Page Contents: Pick of the Month Art:
Photography Composition, Railway
Stations Audio / Mysteries & Thrillers: Season of the Snake,
Nero Wolfe Father Hunt, Education:
Designing e-Learning Simulation Games, Improve
Training Performance, Art in School,
Best Teaching Practices based on Recent Brain Research,
School Psychology Business:
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Arts & Photography
Since the beginning of the twentieth century, photographic composition has been taught mostly by applying the principles from the field of graphic design. But the factor that distinguishes the work of master photographers is their ability to see and describe scenes visually. In Photography, Bert Krages, photographer, writer and attorney, introduces a radically different approach that applies modern cognitive science to show photographers how they can develop their perceptual skills. The book follows contemporary educational methods used to teach fine arts such as drawing and painting, concentrating on teaching the perception of critical visual elements and understanding how they will be rendered photographically.
Illustrated by more than 250 photographs, the core of the book is a group of sixty exercises that readers perform to learn how to perceive points, lines, and shapes in static and dynamic settings. The exercises cover:
These exercises are structured enough to push photographers to develop their cognitive abilities and flexible enough to allow for individual creative expression. They provide some history about the specific genres at the heart of each exercise.
All too often, students of photography spend more time learning about f-stops and shutter speeds than they do learning about visual communication. Photography will help to correct that error. In a thoughtful and understandable presentation, readers are led through a series of exercises that sharpen their visual skills and greatly advance their ability to make expressive photographs that successfully communicate with their viewers. Any serious student interested in visual communication will find this book an important resource. – Bruce Katsiff, Photographer and Museum Director
Photography goes to the creative heart of the matter of making
photographs. It is intelligent, insightful, and fun. The book is a
lovely and challenging experience, like the art of photography
itself. – Kristi Eisenberg, Photographer and Visual Communications
This informative guide will help photographers develop their cognitive skills and take compelling photos. Unlike other composition resources, which are based on graphic design principles, Photography uses cognitive science to help photographers develop greater artistic proficiency. Photographers can now perfect their ability to perceive and record scenes with this fresh approach to composition, and the series of exercises are sure to help them see and perceive their environment differently.
Audio / Mysteries & Thrillers
Season of the Snake: A Novel by Claire Davis (
When tragedy leaves her life in shambles, Nance flees her
Written by Claire Davis, Season of the Snake takes an unexpected turn – a visit from her wayward sister Meredith revives old family conflicts, and resurrects a secret life that has long lain dormant in Ned. While Nance and Meredith mend their difficult relationship, Ned's violent nature begins to emerge, transforming him in ways that Nance denies, until, with the help of her sister, she is made to see what lies beneath the skin. But neither can predict how far Ned will go to hide his past, or where his frightening memories will lead him as he searches out an object for his obsession.
A suspenseful and heartbreaking meditation on the nature of fate,
family, sex, death, and our individual misuses of love. Truly a
thrilling novel. – Mark Spragg, author of An Unfinished Life, The
Fruit of Stone, and Where Rivers Change Direction
Claire Davis's new novel is a psychological thriller written with an almost Proustian sense of detail. It would not surprise me if Season of the Snake turns out to be this year's
In Claire Davis's chilling new novel, predators wear the colors of their surroundings and only the undeceived survive. A tough, smart story given in uncommonly vibrant and muscular language. Season of the Snake reconfirms her place in the first rank of voices from the American West. – David Long, author of The Falling Boy
Like a coiled diamondback, Claire Davis's Season of the Snake grabs your attention and doesn't let go. The only time I put it down was to get up and lock the doors. – Judy Blunt, author of Breaking Clean
Audio / Mysteries & Thrillers
This mystery in audio production comes from one of
In Father Hunt twenty-two-year-old Amy Denovo needs Wolfe's help. She is determined to learn the identity of her father, a secret her mother scrupulously guarded – and took to her grave when struck by a hit-and-run driver. Now Wolfe and his sidekick and legman, Archie Goodwin, have just one clue to go on: a note from Amy's mother and a box with over $250,000. Seems that every month since Amy's birth, her mother received $1,000 from an unknown source and saved it for Amy's future. It's easy enough for Amy to afford Wolfe's services, and he grudgingly agrees. But as the weeks go by, Wolfe realizes this may be one of his most challenging cases ever. Someone doesn't want Amy's pedigree discovered, and that someone appears to wield great power. It isn't long before Wolfe and Archie come to believe that Amy's mother was murdered – and that Amy could be next.
It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has
entered our folklore. – The New York Times Book Review
Wolfe solves this case with the able assistance of Goodwin, who narrates Father Hunt with his usual wry humor. Michael Prichard gives another of his masterful readings to this cleverly plotted tale.
Audio / Travel / Humor /
A Year in the Merde [ABRIDGED] by Stephen
Clarke, narrated by Gerald Doyle, 4 CDs, running time 4 hours
A Year in the Merde by Stephen Clarke (
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
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 the fictitious 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
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
Business & Investing / Training
I believe you will find that the book … is equally useful for the curious learner as for the e-learning developer interested in creating something truly special. It explains beautifully and gently not only how to craft more meaningful learning experiences, but also why it is vital to do so. I look forward to seeing what you create as a result of what you learn here. You have the opportunity to truly change the world. – From the Foreword by Marcia L. Conner
Learning is at its best when it is goal-oriented, contextual, interesting, challenging, and interactive. These same winning characteristics also define the best computer games, suggesting that the most effective learning experiences are also engaging. The challenge is to get in touch with what it takes to design learning experiences that will excite one’s audience.
Clark N. Quinn, learning system designer, in Engaging Learning presents a unique framework for systematically aligning the key elements of learning and engagement with a proven design process for e-learning games. Engaging Learning is a hands-on guide, based on research and Quinn’s experience, to designing learning programs and specifically simulation games that engage and educate. Illustrated with case studies, the book shows trainers and instructional designers what they have to know to create e-learning games and suggests how to do it on a budget and on a schedule. Engaging Learning also shows why this process can improve completion rates and garner rave reviews from learners. This book
I have often said that simulations may work in practice, but they certainly don't work in theory. Clark Quinn has proved me wrong. He has uncovered and presented the academic underpinnings to tell us why simulations work as well as they do, both at the highest level and in the nitty-gritty of design. – Clark Aldrich, author of Simulations and the Future of Learning and Learning by Doing
Many so-called e-learning simulation games are neither good games nor good learning experiences. Engaging Learning bridges the chasm between the engaging world of great games and the essential elements of effective learning experiences in clarifying ways to create truly powerful e-learning. – Michael W. Allen, CEO, Allen Interactions Inc., and author of Michael Allen's Guide to e-Learning
Games are great motivators – sometimes you can't tear players
away from their session. How would it be if we could harness that
motivation for the cause of education? In this book, Clark Quinn
leads us through the necessary stages of development. He provides
precisely what you need to know: systematic, logical coverage of how
to create simulations and games that engage the learner and create
the compelling learning experience we all dream about. – Donald
Engaging Learning offers a much-needed guide for training professionals who want to create learning programs that are both effective and engaging. This nuts-and-bolts guide, both research-based and grounded in experience, offers the tools needed to transform learning experiences from humdrum to fun. Using this process, even the most inexperienced trainers or instructional designers can feel confident tackling the design of their own simulation or learning game.
Business & Investing / Training / Human Resources
Now, more than ever, the pressure is on to demonstrate concrete results from training – but techniques like Return on Investment (ROI) calculations aren't impressive if it's obvious that new behaviors aren't becoming business as usual. Transferring Learning to Behavior shows how an already proven model can be applied to solve this most difficult problem and produce concrete results.
Since its creation in 1959, Donald Kirkpatrick's four-level model
for evaluating training programs – reaction, learning, behavior, and
results – has become the most widely used approach to training
evaluation in the corporate, government, and academic worlds.
However, trainers today are feeling increased pressure to prove
whether instruction is worth its cost. And calculating and
presenting results (Step 4) becomes tricky when, despite training,
workers aren't fulfilling Step 3: applying what they've learned to
Transferring Learning to Behavior takes on this age-old
challenge, first examining why learned concepts don't make it into
practice, then offering solutions that will work in the real world.
Coauthor James Kirkpatrick, a training practitioner, Director of the
This book begins with an overview of the current state of the four levels and outlines the three main reasons for the disconnect between learning and behavior. Part II describes the five foundations for success that must be in place before moving on to confront the true challenge of transferring learning to behavior. Part III addresses the main question, showing precisely how to ensure that there is organizational support, and employee and managerial accountability, for putting the new behaviors into practice. The book closes with 12 best-practice case studies from companies such as Toyota, First USA Bank, Nextel, and Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, that bring alive the concepts, principles, and techniques presented throughout the earlier chapters.
Don't miss reading this book. It's practical, easy to understand, and can make a real difference in the bang you get for your training buck. – Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The Secret
Building on Donald Kirkpatrick's groundbreaking methods of training evaluation, Transferring Learning to Behavior provides a roadmap for putting learning to work as a competitive advantage. A must-read for executives and training professionals who don't want to get bogged down in jargon but want practical examples of how learning can make a difference. – Dale R. Zwart, Founder and CTO, Generation2l Learning Systems
Laced with examples, case studies, and best practices,
Transferring Learning to Behavior tackles the issues in the way
you'd expect from the Kirkpatricks. – Jack J. Phillips, Chairman,
R0I Institute, and author of Measuring Return on Investment in
Training and Performance Improvement Programs
Balancing carefully honed theoretical advice with real stories from the real world of corporate education, this book provides the tools learning leaders need to meet the strategic challenge of transferring education into applied knowledge. –Tim Sosbe, Editorial Director, Chief Learning Officer magazine
The famous four-level model has become the model for evaluating the effectiveness of training programs. Transferring Learning to Behavior shows how this already proven model can be applied to solve this most difficult problem and produce concrete results. The Kirkpatricks speak to training specialists, HR managers, group leaders, technical support professionals, small business owners, supervisors, managers, and even corporate executives, showing how to bridge the divide between learning and behavior – a must-read.
Business & Investing / Travel
Left for dead after the advent of cheap, reliable air travel forty years ago, cruise shipping in the decades since has been reborn as a $13 billion industry on the cutting edge of twenty-first century global capitalism. Today, nearly ten million Americans take cruises each year, sailing to exotic destinations on floating cities that can cost upwards of $850 million each to construct.
Devils on the Deep Blue Sea, journalist Kristoffer Garin
chronicles the industry’s rise from humble and comic beginnings in
the early sixties through waterfront corruption and the incalculably
huge impact of the hit television series The Love Boat in the
seventies and eighties to the recent consolidation wars. Garin
brings us along for the industry's wild ride through the late 20th
century, as a cast of latter-day robber barons grapples in the
virtually lawless arena of international waters. While most
passenger shipping executives at the dawn of the Jet Age in the
early 1960s were busy mourning the end of an era, a handful of
entrepreneurs saw opportunity on
But this account is no mere pleasure cruise. Early cruise ships,
many of them rescued from the scrap heap, often lacked even basic
safety equipment, and lives were lost as a result. Carnival's maiden
voyage in 1972 ended up – literally – on the rocks, and crews
routinely toiled in conditions so deplorable that there were actual
According to Devils on the Deep Blue Sea, problems faced by the cruise industry were second only to problems caused by the cruise industry. The secret of the industry's phenomenal success has been its ability to dodge tax and labor expenses through the use of foreign registry for its ships. Due to this technicality, vessels making round-trip voyages from U.S. ports, carrying overwhelmingly American passengers, and owned by U.S. companies traded on the New York stock exchange are allowed to operate within the U.S. without any obligations to pay taxes on profits. These ships are also not forced to comply with U.S labor standards, resulting in an overworked crew paid far under minimum wage. Despite all these problems, the cruise industry has more than doubled in size since the 80s, and cruising is the vacation of choice for more people that ever before.
A wild ride from the down-and-dirty world of the
It's amazing how fast an industry can grow if it is able to conduct its affairs beyond the reach of the laws, labor protections and environmental regulations that effective governments apply within their borders. Kristoffer Garin's compelling history of the rise of the cruise ship industry combines boardroom drama, entrepreneurial brinkmanship and unsung human tragedy, revealing both the costs and benefits of a truly ‘offshore’ business. - Colin Woodard, author of The Lobster Coast and Ocean's End I've taken twenty wonderful cruises over the years and I'll make this book the twenty-first. – Bernie Brillstein, founding partner, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
In this riveting book about the cruise industry, Kristoffer Garin
investigates the hard realities behind cruising's sunny facade.
Owners will wince, crews will probably not read it, ships will keep
sailing and profits will soar. Required reading for discerning
passengers. – John Maxtone-Graham, maritime historian
Few businesses in
Children’s / Ages 4-8
In the middle of the night on a Thursday, two crooks – onions
should grow in their navels – drove to the saloon of Reb Elias
Olschwanger at the corner of Fourteenth and Carr streets in
So begins Shlemiel Crooks, a folktale written by Anna Olswanger, author of the Jewish Book & Author News column for the Association of Jewish Libraries newsletter, and illustrated by illustrator and printmaker Paula Goodman Koz.
Based on a true story, the book tells how Reb Elias and the
thieves (inspired by the ghost of Pharaoh) try to steal the Passover
wine – a town of Jewish immigrants plays tug-of-war with wine made
from grapes left over from the exodus from
Shlemiel Crooks, told with Yiddish inflection, is a fine
addition to the growing number of stories about the Jewish immigrant
Buy this book – you should only have good luck coming out of your ears – and you'll laugh out loud. A delight! – Arthur Yorinks, author of Hey, Al, a Caldecott Medal winner
I have been reading Anna Olswanger's stories for ten years or more, and I love them – never a boring moment where she is concerned. She is a gifted story teller and a fine writer, and Shlemiel Crooks is one of her most delightful tales. Ms. Koz's delightful illustrations are a perfect complement. – Barry Moser, winner of the American Book Award for design and illustration of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Two dopey burglars, a talking horse, a wagon loaded in Passover
wine, and Pharaoh and Elijah duking it out in
This is a good – no I lie – it is a great story: funny, original
and perfect for a new twist on the Passover holiday. Based on her
own family's history, author Anna Olswanger has created a tale set
A modern-day parable, Shlemiel Crooks has a music all its own. No other children's book has Pharaoh's ghost coming back to ‘pull one over on the Jews,’ nosy neighbors making a shtuss outside, and a talking horse that sounds like it has a ‘little indigestion.’ In its Yiddish-inflected English, punctuated by amusing curses that surprise and appeal; young readers hear the language of a Jewish community of another time and get a feel for its customs and colors.
Children’s / Ages 5 & up / Outdoors & Nature / Field Guide / Birding / Activity
Do you enjoy watching birds play in a bird bath?
Do you love collecting feathers or get excited when you find an old bird's nest?
Do you like to hear birds singing their morning greeting?
You must be a bird watcher!
As the latest addition to the Gibbs Smith Children's Activity Series, Backyard Birding for Kids encourages children to explore the world around them.
Backyard Birding for Kids is a field guide to birds of all varieties – in the city, country, desert, or at the beach – because no matter where children go, they're bound to spot a bird. The book, written by Fran Lee, a professional illustrator for nearly 20 years, also includes hands-on activities. Kids learn about making the backyard bird-friendly, building a pinecone bird feeder, and creating their own bird watching notebook to record sightings, locations, information, and notes from the field. And they learn how to make a birdbath dripper, plant a hummingbird-friendly garden, and start a bird watching club. They learn to create activities that are fun for a hike in the wilderness or an exploration of the neighborhood.
Kids learn about the physical traits of birds, their common names, and even their Latin names. They discover what makes birds unique to certain regions and why birds look vastly different from each other. Bird trivia throughout this volume makes it a learning tool, and interesting facts like "Did you know that the Robin is the first bird to sing in the morning?" bring bird-watching to life and spark the interests of future ornithologists. A handy list of everyday bird watching equipment makes it easy for a novice to begin backyard investigation.
Divided into six geographical locations, Backyard Birding for Kids is a playful resource for children across the continent. The book inspires children to explore and go outside and have fun while they learn about birds. Not only a field guide to various bird species, the book is also a fun activity book that will get young readers involved in the discovery process. Lee's colorful illustrations bring local feathered residents to the forefront and reveal foreign species to children who might otherwise never see these exotic birds.
Children’s / Ages 2-5
Starry Safari by Linda Ashman, illustrated
by Jeff Mack (Harcourt, Inc.)
Beep! Beep! Beep!
Hop into a bright orange jeep for a thrilling safari adventure.
Just watch out for the…
In Starry Safari a daring girl and her trusty orange jeep are off on an exciting safari. There are giraffes to watch, rhinos to race, and wily crocodiles to avoid. And when a roaring lion crosses her path, she knows exactly what to do: roar back! But will she be as courageous when it's time for bed and there are lots of scary night noises?
Acclaimed author Linda Ashman with the help of illustrator Jeff Mack has created an exciting picture book with an almost superhero of a heroine. Action packed from beginning to end, Starry Safari is a rhyming adventure that will keep young readers on the edge of their seats.
Children’s Books / Grades 2-5 / Science / Outdoors & Nature
Capstone Press invites young readers to explore the fascinating world of weather with its series Bridgestone Weather Update books.
Weather Forecasting asks young readers:
Author Terri Sievert says that a weather forecast can help them find the answers.
Speaking at a third grade reading level, Sievert explains that weather forecasting is a way to predict the weather. People who forecast weather look at weather maps and radar and satellite pictures. They study temperature, wind speed, and wind direction. They use computers to turn this information into a weather forecast. This report tells people what kind of weather to expect in the days ahead.
If readers have ever wondered what a meteorologist does, how forecasters know when rain or snow is on the way, or what tools forecasters use to predict the weather, they will find the answers in Weather Forecasting.
The striking photographs and easy-to-read text in the book provide all the facts on basic weather topics, including the effects of weather on people and wildlife.
