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On Display at Clarkston: Display -- March 2012

A guide for the content of Georgia State Unierversity's Perimeter College Clarkston Library's bulletin board displays.

March 2012

Featured Web Sites

Sites about William Kamkwamba

Glawe, Amelia
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Georgia Perimeter College Library.
Now Perimeter College at Georgia State University Library

A research guide with information about William Kamkwamba, wind energy, sustainable farming in the Third World and Atlanta, and GP C Reads.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

GP C Reads
Southern Academy for Literary Arts and Scholarly Research.
Defunct Link for the Southern Academy

GP C Reads began in the Fall of 2010 with the intention of connecting those within the school and surrounding areas under a common love of literature, fostering an active and engaged community. GP C Reads is a book club open to students, faculty, staff, and community members with the goal of connecting our community of readers with authors so that the discussions begun in the campus-based groups can continue right on through the authors’ visits.
Source: Souther Academy GP C Reads link -- Now defunct.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind -- Young Reader's Edition
From Microsoft to Malawi
Introduction to the History of Central Africa

Kamkwamba, William
William Kamkwamba.
William Kamkwamba and

The Twitter page where William Kamkwamba or his publicity agent tweets. Most tweets currently promote the young reader's version of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Kamkwamba, William
William Kamkwamba: Author
William Kamkwamba and

Blog where Mr. Kamkwamba promotes his books, his NGO, Moving Windmills, and his upcoming documentary film. The latest entries are reviews of the juvnile version of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Moving Windmills Project
Moving Windmills and the Moving Windmills Project.

A fan page for the upcoming documentary movie, Moving Windmills, based on the William Kamkwamba's nongovernmental organization of the same name.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Dance of Politics
Nervous Conditions
Things Fall Apart

Reilly, Tom, Emeka Okafor, and Ben Nabors.
Moving Windmills. The Moving Windmills Project.

Moving Windmills Project supports Malawian-run rural economic development and education projects in Malawi, with the goals of community economic independence and self-sustainability; food, water and health security; and educational success.

Speakers William Kamkwamba: Inventor

To power his family's home, young William Kamkwamba built an electricity-producing windmill from spare parts and scrap -- starting him on a surprising journey detailed in the new book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.

Sites about South Central Africa and Malawi

Malawi -- CIA World Factbook
United States Central Intelligence Agency.

Features a current and factual background about Malawi, a landlocked country in south-central Africa.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

United States Department of State Bureau of Public Affairs
Background Notes: Malawi.
United States Department of State.

Detailed information on the history, people, geography, economy, and doing business in the Republic of Malawi.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Sites about Wind Power and Renewable Energy

Science -- Technology -- Energy -- Renewable -- Wind

An assortment of wind power related sites, including educational pages, nonprofits, business pages, and pages with wind power photos.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Vestas e-Learning.

Offers a collection of video tutorials about wind power. Topics range from the history of wind power to how to install a wind turbine. There are even animated videos suitible for children at heart.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

What is Wind Energy? -- How Wind Energy Works

Explains the basics of wind energy in terms the interested public can understand.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

World Wind Energy Association
World Wind Energy Association.

WWEA is an international non-profit association embracing the wind sector worldwide, with members in 95 countries. WWEA works for the promotion and worldwide deployment of wind energy technology.

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GP C Reads The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

In March of 2012 Georgia Perimeter College read The Boy who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. This display features books and web sites on the history and culture of South Central Africa, stories of inventors and overcoming adversity, wind power, and sustainability.

Our Featured Titles

Kamkwamba, William and Bryan Mealer.
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope. New York: Harper Perennial, 2010.
Call Number: TJ820 .K36 2010

Relates how an enterprising teenager in Malawi builds a windmill from scraps he finds around his village and brings electricity, and a future, to his family.

Kamkwamba, Willam, Bryan Mealer, and Elizabeth Zunon.
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012.
Call Number: TJ140.K36 A3 2012

When 14-year-old William Kamkwamba's Malawi village was hit by a drought in 2001, everyone's crops began to fail. His family didn't have enough money for food, let alone school, so William spent his days in the library. He came across a book on windmills and figured out how to build a windmill that could bring electricity to his village.

