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Tender Mercies, MP3 CD, unabridged, running time: 9 hours by Lauraine Snelling, narrated by Callie Beaulieu (Red River of the North Series, Book 5: Tantor Media)

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone (New Society Publishers)

Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover by Elise Museles (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.)

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley (Random House)

The Confederate Steam Navy: 1861-1865 by Donald L. Canney (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Introducing Albion Stitch: 20 Beaded Jewelry Projects by Heather Kingsley-Heath (Kalmbach Books)

Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy edited by Joseph Westfall, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Vol. 96: Open Court)

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Smart Autonomous Aircraft: Flight Control and Planning for UAV by Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane (CRC Press)

Criminology, 3rd edition by Frank J. Schmalleger (Justice Series: Pearson Education, Inc., Prentice Hall)

Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania, 1st edition by CJ Rhoads (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd edition edited by Stephen M. Cohn MD, Matthew O. Dolich MD, & Kenji Inaba MD (CRC Press)

Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics, 1st edition by Richard E. Biehl (Auerbach Publications, CRC Press)

Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities, 4th edition by Jeffery Scott Mio, Lori A. Barker, & Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez (Oxford University Press)

The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection by Louise L. Hayes PhD & Joseph Ciarrochi PhD, with a foreword by Steven C. Hayes PhD (Context Press)

Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology by Ingolf U. Dalferth, translated by Jo Bennett (Baker Academic)

1–2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings by David R. Helm, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats by Virlana Tkacz, with Sayan Zhambalov and Wanda Phipps, with photographs by Alexander Khantaev (Inner Traditions)

Numericon: A Journey through the Hidden Lives of Numbers by Marianne Freiberger & Rachel Thomas (Quercus)

National Geographic The British World: An Illustrated Atlas by Tim Jepson (National Geographic)

 

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Audio / Literature & Fiction / Historical / Romance

Tender Mercies, MP3 CD, unabridged, running time: 9 hours by Lauraine Snelling, narrated by Callie Beaulieu (Red River of the North Series, Book 5: Tantor Media)

In this Red River of the North novel, Reverend John Solberg begins to pursue Mary Martha, a young woman about to return home to care for her mother. Tender Mercies is book 5 in this historical romance series.

The rich farmlands of the Dakota Territory in 1887 are finally beginning to yield the abundant harvest the pioneers had dreamed about so long in Tender Mercies. The establishment of the railroad has brought significant changes to the small town of Blessing as well as prosperity to the Bjorklund family and their neighbors.

Among the townsfolk is the Reverend John Solberg. The reverend, rejecting the persistent efforts of matchmaking mothers, develops a friendship with Mary Martha through their common love of books. But then the message arrives that she must return home to care for her ailing mother. When she leaves, she says that she'll write. Reverend John and the other townsfolk are left to wonder, is this good-bye forever?

The author of Tender Mercies is Lauraine Snelling, the award-winning author of over fifty books, including Blessing in Disguise and Believing the Dream. She won a Silver Angel Award and a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart. She also writes for a wide range of magazines.
The reader, Callie Beaulieu, has been an actress for nearly thirty years, and her work has been seen around the country. A classically trained actress, she is now an artistic associate at Flock Theatre.

Business & Investing / Entrepreneurship / Sustainable Agriculture

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone (New Society Publishers)

If factory farms are not the solution to the biggest issue of our time – how to feed 9 billion people without cooking the planet – what can we do? Grow more food in the cities where we live. Urban agriculture is a tradition dating back thousands of years as well as an innovation reshaping modern city design. It is also a lure for a growing number of idealists drawn by a vision of reconnecting with the land while becoming part of the solution. But anyone who has tried it as a business knows there is more to urban agriculture than romance.

And then there is the issue of the lawns – there are 43 million acres of lawns in North America. These unproductive expanses of grass represent a significant financial and environmental cost – but they can also be seen as a tremendous source of opportunity. Access to land is a major barrier for many people who want to enter the agricultural sector, and urban and suburban yards have huge potential for would-be farmers wanting to become part of this growing movement.

The Urban Farmer is a comprehensive, hands-on, practical manual to help readers learn the techniques and business strategies they need to make a good living growing high-yield, high-value crops right in their own backyards (or someone else's). Major benefits include:

  • Low capital investment and overhead costs.
  • Reduced need for expensive infrastructure.
  • Easy access to markets.

Growing food in the city means that fresh crops may travel only a few blocks from field to table, making this approach the next logical step in the local food movement. Author Stone, public speaker, teacher, and consultant, is the owner/operator of Green City Acres, a commercial urban farm growing vegetables for farmers markets, restaurants, and retail outlets.

This is not a book about untested theory; this is a book based on real-world experiences. Stone has been a profitable farmer for six years. That is his job. His only job. He is supporting himself and earning a living wage farming – this is a rarity in farming.

Why has Stone been so successful and how can that help a new farmer? Diego Footer in the foreword to The Urban Farmer says he thinks it boils down to a few things:

  • He markets and brands his farm and his products very well.
  • He is extremely efficient and effective with everything that he does on the farm.
  • He approaches farming as a business with strict adherence to the bottom line.
  • He takes meticulous records, analyzes them, and implements changes based on that analysis.
  • He has the ability to solve problems on the fly and quickly adapt.

Most farmers don't do all five of these things well. In fact, many farmers don't do any of these five things. And as a result they don't succeed and stay farmers for very long.

What readers will notice about these keys to success is that they aren't directly farming tactics or techniques. They are more macro, and they are related to the specific methodology and mindset with which Stone approaches farming. This approach to farming has really resonated with him. As an engineer, he says he realizes the importance of systems thinking and how important it is to dissect larger problems into solvable smaller problems in order to move forward. He has paid special attention to what has worked and what hasn't and then focused on what has worked, dropping off what hasn't.

If you're going to invest in your future as city food grower, start with a copy of The Urban Farmer. – David Tracey, author of Guerrilla Gardening and Urban Agriculture

This book is a treasure for anyone really serious about making a decent living off an urban farm. Back-to-the-lawn urban farming might look easy, but Curtis Stone shows exactly how that ‘ease’ grows out of getting a thousand details right. They're all in this book, generously shared. This is not just a well-written business text, illustrating the myriad technical, entrepreneurial, marketing, accounting, farming and people skills Curtis developed to work smarter, not harder. It is even more a quintessential ‘how-to’ manual, taking the reader step by step by step to the roots of running a profitable urban farm. – Peter Ladner, author of The Urban Food Revolution and a long-time urban food gardener

Curtis Stone is at the forefront of a stirring revolution. Urban farming will change what local food means and I know of no other farmer that is as successful at it as he is. – Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener

The Urban Farmer is simply the best guide out there for anyone wanting to grow vegetables for market. Chock full of practical information on costs, business planning, the best crops to grow, how much land to farm, growing techniques, and how to develop markets, this book covers it all. Curtis Stone shares his hard-won knowledge on setting up and succeeding at small-plot intensive (SPIN) farming in lively, easy-to-grasp prose, in all the detail you'll need to get started. Curtis not only tells us what works, he reveals, based on his own experience, what didn't work for him, and that alone is worth the price of the book. This is a comprehensive real-world manual from someone who's done it, and any market farmer will profit greatly from reading it. – Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia's Garden and The Permaculture City

I have no hesitation in saying that The Urban Farmer by Curtis Stone is one of the most important, and overdue, books on urban agriculture ever published. It is simultaneously deeply visionary and immensely practical, always a heady brew. It allows us to look at urban land in an entirely different way. If I were 18 again and given this book, it would put fire in my belly and set me on a career path that is cutting edge, deeply entrepreneurial and profoundly responsible. It deserves to be a best seller. – Rob Hopkins, Founder of the Transition movement and author of The Power of Just Doing Stuff

A first-rate, hands-on guide to successful and profitable farming on the very small scale, Curtis Stone's The Urban Farmer should be required reading for anyone who thinks that growing food requires hundreds of acres off in the countryside. Highly recommended. – John Michael Greer, author of Green Wizardry

Curtis Stone has artfully blended my three favorite things – entrepreneurship, independence and sustainable food production into one amazing book. He has also done so in a way that lowers the entry point for anyone who is truly motivated to no longer have any excuse for not getting started. To say I recommend this book highly is a gross understatement. I consider it required reading for anyone with a goal to start a business, not matter what niche they end up in. – Jack Spirko, TheSurvivalPodcast.com

Profitable farming is possible; this is what Stone demonstrates to readers in The Urban Farmer: a better way to farm, where they can achieve a lifestyle that is personally sustainable and economically profitable. Based on a scalable, easily reproduced business model, The Urban Farmer is a complete guide to minimizing risk and maximizing profit by using intensive production in small leased or borrowed spaces. Now readers everywhere have the opportunity to tap into this valuable resource. And if they want to take on farming as a career then the information in The Urban Farmer can drastically help them skip what doesn't work and focus on what does.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover by Elise Museles (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.)

Now I look back and think about all those times when I got distracted by my grumbling stomach in the middle of spin class, or wanted to go into child's pose (and rest!) halfway through my yoga session instead of flowing on my mat. All those times when I came home from work, both irritable and impatient at 5 P.M. and snapped at my kids or husband, or stood in front of the pantry taking bites of everything in sight, then was too full and upset with myself to eat dinner. All the times when I tried to concentrate in an important client meeting but found myself unable to focus, and the times when I packed up a cooler of ready-to-go snacks for my kids to keep them properly nourished on long days ... and packed nothing for myself.

Of course, now I understand that what I really needed to save myself from experiencing plummeting blood sugar and low energy was actually so simple: I needed to reframe the way I thought about feeding my body and think beyond three square meals a day. I needed to find ways to nourish myself in between meals and during those times when I couldn't sit down to a typical breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I needed to prioritize my health by feeding my body whole, real foods all day long. – from the book

If readers think they don't have time to accomplish their to-do list every day and still eat right, then they should think again. Whole Food Energy features 200 easy-to-follow recipes for snacks and on-the-go meals, clever cooking strategies, and the truth about carbs, fats, and healthy eating. With Elise Museles' expert advice, readers learn how to:

  • Stock the pantry and fridge with easy-to-find ingredients.
  • Make creamy nut milks, DIY coconut yogurt, and flavorful nut butters.
  • Whip up a blender full of fruits and veggies that are nutritious and delicious.
  • Create snacks that help balance blood sugar during or after a busy day.
  • Choose foods that help them feel energized, sustained, or replenished.
  • Find the best recipes to support their active lifestyle and nutritional needs.
  • Set themselves up for the week with whole food eating success.

Museles, a writer, teacher, speaker, and healthy lifestyle advocate, is an attorney turned eating psychology and nutrition expert and the voice behind the blog Kale & Chocolate.

