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Kelly Oliver is the award winning author of the Jessica James Mysteries. Her fiesty protagonist was born from Kelly's own fish-out-of-water story. Her maternal grandfather was a forest ranger, and her paternal grandfather was a logger. The only thing they had in common was Canadian Rye Whiskey. Kelly inherited their love for the forest....and whiskey. And those early debates over saving or cutting the trees inspired her to become a philosopher. In the philosophy PhD program at Northwestern, she was one of the only girls, and the only one from the wilds of Montana. Her fierce and funny protagonist, Jessica James, is her kiss-off to all the wolves in her life.

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The Portable Kristeva (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism)
by Kelly Oliver
As a linguist, Julia Kristeva has pioneered a revolutionary theory of the sign in its relation to social and political emancipation; as a practicing psychoanalyst, she has produced work on the nature of the human subject and sexuality, and on the "new maladies" of today's neurotic. The Portable Kristeva is the only fully...
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Women as Weapons of War: Iraq, Sex, and the Media
by Kelly Oliver
Ever since Eve tempted Adam with her apple, women have been regarded as a corrupting and destructive force. The very idea that women can be used as interrogation tools, as evidenced in the infamous Abu Ghraib torture photos, plays on age-old fears of women as sexually threatening weapons, and therefore the literal explosion of women onto...
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JACKAL: A Suspense Thriller (Jessica James Mysteries Book 4)
by Kelly Oliver
IF NANCY DREW DRANK JACK DANIELS... Meet Jessica James.  In Vegas the stakes are high and  everyone's  an illusionist.  Sent off to Las Vegas in search of her biological father - a washed-up magician called The Mesmerizer - Jessica arrives in town penniless and with nowhere to turn. She ends up crashing on an...
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Response Ethics
by Kelly Oliver
What does it mean to be a responsible subject in a world of pervasive violence? How should we be responsible witnesses in the face of gross injustice? Indeed, how should we respond to atrocities that often leave us speechless and powerless? In this seminal volume, Kelly Oliver articulates a “response ethics” as an alternative...
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VIPER: A Suspense Thriller (Jessica James Mysteries Book 5)
by Kelly Oliver
Jessica James is back in award winning author Kelly Oliver's latest fast paced thrill ride.  Donors to the new world class Chicago museum of Russian art are dropping like flies, and Jessica is at the center of the carnage. Can she track down the killer before she falls into his trap?   Speaking of traps, this doozy puts Jessica in...
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French Feminism Reader
by Kelly Oliver
French Feminism Reader is a collection of essays representing the authors and issues from French theory most influential in the American context. The book is designed for use in courses, and it includes illuminating introductions to the work of each author. These introductions include biographical information, influences and intellectual...
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Jessica James Mysteries vol. 1-4: Suspense Thrillers
by Kelly Oliver
If Nancy Drew drank Jack Daniels... Meet Jessica James in these award winning page-turners and Amazon bestsellers. If you like your sleuths fierce, funny and female, award-winning author Kelly Oliver has a treat for you. WOLF What if the teacher you hate wound up … murdered? What if you and your slacker friends found his body?...
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Jessica James Mysteries vol. 1-4: Suspense Thrillers
by Kelly Oliver
If Nancy Drew drank Jack Daniels... Meet Jessica James in these award winning page-turners and Amazon bestsellers. If you like your sleuths fierce, funny and female, award-winning author Kelly Oliver has a treat for you. WOLF What if the teacher you hate wound up … murdered? What if you and your slacker friends found his body?...
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Technologies of Life and Death: From Cloning to Capital Punishment
by Kelly Oliver
The central aim of this book is to approach contemporary problems raised by technologies of life and death as ethical issues that call for a more nuanced approach than mainstream philosophy can provide. To do so, it draws on the recently published seminars of Jacques Derrida to analyze the extremes of birth and dying insofar as they are...
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Carceral Humanitarianism: Logics of Refugee Detention (Forerunners: Ideas First)
by Kelly Oliver
Coopted by military operations, humanitarianism has never been neutral. Rather than welcoming refugees, host countries assess the relative risks of taking them in versus turning them away, using a risk-benefit analysis that often reduces refugees to collateral damage in proxy wars fought in the war on terrorism. Carceral Humanitarianism...
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Knock Me Up, Knock Me Down: Images of Pregnancy in Hollywood Films
by Kelly Oliver
The image of a heavily pregnant woman, once considered ugly and indecent, is now common to Hollywood film. No longer is pregnancy a repulsive of shameful condition, but an attractive attribute, often enhancing the romantic or comedic storyline of a female protagonist. Kelly Oliver investigates this curious shift and its reflection of...
