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Arts & Photography / American / History / Military
Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution by Arthur Lefkowitz (Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.)
Talented artists like Leutze, Vanderlyn, Durand, and Pyle looked back in history and found inspiration in the American Revolution. They created stirring, but frequently inaccurate depictions of the conflict which we must leave behind and move on to look at the eyewitness images of the American Revolution. – from the book
Most images depicting the American Revolution are historically inaccurate nineteenth- and twentieth-century recreations. Military historian and author Arthur S. Lefkowitz is working to change that. Lefkowitz serves on the board of governors of the American Revolution Round Table and is a popular lecturer on the subject. He has received numerous awards and honors for his books about this era.
Lefkowitz has gathered images from artists who were eyewitnesses to the events of our War for Independence. His research in museums and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe has spanned years and brought together both professional and amateur artist renditions, including those from British officers.
With over one hundred examples of ‘eyewitness’ artwork, Lefkowitz in Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution draws readers into the nation’s fight for independence, appealing to those interested in American history and art history alike.
Despite the absence of photography and combat illustrators, the American Revolution was accurately recorded by a number of eyewitness artists. They created a visual record of the conflict in the form of historical paintings, portraits, maps, illustrations and rapidly drawn field sketches. Historians recognize the importance of these images as a source of valuable information about the war. However, the challenge is to identify these often obscure artists and to find surviving examples of their artwork.
Sections of Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution together with the art in each section include:
Part One: The British Empire
Part Two: British Efforts to Tax America
Part Three: The War Begins
Part Four: The 1776 New York Campaign
Part Five: 1777: The British Take the Offensive in New York and Pennsylvania
Part Six: 1780-1783: The War in the South Leads to Peace
Lefkowitz says he was intrigued by the large number of good books about the American Revolution that are illustrated with inaccurate pictures. And there are plenty of contrived images to choose from, many of which date from the 19th and early 20th centuries when the Revolutionary War was portrayed as a romantic crusade. Looking at all these fictional pictures for years prompted him to write Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution. He wanted to identify the artists who were active during the American Revolution and show examples of their historically accurate work.
Finding and selecting the images for this book was a challenging but worthwhile endeavor, says Lefkowitz. The research led him to museums, historical societies, libraries, historic sites, college campuses and private collections in the United States, Canada, and Europe. The project was more challenging than he ever anticipated and included a research trip to Great Britain.
Despite the fact that some of the artwork shown in Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution is in the public domain and freely available, they are usually poor quality reproductions. He wanted to show the artwork for the book in high resolution digital images from the original artwork. This meant either taking a photograph of the original (not practical or frequently not permitted) or acquiring a suitable digital image from the institution or person who owns the artwork.
The image selections were based in part on Lefkowitz’s goal of using accurate artwork to create a chronological history of the American Revolution. The focus of Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution is the pictures with the accompanying text written for a general nonfiction audience. There is also enough detailed information to satisfy the more serious students of the Revolutionary War.
Lefkowitz, an esteemed historian, in Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution draws readers into the nation’s fight for independence, for those interested in American history and art history alike. The book achieves its goal of presenting the eyewitness artwork from the American Revolution in an entertaining and informative way. The book features historically accurate illustrations and maps from art collections around the word in full color.
Arts & Photography / Architecture
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts by Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, with a foreword by the Prince of Wales (Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
offers the definitive, authorized story of the
development, design, and construction of Kansas City’s Kauffman
Performing Arts Center (KCPA), acclaimed as one of the fifteen
greatest performance halls in the world and one of only two in the
Since its grand opening in 2011, the KCPA has been the subject of praise from critics and audiences all over the world. Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts tells the story of the design and construction of the building by a celebrated team including architect Mosche Safdie, engineers from the Arup Group Ltd., international theater designer Richard Pilbrow, and acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota. From its unique building materials to its lofty place in the Kansas City environment, every detail was subject to intense scrutiny and testing to reach the highest standards in performance and appearance.
The concept for the Kauffman Performing Arts Center was first suggested by Muriel McBrien Kauffman. After her death, the vision was completed by her daughter, Julia Irene Kauffman. Currently Chairman and CEO of the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, Ms Kauffman developed her mother’s dream with the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and spearheaded the effort to build the Center in downtown Kansas City.
One of downtown Kansas City's most distinctive landmarks, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, comes to life in this volume bearing its name: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts tells the story of the planning, design and construction of the internationally acclaimed building central to the city. With many photos and contributions from international experts in architecture, theatre, design, and acoustics, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates what has become a distinctive fixture in the Kansas City skyline.
What began as a sketch on a napkin has become an architectural icon. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has changed Kansas City's skyline, as well as the experiences of artists and audiences throughout the region.
Extraordinary and diverse performances – including classical, pop, and jazz music; ballet and contemporary dance; Broadway productions, comedy shows, and lecture series – have entranced audiences and impressed professionals with the intimate yet immersive quality of this spectacular structure. The 5,548-pipe Casavant Freres organ, commissioned personally by Julia Irene Kauffman, is one of the most magnificent instruments of its kind in the world.
Illustrated with over 250 photos and contributions from the experts involved in the project make Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts unique, and it stands alone as the only book of its kind on the Center. With the addition of a Foreword by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, whose interest in and support of architectural endeavors is well known, it will be a treasure for Kansas Citians, and the perfect souvenir for visitors from all over the country, and the world.
Arts & Photography / Biographies & Memoirs
Jay Boy: The Early Years of Jay Adams by Kent Sherwood, with an introduction by C.R. Stecyk III, with a foreword by Tony Alva (Universe)
Jay Boy is
a book of photographs of legendary skateboarding pioneer and
Z-Boy Jay Adams during his childhood years, taken by Adams’s
stepfather Kent Sherwood and back in print for the first time since
Skateboarding legend Jay Adams’s sudden and unexpected death at the age of fifty-three shocked the world. Media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, the Hollywood Reporter, ESPN, MTV, the Telegraph, and People magazine to name only a few, paid tribute to Adams; the broad coverage he received speaks to the immense influence Adams had on the sport of skateboarding and the subsequent culture he helped grow and shape. Universe is pleased to bring back into print in Jay Boy, the little-known book of photographs of Adams’s earliest days as a surfer and skateboarder, taken by his stepfather Kent Sherwood.
Sherwood is directly responsible for unleashing Adams’s talent on the world: he introduced Adams at a very young age to surfing and skateboarding. Sherwood, a self-taught photographer, began shooting the young Jay at play, surfing, and skating with his friends, including Tony Alva, Wentzle Ruml, and Shogo Kubo.
Sherwood is an aerospace engineer and photographer and one of the founders of Z-Flex Skateboards. The author of the foreword is legendary skateboarder Tony Alva, most prominently known as one of the original Z-Boys. The author of the introduction is C. R. Stecyk III, a multimedia artist and writer. Stecyk cofounded the Zephyr atelier. The author of the essay is Glen E. Friedman, a celebrated skate, hip-hop, and punk photographer.
Jay Boy: The Early Years of
Jay Adams is an absolutely magnificent book and a must-have
for everyone with an interest in skateboarding. – Juice Magazine
In this insightful collection, you see how a legend is formed, with captions penned by Adams himself while incarcerated, prior to his release and unexpected passing. A must have in your collection, get your copy…. – DeFy New York
The book of Kent Sherwood's photos, Jay Boy: The Early Years of Jay Adams feels like a family album you've been given a peek into. The photos are familiar in that there are probably similar photos of you in your family's album on a shelf somewhere. The photos are extraordinary because of their subjects, Jay Adams, Tony Alva, and various other Dogtown heavys before they became that. – Mostly Skateboarding Blog
Jay Boy is an endearing, intimate look at the gifted Adams and his friends, and includes sweet and revealing thoughts about his past, written in his own hand. It is certain to appeal to any fan of skateboarding.
