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    Embark on a journey that will change your perspective on community and individual well-being. In The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg gave the term “third places,” where people gather for the pleasure of good company and conversation, and explained just how important they are.
    • Discover the benefits of informal public and civic life and how it contributes to community health and individual well-being.
    • Experience the power of third places and how they bring people together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.
    • Allow this book to inspire you to create and revitalize your own third places, from coffee houses to community centers, and make a positive impact on your community.
    Download a sheet with discussion questions for book clubs or classes: Discussion Qs - The Great Good Place.
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    This Fleeting World tells the story of the universe and history of humanity in only 100 pages. Prize-winning historian David Christian covers it all in this inspiring guide to the history of everything, from stars and empires to cities, the World Wide Web, capitalism, and globalization. David Christian's approach to human history and big history is a call to action, based on a profound and fresh understanding of our place in the universe. This book is essential reading for our time. The translator, Dr Amir Kolini, was born in Iran and now lives in California. He saw revolution, war, and death in the battlefields and prisons of his young adulthood. As a result, he has actively followed global politics in a quest for solutions to the human dilemma, mostly with an emphasis on scientific perspectives. In 2009, he was introduced to the concept of big history. Kolini decided to introduce this concept to Farsi-speaking people in Iran, Afghanistan, and some other countries with a translation of This Fleeting World, or Donya Dar Gozar. 161 pages in Farsi.
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    Embark on a journey that will change your perspective on community and individual well-being. In The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg gave the term “third places,” where people gather for the pleasure of good company and conversation, and explained just how important they are.
    • Discover the benefits of informal public and civic life and how it contributes to community health and individual well-being.
    • Experience the power of third places and how they bring people together, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.
    • Allow this book to inspire you to create and revitalize your own third places, from coffee houses to community centers, and make a positive impact on your community.
    Download a sheet with discussion questions for book clubs or classes: Discussion Qs - The Great Good Place.
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    Knowing Women is a rollicking jubilee of voices crackling with life which never fail to captivate the hearts and minds of its audience. The characters are five women over 90 (one is Sophia Mumford, married to Lewis Mumford for 70 years, and introduced in Berkshire's edition of The Story of Utopias), none of whom had met one another until the playwright decided to bring them together in a setting that blurs the line between a cosmic waiting room and modern day nursing home. They form alliances, clash, bond, banter and bicker, laugh, weep, joust and cavort their way through nearly half a collective millennium of living. Politics, religion, feminism, other women, sex, dead husbands and lovers, and what, if anything, lies waiting for them in the great beyond are just a few of the subjects they tackle. The play, a staged reading, is an ideal vehicle for older actresses who are finding that few if any, roles are being written for them. Performance time 90 minutes, no intermission. Script by Suzanne Logan and photographs by Barbara Wilbur. (Script available now; paperback and ebook editions forthcoming.)
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    Lucid and authoritative, this work - called "the newest sporting bible" by The Times of London - covers every Olympic sport, obscure activities such as buzkashi and jousting, and indigenous games in dozens of nations. This set, the original Encyclopedia of World Sport developed for ABC-CLIO by Berkshire Publishing during its days as a book packager, is packed with everything you could possibly want to know about hundreds of sports. Along with detailed information on how sports are played around the world, the Encyclopedia of World Sport explores emotions and issues surrounding the sporting life and looks at sport as an essential part of the human experience. Readers will find fascinating entries on baseball and badminton, tennis and takraw, as well as on an incredible range of activities played around the globe from ancient times up to the present.
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    The 10-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability is a unified resource that provides a balanced perspective on 21st-century global environmental issues. Six volumes of the are available in Chinese, translated and published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press. They can be purchased as a set from Berkshire Publishing.
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    Third Places (VVSI)

