Arts & Photography / Religion & Spirituality
No one can doubt Mary's importance in the spiritual history of
In the visual arts, perhaps not even Christ has had so eminent a
role as she. In certain periods images of the Mother indeed outstrip
those of her Son both in quantity and in creative originality. The
historical identity of
Prepared with an eye to the cultural evolution now in course in Europe, Mary in Western Art ponders the presence of Mary in art, suggesting the theological, devotional, and social background and seeks to evoke the affective rationale underlying Mary's centuries-old cult. The text organizes the rich, visual material according to several methodological principles, using a thematic approach in the first chapter, a biographical one in the second, and in the third offering a concrete historical example: Mary as a subject in Florentine art.
Writing from the viewpoint of religious faith, Timothy Verdon, Yale-trained art historian, priest of the Archdiocese of Florence since 1995, and director of the diocesan office for catechesis through art, clarifies the logical and emotional framework within which the individual and collective relationship, shaped by familiarity with the Judeo-Christian Scriptures and with the liturgical, devotional and literary traditions of the Church with Mary relating the images to Church writings of different eras. Passages quoted are intended as examples of a way of thinking, not as proofs in an argument; however, they want to convey the mood of the generation that generated Mariana images. The text does not presume to ‘explain’ individual paintings or sculptures; true works of art, after all, are never mere textual illustrations.
Verdon attempts to make allowance for the fact that many readers
lack direct or personal experience of Mary. In addition, passages
quoted are intended as examples of a way of thinking, not as proofs
in an argument; however, they want to convey the mood of the
generation that generated Mariana images. According to
This timely publication ponders the presence of Mary, the Mother
of Jesus, in art, and seeks to evoke the affective rationale
underlying Mary's centuries-old fascination. The
breathtaking reproductions are full color and many are full page as
well in this large format book.
Audio / Literature & Fiction / General
Dangerous sex, family secrets, irresistible power…Jackie Collins is back – in her most deliciously scandalous novel yet, her twenty-fourth, with Lovers & Players.
The Diamond family's power extends from coast to coast, engulfing
all who come near. Amy Scott-Simon, a pretty young
Working as Red’s housekeeper is Diahann, a beautiful black
ex-singer. Her stunning, bi-racial, nineteen-year-old daughter
Take one vindictive aging tycoon and three charismatic, ambitious
sons; add one naïve heiress, one aspiring R&B diva, one British
(titled, natch) lady of the house; throw in a dash of Russian mafia,
kinky sex, a pinch of rap mogul, fabulous locations and a sprinkling
of murders, and you have the ingredients for a fast-paced,
glamour-heavy Collins extravaganza. … Each son … is battling his own
private demons: a huge business deal gone sour and a bitter ex-wife;
a gambling debt that's gotten out of hand; and (what else?) drug and
alcohol addiction. … The ever-stylin' Collins manages to tie the
scattered plot lines together into another page-turning tale packed
with intrigue, revenge and romance for her
In Collins' twenty-fourth novel, she turns yet again to detailing the tawdry lives of the rich and beautiful. … Vintage Collins here: sex, love, betrayal, and deception. Her fans will certainly enjoy. – Kathleen Hughes, Booklist
The highly charged love story, Lovers & Players, gives a revealing look into the private realms of Collin’s always fabulously rich and sexy cast of characters.
Audio / Mysteries & Thrillers
Dumb Witness: A Hercule Poirot Mystery [UNABRIDGED, Audio cassette, 5 cassettes, running time: 7 hours, 20 minutes] by Agatha Christie, narrated by Hugh Fraser (Hercule Poirot Mystery Series: Audio Editions, Mystery Masters)
One of the best-selling authors of all time, Agatha Christie spearheaded the golden age of mysteries with the creation of such unforgettable characters as Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple. Dumb Witness is one in the series of ever-popular Poirot mysteries about the vain and cleverly enchanting Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.
