Set in the first part of the twentieth century, A Jitney Ride tells the story of Emma Adele Gray, a young and courageous Southern woman struggling to find her way in the world after she is emotionally abandoned by a mother who never wanted her in the first place. Despite everything, surrounded by the love of her extended family, Emma grows up into a lovely, well-traveled, and educated woman who is hated by only one person her mother's brother. Will Daniels abhors Emma simply because his parents unconditionally love her and blame him for not becoming a brilliant success like his father. As Emma turns sixteen and is immersed in a relationship with Dev, a senior at Harvard, Will makes it his mission to even the score with both her and his parents before Emma leaves for three years to attend Miss Habersham's Academy for Young Ladies in Atlanta, Georgia. While Emma nurtures her dream of becoming an attorney, Will is devising a betrayal like no other. In this coming-of-age tale, a woman proves to the world that with a little determination, intelligence, and Southern charm, she can achieve anything.
Return of the Lost Jitney by John T. Griffen Brian Layne is a ramp agent with International Airlines who becomes involved in a series of mysterious and unpredictable events. After losing his job for breaking his supervisor’s jaw because of a racial slur, Brian turns to being a jitney to support his family. His relationship with his wife takes a negative turn when he finds her in bed with another man. Brian finds the other man dead in a deserted street in the Pittsburgh Northside. Now a suspect in the murder, Brian is hired to assist in the investigation by the dead man’s mother. Brian falls back on his training in criminal justice and reluctantly aids the distraught and grieving woman. What he finds is life-threatening to other people and to himself.
"Regular cabs will not travel to the Pittsburgh Hill District of the 1970s, and so the residents turn to each other. Jitney dramatizes the lives of men hustling to make a living as jitneys--unofficial, unlicensed taxi cab drivers. When the boss Becker's son returns from prison, violence threatens to erupt. What makes this play remarkable is not the plot; Jitney is Wilson at his most real--the words these men use and the stories they tell form a true slice of life."--The Wikipedia entry, accessed 5/22/2014.
Release on 2002-01-31 | by Oakland Alexander Tabarrok Director of Research The Independent Institute
Bright Ideas from the Dismal Science
Author: Oakland Alexander Tabarrok Director of Research The Independent Institute
Pubpsher: Oxford University Press, USA
Category: Business & Economics
This intriguing collection is designed to show how economists can play a more active role in designing and directing the nation's social institutions. By taking the task of political economy seriously, the contributors (including some of today's most distinguished economists) reveal the power of economic thought to offer innovative solutions to some of the most difficult problems facing society today. By creating markets where none existed before, the authors propose efficient, reliable, and profitable improvements to current systems of health insurance, financial markets, human organ distribution, judicial practice, bankruptcy and securities regulation, patenting, and transportation. Written in the entrepreneurial spirit, these essays show economics to be an ambitious, dynamic, and far-from-dismal science.
Community Survival Strategies for Peak Oil and Climate Change
Author: Pat Murphy
Pubpsher: New Society Publishers
Category: Business & Economics
Library Journal This book goes further than any of the other titles considered here, both in terms of the deep societal ills it examines and the radical solutions it proposes. It is not just peak oil, but peak America Murphy takes as his subject. His plan is based on "curtailment" - we must not only make drastic cuts in our use of fossil fuels, but also cut our rates of consumption, buy less, use less, want less, waste less, watch less televsion, eat better foods, give up driving private cars, and become, in short, "a nation with new values." Murphy's work is perhaps easy to dismiss - i.e. fringe, hairshirted- but if, as the best scientific evidence suggests, the world is already in a dangerous state of overshoot, then its message may not be that far out after all. Reviewed by Robert Eagan Canadian Moneysaver Plan C is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in living a lower energy, saner, more sustainable lifestyle. If you accept the plethora of research supporting energy depletion (oil, gas and coal) and climate change globally, you must read this book. Written without big business or a political bias, this objective author provides the framework for future development. Shrewd investors beware. Reviewed by Dale Ennis Concerns over climate change and energy depletion are increasing exponentially. Mainstream solutions still assume a panacea that will cure our climate ills without requiring any serious modification to our way of life. Plan C explores the risks inherent in trying to continue our energy-intensive lifestyle. Using dirtier fossil fuels (Plan A) or switching to renewable energy sources (Plan B) allows people to remain complacent in the face of potential global catastrophe. Dramatic lifestyle change is the only way to begin to create a sustainable, equitable world. The converging crises of Peak Oil, climate change, and increasing inequity are presented in a clear, concise manner, as are the twin solutions of community (where cooperation replaces competition) and curtailment (deliberately reducing consumption of consumer goods). Plan C shows how each person’s individual choices can dramatically reduce CO2 emissions. It offers specific strategies in the areas of food, transportation, and housing. One chapter analyzes the decimation of the Cuban economy when the USSR stopped oil exports in 1990 and provides an inspiring vision for a low-energy way of living. Plan C is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in living a lower-energy, saner, and more sustainable lifestyle.
