Art: Fundamentals of Bauhaus,
Art as Time, Civil Rights Photography of Charles Moore,
Frederick Hart's sculpture – traditional & radical in its
sensuality, Memoirs: Life on the Outer Banks of North
Carolina, Business: Decisions for Business,
Skilled Facilitator, Ecology of Small
Business, Children's: The White Table: Set for the Absent
Guests at Annual Veteran's Day Dinner, Poor Mr.
Tuggle's Troubles, The Digestive System, Education:
Basic Academic Skills for Individuals with Disabilities,
Learning Words, Tools Readers Need,
Mexican Americans Land Ethic,
Successful Parenting, Faith and Resilience,
Aggressive Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits, Psychology:
Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Emotion Storm,
The Gay Clinician, How People and
Animals Learn & Behave, History: Civil War Hospitals,
Centennial History of Las Vegas,
Boston in History, Quarry Remembrance,
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World,
One of the most important schools for architecture, design, and art in the twentieth century, the Weimar Bauhaus included among its distinguished membership László Moholy-Nagy (1895-1946), a great innovator of the European avant-garde and one of the most fertile experimental artists of his day.
The New Vision, an introduction to the aims of the Bauhaus movement, was designed to inform laymen and artists about the basic elements of Bauhaus. A painter and sculptor, Moholy-Nagy experimented widely with photography during the 1920s when he taught at the Bauhaus. During that period he developed a theoretical approach known as the ‘new vision’ – a method in which he used photography to expand his audience's knowledge and perception. The term also serves as the title of the book.
Illustrated with examples of students' creative experiments and typical contemporary achievements, the text expands upon Moholy-Nagy's ‘new vision’ theoretical approach.
Revised and expanded in 1947, the text contains an autobiographical sketch, "Abstract of an Artist," included in the present edition.
…an able and important contribution to a most vital subject. –
Saturday Review of Literature
[The New Vision] has proved to be more than a personal credo of an artist. It has become a standard grammar of modern design. – Walter Gropius
Generously illustrated with black and white photographs, The New Vision is a clearly presented, valuable introduction to the Bauhaus movement.
Arts & Photography
Philip Rawson, in Art and Time shows how time is a fundamental element in our perception of the arts. He proposes an integrated framework within which to explore and appreciate the subtleties and complexities of this essential key to the reading and understanding of meaning in art.
Following an exploration of the ways art can differ from ordinary empirical objects, while still being rooted in direct human experience, Rawson distinguishes the different levels of artistic creation.
Rawson (1924-1995) was Dean of the School of Art and Design, Goldsmith's College, University of London; a Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and a sculptor and fine-art draftsman. His son, Piers Rawson, the editor of this book, with a doctorate in art history, is a photographer, artist, and writer.
The analysis in Art and Time ranges from examination of imagination and time, symbolic representation of time and the time-related implications of constructing and experiencing art, to our intuitive response to the transcendent realm where time and meaning are intricately involved in our final reading of the artwork. Important concepts covered include: the nature of time as the sum of diachronic and synchronic states; the roles of analogy and metaphor; the time-relative values of art materials and the vocabulary of artistic making, expression, and invention; memory and diachronic tactile experience; and the cultural and spiritual resonances that shape our engagement with both explicit and implied manifestations of time in art. Recognizing its special character in this context, a separate chapter is devoted to photography.
Readers are offered clear guidance in the methods artists, working with structural forms, iconography, and the technical resources of their media, can use to incorporate time as an integral element of their creation. To complement this aspect, the process of reading artworks is discussed, both as a time-based intellectual activity, and as a way of accessing each work's fullest meaning more intuitively. This approach enables readers to interpret and experience more actively their encounters with the arts, whether contemporary, from less familiar cultures, or from the more distant past. The book includes fifty-four black-and-white illustrations.
Art and Time offers wide-ranging insight into the aesthetics and philosophies of time across different artforms, cultures, and periods. Intended for both arts practitioners and anyone wishing to extend their understanding of the creative process and its underlying principles, the book reveals the interplay of art and time from technical execution and formal invention to the spiritual and intuitive. It opens up fresh possibilities for artists to develop their work in new directions, and for readers to engage with artworks, including architecture, drawing, sculpture, painting, and photography, in challenging and fulfilling new ways.
Arts & Photography / Social Sciences / Civil Rights / African Americans
Most of Charles Moore's civil rights photography originally
appeared in the weekly Life magazine, for which he freelanced from
1962 to 1972. Moore, who in 1989 received the first Kodak Crystal
Eagle Award for Impact Photojournalism in recognition of his
coverage of the civil rights struggle, was the only photographer
inside the administration building at the
That same year he was in
Mr. Moore's stark, crisp photos of freedom marchers beset by police dogs and fire hoses . . . helped to shape the nation's conscience. . . . [This book] contains many images that will be wrenchingly familiar to those who lived through the proud moral turning point in American history, and that might serve to inspire younger generations. – New York Times Book Review
Every once in a while we receive a well-documented treasure of
American history. This collection is such a treasure. . . . [
Powerful Days is a dramatic record of a painful yet inspiring
era in American and southern history – there are few Americas who
would not recognize Moore's most famous photographs – even if they
have never heard of Charles Moore. His images of the civil rights
movement have become, and remain today, internationally known icons
– vivid, searing portraits of pivotal moments in the struggle for
racial equality in the American South. This book brims with these
moving images, bringing back the intensity of those days for those
who lived them, and teaching a new generation about an important
Biographies & Memoirs /
To little Sybil, observing the world from the porch of her family's house above her father's store in the middle of Hatteras Village, North Carolina, in the 1930s, life was inventive and wonderful – little girls rolled hoops, played bob jacks, licked nickel ice cream cones on hot days, built tents from the fifty-pound burlap bags the chicken feed was delivered in, and – if they were very lucky – scored a direct hit on the head of one of their daddy's customers when they spit carefully through a knot hole in the porch floor.
In Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly by Sybil Skakle, who for more than twenty years served as a pharmacist for the Durham County Hospital, readers find out about her pre-dawn swimming lessons in a red wool bathing suit with Miss Maude, the town's Postmaster; little girls singing endless rounds of ‘Frankie and Johnnie’ on the front porch; breakfast at the dining room table with their feet in the tidewater during a hurricane; and a ghost who played the piano in the middle of the night.
The Great Depression, a Hatteras Christmas, the Hurricane of 1936, recipes for Poor Man's Cake and Hatteras Island Pone Bread, outdoor toilets, Monday washday – the smallest details combine to create an idyllic picture of life in a fishing village of five hundred souls back when all a child needed to have a good time was an imagination.
In Confessions of an Outer Banks Filly author Skakle evokes memories of simpler times. Readers old and young alike will be delighted at the evocation, done with warmth and charm.
Arts & Photography / Biographies & Memoirs
Frederick Hart: Changing Tides with a foreword by Frederick
Turner and an essay by Michael Novak (Hudson
Hills Press) is a comprehensive look into the life and talent of a
classical sculptor whose passion for the spiritual and figurative
aspects of art are represented in both his public commissions and
Frederick Hart's sculpture – traditional in its adherence to the human figure, radical in its sensuality, and innovative in its materials is the subject Frederick Hart. In 256 pages and with more than 220 illustrations, it demonstrates how Hart (1943-1999) brought about a resurgence of interest in the human figure and in the idea of beauty.
The sculptor's working process is documented in photographs that show the Daughters of Odessa as a clay maquette, in progressive clay versions and scales, and in the culminating versions in bronze and clear acrylic resin.
With a foreword by Frederick Turner, Founders Professor of Arts
and Humanities at the
In the book’s opening essay, Michael Novak, distinguished
educator and author, George Frederick, Jewett Chair in Religion and
Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington,
D.C., writes, "The work of Frederick Hart is changing the world of
art," vindicating the artist's strong belief that with the new
century would come changing tides in the style, form, and direction
of the arts. In November 2004 the President of the United States
awarded posthumously the National Medal of Arts, the highest award
given to artists and art patrons by the government, to Hart, "For
his important body of work including the Washington National
Cathedral Creation sculptures and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial's
Three Soldiers which heralded a new age for contemporary public
Beautifully illustrated, the dramatic, large-format monograph
Frederick Hart is essential reading for anyone interested in the
rebirth and development of figural sculpture in
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Decision analysis (DA) is the logic of making a decision using quantitative models of the decider's factual and value judgments. DA is widely used in business, government, medicine, economics, law, and science. However, most resources present only the logic and models rather than demonstrating how these methods can be effectively applied to the real world. Rational Choice and Judgment offers a different approach to decision analysis by focusing on decision-making tools that can be utilized immediately to make better, more informed decisions.
Examining how deciders think about their choices, Rational Choice and Judgment provides problem-solving techniques that not only reflect sound modeling but also meet other essential requirements: these techniques build on the thinking and knowledge that deciders already possess; they provide knowledge in a form that people are able and willing to provide; they produce results that the decider can use; and they are based on intimate and continuous interactions with the decider. The methods outlined in this text take into account such factors as the use, the user, the organization, available data, and subjective knowledge.
Rex Brown, Distinguished Senior Fellow in the
Simple decision-making models are integrated into the thinking process to add logical rigor. Readers are given the chance to apply their new skills to resolve real-life problems. Replete with exercises, case studies, and observations from the author's own extensive consulting experience, the book engages readers and enables them to master decision analysis by doing rather than simply reading. Using familiar situations, readers learn how to handle knowledge as it unfolds in the real world. The cornerstone of Rational Choice and Judgment is a term project presented in the final chapter, where readers can pick an actual decision-making problem and apply their newfound tools to prepare a recommendation. A sample student report is provided in the Appendix.
This book takes an innovative approach to decision analysis that moves away from cumbersome, quantitative methods to give students and professionals decision-making tools that can be applied immediately. The broad applicability of Rational Choice and Judgment makes it an excellent resource for any organization or as a textbook for decision-making courses in a variety of fields, including public policy, business management, and systems engineering.
Business & Investing / Human Resources
The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook: Tips, Tools, and Tested
Methods for Consultants, Facilitators, Managers, Trainers, and
Coaches by Roger Schwarz, Anne Davidson, Peg
Carlson, Sue McKinney (Jossey Bass Business and Management Series:
Since it was first published in 1994, The Skilled Facilitator has become a landmark book in the field. Written by Roger Schwarz, an organizational psychologist and president of Roger Schwarz & Associates, The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook is a classic work for consultants, facilitators, managers, leaders, trainers, and coaches – anyone whose role is to guide groups toward realizing their creative and problem-solving potential.
With the contributions of Anne Davidson, Peg Carlson, and Sue McKinney, consultants with Roger Schwarz & Associates, The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook is based on the same proven principles outlined in Schwarz’s groundbreaking book. The book offers the tools, exercises, models, and stories to help facilitators develop sound responses to a wide range of challenging situations.
The book is filled with suggestions, exercises, and examples for creating effective relationships, teams, and organizations. It includes tips, model interventions, worksheets and templates that readers can use. Step by step, the book provides practical guidance for introducing the ground rules and guidelines for engaging in deep-level interventions.
Roger Schwarz and his coauthors are meticulous in their guidance for facilitators, consultants, coaches, and leaders everywhere. They dissect our encounters with each other and help us recognize what works, what doesn’t, and what we might do about it. This is a book to return to again and again. – Geoff Bellman, author, The Consultant’s Calling and Your Signature Path
Anyone who strives to lead more effectively will find this book a treasure trove of tips and tools. Whether you’re an executive or small team leader, a parent or a politician, The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook will be the reference you reach for to increase your capacity to lead. – Karen Thomas-Smith, global training and development director, SAS
This book provides the tools, techniques, and actual experience to truly practice shared leadership. Roger Schwarz and his colleagues provide not only the theory but the practical, hands-on experience required to develop high performance teams. – Jay Hennig, vice president, Moog, Inc.
The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook truly provides the reader with an understandable ‘root cause’ perspective on why people interact the way they do and the means to create change. It goes way beyond the ‘memorize these rules’ approach advocated by many practitioners. – Sid Terry, director organization development, NA Manufacturing, Kraft Foods
The Skilled Facilitator Fieldbook spans the full scope of the successful Skilled Facilitator approach and includes information on how to get started and guidance for integrating the approach within existing organizational structures and processes. The book is a practical resource and reference for trainers and human resource personnel to help them build their facilitation skills.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can’t count the apples in a seed. – Ken Kesey
There is a revolution going on in corporate
Socially responsible investments have grown exceptionally in the same year that ‘moral values’ determined a presidential election. So why has business been so slow to catch on? In The Company We Keep small business owner and entrepreneur John Abrams, cofounder of South Mountain Company (SMC), a 30-year-old, employee-owned design and building company on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, makes a case for a return to workplace values, and shows how to profit by them.
The Company We Keep sets down a framework for a model of employee ownership and community involvement that has piqued the interest of entrepreneurs around the country. The chapters pivot on eight cornerstone principles that may be effective building blocks for other businesses:
Chapter 2: Cultivating workplace democracy. In 1987
Chapter 3. Challenging the gospel of growth. A cherished business
doctrine is that growth must be a primary business purpose: ‘grow or
perish’ is a mostly unquestioned truth.
Chapter 4. Balancing multiple bottom lines. SMC assigns priority to a collection of bottom lines while consigning the traditional single bottom line – profit – to its appropriate role as a vital tool that serves the others.
Chapter 5. Committing to the business of place.
Chapter 6. Celebrating the spirit of craft. In all that SMC does,
craft is the essential unifying concept. Although
Chapter 7. Advancing people conservation. The Vineyard has a serious affordable housing crisis. The island's captivating charm is culpable. The affordable housing story is about people conservation and about sustainability. People conservation is the essential complement to land conservation. Can the housing problem be fixed? They have decided, as a company, to invest heavily in the notion that it can.