After an accident on the stairs, rich, elderly spinster Emily Arundell becomes convinced that one of her relatives is trying to kill her. Miss Emily has two nieces and a nephew, all of whom badly want money. They all spend Easter with her, and during the weekend she has a curious accident. She survives, but her suspicions are aroused. So on April 17th she writes a letter to Hercule Poirot.
Poirot receives the mysterious and cryptic letter from Miss Emily
on June 28th – two months after it was written – about a possible
attempt on her life. The letter requesting the renowned detective's
services arrives too late – after the sender's demise. But a client
is a client, even if she is dead, and Poirot is wants to get to the
bottom of the mystery, it's only a matter of time before he decides
to investigate. While the woman's death looked natural to all,
Poirot stubbornly believes it to be murder. But who mailed the
letter so late? Who had the motive – and the skill – to make murder
look so much like an accident?
Dumb Witness Poirot faces one of the most unusual challenges of
his career as he tries to determine which of the victims disgruntled
relatives did not have a motive for murder. As Poirot heads to her
hometown of Market Basing, he must contend with a cold trail and the
strange villagers to solve a murder that confounds even his superior
Novelty, intriguing character types, and ingenuity. – New York
Times Agatha Christie at her best – Daily Mirror
Delightful...a bevy of most excellent human creatures – not to mention the dumb witness himself, little Bob, the wire-haired terrier – Evening News
One of Poirot's most brilliant achievements – Glasgow Herald
A slick job in the admirable Christie manner. –
Christie is a master at keeping readers guessing, and this story is no exception. Dumb Witness is a grand example of her suspenseful yet cozy mysteries with an intricate plot that confounds readers, and listeners, until the very last. The audio version is masterfully read by Hugh Fraser, know to many listeners as “Captain Hastings.”
Business & Investing / Economics
With a nineteen-year history of making bold yet astonishingly accurate economic forecasts, it is little wonder that when Stephen Leeb speaks, smart investors take heed. In his 1986 book, Getting in on the Ground Floor, Leeb prophesied the great bull market of the 1990s. In his 1999 book, Defying the Market, he warned investors of the coming collapse in technology shares. And in February 2004, when crude oil cost under $33 a barrel, Leeb’s book The Oil Factor predicted soaring energy prices were just around the corner.
The Coming Economic Collapse, Leeb describes how the
Backed by research and analysis, Leeb describes the psychological ‘groupthink’ that has caused leaders in government, Wall Street, the oil industry, and academia to ignore the approaching crisis, until now when it is almost too late. He debunks the myth that petroleum supplies are limitless, and reveals the truth about an alternative energy source that is fast becoming cheaper than oil. In addition, he offers practical solutions such as:
A blockbuster. A powerful warning coupled with well-documented advice. – Myron Kandel, former editor and anchor, CNN Financial News
Brilliantly and superbly written. Truly impressive...Cannily guides investors faced with the prospect of an alarming, all-too-likely scenario. – Gene G. Marcial, senior writer and "Inside Wall Street" columnist, BusinessWeek
Leeb spins advice that can survive the siege. –
Brazen, brilliant... and a little bit frightening. Provocative and prophetic, this is one of the most important books I've read in years. Those who heed its strategies will be richly rewarded. – Jonathan Honig, Portfolio Manager, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund, LLC; and author of Greed Is Good
The Coming Economic Collapse is a call-to-arms to avert catastrophe... and a survival kit. The book is urgent, even frightening, coming from a financial prophet.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
“The ability of organizations to reach their next level of greatness is determined by the atmosphere. The atmosphere is determined by the quality of the relationships. The quality of the relationships is determined by the quality of the conversations and behaviors. As a leader, you have in your grasp the ability to create and shape an environment that inspires greatness at every level. This is your leadership DNA," explains Judith E. Glaser in her new book, The DNA of Leadership. An organizational anthropologist and executive coach who has advised senior executives across industries, Glaser offers a step-by-step guide to help leaders create workplace cultures where people thrive and learn to express their own DNA for greatness.
