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Upstate Perseus By Michael Cooney
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Upstate Perseus is a play in four scenes, inspired by the ancient Greek myth of Perseus. A boy is raised by a single mother, grows to manhood and undertakes the dangerous mission of bringing down a... More > possibly mythical beast; along the way he rescues a beautiful girl from another kind of beast, accidentally kills his father, and returns home to kill, perhaps by accident, a tyrant who has been oppressing his mother. This version of the ancient myth is set in upstate New York and along the Canadian border and features teenage characters who happen to bear those powerful names, Perseus and Andromeda. And there’s an an Athena who runs a diner and a Hermes who works as a delivery man. No one rides on Pegasus, though, and Medusa doesn't exactly turn anyone to stone. Otherwise the plot, through a series of remarkable coincidences, recreates the events of an ancient myth in the 1970s.< Less
The Renegade Archaeologist & other tales By Michael Cooney
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This collection of two novellas and eight short stories range from distant star systems to an America only a few years in the future. An archaeologist makes many enemies as he reveals the... More > civilization that existed before the great ice sheets descended over the continent. An anthropologist visits the planet Drimmold, eager to prove that a band of monkeys are fully human despite their lack of fire, tools and violence. A space traveler named Jack Murphy is worshiped as a god and when he disappears, a wizard and a knight set out in search of him. A brave young woman tries desperately to save a doomed human colony in which all technology is based on the control of giant sea creatures. The last man on earth has never met another human being and a starship commander begins to question his loyalty to the Vatican. A retired couple adjusts to an overheated world where climate denial is official policy. And a young man cannot outrun the police until he finally learns how to speak in tongues.< Less
The Great Monroe High School Fire By Michael Cooney
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The Great Monroe High School Fire is based upon events surrounding the unsolved arson fire that did major damage to James Monroe High School in the South Bronx over thirty years ago. The characters... More > are inspired by the young people who learned how to survive in that era of gangs, drugs, and failing educational schools. The narrator, Joey Sanchez, lives in the worlds of both his Italian mother and his absent Puerto Rican father and is influenced by very different people. There is his impoverished mother whom he cannot bear to disappoint. And there is his closest friend Sapo who joins him in a frenzy of graffiti writing while they are still at Junior High 22, and who later nearly gets both of them killed in a drug deal gone wrong.< Less
Asteronga, New York By Michael Cooney
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A collection of eleven short stories set in an upstate New York factory town in the 1950s and 1960s.
The River That Flows Both Ways By Michael Cooney
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This novel is based upon actual events of the 1640s in and near the Dutch village of Rensselaerswijck in the upper Hudson River Valley. Now known as Albany NY, the settlement was the center of the... More > lucrative Dutch fur trade with the neighboring Mohican and Mohawk tribes, even as they warred with each other for control of that trade. Among the historical figures encountered are Harmen and Jelisje van den Bogaert, Isaac Jogues, Arent van Corlear , Johannes Megapolensis, and Adriaen van der Donck. The story is told by a young Mohican boy in a time when European diseases and war are creating chaos in the ancient cultures of the Hudson and Mohawk Valleys. Using his intelligence and imagination, he finds acceptance among the Mohawks and a new home with the family of the adventurous and bisexual Harmen van den Bogaert. When Harmen faces execution for a crime the Dutch term unspeakable, Matouac and a young slave girl named Catharina set out to save their friend.< Less
The Red Nurse By Michael Cooney
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This novel tells the story of the Little Falls, New York textile strike of 1912 from the perspective of one of its leading organizers, M. Helen Schloss. She was a public health nurse and an active... More > socialist before she came to Little Falls at the invitation of a group of wealthy women. When workers at the Phoenix and Gilbert textile mills struck against wage cuts in October, she was ready to support them in every way she could. Over the next three months, Little Falls was the national focus for the growing labor movement as Socialist Party and IWW activists from around the country joined the battle. But it was not the radical celebrities of the era who won the strike. It was the largely female, immigrant workers and the two women who led them: Helen Schloss and Matilda Rabinowitz. This volume also contains an excerpt from Matilda’s unpublished memoir.< Less
America Love It or Leave It By Michael Cooney
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"America Love It or Leave It" is a Viet Nam-era version of Antigone, originally staged at the Elder Avenue Playhouse in the Bronx in 1975...In the violent summer of 1968 in a farmhouse on... More > the US-Canadian border, an immigration agent and his children wage an ancient struggle. The oldest son in the family, Pete, is on his first solo flight from a nearby air base and will soon fly right over their farmhouse. The younger son, Eddie, is helping draft dodgers go through the family's backyard directly into Canada and continually threatens to join them. Until today, seventeen-year-old Andrea could not find the strength to break free from her father's overbearing control. The script of the one act play is now available as a free PDF and may be performed by any group for any non-commercial purpose< Less
Five Years at Fannie Lou By Michael Cooney
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This small book provides a personal glimpse of the renaissance in the New York City public schools as reflected in one of the most successful of the new small high schools. The individualized... More > portfolio assessment methods developed at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School have made the school a model for those seeking alternatives to standardized testing. The author served as literacy coach at the school from 2003 to 2008 on behalf of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University. This book is not an official publication of the school nor of Teachers College and describes only a small portion of the work done by NafET in the New York City public schools.< Less
Five Years at Fannie Lou By Michael Cooney
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The author shares his experiences as a professional development adviser at one of the most successful of the small public high schools in New York City. Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School was... More > founded in 1994 on the principles of portfolio assessment developed at Central Park East High School. A member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Fannie Lou has been a citywide and national leader in the movement for new community-based secondary schools opposed to standardized testing.< Less

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