Author: Nicholas Blincoe
Publisher: Nation Books
Release Date: 2017-11-07
"[Bethlehem] brings within reach 11,000 years of history, centering on the beloved town's unique place in the world. Blincoe's love of Bethlehem is compelling, even as he does not shy away from the complexities of its chronicle." --President Jimmy Carter Bethlehem is so suffused with history and myth that it feels like an unreal city even to those who call it home. For many, Bethlehem remains the little town at the edge of the desert described in Biblical accounts. Today, the city is hemmed in by a wall and surrounded by forty-one Israeli settlements and hostile settlers and soldiers. Nicholas Blincoe tells the town's history through the visceral experience of living there, taking readers through its stone streets and desert wadis, its monasteries, aqueducts, and orchards to show the city from every angle and era. His portrait of Bethlehem sheds light on one of the world's most intractable political problems, and he maintains that if the long thread winding back to the city's ancient past is severed, the chances of an end to the Palestine-Israel conflict will be lost with it.
Author: James W. Loewen
Publisher: The New Press
Release Date: 2018-07-17
Genre: Social Science
“Powerful and important . . . an instant classic.” —The Washington Post Book World The award-winning look at an ugly aspect of American racism by the bestselling author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, reissued with a new preface by the author In this groundbreaking work, sociologist James W. Loewen, author of the classic bestseller Lies My Teacher Told Me, brings to light decades of hidden racial exclusion in America. In a provocative, sweeping analysis of American residential patterns, Loewen uncovers the thousands of “sundown towns”—almost exclusively white towns where it was an unspoken rule that blacks weren’t welcome—that cropped up throughout the twentieth century, most of them located outside of the South. Written with Loewen’s trademark honesty and thoroughness, Sundown Towns won the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and launched a nationwide online effort to track down and catalog sundown towns across America. In a new preface, Loewen puts this history in the context of current controversies around white supremacy and the Black Lives Matter movement. He revisits sundown towns and finds the number way down, but with notable exceptions in exclusive all-white suburbs such as Kenilworth, Illinois, which as of 2010 had not a single black household. And, although many former sundown towns are now integrated, they often face “second-generation sundown town issues,” such as in Ferguson, Missouri, a former sundown town that is now majority black, but with a majority-white police force.
This lavishly illustrated book describes in detail the history and culture, religion and traditions, as well as the political situation of Bethlehem today and the everyday lives of Palestinians at the end of the twentieth century.
A book on the life and art of Wenten Rubuntja, an Arrente man who has made a major contribution to the politics of his time. It features his own commentary on his paintings and brings his story to that of the colourful past of Alice Springs.
Author: Bernard Sabella
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date: 2017-12-14
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Amidst a sometimes confusing barrage of news about the Middle East, Dr. Bernard Sabella, a Palestinian Christian, offers an enlightening, often humorous, personal narrative accompanied by reflections on lessons learned from his life in a conflict zone. Displaced from his home in infancy with his refugee family and educated in Jerusalem’s Old City before pursuing university studies in the US, he blossomed into a committed educator, scholar, member of the Palestinian Parliament, and director of a church aid agency. Throughout his life Dr. Sabella has never lost his focus on the goal of promoting peace through understanding, and he has never been diverted from his path of absolute nonviolence. A Life Worth Living speaks with a voice worth listening to, alternately anecdotal and analytical, touching our hearts while pondering the past, present, and future of the Holy Land.
Author: Chris Eline
Release Date: 2017-10-23
Genre: Fire extinction
Through contemporary news accounts, archival records, and rare artifacts and photographs, Firefighting in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741¿1917tells the story of how a town battled the elements¿and won. The story begins with the bucket brigades of the Moravian community during the Colonialperiod, soon supplemented with two of the country¿s earliest fire engines. It tracks the parallel path of the town¿s expansion to the south and west and of the infrastructure improvements that made it possible. Each of the four boroughs that would eventually merge to form the modern City of Bethlehem¿Bethlehem, South Bethlehem, West Bethlehem, and Northampton Heights¿had its own fire department, made up mostly of volunteers, and its own logistical and financial challenges. Water supplies andwater pressure were unreliable, equipment frequently failed, funding was scarce, and unpaved streets were often impassable. This book illustrates how Bethlehem¿s early firefighters overcame each of these challenges and more with courage, humor, and camaraderie.
Author: The Jesus Books
Publisher: The Jesus Books
Release Date: 2017-01-02
Almost the whole of the New Testament is devoted, not to the portrayal of the significant and inspiring religious life of Jesus, but to a discussion of Paul’s religious experience and to a portrayal of his personal religious convictions. The only notable exceptions to this statement, aside from certain parts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke, are the Book of Hebrews and the Epistle of James. Even Peter, in his writing, only once reverted to the personal religious life of his Master. The New Testament is a superb Christian document, but it is only meagerly Jesusonian.
When winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Release Date: 2009-05-26
In A Vote of Confidence, the stage is set for some intriguing insight into what it was like during 1915 to be a woman in a “man’s world.” Guinevere Arlington is a beautiful young woman determined to remain in charge of her own life. For seven years, Gwen has carved out a full life in the bustling town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho, where she teaches piano and writes for the local newspaper. Her passion for the town, its people, and the surrounding land prompt Gwen to run for mayor. After all, who says a woman can’t do a man’s job? But stepping outside the boundaries of convention can get messy. A shady lawyer backs Gwen, believing he can control her once she’s in office. A wealthy newcomer throws his hat into the ring in an effort to overcome opposition to the health resort he’s building north of town. When the opponents fall in love, everything changes, forcing Gwen to face what she may have to lose in order to win.
Author: Susan E. Leath
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Release Date: 2016-04-13
Bethlehem's bucolic countryside and bustling suburbs reflect the town's rich history. Uncover the stories that shaped the town from its Dutch settlement to today. Nathaniel Adams, along with his wife, Rhogenia, opened a stagecoach inn and became the first postmaster in what is now Delmar. The opening of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad broadened travel and freight transportation. The LaGrange family farmed the same land for over two centuries and exemplified the region's deep agricultural roots. Suburbs flourished in the region following World War II. Drawing from her articles that first appeared in Our Towne Bethlehem, town historian Susan E. Leath celebrates the enduring community spirit of Bethlehem with this fascinating collection of essays.
The author of The Riddle of Gender traces the history of a Maryland steel mill town where she grew up as the daughter of a steelworker, a childhood during which she witnessed how the industry's decline and complicated social disputes put tens of thousands out of work. Reprint.
Author: Jeffrey Parks
Release Date: 2018-05-10
A fascinating account of how Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, while losing its steel industry, leveraged its history, culture, institutions and people to successfully transform into a thriving information age city. The city created a music festival, the Banana Factory Arts Center and SteelStacks, a 10-acre arts campus in the former steel plant.
Cities scare Maggie McGilligan, so does change. But Welcome is Maggie's town, her own beloved small-town, USA. Maggie realizes that some change is inevitable now that her widowed mother, Mara, is about to marry Bartholomew Britt, a rugged carpenter from the Yukon. But when Mara and Bartholomew inform her that they might have to sell her home and refuge, Tara, the floor of Maggie's world begins to tilt. While remodeling Tara, they arrange for Maggie to stay with Bartholomew's sister, a well-known painter who lives-in Paris! Not only that, she's a nun! New friends and mysterious happenings unfold for Maggie as she catches the rhythm of life happening . . . a long way from Welcome.
Author: Josh Berk
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sixteen-year-old Guy Langman, his best friend Anoop, and other members of the school Forensics Club investigate a break-in and a possible murder, which could be connected to the mysterious past of Guy's recently-deceased father.