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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence…

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A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, From the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed

"Prominent feminist scholar Ahmed (Harvard) explores a subject that has reportedly puzzled her for many decades: the resurgence of Muslim head coverings in both Muslim majority societies and minority contexts. The topic has generated much public debate and countless publications, to which Ahmed adds her thoughtful perspective. Her critical historiography of "the veil" spans the 20th century, taking readers from its virtual disappearance in the 1920s to the 1950s to its reemergence with, as she argues, new and diverse meanings from the 1970s to the first decade of the 21st century.

Ahmed deftly combines historical documents and existing empirical studies of veiling practices, discourses, and attitudes with her own memories, reflections, and fieldwork in the American context. Shifting the geographical focus from Egypt to the US in the latter part of the book, she argues for a close connection between veiling and the global spread of Islamism as an ideology and form of Islam."

Hammer, J. "A Quiet Revolution: The Veil's Resurgence, From The Middle East To America." Choice: Current Reviews For Academic Libraries 49.10 (2012): 1890. Web. 23 Jan. 2014.

This book will be shelved at at BP190.5 .H44 A46 2011 with other books on Islam , when it is no longer a new book.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: The King Years Trilogy

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The King Years Trilogy by Taylor Branch

"One of the greatest of American stories has found its great chronicler in Taylor Branch. Beginning with Parting the Waters in 1988, followed 10 years later by Pillar of Fire, and closing now with At Canaan's Edge, Branch has given the short life of Martin Luther King Jr. and the nonviolent revolution he led the epic treatment they deserve. The three books of Branch's America in the King Years trilogy are lyrical and dramatic, social history as much as biography, woven from the ever more complex strands of King's movement, with portraits of figures like Lyndon Johnson, Bob Moses, J. Edgar Hoover, and Diane Nash as compelling as that of his central character.

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Branch knows that you can't tell King's story without following these many threads, and he spends nearly as much time in Johnson's war councils as he does in the equally fractious meetings of King's Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Branch's knotty, allusive style can be challenging, but it vividly evokes the density of those days and the countless demands on King's manic stoicism."

Tom Nissley, Amazon.com Review

This book will be shelved at at E 185.61 with other books on African American history.

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LaGuardia Library Book of the Week: Color: American Photography Transformed

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Color: American Photography Transformed by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art (John Rohrbach; essay by Sylvie Pénichon)

"The first book that addresses color in photography from the beginning of the medium to the present, this landmark copublication with the Amon Carter Museum of American Art explores how color transformed photography into today's dominant artistic form."

from the publisher’s website

Also see the Amon Carter Museum's website: http://www.cartermuseum.org/exhibitions/color-american-photography-transformed

This book will be shelved at at TR510 .C536 2013 with other oversize books on photography (next to the computer lab), when it is no longer a new book.

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