Viewing transportation through the lens of current social, economic, and policy aspects, this four-volume reference work explores the topic of transportation across multiple disciplines within the social sciences and related areas, including geography, public policy, business, and economics. The book’s articles, all written by experts in the field, seek to answer such questions as: What has been the legacy, not just economically but politically and socially as well, of President Eisenhower’s modern interstate highway system in America? With that system and the infrastructure that supports it now in a state of decline and decay, what’s the best path for the future at a time of enormous fiscal constraints? Should California politicians plunge ahead with plans for a high-speed rail that every expert says—despite the allure—will go largely unused and will never pay back the massive investment while at this very moment potholes go unfilled all across the state? What path is best for emerging countries to keep pace with dramatic economic growth for their part? What are the social and financial costs of gridlock in our cities? Features: Approximately 675 signed articles authored by prominent scholars are arranged in A-to-Z fashion and conclude with Further Readings and cross references. A Chronology helps readers put individual events into historical context; a Reader’s Guide organizes entries by broad topical or thematic areas; a detailed index helps users quickly locate entries of most immediate interest; and a Resource Guide provides a list of journals, books, and associations and their websites. While articles were written to avoid jargon as much as possible, a Glossary provides quick definitions of technical terms. To ensure full, well-rounded coverage of the field, the General Editor with expertise in urban planning, public policy, and the environment worked alongside a Consulting Editor with a background in Civil Engineering. The index, Reader’s Guide, and cross references combine for thorough search-and-browse capabilities in the electronic edition. Available in both print and electronic formats, Encyclopedia of Transportation is an ideal reference for libraries and those who want to explore the issues that surround transportation in the United States and around the world.
Fences represents the decade of the 1950s, and, when it premiered in 1985, it won the Pulitzer Prize. Set during the beginnings of the civil rights movement, it also concerns generational change and renewal, ending with a celebration of the life of its protagonist, even though it takes place at his funeral. Critics and scholars have lauded August Wilson's work for its universality and its ability, especially in Fences, to transcend racial barriers and this play helped to earn him the titles of "America's greatest playwright" and "the African American Shakespeare."
The Official Encyclopedia of Southern Culture Quiz Book
Pubpsher: Univ of North Carolina Press
Who lived at the P.O. in China Grove, Mississippi? What does NASCAR stand for? Where is the Redneck Riviera? When is Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday? What are Yellow Mama and Old Sparky? Entertaining, fun, and educational, this quiz book covers every aspect of southern culture from alligators to melungeons to zydeco. More than 800 questions--most drawn from the Encyclopedia of Southern Culture--cover literature, music, entertainment, history, politics, the law, sports and recreation, science, medicine, business, industry, and religion. Test your southern I.Q.! Take a copy to parties and on road trips. Use it to settle supper-table squabbles. It's a guaranteed good time. Published in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi Answers to questions: Sister, who tells her story in Eudora Welty's 'Why I Live at the P.O.' National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. The Florida Panhandle January 15, 1929 Electric chairs in Alabama and Florida, respectively. Originally published in 1996. A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press Enduring Editions use the latest in digital technology to make available again books from our distinguished backlist that were previously out of print. These editions are published unaltered from the original, and are presented in affordable paperback formats, bringing readers both historical and cultural value.