Recipes include:

  • Hydrating smoothies
  • Energizing juices
  • Healing hot drinks
  • Balanced morning bites
  • On-the-go trail mixes
  • Energy balls and bars
  • Delicious desserts
  • DIY nut butters and milks

Museles shows readers how to make delicious snacks, treats, and drinks that are fast and easy to make, packed with flavor, and 100% unprocessed. Each recipe includes:

  • All-natural ingredients.
  • Nutritional profiles that show readers which recipe is best for them.
  • Vegan and gluten-free options.

If you're looking to maximize your intake of delicious energy-boosting nutrients, look no further! Whole Food Energy will show you the way. Filled with easy to follow recipes and guidelines, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in optimizing their health and feeling great all day. – Robynne Chutkan, M.D., author of The Microbiome Solution and Gutbliss
Healthy fast food has a new champion. Elise Museles reveals clever strategies that are fun and easy to implement and will help you look and feel your best. If you're searching for nutritious, delicious, and convenient recipes to accommodate your packed schedule, look no further than
Whole Food Energy. – Brian Kateman, Co-Founder and President of the Reducetarian Foundation
Whole Food Energy is a must for every active, busy person trying to make space for clean, healthy living in our modern age. Elise creates simple, elegant and delicious recipes that help you realize that healthy, clean living is within your reach. The added bonus: she makes cooking fun! – Heather White, Wellness Leader & Environmental Advocate and former Executive Director of Environmental Working Group
Who knew snacking could be so healthy, energizing and fun? Elise Museles, that's who. Whole Food Energy dishes out treat after fresh, delicious treat, laid out in easy recipes and meal plans unlike anything you're likely to have on your cookbook shelf. Cook from these pages and you'll feel as if you've splurged on cuisine from a high-end spa. Indulge. You deserve it. Better yet, the aching muscles and sweat are sold separately. – Ken Cook, President of Environmental Working Group
Elise has been inspiring thousands of people around the world to add creative spark and fun into healthy eating, and with Whole Food Energy, she takes it to a whole new level. From easy to make recipes for every time of the day to must-know pantry staples and useful tips for staying on track, this book (in a refreshing format you'll love!) is my go-to for eating towards my most energized self. I'm hooked! – Ksenia Avdulova, Digital Strategist & Founder of Breakfast Criminals

Readers can let health coach Elise Museles show them how to eat well and feel great. They can turn to Whole Food Energy and they will never need to resort to buying bland, unappetizing, overly processed – and expensive – store-bought energy products again. Whether they need a boost before a morning run, extra energy to take them from work to the gym, or a healthy snack for after school treats, the book shows how easy it is to add whole foods to the diet every day – and to fuel their body and their mind for optimal performance.

History / Europe

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley (Random House)

In Empires of the Sea and City of Fortune, New York Times bestselling author Roger Crowley established himself as a preeminent historian of the great European seafaring empires, and the go-to author for post-Crusade clashes of East and West. Now, in Conquerors, Crowley gives readers the epic story of the emergence of Portugal, a small, poor nation that enjoyed a century of maritime supremacy thanks to the daring and navigational skill of its explorers – a tactical advantage no other country could match. Portugal’s discovery of a sea route to India, campaign of imperial conquest over Muslim rulers, and domination of the spice trade would forever disrupt the Mediterranean and build the first global economy.
Crowley read English at Cambridge University and taught English in Istanbul. He has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean basin and has a wide-ranging interest in its past and culture, as well as in seafaring and eyewitness history.

In Conquerors Crowley relies on letters and eyewitness testimony to tell the story of tiny Portugal’s rapid and breathtaking rise to power. The book reveals the Império Português in all of its splendor and ferocity, bringing to life the personalities of the enterprising and fanatical house of Aviz. Figures such as King Manuel “the Fortunate,” João II “the Perfect Prince,” marauding governor Afonso de Albuquerque, and explorer Vasco da Gama juggled their private ambitions and the public aims of the empire, often suffering astonishing losses in pursuit of a global fortune. Also central to the story of Portugal’s ascent was its drive to eradicate Islamic culture and establish a Christian empire in the Indian Ocean. Portuguese explorers pushed deep into the African continent in search of the mythical Christian king Prester John, and they ruthlessly besieged Indian port cities in their attempts to monopolize trade.
According to Crowley in Conquerors, the discovery of a route to India around the horn of Africa was not only a brilliant breakthrough in navigation but heralded a complete upset of the world order. For the next century, no European empire was more ambitious, no rulers more rapacious than the kings of Portugal. In the process they created the first long-range maritime empire and set in motion the forces of globalization that now shape our world.

Excellent ... Crowley’s interpretations are nuanced and fair. – The Christian Science Monitor

In a riveting narrative, Crowley chronicles Portugal's horrifically violent trajectory from ‘impoverished, marginal’ nation to European power, vying with Spain and Venice to dominate the spice trade. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Brings to life the Portuguese explorers ... perfect for anyone who likes a high seas tale. – Publishers Weekly
Readers of Crowley’s previous books will not be disappointed by this exciting tale of sea battles, land campaigns and shipwrecks.... Crowley makes a good case for reclaiming Portugal’s significance as forger of the first global empire. – The Daily Telegraph
Crowley has shown a rare gift for combining compelling narrative with lightly worn academic thoroughness as well as for balancing the human with the geopolitical – qualities on display here. The story he has to tell may be a thrilling one but not every historian could tell it so thrillingly. –
Michael Prodger, Financial Times
A fast-moving and highly readable narrative ...
[Crowley’s] detailed reconstruction of events is based on a close reading of the works of the chroniclers, notably Barros and Correa, whose accounts were written in the tradition of the chronicles of chivalry. – History Today

At Crowley’s hand, the complete story of the Portuguese empire and the human cost of its ambition are finally told in Conquerors.

History / U.S. / Military / Naval

The Confederate Steam Navy: 1861-1865 by Donald L. Canney (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

The Confederate Steam Navy is the first book-length study devoted to the vessels of the Confederate Navy, including all types used during the conflict: ironclads (both domestic and foreign-built), commerce raiders, blockade runners, riverine and ocean-going gunboats, torpedo and submersible vessels, and floating batteries. The book emphasizes the development, construction, and design of these vessels using, where available, original plans, photographs, and contemporary descriptions. Donald L. Canney describes these vessels in context with wartime conditions as well as with the transitional naval technology of the era. Canney, a historian and author of eight books, was registrar for the U.S. Coast Guard national museum program until retiring in 2006.

Over 100 vessels are detailed in the book, including more than 30 ironclads, both American and foreign built. Over 150 illustrations are included, many of which have not previously been published. Also included is a section on steam engine technology of the era.

According to Canney in The Confederate Steam Navy, traditionally, the study of the Civil War navy has been overshadowed by that of the land war. In recent years technology has contributed to growing interest in the maritime aspect of the subject. The advent of the side-scan radar and other deep-sea apparatus has resulted in uncovering long lost wrecks from that internecine conflict: notably that of the Confederate cruiser Alabama, off France, and that of the original submarine H.L. Hunley, long lost in Charleston harbor where she lay after sinking the first victim of sub warfare in 1864.

To determine the scope of The Confederate Steam Navy, Canney has used the phrase ‘steam navy’ as the key to narrow his focus. The book includes the Mississippi River Defense Force, which was under the auspices of the Confederate Army, and a few blockade runners. While the majority of these were essentially fast merchant vessels, a few were under the command of Confederate naval officers. Not included in the book are the naval forces under various states in the Confederacy.

The Confederate Steam Navy makes a systematic account of the development of Confederate naval ships during the war and shows how the South adopted modern technology in the pursuit of their national goals. The concept is a logical continuation of Canney’s earlier books on the Union navy entitled The Old Steam Navy, published in the 1990s.

Up until now, there has not been a serious effort to study the ships of the Confederate States Navy as a group. While not an operational history, The Confederate Steam Navy includes sketches of critical engagements or incidents selected to emphasize the practical, operational, impact of technology as it was used by the Confederate Navy and its officers and men.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Introducing Albion Stitch: 20 Beaded Jewelry Projects by Heather Kingsley-Heath (Kalmbach Books)

Albion stitch is all about beaders having fun, feeling a real sense of accomplishment, and loving what they have created. – Heather Kingsley-Heath

Albion stitch is a new invention by internationally known bead artist Heather Kingsley-Heath. Introducing Albion Stitch includes twenty new projects, all shown in various colorways, using the newest bead shapes. From her beadwork to her photography and illustrations, Kingsley-Heath’s work is colored and crafted to reflect her playful sense of color and organic, dimensional designs.

Kingsley-Heath has contributed her design sense to the bead world with a body of work which ranges from sophisticated to whimsical. Her work has been widely published in books and as magazine articles and features, in the US, the UK, and in Germany. In Introducing Albion Stitch beaders meet the Albion stitch, an invention that may quickly join the classics in their repertoire of go-to techniques. Kingsley-Heath teaches readers the basics and then some – using bead shapes like spikes, gum drops, Rulas, and Tilas.

Readers enjoy:

  • Discovering a new technique and being rewarded with a new look.
  • Learning easily with step-by-step instructions and illustrations.
  • Incorporating the latest bead shapes and choosing their favorite color option.
  • Picking a quick project or creating something big and bold.

As the chapters unfold, readers are first introduced to the basic Albion stitch using its versatility to create bands of color and texture. Each of the five designs in Chapter 1 expands the knowledge of Albion stitch, leading one through the skills of changing stitch lengths, creating shape, and incorporating some two-hole bead shapes. Each chapter also has a color theme, encouraging beaders to explore and expand their color selections. In Chapter 1, the retro-coastal theme of sea green, turquoise, and coral evokes the feel of a tropical ocean vacation.

In Chapter 2, readers are invited to add even more shape while creating beaded beads, tubular ropes, and bezels. The cool market garden colors of lavender, lemon, lime, and ginger with accents of primrose and violet hold readers’ visual interest.

Chapter 3 introduces readers to some feminine jewelry with the look of lace. The use of Rizo beads at the tips of the Albion stitch create medallions that are connected in varying ways give beaders a variety of different looks. Kingsley-Heath introduces readers to the idea of playing with design variations by changing the number of repetitions. The matte pastels used in this chapter add to the feeling of romance these pieces impart.

In Chapter 4, readers learn how to add structure to the Albion stitch in order to create simple shaping. The modestly monochrome metallic helps to highlight the structural quality of each of the pieces presented.

Each of the 20 projects presented in Introducing Albion Stitch is designed not only to advance readers’ knowledge of Albion stitch, but to result in a piece of beautiful jewelry that they will be proud to wear. While the designs are ultimately very achievable, the learning, which builds from basic through advanced techniques, results in a comprehensive understanding of this versatile stitch.