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    Third Places: A Very VERY Short Introduction - to be published in 2024 - sets out the defining features of a third place and provides a wide variety of examples. Ray Oldenburg, coauthor of this book, is famous for giving a name to a phenomenon seen throughout history: the third place. Click here to buy the Berkshire Edition of the original The Great Good Place in print or ebook. Also available from your favorite online platform, including Bookshop.org. Read about the in-progress version by Karen Christensen and Ray Oldenburg at GreatGoodPlace.org, with recent press and extracts.
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    Writing Great Tom: T. S. Eliot & the Keepers of the Flame is the journal T. S. Matthews kept as he worked on the first major biography of T. S. Eliot, Great Tom: Notes Towards the Definition of T. S. Eliot. Matthews described those three years as "living a detective story." The journal is composed of reflections, interviews, and dozens of letters to and from people ranging from Robert Lowell and Edmund Wilson, Mary Trevelyan and Valerie (Mrs. T. S.) Eliot. It was filed away with his papers, which eventually went to Princeton University, and discovered decades later. Writing Great Tom shows how Matthews brought to light Eliot’s first wife, Vivien Haigh-Wood, and his companion of many decades, Emily Hale. He also interviewed Mary Trevelyan, whose account of her relationship with Eliot was published in 2022 - more than sixty years after she wrote it. Sara Fitzgerald, who discovered the Matthews archive, has contributed a foreword, available here.
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    Sewing Circles, Dime Suppers, and W. E. B. Du Bois: A History of the Clinton A. M. E. Zion Church offers fresh insight into a small New England church's role in the national civil rights movement. This is the original edition. An updated edition is also available, with the title The African American Community in Rural New England: W. E. B. Du Bois and His Boyhood Church.
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    Women & Leadership: Navigating Change from Ancient Times to the Present includes new chapters on #MeToo, The Strongman Problem, Conservative Women Leaders, Black Women Leaders, and First Ladies. "A diverse, timely overview, successfully navigating the topic without descending into essentializing claims." --CHOICE
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    Sherman’s Invisible Poets pioneered in the rediscovery of nineteenth-century Afro-American literature. Black poets of that century not only were invisible: they were also forced to publish ‘mute’ texts, texts doomed not to be read because of the pervasive racism in American society. Sherman’s work of literary resurrection is a signal achievement, combining deft historical detective work with a subtle critical sensibility.

    -- Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute at Harvard

    The Berkshire Edition includes a foreword by Jaki Shelton Green, 9th Poet Laureate of North Carolina. Invisible Poets: Afro-Americans of the Nineteenth Century brings into view over 130 other Black men and women who published poetry in America during the century between Phillis Wheatley and Paul Laurence Dunbar. In spite of their impressive achievements, these poets’ works have been out of print, their few biographies incomplete and unreliable, and criticism of their poetry rare and often biased. The author, Joan R. Sherman, was ahead of her time in seeking "to strip myth and misinformation from their lives and to offer the most accurate biographies and bibliographies obtainable after a century of neglect." In the only comprehensive and realistic appraisal of their contributions to American literature, Sherman intensively studies twenty-six representative poets of the nineteenth century, analyzing their poetry and providing the first significant profiles of their extraordinary life experiences. About three dozen other poets also receive attention. Their work, which ranges from "militant, race-proud jeremiads to sentimental nature and love lyrics," faithfully conforms to nineteenth-century poetic standards. At the same time, it reflects the changing American political and cultural scene and provides an invaluable record of over a hundred years of Black experience as articulated by sensitive and talented American writers.
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    The Story of Utopias was first published in 1922, in the aftermath of a world war and global pandemic, by a young writer. Berkshire’s 100th anniversary edition is designed for the reader of today. In a preface to the 50th anniversary edition, Lewis Mumford explained that The Story of Utopias began with an awareness “that the impetus of the great nineteenth century, with its fund of buoyant idealism and robust social enterprise, had come to an end. If we were to cope with the new age before us, whose grim outlines had long been visible to sensitive, probing minds, we would have to overcome the massive aberrations that had in fact led to the debacle of the First World War. . . . When I started to explore the historic utopias, I was seeking to discover what was missing, and to define what was still possible.” This book is in some ways the essential Lewis Mumford, an introduction to a man who had worldwide influence, and whose thinking is directly relevant to the challenges we face today.

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