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Books about Malawi and Central Africa

Achebe, Chinua.
Things Fall Apart. New York: Fawcette Crest, 1989.
Call Number: PR9387.9.A3 T44 1989

Classic story of the social and spiritual disruption that occurs when the British colonize a country in West Africa.
Source: Eileen H Kramer

Bloom, Harold Editor.
Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Philadelphia, PA: Chelsea House Publishers, 2003.
Call Number: PR9387.9.A3 T52396 2003

This volume gathers together some of the best critical essays on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Written in very straightforward prose, the simplicity of style belies the complexity of the novel in which there are no absolute stereotypes and no easy strategies for separating truth and fiction.

Briggs, Philip.
Bradt Guide to Malawi. Old Saybrook, CT: Globe Pequot Press, 1999.
Call Number: Alpharetta DT3173 .B73

There’s more to Malawi than its lake. This fifth edition of the Bradt Guide explores the country’s rolling plateaux and massifs, and its five national parks and four game reserves.

Buckler, Michael, L.
From Microsoft to Malwai: Learning on the Front Lines as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Lanham, MD: Hamilton Books, 2011.
Call Number: HC60.5 .B84 2011

In this compelling narrative, Michael L. Buckler draws readers into the challenging, yet rewarding world of the Peace Corps. Inspired by his journals, the book recounts his life as a Peace Corps teacher after a heartbreaking divorce and a demanding legal career prompted him to make a change.

Couto, Mia and David Brookshaw.
Sleepwalking Land. London, UK: Serpent's Tail, 2006.
Call Number: PQ9939.C68 T4713 2006

The most prominent of the younger generation of writers in Portuguese-speaking Africa, Couto passionately and sensitively describes everyday life in poverty-stricken Mozambique

Dangarembga, Tsitsi.
Nervous Conditions: A Novel. Seattle, WA: Seal Press, 1989.
Call Number: PR9390.9.D36 N47 1989

Nervous Conditions is a book about colonialism and the alienating influence it has on people who lose touch with their roots. It is a dilemma for African children who are seeking education who often find that in adopting the new culture of the colonizers, they often can no longer associate with the traditional ways of their own people.

Gilman, Lisa.
The Dance of Politics: Gender, Peformance, and Democratization in Malawi. Philadephia, PA: Temple University Press, 2009.
Call Number:EBooks on EBSCOHost JQ2941.A91 G55 2009eb

This is the first book to examine the present-day situation, where issues of gender, economics and politics collide in surprising ways. Along with its solid grounding in the relevant literature, The Dance of Politics draws strength from Gilman’s first-hand observations and her interviews with a range of participants in the political process, from dancers to politicians.

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Gussman, Boris.
Out in the Mid-day Sun. New York: Oxford University Press, 1962.
Call Number: DT853 .G8 1963

Few Africans are likely to have heard Noel Coward's witty song of the 1930's mocking the perspiring empire builders: "Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun!" To unsuspecting readers, the title of this book might call to mind pleasurable visions of sunbathing holidays in the tropics. In fact, it is a serious discussion of white men in Africa written by a sympathetic if critical white man.
Source: Chitepo, Herbert W. "Out in the Mid-Day Sun by Boris Gussman." Journal of Modern African StudiesJSTOR. Web. 14 March 2012.

Head, Bessie.
A Question of Power. London: Heinemann, 1974.
Call Number: PR9369.3.H4 Q47 1974

In this autobiographical novel, written while the author was under severe mental strain and as she recovered from psychotic breakdown, Head tracks the protagonist Elizabeth’s struggle to emerge from the oppressive social situation in which she finds herself, and from the nightmares and hallucinations that torment her.

