The Columbine Effect: How five teen pastimes got caught in the crossfire and why teens are taking them back
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Columbine High School shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold weren’t goth kids who played more Doom than their classmates. But after news outlets reported they were, teen goths and gamers felt... More > the backlash for years. As police and journalists have rushed to explain other unthinkable massacres, heavy metal music, paganism, Satanism, occult practices and role-playing games have unfairly gotten caught in the crossfire. Adolescents’ brains may still be developing, but they recognize the rich benefits of pastimes adults have deemed dangerous. The Columbine Effect is filled with teens’ stories of self-discovery and healing--and the research to back them up. It reveals how we arrived at such gross misunderstandings of common but controversial interests. The Columbine Effect is the book that will make us stop blaming teen violence on the wrong things--and help us understand how Slayer, Satanism and Grand Theft Auto can be a healthy part of growing up.< Less
Sacred Sonoma: Sacred Sites And Alignments In Sonoma County, California -Revised And Updated Edition
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Beth Winegarner became the first to apply British and European concepts of earth energy and sacred alignments to the Sonoma County landscape when she began researching the region's historic and... More > haunted sites in 1995. She then became the first to publish that research when she took "Sacred Sonoma" to the Web in 2000. Now, Winegarner presents "Sacred Sonoma," completely revised and updated with new sites, for the first time in print. This volume also includes all new photographs and a new introduction from the author, as well as the original maps drawn by illustrator Matt Berger.< Less
Read the Music
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Music touches everything. It pervades our memory, accompanies us through emotion and history, and becomes the lens through which we understand culture or politics. The essays in "Read the... More > Music" are just as wide-ranging. The book kicks off with a ride through the post-9/11 landscape alongside Tori Amos and 12 cover songs she calls "girls," and concludes with a treatise on "Zoon," the album by British death-metal outfit Nefilim that retells an ancient Apocryphal text. In between, there's dialogue with Russian heiress Anastasia Romanov on the nature of trauma survival, the songs that might be sung by a robotic girl in love with the world, and a trip to the deepest part of the Scandinavian winter. If you've ever loved music, if you've ever found it seeping into every aspect of your life, then you will understand "Read the Music," even if you've never heard these songs before.< Less
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What is home? What is loyalty? What is family? This book will make you question them all. "Beloved" is a memoir of war and triumph in the fictional city of Damas. Kirin is a... More > young girl nearly orphaned and left in the care of her older brother, Emlyn. After a charismatic, tyrannical king takes control of Damas, capitalism and slavery are forced on its people. Kirin watches as her peers are sold into forced labor. Emlyn, fearing the same fate for his sister, enrolls her in the city's university for historians -- and begins to teach her to fight like a soldier, a path that ultimately leads them both into exile and war. As Kirin grows from a child of seven to a young woman of seventeen, her tale unfolds with shades of trauma, love, honor, and betrayal. She learns the value of family -- and just how crucial it is for historians to document the truth.< Less
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