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ISSN 1934-6557

December 2004, Issue #68

Guide to Contents

Art: Kenya, Lisa Yuskavage Paintings, Western Views of China, Charles Longfellow's Japan, Directing Plays, Cajun Culture, Art American Style, Running with the Hemingways, New York Art Deco, Interior Design, Green Remodeling, African American Lives, Kentucky Freindship, Canals, Motorcycle Art
Education: Black Colleges, Teaching Science, Writing as Subversive, Online Learning, Wisdom Collected, Graduate Programs 2005
Business: Branding, Employee Well-Being, Career Skills, Biotech Foods, Managing a Health and Human Services Organization,
Children: Our Forests, Piano Playing, Mummy,
Food & Wine: Mitford Recipes, Buying Wine,
Entertainment: Wodehouse Recorded, Tallulah Bankhead, Carlin Rants, Sports: North Carolina Tar Heels, Travel: Picturing the Queens, Best Caribbean Resorts
Health & Science: Sex Talk, STDs, Eating Disorders, Gerard Mercator, Veterinary
History: Great Powers Bully One Another, California Indian Labor, Civil War Washington, Vietnam according to General Creighton W. Abrams, Hawaiian Memoir, Politics, Inventors in America,
Literature: Madison Smartt Bell's Haitian Trilogy, Men and Cartoons, Kluge's Tell Some SF: Coyote Continues Toward Interstellar Revolution
Mysteries: Ancient Roman Whodunit,
Spirituality: God's Life, Christian Ethics, Practicing Ethics, Altruism Judaism Emerging, Ruth, New American Christianity, Christ & History, Christian Spirituality, Joseph Campbell 's Bliss

African Studies / Social History

The Risks Of Knowledge: Investigations Into The Death Of The Hon. Minister John Robert Ouko In Kenya, 1990 by David William Cohen, E. S. Atieno Odhiambo (New African Histories Series: Ohio University Press/East African Educational Publishers Ltd.)

Kenya’s distinguished minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Robert Ouko, was murdered in February of 1990. The horror of the attack, the images of his mutilated and burned corpse, and the revelations of the pressures, conflicts, and fears he faced in his last week, focused national and international attention on the extent of government corruption during the Moi era. The story of a death foretold, The Risks Of Knowledge examines the multiple and unfinished investigations into the crime.

Authors David William Cohen, professor of anthropology and history at the University of Michigan, and E.S. Atieno Odhiambo, professor of history at Rice University, raise critical questions about the production of knowledge and claims of truth, which extend well beyond the changing political landscape of post-independence Kenya. They also argue that the unresolved nature of the crime demands – as does Africa – to be understood not only in its generalities, but also in its specificities.

This book is about how facts are created and knowledge is produced. Sifting through court transcripts and other investigations into the Ouko murder, Cohen and Odhiambo show how some subjects, but not others, became evidence. Along the way, their book offers sharp insights into the ‘squirearchy’ of western Kenya, into the world of international business, and into the routine of governmental administration. This book should make historians think about their work, about how our discipline silences the small stories, rumors, and unfinished business of the past. – Derek R. Peterson, editor of The Invention of Religion: Rethinking Belief in Politics and History

The Risks Of Knowledge is both a major reexamination of the public record of the Ouko murder and a call for more detailed engagement with Africa’s historical and present complexities. Powerfully argued, complex and provocative, The Risks Of Knowledge brilliantly reveals the turmoil and untidiness beneath the smooth surfaces of historical narratives. The authors draw attention to the burden of long-standing economies of knowledge respecting Africa and to the naturalized or pre-scripted understanding or renderings of Africa’s past and present.

The Risks Of Knowledge is part of a series entitled: New African Histories edited by Jean Allman and Allen Isaacman.

Arts & Photography

Lisa Yuskavage: Small Paintings 1993-2004 by Tamara Jenkins (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)

Entering my first Lisa Yuskavage show was like falling into a candy-colored female fever dream – room after room of colossal paintings of gigantic, naked women depicted in a range of mouthwatering colors you might find in a package of Smarties. – Tamara Jenkins, from her essay

The small paintings that make up Lisa Yuskavage, the first monograph of her work, are often the place where the characters from the artist's larger works come alive. Exploratory in nature, these paintings provide a uniquely intimate look at Yuskavage's creative process – allowing us to see how they have been a method of working for more than 20 years. The introductory essay, written by close friend, writer and director Tamara Jenkins is a work of biography and psychoanalysis, offering an up-close look at the forces behind Yuskavage’s work.

Many of the paintings included in this volume are reproduced at full-size, creating a particularly intimate experience between book and reader. As Jenkins notes in her essay, "A small painting ... creates a different physical experience for both the artist and the viewer. For someone like Lisa, who generally uses big canvases, working small allows her the opportunity to stay close to the image while painting." She observes, "By painting small, Lisa says she tricks herself into making personal work, even though eventually people will see it."

Jenkins first met Yuskavage while standing in line for coffee in Alphabet City on New York's Lower East Side. The intimacy of Yuskavage's small paintings is matched by the personal nature of Jenkins's essay, which charts Yuskavage's childhood and school years, including her preteen fascination with Penthouse and her experience posing as a nude model. In an effort to help readers further understand the genealogy of Yuskavage's creative process, Jenkins diagrams several paintings detail by detail, providing possible codes for understanding Yuskavage's canvases, and providing readers with an up-close look at the forces behind her work.

At once sexist and feminist, real and surreal, unsettling and seductive – and technically accomplished – Yuskavage's work generates buzz and controversy. And her paintings have struck a chord in a youth, size-and-celebrity-enhancement-obsessed culture. Both admired and censured for the in-your-face eroticism of her paintings, Yuskavage, a graduate of the Tyler School of Art and Yale and visiting Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome 2003-04, has emerged from the 1990s as one of the most important figurative artists working today. Called the "premier bad-girl artist" by The New York Times and lauded in The New Yorker as "an extravagantly deft painter," Yuskavage is known for her oil paintings, loaded with color and emotional content, featuring languid young women with outlandish body parts. Exploratory in nature, these small paintings in Lisa Yuskavage provide viewers with a uniquely intimate look at Yuskavage's creative process.

Arts & Photography / History

China Illustrated: Western Views of the Middle Kingdom by Arthur Hacker, with a foreword by Frederic Wakeman (Tuttle)
Longtime Hong Kong resident Arthur Hacker applies the eye of an artist and the knowledge of a historian to the hundreds of images presented in China Illustrated. The collection spans the period between the arrival of the first foreign traders in the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of the Second World War. Hacker was born in England and studied at the Royal College of Art before working as a graphic designer and moving to Hong Kong where he still lives.

The hundreds of images featured in China Illustrated include magnificent early engravings and maps, charming hand-colored prints, rare hand-colored lantern slides, stunning studio portraits, candid amateur photographs, fascinating post­cards, drawings and cartoons and they all come from Hacker’s private collection. The text captures the atmosphere of China throughout the centuries.

This social history highlights various aspects of traditional China as seen through the eyes of foreign visitors and residents. The lives and lifestyles of the fascinating mix of people who came to China, as well as the places they visited and the sights and customs that attracted their attention, are set against the backdrop of China's great cities and its ancient culture. A short history of the period sets the scene in each chapter, allowing readers to follow the dramatic changes that took place through the turbulent years when China moved from feudal empire to republic. The illustrated sections which follow focus on notable themes and topics.

China Illustrated brilliantly captures the atmosphere of China and the dramatic changes that took place from the mid-sixteenth century to the beginning of World War II. The stories of the fascinating mix of people who came to China are included in the text,  illustrated with 500 magnificent and rare images. Collected with the eye of an artist and the knowledge of a historian, the images eloquently bring China's social history to life. The result is a lavishly illustrated volume and an exciting hodgepodge of merchants, mercenaries, missionaries, and adventurers.
Arts & Photography

Longfellow's Tattoos: Tourism, Collecting, And Japan by Christine M.E. Guth (University of Washington Press)

Charles Longfellow, son of Henry Wadsworth Long­fellow, arrived in Yokohama in 1871, intending a brief visit, and stayed for two years. He returned to Boston laden with photographs, curios, and art objects, as well as the elaborate tattoos he had "collected" on his body.

Interweaving Longfellow's experiences with broader issues of tourism and cultural authenticity, Christine Guth, one of the foremost scholars in Japanese art history in the United States, discusses the ideology of tourism and the place of Japan within nineteenth-century round-the-world travel. Building on the foundation provided by the written and visual materials in the Longfellow archives, and using a variety of methodologies, Longfellow's Tattoos investigates collecting in Japan from four different perspectives. Guth begins Chapter 1 with a discussion of tourism and Japan’s place in it. The arrival there of large numbers of globe-trotters of widely different geographic and cultural backgrounds created a new kind of "imagined community" that altered and accelerated the traffic in ideas, styles, and images between Japan and America. Although tourists undeniably helped to shape American perceptions of Japan, their role is generally ignored because their impressions were often partial and filled with half-truths and misunderstand­ings.

Commercial photographs of Japan and its people, often hand-painted by Japanese artists, were popular souvenirs. Easily manipulated, both by their creators and their viewers, photographs helped to give focus to notions about Japanese cul­ture that were rarely consonant with reality, creating and reinforcing some stereotypes, even as they displaced others. The advent of photography seemed to bring with it a new era of truthfulness, but, like any form of visual culture, it was not value-free.

Chapter 2 offers a close reading of the hundreds of photographs preserved in four albums assembled by Charley Longfellow to better understand how this medium contributed to the ways that Americans saw Japan, and Japanese saw themselves. These include scenic views of the country by Felice Beato, the leading commercial photographer in Japan during the 1860s and early 1870s, rare photographs of the Ainu and northern Hokkaido taken during a British coastal survey of 1871, and two highly personal albums offering a microcosm of Longfellow's activities and friendships in Japan.

What tourists chose to collect involved a complex interplay of personal and culturally ascribed meanings. Longfellow's experiences underscore that there was no preordained standard against which Japanese art, either old or new, was evaluated at the time. Chapter 3 examines what and where globe-trotters collected and the meanings that they attributed to their acquisitions. It focuses particular attention on their ambiguous attitudes toward authenticity and how these have informed modern readings of Japanese art.

Clothing is a system of communication that exposes many ideas about a people, by including questions about race, class, ethnicity, gender, and attitudes toward the body. Nineteenth-century tourists were especially prone to read inner meanings about Japan from the external appearance of its inhabitants. Tourists were fascinated by these exotic manifestations of the "artistic nature" of the Japanese people. Some men even "went native" by having themselves tattooed. In so doing, they celebrated the natural life, freedom from convention, and aestheticization of the male body they had discovered in Japan. The costumes Longfellow had made for himself and tattoos he "collected" on his back and chest dramatically illuminate the process through which Euro-American visitors claimed Japanese heritage to fashion their self-identity.

How Americans absorbed cultural difference, transforming its threat into something comforting and compatible with their own lives, is the subject of the fourth and final chapter, "Domesticating Japan." Most interpretations of the nineteenth-century reception of Japanese art in America take the museum as their paradigm, but until the beginning of the twentieth century, the primary settings for the public's encounter with Japanese art were fairs and expositions, bazaars and curio shops, and private residences. The decor of Longfellow House, and especially its "Japan Room," filled with Charley Longfellow's souvenirs, serves as the basis for analyzing some of the ways that aesthetic transactions with Japan influenced the American home. The 1870s saw the publication of many guides to interior decor for middle-class Americans. Such publications, though not explicitly about Japan, were filled with images showing how Japanese screens, paintings, ceramics, bronzes, and other decorative furnishings could be integrated into the American home – just as they were in Longfellow House. How homes were decorated reveals many unspoken, and often gendered, Victorian assumptions about the island nation and how it became associated with sophis­tication and cosmopolitanism.

A deep pleasure to read for both scholar and non­scholar, Guth's study of Longfellow's life in Japan is an exemplary, provocative, and highly important work of cultural studies. – Jay Fliegelman, professor of American Studies, Sanford University

That Christine Guth, one of the most productive and respected scholars of Japanese art, has turned her rich intellect and analytical prowess to curios, photographs, and tattoos collected by nineteenth-century globetrotters suggests that the real Japanese art history has finally arrived. – Allen  Hockley, associate professor of Art History, Dartmouth College

Guth deftly illuminates a special moment in Japanese and U.S. cultural history. By using as her touchstone the poignantly eccentric Charles Longfellow (son of the great Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), she adeptly positions episodes in Japanese and American history so they flesh out a heretofore only partially studied cultural dynamic. Each country is made to hold up a mirror to the other. – Melinda Takeuchi, professor of Japanese Art History, Stanford University

Longfellow's Tattoos goes beyond simplistic models of reciprocal influence to a more synergistic Longfellow’s journals, correspondence, and art collection dramatically demonstrate America's early impressions of Japanese culture, and his personal odyssey illustrates the impact on both countries of globe-trotting tourism.

Arts & Photography / Performing Arts

Play Directing: Analysis, Communication, and Style (6th Edition) by Francis Hodge & Michael McLain (Pearson Allyn and Bacon) is about leadership – specifically, the leadership of an artistic enter­prise: the play director in today's theatre.

Play Directing, Sixth Edition, describes the various roles a director plays, from selection and analysis of the play to working with actors and designers to bring it to life. Veteran author Francis Hodge, University of Texas, Austin has added a second author, Michael McLain, professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and founding Artistic Associate and Literary Director of the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles. Hodge and McLain emphasize that the role of the director is not that of dictator, but leader of artists working in collaboration who look to the director for ideas that will give impetus to their fullest, most creative expressions. The text also emphasizes that directing is not a finite and specific “system” of production, but rather a means for providing an intensive look at the structure of plays, of acting and actor-ownership, and of all the other crafts that together make a produced play. Readers are guided through the process of working on a play from style to analysis, including its relationship to moving pictures and television.

This new sixth edition adds new chapters on working with actors (Chapter 16) and on the director and the dramaturg (Appendix 2), as well as new material on the director in opera. The authors have revised many exercises for increased focus on points discussed in the text, expanding the opportunities for practical application. The bibliography has been expanded with an updated survey of a diverse range of works related to directing, providing students with valuable guidelines to further study.

Play Directing is organized around two major approaches: first, Chapters 1 through 22 cover the mechanics of bringing a play alive on a stage with actors. Second, Chapters 23 through 29 are about refining those mechanics through the study of style in such a way as to individualize both the playscript and the approaches to making it work on the stage.

Although Play Directing is about the process of directing, it is also intended for playwrights, actors, and designers, for it is their work that the audience sees and hears. The director may give them the impetus to express their fullest, most creative talent, and the director may help shape their products, but unless these individuals know about and work as active collaborators toward what the director's imagining intends, they will merely be carrying out mechanical projects. The goal is always synthesis, and by working together under the director-coordinator, these craftsmen will find it.

Play Directing is also written for those directors who make productions at the high school level.

New author Michael McLain brings a fresh new voice to the sixth edition of Play Directing while retaining the point of view and fundamentals that have made the text a success in its earlier editions. This edition of the book offers a wealth of new information on the director's role.

Arts & Photography / History

Zydeco Shoes: A Sensory Tour Of Cajun Culture by Alexandria Hayes, with paintings by Earl Herbert (Pelican) invites readers on a multi-dimensional, sensory tour of the spicy spectrum of Cajun culture…a way of life that celebrates living.

Zydeco Shoes is collection of vivid, humorous paintings by self-taught artist Earl Hebert, plus recipes, taking readers into the back-road music halls, the small-town family gatherings, and the all-important, spicy, local cuisine.

Hebert grew up immersed in Cajun country in the little town of Ossun, Louisiana. He began painting in the late 70s and early 80s, and readily admits he knew nothing of it but thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience. "I particularly enjoy the beginning of the painting," Hebert says, "when the canvas is blank, and you can tell any story you want, but then you're married to that image for the next week or two, while you're finishing the painting."

An early mentor suggested using eight to ten standard earthy colors to begin. Hebert realized this gave his work a muddy look, and he quickly switched to the rich primary colors that have become his trademark. Another signature of his painting is the layering effect produced by acrylic paints. Hebert's work is full of the colorful world of the Cajuns, combining images of the past, present, and future and telling the story of a simpler era – when the warmth of good friends and family, a sack of crawfish, and a few cold drinks was all a person needed.

... And it was not the tragedy and sorrow that attracted outsiders to the swamps. It's the washboard-playing, dancing, crawfish-­eating, gumbo-making, joke-telling, hospitable side of the people of south Louisiana that fascinates the outside world. These persistent and defining qualities make the Cajun culture one of the most intact subcultures in America, and no one illustrates this joie de vivre better than Earl Hebert.

Whereas I felt obligated, amidst a lack of a Cajun painting tradition, to record historical facts and handed-down tales, Earl expands the definition of the Cajun culture with his portrayal of today's people. His paintings reflect the happiness and excitement with which these people exist. He embraces their joyful traditions as key elements of their culture. Using bright, strong colors and exaggerated gestures, he brings his canvases alive, weaving the people of south Louisiana – the Cajuns, Creoles, and African Americans – together in a fais do do or a crawfish boil.

Earl uses strong light, bright color, and a full, lively composition to make joy – joy of family, of zydeco, of good food, and of Louisiana itself – the true subject of his paintings. And above all else, his paintings reflect his own love of life and of his beloved Cajun heritage. – Georges Rodrigue, from the introduction

With its bold colors, evocative text, authentic Cajun recipes, and enclosed music CD, Zydeco Shoes celebrates South Louisiana and its people. Featuring the paintings of Earl Hebert, the book enchants the uninitiated as readily as it gratifies the veteran.

Arts & Photography

American Art: A Cultural History by David Bjelajac (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Dismissing the idea of art as a stately evolution of styles or "-isms," the author sees America's visual culture as an arena in which conflicting notions of class, gender, race, and regional allegiance are fought. Stepping outside traditional art-historical discourse, American Art launches boldly into the realms of politics, religion, science, literature, and popular culture in order to analyze individual art works within their specific historical contexts. Throughout, using generous quotations from primary sources, David Bjelajac pays close attention to how contemporary artists, audiences, and beholders from different backgrounds have talked about specific works, the nature of art, and the artist's role in American society.

Though broadly chronological, the book is structured around various themes, such as the animating power of religious imagery in the seventeenth century, the cultivation of republican virtue in the eighteenth century, and a split national identity in the Civil War era. The final chapters document the rise of a conflicted Avant-Garde, the populism and public art of the Depression years, the Abstract Expressionists, and the postmodern 1990s. Famous works by established names such as Charles Bulfinch, Benjamin West, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mathew Brady, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jeff Koons are freshly interpreted next to vernacular imagery – a masonic apron, an earthenware mug, a satirical cartoon, or a labor union poster.

In this provocative new survey of American painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture, Bjelajac, professor of art and the human sciences at George Washington University, dismisses both the idea of an evolutionary development of styles and a uniquely American way of seeing. Instead, showing the interrelation of art, politics, and social change, Bjelajac encourages readers to look at artworks from the point of view of contemporaneous audiences and within a larger historical context.

Explaining how shifting cultural values influence the way we interpret art, American Art helps us to understand why people have reacted positively or negatively to various works at various times. Nearly 400 illustrations, 150 in full color, illustrate a vibrant, stimulating, and original work in which art is viewed not only in terms of its creation but also its reception.

Arts & Literature / Biographies & Memoirs

Running with the Bulls: My Years with the Hemingways by Valerie Hemingway (Ballantine Books)

A chance encounter in Spain in 1959 brought nineteen-year-old Irish reporter Valerie Danby-Smith face-to-face with Ernest Hemingway. This brief, awkward interview led to a lifetime involvement with two generations of Hemingways, as she was sucked into the entourage by Ernest, who had become openly infatuated with the young Valerie. In her memoir, Running with the Bulls, Valerie recounts her coming of age in the company of one of the greatest literary lions of the twentieth century.

For two years she devoted herself to Ernest Hemingway and his wife, Mary, a former newswoman herself, traveling with them through beloved haunts in Spain and France and living with them during the tumultuous final months in Cuba. In name a personal secretary, but in reality a confidante and friend, she soon found herself swept up in the wild revelry that always exploded around Hemingway – dancing in the streets of Pamplona, cheering bullfighters at Valencia, careening around hairpin turns in Provence, and savoring the panorama of Paris from her attic room in the Ritz. In Cuba, Valerie spent idyllic days and nights typing the final draft of A Moveable Feast, even as Castro's revolution closed in.

But it was only when Hemingway threatened to commit suicide if she left that she realized how troubled the aging writer was – and how dependent he had become on her. After Hemingway shot himself, Valerie, then a researcher for Newsweek, traveled to Idaho to attend the funeral. It was there that she met Hemingway's youngest son, the manic-depressive, cross-dressing physician, Gregory, whom she married five years later.

As Thomas McGuane writes, "This is the best, and best written, of all the reminiscences of Ernest Hemingway, in part because its adventurous author Valerie Hemingway is such an absorbing character herself. There is far more here than the looming Papa but what there is of him is at uncommonly close range and changes our picture of him substantially. For once, the great artist, the hero and the fool seem to be the same person; and the long list of fascinating people in his train are seen with rare frankness."