Chapter 8. Practicing community entrepreneurism. SMC has attempted to use the financial resources and the web of relationships that derive from their work to help solve community problems and to encourage a better future for the place where they live and work. They bring an entrepreneurial approach to these efforts, taking risks and learning from both their public failures and small successes.
Chapter 9. Thinking like cathedral builders. Their view of time is squarely at odds with short-term business thinking. The work of SMC will continue for generations. They try to think about their work as the cathedral builders thought about theirs, building for generations.
With a craftsman's eye, a storyteller's sensibility, and a CEO's pragmatism, Abrams argues for broader and deeper measures of success, questioning widely held assumptions about commerce and democracy. He brings thirty years of experience to bear on the tremendous opportunities and challenges faced by small business owners and employees in the places they work.
John Abrams is a philosopher disguised as a businessman. His chapter challenging the gospel of growth ought to be read by every business person struggling to keep up with a crushing workload, and wondering why we're all so determined to grow bigger faster when it's killing us (and the planet). John shows how we can step off the treadmill and back into life. – Marjorie Kelly, editor of Business Ethics magazine and author of The Divine Right of Capital
John Abrams is not only one of my favorite builders on the planet, he's also one of my favorite thinkers. In this age of mergers and acquisitions, where bigger is always better, and money is the only bottom line, The Company We Keep offers hope for those of us who value craft, compassion and community. By devoting the same level of craft to their business that they do to their buildings, John Abrams and his fellow employee owners have created a remarkable construction company that ranges from crafting second homes for the wealthy to building subsidized housing for the decidedly unwealthy. – Kevin Ireton, editor of Fine Homebuilding
There is a kind of magic that creeps up on the reader. Abrams has written the memoir of one small place – the company – but the story keeps opening the readers mind to larger, even cosmic thoughts about the nature of life and experience, the conditions of our country. – William Greider, author of The Soul of Capitalism and Who Will Tell the People?
Part visionary business plan, part guide to democratizing the
workplace, and part prescription for strong local economies,
The Company We Keep marks the debut of an important new voice in
American business. With a craftsman’s eye, a storyteller’s
sensibility, and a CEO’s pragmatism, he brings his experience to
bear on the challenges faced by progressive small businesses
everywhere. Like Paul Hawken, Ray C. Anderson, and other socially
responsible business leaders, Abrams explores the role of business
in preserving and restoring local culture, social equity, and
Children’s / Ages 4-8 / War & Remembrance
The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation. – General George Washington
The White Table is set in many halls as a symbol for and remembrance of service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. For more than 30 years, this tradition, virtually unknown in the civilian world, has served in mess halls and at military events.
America's White Table describes one family's tradition of
setting a white table for the absent guests at their annual Veterans
Day dinner. In it Margot Raven Theis, professional writer of radio,
television, magazines, newspapers and children’s books, with the
help of award-winning photographer, Mike Benny, pays tribute to the
men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country
and those whose spirits live beyond the chains of their prisons. The
author salutes them with the POW flag motto: You are not forgotten
so long as there is one left in whom your memory remains.
As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table, Katie comes to appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give. Crossing generational and political lines, the POW story of Uncle John is not based on any one particular story but rather, compiled from different service members’ acts of heroism during the Vietnam war to represent every branch of the military, and be a universal sign of brotherhood for all MIAs and POWs.
An outstanding work that presents a fairly ‘heavy’ topic so that
youngsters can understand it. It's well-done and worth the read by
any ‘kid,’ including us youngsters who are on social security. –
Paul Galanti, Commander,
It's hard for children to understand the suffering that adults
sometimes must go through to protect our families and friends that
In time for Memorial Day, this thought-provoking and moving new children's book tackles tough time in American history: America's White Table tells a powerful story of remembrance...important for Americans of all ages. For children, this book is an important lesson in American history. For adults, this book may cause us to revisit an emotionally charged period of recent history and reexamine our own feelings and reactions. Artist Benny's intimate, detailed artwork gives a sense of meaning and shared experience.
Children’s / Humor
Poor Mr. Tuggle is having a bad week.
Mr. Tuggle's Trouble was written by LeeAnn Blankenship, teacher and social worker in children’s services, foster care and adoption and illustrated by Karen Dugan, children’s books illustrator.
Mr. Tuggle’s troubles all begin on Monday, when he can't find his hat, which would have been mighty handy when that pigeon flew over his head. But the missing hat is just the start of Mr. Tuggle's week. From then on, each morning begins with the promise of a new day, and each day brings more trouble to Mr. Tuggle.
The troubles continue all week long, until on Thursday evening,
when he sees his reflection in a window without hat, umbrella, shirt
or shoes, and finally gets it: “Enough is enough,” he says, “I must
find my missing things.”
LeeAnn Blankenship's comic tale Mr. Tuggle's Trouble features an endearing, Chaplinesque character, brought to life with madcap illustrations by Dugan. The book has a clear moral – ‘keep your things in order’ – an important lesson for children, humorously made.
Children’s / Science / 5 and up
Why is it important to chew one’s food?
How long it takes for food to travel through the body?
Where does that bad-smelling gas come from?
The digestive system is out of sight and out of mind – until
things don't go right. Then readers may wonder how these important
Young readers can find the answers in Seymour Simon's introduction to the digestive system Guts. Simon, recognized authority on presenting complex scientific topics to children, explains how the digestive system works twenty-four hours a day, turning pizza, sandwiches, milk, and other food into energy, nutrients and waste. Photographs on every spread show how major organs including the stomach and intestines move food through the body, and how, eventually, waste is eliminated.
Dozens of fascinating factoids can be found in Guts. Accompanying the text are nineteen full-color photographs of various parts of the digestive tract. Ranging from the microscopic view of a salivary gland to the wonderfully nauseating shot of a mucus covered esophagus, these pictures make it easy for readers to visualize what actually happens to their lunch.
Simon has done more than any other living author to help us
understand and appreciate the beauty of our planet and our universe.
– Kirkus Reviews
Large, detailed, breathtaking photos... students will find the
book fascinating as well as a bit gross. – School Library Journal
In his signature style, accessible without being cute or
condescending, he describes the complex facts and processes of the
physiology, from the time food enters the mouth until all the
various organs transform it into energy, nutrients, and waste. Some
of the text is quite dense, but the clearly labeled, full-page color
photos show the anatomy close-up, from an X-ray of the colon and a
photo of a dissected pancreas to a microscopic view of what
heartburn looks like in the stomach. … Readers older than the target
audience may want to look at this, too. – Hazel Rochman, Booklist
Guts, with its striking photos and smooth, well-organized text, takes the mystery out of something that happens to everyone, every day, while at the same time sharing a sense of wonder about the human body. Young scientists will delight in learning all about the digestive system through Simon's scientific, yet accessible, writing style. Guts is a great supplementary source for classrooms, as well as the perfect tool for children to discover more about how their own bodies work.
Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems (3rd Edition) by Patrick J. Schloss, Maureen A. Smith, Cynthia N. Schloss (Allyn & Bacon)
Public education as conceived by the founders of this country has
not fulfilled its promise for individuals with disabilities. Even
so, according to Patrick and Cynthia Schloss, both of
The problem is that a gap exists between the acquisition of basic academic skills and the application of these skills in work, leisure, and independent living. This gap results in part from excessive reliance on methods generalized from elementary-aged populations to secondary-aged learners. This over-reliance is exemplified by the frequent use of the term ‘disabled children’, where ‘children’ includes individuals at intermediate and secondary levels. It is also exemplified by curricula having a developmental orientation that overlooks the functional application of basic skills. Furthermore, it is exemplified by the lack of attention given to the special problems of adolescence and adulthood in special education methods courses.
Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems was written to help fill this gap. It describes special education methods that are effective in promoting skills that may generalize to adult life. The book has an empirical orientation to special education. The basic teaching model described in the text can be used to evaluate learner characteristics, establish corresponding goals and objectives, implement educational strategies that have been demonstrated to be effective in applied research literature, evaluate the impact of the procedures with the individual learner, and modify educational interventions when sufficient progress is not noted.
Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems pays special attention to the following topics:
The third edition of Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems is organized into three main parts. The first deals with educational perspectives of instructional services for youth who have disabilities. The chapters in this part of the book focus on the legislative and social foundations of secondary and postsecondary education, postsecondary service options, and special problems associated with adolescence and adulthood.
Part Two examines general instructional approaches that are effective in teaching secondary-level learners who have disabilities. It opens with a discussion of three instructional models that illustrate how to provide instruction for youth with disabilities. It is followed by a discussion of assessment strategies that will ensure learner progress through instruction. The next chapter presents strategies for managing the learning environment. The concluding chapter of this part presents some consultative and resource functions of educators working with adolescents who have disabilities.
Part Three includes a description of special education methodologies at the secondary level and curricula within each of the major curricular areas. Each chapter reviews specific curriculum concerns, educational approaches, assessment procedures, and instructional materials. One of the main themes here is that curriculum objectives should be based on the skills of the learner and the functional demands of the community.
The methodology in each of the specific curricular areas is based on the general instructional strategies presented in the preceding chapters. The final chapters cover some traditional topics such as listening and speaking, written language, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies. Also covered are nontraditional curricular areas that are particularly appropriate for adolescents making the transition to adult life, including leisure skill training, vocational education, and interpersonal skill development.
A textbook written to help fill the gap between the acquisition
of basic academic skills and the application of these skills in
work, leisure, and independent living. It describes special
education methods that are effective in promoting skills that may
generalize to adult life. The volume is divided into three parts:
educational perspectives in secondary special education; general
instructional approaches; and instruction in basic and functional
skills. – Book News, Inc.
Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems is unique in its focus on the special needs of intermediate- and secondary-aged learners. Upon completing the text, readers will be able to develop and implement educational programs suited to the special needs of adolescents and young adults who have disabilities. The distinctive features, especially the action plans and cases for action, enhance the value of Instructional Methods for Secondary Students with Learning and Behavior Problems as both a course text and a reference.
Although proficiency in vocabulary has long been recognized as
basic to reading proficiency, there has been a paucity of research
on vocabulary in teaching and learning over the last two decades.
Recognizing this, the U.S. Department of Education recently
sponsored a Focus on Vocabulary conference that attracted the
best-known and most active researchers in the vocabulary field.
Teaching and Learning Vocabulary is the outgrowth of that
conference. Edited by Elfrieda H. Hiebert,
The authors identified scholars whose programs of research address one or more of these issues and were recognized by national panels and editorial boards of archival journals. Scholars were asked to summarize their findings, including studies that were ongoing, and to describe the implications of these findings for educators, policy makers and researchers. Many of the scholars consider the nature of vocabulary learning in relation to diversity that is present in many current-day classrooms. The editors report that the educational leaders who attended the forums were a compass for the editors in editing the volume and in designing their research programs.
Teaching and Learning Vocabulary addresses the full range of students populating current classrooms – young children, English Language Learners, and young adolescents.
By focusing on persistent issues from the perspective of critical school populations, this volume provides a rich, scientific foundation for effective vocabulary instruction and policy. In addition, few volumes can boast of a more luminous cast of contributing authors. Teaching and Learning Vocabulary is suitable for anyone (graduate students, in-service reading specialists and curriculum directors, college faculty, and researchers) who deal with vocabulary learning and instruction as a vital component of reading proficiency.
Environment / Social Sciences / Hispanic American Studies
Mexican Americans have traditionally had a strong land ethic, believing that humans must respect la tierra because it is the source of la vida. As modern market forces exploit the earth, communities struggle to control their own ecological futures, and several studies have recorded that Mexican Americans are more impacted by environmental injustices than are other national-origin groups. In our countryside, agricultural workers are poisoned by pesticides, while farmers have lost ancestral lands to expropriation. And in our polluted inner cities, toxic wastes sicken children in their playgrounds and homes.
Mexican Americans and the Environment explores the relationship
between ecology and culture in the Mexican American experience,
showing students its relevance in the context of environmental risks
that affect all of us. Written by Devon G. Peña, professor of
anthropology, environmental studies, and Chicano studies at the
Mexican Americans and the Environment is organized to first
provide a general introduction to ecology, from both scientific and
political perspectives. It then presents an environmental history
for Mexican-origin people on both sides of the border, showing that
the ecologically sustainable Norteño land use practices were eroded
by the conquest of El Norte by the
Several studies have recorded that people of Mexican and Latin
American descent are more impacted by environmental injustices than
are African Americans, yet the literature and history of the
environmental justice movement has struggled to give an account of
this fact. Pena's book is a serious contribution to this crisis in
the literature.... It will prove invaluable to the field of
environmental justice studies generally, but more specifically to
environmental studies, environmental geography, and environmental
philosophy. – Robert M. Figueroa,
Mexican Americans and the Environment is an environmental history on both sides of the border providing a clear overview of the most critical ecological issues facing Mexican Americans. Peña contrasts tenets of radical environmentalism with the ecological beliefs and grassroots struggles of Mexican-origin people, then shows how contemporary environmental justice struggles in Mexican American communities have challenged dominant concepts of environmentalism. Let’s hope the dominant paradigm takes a lesson from our growing minority.
Families & Parenting
Missing manuals and nannies aside, there's hope for today's chronically challenged parent.
Parenting and education expert Diana Loomans is out to help today's harried parents connect with and lovingly raise their children in an increasingly hectic world. In What All Children Want Their Parents to Know, Loomans, speaker, bestselling author, journalist, and success coach, along with daughter and co-author, Julia Godoy, actor, author, poet, and artist, turn to children for the keys to successful and positive child rearing.
Focusing on 12 key childrearing lessons based on insight from
What All Children Want Their Parents to Know encourages moms and
dads to do things like ‘teach by example’, ‘give appreciation and
acknowledgement’, ‘allow room to grow and make mistakes’, and
‘practice true listening.’ Building on the introductory What All
Children Want Their Parents to Know poem she wrote with her
daughter, Loomans breaks the verse into short stanzas to outline the
principles covered in each chapter. Each opens with a child's
statement of what he or she needs and wants from a parent. Then,
using examples from her personal experience, Loomans shows how each
statement reflects an important parenting principle. Closing each
chapter, parents are given playful, easy exercises designed to help
them work the idea into their individual approach.
