Nathanael Johnson, raised in the crunchy-granola epicenter of
Nevada City, California, lovingly and rigorously scrutinizes his family’s
all-natural mindset, a quest that brings him into the worlds of an outlaw
midwife, radical doctors, renegade farmers and one hermit forester. Along the
way, he uncovers paradoxes at the heart of our ecological condition: Why, even
as medicine improves, are we becoming less healthy? Why are more American women
dying in childbirth? Why do we grow fatter the more we diet? Why have so many
attempts to save the environment backfired? In All Natural: A Skeptic’s Quest
(Rodale, $26.99), a sparklingly
intelligent, wry, and scrupulously reported narrative, Johnson teases fact from
faith and offers a rousing and original vision for a middle ground between
natural and technological solutions that will assuage frustrated
environmentalists, perplexed parents, and confused consumers alike.
Books & Books and the Centro Cultural Brasil-USA da Florida continue the yearlong cultural exploration of Brazil with the series, CULTURAL CUP 2.0, focusing on the culture, traditions, arts, music and gastronomy of the twelve Host Cities of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Our second stop is BRASILIA, Brazil's capital, a unique city, considered one of the 20th century's architectural marvels. Jean-François Lejeune, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Miami School of Architecture and author of the book, Cruelty and Utopia: Cities and Landscapes of Latin America (Princeton Architecture Press) will guide us in a review of the innovative urban plan created by Lucio Costa and the impressive buildings and monuments designed by Oscar Niemeyer. Following Prof. Lejeune's presentation, Maria Elisa Barreto, a close family friend of President Juscelino Kubitschek, the creator of Brasilia, will share with us her unique perspective as a witness of the building of the new capital. Join us at an informal reception to follow in the courtyard. The Cultural Cup 2.0 BRASILIA is sponsored by The Brickellian and Ms. Stella Holmes, art curator, museum trustee and producer of the documentary "West Encounters East".
Henry Ford is remembered in American lore as the ultimate entrepreneur—the man who invented assembly-line manufacturing and made automobiles affordable. Largely forgotten is his side career as a publisher of antisemitic propaganda. Henry Ford's War on Jews and the Legal Battle Against Hate Speech (Stanford U. Press, $63.25) by Victoria Saker Woeste is the story of Ford's ownership of the Dearborn Independent, his involvement in the defamatory articles it ran, and the two Jewish lawyers, Aaron Sapiro and Louis Marshall, who each tried to stop Ford's war. Using never-before-discovered evidence from archives and private family collections, this study reveals the depth of Ford's involvement in every aspect of this case and explains why Jewish civil rights lawyers and religious leaders were deeply divided over how to handle Ford. Join us for a multi-media presentation featuring rare images of the events and players in Sapiro v. Ford with a Q&A and discussion with the author. This event is presented in collaboration with The Fellows of the American Bar Association, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and Temple Judea. 7:30pm