Amelia had grown accustomed to this room, the careful way in which the equipment in it had been arranged. So neat and tidy She liked the order. It seemed reliable, simple and unemotional. Every day predictable, so similar to the day before. Even this woman sat in the same chair as all the other patients she had examined. Years of women, years of abortions. One morning a young patient fails to keep an appointment. Room is the story of what happens to Amelia in the days that follow.
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Between 1948 and 1955, nearly two-thirds of all American families bought a television set—and a revolution in social life and popular culture was launched. In this fascinating book, Lynn Spigel chronicles the enormous impact of television in the formative years of the new medium: how, over the course of a single decade, television became an intimate part of everyday life. What did Americans expect from it? What effects did the new daily ritual of watching television have on children? Was television welcomed as an unprecedented "window on the world," or as a "one-eyed monster" that would disrupt households and corrupt children? Drawing on an ambitious array of unconventional sources, from sitcom scripts to articles and advertisements in women's magazines, Spigel offers the fullest available account of the popular response to television in the postwar years. She chronicles the role of television as a focus for evolving debates on issues ranging from the ideal of the perfect family and changes in women's role within the household to new uses of domestic space. The arrival of television did more than turn the living room into a private theater: it offered a national stage on which to play out and resolve conflicts about the way Americans should live. Spigel chronicles this lively and contentious debate as it took place in the popular media. Of particular interest is her treatment of the way in which the phenomenon of television itself was constantly deliberated—from how programs should be watched to where the set was placed to whether Mom, Dad, or kids should control the dial. Make Room for TV combines a powerful analysis of the growth of electronic culture with a nuanced social history of family life in postwar America, offering a provocative glimpse of the way television became the mirror of so many of America's hopes and fears and dreams.
For most of church history, hospitality was central to Christian identity. Yet our generation knows little about this rich, life-giving practice. In Making Room, Christine Pohl revisits the discipline of welcoming strangers and provides the foundation for renewed commitment to recovering hospitality as a Christian tradition. Combining biblical and historical research with extensive interviewing of people in contemporary communities of hospitality--the Catholic Worker, L'Abri, L'Arche, Good Works, Jubilee Partners, St. John's Abbey, and others--Pohl explores the necessity, difficulty, and blessing of practicing hospitality today.
Chief Inspector Erik Winter, while investigating the hanging death of a woman in a hotel room, is forced to reopen the case of a woman who disappeared from that same room years earlier.
A collection of essays by the TV critic of The New Yorker, this book provides a poetic examination of 1960s television culture ranging from the Vietnam War to Captain Kangeroo, and from the 1968 Democratic convention to televised sports.
Rev. of: The complete recovery room book / Anthea Hatfield, Michael Tronson. 4th ed. 2009.
The first comprehensive study of lesbian bars sheds light on this often overlooked aspect of gay subculture, focusing on the erotic, romantic, and social interactions that happen in such places. Simultaneous. (Social Science)
Originally published: Minneapolis, Minn.: CompCare Publishers, 1984.