Arts & Photography / Painting
Magritte: The Treachery of Images by edited by Didier Ottinger (Prestel Publishing)
Magritte: The Treachery of Images, a collection of revelatory essays, focuses on five common images in Magritte’s work – fire, shadows, curtains, words, and the fragmented body. Featuring vibrant reproductions of more than 100 works, the book shows readers how the artist employed these images in ways both deceptive and realistic. Magritte explores how he distorted accepted interpretations of classic symbols; why he so often used words as elements of his paintings; and how he applied aspects of the theater in his works. As Magritte’s paintings have become subsumed by the very commercialism they sought to ridicule, Magritte takes a fresh look at an artist whose familiarity masks an incredible gift for deception and rapier-like intellect.
Editor Didier Ottinger is Deputy Director of the National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou in Paris.
Rene Magritte (1898-1967) ranks among the key figures of twentieth-century painting. He went his own way with his conceptual brand of surrealism. Nowadays, his images seem omnipresent in visual culture, yet major surveys of his work are rare events. In Germany, it has been twenty years since the last such survey was on view, at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. In this sense the Frankfurt exhibition, which was organized in cooperation with the Centre Pompidou, is a rare event bringing together not just assembled top-class loans from all corners of the world, but also lesser-known works from Magritte's oeuvre. Magritte had been a guest at the Schirn once before, in a 2008-09 presentation of a small group of works from his ‘vache’ period, consisting of a total of thirty uncharacteristic paintings from the year 1948, which, at the time, was intended as a polemic attack, a deliberate provocation directed at the dogmatic ideas of the Paris group of surrealists surrounding Andre Breton. In a way, Magritte follows that precursor exhibition. It is not a classic retrospective; instead, it interrogates the work of the Belgian surrealist from a specific angle and, as a result, presents it in a new light.
Magritte married the cool precision of his painting with the idea, and yet his painting, rather than being an expression of thought, is to be viewed as thought itself. The exhibition shows Magritte as an artist of ‘Surrealism in the blazing sun’ who is less subject to the expectable methods of surrealism such as dream and chance. It insists on an intellectual surrealism that has less recourse to rendering visible what is buried in the recesses of the psyche.
Magritte shows the work of the Belgian surrealist in its relation to the philosophy of his time. For his extraordinary artistic strategies, Magritte sought a proximity to philosophy, which supplied him with arguments for the complex character of his paintings. The exhibition in Magritte examines Magritte's central pictorial formulas, which deal with the mythology of the invention and definition of painting. His intellectual curiosity led the painter to create a remarkable oeuvre, to defamiliarize the world, uniquely combining precise, magisterial painting with conceptual thought.
A beautiful monograph, Magritte takes a fresh look at the artist, helping readers understand how the artist employed images.
Business & Economics / Small Business / Law / Reference
Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Gig Workers of All Types, 10th edition by Stephen Fishman J.D. (Nolo)
Working for oneself can be both financially and emotionally satisfying and give the individual freedom employees rarely get to experience in their professional careers. However readers label themselves – consultant, freelancer, or independent contractor – they have a unique opportunity to choose how they will do business, where they will do business, and how they will handle all the day-to-day details of running their business.
Whether readers are starting full-scale consulting businesses or booking gigs on the side, Working for Yourself provides the legal and tax information they need to start and run a successful freelance or consulting business. It covers the current legal and tax basics self-employed people need to know, including how to:
Author Stephen Fishman, a full-time legal writer, is the author of many legal and business books.
Working for Yourself is not a book readers need to read cover to cover. Exactly what chapters and sections they will want to read depends on many factors, including whether they are already self-employed or just starting out; whether they work at home or an outside office; whether they are constantly hustling business or have one or two solid clients. The book is organized so readers can easily find the information they need, whether they want trusted advice on whether to form an LLC or operate as a sole proprietor or need a sample client agreement they can tailor for their own business. The book provides lots of information on the thicket of tax issues facing the self-employed, especially if they work at home.
Working for Yourself includes several useful forms, including an independent contractor agreement readers can tailor for their own clients. Readers can download all the forms in the book. Important changes to the information in this book is posted on the book's companion page. Readers will find other useful information on this page, such as podcasts and videos. And Appendix A, "Using the Downloadable Forms on the Nolo Website," has a list of all forms and resources available on the webpage.
This thorough and well-organized volume will guide individuals
through the legal and tax issues that come with the territory. From
deciding on legal structures to drafting contracts to collecting
payment from deadbeat clients, this is excellent information. –
As an independent contractor, you are your boss. This is why Fishman’s book is so important. – New Orleans Times-Picayune
Covers everything independent contractors need to know. – Business Life
Working for Yourself is the all-in-one, trusted, legal and tax resource every IC needs. It is ideal for readers who are tired of doing endless web searches for legal and tax information, who need one easy-to-use and authoritative resource. This well organized reference will help them successfully start and run their operations in a business-like manner.
Working for Yourself is intended for self-employed people who provide personal services, such as writers, health care consultants, artists, photographers, household movers, lawyers, doctors, Web designers, accountants, quality assurance (QA) testing, and drivers. It includes those who work in the gig economy and sell their services through online hiring platforms like Uber, Upwork, and Freelancer.
Higher Education / Teaching & Learning
Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms, 1st edition by Sabine Hoidn (Palgrave Macmillan, Springer Nature)
Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms develops a situative educational model to guide the design and implementation of student-centered learning environments in higher education classrooms. Rooted in educational science, Sabine Hoidn contributes knowledge in the fields of general pedagogy, and more specifically, higher education learning and instruction.
Hoidn is a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
According to Hoidn in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms, in a constantly changing and increasingly globalized world, high-quality education is pivotal in order to better prepare students to actively and successfully participate in today's dynamic societies. Societal challenges, changes in higher education's goals, advances in classroom research, and higher education modernization efforts have propelled European higher education institutions (HEIs) to promote a paradigm and culture shift from teacher-centered to student-centered learning and instruction. In recent years, policy makers, researchers, and educators alike have increasingly emphasized and demanded student-centered learning as a promising pedagogical approach to promote quality higher education. This research project is rooted in educational science and higher education learning and instruction and aims to develop an educational model that helps educational managers, administrators, curriculum developers, instructors, and faculty developers in HEIs to navigate student-centered course design and instruction decisions. The research presented in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms makes important contributions to our understanding of how instructors can design and bring to life powerful, student-centered learning environments (SCLEs) for deep learning in higher education classrooms. The findings are supported by an expansive literature review together with multiple ethnographic case study research conducted in the context of university-level (teacher) education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) between 2009 and 2012.
Hoidn in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms argues that SCL is a pedagogical concept that can foster deep learning, that is, student sense making in higher education classrooms. However, for European HEIs to become more SCLEs, a paradigm and culture shift from teacher-centered learning and instruction (input focus), in which faculty members transmit knowledge to students, to student-centered learning and instruction (outcome-based learning), in which universities produce learning through student discovery and the construction of knowledge, is necessary. This stance is in line with the voices of an increasing number of policy makers, researchers, and educators who emphasize SCL as a promising pedagogical approach for higher education learning and instruction.
European higher education today is still characterized by the predominant use of traditional methods of teaching such as lectures, seminars, and examinations. The interaction between the instructor and students – if it occurs at all – often follows the ‘IRE pattern’ with the instructor initiating a question to which s/he already knows the answer (I), followed by a short student reply (R), and an instructor evaluation of the student's response (E).