"There are basic positive parenting principles that your children want you to know – even if they don't express it the way you think they should," says Loomans, creator of The Laughing Classroom programs. Starting with the idea that a well-balanced adult has much more attention, energy, and love to share than an adult who is stressed, overworked, or overextended, Loomans maintains, "The image of using an oxygen mask on an airplane is fitting – only the adult who takes in enough oxygen first can be helpful to the young who are dependent on him or her for life support."
Full of wisdom and an excellent resource for perplexed parents
who care. – Dr. Bernie Siegel, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles
Diana Loomans's work is inspired. She is one of the brilliant,
relevant authors of our time! – Mark Victor Hansen, coauthor of The
One Minute Millionaire and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
What All Children Want Their Parents to Know is the ultimate
nourishment for the family soul. Diana's wise insights and practical
ideas will transform millions of families – she is a family coach
extraordinaire! – Marci Shimoff, author of Chicken Soup for the
Using the collective voice of children and to express the desires they most want the significant adults in their life to be aware of, What All Children Want Their Parents to Know is a perennial that parents will find themselves turning to time and time again to refresh and invigorate their parenting skills. Loomans makes learning seem casual and fun, and comes across less like an expert and more like a fellow parent sharing the wisdom she has gained through the everyday realities of raising children.
Health, Mind & Body / Christianity
It makes little difference how fast you can run the 100 meters when the race is 400 meters long. Life is not a sprint; it is a distance run, and it demands the kind of conditioning that enables people to go the distance. – Gordon MacDonald
At a young age, Gordon MacDonald recognized that he had inherited a ‘quitter's gene,’ and because of this – and an influential track coach – he began a lifelong quest for answers. "Why," he asked himself, "do some people finish what they start, persevere in moments of adversity, push themselves in the direction of their potential, and often make their greatest contributions in the latter half of life? Why do others expect to retire from life when they reach their senior years?"
Veteran pastor and best-selling author MacDonald in A Resilient Life says readers must develop resilience – the courage and ability to get up when they fall, to keep running when they're bone-weary, and to keep their eye on the goal even in the murkiest moments. Using the backdrop of his own experiences as a champion runner, MacDonald demonstrates how resilient people practice spiritual self-discipline to build stamina and grit, know what's up ahead, what obstacles they will likely face, and bond with special friends who share their commitment to finishing well.
Using examples from the Bible, from his own life, and from the
lives of contemporary people, MacDonald, who is now editor-at-large
for Leadership journal and chairman of World Relief, identifies the
characteristics of resilience, leading readers through the
self-assessment needed to develop them. The journey is demanding and
humbling, he reminds readers, but the rewards of living well are
MacDonald offers sage advice to Christians in middle age and beyond, asserting that the greatest contributions God has for believers come during the second half of life. The prolific author and pastor tells how a high school track coach instilled values that laid the foundations for effective adult living.…Those who nurture a big-picture view of life, he says, leave the weight of the past behind, discipline themselves to go the distance and run with a ‘happy few’ who best embody the truest expression of lasting friendship. MacDonald's guide to embracing resiliency is especially practical as he describes running the entire life race with gusto, urging fellow Christians to enlarge their minds, harness their emotions and trim their egos. With a passionate yet humble voice, MacDonald's self-help guide is a classic, riveting read. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
In A Resilient Life, MacDonald shows readers how to develop resilience – the mental and spiritual ruggedness that can keep them running strong, day upon day. Because he has also run many long, punishing laps in the tough race of life, MacDonald is uniquely qualified to coach and encourage readers in developing that resilient spirit – to weather adversity, to finish what they start, and to never be satisfied with anything short of God's best for them.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children: Fawns in Gorilla Suits by David A. Crenshaw & John Mordock (Jason Aronson)
A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children by David A. Crenshaw & John Mordock (Jason Aronson)
Two authors with a combined experience of over 50 years in the residential treatment of severely aggressive and traumatized children, David Crenshaw, Ph.D., founding director of Rhinebeck Child and Family Center in Rhinebeck, New York and John Mordock, Ph.D., ABPP, retired director of community mental health programs of the Astor Home for Children, have written two empathic books on working with aggressive children which can be read as a set or separately.
Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children provides a thorough review of the theoretical and research basis of the techniques and interventions in the treatment of aggressive and sometimes violent children. This is not a dry and sterile academic review but rather one that comes from work directly in the therapy room with thousands of hurting and traumatized children. Early on, Crenshaw and Mordock introduce the metaphor of the fawn in a gorilla suit, followed by chapters covering developmental failures and invisible wounds, profound and unacknowledged losses, the implication of new findings from neuroscience, psychodynamics of aggressive children, risk factors when treating the traumatized child, special considerations when treating children in foster care, strengthening relationships with parents and helping them be more effective, enhancing relationships with direct care and instructional staff, developing mature defenses, and coping skills, creating a therapeutic milieu for traumatized children, and fostering hope and resilience.
Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children is a
splendid and important addition to the clinical literature in this
vital, yet relatively neglected, domain of child therapy. Its
excellence lies in its lucid and concise depiction of the
ingredients that go into the 'creation' of such children and its
forthright yet subtle ideas as to 'how to best treat them.' It
beautifully depicts how the insidious 'unholy trinity' of loss,
voicelessness, and shame combine to create the 'fawn-like'
underlying personality structure of these children. …This book
should be in the library of any child clinician working with
seriously troubled youngsters – it is engagingly written,
compellingly astute, and unstintingly helpful in its approach. –
Steve Tuber, Ph.D.,
This first of two volumes is a comprehensive A to Z guide for clinicians who work with aggressive and violent children. It covers a wealth of information from understanding the underlying causes through developmental failures and recent findings from neuroscience, along with psychodynamic formulations on through to special considerations to treatment and working with parents. The authors close with a chapter on fostering hope and resilience that gives us all hope in working with such a difficult population. This book makes an important contribution to the field of child therapy and needs to be included in professional and personal libraries. – Athena A. Drewes, Psy.D., RPT-S, The Astor Home for Children
The second book, also by Crenshaw and Mordock, focuses on the use of play therapy in treating these children. A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children is the most comprehensive and detailed compilation of specific and practical techniques available for child and play therapists to draw on in the treatment of aggressive children. The chapters cover the nuts and bolts of play therapy with this extremely challenging clinical population, including the therapeutic alliance, aims of play therapy with aggressive children, setting limits on destructive, and obtrusive behaviors, typical play themes of aggressive children, developing distancing and displacement through playful actions and through teaching, modeling, and structuring action play. Other chapters cover: creating more mature defenses and calming strategies, the role of interpretation, elementary and advanced concepts; spontaneous drawings as a bridge to fantasy play, specific drawing techniques to create access to the inner world of children, teaching and modeling pro-social skills with special emphasis on empathy, teaching the language of feelings, facilitating affect expression and modulation, facilitating contained reenactment of trauma, helping children to mourn tangible as well as intangible, unacknowledged and invisible losses. Later chapters cover: the therapeutic process and techniques to facilitate termination. The Crenshaw and Mordock introduce the ‘Play Therapy Decision Grid’, which is a creative and original way to guide the therapist into the levels of therapy best suited for the child at any given point based on the child's resources and the anxiety engendered by the therapy.
A treasure chest of ideas for healing the psychic wounds of aggressive, latency-age children. Highly recommended. – Charles E. Schaefer, Ph.D., director emeritus, Association for Play Therapy
Dr. David Crenshaw and Dr. John Mordock have written an extremely
informative handbook for child and play therapists where anger and
aggression are the major presenting problems. As therapists, we are
seeing more and more children where these dynamics exist. This book
is filled with practical case examples that directly address
therapeutic interactions with these children that the authors have
termed 'fawns in gorilla suits.' These authors are obviously two
very gifted, sensitive clinicians who offer many years of experience
to therapists who are confronted with the aggressive child. This
book is a definite 'must' for all clinicians who work with the
aggressive child. – Lois Carey, MSW, BCD,
A 'must-have' addition to any professional or personal library. – Athena A. Drewes, Psy.D., RPT-S, director of clinical training, Astor Home for Children
One cannot read Understanding and Treating the Aggression of Children without being deeply moved and touched by the pain of these children and yet also be buoyed by their courage and willingness to persevere against formidable barriers. This book, together with A Handbook of Play Therapy with Aggressive Children, will be invaluable to new as well as seasoned child practitioners because of the broad range of the interventions and the clear rationale that guides their use.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
When do normal concerns about one's appearance become an
Jane is an attractive woman in her mid-thirties, tall, thin, and stately. She believes she is breathtakingly ugly. Tormented by what she sees as her huge nose, crooked lip, big jaw, fat buttocks, and tiny breasts, she has not left her house in six years. Though she lives in the same house as her mother, she once went two years without seeing her. When relatives come over, she avoids them, staying up on the third floor of the house, even on Thanksgiving. The one time she left the house – forced to see a doctor – she covered her face with bandages. Eventually, she attempted suicide. “I can't imagine any suffering greater than this. If I had a choice, I'd rather be blind or have my arms cut off. I'd be happy to have cancer.”
Jane has body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD. In The Broken Mirror, Dr. Katharine Phillips draws on years of clinical practice and detailed interviews with patients to bring readers the first book on this debilitating disease, in which sufferers are obsessed by perceived flaws in their appearance. Phillips describes severe cases, such as Jane's, but also a multitude of milder cases, such as Carl, a successful lawyer who uses his work to distract him from his supposedly thinning hair, yet says that he thinks about it constantly. Many sufferers are able to function well in society, but remain secretly obsessed by their ‘hideous acne’ or ‘horrible nose,’ sneaking constant peeks at a pocket mirror, or spend hours at a time redoing makeup. According to Phillips' research, BDD afflicts approximately 2% of the population, or nearly 5 million people. It is not an uncommon disorder, simply a hidden one, since sufferers are often embarrassed to tell even their closest friends about their concerns: one woman, after fifty years of marriage, still felt too uncomfortable to reveal her preoccupation to her husband.
Left untreated, BDD can lead to psychiatric hospitalization and
sometimes suicide. With treatment, many sufferers are able to lead
normal lives. Phillips, director of the Body Dysmorphic Disorder and
Body Image Program at
This revised and expanded edition of The Broken Mirror provides updated information from recent research that sheds new light on this serious illness. Like the original, this edition draws on Phillips' years of clinical practice and scientific research, including professional evaluations of approximately 900 individuals with BDD. This edition also includes four indispensable, updated chapters that provide the latest information on treatment of BDD – including treatments that should be avoided – and give detailed advice for family members and friends on how to cope with the disorder.
An important and seminal work. It breaks new ground. – Robert
M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.,
Dr. Phillips' book is a landmark in the recognition and treatment
of imagined ugliness. This book, beautifully written, provides a
great deal of hope for patients with body dysmorphic disorder and
their family members and should help speed recovery for countless
sufferers of this common, fascinating, and disabling illness. –
Eric Hollander, M.D.,
… If one thinks that BDD might simply be a new age coinage for vanity, Phillips makes a convincing case for taking a second look by drawing on years of clinical practice, research, and patient interviews. The evidence demonstrates that the obsession often causes sufferers to attempt suicide or become house bound and can be linked to eating disorders and depression. Suggesting new treatment methods (therapy, Prozac) and methods of assessing BDD, Phillips legitimizes a serious malady that many sufferers keep secret. – Book News
The revised and expanded edition of The Broken Mirror is the most comprehensive book on BDD and is written by the leading expert on this disorder. The Broken Mirror is essential reading for the psychiatrists, mental health professionals, and other physicians who see these often undiagnosed patients; for the friends and family concerned and upset by a loved one who won't believe their reassurances; and for the millions who suffer from BDD in silence and secrecy. Besides the fascinating story of the disease itself, The Broken Mirror is also a literally lifesaving handbook for sufferers, their families, and their doctors. Family members, profoundly affected by the disease themselves, will find both helpful advice and reassurance in this indispensable book.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
When two personalities meet, an emotional storm is created. – W. R. Bion
We cannot avoid these storms, and this could be for the best.
Although human relationships can cause feelings of fulfillment and
comfort, they can also cause feelings of suffocation and rage. Our
bonds with others are often forged through conflict, and such
conflict should be embraced, according to Michael Eigen, who is in
private practice in
In his new book, Emotional Storm, Eigen discusses how the storms of life are integral to our humanity. The birth of a child disrupts a couple's emotional harmony. Labor and delivery pain the mother. Sons can threaten a father's relationship with the mother. And fathers can hurt daughters by giving sexual bear hugs. But even with such potential emotional storms, children need parents to survive and adults can enrich their lives with children. As Eigen puts it, "We try to free ourselves from, as well as enjoy, each other's desires. We need each other's desires to grow, but feel stifled by their impositions."
When one avoids emotional storms, denying chances to work out conflict, they may find other outlets to vent their pain and frustrations. Addictions and violence are common outcomes for those who have not faced the conflicts in their personal relationships. These outcomes effect more than the individual – they affect society at large. "You can't stop the world from being dangerous," Eigen says. But we can learn to cope with danger by slowing down and acknowledging emotional conflict. Such conflicts chisel away at our smugness and pride, and cause us to question our own beliefs and actions. Resolving these conflicts bring about a renewed faith in the value of human relationships and the human capacity for empathy.
