Social Identities in the Classic Maya Northern Lowlands plumbs the archaeological record for what it can reveal about the creation of personal and communal identities in the Maya world. Using new primary data from her excavations at the sites of Yaxuna, Chunchucmil, and Xuenkal, and new analysis of data from Dzibilchaltun in Yucatan, Mexico, Traci Ardren presents a series of case studies in how social identities were created, shared, and manipulated among the lowland Maya.
Ardren argues that the interacting factors of gender, age, familial and community memories, and the experience of living in an urban setting were some of the key aspects of Maya identities. She demonstrates that domestic and civic spaces were shaped by gender-specific behaviors to communicate and reinforce gendered ideals. Ardren discusses how child burials disclose a sustained pattern of reverence for the potential of childhood and the power of certain children to mediate ancestral power. She shows how small shrines built a century after Yaxuna was largely abandoned indicate that its remaining residents used memory to reenvision their city during a time of cultural reinvention. And Ardren explains how Chunchucmil's physical layout of houses, plazas, and surrounding environment denotes that its occupants shared an urban identity centered in the movement of trade goods and economic exchange. Viewing this evidence through the lens of the social imaginary and other recent social theory, Ardren demonstrates that material culture and its circulations are an integral part of the discourse about social identity and group membership.
About the Author:
Traci Ardren is Professor and Chair of Anthropology at the University of Miami, where she is also a consulting curator at the Lowe Art Museum. Her previous books are The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica and Ancient Maya Women.
Presented in collaboration with UM’s Center for the Humanities
Elizabeth Barker spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream - one that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and a fatal heart condition, her dream suddenly becomes a nightmare. And that’s only the beginning… Liz’s new reality is a detoured obstacle course of life altering encounters, medical mishaps, a breast cancer diagnosis, and cruel hardships. From the moment of her daughter’s birth, she is pummeled with life lessons that no schooling or formal education could have ever taught her. Can Liz keep her sanity and some semblance of her former self alive and well through all of this? Changed by Chance is a courageous story of soul searching introspection about how this champion acquired the necessary life skills to Triumph over Tragedy. Her inspiring journey offers a roadmap to others who may face their own bumps in the road.
A native of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Barker is an author, speaker and an award winning career mom. Liz has been a guest on radio and television, sharing her transformational journey of becoming a Champion by Choice. Learn more about Liz’s life lessons learned and her inspirational mission to fulfill a prophecy of triumph over tragedy on her website www.changedbychance.com
•Leslie Nack – Fourteen
After her mother and father divorce at age seven, Leslie quickly learns the hard lessons of being Dad's favorite. The abuse begins at age nine and doesn't end until she begins to fight back at Fourteen.
Her father, a larger-than-life Norwegian, assumed full custody of Leslie and her two sisters and move the family from their 63-acre rustic ranch in Northern California to a 45-foot sailboat in Southern California. The family spent two years living aboard their boat preparing for the trip of their father's dream: a trip around the world. On February 5, 1975, the family set sail for French Polynesia.
Intense and inspiring, Fourteen is a coming-of-age adventure story about a young girl who comes into her own power, fights back against abuse, becomes an accomplished sailor, and falls in love with the ocean and the natural world. The outer voyage is a mirror of her inner journey--her goal is to find the strength to endure in a dangerous world, and difficult family.
Leslie Johansen Nack graduated UCLA with a BA in English literature. She is a member of the National Association of Memoir Writers and San Diego Writers Ink. She lives in San Diego and has two children with her husband of twenty-five years.
•Libby Ware – Lum
Lum has always been on the outside. At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can't expect to marry. Now, at thirty-three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative's house to another—valued for her skills, but never treated like a true member of the family. Everything is turned upside down, however, when the Blue Ridge Parkway is slated to come through her family’s farmland. As people take sides in the fight, the community begins to tear apart—culminating in an act of violence and subsequent betrayal by opponents of the new road. However, the Parkway brings opportunities as well as loss.
Libby Ware lived the first five years of her life in West Virginia, and spent some childhood summers in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia. She is the owner of Toadlily Books, an antiquarian book business, and is also a book collector. The beginning of Lum, excerpted as a short story, “The Circuit,” was published in Feminist Studies in 2009, and was a finalist in the Poets & Writers Award for Georgia Writers, judged by Jennifer Egan. Ware lives in Atlanta with her two dogs, Tilly and Robin, and a mile away from her partner, Charlene Ball.