How can instructors design and bring to life powerful SCLEs that provide students with opportunities for deep learning? In order to answer this question, the scientific objective of the research reported in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms is to develop a situative educational model to guide the design and implementation of powerful SCLEs in higher education classrooms. The onus is on the faculty to design and conduct courses in a way that encourages students to take responsibility for their learning by being actively involved in the learning process.
Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms synthesizes relevant education research and investigates concrete and successful ground-level examples from within the higher education classroom. A systemic approach to learning research is used to investigate two holistic research questions at the nexus of higher education policy, research, and practice.
Research Question 1: What common design principles and instructional quality dimensions and features of SCLEs can be derived from learning sciences research in general, and empirical education research on the effectiveness and quality of learning and instruction in particular? (Chapters 2 and 3)
As a result of a literature review, a conceptual framework is developed in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms focusing on one higher education policy reform area – curriculum reform. The framework adopts a situative perspective that brings together common design principles and instructional quality dimensions and features of SCLEs to be considered when analyzing, designing, and implementing powerful SCLEs in educational settings. The framework serves as a starting point and point of reference to structure the research context for the empirical study and to help navigate the empirical research sub-questions.
Research Question 2: How do expert instructors in the field of higher education design and bring to life SCLEs that provide students with opportunities for deep learning? (Chapter 5)
The empirical study explores in situ practices in student-centered higher education classrooms. The overall goal is to make visible and understand how learning and instruction are designed and enacted in these classrooms and to inform the theory-building process. More specifically, the analyses of three Harvard case studies uncover a small set of concrete course design elements and instructional quality dimensions/features embodied in the higher education classrooms under study. These design elements and quality dimensions/features inform the construction of a theoretically and conceptually coherent situative educational model. They can also help to account for each of the three purposefully selected, homogeneous cases (literal replication logic), while being general enough to be potentially useful for other cases and learning design efforts.
Three graduate courses were designed as seminars and encompassed between 25 and 38 students who were expected to actively participate in class and collaborate with classmates. Exploring authentic student-centered classroom learning, teaching, and interaction practices provides rare and detailed glimpses into student-centered classrooms in order to carve out and systematize different recurring teaching patterns and specific practices in terms of instructional strategies for the successful facilitation of student sense making. The case analyses of the three cases provide integrated results with regard to four empirical research sub-questions that refer to characteristic curricular design elements, instructional strategies (scaffolding processes of knowledge construction and cultivating a classroom community of learners), and teaching and learning challenges.
Finally, a situative educational model is presented (Chapter 6) in Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms that outlines design elements and instructional quality dimensions and features that are hypothesized to be embodied in powerful SCLEs creating learning opportunities that make it more likely for deep learning to occur. Implications for higher education policy and practice are drawn based on the findings.
Hoidn’s book presents an overdue scholarly work investigating how instructors can design and bring to life student-centered learning environments. The developed educational model constitutes a significant and comprehensive contribution to higher education learning and instruction, tying empirical findings, namely authentic participation-oriented educational practices, to existing state-of-the-art research on constructivist learning and instruction. The detailed findings support higher education faculty, curriculum and faculty developers and administrators in making informed instructional decisions to scaffold deep learning. – Rolf Dubs, Professor Emeritus, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
This book, in a bravura way, relates theoretical models with case study research and learning practice itself. This is, without debate, an exceptionally seminal reading for anybody who intends to create high quality student-centered classroom environments. – Martin Hejnala, Department of OP Management, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic
Student-Centered Learning Environments in Higher Education Classrooms makes important contributions to our understanding. It will support instructors, curriculum developers, faculty developers, administrators, and educational managers from all disciplines in making informed instructional decisions with regard to course design, classroom interaction, and community building and is also of relevance to educators from other formal and informal educational settings aside from higher education.
Home & Garden / Energy Efficiency / Remodeling / Do-It-Yourself
Musings of an Energy Nerd: Toward an Energy-Efficient Home by Martin Holladay (The Taunton Press)
Martin Holladay has been making weekly postings to his “Musings of an Energy Nerd” blog on Green Building Advisor. Along the way, he has gathered a devoted following of ‘energy nerds’ who await his weekly musings with rapt anticipation. For the first time, the 50 most popular postings have been assembled in book form to give homeowners an opportunity to live a more energy-efficient life in their homes.
Musings of an Energy Nerd begins with an overview of energy priorities, and a discussion of what we mean by terms like ‘green’ and ‘sustainable’. Holladay presents several options for energy upgrades for an existing house (from replacing windows to adding superinsulation) before looking at ways to improve the energy efficiency of a new house. Separate chapters follow on HVAC, domestic hot water, appliances, and renewable energy, before the book closes with an eye-opening chapter on useless products, scams, and myths (including Holladay’s list of “Stupid Energy-Saving Tips”), it unravels the mysteries of the HVAC system and assesses the pros and cons of the Passivhaus standard. The book finally wraps up with Holladay 's impassioned manifesto for a ‘Pretty Good House’.
Holladay joined the staff of Green Building Advisor in 2008 and writes for Fine Homebuilding magazine about energy-related topics. He has worked as a plumbing wholesale counterperson, roofer, remodeler, builder, writer, and editor. He built his first passive-solar house in northern Vermont in 1974 and has lived off the grid since 1975.
In addition to presenting all of the must-dos for green home building, Holladay also explains what can be skipped so that funds can be redirected to other areas of the home that will provide greater energy savings and return on investment. He also explains the importance of moisture control in walls, attics, basements, and crawlspaces which, beyond sapping energy, can also result in health issues (from mold and mildew) and severe damage (failing floors, ceilings, walls, and foundation).
According to Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd, now that the market is flooded with ‘green’ products, it's important to distinguish true environmental responsibility from green-washing. There is overwhelming evidence that the most effective way people can reduce our environmental impact is to reduce their energy consumption – especially their consumption of fossil fuels.
Spending $250,000 on a newly built ‘green’ home is not going to help the planet. What the planet needs is for everyone to buy less stuff, including so-called green building materials, and to strive, every year, to bum less fossil fuel than the year before. Of course, they may need to buy a few things to help them reduce their fossil fuel use, but their shopping list should be modest.
Holladay says in Musings of an Energy Nerd that the good news is that relatively minor changes in construction practices – changes that are relatively inexpensive to implement – can result in much better homes. The tragic corollary, of course, is that even though people have known how to build tight buildings for 25 or 30 years, they have failed to do so. Building codes don't require builders to pay much attention to air sealing, so most builders ignore these details.
Any builder involved with new construction needs to know how to build an energy-efficient house, and Musings of an Energy Nerd contains plenty of advice on how that can be done. Most of us aren't planning to build a new home, however, so this book also includes advice on fixing up the home readers are living in now.
Because most people don't have million-dollar budgets and it's probably good for the planet that they don't, since shopping isn't very environmentally friendly – they all need to figure out how far to go when they are fixing up a house or building a new one. How tight should they make their home? Should they aim for 2 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (2 ACHSO), or should they adopt the Passivhaus goal of 0.6 ACHSO? How much insulation should they put in the attic? Is R-49 enough, or should they install R-60?
There are no easy answers to these questions. However, almost every energy expert agrees that the best way for most homeowners to save energy is to invest in air sealing. If readers’ homes already have pretty good insulation, a $15,000 investment in PV equipment may make more sense than a $15,000 investment in additional insulation. This example shows how tricky it can be to distinguish the silly ideas from the wise investments. The more one learns, however, the easier these decisions will become.