It is one of the best books on Hemingway that I have read, and it has material to be found nowhere else on Ernest, Mary, and Greg Hemingway. – Norman Mailer
Valerie Hemingway is, with Hemingway’s only surviving son, the last witness to have a precious, intimate knowledge of the family. Her account of Ernest’s last years and of the tragic aftermath of his suicide is absolutely riveting: essential reading for anyone interested in the curse of fame. – Jeffrey Meyers, author of Hemingway: A Biography

Running with the Bulls is hot to the touch. I was not a little dumbfounded that Valerie Hemingway endured and survived the events of her life to write this improbably skillful memoir that frequently made me wish to climb a mountain and sit on a friendly glacier. The author’s life with the Hemingways is utterly compelling, and we must praise her for her gifts in giving us the most lucid look yet written at this haunted family. – Jim Harrison
This is a startling, complicated book . . . fresh, trenchant and intimate and revealing, yet sweet-spirited . . . told by a woman with a wonderful voice of her own. – David Quammen

With clarity and candor, vividly written and rich in atmosphere and anecdote, Valerie evokes the magic and the pathos of Papa Hemingway's last years. From lunches with Orson Welles to midnight serenades by mysterious troubadours, from a rooftop encounter with Castro to smuggling manuscripts and priceless works of art out of Cuba after Papa Hemingway's death, Valerie Hemingway played an intimate, indispensable role in the lives of two generations of Hemingways. Running with the Bulls, by turns luminous, enthralling, and devastating, is the account of what she enjoyed, and what she endured, during her years of living as a Hemingway.

Arts & Photography / Cultural History / Professional & Technical / Architecture

Art Deco New York by David Garrard Lowe (Watson-Guptill Publications) takes readers on a journey through New York in the early decades of the 20th century, when art deco, with its emphasis on machine-tooled elegance and sleekness of line, replaced the voluptuous beaux-arts style that preceded it.

During the transformative decades between the two world wars, Art Deco influenced everything – architectural styles, fashion and furniture, textiles, and graphics, the designs of trains and automobiles, and even the look of film and stage sets. The hallmarks of Deco design – machine-tooled elegance, the sumptuous look achieved by the use of rich materials and colors, the brilliant use of decorative detail – are seen here in images both of Deco icons, such as Rockefeller Center and the New School for Social Research, and of dozens of lesser known works by architects and designers who embraced the Deco style.

In Art Deco New York, cultural historian and prize-winning author David Garrard Lowe, through 150 black-and-white and 80 color images, demonstrates the pervasive influence of Art Deco on every page – icons such as Rockefeller Center; the Waldorf Astoria; William Van Alen's Chrysler Building; the Barclay-Vesey Building on West Street, considered by many to be New York's first Art Deco skyscraper; Howard & Hood's Daily News Building; and an overlooked example of superb Art Deco architecture, the Lexington Avenue Bloomingdale's. Here, too, is the classic New York Central's Twentieth Century Limited and the 1934 Burlington Zephyr, the French Line's Normandie; and even a Greyhound bus. And then, there are the Art Deco inspired fashions like Coco Chanel's "little black dress," the head-hugging cloche, and a Georges Fouquet brooch; ads like Erte's brilliant Holeproof ad for men's hosiery, and movie posters for MGM's Grand Hotel and Fritz Lang's 1927 Metropolis.

As a writer, I was intrigued by an epoch, which I had already christened "The Art Deco Era," that could give birth to the Empire State and to Rockefeller Center. Slowly, over time, like the tesserae of a mosaic, the pieces fell into place, until, at last, I had a complete picture. These tesserae came from a multitude of sources. As I began to know and to love the songs of those New York masters of American lieder – Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and others – I perceived a link between them and the architecture of the 1920s and 1930s. The beauty and wit of the Chrysler's pyrotechnic spire was as one with the beauty and wit of a Porter lyric or a Berlin ballad....

As the concept of the volume I wanted to write on the Art Deco era took shape, I realized that it would have to be a book about more than architecture. The German philosopher Friedrich von Schelling wrote that architecture is "music in space ... frozen music." The music of which the structures of the Deco years were composed consisted not only of stone, steel, and glass, but also of the spirit of the time. Thus I knew that my book would have to include essays on subjects as varied as the experience of American doughboys in France during the Great War, the transformation of society by the appearance of the new woman, and the aesthetic impact on New York of the 1925 Paris exposition. The book would have to be a rich melange of Coco Chanel and  Mayor Jimmy Walker, of Dorothy Parker and designer Donald Deskey, of barkeep Texas Guinan and debutante Brenda Frazier. – from the Preface

This gorgeously illustrated and vividly written book illuminates brilliantly the author's thesis that the designs of Art Deco were the supreme expression of the gospel of human hope and aspiration in everything around us, from skyscrapers and ocean liners to men's ties and book jackets, in the tumultuous and nervous interlude between two devastating wars. – Louis S. Auchincloss

The historically rich and visually spectacular journey of Art Deco New York showcases the hallmarks of Deco design in evidence throughout the city. There are dazzling photographs – many never before published. But Art Deco New York is far more than a catalog of buildings and art objects. It is a wise, witty, and intimate look at the social and political forces which made Art Deco so irresistible, which made it the quintessential symbol of modernity for a generation of New Yorkers.

Biographies & Memoirs / Women’s Studies / African American Studies

Sweet Expectations: Michele Hoskins' Recipe for Success by Michele Hoskins, with Jean A. Williams (Adams Media)

In the 1800s, a slave named America Washington created a syrup recipe for her plantation owner's family. The recipe was passed down through five generations of daughters to Michele Hoskins, who decided to give her own daughters more than a recipe – a business legacy – and the formula for success.

This ex-school teacher and single mother had children to support, a secret recipe, and a dream. Through her entrepreneurial spirit, aggressive sales tactics, and impenetrable faith, Hoskins launched Michele Foods, Inc., to sell her great-great-grandmother's honey cream syrup. Now a multimillion-dollar corporation with a multitude of products and national distribution in chains such as Super Wal-Mart, Albertson's, Kroger, Safeway, and Stop & Shop, Hoskins story is awe-inspiring.

The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, People Magazine, and Fortune are only a few of the media outlets that have featured Hoskins' remarkable rise. Going beyond what has already been reported, Sweet Expectations is the full story – replete with the obstacles, tragedies, and ultimate glory of seeing her family legacy blossom and shared with her progeny.

Sweet Expectations is the story of how Hoskins ...

  • Overcame a serious health condition as her business was beginning to take shape.
  • Broke through racial barriers to get her products on the shelves.
  • Survived her marital breakup just as her dream became clear.
  • Struggled to raise three little girls while starting a business.

Michele is an example of an American success story, a victorious woman's success story, and an example of success of the human spirit. – Pat Harris, Chief Diversity Officer, McDonald's Corporation

She did it her way and today she has a thriving business built on a tenacious belief in saying no to defeats along the journey. This is a real account of triumph in the rough edges of big business. – Publishers Weekly

Sweet Expectations is an inspirational and emotionally charged story showing how the power of family, faith, and self-determination can transcend even the darkest days. Laced with touching detail, bitter­sweet anecdotes, wise observations, and valuable success principles, the book will give courage to anyone who dares to dream, seeks to beat the odds and hopes to change his or her life.

Biographies & Memoirs / Women’s Studies

A Taste of the Sweet Apple: A Memoir by Jo Anna Holt-Watson (Woodford Reserve Series for Kentucky Literature Series: Sarabanda Books)

Jo Anna "Pee-Wee" Holt-Watson is a charmer of a writer, her voice transports readers to a vanished rural culture intimately seen: mid-twentieth century, Kentucky. In A Taste of the Sweet Apple, Holt-Watson, a fourth-generation Kentuckian and self-proclaimed Yellow Dog Democrat, documents one summer, her seventh, at Grassy Springs Farm in the Bluegrass region of Woodford County. Here is a world of shadowy lanes, granddaddy's ice-cold artesian well, tobacco stripping rooms, a girl's pony barn, Ginnie Rae's Beauty Shoppe on Main Street, and Ocean Frog's Grocery.

At the center of the book is a poetic and telling bond, an adoring friendship between this small white girl and a black foreman, Joe Collins. There's a tempestuous country-physician father, a beautiful, powerful mother in powerless times, and the "wonderfully long-winded" Aunt Tott. We witness the travail of hired laborers as well as the beauties of craft and devotion in Holt-Watson's sharp rendering of traditional tobacco culture.

The title says it exactly: reading this book is indeed like tasting a sweet apple. Its a quirky memoir, with­out the sentimentality and insistence that drives so many personal accounts. Holt-Watson has a deeply moving story to tell, with fully realized characters set loose in a specific world and time. And she has a distinctly humorous voice. I'm partial to any writer who can come up with a walleyed laundress and a prize bull named Big Business, in a place called Heaven's Little Footstool. This is a wonderful book. – Bobbie Ann Mason

A Taste of the Sweet Apple is a moving meditation on the love of a place and the way the land becomes a part of its inhabitants. Wztsons writing is evocative and heartbreaking, lyrical, and often hilarious. A vivid cast of characters takes us completely into this world, reminding us of the power of storytelling in a time when we need it more than ever. This is a beautifully wrought memoir. – Silas House
… Holt-Watson does more than record quirky characters. She captures Woodford County, or "Heaven's Little Footstool," at a particular moment in time, and her memoir, which covers a five-year period, is vivid without lapsing into sentimentality. And through it all, Joe Collins is there, steady as the sun in this child's universe. An excellent inaugural title in the Woodford Reserve Series in Kentucky Literature. – Booklist *Starred Review*

Brimming with unsentimental innocence and the sensuality of furs, tobacco, and her mother's Lemon lily beds, A Taste of the Sweet Apple draws a tough-minded, tomboy-accomplished portrait of girlhood. In the rural tradition, Holt-Watson is a conjuror of tales both hilarious and moving, mixed with temper and spirit.

Business & Investing

How Brands Become Icons: The Principles of Cultural Branding by Douglas B. Holt (Harvard Business School Press)

To date, iconic brands have been built more on the intuitions of ad agency creatives than by purposeful strategies. Stories of iconic brands like Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, and Volkswagen have become part of marketing lore.

But Douglas Holt argues that these widely circulated stories miss the mark. In this eye-opening book, Holt, Chair of Marketing at Oxford University, demonstrates that brands become icons not by highlighting unique features and benefits, but by staking out a provocative and valued position in the national culture. How Brands Become Icons extracts the com­mon principles behind these intuitions to build a new cultural branding model that revises core, marketing principles including segmentation, targeting, positioning, brand equity, and brand loyalty. Iconic brands address acute cultural contradictions – and the widespread desires and anxieties they create – by "performing" myths. These simple stories, usually conveyed through powerful advertising, smooth over cultural contradictions and help people feel better about their identities. Using case studies of Snapple, Mountain Dew, Budweiser, ESPN, Corona, and other iconic brands, the book details these new principles, explaining counter-intuitive insights such as:

  • How managers' present-tense view of brands blinds them to lucrative cultural opportunities.
  • How cultural disruptions provide opportunities for new brands and threats to existing brands.
  • Why consistency can be deadly for a brand.
  • Why following trends can never build an iconic brand.
  • How authenticity is created with communications.
  • Why paying attention to the majority of the brand's customers can destroy the brand's value.
  • Why television advertising trumps Hollywood as a channel for deliver­ing powerful myths.

Holt says that, to compete, managers need to stop outsourcing their branding efforts and instead build "cultural activist" organizations from the ground up.

Doug Holt deeply understands the religion of brands and the fickle ways we worship them. – Jeff Goodby, Cochair, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

How Brands Become Icons is one of the most insightful pieces of thinking on the modern world of marketing. Its analysis, founded on exhaustive research rather than egotistical opinion, makes it invaluable. – John Hegarty, Chair and Creative Director, Bartle Bogle Hegarty

Conventional branding approaches struggle to explain the rise of iconic brands. Doug Holt's view links brand communication with societal and cultural contexts to explain how certain brands rise to the top and stay there. This fresh perspective gives valuable insights not previously covered in marketing literature. – Jochen Zeitz, CEO, Puma

How Brands Become Icons is a must-read for any researcher or executive who wants to know why some brands are holy and others are mundane. – David Mick, Professor of Marketing, McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia

Based on an extensive examination of the historical records of legendary iconic brands, Holt presents an entirely different model with significant implications for branding strategy. Upending axioms that have dominated managerial thought for three decades, How Brands Become Icons challenges managers to rethink their assumptions about brand strategy.

Business & Investing

Leveraging the New Human Capital: Adaptive Strategies, Results Achieved, and Stories of Transformation by Sandra Burud & Marie Tumolo (Davies-Black Publishing)

From research and theory to practical application, Leveraging the New Human Capital makes the case for a new way to manage that maximizes the performance of people and organizations, while promoting the well-being of employees and families.

The ideal worker in today's economy is a technically skilled individual willing to devote heart and mind – as well as hands – to drive results. At the same time, he or she must collaborate with peers and navigate the competing demands of the workplace and personal life. Unlike Industrial Age workers, who had the support of a home-based partner, today's employee can no longer focus solely on work but must manage both work and personal responsibilities.

Authors are Sandra Burud, visiting research faculty at the Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, past president of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress; and Marie Tumolo, former vice president with Merrill Lynch Co, former teacher of strategic management at California State University. They present a new, research-based theory of human capital management and the practical steps organizations must take to put it to work. The experiences of DuPont, Baxter International, SAS, and First Tennessee National Corporation demonstrate how these strategies are used in real-world situations and their effects on employee and organizational performance. Leveraging the New Human Capital sets out five specific strategies organizations can use to succeed in this new environment:

  • Choosing to invest in people.
  • Adopting new beliefs.
  • Redesigning organizational culture.
  • Transforming management practices.
  • Coordinating beliefs, culture, and practice.

Burud and Tumolo's ideas are introduced and reinforced by brief essays from guest authors Peter Senge, Robert Reich, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.

This forward-thinking book, grounded in today's actions, will help managers direct their organization and enable employees to know what to expect. – Dave Ulrich, professor, University of Michigan, Business School; author, Why the Bottom Line Isn't

Offers powerful ideas that will simply make your company better. – Paul Orfalea, Founder & Chairperson Emeritus, Kinko's, Inc.

Infuses much-needed breakthrough thinking into the discussion of human capital. The authors refuse to let anyone who manages people ignore the most basic truth about leveraging humans as capital: You can't manage people as assets without respecting them as the whole beings they are. – Anne C. Ruddy, Executive Director, WorldatWork

Leveraging the New Human Capital changes the way managers see today's highly complex employees. Based on a research project, the book presents compelling evidence – it is a powerful call to action for executives, managers, and human resource directors in all types of organizations.

Business & Investing / Careers

Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School: Skills for Success in the Real World by Carl Selinger (IEEE Press & Wiley-Interscience) provides new engineers a road map to the other skills they need for professional and personal success.

In order to succeed in an engineering career, new graduates need more than just great technical skills. They need to be able to promote their ideas, share them with others, and work with a wide variety of people. Written by Carl Selinger, Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School is designed to give engineers entering the corporate world the "soft" skills they'll need to succeed in business and in life. The book is based on the leadership seminars given by Selinger, independent consultant in aviation, transportation planning, and strategic business planning.

Step by step, readers learn important skills like

  • Setting priorities
  • Working in a team
  • Being more effective at meetings
  • Speaking in front of a group
  • Negotiating personal or business issues
  • Dealing with stress

Based on the Selinger's popular leadership seminars, this easy-to-digest guide to success will help even the most inhibited engineer deal with the difficult people, processes, and meetings of today's competitive business world. Filled with insightful, practical advice addressing dozens of vital skill areas and helpful tips readers can apply immediately, Stuff You Don't Learn in Engineering School will help them take charge of their careers and achieve success.

Business & Investing / Engineering

The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution by Henry I. Miller & Gregory Conko (Praeger Publishers)

Few topics have inspired as much international furor and misinformation as the development and distribution of genetically altered foods. For thousands of years, farmers have bred crops for their resistance to disease, productivity, and nutritional value; and over the past century, scientists have used increasingly more sophisticated methods for modifying them at the genetic level. But only since the 1970s have advances in biotechnology (or gene splicing to be more precise) upped the ante, with the promise of dramatically improved agricultural products – and public resistance.

In The Frankenfood Myth, Henry Miller and Gregory Conko trace the origins of gene-splicing, its applica­tions, and the backlash from consumer groups and government agencies against so-called "Frankenfoods"­ from America to Zimbabwe. They explain how a "happy conspiracy" of anti-technology activism, bureaucratic over-reach, and business lobbying has resulted in a regulatory framework in which there is an inverse relationship between the degree of product risk and degree of regulatory scrutiny. The net result, they argue, is a combination of public confusion, political manipulation, ill-conceived regulation, from such agencies as the USDA, EPA, and FDA, and ultimately, obstruction – with profoundly negative consequences for the environment and starving people around the world.

Miller, Research Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and editor of To America's Health and Public Controversy in Biotechnology; and Conko, Director of Food Safety Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an interest group based in Washington, D.C. and co-founder and Vice President of the AgBioWorld Foundation; go on to suggest a way to emerge from this morass. They propose a variety of business and policy reforms that can unlock the potential of this cutting-edge science, while ensuring appropriate safeguards and moving environmentally friendly products into the hands of farmers and consumers.

Miller and Conko brilliantly expose the peril of allowing the precautionary principle to drive risk analysis and policymaking. Their thorough and articulate deconstruction of the precautionary principle should serve as a guide to developing regulatory policy, not only for biotechnology, but for any new idea or technology. – Nick Smith, (R-MI), Chairman, House Science Subcommittee on Research

This volume simply eclipses anything else on the subject. Miller and Conko offer a masterful expose of the flaws in current public policy towards biotechnology, a lucid discussion of the reasons for them, and innovative proposals for essential reforms. – Michael H. Mellon, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

Provocative, the book appears to be meticulously researched. The Frankenfood Myth is guaranteed to fuel the ongoing debate over the future of biotech and its cultural, economic, and political implications.

Children’s / Biography / Environment

The Midnight Forests: A Story Of Gifford Pinchot And Our National Forests by Gary Hines, illustrated by Robert Casilla (Boyds Mills Press)

Our national forests are among the great natural treasures of the United States. They are public lands with many purposes. In the National Forests, wildlife can roam free. People may hike, backpack, climb, and enjoy other activities. The National Forests are also a resource for timber. Today, we may take these forests for granted. But had it not been for conservationists in the early twentieth century, the National Forests would not exist today.

One of those conservationists was Gifford Pinchot, who is regarded as the father of the conservation movement. The Midnight Forests, written by Gary Hines, who formerly worked for the United States Forest Service, author of Thanksgiving in the White House, A Christmas Tree in the White House, and Day of the High Climber, and illustrated by Robert Casilla, a prolific artist with a bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, tells Pinchot’s story

Pinchot put a stop to the destruction of the nation's forests by introducing methods that would ensure healthy forests for years to come. He was helped by another man who loved the outdoors: President Theodore Roosevelt. Late one night in the White House they set aside large areas and designated them public lands. They made many people happy. But they made others furious.

Hines's inspiring story, as told in The Midnight Forests, with its beauti­ful illustrations, many of them based on the historic photo reference provided by USDA Forest Service, Grey Towners National Historic Landmark, Milford, Pennsylvania, shows how two remarkable individuals changed the landscape of the nation.

Children’s / Arts & Music

Polly And The Piano by Carol Montparker (Amadeus Press)

On Carol Montparker's way to what The New York Times called "a splendid debut" at her Carnegie Hall piano recital, this future Steinway artist already had one critic howling with approval ... her beloved dog, Polly.

Both an illustrated four-color children’s story and a grown-up fantasy, Polly And The Piano is based upon the true-life relationship between the pianist-author and her dog. The book is filled with Montparker’s affectionate and spontaneous watercolor sketches of Polly, from the moment of her adoption as a puppy at an animal shelter, to the astonishing setting at the end of the book.

In the book Polly lives underneath the piano, greets piano students, learns to love the classical repertoire, and keeps her pianist-partner from being lonely during long hours of preparation for a recital at Carnegie Hall.

From the charm of everyday interactions between owner and pet, Polly And The Piano takes an enchanting turn into a musical fairy tale. Written in the dog’s voice, the story draws the reader into the pianist’s life – the dedicated work and stress, along with the relief of more playful moments when Polly persuades her mistress to take some time off. As an added bonus, the book includes a CD of Montparker's live piano performances that Polly herself heard being practiced and performed.

The author of the recent, critically acclaimed The Blue Piano and Other Stories, as well as A Pianist's Landscape and The Anatomy of New York Debut Recital, which chronicled her recital experience, Montparker has served as an editor of Clavier magazine for more than 20 years. She has written over 200 feature articles and interviews of world-famous concert artists, along with her regular column, "Carillon," a personal view of music and how it relates to the other arts, nature, and all of life.

Carol Montparker ... writes with warm, subtle colors and lines of delicate precision. – Jerome Lowenthal, pianist and faculty member, Juilliard School

Polly And The Piano charmingly reveals the daily life of a professional musician. The mutual appreciation, tender love, good humor, and surprise ending will captivate the reader’s heart. This book will be treasured by pianists, piano teachers, students, children, pet lovers, and by everyone else as well.

Children’s (9-12) / Computers / Social Sciences

e.guides: Mummy by Peter Chrisp (e.guides Series: DK) invites readers to unravel the mysteries of the mummies, from Ancient Egypt to the Arctic, using this unique combination of book and Web site.

  • How did the Ancient Egyptians send their pharaohs to the afterlife?

  • Why did the Chinese bury their warhorses?

  • What was the 5,000-year-old Ice Man’s last meal?

From Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, to the Ice Man high in the Alps, woolly mammoths in Siberia, warhorses in China, and sacrificial victims in Peru, mummies worldwide continue to hold us in their spell. e.guides: Mummy peels back the layers to see inside mummies of all kinds, to understand how they were prepared, and to piece together the evidence about their cultures' beliefs in an afterlife.
By history writer Peter Chrisp, with consultant Joyce Filer, Egyptologist, cemetery archaeologist and curator, e.guides: Mummy delves into the age-old mysteries of preserved and buried bodies, with fantastic 3-D models, eyewitness accounts, maps, data boxes, and amazing photographs. Readers find the kind of information they can’t get from an ordinary book: the book is set up so that when readers see the e-arrow symbol, they go online to an exclusive, safe, and secure Web site to learn more about a specific topic through interactive features, multimedia content, games and quizzes, and outstanding downloadable images.