Children’s / Young Adult / Biographies & Memoirs
Vladimir Putin by Thomas Streissguth
(Biographies Series: Lerner Publications Company) Vladimir Putin
rose from humble beginnings as the son of a
The book tells how as a teenager in
But according to prolific author Thomas Streissgut, explaining at a level appropriate for young people, Putin was not afraid – ever since he could remember, he had wanted to be a spy. He knew that rising through the ranks of the Soviet government and security services required good connections, a university degree, and membership in the government-run Communist Party – and Vladimir had none of the above.
Still, he did not turn away from his dream. He simply walked to
the headquarters building and approached the first man he saw. "I
want to get a job with you,"
The man studied the eager and deadly serious teenager. This kind
of encounter was familiar to him. Many people wanted to talk to the
KGB, for many different reasons. Some of them, like
Just a few years later, he enrolled at the law
Vladimir Putin goes on to describe events in Putin’s career
including his demand for more authority to deal with terrorism and
his continuing battles with private Russian businesses, focusing on
Yukos, a giant Russian oil company, which he eventually installed a
close friend to run. And it covers his attempt to influence an
election in the
Vladimir Putin offers insights into Putin’s policies and events
Computers & Internet / Law / Intellectual Property
The issue and debate over digital rights has seen a recent explosion over the last few years. As the Internet continues to expand, so does this concern. To help guard against the vast amounts of illegal copies of music, films, and pictures, digital water-marking has emerged to help protect the rights of digital assets.
Written by Jürgen Seitz, professor for information science and
finance, and chair of information science,
Broad in its approach, Digital Watermarking for Digital Media provides a comprehensive overview not provided by any other texts. Undergraduate and graduate students in information technology, law, multimedia design, and economics will all find valuable material here, and artists, composers, lawyers and publishers will all find value in this digital watermarking book. The publication is also highly recommended for library acquisition in support of teaching programs.
Cooking, Food & Wine
The only thing better than sitting down to an Italian dinner is enjoying it with one of Italy ’s superb regional wines.
From Pear Salad with Walnuts and Cheese (served with a light,
crisp Pinot Grigio to crunchy Almond Biscotti (Vin Santo being the
The Wine Lover Cooks Italian Brian St. Pierre brings to the
table recipes and wine pairings. Whether it's a hearty barolo from
The recipes in The Wine Lover Cooks Italian are organized geographically, in six sections (plus dessert), from west to east across northern Italy, then the center of the country, the eastern coast along the Adriatic Sea, the south, and the islands offshore. Each section has a brief explanation of the character and the gastronomy of the regions within it, followed by notes on the principal wines of the regions. The wines are listed in order of prominence, with the most important first. Most of them have a note on the typical aromas and flavors that may be found in that wine, intended as a rough guide to its style and character, and then some tips on matching the wine with food, Italian and sometimes otherwise. Some of them, especially a few of the light whites, are simply sketched in.
At the end of The Wine Lover Cooks Italian is a short section of basic recipes that are staple ingredients in many of the recipes. Readers will find uses for them beyond this book. Finally, olive oil matters to Italian wine, too, so there are notes on it, along with a brief survey of Italian cheese. The index is the best place to look for specific foods, and for wines, organized alphabetically rather than geographically.
When the topic is wine, writers often lapse into pompous
wordiness or, in an effort to connect with a younger, hipper
audience, groove up their language to the point where they could be
describing anything from rock music to sneakers. The author of this
volume, a noted wine writer who has published several books on the
subject mercifully does neither. Instead, he uses simple, engaging
language to describe the many wines of
Glass in one hand, fork in the other,
Education / Preschool & Kindergarten (Ages 5-8) / Parenting & Families
Look no further for creative and distinctive art experiences for the preschool and primary grades.
In Primary Art, award-winning author MaryAnn F. Kohl, regular columnist for Parenting Magazine, offers children ages over 100 art experiences that value the process of art more than the final product. Budding artists get their feet wet with preliminary art experiences and then progress to more complex creativity within each art medium.
The book explores unusual materials and gives children a chance
to develop art skills, laugh, and learn, with no prior experience
necessary. Activities range from beginning to advanced, with
activities which include Shimmer Paint, Squeezy Batik, Sunbright
Collage, Crinkle Scruncher and Jellie Dangles.
Primary Art provides hard-to-resist activities, which encourage artistic expression at every level. With this book, teachers, parents, after-school caregivers, and anyone working with children will encourage creativity, as well as promote the process of art exploration.
Education / Teaching
Ten Best Teaching Practices: How Brain Research, Learning
Styles, and Standards Define Teaching Competencies, 2nd edition by
Donna Walker Tileston (Corwin Press)
The biggest challenge a teacher can face is an uninspired student. In Ten Best Teaching Practices, Second Edition, veteran teacher Donna Walker Tileston, award-winning author and full-time consultant, helps teachers work with these students.
Ten Best Teaching Practices provides classroom teachers with a
practical guide to inspiring, motivating, and therefore educating
even the most unenthusiastic students. This update of the original
classic details the fundamentals of creating an environment that
facilitates learning, differentiated teaching strategies, teaching
for long-term memory, collaborative learning, higher-order thinking
skills, technology integration, plus five more best teaching
Ten Best Teaching Practices, Second Edition includes:
Examples illustrating how each teaching practice can be
employed in a practical environment.
Tips on how to encourage students to incorporate
self-motivation in their own learning through personal goals.
Detailed analysis on how the brain absorbs learning.
Mentoring guidelines that will help even the most challenged students.
Graphics illustrating the essential points of these practices.
Tileston explains the importance of an enriched and emotionally supportive climate, a wide repertoire of teaching techniques, the critical element of connections or transfers in learning, and the role of memory in making learning more meaningful, motivating, and challenging work. – CHOICE, July 2001
Teachers say that what they need is an all-in-one reference book, and this book meets the need to enable all students to realize their greatest learning potential. Tileston in Ten Best Teaching Practices incorporates brain research, learning styles information, and the issues of standards into a highly effective classroom instructional model. Once readers implement these tried-and-true practices, they may wonder how they ever got along without them.
Entertainment / Humor / Biographies & Memoirs
This book is meant to celebrate an unbelievably fertile time in American cinema that was the result of an extraordinary man working under extraordinary circumstances – with absolute artistic freedom, in the fluidity of the silent medium, infused with the bravado of the machine age, supported by a crack team, fresh in the vigor of his youth. – Edward McPherson, from the Introduction
Writer Edward McPherson in the new biography Buster Keaton traces Keaton's career from his early days in vaudeville where, as a rambunctious five-year-old, his father threw him around the stage to his becoming one of the brightest stars of silent film's golden age.
Buster Keaton celebrates Keaton in his prime as an antic genius,
equal parts auteur, innovator, prankster, and daredevil. It also
reveals the pressures in his personal and professional life that led
to his collapse in drunkenness and despair before a triumphant
second act as a television pioneer and
Working from extensive research, McPherson describes the life of Keaton in front of the camera and behind the scenes, affectionately relating the gut-busting gags, hair-raising stunts, and remarkable on- and off-screen stories of such Keaton classics as Cops, Sherlock, Jr., The General, The Cameraman, Our Hospitality, and The Navigator, and how they were made, while tracing Keaton's life from his early years on the stage to his introduction to moviemaking, to his fateful move to Hollywood, and his three (often quite public) marriages.
McPherson offers an account of Keaton's birth and early years on the road with his Vaudeville performer parents, who had little choice but to include their son – to great success – in their act when his curiosity and stage presence kept cutting into their shows.
When the family act broke down in 1917, Keaton traveled to
After serving in World War I in
Buster Keaton, McPherson portrays Keaton's human dimension,
relating how he stood by old friends like Arbuckle in moments of
need, and how he found his creativity and moviemaking bravado
stifled by the studio system when he joined MGM in the late 1920s.
The consequences of that decision, combined with growing unhappiness
at home and dwindling finances, would deeply affect Keaton, leading
him to drink heavily and disappear – for a time – from the
Buster Keaton's final chapter recounts Buster Keaton's travails after his dismissal from MGM, ultimately a successful comeback story that found Keaton utilizing his comedic skills again, first as a consultant for MGM, then as a star of the new, vaudeville-friendly medium that was TV in the early 1950s. Along with two new marriages, Keaton continued to work throughout the 50s and 60s on the stage, screen and TV, appearing in many high-profile films, from Sunset Boulevard to A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, to the beach movies typical of the period.
Keaton died in early 1966, but his legacy endures. His comedy has influenced scores of filmmakers and film comedians, ranging from Woody Allen to Martin Scorsese to Jackie Chan, and, thanks to new DVD releases and marathons on classic film channels, a new generation is discovering his work and appreciating his singular comic genius.
Buster Keaton is arguably the best actor-director in the history
of the movies, and certainly the bravest. McPherson charts the
progress of a life in which art was built out of early experience,
insatiable curiosity ... and a sense of humor that still seems ahead
of its time. – Roger Ebert
Edward McPherson's elegant and affectionate new biography takes you on a delightful ride through the ups and downs of Keaton's fascinating life. Each film is lovingly examined with a precision and dry wit that Old Stoneface himself would admire. – Jim Taylor, co-screenwriter, Sideways, About Schmidt
[A] loving tribute...McPherson adroitly describe[s] the extraordinary visual lunacy Keaton produced on-screen to achieve cinema art. – Publishers Weekly
From the vaudeville stage to silent film's golden age, this insightful new biography Buster Keaton chronicles the prolific actor/filmmaker's life and examines his films and his legacy. Writing with the same kind of exuberance and narrative energy as Keaton's madcap films, McPherson delivers a fresh take for new generation discovering the on-screen antics of the genius of silent film.
Entertainment / Humor / Families & Parenting
Under the sticky seats, next to the molten milkshakes, unreturned library books, and petrified French fries is probably where the hidden microphone is hidden. Those Baby Blues cartoonists undoubtedly planted it in many readers’ minivans, because how else could they come up with the ideas for their comic strip that mirror exactly what's going on in readers’ lives?
According to McMeel Publishing, for years fans and critics have been alternately checking under their seats and raving about the realism of the parenting experience depicted in Baby Blues. That realism is no accident (nor the result of illegal wiretaps). Parents themselves, co-creators Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott have an infinite wellspring of material at their disposal, including, for example, changing diapers, teaching kids to read, mystery stains in the car, breast feeding, and giving baths.
As writer Scott, who is a co-creator of Zits, explains, "As long as kids keep having runny noses and wiping them on the drapes, we're in business." And business is booming. Running in nearly 1,000 newspapers and more than 20 other periodicals worldwide, Baby Blues is enjoyed by 40 million fans daily. The latest colorful treasury, Driving under the Influence of Children, not only contains over 240 pages of award-winning Baby Blues comic strips, but also the very first Baby Blues stickers, including a bumper sticker that should be affixed to nearly every minivan on the road, warning other drivers the car is loaded with kids – so watch out!
Driving under the Influence of Children will tickle readers’ funny bones. From adjusting to a new baby to dealing with sibling rivalry, Driving under the Influence of Children covers every event a new parent can expect. Read Baby Blues' new comic strip collection will help parents laugh their way through all the insanity.
Entertainment / Music / Biographies & Memoirs
As seen through Bob Dylan's eyes and open mind as he first
One would not have foreseen an autobiography at all from the pen of the notoriously private legend. However, he bypasses expectations yet again.
Chronicles, Volume 1 is the first volume in a three-volume
series promised fans by his elusive and rebellious lordship, Bob
Dylan. Skipping over most of the ‘highlights’ that his many
biographers have assigned him, focusing on his intellectual
development, Dylan rambles through his tale, amplifying a series of
major and minor epiphanies. For example, the 1963 assassination of
John Kennedy prompts nary a word from the era's greatest protest
singer. Dylan does describe the sensation of hearing the Beatles’
"Do You Want to Know a Secret" on the radio, but devotes far more
ink to a
He reconstructs, for example, an early moment in
…For all the small revelations (it turns out he's been a big fan
of Barry Goldwater, Mickey Rourke, and Ice-T), there are eye-opening
disclosures, including his confession that a large portion of his
recorded output was designed to alienate his audience and free him
from the burden of being a ‘the voice of a generation.’ Off the
beaten path as it is,
Chronicles is nevertheless an astonishing achievement. As
revelatory in its own way as Blonde on Blonde or Highway 61
Revisited, it provides ephemeral insights into the mind one of the
most significant artistic voices of the 20th century while creating
a completely new set of mysteries. – Steven Stolder, Amazon.com
After a career of principled coyness, Dylan takes pains to outline the growth of his artistic conscience in this superb memoir. … Ultimately, this book will stand as a record of a young man’s self-education, as contagious in its frank excitement as the letters of John Keats and as sincere in its ramble as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, to which Dylan frequently refers. A person of Dylan’s stature could have gotten away with far less; that he has been so thoughtful in the creation of this book is a measure of his talents, and a gift to his fans. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
Acolytes and scholars have long argued over the meaning of
Dylan's often cryptic songs. … Among the surprising revelations is
Dylan's confession that his mundane output in the early ‘70s was the
result of withdrawal into domestic life and a conscious attempt to
reject the pressure he had felt as the ‘voice of a generation.’
Another surprise is that the book is so straightforward. As opposed
to his obtusely surreal novel Tarantula (1971) and his famously
evasive interviews, Dylan here is honest, bordering on confessional
– that is, if he is to be taken at face value, always a risky
proposition with this elusive artist. Dylan envisions this as the
first of three volumes of memoirs, so fans shouldn't be upset that
he ignores his most significant work but let the omission whet
appetites for the sequels. – Gordon Flagg, Booklist
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Entertainment / Music / Biographies & Memoirs
Supremely successful...volatile, creative...a craftsman, a genius...self-aware and self-destructive, Billy Joel's life reads like a popular novel.
Written by veteran music journalist Hank Bordowitz, Billy Joel is an in-depth look at the artist who has written some of the biggest hits of the 20th century – the only biography of this intensively private superstar.
Starting with his middle-class
With his breakthrough 1973 album, Piano Man Joel's story became one of unstoppable success. Bordowitz covers those heady days, as well as the turbulent business dealings and bad advice that have colored his career. Billy Joel explores Joel's big moments, including his induction in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Rock and the Roll Hall of Fame, his shift from popular to classical composition, and his move to Broadway (Joel's collaboration with choreographer Twyla Tharp on the hit show Movin' Out). And it covers Joel's personal struggle with broken marriages and substance abuse.
Interviews with a wide range of Joel's friends and colleagues provide a detailed picture of this complex man and his music.
A solid read without being tawdry. Bordowitz shows Billy Joel as human...and as an artist with a one in a million gift. – Doug Howard, bassist/vocalist for Touch, Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren, Stun Leer
Veteran music journalist Hank Bordowitz applies his inexhaustible
research energies to this first major biography of Billy Joel. The
result: a compelling look at one of the most private and least
understood musical artists of our time. – Stan Soocher, author of
They Fought the Law: Rock Music Goes to Court
After Marley, Bono, and The Boss, who expected Bordowitz to outdo himself again? But he has, with Billy Joel. After ripping through each page of his latest book, two questions remain: Who'll be the subject of his next book? When will it reach my grubby hands? – Vinny Cecolini, Senior Head Writer, VN1 Classic
I've always admired the writings of Hank Bordowitz for many reasons. He's blatantly honest, and holds nothing back. And with this new book, he continues his path of opening the minds of those who are fortunate to come into his creative life. – Steve Zuckerman CEO, Global Entertainment Network
This can’t-put-down book is a fascinating read and should please fans, documenting in detail Joel’s ups and downs. But Billy Joel will not do a lot for those who want to read deep analysis to try to get some fix on this enigmatic figure. The book takes a raspy, man’s man tone which works well in Joel’s early days, but is not sure what to do with his later Broadway writing or ongoing alcoholism.
Ethnic & National / Biographies & Memoirs
Addicted to the ‘I-married-the-Mob’ genre? Try this variation: smart women who marry Islamic fundamentalists. – Publishers Weekly
This international bestseller gives the shocking account of what
it's like to be a woman – even a wealthy woman from a privileged
family – in
According to Carmen bin Ladin on
Carmen fell in love with Yeslam bin Ladin, Osama's older brother
in 1973, and after a fairy-tale courtship, including a semester
together at USC, the two married in
Courageous...Stark and unrelenting...heroic...To stand up as a
woman and share her personal experiences and feelings... about the
Bin Laden family's daily life in
Compelling...dark...Makes a fiery case against what its author
calls the oppression and fanaticism that dominates much of Saudi
society. Her unabashed conclusion: The Saudis are the Taliban, in
luxury. – New York Times
Chilling...brave and moving...A brilliantly observed book, a must
for anyone struggling to comprehend the culture that spawned the
floridly evil Osama. – People, four stars
Perhaps the most vivid account yet to appear in the West of the
oppressive lives of Saudi women....let's hope that more brave
dissenters – male and female – will follow her lead. – Wall Street
Osama bin Laden's former sister-in-law provides a penetrating, unusually intimate look into Saudi society and the bin Laden family's role within it, as well as the treatment of Saudi women in Inside the Kingdom. This courageous book stands out as an unprecedented act of heroism.
Health, Mind & Body / Alternative Medicine
Millions suffer from arthritis pain, and the numbers are growing as the population ages. If readers are among the tens of millions of Americans who suffers from arthritis, they know that arthritis medications and painkillers offer only a temporary respite. Fortunately, there is a better way to combat joint inflammation and slow the progression of arthritis. In fact, the alternatives are many – from modifications to diet and supplements, such as ginger extract, to regular exercise and hands-on therapies such as therapeutic massage.
Earl Mindell, pharmacist, nutritionist, and herbalist, encourages people to try using natural remedies in lieu of relying exclusively on prescription and over-the-counter medications. In Easing the Pain of Arthritis Naturally Mindell describes remedies that work synergistically with the body's natural tendency toward healing and balance without harmful side effects. This book features a special diet to cleanse the body of toxins that contribute to joint diseases. Mindell also describes simple exercises readers can do for pain-free joints as well as alternative methods for coping with arthritis pain, including hypnosis and acupuncture.