Everyone should be reading Martin Holladay's pieces on GBA. He is basically a national treasure. – David Meiland, Owner of Bailer Hill Construction in Friday Harbor, Washington
Martin Holladay... is the most knowledgeable person I have spoken to, ever, regarding building science and zero energy homes. – Eric Doug, Owner of Ecofutures Building In Boulder, Colorado
Martin Holladay [is] a respected voice within the building industry. – The New York Times
In his comprehensive and fascinating guide Musings of an Energy Nerd green-building guru Holladay cuts through the hype and myths about energy efficiency, sustainability, and green building to present the absolute best ways to make one’s home more energy efficient.
Literature & Fiction / Epics / Series
Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels) – Deckle Edge by Greg Iles (Natchez Burning Trilogy: William Morrow)
Part of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mississippi Blood is the final installment in the Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles.
The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this volume in the trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi – Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.
Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and this trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl.
In Mississippi Blood, shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn's experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations – preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.
During forty years practicing medicine, Dr. Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Dr. Cage has a second son, the product of a 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son – Penn's half-brother – who sets in motion the murder case against his father. The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's violent past. In some way that Penn in Mississippi Blood cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave.
Unable to trust anyone around him – not even his own mother – Penn in Mississippi Blood joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.
One of the longest, most successful sustained works of popular
fiction in recent memory… Prepare to be surprised. Iles has always
been an exceptional storyteller, and he has invested these volumes
with an energy and sense of personal urgency that rarely, if ever,
falter. – Washington Post
There is a graphic beauty to Iles’ writing. He uses measured words to express voluminous stories.... He is a masterful storyteller! – Huffington Post
[The] terrific conclusion to his Natchez Burning trilogy is a sweeping story that remains intimate… Relentless pacing keeps the story churning… The trial scenes are among the most exciting ever written in the genre. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
From his opening line, Iles draws you back into Penn Cage’s deep South in this phenomenal trilogy’s final novel (after Natchez Burning; The Bone Tree). [A] heart-racing, enthralling thriller. – Library Journal, starred review
This trilogy is destined to become a classic of literary crime fiction. – Booklist, starred review
[The books] are page-turning entertainments with an edge of history and a deep understanding of race relations in the American South.... Mississippi Blood is packed with compelling characters.... Harrowing and spellbinding. – Pittsburg Post-Gazette
Iles draws his characters so well, and brings off scenes so deftly. – Houston Chronicle
A fabulous story.... Love, betrayal, murder, sadness, racism, adultery, hatred and revenge, with a bit of history thrown in.... The conclusion to a phenomenal trilogy. – Biloxi Sun Herald
In this dramatic conclusion to a stunning piece of work, Iles works suspense until the last second, making us question whether we’d be able to keep fighting if all the precious things in our lives were taken away. – Southern Living
This magnificent saga concludes in breathtaking fashion.... Tender and gripping. – RT Book Reviews
The breathtaking ending to an expertly crafted trilogy.... Page-turning suspense. Well-written and a must read. – CriminalElement.com
Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making – one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.
Literature & Fiction / Fantasy & Science Fiction / Sagas
The Dead Seekers by Barb Hendee & J.C. Hendee (A Dead Seekers Novel: Ace)
In the Noble Dead saga, authors Barb and J.C. Hendee created an engrossing mix of ‘intrigue, epic fantasy, and horror.’ The Hendees are the New York Times bestselling authors of the Novels of the Noble Dead, including The Night Voice, First and Last Sorcerer, and A Wind in the Night. Barb’s short fiction has appeared in numerous genre magazines and anthologies. She is the author of the Vampire Memories and Mist-Torn Witches series. J.C.’s poetry, nonfiction, and short fiction have also appeared in many genre magazines.
Now starting with
The Dead Seekers, the
Hendees present a bold new series set in the same world as the
Noble Dead saga, where the destinies of two hunters shaped by
the shadows of their pasts are about to collide...
In the dark reaches of the eastern continent, Tris Vishal travels from village to village, using his power to put unsettled spirits to rest. He works alone, having learned that letting people close only leads to more death. Still, he finds himself accepting the help of the Móndyalítko woman who saves his life – a woman whose gifts are as much a burden as his own.
Mari Kaleja has thirsted for vengeance since the night her family was taken from her. She has searched far and wide for the one she thinks responsible, known only as “The Dead’s Man.” But before she can kill him, she has to be sure. Mari hopes traveling with Tris will confirm her suspicions. But as they embark on a hunt where the living are just as dangerous as the dead, she learns for herself the risks of keeping one’s enemy close...
Because it’s no longer clear who is predator and who is prey in The Dead Seekers.
The action starts early and suspense is maintained throughout as
high peril and danger propel the storyline to the thrilling
conclusion. – RT Book Reviews
There’s an addictive quality to it that will make you want to pick up the next book and dive straight back into this world to spend time with Tris and Mari. – Speculative Herald
With an unlikely friendship, an interesting cast of characters, all of the fascinating paranormal and magical aspects and of course a plot that kept my eyes glued to the page, Barb and JC Hendee created a unique fantasy tale with The Dead Seekers. – Bookaholic
Bold & engrossing, The Dead Seekers is an action packed epic saga.
Literature & Fiction / Folklore / Psychology
The Mythic Journey: Use Myths, Fairy Tales, and Folklore to Explain Life's Mysteries by Liz Greene & Juliet Sharman-Burke (Weiser Books)
Since the beginning of time, human beings have relied on myths, fairy tales, and fables to explain life’s mysteries. Bringing a fresh perspective to these age-old tales, Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burke in The Mythic Journey reveal how seekers today can find comfort and support in the legends and lore of the past. Greene is a world-renowned analytic psychologist and leading authority on mythology, astrology, and psychology and Sharman-Burke is a practicing psychotherapist and noted authority on the tarot and astrology.
The authors say that myth is the original self-help psychology. The Mythic Journey explores the psychological themes of many mythical traditions, recounting stories from Greco-Roman, Hebraic, Egyptian, Celtic, Norse, and various Eastern civilizations. More than 50 myths are retold, and each is followed by a psychological overview explaining how readers can apply the story to their own lives.
Divided into sections focusing on specific life areas, The Mythic Journey is a handbook for human life, guiding readers from the conflicts of family and childhood, through problems of love, intimacy, and ambition, and ultimately to the point when readers must face their own mortality. Readers discover that true self knowledge comes through facing life’s challenges with courage and strength.
The Mythic Journey explores significant myths, some well-known and others less familiar, which relate to the various stages of life and the important challenges all human beings encounter. Rather than following the familiar format of a `mythological dictionary' which gives snippets of interpretation for each of a long list of ancient deities and heroes, readers follow, instead, the format of a human life, weaving the ancient tales around fundamental human experiences, beginning with family relationships and ending with death as the final mythic journey. Each part of the book can be read and reread independently of the others; but as a whole, The Mythic Journey takes readers on a journey through the major rites of passage of a human life.
Each part focuses on a particular area of life and the characteristic conflicts and joys everyone encounters. Specific myths are, in turn, used to illustrate particular issues, both positive and negative, relevant to that sphere of life. The story is told first, and then a psychological overview is given which helps readers to understand the deeper meaning and application of the myth to their own lives.
An enlightening handbook, The Mythic Journey shows readers how mythic stories and imagery can bring relief from internal conflicts and help them to discover greater depth, richness and meaning in life. Readers learn from myth that sibling rivalry is as old as time; that Oedipus is alive and well and is not limited to the psychoanalytic couch; that the eternal triangle is indeed eternal and has been written about since human beings first learned to write; that beauty, talent, power and wealth bring their own forms of suffering; and that in the darkness of loneliness, failure and loss they have always discovered light and new hope.