Heather has designed her projects to allow for the changing out of bead sizes and counts, allowing the reader to take the skills learned and to use the thread paths to experiment beyond the projects that are presented. She has given us a comprehensive guide to using Albion stitch and invited us to explore further. – Marcia DeCoster, MadDesigns, Beadweaver, Teacher, Author Lemon Grove, CA

Bead stitchers will enjoy entering Kingsley-Heath’s world. She has a large repertoire of stitches at her command, which she has used to bring beaders intricate designs in both sculpture and jewelry. In Introducing Albion Stitch, she uses it to create beautiful, feminine, and wearable jewelry. Beaders love a book that gives them a comprehensive set of skills within one beadweaving stitch, and Kingsley-Heath has done that in this book, building upon readers understanding of the stitch one chapter at a time.

Philosophy / Arts & Entertainment / TV & Film

Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy edited by Joseph Westfall, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Vol. 96: Open Court)

If Hannibal Lecter isn't a Count Dracula for the computer-and-cell­phone age, then we don't have one. – Stephen King, "Hannibal the Cannibal"

Hannibal Lecter, the subject of best-selling novels, movies, and the acclaimed TV series Hannibal, is one of pop culture's most compelling characters. In Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy, edited by Joseph Westfall, 16 philosophers come at Hannibal the way he comes at his victims – from unexpected angles and with plenty of surprises. Westfall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston – Downtown.

Several chapters in Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy look at the mind of this proud and accomplished killer, psychiatrist, and gourmet cook. Is he a sociopath or a psychopath, or are these the same? Is he lacking in empathy? Does his moral blindness give him compensating abilities, the way literally blind people gain heightened senses? Does it harm us that we are drawn into Hannibal’s world by identifying with him?

Stephen King calls him "the great fictional monster of our time," and it is a difficult point to dispute. With his suave appeal, his charm, his wit and intelligence, his vast memory and encyclopedic knowledge, his ability to excel in apparently any field of endeavor, and his immaculate taste in clothes, wine, music, art, architecture, literature, and most of all food – it would be difficult to deny him greatness. And why would we? Denying the greatness of Hannibal Lecter is usually the first step in the direction of appearing at his next dinner party. Dr. Lecter does so appreciate having the willfully blind, the ignorant, and the rude for dinner.

Dr. Lecter has appeared in several guises over the past forty years or so, in different contexts, and at different stages (not always chronologically ordered) along his life's way. Somehow, despite the fact that he is a work of fiction, there is a ‘Lecter himself.’

One thing every version of Hannibal Lecter shares, besides the cannibalism, is a capacity for driving us – his readers, his viewers, his witnesses, his fans – to think. We find in Lecter an unsettling combination of things we would like to be and things that horrify, if not utterly disgust, us. We like this man whom we do not, should not, like. And this raises a whole host of ques­tions about human existence which, in the manner of a good psychiatrist, Dr. Lecter poses but never resolves. Like Socrates, he goads us to ask them – What is the good life? What are our responsibilities to others, and to ourselves? What must we risk in order to live well? What must we preserve? What can we allow ourselves to become? What are we already? – but he has no answers for us. Which is not to say that he has not answered these questions for himself, just that he cannot make his answers our own. If we're going to learn something from Dr. Lecter, we must – like Will Graham, like Clarice Starling – discover the lesson for ourselves. He can give us that rare gift, but we have to want it. We have to take it.

It is generally considered rude to question the motives of a man offering a gift, and Westfall in Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy says he would not want anyone. But it is impossible to encounter Hannibal Lecter without wondering who – and what – he is. How to classify the extraordinary, perhaps unique, individual who presents himself so well-attired (in a ‘very well-tailored person suit,’ perhaps) to the world? Hannibal Lecter is infinitely more interesting when he is unquantified, unquantifiable, immeasurable, mysterious. We shouldn't try to understand him too much, to know him too well, to get too close to him. ‘We can,’ after all, ‘only learn so much and live’. But still ... we can hazard some perhaps amateurish, admittedly incomplete, undeniably discourteous, but nevertheless well-meaning attempts at finding Lecter's place in the world.

Certainly, the philosophical issues raised in the different chapters of Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy weave through these various depictions, sometimes preferring one to the others, sometimes working two or more of them together. Hannibal Lecter prompts us to reflection, and the first thing he prompts us to reflect upon is himself. "First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?".

  • The Psychopath
  • The Anti-Hero
  • The Vampire
  • The Devil

Hannibal Lecter observes ordinary human beings like us from on high; he figures us out, determines what makes us tick; and then he presents us with temptations tailored specifically to us. He does this to Will Graham, to Margot Verger, to Alana Bloom, to Abigail Hobbs, to Randall Tier, to Donald Sutcliffe, to Abel Gideon, to Francis Dolarhyde, to Clarice Starling, to Frederick Chilton ... whether it's the books or the movies or the television series we're talking about, Hannibal Lecter is never simply a serial-killing cannibal psychiatrist. He is always also the mirror in which we see our darkest desires reflected, the tincture of evil (and sometimes more than a tincture) in every soul. To the extent that he sees our darkest parts, he can manipulate them – and us – to arrange the world as he likes, without ever even having to lift a finger (or eleven). He does it, not by corrupting us, exactly, but by something far more destructive: by pointing us out to ourselves. It's especially appropriate, then, that this devil has made psychiatry his profession. And equally appropriate proper, we might add, for the doctor's urbane benefit – that we have a group of philosophers, those savants of self-reflection, gathered here to ask of him as of themselves, who – and what – are you?

The eighteen essays in this smart and playful anthology address, among other subjects, the connections between psychiatry and empathy, aesthetics and haute cuisine, friendship, art, and the nature of desire. Get to know Hannibal Lecter, this book suggests, and you get to know what it means to live a life of the mind, as well as the flesh. – Mikita Brottman, author of Meat is Murder! An Illustrated Guide to Cannibal Culture

Hannibal Lector is suave, cultured, brilliant – and profoundly evil. Who is Hannibal, really – vampire, psychopath, artist, devil? Drawing upon philosophers from Plato to Foucault, and Augustine to Nietzsche, this book will engage any reader interested in this villain's multiple incarnations on page and screen. – Cynthia Freeland, author of The Naked and the Undead: Evil and the Appeal of Horror and co-editor of Philosophy and Film

Poor Clarice – up against the greatest screen villain of all time! Poor Will – knowing the truth is not enough! Poor Hannibal – searching for his equal!... Or is it his next meal? This delectable six-course banquet cuts, peels, palls, and savors every morsel at the table Hannibal has set before us. – Josef Steiff, Editor of Sherlock Holmes and Philosophy

Like a savory multi-course meal prepared by chef cuisinier/serial killer Dr. Lecter himself, Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy stimulates the intellectual appetite, provides variety, cleanses the palate between courses, and concludes leaving the reader both satiated and wanting more. Come, let these writers show you to Dr. Lecter's table, where pity has no place but which can be far more engaging than theater. Prepare for a dark but illuminating feast. – Philip L. Simpson, author of Making Murder: The Fiction of Thomas Harris

Though Dr. Lecter informs Clarice Starling that he is a phenomenon that resists explanation, this rich and provocative collection proves otherwise. With penetrating insight and a sophisticated wit that the good doctor himself would surely appreciate, these essays shed consistently sharp light on the moral, psychological, and philosophical complexities of America's most beloved cannibal killer. – Harold Schechter, author of Man-Eater: The Life and Legend of an American Cannibal

A smorgasbord of dark delights. The menu offers a seared entree of our own empathetic responses as manipulated by facial close-ups, as well as an exploration of the morality of people-eating. In servings that ponder the films, television series, and novels, this book will help anyone with a taste for intellectual blood sharpen her thoughts on the refined, sophisticated, and delicious Dr. Lecter. – Sara Waller, editor of Serial Killers: Being and Killing

No matter which version of Hannibal the reader prefers, he or she will find all of the essays illuminating, perhaps frighteningly so. – Michelle Gompf, author of Thomas Harris and William Blake: Allusions in the Hannibal Lecter Novels

While serial killers abound in cinema, Lecter alone galvanized the popular imagination and brought a fledging genre into the box office spotlight. Letter's truly phenomenal popularity, homicidal though he may be, correspondingly raises complex ethical and socio­philosophical issues. – Robert Cettl, author of Serial Killer Cinema

Engaging, with insight and wit, Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy addresses the various versions of the famous fictional cannibal.

Poetry / American

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

When I was twelve I wrote my first poem, and by fourteen I decided that's what I’d do my whole life. I don't regret it. – from the Postscriptum by Donald Hall

Former poet laureate Donald Hall selects the essential work from a moving and brilliant life in poetry. Hall, an American master, is one of the nation’s most beloved and accomplished poets. He served as poet laureate of the United States from 2006 to 2007, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a recipient of the National Medal of the Arts, awarded by the president.

Now in his eighties, Hall is one of the most significant – and beloved – poets of his generation. Instead of creating new poems, he looks back over his rich body of work and hand-picks poems for this final, concise volume. Having taken stock of the body of his work – rigorous, gorgeous verse that is the result of seventy years of ‘ambition and pleasure’ – he strips it down.

From the enduring "My Son My Executioner" to "Names of Horses" to "Without," Donald Hall's best poems deliver "a banquet in the mouth" (Charles Simic) and an "aching elegance" (Baltimore Sun). For the first-time reader or an old friend, these are, above all others, the poems to read, reread, and remember.

Today, Hall no longer composes new poems. Instead, Hall channels his ever-prodigious creative energies to curate a stunning, concise collection of his most beloved and evocative works. The Selected Poems of Donald Hall brilliantly traces the life, love, and losses of Hall. "It's strange yet a pleasure to pick and choose, going through the up-and-down story of a life," says Hall. It's true that as readers read this selection they will find themselves following the rhythms of Hall's past: one experiences the warm memories of days spent summering on Eagle Pond Farm, palpably feels the verve of Hall's love for soul mate Jane Kenyon, and then mourns her passing. Hall's characteristic brand of humor and ardor for life resounds from every page.

However wrenching [Hall’s poems] may be from line to line, they tell a story that is essentially reassuring: art and love are compatible, genius is companionable, and people stand by one another in the end. – New York Times Book Review 

"Hall is luminous, Hall is human, Hall is, unapologetically, Hall," writes the Virginian Pilot. The Selected Poems of Donald Hall offers the cherished poet's readers an arresting slice of his extraordinary life of letters, rendered in unforgettable verse. This is the definitive collection, showcasing poems that will delight and endure.