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Psychoanalysis, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Work of Julia Kristeva (SUNY series, Insinuations: Philosophy...
by Kelly Oliver
Considers the social and political significance of Kristeva’s oeuvre. The social and political relevance of Julia Kristeva’s work is perhaps the central question in Kristeva studies, and the essays in this collection provide a sustained interrogation of this complicated problematic from a variety of perspectives and across the...
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Noir Anxiety
by Kelly Oliver
Among the elements that define the classic film noir -- chiaroscuro lighting, voice-over narration, and such archetypal characters as the world-weary private eye and the femme fatale -- perhaps no element is more responsible for the genre's continued popularity among movie buffs, filmmakers, and critics than the palpable sense of anxiety...
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Witnessing: Beyond Recognition
by Kelly Oliver
 Challenging the fundamental tenet of the multicultural movement-that social struggles turning upon race, gender, and sexuality are struggles for recognition-this work offers a powerful critique of current conceptions of identity and subjectivity based on Hegelian notions of recognition. The author’s critical engagement with major...
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WOLF: A Suspense Thriller (Jessica James Mysteries Book 1)
by Kelly Oliver
She wants her degree. But she just became a suspect of first-degree murder… “The Jessica James Mysteries are edgy, thrilling, and simply captivating.” —Chicago Tribune Jessica James is broke and counting down the days until she can defend her philosophy thesis. Desperate to get out of her grubby attic digs, she and her...
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Hunting Girls: Sexual Violence from The Hunger Games to Campus Rape
by Kelly Oliver
2016 CHOICE MAGAZINE AWARD, OUTSTANDING TITLE    Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games), Bella Swan (Twilight), Tris Prior (Divergent), and other strong and resourceful characters have decimated the fairytale archetype of the helpless girl waiting to be rescued. Giving as good as they get, these young women access reserves of...
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COYOTE: A Suspense Thriller (Jessica James Mysteries Book 2)
by Kelly Oliver
If Nancy Drew drank Jack Daniels... Meet Jessica James. Her cousin's dead, a killer is on the loose, and her roommate's sisters have gone missing... "The Jessica James Mysteries are edgy, thrilling and simply captivating in a gripping fashion that will never let go." - Chicago Tribune Within an hour of Jessica returning home to...
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Earth and World: Philosophy After the Apollo Missions
by Kelly Oliver
Critically engaging the work of Immanuel Kant, Hannah Arendt, Martin Heidegger, and Jacques Derrida together with her own observations on contemporary politics, environmental degradation, and the pursuit of a just and sustainable world, Kelly Oliver lays the groundwork for a politics and ethics that embraces otherness without exploiting...
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Animal Lessons: How They Teach Us to Be Human
by Kelly Oliver
Philosophy reads humanity against animality, arguing that "man" is man because he is separate from beast. Deftly challenging this position, Kelly Oliver proves that, in fact, it is the animal that teaches us to be human. Through their sex, their habits, and our perception of their purpose, animals show us how not to be them. This...
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Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan (SUNY series in Gender Theory)
by Kelly Oliver
Interdisciplinary exploration of the scope and impact of Teresa Brennan’s lifework. As an internationally respected feminist philosopher, radical social and political theorist, and tireless activist, Teresa Brennan (1952–2003) was one of the most provocative thinkers of our time. Living Attention is a tribute to the significance...
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FOX: A Medical Thriller (Jessica James Mysteries)
by Kelly Oliver
IF NANCY DREW DRANK JACK DANIELS... Meet Jessica James.  Genes to die for--and  someone  does...  Award winning author, Kelly Oliver blends humor and suspense with a medical thriller for a result that is riveting. Reader's Choice 5-Star Review,  Claymore Award Finalist, Best Mystery...
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Jessica James Mysteries: volumes 1-3
by Kelly Oliver
IF NANCY DREW DRANK JACK DANIELS... Meet Jessica James. If you like your sleuths fierce, funny, and female, you'll love Jessica James in this award winning trilogy. "Fast paced and full of fascinating characters...Jessica is a heroine readers will root for." --BookLife Prize for Fiction "Entertaining, fast, and refreshing mix of...
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Jessica James Mysteries: Volumes 2-3
by Kelly Oliver
AN AWARD-WINNING-- AND HILARIOUS-- COWGIRL SLEUTH…IN BOOKS TWO AND THREE OF KELLY OLIVER’S ACTION-PACKED MYSTERY SERIES.“… a ‘cowgirl philosopher’ who’s part V.I. Warshawski and part John Wayne.” -- Kirkus Reviews"every page jam-packed with action... " – Forward ReviewsFollowing on the high-kicking heels of the first...
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