Philosophy / TV & Film
The X-Files and Philosophy: The Truth Is in Here edited by Robert Arp (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Vol. 108: Open Court)
The X-Files, recently revived as a TV miniseries, with further productions in the works, is one of the most innovative and controversial of TV shows, taking seriously the more bizarre theories of ‘the unexplained’ and raising disturbing questions about the nature of popular belief. In The X-Files and Philosophy over thirty philosophers analyze The X-Files from diverse standpoints. The X-Files and Philosophy is volume 108 in the series, Popular Culture and Philosophy; the Series Editor is George A. Reisch.
The X-Files and Philosophy,
36 fearless philosophers seek the truth which is out there, in here,
at least somewhere, or (as the postmodernists claim) nowhere. One
big issue is whether the weird and unexplained happenings, including
the existence of entities unknown to traditional science, might
really exist. And if they did, what would be the proper way to
behave towards them? Some of these entities seem to flout
conventional laws of nature – but perhaps we need to allow for
different, as yet undiscovered, laws. If such fabulous entities
really exist, what do we owe them? And if they don’t exist, why do
we imagine they do?
Editor Robert Arp holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy. Now an intelligence analyst for the US Army, Arp has authored and edited numerous philosophy books, both scholarly and popular.
In The X-Files, regular science is represented by Scully and usually turns out to be wrong, while open-minded credulity or pseudoscience is represented by Mulder and usually turns out to be right, or at least somehow on the right track. Scully demands objective, repeatable evidence, and she usually gets it, with Mulder’s help, in astounding and unwelcome ways. What lessons should readers take from the finding of The X-Files – that respectable science is nearly always wrong and outrageous speculative imagination nearly always right?
In The X-Files and Philosophy there are numerous philosophical themes that arise when readers consider the entire body of X-Files stories. In other words, there's a lot of X-Philosophy to The X-Files. "Biogenesis" is concerned with the universe in eternal flux, "Providence" ponders purpose, and "Essence" speculates about the definition and nature of life, while "Ghost in the Machine" and "Jose Chung's From Outer Space" consider what counts as conscious existence and experience. The philosophical topic of freedom versus determinism is the focus of "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose."
But there's much more X-Philosophy, if readers are X-Phile: the major dilemma in "Wetwired" is whether one is justified in killing an innocent person being used as a tool of harm; "Lazarus" and "One Breath" ask readers to think seriously about near-death experiences; "Miracle Man" and "Humbug" present issues surrounding magical or incredible acts and the charlatans who exploit such supposed feats; "Gender Bender" takes on the hot-button topic of queer theory as well as the social pressures concerning identity and sexuality; "Fearful Symmetry" ventures into the philosophical realm of environmental ethics; "Eve" hits the controversy of cloning; there's even an episode titled "Empedocles" which is aptly named after the fifth-century B.C.E. Greek philosopher, who posited the forces of Love and Strife at work in a universe fundamentally composed of earth, air, fire, and water.
Besides the nature of science, what counts as evidence, and the kinds of critical reflection that should occur when readers are confronted with anything that smacks of the paranormal or supernatural, in The X-Files and Philosophy there are serious discussions of the slogans ‘I want to believe’ and ‘The truth is out there’. Can the desire for something to be true – the ‘want’ to believe – actually make it true for someone? And what is truth anyway? Should people have ‘faith’ in things non-scientific along the lines of the musing mystic Mulder? Or do they have a moral obligation to be skeptical scientists, like Scully?
Remember the time when your peanut butter sandwich was mysteriously stolen (as Cher sang in the distance)? Or when you were chased by that Mexican goat sucker thing (again)? Or what about that night you were abducted by two bleeping gray aliens (who were then abducted by a red inner space alien)? Even if that was someone else perhaps someone named Eddie who only looked like you – fear not! In these pages you'll get the chance to relive all of your favorite X Files moments, and think about them in new and profoundly unsettling ways. – Dean A. Kowalski, editor of The Philosophy of The X-Files (2007)
Einstein may have said something once about science and religion, but The X-Files was able to show us what could not be said. The X-Files and Philosophy beautifully clarifies the issues of scientific knowledge and religious belief in a way that appreciates pop culture and it shows us important truths (no matter how Out There those truths are). – Christine A. James, Valdosta State University
… there's some sage advice here for starting your own X-File investigation into whether science or faith is the way to go, what types of things exist, why we should fear some things and trust others, and how, even if we find the truth, we might have a hard time believing it. – Jason T. Eberl, Semler Endowed Chair for Medical Ethics, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Marian University
Millions of television viewers have been gripped by The X-Files, many of them wanting to believe along with Mulder in the existence of conspiracy theories, paranormal activity, and monsters. The X-Files and Philosophy takes up in deft, engaging, and Scully-like fashion the epistemological, scientific, and ethical issues raised by this modern sci-fi classic. – Carrie-Ann Biondi, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Marymount Manhattan College
Once upon a time there was a guy with the improbable name of Fox Mulder. He started out life happily enough, as these things go. He and Dana Scully feared the possibilities, but they both looked for the truth. Here in your hands is the Truth itself in a book that ranks right up there with getting a pony and learning how to braid your own hair. – Joe Steiff, Professor of Cinema Art and Science, Columbia College Chicago
The X-Files is great storytelling. And there are some great philosophical topics found in and through those stories. Read The X-Files and Philosophy; it contains well-written chapters put together by some really sharp folks.
Professional & Technical / Engineering / Aeronautics
Twin Cessna: The Cessna 300 and 400 Series of Light Twins by Ron Smith (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd)
The Cessna 310 broke new ground in general aviation when it appeared in 1953. It remained in production for nearly thirty years and nearly 6,000 were built. Twin Cessna reviews the type’s origins, competitors and development, including the many variants produced. Detail includes comments on ownership and operation, visual differences between individual models and after-market upgrades. The book continues with the closely-related Cessna 320 and the later ‘cabin class’ twins, the Cessna 340, 335 and 303. A second section examines the larger cabin twins in the Cessna 400 series from the Cessna 411 to the turboprop Cessna 425, 441 Conquest II and Reims Cessna F406 Caravan II. This family includes nine distinct types of aircraft and the section also includes some amusing tales about flying the Cessna 404 Titan.
Author Ron Smith is a British aeronautical engineer, photographer and historian. He was Head of Future Projects at Westland Helicopters Ltd and has just retired from BAE Systems.
According to Twin Cessna, up until the early 1950s, there was only one type of twin Cessna: the wartime Cessna T-50 Crane or UC-78 Bobcat navigation trainer. This rounded design, with its rumbling 245 hp Jacobs engines, carried five occupants at speeds up to around 190 mph. It was affectionately known as the ‘Bamboo Bomber’ due to its use of wood and fabric wing construction and its fabric-covered steel tube fuselage, minimizing the use of more strategic materials. The Bobcat weighed-in at 5,000 lb. and had a quoted maximum range of 750 miles.
In 1953, however, Cessna introduced the Cessna 310, a fast, clean, almost fighter-like, five seat, retractable undercarriage twin-engine aircraft for private and executive use.
This attractive and successful aircraft remained in production until 1981, and established twin-engine designs as an important product line at Cessna. By comparison with the Bobcat, the first production Cessna 310 aircraft carried the same number of occupants, on much the same power at 4,600 lb. gross weight. The cruise speed at 75% power was up to 210 mph and the range, cruising at 60% power, was some 810 miles.
These figures are somewhat comparable, but the two aircraft could not have been more different in appearance and style. The Bobcat was in many ways the end of the line, whereas the Cessna 310 represented the start of a new breed of high performance light aircraft.