Professional & Technical / Computer Science & Engineering / Robotics

Smart Autonomous Aircraft: Flight Control and Planning for UAV by Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane (CRC Press)

With the extraordinary growth of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in research, military, and commercial contexts, there has been a need for a reference that provides a comprehensive look at the latest research in the area. Filling the void, Smart Autonomous Aircraft: Flight Control and Planning for UAV introduces the advanced methods of flight control, planning, situation awareness, and decision making.
This book is among the first to emphasize the theoretic and algorithmic side of control and planning in dynamic and uncertain environments. Focused on the latest theory that informs flight planning and control, it describes the use of computational intelligence modeling, control, and planning.
The author, Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane, has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of the University of Evry in France since 1999. From 1989 to 1998, she was with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Nantes. From September 1997 till July 1998, she was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, California.

Providing background information on fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles, Smart Autonomous Aircraft proceeds from the basics to advanced methods, from classical to the most innovative. It examines the current state of the art and covers the topics required to assess the autonomy of UAVs. Providing an interdisciplinary point of view on autonomous aircraft, the volume reviews the different methodologies of control and planning used to create smart autonomous aircraft.
According to Sebbane, smart autonomous aircraft have become the new focus of academic research and education, due to their important application potential. They offer opportunities to perform autonomous missions in field services and tasks such as search and rescue, observation and mapping, emergency and fire fighting, hurricane management.

A smart autonomous aircraft does not require any human intervention during its mission. Without a pilot onboard, an aircraft either must be controlled from the ground by a radio-control ground pilot or it must have its own intelligence to fly autonomously. Autonomy is defined as the ability of a system to sense, communicate, plan, make decisions and act without human intervention. To that end, the goal of autonomy is to teach machines to be smart and act more like humans. Sebbane in Smart Autonomous Aircraft says that intelligence is necessary for:

  1. Mission planning to chart its own course using navigation with guidance and tracking control, while achieving optimal fuel consumption.
  2. Path planning and waypoint generation accounting for changing weather and air traffic en route.
  3. Mode switching and control reconfiguration decisions for implementation through the use of a flight control system.
  4. Staying within the flight envelope of the aircraft.
  5. Taking the corrective action to avoid an obstacle or to evade a threat in the presence of external abnormal conditions.
  6. Taking the corrective action by reconfiguring the set of controls to safely continue to fly or land the aircraft in the presence of internal abnormal conditions.
  7. Interpreting the data from a variety of sources to execute these functions.

Smart Autonomous Aircraft gives an interdisciplinary point of view on autonomous aircraft. It develops models and reviews different methodologies of control and planning used to create smart autonomous aircraft. Some case studies are examined as well.

An ideal resource for researchers and practitioners working on solutions for implementing advanced capabilities in UAVs, Smart Autonomous Aircraft details the mathematical underpinnings of each concept and includes illustrative case studies to reinforce understanding. The topics considered in the book are derived from Sebbane's research and teaching duties in smart aerospace and autonomous systems over several years. Some parts are based on the top literature in the field. Assuming an understanding of engineering at the undergraduate level, Smart Autonomous Aircraft is suitable for advanced-level graduate students and PhD students enrolled in UAV or aerial robotics courses, as well as researchers.

Professional & Technical / Crime & Criminology

Criminology, 3rd edition by Frank J. Schmalleger (Justice Series: Pearson Education, Inc., Prentice Hall)

Criminology, 3rd edition provides an affordable look at criminology that uses eye-catching visuals to get students straight to the important concepts. By focusing on these core concepts, students gain true understanding of the material without becoming overwhelmed with unnecessary information. With an approach that focuses on social problems versus social responsibility, students learn to think critically about the causes of crime and see the link between crime theories and crime policies. The book's conversation-starting pedagogy encourages active participation in learning, moving students beyond memorization by engaging them in the latest research findings and current events shaping the field.

Criminology is also available with MyCJLab, an online homework, tutorial, and assessment program designed to work with the text to engage students and improve results. This homework and test manager lets instructors create, import, and manage online homework assignments, quizzes, and tests that are automatically graded. They can choose from a wide range of assignment options, including time limits, proctoring, and maximum number of attempts allowed.

The author is Frank Schmalleger, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he taught criminal justice courses for 20 years and chaired the university’s Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice for 16 of those years. In 1991 the university awarded him the title of Distinguished Professor, and the university named him Professor Emeritus in 2001.

Designed for courses in Criminology, Criminology is part of the Justice Series. The Justice Series provides affordable, engaging instructor and student resources across the curriculum. Criminology doesn't rely on overly used photos to add visual appeal. Every piece of art serves a purpose – to help students learn. The authors and instructional designers have built engaging infographics, flowcharts, pull-out statistics, and other visuals that flow with the body of the text, provide context and engagement, and promote recall and understanding. The content is organized around key learning objectives for each chapter and tied everything together in a new objective-driven end-of-chapter layout. Cases in every chapter illustrate the principles discussed and provide true-to-life stories of criminal offenders. Questions within the cases provide students with the opportunity to apply what they've learned.

New to this 3rd edition:

  • An entirely new chapter on biosocial theories has been added.
  • "Who's to Blame?" boxes, which question the degree to which an offender is responsible for law violations, have been added to the book. The boxes point out that offenders might be influenced by a wide variety of factors in their decision to commit crime, and ask whether some of the responsibility for criminality rests with society.
  • All statistics on crime, criminal victimization, probation and parole, jail populations, and imprisonment have been updated.
  • New pull quotes can be found throughout the text.

The Instructor's Manual with Test Bank includes content outlines for classroom discussion, teaching suggestions, and answers to selected end-of-chapter questions from the text. This also contains a Word document version of the test bank.

Also included are TestGen, a computerized test generation system and PowerPoint Presentations.

There are many criminology textbooks on the market, but Criminology by Frank J. Schmalleger (Pearson, Inc.) is probably the best I have encountered, particularly when coupled with Pearson's MyCJLab supplement. I use this textbook in a course that I teach. While I regularly receive free desk copies of other Criminology textbooks, I have not been tempted to switch from Schmalleger's text since I began using it with the first edition. The current 3rd edition is an improvement on those two…. Overall, in terms of criminology textbooks, Schmalleger's Criminology (3rd edition) is one that I would strongly recommend to any instructor seeking a book. I would also, however, recommend it to anyone with a general interest in criminology. It is an affordable (by textbook standards) introduction to such an important field. – Sven Robertson

Criminology is affordable, clear, visual and succinct. The content not only is engaging to students, but also is easy to follow and focuses students on the key learning objectives. It is straightforward and thought provoking, and it has been thoroughly updated with new material. Criminology moves beyond the confusing terminology found in other criminology texts to provide students with explanations of criminology's important concepts and most fascinating schools of thought. Content is readily accessible through the use of plain language and commonsense definitions of key terms. The Justice Series is no quick, cheap way to appeal to the lowest common denominator. It is a series of texts and support tools that are instructionally sound and student-approved.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Management / Economics

Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania, 1st edition by CJ Rhoads (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

Improving the quality of healthcare, while increasing accessibility and lowering costs, is a complex dilemma facing rural communities around the world. The Center for Rural Pennsylvania believes that telehealth, the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, is a viable solution, so it recently provided grants to conduct a thorough investigation into the factors involved.
Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania reports the outcome of this year-long investigation. Illustrating telehealth implementations in rural settings, it supplies an overview of telehealth as well as an assessment of its economic impact. The book intertwines the research and academic aspects of telehealth with insights from the author, CJ Rhoads. Rhoads, a professor in the College of Business at Kutztown University, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and information technology, is president and CEO of HPL Consortium, Inc., which develops technology tools to help people achieve health, prosperity, and leadership.

One of the most important discoveries made by Rhoads and her team of researchers is that all too often money is wasted by implementing telehealth for services that don't impact many people. This book shares valuable insights on using telehealth for integrative health practices that could improve the health of a greater portion of the population.
Telehealth in Rural Hospitals illustrates how telehealth can be the healthcare savior that some people believe it will be, but only under the right circumstances. It details what those circumstances are so that everyone, including clinicians, patients, government entities, and vendors, can steer toward the best future path. Rhoads identifies the obstacles preventing wider implementation of telehealth and explains how recent federal legislation will affect telehealth implementation in rural communities. She also points out the folly of developing electronic health records before federal data standards are put into place.
Telehealth in Rural Hospitals concludes by detailing best practices and lessons learned for implementing a telehealth program in any state. It also outlines recommendations for health systems providing healthcare services in rural communities. The book gives readers the research and the academic story, interspersing Rhoads’ personal stories throughout.

The first goal is to provide an overview, including the definition of telehealth. It includes cataloging and classifying telehealth initiatives across Pennsylvania's hospitals and doctor's offices in rural counties. This first goal includes identifying funding sources, both facility costs and patient costs, for telehealth in rural counties. Finally, this goal includes determining how much of the Pennsylvania healthcare budget is going to telehealth products and services and, given current information, what would the economic impact of wider-spread adoption of telehealth in rural counties be on the Pennsylvania healthcare budget.

The second goal is to describe and evaluate the implementation of telehealth initiatives across rural Pennsylvania counties. This goal includes determining the success level of the telehealth initiatives across Pennsylvania's hospitals and doctors' offices in rural counties based upon the opinion of the doctors, nurses, and office staff. This also includes determining the best practices of telehealth and estimating the amount of insurance coverage for telehealth use.

The third goal is to identify any obstacles that are preventing more widespread use of telehealth. Most specifically, this third goal includes determining if any of the following issues would prevent rural Pennsylvania from properly utilizing telehealth technologies:

  • Technological infrastructure
  • Legal developments
  • Education and training
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Technology adoption resistance
  • Insurance reimbursement practices

These goals and their underlying objectives provide the essential information necessary to determine how telehealth can be used to equalize the differential in healthcare between rural and urban areas. This project is about finding out how telehealth might offer the benefits of greater healthcare access, cost efficiencies, and improved patient outcomes while decreasing the risks associated with new technologies and policies. This research also identifies barriers that might be preventing further use of telehealth. Finally, this project provides an estimate on the possible impact on the Pennsylvania healthcare budget if telehealth were more widespread.

Anyone who is in the healthcare profession and anyone who has been treated by anyone in the healthcare profession should read this book; of course, that would be everyone. Telehealth in Rural Hospitals skillfully intertwines research and insights from the Rhoads. The book shares valuable insights on using teleheath and includes helpful recommendations for providers in rural communities.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Clinical / Internal / Surgery

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd edition edited by Stephen M. Cohn MD, Matthew O. Dolich MD, & Kenji Inaba MD (CRC Press)

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd edition discusses surgical management approaches and clinical decision making based on scientific evidence found in the published literature.

The first edition of this book represented a breakthrough in the discipline by establishing evidence-based guidelines for practitioners. Now updated and fully revised, Acute Care Surgery and Trauma, 2nd edition continues to support clinicians by providing the most up-to-date information and evidence on which to base their decisions across all aspects of acute surgery and trauma, thus optimizing decision making for the care of individual patients. The editors are Stephen M. Cohn, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Matthew O. Dolich, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery University of California, Irvine Medical Center; and Kenji Inaba, MD, Professor of Surgery and Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. The book has 155 contributors.