Rotberg, Robert I. and Center for International Affairs.
The Rise of Nationalism in Central Africa: The Making of Malwai and Zambia, 1873-1964. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1965.
Call Number: DT853.5 .R6

With a canvas stretched over a 90- year period, Rotberg is able to paint in accurate detail the full diversity of what is called "African nationalism." What happens when an exclusive and racially alien elite imposes itself on less technologically developed societies? The responses include behavior as diverse as emulation, deliberate martyrdom, millennial escapism, piece- meal reformism, and mass organization.
Source: Nye, Joseph S. "The Verdict on Rotberg. The Rise of Nationalism in Central Africa by Robert I. Rotberg." Africa Today 13.4 (1966): 9-10. JSTOR. Web. 14 March 2012.

Wills, A.J.
An Introduction to the History of Central Africa: Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.
Call Number: DT963.5 .W54 1985

Although described as " only an introduction " this book constitutes in itself a complete, concise and well balanced history of the Rhodesias and Nyasaland from prehistoric times up to the period immediately preceding the dissolution of the ill-starred Federation.
Source: Gunn, Iainn. "An Introduction to the History of Central Africa by A.J. Wills." African Affairs 64.255 (1965): 125. MJSTOR. Web. 14 March 2012.

World Trade Press.
Malawi. Petulama, CA: World Trade Press, 2010.
Call Number: Ebrary DT3187 .W67 2010

Provides a brief synopsis of Malawian manners and culture including such topics as greetings and gift giving and the role of women and doing business in this central African country.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

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Biographies of Achievement and Invention

Ali, Nujood and Delphine Minoui.
I am Njuood, Age 10, and Divorced. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2010.
Call Number: HQ784.C55 A45 2010

Forced by her father to marry a man three times her age, young Nujood Ali was sent away from her parents and beloved sisters and made to live with her husband and his family in an isolated village in rural Yemen.

Brown, Cupcake.
A Piece of Cake: A Memoir. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2006.
Call Number: Dunwoody F869.S22 B76 2007

Cupcake Brown is a dynamic and original storyteller who will guide you on the most satisfying, startlingly funny, and genuinely affecting tour through hell you'll ever take.

Moodie, Andrew.
The Real McCoy. Toronto, CA: Playwrights Canada Press, 2006
Call Number: PR9199.3.M613 R43 2006

Andrew Moodie's latest play tells the tale of inventor Elijah McCoy (1843-1929), whose name became a byword for quality, as in "the real McCoy." The play explains why we've never heard of McCoy and reclaims a fascinating man's life from undeserved obscurity.

Red Sorrow. New York: Arcade Pub., 2001.
Call Number: DS778.N365 A3 2001

At the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution, 13-year-old Nanchu watched Red Guards destroy her home and torture her parents, whom they jailed. She was left to fend for herself and her younger brother. When she grew older, she herself became a Red Guard and was sent to the largest work camp in China. There she faced primitive conditions, sexual harassment, and the pressure to conform. Eventually, she was admitted to Madam Mao's university, where politics were more important than learning. Her testimony is essential reading for anyone interested in China or human rights.

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Philip, Cynthia Owen
Robert Fulton: A Biography. New York: F. Watts, 1985.
Call Number: VM140.F9 P45 1985

Robert Fulton was a renaissance man. Starting out as a fine arts painter, he produced the world's first steamboat empire, thrusting America to the forefront of the Industrial Revolution. At the same time, he invented a means of raising boats on canals and a system of submarine warfare. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvainia, he flourished in Philadelphia, London, Paris and New York City.

Schwartz, Evan I.
The Last Lone Inventor: A Tale of Genius, Deceit, and the Birth of Televison. New York: Perennial, 2002.
Call Number: Newton TK6635.F3 S38 2003

Philo T. Farnsworth is the true genius behind what may be the most influential invention of our time. Farnsworth may have ended up a footnote in history, yet he was the first to demonstrate an electronic process for scanning, transmitting, and receiving moving images, a discovery that changed the way we live.

Red Sorrow A Piece of Cake Sustaining Life...

Stewart, Matthew.
Monturiol's Dream: The Extraordinary Story fo the Submarine Inventor who Wanted to Save the World. New York: Pantheon Books, 2003.
Call Number: Dunwoody VM140.M78 S74 2003

A marvelous rediscovery: the compelling story of the strange and noble life—and dream—of nineteenth-century utopian social revolutionary and self-taught engineer Narcís Monturiol, who invented the world’s first fully operational steam-powered submarine, not as a weapon of war but as a means of saving human life and spreading democracy.