The DNA of Leadership builds on Glaser's earlier bestseller, Creating WE, which focused on eliminating ‘I-Centric’ thinking and communication in favor of ‘We-Centric’ practices that make for healthy work environments and pave the way for business success. Through her work with such clients as Coach, Pfizer, Merrill Lynch, Barclay's, Lowe Enterprises, and Siemens, Glaser has identified seven vital ‘leadership genes – seven dimensions along which leadership can be expressed. Like cellular DNA, these leadership practices bond together in pairs – one half (the I-Centric side) leading to stagnation, and the other (the We-centric side) leading to growth.
In The DNA of Leadership, Glaser illustrates each of the seven genes with a case study from a company she and her associates have worked with – VeriSign, New Wave Entertainment, Dreyer's and Edy's Grand Ice Cream, and IBM – that exemplifies what a particular gene looks like when it is effectively expressed. After presenting this best practice example, Glaser offers an illustration of what can happen when the I-Centric side of a particular gene takes over. She then reveals the steps leaders must take to move to the We-centric pole of the gene. Here, she emphasizes the importance of language, describing how powerfully words affect culture, and explaining how to create the kinds of conversations that will open doors, rather than close them. She completes the discussion of each gene with specific practices leaders can graft onto their own corporate cultures.
The seven leadership genes are:
The DNA of Leadership concludes with a chapter offering ‘DNA exercises’ to help create the workplace culture that will enable organizational evolution.
The world is moving away from top down hierarchy and toward the horizontal spread of power. So, too, must leadership evolve from domination to stewardship. The ‘genetic roadmap’ in Glaser's book can guide your journey along that evolutionary path, and help you lead the organizational dinosaurs in the dust. – Edie Wiener, futurist and author of the bestselling Future Think
Judith has created a thoroughly original, modern day perspective into how great leaders are formed. Her engaging insights into generational influences, cultural connectivity, and conceptual genetic analogies give us a compelling – almost spiritual view into the true code of leadership. – Angela Ahrendts, CEO Designate, Burberry
Judith's insights give an incredibly accessible path to how leaders can create environments for greatness to be realized. Judith's leadership insights are the touch points to thriving in the face of change, as well as a means to build leadership communities that will drive growth. It's a book that must be read and reread by everyone who wants to realize his or her leadership potential and inspire the same in their people and businesses. – Glen Ellen Brown, V P, Hearst Brand Development, Hearst Magazines
The DNA of Leadership helps readers understand how to shape their company's success; they can, Glaser convincingly argues, ‘graft’ these seven practices onto meetings, conversations, and strategic initiatives to leverage talent, maximize results, and boost profits. The book will help any organization tap into its most powerful source for innovation and success – its people.
Business & Investing / Marketing & Sales
A generation ago, infertile couples desperate for children had
few choices beyond adoption. Today, advances in science and
technology have made it possible to order babies from a menu of
options including donated eggs, rented wombs, and gene selection.
Indeed, in the
According to Debora Spar, the future of stem cell research is likely to be driven as much by markets as by science, by the demand that emerges for the products of these cells and the firms that rise to supply them. If we ignore these commercial prospects now, we risk undermining both the business and the science.
Spar, Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School presents a book about an issue that deeply impacts all of us – politicians, scientists, doctors, lawyers, economists, sociologists, religious leaders, any couple that ever wanted to have a child, but couldn’t. In The Baby Business, Spar argues that it is time to acknowledge that the acquisition of children has become a multibillion dollar industry that has left science, law, ethics, and business deeply at odds. This behind-the-scenes account combines pioneering research and interviews with the industry’s top reproductive scientists to provide a first glimpse at how the industry really works: who the baby-makers are, who makes money, how prices are set and what defines the clientele. Fascinating stories illustrate the inner workings of market segments – including surrogacy, egg swapping, designer babies, adoption, stem cell research, and human cloning – as Spar explores the moral and legal challenges that industry players must address. The book also explores:
According to Spar, hampered only by the limits of science, the dilemma of unmet demand, and an uncertain political system.
