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Librarian's Picks for June 2019:

Assiniboine Park : designing and developing a people's playground

/ David Spector.
Winnipeg : Great Plains Publications, 2019. 248 pages.

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From the publisher:

In 1904, Assiniboine Park was conceived as a people’s playground, a place devoid of commercial amusements where all classes of Winnipeggers could relax and rejuvenate in idyllic and Arcadian surroundings. The book traces the development of the park and its infrastructure – the layout of fields, forests and gardens, the two pavilions, the conservatories and the zoo – and how this corresponded with an ever-evolving Winnipeg. It explains the actions, conflicts and arguments of a colourful cast of politicians and bureaucrats who made the park what it is today. The story of Assiniboine Park is told within the wider context of the evolution of urban parks in Canada and the United States.

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Our history is the future : Standing Rock versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the long tradition of indigenous resistance

/ Nick Estes.
London : Verso, 2019. 310 pages.

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Review from Library Journal:

Activist, scholar, and Lower Brule Sioux citizen Estes challenges the power systems that have attacked and disenfranchised Indigenous peoples for centuries with both the story of northern Plains peoples as well as a political philosophy of Indigenous empowerment. The author catalogs the long history of government and corporate oppression against the Plains peoples, providing long-term context for contemporary struggles against the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. For instance, Estes details how the pipeline was rerouted away from white cities to locations near Native homes. Inspiring moments include a ceremony in which U.S. military veterans arrived at the 2016 Standing Rock protest and asked forgiveness for past crimes against the Plains peoples. His affection for the Missouri River region, its residents and ecosystem, pulses through every page. Along with David Treuer's Heartbeat of Wounded Knee and Clyde Bellecourt's The Thunder Before the Storm, this is part of a growing library of works by Native American scholars. VERDICT An honest and passionate voice of Indigenous power that needs to be included in contemporary political discourse.

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Digital minimalism : choosing a focused life in a noisy world

/ Cal Newport.
New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2019. xviii, 284 pages.

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Review from Booklist Reviews:

Becoming cognizant of the amount of time we spend online is now more important than ever. Instead of providing worthwhile services, the number one priority for commercial websites is inducing users to keep scrolling and clicking. To rein in our often excessive device usage, Newport promotes a radical redefinition of our relationship with technology by way of digital minimalism, encouraging us to focus on a "small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else." One obstacle to this is the way news and social media platforms are designed to hold our attention, making it nearly impossible to change our habits without a complete detox. Newport lays out the basics for this digital decluttering and offers practices to cultivate a more fulfilling life, online and off. A helpful guide in this era of attention economics, Newport's philosophical treatise shows both what we lose with digital overuse and how technology, used with intention, can enhance the experience of being human.

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Kids these days : Human capital and the making of millennials

/ Malcolm Harris.
First Back Bay paperback edition. New York : Back Bay Books, 2018. ix, 261 pages.

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Review from Kirkus Reviews:

A millennial writer talks about the coming crises his generation will face. Millennials—defined by the author as those born between 1980 and 2000—have been sold on the idea that if they work hard in school, forfeiting play and creative time for work and sports, and go on to a four-year college, where they continue to work hard, then a solid, well-paying job awaits them once they graduate. But as Harris (b. 1988), an editor at New Inquiry, points out, many in that age group have discovered there is no pot of gold at the end of that particular rainbow. In today's competitive economy, he writes, "young households trail further behind in wealth than ever before, and while a small number of hotshot finance pros and app developers rake in big bucks…wages have stagnated and unemployment increased for the rest." […] Harris also evaluates how millennials interact with social media (a topic that could warrant an entire book on its own), which creates a never-ending link to nearly everything every day, never giving anyone a chance to unwind. Professional musicians, actors, and other performing artists face strong competition in a world where anyone can upload a video to YouTube, so those with genuine talent have to work that much harder for recognition. After his intense analysis of this consumer-based downward spiral, the author provides several possible remedies that might ease the situation—but only if millennials step forward now and begin the process of change. Harris still has plenty to learn, but he provides an informative study of why the millennial generation faces more struggles than expected, despite the hard work they've invested in moving ahead.

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The time has come : why men must join the gender equality revolution

Michael Kaufman.
Toronto : House of Anansi Press Inc., 2019. x, 261 pages.

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From founding the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest organized effort in the world of men working to end violence against women, in the early 1990s to his appointment as the only male member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Michael Kaufman has been a major figure in the fight for gender equality for decades. Now, in The Time Has Come, he issues a stirring call for men to get involved in the struggle for a more feminist culture. Expertly mixing his personal experiences, insights gleaned from his decades of work around the globe, and data on the state of our society, Kaufman explores topics ranging from domestic violence to parental leave. He also grapples with how toxic masculinity helps, and hurts, men, and how men can be better allies in this effort. Informative and provocative, The Time Has Come is an essential work towards building a better, more equal world.

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The Selected New Titles list includes new items in the library collection and is published monthly. These items are available for circulation to Manitoba government personnel through our library catalogue, by email at legislative_library@gov.mb.ca, or by phone at 204-945-4330. They are available to the public through interlibrary loan services at their library.

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