Twin Cessna restricts discussion to the conventionally configured twins in the Cessna -300 and -400 series of aircraft. It does not include the less conventional ‘push-me, pull-you’ Cessna 336 and 337 Skymaster and Super Skymaster.
Twin Cessna is a comprehensive guide allowing the easy recognition of the different aircraft and sub-variants within the Cessna 400 series.
Psychology / Health / Education & Training
Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health, 8th edition by Linda Brannon, Jess Feist, & John A. Updegraff (Wadsworth Publishing, Cengage Learning)
For over 20 years, Health Psychology: An Introduction to Behavior and Health has been a leader in the field of health psychology for its scholarship, strong and current research base, and balanced coverage of the cognitive, behavioral, and biological approaches to health psychology. The eighth edition is updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, and includes many new real-world examples selected for their interest and relevance.
The authors are Linda Brannon, Jess Feist and John A. Updegraff. Brannon is a professor in the department of Psychology at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. After becoming interested in the emerging field of health psychology, Brannon and co-author Jess Feist (late, of McNeese State University) co-authored the first edition of this text in the 1980s. New to this edition, Updegraff, a professor of social and health psychology in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, is an expert in health behavior, health communication, stress, and coping, and is the recipient of multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
According to Health Psychology, health is a far different phenomenon today than it was just a century ago. Most serious diseases and disorders now result from people's behavior. People smoke, eat unhealthily, do not exercise, or cope ineffectively with the stresses of modern life. Psychology – the science of behavior – is increasingly relevant to understanding physical health. Health psychology is the scientific study of behaviors that relate to health enhancement, disease prevention, safety, and rehabilitation.
This eighth edition retains the core aspects that have kept this book a leader throughout the decades: (1) a balance between the science and applications of the field of health psychology and (2) a clear and engaging review of classic and cutting-edge research on behavior and health. This revision retains the most popular features including (1) "Real-World Profiles" for each chapter, (2) chapter-opening questions, (3) a "Check Your Health Risks" box in most chapters, (4) one or more "Would You Believe ...?" boxes in each chapter, and (5) a "Becoming Healthier" feature in many chapters. These features stimulate critical thinking, engage readers in the topic, and provide valuable tips to enhance personal well-being.
The eighth edition of Health Psychology has five parts. Part 1, which includes the first four chapters, lays a solid foundation in research and theory for understanding subsequent chapters and approaches the field by considering the overarching issues involved in seeking medical care and adhering to health care regimens. Part 2 deals with stress, pain, and the management of these conditions through conventional and alternative medicine. Part 3 discusses heart disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Part 4 includes chapters on tobacco use, drinking alcohol, eating and weight, and physical activity. Part 5 looks toward future challenges in health psychology and addresses how to apply health knowledge to one's life to become healthier.
The present edition of Health Psychology also reorganizes several chapters to better emphasize the theoretical underpinnings of health behavior. For example, Chapter 4 focuses on adherence to healthy behavior and presents both classic and contemporary theories of health behavior, including recent research on the ‘intention-behavior gap.’
The eighth edition also features new boxes on important and timely topics such as:
Other new or reorganized topics within the chapters include:
Health Psychology, adopts a preview, read, and review method to facilitate student's learning and recall. Each chapter begins with a series of Questions that organize the chapter, preview the material, and enhance active learning. The answers are revealed through a discussion of relevant research findings. At the end of each major topic, an In Summary statement recaps the topic. Then, at the end of the chapter, Answers to the chapter-opening questions appear. In this manner, students benefit from many opportunities to engage with the material throughout each chapter.
This edition of Health Psychology is accompanied by a comprehensive instructor's manual. Each chapter begins with a lecture outline, designed to assist instructors in preparing lecture material from the text.
A test bank of nearly 1,200 multiple-choice test items makes up a large section of each chapter of the instructor's manual. The text Companion Website contains practice quizzes, web links, the text's glossary, flashcards, and more for each chapter of the text.
Each chapter also includes suggested activities. These activities vary widely – from video recommendations to student research to classroom debates. Included are more activities than any instructor could feasibly assign during a semester to give instructors a choice of activities.
With so many electronic resources available to students these days, the authors include Exploring Health on the Web activity. This section suggests online activities, including websites that are relevant to each chapter. This activity expands the electronic resources students may use to explore health-related topics.
Transparencies include art from the text, as well as several physiology video clips and animations in Microsoft PowerPoint.
Accessible and appealing to a wide-range of readers, the classic Health Psychology features a concise writing style, ample pedagogy, and numerous visuals to support student learning and understanding. Although Health Psychology explores complex issues and difficult topics, the authors use clear, concise, and comprehensible language and an informal, lively writing style. The book is for an upper-division undergraduate audience, and it should be easily understood by students with a minimal background in psychology and biology. Readers of the eighth edition will benefit from the most up-to-date review of health behavior theories – and their applications – on the market.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Bible
The Face of Water: A Translator on Beauty and Meaning in the Bible – Deckle Edge by Sarah Ruden (Pantheon)
The King James Bible is considered the final and most accurate English translation of the Bible. But while its comparatively easy-to-read language allows it to become accessible to millions of people who were barred by a lack of knowledge of the more esoteric Greek, Latin, and Hebrew versions, much gets lost in translation – particularly in tone and lyricism. Even the most commonly accepted Ancient Greek and Latin translations fail to maintain all of the intricacies of the original Hebrew text.
The Face of Water, Sarah
Ruden elegantly explains and celebrates the Bible’s writings.
Singling out the most famous passages, such as the Genesis creation
story, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Beatitudes,
Ruden reexamines and retranslates from the Hebrew and Greek what has
been obscured and misunderstood over time.
Making clear that she is not a Biblical scholar, cleric, theologian, or philosopher, Ruden – a Quaker – speaks plainly in this illuminating book. She writes that while the Bible has always mattered profoundly, it is a book that in modern translations often lacks vitality, and she sets out to make it less a thing of paper and glue and ink and more a live and loving text.
Ruden was educated at the University of Michigan, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard, from which she graduated with a Ph.D. in Classical philology. She has translated six books of Classical literature and contributed her Aeschylus’s Oresteia to a collection of tragedy in English. Her translation of Augustine’s Confessions was her first book-length work of sacred literature. She is also the author of a book of poetry, Other Places. Ruden is a visiting scholar at Brown University.
The Face of Water writes
of the early evolution, literary beauty, and transcendent ideals of
the Hebrew Bible and the Greek New Testament, exploring how the Jews
came to establish the greatest, most enduring book on earth as their
regional strategic weakness found a paradoxical moral and spiritual
strength through their writings, and how the Christians inherited
and adapted this remarkable literary tradition. She writes as well
about the crucial purposes of translation, not only for availability
of texts but also for accountability in public life and as a
reflection of society’s current concerns.
She shows that it is the original texts that most clearly reveal our cherished values (both religious and secular), unlike the standard English translations of the Bible that mask even the yearning for freedom from slavery. The word ‘redemption’ translated from Hebrew and Greek, meaning mercy for the exploited and oppressed, is more abstract than its original meaning – to buy a person back from captivity or slavery or some other distress.
Cross-referencing the popular King James interpretation of the Bible with Ruden's own direct translation of the ancient Hebrew, the author in The Face of Water demonstrates with deftness and agility, the musicality of some of the most popular passages.