Straub, Gerard Thomas.
Hidden in the Rubble: A Hatian Pilgrimage to Compassion and Resurrection. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010.
Call Number: HC153.Z9 P677 2010

In the beginning was the film -- The earthquake -- Glimpses of hope -- Advent -- City of the Sun -- It's a small world -- Genuine presence -- Three things -- Morning prayer -- Solidarity with the vulnerable

Williams, Emma.
It's Easier to Reach Heaven than the End of the Street: A Jerusalem Memoir. Northampton, MA: Olive Branch Press, 2010.
Call Number: DS119.76 .W55 2010

In August, 2000, Emma Williams arrived with her three small children in Jerusalem to join her husband and to work as a doctor. A month later, the Palestinian intifada erupted. For the next three years, she was to witness an astonishing series of events in which hundreds of thousands of lives, including her own, were turned upside down. Williams lived on the very border of East and West Jerusalem, working with Palestinians in Ramallah during the day and spending evenings with Israelis in Tel Aviv.

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Books about Wind Power and Sustainable Technology

Bridgewater, Alan and Gill Bridgewater.
Renewable Energy for your Home: Using Off-grid Energy to Reduce your Footprint, Lower your Bills and be more Self-Sufficient. Berkeley, CA: Ulysses Press, 2009.
Call Number: TJ808 .B74 2009

Global warming. Rising fuel prices. Dependency on foreign energy. Never have so many Americans been more motivated to invest in renewable energy right in their residence. Leaving the technical jargon and contractor's lingo behind, this book offers clear, practical solutions that any homeowner can put to use right now.

Chirras, Daniel D., Mick Sagrillo, and Ian Woofenden.
Power from the Wind. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2009.
Call Number:Ebrary TJ828 .C45 2009

This book helps you assess your energy needs, your site's wind energy potential, and sort out every aspect of the design, purchase and installation of a small-scale, or residential wind system. Amazingly, it does so without demanding that you be some technical tinkerer or electrical engineer.

Chivian, Eric and others.
Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
Call Number: QH541.15.B56 S96 2008

The Earth's biodiversity-the rich variety of life on our planet-is disappearing at an alarming rate. And while many books have focused on the expected ecological consequences, or on the aesthetic, ethical, sociological, or economic dimensions of this loss, Sustaining Life is the first book to examine the full range of potential threats that diminishing biodiversity poses to human health.

Craddock, David.
Renewable Energy Made Easy: Free Energy from Solar, Wind, Hydropower, and other Alternative Energy Sources. Ocala, FL: Atlantic Pub. Group, 2008.
Call Number: TJ808 .C73 2008

Studies have shown that the average North American family will spend more than a quarter of a million dollars on energy in a lifetime. What many other countries, including Germany, Spain, France, Denmark, China, Brazil, and even Iceland, have realized is that there is a better way to power our homes, businesses, and cars by using renewable energy sources.

Durham, Leslie A.
Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press, 2011.
Call Number: HD9005 .E645 2011

The Encyclopedia of Organic, Sustainable, and Local Food pulls together a fascinating array of diverse, interdisciplinary topics to provide a thorough overview of our current alternative food system. With increasing attention focused on organic and local food, many people are attracted to these sustainable food choices. This encyclopedia explores social concerns, economic trends, policy influences, and ecological terms in a single, comprehensive volume.

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European Wind Energy Association.
Wind Energy -- The Facts: A Guide to the Technology, Economics, and Future of Wind Power. Sterling, VA: Earthscan, 2009.
Call Number: Ebooks on EBSCOhost HD9502.5.W553 W57 2009eb

Wind power is often held up as the most accessible and cost-effective route to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and improving our energy independence, yet knowledge of what it offers is often clouded by myths and misunderstandings, which can hamper its adoption. This new book, the result of an ambitious project coordinated by the European Wind Energy Association, aims to present the facts about wind energy.

