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Soon to be released books


It is a time of celebration for Marguerite Kearns and John Cardina who have completed two books that have required years of work. The books may seem very different, the struggle for Women’s Rights and the tangled history of weeds and their relationship to humans. However, when you come to know these two members of our community you are informed and inspired to understand life, its goodness, and its conflicts past and present. Inspired to learn and strive to do what we can to make life better for all people.  
Their books will be come available this summer to early fall. You may preorder at the links below. A copy of each will be in the Meeting Library when it reopens – hopefully this fall.
Permission to reprint pictures and reviews of the books has been granted by the authors.

Unfinished Business
An Unfinished Revolution
Edna Buckman Kearns and the Struggle for Women's Rights
By Marguerite Kearns
SUNNY Press;
Through the lens of one family’s history, An Unfinished Revolution tells the story of the suffrage movement and the ongoing struggle for women’s rights in the United States.
“An Unfinished Revolution is a beautiful, intricate weave of one woman’s personal memoir and ancestor quest, an account of brave women’s rights activists personified by her grandmother, Edna Buckman Kearns, and a contemplation of the Quaker principle of embodying spirit through social action, which continues to be deeply relevant today. Each strand is carefully crafted, rich in detail, and poignantly authentic. When woven together, the result is a luminous tapestry of memory and insight. An Unfinished Revolution is an expansive, informative, and inspiring reading experience.” — Meredith Monk, Composer, Performer, and Interdisciplinary Artist
“All the great issues of life have been the outcome of ‘small things,’ wrote Edna Buckman Kearns. This book illustrates that truth, showing how one Quaker family contributed through their daily choices to the largest nonviolent movement for social change in US history, the movement for women’s right to vote. Intertwining fascinating details about personal experiences over generations, this story uses the lives of Edna and Wilmer Kearns to show how individual actions formed the basis for a national movement for equality, offering an inspiration for all of us today.” — Judith Wellman, author of The Road to Seneca Falls: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the First Woman’s Rights Convention

Lives of weeds
Lives of Weeds; Opportunism, Resistance, Folly
By John Cardina
Cornell University Press;
Cornell University Press – Lives of Weeds explores the tangled history of weeds and their relationship to humans. Through eight interwoven stories, John Cardina offers a fresh perspective on how these tenacious plants came about, why they are both inevitable and essential, and how their ecological success is ensured by determined efforts to eradicate them. Linking botany, history, ecology, and evolutionary biology to the social dimensions of humanity's ancient struggle with feral flora, Cardina shows how weeds have shaped—and are shaped by—the way we live in the natural world.
Weeds and attempts to control them drove nomads toward settled communities, encouraged social stratification, caused environmental disruptions, and have motivated the development of GMO crops. They have snared us in social inequality and economic instability, infested social norms of suburbia, caused rage in the American heartland, and played a part in perpetuating pesticide use worldwide. Lives of Weeds reveals how the technologies directed against weeds underlie ethical questions about agriculture and the environment, and leaves readers with a deeper understanding of how the weeds around us are entangled in our daily choices.
Bill Curran, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University - "Lives of Weeds provides a unique perspective on the history, genealogy, and human experience emerging from eight weeds that infest civilization. From despised dandelions, once valued velvetleaf, underestimated marestail and everlasting pigweeds, Dr. Cardina offers tales of their beginnings to disdain in modern times. These stories will be relished by those that truly appreciate the undesirable plant world."