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma features chapters written by specialists in acute care, trauma, and emergency surgery, with extensive references throughout. It also includes tables summarizing key evidence and clinical recommendations for quick reference and easy interpretation.

This new edition of one of the first textbooks promoting evidence-based surgical practice has been revised and expanded as testimony to the fact that evidence-based surgery (EBS) is a perpetual work in progress. The new material and organization of the contents place an emphasis on trauma care, which was virtually ignored in the first edition, and feature surgical emergencies and surgical critical care in recognition of the curriculum of acute care surgery, which is emerging as a new career pathway for surgeons.

Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is "the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients." In the assessment of medical evidence, a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and RTCs per se are considered to provide the highest levels of medical evidence. Randomized controlled trials are widely and relatively readily conducted in the evaluation of various drugs and medical treatments but are more difficult to apply in comparative evaluations of surgical procedures. The relative rarity of Class I citations in the tables presented with the various chapters in Acute Care Surgery and Trauma, particularly those related to operative procedures, attests to that difficulty.

Specific limitations affecting the usefulness and validity of a randomized controlled trial comparing surgical procedures include ethical concerns about sham operations and, conversely, the variable influ­ence of the placebo effect in the absence of a sham operation. Other limitations include variations in the operating surgeons' technical skills and experience (minimized by specific training before starting the trial), evolution of surgical procedures across time, and differences in postoperative care among surgeons and among institutions. Difficulty in blinding both patients and surgeons is also of concern if effect on symptoms or quality of life is the outcome of interest. That potential for bias can be reduced by the use of independent investigators for outcome evaluation. Other limitations in the application of RCTs to address surgical questions include excessive limitation of eligibility criteria that can compromise external validity and generalizability of the results. Conversely, in less restricted nonrandom studies, the selection of treatment on the basis of surgical preference can bias the results. Finally, there are few if any readily accessible funding sources for surgical clinical studies or the evaluation of an operative innovation.

The BALLIOL Collaboration and its successor, the IDEAL Collaboration, have proposed a five-stage process by which innovative surgical procedures can be developed and evaluated, i.e., innovation (Stage 1), development (Stage 2a), exploration (Stage 2b), assessment (Stage 3), and long-term study (Stage 4).

At each stage of the development of a surgical procedure, reports regarding that procedure become progressively more demanding and scientifically rigorous. At Stage 1, innovation, in which proof of concept is the goal, reports are commonly structured case reports. In Stage 2a, development, the studies of patients from whom ethical approval is required should be reported as consecutive cases in prospective development studies. At Stage 2b, exploration, studies should be prospective with data collected systematically and reported as prospective uncontrolled studies or if controlled as feasibility or exploratory RCTs. At Stage 3, assessment, in which the innovation is compared with the current standard to determine which is best, reporting takes the form of an RCT. At Stage 4, long-term studies, the procedure is monitored for rare outcomes and long-term effects with the results used to form a registry. When assessing the strength of evidence in evaluating an innovative procedure or comparing two established procedures one should, as the authors of Acute Care Surgery and Trauma have done, grade the strength of the supporting evidence with regard to the location of the procedure of interest in the IDEAL framework for developing surgical procedures. The successful transit of an operative procedure or surgical innovation through the early stages of this process delivers a relatively mature product to the doorstep of an RTC. Such a preparation decreases the high risk of RTC failure of operative procedures without such staging.

Fortunately, evidence-based surgery (EBS) is not captive to the RTC and evidence-based surgery can be predicated on well-designed prospective observational research. Observational studies may also have limitations that include systematic overestimation of treatment effect, confounding, and bias that can be reduced or eliminated by patient matching, cohort selection, use of sophisticated statistical techniques, and standardized data collection. Those limitations should influence the grading and acceptance of evidence generated by observational studies.

The ultimate goal of EBS is the development of practical guidelines for decision support and patient education. To that end, the American College of Surgeons has produced ‘clinical guideline summaries’ to formulate ‘evidence based decisions in surgery,’ which offer recommendations for the diagnosis and treatment of, at present, 35 surgical conditions. The grading of the evidence supporting the recommendations by the American College of Surgeon members considered to be ‘experts’ is generic and ranges from ‘weak’ to ‘strong’ without the granularity of evidence level grading provided Acute Care Surgery and Trauma by the authors, who have used the levels of evidence defined by the National Health Services Research and Development, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine.

The increased use of EBS in the development of clinical guidelines has led to many improvements in care, but flaws and misuse of the process have become apparent to such an extent that EBM has been questioned as ‘a move­ment in crisis.’ Specific concerns include misattribution of clinical significance to statistically significant benefits; shift from patient-centered care to system-driven care by imposition of inflexible rules; difficulty in managing an excessive number of clinical guidelines; uncertain application of guidelines to patients, particularly the elderly, with multiple comorbid conditions; and abuse of the process by commercial and other special interests. The identification of those problems, which both authors and readers should have in mind when grading evidence, has prompted a call for ‘a return to real evidence-based medicine’ in which care of individual patients based on studies focused on clinical usefulness and free of commercial interference and bias is enlightened by clinical expertise.

This 2nd edition of Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice confirms the fact that EBS is not ‘cookbook surgery’ but is a perpetually evolving process. The differences between EBM and EBS suggest that clinical reality and the intrinsic characteristics of surgery that limit the application of RCTs support affixing the word ‘best’ to the term ‘evidence-based surgery.’ The inclusion of EBM in the medical education process and EBS in surgical education has been justified by the increasing emphasis on EBM in clinical practice. This book, which promotes that trend, should be in the library of every medical school, every department of surgery, and every surgeon.

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma discusses important surgical management approaches and includes useful tables. A unique feature of this edition is the inclusion of expert commentary to accompany each specialist chapter, including clinical pearls from senior surgeons in the field, making this an invaluable resource for all acute care and trauma practitioners.

Professional & Technical / Medicine & Health Sciences / Informatics

Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics, 1st edition by Richard E. Biehl (Auerbach Publications, CRC Press)

Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics is a step-by-step how-to guide for designing and building an enterprise-wide data warehouse across a biomedical or healthcare institution, using a four-iteration lifecycle and standardized design pattern. It enables readers to quickly implement a fully scalable generic data architecture that supports their organization’s clinical, operational, administrative, financial, and research data. By following the guidelines in Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics, they will be able to successfully progress through the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma versions, plus fully implement their first production release in about a year.

The author is Richard E. Biehl, an information technology consultant with 37 years of experience, and a visiting instructor at the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS). He is a Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and a Software Quality Engineer (CSQE) certified by the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Milwaukee.

The Alpha version of an enterprise-wide data warehouse allows readers to implement just enough of the basic design pattern to illustrate its core capabilities while loading a small sampling of limited data for demonstration purposes. This provides an easy way for everyone involved to visualize the new warehouse paradigm by actually examining a core subset of the working system. Readers can finish the Alpha version, also referred to as the proof-of-concept, in as little as 3-4 weeks.

The Beta version, which can be completed in about 2-3 months, adds required functionality and much more data. It allows readers to get the full warehouse up and running quickly, in order to facilitate longer-term planning, user and support team training, and setup of the operational environment. The Gamma version, which is a fully-functional system – though still lacking data – can be implemented in about 3-4 months. About one year after starting, readers will be ready to launch Release 1.0 as a complete and secure data warehouse.

According to Biehl in Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics, the data warehousing movement has only in recent years crossed over into the biomedical sector. Much of what was learned about data in other sectors is applicable in healthcare, but biomedicine and healthcare offer challenges and complexities never faced in the commercial sector. Many biomedical or healthcare institutions today are making their own attempts to design and develop data warehouses, usually with some form of clinical or operational focus. One problem with this approach is that, owing to a general lack of IT maturity in the healthcare sector generally, these implementations are often based on concepts and designs that are already seen as largely obsolete in the broader data warehousing community or are being constrained by perceived technological weaknesses that actually haven't been of paramount concern in database technology for many years.

To be effective, Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics covers much more than generalized data warehousing. It specifically addresses biomedical data warehousing for healthcare – a discipline that requires its own knowledge base and design patterns. Biomedical and healthcare warehousing not only requires all of the basic fundamentals of data warehousing in any field, but also requires privacy and consent controls that are unprecedented in other fields, and the integration of imaging and genomic data as modalities that explode data volumes and controls. With the right guidelines, readers can build biomedical data warehouses that take these things into account. Implementations can be completed in months that used to take years or that were not even attempted because of their anticipated complexity.

Readers can use Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics as their data warehouse architecture guide so they actually build and implement the data warehouse described in the book. Biehl provides the code needed to build the database and the ETL needed to load that database. Readers will need to make some adjustments to make this material meet their local requirements and to conform to the type and version of database and SQL language in their installation, but otherwise this material is meant to be directly implemented.

A biomedical data warehouse is a very complex undertaking for any information technology function or group to take on. This book can't make the implementation easy, but it can make the journey safer and more enjoyable. If readers aren't sure about moving forward, Chapter 1 offers a set of generic requirements that helps them get their organization or management moving in the data warehousing direction.

Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics offers an up-to-date model that allows the organization to jump-start, or realign, their implementation efforts, giving readers a successful data warehouse implementation that is both quickly implemented and is state of the art. This book shows how to do that effectively by applying the learning that Biehl has achieved in numerous healthcare data warehousing settings in recent years, building upon a warehouse design that he has been fine tuning for over 30 years.

Professional & Technical / Psychology & Counseling

Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities, 4th edition by Jeffery Scott Mio, Lori A. Barker, & Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez (Oxford University Press)

Multicultural Psychology: Understanding our Diverse Communities, 4th edition, combines quantitative and qualitative research with anecdotal material to examine multicultural issues and capture the richness of diverse cultures. The text is organized by topics areas in multicultural psychology rather than by ethnic groups, integrating important findings across ethnic groups as relevant. Multicultural Psychology uses first-person narrative accounts from people of all ages and cultures in order to illustrate topics such as communication, racial and cultural identity, development, racism, differences in worldviews, and immigration. Other issues covered in the text include gender, sexuality, age, and ability.

Authors are Jeffery S. Mio and Lori A. Barker, both Professors in the Psychology and Sociology Department at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; and Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez, Professor of Psychology at Utah State University.

