The Jungle portrays the harsh conditions and exploited lives of immigrants in the United States in Chicago and similar industrialized cities. The book depicts working-class poverty, the lack of social supports, harsh and unpleasant living and working conditions, and a hopelessness among many workers. The primary purpose of the novel in describing the meat industry and its working conditions was to advance socialism in the United States. The main character in the book, Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, tries to make ends meet in Chicago. The book begins with his wife Ona and his wedding feast. He and his family live near the stockyards and meatpacking district where many immigrants, who do not know much English, work. He takes a job at Brown's slaughterhouse. Jurgis had thought the US would offer more freedom, but he finds working-conditions harsh. He and his young wife struggle to survive as they fall deeply into debt and become prey to con men. Hoping to buy a house, they exhaust their savings on the down payment for a substandard slum house, which they cannot afford. The family is eventually evicted after their money is taken.
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Against the backdrop of a chaotic world three young men seek answers. The voice from the spinneret and the teaching of their Imams fill their minds with Jihad (struggle). But not all Jihad finds its way onto the evening news. The Blue door is a spiritual journey winding its way through the streets of a Middle Eastern souk and trying to find its place in the world.
Yusuf, Omar, and Bassar find themselves caught up in a world of excitement and confusion, and each follow a different path. "Three Jihads," the Imam said, "Wage the war in your heart, let it shape your culture, and when necessary let it wage against the kafir." Yet, the Blue door calls them to step beyond what they know to follow a more difficult path, a path that will lead their Jihad to a whole new level.
Winner, Best Book 2015, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)
Albuquerque Mayor Tomas Zamara understands that politics is like playing football on a muddy field. If you don't get dirty, you're not giving your all. But dirty politics is not his style.
The Democrats' Barack Obama is drawing adoring crowds with his uplifting speeches, and Zamara's GOP bosses are pressuring him to do "whatever it takes" to win. Challenging him every step of the way is fierce, young Sierra León of the Democracy Project, who calls on him to listen to his better self and reject his party's unsavory practices.
But if only his life were as simple as politics. Mayor Zamara is also grappling with being a suspect in his wife's murder; fending off his father, who wants to rescue his failing business with city money; and satisfying his demanding new woman, the radiant and volatile Tory Singer, who may not be who she says she is.