•Erin Seidemann – Postcards From the Sky
The aviation world is a man’s world—it always has been, and it continues to be so today. In fact, women make up a mere 5 to 6 percent of the total pilot population worldwide. But from the first time Erin Seidemann experienced what it was like to see the world from a small plane’s perspective, she was hooked—and she’s spent much of her time since then fighting her way into becoming one of that 5 to 6 percent. Postcards from the Sky: Adventures of an Aviatrix tells of the struggles and adventures one encounters as a woman in the male-dominated space of aviation. With humor and equanimity, Seidemann recounts her varied experiences as a female pilot—from the chauvinistic flight instructor she makes the mistake of falling in love with to the many, many customs agents who insist she can’t possibly be her plane’s owner (“Where’s your boyfriend?”)—while at the same time giving insight about just what makes flying so incredible . . . and so very addictive. Frank, funny, and full of adventure, Postcards from the Sky is an entertaining foray into a world few women have dared enter.
Erin Seidemann was born and raised in New Orleans in Southeastern Louisiana, a part of the state often described as “south of the South.” She attended Loyola University New Orleans and graduated cum laude with a degree in English writing. Her writing has appeared on numerous blogs, as well as on al.com, aopa.org, laaviator.com, womenofaviation.org, wdsu.com, and News with a Twist, as well as in Women in Aviation magazine. She recently earned her commercial pilot license. You can find more of her writing at www.agirlandherplane.com.
•Romy Block & Arielle Levitan – The Vitamin Solution
Are you confused about vitamins? Unsure of which ones you need for optimal health, and what levels are safe? You’re not alone. Many people’s health issues could be improved with vitamins—if they only knew how to use them. In The Vitamin Solution, Drs. Romy Block and Arielle Levitan provide a common-sense, medically sound approach to using vitamins to improve your diet, exercise plan, and overall health. In clear, accessible, language, they explain which vitamins and supplements can be helpful, which can be harmful, and which are altogether unnecessary; explore health topics including migraine, hair loss, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, hot flashes, and more; and address preventive care, providing insights on topics such as screening tests, weight loss, and preserving memory. Illuminating and accessible, The Vitamin Solution is an indispensable guide to safely incorporating vitamins and supplements into any lifestyle—one that will leave readers educated, informed, and armed with simple, everyday strategies for bettering their health.
Romy Block, MD is a Board Certified Specialist in Endocrine and Metabolism medicine and the co-founder of Vous Vitamin LLC. She attended Tufts University and Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine. She completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Northshore Long Island Jewish and did a fellowship at New York University. She practices on the North Shore of Chicago, where she specializes in thyroid disorders and pituitary diseases.
Arielle Miller Levitan, MD is a Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician and the co-founder of Vous Vitamin LLC. She attended Stanford University and Northwestern University Medical School, and has served as Chief Medical Resident for the Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center’s Evanston Hospital Program and as a Clinical Instructor for their medical school. She has a special interest in women's health and preventive medicine and currently practices general internal medicine on the North Shore of Chicago, where she teaches medical students on-site.
Elizabeth Barker spent years planning and working hard to achieve her version of the American dream - one that is supposed to culminate in parenthood and the role of supermom. But when her first child is born with Down syndrome and a fatal heart condition, her dream suddenly becomes a nightmare.
After her mother and father divorce at age seven, Leslie quickly learns the hard lessons of being Dad's favorite. The abuse begins at age nine and doesn't end until she begins to fight back, finally, at age fourteen.
Lum has always been on the outside. At eight, she was diagnosed with what we now call an intersex condition and is told she can't expect to marry. Now, at thirty-three, she has no home of her own but is shuttled from one relative's house to another valued for her skills, but never treated like a true member of the family.
Are you confused about vitamins? Unsure of which ones you need for optimal health, and what levels are safe? You re not alone. Many people's health issues could be improved with vitamins if they only knew how to use them. In "The Vitamin Solution," Drs.
Sixth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaperreporter Samuel Hamilton, Unfinished confronts the question, how much hurt can be repaired when betrayal,kidnapping, and violence touch a person's life? The story opens with thekidnapping of a young boy―the third such kidnapping within a short period―onlynow it's the son of Emma Sheridan, a French émigré, widow of a Vietnamveteran, and someone to whom Samuel owes a huge emotional debt. This time it'spersonal.
While Samuel engages in his usual relentless job ofpursuing the kidnapper, the narrative illuminates the lives and experiences of anexotic cast of characters, Emma Sheridan, whose life has been a series oflosses, Emma's eccentric but resourceful son Alain, the wise and compassionateArgentinean therapist Ana Cejas, and then there are the suspects andperpetrators, driven by their own perverse needs.