Created with the 9-12 year-old audience in mind, e.guides: Mummy gives young readers a wealth of resources to complete school projects and homework about mummies, online and off.

e.guides: Mummy is part of a new reference series reflecting and enhancing how today's young researchers gather, assess, and present information. Part of DK and Google's exciting family reference partnership, e.guides look at core topics from many angles.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader by Jan Karon, edited by Martha McIntosh (Viking)
Millions of Mitford fans would surely agree – it’s easy to put on a pound or two reading a Mitford novel – scene after scene of the colorful characters enjoying tantalizing dishes can immediately start a craving.

Packed with more than 150 recipes from the Mitford novels and from the author’s own recipe box, Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is loaded with tips, hints, jokes, culinary quotes, and delightful side-dish sidebars. From Miss Sadie’s Apple Pie to Puny’s Cornbread, from Emma’s Pork Roast to Marge’s Sweet Tea with Peppermint, beloved characters come alive through their own favorite recipes. Here, too, are Karon’s reminiscences of her own family’s food traditions. Also included are some of Karon's special recipes: slow-cooking meals that she prepares while spending her days writing, her favorite treat of Ice Cream in a Tray, and biscuit recipes from her mother and her grandmother.

In addition to recipes, Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader also includes excerpts from each Mitford novel: scenes that revolve around food, from picnics to church suppers. Also included are three short stories that originally appeared in Victoria magazine when Karon was a writer in residence, never before published in the Mitford novels. Karon, author of ten New York Times bestselling Mitford books, has also included personal anecdotes on many of the recipes featured, commentary on her favorite foods, and insight into how to present a meal. Her sly comments on "Political Chicken" will have readers laughing too hard to even snack, and her interviews with friends on what they'd choose to eat for a final meal might make readers reconsider what to have for dinner.

What makes this cookbook distinctive is that fans are treated to the exact scenes in Karon's stories where each dish was enjoyed. There's also a bonus Mitford story and recipes inspired from Karon's upcoming novel, along with plenty of sage cooking advice from how to season an iron skillet and stock a spice cabinet to pointers on saying grace and a rumination on the meditative effects of washing dishes by hand. Uncomplicated ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions will afford cooks, guests and fans plenty of time to savor the generous novel excerpts from the author's inspirational work. – Publishers Weekly

[Karon] is a writer who reflects and illuminates contemporary culture more fully than almost any other living novelist. – Los Angeles Times

Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a charming companion to the Mitford series that will have readers clamoring to bring into their own kitchens the aromas and flavors that swirl within the little town with the big heart. For readers and cooks alike, Jan Karon's Mitford Cookbook & Kitchen Reader is a veritable feast. Bon appetit!

Cooking, Food & Wine

Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition by Wine Spectator (Running Press) offers expert advice on wine buying.

For wine lovers and novices alike, the Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition is a comprehensive, up-to-date buying guide. The guide features the reviews of more than 11,000 wines, including ratings and descriptions by the editors of Wine Spectator, the world's leading wine magazine.

The experts at Wine Spectator have tasted tens of thousands of wines to provide oenophiles with a complete reference of exceptional wines from around the world. Because it guides its readers to only the most satisfying selections, the Wine Spectator is valued for the select reviews that appear in each issue. This comprehensive buying guide’s listings represent all recent vintages from 40 countries, organized by both wine and country of origin. Each entry includes a full review and rating. Make no mistake – these are the most interesting wines available, all rated on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale.

The volume includes Wine-Buying Strategies, How We Taste Wine, The Tasters, Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines, Wine Spectator's Classic Rated Wines, Wine Spectator's 150 Smart Buys from 50 Top Producers, Tasting Reports: Wines by the Country and Producer, and A Winery Index. The guide also includes vintage charts, maps and brief analyses of recent vintages.

Under Tasting Reports, wines are grouped by their region of origin and organized alphabetically by producer. Each entry includes a 100-point scale quality rating, a wine description, an estimate of when the wine will be at its best, and the winery's suggested retail price. Every major wine region of the world is covered including: Argentina; Australia; Austria; Chile; France; Germany; Italy; New Zealand; Portugal; South Africa; Spain; and the United States.

This guide's most useful features are tables organizing the wines by overall quality or value. For example, the connoisseur will enjoy the table listing only the finest wines from the greatest vintages of the past 10 years. …With that list, no one needs to rely on pretty labels anymore. – Brendan Finucane, Amazon.com

Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition is a resource for anyone interested in trying new wines, wanting to expand their wine cellar's selections, or curious about a specific recent vintage. Wine Spectator's Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, Eighth Edition provides the easiest, most reliable way to find the wines that suit the reader’s palate and pocketbook.

Education / African American Studies

I'll Find a Way or Make One: A Tribute to Historically Black Colleges and Universities by Juan Williams and Dwayne Ashley &, with an introduction by Ed Bradley (Amistad)

Stories abound about the abolition of slavery. However, lesser known are the efforts – both prior to and after the Civil War – of African American and white abolitionists banding together to create a formal education for newly freed slaves. Through the tireless work of government organizations, black churches, missionary groups, and philanthropists, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were established.

HBCUs have graduated such illustrious leaders as Oprah Winfrey, Thurgood Marshall, Spike Lee, W. E. B. DuBois, Debbie Allen, Alain Locke, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nikki Giovanni. HBCUs have single-handedly done more to propel black Americans into the upper echelons of formal education than any other set of institutions. These schools have been responsible for instilling a sense of empowerment and pride in black Americans for hundreds of years.

From Juan Williams, author of Eyes on the Prize, and Dwayne Ashley, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund, comes a definitive resource that explores the historical, social, and cultural importance of America's 107 HBCUs: I'll Find a Way or Make One. The tales of how these schools were created and of the individuals who are linked to the schools' histories are extraordinarily rich – and sometimes controversial. In a salute to America's 107 historically black colleges and universities, the book chronicles the formation of the black middle class, the history of education in the African American community, and some of the important events of African Americana and American history.

I'll Find a Way or Make One starts off highlighting the little-discussed literacy and educational traditions that existed among the newly transported blacks who arrived in America during the 17th and 18th centuries – whether free, indentured or enslaved. Ashley and Williams point out the subtle winds of change that later blew across the nation as it prepared for war with itself, and how the tensions created by those changes effectively snatched away black America's unobstructed access to learning. I'll Find a Way or Make One goes on to describe the American scene during the 19th century, when HBCUs came into their own, including the grueling period during and after the Civil War, when black Americans still strove to learn even while they were subjected to brutal subjugation that came in many forms. Nevertheless, it was during this century that black students and faculty at neophyte HBCUs realized their autonomy and made bold strides toward shaping the destiny of their collective institutions. As well, the authors recount the glory of the Roaring Twenties, when the arts became an exciting new arena in which blacks reveled in an explosion of brilliant creativity and middle-class materialistic indulgence.

In stark contrast, the Great Depression dealt a lethal blow to the black college system and America's entry into World War II nearly finished it off. I'll Find a Way or Make One takes a hard look at just how dire things became for black students and the educators who sought to continue providing them with education at a time when the entire nation was starving for money. The authors conclude this portion of the book with a retelling of how this bleak period actually was responsible for three of the most precious assets that the HBCUs ever could have offered to black America: first, the 1929 foundation of Howard University Law School, which fostered some of the nation's greatest legal minds – including Thurgood Marshall; second, the 1943 enrollment at Morehouse University of Martin Luther King, Jr., who, most probably as a result of this, became one of the most influential and prolific political and social activists the world has ever seen; and third, the creation in 1944 of the United Negro College Fund, which has been irreplaceable in motivating and enabling black Americans' continued pursuit of education – both through raising over $1.7 billion to date and serving as a cultural icon of immeasurable grativas.

The 1950s, 60s and 70s were each characterized by seismic shifts in America's political landscape; the most pivotal among these were conceived within the HBCU system: the Brown vs. Board of Education lawsuit; the wave of sit-ins that forced the South to its knees; plus the birth of SNCC and the Black Panther Party.

I'll Find a Way or Make One tells the awe-inspiring story of the institutions that have prepared and trained black students for greatness, even while struggling to stay afloat amidst the ebbs and tides of equality in America. The book is the first of its kind – a groundbreaking retrospective that explores the dramatic development and history of America's historically black colleges and universities. A work of scope and detail, it chronicles the educational history of African Americans. At the same time, authors Williams and Ashley write with a critical realism in both their analyses of the socio-political phenomena that shaped the development of HBCUs and the anecdotes and photographs they use to flavor this history.

Education / Science / Mathematics / Teaching & Learning

Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics: Studies of Complex Classroom Events edited by Ricardo Nemirovsky, Ann S. Rosebery, Jesse Solomon, & Beth Warren (Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, Publishers)

As a whole, Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics reflects the shift in the field of educational research in recent years away from formal, structural models of learning toward emphasizing its situated nature and the sociocultural bases of teaching and learning. It makes the case that students' everyday experiences and knowledge in all their manifold forms matter crucially in learning sciences and mathematics. The book, the result of a multi-year collaboration, was edited by Ricardo Nemirovsky, Ann S. Rosebery, and Beth Warren, all of TERC and Jesse Solomon, of the Boston Public Schools. Composed of the contributions of 13 research teams, it is organized around three themes: 1) the experiences of students in encounters with everyday matters of a discipline; 2) the concerns of curriculum designers, including teachers, as they design activities intended to focus on everyday matters of a discipline; and 3) the actions of teachers as they create classroom encounters with everyday matters of a discipline.

At least two trends, have reoriented the field by allowing researchers and teachers to look at learning starting with complex classroom events rather than formal theories of learning: increasing awareness that formal theories can be useful guides but are always partial and provisional in how they disclose classroom experiences, and the widespread availability of equipment that enables effortless recording of classroom interactions.

Such examinations are not meant to replace the work on general theoretical frameworks, but to ground them in actual complex events. This reorientation means that researchers and teachers can now encounter the complexity of learning and teaching as lived, human meaning-making experiences.

The editors have convened an exemplary group of authors.... Together they reflect some of the best researchers in the fields of mathematics and science education. Also noteworthy is the inclusion of practitioners as active constructors of the volume as well as of the research agenda. The volume provides a balanced emphasis on issues of teaching, learning, development, and research.... It is quite important to bring these careful and detailed accounts of the realities of classroom learning to the attention of the educational research and policy community, especially now when there is a strong push to declare some forms of research scientific and trustworthy while other forms are marginalized.... Taken together the chapters put a different light on the knowledge children bring to learning tasks in formal settings.... [This] is a very substantive volume. – Susan R. Goldman, University of Illinois at Chicago

Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics re-examines the dichotomy between the “everyday” and the “disciplinary” in mathematics and science education, and explores alternatives to this opposition from points of view grounded in the close examination of complex classroom events. Everyday Matters in Science and Mathematics is an important resource for researchers, teacher educators, and graduate students in mathematics and science education, and a strong supplemental text for courses in these areas as well as in cognition, instruction, and instructional design.

Education

Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students by Raul E. Ybarra (Counterpoints Series, Volume 257: Peter Lang)

Cultural differences play a part in communication breakdowns between students and teachers, and only a complete understanding of the model that English instructors use when teaching writing gives insight into the reasons why.

Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students by Raul E. Ybarra, Associate Professor at the College of Public and Community Service at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, observes and analyzes the communication patterns of Lati­no students in an English course at the college level, closely observing the interaction between Latino students and the teacher, as well as between Latino students and other student groups in the class.

Ybarra came to this topic while working on his doctorate; he realized he wanted to know why writing is so difficult for Latino students and why do many Latinos fail to acquire the writing level expected of them. Ybarra quotes Farr: "aspects of one's culture are a part of the tacit knowledge that members of a particular group unconsciously share simply by virtue of being members." When the culture or ethnic backgrounds of the members differ, "meetings can be plagued by misunderstandings, mutual misrepresentations of events and misevaluations". These misunderstandings and misevaluations have a negative effect on the student, which ultimately affects school achievement. The frequency of failure among Latino students, in particular in Basic Writing courses suggest a (dis)connection or dissonance between the cultural backgrounds and corresponding thought processes of Latino students in the writing classroom. To date, research in this area is virtually nonexistent. Understanding, and consequently overcoming, why there is a (dis)connection is key to reversing the low retention rate of Latinos in the United States.

Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students shows how school helps in contributing to Latinos' poor performance in the classroom. Moreover, the book shows that cultural differences do contribute to the poor performance of Latino students and other minority students in composition classes at the college level. The book provides a basis for evaluating communication patterns and communication breakdowns in a classroom setting. Each chapter in the book examines the mainstream assumptions of education and culturally relevant pedagogy and provides a basis for evaluating communication patterns and communication breakdowns in a classroom setting. Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students also shows how communication breakdowns, because of cultural differences between Latino students and Anglo-mainstream instructors, do contribute to the poor performance of Latino students and other minority students in composition classes at the college level.

Ybarra uses his own personal experiences in this chapter (Chapter 1) as an example to show how he dealt with Basic Writing as both a student and instructor. To better understand the Latino students in his classes, Chapter 2 examines the mainstream assumptions of education. Chapter 2 explores how Latino university students internalize, and eventually begin to verbalize, negative, distorted, and poorly informed mainstream perceptions concerning Latino identity. The focus is on the cultural schemata of academic discourse and why this is a difficult task for many minority students, in particular Latino students.

In Chapter 3, Ybarra focuses on four Latino students in a Basic Writing class. This chapter shows how school helps in contributing to Latinos' poor performance in the classroom. Students who are not part of the mainstream, particularity Latino students, see this pattern of writing structure as confusing and view it as a hostile attempt to change who they are. In this chapter, he shows how this does epistemological violence to Latino students of tracking because of the marginalization and cultural implications that takes place.

In the final chapter (Chapter 4), Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students explores the pedagogical implications of what the author observed in a Basic Writing classroom, and patterns that fit those general patterns associated with the Anglo-mainstream group by comparing them to patterns that have been described in other classroom discourse studies. By comparing the demands that are embedded within mainstream language and literacy practices with those structuring influences found within the Latino culture, we can better understand where academic structure conflicts with the oral discourse patterns of Latino students, which will give us the insight to see how students from different ethnic groups and cultures respond.

Having closely observed and documented the interaction Latino students had with the teacher and with students from other groups in an English course at the college level, Ybarra argues that cultural differences and the resulting miscommunications significantly contribute to the negative impressions Latino students have about the writing process and English courses. – Book News, Inc., Portland

Learning to Write As a Hostile Act for Latino Students concludes that cultural differences and the resulting miscommunications significantly contribute to the negative impressions Latino students have about the writing process and English courses. Understanding these differences is crucial to improving the teaching of writing to Latino and other minority students, and this book will contribute toward improving the situation.

Education / Teaching & Learning / Instructional Design

Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community by Rena M. Palloff & Keith Pratt (Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning Series: Jossey-Bass), written by the managing partners of Crossroads Consulting Group and adjunct faculty at the Fielding Graduate Institute and at Baker University, is a guide to online learning for faculty.

The book teaches faculty about online learning communities and provides assistance with the "how" of building community and making collaboration work. Collaborating Online is intended as a guide or handbook for implementing collaborative activity in online classes. Therefore, the theoretical material has been kept to a minimum. Part One is devoted to presenting the theory behind collaboration and collaborative activity in an online course. Chapter One reviews some basic theory about collaboration, online collaboration, and working with virtual teams. Chapter Two discusses the process of online collaboration – where do we start and how do we make it happen? Chapter Three looks at the challenges instructors face when implementing collaborative activity online, from groups that refuse to work with one another to issues surrounding assessment of collaborative work. Chapter Four provides a discussion of the important and frequently frustrating topic of evaluation of collaborative activity and student assessment when collaboration is used.

Part Two contains a number of ideas for collaborative activities, with suggestions for using them in an online course, not every collaborative activity possible, but a selection of activities that have proven to be successful online designed to trigger the imagination. Further application of these activities is encouraged, as well as the development of other activities based on the ideas presented here. Palloff and Pratt pepper these discussions with quotes from their students and from other faculty with whom they have worked in the development of the ideas and techniques.

Collaborating Online eloquently explains the central role that community and collaboration play in fostering student engagement online. Palloff and Pratt also offer faculty a rich collection of practical strategies – ideas that are straightforward to implement. It is the best book I have read to date on the topic. – Gail Matthews-DeNatale, senior instructional designer, Academic Technology, Simmons College

This book was an aha! experience for me. After all these years, I finally gained a blueprint for assessing collaborative learning effectively and fairly. I also kept nodding in agreement as I read the book: Palloff and Pratt present numerous practical examples of what an online classroom should be like. – Karen Hodges, vice president for learning, NorthWest Arkansas Community College

Palloff and Pratt, the distinguished online learning authorities, have done it again with their latest book, Collaborating Online. This is must reading for all faculty, instructional designers, and academic administrators interested in improving student retention and success in online courses. – Jack A. Chambers, director, program development for instructional technology, Florida Community College at Jacksonville

Collaborating Online provides practical guidance for faculty seeking to help their students work together in creative ways, move out of the box of traditional papers and projects, and deepen the learning experience through their work with one another. Authors Palloff and Pratt draw on their extensive knowledge and experience to show how collaboration brings students together to support the learning of each member of the group while promoting creativity and critical thinking. The audience for Collaborating Online is those faculty who are teaching online or who are venturing into the online arena for the first time. In addition, it is intended for those who are designing and developing courses so that they can create collaborative activities that are effective and successful – instructional designers will benefit from this work in that they will be better able to support faculty in carrying out collaborative activities online. Although not specifically intended for a corporate audience, the book will also assist those engaged in training in the corporate arena and will provide ideas for the inclusion of collaborative work in training employees. Faculty developers will find the book useful as well in the development of collaborative training programs for faculty.

Collaborating Online is the second title in the Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning. This series helps higher education professionals improve the practice of online teaching and learning by providing concise, practical resources focused on particular areas or issues they might confront in the new learning environment.
                                                            - Anna Washington, MAT, MEd

Entertainment / Humor

Right Ho, Jeeves [UNABRIDGED] by P. G. Wodehouse, read by Jonathan Cecil (The Audio Partners Publishing Group) 5 cassettes, playing time 6 hours, 50 minutes, also available in audio CD

Oh, joy, another of the 90 P.D. Wodehouse comedies has come out in audio! Acclaimed actor Jonathan Cecil brings comic flair to Right Ho, Jeeves, a rollicking tale by the man The Times (London) called a "brilliantly funny writer."
When Jeeves suggests dreamy, soulful Gussie Fink-Nottle don scarlet tights and false beard to win over soppy Madeline Bassett, Bertie Wooster doubts this is the way to get his friend hitched. Meanwhile, Bertie's eccentric Aunt Dahlia asks him to hand out prizes at the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, which he's sure he would have to get drunk to do. Complicating matters, Madeline invites Gussie to stay at her friend's house in the country. The friend turns out to be Bertie's cousin Angela and the house, Aunt Dahlia's. Thinking things have definitely gotten out of hand, Bertie takes Jeeves off the case, acting on his own plan to bring Gussie and Madeline together. But when things go disastrously wrong, who can Bertie turn to but Jeeves?

British humorist Wodehouse is the funniest writer, ever. – Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

All the zany Wodehouse characters are here: Bertie, Gussie Fink-Nottle, Madeline Bassette, and Aunt Dahlia. All the humorous chaos of misunderstandings, puns, and pranks are present: for example, a lovers' spat finds Bertie engaged to Madeline and a hunger strike causes the cook to give notice. In Right Ho, Jeeves the inevitable rescue by Jeeves, brilliantly conceived and executed, averts disaster and saves nitwit Bertie Wooster.

Entertainment / Biographies & Memoirs

Tallulah!: The Life and Times of a Leading Lady by Joel Lobenthal (ReganBooks)

Long before modern tabloids turned celebrity misbehavior into entertainment, Tallulah Bankhead shocked the world with her performances both onstage and off. Armed with beauty, talent, intelligence, and social pedigree, Tallulah was a woman who lived without boundaries. Outrageous, outspoken, and uninhibited, she was an actress known as much for her vices – cocaine, alcohol, hysterical tirades, and scandalous affairs with both men and women – as she was for her winning performances on stage.

In 1917, a fifteen-year-old Bankhead boldly left her well-born Alabama political family and fled to New York City to sate her relentless need for attention and become a star. Five years later, she crossed the Atlantic, immediately taking her place as a fixture in British society and the most popular actress in London's West End. By the time she returned to America in the 1930s, she was infamous for throwing marathon parties, bedding her favorite costars, and neglecting to keep her escapades a secret from the press. At times, her notoriety distracted her audience from her formidable talent and achievements on stage and dampened the critical response to her work. As Bankhead herself put it, "they like me to 'Tallulah,' you know – dance and sing and romp and fluff my hair and play reckless parts." Still, her reputation as a wild, witty, over-the-top leading lady persisted until the end of her life.

From her friendships with such entertainment luminaries as Tennessee Williams, Estelle Winwood, Noël Coward, and Marlene Dietrich, to the intimate details of her family relationships and her string of doomed romances, in Tallulah! Joel Lobenthal has captured the private essence of the most public star during theater's golden age. Larger-than-life as she was, friends saw through Bankhead's veneer of humor and high times to the heart of a woman who often felt second-best in her father's eyes, who longed for the children she was unable to bear, and who forced herself into the spotlight to hide her deep insecurities.

Drawn from scores of exclusive interviews, as well as previously untapped information from Scotland Yard and the FBI, Tallulah! is the essential biography of Tallulah Bankhead. Having spent twenty-five years researching Bankhead's life, using over 150 interviews, Lobenthal relates her unadulterated story, as told to him by her closest friends, enemies, lovers, and employees, several breaking decade-long silences.