He covers three categories of drugs are commonly used to treat arthritis evaluating the risks and benefits of each, drug interactions, side effects, the hype, and the facts. He also reviews experimental antibiotics and surgery options. He points out that some conventional treatments for osteoarthritis could cause the disease to progress more rapidly than if there was not treatment at all.
And he discusses how the food we eat may have adverse effects – certain foods can increase the amount of inflammation in the body. He describes the dietary connection to chronic disease and the supplements and natural remedies that can bring about profound results; the right diet supplements can even repair damaged cartilage.
Mindell also describes and evaluates therapies for managing arthritis pain, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, acupuncture, massage, relaxation techniques, and others. He emphasizes the importance of regular exercise. He recommends specific exercise routines for flexibility and range of motion, strengthening, and balance.
Easing the Pain of Arthritis Naturally,
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
The second half of life presents a rich possibility for spiritual enlargement, for we are never going to have greater powers of choice, never have more lessons of history from which to learn, and never possess more emotional resilience, more insight into what works for us and what does not, or a deeper conviction of the importance of getting our life back.
What does it really mean to be a grown up in today’s world? We generally recognize only three developmental periods of life – childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We assume that once we ‘get it together’ with the right job, marry the right person, have children, and buy a home, all is settled and well. But adulthood itself presents varying levels of growth, and is rarely the respite of stability we expected. Turbulent emotional shifts can take place anywhere between the age of thirty-five and seventy when we question the choices we’ve made, realize our limitations, and feel stuck – commonly known as the ‘midlife crisis.’ In Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, Jungian analyst James Hollis explores the ways we can grow and evolve to fully become ourselves when the traditional roles of adulthood aren’t quite working. Hollis, executive director of the C.G. Jung Educational Center of Houston and humanities professor for more than twenty years, through case studies and observations, gives readers hope and encouragement based on the Jungian principle of individuation to help them in their struggle across this difficult passage in adult development.
Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life contains the writing
of a gentle and insightful soul who does not bog down in analytical
dryness, but speaks to and teaches from the heart. A combination of
genuine vision and genuine humanity is a rare and valuable gift, and
readers will find both in this work. – Clarissa Pinkola Estes,
author of Women Who Run with the Wolves
James Hollis's new book is a work of soul-making. It brings
solace and wisdom to those of us who find ourselves in a dark wood
in the second half of life. – Edward Hirsch, author of How to Read a
Poem and Fall in Love with Poetry
Midlife is a time when people can lose their way and flounder.
Jungian analyst James Hollis knows this terrain, describes it well,
and asks the important questions that can lead to clarity, maturity,
and meaning. – Jean Shinoda Bolen, M.D., author of Goddesses in
Everywoman and Gods in Everyman
Revealing a new way of uncovering and embracing our authentic selves, Hollis offers wisdom to anyone facing a career that no longer seems fulfilling, a long-term relationship that has shifted, or family transitions that raise issues of aging and mortality. Through case studies and provocative observations, Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life provides a reassuring message and a crucial bridge across this critical passage of adult development.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Anger Treatment for People with Developmental Disabilities: A Theory, Evidence and Manual Based Approach by John L. Taylor & Raymond W. Novaco (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.)
Anger and aggression are prevalent problems among people with developmental disabilities and constitute primary reasons for them to be admitted and readmitted to institutions. They are also a key reason for the prescribing of behavior control and anti-psychotic medication to this client group. Stimulated by growing research in this area, mental health and criminal justice professionals have begun to see the benefits of anger assessment and cognitive-behavioral anger treatment for people with developmental disabilities.
There is no prior text to guide anger treatment provision to this
client group. Written by John L. Taylor, Northumbria University,
Treatment for People with Developmental Disabilities] represents
the state of the art in anger treatment for individuals with
developmental disabilities and I would expect to see a significant
effect from this text on the development of treatment services. –
Bill Lindsay, The
Anger Treatment for People with Developmental Disabilities is a must-have resource for practitioners and clinicians in the developmental disability and forensic fields, across a range of settings. It will also be of interest to academics and trainees in the developmental disability and forensic fields.
Health, Mind & Body / Religion & Spirituality / Self-Help
Human beings are selfish, small-minded, violence-prone savages, civilization is a blight on the earth, and the rising tide of chaos that surrounds us on all sides ensures that everything's going to fall apart any day now. Right?
Wrong, says Rob Brezsny. In Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia, he declares evil is boring. Cynicism is stupid. Despair is lazy. The truth is that the universe is inherently friendly. Life is a sublime game created for our amusement and illumination, and it always gives us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.
This buoyant perspective is not rooted in denial. On the contrary, Brezsny builds a case for a ‘cagey optimism’ that does not require a repression of difficulty, but rather, seeks a vigorous engagement with it. The best way to attract the blessings that the world is conspiring to give us, he insists, is to dive into the most challenging mysteries.
This irreverent manifesto puts the 'pro' in 'protest' ...
insightful and puzzling as a Zen koan ... I Ching on Ecstasy.... –
Frances Lefkowitz, Body + Soul
I have seen the future of American literature and its name is Rob Brezsny. – Tom Robbins, author of Still Life with Woodpecker, Jitterbug Perfume, Another Roadside Attraction, and Skinny Legs and All
Brersny's astrology column, Free Will Astrology, has been the
most widely syndicated feature in
Health, Mind & Body / Self-help / Business & Investing
We live and work in a world of more-better-faster, where 75% of us are disengaged from what we do and four out of every five of us wish we had more of what really matters in life. It's time for a change!
In What is Your Life's Work? Bill Jensen captures the intimate exchanges between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and caring teammates – all talking about what really matters at work, and in life. Exposed are the raw truths we've all experienced, the personal frailties and mistakes we'd like to hide, and the proudest achievements we'd like celebrate.
Jensen, the author of Simplicity, CEO and President of the Jensen Group, a change consulting firm he founded in 1985, is today's foremost expert on work complexity and cutting through clutter to what really matters. Throughout fifteen years of research he has asked: "What is the single most important insight about work that you want to pass on to your kids?" The responses were so powerful and dramatic that he began asking people to write them down and share them with loved ones. Over the past four years, several thousand people around the world contributed to this project. What is Your Life's Work? is a representative sampling from the private letters and journal entries of well-known leaders, struggling managers, and heroic people in workaday jobs.
What is Your Life's Work? is divided into five sections based on distinct discoveries people made about their life's work:
While it touches the heart and lifts the soul, What is Your Life's Work? does not shy away from difficult introspection. Jensen provides a toolkit for getting started, inviting readers to share with their loved ones, "This is what I stood for, believed in, struggled with, and accomplished...."
What a treat! Bill Jensen has written the most powerful book
about life at work that I have ever read. My personal mission on
this earth is to bring life to work. In
What is Your Life's Work? I found that my biggest questions were
asked and answered in ways that are big enough to embrace their
enormity and simple enough to be wise. – Stephen C. Lundin, author
of the best-selling FISH!
What is Your Life's Work? reminds us that as we make our livings, we are also making our lives, so we'd better take care that our work matters. The candor and human decency expressed in this book should be benchmarks for every decision made on every job. – Karen Katen, Vice Chairman, Pfizer Inc.
Not only does Jensen let us peer inside the working lives and
decisions of people just like us, he's our guide to the discoveries
that lie ahead of us. He's cleared our path.
What is Your Life's Work? is a unique, heartfelt, and practical
approach to finding the courage to do more of what's important and
less of what isn't. – Julie Jansen, author of I Don't Know What I
Want, But I Know It's Not This: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding
Jensen does a wonderful job of pulling together meaningful, often
moving letters ... there is an abundance of meaningful philosophy,
insight and advice. – Publishers Weekly
What is Your Life's Work? captures an exceptional moment in each of our lives – the time when we sit down with loved ones and attempt to answer the big question about what really matters. Jensen has created a wonderfully practical space for readers to explore who they are, what they stand for, what they believe in, what's risky, what's not, what's worth it, what they are struggling with, and what they have accomplished. He has captured the intimate exchanges between mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and caring teammates – all talking about what really matters at work, and in life.
Health, Mind & Body / Women’s Health
The Savvy Woman's Guide to Testosterone asks readers: Is this You?
The book proposes that readers may be suffering from low testosterone, but they don't have to simply accept testosterone decline as their fate.
According to The Savvy Woman's Guide to Testosterone, testosterone is as natural to women as estrogen. In fact, from a woman’s teens until menopause, her body makes more testosterone than estrogen. New testosterone therapy options for women are poised to hit the consumer market in 2005 and will revolutionize approaches to help women’s sexual response, much as Viagra revolutionized the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men. Now it’s women’s turn.
Vliet says she has seen firsthand the profound effects of low testosterone for women: and her goal with this book is to overcome stigma and negative myths about testosterone for women, and teach them how to gauge benefits versus risks. Vliet shares her experience in helping women find the right doses, and avoid unwanted side effects of too much testosterone.
The Savvy Woman's Guide to Testosterone helps women learn ways to restore libido, improve muscle strength, build healthy bone, and maintain normal energy levels. The book gives readers cutting edge medical information. It helps them understand the intricacies of proper hormone balance, benefits, safety, testing methods, optimal dosing, products, and route of delivery, and teaches them practical approaches to discuss treatment options with their physicians. The Savvy Woman's Guide to Testosterone is the book to read before talking with the doctor. Readers can use this book to help them sort through the maze of conflicting information and work more effectively with their own physicians to find the best treatment approaches for their individual health goals.
Throughout the military history of this country, American soldiers have faced the enemy willing to fight for what they believed was a just cause. However, war does not come without a cost. Some soldiers pay the ultimate price, giving their lives for the cause they set out to defend. No conflict cost more American lives than the Civil War.
The dying words of Private Samuel Davis encompass the patriotic feelings of the soldiers who died during that tumultuous time: "If I had a thousand lives to give, I would give them all before I would betray a friend or be false to my country."
Written by Daniel W. Barefoot, prolific author, is a former N.C. state representative who lives in Lincolnton, North Carolina, Let Us Die Like Brave Men offers over 50 accounts of the last moments and words of Southern soldiers, some famous, others virtually unknown, from the rank of general to private, looking at what led up to their last words. Photographs of the soldiers, their graves, or the places where they fell illustrate the text. Each story was chosen to highlight a different aspect of the war, and every state of the Confederacy is represented here.
All strata of society are represented: wealthy plantation owners and hardscrabble farmers, educated scions of prominent families and illiterate boys, legendary generals and buck privates – at the onset of the Civil War, their backgrounds were as divided as the nation, but by war's end they all shared a common destiny. They offered what Abraham Lincoln called "the last full measure of devotion" to the cause for which they fought.
James F. Jackson died less than a month after
Teenage Private Charlie Jackson was left sleeping when his
company struck camp to march into the Battle of Shiloh, left behind
on orders of the company commander, who was also
In contrast, Stonewall Jackson and Jeb Stuart were Confederate
heroes who established international reputations before dying of
wounds sustained in battle. Both men's last words reflected not on
military glory, but on their devout faith.
Let Us Die Like Brave Men tells the stories behind the dying words of fifty-two warriors who fell for the Southern cause. It includes soldiers from every Confederate state and gives equal play to men high-ranking and obscure. The experiences of these men reveal the scope and the cost of the Civil War, and although the Confederate effort ended in defeat, modern readers can respect the valor with which many of the Confederacy's soldiers met their end.
The darkest hours of that tumultuous year were as dark as any Americans have known. As the year began, hostilities between American forces and British regulars, which had begun the preceding April, continued. Yet war was not inevitable, and there were those on both sides seeking compromise.
Bestselling historian and two-time Pulitzer winner McCullough
follows up John Adams by staying with
…McCullough writes vividly about the dismal conditions that
troops on both sides had to endure, including an unusually harsh
winter, and the role that luck and the whims of the weather played
in helping the colonial forces hold off the world's greatest army.
He also effectively explores the importance of motivation and troop
morale. – Amazon.com
… The great Washington lives up to his considerable reputation in these pages, and McCullough relies on private correspondence to balance the man and the myth, revealing how deeply concerned Washington was about the Americans' chances for victory, despite his public optimism. … Enthralling and superbly written, 1776 is the work of a master historian. – Shawn Carkonen
…How did a group of ragtag farmers defeat the world's greatest
empire? As McCullough vividly shows, they did it with a great deal
of suffering, determination, ingenuity – and, the author notes,
luck.… Simply put, this is history writing at its best from one of
its top practitioners. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
… This is a first-rate historical account, which should appeal to both scholars and general readers. – Booklist, starred review
Written as a companion work to his celebrated biography of John Adams, McCullough's 1776 is another landmark in the literature of American history. McCullough covers the military side of the momentous year of 1776 with characteristic insight and a gripping narrative, adding new scholarship and a fresh perspective to the beginning of the American Revolution. Especially in our own tumultuous time, 1776 is powerful testimony to how much is owed to a rare few in that brave founding epoch, and what a miracle it was that things turned out as they did.
I Acted from Principle: The Civil War Diary of Dr. William M. Mcpheeters, Confederate Surgeon in the Trans-Mississippi edited by Cynthia Dehaven Pitcock & Bill J. Gurley (The Civil War in the West Series: The University of Arkansas Press) is a civil war diary, but more than that – now in paperback.
At the start of the Civil War, Dr. William McPheeters was a
distinguished physician in
From almost the moment of his departure, the doctor kept a diary. It was a pocket-size notebook which he made by folding sheets of pale blue writing paper in half and in which he wrote in miniature with his steel pen. It is the first known daily account by a Confederate medical officer in the Trans-Mississippi Department. The journal appears in I Acted from Principle in its complete and original form, exactly as the doctor wrote it, with the addition of the editors' full annotation and vivid introductions to each section.
Being the first published daily account of the Trans-Mississippi
war by a Confederate medical officer, McPheeters's diary offers a
unique perspective. It records wonderful details about the struggle
to keep men alive, not only from battlefield wounds but also from
exposure, sickness, disease, and malnutrition. It also provides
intimate looks at Confederate civilians, behind the scenes glimpses
of the army's high command west of the river, and information about
the treatment accorded McPheeters's family and other Southern
The value of McPheeter's journal has been enhanced considerably by the editorial work of Cynthia DeHaven Pitcock, historian of medicine, and Bill J. Gurley, Civil War enthusiast and professor of pharmaceutical sciences, both at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. McPheeters did not write his journal with an eye toward publication so he failed to identify many of the people and events to which he refers. The meticulous endnotes supplied by Pitcock and Gurley, in which they identify nearly three hundred (often obscure) individuals, have remedied that defect, and their introduction to the diary provides a thorough biography of McPheeters and the story behind the document.
McPheeters's story is far more than yet another account of a
profoundly upright man who fought for the South during the American
Civil War. He was a hill-country Whig born in 1815 to the family of
a Presbyterian minister in
The diary McPheeters kept while in Confederate service offers a pair of unique features. It is the first known daily account by a Confederate medical officer in the Trans-Mississippi Department. The doctor's diary is an account by a medical officer of the harrowing Confederate struggle in that state.
The second important feature of this diary is that it tells the
dual story of both McPheeters and his wife, Sallie Buchanan
McPheeters. Her wartime experience included harassment by Federal
military officials, imprisonment in a Federal military prison in
A fascinating book... the editors have meticulously identified in
end-notes over 300 individuals mentioned in the diary [and] there is
an excellent introduction to each of the eleven chapters that puts
every campaign into its regional context. –
...Richly rewarding for readers interested in the
Trans-Mississippi Department, medical history, life under Union
occupation, and Civil War camp life and social history. –
Pitcock and Gurley are able to transmute [McPheeters's] humdrum
observations into one of the most interesting books we have about
the war in the
As the first published daily account of the Trans-Mississippi war
Taken together, McPheeters, Pitcock, and Gurley have produced a riveting and quite valuable account of the war in the Trans-Mississippi.
The first history of the Cherokees to appear in over four decades, The Cherokee Nation is also the first to be endorsed by the tribe and the first to be written by a Cherokee.
Robert Conley, award-winning author of 34 novels, begins his
survey with Cherokee origin myths and legends. He then explores
their relations with neighboring Indian groups and European
missionaries and settlers. He traces their forced migrations west
along the Trail of Tears, to the formation of a sovereign
government, relates their participations on both sides of the Civil
War and the wars of the twentieth century, and concludes with an
examination of Cherokee life today. The Cherokees' negotiation of
treaties and self-determination are chronicled in an Indian voice
for readers both Native and non-Native.
The Cherokee Nation brings the history up to date with recent
political trends and economic contributions of' the Cherokees.
Following the history is a listing of the Principal Chiefs of the Cherokees with a brief biography of each. For example, John Ross, who presided over the Cherokee government for thirty-eight years during some of its darkest moments, is included, and appendices of all the chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, of the Western Cherokees, the Texas Cherokees, the Eastern rand, and the United Keetoowah Band provide historical reference. Conley also outlines all Cherokee treaties made from 1721 to 1900.
For those who want to know more about Cherokee heritage and history, Conley offers additional reading lists at the end of each chapter.
Conley speaks with a clear Cherokee Indian voice to show how his tribe’s cultural characteristics have survived centuries of abrupt change. – The Cherokee Advocate
[Robert Conley is] in the ranks of N. Scott Momaday, Louise
Erdrich, James Welch, or W.P. Kinsella as interpreters of the many
facets of the Native American experience. –
In The Cherokee Nation Conley provides analyses for general readers of all ages to learn the significance of tribal lore and Cherokee tribal law. This work, commissioned by Wilma Mankiller, Principal Chief from 1985-1995, is a huge step forward for the Cherokee Nation.
