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Bad Wind

A Time of the Bad Wind
A Tall House series novel
By Sienna Jacks
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Synopsis:

“My dear Meyer,” chided the old historian, “why should anyone be surprised by shootings at the Tall House?  Have you looked into its past?”

The young anthropology intern was more than willing to look.  On the surface, the Tall House was an exotic property that attracted a certain type of social justice worker.  Sherilyn Riddle had purchased the property as a base for her diverse friends—most of whom had been evicted from earlier African American communities in Wabiska.   Like many cities in southeastern Wisconsin, the fictional Wabiska had experienced a series of forced ethnic migrations in its history, brought on by European settlement, later development, and freeway building.  The razing of the African American neighborhoods led directly to a substantial homeless community in Wabiska and the attendant structures to service them.

Fueled by the recent shootings, Meyer Hoffmann’s voracious curiosity led him on a course of inquiry about the Tall House, those who’d lived there, and the neighborhood itself.   As zealous Meyer uncovered information about the Tall House’s history, he blundered to false conclusions as often as he stumbled onto correct ones.  The only thing Meyer knew for certain was that everything about these shootings connected to the forced ethnic migrations of the past.  Yet no one—not the guests, not the neighbors—acted very concerned about these shootings.  After all, weren’t they designed to be victimless? Perhaps, initially.

But that changed.

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KidsinCultures

Kids in Cultures
Edited by Jill Florence Lackey
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Fully illustrated and recommended for children, grades 4 to 8.

Kids in Cultures educates (while entertaining) children on key concepts of diversity, including culture, ethnicity, and multicultural societies.  Kids learn about these concepts through engaging stories of children in various historical periods and cultural settings in Southeastern Wisconsin. The authors are authorities in their fields. Stories include the following.

  • In “Mammoth meat,” archaeologist Dr. Alice Kehoe uses evidence from a prehistoric site on Lake Michigan to speculate on the early culture of Paleoindians that lived 13,500 years ago.
  • In “Barbara Smith is German?” cultural anthropologist Dr. Jill Florence Lackey introduces kids to a family that denied its ethnic background in the past because of stereotypes associated with it.
  • In “Showing up is important: A Hmong virtue,” Dr. Chia Youyee Vang and Tujntsuj Laujxeeb Yang take young people inside a small community that maintains ethnic bonds in distinctive ways.
  • In “Firefly nights: An urban Oneida story,” enrolled Oneida Indian, Kitty Hill, narrates an enchanting story about a family that maintains ties to a common homeland.
  • In “Snow falls in Bronzeville: A story of a lost central city neighborhood,” cultural anthropologist Dr. Sienna Jacks gives a mesmerizing account of a close-knit neighborhood where African Americans and Jews cooperated for the good of the residents.
  • In “The Braves take the World Series: A Polish and Mexican story,” cultural anthropologist, Dr. Jill Florence Lackey introduces kids to ethnic groups that found their common grounds.

 

Each story provides sections that challenge kids to identify aspects of culture or ethnicity and learn ways that ethnic groups can work together for the benefit of the larger society.

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False Memory

A False Memory
A Tall House series novel
By Sienna Jacks
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When the family of Leroy Cyrus decides to board him at the sumptuous Tall House, the resident social justice workers don’t know how to respond. Cyrus, now demented, was once a person of interest in the murder of the best friend of the Tall House’s proprietor, Sherilyn Riddle. She questions whether it’s ethical to interrogate a man with Alzheimer’s disease. One boarder that has no problems with the ethics of this investigation is anthropology student, Meyer Hoffmann. He’ll do whatever is necessary to solve this and possibly related murders. But the question is—how can he know if the information he gleans from Cyrus is true, fabricated, or based on false memories?

Scheduled for publication: October, 2014

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