Ruden finds hidden meaning in the intricate arrangement of the
ancient vocabularies, poetics, and lifestyles, and therein lies the
fun. The book is often a master class in translation and Bible
studies... Entertaining, academic and easygoing. – Kirkus Reviews
Ruden’s work emphasizes the complexity inherent in translation; she lingers on some of the most challenging concepts and explicates the historical and linguistic context for her work, debunking both myths and poor prior interpretations. The book is not only a scholarly analysis, though, but a paean to the rhythm and poetry of the text. Ruden also diverges from standard academic tone, weaving her own personal stories together with her intellectual task; all this makes the reader feel as if they are spending time with a fun – and very smart – friend. This combination of casual ease and serious scholarship allows Ruden to bring fresh insights into even the most familiar stories and will make the book a true pleasure for anyone with an interest in translation or the Bible. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Brilliantly and elegantly, Ruden in The Face of Water offers readers a dazzling reconsideration of the original languages and texts of the Bible, in both the Old and the New Testaments. The Face of Water is as much a book about poetry, music, drama, raw humor, and passion as it is about the idealism of the Bible, giving readers an unprecedented, nuanced understanding of what this extraordinary document was for its earliest readers and what it can still be for us today.
Science / Archaeology / Ireland
Underground Archaeology: Studies on Human Bones and Artefacts from Ireland's Caves, 1st edition edited by Marion Dowd (Oxbow Books, Casemate Academic)
Underground Archaeology brings together a series of groundbreaking studies on human bones and artifacts recovered from Irish caves principally between 1878 and 1990. Until now, these assemblages had either been completely neglected or had not been examined with modern techniques.
Editor Marion Dowd is a lecturer in prehistoric archaeology at the Institute of Technology, Sligo where she specializes in the Archaeology of Irish caves and how they have been used from the Mesolithic through to post-medieval times, whether for burial, excarnation, veneration, occupation, refuge or as hideaways. The book has 16 contributors.
The book opens with osteoarchaeological analyses of human bones from 24 caves, revealing complex and varied funerary practices and rituals. Shell beads and animal tooth pendants provide insight into the status of those whose skeletal remains were placed in caves. Studies on lithics, stone axes and prehistoric pottery highlight the changing roles of caves as places for shelter, occupation, burial and ritual practices during the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age. An examination of the Late Bronze Age and Iron Age metalwork contributes to wider evidence of votive deposition at natural places in the landscape.
According Dowd in the introduction to Underground Archaeology, caves are unique archaeological environments that have attracted attention over the entire span of human occupation of the island of Ireland. The vast majority of caves of archaeological significance are multi-period sites, with evidence revealing use by people in different eras for a variety of different purposes. Though the enclosed and protective nature of caverns affords a greater degree of preservation to artifacts and bones than on open sites, these are also dynamic environments where stratification is highly disturbed.
In an attempt to unravel some of the stories behind the human bones that are so frequently found in Irish caves, the Human Remains from Irish Caves Project was established by Dowd in 2005. The absence of basic information on collections from the 24 identified caves meant that it was not prudent to date a particular human bone when the overall assemblage was not understood. For instance, how many individuals were represented in these assemblages? Were these all burial sites or did the remains reflect a broader range of activities? Was there any age or gender bias in the collections? Researchers now know the answers to these questions thanks to the work of the HRICP project osteoarchaeologist, Linda Fibiger, who devised the recording program and analyzed the assemblages from 23 caves (Chapter 1). Osteoarchaeologist Linda Lynch focused on the remains from Dunmore Cave (Chapter 2). Because of their work, published in Underground Archaeology in detail for the first time, there is a complete record of all human bones that survive from Irish caves. This data can be assessed alongside assemblages of human remains from recently excavated caves both in Ireland and further afield.
With the creation of a comprehensive dataset on the human bone assemblages from caves, it then became possible to interrogate the material by radiocarbon dating. Most surprisingly, perhaps, was the identification of human bones that represented early medieval and medieval activities at caves. The second objective of the project, to analyze groups of artifacts that had hitherto been neglected, is the subject of Underground Archaeology.
The lack of specialist input led to obvious problems in the identification of periods of activity at a particular site, as well as in the identification of broader patterns of cave usage through time. For instance, did some of the large lithic assemblages represent a single event? Or were multiple periods and activities represented? What types of vessels were represented in the prehistoric pottery assemblages, and what roles might these vessels have played? These questions are now addressed by the comprehensive studies on lithics by Peter Woodman (Chapter 3), prehistoric pottery by Helen Roche (Chapter 4), early medieval pottery by Alison Kyle (Chapter 9) and medieval and post-medieval pottery by Clare McCutcheon (Chapters 13 and 14).
For instance, in Ireland perforated animal teeth and perforated seashells have been found almost exclusively in caves. This curious and significant association clearly signaled the need for a more in-depth analysis of the artifacts in question. Rory Connolly examines perforated shells in Chapter 6 while Fiona Beglane analyzes perforated animal teeth in Chapter 7. In a similar vein, some of the elements of the late prehistoric metalwork hoards from caves were exotic or relatively rare, thus forming the subject of Katharina Becker's Chapter 8; while the seemingly simple stone rings from Robber's Den, examined in Chapter 12 by Alison Sheridan, are also unique in late prehistoric Ireland. The stone axes from caves comprised a specific group of material that warranted focus, not least because many of the axes only survive in documentary sources and have been lost – these axes are described and discussed by Stephen Mandal, Emmett O'Keeffe and Gabriel Cooney in Chapter 5.
One of the traditional popular and academic perceptions, dating from the nineteenth century and common to other parts of Europe, is that caves were associated with prehistory. Yet increasingly, and surprisingly for many, there is a growing body of evidence indicating that caves were much-used and much-visited places in historic times. This is illustrated in Underground Archaeology by John Sheehan's review of Viking-age artifacts from caves (Chapter 11) and Griffin Murray's fascinating exploration of ecclesiastical shrine fragments from two caves in the south of the country (Chapter 10).
Many valuable insights have emerged from the analyses, and in many instances the studies have confirmed previous assertions about cave archaeology generally, or a particular site. One point that emerges quite strongly is the multi-period nature of almost all caves in Ireland. For instance, during her analysis of the early medieval pottery from six caves and rock shelters along the Antrim coast, Kyle identified Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery from Potter's Cave. This pottery, and the periods of activity represented, had not previously been recognized and thus provides new opportunities and insights on the role this cave played in prehistory. McCutcheon's close reading of the material culture from Kilgreany Cave in Chapter 14 provides an intriguing and hitherto unique insight into the use of a cave as a hideout by someone of means in the late seventeenth century.
Spanning such a long period of time, and packed full of meticulous research on a range of different types of finds, Underground Archaeology brings together important datasets… These studies make a valuable contribution to an often overlooked and complex area of Irish archaeology. – LM Current Archaeology
The 15 expert contributions presented in Underground Archaeology shine a light on the use and perception of caves at different times in the past, from the Early Mesolithic through to post-medieval times. The studies in this volume provide many valuable insights and will be of interest to osteoarchaeologists; to those who specialize in particular archaeological periods; to museumologists and artifact specialists; to cave archaeologists; and to everyone interested in Ireland’s past.
Science / Archaeology / Scandinavia / Textiles
Iconic Costumes: Scandinavian Late Iron Age Costume Iconography by Ulla Mannering (Ancient Textiles Series, Vol. 25: Oxbow Books)
Iconic Costumes presents a selection of the rich and varied iconographic material from the Scandinavian Late Iron Age depicting clothed human figures, from an archaeological textile and clothing perspective. The source material consists of five object categories: gold foils, gold bracteates, helmet plaques, jewelry, and textile tapestries and comprises over 1000 different images of male and female costumes which are then systematically examined in conjunction with our present knowledge of archaeological textiles.