Eigen's latest work is an X-ray of the emotional underbelly of
our contemporary world. A passionately moral work written with
searing honesty, exemplary self-reflectiveness, and a respect for
human complexity. – Jeffrey Rubin, author of The Good Life
Emotional Storm is a remarkable work, a tour de force. Eigen has
lucidly, articulately, and eloquently put into unforgettable prose
some of the most important clinical themes in contemporary
psychoanalysis. – James S. Grotstein, Professor of Psychiatry,
The prolific writer of eight previous books,… Eigen believes in
trauma's creative force, that the darkest parts of our experience
and selves, if accepted and held, rather than avoided, can open us
up and lead to rebirth. … Dedicated to "storm survivors, storm
transformers and those who live and work in storm's heart," Eigen's
latest work succeeds as a spiritual probe, a book to dip into if one
is inclined toward complex, deepening journeys. – Publishers Weekly
Emotional Storm is psychoanalyst Eigen's provocative, profound and illuminating new work. In the tradition of Martin Buber, Eigen explores the broad spectrum of emotions we experience in our relationships with others, from feelings of longing and fulfillment to starvation, suffocation, and blind rage. Weaving case studies and psychoanalytic theory into an integrated, complex understanding, Eigen shows us how the storms of life are critical to our human bond, integral to our humanity, and instrumental to our growth and development.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Much has been written about the impact of gender and sexual orientation on the intersubjective field. Yet remarkably little has been written about the unique dilemmas faced by gay clinicians who treat patients of different genders and sexual orientations. Given the particularities of growing up gay in our culture, issues of secrecy, shame, alienation, difference, and internalized homophobia necessarily enter into any gay therapist’s developmental history. These factors have a shaping impact on the gay analyst’s sensibility, on the way he learns to listen to his patients.
Notes from the Margins, Eric Sherman, faculty member and
supervisor at both the National Institute for the Psychotherapies,
NYC and the
Notes from the Margins is meant to defy one's usual expectations of a psychoanalytic text. The book's purpose, its format, even the way it came into being – nothing about it is traditional. It was conceived when Jack Drescher, editor of TAP's Bending Psychoanalysis series, invited Sherman to do a book about what it is really like to work as a gay psychoanalyst. Toward that end,
Sherman says he felt compelled to take on the project – in the last few years, two formerly overlooked and seemingly unrelated currents have captured the attention of contemporary psychoanalysts: (1) The importance of the analyst's subjectivity as it shapes the therapeutic interaction, and (2) The role, in treatment, of patient's and therapist's gender and sexual orientation. Yet, even as books and journal articles have explored these trends, two vital areas have been largely ignored – areas that Notes from the Margins addresses.
First, little has been written about the unique dilemmas homosexual clinicians face when seeing patients of different genders and sexual orientations, especially gay analysts' most intimate counter-transference responses. Second, too many articles, even those written within the author’s relational perspective, treat the analyst's counter-transference as a neat and seamless variable. Counter-transference is usually presented as a feeling or attitude that the therapist can easily reflect on and overcome with just the right intervention, even in the heat of tense moments. While this may sometimes be the case, few articles or books capture the more common and intense struggles all therapists face. Often left out is how our very humanness – our backgrounds, personalities, morals, and the personal meanings of our sexual orientation and gender – can confound, torment, and even misguide us. As a result, many working psychoanalysts may feel ashamed, inadequate, or foolish about their ‘imperfect’ work. More troubling is that many students of psychoanalysis are given the erroneous impression that a day may eventually come when they will be free of their counter-transferences – or that they can entirely master them.
Notes from the Margins is an attempt to correct those
impressions by providing a glimpse of a gay analyst's unique
subjectivity in the clinical setting. Certainly, all therapists'
subjectivities are shaped by their sexual orientation and sense of
gender. However, when the therapist is gay, and his history is
replete with issues of secrecy, shame, alienation, difference, and
internalized homophobia, he inevitably brings a unique way of
listening to his patients. By presenting detailed clinical vignettes
As for the format of Notes from the Margins, theoretical and clinical material are presented separately. Chapters 3 through 9 are each devoted to telling a compelling case history, filled with action and unencumbered by immediate theoretical discussion. The clinical cases are book-ended by two chapters (2 and 10) that provide the theoretical underpinnings that inform my work.
Chapter 2 begins with an examination of the role of counter-transference, starting from Freud, and then focusing on contemporary models of psychoanalysis. How therapists understand and use their counter-transference is crucial to the outcome of any treatment in the relational model. By being in touch with their own feelings toward a patient, therapists develop a unique understanding of the patient's complementary feelings. In this way of working, enactments are inevitable and even welcome. They provide a distinctive glimpse inside the patient's internal world, as well as into the intersubjective field cocreated by patient and therapist.
In chapter 3, the first clinical account, for example,
Chapter 4 highlights
Notes from the Margins’s final chapter discusses specific dilemmas that the gay analyst faces in working with heterosexual and homosexual clients alike; it puts into context the clinical chapters that precede it. Sherman examines how the gay analyst is not immune from feelings of internalized homophobia that come from growing up in a society in which being gay means one is saddled with a sense of difference and shame. How he struggles with these feelings makes all the difference between deepening the therapy and getting stuck in an impasse.
Notes from the Margins is not only an illuminating overview of
the special challenges faced by gay and lesbian analysts, but a
window to grasping the messy realities intrinsic in the
psychotherapeutic process. Although
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Behavioral Sciences
Focusing on both classic studies and the most recent developments and trends, Learning and Behavior deals with how people and animals learn, and how learning impacts behaviors. The emphasis throughout is on the importance of learning principles in everyday life.
James E. Mazur's text examines how learning takes place everywhere, by animals of all species and people of all ages. Introducing students to key research from the field, Mazur, professor at Southern Connecticut State University, uses pedagogical tools to help readers comprehend and apply the material. Learning and Behavior introduces readers to the branch of psychology that deals with how people and animals learn and how their behaviors are later changed as a result of this learning. This is a broad topic, for nearly all of our behaviors are influenced by prior learning experiences in some way. Because examples of learning and learned behaviors are so numerous, the goal of most psychologists in this field has been to discover general principles that are applicable to many different species and many different learning situations. Learning and Behavior describes some of the most important principles, theories, controversies, and experiments that have been produced by this branch of psychology in its first century.
Learning and Behavior is designed to be suitable for introductory or intermediate level courses in learning, conditioning, or the experimental analysis of behavior. No prior knowledge of psychology is assumed, but the reading will be easier for those who have had a course in introductory psychology. Many of the concepts and theories in this field are fairly abstract, and to make them more concrete and more relevant, Mazur has included many real-world examples and analogies. In addition, most of the chapters include sections that describe how the theories and principles have been used in the applied field of behavior modification.
Chapter topics include classical conditioning, operant conditioning, avoidance and punishment, theories and research on operant conditioning, stimulus control and concept formation, learning by observation, and much more. Roughly speaking, Learning and Behavior proceeds from the simple to the complex, both with respect to the difficulty of the material and the types of learning that are discussed. Chapter 1 discusses the nature of scientific theories and experiments, and it outlines the behavioral approach to learning and contrasts it with the cognitive approach. Chapter 2 first describes some of the earliest theories about the learning process; then it presents some basic findings about the physiological mechanisms of learning. Chapter 3 discusses innate behaviors and the simplest type of learning, habituation. Many of the terms and ideas introduced here reappear in later chapters on classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and motor-skills learning.
The next two chapters deal with classical conditioning. Chapter 4 begins with basic principles and ends with some therapeutic applications. Chapter 5 describes more recent theoretical developments and experimental findings in this area. The next three chapters discuss the various facets of operant conditioning: Chapter 6 covers the basic principles and terminology of positive reinforcement, Chapter 7 covers schedules of reinforcement and applications, and Chapter 8 covers negative reinforcement and punishment. Chapters 9 and 10 have a more theoretical orientation. Chapter 9 presents differing views on such fundamental questions as what constitutes a reinforcer and what conditions are necessary for learning to occur. Chapter 10 takes a more thorough look at generalization and discrimination than was possible in earlier chapters, and it also examines research on concept formation.
Chapter 11 surveys a wide range of findings in the rapidly growing area of comparative cognition. Chapters 12 and 13 discuss two types of learning that are given little or no emphasis in many texts on learning – observational learning and motor-skills learning. These chapters are included because a substantial portion of human learning involves either observation or the development of new motor skills. Readers might well be puzzled or disappointed (with some justification) with a text on learning that includes no mention of these topics. Finally, Chapter 14 presents an overview of behavioral research on choice.
This sixth edition includes a number of changes, both to help students learn the material and to keep the information up to date. Each chapter now begins with a set of learning objectives to help students identify the main concepts they should learn in each chapter. In addition, two practice quizzes are included in each chapter so students can test themselves and see how well they have mastered the main points of the preceding sections. This edition is also updated with new studies that reflect recent developments in the field.
Supplements accompanying Learning and Behavior:
Widely acclaimed for its thoroughness and clarity, this contemporary survey of the field of learning offers comprehensive coverage of both classic studies and the most recent developments and trends – with an emphasis on the importance of learning principles in everyday life. Many real-world examples and analogies make the often abstract concepts and theories of the field more concrete and relevant, and most chapters include sections that describe how the theories and principles have been used in the applied field of behavior modification. And this edition still has the clear and engaging writing still for which Mazur is known.
Learning and Behavior is targeted at individuals with an interest in psychology – especially learning, conditioning, and the experimental analysis of behavior.
Almost every comfort we have nowadays in nursing was absent from
the beginning and towards the last the hospitals were unspeakably
lacking in needfuls. – Volunteer Nurse at
While medical science enjoyed several advances during the Civil
War, the doctors and hospitals in the Southern states faced
overwhelming casualties with few supplies and inadequate personnel.
By focusing on facilities in
Doctors attempting to deal with the carnage wrought by the Civil War faced more difficult challenges than the sheer number of the wounded. Fought at the very end of what is now known as "the medical Middle Ages," the Civil War predated modern knowledge of bacteria and antiseptics. Doctors, who were then deemed fully trained after only a two-year course of study, had few diagnostic tools at hand beyond their own reckoning.
Calcutt, who is both an historian and a registered nurse, has
served as a docent for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum
of American History and a licensed tour guide for both the city of
Richmond's Wartime Hospitals illustrates how exhausted resources
rapidly defeated Southern doctors' heroic efforts. The book covers
more than fifty hospitals located in
The meteoric rise of
Las Vegas celebrates the city's unparalleled growth in the brief
century of its existence. The book, written by Eugene P. Moehring,
professor of history at the
Las Vegas commemorates the centennial the establishment of
World War II completed the process. Federal spending was again
crucial to the city. The construction of a giant magnesium plant and
the instant suburb of
Las Vegas, Moehring and Green trace the development of
Las Vegas not only provides an account of metropolitan
development; it also engages in some policy analysis to show that
many of the issues that residents grapple with today have deep
historical roots in the community. For example, it shows that growth
has always been expensive in
Las Vegas tells both stories – the story of the flamboyant
people, shrewd businessmen-gamblers, and colorful industry that
built the Strip and its worldwide reputation as ‘
Las Vegas offers fresh insight into the process of city building
in the American West, where urban needs and aspirations must contend
with water scarcity, isolation, erratic economies, highly diverse
populations, and the rocky relationship between the need for civic
order and the Western spirit of independence.
Ever wondered about whether Captain Kidd actually turned up in
…or when the Great Fires or the Molasses Flood occurred?
Curious who how the Green Dragon, Doyle’s, and the Warren Tavern became such notable pubs and meeting places?
The answers to these and countless other questions can be found in When in Boston, a colorful history of the Hub.
Arranged on a timeline, with an extensive bibliography, thorough
index, and abundant illustrations,
When in Boston is a long overdue, single-volume chronicle of
Anyone who cares about
When in Boston is a must-have for any
When in Boston, the only comprehensive and up-to-date
compilation of its kind, provides a unique descriptive history of
the city. As authoritative as it is user friendly, the book will
prove an indispensable and handy tool for researchers,
professionals, history buffs, residents, and tourists alike.
In the 1930s the WPA’s Federal Writers’ Project hired authors
Men Against Granite presents fifty-two stories, bringing to life
the voices of a long-gone era. In it readers meet an operatic cast
of characters ranging front the mayor to an itinerant peddler, from
a lumber baron to a boarding house matron, as well as many stone
workers, or their widows. They hear of family births and deaths, of
the rise and fall of the granite industry, of carving stone and
escaping the stonesheds, of the immigrant's life in
By the beginning of the twentieth century, Barre was the self-proclaimed ‘Granite Capital of the World’ and a true melting pot of ethnicities and cultures. The very qualities that made Barre granite so special exacted a fearful price from the men who worked with it, however. Some of the danger was readily apparent – quarry workers, for example, faced the difficulties inherent in boring, blasting, and lifting tons of hard, heavy stone. But those who did the jobs that required the least strength and the most artistry – the carving, the lettering, the polishing – were the ones who knew that their work would most likely kill them. As they worked on each stone, they raised clouds of silica-laden dust that day-by-day, year-by-year, tore their lungs apart. ‘Stonecutters’ TB’ they called it when the disease set in, guaranteeing a painful death at a young age.
The granite industry churned through the first two decades of the
twentieth century as the dominant industry in central
By the late 1930s, Barre residents faced a variety of
uncertainties from within and without. Granite was still on
everyone's mind, but the boom times were over. New suction devices
took away the dust and helped ward off stonecutters' TB, but the
equipment was expensive, making it more difficult to compete with
inferior but cheaper memorials produced elsewhere. The Great
Depression was easing, but work was still scarce and there were few
signs of prosperity on the horizon. The war in
Benjamin A. Botkin, national folklore editor for the Writers'
Project, was horrified by the rise of fascism in
Several writers contributed to the project, but two people,
It is impossible to say what
Men Against Granite would have looked like. Although the editors
had access to much of the material that
The fifty-two interviews included in Men Against Granite were chosen from more than 120 original documents. It is the editors' belief that the retained interviews reflect the breadth of subject matter and style of presentation that would have been present in any volume published by the WPA.