Ewing, Rex A.
Power with Nature: Solar and Wind Energy Demystified. Masonville, CO: PixyJack Press, 2003.
Call Number: TJ809.4 .E95 2003

Is renewable energy for you? Power with Nature is the book to answer that question. At long last, renewable energy is demystified, and explained in plain English by someone who lives off-the-grid and loves it.

Gipe, Paul.
Wind Power: Renewable Energy for Home, Farm, and Business. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, Pub., 2004.
Call Number: TJ820 .G565 2004

Wind energy today is a booming worldwide industry. The technology has truly come of age, with better, more reliable machinery and a greater understanding of how and where wind power makes sense -- from the independent homestead to a grid-connected utility-wide perspective.

Hills, Richard Leslie.
Power from Wind: A History of Windmill Technology. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996.
Call Number: TJ823 .H55 1996

Since the inception of windpower around 1000 AD, technology has been deployed to obtain the most economical power from wind. The author traces its technical evolution, concentrating on the growth in understanding of wind and charting crucial developments in windmill design.

Kemp, William H.
The Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Independence, Off-grid and Sustainable Living. Tamworth, ON: Aztext Press, 2005.
Call Number: TJ808.3 .K44 2005

As oil prices continue to rise, many people are starting to think about how to unhook from the electricity grid. The Renewable Energy Handbook focuses completely on off-grid, sustainable living and rural energy independence.

Lawrence, Geoffrey, Kristen Lyons, and Tabatha Wallington
Food Security, Nutrition, and Sustainability. Sterling, VA: Earthscan, 2010.
Call Number: Ebooks on EBSCOhost HD9000.5 .L394 2010eb

In this first-rate book, academics and activists from around the world take on the full breadth of the food crisis in a series of challenging and insightful essays. Every discipline - from political economy to ecology to cultural anthropology to nutrition to science and technology studies - is represented in an anthology that doesn't simply diagnose the problem, but critically examines the solutions offered by governments, corporations and consumer groups.

Musgrove, Peter.
Wind Power. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Call Number: TJ828 .M875 2010

This concise and accessible account of the history and future development of wind power technology offers a complete overview of this vital field for engineers, scientists, students and all readers interested in wind power.

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Naff, Clay Farris.
Wind. Detroit, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2007.
Call Number: TJ820 .W498 2007

This volume covers: the history of wind power, wind power's environmental impact, and the viability of wind power as a form of energy.
Source: Eileen H. Kramer

Rand, Tom.
Kick the Fossil Fuel Habit: 10 Clean Technologies to Save our World. Toronto, CA: Eco Ten Pub, 2010.
Call Number: TJ808 .R35 2010

By giving an in-depth look at ten technologies that together can bring a clean future, free of fossil fuels, Tom provides education and hope. This is a clarion call, a directive that we act quickly and collectively (governments, corporations and individuals) to provide future generations the opportunity to live in a sustainable world.

Stankovic, Sinisia, Neil Campbell, and Alan Harries.
Urban Wind Energy. Sterling, VA: Earthscan, 2009.
Call Number: Ebooks on EBSCOhost TJ820 .S83 2009eb

It is a comprehensive guide to urban wind energy for architects, engineers, planners, developers, investors, policy-makers, manufacturers and students as well as community organisations (sic) and home-owners interested in generating their own clean electricity.

Power from Wind... Wind Energy...

Vogt, Kristina, A.
Sustainability Unpacked: Food, Energy, and Water for Resilient Environments and Societies. Washington, DC: Earthscan, 2010.
Call Number: Dunwoody GF78 .V64 2010

What is 'sustainability'? Taking a comprehensive yet simple approach, this book discusses the inter-linking and complex elements of sustainability and how they influence and are influenced by our society when it comes to making decisions about resource use.

Woofenden, Ian.
Wind Power for Dummies. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2009.
Call Number: Alpharetta TJ820 .W66 2009

Maybe you're not T. Boone Pickens, but you can build your own home-sized wind-power empire right in your back yard. Wind Power For Dummies supplies all the guidance you need to install and maintain a sustainable, cost-effective wind generator to power your home for decades to come.

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