History / World War II / Naval
By the turn of the century, museum executives determined that nearly fifty years of exposure to the elements and more than 24 million visitors had taken their toll. They raised millions of dollars to restore the U-boat and build an indoor site four stories below ground that Wise calls an architectural wonder. In addition to the fully restored boat, there is an exhibit area filled with artifacts and interactive stations to give visitors a taste of what it was like for the crewmen in battle.
Author Jim Wise tells of the efforts of
Some two hundred photographs of the U-boat and exhibit are
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
When I began making quilts, I began as probably 90 percent of quitters begin: by making traditional quilts using the techniques currently in vogue. My first year of concentrated quilt making was under the tutelage of a group of Mennonite women. They were all older women who had quilted all their lives and who had acquired their skills from their mothers and grandmothers. They taught me how to hand quilt, how to use a full-size frame, and how to mark the quilting designs. I am forever in their debt. – from the foreword
Classic Four-Block Appliqué Quilts focuses on four-block techniques from the nineteenth century. The book includes:
Quilting expert Gwen Marston says that in the early stages of her quilt making, she felt she knew what traditional quilts were about. She accepted current ideas such as using commercial patterns, planning symmetrical borders, striving for identical placement of shapes, and so on. The more she studied old quilts, however, the more she began to question her definition of ‘traditional’ as being too narrow. The antique quilts she studied seemed more original, energetic, spontaneous, and more fun than the contemporary quilts she was seeing. Her work gradually became freer as she tried to emulate the older quilts.
Classic Four-Block Appliqué Quilts, quilts made from four large
blocks were popular from around 1850 to 1890. Quilts from this
period excel in workmanship and originality of design. Most were
florals worked in red and green on a white ground. Popular
four-block themes included floral sprays and floral arrangements in
vases – at times punctuated with birds and berries – as well as
crossed stems, wreath designs, and plumes. These four-block quilts
have a dramatic, bold feeling, different from the more formal,
delicate designs found in smaller-scale blocks. Four-block quilts
were made in great numbers throughout
Reading this book is like having Gwen in your sewing room. She's funny, practical, supportive. You trust her advice and methods, because they come from a long study of the real thing. – Susan Day, quilt maker/ collector
Grab your fabric, scissors, needle, and thread. A beautiful and easy-to-follow resource for quitters at any level. – Pat Holly, designer/quilt maker
Marston seems completely at ease working with nineteenth-century techniques. The style and approach in Classic Four-Block Appliqué Quilts will set readers free to explore their creative side in quilting.
Home & Garden / Home Design
Facing Southwest: The Life and Houses of John Gaw Meem by Chris
Wilson, with photography by Robert Reck (W. W.
Norton & Company) is a colorful exploration of the life and work of
Long recognized for his landmark public buildings in
Facing Southwest explores Meem's signature design elements and
numerous examples of his unique Spanish- and Pueblo-influenced
residences. It uncovers the fascinating personal odyssey that took
Meem from a bicultural childhood in
Facing Southwest reconstitutes one instance of American
regionalism in terms of Meem's distinctly modernist beliefs about
structural innovation, environmental consciousness, economic and
social reform and minimalist aesthetics. Chris Wilson's well-crafted
biography relates an individual and a locale to larger cultural
debates that defined the New Deal era, then and now. – Gwendolyn
Facing Southwest is a welcome and worthy addition to a slim
library on one of
In his acclaimed cultural history, The Myth of Santa Fe, Chris Wilson deconstructed that quintessential American tourist destination. In Facing Southwest, he sings the virtues of one of its leading citizens, and of the regional tradition he helped to create. A book filled with dazzling photographs of the southwest landscape and Meem's signature houses, Facing Southwest is both intellectual biography and design handbook.
Journalism / Biographies & Memoirs / Cooking, Food & Wine
This new volume of Ruth Reichl's acclaimed memoirs recounts her
‘adventures in deception,’ as she goes undercover in the world's
finest restaurants. Reichl, now editor in chief of Gourmet, knows
that "to be a good restaurant critic, you have to be anonymous," but
when she signs up to be the most important restaurant critic in the
country, at The New York Times, her picture is posted in every
four-star, low-star, and no-star kitchen in town. Managers offer
cash bonuses for advance notice of her visits. They roll out the red
carpet whether she likes it or not. What's a critic in search of the
truth to do?
In Garlic and Sapphires Reichl dons a frumpy blond wig and an off-season beige Armani suit. Then on the advice of a friend, an acting coach with a Pygmalion complex, she begins assembling her new character's backstory. She takes to the assignment with astonishing ardor – and thus Molly Hollis, the retired high school teacher from
When restaurateurs learn to watch for Molly, Reichl buys another wig and becomes someone else, and then someone else again, from a chic interior decorator to an eccentric redhead on whom her husband – both disconcertingly and reassuringly – develops a terrible crush. As she puts on her disguises, she finds herself changed not just superficially, but in character. She becomes Molly the schoolmarm, Chloe the seductress, and Brenda the downtown earth mother – and imagine the complexities when she dines out as Miriam, her own deceased mother. As Reichl metes out her critical stars, she gives a remarkable account of how one's outer appearance can influence one's inner character, expectations, and appetites.
Garlic and Sapphires is another delicious and delightful book,
sure to satisfy Reichl's foodie fans and leave admirers looking
forward to her next book, hopefully about her life with Gourmet. –
[A] luscious, dreamy meal of a memoir. – Elie
As the New York Times food critic for most of the 1990s, Reichl had what some might consider the best job in town....This vivacious, fascinating memoir – lifts the lid on the city's storied restaurant culture from the democratic perspective of the everyday diner....Reichl's ability to experience meals in such a dramatic way brings an infectious passion to her memoir. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
For foodies with a penchant for the inside scoop, Reichl's
behind-the-scenes stories of the Gray Lady deliver the goods...Spicy
and sweet by turns, with crackle and bite throughout. – Kirkus
The author's wonderful personal recipes add their own flavor to this entertaining book, a natural for any reader who enjoyed Reichl's two other beautifully written culinary memoirs (Tender at the Bone; Comfort Me with Apples) ....Wise and thoroughly satisfying; highly recommended. – Library Journal, starred review
In this much awaited new book Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl regales readers with her adventures in restaurant reviewing – and her experience as an unlikely master of disguise. Complete with her original New York Times reviews and some of her favorite recipes, including Reichl's adaptations of dishes at the restaurants she visits, Garlic and Sapphires is at once an unprecedented behind-the-scenes glimpse of the four-star restaurant world in all its comic absurdity, artifice and excellence and also her remarkable reflections on role playing and identity.
Literature & Fiction / Biographies & Memoirs
In the title piece, a tribute to the distressing state of affairs
Also among the essays in
Bookless in Baghdad is a homage to Chilean poet Pablo Neruda,
whose home was raided by the oppressive military regime while he lay
on his deathbed, and who famously proclaimed: "There is only one
thing of danger for you here – my poetry!" acclaimed writer Tharoor
also presents his views on Salman Rushdie, India's love for P. G.
Wodehouse, Kipling, Pushkin, le Carre, V S. Naipaul, Winston
Personal, probing and analytical,
Bookless in Baghdad is a collection of short prose – part
memoir, part essay, part literary criticism – by "one of the best in
a generation of Indian authors" (New York Times Book Review). The
book takes readers on a journey of discovery; Tharoor reminisces
about growing up with books in
Tharoor reflects on some important and neglected literary
influences ... Intriguing thoughts by an author of worldly range and
depth. – Kirkus Reviews
Urbane, thoughtful, laced with humor that's both of the
tongue-in-cheek and laugh-out-loud variety, Tharoor's essays provide
as much pleasure as a visit from a charming and intelligent – if
somewhat mischievous – friend. – Chitra Divakaruni, author of Queen
This collection of witty and luminous essays gives us a rare insight into an erudite, elegant, and cosmopolitan mind. – Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Cracking India
… Tharoor's novels, as he never tires of writing, have been
lavishly praised all around the world. But this book's topics – as
well as the author's liberal use of culture-specific shorthand –
would seem to make it primarily of interest to the Anglophone Indian
community. – Publishers Weekly
Tharoor, author of six works of fiction and nonfiction, is at his most provocative with these personal reflections in Bookless in Baghdad. Supremely personal, taken together, these forty short pieces reveal the inner workings of a truly astute mind and form a testament to the power of literature to enrich our lives.
Literature & Fiction / Eastern European
The pieces collected in
Lend Me Your Character – the novella "Steffie Cvek in the Jaws
of Life" and a collection of short stories entitled "Life Is a Fairy
Tale" will introduce American readers to a storyteller and
philosopher from the former
From the story of Steffie Cvek, a harassed and vulnerable typist whose life is shaped entirely by clichés as she searches relentlessly for an elusive romantic love in a narrative punctuated by threadbare advice from women's magazines and constructed like a sewing pattern, to "The Kharms Case," detailing the strained relationship between a persistent translator and an unresponsive publisher, the pieces in this collection are always smart and endlessly entertaining. Other contents include: A Hot Dog in a Warm Bun, Who Am I?, The Kreutzer Sonata, Lend Me Your Character, and De l'horrible danger de la lecture (author’s notes).
Dubravka Ugresic is the author of several works of fiction,
including The Museum of Unconditional Surrender and Fording the
Stream of Consciousness, and three collections of essays, Have a
Nice Day, The Culture of Lies, and most recently Thank You for Not
Ugresic's wit is bound by no preconceived purposes, and once the
story takes off, a wild freedom of association and adventurous
discernment is set in motion. Open to the absurdity of all
pretensions of rationality, Ugresic dissects the social world,
especially the endless nuances of gender and sexuality. – World
As long as some, like Ugresic, who can write well, do, there will
be hope for literature. – New Criterion
A madcap wit and a lively sense of the absurd. . . . Filled with
ingenious invention and surreal incident. – Marina Warner
Ugresic must be numbered among what Jacques Maritain called the
dreamers of the true; she draws us into the dream. –
Like Nabokov, Ugresic affirms our ability to remember as a source
for saving our moral and compassionate identity. –
Lend Me Your Character solidifies Ugresic's reputation as one of
Literature & Fiction / Italian
The premise of Umberto Eco's
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, may strike some readers as
laughably unpromising, and others as breathtakingly rich. Taking a
wildly new direction from his previous bestselling novels, Eco,
professor of semiotics at the
Yambo, a sixtyish rare-book dealer who lives in
In an effort to retrieve his past, he withdraws to the family
home in Solara, somewhere in the hills between
And so Yambo relives the story of his generation: Mussolini, Catholic education and guilt, Josephine Baker, Flash Gordon, Fred Astaire. His memories run wild, and the life racing before his eyes takes the form of a graphic novel. Yambo struggles through the frames to capture one simple, innocent image: that of his first love.
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana has been translated by Geoffrey Brock, pet and the acclaimed translator of Cesare Pavese and Roberto Calasso.
… Eco creates wondrous variety, wringing surprise and delight
from such shamelessly hackneyed plot twists as the discovery of a
hidden room. Illustrated with the cartoons, sheet music covers, and
book jackets that Yambo uncovers in his search,
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana can be read as a love letter
to literature, a layered excavation of an Italian boyhood of the
1940s, and a sly meditation on human consciousness. – Regina Marler,
… The novel's literal level almost sports the pacing of a thriller as Yambo pieces his past together, and on a more metaphysical level, it addresses provocative and never outdated or irrelevant questions about the integrity of one's identity and the irresistible attempt to estimate, while still a part of the community of the living, one's lasting imprint on the global slate. – Brad Hooper, Booklist, starred review
The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana is a fascinating, abundant new novel that is wide-ranging, reflective, funny, and full of heart. This is a raucous, sweeping and nostalgic tale from the incomparable Eco, filled with the bits and pieces of life, comic books, cigarette packages, magazine covers, stamps, which he loves.
Literature & Fiction / Short Stories
Greetings from Cutler County: A Novella and Stories by Travis Mulhauser (Sweetwater Fiction Originals: University of Michigan Press) is a batch of smart, funny, and touching stories of ne'er-do-wells clinging to the nobility of hope in the face of failure.
Set on the banks of
In this northern
Greetings from Cutler County explores the common triumphs and tragedies of coming of age, while providing a rationale and humor that is uniquely and unforgettably its own. The book is both a nonstop ride of tragic hilarity, and a piercing look at the complexities of youth.
Literature & Fiction / Jewish American
Who We Are: On Being (and Not Being) a Jewish American Writer edited by Derek Rubin (Schocken) brings together the major Jewish American writers of the past fifty years as they examine issues of identity and how they've made their work respond.
In this essay collection edited by Derek Rubin, teacher in the
American Studies program at
The essays in Who We Are range in geography (Leslie Epstein on assimilation in Hollywood, Grace Paley on growing up in the Bronx); religious experience (Pearl Abraham rebelling against her Hasidic background); the influence of a mentor (Jonathan Rosen on Saul Bellow); the difficulty of being both an insider and an outsider (Tova Mirvis's status in the Orthodox Jewish community, Lev Raphael on being gay and the child of Holocaust survivors); and the experience of immigrant writers (Jonathan Wilson on moving from England, Lara Vapnyar on Russia and learning to write in English in America). All the essays explore deep and far-ranging questions related to identity and literature: What does it mean to be a Jewish and/or American writer? What is a Jewish book? Is literature a fitting response to a history of persecution? How does being an outsider affect one's written response to the world?
E. L. Doctorow questions the very notion of the Jewish American writer, insisting that all great writing is secular and universal. Allegra Goodman embraces the categorization, arguing that it immediately binds her to her readers. Dara Horn, among the youngest of these writers, describes the tendency of Jewish writers to focus on anti-Semitism and advocates a more creative and positive way of telling the Jewish story. Thane Rosenbaum explains that as a child of Holocaust survivors, he was driven to write in an attempt to reimagine the tragic endings in Jewish history.
Who We Are contains the stories of how these writers became who they are: Saul Bellow on his adolescence in Chicago, Grace Paley on her early love of Romantic poetry, Chaim Potok on being transformed by the work of Evelyn Waugh. Here, too, are Philip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Erica Jong, Jonathan Rosen, Tova Mirvis, Pearl Abraham, Alan Lelchuk, Rebecca Goldstein, and Nessa Rapoport.
A wide-ranging and eclectic group of essays, this collection
clearly shows the state of contemporary Jewish American fiction.
For anyone interested in the current boom in Jewish American writing, this book should prove indispensable. The writers speak for themselves in stylish and captivating autobiographical essays, demonstrating beyond any doubt how gifted they really are. – Morris Dickstein, author of Leopards in the Temple and A Mirror in the Roadway
… Women are particularly well represented in the youngest
generation, including Lara Vapnyar, Tova Mirvis and Yael Goldstein.
As the argument over what constitutes authentic Jewish fiction
continues to be revisited (most recently by Wendy Shalit in the New
York Times Book Review), these thoughtful essays take on added
relevance. – Publishers Weekly
… Just because an American writer is Jewish, is it valid to label him or her a Jewish American writer? Literature professor Rubin invited Jewish American writers to weigh in on this contentious subject, and the result is a thought-provoking, engaging anthology of 29 candid essays about everything from anti-Semitism to the Old Testament to the "purposes and possibilities" of fiction, to quote Philip Roth. … Rubin's compendium is as timely as it is intriguing, given the fact that we are in the midst of a new wave of Jewish American literature. – Donna Seaman, Booklist
From Saul Bellow to Yael Goldstein, Data Horn to Chaim Potok,
Robert Cohen to Erica Jong, Philip Roth to Art Spiegelman,
Who We Are illuminates in brilliant and evocative prose the
worlds behind the work of some of
Outdoors & Nature / Animals /
Bestiary: A compendium of animals or birds, real or mythical, with a description of their habits and appearance. Most important to a bestiary is the religious or moral lessons that each animal can teach people.
In this context,
An Alberta Bestiary seeks to build on the traditions of the
medieval bestiary and considers the unique animals of the
Zahava Hanan has a ranch near
Her prose and poetry are light in touch, tinged with humour and a
gentle rhythm…. There is both a worldly wisdom and a radical
innocence at work in these pages that I found distinct and
appealing. – Roberta Rees, author of Beneath the
An Alberta Bestiary transports the reader to a ranch in the
foothills of the eastern
An Alberta Bestiary is a book that was formed on the land. Both the author and the book embody country grace, and Zahava has developed a wisdom about prairie and animals, and it shows. She writes carefully, thoughtfully and with respect.
Outdoors & Nature / Birding
The ivory-billed woodpecker ... ghost bird of the swamp. Big,
beautiful, iconic, and mysterious, the bird is a symbol of
everything that has gone wrong with our relationship to the
environment. First plundered by nineteenth-century collectors and
then a victim of massive habitat destruction, the bird has been
sought for decades by those trying to determine whether the species
still exists. Their findings have been met with ridicule and scorn;
since the early twentieth century, most of the scientific world has
believed that the ivory-billed woodpecker is extinct. But every time
scientists think they've finally closed the door on the ivory-bill,
the bird makes an unexpected appearance. It happened in the 1920s,
and it's happened in almost every subsequent decade. Is there any
truth to these sightings?
When author Tim Gallagher sets out to write The Grail Bird, he mounts his own quest for the elusive bird and discovers the amazing truth: The ivory-billed woodpecker lives!
The Grail Bird goes behind recent headlines to tell the story of Gallagher's pursuit and discovery of the bird. Award-winning writer and photographer, lifelong bird fanatic, and editor in chief of Living Bird, the flagship publication of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Gallagher reads everything he can find on the bird and tracks down and interviews dozens of people who claimed to have seen it.