This edition organizes the interviews into four groups: Town, Home, Quarry, and Shed. While these classifications do involve some sorting as described above – for example, only men worked in the quarries and sheds, and the home section contains predominantly women – they demonstrate the ways in which people with differing backgrounds and vocations interacted in Barre. The quarries and sheds were the focal points of the granite industry and attracted workers from around the globe. The town section collects interviews with the men and women who did not work with the granite itself but whose lives and livelihoods were nonetheless affected by the granite industry.
Alfred Rosa and Mark Wanner have done a masterful job editing the
WPA interviews that Mari Tomasi and Roaldus Richmond gathered in
Barre, Vermont. The memories, observations, and narratives in this
fascinating volume resonate with the spirit and energy of a bygone
age in the granite industry that has long symbolized the rugged
nature of life in the Green Mountain State. – Kevin Graffagnino,
The interviews in
Men Against Granite add up to a rare and marvelous thing – a
large number of carefully crafted first-person perspectives
commenting on a particular place and time. The interviews were
originally intended to discourage fascism by increasing appreciation
and tolerance for all ethnicities and cultures. Finally collected in
book form approximately sixty years later, they still provide
powerful lessons about our country and our heritage. In 1940
Men Against Granite was classified as folklore – now these
interviews document history, and what a fascinating and important
But to understand the
This ‘golden age of Islam’ was as significant to world history as
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World is the story of the last
time the world's attention was centered on
… Kennedy's account is not a dry political chronicle but rather
full of stories of love, sex, power, corruption, sibling rivalry and
political intrigue – for which he makes no apology. … Combining
academic rigor and accessibility, this is compelling reading for
anyone concerned with the perils of power, the medieval Islamic
legacy and the images that
…remarkable narrative history –
A lively study...Nicely written, accessible history, rich in detail and most timely. – Kirkus Reviews
At once a look into
History / Military / World War II
The Journey Continues: The World War II Home Front by Wilbur D.
Jones (White Mane Books) focuses extensively on
the citizens of
Written by Wilbur D. Jones, Jr., retired Navy Captain, assistant
to President Gerald Ford, and professor at the
For numerous reasons,
The county’s pre-war population of 43,000 swelled to around 100,000 with the influx of servicemen and war workers. Even as the casualty lists grew, entertainment and nightlife proceeded as usual. Romance ruled. The inevitable seedy side surfaced: prostitution, crime and black-marketeering flourished. For many young men and women, the war was the most exciting time of their lives.
The area’s diverse activities, complete absorption, and rise and
fall were unequaled by any American city. How
[A Sentimental Journey and
The Journey Continues are] achievements worthy of history's
Medal of Honor....A fascinating compendium of wartime
[Jones is] A master chronicler of events interwoven with comment
and narrative to form a first-class piece of entertainment....A
pleasurable exercise in nostalgia. – Lieutenant General James M.
A fascinating narrative meticulously researched and
documented.... Powerful, sobering interviews....Definitely a
wonderful addition to any library. –
The Journey Continues extends the human interest story started
in the acclaimed A Sentimental Journey: Memoirs of a Wartime
Boomtown, and further explores in greater depth the area's love
stories, neighborhoods, economy, recreation, families and growing up
History / Politics / International /
During the last five decades,
Cultural relations occur naturally between people in different
nations as a result of trade, tourism, student exchanges,
entertainment, communications, migration, intermarriage – millions
of cross-cultural encounters. But cultural diplomacy only happens
when a government decides to channel and to support cultural
exchange through planned programs to promote broad national
The First Resort of Kings, Richard T. Arndt, retired from the US
Information Agency and teaching French at
Never in the history of the republic have we Americans been so
cordially disliked around the world. Never have we needed an
effective strategy for cultural diplomacy more. In
The First Resort of Kings Richard Arndt presents the neglected
history of American cultural diplomacy, and his story is as accurate
and engrossing as it is depressing. We desperately need to do
better, and Arndt has some important advice about how and where we
can improve. This is a valuable book for anyone who cares about
A massive and disturbing discussion of the bureaucratic politics
and the general schizophrenia that have informed
With twenty-four years of direct experience in
The First Resort of Kings proceeds through a chronological
narration of the growth of formal American cultural diplomacy
starting with prehistory in 1776. It tells how the world has watched
over the last four decades as
History / Science / Natural Disasters
Tropical Surge: A History of Ambition and Disaster on the
Tropical Surge tells the story of the dramatic battle between
human ambition and the reality of the West Indian hurricane in south
According to Benjamin Reilly, history teacher at
Right from the beginning, Key West, grown wealthy from turtling,
sponging and wrecking, dreamed of an ‘overseas’ railway to connect
to the mainland – though at the time Miami was little more than a
fort on Biscayne Bay. Then came Ralph Munroe and the ‘yachting set,’
and eventually Henry Flagler with his railroad. Meanwhile
Ironically, around the same time
Tropical Surge, and engaging and well-written history, includes
gripping narratives of the 1919, 1926, and 1935 hurricanes in south
History / World War II
Silent Voices of World War II many seemingly separate events
were related through the unique qualities of the arid, spacious
When World War II began,
New Mexicans participated in the first ground warfare of World
War II involving Americans. They were then involved in the Bataan
Death March, as a New Mexico National Guard unit, the 200th
Regiment, was stationed in the
Written by Nancy R. Bartlit, longtime resident and community
Because World War II ended so long ago, many of the participants
in the events chronicled here are no longer available to tell their
story. However, Rogers and Barlit found key informants who told them
of their experiences. Their voices help to humanize the events of
history which form the backbone of this book. The authors seek to
provide voice to the quiet individuals, such as the Army enlisted
men who actually fabricated the atomic bombs at
At last, a compelling, highly readable summary of
A fascinating and well-organized revelation of the many
connections – human, military and technical – between
Silent Voices of World War II is filled with paradoxes and
strange turns of history. No other book connects such events as the
Navajo Code Talkers, the Bataan Death March survivors, Japanese
American internees, and the atomic scientists at
Home & Garden / Hobbies & Crafts
Easy Beading: The Best Projects from the First Year of Beadstyle Magazine by the editors of Beadstyle (Kalmbach Books) showcases the best projects from the first year of BeadStyle magazine in one hardcover volume.
Readers will find designs that can be made with all sorts of materials – glass beads, gemstones, pearls, crystals, metals, and more – in styles that range from classic to wild.
According to Mandy Brooks, founding editor, BeadStyle magazine, new beaders discover quickly that it's easy to make jewelry that looks professional. With a few tools and some beads, readers will be able to assemble their own fashions, and Easy Beading shows them how. The book provides
According to Easy Beading, “once you can string a few beads, crimp a clasp into place, tie a knot or two, and turn a wire loop, you can make beautiful, fashionable jewelry, the kind of jewelry that fills the pages of BeadStyle magazine. This focus on using a few simple techniques to make wonderful jewelry has been at the core of our concept for BeadStyle since our earliest planning meetings. Before the magazine had a name, it had a goal: to publish easy, how-to jewelry articles filled with great ideas, creative bead and color combinations, and endless inspiration. And we wanted this magazine to appeal to experienced beaders as well as beginners.”
The projects in Easy Beading are grouped according to the predominant materials used in each piece. Readers will find an assortment of jewelry – from a vivid red strawberry quartz necklace to a lustrous stick pearl bracelet to a fun and funky jewelry set made from metal washers. Each project has been tested by the editors to ensure that, even if readers have never strung beads before, they can complete it with confidence. And for those new to beading, there is a section addressing the tools, materials, and techniques crafters will use throughout the book.
These fast, fun fashions require little more than stringing, crimping, and, in some cases, easy wirework. For beginners and well as experienced beaders, with more than 140 projects, Easy Beading contains inspiration that goes the distance.
Literature & Fiction / African American
Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature by
Jeffrey B. Leak (The
The portrayal of black men in our national literature is controversial, complex, and often contradictory. In Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature, Jeffrey B. Leak identifies some of the long-held myths and stereotypes that persist in the work of black writers from the nineteenth century to the present – intellectual inferiority, criminality, sexual prowess, homosexual emasculation, and cultural deprivation. Utilizing Robert B. Stepto's call-and-response theory, Leak studies four pairs of novels within the context of certain myths, identifying the literary tandems between them and seeking to discover the source of our culture's psychological preoccupation with black men.
Making use of interdisciplinary fields of study – literary
theory, psychoanalysis, gender studies, legal theory, and queer
theory – Leak offers a new analysis of both canonical texts
(representing the ‘call’ of the call-and-response dyad) and texts by
emerging writers (representing the ‘response’), including Frederick
Douglass and Charles Johnson, Ralph Ellison and Brent Wade, Richard
Wright and Ernest J. Gaines, and Toni Morrison and David Bradley.
Though Leak, associate professor of English at the
The first chapter, "A Crisis in the Male Spirit: Slavery, Masculinity, and the Myth of Black Inferiority in Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass," explores the relationship between Johnson and Douglass in connection to the myth of black intellectual inferiority. As a postmodern, fictional slave narrative, the novel overtly recalls Douglass and the slave narrative form, expanding the rhetorical and thematic parameters of the genre. Oxherding Tale addresses the issues Douglass could not explicitly address within the context of the slave narrative and nineteenth-century Victorian discourse. The narrator of Oxherding Tale, Andrew Hawkins, has much in common with Douglass in terms of their racial identity, their views on black male intellectuality, and their controversial renderings of black and white female experience.
The second chapter, "A Conflict between the Ideological and the Biological: The Myth of Black Sexual Prowess in Brent Wade's Company Man and Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man," explores the political implications of the myth of black sexual prowess within the Jim Crow South and highly restricted North of the early twentieth century. Through his nameless narrator, Ellison explores the political and social reality of segregation in relation to black male sexuality and leadership. Wade responds to Ellison's mid-century call by expanding the parameters of the discussion, offering both narrative and thematic responses in the contemporary context of the 1990s. A major example of this revision process is the protagonist Billy Covington, a man who explores the deleterious effects of the heterosexual imperative as they relate to masculinity and sexuality. Through Billy's marriage to a black woman and friendship with a black gay man, Wade invites us to view black male sexuality in more progressive and viable terms.
In the third chapter, "I Want Him to Be a Man: Incarceration and
the Myth of Black Criminality in Ernest J. Gaines's A Lesson before
Dying and Richard Wright's Native Son," we remain in the first half
of the twentieth century in terms of narrative setting. This chapter
explores the impact of incarceration upon the black male psyche in
urban and rural
In Leak’s fourth and final chapter, "It's Time You Learned the Truth about a Few Things: Masculinity and the Myth of Cultural Depravation in David Bradley's The Chaneysville Incident and Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon," Leak addresses the construction of black masculinity within the post-civil rights era. Bradley's John Washington and Morrison's Milkman Dead search for the meaning of masculinity through the interrogation and interpretation of communal history, myth and folklore. As novelists who emerge within the historical context of integration – a process that proved itself more a form of desegregation – Bradley and Morrison focus their creative energy on maintaining African American cultural points of reference that postmodern life may endanger. These novels challenge, through their intricate weaving of history and fiction, the myth that African Americans have no history and therefore no culture. Moreover, this chapter departs from the others in that only five years separate the two novels. Their close chronological relationship underscores a simultaneous preoccupation with the myth of black cultural depravity, while also providing an interesting comparative study of how two African American novelists, one male and one female, construct black masculinity.
As many answers as Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature seeks to provide, the critical endeavor requires us to continue to raise pertinent questions. This study is one of many to come in relation to literary and cultural constructions of black masculinity. If African American men and those committed to their nurturing do not understand themselves in relationship to their ‘maleness,’ ‘history,’ and ‘soul,’ their "ignorance may sell rise up in the middle of the night and slay [them] like a thief (Kenan)." This study provides those who are interested with the critical strategies and perspectives to meet the thief at the door and offer a life-saving rebuke.
Leak offers the first in-depth criticism of black masculinity in a range of literary texts. In the final chapter, he expands his discussion to the emerging field of black masculinity studies, pointing to future directions for study, including memoir, film, drama, and others. Poised on the brink of exciting new trends in scholarship, Racial Myths and Masculinity in African American Literature is a flagship work, enhancing the understanding of literary constructions of black masculinity and the larger cultural imperatives to which these writers are reacting.
Literature & Fiction / Biographies & Memoirs
In 1963, John Fowles won international recognition with The
Collector, his first published novel. In the years following – with
the publication of The Magus, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, The
Ebony Tower, and his other critically acclaimed works of fiction,
nonfiction, and poetry – Fowles took his place among the most
innovative and important English novelists of our time. Now, with
The Journals: Volume I the first volume of his journals, which
covers the years from 1949 to 1965, edited by writer/editor Charles
Drazin, readers see revealed not only the creative development of a
great writer but also the deep connection between Fowles’s
autobiographical experience and his literary inspiration.
Commencing in Fowles’s final year at Oxford, the journals in this volume chronicle the years he spent as a university lecturer in France; his experiences teaching school on the Greek island of Spetsai (which would inspire The Magus) and his love affair there with the married woman who would later become his first wife, and his return to England and his ongoing struggle to achieve literary success. The Journals: Volume I is an account of a life lived in total engagement with the world. Although Fowles the novelist takes center stage, readers also see Fowles the nascent poet and critic, ornithologist and gardener, passionate naturalist and traveler, cinephile and collector of old books.
