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    Title: (HER)OICS
    By (author): Joanell Serra, Amy Roost
    ISBN10-13: 1646031644 : 9781646031641
    The collection encompasses the perspectives of women who are: front-line responders and recovering patients; going out to work, staying home to work, and losing their jobs; living with multiple generations and living in isolation; women grieving loved ones and celebrating new love; women preparing to give birth and supporting the dying. Although differing based on location, age, race, and health, they share the unique capacity of women to bring their strength, ingenuity, and love—for others and for self—to an uncertain time. The anthology is inspired by both the risks of the pandemic inherent to women and their tremendous role in the country's response.
    "I'm a proponent of sharing our truth. These womens' stories are raw and real. They make me want to cry, or laugh, or call them up and say this sh** happened to me too! We've got this. These women really are the heroines of the pandemic: nurses, doctors, teachers, badass moms, women having a mental health crisis, healers, grandmas... I love this." —Jennifer Pastiloff, best-selling author of On Being Human
    "The homefront has always been inhabited by women, including anyone who identifies with and enters the space of "woman" -- caretakers and home keepers and compassionate community builders. This collection reminds us how the heart warriors never give up or in, which is the only reason we have a chance. Where are the purple heart medals for these legions of women. Secular Blessings on every one of their stories, every single body." —Lydia Yuknavitch, poet and author of The Small Backs of Children , The Book of Joan , and other titles
    "This is a remarkable, kaleidoscopic record of a catastrophe that simultaneously struck us all. While physically isolating, we need emotional closeness and these essays are consolation for any reader who ever wondered, I can't be the only one feeling this, can I?" —Leigh Stein, author of Self Care
    "...these stories give proof to what some of us have known all along: that the challenges, deep service and heart opening of motherhood can be an enlightenment intensive. Motherhood in a pandemic is a master course." —Hallie Inglehart Austen, author of The Heart of the Goddess, Art, Myth, and Meditations of the World's Sacred Feminine, and Womanspirit: A Guide to Woman's Wisdom
    "(Her)oics boldly tells the stories of the pandemic from many points of view, with fifty-two women sharing their personal stories of love and loss, joy and pain, caring and resilience. This is a collection of diverse voices that, together, brings the readers to covid-19 in a powerful way. Everyone will find stories that resonate." —Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and public health professor, George Washington University
    Pages: 285  Size: 228.6x152.4mm 
    PublishedPact Press - March   2021
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Anthologies (non-poetry)
    List Price: 17.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: Temporarily Out of Stock, more expected soon
    Title: 1 of: 3
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    Title: Fighting Time
    By (author): Amy Banks MD, Isaac Knapper
    ISBN10-13: 1646031679 : 9781646031672
    The evening of April 12,1979 was clear and warm. Unaware of the danger lurking on the periphery of the French Quarter, Drs. Ronald Banks and John Hakola made a tragic decision - to walk the few blocks from the historic district to the Hyatt Regency. Inches from the safety of their hotel entrance they were accosted by two young men - a scuffle ensued, a shot fired, Dr. Banks lay dead on the sidewalk. Fighting Time tells the story of what happened next - hours, days, weeks and years after those horrible seconds. Isaac Knapper, a sixteen-year-old boy from a nearby housing project was wrongfully convicted of the murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola. As the time passed, Amy, Dr. Banks's middle daughter and now a psychiatrist and trauma specialist, realized it was time to unpack her own family trauma. When Isaac was exonerated and released from prison, Amy traveled to New Orleans to meet the man wrongfully convicted of killing their father. FIGHTING TIME is the powerful true story of two families whose lives became entangled in a moment of trauma and is told with empathy, vulnerability, and grace.