Then with his buddy Bobby Harrison, a true son of the South from
Alabama, art history professor, photographer, and dyed-in-the-wool
ivory-bill chaser, Gallagher hits the swamps, wading through
hip-deep mud and canoeing through turgid, mud brown bayous He talks
to a cigar-chomping ex-boxer who took two controversial pictures of
an alleged ivory-bill in 1971; a former corporate lawyer who
abandoned her career to search for ivory-bills full time; and two
men who grew up in the ivory-bill's last known stronghold in a final
remnant of primeval forest in Louisiana. But when he speaks to an
Gallagher and Harrison’s Eureka moment comes a few days later as a huge woodpecker flies in front of their canoe, and they both cry out, "Ivory-bill!" This sighting – the first time since 1944 that two qualified observers positively identify an ivory-billed woodpecker in the
History comes alive in The Grail Bird. The dedication of the obsessed bunch of searchers is tangible, and Gallagher's passion for the bird led not only to this book but to the rediscovery of a species. Readers of The Grail Bird will cheer for the ivory-billed woodpecker's miraculous survival, and they will hear the bird's distinctive calls in their imagination long after they finish the book.
We have lost most of the vast old-growth forests of the South,
and nothing symbolizes that loss more than the ivory-billed
woodpecker. But the rediscovery of the bird symbolizes hope for
these neglected and abused habitats, which with time and effort can
be partially restored. We have been given one final chance to get it
right, to save this bird and the bottomland swamp forests it needs
in order to survive.
Parenting & Families / Eldercare
Replete with the powerful words of experienced caregivers, Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories is a guidebook for anyone who must attend to the needs of a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. In these pages, members of caregivers’ support groups – representing twenty-six families and a variety of professions and income levels – speak candidly about the challenges they have faced at every step in the caregiving process, from recognizing early symptoms of dementia to dealing with its advanced stages.
Highlighting the ingenuity and resourcefulness of caregivers, the book brims with inspirational stories, practical advice, and creative approaches to problem-solving. Among the issues addressed are:
The authors are Lynda A. Markut, clinical director at Family Alliance and Anatole Crane, a retired microbiologist, who co-facilitates a spouse dementia support group and is president of the board of directors of Family Alliance; they have both been caregivers themselves. They augment their interviewees’ stories with connective commentary and their own personal stories. A useful resource section is included to refer readers to associations and helplines.
By drawing upon the words of caregivers who have walked the journey of dementia, the authors cast much needed light upon this long and winding road. Through the experience of caring for loved ones, these unsung heroes have made the path less difficult for others who will follow in their footsteps. – Daniel Kuhn, MSW, Director of Education, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
Markut and Crane have brought to light the stories of family members and friends who have cared for their loved ones suffering from dementia. These stories teach what is possible, and remind us that we are not alone – a wonderful and vital contribution to an aging society. – Jim May
Filled with practical advice and innovative approaches to problem-solving, Dementia Caregivers Share Their Stories presents the powerful words of people who have had to care for a parent or spouse with dementia – a useful resource.
Parenting & Families / Social Sciences / Race
Fifteen years ago, sociologist Barbara Katz Rothman and her husband decided that they wanted to have another child, and chose to adopt. They welcomed Victoria, a beautiful black baby girl, into their family. "I knew," Rothman writes, "when I offered to raise Victoria, that I would be raising a child in one world for another, that there are separate worlds of black and white in America – and that however my life tries to straddle and spread and blur the lines, the lines do exist here, and it is a line she has to cross."
Rothman, professor of sociology at the City University of New York, who has explored motherhood in four previous books and has more recently explored the social implications of the human genome project, now turns her eye toward race and family. Weaving together the sociological, the historical, and the personal, Rothman in Weaving a Family looks at the contemporary American family through the lens of race, race through the lens of adoption, and all – race, family, and adoption – within the context of the changing meanings of motherhood.
Provocative questions and family anecdotes are fused with Rothman's research to provide both a personal and a sociological look at the many questions involved in transracial adoption. What, exactly, are the challenges – and rewards – of raising a child with an with an ethnic or racial identification different from one's own? Has the adoption process been altered by a society grounded in consumerism? How can white parents participate in shaping the racial identity of a black baby?
Rothman seeks to clarify the issues and uncertainties that are
faced by the seven hundred thousand interracial families formed
through adoption in
Rothman goes on to argue that as long as the idea of race
continues to exist in
Rothman recognizes that there is no simple solution to conquering
the racial divisions of
Weaving a Family is the latest from renowned author Barbara Katz
Rothman, best known for her In Labor, the first book to distinguish
between the midwifery and medical models of birth. In this latest
work, the sociologist and white mother of an African American girl
provides an accessible, sensitive portrayal of the inherent
sociological complexities of mixed-race adoption and parenting. –
Sociologist Rothman explores the concepts of motherhood,
adoption, and race, aiming to shed light on how these ideas play out
Drawing on her own experience as the white mother of a black
child, on historical research on white people raising black children
from slavery to contemporary times, and pulling together work on
race, adoption, and consumption, she offers us new insights for
understanding the way that race and family are shaped in America
Weaving a Family is compelling reading, not only for those
interested in family and society, but for anyone grappling with the
myriad issues around raising a child of a different race.
Philosophy / Ethics & Morality
Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man,
though a king, is a slave. For he serves, not one man alone, but,
what is worse, as many masters as he has vices. –
Writing at the time of the collapse of the
Fourteen hundred years later, a decadent French aristocrat turned
that tradition on its head when he wrote that "the freest of people
are they who are most friendly to murder." Like Augustine, the
Marquis de Sade would agree that freedom was a function of morals.
Unlike Augustine, Sade proposed a revolution in sexual morals to
accompany the political revolution then taking place in
Unlike the standard version of the sexual revolution, Libido Dominandi by E. Michael Jones, editor of Culture Wars Magazine, shows how sexual liberation was from its inception a form of control. Those who wished to liberate man from the moral order needed to impose social controls as soon as they succeeded because a liberated libido led inevitably to anarchy. Aldous Huxley wrote in his preface to the 1946 edition of Brave New World that "as political and economic freedom diminishes, sexual freedom tends compensatingly to increase." This book is about the converse of that statement. It explains how the rhetoric of sexual freedom was used to engineer a system of covert political and social control. Over the course of the two-hundred-year span covered by this book, the development of technologies of communication, reproduction, and psychic control – including psychotherapy, behaviorism, advertising, sensitivity training, pornography, and plain old blackmail – allowed the Enlightenment and its heirs to turn Augustine’s insight on its head and create masters out of men’s vices. Libido Dominandi elucidates how that happened.
Philosophy / Religion & Spirituality
In December 2004 a story broke with an irresistible hook:
distinguished philosopher Antony Flew, emeritus professor of
Much of the controversy was based upon a pre-publication draft of Flew's new introduction to the reissue of God & Philosophy, as well as the published interpretations of some of Flew's interview comments on science and religion. But is the truth of his position black and white? Readers can judge for themselves by reading his introduction to this reprint of a now classic work, originally published almost forty years ago.
In God & Philosophy, a classic primer to the philosophy of religion, Flew subjects a wide range of philosophical arguments for the existence of God to intense critical scrutiny. Flew addresses the ancient arguments of Aristotle, Aquinas, and Leibniz, among others, as well as the contemporary perspective of Richard Swinburne. Flew confronts head-on arguments grounded in order and design, existence and causality, meaning and morality, and miracles, as well as authority and faith. Each is approached with a degree of keen insight that only Flew can muster.
God & Philosophy is first and foremost an attempt to present and to examine the strongest possible case for belief in God. The word ‘God’ is understood in the very substantial sense in which it has been employed in the mainstreams of the three great traditions of Mosaic theism – the mainstream traditions, that is to say, of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The book goes on to consider the best warrant which might be offered for accepting the Christian candidate as an authentic and unique revelation from that God. Discussion of this sort is today widely discredited – people with pretensions either to deep wisdom or to worldly sophistication will tell us that everyone knows that you cannot either prove or disprove the existence of God, and that the fundamentals of any religion belong to the province of faith rather than of reason. But God & Philosophy says they could not be more wrong, and that any such assertion is, in fact, insulting to those of faith, implying any and every commitment to faith is equally arbitrary and equally frivolous, since it has been made for no good reason at all; and every faith is as utterly unreasonable as every other.
In God & Philosophy both the cases for and the cases against belief are deployed by the Flew, although materials are often quoted word for word from other sources. It is, of course, a matter of integrity and sincerity of intellectual purpose to try to make out all cases as strongly as possible. For, if we truly desire to learn the truth, then we must consider opposing positions at their strongest. Flew addresses readers who feel that the arguments examined do not represent the full strength of the case for Christian theism, to think about where in print a better case is to be found. He challenges readers again in this edition, as in the first edition, to write up the case.
Both believers and unbelievers will benefit from Flew's critical analysis in God & Philosophy of Christian theism and his Socratic commitment to “follow the argument wherever it leads.” We challenge those who are fond of the “you can’t prove or disprove God” assertion to read the book and the new introduction by Professor Flew… and take up his challenge.
Politics / Foreign Policy
This annually updated reader is a compilation of current articles
from newspapers, magazines, and journals, covering issues relating
The terrorist attacks on the
The events of 9/11 mark the turning point, not because they ended debate over American foreign policy but because they provide a new point of reference for an ongoing debate over its content and conduct. Choices continue to exist. We continue to need to understand where we have been, where we are today, and where we want to go.
Conceptually and organizationally, the sixth edition of American Foreign Policy remains the same. Part I examines the global context of American foreign policy. Part II examines the historical context of American foreign policy. Part III examines the domestic setting of American foreign policy and the foreign affairs government. Part IV looks at the process by which American foreign policy is made. Part V presents an overview of the foreign policy tools at the disposal of policy makers. Part VI concludes the discussion of American foreign policy with a survey of alternative futures.
Material in each of the chapters has been updated to include
recent events in American foreign policy. Those who have used
previous editions will also find some additional changes in how the
same chapters are structured. Chapter 1 now contains a discussion of
"American Hegemony" and "What the World Wants from the
The text concludes by presenting eight alternative future paths that American foreign policy might travel down. Within this broad framework of broad-based background factors and more narrowly focused process- and instrument-oriented constraints, no attempt is made to identify a correct interpretation of events or course of action. Instead, a balanced discussion of alternative viewpoints is presented in American Foreign Policy and questions are put forward in the hope of challenging readers to think critically about how U.S. foreign policy can build on its past and present in order to better confront the future.
Professional & Technical / Medicine
The third volume in the Atlas of Human Central Nervous System Development series, The Human Brain during the Second Trimester, provides a pictorial record of the maturing brain at low and high magnification as it has never before been available, accompanied by a structural analysis based on animal experiments. The highlighted structural feature of this volume is the stratified transitional field in the cerebral cortex; this area has laminar differences between future sensory and future motor areas where migrating nerve cells intermingle with axons growing into and out of the cortex. It is postulated that this transient developmental region is a staging ground where anatomical connections between the cerebral cortex and the rest of the brain are first established.
Features of the book:
Organization of The Human Brain during the Second Trimester:
This Atlas focuses on the development of the human brain during the second trimester, and is Volume 3 in the Atlas of Human Central Nervous System Development series. Volume 1 (Bayer and Altman, 2002) provides a record of the development of the spinal cord. Volume 2 (Bayer and Altman, 2004) is a record of brain development during the third trimester. Authors of the series Shirley A. Bayer and Joseph Altman are nearly halfway finished with their journey through brain development. The brain specimens presented in The Human Brain during the Second Trimester are nearing anatomical maturity (at the light microscopic level) throughout the brainstem (diencephalon, mid-brain, pons, and medulla) where only remnants of migrating streams of neurons and the germinal matrices remain. In contrast, the telencephalon (cerebral cortex, basal ganglia) contains many migrating neurons and active embryonic germinal matrices – the primary neuroepithelium and the secondary subventricular and subgranular zones. In addition, immature features predominate in the cerebellum; most of its neurons are still migrating and its secondary germinal matrix, the external germinal layer, is on the surface of the immature cortex. Embryonic structures predominate in the brains of all specimens to be illustrated in Volumes 4 and 5, and are the sole components of the youngest specimens.
This volume contains grayscale photographs of Nissl-stained sections of brains cut in three cardinal planes (coronal, sagittal, and horizontal) of normal specimens from gestational week (GW) 24 in the late second trimester to GW115 in the early second trimester.
In this, as in preceding Volume 2 and forthcoming Volumes 4 and 5, older specimens precede younger specimens. Each specimen is presented in a separate part of the Atlas: GW24 is in the coronal plane in Part II; GW23 in the sagittal plane in Part III; GW23 in the horizontal plane in Part IV; GW20 in the coronal plane in Part V; GW20 in the sagittal plane in Part VI; GW17 in the coronal plane in Part VII; GW17 in the sagittal plane in Part VIII; GW17 in the horizontal plane in Part IX; and GW13.5 in the coronal plane in Part X. Selected coronal plates are presented in order from rostral to caudal; the dorsal part of each section is toward the top of the page, the ventral part at the bottom, and the midline is in the vertical center of each section. Sagittal plates are ordered from medial to lateral; the anterior part of each section is facing to the left, posterior to the right. Horizontal plates are ordered from dorsal to ventral; the anterior part of each section is facing to the left, posterior to the right, and the midline is in the horizontal center of each section.
Each Part contains low magnification and high magnification companion plates, designated as A and B on facing pages. Part A of each plate on the left page shows the full contrast photograph without labels; Part B shows low contrast copies of the same photograph on the right page with superimposed outlines of structures and unabbreviated labels. The low magnification plates show entire sections to identify the large structures of the brain, such as the various lobes and gyri of the cerebral cortex, and large subdivisions of the brain core, such as the basal ganglia, thalamus, hypothalamus, midbrain, pons, cerebellum, and medulla. The high magnification plates feature enlarged views of the brain core to identify smaller structures.
Because the emphasis in The Human Brain during the Second Trimester is on development, transient structures that appear only in immature brains are labeled in italics. During fixation, shrinkage introduced artifactual infolding of the cerebral cortex in some specimens. During dissection, embedding, cutting, and staining, some of the sections illustrated were torn. Both artifacts and processing damage are usually outlined with dashed lines in Part B of each plate.
In addition, all coronally-sectioned and sagitally-sectioned specimens have annotated high magnification plates of the cortical plate, germinal matrices, and the stratified transitional field in different areas of the cerebral cortex. Two of the three sagittally-sectioned specimens have high magnification plates of different lobules of the cerebellar cortex in the midline vermis. Finally, an alphabetized Glossary gives brief definitions of most labels used in the Plates with expanded definitions of all transient developmental structures.
Such a pictorial record of the maturing brain has never been available before. The Human Brain during the Second Trimester should greatly advance our understanding of prenatal development of the brain, making immeasurable contributions to education, research and training of medical specialists and other personnel.
Reference / Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Education
Encyclopedia of School Psychology edited by Steven W. Lee (Sage Publications) is the first comprehensive guide to the field of school psychology featuring the latest research on school learning, motivation, and educational assessment.
School psychology is one of psychology's oldest clinical specialties. It is focused on a key facet of human behavior learning. Positive child and adolescent development, happy family functioning, successful schools, and recovery from debilitating psychological and physical disorders are all influenced by our human capacity to learn. Diseases, injuries, disorders, poor and dangerous environments, lack of skills and knowledge on the part of caregivers, and poorly considered public policy are all enemies of positive human development. School psychologists have focused the formidable power of psychological and educational science toward the experience of children, youth, and families, especially as they relate to schooling and learning in any setting.
While ‘psychology’ is vaguely understood by most people as a career field, the nuances of specialty areas within psychology are not at all available for review outside the purview of the practitioners and researchers in each specialty. The Encyclopedia of School Psychology gathers an impressive array of information on what school psychology is really about, and regarding what people who are school psychologists really do and know. Edited by Steve W. Lee, Associate Professor and Director of the School Psychology Program at the University of Kansas, Encyclopedia of School Psychology contains approximately 250 entries by 175 contributing authors from psychology, education and counseling, child development, and special education address student success, behavior disorders, intelligence testing, learning disabilities, strategies to improve academic skills, and more.
Key topics include: assessment, behavior, consultation demographic variables development diagnosis, disorders, ethical/legal issues in school psychology, families and parenting interventions issues students face, learning and motivation, legislation, medical conditions multicultural issues peers, prevention, reading, research, school actions, school personnel, school psychologist roles, school psychology organizations, school types school-related terms, schools as organizations, special education, statistical and measurement terms, student problematic behavior, and technology.
Entries avoid jargon and technical detail in order to be
accessible to a broad audience including university professors of
school psychology, college students, elementary and high-school
teachers and administrators, school psychologists, and parents. Some
entries include embedded timelines to highlight the history and
development of the field, which are further highlighted by
biographies of key pioneering researchers. Entries on controversial
topics (e.g., I/Q and intelligence testing) include
‘Point/Counterpoint’ boxes highlighting differing sides to issues
that aren't necessarily clear cut. Appendices guide readers to
additional resources and also include comparative statistical tables
presenting information about student achievement, learning
disorders, intelligence scales, and commonly administered
The List of Entries is intriguing because of its comprehensiveness, its depth, and ease of study. The Reader's Guide cross-listing is useful for readers who enter with little prior understanding of how specific (and esoteric) terms such as operant conditioning relate to the daily behavioral assessment practice of school psychologists.
The Encyclopedia of School Psychology provides both an introduction to the field and a way for experienced practitioners to gain a deeper understanding of how school psychology has progressed to match the demands of the 21st century. The volume is designed to give readers a glimpse into the world of the school psychologist and the level of knowledge and skills necessary to negotiate the world of the child and adolescent in schools. It is designed to provide the depth and breadth of content non-psychologists need to understand little-known concepts related to psychology in the schools because it gathers reputable resources together and making them easily accessible.
Educators will be interested in entries related to academic success, or programs touted as successful in reducing drug abuse or teenage pregnancy, or strategies to promote school-wide success. Psychologists will find state of the art information on assessment and interventions across many areas of concern at multiple levels. All will benefit from entries that tackle controversial subjects such as Facilitated Communication; Evidence-Based Intervention; and Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender.
Encyclopedia of School Psychology will be useful to many public, high school, and university libraries and reference for specialists in vocational guidance.