"Becoming notorious" was her intent, according to Lobenthal, and her teenage landmarks included cocaine, which would bolster her throughout her life, and Napier Alington, the man she later referred to as the love of her life. Tallulah's romantic liaisons were many and varied, including those with co-stars like Gary Cooper and Billie Holliday, and legends such as Jock Whitney and the Prince of Wales. She often spoke of settling down and having a family, but instead continued to collect lovers, a pursuit that nearly led to her death. She sought to ease her lifelong battle against loneliness not only with drinking and drugs and sex, but also with the company of a variety of pets – birds, dogs, monkeys, Bankhead went on to win acclaim in Lillian Hellman's play "The Little Foxes," Thornton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth," and in her later years, she hosted the hit radio program "The Big Show." Her years of excess took their toll when she reached her sixties, and she died at the age of sixty-six.

The word 'legend' gets tossed around so lightly these days that it's a treat to bite into the life of a real legend, Tallulah Bankhead, a sacred monster and scandalizer who tore down the curtain between onstage and off. Idol of drag queens, first countess of Camp, sexual devourer of men and women alike, she drags her mink coat through the pages of Joel Lobenthal's biography with the bravura that made her a star. It's all here, the extravagant highs and the lonesome lows. Tallulah! earns its exclamation mark. – James Wolcott, Vanity Fair columnist and author of The Catsitters and Attack Poodles

The controversial actress is seen as never before in the unforgettable biography Tallulah!. This richly nuanced portrait is an engrossing story of ambition, celebrity, and desire. From her privileged yet heartbreaking childhood in Alabama, to taking the New York theatre world by storm and joining the Algonquin Round Table, to becoming the toast of London's West End, to shaking up Hollywood, Tallulah is seen with all her devastating wit and raging insecurity, a woman more complex than her reputation suggests.

Entertainment / Humor

When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? by George Carlin (Hyperion)

Sore loser? You bet your fuckin' ass! What on earth is wrong with being a sore loser? It shows you cared about whatever the contest was in the first place. Fuck losing graciously – that's for chumps. And losers, by the way.

George Carlin's When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? offers his cutting-edge opinions and observational humor on everything from evasive euphemistic language to politicians to the media to dead people. Exactly what readers would expect from Carlin, it includes Carlin's legendary irreverence and iconoclasm as he scours the American landscape for signs of intelligence. Nothing and no one is safe.

Despite the current climate of political correctness, the long-standing, stand-up comic is not afraid to take on controversial topics:

On the battle of the sexes: Here's all you have to know about men and women: women are crazy, men are stupid. And the main reason women are crazy is that men are stupid.
On hygiene: When did they pass a law that says the people who make my sandwich have to be wearing gloves? I'm not comfortable with this. I don't want glove residue all over my food; it's not sanitary. Who knows where these gloves have been?
On evasive language: Just to demonstrate how far using euphemisms in language has gone, some psychologists are now actually referring to ugly people as those with "severe appearance deficits." Hey, Doctor, How's that for "denial"?
On religion: "When it comes to God's existence, I'm not an atheist and I'm not an agnostic. I'm an acrostic. The whole thing puzzles me."

On politics: No self-respecting politician would ever admit to working in the government. They prefer to think of themselves "serving the nation." To help visualize the service they provide the country, you may wish to picture the things that take place on a stud farm.

The thinking person's comic who uses words as weapons, Carlin, recipient of the American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement Award, puts voice to issues that capture the modern imagination. In When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops? Carlin's infamous razor-sharp observations demolish everyday values and leave readers laughing out loud – delivering exactly what his countless fans have been waiting for – yet another compendium of cranky meditations in the journey through the mind of one of America's premier comic observers.

Health, Mind & Body / Sex / Religion & Spirituality

Enlightened Sex: Finding Freedom & Fullness Through Sexual Union [UNABRIDGED] by David Deida (Sounds True) on 6 CDs, running time 7 ½ hours

When it comes to matters of love, sex, and spirit, many of us face some challenging questions:

  • Do I have to fall in love to have deeply fulfilling sex?
  • How do I find the partner right for me?
  • What's the connection between my sexuality and my spiritual practice?

The answers, teaches David Deida, lie in the discovery of "sexual essence" – the degree to which individuals identify with one of two primary forces at work in the universe: consciousness and light. In this model, consciousness – the unchanging witness to it all – fuels the masculine impulse, while light – life itself, vibrant and ever flowing – finds expression in the feminine. Only when people understand where they fall on this spectrum of sexual energy can they choose who leads and who follows in "the dance of masculine-feminine ravishment" at the heart of their relationship.

On Enlightened Sex, Deida, former teacher at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, the University of California-Santa Cruz, Lexington Institute in Boston, and Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, invites viewers to explore the art of engaged love, to help them open to deeper and deeper levels of bliss, intimacy, and union.

Individuals’ capacity to experience enlightened sex, says Deida, also depends on their readiness to enter the third of three possible stages of relationship: the "me-centered" first stage; the "we-centered" second stage; and the third stage, "the willingness to be taken over by love itself." In this stage, people devote themselves to something bigger than both partners, and use their sexuality to "liberate love for the sake of all beings." Through ten in-depth sessions of guided practices, sexual skills, and insights into the nature of human sexuality, Deida shows viewers how to sustain the ecstasy of deep sex so that during intimate encounters they “beam” for everyone with the effulgence of Enlightened Sex.

The presentation includes, among other topics:

  • How to choose the right partner for deepening the spiritual practice of sex
  • Love's three threads: romance, oneness, and "sexual polarity" (the key to physical attraction)
  • The six levels of sexuality, from reproduction to divine communion
  • Couples exercise for incorporating the dark and light sides of sexuality
  • How to arouse unbearable pleasure to heal past wounds and “melt open”
  • The three types of women's orgasm, and how to develop the trust each requires

The presentation, while being on a nearly universal topic, sex, requires viewers to be open-minded; to be more precise, Enlightened Sex is aimed at the mystically oriented couple. It also contains explicit language.

Health, Mind & Body / Psychology

Eating Disorders by Pamela K. Keel (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Eating disorders provide the perfect opportunity to examine the intersections of culture, mind, and body. To truly appreciate the causes and consequences of these disorders, one must be willing to consider topics that span the humanities (history, art, and literature), the social sciences (psychology, anthropology, women's studies, and economics), and the natural sciences (anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and genetics). As a consequence, there is truly something for everyone in the study of eating disorders. Few topics of inquiry allow individuals from so many different disciplines to make significant contributions.

According to author Pamela K. Keel, University of Iowa, almost anyone who picks up Eating Disorders knows someone who has suffered from an eating disorder. Many famous individuals have acknowledged the impact of these disorders on their lives. Even people who do not personally know someone with an eating disorder have a sense of familiarity with the problem. This topicality has two aspects. First, people probably know more about eating disorders than about many other subjects that might be covered by a textbook. Second, they probably have far more misinformation about eating disorders than they do about other textbook topics.

Eating disorders is a young field. According to Kell, there is a still much that we simply do not know about these disorders. In this new field, young people have completed many fascinating and illuminating studies; the book includes many studies conducted by college undergraduates because of the important conclusions that can be drawn from them.

Like most textbooks on psychopathology, Eating Disorders uses case studies to help bring eating disorders to life. In order to balance the competing demands of breadth and depth, three case studies are followed throughout the book so that the topics of different chapters are integrated into the lives of these individuals. Instead of presenting 25 different cases briefly, each chapter provides further insight into the three case studies.

Terms that may be new to students are defined within chapters and are included in a glossary at the end of the book. Tables and figures are also included as study aids. Figures are illustrative, and tables provide concise reviews of information not presented elsewhere.

Eating Disorders includes a chapter devoted to research methodology (Chapter 4), with examples from studies of eating disorders. This chapter is designed for students who have not completed prior coursework on research methods so that they can critically evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of conclusions that may be drawn from the empirical literature. The chapter also may serve as a refresher for students in advanced psychology courses who have already completed coursework on research methods.

Roughly two thirds of Eating Disorders is devoted to understanding the etiology of eating disorders. The last third of the book is concerned with treatment and prevention of eating disorders and the outcome for individuals with these conditions. Chapter 2 addresses the question of whether eating disorders represent culture-bound syndromes by examining evidence of eating disorders outside of their current socio-historical context. Just as Chapter 2 examines epidemiological patterns across history and culture, Chapter 3 examines epidemiological patterns across different ethnic groups and between the genders.

Chapter 4 introduces approaches to understanding the causes of eating disorders. This chapter presents the logic of research methods used in studies reviewed in subsequent chapters. Chapter 5 discusses the societal idealization of thinness and denigration of fatness, gender roles, and the impact of societal messages on women's body image and the pursuit of thinness. Chapter 6 addresses a second sphere of social influence – the role of families. This chapter begins to introduce a biopsychosocial model, as the influence of families can be interpreted at social, psychological, and biological levels. It focuses specifically on the rearing environment provided by families in which eating disorders emerge, as well as the rearing environment provided by women who have suffered from eating disorders. Chapter 7 reviews psychological factors that contribute to the risk of eating disor­ders. Because social learning and psychoanalytic/ psychodynamic models are explored in the context of family factors in Chapter 6, Chapter 7 examines personality, cognition, and behavior. The extent to which these factors represent causes or consequences of disordered eating is also discussed.

Chapter 8 introduces biological factors that contribute to the risk of eating disorders. In addition, this chapter reviews biological correlates and consequences of eating pathology. The chapter marks the transition from examining the etiology of eating disorders to discussing treatment and outcome.

Chapter 9 covers eating disorder treatment. As in Chapter 6, the role of different theoretical models in shaping treatment approaches is discussed. The efficacy of interventions is reviewed as well. Chapter 10 discusses theories of prevention and evidence concerning the impact of prevention on disordered eating knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. This chapter provides examples of prevention programs aimed at three different levels of intervention: a general school population, girls recruited from schools, and college age women reporting high levels of body dissatisfaction.

Chapter 11 reviews the outcomes associated with eating disorders. Statistics on mortality, recovery, relapse, and crossover are presented. Predictors of outcomes are discussed in this chapter. Chapter 12 concludes the book by summarizing information within the context of the case histories presented in Chapter 1. In addition, this chapter introduces current debates surrounding different topics reviewed in Eating Disorders. The chapter ends with a discussion of future directions within the field of eating disorders.

Eating Disorders is designed to provide a thorough research-based review of what is currently known about eating disorders. Several topics are covered from different perspectives to represent the different theoretical orientations in the field. Similarly, certain findings are reviewed in terms of how they may reflect social, psychological, and biological factors in the etiology of eating disorders. Rather than pointing to one underlying cause for all eating disorders, Eating Disorders strives to reveal how multiple factors conspire to produce these debilitating and sometimes deadly disorders. The textbook is intended for beginning through advanced graduate students in psychology as well as for a broader audience interested in the topic.

History / Europe / Science / Biographies & Memoirs

The World of Gerard Mercator: The Mapmaker Who Revolutionized Georgraphy by Andrew Taylor (Walker & Company)

The story of discovery and mapmaking is one of pushing back shadows, and no one in the last two thousand years achieved as much as Gerard Mercator in extending the boundaries of the known world. His life spanned most of the turbulent, extraordinary sixteenth century, a time when war rolled across Europe and revolutions engulfed religion, science, and civilization. Almost extinguished by the Inquisition, Mercator survived to bring his genius to making maps, and his achievement was nothing less than to revolutionize the study of geography.

In The World of Gerard Mercator, historian Andrew Taylor charts the life and projections of the geographer whose revolutionary maps would come to define the shape of the modern world. Appropriately for an era undergoing radical change, Mercator was full of contradictions, yet unafraid to forge a new path. Born in Antwerp in 1512, Mercator witnessed huge revolutions as sixteenth century exploration vastly expanded people's knowledge of the world. He was inspired by his teacher and business partner, the mathematician Gemma Frisius, and employed mathematics invented only after his map was made. Despite efforts to remain loyal to the ideas of Ptolemy, Mercator's innovations proved the classical geographer's projections to be inadequate. Condemned for heresy by the Church, he was shortly imprisoned, yet when the figure behind the Inquisition, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, lost his surveying instruments to a fire, he commissioned Mercator to make replacements.

He never traveled beyond northern Europe, yet he had the imagination to draw the entire world anew and to solve a problem that had baffled sailors and scientists for centuries: how a curved Earth could be rendered on a flat surface to allow for accurate navigation. Mercator's map has served navigators for over four centuries, and his projection was so visionary that it is used by NASA to map Mars today. 

We all know Gerard Mercator's name, but probably not one in a million of us knows anything else about the man who revolutionized mankind's view of our planet. In this scholarly and enthralling book, Andrew Taylor analyzes as never before his character, his achievements, his turbulent times, the dissensions that to this day surround his celebrated map protection, and the influence he has had upon all our histories. – Jan Morris

British historian Taylor ... neatly surveys Mercator's invention along with the rest of his professional career.... This ... lively chronicle should appeal to a core audience of history and geography buffs. – Publishers Weekly

Taylor portrays a man of native caution and natural affability who was as esteemed in his time as he is famous in ours for the Mercator projection.... Taylor delivers a ready and readable understanding of Mercator in his intellectual and religio-political contexts. – Booklist

Taylor has beautifully captured Mercator amid the turmoil and opportunity of his times and the luminaries who inspired his talent. The World of Gerard Mercator is a masterful biography of one of the men most responsible for the modern world.

History / Political Science / Europe

The Great Powers and the European States System 1814-1914 (2nd Edition) by F.R. Bridge & Roger Bullen (Pearson Longman) is a full analytical narrative of the functioning of the European states system over the nineteenth century between the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and the outbreak of the First World War just one hundred years later.

Written by F.R. Bridge, Emeritus Professor of Diplomatic History, University of Leeds, and the late Roger Bullen, formerly Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science, The Great Powers and the European States System 1814-1914 examines the variety of devices, manoeuvres and feats of statesmanship by means of which decision-makers managed the interplay of their interests, common and conflicting – including the dangerous Eastern Question – without exposing Europe to the catastrophe of a general conflagration. The book:

  • Examines systems of active co-operation, such as the 'Congress system' or the Concert of Europe.
  • Analyzes periods of  'international anarchy' in which, if wars were endemic, they were at least limited.
  • Discusses the stabilizing effects of the predominance of conservative status quo Powers in the Bismarckian era.
  • Covers the dangerously polarized system that emerged on the eve of the First World War.

This book has the hallmarks of success stamped through it: breadth of scope, incisive analysis and a lightness of touch in the writing. – Professor John Keiger, University of Salford

At nearly double the length of the first edition, The Great Powers and the European States System 1814-1914, second edition, is a major revision and update. It includes not only the results of the latest research, but a body of additional information and a number of illuminating maps that will make the subject even more accessible to readers. The book is for readers interested in European history.

History / Native American Studies / Archaeology

Lost Laborers in Colonial California: Native Americans and the Archaeology of Rancho Petaluma by Stephen W. Silliman (University of Arizona Press)

Native Americans who populated the various small ranches of Mexican California as laborers are people frequently lost to history. The "rancho period" was a critical time for California Indians, as many were drawn into labor pools for the flourishing ranchos following the 1834 dismantlement of the mission system, but they are practically absent from the documentary record and from popular histories.

Lost Laborers in Colonial California focuses on Rancho Petaluma north of San Francisco Bay, a large livestock, agricultural, and manufacturing operation on which several hundred – perhaps as many as two thousand – Native Americans, drawn from Coast Miwok, Southern Patwin, Southern Pomo, and Wappo homelands north of San Francisco, worked as field hands, cowboys, artisans, cooks, and servants. One of the largest ranchos in the region, it was owned from 1834 to 1857 by Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, a prominent political figure of Mexican California. While historians have studied Vallejo, few have considered the Native Americans he controlled, so little is known of what their lives were like or how they adjusted to the colonial labor regime. Because Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe is now a state historic park and one of the most well-protected rancho sites in California, this site offers unparalleled opportunities to investigate nineteenth-century rancho life via archaeology. Using the Vallejo rancho as a case study, Stephen Silliman examines this nineteenth-century California rancho with an eye toward Native American participation.

Silliman, now assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts in Boston, undertook the archaeological project behind Lost Laborers in Colonial California as an academic endeavor and community effort, working closely with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (now a federally-recognized Native American tribal nation).

Through the archaeological record – tools and implements, containers, beads, bone and shell artifacts, food remains – Silliman reconstructs the daily practices of Native peoples at Rancho Petaluma and the labor relations that structured indigenous participation in and experience of rancho life. Combining extensive archaeological excavation, analysis of material culture, plant and animal remains, as well as archival research, the book examines the impacts of rancho labor on the daily activities of individuals. This research enables Silliman to expose the multi-ethnic nature of colonialism, counterbalancing popular misconceptions of Native Americans as either non-participants in the ranchos or passive workers with little to contribute to history. The evidence clearly shows the continuity of Native American cultural practices (stone tool and carved bone technology, beadwork, and diets) that were combined with new practices drawn from rancho life: use of glass bottles and ceramic vessels, incorporation of some colonial clothing, and consumption of foods provided by the ranchos, revealing not mere acculturation or resistance but a complex adaptation strategy.

This is one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking books on the Native American experience on the California rancho frontier. Silliman has brought together the foundation for a new research agenda on the Spanish/Mexican borderlands. Lost Laborers in Colonial California will be cited by future researchers as the trailblazer in this area. – Russell Kent Skowronek, Santa Clara University

Lost Laborers in Colonial California draws on archaeological data, material studies, and archival research, and meshes them with theoretical issues of labor, gender, and social practice to examine not only how colonial worlds controlled indigenous peoples and practices but also how Native Americans lived through and often resisted those impositions. More than a novel approach to studies of California ranchos, the book fills a gap in the regional archaeological and historical literature as it makes a unique contribution to colonial and contact-period studies in the Spanish/Mexican borderlands and beyond. Lost Laborers in Colonial California contributes to the growing literature on Spanish and Mexican California in the 18th and 19th centuries and will be of great interest to archaeologists, historians, and those interested in ranchos and Mariano G. Vallejo, a Mexican Californian political figure and owner of Rancho Petaluma from 1834 to 1857.

History / Civil War / Biographies & Memoirs

Freedom Rising: Washington in the Civil War by Ernest B. Furgurson (Alfred A. Knopf)
Before 1861, Washington was a dusty, muddy city of 60,000, joked about by urban sophisticates from New York and Boston. But at the onset of war, thousands of soldiers, job seekers, nurses, good-time girls, gamblers, newly freed slaves – all kinds of Americans – poured in. For days, Washington was cut off from the North, and no one was sure whether it would become the capital of the Union or the Confederacy.
Ernest Furgurson – author of the widely acclaimed Chancellorsville 1863, Ashes of Glory, and Not War but Murder, formerly a columnist for the Baltimore Sun – tells the story through the men and women who brought the city to rambunctious life. He recreates historic figures such as William Seward, who fancied himself Abraham Lincoln’s prime minister; poet Walt Whitman, who nursed the wounded; and detective Allan Pinkerton, who tracked down Southern sympathizers. He introduces intriguing others, such as Mayor James Berret, arrested for disloyalty; architect Thomas Walter, striving to finish the Capitol dome in the middle of war; and accused Confederate spy Antonia Ford, romancing her captor, Union Major Joseph Willard, operator of the capital’s premier hotel. Here is Mary Lincoln, mourning the death of her son Willie, seeking solace from fakers who conducted séances in the White House. And here is the president – in all his compassion, determination, and complexity – inspiring the nation, wrangling with generals, pardoning deserters, and barely escaping death on the ramparts of Fort Stevens as Jubal Early’s Southern army invades the outskirts of Washington and fights the Union Army within five miles of the White House.

For four years, the city is awash in drama and sometimes comedy, until the assassination of Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth becomes the tragedy of the century. By the time the grand two-day victory parade of 150,000 troops surges along Pennsylvania Avenue, the men and women who had arrived in such great numbers at the start of the war have made Washington a capital to be reckoned with throughout the world.

A beautiful book. Every sentence, every para­graph is rich with history and the detailed rush of events, peopled with the greatest leader we have ever had, Abraham Lincoln, and the small but resolute band of statesmen and generals who stood with him in the tor­rents of death – and the debating chambers, the bars and the grand levees of crinoline and cigars. Add the spies, scoundrels, hookers, pussyfooters and the embryonic Capital's ten-inch-deep mud and manure, and you have this nation's greatest drama, wonderfully woven by Pat Furgurson. – Hugh Sidey, author of John F. Kennedy, President and A Very Personal Presidency: Lyndon Johnson in the White House

A lively account, of the capital's evolution from southern backwater to world center during the blood-soaked Civil War ... Pure pleasure for Civil War buffs. – Kirkus Reviews (starred. review)

Anecdotes, interesting characters – some well known, others obscure – and facts abound, all presented with obvious zeal by an author who spent 30 years with the Baltimore Sun and has written three other books on the Civil War. What's missing is a structure to help Furgurson's exhaustive research, doled out in brief vignettes, cohere into a compelling narrative. The book is neither the promised urban history nor a history of the Civil War… Civil War buffs and Washingtonians well may find in all this more grist for their enthusiasms, but the general reader may grow impatient as the author ricochets from battlefield to ballroom. – Publishers Weekly

If you want the atmosphere of Lincoln's Washington, turn to Leech … But if you seek political Washington – the city of democratic fervor, necessary compromises and exemplary crassness, the inbred town of great character and gleeful character assassination – Furgurson is your author. He is superb at rendering the terrible machinery of government at work when too many hands grasp too few levers. – The Washington Post's Book World

Freedom Rising is a fresh, intensely human account of how the Civil War transformed the nation’s capital from the debating forum for a loose union of states into the seat of a forceful central government. Furgurson paints a compelling portrait of a dynamic, rapidly evolving city in this well-written and informative account. Freedom Rising is an invaluable aid to understanding the making of America.

History / Military

Vietnam Chronicles: The Abrams Tapes, 1968-1972 by Lewis Sorley (Modern Southeast Asia Series: Texas Tech University Press)

A triumph of diligence . . . – Kevin Buckley, former Newsweek Saigon bureau chief

General Creighton W. Abrams left his position as commander, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), to become Army Chief of Staff in 1972, taking with him highly classified material relating to his service in Vietnam. In 1994, with government and military approval, Lewis Sorley gained access to General Abrams's material and began the transcription and analysis of the more than 455 tape recordings made at Headquarters MACV during the four years Abrams was in command.