The authors say that throughout the years that they have taught courses on multicultural psychology and attended conference presentations and workshops on this topic, what has stuck with them are the stories that people felt compelled to tell. They planned Multicultural Psychology around stories (narratives or anecdotes) that illustrate important aspects of scientific studies and other professional writings in the field of multicultural psychology. Rather than substituting for science, the anecdotes in Multicultural Psychology are prototypes for scientific investigation. For example, science says that there are various stages or statuses of racial identity, and the authors present some prototypical anecdotes that illustrate how those statuses of racial identity affect one's perceptions and life experiences. Science says that ethnic minority clients may have very different reactions to White therapists, and they present an anecdote that conveys a typical reaction to a White therapist who did not approach an ethnic minority family in a culturally sensitive manner. These stories are not meant to replace science but to enrich science – to add texture to the clean lines of science.

Multicultural Psychology is organized around the emphasis that the authors have in their undergraduate multicultural courses and arose out of a perceived need they saw in the field. The authors also have chosen to integrate issues specific to populations of diversity throughout the chapters rather than to cover such issues in separate chapters.

Chapter 1 defines relevant terms and discusses the overall importance of multicultural psychology and how it came into prominence. Historically, many in the field have identified three forces in psychology: psychoanalysis, behaviorism, and humanism. Some feel that multicultural psychology is the fourth force in the field. Moreover, an understanding of the cultural context is essential as people view behavior from the biopsychosocial perspective. Initially, the field of psychology attempted to describe general issues of human behavior and treated all individuals as if they were the same. Because the field was overwhelmingly White, those in communities of diversity saw these ‘general issues’ as being imposed upon them and at times irrelevant to their lives. Thus, they began to define themselves, and from their varied definitions emerged a deeper understanding of human behavior.

Chapter 2 explores issues involving research and testing. It builds upon the notion that the history of psychology was dominated by a White standard by explaining that sometimes the White standard is not relevant to communities of diversity or can even be damaging to them. There is also a preference for quantitative analysis in science, because it is believed that qualitative studies introduce too much bias or are not generalizable enough. However, bias can be introduced in quantitative analyses as well. Therefore, the chapter discusses qualitative analyses, particularly as they apply to communities of diversity. Finally, the chapter applies issues of research methodology to the understanding of psychological testing.

Chapter 3 discusses various kinds of worldviews. First, it discusses issues of etic versus emic perspectives. In multicultural psychology, the etic perspective attempts to develop theory by finding similarities across different cultures, whereas the emic perspective emphasizes meaningful concepts within cultures that may not translate across cultures. Among the most important distinctions in the multicultural literature is the distinction between individualism and collectivism. That is because these perspectives are infused in societies, so one's cultural context may be from an individualistic society or from a collectivistic society.

Chapter 4 of Multicultural Psychology examines differences in communication. First come rules of conversation that have been identified by linguists and psycholinguists. There are some regularities in conversations within various groups, but there are many examples of differences among groups. Another key distinction in multicultural communication is the one between high- and low-context communication groups. The chapter explores differences in communication that have been identified in diverse communities, paying particular attention to gender differences in communication: Men tend to use more direct methods of communication, and women tend to use more indirect methods; women also use ‘softening’ methods so that their opinions do not seem so harsh. This chapter finishes by discussing bilingual communication, including both cognitive and social consequences.

Chapter 5 discusses issues involving immigrants and refugees. Quite often, people do not make a distinction between these two populations. However, there can be some very important differences psychologically. Immigrants choose to come to the United States. In contrast, refugees come against their will. Beyond those initial differences, immigrants and refugees can encounter many similar issues, such as language barriers, changing family roles, and problems with employment. This chapter concludes by discussing models of acculturation, some of which may also apply to American-born individuals such as some American Indian populations.

Chapter 6 focuses on issues involving racism. First, social psychologists make a distinction among stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, and racism. All of these are forms of group categorization, but stereotypes relate to similarities people perceive within the categorized group, prejudice relates to feelings about the categorized group, discrimination relates to behaviors toward the categorized group, and racism relates to institutional practices against the categorized group. Racism is also related to other ‘isms’ (e.g., sexism, heterosexism, able-ism) in that they all involve institutional practices that systematically disadvantage those on the downside of power. One way to overcome racism and other ‘isms’ is to understand issues of White privilege and other privileges of power.

Chapter 7 looks at issues of identity. People who are familiar with developmental psychol­ogy know that this is one of the central questions that arise in adolescence. The chapter discusses models of identity development, beginning with African American identity development, then White identity development, and a general racial/cultural identity development model. This final model also includes other forms of identity such as multiracial identity development and gay/lesbian/bisexual identity development. This chapter concludes by discussing issues of multiple identities. At different times, one or a subset of these identities may come to the fore, and readers need to understand how they can balance these different demands.

Chapter 8 of Multicultural Psychology discusses health issues. Health and health behaviors are related to one's worldview and the context within which one develops. For example, different ethnic minority groups encounter differential care in a health care system whose policies and behaviors are still affected by remnants of racism. Much of that may be due to poverty, since people with better health insurance are treated better than are those who are compelled to use public assistance programs. To the extent that there remain differences in socioeconomic status among different groups in this country, there remain differences in health care opportunities. This chapter finishes with the example of sickle cell anemia, a disorder that affects primarily African Americans in this country and that is relatively ignored by the health care system.

Chapter 9 deals with issues involving mental health, both diagnostically and therapeutically. It points out that the main classificatory system in the mental health field – The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – tends to ignore issues of culture. That is because this document is based upon a medical model that emphasizes disorders existing within an individual as opposed to those in the environment. Although there are some conclusions about the prevalence and course of disorders in ethnic minority communities, at this point those conclusions must remain tentative. Also, some disorders may be specific to some cultures – ‘culture-bound syndromes’ or cultural concepts of distress. In therapy, many ethnic minority groups either underutilize mental health services or may terminate treatment prematurely because of discomfort with their therapists. To overcome those barriers, the authors discuss the need to develop culturally sensitive approaches to treatment.

Finally, chapter 10 discusses general issues in increasing multicultural competence. In encountering other cultures, people may experience the Four F reactions of freeze, flee, fight, and fright because they do not know what to do. In coming to understand difference, people may encounter the "Five D's of Difference": distancing, denial, defensiveness, devaluing, and discovery. Part of the reason for the four negative reactions to difference may be the "Three S's of Similarity," which are simple, safe, and sane. When people prefer their own more secure patterns of behavior to the different ones they might encounter in another culture, their secure patterns feel more simple, make them feel safe, and keep them sane as opposed to confused. The authors offer suggestions to help students improve their multicultural competence.

While there have not been any major new theories in the multicultural area since the last edition of Multicultural Psychology, the field continues to grow and new events in the world lead to new applications of understandings.

The personal stories and discussion of current events make the text relatable to students' life experiences and help them to connect with the material. – Danice L. Brown, Southern Illinois University

This is an up-to-date book on multicultural psychology that does an excellent job of bringing sensitive, difficult, complex, and unsettling concepts to life through the use of first-person narratives. – E. J. R. David, University of Alaska Anchorage
This is the go-to text for multicultural psychology for undergrads. – Rocio Rosales Meza, University of La Verne

This compact and highly readable text presents a broad foundation of understanding the issues psychologists address when studying culture, and the practical applications of theory in society today. Students are encouraged to delve into exploration of their own backgrounds, attitudes, and behaviors in regard to cultural differences. – Mary Mallory Rogers, Shasta College

This is the only multicultural psychology text that uses personal stories to apply and explain theory. It smoothly integrates important findings across ethnic groups across the chapters. With Multicultural Psychology, 4th edition, students learn more about themselves and others. The authors give students the tools to address and understand these emerging issues with the aim of creating a paradigm shift in students’ perspectives.

Psychology & Counseling

The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection by Louise L. Hayes PhD & Joseph Ciarrochi PhD, with a foreword by Steven C. Hayes PhD (Context Press)

I applaud what the authors have done, and look forward to the many studies and extensions I predict will flow from this book. It appears to me to be a real advance – and I hope we as a community will move quickly to find out whether and by how much. – Steven C. Hayes, from the foreword

Whether it is school, family, or friend related, adolescents experience a profound level of stress, and often they lack the psychological tools to deal with stress in productive ways.

Will they pass high school? Should they go to college? Will they find love? And what ways do they want to act in the world? The uncertainty surrounding the future can be overwhelming. Sadly, and all too often, if things don’t go smoothly, adolescents will begin labeling themselves as losers, unpopular, unattractive, weird, or dumb. And, let’s not forget the ubiquitous ‘not good enough’ story that often begins during these formative years. These labels are often carried forward throughout life. So what can one do, now, to help lighten this lifelong burden?

The Thriving Adolescent offers teachers, counselors, and mental health professionals powerful techniques for working with adolescents. Based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the skills and tips outlined in this book will help adolescents and teens manage difficult emotions, connect with their values, achieve mindfulness and vitality, and develop positive relationships with friends and family. The evidence-based practices in The Thriving Adolescent focus on developing a strong sense of self, which can give adolescents the confidence they need to make that difficult transition into adulthood. The skills adolescents learn now will help set the stage for a happy, healthy adulthood.

Authors are Louise L. Hayes, PhD and Joseph Ciarrochi, PhD. Hayes is an international ACT trainer and speaker; she is also a clinical psychologist and researcher with the University of Melbourne and Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health in Australia. Ciarrochi is a professor at the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education at the Australian Catholic University.

The book includes worksheets, exercises, and scripts focused on helping young people develop, the tools they need as they transition into adulthood.

According to Hayes in The Thriving Adolescent, for a long time acceptance and commitment therapy has been a bit awkward to apply to children and adolescents. Practitioners need concepts and methods that meet children where they are, and that guide them to help children learn how to be more psychologically flexible over time. Scaling psychological concepts from the individual to the group has been a hallmark of behavior analysis from the beginning. Contextual behavioral science and ACT has used the linkage to evolutionary ideas and the evolution of culture to return to that original vision, and this book makes that process clear. Humans are social beings, and leaving the group out of a psychological approach to children leaves children without their natural context. The Thriving Adolescent moves naturally across levels of analysis.