Reference / Linguistics
In a world of increasing migration and technological progress,
multilingual communication has become the rule rather than the
Multilingual Communication reflects the growing interest in
understanding communication between members of different linguistic
groups and contains a collection of original papers by members of
the German Science Foundation's research center on multilingualism
Edited by Juliane House and Jochen Rehbein, both of the University of Hamburg, Multilingual Communication is divided into four sections dealing with interpreting and translation, code-switching in various institutional contexts, two important strands of multi-lingual communication: rapport and politeness, and contrastive studies of Japanese and German grammar and discourse.
The make-up of communication has always consisted of a variety of
constellations of autochthonous and migrant languages – not only in
From the perspective of multilingual communication, according to Multilingual Communication, a language serves not only as a means and a medium of communication, it is also a highly complex stem which enters into a relationship with other languages and imprints its own dynamics upon those human beings involved in interaction by structuring their ‘action spaces’. Participants in multilingual interactions can be said to activate links between language and actions, mental activities, perception, thought patterns, knowledge systems etc. – in short, all mental and cognitive processes involved in communication – which are active both universally and in each individual language. Due to the situation of contact between different languages as different communication systems, languages mutually influence one another and give rise to changes that may result in the creation of differentiated, multilingual communication systems. Numerous communication structures are likely to be themselves fundamentally multilingual and their implementation is the basis of individual speakers' multilingual capabilities. Multilingual communication is therefore not simply an interesting but isolated phenomenon, but rather a multivariate social expression of the human constitution.
Overview of the Sections
Michael Clyne’s contribution to Multilingual Communication, the introduction, makes a plea for regarding the rich repertoire of languages in multilingual immigration societies as an undeniable national asset. He suggests various measures for actively promoting multilingual competence in as many individuals as possible. Multilingualism is to be seen as a desirable goal for all nations, and it should be maintained and spread in all societies via appropriate language policies, choices of languages offered in secondary and tertiary education, and other measures to be taken in political and social institutions as well as the media. The responsibility for promoting multilingualism in a society and for supporting the maintenance of immigrant languages lies according to Clyne not only with the receiving (host) nation, but also with institutions of the immigrant's former country and with the ethnic communities inside the host nation.
The chapters in Part I: Mediated multilingual communication deal with aspects of interpreting or translation as practices of mediation. Interpreting and translating are the most widely known multilingual practices used to facilitate communication between persons who do not speak one another's language. The four chapters deal with different institutional contexts: medical, scientific and business communication respectively and examine problems in expert and lay communication involving an interpreter as well as the interaction between oral and written features in acts of translation and its communicative effects.
Kristin Bührig and Bernd Meyer examine interpreting practices carried out in German hospitals by non-professional interpreters. They use authentic data of doctor-patient dialogues and focus in their analysis on whether and how interpreters achieve the communicative purpose doctors have when they inform patients about medical procedures and seek to gain their consent. The authors' finding that interpreters often fail to provide functionally equivalent versions of the doctor's talk emphasizes the need for setting up qualified medical interpreting services in German hospitals.
Nicole Baumgarten and Julia Probst investigate German translations of English popular science texts. In particular, they examine how linguistic elements associated with spoken discourse are used in written texts to achieve particular communicative effects on readers. Given the current dominance of the English language, the authors hypothesize an influence of English on German texts (not only via translations but also in the production of parallel German texts) for the domain of audience design. This hypothesis is investigated in both qualitative and quantitative analyses conducted on the basis of a multilingual corpus. The results confirm the hypothesis for translations to a lesser degree for German parallel popular science texts.
Kristin Bührig and Juliane House take a closer look at the forms and functions of oral and written discourse in translation on the basis of one American text and its German translation taken from a multilingual corpus of economic texts. The authors focus on the role different connective elements play in giving a text an oral as opposed to a written quality, and they demonstrate how the use of particular German devices for creating connectivity maneuvers the German translation text into the direction of ‘writtenness’ – a stark deviation from the English original.
Using the same multilingual corpus of economic texts and also focusing on connectivity, Claudia Bottger investigates how German and English ‘corporate philosophies’ change in the act of translation along the dimension of ‘Mode’ under the influence of English genre conventions. According to Bottger, the phenomenon of genre mixing, which her analysis reveals for the German texts, is due to the fact that textual conventions in the genre of ‘corporate philosophies’ are not as established in a German context as they are in an American context.
Part II: Code-switching contains three papers devoted to the phenomenon of code-switching – another major and intensively researched domain of sociolinguistics in general and multilingual communication in particular.
Janet Holmes and Maria Stubbe focus on the social and discoursal
aspects of code-switching in talk between members of different
ethnic groups in
Willis Edmondson looks at the phenomenon of code-switching in another much-studied environment: the foreign language classroom. He distinguishes various cases in which code-switching in learner-teacher and learner-learner interactions involve shifts in framing from one type of discourse to another, a phenomenon he calls ‘world switching.’ On the basis of both classroom observation and interview data, the author shows how different types of code-switching and world-switching in different phases of classroom interaction can be both communicatively and pedagogically useful for language learning.
The final chapter in Part II looks at conversational code-switching from a different angle. Rita Franceschini, Christoph M. Krick, Sigrid Behrent and Wolfgang Reith examine code-switching from a neuro-linguistic perspective. They start with an analysis of subjects' perceptions of occurrences of code-switching during reading, and tentatively identify a neuronal system which is activated during the process of code-switching, a system which is not specific to language, however, but seems to fulfill more general functions related to the focus of attention and to the management of comparison and control.
Part III: Rapport and politeness is concerned with two important, and related, socio-affective phenomena: rapport and politeness, which must be regarded as fundamental guidelines of human behavior in general, and multilingual communication in particular.
Helen Spencer-Oatey and Jianyu Xing focus on problems and difficulties experienced by British and Chinese business people in their attempt to achieve rapport. Concretely, the authors analyze incidents experienced by a Chinese business delegation and their British hosts, which lead to strong negative emotions on both sides. On the basis of an analysis of taped and transcribed discourse data and post-event interviews, the authors give an insightful account of participants' different perspectives on, and interpretations of, mismanaged rapport.
Jochen Rehbein and Jutta Fienemann deal with politeness in a particular phase of multilingual encounters, namely introductions of persons into a social group. The authors analyze a section of an intercultural dinner conversation in which students from different countries take part, who use German as a medium of conversation. Forms and functions of introductions in Arabic, Norwegian, English, Chinese, Turkish and Malagasy are discussed. One of the authors' major findings is that participants engage in pragmatic transfer of patterns of polite action from their respective mother tongues into German as a lingua franca.
Part IV: Grammar and discourse in a contrastive perspective is dedicated to detailed contrastive analyses of particular grammatical phenomena. These phenomena are selected for study by the authors because they present problems for learners of the respective languages.
Shinichi Kameyama investigates modal expressions in Japanese and German planning discourse taken from a multilingual data corpus. Concretely, the author looks at forms and functions of modal expressions in stretches of planning discourse in mother tongue German and in Japanese as both a first and a foreign language. On the basis of his results, the author suggests that learners of both languages would greatly benefit from a heightened awareness of the diverging functional means used in these different languages for corresponding discourse domains.
Christiane Hohenstein reports on her comparative analysis of L1 Japanese and L1 German complement constructions with matrix verbs of thinking and assessing – phenomena known to present problems for learners of both languages. On the basis of her examination of various construction types and the frequency of their occurrence in academic conferences, commercial product and expert round table presentations, the author manages to pinpoint some characteristic functional differences in the use of complement constructions following ‘mental verbs’ of thinking and assessing – knowledge of which might be useful for learners of both German and Japanese.
Multilingual Communication provides an overview of the most important research fields in multilingual communication in the four sections – interpreting and translation, code-switching in various institutional contexts, two important strands of multi-lingual communication, and contrastive studies of Japanese and German grammar and discourse.
The parameters of language which House and Rehbein set forth in Multilingual Communication form a useful framework for reconstructing a ‘plurilingual tertium comparationis’ for multilingual communication systems and for investigating the relationships between the languages. They formulate a long-term objective of research into multilingual communication – to make multilingual communication better meet the needs of various social institutions.
The editors also point out useful directions for future research in multilingual communication. Multilingual Communication proposes the objectives of that research, stating that the time has now come to look in detail at the form-function relationship between the languages involved in multilingual communication and the mechanisms relating multilingual communicative processes to fundamental social structures. The issues they propose for guiding future research include:
House and Rehbein believe that linguistics as a discipline must develop new theories to answer these research questions, which are central for multilingual communication. Empirical research into multilingual communication must ultimately be concerned with whether and in what ways it is possible to understand others and be understood by them.
Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism
Buddhism teaches that death can be a springboard to enlightenment – yet for all but the most advanced meditators, it will be the gateway to countless future lives of suffering in samsara. Tulku Thondup says that he wrote Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth as a guide to help readers heal their fear and confusion about death and strengthen their practice in anticipation of this transition, and to help them realize the enlightened goal of ultimate peace and joy – not only for death and rebirth, but for this lifetime. In simple language, he distills a vast range of sources, including scriptures, classic commentaries, oral teachings, and firsthand accounts. Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth includes:
Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, taught at Indian universities for many
years. He came to the
A healing treasure from Tulku Thondup: a clear, complete, and compassionate guidebook to the journey through life, dying, death, and beyond. Accessible and authentic as always, he brings to the ancient Buddhist teachings his deep and gentle understanding of the modern world. Drawing on an extraordinary range of sources, including the Tibetan near-death experiences, he shows to what extent the quality of our life, death, and rebirth all depend upon the mind. – Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Tibetans by nature are joyous. This comes from having teachings
on death and life. Tulku Thondup has opened this vast treasury of
knowledge in a clear, simple, and powerful way for the modern
audience. – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, author of Turning the Mind into
Hoping to "help us realize... ultimate peace and joy... for death
and beyond," Thondup, a Tibetan-born teacher, translator and former
visiting scholar at Harvard, offers a remarkably lucid distillation
of Tibetan Buddhist teachings on how the state of our minds in life
affects the nature and quality of our experiences in death. … The
result is a provocative and surprisingly compelling work that will
appeal to beginners and advanced practitioners alike. – Publishers
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth distills thousands of years of
wisdom from the Tibetan Buddhism tradition. It presents teachings
that not only heal readers’ pain and confusion about death and dying
but also help them realized the enlightened goal of ultimate peace
and joy. Thondup draws not only on his wisdom teachings but also on
the painful events he experienced in
Religion & Spirituality / Philosophy / Buddhist Studies
For centuries Tibetan Buddhism contemplatives have directly
explored consciousness through rigorous techniques of meditation. B.
Alan Wallace, widely recognized as one of the clearest facilitators
of the dialogue between science and Buddhism, explains the methods
and experiences of those Tibetan practitioners and compares these
with investigations of consciousness by Western scientists and
Balancing the Mind includes a translation of a classic
discussion by the fifteenth-century Tibetan contemplative Tsongkhapa
of methods for developing exceptionally high degrees of attentional
stability and clarity.
Wallace trained for many years as a monk in Buddhist monasteries and has taught Buddhist theory and practice in
Balancing the Mind consists largely of three chapters. Before Chapter 1, there is a discussion of methodologies in the field of Buddhist Studies, especially as they pertain to scholarly treatments of Buddhist meditation. The emphasis of this discussion is on the importance of bringing traditional Buddhist theories about consciousness, attention, and introspection into dialogue with modern scientific and philosophical discussions of these topics.
The main body of Chapter 1 is a presentation of the Buddhist Four Noble Truths as expounded in the writings of the Tibetan Buddhist scholar Tsongkhapa (1357-1419). Tsongkhapa's views are frequently brought into juxtaposition with assertions by major figures in the history of Christianity, and Western philosophy and science.
Chapter 2 gives a translation of Tsongkhapa's own presentation of the cultivation of quiescence in his Small Exposition of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This translation from the original Tibetan is accompanied by Wallace’s commentary, presented from the perspective of the Prasangika Madhyamaka view as propounded in the Gelugpa order founded by Tsongkhapa.
Chapter 3 includes a detailed analysis of the nature of
introspection in terms of modern philosophy of mind and cognitive
psychology, and the Prasangika Madhyamaka view promoted by
Tsongkhapa. This section concludes with a presentation of the role
of introspection and mindfulness in the cultivation of meditative
quiescence in Indo-Tibetan Buddhism. This discussion draws from both
the writings of Tsongkhapa and the Mahamudra and Atiyoga Buddhist
traditions, showing the complementarity of these approaches for the
contemplative cultivation of sustained voluntary attention. Finally,
Wallace offers a comparative analysis of quiescence in the Theravada
and Indo-Tibetan Buddhist traditions.
Stop in your tracks – this is an extraordinary book! – David
Galin, M.D., University of
A spectacular cross-cultural presentation of techniques for achieving meditative states. – Jeffrey Hopkins, author of Cultivating Compassion and Maps of the Profound
The most important book on Buddhist meditation to appear in over a decade. – Roger Jackson,
Alan Wallace is one of the great Western Buddhist thinkers of our day. – Howard Cutler, co-author with H.H. the Dalai Lama of The Art of Happiness
Balancing the Mind will be of value to scholars and scientists
concerned with the workings of the mind, especially those doing
research in consciousness and Buddhist Studies and those
interdisciplinary religious and philosophy studies as well as all
those who wish to understand what can be learned through the path of
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
As a Chief Medical Examiner of Rockland County, New York from 1969-2003, where he was widely recognized as an expert in forensic pathology, Frederick T. Zugibe has investigated some of today's most complicated, puzzling, bizarre, and horrific forensic cases. But none compare to the intricacies that he encountered during his forensic probe into the death of Jesus. Zugibe details the experience of his examination as well as his conclusions in The Crucifixion of Jesus.
In this thoroughly researched book, Zugibe discusses the forty-five years of research that he has devoted to understanding the mechanisms and causes of Christ's death in crucifixion. Documented with 95 illustrations that explore the impact of crucifixion on the body, he demonstrates the realities behind the crucifixion on the body, providing a virtual autopsy of Christ from across the centuries.
A completely revised and expanded edition of The Cross and The
Shroud, this book provides a detailed analysis on Christ's death –
Zugibe takes his experience as a criminal investigator and uses it to determine exactly how Jesus died. The end of a lifelong quest, this study pieces together shreds of evidence collected from across three continents. Additional features include the most current analysis and findings about the Shroud of Turin that demonstrate the Shroud's legitimacy. Using the Shroud as a crucial clue in his investigation, Zugibe provides the most in-depth analysis of the Shroud to date, unraveling the mysteries of the cloth with the latest scientific technology and putting to rest the misconceptions about the Shroud that have clouded its status among ancient artifacts.
Intelligent, fascinating, and thought-provoking, The Crucifixion of Jesus provides an autopsy on Christ from across the centuries. In a language both precise and easy to understand, Zugibe presents his discoveries culled from years of exhaustive research, and with attention to detail, the book attempts to do away with inaccurate theories.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons by Thomas F. Torrance (T&T Clark)
In a new paperback edition of a classic work,
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons, Thomas
F. Torrance, Emeritus Professor of Christian Dogmatics,
The Trinity is grounded upon God’s historical self-revelation in
Jesus Christ. It is presented in this work as a teaching which is
implicit in the New Testament revelation and in the worship of the
Early Church, rather than as a logical derivation from other aspects
of Christian doctrine. Adopting a holistic approach,
The exposition of
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons takes
place within the frame of the biblical and Nicene tradition of the
One Holy Catholic and
Torrance believes it is important to recognize that in these early centuries, as the truth-content of apostolic Scriptures unfolded within the understanding of the Church, something of definitive and irreversible significance took place – a giant step in grasping and giving expression to the internal relation of the incarnate Son to the Father. The Nicene formulation of the homoousion may be said to be not unlike some of the great events in the history of science in which the rational structure of human knowledge of the created universe has been profoundly revised in a way upon which we cannot go back, even if our understanding of nature may have to be reformulated in the light of the deeper knowledge of the universe to which the revised structure of science gave rise.
The account of the doctrine of the Trinity offered in
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons is not
analytical, deductive, or discursive, but holistic. It is an attempt
to be faithful to the way in which the Holy Trinity is presented in
the Gospel, if only implicitly, as a Whole but as a differentiated
Whole. This means that exposition must proceed in a circular way, in
which understanding of the whole is not built up from a prior grasp
of its constituent parts, but in which the whole while understood
out of itself is nevertheless understood with subsidiary attention
to its parts, and the parts are properly understood in the light of
the whole. Circular procedure of this kind cannot but involve
repetition, for an account of any one Person of the Holy Trinity
cannot be given without relation to the other two Persons. Not a
little repetition is also involved in
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons due to
The Christian Doctrine of God, One Being Three Persons aims to
clarify understanding of the most profound article of Christian
Faith, the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Combining immense academic
range with new theological perspectives,
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
The Language of Belonging: A Rhetorical Analysis of Kinship Language in First Corinthians by Mary Katherine Birge (Contributions to Biblical Exegesis & Theology Series, Volume 31: Peeters) explores the origins of Paul’s use of community concepts.
By employing a rigorous historio-rhetorical exegesis of each unit in Chapters 3-6 and 14, Mary Katherine Birge, SSJ explores how Paul, in his First Letter to the Corinthians, used the same kinship images and language in different pastoral situations to address the situation of disharmony and division among the Corinthians (1:10). Birge investigates the possible sources for Paul's ‘ideas’ about kinship images and language by examining likely influences on him from his social and historical matrix: Jewish literature and the practice of Hellenistic rhetoric. After concluding that Paul drew on these two cultural and religious resources to craft his argument for unity, she asserts that what was ‘new’ for him was finding the ‘genetic material’ of kinship ‘in Christ’ rather than in fidelity to God and the Torah. She also claims that what was new for Early Christianity was the notion that the state of being ‘in Christ’ dissolved all boundaries of status and privilege that Greco-Roman society had established among people who were not ‘kin.’