The book is gripping, and one can’t help feeling that Fowles was
writing – with a dogged passion, and almost inadvertently – what may
come to be seen as one of the very best of his works. – Literary
This is the first installment of Mr. Fowles’s journals. As in his novels, almost every sentence has life. Bring on volume two. – The Economist
[Fowles] has interesting views about other authors, can vividly evoke those he meets, and explain truthfully what he feels about them, and himself . . . He has a magnificent narrative gift. – The Independent
Fowles’s reputation has waned in recent years. These extraordinary diaries, ‘this portrait of the total living artist’, which he calls ‘the last novel I have to write’, should help bring about his richly deserved resuscitation. – The Spectator
Soon after he fell in love with his first wife, Elizabeth, Fowles wrote in his journal, “She has asked me not to write about her in here. But I could not not write, loving her as I do. … What else I betrayed, I could not betray this diary.” It is that determined, unsparing honesty and forthrightness that imbues The Journals: Volume I, and presumably all the journals, with all the emotional power and narrative complexity of his novels. They are a revelation of both the man and the artist.
Literature & Fiction / Historical
Prolific Bulgarian-American author, Vladimir Chernozemsky, in
Lion of the Balkans takes readers back to the bloody Balkan War.
The Ottoman Turks had occupied and oppressed the Balkans for five
The Ottoman Turks had occupied and oppressed the Balkans for five
centuries. In the First Balkan War,
An incredibly prophetic novel about war. Chernozemsky’s brilliant writing talent achieves a remarkably powerful artistic impact over the reader. – Nacho Christoscov, Editor, CG Danov Publishing – Reviews
It has everything; love, hate, adventure, the glory and tragedy
of human existence, and is pertinent to today’s events. – Dorothy W.
Milner, columnist and critic
A gripping folk-story authenticated by history, at once romantic, naturalistic, lyrical…an adventure you will not want to miss. – Mary Dawn Gladson, Author of Feel Your Life Change
Lion of the Balkans is Chernozemsky’s most personal novel, filled with true-to-life characters, battles and events because he lived its aftermath.
Literature & Fiction / Literary Criticism
According to Rebecca Totaro, in Early Modern England, all minds had within them a conceptual place for the bubonic plague – a disease that infected more than literal bodies. Church sermons, medical treatises, royal proclamations and literary worlds – the fabric of character, plot and setting – were not immune to the topic. Within the experience and accounts of the bubonic plague, men and women found their own understandings of the body, of the human relationship with nature, and of the degree to which they had faith in their nation and in their God.
Focusing on the broadest of the parameters within which life was
lived, Totaro, associate professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast
Suffering in Paradise examines hope and despair as displayed
within a range of imaginary realms designed to include and control
the bubonic plague. Specifically, why did the most powerful of minds
obey the parameters prescribed by the plague, and who attempted to
imagine themselves and the nation beyond plague-time? What were the
limits of hope, and to what degree does an examination of
plague-time narratives shed new light on early modern
Suffering in Paradise focuses on Thomas More's Utopia, William
Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, Ben Jonson's The Alchemist, Francis
Bacon's The New Atlantis, Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World,
and John Milton's Paradise Lost. Chapters 1 and 2 mark the limits
within which men and women could imagine and then work toward a
future of improved health. The domain of plague in early modern
In chapter 3, Totaro offers a case study, A humanist and a
Catholic, who had once been Commissioner of the Sewers and whom King
Henry would ultimately select to execute plague orders in Oxford,
Thomas More had years of direct experience with and accumulated
knowledge of bubonic plague before writing Utopia. More knew and
employed the best practices of his time. He combined his religious,
legal, medical, and experiential knowledge to depict an island on
all levels less susceptible to bubonic plague than
In chapters 4 and 5, William Shakespeare and Ben Jonson take center stage with a plague-time tragedy, Timon of Athens (1604-1611), and a satire, The Alchemist (1610). Although each play only very loosely contains a utopian world, each articulates a fear and critique of utopian projects. Written during or soon after visitations of plague that crippled not only the theater but the city as well, Timon of Athens and The Alchemist contain within them pseudo-utopian worlds from which plague has been banished. Although each play displays a unique picture of the scourge and of the realm intended to repel it, each establishes not freedom from the plague but its very proliferation. The audience is warned: the promise of gold cannot found utopia. Shakespeare and Jonson join the ranks of Joseph Hall and Jonathan Swift, who likewise exposed the potential underside of all utopian projects and of social dreaming in general. In plague-time, they prescribe a healthy dose of skepticism and the wisdom to recognize the fraudulent hope that comes disguised as better places and best practices.
Chapters 6 through 8 of
Suffering in Paradise treat plague at the advent of the
scientific age and return us to a permitted hope, like that in
More's Utopia. Francis Bacon and Margaret Cavendish wrote numerous
and lengthy scientific treatises that include extensive sections on
the bubonic plague. Both writers then placed their theories within a
utopian literary context – New Atlantis (1627) and The Blazing World
(1666), respectively. Bacon and Cavendish were in many ways
producing like-minded works of scientific and imaginative rigor,
each battling the plague with various weapons in an array of arenas.
Yet they would not have agreed on the nature of plague, and their
conception of the relationship between humans and disease was as
different as their hope in and prescription for a more prosperous
The last chapter, "The Rectification of Air in Plague-Time,"
revisits the most basic drive to improve one's conditions and the
most basic understanding of bubonic plague: it is in the air. John
Milton's enormously hopeful energies, directed in plague-time
England toward the eradication of sin and the restitution of
mankind's original human glory, reveal themselves in his attention
to respiration in Paradise Lost. We have long known that
More, Shakespeare, Jonson, Bacon, Cavendish, and Milton knew humans as flawed and yet deserving of health. They conceived of nations as penetrable and yet well-armed with the best practices. They considered minds prone to fancy and yet sustained by reason. They knew that in a fallen world, societies and the individuals within them would always suffer from internal and external threats. Yet they chose to hope. Employing their sharp minds, visionary imaginations, skill with the English language, and knowledge of the best and most current practices for improving the conditions of health, they fashioned new answers to old questions. They extended the limits of hope in plague-time.
Suffering in Paradise, Totaro provides a unique and timely
discussion of the bubonic plague as it shaped literature in
Literature & Fiction / Saga / Historical Novel
With six acclaimed novels, Beth Gutcheon is a master at bridging the gap between literary and commercial fiction. Her compelling storylines, complex characters, and understated command of language have earned her high praise from both critics and popular audiences.
Leeway Cottage, Gutcheon takes readers back to the coast of
But as the Nazis march into
To write the book, Gutcheon conducted extensive research into the
history of German-occupied
Gutcheon’s tale is more than just a story of a marriage; it’s a
metaphor for an era. – Booklist
Charting a marriage against the backdrop of a tumultuous century, Gutcheon writes evocatively of love and war. – Publishers Weekly
A good old-fashioned, all-encompassing read, with tears and smiles guaranteed. – Library Journal
A gentle, even tender book. Every reader will be wiser for it. – BookPage Compelling…Ambitious…Gutcheon’s insights are…keen, her sympathy for all her characters…contagious. – Kirkus Reviews
Profoundly moving and illuminating, Leeway Cottage shows a master writer in top form. A rich, historically accurate depiction of a shining moment in history, this beautifully written tour de force of a novel offers a multi-layered account of a complex marriage set against the historical backdrop of World War II and the little-known, yet thrilling story of the rescue of the Danish Jews.
Literature & Fiction / World Literature
Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-century English Literature and Culture by Tita Chico (The Bucknell Studies in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture Series: Bucknell University Press)
Dressing rooms, introduced into English domestic architecture during the seventeenth century, provided elite women with unprecedented private space at home, and in so doing, promised them an equally unprecedented autonomy by providing a space for self-fashioning, eroticism, and contemplation. Tita Chico's Designing Women argues that the dressing room becomes a powerful metaphor in late-seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature for both progressive and conservative satirists and novelists. These writers use the trope to represent competing notions of women's independence and their objectification, indicating that the dressing room occupies a central (if neglected) place in the history of private life, postmodern theories of the closet, and the development of literary forms.
Drawing on extensive archival research,
Designing Women demonstrates that the dressing room is integral not only to debates about genre and gender in the eighteenth century, but also to discussions of aesthetics, epistemology, education, and female domesticity. As a symbol of both progressive and retrograde versions of femininity, the dressing room trope in eighteenth-century literature redefines the gendered constitution of private spaces, and offers a corrective to our literary history of generic influence and development between satire and the novel.
From the late seventeenth century to the late eighteenth, the
lady's dressing room changed from being a site of lasciviousness and
secrecy for aristocratic women to an emblem for good and virtuous
mothers. This transformation reflects the changing roles available
to women over this time, from the sense that women improperly used
eroticism to claim independence and autonomy to the model of ideal
maternity that was impressed upon them. The dressing room captured
the collective imagination of eighteenth-century
The dressing room encapsulates the history of gender roles in the
eighteenth century, moving from women of a certain class having the
ability to claim greater privilege to the widespread development of
a submissive, maternal ideal. Throughout
For a book all about dressing rooms, there is very little sex.
With the dressing room so often a figure for the female body and
sexuality, one would think that dressing room scenes regularly
imagine women engaged in sex. Eighteenth-century pornography would
certainly offer us a chance to see such scenes, but pornographic
texts would ultimately be sensational and misleading about the
dressing room's role in ‘mainstream’ literary culture. Additionally,
though seventeenth-century satires populate dressing rooms with
erotica, such as lapdogs and dildoes, sex is not explicit in the
self-consciously literary works that
Designing Women is divided into three parts: chapters 1 and 2
constitute "Metaphor, Theory, and History, chapters 3, 4 and 5,
"Satire, Art, and Epistemology," and chapters 6 and 7, "Domestic
Novels, Education, and Motherhood." Within this three-part
structure, there are two narratives – and two ways of reading the
book. The first is chronological: from the late seventeenth to the
late eighteenth century, the dressing room transformed from a
measure of women's illicit sexuality and theatrical behavior to a
site that confirmed a woman's virtue and her status as a good wife
and mother. The dressing room likewise moved from a nearly exclusive
association with satire to its programmatic inclusion, beginning
The second narrative structure of
Designing Women is thematic, highlighting a cluster of
associations that the dressing room evokes throughout the eighteenth
century – art, epistemology, education, and maternity. Part II
identifies two significant preoccupations that are regularly
associated with the dressing room. As chapter 3 demonstrates,
satirists frequently pinpoint the dressing room as a site for rival
artistry, as well as a space that both thwarts and invites
classification. Chapters 4 and 5, therefore draw out these
associations in case studies of Pope and Swift, perhaps two of the
most famous writers to use the dressing room metaphor in the
Part III is dedicated to the mid- and late-eighteenth-century
domestic novel. Chapters 6 and 7 identify two additional aspects of
the dressing room that come to the fore under the hands of domestic
novelists. The issue of pedagogy was associated with the dressing
room from the time of its inception in the seventeenth century, but
regularly sidelined by satirists. Richardson, educational theorists,
and other domestic novelists revive the legitimacy of the dressing
room as a pedagogical space and use the trope to endorse women's
education. In domestic novels, the dressing room becomes a
transitional space through which heroines must pass in order to
reach the conclusion of the female Bildungsroman, finding a proper
husband. And once they do pass, the problem of the dressing room
returns, for it then becomes a litmus test for proper motherhood.
The themes of a heroine's development and a mother's reformation
form the endpoint of the book's chronological narrative, but
The dressing room promises women the potential to design themselves: literally, with clothes and makeup, or figuratively, through private reflection and education. It suggests that women make designs on the world and that they scheme to outwit and to ensnare men. But the dressing room also introduces the possibility that women are circumscribed, or designed, by others, drawn into roles that are not necessarily of their own choosing. Designing Women underscores all of the possibilities written into the century's gender codes, showing the potentially liberatory and constrictive nature of the eighteenth-century lady's dressing room. Designing Women opens our eyes to the organizational and conceptual centrality of the dressing room trope to eighteenth-century literary culture.
Outdoors & Nature / Engineering / Environment
In the late sixties, as the world was waking to a need for Earth
Day, a pioneering group founded a small non-profit research and
education organization they called the New Alchemy Institute. Their
aim was to explore the ways a safer and more sustainable world could
be created. In the ensuing years, along with scientists,
agriculturists, and a host of enthusiastic amateurs and friends,
they set out to discover new ways that basic human needs – in the
form of food, shelter, and energy – could be met.
A Safe and Sustainable World is the story of that journey, as it
was and as it continues to be.
Nancy Jack Todd, a writer and editor based on
Through their work and research, founders Nancy Jack Todd and her
husband John Todd, along with Bill McLarney, served as sustainable
and idealistic leaders of ecological design for thousands.
A Safe and Sustainable World is a personal account of these
visionaries, and the ideas and innovations that so greatly
contributed to the concept of sustainable living. Successfully
proving through the Institute's designs and investigations that
basic land sustainability is achievable, John Todd and the author
founded a second non-profit research group, Ocean Arks
International. Here they applied the New Alchemy's natural systems
thinking to restoring polluted waters with the invention and
implementation of biologically based living technologies called
Ecomachines and Pond and
A clear, inspirational story that shows the nitty-gritty of how talent coalesces around important issues and how creative minds work together. This book is a necessary read for any idealist who aspires to change the world through architecture, design, the environment, and science. – Donald Watson, architect
Nancy Jack Todd tells a marvelous story. This first-hand account of New Alchemy's visionary, rigorous, and phenomenal projects to sustain life gives us all hope. This is a book that I'd like to share with local farmers, sprawl fighters, and conscientious citizens. Here we have grounds for the hope of living simply, meeting our basic needs, and restoring health to the world, and on a shoestring budget. – Stephanie Mills, author of Epicurean Simplicity
A Safe and Sustainable World demonstrates what has and can be
done – it also looks to what must be done to integrate human
ingenuity and the four billion or so years of evolutionary
intelligence of the natural world into healthy, decentralized,
locally dreams hard won – and hope. The Todd’s work has now,
thankfully, entered the mainstream.
Outdoors & Nature / Environment / Anthropology
At the turn of the twentieth century, the ethnographer James Teit wrote of the belief among the Nlaka'pmx people that flowers, plants, and grasses are the blanket of the earth, and that if too much vegetation is picked or destroyed, the earth is sorry and weeps. In The Earth's Blanket, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures and lifeways.