The Thriving Adolescent addresses the social landscape of adolescence, from the intricacies of developing healthy self-narratives to creating naturally occurring prosocial groups that help adolescents discover the practice of kindness to self and others. This book is a must-read for teachers, school counselors, therapists, and anyone else who wants to help teenagers thrive. – Kirk Strosahl, PhD, cofounder of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and coauthor of Inside This Moment and In This Moment

This is an excellent resource written by two eminent thinkers and skilled practitioners. Every chapter is filled with creative exercises, metaphors for explaining complex ideas, and scripts that can be fine-tuned for each teenager you’re trying to help. With step-by-step strategies, this book is a road map for leading adolescents toward a better life. – Todd B. Kashdan, PhD, professor of psychology at George Mason University and coauthor of The Upside of Your Dark Side

How I have longed for this book! It’s an invaluable resource for helping teenagers to grow into their full potential and live life full out. This book is an engaging and clear road map with its practical suggestions, worksheets, exercises, and examples. It’s a must-have for teachers, counselors, and health professionals working with adolescents. – Fredrik Livheim, licensed clinical psychologist, clinical researcher on ACT for teens at the Karolinska Institut in Stockholm, Sweden, and coauthor of The Mindful and Effective Employee

The Thriving Adolescent contains a great deal of wisdom and understanding of young people, and a practical approach to working with them in a developmentally attuned way. There are few clear and practical blueprints for this vital work, and the model the authors have crafted will be a useful addition to the repertoire of clinicians. – Patrick McGorry, executive director of Orygen, and professor of youth mental health at the University of Melbourne

Listen up counselors, teachers, and primary care clinicians. If you care about adolescents and helping them flourish, this book is for you. The authors provide a theoretical basis to support ‘DNA-V conceptualization’ of adolescent evolution, and they make intervention easy with downloadable worksheets. Read it, apply it, and take pride in the fact that you are more able to love, protect, and equip tomorrow’s leaders. – Patricia J. Robinson, PhD, director or training at Mountainview Consulting Group, and coauthor of Real Behavior Change in Primary Care

Providing powerful tools, The Thriving Adolescent is an essential resource for authentically engaging with young people and helping them thrive. It helps make ACT simple to apply even for those new to it. If readers work with adolescents or teens, this is a must-have addition to their professional libraries.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology by Ingolf U. Dalferth, translated by Jo Bennett (Baker Academic)

Preeminent scholar and theologian Ingolf U. Dalferth in Crucified and Resurrected argues for a radical reorientation of Christology for historical, hermeneutical, and theological reasons. He defends an orthodox vision of Christology in the context of a dialogue with modernity, showing why the resurrection, not the incarnation, ought to be the central idea of Christological thinking. His proposal is both pneumatological and Trinitarian, and addresses themes such as soteriology, the doctrine of atonement, and preaching. The result is a faithful restating of orthodox Christology in a modern key. Crucified and Resurrected was first published by Mohr Siebeck as Der auferweckte Gekreuzigte in 1994 and has been translated by Jo Bennett.

Dalferth, the author of twenty books, is Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California and professor emeritus in the faculty of theology at the University of Zurich.

In Crucified and Resurrected, Dalferth reorients Christology from the traditional focus on the incarnation to the original focus on the resurrection. Dalferth explains that Christology is about God, not a particular past event of history, and it is about the activity of divine love in resurrection rather than about incarnation. Resurrection is not merely about the crucified Jesus but about God, who through his salvific presence creates life from death and good out of evil for his creatures. Dalferth articulates the main features of a grammar of Christology so as to state, clearly and systematically, the consequences of the Christological transformation of theology. He shows that a dogmatic explication of the Christian faith has to follow a path of thought that leads from the resurrection to the cross, from the cross to the life of Jesus, and from there to the understanding of God, which, when given a new and rearticulated form, leads to the understanding of salvation. Dalferth also offers a critical account of contemporary debates about the sacrificial understanding of Jesus' death and its relevance for understanding contemporary Christian life. In the process, he explores how Christology has fared in modernity, introducing readers to the works of an exhaustive number of interlocutors both friendly to and suspicious of the orthodox model.

Crucified and Resurrected is a work of rare distinction, offering a penetrating analysis of the elements and entailments of the Christian confession of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Its anatomy of Christology is undergirded by a sense that the beauty and significance of Christian thought and practice derive from the uniqueness of their object. This is theological reflection of a very high order, whose appearance in English is warmly to be welcomed. – John Webster, University of St. Andrews
This admirable translation makes Ingolf Dalferth's already-classic Christological work on cross and resurrection available in English for the first time, with a new preface that situates it within the trajectory of the author's developing thought. What we have here is a study that returns us to the startling novelty of early resurrection belief and from there penetratingly expounds the 'grammar' and gift of its Christological implications. A profound, original, and challenging account. – Sarah Coakley, University of Cambridge
With this book, now available in English as Crucified and Resurrected, Ingolf Dalferth has propounded a conception of dogmatic Christology that attempts to take the problems and requirements of modernity into account. Dalferth follows Eberhard Jüngel's hermeneutically oriented Christology and, with the help of analytical philosophy, carries it further in terms of Trinitarian theology. The doctrine of the Trinity unfolds the act of faith as a concrete hermeneutical event. In this way, Christ comes into view as an image of faith involved in history. Christology is thus not one theological theme alongside others; it is the grammar of the Christian faith. – Christian Danz, University of Vienna

Crucified and Resurrected is a major work, now available in English, considered by many to be one of the finest and most significant contributions to modern Christology.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / New Testament Commentary

1–2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings by David R. Helm, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

Everyone experiences trials at some points in their lives. In their letters, Peter and Jude directly address the hard realities that all Christians face – suffering, persecution, false teachers, and contradictory views of the gospel.

The Bible is clear that Christians have nothing to fear in the long run in light of God’s sovereignty and love for his people. In this exposition of 1 and 2 Peter and Jude, Pastor David Helm explores these three New Testament letters in depth, reminding readers that suffering precedes future glories for anyone who claims Christ as Lord and Savior. Helm is lead pastor of the Hyde Park congregation of Holy Trinity Church in Chicago and Chairman of The Charles Simeon Trust, an organization which promotes practical instruction in preaching.

A resource for pastors and teachers looking to connect the Bible’s message to the everyday lives of Christians, 1–2 Peter and Jude touches on a number of important themes, such as finding encouragement in Christ, and avoiding false teaching.

The volume is part of the Preaching the Word commentary series. Series editor R. Kent Hughes is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Preaching the Word commentaries are written by pastors for pastors, as well as for all who teach or study God's Word. In this series experienced pastors and teachers model expository preaching and practical application. This series is noted for its steadfast commitment to Biblical authority, clear exposition of Scripture, and readability, making it widely accessible for both new and seasoned pastors, as well as men and women hungering to read the Bible in a fresh way.

Pointing readers to the only steadfast foundation for the faith, 1–2 Peter and Jude is a meditative volume reminding readers to look to God's grace for the strength they need to contend for the faith and finish well in light of Christ's return.

This commentary/collection of sermons has my warm endorsement. I read them, in my daily devotions, over the period of a month and profited greatly. The message of these books is often neglected, and I pray that this volume will go a long way to redress this deficiency. – Canon John C. Chapman, Former Director, Department of Evangelism, Diocese of Sydney

David Helm has an engaging style, all his own. Best of all, he engages with the text of Scripture, with life as it really is, and with the hearts and minds of the lively congregations who first heard and benefited from much of this material. – Dick Lucas, Trustee, The Proclamation Trust

David Helm exercises a vibrant preaching ministry in the city of Chicago. This book of Bible expositions displays his strengths as a preacher and serves as a model for other Bible teachers. It is vigorous in its defense of spiritual truth, clear in its explanation of biblical words and their contextual meaning, vivid in its use of language and illustrations, well-structured in its exposition of particular Bible passages, and fresh in its practical application of Biblical truth to daily Christian life. It is the kind of commentary, in other words, on which preachers quickly learn to rely. – Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

Here is an ideal resource for pastors and teachers. Through insightful connections and practical applications, 1–2 Peter and Jude points readers to the only sure foundation people have: faith in Christ.

Religion & Spirituality / Eastern / Anthropology

Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats by Virlana Tkacz, with Sayan Zhambalov and Wanda Phipps, with photographs by Alexander Khantaev (Inner Traditions)

As you read through this extraordinary account, see the strik­ing pictures, and recite the chants, I am certain you will be transported into that world yourself. You will get to know the human side of the shamans, fall in love with the sacred grounds, learn about the sacred ritual objects, witness the cleansing ceremonies, and participate in the offerings for the sacred land, ancestors, and spirits. You will go through the doubts and tribulations of the initiate and of his community and celebrate his triumph as spirit finally embraces the new shaman. Volodya's personal accomplishments come to ensure the successful continuation and well being of his lineage and that of the whole community into the future. It is a blueprint for modern society to ensure our own fragile future as well. – Irzhak Beery, from the foreword

Near the radiant blue waters of Lake Baikal, in the lands where Mongolia, Siberia, and China meet, live the Buryats, an indigenous people little known to the Western world. After seventy years of religious persecution by the Soviet government, they can now pursue their traditional spiritual practices, a unique blend of Tibetan Buddhism and shamanism. There are two distinct shamanic paths in the Buryat tradition: Black shamanism, which draws power from the earth, and White shamanism, which draws power from the sky. In the Buryat Aga region, Black and White shamans conduct rituals together, for the Buryats believe that they are the children of the Swan Mother, descendants of heaven who can unite both sides in harmony.
Providing an intimate account of one of the Buryats’ most important shamanic rituals, Siberian Shamanism documents a complete Shanar, the ceremony in which a new shaman first contacts his ancestral spirits and receives his power. Through dozens of full-color photographs, the authors detail the preparations of the sacred grounds, ritual objects, and colorful costumes, including the orgay, or shaman’s horns, and illustrate the dynamic motions of the shamans as the spirits enter them. Readers experience the intensity of ancient ritual as the initiate struggles through the rites, encountering unexpected resistance from the spirit world, and the elder shamans uncover ancient grievances that must be addressed before the Shanar can be completed successfully.

The principal author of Siberian Shamanism is Virlana Tkacz, the recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships, and director of the Yara Arts Group in New York. Since 1996 she has worked with Buryat artists to create theater pieces based on Buryat stories, poetry, and songs. The other two authors are Sayan Zhambalov, a Buryat writer, actor, and singer, who performed with the Yara Arts Group and heads Uragsha, a traditional music ensemble that has performed at the World Music Institute in New York; and Wanda Phipps, a poet, translator, a founding member of the Yara Arts Group, and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellowship.

... we see that shamans are ordinary people with extraordinary perception of the world. The same can be said for the book itself.... This most certainly is no ordinary book. It is unique, in some respects more experience than narrative, a place where form and content merge, where the story becomes the message and the message is the reason for telling the story. – John Perkins, author of the New York Times bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
This glimpse of Buryat culture does not aim to be comprehensive, but it will be fascinating to those interested in Eastern religions and anthropology. Of particular note are the hundreds of full-color photographs that grace the handsomely produced volume; there's also a useful glossary. – Publishers Weekly
... fascinating book.... With coauthors Zhambalov, a Buryat actor, and Phipps, an African American poet,
(Tkacz) gives a vivid and detailed look into this ritual and, more generally, into this rarely discussed culture.... This book provides enough information about the culture to place the ritual in context, but it is not meant to be a scholarly treatment of the Buryat culture. The 175 accompanying photographs by fashion photographer Alexander Khantaev are beautiful and convey a sense of color that is not typically associated with this region. – Library Journal

Siberian Shamanism is an intimate account of an ancient shamanic ritual of Siberia, extensively and lavishly illustrated with vivid, full-color photographs. Interwoven with beautiful translations of Buryat ceremonial songs and chants, this unprecedented view of one of the world’s oldest shamanic traditions allows readers to witness extraordinary forces at work in a ritual that culminates in a cleansing blessing from the heavens themselves. It details the many preparations and ritual objects as well as the struggles of the shamans to complete the ceremony successfully.
Science / Mathematics

Numericon: A Journey through the Hidden Lives of Numbers by Marianne Freiberger & Rachel Thomas (Quercus)

Numericon tells the stories of the numbers, mathematical discoveries, oddities and personalities that have shaped the way humans understand the world. Each chapter is its own story about a number: why 12 is a sublime number, why 13 is unlucky and 7 lucky, and how imaginary numbers hold up buildings. Numericon tells the stories of ancient mathematicians, ground-breaking discoveries and mathematical applications that affect our world and our lives in so many ways.