In Chapter One of The Language of Belonging Paul's use of household and familial kinship language and imagery are explored across 1 Corinthians 3–6 to ascertain if his use of this language and imagery reflected something deeper in his rhetoric than a change of image or word for the sake of maintaining his audience's attention. At the close Birge determines that Paul employed images and language of household and familial kinship throughout these four chapters in a coherent and consistent fashion. He used these kinship terms and figures across different situations. Such usage appeared to be part of his strategy to correct the Corinthian Christian community's movement into division.
After having determined that Paul’s use of these images and language was more than happenstance, questions are raised about the source of this language and imagery. To answer those questions in Chapter Two a broad sampling of Jewish literature written between 200 B.C.E. and 68 C.E. is examined for any occurrence of kinship or household language and how that occurrence might compare or contrast with Paul's own usage of the same in 1 Corinthians 3-6. Possible ties are then explored between Paul's rhetoric, specifically his use of familial and household kinship language, and the rhetoric practiced by rhetoricians and moralists contemporary with him. It was found that both of Paul's cultural contexts, Jewish and Greco-Roman, offered him substantial traditions of familial and household kinship material on which to draw as he shaped the content and form of his letter to the Corinthians.
In Chapter Three Birge determines that Paul continued the same
language and imagery in Chapter 14 that he had employed in Chapters
3, 4, 5, and 6 as he argued for unity and against thoughts, words,
or actions that would divide. This research demonstrates that the
language and imagery of kinship provides a new interpretive lens
through which to read 1 Corinthians.
The Language of Belonging confides how in a seminar class on
first Corinthians, led by Professor Raymond F. Collins, she decided
to test the feasibility of Paul's use of the rhetoric of kinship as
a possible direction for her dissertation. The paper she wrote for
that seminar, "Curdled Milk? The Role of the Language of Belonging
and Discord in 1 Cor 3:1-4," forms an initial section of Chapter One
of her dissertation and the first part of Chapter 1 of this book.
She became more and more convinced that Paul was doing
‘something’ more with his use of ‘brothers and sisters’ in his
argument against divisions in a Christian community than simply
conforming to ‘epistolary’ or ‘club’ conventions. What that
‘something’ was, she did not know. As Birge explored the
intersection of Paul's writing in first Corinthians with the
conventions of classical rhetoric, she saw that Paul was employing a
constellation of words and images that extended beyond άδελφός
language and could be more accurately identified under the aegis of
the language and imagery of household kinship. In addition to
examining Paul's use of household kinship language within the
context of his Greco-Roman milieu, she wanted to see how the
influence of Judaism, a defining characteristic of Paul's identity,
may also have affected his choice of household kinship language and
imagery in his arguments against divisions in a Christian community.
This task, the exploration of Paul's use of kinship and household language and imagery as a significant tool in his argument against dissent decision within the Corinthian community, and the conclusions reached from that exploration form the basis of The Language of Belonging and a radical interpretation of first Corinthians. The book is 31 in the series Biblical Exegesis & Theology. Birge offers a new style of hermeneutical and rhetorical analysis that provides a close reading of kinship relations to the meaning of the new church and its good news, this approach offers fresh insight into the consistency of Paul’s discourse and a kernel of understanding toward a feminist reading of first Corinthians.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Charles Colson, with the help of Harold Fickett, full-time writer, addresses seekers – people looking for the truth. The Good Life starts out by asking:
What is a good life?
Have I lived one?
Reflecting on his own story and the stories of others, Colson, author, speaker, radio commentator, and former presidential aide to Richard Nixon, examines the beliefs and assumptions that form the fabric of our lives. The Good Life searches for answers to many more questions: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I find significance in life? How can I make my life count? These are the core questions and the central passions of this book. According to Colson, readers’ answers to these questions will determine how their life story is written, because the worldview one lives by has everything to do with what he or she will become, and understanding this will utterly change one’s life.
Colson shows through stories that the truth is knowable and that the truly good life is one that lives within the truth. Through The Good Life, readers get to understand their own stories and find answers to their own search for meaning, purpose, and truth.
The book's long first part contrasts careers of self-motivation and hedonism with others of service and suffering to demonstrate that the former end in disillusion and emptiness, the latter in fulfillment and satisfaction; the second part discusses the rewards of giving. In the third part, Colson argues against relativism and for absolute truth. The last part considers providence, death and infinite love.
In the face of today's skepticism, nihilism, and quiet or noisy
despair, Colson makes his point with the compelling and inspiriting
force that we have come to expect from him. This is a great read. –
J. I. Packer, author of Knowing God
A four-star recipe for human flourishing. Chuck Colson knows how
to help people thrive, and his knowledge arises from great depths of
intelligence, determination, and pain. – Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.,
author of Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be
Drawing on his own experience and that of others, Chuck Colson
makes a compelling case for the good life in a way that will seize
the attention of believers, nonbelievers, and readers who don't know
what to believe. – Richard John Neuhaus, author of Death on a Friday
… While he attempts to conduct his search "without relying on any
prior assumptions or sectarian convictions," his Christian faith is
ever present, and some who start from an opposing position may find
his arguments weak. However, Colson's deep humility is striking, and
many will welcome this well-researched book, built on his lifetime
of learning and extraordinary experience. – Publishers Weekly
With the aid of the excellent parable-writer/exegete Harold Fickett (see Conversations with Jesus), Colson reconfirms that he is a premier popular practitioner of Christian persuasion, especially for the un- and spottily churched. Instead of reflexively citing and quoting the Bible, he alludes to it, sparingly and pointedly, and his exempla come from broadly familiar sources, such as the movie Saving Private Ryan, and the lives of figures ranging from … death-row convicts to business tycoons. He considers good living and its grounds, which is to say, living for others while seeking and acting upon the truth. … Colson's temperateness and reasonableness in all that comes before the call to faith increases its appeal, especially to those repelled by ranting and tears. – Ray Olson, Booklist
Sharing from his own life, as well as the stories of others, Colson seeks to expose the counterfeits of the good life and lead readers to the true source of meaning and purpose, Jesus Christ. He does that by allowing powerful stories to illustrate how people have lived out their beliefs in ways that either satisfy or leave them empty. While the first three sections employ logic, the final one in The Good Life makes an abrupt switch to proselytizing, a change which may put off some readers.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Reference
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament IX: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon edited by J. Robert Wright, with general editor Thomas C. Oden (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture Series: Intervarsity Press), as indeed this entire series, seeks to give easy access to this older material, as it seeks to span the gap of hundreds of years of interpretation that have elapsed between manuscript and modern application.
The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a unique twenty-eight-volume series encompassing all of Scripture and offering contemporary readers the opportunity to study for themselves the key writings of the early church fathers. Arranged by the books of the Bible, each portion of commentary allows the living voices of the church in its formative centuries to speak as they engage the Scripture, rendered throughout the series in English in the ecumenically accepted Revised Standard Version (RSV) of the Bible.
Among the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, the subject of Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament IX, were all thought by the early church fathers to have derived from the hand of Solomon. To their minds the finest wisdom about the deeper issues of life prior to the time of God's taking human form in Jesus Christ was to be found in these books. As in all the Old Testament, they were quick to find types and intimations of Christ and his church that would make the ancient Word relevant to the Christians of their day.
Of extant commentaries on Ecclesiastes none are as profound as the eight homilies of Gregory of Nyssa, even though they cover only the first three chapters of the book. Joining Gregory among those most frequently excerpted in this volume are Augustine, Ambrose, Gregory the Great, Origen, John Cassian, John Chrysostom, Athanasius, Bede the Venerable and Jerome. Gregory of Nazianzus, Basil the Great and Cyril of Jerusalem lead a cast of other less frequently cited fathers, and then there remains a large cast of supporting players, some of whose work is translated here into English for the first time.
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament IX is edited by J. Robert Wright, St. Mark's Professor of Ecclesiastical History at General Theological Seminary in New York, frequently featured and quoted in the New York Times and elsewhere as an authority on Anglican/Episcopal history and doctrines as well as on ecumenical matters. The volume covers the period from Clement of Rome (second century) to John of Damascus (mid-eighth century). It includes the RSV text and renders ancient Greek, Latin, Coptic and Syrian writings in lucid English translation. The book includes some 671 selections from 64 ancient authors who wrote on the book of Proverbs, some 346 selections from 46 ancient authors who wrote on the book of Ecclesiastes, and some 368 selections from 34 ancient authors who wrote on the Song of Solomon.
The entire The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series does what very few of today's students of the Bible could do for themselves. With the aid of computer technology, the vast array of writings from the church fathers – including much that is available only in the ancient languages – have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand-selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating and introducing it to today's readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.
The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is an ecumenical project, promoting a vital link of communication between today's varied Christian traditions and their common ancient ancestors in the faith. On this shared ground readers listen as leading pastoral theologians of the church's first several centuries gather around the text of Scripture and offer their best theological, spiritual and pastoral insights.
Several features have been incorporated into the design of this commentary. The scriptural text has been divided into pericopes, or passages, usually several verses in length. Each of these pericopes is given a heading, and this heading is followed by the Scripture passage quoted in the RSV across the full width of the page. The Scripture passage is provided for the convenience of readers, but it is also in keeping with medieval patristic commentaries, in which the citations of the Fathers were arranged around the text of Scripture. Following each pericope is an overview of the patristic comments on that pericope. The function of the overview is to provide a brief summary of all the comments to follow. It tracks a reasonably cohesive thread of argument among patristic comments, even though they are derived from diverse sources and generations.
Next are the topical headings, which provide a bridge by which modern readers can enter into the heart of the comment. Following the topical heading of each section of comment, the name of the patristic commentator is given. An English translation of the comment is then provided. This is immediately followed by the title of the work and the textual reference – either by book, section and subsection or by book-and-verse references.
We are pleased to witness publication of the Ancient Christian
Commentary on Scripture. It is most beneficial for us to learn how
the ancient Christians, especially the saints of the church who
proved through their lives their devotion to God and his Word,
interpreted Scripture. Let us heed the witness of those who have
gone before us in the faith. – Metropolitan Theodosius, Primate,
Orthodox Church in
Across Christendom there has emerged a widespread interest in
early Christianity, both at the popular and scholarly level...
Christians of all traditions stand to benefit from this project,
especially clergy and those who study the Bible. Moreover, it will
allow us to see how our traditions are both rooted in the scriptural
interpretations of the church fathers while at the same time seeing
how we have developed new perspectives. – Alberto Ferreiro,
Professor of History,
The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture fills a long
overdue need for scholars and students of the church fathers....
Such information will be of immeasurable worth to those of us who
have felt inundated by contemporary interpreters and novel theories
of the biblical text. We welcome some ‘new’ insight from the ancient
authors in the early centuries of the church. – H. Wayne House,
Professor of Theology and Law,
Chronological snobbery – the assumption that our ancestors
working without benefit of computers have nothing to teach us – is
exposed as nonsense by this magnificent new series. Surfeited with
knowledge but starved of wisdom, many of us are more than ready to
sit at table with our ancestors and listen to their holy
conversations on Scripture. I know I am. – Eugene H. Peterson,
Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology,
Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament IX offers a rich trove of wisdom on Wisdom for the enrichment of the church today. The book makes accessible early Christian commentary on the Wisdom literature of the Old Testament. It illuminates Scripture in the light of classic and consensual Christian faith and informs post-critical Christian reading and exposition of Scripture. The audience for Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: Old Testament IX includes students reading for advanced degrees, Catholic readers, Episcopal and mainline Protestant readers, and librarians and researchers.
In addition, the series The Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture is a post-critical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. It is an uncommon companion for theological interpretation, spiritual reading, and teaching and preaching.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age
Runes are similar to Hebrew letters in the sense that each symbol contains a meaning that transcends its original function as a letter, the runes are practical, flexible, and effective symbols with a variety of uses. Runes are the ancient Norse alphabet used for communication, divination, and magical works. Today, the best known application of rune lore is divination: chips or stones marked with runes are drawn, cast, or laid out in patterns like tarot cards. Taking Up the Runes, delves into the ancient historical meaning of each rune and explains each rune’s contemporary uses and meanings.
Written by prolific author and workshop teacher, Diana Paxson, coauthor with Marion Zimmer Bradley of Priestess of Avalon, Taking Up the Runes is a workbook for using runes on the psychic, spiritual, and magical levels. Readers learn how to make their own rune set and how to use the runes in guided meditations and song. Readers also discover dozens of rituals and spells for all levels – from total beginner to experienced practitioner.
Taking Up the Runes stands out amongst many other rune books by
the skill with which Paxson blends solid scholarship of Norse tore
with experiential spirituality, making this book both historical and
contemporary. – Dana Kramer-Rolls, author of The Way of the Cat and
Home is the Hunter
Diana Paxson is a riveting teacher – her passionate love for the
ancient European runes shines through on every page. So I lift my
sumbi and drink my memory ale for the return of the runes via
Paxson's deep knowledge of them. – Zsuzanna Budapest, co-author of
An important new synthesis of modern occult runelore. The fact
that this material was generated out of Diana Paxson's workshops
over several years speaks to its great value as a teaching tool in
the current runic rebirth. – Edred Thorsson, author of Futhark and
Finally a rune book not only for the novice but also for the
advanced runester. – Stefn Thorsman, author of The Secret King
Taking Up the Runes is the ultimate workbook for using the runes on all levels. Paxson's years of experience in working with the runes and leading rune workshops show through the book with anecdotes, mythology, poetry, and history of runes firmly entwined with practical exercises, examples, and lessons.
Religion & Spirituality / Self-help
For more than a decade, Arjuna Ardagh has studied a worldwide advance in human consciousness marked by ‘translucents’ – ordinary people who have "a glowing appearance, as though light were coming through" because they are no longer limited to their own separate agendas (‘opaques’). The Translucent Revolution draws on the author's dialogues and workshops with thousands of individuals around the world who have experienced and benefited from this phenomenon. The book explains the change in awareness, new sense of well-being, increasing joy in life, diminishing of fear – including fear of death – and striving for selflessness that mark this state. Ardagh blends observation, anecdote, and research, including commentaries from leading pioneers in the field of human consciousness – Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, Jean Houston, Neale Donald Walsch, and Ram Dass, among others – to create a blueprint for life change.
According to Ardagh, founder of the Living Essence Foundation, the diversity of people emanating translucence today reveals the many varied ways of bringing about one’s own awakening. The Translucent Revolution offers concrete strategies for cultivating translucence. Exercises throughout the book help readers transform the way they see the world and every aspect of their lives – their feelings, thoughts, actions, relationships, sexuality, and work.
I have a very good feeling about this book...l think it's going
to have a timely impact on the national conversation, picking up
where Paul Ray's description of The Cultural Creatives leaves off. –
Eric Utne, founder, Utne Magazine, editor, Cosmo Doogood's Urban
Translucent Arjuna has penned a luminous contribution to the
individual and collective awakening of us all. I heartily recommend
this book to anyone seeking inner knowledge, self-realization, and
enlightenment. – Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha
Within, founder of the
This is must reading for all of us working toward a more positive future. – Barbara Marx Hubbard, author of Conscious Evolution, president of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution
The Translucent Revolution delivers a cumulative punch. It is a
rare combination of reason, passion, and spiritual insight. – James
O'Dea, president of the
The Translucent Revolution celebrates the shift in consciousness that millions of individuals say they are experiencing worldwide, and paints a positive picture of things to come for those who have not. It includes insights from interviews with leading pioneers in the field of human consciousness that help bring the topic of spiritual awakening down-to-earth. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable, often humorous blend of these interviews and observations, stories, and research.
Science / Astronomy
Miss Leavitt's Stars: The Untold Story of the Woman Who Discovered How to Measure the Universe by George Johnson (Great Discoveries Series: W.W. Norton/Atlas Books) tells the story of a forgotten heroine of science and how she solved one of the crucial mysteries of the universe.
In the 1920s, in a cramped room at the Harvard Observatory, a brilliant woman, now almost forgotten, found the key to the vastness of the universe. Her name was Henrietta Swan Leavitt, and in the days when women were barred from scientific careers she was what was known as a ‘computer’ – a human number cruncher, hired to calculate the positions and luminosities of stars in astronomical photographs. Fighting ill health and progressive hearing loss, straining over nearly indistinguishable specks on photographic plates, she discovered a new law, one that would transform the field of cosmology.
According to Miss Leavitt's Stars, because of Leavitt's discovery, astronomers could use a kind of star known as a ‘variable’ one whose brightness waxes and wanes in a regular cycle – as a cosmic yardstick. Her law was immediately enlisted to settle a question that was then dividing astronomers: how big is the universe? One side argued that the Milky Way galaxy was the extent of the universe. Using Leavitt's law, however, the legendary astronomer Edwin Hubble was able to prove that there were stars indeed, whole galaxies beyond the Milky Way, and that the universe, as we know now, is almost unfathomably large.
Award-winning New York Times science reporter George Johnson
describes Leavitt, hunched over glass plates at the Harvard
Observatory, examining tiny dots representing the night sky,
discovering the pattern in the Magellanic Clouds, but the details on
her life were sparse. She was a graduate of
While known among astronomers, she was invisible to the wider public. And even amongst scientists, her work, while used and appropriated, was never recognized as the work of a peer. A Swedish mathematician, awed by Leavitt's work, sought to nominate her for the 1926 Nobel Prize, but his letter arrived too late: she had died of stomach cancer in 1921. The letter was intercepted by the ambitious astronomer Harlow Shapely, by then the Director of the Observatory, and he replied to the letter, saying with superciliousness that it had been his "privilege to interpret the observation by Miss Leavitt, place it on a basis of absolute brightness, and, extending it to the variables of the globular clusters, use it in my measures of the Milky Way.”
Johnson brings to life the pioneering astronomers whose work was equal parts observation and speculation. Miss Leavitt's Stars is a narrative that recreates the intimacy of the work that kept Leavitt's eyes engaged. The world he describes is pulled between two poles: the everyday world of ambition and sexism, ill health and poor finances, juxtaposed with the beautiful provinces of the stars.