A new, surprising, and authoritative take on an important aspect of modern society that most people just don't know about. – Toby Lester, Deputy Managing Editor, The Atlantic Monthly
Stretches our preconceived notions about the most basic part of being human – not with science fiction designed to shock, but with science fact lucidly and accurately explained. – Douglas Melton, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences, Harvard University, and Codirector, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
A startling revelation on the expanding global market for
high-tech reproduction. Spar raises provocative questions about the
business of designer children, and her answers are often not only
thought provoking but disturbing. – Gregory D. Curfman, MD,
This book raises the issues
The Baby Business is that rare find: a seminal book on a vitally important topic that is a pleasure to read. – Diane B. Kunz, PhD, Executive Director, Center for Adoption Policy
Elucidates in a clear and provocative manner all the medical,
ethical, and even problematic aspects of the infertility industry. –
Merle J. Berger, MD,
From Beltway back offices to hospital operating rooms to third
world villages to bedrooms of
Children / Grades 2-4
It's the little things that make a world of difference.
In her new book, I Can Make a Difference, Marian Wright Edelman, founder of the Children's Defense Fund and New York Times best-selling author, encourages all children to take responsibility for the kind of people they are and will become.
The book is filled with short contributions from a variety of cultures and full-color illustrations by award-winning illustrator Barry Moser. It is divided into twelve sections, each one highlighting a goal that any child can aspire to achieve, such as being "honest and telling the truth" and "persevering and not giving up."
The diverse selection of stories, poems and songs in I Can Make a Difference show that even the smallest actions can change one's own life, as well as the lives of others.
The contributors to the book in the form of quotes, stories, tales and poems are: Martin Luther King, Jr., Pablo Casals, Marian Wright Edelman, Margaret Hillert, Maya Angelou, Helen Keller, Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Mays, Shel Silverstein, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Frank, The Prophet Muhammed, Emily Dickinson, James Russell Lowell, Langston Hughes, Albert Schweitzer, Aesop, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, Walt Whitman, James Weldon Johnson, Leo Lionni, The Dalai Lama, George Washington Carver, The Brothers Grimm, The Bible, Eleanor Farjeon, Leo Tolstoy, Lee Hays and Pete Seeger, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Vaclav Havel.
Written in a tone that speaks to children and their needs, I Can Make a Difference also challenges adults to ask the right kinds of questions: What kind of people do we want our children to be? What kind of moral choices – personal, community and political – are we parents, grandparents and community adults prepared to make at this turn of the century and millennium to make our children strong inside and empowered to see and help build a more just, compassionate and less violent world?
…An oversize format allows Moser to mix full-size paintings, portraits, and spot art in artwork that ranges from utilitarian to effective to stunning. Edelman, a well-known children's rights activist and winner of such awards as the MacArthur Prize Fellowship and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, discusses her hopes for inspiring children to see their lives as a means of improving the lives of others. A strong package that will lead to fruitful discussions between adults and children. – Ilene Cooper, Booklist
I Can Make a Difference presents timeless stories, poems, songs,
quotations, and folktales that speak to all children to let them
know that they can make a difference in today's world. Moser, head
of the printmaking department at
Cooking, Food & Wine
Chef Jude W. Theriot is not only one of the premier names in Cajun cooking, he has struggled all his life with maintaining a healthy weight. After trying hundreds of diets, Theriot discovered that a diet low in net carbohydrates worked best for him because he felt satisfied in both the quantity and variety of food he was able to eat and still lose weight. In developing the recipes for Cajun Low-Carb and eating them, he lost more than one hundred pounds!