    "Amy Banks and Issac Knapper heartbreakingly tell their stories of two families, whose lives intersect one night in April 1979 and unfold a series of events that reshaped their lives forever. Blended together, much like a catastrophic earthquake, they spend the next three decades trying to find anything salvageable from their former lives. Fighting Time is not just a book about the injustice of a wrongful conviction, but a love story of the capacity of human beings to find power in the pain and healing in the harm." —Jennifer Thompson, co-author of the bestselling Picking Cotton
    " Fighting Time is a brave and necessary book. It is a book that pushes the reader beyond thin and familiar abstractions about social justice and systemic oppression. In this book, Dr. Amy Banks and Mr. Isaac Knapper put flesh and bone and spirit onto institutional practices and social behaviors designed to lock inequalities in place, thus perpetuating the chronic disconnections that corrode the human spirit. There are some books that make it impossible to "not know." Fighting Time is such a book. One enters into the book and is confronted with questions that can only be answered by radical engagement with the life of those we call Other and by confronting the illusions and denials that comprise what is called Self. The reward is a renewed claim on human dignity, a strengthened commitment to social justice, and perhaps a revisioning of human possibility." —Maureen Walker PhD, author of When Getting Along is Not Enough: Reconstructing Race in Our Lives and Relationships (2019, Teacher's College Press)
    "Racial inequalities permeate every aspect of our culture and Fighting Time reminds us how those inequities affect our perspectives, experiences, and life outcomes. It reflects how little has changed when it comes to the treatment of our most underserved and vulnerable populations and how grief and loss can bring divided communities and people together. Fighting Time reminds the reader of the importance of seeing past zip code, skin color, education and age, factors our unjust systems are created to reward or punish. In this book, Banks and Knapper tell the story of two grieving families who both lost so much but through their unique connection and storytelling have healed not only themselves but their community. This book will challenge its readers to see the justice system with a deeper understanding and a greater sensitivity to its inherent inequities. Fighting Time will inspire its readers to build a movement of connection, forgiveness and change." —Inderjit (Vicky) Basra, President/CEO of Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Jacksonville, FL
    "This is an incredible story, a memoir of trauma in two voices, each wounded, each courageous, and each inviting us into a story of healing and recovery. This book is a deep dive into the worlds of mental health and social justice that demonstrates their inseparable connection." —Anne Hallward MD, Host of Safe Space Radio
    Pages: 246  Size: 215.9x139.7mm 
    PublishedPact Press - November   2021
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Human rights & civil liberties law
    List Price: 16.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: Not yet Published 
    Title: 2 of: 3
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    Title: Girlz 'n the Hood
    Sub-title: A Memoir of Mama in South Central Los Angeles
    By (author): Dr. Mary Hill-Wagner
    ISBN10-13: 1646030788 : 9781646030781
    Girlz in the Hood is the unsentimental, moving, and surprisingly humorous account of a girl and her ten siblings who grew up in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Mary's mother was a fierce matriarch, a single mom who raised eleven children with the help of welfare checks and a fire arm hidden in her bra. Drugs, guns, and pregnancies were everyday occurrences, but Mary and her siblings took it all in stride, spying on the grown-ups, playing in the streets, and helping to take care of the new babies when they were born. The dubious yet colorful cast of characters that came into their lives (the Jehovah Witnesses, the whores, the addicts, the "fathers"), and the never-ending series of hardships (the jail terms, the knife fights, the mental illness, and homicides), couldn't shake the core of the family. This is the story of Mary, but, even more so, it's the story of her mother, a uniquely strong and extraordinary woman who was able to survive moments of pain and disappointment by laughing at the comedy of human missteps, miscalculations, and downright stupidity. This is also a story about race and of poverty and how, over time, it can wear you down and destroy you, because, although Mary got out okay, her sisters and brothers were not so lucky.
    "Mary Hill-Wagner's Girlz 'n the Hood: A Memoir of Mama in South Central Los Angeles is sometimes hilarious, sometimes painful, yet always centered in the reality of her early life with her mother, Sarah Gordon, and her brothers and sisters." —Professor Leon Dash, author of Rosa Lee: A Generational Tale of Poverty and Survival in Urban America
    "There are many stories which comprise the history of Black Americans. Girlz 'n the Hood is a wonderful, warm memoir that helps us put together a critical piece of L.A. A wonderful read." —Nikki Giovanni, poet
    Pages: 207  Size: 215.9x139.7mm 
    PublishedPact Press - September   2021
    Format: Paperback
    Subjects: Memoirs
    List Price: 16.99 Pounds Sterling
    Availability: Not yet Published 
    Title: 3 of: 3

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