Bad Angel

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Author: Helen Benedict
Publisher: Plume Books
ISBN: 9780452275867
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Bad Angel by Helen Benedict

Original Title: Bad Angel

Set in one of New York's toughest neighbourhoods, this is the hard-hitting and heartbreaking story of a Dominican-American teenage mother, Bianca Diaz, struggling to see past the hopelessness of her situation to make the right decisions for herself and her baby daughter.

Virgin Or Vamp

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Author: Helen Benedict
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
ISBN: 0195086651
Size: 39.77 MB
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Virgin Or Vamp by Helen Benedict

Original Title: Virgin Or Vamp

In the last few years, the national press has lavished coverage on several major sex-related scandals: the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, and the Mike Tyson case. With each event came lurid stories pitting either a loose or virginal woman against an unwilling or monstrous man. Such extreme coverage, argues Helen Benedict, perpetuates myths that are harmful to victims of these crimes (and sometimes to the accused). In Virgin or Vamp Benedict examines the press's treatment of four notorious sex crimes from the past decade--the Rideout marital rape trial in Oregon, the Big Dan's pool table gang rape in Massachusetts, the "Preppy Murder" in New York City, and the Central Park jogger case--and shows how victims are labelled either as virgins or vamps, a practice she condemns as misleading and harmful. Benedict also looks at other factors that perpetuate the misunderstanding of rape. For instance, she shows how the New York press presented the Central Park jogger rape case as motivated by racism because of its unwillingness to consider rape an issue of gender. She also addresses our inherent language bias, the press's tendency to use sexually suggestive language to describe crime victims, and its preference for crimes against whites. In conclusion, Benedict offers a number of solutions that will help reporters cover these increasingly common crimes without further harming the victims, the defendants, or public understanding.

Edge Of Eden

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Author: Helen Benedict
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1569477531
Size: 36.47 MB
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Edge Of Eden by Helen Benedict

Original Title: Edge Of Eden

“Not since Lord of the Flies has a novelist written with such perceptiveness about the potential for harm that lurks within the innocence of childhood.”—Paula Sharp, author of Crows over a Wheatfield "A wonderful novel and a true page-turner, a vivid story."—Joan Silber, author of The Size of the World “Reminiscent of Evelyn Waugh in its biting satire and Somerset Maugham. . . . A book that both moved and surprised me until the very last word.”—Mary Morris, author of Revenge In 1960, when her husband, Rupert, a British diplomat, is posted to the remote Seychelle Islands in the Indian Ocean, Penelope is less than thrilled. But she never imagined the danger that awaited her family there. Her sun-kissed children run barefoot on the beach and become enraptured by the ancient magic, or grigri, in the tropical colonial outpost. Rupert, meanwhile, falls under the spell of a local beauty who won’t stop until she gets what she wants. Desperate to save her marriage, Penelope turns to black magic, exposing her family to the island’s sinister underbelly. Ultimately, Penny and her family suffer unimaginable casualties, rendering their lives profoundly and forever changed. Helen Benedict’s acerbic wit and lush descriptions serve up a page-turner brimming with jealousy, sex, and witchcraft in a darkly exotic Eden. Helen Benedict, a Columbia University professor, has written four previous novels, five nonfiction books, and a play. Her novels have received citations for best book of the year from the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago and New York public libraries. From the Hardcover edition.

Sand Queen

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Author: Helen Benedict
Publisher: Soho Press
ISBN: 1569479674
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Sand Queen by Helen Benedict

Original Title: Sand Queen

Nineteen-year-old Kate Brady joined the army to bring honor to her family and to the Middle East. Instead, she finds herself in a forgotten corner of the Iraq desert in 2003, guarding a makeshift American prison. There, Kate meets Naema Jassim, an Iraqi medical student whose father and little brother have been detained in the camp. Kate and Naema promise to help each other, but the war soon strains their intentions. Like any soldier, Kate must face the daily threats of combat duty, but as a woman, she is in equal danger from the predatory men in her unit. Naema suffers bombs, starvation, and the loss of her home and family. As the two women struggle to survive and hold on to the people they love, each comes to have a drastic and unforeseeable effect on the other’s life. Culled from real life experiences of female soldiers and Iraqis, Sand Queen offers a story of hope, courage and struggle from the rare perspective of women at war.

The Sailor S Wife

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Author: Helen Benedict
Publisher: Zoland Books, Incorporated
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The Sailor S Wife by Helen Benedict

Original Title: The Sailor S Wife

Joyce Perlman is aimless and drifting after high school in a Miami suburb. By chance one night she meets a Greek merchant marine named Nikos, and for the first time realizes she "doesn't want to be a virgin anymore." Against her parents' wishes, they marry, and he takes her back to his home on a remote Greek island. There he leaves her, rarely returning, for over two years. Joyce finds herself living the merciless life of a Greek peasant woman, at the command of people steeped in religion, misogyny, superstition, and their experience of war. Yet, she loves it. For the first time in her life, she feels she has a purpose. Then she meets Alex, a young Englishman with family on the island, and is forced to come to grips with everything she's turned her back on: modernity, education, freedom, and passion. The Sailor's Wife is an examination fo the nature of freedom, and the struggle to balance duty and love.

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