From the twenty-year-old reel-to-reel tapes and Sorley's transcriptions of them, written by hand through a time-consuming process, emerges in Vietnam Chronicles a picture of the senior U.S. commander in Vietnam and his associates working to prosecute a complex and challenging military campaign in an equally complex and difficult political context. The concept of the nature of the war and the way it was conducted changed during General Abrams's command. The progressive buildup of U.S. forces was reversed, as Abrams turned the war back to the South Vietnamese.

The edited transcriptions in Vietnam Chronicles clearly reflect those changes in strategy and tactics. They include not only the briefings called the Weekly Intelligence Estimate Updates, but also presentations to and discussions with such visitors as the secretary of defense, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the commander-in-chief, Pacific, and other high­ranking government and military officials of the time.

In these recordings, the Abrams person­ality emerges once again thoughtful, wide-ranging, far-sighted, and above all, explosive in an amusing way. – James R. Schlesinger, former secretary of defense

Sorley has done a great service by shedding light on the true facts of the Vietnam experience. – General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, former commander-in-chief, U.S. Central Command

This chronicle provides unparalleled and unequaled insight, in "real time," to the leadership processes and actions of this outstanding American military leader. Its authentic and true picture of the realistic state of the war in Vietnam during those days has not been publicly seen before. – General Andrew J. Goodpaster, former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and former deputy commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam

. . . provides fresh new insights into how the war was fought and how it might have been – indeed was – won. – David M. Abshire, president, Center for the Study of the Presidency and former ambassador to NATO

In Vietnam Chronicles we see, for the first time, the detail of the difficult task that Creighton Abrams accomplished with tact and skill. The book will change the way we view the Vietnam War.

Home & Garden / Interior Design

Interior Color By Design: A Tool For Architects, Designer by Jonathan Poore, with photography by Eric Roth (Rockport Publishers) helps readers take the mystery out of color application.

Effective color selection can be an expensive and powerful element in any design. The greatest challenge in color design is to predict and control the result of a color scheme. Interior Color By Design is an upscale primer on color – possibly the most important design element used in decorating interiors. Included are more than 250 color samples to mix and match and experiment with to achieve different looks that suit any decor.

The book is packed with information on planning color relationships, preparing color schemes for interiors, making color charts, selecting materials, putting together color samples, and working with additive and subtractive color. The author of the book, illustrator and architectural designer Jonathan Poore, also discusses the psychological impact of color and how color can enhance functional spaces and solve a wide range of practical problems.

Interior Color By Design covers color hierarchies, proportions and harmonies, monotone, monochromatic and analogous color schemes, and period interiors as well as contemporary design. More than 100 color images in a variety of styles bring the color palettes to life. Every chapter offers practical advice and provides simple tools to organize the choices. A tool for homeowners, designers, and architects; the book helps them master the art of color selection by showing them how to:

  • Consider existing color context and work with what they have.

  • Set clear design goals.

  • Learn how simple color theory can help readers select colors.

  • Draw ideas from sample interiors and color schemes.

  • Achieve their design goals using a step-by-step checklist.

  • Learn how to combine multiple colors in harmony.

The beautiful color photographs in Interior Color By Design make key concepts easy to understand and apply to any room in a home or office. With such a wealth of information, this book is a valuable color-theory book for anyone from the professional to the homeowner.

Home & Garden / Remodeling & Renovation

Green Remodeling: Changing the World One Room at a Time by David R. Johnston & Kim Master (New Society Publishers)

Whether because of changing lifestyles or simply because houses are becoming outdated, millions of North Americans are renovating their homes every year, spending more money annually on renovation than on new-home construction. But renovations can be fraught with unintended consequences like indoor air pollution.

Green Remodeling is a comprehensive guide written by David Johnson, one of the top 50 remodelers in the U.S. in 1990 and developer of the first green remodeling program in the U.S., and Kim Master, a green building consultant. It first points out the advantages of remodeling. Buildings are responsible for 40% of worldwide energy flow and material use; so how readers remodel can make a difference. Upgrading furnaces, cabinets and toilets means less fossil fuel pollution, reduced resource depletion and fewer health risks. Green remodeling is more energy efficient, more resource conserving, healthier for occupants and creates buildings that are more affordable to build, operate and maintain.

Next, the book outlines simple green renovation solutions for homeowners, focusing on key aspects of the building including:

  • foundations, framing, and roofing
  • windows, interior and exterior finishes
  • plumbing, electrical and insulation
  • heating, ventilation and air conditioning
  • water heating, appliances and solar energy.

It discusses some general building principles before dealing with specific details. Then, room by room, Green Remodeling outlines the intricate connections that make the house work as a system. Then, in an easy-to-read format complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list, it explains easy ways to save energy, conserve natural resources and protect the health of loved ones. In addition, a detailed appendix lists common sources of indoor air pollutants to avoid.

Imagine having factually accurate and emo­tionally calming info at your fingertips when you remodel your home. Now, add energy­ conscious, durable, healthy, and environmentally responsible. Sound implausible? In Green Remodeling, David Johnston uses rich language, anecdotes and anec-don'ts to help homeowners translate their needs and desires into refreshed spaces that are gorgeous, great, and green. – Helen English, Executive Director, Sustainable Buildings Industry Council

At a time when every American is feeling helpless about affecting change and seeking ways to make a difference, along comes Green Remodeling – one of the most empowering, comprehensive how-to books ever! Yes, we can change the world for the better by the way we remodel our home. – Honorable Claudine Schneider, former US congresswoman

Easy-to-read and well-illustrated, Green Remodeling comes complete with checklists, personal stories, expert insights and an extensive resource list that will guide homeowners through any remodeling project. Addressing all climates, this is a perfect resource for conventional homeowners, as well as architects and remodeling contractors.

Literature & Fiction / Historical Fiction / African American

The Stone That the Builder Refused: A Novel by Madison Smartt Bell (Pantheon Books)

As political unrest in Haiti continues, Madison Smartt Bell's extraordinary and ambitious Haitian trilogy is a prescient and timely look to the past as a means of understanding the future. The first two novels in Bell's eloquent series, All Souls' Rising and Master of the Crossroads, have won him countless accolades and readers; The Stone That the Builder Refused completes the trilogy, giving readers the climactic final chapter in the life of Toussaint Louverture, the legendary leader of the only successful slave revolution in history.

In 1791, what would become known as the Haitian Revolution began as a rebellion of African slaves against their white masters in the French colony of Saint Domingue. By 1793 Toussaint had emerged as the leader of the revolt, proving himself to be as adept at politics as he was on the battlefield. By 1801 he had succeeded in stabilizing the war-ravaged territory and had invited exiled white planters, whose expertise was needed, to return and reclaim their properties. Where the American and French Revolutions merely promised liberty, equality, and justice for all, Louverture actually delivered those things to all Haitians, regardless of color or class – but not without great cost and bloodshed. And the proclamation of a new constitution that abolished slavery and appointed Toussaint governor for life incited Napoleon to dispatch troops in order to reestablish control over the island.

This third volume of Madison Smartt Bell's fictionalized recounting of the Haitian Revolution describes the outcome of one of history's attempts at transforming society, conjuring heaven out of hell. ... Bell demonstrates the imprisonment of human nature in a fallen world, forever chasing utopias. But he also exam­ines the intense power that man's spiritual resources can command. The story he tells is mesmerizing and unforgettable, and he renders it in vivid, spirited prose that matches the passions of his tragic cast. – Robert Stone, author of Damascus Gate

History offers no more powerful drama than the titanic struggles of the Haitian Revolution, and none more relevant to our day In The Stone That the Builder Refused, published exactly two centuries after the Haitian slaves won their freedom from Napoleon, Madison Smartt Bell completes their story and the breathtaking epic of their great leader, Toussaint Louverture. A gorgeous historical tapestry that depicts the vital forces of race, war, modernity, and liberation, Bell's trilogy stands as an astonishing achievement, a heart­pounding rendering of great events that have much to tell us of the struggles of our own time. – Mark Danner, author of The Massacre at El Mozote

The Stone That the Builder Refused deftly weaves fact and imagination to create a spellbinding narrative. The book paints a detailed and riveting portrait of a new society breaking forth from the chrysalis of a revolution, of the vision that impelled Toussaint to create a society based on principle and idealism, and of the dreadful compromises he was forced to make in order to preserve it. Together, the three novels represent a literary achievement spanning 15 years.

Literature & Fiction / Short Stories

Men and Cartoons: Stories by Jonathan Lethem [UNABRIDGED] by Jonathan Lethem (Random House Audio) 4 CDs, running time: 4 hours
Men and Cartoons: Stories by Jonathan Lethem by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)
Jonathan Lethem's new collection of stories is a feast for his fans and the perfect introduction for new listeners and readers – Men and Cartoons is a smorgasbord of fantastic, amusing, poignant tales written in a dizzying variety of styles. Lethem, award-winning author of six novels, is a trailblazer of a new kind of literary fiction, sampling high and low culture to create fictional worlds that are utterly original. Longtime fans will recognize echoes of Lethem's novels in all these pieces – narrators who can't stop babbling, hapless detectives, people with unusual powers that do them no good, hot-blooded academics, the keen loss of love, clever repartee masking desperation, stumbling romances, and the obligations of friendship.

Sandra Bernhard, John Linnell, David Aaron Baker, Danny Hoch, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan and Tim Blake Nelson read the short stories in Men and Cartoons.

  • David Aaron Baker reads "The Vision," a story about drunken neighborhood parlor games, boys who dress up as superheroes, the perils of snide curiosity, and ultimately, loneliness.
  • Sandra Bernhard reads "Access Fantasy," part homage to Philip K. Dick, part social satire, and part weird detective story. Evoking Lethem’s earliest work, it conjures up a world divided between people who have apartments and people trapped in an endless traffic jam behind The One-Way Permeable Barrier.
  • David Krumholtz reads "The Spray," a simple story about how people in love deal with their past. A magical spray is involved.
  • Kevin Corrigan reads "Vivian Relf ," a tour de force about loss. A man meets a woman at a party; they’re sure they’ve met before, but they haven’t. As the years progress this strangely haunting encounter comes to define the narrator’s life.
  • John Linnell reads "The Dystopianist, Thinking of his Rival, Is Interrupted by a Knock on the Door," a Borgesian tale which features suicidal sheep.
  • Tim Blake Nelson reads "Planet Big Zero," a dark story about the ties that bind us to childhood friends, even if we've come to despise them.
  • Danny Hoch reads "The Glasses," a comic riff featuring two opticians.
  • “Super Goat Man,” read by Lethem, is a savagely funny exposé of the failures of the sixties baby boomers, and of their children.

Sparkling with the off-beat humor and subtle insights, Men and Cartoons is a welcome addition to the shelf of the writer “whose bold imagination and sheer love of words defy all forms and expectations and place him among his country’s foremost novelists”. – Salon

Lethem is one of today's most highly praised writers, and the stories in Men and Cartoons show his skill in all its various shapes and styles – the book will delight Lethem's legion of fans and appeal to a host of new readers and listeners.

Literature & Fiction / Short Stories

The Devil's Blind Spot: Tales from the New Century by Alexander Kluge, translated by Martin Chalmers & Michael Hulse (New Directions) are scathingly clever short stories.
Born in 1932, a world-famous filmmaker (Yesterday Girl, The Female Patriot), a lawyer, a media magnate, an associate of Theodor Adorno and the Frankfurt School, winner of Germany's highest literary award, the George Buchner Prize, Alexander Kluge is a phenomenon. At once a genuine story-teller and a literary documentarian, Kluge's genius lies in the special way he makes found material his own. In just a paragraph he can etch a world, being as great a master of compression as Kafka or Kawabata.

The 173 stories collected in Kluge's The Devil's Blind Spot range from a dozen pages to just half a page in length: these tales, like novels in pill form, are arranged in five chapters. The first group illustrates the little-known virtues of the Devil; the second explores love from Kant to the opera; the third, entitled "Sarajevo Is Everywhere", addresses power; the fourth considers the cosmos; and the fifth arranges all our "knowledge" against our feelings.

Stories such as "Origin of Iraq as a Case for the Files" and "The Devil in the White House" display Kluge's special genius. Other titles include "Intelligence of the Second Degree," and "Love's Mouth Also Kisses the Dog."

Alexander Kluge, that most enlightened of writers. – W.G. Sebald
Novelist, short story writer, film director, ruminator, chronicler, TV and radio producer, pedagogue, political theorist – Alexander Kluge is a gigantic figure in the German cultural landscape. He exemplifies – along with Pasolini – what is most vigorous and original in the European idea of the artist as intellectual, the intellectual as artist, that flourished in the second half of the twentieth century. More than a few of Kluge's many books and films are essential, brilliant achievements. None are without great interest. – Susan Sontag

From the wreck of the Kursk to failed love affairs to Chernobyl, Kluge alights on pre­cise details, marching us step by step through a black comedy of the exact stages of thinking that lead to disaster. The semi-documentary stories in The Devil's Blind Spot radiate what W G. Sebald termed "Kluge's intellectual steadfastness" as he undertakes his "archae­ological excavations of the slab heaps of our collective existence."

Management & Leadership / Reference

Managing a Public Speaker Bureau: A Manual for Health and Human Services Organizations by Stephen F. Gambescia, Evelyn Gonzalez-McDevitt (Kluwer Academic / Plenum Publishers)

Speakers often represent the public face of organizations, creating a first impression that is made only once and tends to endure. Whether the purpose is to introduce new services to the community, educate potential clients, advocate for change, or raise funds, the information in Managing a Public Speaker Bureau will help readers keep their organizations on target.

Managing a Public Speaker Bureau is the first step-by-step guide focused entirely on helping health and human service organizations recruit a team of lecturers, put them in front of interested audiences, and evaluate the results. Authors Stephen Gambescia, Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and Evelyn Gonzalez-McDevitt, Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, have addressed their book to administrators who need to know how to:

  • Establish a clear strategic purpose.

  • Recruit and train speakers.

  • Generate publicity.

  • Ensure the right fit between speaker and audience.

  • Monitor audience satisfaction.

Throughout their of years of experience in the health and human services fields, the authors were struck by the lack of attention given to most organ­izations' public speaker bureaus. In fact, few organizations spent quality time determining whether or not a public speaker bureau was needed and, if so, what its strategic purpose in serving the mission of the organization should be. Gambescia and Gonzalez-McDevitt looked critically at their health agencies' speakers bureaus, working in the Philadelphia area for metropolitan divisions of two large and mature voluntary health agencies: Ameri­can Cancer Society and American Heart Association. They asked the most fundamental questions about a public speaker bureau – What is the purpose of the public speaker bureau and how does it contribute to the mission of our organization and strategic plan? How can an organization best organize their speakers bureau to maximize staff, volunteers' and clients' time? How can they monitor and evaluate their public speaker bureau to ensure its intended purpose, and high quality? Through this research, Gambescia and Gonzalez-McDevitt gained a per­spective on managing or supervising those managing a public speaker bureau, and they identified the many pitfalls and potential problems that can occur while providing this service in the communi­ties.

The chapters in Managing a Public Speaker Bureau appear in the logical sequence for design­ing and managing a public speaker bureau for a health or human service organization, even for readers who are revising an existing program. Chapter One covers the first and most important step: determining the need and purpose of a public speaker bureau. Successful speakers bureaus are purpose driven, and the clearer the purpose, the easier it will be to promote and man­age the speakers bureau.

Chapters Two and Six address how to prepare promotional materials and how to gain publicity to generate requests for the service. These strategies will guide readers in communicating to the appropriate audiences the benefits of the service, the expectations for the users, and the parameters and conditions for providing the service.

Chapters Three to Eight provide the bulk of material for this manual. Presented in Managing a Public Speaker Bureau are best practices for recruiting, orienting, training, and supporting the most important asset of the program: the speakers. These chapters are filled with tried and tested tools that not only assist in the smooth delivery of the service, but also ensure quality programming. They cover the critical success factors that increase the chances of  speakers arriving at the correct place, on the correct date, and at the correct time, to deliver the appropriate messages – without incident.

By their nature, health and human services programs benefit from good evaluation, but few organizations con­duct more than a cursory evaluation of their speakers bureau, and few include all participants in the evaluation process. Chapter Nine outlines, details, and gives examples on how to evaluate all aspects of the speakers bureau and include the participants: audience, site coordinator contact, and speaker. The chapter presents evaluation instruments that tell if the bureau programs are achieving the purpose and providing a quality service. These evaluations are generally organized around the process of delivering the program (formative evaluation) and the outcomes and impact (summative evaluation). This chapter guides readers in conducting evaluations on what can practically be measured and, more important, what they will actually use when honestly asking the "How are we doing?" question. The last chapter, Ten, provides a summary and some final tips on designing, delivering, and evaluating a quality speakers bureau program.

By reviewing the essential elements and following the planning, implementation, and evaluation steps outlined in Managing a Public Speaker Bureau, readers can provide a speakers bureau that has an impact for the mission of their organization. Managing a Public Speaker Bureau has the potential to made readers’ jobs a little easier and save some time.

Mysteries & Thrillers

Scandal Takes a Holiday by Lindsey Davis (Mysterious Press)
Set in ancient Rome, the mysteries of Lindsey Davis featuring sleuth Marcus Didius Falco are "one of the best historical series," says the Detroit Free Press, filled with "the wisecracking humor, scathing social commentary, and rollicking adventure that are Davis's trade­marks." Now, in a new novel, Scandal Takes a Holiday, the intrepid Falco lands a case in Rome's squalid port of Ostia and enters a most dark and dangerous place...

Infamia – a pseudonym for the sleazy rascal who writes the gossip column for Rome's Daily Gazette – has vanished while claiming to be visiting an "aunt" in Ostia. With no juicy scan­dal to print, his employers want him found. It's a perfect job for private eye Marcus Didius Falco.

Falco's best friend, L. Petronius Longus, is already in Ostia on duty with the local vigiles and Falco expects to enjoy some good company and tolerable vino as well. Alas, not only is the wine wretched and the vigiles rowdy, but Petro – deep in amour with Falco's sister Maia – is discovering that the problem with love is the Falco family inlaws who come with it. On the bright side, Falco soon has a lead in Infamia's disappearance.

Following a trail that begins with a little boy whose mother "won't wake up" and a gardener about to be decapitated with some hedge shears, Falco finds that his inquiries put him on a perilous road. Even as his patri­cian wife and partner, Helena Justina, feels the icy hand of terror, Falco stumbles into something more deadly than a missing per­son's case. In fact, what lies beneath Infamia's disappearance is an underworld of cutthroat villains and chilling deeds. Now, with his wit and courage tested, Falco may be going to vitam impendere vero (stake one's life for the truth), for, like life, this case may end in the cold chambers of the grave...

Sam Spade in a toga... Readers will have a fine, rollicking time. – Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lindsey Davis's excellent and funny series [is] a cross between I, Claudius and Mystery! – Denver Rocky Mountain News

Breezy. .. funny. .. The Rome of Davis's imagination is licentious and entertaining in this light, bright series. – San Jose Mercury News

The Rome of Vespian and Titus comes to life in Davis's entertaining 16th entry in her popular ancient historical series ...Longtime fans will enjoy the additional background on Falco's family, but first-timers, aided by a family tree and an introductory cast of characters, will be able to plunge right in. – Publishers Weekly

First-person narration, sardonic humor, and lively characters add to this historical mystery with a contemporary feel – so contemporary, in fact, that the Falco series may also appeal to fans of modern private-eye novels. – Booklist

Once again, Davis successfully brings ancient Rome to life in her latest captivating mystery. Falco returns in his 16th adventure with an intriguing plot of kidnap, ransom, government conspiracy, and murder. Scandal Takes a Holiday is sure to fascinate, surprise, and entertain readers with enthralling characters and a riveting plot.

Parenting & Families / Biographies & Memoirs

West of Then: A Mother, A Daughter, and a Journey Past Paradise by Tara Bray Smith (Simon & Schuster)

At the center of West of Then is Karen Morgan – island flower, fifth generation haole (white) Hawaiian  – now living on the streets of downtown Honolulu. Despite her recklessness, Karen inspires fierce loyalty and love in her three daughters. When she goes missing in the spring of 2002, Tara, the eldest, sets out to find and hopefully save her mother.

Tara’s mother is the Mayflower descendent of once-wealthy sugar plantation owners on Kauai. Though much of the wealth was gone by the sixties, Karen and her siblings had a privileged upbringing by island standards. But the lure of the sex and drug-fueled counterculture was strong. By fifteen she had tried heroin, by eighteen she put a child up for adoption. Tara, born when Karen was twenty, was abandoned by her wayward mother by the time she was seven.

Over the years, Tara sees her mother whenever possible through periods of reckless drug use and other times when she is clean. The eldest of three daughters, each born to a different father, Tara feels a responsibility to hold onto her mother, no matter the cost. Then in August 2002, while living in New York City, she gets a call from Karen, who confesses she is living on the street. Tara returns to Hawaii to help, only to discover her mother has disappeared. Her search for Karen becomes a journey into memory, a quest for a mother she lost hold of as a child, yet has yearned for her entire life.

As her story uncoils, Tara revisits a childhood spent migrating among the islands with her father and stepmother. Her mother's wildly eccentric family, with its ties to Hawaii's past, drift in and out of the picture, as do her half-sisters, whose lives with Karen are less stable than Tara's own. Young Tara samples Karen's drifting existence – in Hawaii, in Texas, in California always hoping for a normal sense of family. By the time her mother has descended to life on the streets, Tara has gotten an Ivy League education and relocated to the mainland. But she discovers that, for better or worse, she is, like all of us, the product of her past.