Turner, Distinguished Professor in the
Nancy Turner has worked with and been befriended by generations of holders of our traditional teachings, and this book is a testament not only to an outstanding career but also to an outstanding human being. The Earth's Blanket demonstrates how science can be used to record Traditional Ecological Knowledge in a way that respects First Nations' cultures. – Kim Recalma-Clutesi, Elected Chief, Qualicum First Nation
A thought-provoking gem of a book, combining Turner's deep
understanding of indigenous people and their knowledge with her
expertise in ethnobotany. – Fikret Berkes,
A unique and charming book that provides fascinating insights
into ways of managing wild plant and animal resources. Drawing on
stories and early accounts from Native people throughout
northwestern North America and, above all, her own enormously rich
and detailed experience, Dr. Turner shows that these methods have
great and increasing relevance for us today. – Eugene Anderson,
Professor of Anthropology,
The Earth's Blanket suggests how systems of traditional
ecological knowledge can contribute to the modern world. It is an
important book, a magnum opus, from a gifted and internationally
respected scholar and teacher. It has the power to transform our way
of thinking about the earth and our relationship with its
Parenting / Education / Preschool & Kindergarten
The tools readers need to teach literacy are everywhere.
Everyday Literacy has over 150 activities that use ordinary objects – cereal boxes, traffic signs and toy labels – to help children build essential reading skills. With games such as Chalk Chat and projects like Alphabet Scrapbooks, children will enjoy learning to recognize the letters, symbols and words around them.
Written by preschool and kindergarten teacher-educator Stephanie Mueller, Everyday Literacy provides hands-on ideas for turning newspapers, menus, catalogs, magazines, and other everyday items into literacy experiences. Each activity has a brief description, learning objectives, theme connections, materials, and literacy interactions. There are activities for different curriculum areas, such as art, science, math, fine motor, and music and movement, as well as take-home activities and ideas for field trips. The easy-to-use appendix has reproducible forms, a checklist of environmental print ideas, and a list of children's books that support the use of environmental print. The activities can be used to introduce a concept or practice an existing skill.
...an excellent guide to using environmental print to promote literacy... – Shirley C. Raines and Robert J. Canady, authors of Story S-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-r-s: Activities to Expand Children's Favorite Books
The activities in Everyday Literacy integrate environmental print in ways that make it easy to encourage children's literacy. Everyday Literacy is perfect for teachers of preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary children, and parents will also be able to use many of the activities with their children.
Philosophy / Art
Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit: From Plotinus to Schelling and Hegel by John Shannon Hendrix (Peter Lang), examines the aesthetics of Plotinus (c. 205-270), Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von Schelling (1775–1854) and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831).
John Shannon Hendrix in Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit examines the Platonic bases of the aesthetics of Plotinus, and the Plotinian bases of the aesthetics of Schelling and Hegel in The Philosophy of Spirit, Identity Philosophy, and Transcendental Idealism. Hendrix, who teaches architectural design and art and architectural history at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and at the Rhode Island School of Design, examines the notion of art as philosophy, as a product of mind, and as an instrument of intellect in the relation between reason and perception, involving concepts of the universal and particular, freedom and necessity, the beautiful and sublime, allegory and symbolism, and forms of artistic representation. Other concepts examined are subjective and objective Spirit, the self-consciousness and self-alienation of reason, and Absolute Spirit as the reconciliation of reason with its ‘other.’
Hegel's re-invention of art establishes a new basis for the judgment of beauty, following Immanuel Kant in the Critique of Judgment. Standards of artistic representation reflect standards of consciousness, of the self-consciousness of reason in the real. The achievement of Spirit in mind for Hegel is ultimately the achievement of freedom, which is the highest value to which a culture can aspire. Spirit is seen in opposition to the laws of necessity and cause and effect, and the principle of sufficient reason in nature; Spirit is also seen in opposition to the limited and delimiting structures of logic (dogmatic logic), as developed in the thought of Georges Bataille. Spirit in mind is freedom from the limitations of reason and nature in the real, and the state of being to which human beings as cultural subjects aspire, that which differentiates the human being from nature, and which is the basis of a moral and ethical Zeitgeist. Art is ideally the expression of the freedom attained in Spirit, the identity of the real and ideal, the result of the dialectical struggle of reason. Art is thus that which defines being human in opposition to nature, and what defines human thought as exceeding both nature and logic in reason. The purpose of philosophy as well is to transcend logic in reason towards understanding in the imagination and Spirit, as the intellectual principle of Plotinus entails intuition, imagination, and participation of the absolute which reason principle does not.
Schelling, in The Philosophy of Art, goes to great length to identify the means of representation of Spirit in painting, as a model of the hypostases of reason. Drawing is completely within the realm of the real, being structural, material and schematic. Color introduces the synthesis of the real and the ideal as the synthesis of matter and light. Light in painting is the most complete representation of the absolute in the plastic arts, the synthesis of the real and ideal, because light is the most immaterial of substances in the real, and in the Platonic and Neoplatonic traditions, light is the source of the good and the entrance of the archetype into matter. For both Schelling and Hegel, ultimately all the plastic arts are insufficient representations of the absolute in relation to music, poetry and philosophy. The forms of the social expression of Absolute Spirit are art, religion and philosophy. Art can only partially represent Absolute Spirit because it is contained within the real, within its material existence. The more immaterial of the arts, music and poetry, are less bound to the real, but more limited by the presence of the real in the ideal, by notation and language. Religion can only partially represent Absolute Spirit because of the necessity of the embodiment of Spirit as the basis of religious faith. Only philosophy sets as its objective the transcendence of its own scaffolding, in the possibility of the self-consciousness and doubling of reason, as the basis for the attainment of the absolute in mind.
For Schelling and Hegel the artist is always a product of his or her culture, of the Zeitgeist and philosophy of the culture. Artistic expression is a social act, and engages the ethical and moral standards of the culture. In the modem world, according to Hegel, art is no longer possible as a representation of its culture. The art which was a product of classical cultures is no longer possible because of the very attainment of freedom to which the history of art aspired. It is not possible for art to represent a free and ethical culture; in such a culture art becomes subject to philosophical development, and the theory of art becomes more important than the art itself. The expression of a free and ethical culture is philosophy, because only in philosophy is freedom of Spirit possible in the absolute. The necessities to which artistic expression is tied in a free culture become individual necessities and individual manifestations of the universal; philosophy is free from individual necessities, in its attainment of Absolute Spirit in mind, and is able to represent the Zeitgeist of a free culture. For Hegel, as expressed in the Introductory Lectures on Aesthetics, "the science of art is a much more pressing need in our day" and "Art invites us to consideration of it by means of thought, not to the end of stimulating art production, but in order to ascertain scientifically what art is."
Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit is a systematic analysis of the role that Platonism and Neoplatonism play in the aesthetics of the Philosophy of Spirit, and an attempt to make both Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Spirit, transcendental idealism, relevant to the present – no such analysis has previously been undertaken.
In 1802, Hegel and Schelling collaborated on the introductory essay for the first issue of The Critical Journal of Philosophy, entitled "The Critical Journal of Philosophy Introduction on The Essence of Philosophical Criticism Generally, and its Relationship to the Present State of Philosophy in Particular."" The first sentence of the essay reads:
“In whatever domain of art or [speculative] science it is employed, criticism requires a standard which is just as independent of the person who makes the judgment as it is of the thing that is judged – a standard derived neither from the singular [i.e., the immediate occasion for critical judgment] nor from the specific character of the [judging] subject, but from the eternal and unchangeable model [Urbild] of what really is [die Sache selbst].” Such a statement lays the groundwork for "a revival of the Christian Platonic ideal of the philosophia perennis," as described by H. S. Harris. As for Schelling, Harris asserts that "there is no doubt that he (whom his Jena students called ‘Plato’) believed as fervently as Hegel that the true ‘speculative’ tradition of western philosophy must be rescued from the limbo to which Kant consigned all previous metaphysics in the Dialectic of Pure Reason."
In his analysis in Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit Hendrix makes particular use of a number of texts: the commentary in the introduction by Douglas Stott to The Philosophy of Art; the introduction by Peter Stillman to Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit; the introduction by John Niemeyer Findlay to Phenomenology of Spirit; and the treatises Logic and System: A Study of the Transition from ‘Vorstellung’ to Thought in the Philosophy of Hegel by Malcolm Clark; Art and the Absolute: A Study of Hegel's Aesthetics by William Desmond; The Aesthetic Theories of Kant, Hegel, and Schopenhauer by Israel Knox; Hegel and the Symbolic Mediation of Spirit by Kathleen Dow Magnus; and Hegel's Recollection: A Study of Images in the Phenomenology of Spirit by Donald Phillip Verene.
This analysis of the relation between Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Spirit within the framework of contemporary theory forms a framework for an exploration of aesthetics and the formulation of Hendrix’s aesthetic points of view. To that end Aesthetics & the Philosophy of Spirit is an original treatise on aesthetics, grounding itself in its reexamination of the writings of Plotinus, Schelling and Hegel, bringing them together and to light. It emphasizes the importance of aesthetics from a philosophical point of view, as well as from a practical point of view, in the production of the arts. And it contributes to the understanding of art in philosophical terms, the philosophy of art, and theories of artistic production, to the philosophy of art at the beginning of the twenty-first century, to artistic production in theory, elucidating how both Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Spirit of Schelling and Hegel are relevant and beneficiary to contemporary consciousness, keeping in mind the importance of the study of history for all theoretical concerns.
A culture war is raging, and a new generation of conservatives –
This is a behind-the-scenes look at how conservatives – and even those who don’t consider themselves conservative – are overthrowing ‘political correctness.’ As
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South Park Conservatives, written with wit and style, is an inside peek at how a new media-savvy generation of conservatives and politically incorrect ‘anti-liberals’ are waging a culture war – and are having fun doing it.
Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism / Poetry
The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry edited by Andrew Schelling (Wisdom Publications) brings together recent works of twenty-nine important contemporary poets; many of the poems appear here for the first time.
The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry is a landmark collection including the mature verse of long-seasoned poets alongside the opening work of a new generation of writers just now coming to prominence. The anthology includes works by: Will Alexander, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Diane Di Prima, Tyler Doherty, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Norman Fischer, Sam Hamill, Jane Hirshfield, Lawson Fusao Inada, Robert Kelly, Joanne Kyger, Michael McClure, Harryette Mullen, Hoa Nguyen, Mike O'Connor, Shin Yu Pai, Dale Pendell, Pat Reed, Janet Rodney, Miriam Sagan, Leslie Scalapino, Andrew Schelling, Gary Snyder, Arthur Sze, Nathaniel Tarn, Chase Twichell, Cecilia Vicuna, Eliot Weinberger, and Philip Whalen.
Editor Andrew Schelling is a poet, essayist, and translator of
the poetry of India who has taught at Naropa University in Boulder,
Colorado for fifteen years, and from 1993–1996 served as chair of
the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Schelling takes
readers on a tour of the historical forms of Buddhist poetry in
Taken individually, each poem in The Wisdom Anthology of North American Buddhist Poetry can be appreciated as an elegant, shining jewel. Taken as a whole, this treasury represents one of the most significant movements in modern poetry – as Schelling’s introduction makes vividly clear – it is certainly a unique contribution to the world of American poetry. This watershed volume will be of value to readers of any background, be they poet or scholar, novice or old hand.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Mysticism / Women
Focusing on the contemplative process as women’s journey from
oppression to liberation, Beverly J. Lanzetta, founder and president
of Interfaith Theological Seminary in
Lanzetta identifies a specific historical female mystical path (the via feminina) and makes contemporary conclusions for how women might understand their bodies, their rights, and their ethics.
In Radical Wisdom Lanzetta develops a feminist mystical theology along three main lines, dividing the book accordingly. The first part is theoretical; the second part is textual and historical, while the third is constructive and contemporary. After defining the via feminina, she continues with the first part’s theoretical dimensions, providing an overview in chapter 2 of the terms ‘spirituality’, ‘mysticism’ and ‘contemplation,’ and a survey of current scholarship on mysticism and feminist theory. Chapter 3 on goddesses and Mother Jesus studies the historical development of female metaphors and images in the world’s scriptures and mystical texts. It then concentrates on the Christian tradition and on an analysis by feminist scholars of the function of female metaphors and goddess figure in medieval culture and religious practices. Part 1 concludes with Chapter 4, which takes up in greater detail the theoretical foundations for a contemplative feminism. It highlights the important function that naming spiritual oppression occupies in the spiritual journey to eliminate and heal all forums of interlocking violence against women.
Part 2 of
Radical Wisdom turns to the women mystics of medieval
While Lanzetta draws in these chapters from the wisdom of a variety of Christian mystical texts, she concentrates on those uncharted spiritual passages that women travel in isolation away front the mainstream of classical, patriarchal spirituality, whether within or outside formal religious practice or tradition. In the process she distinguishes a number of differences in women’s mysticism from that of the dominant religiosity of their times, being cautious not to ‘feminize’ them in any contemporary sense. Rather, in the spirit that energized their lives and thought, Lansetta keeps close to their historical context and to one of their central concerns – growth in love of the divine and diminishment of self interest. The challenge is integrative – to bring together the uplifting mysticism of medieval Christian women masters with feminist critical theory in order to illuminate the unique contemporary situation in which we find ourselves.
