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The Cult of the Saints : Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity (9780226175263)

In this groundbreaking work, Peter Brown explores how the worship of saints and their corporeal remains became central to religious life in Western Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. During this period, earthly remnants served as a heavenly connection, and their veneration is a fascinating window into the cultural mood of a region in transition. Brown challenges the long-held "two-tier" idea of religion that separated the religious practices of the sophisticated elites from those of the superstitious masses, instead arguing that the cult of the saints crossed boundaries and played a dynamic part in both the Christian faith and the larger world of late antiquity. He shows how men and women living in harsh and sometimes barbaric times relied upon the holy dead to obtain justice, forgiveness, and power, and how a single sainted hair could inspire great thinkers and great artists. An essential text by one of the foremost scholars of European history, this expanded editio…
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A Nongovernmental Organization's National Response to HIV : The Work of the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV (9789291735976)

The All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV was founded in the late 1990s by people alarmed by the rapidly growing epidemic in their country, and the lack of resources and support for themselves and others affected by HIV. Since then the Network has grown to provide services throughout the country. Key strategy components are: increasing access to care and support; lobbying and advocating protecting the rights of people living with HIV; seeking to increase social acceptance of people living with HIV; and enhancing the organizational capacity of the Network. This short document outlines the development of the Network and highlights lessons learnt, a longer study providing more information about the Network is available on UNAIDS' website.


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The Case Against Education : Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money (9781978640986)

Why we need to stop wasting public funds on education

Despite being immensely popular - and immensely lucrative - education is grossly overrated. In this explosive book, Bryan Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students' skill but to certify their intelligence, work ethic, and conformity - in other words, to signal the qualities of a good employee.

Learn why students hunt for easy A's and casually forget most of what they learn after the final exam, why decades of growing access to education have not resulted in better jobs for the average worker but instead in runaway credential inflation, how employers reward workers for costly schooling they rarely if ever use, and why cutting education spending is the best remedy.

Caplan draws on the latest social science to show how the labor market values grades over knowledge and why the more education your rivals have, the more you need to impress employers. He explains why graduation is our society&…

Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! (9780399557132)

From the author-illustrator team who brought you The Invisible Boy comes the story of a boy who won't stop talking--until he gets laryngitis. You don't have to be a chatterbox to appreciate this tale of listening and learning. Owen McPhee doesn't just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself. But all that talking can get in the way of listening. And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say. From the author-illustrator team behind The Invisible Boy comes a bright and lively picture book that captures the social dynamics of a busy classroom while delivering a gentle message about the importance of listening.


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Seedswap : The Gardener's Guide to Saving and Swapping Seeds (9781908005564)

A succinct look at the history of seed-saving is followed by a hands-on guide, which covers simple husbandry and harvesting techniques, plus DIY guidelines on designing your own seedbank. Add an invaluable directory of the best seeds to save (and swap) and you're all set to start a growing revolution.


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Leise Formen (9783906027739)

Das Zürcher Architekturbüro E2A hat sich mit der Gestaltung von kulturellen und öffentlichen Einrichtungen, Gewerbebauten sowie Wohnbebauungen einen Namen gemacht. Ihre bekanntesten Arbeiten umfassen die Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Berlin, die Broelbergüberbauung in Kilchberg sowie eine Schule für das Zentrum für Gehör und Sprache in Zürich. 2014 haben sie den Wettbewerb für ein neues Redaktionsgebäude der Berliner 'Tageszeitung' gewonnen.
'Leise Formen' beleuchtet ihr Schaffen nun aus einer ungewohnten Perspektive: Seit mehreren Jahren hat der amerikanische Fotograf Jon Naiman Modelle von E2A in gleichermassen reduzierten wie ausdrucksstarken Schwarzweissfotografien aufgenommen. Daraus haben die Architekten Piet und Wim Eckert zusammen mit dem Buchgestalter Marc Kappeler eine aufwendig materialisierte Erforschung des Phänomens Architekturmodelle komponiert, welche der diagrammatischen Qualität der Modelle nachspürt. Die ganzseitigen Fotografien oszillieren zwischen abst…

Be Not Far from Me (9781094115450)

Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing YA survival story about a teenage girl's attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species, Mindy McGinnis.

The world is not tame. Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof.

So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine.

Morning brings the realization that she's alone--and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.


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