The author, Ulla Mannering, a widely published author, is one of the initiators of the Danish National Research Foundation's Centre for Textile Research in Copenhagen and Senior Researcher at the National Museum of Denmark.
Iconic Costumes explores the question of whether the selected images complement the archaeological clothing sources, through a new analytical tool which enables researchers to compare and contrast the object categories in regard to material, function, chronology, context and interpretation. The majority of the costumes depicted are identified in the Scandinavian archaeological textile record, demonstrating that the depictions are a reliable source of research for both iconographical costume and archaeological clothing.
The objects selected for the study are, with a few exceptions, produced and found in Scandinavia, i.e. present-day Denmark, Sweden and Norway, and only in a few cases is material found outside Scandinavia included in the analysis. The majority of finds are dated to the Scandinavian Late Iron Age (AD 400–1050) while a few finds are dated to the Scandinavian Middle Ages (AD 1050–1536).
Through a recording system developed for the present analysis of iconographically recorded costumes, the content of the object categories selected for this study is described and compared, and the results are compared with the existing knowledge of archaeological textiles and clothing finds.
The primary objective of Iconic Costumes is not to find an interpretation of the depictions themselves, but through them to shed light on the clothing tradition within which they are produced. The analytical tool presented in Iconic Costumes is developed to ease comparisons of large bodies of material in detail, and, in general, regardless of what they are composed of, their function, chronology, interpretation and context. The tool is used to record and analyze the numerous details of iconographic costumes, and to facilitate a clear and easy description. In most object categories, the clothed figures are characterized by a few, simple and visually clear details. This very conscious and intentional use of explicit costume shapes enables us to understand and interpret the Late Iron Age clothing tradition.
The analysis of the almost 1000 selected clothed human figures employs an internal numbering system referring to the different figures encountered in the various object-groups. Together with published photos and drawings, Mannerling’s examination of most Scandinavian gold-foil figures and new drawings created for this purpose form the basis of the documentation and analysis presented.
Iconic Costumes contributes new information on social, regional and chronological differences in clothing traditions from ca. AD 400 to the Viking Age. It is a richly illustrated book, a reliable source of research for both iconographical costume and archaeological clothing, which will likely give a second life to her methodology and inspire others to continue the work started.
Science / Physics
Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos by Brian Cox & Jeff Forshaw (DaCapo)
In a final flourish, the violent shock of each exploding supernova synthesized the heaviest elements, including gold and silver. New stars formed from the debris of the old, and congregated in their hundreds of billions in the first galaxies. – from the book
We dare to imagine a time
before the Big Bang, when the entire universe was compressed into a
space smaller than an atom. And now, as Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw
show, we can do more than imagine: we can understand.
Universal is the unforgettable journey of scientific exploration from Cox and Forshaw, the international bestselling authors of Why Does E=MC2? and The Quantum Universe, with 55 black-&-white and 45 full-color pages featuring photographs, diagrams, maps, tables, and graphs. Cox, OBE, FRS, is a Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Manchester and the Royal Society Professor for Public Engagement in Science. Forshaw is a Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Manchester, specializing in the physics of elementary particles.
Universal takes readers
on an epic journey of scientific exploration. It reveals how readers
can come to grips with some of the most fundamental questions about
the Earth, Sun, and solar system – and the star-filled galaxies
beyond. How big is our solar system? How quickly is space expanding?
How big is the universe? What is it made of? Some of these questions
can be answered on the basis of observations readers can make in
their own backyards. Other answers draw on the astonishing
information now being gathered by teams of astronomers operating at
the frontiers of the known universe.
At the heart of all this lies the scientific method. Science reveals a deeper beauty and connects us to each other, to our world, and to our universe. Science reaches out into the unknown. As Universal demonstrates, if we dare to imagine, we can do the same.
To many, concepts like the Inflationary Multiverse and String Theory appear incomprehensible. Musing on how our universe came to be and how it continues to change may seem better left to scientists and cosmologists, but in Universal, Professors Cox and Forshaw show how anyone can do it, distilling concepts of galactic proportions down to their most fundamental parts, and revealing a world of science in which we can all participate.
[An] accessible, lucid, and entertaining introduction to
cutting-edge astrophysics and cosmology. Revealing how scientists
explore the universe, the authors celebrate the scientific method as
much as the scientific discoveries they address... It's smooth
sailing through increasingly complex topics... Curious readers will
appreciate how Cox and Forshaw celebrate the scientific process as
heartily as they embrace the wonder of the universe. – Publishers
Weekly, starred review
Readers... will gain a more significant understanding of some profound cosmological phenomena. – Kirkus Reviews
Some readers eat popular physics for breakfast. Others yearn for a single simple volume to bring them up to speed, thereby freeing them for the fun stuff (life sciences, tech stories, cat videos). Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw will satisfy both audiences with their broad-brush account of the physical world that still finds room for uncertainty, controversy – even a little light maths. Rarely has a difficult subject been rendered so accessible. – New Scientist
This is a book about means and processes but also about wonder... Cox and fellow celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson have taken the mantel of generational science communicators once carried by Carl Sagan and Bill Nye... Universal is a bulwark providing an overview of how far we've come in understanding our universe and a taste of where we will go. As our professors and guides, Cox and Forshaw require our curiosity and patience. Passages will be reread. Graphs will be stared at indefinitely without guarantee of comprehension. By the end you will be rewarded with a little understanding and some hope for the future (which is also in great demand in these precarious times). – Spectrum Culture
This book takes readers on an awe-inspiring, unforgettable journey. From the elegance of mathematic symmetry to the why and how of life on earth, Universal both answers questions (How much does the Earth weigh?) and asks the unanswerable (Is there another universe like ours?), providing access to the unfathomable.
Travel / Europe / Guides
Ireland's Best Trips: 34 Amazing Road Trips, 2nd edition by Lonely Planet (Travel Guide Series: Lonely Planet)
Most visitors want to experience the Ireland of the postcard – the captivating peninsulas of the southwest, the brooding expanse of Connemara and the dramatic wildness of County Donegal. The postcard experience is also found in the lakelands of Counties Leitrim and Roscommon and the undulating hills of the sunny southeast. Travelers can visit blockbuster attractions and replicate famous photo ops.
Travelers discover the freedom of open roads with Lonely Planet's Ireland's Best Trips. If they only have time for one trip, the book advises them to make it one of the eight Classic Trips, which take them to the very best of Ireland.
Featuring 34 amazing road trips, from 2-day escapes to 2-week adventures, as well as regional trips and exciting detours, with lavish color and gorgeous photography throughout, travelers can explore the Ireland of their dreams, all with their trusted travel companion, Ireland's Best Trips.
This 2nd edition was researched by Fionn Davenport, Isabel Albiston, & Catherine Le Nevez.
Ireland's Best Trips covers Dublin, Ennis, Cork, Galway, Belfast, the Dingle Peninsula, Wexford, Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Westport, Tralee, Kenmare, Ring of Kerry, Connemara, Glendalough, Doolin, Derry, and Bangor.
Inside Ireland's Best Trips travelers find:
And there are plenty of surprises too – and they're all within easy reach of each other.
Whether readers want to drive through the wildest terrain or sample great food while hopping between spa treatments, the book has something for everyone. Ireland's Best Trips provides everything they need for their Ireland road trip: expert advice, practical tips, and inspirational trip ideas. A passport to up-to-date advice on uniquely encountering Ireland, the book is great for exploring Ireland via the road and discovering sights that are more accessible by car. Scenery, history, culture, bustling cosmopolitanism and the stillness of village life – travelers will find all of these in this book.