation's Capital, where dreams turn into nightmares and the souls of the young and voiceless are claimed by the glimmering lures of the street, harbor five childhood friends, who are inadvertently thrown into hell's crackling fire due to an unforeseen incident that spirals out of control and land them in the middle of a blood seeking war with an older prolific figure of the drug game. Meet young Scrap, who's burgeoning love interest could very well be the determining factor that ends the grueling feud between two rivals and possibly creates a conflict-of-interest between him and his long time comrades and the father-like figure that he looks upon for guidance. Meanwhile, you have Maurice, an older big wig, who's business dealings is met with a shocking twist, secretly orchestrated by an audacious old foe from his past, which tip the scale of respect and ignites brutal responses and reactions. During such time an unsuspected bond is forged that could very well shake up the city and turn the tables for the worst. Big Lyn, a strategic, Washingtonian businessman and original gangster, climb the ladder of success under turbulent conditions by being cunning and calculating, but when his plans of luring a potential partner and client, with whom he has a strained relationship, to a lucrative deal worth millions didn't fall through, a different approach was taken that proved to be more detrimental than beneficial, causing a series of catastrophic events to take place that challenges the loyalties of friends and enemies alike. This jaw-dropping, twist-driven, fast-paced, dramatic crime novel connects with the readers of its genre and will have your eyes glued to the pages as trust, betrayal, loyalty, lust, love and lies conflict and embellish the methodical plot."This gripping, authentic fictional account serves its audience compelling twists and eye-popping suspense that epitomizesthe opposite side of the law from a firsthand point of view, while strategically narrating the deathly reality of street life. " -Jason "J-Rock" PooleAuthor of bestseller, "Larceny," "Victoria Secret," and "Prince of the City""Thrilling ... Gritty ... Graphic ... Bracey delves deep into the soul of Washington, D.C. and cooks up an illustrious plot with interesting characters, which pose for a superb cinematic street tale." -Eyone Williams_Author of the smash hit, "Fast Lane" & "Lorton Legendz"
|Author||: Nathan Archer|
During a brutally hot summer, New York Police detectives Rasche and Shaefer come across the murderous work of an alien predator and soon receive a sinister warning from the military to mind their own business. Original.
|Author||: George Meredith,William Meredith|
The ghetto is a metaphor for the dreams spinning out of the unconscious while its children puzzle over their destiny. Naughty by nature, creatures of habit evolving from the gutter with a loose morality and an attitude of defiance ? panic infected everything they did. With an adolescent charm and a cunning charisma, Dion Johnson found the problem of making a living not a very difficult one to solve ? he had a liar? s imagination. It was survival ? to find a friend was to find a collaborator for the larceny in his heart. It was scheme ? his idea of romance goes no deeper than his ability to separate a woman from her panties or a man from his wallet. It was game ? drugs, sex and murder. Every struggle to control himself led to a desperation that ordained failure. Conquering the streets meant harnessing the rage. He would fuel this rage for as long as he could with malicious fantasy, as if he could convince himself that he would stay buoyed above the abyss indefinitely. Violence had destroyed his earlier life and pursued his present until he was drowning in a butchered dream, sinking deeper into the sewage of the city. He?d watch children on the street for clues on how to behave, the best he could do was remind himself over and over again that he was still a kid. But he couldn?t remember what being a kid felt like. His was the tears of every child ever betrayed by an adult compromise. There was a hardness that ran through him, a hardness of wild animal terror. The rage sank in and kept cutting deeper and deeper into his psyche, and in the months and years it had submerged and laid low, but it had also convoluted with each new change in his circumstances, until finally, worst of all, it had grown. A rich tapestry vividly alive with tragedy, comedy, bitterness and hope. The story unfolds in a rags to riches saga depicting the psycho-social trials of an impoverished kid navigating the emotional minefields of his own panic while suffering delusions wrought by the mean streets of Detroit. Abandoned by his parents and separated from his siblings, Dion is forced to find a reality in a world of illusions fostered by those who profess to love him. The journey toward manhood is haunted by psychological crippling accommodations borne of desperation and spiritual deficiencies. Concrete Jungle is a novel that reveals an odyssey of anguish embittered by a desperate search for sanity in a dark dimension of slow death and a game that does not forgive error.
|Author||: Shannon Holmes|
|Editor||: Teri Woods Publishing, LLC|
Growing up on the cold, mean, inner city streets of Baltimore is Netta, leader of an all-girl clique called the Pussy Pound. With no father and a dope fiend for a mother, Netta learns at an early age how to use beauty and her body to get the things she wants, money, cars, and jewelry. Chasing the almighty dollar, Netta meets Black, a local drug dealer with a deep-seated hatred for new Yorkers, who falls head over heals in love with her. With a broken heart, Black discovers that Netta is only after his money, and he seeks the ultimate revenge against her life.