This is a harrowing, heartbreaking exploration of love and longing, set in the sweet-and-sour world of Hawaii – a post-modern paradise lost. – Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief

Tara Bray Smith's words lift off the page, hot and lucid, like the light of the islands she loves. Without the smallest glimmer of judgment, and often with sly wit, Smith tells the story of her life, at the core of which is her relationship with her brilliant, broken mother. Far, far more than a memoir – this is an anthem for hope and survival wrapped in startling, sometimes surprising poetry. Read this book and then keep it close to you. You'll want to read it again and again. – Alexandra Fuller, author of Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

With lush, degraded modern and historical Hawaii as the backdrop, Tara Bray Smith portrays a childhood of shattering repeated abandonment and nearly insupportable familial craziness. In a less deft and fearless writer, this could be a pathetic tale, but Smith's lucid writing and unfailingly generous spirit transform it into a beautiful, blazing bouquet. – Lis Harris, author of Holy Days and Tilting at Mills
What a fascinating book. Each word bursts with anguished feeling – each sentence is a balancing act as Tara Bray Smith goes back and forth in time, searching for her missing, homeless mother.... It's a remarkable debut; West of Then cuts so deep and so profound. – Patricia Bosworth, author of Diane Arbus: A Biography

Tara Bray Smith's literary debut, West of Then is an emotionally raw, eloquently written memoir about home, family, and the ghosts that haunt our lives. This is a tender story told with candor and humor of growing up a half-step off the beat. By turns tough and touching, Smith's modern detective story unravels the rich history of the fiftieth state and the realities of contemporary Hawaii – its sizable homeless population, its drug subculture – as well as its generous, diverse humanity and astonishing beauty. In this land of so many ghosts, the author's search for her mother becomes a reckoning with herself, her family, and with the meaning of home.

Philosophy

A Collection of Wisdom by Rodney Ohebsion (Immediex Publishing)

The entire world has been writing a book for thousands and thousands of years through its thoughts, observations, insights, experiences, teachings, lessons, and writings. One man has gone on a quest to capture the essence of the world's accumulated wisdom, and to unleash it in an efficient, and dynamic format. The man is Rodney Ohebsion, and the book is called A Collection of Wisdom.

The book relates lessons from a variety of ancient and modern wisdom sources, selecting and processing the material so readers do not have to spend time and effort searching through over-complicated and outdated wordings, and poorly organized material quickly. Drawing upon the world's great teachings from people, quotes, classical texts, philosophies, cultures, folktales, and proverbs, A Collection of Wisdom contains over 600 pages of content – accessible and organized.

An immense library of wisdom rolled into one book. No bookshelf is complete without it.

Captures some of the best insights, ideas, and information in history.

A Collection of Wisdom takes teachings that are commonly complex, and makes them easy to understand and practical to use.

Don't just read this book once – digest it, review it, meditate upon it, and refer to it. – unattributed quotes from the dust jacket

Whether readers want to learn insights on self-development by Confucius, ponder over philosophical ideas by Nietzsche, discover the business methods of Andrew Carnegie, enjoy the humor and life commentary in Mulla Nasrudin stories, study the wisdom of the world's religions, or read proverbs from every part of the world – A Collection of Wisdom is the book to read. We were not able to find any other information on the author.

Politics / Sociology / Civil Liberties

The Limits of Civic Activism: Cautionary Tales on the Use of Politics by Robert Weissberg (Transaction Publishers)

Today's political climate overflows with admonitions to "get involved," as if entering the political fray is the great cure-all for almost any conceivable social problem. This advice may be a recipe for disaster. Pursuing non-political options may be better, given the inherent difficulties of the political pathway.

In The Limits of Civic Activism, Robert Weissberg offers a corrective to a view that has evolved into a civic religion. According to Weissberg, professor of political science emeritus, University of Illinois-Urbana, nearly missionary flavor infuses the very notion of political activism. It is especially prevalent among those on the ideological spectrum's left, though hardly unknown among conservatives. Getting involved, it is said, will do everything from improve our education to make us healthier (or, for conservatives, reduce immorality). This benefit is oversold, especially given the gridlock-mired political system, one that greatly limits what can be accomplished. Even the most worthy causes face stiff opposition, and for every winner, there are countless losers. Academics in particular have promoted politics as the great remedy for social and economic ills, but this prescription rests on flawed, often myopic research that may have a hidden ideological agenda.

The Limits of Civic Activism undertakes a long, often frustrating journey into superficially well-settled territory. Chapter 2 delves into the academic theorizing regarding political participation as a general concept, not individual acts such as voting. Problems here abound. For example, once readers move beyond terse, dictionary-like definitions, considerable confusion exists regarding what comprises "political activism." Some scholars definitionally exclude violence and anything else subverting democracy, an analytical strategy not even acknowledging terrorism. Theoretical explications also conveniently ignore unsavory behavior of­ten integral to real-world politics, for example, bribery, physical in­timidation, and deceit. Are we to reject such behaviors as "non-political" due to their sleazy character? How do we treat those teachers and religious leaders who insist that their proselytizing has "nothing" to do with politics despite clear political ramifications? Are they disingenuous or just naive?

Chapter 3 explores the bewildering variety comprising today's "political participation." Weissberg begins by noting that "political participation" entails far more than what is explicated in standard scholarly catalogues. As in the evolution of species, new stratagems continuously arise as older methods lose their impact. He highlights some of these more creative ploys (e.g., ideologically driven stock market investing) and dwell on powerful strategies that have outwardly escaped notice among conventional, backward-looking researchers, for example, inserting political messages into popular music.

Chapter 4 considers how virtually every goal reachable via civic activism is achievable outside the civic arena, and often more efficiently. "Political apathy" scarcely signifies passivity, only a choice of weapons. One might even hire mercenaries or fund international organizations to advance a "private" foreign policy, though foreign affairs is often said to be government's unique responsibility. This "non-political political activism" is especially critical for assessing both engagement levels and proficiency. Conceivably, only the inept or those attracted to quick "magic bullets" gravitate toward public solutions to hard problems.

Chapter 5 tackles the qualitative dimension of political activism. This task is commonplace in economics and sports – experts forever rate "the best" mutual funds or the most adroit baseball franchises. Millions are annually spent grading "performance quality" in everything from automobiles to urban ambiance. Weissberg fleshes out this critical subject by ex­amining what goes into "political skill" and briefly depicts some conspicuous political mobilization failures. The chapter concludes that savvy activism can often be best achieved via outsourcing – politics may be no different from medicine where one hires a good doctor versus concocting a home cure.

Chapter 6 lays out the conceptual groundwork for assessing the most challenging of all participation related issues, impact. Much of this overview focuses on African-American politics since this "impact literature" is relatively plentiful. Unfortunately, though each study might contribute something of value, and proficiently executed, the collective endeavor is often conceptually haphazard. The upshot is that reaching definite, empirically based conclusions regarding the pay-off of civic activism is extremely challenging. This would be as if drug companies all touted their products relying on impromptu, even opportunistic, research methodology or, more likely, dubious testimonials. The chapter explores several of the difficulties typically ignored in conventional impact studies, for example, determining just what constitutes a "victory" when goals are effortlessly shifted over a campaign to guarantee victory regardless of outcome.

Chapter 7 begins a three-chapter case study of the battle against AIDS. The over-arching question is: have these combatants won more than they lost? Analysis begins by establishing a baseline regarding a "fair" allocation of government health care funding.

Nevertheless, supposed objective criteria aside, Weissberg finds that Washington is hardly an "equal opportunity" benefactor when it comes to its generosity – some illnesses, notably AIDS, are disproportionally attended to, and this uneven kindness raises the suspicion that astute political interventions are at work.

Having established AIDS funding as a colossal funding outlier, chapter 8 examines how this might have transpired. Weissberg shows that gay activists, despite public aversion to homosexuality, enjoyed powerful, built-in advantages from the outset. Moreover, their central aim – more government funding to prevent deaths – attracted countless valuable allies. Their successful campaign was often ingenious, and utilized tactics far removed from the standard academic research menu. Resources were often brilliantly employed, and this qualitative dimension is all too often ignored in assessing the value of political action – everybody may enjoy the identical right to petition government, but public officials are not obligated to heed every petitioner.

Chapter 9 takes up what most (if not all) participation devotees oddly neglect: the downside. Case studies of fiascos are a business school staple, yet scholarly investigators apparently see little value in such autopsies, but political action can be a two-edged sword. More important, despite all their accomplishments, this government-directed strategy still has not brought a cure though medications have extended untold lives. There are also complicated questions here regarding how a "victory" should be defined. Chapter 9 ends with a balance sheet-like calculation of the anti-AIDS crusade.

The conclusion reflects the twofold nature of the endeavor – Weissberg begin by offering advice to the would-be activist based upon this extended case study – seeking one's goals politically is not for everyone regardless of what intrinsic satisfaction may be found in civic life. Cause worthiness has little to do with the odds of success. Critically, politics may be a terrible investment for those at the bot­tom hoping to move up thanks to adroitly pressuring government. The Limits of Civic Activism then turns toward more analytical issues, sets forth multiple unresolved puzzles and invites others to take up these challenges.

In his thoroughly engaging book, Robert Weissberg questions the conventional wisdom among political scientists who study political participation: that political engagement is woefully lacking and that activism in the pursuit of government solutions to social problems is the desirable remedy.... He provides, through scrutiny of the successes and failures of the civil rights movement and AIDS activism, a cautionary tale, in which initial successes must be balanced against subsequent failures and lost opportunities to seek nongovernmental remedies....This is a pathbreaking work that poses a challenge that cannot be ignored by those who craft the political participation literature and college textbooks.  – Ellen Frankel Paul, professor of political science and deputy director, Social Philosophy and Policy Center, Bowling Green State University

Learning from Professor Weissberg, whether in person or in print, is always a treat. He excels in helping us place hopes and expectations in separate baskets. The Limits of Civic Activism surely can help our sort – and most of us in the social sciences sorely need it. – John Baden, chairman, Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment

Weissberg's analysis of civic activism is provocative but insightful. He offers an alternative voice that should be heard widely. Readers will often be tempted to argue with him, but the fact that they will find it hard to do so is a measure of how well he makes his case. – Richard Niemi, Don Alonzo Watson Professor of Political Science, University of Rochester

Although some readers may ultimately conclude that they knew more prior to beginning this laborious inquest, The Limits of Civic Activism constitutes both a powerful challenge to the dogma that political activism is an unqualified good, and a strong case that in many instances following the private route may be the superior option. The book  will be of interest to political scientists, sociologists, and students of public policy.

Professional & Technical / Architecture

Canals by Robert J. Kapsch (Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design and Engineering Series: W.W. Norton and Company) is a richly illustrated history of America's first transportation system.

A richly illustrated history of America's first transportation network from those with the pictures to do it, that is, the Library of Congress, Canals describes the heyday of American canals.

The book covers the development of canals and the varied structures they engendered, from locks and lockhouses to aqueducts, bridges, dams, and tunnels, as well as canal construction and engineering, life on and alongside the canals, and the fascinating machinery of canal operation. Written by Robert J. Kapsch, National Park Service senior scholar in historic architecture and engineering, Canals offers a capsule tour of the more than three dozen canals that by 1835 consti­tuted the 2,500-mile system of canals from New England to the South and from the East Coast to the Midwest.

The introduction to Canals provides a masterly overview of the development and types of inland waterway routes that have served to define the nature and growth of the United States and its people – a view that is fresh and inspired by the depth and quality of the resources of the Library of Congress, and it substantially expands our knowl­edge of the subject.

The main body of the book, which can also be found on the CD at the back of the book, is organized into four sections: Canals Across America, Canal Structures, Morris Canal and Chesapeake, and Ohio Canal. This fourth and last section of Canals provides a visual journey along two of the most famous canals: the Chesapeake and Ohio (now a national park) and the Morris Canal (largely lost to development).

Canals is part of in the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design & Engineering series, and it pro­vides the largest single source of material for those interested in the his­tory of the classical era of American canals (1785-1860), for those who wish to explore canals today, and for professionals engaged in preservation and rehabilitation of canals. This treasury of photographs, illustrations, and plans of canals and their associated structures and environs, with captions that furnish relevant information about each image and the Library of Congress call number, is an essential reference for all aficionados of canal landscape and lore.

This pioneering series of the Norton/Library of Congress Visual Sourcebooks in Architecture, Design & Engineering has been published through a joint project of the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering and the Publishing Office of the Library of Congress and W.W. Norton & Company. Based on the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress, this series of handsomely illustrated books is drawn from the collections of the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world. A CD-ROM accompanying each volume contains high-quality, downloadable, and uncropped versions of all the illustrations and a direct link to the Library's online, searchable catalogs and image files.

Professional & Technical / Medicine

Specialist Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV by Dan Clutterbuck (Elsevier Mosby)

Sexually transmitted infections and HIV is a clinical area of growing importance, with a continually increasing number of cases. Specialist Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV, written by Daniel Clutterbuck, MD, Consultant, Genitourinary Medicine, Lothian University Hospitals, Edinburgh, describes the conditions and their treatment.

Specialist Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV presents important information in a quick-access format with bulleted lists, boxes, and tables. It offers evidence-based treatment options, with references, wherever possible. Contents include:

Sexually transmitted infections: the sexual health consultation. Non-gonococcal urethritis, chlamydial infection and pelvic inflammatory disease. Vaginal discharge, bacterial vaginosis, candidiasis and trichomoniasis. Gonorrhoea. Prostatitis, epididymitis and conditions associated with sexually transmitted infection. Syphilis, herpes simplex virus and infections causing genital ulceration. Infections and conditions of the genital skin. Viral hepatitis and the management of blood-borne virus exposure. HIV testing, diagnosis and outpatient management. Symptomatic HIV infection and AIDS. Antiretroviral therapy.

This book is intended for those new to the management of sexually transmitted infections and HIV. It should serve professionals in the first few months of a career in the specialty of genitourinary medicine as a first port-of-call for a quick review during a busy clinic. It is also useable in family planning clinics and general practice as well as the teaching hospital GUM department and rural district general hospital – and by medical and non-medical professionals. Hence the recommendations for the diagnosis and management of common conditions are sufficiently detailed to make it useful where it is the only text available to the non-specialist involved in STI care. The commonest problems and those posing the greatest challenge to those new to the field, such as chlamydial infection and the management of bloodborne virus exposure, are covered in the greatest detail. History taking, information for patients and specific treatment recommendations form the bulk of the text, although brief details of pathogenesis and the management of rarer conditions are included. Much of the core information is presented as tables with illustrations, flow diagrams and other aids to diagnosis and management. The chapters on HIV infection concentrate on the outpatient management in the specialist clinic or in general practice, with the emphasis on holistic care and the use of antiretroviral therapy.

Specialist Training in Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV is an innovative resource, useful as a "bridge" between an introductory survey text and a very large, comprehensive reference designed for the specialist, while retaining the best qualities of each. Its comprehensive, concisely presented coverage encompasses all aspects of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients with sexually transmitted infections and HIV. Evidence-based treatment options are presented whenever possible, and references direct readers to more in-depth sources. Full-color illustrations and photographs, bulleted lists, and tables make information easy to access and bring the text to life.

Professional & Technical / Veterinary Medicine

Equine Respiratory Diseases by Bonnie Rush & Tim S. Mair (Blackwell Publishing - Science)

Respiratory diseases are among the most common medical conditions encountered in equine practice. They occur in horses of all breeds and ages, and can have a devastating impact on a horse's health – anorexia, abortion, facial deformities and pneumonia are to name but a few of the consequences.

Equine Respiratory Diseases brings all the major equine respiratory diseases together in one concise volume. The text enables readers to relate clinical anatomy, physiology and pathology to clinical signs seen, and to form a rational basis for the control, treatment and prevention of respiratory diseases. Written by Bonnie Rush and Tim Mair, both leading equine experts, teachers and researchers, Equine Respiratory Diseases includes:

  • Diagnostic tests for infectious and non-infectious respiratory disease
  • Details of techniques involved when testing for respiratory diseases
  • Step-by-step practical instructions for carrying out procedures

Diseases of the respiratory tract are common in horses of all ages and types. Respiration is a cellular activity, and the respiratory tract is the organ that permits respiration to take place. The requirements placed on the respiratory system by the body's metabolism include the transfer of the precise quantity of oxygen from the inspired air to the arterial blood that the body tissues need, and the removal from venous blood the quantity of carbon dioxide they produce by metabolism. These requirements for respiration increase dramatically during exercise, and the respiratory system of the horse is designed to permit wide fluctuations in the amount of gas exchange taking place within the lungs.

The unique ability of the horse as an athlete is dependent on the integration of the respiratory system with a number of other body systems, including the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems. Clinical or subclinical dysfunction of any of these systems can result in exercise intolerance, but in the healthy horse it appears to be the respiratory system that is the limiting factor that determines athletic performance.

The horse possesses several unique physiological responses to exercise that allow for an increased capacity for oxygen transport. Any respiratory dysfunction can cause a further decline in ventilation and gas exchange, and therefore respiratory diseases are a major cause of exercise intolerance and poor performance. Respiratory tract diseases are second only to musculoskeletal diseases as the leading cause of wastage in racehorses.

Respiratory disease is rewarding to evaluate and treat for equine clinicians. The respiratory system is highly accessible for diagnostic testing, responds to an extensive armamentarium of drugs, and has a relatively favorable capacity for healing. Techniques used to evaluate the equine respiratory tract include endoscopic examination, radiographic and ultrasonographic imaging, cytologic evaluation and bacterial culture of respiratory secretions, and histopath­ologic evaluation of respiratory mucosa and pulmonary parenchyma. Advanced imaging techniques, such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, are also increasingly used in certain diseases, especially diseases affecting the upper respiratory tract.

Unlike the central nervous system, the accessibility of the respiratory system allows clinicians to obtain a definitive diagnosis in most instances. Respiratory disorders typically respond favorably to appropriate medical therapy, and treatment options for bronchodilation, immunomodulation, antimicrobial activity, and reduction of pulmonary inflammation are well-characterized in horses. Surgical therapy for upper respiratory disease is common and results are often favorable. Surgical intervention for treatment of lower respiratory disease is less routine and is typically performed under grave or extreme circumstances.

Disorders of the respiratory system can be classified into four basic categories, which are covered in the sections of the book:

  • Contagious upper respiratory tract (URT) (Section Two)

  • Noncontagious URT (Section Three)

  • Infectious lower respiratory tract (LRT) (Section Four)

  • Noninfectious LRT disease (Section Five)

Section One, comprising the first two chapters, covers examination of the equine respiratory tract. Chapters 3 through 22 represent each one of these categories of respiratory disease.

Equine Respiratory Diseases is intended to provide diagnostic and therapeutic options for evaluation of horses with respiratory disease. The book, which brings all the respiratory diseases together in one volume, is essential reading for all those working in or studying equine medicine.

Professionals & Academics / Americas

They Made America: Two Centuries of Innovators from the Steam Engine to the Search Engine by Harold Evans, with Gail Buckland & David Lefer (Little Brown and Company) is a long-awaited illustrated history of American innovators – some well known, some unknown – by the author of the bestselling The American Century.

The real inventor of the steam engine. The creator of the bra. The man who invented modern banking. The creator of the computer operating system. These and scores of others are the characters that populate Harold Evans's history of the men and women who made America great. Evans reveals surprising truths behind many of the creations that made our modern world.

The workshop revolutionaries who made our world have never had the attention afforded the political revolutionaries who founded this nation. But it was these 70 innovators, and others like them – in small-town attics and on the Mississippi, in Silicon Valley and the wheat fields of Kansas, in a black woman's beauty parlor and a Dayton bicycle shop – who set America or a course to attain a standard of living unprecedented in history.

The flourishing of America is the story of an inventive people with a mystic faith in technology, from the early settlers who used windmills as a way of getting water on the Great Plains to the electronic whiz kids of the Internet. Innovation, practical inventiveness, is the main force behind America's preeminence. Evans, president and publisher of Random House, former editor of the London Sunday Times and of The Times, traces how innovators have time and again proved to be democratizers, driven not by greed but by an ambition to be remembered. They translated the nation's political ideals into economic reality.

Yet many of these heroic contributors have been lost to history. Who fought to make banking available to the common people? Who opened the world of international air travel to the masses? Whose Internet triumph was based on egalitarian ideals? Who put cheap electricity into everyone's home – and was pursued as a fugitive? Who gave everyman high-quality sound – and was driven to suicide?

These innovators come to life in Evans's narratives and in more than five hundred photographs and illustrations. We see the frontiersman John Fitch inspired by his near death at the hands of Indians to invent the first steamboat service; we see Orville and Wilbur Wright in their parlor, hand-stitching the wings of their Flying Machine; we see Gary Kildall develop the operating system that will underpin Bill Gates's empire.

Crowning this astonishing work, Evans distills the most practical thinking about innovation into a feature called the Innovators' Toolbox – influential gems that will inspire the think­ing and hopes of those with ideas of their own. Thomas Edison urged the men in his lab to come up with practical things: "We can't be like those German professors who spend their whole lives studying the fuzz of a bee."

They Made America is eminently practical – but more than anything, it is history to inspire. With the verve and cogency that made his American Century a bestseller, Evans tells the epic story of the men and women who made America over two centuries. Vast and beautifully designed with hundreds of photos throughout, the book is itself a creation almost as grand as those it describes.

Reference / Education

Graduate Programs in Engineering & Applied Sciences: Book 5 by Petersons (Peterson's Graduate Programs in Engineering & Applied Sciences Series: Thomson Peterson’s) describes more than 4,400 graduate programs in 67 disciplines, together with their entrance and degree requirements, expenses and financial support, programs of study, and faculty research specialties.

Features of Graduate Programs in Engineering & Applied Sciences: Book 5 include

  • Informative data profiles of the programs with facts and figures on accreditation, faculty, students, application deadlines, and application contacts.
  • More than 460 two-page In-Depth Descriptions written by the institution give complete details on graduate study.
  • Advice on the admissions process, financial support, accreditation and accrediting agencies.
  • Directories list programs in each volume.
  • Appendices list institutional changes since the last edition and abbreviations used in the guide.