Finally, in part 3, Radical Wisdom turns to practical considerations for women today on how to identify, actualize, and live out a spiritual path that is devoid of all forms of violence against women, and that lifts women up to a realized and integrated wholeness. Dialoguing between present feminist concerns and goddess-veneration and other affirmations of the female form, chapter 9 "Women's Body as Mystical Text," explores the metaphor of women's body as God's body. Chapter 10, using contemporary research in human rights, develops a category of ‘spiritual rights’ to explore the divine dimension in violations of human dignity. It studies intimate, or sexual, violence against women and the effect of these violations on women's spirit, emotional health, and moral agency. "Love of the World: An Ethic of Ultimate Concern" is the subject of chapter 11. It develops a contemplative ethic based on bearing three qualities – intimacy, amor mundi (love of the world), and divinity in order to focus on social justice and the indiscriminate love God showers upon us as She labors to sanctify and grace all of creation. The final section of the chapter outlines a "World Ethic of Spiritual Rights." Radical Wisdom concludes with a narrative poem, "Hymn to Hagia Sophia [Holy Wisdom]" in the epilogue.
Radical Wisdom is a beautifully written, original, and luminous
study of women’s mystical experience in the Christian tradition.
Lanzetta’s engaged, open-hearted response to these mystics is
refreshing and encouraging…. A compelling and significant work. –
Douglas Burton-Christie, Professor of Christian Spirituality,
Radical Wisdom presents challenging perspectives of feminism and
mysticism that are refreshingly new and daring…. Lanzetta’s
meditative study explores with deep sensitivity and urgent social
concern the innermost spiritual oppression of women’s souls and
bodies. – Ursula King, Professor Emerita and Senior Research Fellow,
Center for Gender and Religions Research,
Writing with penetrating depth, Lanzetta in Radical Wisdom illuminates the transformative potential of the classical tradition of women mystics, especially in light of contemporary violence against women around the world. Here we have a feminist revisioning of mysticism. Feminists and Christian mystics will find much of interest in this book.
Religion & Spirituality / Occult
Forbidden History: Prehistoric Technologies, Extraterrestrial Intervention, and the Suppressed Origins of Civilization edited by J. Douglas Kenyon (Bear & Company) offers 42 essays from the archives of the journal Atlantis Rising, providing an overview of the fields of ancient mysteries and alternative history.
In Forbidden History writer J. Douglas Kenyon, editor and publisher of Atlantis Rising, has chosen forty-two essays from the bimonthly journal Atlantis Rising to provide readers with an overview of the positions of some of the key thinkers in the debate over ancient mysteries and alternative history. Contributors include, among others, Robert Schoch, Rand Flem-Ath, Moira Timms, Frank Joseph, Christopher Dunn, and Will Hart, all of whom have played leading roles in challenging the entrenched scientific establishment to reexamine its assumptions about our forgotten origins and to consider the possibility of meaningful debate – whatever the consequences to the existing paradigm.
Kenyon has built a collection of material in support of the growing challenge to such ways of thinking as Darwinism and Creationism, with each contribution building upon the work of the other authors. Included are essays on Earth Changes, Civilization's Greater Antiquity, Darwinism Under Fire, Ancestors from Space, Ancient High Tech, and The Search for Lost Origins. In the pages of Forbidden History the latest discoveries and ideas regarding such perennially controversial topics as Atlantis, the pyramids, and extraterrestrial influence are explored, and many provocative questions are raised. What emerges is a case in support of a much greater antiquity for civilization, a convincing argument for the existence of advanced technologies in prehistory, and the outline of a lost fountainhead of world culture. According to Kenyon, these alternative arguments, once marginalized, are now gaining credibility and respect.
The collection also includes several articles that introduce, compare, contrast, and complement the theories of other notable authors in these fields, such as Zecharia Sitchin, Paul LaViolette, John Michell, Graham Hancock, and John Anthony West.
Forbidden History, a thoughtfully and carefully built collection, is an excellent introduction to alternative accounts of history. The heat being generated by the evolution-intelligent design debate will likely make this book a bestseller.
Science / Biology
Cells talk – and scientists are listening. One of the most intriguing topics in molecular biology, biochemical communication is the cornerstone of modern medicine and the mainstay of cutting-edge pharmaceutical research. For nearly a century, researchers have been straining to hear the whispered conversations among cells, hoping to master the basics of their language. They know that if scientists can decipher and translate this cellular chatter, we have the potential for sending signals of our own that could repair wounds, reduce cholesterol, control insulin levels, or even block the reproduction of cancer cells. The possibilities are extraordinary.
The Language of Life reveals the private conversations of cells. In place of words, however, cells use chemicals, linking molecule to molecule to construct sentences that obey formal rules of grammar and syntax as binding as those that govern our own spoken and written language. Through the exchange and interpretation of chemical signals, they report every newsworthy event, record every memory, respond to every bodily injury.
The language of cells is the language of modern biology, and cell
communication is one the hottest topics in biomedical research.
Author Debra Niehoff, neurobiologist at the Johns Hopkins University
School of Medicine, examines the communication breakdowns that
underlie some of our most common and intractable disorders and shows
how intervening in these crises by sending signals of our own not
only gives us the drugs to cure what ails us, but promises more
effective and better targeted medications in the future.
Debra Niehoff makes real science available to the interested reader. Her style is friendly, delightful, and buoyant – and the beauty of the biology shines through her pages. – Dr. Alfred Gilman, co-recipient of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, and professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
As a Ph.D., Niehoff writes with authority. Yet she conveys
complex concepts so fluently that the book reads like a detective
thriller. I couldn’t put it down. … an important contribution which
will inform and enchant anyone who cares about the science of life.
– Solomon H. Snyder, M.D., Professor of Neuroscience,
The Language of Life blends the vision of science with the poetry of life itself. It is a fantastic story of discovery that artfully conveys the epic of the developing embryo, the miracle of the human brain, and the stories of battles waged by cells on the front lines of a never-ending war against disease. Niehoff does a great job of showing us how cells communicate in terms we can understand, giving us, in this overview, the skills to study this vast literature further.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
For nearly a decade, fantasy writer Kim Wilkins has been the
recipient of glowing and adoring praise from critics and writers
alike in her native
Bookstore clerk Christine Starlight resides with her lover, the
painter Jude, in a hip artist colony in modem day
Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel's Avatar, says that with The Autumn Castle "aficionados of dark urban fantasy will find this a fast-paced treat." And Charles de Lint, author of The Onion Girl, says "The Autumn Castle draws the reader into a world of welcome magic and dark imaginings – our world, but a version of it that includes the whisper of fairy tale resonances, adding mystery and depth to common experience."
Wilkins... strikes a tantalizing balance between pastoral and
grotesque in her American fantasy debut. The brutal scenes involving
Mandy Z. provide a sharp contrast to the gentle, often touching
story of Christine and her inner battles. The well-executed
conclusion ends this fascinating adventure on a high note. –
The Autumn Castle is a rich concoction, the perfect blend of sharp-edged realism and lyrically rendered folklore. – Lynn Flewelling, author of Hidden Warrior and the Nightrunner Series
Original fantasy with dark folkloric roots and a very modern twist . . . combines the best of both worlds. – Liz Williams, author of The Poison Master
The Autumn Castle is a gorgeous urban fantasy that enthralls with its rich storytelling and wonderfully dark atmosphere.
Self-Help / Relationships / Christianity
Another Friday night alone…
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Based on over ten years of personally coaching singles on dating,
public-speaker and radio host Cloud shares his step-by-step approach
to overcome readers’ sticking points.
Geared for the reported 3.5 million evangelical Christian singles
How to Get Date Worth Keeping, Cloud gets to the heart of the
issues dating raises for many readers and gets them on the road to
fun and fulfillment in the single life. Filled with true-life
examples readers can identify with,
How to Get Date Worth Keeping promises to get readers up, out
there and dating.
Sports / Transportation / Biographies & Memoirs
Richard Petty prides himself in being an everyman – someone who just happened to be in the right place at the right time, the guy lucky enough to bring his sport from dirt tracks to distinction. His humility is admirable, but you don't get to be ‘The King’ of the racing world that easily.
Petty's innate abilities propelled him to a record 200 wins, 27
of which came in one season, 10 of those in back-to-back races – an
achievement which will most likely never be repeated. ‘The King’
also captured fans' hearts in a way no driver before him had.
Because of his success, the growth of the sport during his career,
and his affable demeanor, Petty became an
Richard Petty brings fans of this racing great back to the beginning of Petty's career – before the cowboy hat and sunglasses were his signature look, before he won a record seven driving championships, before NASCAR was even a blip on the national media's radar screen. Author Ben Blake, longtime editor for RACER magazine and Speed Channel commentator, chronicles Petty's rise to the top year by year, and offers Petty's commentary on how his success helped spur the growth of NASCAR. Accompanying the story are more than 250 photographs, most from long-time racing fan Dick Conway, who in a 20-year career captured countless unique images of ‘The King.’
Richard Petty is not only ‘The King’ of NASCAR, but for so many of us who came along after he was already a legend, he was a model on how to conduct yourself both on and off the track. He's always had a special relationship with the fans, and it seemed they meant as much to him as he meant to them. How he handled so many things helped guide the sport to where it is today. – Terry Labonte, NASCAR Cup Champion 1984 & ‘96
Reading this book is like being invited into the inner circle of the Petty family. You get all the details about Petty's life and his enormous accomplishments, as well as a detailed history of how Richard's success helped thrust NASCAR into national prominence. – Ben White, senior editor, NASCAR Illustrated
Richard Petty is a complete look at the amazing career of a racing legend. Packed full of never-seen-before historical photos, this book is a must for all NASCAR fans. – Nigel Kinrade, premier NASCAR photographer
Richard Petty shares the story of not only a racing legend, but a sports hero. The book also features dozens of previously unpublished photographs of ‘The King’ on the track and in the pits, commentary about some of NASCAR's most significant changes over the years, and Petty's complete racing statistics.
Sports / Equestrian / Biographies & Memoirs
Rarely has a life been more in the public eye than that of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
It is clear from
The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis that riding meant
far more to Jackie than blue ribbons – it was a source of peace in
an often tumultuous life. Dividing Jackie's life into three major
periods, Vicky Moon, editor and publisher of the The Middleburg
Life, a newspaper for
From her earliest days, riding was a source of pride and accomplishment for Jackie. In the privileged world into which she was born, riding was a necessary social grace, though Jackie's transformation into a highly skilled equestrienne far exceeded expectation.
Beautiful and intimate, the photographs in The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis are truly a window into a far more personal side of the former first lady. There are vibrant shots of a young Jackie soaring towards yet another championship, touching glimpses of Jack peeking out of the Oval Office to catch Caroline on her pony, and striking images of Jackie as a graceful widow, taking leisurely and solitary strolls.
Whether cantering up and down the emerald hills of
… Divided into short sections, the writing here is easy to read
and conversational rather than historical, and the abundant photos
speak volumes: Jackie riding with her children, Caroline and John;
ponies on the White House Lawn with John F. Kennedy and the Secret
Service; Jackie carefree in formal horse attire. Moon has
constructed a must-have for horse lovers but also a touching tribute
to Onassis; one of the few that the very private woman might have
enjoyed herself. – Publishers Weekly
In her stunning new coffee table book, The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis Moon gives us a new glimpse of the former first lady, chronicling Jackie's life via her identity as a horseback rider. With never-before-published photographs, careful research, and candid prose, Moon takes us on a moving journey into Jackie O's most private world. Jackie's story unfolds through Moon's fresh and engaging narrative, sprinkled with anecdotes and memories from those who knew. The pictures, as well as quotes from her family, friends, and horse trainers and instructors, paint a refreshing portrait of a much admired woman. The Private Passion of Jackie Kennedy Onassis is a beautiful tribute both to horseback riding and the elegant woman whose life it shaped.
Travel / Humor /
There are lots of French people who are not at all hypocritical, inefficient, treacherous, intolerant, adulterous or incredibly sexy ... They just didn't make it into my book. – Stephen Clark
With the Euro soaring sky high, a trip to
Written by Stephen Clarke, a British writer working for a French press group in Paris, former writer for BBC radio, A Year in the Merde is the almost-true account of the author's adventures as an expat in
Based on his own experiences and with names changed to "avoid
embarrassment, possible legal action – and to prevent the author's
legs being broken by someone in a Yves Saint Laurent suit", the book
is narrated by Paul West, a twenty-seven-year-old Brit who is
brought to Paris by a French company to open a chain of British ‘tea
rooms.’ He must manage a group of lazy, grumbling French employees,
maneuver around a treacherous Parisian boss, while lucking into a
succession of lusty girlfriends (one of whom happens to be the
boss's morally challenged daughter). He soon becomes immersed in the
contradictions of French culture: the French are not all
cheese-eating surrender monkeys, though they do eat a lot of smelly
cheese, and they are still in shock at being stupid enough to sell
Take a self-assured Brit with an eye for the ladies, drop him in
the middle of Paris with a tenuous grasp of the language and you
have Clarke's alter ego, Paul West, who combines the gaffes of
Bridget Jones with the boldness of James Bond. … Originally
An urban antidote to A Year in Provence, Clarke's book is a
laugh-out-loud account of a year in
Travel / US
Winding in and winding out fills my mind with serious doubt, as
to whether the lout who planned this route, was going to hell or
The World Famous Alaska Highway entices readers to come along on
the last great driving journey in
The World Famous Alaska Highway introduces readers to roadside
history, geography, Native cultures and recreational opportunities
The book includes details about attractions, restaurants, hotels and campgrounds, as well as some of the colorful characters who make the northland memorable.
... the ideal guide for anyone traveling up and down the
Packed with insider knowledge, The World Famous Alaska Highway is more than a travel guide; it is the friendly voice of an experienced traveler with details about the history of the road, don't-miss attractions, natural history, how to pack, and more. The book will enhance readers’ travels, tempting them to head north. Filled with pictures starting in 1972, this book has that “been there, done that” feel.
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Frederick Hart's sculpture – traditional & radical in its
sensuality, Memoirs: Life on the Outer Banks of North
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Learning Words, Tools Readers Need,
Mexican Americans Land Ethic,
Successful Parenting, Faith and Resilience,
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Centennial History of Las Vegas,
Boston in History, Quarry Remembrance,
When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World,