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Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

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Nelson Mandela
Dare Not Linger

Summary

The long-awaited second volume of Nelson Mandela's memoirs, left unfinished at his death and never before available, are here completed and expanded with notes and speeches written by Mandela during his historic presidency, making for a moving sequel to his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom.

"I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of a democratic South Africa. From the outset, he was committed to serving only a single five-year term. During his presidency, he and his government ensured that all of South Africa's citizens became equal before the law, and he laid the foundation for turning a country riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy. Dare Not Linger is the story of Mandela's presidential years, drawing heavily on the memoir he began to write as he prepared to leave office, but was unable to finish. Now the acclaimed South African writer Mandla Langa has completed the task, using Mandela's unfinished draft, detailed notes that Mandela made as events were unfolding, and a wealth of unseen archival material. The result is a vivid and often inspirational account of Mandela's presidency and the creation of a new democracy. It tells the story of a country in transition and the challenges Mandela faced as he strove to make his vision for a liberated South Africa a reality.

Artemis

Author or Artist

Andy Weir
Artemis

Summary

The bestselling author of The Martian returns with an irresistible new near-future thriller--a heist story set on the moon.

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down. But pulling off the impossible is just the start of her problems, as she learns that she's stepped square into a conspiracy for control of Artemis itself--and that now, her only chance at survival lies in a gambit even riskier than the first.

Future Home of the Living God

Author or Artist

Louise Erdrich
Future Home of the Living God

Summary

Louise Erdrich, the New York Times bestselling, National Book Award-winning author of LaRose and The Round House, paints a startling portrait of a young woman fighting for her life and her unborn child against oppressive forces that manifest in the wake of a cataclysmic event.

The world as we know it is ending. Evolution has reversed itself, affecting every living creature on earth. Science cannot stop the world from running backwards, as woman after woman gives birth to infants that appear to be primitive species of humans. Thirty-two-year-old Cedar Hawk Songmaker, adopted daughter of a pair of big-hearted, open-minded Minneapolis liberals, is as disturbed and uncertain as the rest of America around her. But for Cedar, this change is profound and deeply personal. She is four months pregnant. Though she wants to tell the adoptive parents who raised her from infancy, Cedar first feels compelled to find her birth mother, Mary Potts, an Ojibwe living on the reservation, to understand both her and her baby's origins. As Cedar goes back to her own biological beginnings, society around her begins to disintegrate, fueled by a swelling panic about the end of humanity. There are rumors of martial law, of Congress confining pregnant women. Of a registry, and rewards for those who turn these wanted women in. Flickering through the chaos are signs of increasing repression: a shaken Cedar witnesses a family wrenched apart when police violently drag a mother from her husband and child in a parking lot. The streets of her neighborhood have been renamed with Bible verses. A stranger answers the phone when she calls her adoptive parents, who have vanished without a trace. It will take all Cedar has to avoid the prying eyes of potential informants and keep her baby safe. A chilling dystopian novel both provocative and prescient, Future Home of the Living God is a startlingly original work from one of our most acclaimed writers: a moving meditation on female agency, self-determination, biology, and natural rights that speaks to the troubling changes of our time.

Saint Paul Public Library now offers tools to create and share ebooks

Date: Oct 18th, 2017

SAINT PAUL, MN − In conjunction with other Minnesota libraries, Saint Paul Public Library now offers MN Writes MN Reads, a suite of resources to help local authors connect with readers.  MN Writes MN Reads provides tools for authors and readers to create, share, and read ebooks, freely available at www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

MN Writes MN Reads includes Pressbooks, an ebook creation service; SELF-e, a portal for sharing ebooks to the statewide collection; and Indie Minnesota, an easy-to-use collection where readers can find independently published ebooks in a wide variety of genres.

“Leading indie authors agree that building an audience of readers is the biggest challenge they face. This program marries a great ebook experience with the validation of the most respected library review resource in the world. The result is a program that enables writers to share their work with their local communities and with libraries around the country,” says Mitchell Davis, founder and Chief Business Officer of BiblioBoard, the vendor behind these three resources.

Funding comes in part from private academic libraries in Minnesota. Through the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA), residents in the seven-county metro now have access to SELF-e, and eventually, that access will be expanded to the full state.  As MELSA Executive Director Ken Behringer explains, “Writers in Minnesota will be able to create content in a variety of ebook formats, and the state’s readers will be able to find that content in a special online collection highlighting those self-published authors.”

Libraries are increasingly places of content creation. Saint Paul Public Library is excited to offer MN Writes MN Reads, which will enable the creation and sharing of a wide and diverse array of local stories. These resources will give local writers broader exposure and give readers access to locally-produced content.

To access MN Writes MN Reads, visit www.sppl.org/MNwrites.

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We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Author or Artist

Ta-Nehisi Coates
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Summary

"We were eight years in power" was the lament of Reconstruction-era black politicians as the American experiment in multiracial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. In this sweeping collection of new and selected essays, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our own time: the unprecedented election of a black president followed by a vicious backlash that fueled the election of the man Coates argues is America's "first white president." But the story of these present-day eight years is not just about presidential politics. This book also examines the new voices, ideas, and movements for justice that emerged over this period--and the effects of the persistent, haunting shadow of our nation's old and unreconciled history. Coates powerfully examines the events of the Obama era from his intimate and revealing perspective--the point of view of a young writer who begins the journey in an unemployment office in Harlem and ends it in the Oval Office, interviewing a president.

In the Midst of Winter

Author or Artist

Isabel Allende
In the Midst of Winter

Summary

New York Times and worldwide bestselling "dazzling storyteller" (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil.

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident--which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster--a 60-year-old human rights scholar--hits the car of Evelyn Ortega--a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala--in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz--a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile--for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia.

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Savage Young Dü

Author or Artist

Hüsker Dü
Savage Young Dü

Summary

A more fitting memorial than any words I could have put together for the sadly departed Grant Hart, re-issue maestros Numero Group have pulled together 69 tracks from Hüsker Dü's pre-SST days, 47 of which have never been released, even including ten songs that have never been available officially in any form. Bassist Greg Norton, speaking to Rolling Stone, said, "It's early and forgotten things. It's things that fell to the wayside as the band evolved, but there was a lot of good cuts that got abandoned," and notes that, "When I listen to our early stuff now, I'm blown away by the sheer energy of it. It holds up pretty well. I think it's really gonna surprise a lot of people."

If I may continue copy-and-pasting from the Rolling Stone article, this section especially caught my attention, "Numero Group also has their work cut out for them for possible future releases. For Savage Young Dü, they considered some 40 live tapes from Katzman's collection, but that's just a small chunk of the 150 or so cassettes they have. "We could do a live version of every single record, if we wanted to," [Numero cofounder Ken] Shipley says. "And this is a band that wrote three albums in a year, so there's plenty of stuff that didn't make the cut that we're sifting through. We just want to find the best way to get it out. The hope is that we, once a year, will revisit Hüsker Dü and find a new way to tell their story."" Here's hoping.