The six volumes of Peterson’s Annual Guides to Graduate Study, the only annually updated reference work of its kind, provide wide-ranging information on the graduate and professional programs offered by accredited colleges and universities in the United States and U.S. territories and those in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Africa that are accredited by U.S. accrediting bodies. Books 2 through 6 are divided into sections that contain one or more directories devoted to individual programs in a particular field. Book 5 of Graduate Programs in Engineering & Applied Sciences contains a plethora of useful information on programs of study in the disciplines of engineering and applied sciences for students approaching graduate school.

Religion & Spirituality

Out of the Question...Into the Mystery: Getting Lost in the GodLife Relationship by Leonard Sweet (WaterBrook Press)

Faith is not simply a decision that is made or a commitment that is promised… Rather, faith is a new life that we practice. And that life is practiced in the context of relationship.  – Leonard Sweet

According to Leonard Sweet, Christianity wasn’t founded on a proposition. God sent Jesus to deliver a proposal: “Will you love me? Will you let me love you?”
God made us for relationship… For up-close engagement… For the give-and-take that unfolds when two beings interact on a deeper level.
When readers discover the authentic life of trusting God and living in love – the “GodLife relationship,” as Leonard Sweet calls it – their priorities shift from trying to nail down the right doctrine to following the living Jesus every moment of every day.
According to Sweet, when readers follow Jesus, they will learn how to love their enemies, care for the earth, relate to one another, and understand the invisible spiritual realm. The daily practice of faith – versus the settledness of mere belief – will open life to unimagined possibilities.

For years psychology and communication experts have studied Relational Theory, the suggestion that humans are relational beings whose desire for interaction is as important as the desire for food, water and shelter. This is no more apparent than in the unfortunate cases of “wild children,” whose parents lock them away from all interaction for years at a time. When found, these children are typically infantile in mental development. However, once they are brought back into civilization, they dramatically improve.

Sweet, in Out of the Question...Into the Mystery insists that not only do we require relationships with one another, but more importantly, we need a real, live relationship with God. As in any relationship, without interaction with God, one cannot flourish.

Hailed as "One of the church's most important and provocative thinkers," Sweet travels the world as a sought-after speaker and serves as a consultant to many of America's denominational leaders and agencies. He is currently the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, where he served for five years as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Theological School.

Len Sweet has really done it this time! In true midrash form, Len exposes the beauty of a relationship with our Creator. He asks all the hard questions and leads us to a place of grace beyond the formulaic answers. Throw all your self-help books in the trash and immerse yourself in a book that will help you see your faith journey in a whole new way. – Chris Seay, author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano
No charts, no boxes, no to-do lists. Just everything we thought we knew about faith but didn't. This is the book we should be reading in our small groups. – Sally Morgenthaler, author of Worship Evangelism
Here is a panoramic view of what a relational theology can mean for Christians today. Whether you're a spiritual seeker trying to get the lay of the land, or a seasoned traveler trying to make sense of what you've experienced, or even a disillusioned leader who feels it's all gone stale – this book will help you see in a fresh, inspiring, profound, and invigorating way. – Brian McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christian and The Church on the Other Side
The author borrows from Eastern mysticism, especially in a section about creation that echoes the modern environmental movement's criticisms of airplane travel, the fishing industry and Freon. Sweet's political orientation also surfaces in a general accusation that the world's richest nations are to blame for the plight of the poor. In trying to swing believers from rationalism to relationalism, Sweet challenges evangelicals by saying that the text of the Bible does not become the Truth until it is lived out. Sweet's existential approach will not fit with many formal, historic understandings of the Christian faith, but then, that's the point. – Publishers Weekly

With the premise that Gods chief desire is to enjoy an honest, open-access relationship, this fresh and provocative book, Out of the Question...Into the Mystery, introduces readers to the mystery and adventure of the “GodLife” relationship.

Religion & Spirituality

Doing Christian Ethics From The Margins by Miguel A. De La Torre (Orbis Books)

Our educational system is far from being neutral, and students who attend classes, from community colleges to highly selective colleges, can either be conditioned to accept the present system of social structures or to seek liberation from it. All too often, the educational system serves to normalize these power structures as legitimate. The task of educators, especially ethicists, is to cultivate students' ability to find their own voices by creating an environment in which consciousness-raising can occur. That is what Doing Christian Ethics From The Margins seeks to do.

As an ethicist unapologetically grounded in a Latino/a social context, Miguel A. De La Torre, a Cuban-American professor of ethics at Hope College in Michigan, strives to create an environment within the classroom that attempts to perceive the will of the Divine from within the social location of marginalized people – that is, those who are not usually able to participate in the classroom where he teaches. Such a process analyzes their reality, a reality tied to an ethical perspective that demands a socio-political response to oppression.

Nevertheless, the danger facing liberationist scholars is that they can become an intellectual elite disconnected from the everyday struggles of the marginalized and have little or no impact upon the churches in disenfranchised communities. Ethicists from the margins attempting to overcome this disconnect advocate connecting the work done by Christian ministers serving disentranchised communities with the academic work done by faculty and students in our colleges and universities. These ministers and scholars attempt to learn from the disenfranchised while serving them as intellectuals grounded in the social reality of the marginalized, and acting in the consciousness- raising process of the faith community.

Doing Christian Ethics From The Margins, seeks to open Christian ethics to the rich diver­sity found among those who are usually excluded – those who are part of a multiracial and multicultural people. He constructs a collaborative ethics through studying and reflecting on the lives and circumstances of marginalized people. De La Torre says that because the gospel message was first proclaimed in the marginalized spaces of Judea, those who reside in these disenfranchised spaces, then and now, hold the key to interpreting this message properly. In this way the salvation of the usually euro­centric dominant culture depends on hearing what is proclaimed by those from the margins.

By forcing students to occupy an uncomfortable space, De La Torre provides them with a unique outlook, a view that enhances more traditional learning. This pedagogy, however, is useless if it is restricted to the classroom – liberating ethical praxis is pertinent to the larger community as well. For example, the community in which his school is located, called Holland, was settled by the Dutch in the early 1800s. Located on Lake Michigan, Holland has wooden shoe factories, a windmill imported from the Netherlands, and an annual May festival called Tulip Time that attracts over 100,000 visitors to celebrate Holland's Dutch heritage.

But Holland is not only Dutch; although documented Hispanics comprise approximately 22.2 percent of the overall population, Asians, 3.5 percent, and African Americans, 2.3 percent; they are seldom seen walking or shopping on 8th Street, the main business center of the city, even if they live a few blocks away. Holland is a town where many from the dominant culture may wish to live in a more just and equitable society, but they also find themselves trapped within social structures to protect their privilege by masking racism and classism. Consequently, those who are oppressed by these structures, along with those who benefit, are in need of liberation, another word for salvation.

To bring about liberation as salvation, Christianity must become a way of life rather than just a doctrinal belief. De La Torre says that his praxis is more crucial than any book he might write. Most Christian ethicists working in a liberation framework write, or teach, to give voice to the voiceless, to put into words what the marginalized are feeling and doing. No doubt, such writing may anger or alienate those who view their power and privilege as a birthright. This type of pedagogy does not come easily in a conservative environment like Hol­land, Michigan. It might be wiser to simply conform to the dominant culture and remain silent in the face of racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism. But De La Torre says that his scholarship has been influenced by Don Quixote and, like Don Quixote, he feels the need to charge the windmills of Holland. In a world that normalizes oppression – our world today – maybe some Don Quixotes can bring hope as they set out on a path of a justice-based ethics to take on the foes of power and privilege.

With a keen sense for how power and privilege hide themselves inside prevailing institutions and ideology, De La Torre has produced a text which speaks strongly for the struggle for liberation in relations of class, gender and race in a new global neighborhood populated by very unequal neighbors. – John C. Raines, Temple University

Doing Christian Ethics From The Margins will be a revelation for most middle-class Americans and a marvelous teaching tool. De La Torre is passionate and clear. His argument comes alive in abundant case studies and up-to-date examples of injustice, local and global. His calls for social reform are specific, well-substantiated, and impossible to resist. – Lisa Sowle Cahill, Boston College

This book has all the information about injustice in our society that I have been collecting data to present and much more – in one highly readable book for students (and teachers) to see. It provides the data and the incisive reflections to shock my students and me into seeing perceptively and interpreting repentingly the injustices foisted on us by the powers and authorities. I will definitely have my students in Christian ethics read this book. It will open their eyes, hearts, minds, and practices. I will also not marginalize nonviolence and just peace­making theory; I want my students to have the praxis that the book's method calls for. – Glen H. Stassen, Fuller Theological Seminary

De La Torre is a liberationist scholar. The book is aimed at ethics undergraduate students and seeks to liberate them from their conditioning and acceptance of the ingrained and subtle norms of society. Doing Christian Ethics From The Margins is a radical book and one that is profoundly needed in today’s America.

Religion & Spirituality / Judaism

The Emergence Of Judaism by Jacob Neusner (Westminster John Knox Press)
This introductory textbook on the history of Judaism is written by one of the foremost scholars in the field, Jacob Neusner, Research Professor of Religion and Theology at Bard College, writer / editor of hundreds of books, including The Classics of Judaism, An Introduction to Judaism, Judaism When Christianity Began, and World Religions in America.

The Emergence Of Judaism explains Judaism from a historical point of view and includes chapters on the Pentateuch and the definition of Israel; the Torah, the Mishnah, Judaism's way of life; the Talmud and Judaism's world­view; and the definition and nature of God in Judaism. Also included are a glossary of terms and excerpts from many important primary documents, including the Mishnah, the Tosefta, the Talmud of the Land of Israel, the Talmud of Babylonia, Genesis and Genesis Rabbah, The Fathers, and The Fathers According to Rabbi Nathan.

First Neusner explains that Judaism is the religion that meets God in the Torah – a Hebrew word that means teaching or instruction. In the narrative of Judaism the Torah was given by God to Moses at Mount Sinai. As readers follow, The Emergence Of Judaism looks at the way in which the Torah took shape in ancient times, tracing the emergence of Judaism in the land of Israel (i.e., Palestine). Judaism emerged from the time of Moses, 1200 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era = B.C.) to its full and complete statement in the Talmud of Babylonia, ca. 600 C.E. (Common Era = A.D.)

The Torah is comprised of writings deemed God given; the Torah contains the instruction on the way of life and worldview of God's people. The Torah is in two media, writing and memory. The Torah in Judaism includes writings that are not in the Hebrew Scriptures of ancient Israel, but also writings originated in oral tradition, also deriving from God's revelation to Moses at Sinai. Thus Judaism holds that the Torah of Sinai is made up of teachings handed on both in writing and in memory.

The written part of the Torah (corresponding to Christianity's Old Testa­ment) is made up of three divisions: Torah, Prophets, and Writings. First comes the Torah, comprised of five books of Moses, also known as the Pentateuch. These are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Second, the prophetic writings are Joshua, Judges, Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and the Twelve Minor Prophets. Third come the Writings (Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes or Qohelet, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah. Chronicles).

These three large divisions of sacred Scripture form the written part of the Torah. The memorized part of the Torah consists of oral tradition. The oral Torah is equal in standing to the written Torah. The oral tradition was preserved through memorization. The climax of the writing down of the oral Torah came in 600 C.E., with the Talmud of Babylonia, a commentary to the Mishnah and to Scripture. In Part 1, Neusner tell the story of how the religion took shape. He tells how its principal writings – the components of the Torah – responded to three crises in the life of the people of Israel, which is comprised by the community of the faithful, not to be confused with the ethnic group, the Jews. In Part 2, he defines how Judaism emerged in some of its main doctrines and beliefs. These trace the development, by successive documents, of the doctrine of Israel, the worldview (Torah), the way of life (law), and God. Then, in Part 3, he explains why Judaism has flourished for the thousands of years since Sinai, to the pre­sent day. In Part 4, he tells stories about some of the outstanding sages of the Torah, written and oral. Finally, in Part 5, he introduces Judaism's principal writings of ancient times. In this way he describes the emergence, in ancient times, of one of the enduring religious traditions of humanity, the Judaism that defines itself out of the Torah in two media, oral and written.

Of course, in antiquity other Judaic religious systems took shape. We know about one of these from the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls, and about another from the Gospels. The worldview, way of life, and definition of Israel comprising a Judaic religious system competed with the counterparts portrayed in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Christian Gospels. Those communities had their own definitions of Israel, its way of life, and its world­view. They appealed, in part, to the same Scriptures ("Written Torah," "Old Testament"). But each community read those Scriptures in its own distinctive way, and all of them claimed to possess revealed traditions in addition to the Hebrew Scriptures. The Emergence Of Judaism addresses only the Judaism that ultimately defined the norm for the Jewish people, that is, the Torah as defined by the rabbinic sages of ancient times.

Neusner’s presentation requires him to cite verbatim a sizable volume of sources because, beyond the Hebrew Scriptures ("Old Testament"), Judaism's writings are not widely known. To make possible a direct encounter between readers and the religion of Judaism, Neusner includes ample evidence of how that religion expressed its main ideas. He writes not to advocate a particular religion or religion in general, but to describe a particular religion as it makes itself known in the unfold­ing of its principal writings in the age in which it emerged.

The Emergence Of Judaism concludes with a discussion of why Judaism has succeeded through centuries of competition with Christianity and Islam. Written by a world renowned Judiac scholar, with a good glossary, extensive notes and primary documents, this textbook will be of use as an introduction to Judiasm and as a reference for those studying Judiasm.

Religion & Spirituality / Church & State

American Providence: A Nation with a Mission by Stephen H. Webb (Continuum)
The relationship between America and Christianity has never been so hotly contested as it is today. September 11, 2001, and the war on terrorism have had an almost schismatic impact on the Church. American Christians have been forced to ask hard questions about the relationship of their faith to politics. While some would rather not ask these questions at all, they are unavoidable for a religion that seeks to speak to the world, with the expectation of nothing less than global transformation. According to Stephen H. Webb, Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, like it or not, Christians have to take a stand on the issue of America's alleged imperialism, not only because America is largely a product of the Christian imagination but also because the converse is true – the growth of Christianity worldwide is largely shaped by American values and ideals.

In American Providence, Webb makes the case that American Christianity is not an oxymoron. He also makes the case for a robust doctrine of providence – a doctrine that has been frequently neglected by American theologians due to their reluctance to claim any special status for the United States.

American Providence is at once courageous, provocative, and learned. Webb rejuvenates and makes current arguments that have long been repressed, while respectfully engaging those who will fiercely disagree. Wherever people think seriously about America, world history, and the mysterious purposes of God, American Providence will be at the center of a long overdue debate. – Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, editor-in-chief of First Things

American Providence is not a jingoistic celebration of American exceptionalism. It is, rather, a careful analysis of America's close relationship to the rhetoric and theology of divine providence-and how such providence may be operative today. Webb is one of the few theologians who can consistently deliver serious and creative thinking together with a crisp, highly readable style. One can only thank Webb for masterfully tackling a difficult and yet crucial theological issue. – Thomas G. Guarino, Professor of Systematic Theology, Seton Hall University

In this provocative new book, Stephen Webb sharply challenges the leftist view of religion and politics, the view held dear by most academics. This is essential reading for all who want to think theologically and intelligently about matters of extreme importance for the role of Christianity in the emerging world order. – Jerry Walls, Professor, Philosophy of Religion, Asbury Theological Seminary

American Providence is a provocative and challenging book. In it Webb goes to the heart of the reluctance of American theologians to claim any special status for the United States by defending the idea that American foreign policy should be seen as a vehicle of God’s design for history.

Religion & Spirituality

Doing Right: Practicing Ethical Principles by David W. Gill (InterVarsity Press)
Doing what's right has never been more confusing.

The complexities of 21st-century life can be bewildering. Wouldn’t it be great to have a map for negotiating the intricacies of competing priorities and values, a map that goes beyond mere damage control and guides us to be proactive in loving both God and others?

David W. Gill, consultant and educator with his own business ethics firm, formerly Professor of Applied Ethics, North Park University in Chicago, finds "Ten Words" that God originally spoke to Israel to be just as pertinent today as they were when Moses first heard them. In Doing Right Gill explains how the Ten Commandments offer a sound set of ethical principles in fulfilling both these purposes.

This is a timely book! – Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary

Together with his Becoming Good, David Gill's Doing Right completes a masterful two­-volume exposition of ethical character and practice. – Kenneth R. Chase, Center for Applied Christian Ethics, Wheaton College

Doing Right is a thoughtful, scholarly, humorous and loving exploration of God's model of relationships outlined in the Ten Commandments. – Rebecca Klint Townsend, M.D.

Anyone who thinks that an introduction to Christian ethics based on the Ten Commandments might be a bit dry could not be more wrong. – David P. Gushee, Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy, Union University

Doing Right challenges us to think deeply, biblically, courageously and wisely about the right thing ... and then pushes us to act more rightly and justly. – Kim Daus-Edwards, Chief Transformational Officer, Equip Business Missions

David Gill brings fresh insight into well-worked material. Doing Right is engaging, compelling and preachable! – Jamie Crook, Senior Pastor, University Covenant Church, Davis, California

Doing Right offers a clear, pas­sionate explanation of Christian ethical principles.

It explains the practical relevance of the Ten Commandments to modern life, and it builds on the foundation of character ethics to supply practical help for specific issues. The audience for the book is both professors and students.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality For People, Not Angels by Rodney Clapp (Brazos Press)
Poet George Herbert marveled that the human being is "once a poor creature, now a wonder ... tortur'd in the space/Betwixt this world and that of grace." Christian spirituality is not for angels, but for people, for "tortured wonders": bodily, social, embedded in time – and often confused, caught in between the "physical" and the "spiritual."

Tortured Wonders, by writer Rodney Clapp, editorial director of Brazos Press, explores Christian spirituality not just at prayer and worship, but at table, in the bedroom and bathroom and gym and funeral parlor. The book has two sections: Part One: Classical Christian Spirituality and Part Two: Chirstian Spirituality in the Light (and Darkness) of the 21st Century.

Tortured Wonders is profound, earthy, and funny. ... Clapp is especially good on sex and eating (he's not bad on Elvis, either), and his directness has a way of cutting through persiflage to the bone of an issue. – Paul J. Griffiths, University of Illinois, Chicago

This book is for people, but the angels must be rejoicing. Christians are saved body and soul, and Tortured Wonders captures the joy and the challenge of a fully embodied redemption. Few writers can match the way Clapp balances a passion for orthodox theology with a sparkling insight into popular culture. Clapp is on a mission to show the world that the Christian tradition is immensely more entertaining, as well as more true, than anything television or Hollywood has to offer. That his book is such a pleasure to read shows how well he has succeeded. – Stephen H. Webb, author of The Divine Voice

At last! A witty, sophisticated account of classic Christian spirituality, a book that I can toss to any skeptical, tough-minded, ambivalent seeker. At its best, Clapp contends – although only at its best – orthodox Christianity shrewdly understands both the ordinary struggles of daily life and the peculiar predicaments of our own cultural moment. –Catherine M. Wallace, author of For Fidelity and Selling Ourselves Short

Rodney Clapp speaks eloquently to the emerging discovery of the physical side of being spiritual. Tortured Wonders deconstructs the incipient gnosticism that has dominated evangelical Christianity in the twentieth century. But more, the book is a clarion call to return to the roots of incarnational thinking in the fathers of the church. Hopefully we will listen. – Robert Webber, author of Ancient-Future Faith and The Younger Evangelicals

Tortured Wonders imaginatively unpacks a faith and way of life that "never gives up on the body." Constantly stimulating and fresh, in contrast, it puts the body at the center of Christian spirituality. This is not a superficial book; it calls on ancient authorities to bring wisdom to modern culture.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Ruth by André LaCocque, edited and translated by K.C. Hanson (Continental Commentaries Series: Fortress Press)

Author André LaCocque, Emeritis Professor of Old Testament at Chicago Theological Seminary, argues that the book of Ruth was written in the post-exilic period and that the author was a woman. Countering the fears and xenophobia of many in Jerusalem, the biblical author employed the notion of hesed (kindness, loyalty, steadfast love), which transcends national boundaries.

Edited and translated by K. C. Hanson, former teacher of biblical studies at Episcopal Theological School and the School of Theology at Claremont, Creighton University, and St. Olaf College, Ruth focuses on redemption and levirate marriage as the two legal issues that recur throughout the text of Ruth.

LaCocque notes that while modern French studies on Ruth are few and far between, the English-speaking scholars' preoccupation with this biblical book is extremely well documented. In the English-speaking world, burning problems of actuality, such as immigration, refugees, minorities, the status of women, and so forth, have called attention to cer­tain documents of the Bible that treat these issues in creative ways. Of prime importance among those, of course, is the book of Ruth, which features the exem­plary model for Israel of a Moabitess. In point of fact, Ruth is the only book in the Bible carrying the name of a Gentile.

According to LaCocque, Ruth is a subversive document. It is not without a deep sentiment of frustration about her people's ineptitude before God and the imperatives of the human condition that Ruth's female author chose as her heroine a foreigner, even a representative of a loathed nation: Moab.

How is Ruth-the-Moabite a saintly woman from among the nations? Through her hesed (goodness of heart, steadfast love and fidelity) that compels the host soci­ety of Bethlehem to interpret the Torah (the charter of Jewish identity before God) in a generous and amplificatory way. And it is through this liberating breakthrough in the Law's wall of seclusion that Jesus of Nazareth's hermeneutics has blossomed. The book of Ruth, therefore, is not just a touching and delightful story of two women, Ruth and Naomi, gaining respect and honor in a patriarchal and chauvinistic society, but a vibrant plea for the adoption of a consciousness moved by expansive love rather than by restrictive legal definitions. Ruth today is as relevant as it was in its centuries-long perennial youth.

