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Beaten Down

RRP $260.99

Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2003

The word "violence" conjures up images of terrorism, bombings, and lynchings. Beaten Down is concerned with more prosaic acts of physical force-a husband slapping his wife, a parent taking a birch branch to a child, a pair of drunken friends squaring off to establish who was the "better man." David Peterson del Mar accounts for the social relations of power that lie behind this intimate form of violence, this "white noise" that has always been with us, humming quietly between more explosive acts of violence.

Broad in its chronological and cultural sweep, Beaten Down examines interpersonal violence in Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia beginning with Native American cultures before colonization and continuing into the mid-twentieth century. It contrasts the disparate ways of practicing and punishing interpersonal violence on each side of the U.S.-Canadian border. Del Mar concludes that we cannot comprehend the causes and moral consequences of a violent act without considering larger social relations of power, whether between colonizers and original inhabitants, between spouses, between parents and children, or between and among different ethnic groups.

The author has drawn on a vast array of vivid sources, including newspaper accounts, autobiographies, novels, oral histories, historical and ethnographic publications, and hundreds of detailed court cases to account for not only the relative frequency of different forms of violence, but also the shifting definitions and perceptions of what constitutes violence. This is a thoughtful and probing account of how and why people have hit each other and the manner in which opinion makers and ordinary citizens have censured, defended, or celebrated such acts. Del Mar's conclusions have important implications for an understanding of violence and perceptions of violence in contemporary society.


Death On A High Floor

RRP $29.99

On the eighty-fifth floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood-an ornate dagger plunged into his back.

Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague's murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

With a growing suspicion that he's being expertly framed, Robert digs into the evidence to clear his name. In the process, however, he uncovers a web of fraud among his closest associates. As time runs out, Robert must uncover the real killer or be prepared to go to prison for murder.


How Theatre Saved My Life

RRP $18.99

People find salvation in religion, church, charity, group activities, family, nature in their worlds. For Jazmine, the universe gave her salvation through theatre. How Theatre Saved my Life tells the story of Jazmine and how she got involved in theatre while running marathons and studying to be a schoolteacher. In the aftermath of an emotional death, she finds her way back into life as an audience member, crew member, actress, and director of theatrical performances. Jazmine finds her salvation in theatre and happiness being performed inside of her heart. The story of Jazmine is a combination of reality and fiction, as I also found my salvation in the world of theatre. This book is my apology, my life support, and my celebration of life.


See Seymour Run

RRP $13.99

Seymour Bartholomew Spires always craved special attention, despite being just an average guy. Many pathetic attempts in his youth to gain popularity usually went awry. Then, early into college years, he discovered politics. After shortening his name to Bart Spires, he fervently launched himself into this pursuit. Six terms as a Congressman and three as U.S. Senator garnered the attention he'd always sought, but with a heavy price. By learning the rules and playing the game, he became a fixture in the "best government money can buy."


The Exercises Of A Retreat

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As explained by a Doctor of the Church, St Alphonsus M Liguori, CSSR. The Exercise of a Retreat 4Advantages of the Spiritual Exercises Made in RetreatLetter to a Young Man Who is Deliberating on the Choice of a State of Life 4Hymn: Invitation to Solitude 19Meditations for a Private Retreat of Eight Days 20Introduction 20The Importance of Salvation 22The Vanity of the World 29Our Journey to Eternity 36Sin 44Death 51Judgment 61Remorse of the Christians in Hell 67Love for Jesus Crucified 72Hymn: To God the Creator 76Various Practices 77Rules for Leading a Good Life 77Devout Acts to be Made Every Day 79Spiritual Maxims for a Christian 81An Epitome of the Virtues of Which the Christian Soul that Desires to Lead a Perfect Life and Become a Saint Should Exercise Itself 85Appendix 101 The Manner of Making a Retreat 101



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