Authors Rachel Thomas and Marianne Freiberger are the editors of Plus magazine, which publishes articles from the world's top mathematicians and science writers on topics as diverse as art, medicine, cosmology and sport. Before joining Plus in 2001, Thomas was a math consultant in Australia working for government and industry. She recently edited the Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society. Freiberger joined Plus in 2005 after being a researcher working in complex dynamics, holding various teaching engagements, and being Editor-in-Chief of the Mathscareers website.

Numericon is a guided tour through the world of mathematics taking readers on a journey to an exciting land, one that is familiar to some but foreign to many. Freiberger and Thomas take readers to some of their favorite places; they show readers the dramatic landscapes, beautiful views and precious treasures, and tell them stories of the valiant heroes, the baffling mysteries and the brilliant conquests.

It is a world that can seem hard to penetrate, but the forbidding symbols and equations are just another language: code for ideas that often find surprising uses in the ordinary world. They help translate, taking readers to some of mathematics' most famous landmarks, as well as some secluded coves and exotic beaches they have discovered on their own travels. The guides are those friendly representatives we all meet every day: numbers. Each number is an opportunity to stop off, enjoy the view and explore the local territory.

People love a place for many reasons – the views, the weather, the people, the food, the culture – there are also many things that draw people to mathematics, or ‘maths’ as the authors refer to it. For many, maths is fundamentally beautiful; many mathematicians won't be entirely satisfied with their work until it has an elegance, simplicity and grace. Others are drawn by its `unreasonable effectiveness' – its power to explain the world. Sometimes this happens long after a piece of mathematics was discovered and often it is hidden from view. Maths is the language spoken by all the sciences, taking readers to the frontiers of knowledge, from the workings of the Universe to the workings of their minds, which enabled them to dream it all up in the first place.

As editors of Plus magazine, Freiberger and Thomas say they have had the privilege to explore mathematics widely and to meet some of the amazing (and sometimes eccentric) people that build it. Apart from visiting their favorite mathematical sights, they tell the stories of the people and cultures that have created them. Funny, bizarre, tragic and dramatic, these stories are worth telling all by themselves. In the same way that readers appreciate a great piece of architecture more when they learn who built it and why, these stories can also give insight into the lofty mathematical structures readers meet along the way.

From fractals to hyperspace, from pi to infinity, Numericon is bursting with some of the best stories mathematics has to tell and you couldn't hope for two better narrators than Marianne Freiberger and Rachel Thomas. – Marcus Du Sautoy, Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, University of Oxford

A fascinating introduction to those special numbers that open the door to the rest of mathematics. – Ian Stewart, author of Professor Stewart's Cabinet of Mathematical Curiosities

Numericon shows off the beauty of mathematics in all its glory and tells the stories that weave through it, by two experts at communicating mathematics to a wide audience.

Travel / Atlases

National Geographic The British World: An Illustrated Atlas by Tim Jepson (National Geographic)

The history of the British Isles is one of the richest in the world. Other cultures may be more ancient, or their memorials to a distant past more striking, but few contain the drama that has played out on these islands over the course of many millennia. And few have a legacy as profound or as far-reaching, the consequence of an empire that extended across almost a quarter of the Earth and continues to shape the lives of millions of people to this day.

Blending narrative, photographs and artwork, and specially commissioned maps, The British World takes readers on a journey through time and place to tell the story of the British Isles. National Geographic The British World immerses readers in the sweep of British history – from prehistory to the Romans, Saxons and Normans, the Medieval Age, Tudor Britain, the Stuarts, the Georgian and Victorian eras, and the modern age. The reference is interwoven with facts and insights into the fabric of British life, from literary highlights to social amusements to trends of the day. Sidebars examine significant people, as well as key cultural and artistic events. Featured quotes give voice to such characters as Henry VIII, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Sir Francis Drake, Queen Victoria, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher; readers discover timelines of key events in each chapter, and family trees trace the line of descent of the monarchy to the present. 

Author Tim Jepson is a London-based British writer, traveler, and broadcaster, as well as a cultural expert for National Geographic Expeditions, who worked for several years as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph.

From the enduring mystery of Stonehenge to the creation of the largest empire the world has ever known, the story of the British Isles is a rich historical epic. The British World unveils this fascinating heritage in National Geographic style with photographs and artwork, narrative, sidebars, and maps specially commissioned for the book.

To look at the history of the British Isles, Jepson divides The British World into eight chapters. The first three cover epochs of greater length, each bounded by war and invasion. Next come chapters devoted to the Tudors and the Stuarts, royal dynasties that saw Britain undergo some of the most profound changes in its history. Then come two chapters of briefer span, both filled with a rush of events as the changes of earlier centuries set the stage for Britain's march into the wider world. The final chapter, again rooted in the trauma of war, brings us to the present day.

Each of these chapters opens with a narrative overview designed to place the period's individuals and events in their broader chronological contexts. Each is accompanied by a timeline of the chapter's key events and, after the first chapter, by a family tree that traces the often historically critical line of descent of England and Great Britain's and the United Kingdom's kings and queens. A summary of Scotland's monarchs is also included.

The sections following each narrative contain self-contained spreads over two or four pages, often with highly detailed accompanying maps. These spreads, again in roughly chronological order, look in more depth at a range of the period's most important aspects. Often they involve some of the many great names of British history, from leaders like Oliver Cromwell, Henry VIII, and Sir Winston Churchill to more singular icons such as Shakespeare, Darwin, and Sir Isaac Newton.

Just as often, they involve battles – Trafalgar, Hastings, Agincourt, Waterloo, or the Somme – for Britain's history is nothing if not bloody. Also there are some of the other one-off events that crowd Britain's history: the catastrophe of the Black Death, the plague epidemic of 1348–1350 that killed hundreds of thousands; the Dissolution of the Monasteries after 1536, when the dispersal of church lands under Henry VIII changed the face of the British countryside forever; or the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, one of the many what-if moments of Britain's history, which, had it succeeded, would have changed the destiny of the British world in ways beyond imagining.

Elsewhere in The British World, the emphasis is on more general themes, such as Britain's role in the slave trade, the mass emigration from the country's shores in the 19th century, the English Reformation of the 16th century, or the loss of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War. Often these themes develop threads across several chapters, most notably with the growth of empire, the rise of Britain as an industrial power, and the struggle for self-determination in Scotland and Ireland during their long and fractured relationship with England. Other spreads address physical memorials to Britain's past. Some are artifacts, fragile and modest in a way that belies their historical importance – the Magna Carta, for example, or the Doomsday Book. Others are more obviously majestic and monumental – Stonehenge, Hadrian's Wall, Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London.

Spanning wars, religious controversies, and revolutions, The British World is a visual jewel illuminating the history of this fascinating land – and an essential reference to be treasured by history lovers young and old.

One of the many beauties of the British world is that it is so rich and varied and endlessly debatable. Presenting and settling every argument is beyond the scope of The British World, but that is not its purpose. Rather, it is an introduction, an overview to whet the appetite, and above all a starting point that will inspire readers to discover more about the people and events that have shaped both the British Isles and – for better or worse – much of the wider world. The book reveals the captivating story of this legendary land in 352 pages, providing a unique visual experience that readers will return to again and again.

 

 

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Tender Mercies, MP3 CD, unabridged, running time: 9 hours by Lauraine Snelling, narrated by Callie Beaulieu (Red River of the North Series, Book 5: Tantor Media)

The Urban Farmer: Growing Food for Profit on Leased and Borrowed Land by Curtis Allen Stone (New Society Publishers)

Whole Food Energy: 200 All Natural Recipes to Help You Prepare, Refuel, and Recover by Elise Museles (Barron’s Educational Series, Inc.)

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley (Random House)

The Confederate Steam Navy: 1861-1865 by Donald L. Canney (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Introducing Albion Stitch: 20 Beaded Jewelry Projects by Heather Kingsley-Heath (Kalmbach Books)

Hannibal Lecter and Philosophy edited by Joseph Westfall, with series editor George A. Reisch (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Vol. 96: Open Court)

The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Smart Autonomous Aircraft: Flight Control and Planning for UAV by Yasmina Bestaoui Sebbane (CRC Press)

Criminology, 3rd edition by Frank J. Schmalleger (Justice Series: Pearson Education, Inc., Prentice Hall)

Telehealth in Rural Hospitals: Lessons Learned from Pennsylvania, 1st edition by CJ Rhoads (Productivity Press, CRC Press)

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice, 2nd edition edited by Stephen M. Cohn MD, Matthew O. Dolich MD, & Kenji Inaba MD (CRC Press)

Data Warehousing for Biomedical Informatics, 1st edition by Richard E. Biehl (Auerbach Publications, CRC Press)

Multicultural Psychology: Understanding Our Diverse Communities, 4th edition by Jeffery Scott Mio, Lori A. Barker, & Melanie M. Domenech Rodriguez (Oxford University Press)

The Thriving Adolescent: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Positive Psychology to Help Teens Manage Emotions, Achieve Goals, and Build Connection by Louise L. Hayes PhD & Joseph Ciarrochi PhD, with a foreword by Steven C. Hayes PhD (Context Press)

Crucified and Resurrected: Restructuring the Grammar of Christology by Ingolf U. Dalferth, translated by Jo Bennett (Baker Academic)

1–2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ's Sufferings by David R. Helm, with series editor R. Kent Hughes (Preaching the Word Series: Crossway)

Siberian Shamanism: The Shanar Ritual of the Buryats by Virlana Tkacz, with Sayan Zhambalov and Wanda Phipps, with photographs by Alexander Khantaev (Inner Traditions)

Numericon: A Journey through the Hidden Lives of Numbers by Marianne Freiberger & Rachel Thomas (Quercus)

National Geographic The British World: An Illustrated Atlas by Tim Jepson (National Geographic)