About the Author:
A San Francisco trial lawyer with a long, successful career, William C. Gordon is the author of five noir mysteries that have appeared in 10 languages. He lives in Marin County, California with his wife, Isabel Allende.
Published: Bay Tree Publishing - December 7th, 2015
Sixth in a series of noir mysteries featuring newspaper reporter Samuel Hamilton, Unfinished confronts the question, how much hurt can be repaired when betrayal, kidnapping, and violence touch a person's life?
Club Monaco presents an evening with visionary fashion photographer, illustrator, writer Garance Doré for a signing of her new book Love Style Life. Doréexperimented with her art and coding as she began her groundbreaking fashion blog in 2006, and as result of her dedication and self-challenging, Doré has made a name for herself in the world of high culture and couture. Over the past decade, Doréhas made fashion approachable and exciting to a worldwide readership, and has infused her blog with her Parisian style, Corsican sensibility, and her adopted New York variety.
Books & Books will be selling copies of Doré's new book Love Style Lifefor the event at Club Monaco.
Book purchase is required for admission.
Bookscanbe purchased from Books & Booksvia the pre-order link below or on site at Club Monaco during the event.
“The guardian of all style” (The New York Times Magazine) shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own. Garance Doré, the voice and vision behind her eponymous blog, has captivated millions of readers worldwide with her fresh and appealing approach to style through storytelling. This gorgeously illustrated book takes readers on a unique narrative journey that blends Garance’s inimitable photography and illustrations with the candid, hard-won wisdom drawn from her life and her travels. Infused with her Left Bank sensibility, the eclecticism of her adopted city of New York, and the wild, passionate spirit of her native Corsica, Love Style Life is a backstage pass behind fashion’s frontlines, peppered with French-girl-next-door wit and advice on everything from mixing J.Crew with Chanel, to falling in love, to pursuing a life and career that is the perfect reflection of you. Praise for Garance Doré and Love Style Life “The most elegant, funny, truthful book on style, love and life. Garance is an original with the cutest French accent.”—Jenna Lyons, president and creative director, J.Crew “This charming book by fashion blogger Doré is part memoir and part style guide, gathered together in a chic, Gallic-inflected package.”—Publishers Weekly
“One of blogdom’s most compelling storytellers.”—The New York Times “Doré’s mix of portrait photography, illustrations, collages, and stream-of-consciousness writing . . . has given the fashion world en masse a girl crush.”—Interview “Garance Doré embodies effortless French style.”—Martha Stewart Living
About the Author:
Garance Doré is a photographer, illustrator, author, and founder of an eponymous influential style blog. Winner of the CFDA Eugenia Sheppard Media Award, Doré has contributed both as a writer and photographer to publications including American, British, and Paris Vogue,The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, T Magazine, Elle, The Guardian, and New York magazine. Originally from Corsica, she currently lives in New York City. This is her first book.
The guardian of all style ("The New York Times Magazine") shares stories on life, love, style, and career, from Paris to New York, and inspires readers to cultivate an effortless chic that is all their own.
For centuries, experts have extolled the virtues of meditation, and countless people have used it to become happier, break free from harmful cycles, live longer, strengthen relationships, and create healthier lives. Studies show that just a few moments of meditation each day can be extremely beneficial to overall well-being. In Life in Life, Dr. Laurie Ann Levin, award-winning author and renowned holistic psychologist, guides you effortlessly into loving yourself through meditations that spark connection to your highest self. An interactive, easy-to-use, personal journal, Life in Life will inspire individual exploration and spiritual expansion with exercises that build insight, intuition, and a capacity for calm. Almost all of us struggle with destructive thinking and toxic self-criticism. Life in Life can help you overcome past traumas in your career, relationships, health, and love.
Whether you are beginning your journey or have experience meditating, Life in Life will guide you to a new level of wholeness. The exercises in this book can be done anywhere, anytime, in private, with a partner, or in a group.
Illuminate your life. Cherish your well-being. Become a source of positivity in the world. Find your Life in Life.
About the Author:
Dr. Laurie Ann Levin, former talent agent (Madonna, Michael Jackson) and Hollywood film producer (20th Century Fox and Warner Bros), left show business 20 years ago to become a psychologist. In 1998, Dr. Levin founded and became CEO of Moonview Sanctuary, a highly innovative, holistic, treatment and research institute.
Her first book was an award-winning, humorous, spiritual memoir titled, God The Universe and Where I Fit In (2009). The book was a People Magazine pick, a Redbook / Barnes and Noble choice for November 2009, and won recognition at eight book festivals.