An elegant and absorbing account of a signal event in humanity's discovery of the deeper cosmos. – Timothy Ferris, author of Coming of Age in the Milky Way
George Johnson has done us all a favor by shining a clear light
on the crucial role Henrietta Leavitt played in sizing up our
universe. Her till-now obscured brilliance is emblematic of the
twentieth-century struggle by talented women to be admitted into an
astronomical firmament populated by bright male egos. – David
Grinspoon, author of Lonely Planets
It's about time! Finally, the life and work of Henrietta Swan
Leavitt is given more then the usual paragraph or two provided in a
few encyclopedias and textbooks...Johnson's elegantly written
tribute to a pioneering astronomer is highly recommended. – Library
Journal, starred review
A small, bright spot in the firmament comes to life thanks to
George Johnson's deft touch. This is a biography not just of an
engaging and enigmatic young scientist, Henrietta Leavitt, but of
the science of astronomy itself. – Robin Marantz Henig, author of
The Monk in the Garden and Pandora's Baby
Johnson's Miss Leavitt's Stars restores Leavitt to her rightful place in the history of science. Johnson's highly readable and compelling retelling of a crucial moment in cosmology is both a masterly account of how we measure the universe and the moving story of a neglected genius. Johnson explains the science of indirectly measuring vast distances, while illuminating a vanished world of scientific endeavor, when astronomers worked unaided by satellites, computers or any of the other tools they take for granted today. With the grace and skill that have made him one of today's most distinguished writers on science, Johnson poignantly contrasts the magnitude of Leavitt's discovery to the quiet near-obscurity of her short life.
Science / Organic Chemistry / Education
The organic chemistry course is typically recognized as the most
difficult hurdle between a student and medical school.
The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry strives to help readers
change their learning habits so they can master the organic
chemistry course. This text is designed for readers to use early in
the course before they dive too far into a traditional textbook. It
prepares readers to use the fundamental chemical concepts and
develop the right mindset for learning organic chemistry. By helping
them focus on the big picture, Joel Karty,
The text helps convince readers that brute memorization is not the right way to approach the course; instead, they should master fundamental concepts and important reaction mechanisms. Following the same philosophy as those who write the MCAT exams, Karty focuses on improving readers’ thinking ability and powers of logical deduction.
This brief book shows readers that understanding fundamental concepts is absolutely essential for success, and helps them develop a good feel for how to apply those concepts to many different situations. The Nuts and Bolts of Organic Chemistry helps students change their learning. The book is for all readers interested in understanding the fundamentals of organic chemistry.
Science Fiction & Fantasy / Historical
The year is 1240. It is the reign of King Louis IX. Knighthood is still honored, though the traditions are beginning to fade. This will be the last generation of knights, as we understand them. It is a time of intense chivalry and faith; religious orders such as the Templars, the Franciscans, Dominicans, and the Knights of Malta are springing up everywhere. And it is a time of conflict between nations struggling and warring to form their own identities and their own destinies.
The Crown Rose tells the story of Isabelle of France, born heir
to the throne: her life from childhood to her later years; a life of
turmoil and strife and longing.... Isabelle has a vocation, but the
road to fulfilling it is sown with many obstacles. Fiona Avery,
award-winning television and comic book writer, in her first novel
portrays the mystery of one man who enters Isabelle's life at
several key moments, becoming her icon, her soul's other half, and
her destiny...a man, who may, in fact, be much more than an ordinary
man. His bloodline goes back to the
Strong religious beliefs (orthodox and alternative) propel the
action of Avery's first novel, a dazzling blend of French history
and the fantastic. … overall this is a superior historical fantasy.
– Publishers Weekly
This noteworthy historical fantasy is the first novel by an author who has sharpened her skills on short fiction and comics scripting…As the revelations about Jean multiply, sage readers probably won't be surprised to learn that they have been deeply drawn into yet another fantasy based on the legend of the Holy Grail. Indeed, they will likely feel it is such a good one that they just must continue reading it to the end – and look forward to coming back for a possible sequel. – Roland Green, Booklist
Superb battle sequences and a truly mystical story blend in an
exciting recreation... unusual heroine...an exciting and challenging
read. – Peter Woodward, writer / host, Alexander the Great, The
Wonderfully written, imagined and researched, it is a well-guided tour of what might-have-been – or perhaps what was. –
Passionate and richly imagined... a past of rich immediacy, fertile with intrigue and romance...Kudos for this stirring read! – Terry McGarry, author of Illumination, The Binder’s Road, and Triad.
The Crown Rose weaves its tale around the actual events of the time, blending historical realism with a hint of the fantastic, drawing upon extensive research to make the story as accurate as possible. It is a tale of chivalry, knighthood, romance, and war; of lost secrets and hidden mysteries; of honor, duty and sacrifice; and the power of a few dedicated people to change the face of the world itself.
Self-help / Popular Culture / Biographies & Memoirs
Part memoir and part self-help book, On My Swedish Island combines the story of the author's transformation from urban jetsetter to wife and mother living on a small Swedish island with practical suggestions for living a simpler, more fulfilling existence. The book explores the integral relationship between nature and personal development and how this manifests itself in the Scandinavian lifestyle.
On My Swedish Island presents a vision of good living accessible
to anyone anywhere, through the personal experiences of author Julie
Catterson Lindahl, a writer on well-being in
On My Swedish Island discusses issues of increasing importance in times when people feel ever more acutely the stresses of modern life and the desire to experience well-being:
Complete with recipes and an extensive list of resources, On My Swedish Island shows readers how to implement Nordic traditions in modern-day living.
On My Swedish Island is really about much more than the title suggests. It is a wonderful companion for living simply, elegantly, and fully in a world that values speed and consumption more than breathing, tasting, and delighting in the beauty that surrounds us, if we'd only take the time to look. – Sarah Susanka, architect and author of the Not So Big House series
Julie Catterson Lindahl's gentle suggestions for wellness start
with self, extend to family, immediate environment and the world.
Such an expanded definition of good health leads to personal and
cultural renewal, and is at the heart of the emerging
multidisciplinary approach to health care. – Barbara Goldschmidt,
LMT, Swedish Institute
On My Swedish Island is a rich collection of ideas about how we can improve our quality of life. The book is a guide to discovering the rich personal benefits to be found in the Scandinavian lifestyle – from its focus on outdoor life, gardening, and herbalism to its exquisite home design principles and simple, nutritious cuisine.
Social Sciences / Anthropology
Wave after wave of political and economic refugees poured out of
Combining anthropology and social work with advocacy for
unaccompanied children everywhere, James M. Freeman, professor
emeritus of anthropology at
While some children eventually managed to construct a decent life
A very powerful and compelling book about the diverse experiences
of unaccompanied refugee children as they escape from
When it comes to displaced people, our collective memory is often
short as our policies are often short-sighted.
Voices from the Camps will help us all remember that the effects
of war on children echo across the years. – James Garbarino, author
of No Place to Be a Child: Growing Up in a War Zone
from the Camps] is a must for refugee advocates, policy makers,
and service providers. – Le Xuan Khoa, president emeritus,
Freeman and Nguyen's presentation and analysis of this sobering chapter in recent history as reported in Voices from the Camps is a cautionary tale and a call to action.
Social Sciences / Anthropology
Thanks to a Congressional bill passed ninety-nine years ago,
Americans now enjoy the preserved prehistoric sites that dot the
The beauty of the canyons and mesas of the Colorado Plateau and the lives of the resourceful people that once occupied these now nearly empty places are the subject of the eighty-five black-and-white photographs and accompanying essays in Canyon Spirits.
Photographer John L. Ninnemann, dean of natural and behavioral
Ninnemann's photographs of
Taken together the photographs and essays in Canyon Spirits provide a non-traditional, provocative, and visually exciting approach to Southwest archaeology.
Social Sciences / Discrimination & Racism
As a historian of the Holocaust, Robert Michael, professor
emeritus of European history at the
A Concise History of American Anti-Semitism is the history of
anti-Semitism in the
Michael demonstrates consistently period by period in
A Concise History of American Anti-Semitism, that anti-Semitism
Western civilization, Michael reminds readers, is fundamentally a Christian civilization. Anti-Semitism as launched in the New Testament and constantly updated and applied – the eternal chameleon – is intrinsic to that civilization. Anti-Semitism is always there, latent, waiting to be called forth.
In the foreword to
A Concise History of American Antisemitism Frederick M.
Schweitzer, Professor Emeritus of History,
German history shows that by the 1890s large sections of the ruling elites and lower middle classes had adopted revolutionary anti-Semitism; this was the powerful political combination that was to bring Hitler to power and support his rabidly anti-Semitic dictatorship. Also to be reckoned with as facilitators were the impact of World War I, defeat, revolution, the Versailles Treaty and war, reparations, runaway inflation along with the rise of virulently anti-Semitic paramilitary organizations of war veterans, and civil war or near civil war from 1919 to 1923; the 1929 depression was the keystone in this arch of calamities. The leaders of the traditional elites made Hitler chancellor and then dictator; a great many members of the elites readily supported the persecution of the Jews and actively engaged in their annihilation – that is, members of the Conservative Party, the civil service, the armed forces, the judiciary, the diplomatic corps, the professoriate, and the industrialists. Too many facilitators, too few inhibitors. Without Hitler, no Holocaust; without the anti-Semitism-infected elites, no Hitler; without powerful state control of the bureaucratic apparatus and technical means, no genocide.
Austrian history shows how a powerful fusion of Catholic
anti-Semitism with bitter national-ethnic vendettas generated a
potent national anti-Semitic movement, one that was stronger in the
public allegiance that it commanded than
Italian history shows the kind of historical conditions that
All the other countries in Western civilization could be
illuminated by this kind of comparative study. As seen in Michael's
A Concise History of American Antisemitism, the
Robert Michael's basic approach is to show that Christianity's
negative views of Jews, called Judeophobia (as distinguished from
racial anti-Semitism), pervaded American history from colonial times
to the present. He divides American periods by time – colonial,
revolutionary, and so forth – and examines anti-Semitism in each
period in regard to ideas, personalities, and literature. His thesis
that Christianity – not racism – is the basis of secular
anti-Semitism has not often been explored, …His thesis is clear and
forceful. His quotations are revealing and a find. For the
undergraduate student and general reader most of what he presents is
not well known. As an introductory overview, this work is a valuable
resource. Readers, students, and instructors should profit from this
work. – Philip Rosen,
This is an excellent and very important study of the long history
of American anti-Semitism. Robert Michael convincingly shows that
anti-Semitism was at the core of the American historical experience.
This book could change historians' view of American history. –
Dr. Michael is remarkable for his scholarly breadth and depth. He
has the particular qualification to be a historian of anti-Semitism
and the Holocaust. He has a ready command of the medieval sources in
their original languages, from the Church Fathers through the
thousand years of the Middle Ages. – Frederick M. Schweitzer,
A very impressive book. The content is far-reaching. Its
originality lies in its very range and in the excellent
bibliography. The style is clear and crisp, easy to understand. It
is also useful as a quick reference to specific topics. It will
surely be controversial. –
The great merit of A Concise History of American Antisemitism is not merely to state the thesis but to demonstrate in a prolonged analysis, the manifestation, generation by generation, of Christian anti-Semitism in the United States, pointing up the Christian anti-Semitic idiom behind which lies the Christian anti-Semitic ideology, and ahead of which lies anti-Semitic actions or potential actions threatening to inflict various degrees of harm on Jews, from verbal vilification to physical attack. Michael is remarkable for his scholarly breadth and depth. He has the particular qualification to be a historian of anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. He has a ready command of the medieval sources in their original languages from the church fathers, crucial for this subject, through the thousand years of the Middle Ages. In addition, he has taught the Holocaust for many years and has written extensively on the nature and history of European anti-Semitism.
A Concise History of American Antisemitism reminds readers how
deeply rooted is Christian anti-Semitism in the Western tradition
and in the
Social Sciences / Native American Studies / Self-help
The Path of Handsome Lake: A Model of Recovery for Native People by Alf H. Walle (Information Age Publishing) provides a new model for recovery from alcoholism for native people based on the life work of an 18th century Iroquois leader.
Alf H. Walle,
There is a strong tradition of recovering alcoholics entering the field of alcohol counseling, so programs of recovery and therapy have historically tended to adopt the 12 Steps model. Although Alcoholics Anonymous' grip on treatment and self-help options is beginning to relax, a legacy of proposing universal methods has long dominated the field of alcohol therapy/recovery, but in recent years other strategies of therapy and self-help have arisen to deal with the needs of specific individuals and groups. Native strategies that build upon the Native cultural heritage of Native people are one aspect of this movement.
The Path of Handsome Lake is group of essays written to provide
suggestions to Native people who seek to deal with alcoholism from
the perspective of their unique heritages and with an understanding
that the pressures to which Native traditions and societies have
been subjected may trigger dysfunctional behavior, such as excessive
drinking. In doing so, Walle links the work, life, and example of
The Path of Handsome Lake is divided into three distinct sections. Chapters 1-3 provide some general discussions, including an overview of the ‘cultural configurations’ method to be used in the analysis, a brief overview of Native American history, and a discussion of Native alcoholism.
Chapters 4-6 focus largely upon social theories of addiction. Key to these discussions is the fact that Native cultures tend to face profound stress and even decay and/or extinction. These pressures can be terribly hurtful to people because peoples' cultures and ways of life tend to be the bedrock underlying their existence and psychological health. When cultures are under attack, dysfunctional behaviors such as alcoholism are often both a symptom of cultural stress and change and an artifact of the pain people feel, as a result. Mainstream people, in contrast, seldom face this kind of stress to the degree that it routinely impacts Natives.
Chapters 7-11 deal in more detail with the strategies of recovery
that were proposed by
The Path of Handsome Lake presents one way in which Native
people may be able to embrace their cultural heritage as they seek
to recover from alcoholism. Inspired by the example and teachings of
Transportation / Transatlantic / History
One of the most famous ships of the twentieth century, the Andrea Doria was graceful, fast, and luxuriously outfitted. Embodying the Italian tradition of sophisticated style and luxury at sea, the ship was also a floating art gallery, displaying an extraordinary array of original art work.
Nearly 200 rare photographs in Picture History of the Andrea Doria depict spacious lounges and elegant staterooms, the ship in port, its glorious twin, the Cristoforo Colombo, as well as the Roma, Rex, Conte de Savoia, and many other fleet mates. Extensive captions provide data on the ships' tonnage, size, speed, and other vital statistics.
The author, maritime expert William Miller pays tribute to the magnificent ship in this authoritative, profusely illustrated archive. Picture History of the Andrea Doria is a book to delight maritime historians and ship lovers alike. This grand collection of photographs will appeal to anyone thrilled by the mystique of transatlantic travel.
Transportation / Railroads / Professional & Technical / Architecture
Written by Alessia Ferrarini, assistant lecturer in Aesthetics at the Venice University Institute of Architecture, Railway Stations sets out to chart a history of the ‘paradigm shifts’ in railway architecture, selecting and analyzing examples that played a key role in defining what would then become important models of reference for such buildings.
Similar in format to the Electaarchitecture title, Twenty Houses
by Twenty Architects,
Railway Stations presents a series of case studies of different
interpretations of one building type. Ferrarini’s introduction
provides an overview of the history of railway architecture, citing
its most significant developments. Individual project documentation
begins with the Gare de L’Est in
For many years, railway stations were the ‘monuments’ around which large modern cities developed, structures that reflected the nature and embodied the characteristic features of their urban location. Marcel Proust, in fact, saw train stations as containing the very ‘spirit’ of the city, just as they were identified with its name on a large platform signpost. These buildings reveal the city’s essence because, to a certain extent, they are the mirror of it; their size and structure reflecting many characteristics of urban existence and life. But, at the same time, train stations are also an expression of the architectural and artistic trends of the period in which they are built; indeed, sometimes, they become the most significant expression of such trends. For example, according to Railway Stations, when towards the middle of the nineteenth century railway architecture was taking form, important technological innovations in the use of cast iron and glass meant that the wide, arching roofs of train sheds became the most spectacular feature of the new stations the very symbol of their role as functional environments.
In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, the ‘representative’ role of the station was performed by a large building which fronted that functional structure. In Beaux-Arts or eclectic style, this station building proper was characteristically made up of atmospheric spaces on a vast scale. In the period after the First World War, this palatial notion of stations gave way to designs that focused on essential geometrical forms that were stripped of adornment. And, as Ferrarini states, in our own age, there has been a tendency for stations to be envisaged as multi-level ‘machines,’ large-scale junctions through which flow various forms of traffic (a notion that was already prefigured in the visionary projects and designs of Sant'Elia). However, from the extant stations of the nineteenth century to the new stations that are still under construction, the history of this architecture can be read as a sort of palimpsest, with traces of more recent periods overlaying those of the past. Railway Stations borrows an idea from Walter Benjamin, arguing that the history of railway architecture is not a linear but a stratified history, not a continuous narrative but one in which interruption and overlapping can be seen.
In contrast to earlier days, the most recent designs are significant expressions of a clear shift – or even a total break – with the traditional concepts of railway architecture. It is true that the station and city still remain symbolic reflections of each other; but while the European and American stations of the end of the nineteenth/beginning of the twentieth century remained autonomous parts of an urban fabric to which they were anchored, contemporary stations attempt to metabolize the very congestion and density of the modern urban environment – and it is this very process of assimilation that can be said to ‘restore’ them to the city.
The embodiment of a complex of dynamic relations, the
contemporary railway station once more identifies itself with the
urban reality around it; once again, it reflects the personality of
the city as such. The examples illustrated in
Railway Stations (Stratford Regional Station in
Within a vast accumulation of material, Ferrarini draws up a history, charting the ways in which the railway station has been envisaged as an emblem of the city itself. What emerges is a stratified narrative that affords glimpses of the essence of the urban reality such architecture is intended to serve. Railway Stations demonstrates how the railway station is both an urban monument to progress and a gateway to the city.
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