Ruth provides a readable introduction to the narrative book of Ruth appropriate for the student, pastor, and scholar. LaCocque combines historical, literary, feminist, and liberationist approaches in an engaging synthesis.

With the publication of this volume, written on commission in French, almost concomitantly with the French version, the Continental Commentaries Series expands its horizons once more.

Religion & Spirituality / Theology

Christ, Providence And History by Michael Higton (T & T Clark International)

Christ, Providence And History is the first full study of the whole of Hans Frei's work, from his doctoral thesis on Karl Barth in the 1950s to his great, unfinished project on the history of modern theology in the 1980s. Michael Highton, Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter, draws on a wide range of unpublished material in the Frei archives to present a comprehensive, fresh and original interpretation of Frei's theology.

According to Frei, the question of faith and history has dominated Western theology from the Enlightenment onwards, and it is deeply involved in two theological debates, both involving Friedrich Schleiermacher, the analysis of which proved decisive for Frei's own posing of the question. Whereas Strauss declares that there can be no room for Christian faith, no room for any manifestation of divine life in a history that is truly history, Frei, by following Barth in developing an understanding of ‘faith’ which refuses Schleiermacher's path, insists that if Christian faith is truly Christian, truly faith in God, it already acknowledges its own creatureliness, and thus in some sense already acknowledges itself to be thoroughly historical. Frei, in other words, both joins Strauss in rejecting Schleiermacher's preservation of faith from historical consciousness, yet also turns Strauss's question on its head. Instead of asking, ‘Where in history can we fit faith?’ he asks, ‘Where in faith should we fit history?’ That is: how does Christian faith proclaim that, on faith's own grounds, it is fully historical and creaturely? What is the historical consciousness proper to faith? Frei ends up making an affirmation of the nature and limits and possibilities of history that puts him into an ad hoc alliance with Strauss.

Frei called for a public theology because he understood faith to be historical. That is, he called for a theology which lives in the public world and engages with public reality, because it is rooted in a Christian faith which has its source in history-like narratives set in the one public world in which we live, which is learnt in particular historical communities living in that public world, and which prays and works for discernment in the world of public events and processes. His theology, though unashamedly resting upon the ground of a faith that is not shared by everyone and cannot by any tricks of the theologian be made plausible to everyone, is nevertheless public in form precisely because it speaks in the register of public history, and so draws constantly and inevitably on the ordinary resources which human beings have for speaking about such reality, and on the academic disciplines by which those resources are clarified and guided. In other words, his theology is public not because he shares methodological or substantive starting-points with religion's cultured despisers, but because the register of theological speech always and everywhere brings it into contact with all those other forms of human speech that are appropriate to historical existence.

We have seen that Frei was fascinated by the many forms of the question of faith and history that have animated modern Western theology. He was fascinated in particular by various nineteenth-century attempts to give those questions a definite answer, whether it be the relationalist bridges built by Schleiermacher or the burning of those bridges by Strauss.

Jesus Christ is the paradigm of creaturely reality caught up to God, and so the foundation of any theological relating of faith and history, and when Frei turned to the Gospel witness to Jesus Christ he found that the history which God had caught up in Jesus was precisely a history of unsubstitutable characters and circumstances, a history of actions and interactions on a public stage – that it was primarily a public rather than an inward history. If the whole of history is caught up by God into relationship in this Christ, then it will be in the first place as public, unsubstitutable history: as a complex history of people, events and institutions which cannot he paraphrased or diagrammed but only endlessly narrated.

The Christian Church is called to witness to this catching up of history, and so to represent always and everywhere the unsubstitutable identity of Jesus Christ and to witness to the unlimited scope of Jesus Christ's significance. The Church is called to witness that the world, precisely in its unsubstitutable, public, creaturely life is ordered providentially in Jesus Christ, and that it will find its endlessly particular fulfilment in him. And the only way in which Christians can witness to this without turning it into a different kind of providence – a more abstract, repeatable providence – is to pay unceasing attention to the world, knowing that we cannot know the shape of the world or of any part of it in advance, but believing that the shapes we find can be read (fallibly and partially for now) in connection to the equally particular shape of Jesus Christ.

Instead, then, of providing Christians with any kind of pat answer which would allow them to turn away from history, or any kind of short-cut which would allow them to dispense with history's complexities, Christians are provided with a strange illumination which sends them deeper into history's intractability. The illumination which Christians believe is cast by what God has done in Jesus Christ is not the flat illumination of legend, but that brilliant divine light which shows the world to be fraught with background, a world which is intricately and pervasively interconnected, a world which takes time, a world whose surface has a fractal complexity which exceeds any and all maps, including Christian maps. The world which Christians inhabit in the light cast by Christ is a world which has to be learned.

What Frei calls ‘figural interpretation’ is nothing more than the process by which Christians pay ever-renewed attention to the particularity of Jesus Christ on the one hand, and to this thoroughly historical world on the other, and trust to find glimpses of the ways in which each worldly reality might find its own particularly appropriate fulfilment in Christ. All the technical explanations of figural interpretation that Frei inherited from Auerbach are not designed to pick out some special form of reading, but to point to this dual paying of attention and hope for connections, and to fight against all short-cuts. Every part of the definition of figura is simply another way of refusing an account of the attention which Christians must pay to Christ and to the world, and of the always particular connections which they may hope to be shown, which would make those forms of attention and connection secondary to some deeper, more directly graspable reality.

Figural reading is nothing more than having the Bible in one hand, the newspaper in the other, and refusing to put either down in favor of clearer writing – whether that be the maps of the Bible which are provided by theologians, or the maps of the world which are provided by other disciplines. Such maps may well be useful tools along the way, but Frei's insistence upon figural reading is an insistence that they be kept firmly in their place. Even the concepts and arguments with which Frei presents this figural vision must be kept in that subordinate position – they are themselves thoroughly finite and historical, the tools of a particular tradition of thinking, a service to the task of living Christianly in the public world that can only be a service to the extent that it retains humility.

Only a methodologically humble theology – an ‘unsystematic’ theology in the sense defined in the last chapter – will be able both to read Gospels for all they are worth, and to accept the strangeness of the kinds of affirmation which turn out to be appropriate to them. Only such a theology will be able to accept that Christian concepts have to be learnt in all their diversity and complexity from the community and its confession, and that even concepts like ‘truth’ and ‘reference’ do not come in the neat packages of philosophical definition. For such theology, the essence of Christianity is not, in the end, any shared mode of consciousness or broad philosophical framework, but nothing more than constant return to the Jesus of the Gospels, and so such theology will have conceptual room for Christianity as a growing, changing, multifarious community – a public and historical reality – which has an endlessly complex and particular involvement in the world for which Christ died.

An ambitious theological analysis of one of the most significant and seminal of twentieth-century theologians. This book is lucidly and accessibly written ... altogether, it constitutes a major contribution. – Revd Professor Daniel W Hardy, University Of Cambridge

In this well-written critical study, Higton establishes that Frei's larger project was a Christian theology that takes God's relation to history and to persons in their concrete historical circumstances with such seriousness that it creates conceptual space for a genuinely public theology. Frei didn't live to develop that project, but Higton's skilful reconstruction sketches his bold and fascinating theological vision. Enjoyably written,

exemplary research. – Professor David H. Kelsey, Yale Divinity School

Christ, Providence And History is an unprecedented portrait of Frei as a theologian fundamentally concerned with the ability of theology to speak about, and to, the public world – and to regard that world as providentially ordered in Jesus Christ, while celebrating its concrete contingency and freedom. Frei emerges not just as a powerful historian of theology, but as a persuasive, and hitherto largely unrecognized, theologian of history.

Religion & Spirituality

Pathways to Bliss: Mythology and Personal Transformation by Joseph Campbell, edited with a foreword by David Kudler (New World Library)

Joseph Campbell, whose works rank among the classics in mythology, famously defined myth as "other people's religion." But he also said that one of the basic functions of myth is to help each individual through the journey of life, providing a sort of travel guide or map to reach fulfillment – or  as he called it, "bliss." For Campbell, myth supports the individual's heroic path toward bliss.

In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell looks at this personal, psychological side of myth. Like his classic, bestselling books Myths to Live By and The Power of Myth, Pathways to Bliss, edited by Campbell authority David Kudler, draws from Campbell's popular lectures, which highlight his remarkable storytelling and ability to apply the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and the quest for transformation. Here he dwells on life's important questions – questions that are often submerged beneath the frantic activity of daily life. Drawing on the cross-cultural symbols and stories combined with the teachings of modern psychology, he examines the ways in which our myths shape and enrich our lives.

Campbell explores the many insights of Carl Jung; the notion of self as the hero; and how East and West differ in their approaches to the ego. The book also includes an extensive question-and-answer session that ranges from mythological readings of the Bible to how the Hero's journey unfolds for women.

… Fans will recognize Campbell's comforting cadence and intimacy, conveyed by use of the second person and by his masterful storytelling….  This volume breaks no new ground, but does give explicit directions for identifying and connecting oneself to a meaningful mythic overview, unbounded by specific cultures or historical facts….  Campbell assesses life now as pathless: "We are in a sort of free fall into the future." He is, however, perennially hopeful that if we discover our own mythological underpinnings, carried on the wings of artists and poets, we can find our way to individual bliss. This is a fine volume for old friends and new followers. – Publishers Weekly

In Pathways to Bliss, Campbell applies the larger themes of world mythology to personal growth and transformation. Looking at the more personal, psychological side of myth, he dwells on life's more important questions – those that are often submerged beneath the frantic activity of our daily life. With his usual wit and insight, Campbell draws connections between ancient symbols and modern art, schizophrenia and the hero's journey. Along the way, he shows how myth can help each of us identify and follow our bliss.

Science / Behavioral / Evolution

Kindness In A Cruel World: The Evolution Of Altruism by Nigel Barber (Prometheus Books)

What do mutual grooming, politeness, priestly celibacy, military heroism, car insurance, and overwork have in common? All are probable examples of the recently discovered evolutionary mechanism called "reciprocal altruism." Simply put, the concept means, "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours." Although rare in animals, reciprocal altruism colors much of human emotion and social behavior.

In a lively, fascinating discussion that explores the behaviors of bees, bats, and humans in various normal and deviant social settings, evolutionary psychologist Nigel Barber in Kindness In A Cruel World explains the evolutionary basis of these wide-ranging phenomena of giving.

Barber, formerly an assistant professor of psychology at Birmingham ­Southern College, whose The Science of Romance recently won an Independent Publisher Book Award, begins with Darwin's theory. He shows how the original notion of a dog-eat-dog world where survival of the fittest is the only rule must now be modified by the new findings on altruism. In bees, for example, the workers evolve without reproductive ability and exist only for the good of the hive and the propagation of the queen bee's genes. In addition, vampire bats spontaneously share food through regurgitation, and that favor will be returned when food sources are scarce.

In humans, reciprocal arrangements depend on trust, so moral emotions, like guilt, embarrassment, resentment, and pride, have evolved to guard against the temptation to cheat, which would destroy the basis of trust on which so much depends. The evolution of such emotions may also lead to exceptionally self-sacrificial behavior in some individuals, whether this takes the form of priestly celibacy, a soldier jumping on a hand grenade to save his buddies, or the donation of a kidney.

Nigel Barber provides a most memorable explanation of kindness and its ultimate origins. From birds and bees to bats in trees, this book reviews the classic theo­ries and examples of prosociality in the natural world. Most important, it serves as a primer for human sharing and caring. From nuns and priests to guns and cheats, evolutionary explanations of human sociality provide the best chance for creating a world in which we all thrive at being alive. – David P. Schmitt, Associate Professor of Psychology at Bradley University; Founding Director of the International Sexuality Description Project

This is a well-written, highly informed discussion of the fundamental problem in evolutionary studies of humans – altruism and the delicate balance between self­-interest and the demands of groups. It should attract a wide audience of profes­sional and nonprofessional readers alike. – Kevin MacDonald, Department of Psychology, California State University, Long Beach

...[brings] fresh perspectives and thought-provoking insights to this frequently misinterpreted human, and nonhuman, imperative ... Barber clearly outlines altruism's impact on the individual, then extrapolates his findings to encompass the world at large. – Booklist

Barber brings the revealing insights of evolutionary psychology to these examples and more, and he delves into related issues, including sex differences in kindness, new approaches to rehabilitating criminals, the connection of kindness to health, and the political manifestations of altruism in the environmental movement. Full of stimulating ideas expressed in lucid prose, Kindness In A Cruel World presents a compelling case that the desire to help others and the spirit of cooperation are fundamental to our human evolutionary inheritance.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

Coyote Rising by Allen M. Steele (Ace Books)

It was a dramatic departure for Hugo Award-wining author Allen Steele when he wrote the critically-acclaimed Coyote – “a terrific, breakout book” (Robert J. Sawyer) of “classic science fiction” (Orlando Sentinel). But, if Coyote was a grand novel of interstellar exploration, then Coyote Rising is the bold next step – a novel of interstellar revolution.

Approximately five Earth years have passed since the majority of the hundred or so original citizens of Liberty, the colony established on Coyote by men and women fleeing the repressive government of Earth, abandoned it. But now the first ranks of a new, different, and no less repressive government has followed them to liberty. During that time, new waves of immigrants have poured onto the planet, many more than the shaky infrastructure can handle. All the social ills that the colonists hoped to leave behind have come with them – and those in authority can offer only limited help.

Some newcomers attempt to leave Liberty, in search of the new colony established by the original settlers. Most are not permitted to do so, but those who do – either with or without permission – leave with no love for the government.

The passengers and crew of the hijacked star­ship Alabama do manage to flee the colony after the unexpected arrival of more ships from Earth. But even those who choose to remain resent the iron-fisted rule of Matriarch Hernandez, who is supervising the building of a bridge across the East Channel to the territory of Midland – where the Alabama's crew is believed to have resettled.

There are other characters: the Reverend Zoltan Shirow, who claims to be God's chosen messenger, leading his handful of disciples through a harsh, dangerous land. His guide, the man he calls Benjamin the Unbeliever, who will learn the nightmarish truth about him. James Garcia, the architect outraged that slave labor is building his bridge. Former Alabama commander R. E. Lee, facing the inevitability of violent resistance. Allegra DiSilvio, who fled Earth only to have her past catch up with her. The enigmatic Madwoman of Shuttlefield, who awaits the return of the revolutionary leader who calls himself Rigil Kent. And Carlos Montero, the man who is Rigil Kent, walking the fine line between freedom fighter and terrorist.

In time, these men and women of Coyote – on both sides of the fight – will learn the truth. Coyote Rising is a strong space-exploration adventure and first-rate fun. In this sequel to Coyote by two-time Hugo Award winning novella writer, characters discover the true price of freedom.

Sports / Carolina Basketball / Biographies & Memoirs

Going Home Again: Roy Williams, the North Carolina Tar Heels, and a Season to Remember by Adam Lucas (The Lyons Press)

His sixteenth season as a head coach was the most frustrating for Roy Williams. Yet with everything that happened, veteran assistants Joe Holladay and Steve Robinson thought it might have been his best coaching job. – Woody Durham, Voice of the Tar Heels

Roy Williams epitonizes what is good about athletics. He is a genuine superstar in every facet, such as teaching, motivating and ‘X-ing’ and ‘O-ing,’ He flat out is a bigtime winner. Roy Williams is awesome baby, with a capital A! – Dick Vitale

As he traveled across the state of North Carolina in the summer of 2003, Roy Williams delivered a repetitive refrain to the thousands of University of North Carolina basketball fans who packed his public appearances: “Ol’ Roy ain’t that good.”
Carolina fans didn’t care to hear it, because they firmly believed that ol’ Roy was, indeed, more than good – he was great. He was the prodigal son who served as Dean Smith’s assistant coach, turned down the Carolina job in 2000, and finally accepted it in April of 2003. Williams became the Tar Heels’ head coach after fifteen spectacular years at Kansas, and the immediate expectation was that he would find similar success in Chapel Hill, a once-proud program that had stumbled under former head coach Matt Doherty. But Williams knew something that casual fans would take months to realize: teaching the team of moody basketball players to play winning basketball is about much more than simply what happened on the court. At Kansas, Williams had established a successful program by connecting with the players he recruited over their four-year careers. At Carolina, he had less than twelve months to turn a group of talented individuals into a basketball team that could function at the highest level of NCAA competition – the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Going Home Again, the story of Williams’s first season as North Carolina’s head coach, follows the rich tradition of college basketball writing. Author Adam Lucas, publisher of Tar Heel Monthly, the nation's most widely read magazine devoted to University of North Carolina athletics, and past winner of the North Carolina Sports Columnist of the Year Award, takes readers inside the locker room and behind the scenes with the nation’s most revered program, in a rare glimpse into the inner workings of one of the country’s most secretive college sports dynasties.

Speaking from Chapel Hill NC – there’s a lot of fear here that Williams may not be able to turn the program back around. Going Home Again is a great promotional book for Williams – let’s hope it buys him some more tolerance from the legion of die-hard fans – three years to rebuild the program would be nice.

Transportation / Ships

Picture History of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth by William H. Miller, Jr. (Dover Publications)

Among the most famous and most successful ocean liners of the twentieth century, the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth were fast, powerful, and glamorous. Legends of the majestic Mary and the slightly bigger and more handsome Elizabeth persist to this day.

In Picture History of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, maritime authority William Miller describes with affection the prime years of these two superb vessels: their heralded debuts, luxurious amenities, maritime rivalry, and contributions during World War II, among other subjects. In addition to nearly 200 rare photographs of impressive interiors and exteriors, extensive captions provide data on builders, tonnage, size, speed, and passenger load of each vessel.

Big, fast, and powerful, the Queen Mary lived a long life that included 1,001 suc­cessful Atlantic crossings. Launched in Southampton, England in 1934, the ship at one time held the record for the fastest-ever North Atlantic crossing, and for a number of years carried the rich and famous across the ocean in luxury. Her running mate, the Queen Elizabeth, christened four years later, saw service in World War II and afterward provided deluxe transatlantic travel.

In paying tribute to the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, Miller describes their heralded debuts; magnificent lounges, state­rooms, and other amenities; maritime rivalry; and contributions during World War II, among other subjects. Their royal successors – the Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2 – are also covered, as are the Berengaria, Mauretania, Lusitania, and a host of other splendid ships. In addition to nearly 200 rare photographs of impressive interiors and exteriors, extensive captions provide data on builders, tonnage, size, speed, and passenger load of each vessel.

These two ships, among the most famous and most successful ocean liners of the twentieth century, are given royal treatment in this authoritative volume. A delight for ship lovers and armchair travelers, Picture History of the Queen Mary and the Queen Elizabeth, an affectionate pictorial reminiscence, will also provide maritime historians with a wealth of information.

Transportation / Art

Choppers: Heavy Metal Art by Mike Seate, with photography by Michael Lichter (MBI: Motorbooks International)

When a motorcycle has been built from the ground up, stripped of anything not needed for speed, power, and striking looks, and draped in rich colors and chrome, it has been transformed into a chopper.

What was once considered an outlaw ride has now become a luxury item and a mainstream obsession. In Choppers, author and biker Mike Seate explores the many styles of choppers and bobbers and the builders behind them. The book is divided into several sections based on style or type of chopper, with each section devoted to the builders who follow a similar style and philosophy.

Some builders are established names in their field, while others are up-and-comers rocking the chopper world with their far-out ideas and new spins on a classic style. Section 1 is “Legends,” Section 2 is “Young Guns” and Section 3 is “New Blood.” Photographer Michael Lichter, who has photographed choppers for Easyriders magazine for nearly three decades, provides studio images of the featured machines as well as portraits of their creators.

Builders included are: Arlin Fatland, Don Hotop, Pat Kennedy, Fred Kodlin, Indian Larry Desmedt, Arlen Ness, Donnie Smith, Eddie Trotta, Tank Ewsichek, Rick Fairless, Al Gaither, Kendall Johnson, Billy Lane, Donny Loos & Jeff Cochran, Michael Pugliese, Kim Suter, Russ Tom, Mark Warrick, Paul Yaffe, Roger Goldammer, Jesse Jurrens, Brian Klock, Tom Langton, Kai Morrison & Janson Kangas, and Hank Young.

It may seem like an oxymoron – motorcycles and art – but Choppers is a stunningly beautiful book. Seate lives and breathes choppers – he’s still not bothered to learn how to drive a car – and it shows. And Lichter’s photography is distinct – his technical mastery, his attention to detail, and his drive for perfection. Few other people see the world as he does; no one else captures that vision on film the way he does; and he has worked his passion for motorcycling into his photography career.

Travel

100 Best Resorts of the Caribbean, 6th edition by Kay Showker (100 Best Series: Insiders’ Guide/Globe Pequot Press)

With more than 1,500 places to stay in the Caribbean, choosing just the right one for readers’ budgets and taste can be a challenge. Caribbean expert Kay Showker shows readers the best resorts on the islands in a variety of price ranges. One-hundred resorts on 39 islands are covered. From ultra-posh luxury on St. Barts to get-away-from-it-all peace on Tortola, from rustic charm on St. Lucia to center-of-it-all excitement on Trinidad – whatever paradise readers are looking for, they can find it in this deluxe guide.
In 100 Best Resorts of the Caribbean, award winning travel writer, photographer and lecturer Showker, presents:

  • Detailed descriptions of accommodations and amenities
  • Full contact information, including e-mail addresses and Web sites
  • Payment, reservation, and minimum stay requirements
  • Airport transfer options, including distances from airports and major cities

A vital resource . . . from Aruba to the Virgin Islands, the pages show a great variety of resorts, not just the most expensive. – Associated Press Broadcast Services

Showker will help you find your particular version of paradise. – Sun Sentinel, Ft. Lauderdale

100 Best Resorts of the Caribbean provides readers the information they need to choose the best Caribbean resort available within their budget. Packed with solid advice, the guide includes contact information, detailed descriptions of accommodations and amenities, rates, and distance from nearby towns and airports.

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