Dr. Levin's television appearances include The View, Tonight with Deborah Norville, Nightline, and The Wendy Williams Show. She has also been a recurring guest on the nationally syndicated radio program Coast2Coast AM.
For centuries, experts have extolled the virtues of meditation, and countless people have used it to become happier, break free from harmful cycles, live longer, strengthen relationships, and create healthier lives. Studies show that just a few moments of meditation each day can be extremely beneficial to overall well-being.
In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.
When it came to her elderly mother and father, Roz held to the practices of denial, avoidance, and distraction. But when Elizabeth Chast climbed a ladder to locate an old souvenir from the "crazy closet"―with predictable results―the tools that had served Roz well through her parents' seventies, eighties, and into their early nineties could no longer be deployed.
While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies―an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades―the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.
An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant will show the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
About the Author:
Roz Chast has loved to draw cartoons since she was a child growing up in Brooklyn. She attended Rhode Island School of Design, majoring in Painting because it seemed more artistic. However, soon after graduating, she reverted to type and began drawing cartoons once again.
Her cartoons have also been published in many other magazines besides The New Yorker, including Scientific American, the Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones. Her most recent book is a comprehensive compilation of her favorite cartoons called Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006. She also illustrated The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z, the best-selling children's book by Steve Martin.
General Admission: $15
Hosted by the University of Miami’s Lowe Art Museum and School of Architecture
What if there was a way of knowing our moments more richly and more deeply as they unfold? What if we experienced more memorable moments in any given day? How might this alter the experience of our lives? That is the tantalizing premise of Achim Nowak's book, THE MOMENT. It introduces us to 4 simple keys. These keys are entirely common-sense. That is their beauty. Return to experiencing the world with all of your senses. Learn how to tune into prajna wisdom - the wisdom that talks to us as a moment unfolds. Discover ways of receiving and wave-riding energy. And reap the rewards of making time stand still.
THE MOMENT is a compulsively readable book. Instead of urging us to do more and work harder, THE MOMENT shows us how to rediscover a childlike delight in the world. Apply the 4 keys, and sumptuous moments will suddenly pop up all around you. You will instantly experience more success in business and in life. You will know the infinite pleasures of living in the moment.
About the Author:
Achim Nowak is an international authority on presence and interpersonal connection. His first two books--Infectious and Power Speaking--have become essential leadership development tools with Fortune 500 executives and entrepreneurs. Achim's work integrates a wealth of experience in the personal transformation field, actor training, conflict resolution, and spiritual practice. He has been featured on 60 Minutes, NPR, Fox News, and in the Miami Herald. His weekly Energy Boost message offers practical tools for creating an energized life and has a devoted following across the globe. Achim lives in Miami, Florida.
What if there was a way of knowing our moments more richly and more deeply as they unfold? What if we experienced more memorable moments in any given day? How might this alter the experience of our lives? That is the tantalizing premise of Achim Nowak's book, THE MOMENT. It introduces us to 4 simple keys. These keys are entirely common-sense. That is their beauty.
Written with the same spirit and wit as the bestselling Too Close to the Falls and After the Falls, Coming Ashore is the third and final volume of Catherine Gildiner’s memoir series. Picking up her story in the late ’60s at age 21, Cathy whisks through seven years and three countries. Whether reciting verse in the classrooms of the University of Oxford, arranging a date with Jimi Hendrix, teaching inner city kids literature, rooming with a major drug dealer, falling in love, or working in a psychiatric hospital, Cathy determinedly blazes her own trail through all the passion and uncertainty that comes with the cusp of adulthood.
Coming Ashore transports readers to a fascinating era populated by lively characters, but most memorable of all is the singular Cathy McClure. The BackLit bonus content includes a reader’s guide, Q&A with the author, and more.
About the Author:
Catherine Gildiner has written the best selling childhood memoir titled Too Close to the Falls. It was on the Toronto Globe and Mail’s best sellers’ list for an amazing 157 weeks and the New York Times list as well. A decade later, she published a sequel, a teenage memoir of life in the 60’s called After the Falls. Now she has written her third and final memoir called Coming Ashore, which covers her life as a student at Oxford in England, teaching in the burning ghetto in Cleveland, and finally her graduate school years in Toronto. She has also written Seduction, a novel about Darwin and Freud, which has been an international bestseller and was listed by Der Spiegel in Germany as one of the year’s ten best mysteries.
She did a Ph.D. on Darwin’s influence on Freud. While she was a psychologist for 25 years in private practice she wrote for various newspapers and magazines. She was on an international rowing team for fifteen years and owns a working farm. When not at her farm she, lives mostly in Toronto with her husband. She has three grown sons.