Guardianships and the Elderly: The Perfect Crime by Dr Sam Sugar

September 18th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Imagine a system of justice in this country that strips its citizens of their constitutional rights, voids their existing legal documents, gives others the right to spend their money & sell their assets, isolates them, & has the ability to limit the time they can spend with their loved ones.  It is called guardianship.

Guardianship exists in every state, & while it has gone under the radar for many decades, Dr Sam Sugar‘s new book, Guardianships and the Elderly, sheds light on this system, which enables those in the know to commit the “perfect crime”.  The book begins by looking at the history of guardianship.  It also presents an accurate picture of just how difficult it is to free a family member from the system.  There are many things loved ones can do to fight a guardianship, but many obstacles & pitfalls await them in the battle.  Guardianships and the Elderly is meant to prepare the reader for these eventualities.  It includes a comprehensive glossary & a helpful resource section that may prove useful in the pursuit if real justice.

 

GPL: 346.73 Sugar

SQUEEZED: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America–by Alissa Quart

September 3rd, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, examines the lives of middle-class Americans who can now barely afford to raise children.  Through gripping storytelling & elegant prose, Quart shows how our country has failed families. Her subjects, including professors, lawyers, caregivers & nurses, have been wrung out by a system that doesn’t support them, & enriches only a tiny elite.

Interlacing her own experience with close-up reporting on families that are just getting by, Quart reveals parenthood itself to be financially overwhelming, except for the wealthiest. She also provides real solutions, outlining necessary policy shifts, as well as detailing the DIY tactics some families have embraced.  And she offers a blueprint for helping us to see parenting & caregiving as truly valuable, not only emotionally but professionally & politically.

SQUEEZED is an eye-opening page-turner.  Powerfully argued, deeply reported, & ultimately hopeful, it casts a bright, clarifying light on families struggling to thrive in an economy that holds too few options.  It will make readers think differently about their lives & those of their neighbors.

GPL: 305.55 QUART

BENEATH A SCARLET SKY—Mark Sullivan

August 20th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis.  He’s a normal Italian teenager, but his days of innocence are numbered.  In an attempt to protect him, Pino’s parents force him to enlist as a German soldier—a move they think will keep him out of combat.  But after Pino is injured, he is recruited (at the age of 18) to become the personal driver for Adolf Hitler’s left hand in Italy, General Hans Leyers, one of the Third Reich’s most mysterious & powerful commanders.

Now, with the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of war & the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret, his courage bolstered by his love for Anna & for the life he dreams they will one day share.

Based on the true story of a forgotten hero, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the triumphant, epic tale of one young man’s incredible courage & resilience during one of history’s darkest hours.

 

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BEYOND THE MESSY TRUTH: How we came apart How we come together—by VAN JONES

August 6th, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

Van Jones burst into the American consciousness during the 2016 presidential campaign with an unscripted, truth-telling style and an already established history of bridge-building across party lines. His election night commentary, during which he coined the term “whitelash,” became a viral sensation. A longtime progressive activist with deep roots in the conservative South, Jones has made it his mission to challenge voters and viewers to stand in one another’s shoes and disagree constructively.

In Beyond the Messy Truth, he offers a blueprint for transforming our collective anxiety into meaningful change. Jones urges both parties to abandon the politics of accusation. He issues a stirring call for a new “bipartisanship from below,” pointing us toward practical answers to problems that affect us all regardless of region or ideology.

 

Jones shares memories from his decades of activism on behalf of working people, inspiring stories of ordinary citizens who became champions of their communities, and little-known examples of cooperation in the midst of partisan conflict. In his quest for positive solutions, Van Jones encourages us to set fire to our old ways of thinking about politics and come together to help those most in need.

Includes an invaluable resource of contacts, books, media, and organizations for bipartisan bridge-building and problem solving.

GPL: 320.509  Jones

#NEVER AGAIN A new generation draws the line by David Hogg and Lauren Hogg

July 23rd, 2018 by Goshen Public Library No comments »

“When you open your eyes but the nightmare doesn’t go away, you have no choice but to do something.  Our first job now is to remember.  Our second job is to act.  Remember, act, repeat.  Since that day, none of us are the same.  But we are alive.  And in memory of those who are not, we will remember and act for the rest of our lives.”  This is the opening paragraph of #Never Again.

On February 14, 2018, seventeen-year-old David Hogg and his fourteen-year-old sister, Lauren, went to school at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, like any normal Wednesday. That day, of course, the world changed. By the next morning, with seventeen classmates and faculty dead, they had joined the leadership of a movement to save their own lives, and the lives of all other young people in America. It’s a leadership position they did not seek, and did not want–but events gave them no choice.

This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America–with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve. Born just after Columbine and raised amid seemingly endless war and routine active shooter drills, this generation now says, Enough. This book is their statement of purpose, and the story of their lives. It is the essential guide to the #NeverAgain movement.

GPL: 363.33 HOGG   [163 pages]