Cajun Low-Carb covers a wide range of styles from standard
American favorites like pizza, (mock) mashed potatoes, and meatloaf,
to classic Cajun dishes including étouffée, crab au gratin, gumbo
and jambalaya. The seafood recipes cover just about everything that
swims, and the sauces and seasoning mixes elevate just about any
dish into a special treat. There are even dessert recipes sure to
satisfy the sweet tooth without the sugar. A unique feature of each
of Theriot’s cookbooks is the lagniappe, or ‘a little something
Cajun Low-Carb includes suggestions for parties, additional uses
for recipes, serving suggestions, and ideas for substitutions. Each
recipe lists serving size, total carbohydrates per serving (which
includes sugar alcohols), net carbohydrates per serving, and calorie
A member of an authentic Acadian family, Theriot learned the art of Cajun cooking from his Acadian-French grandmother at a young age. Trained as a traditional French chef, while pursuing his master’s degree in psychology and counseling, he served as executive chef at Le Champignon and Gatsby’s Top of the World in
Jude Theriot was Cajun before Cajun was hot. – Anne Byrne, former
Cajun is one of my weaknesses. How nice it is to have a cookbook
that embraces my new eating habits. –
So delicious are these dishes, you could easily serve them to non-low carbers... – www.fabulousfoods.com
Jude Theriot ... believes it’s possible to enjoy Cajun food without the carbs... – The Daily Adviser
...Chef Jude Theriot proves that you can have your Jambalaya and eat it, too. –
Cajun Low-Carb is an excellent cookbook to help cooks prepare interesting and flavorful meals without sacrificing commitment to the low-carb lifestyle. It proves that Cajun cooking can be low-carb, and, in this book, Theriot gives cooks all they need to know to create lively and healthy Cajun meals.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Gathering together around the table provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the most important things in life – love, family, good health, and good friends. Christy Rost, best-selling chef for Sur La Table, is passionate about family meals, and she believes that besides flexibility, the key to successfully preserving the family meal is an arsenal of family-friendly recipes that emphasize the beauty of simple foods, fresh, wholesome ingredients, and reasonably priced wine selections.
The Family Table, Rost offers 250 mouthwatering recipes,
well-balanced and do-able in a reasonable amount of time, and
invites readers to gather everyone around the family table on a
regular basis. Recipe selections range from all-American favorites
Sample recipes in The Family Table include: Home-style Meatloaf, Buttermilk Cornbread Muffins, Sunday Best Mashed Potatoes, Tomato Galette, Thick and Creamy Tortilla Soup, Grilled Marinated Pork Chops, Cape Cod Rice Pilaf, Apple Cranberry Muffins, German Apple Pancake, Mango Spinach Salad with Blackberry Vinaigrette, Portabella Mushroom Turnovers, Pink Rum Desire, Berries with Champagne Sabayon, Grilled Lemon Basil Chicken, Rack of Lamb Dijon, Roasted Herbed Pork Loin, Onion Soufflé.
These are recipes for real people, and many include wine
suggestions. – Cathy Barber,
Christy is a talented and dedicated culinary professional and a
fantastic cooking teacher. Her cooking classes are so popular and in
such demand – she has the unique ability to read her students'
hearts. I have witnessed the magic of her presence when she works. –
Martin Yan, host of Yan Can Cook
It is a practical volume emphasizing the beauty of simple foods,
local ingredients, reasonably priced wines and the joy of family
The Family Table supports Rost’s mission of educating people on how to nurture the self through bringing others together, a mission she shares with this reviewer. Her recipes are easy to follow. The way she divides the book's content is user-friendly. Her dedication to the family asserts itself in her something-for-everyone approach. Her collaboration with Eric Little on the wine pairings shows that wine belongs on the table nearly as much as salt and pepper. The Entertaining at Home section is the cure for those who get so overwhelmed with pomp and circumstance that they forget to enjoy being with their guests.
Cooking, Food & Wine
The slow cooker has made a fast comeback in recent years, and why not? The cook gets to serve great tasting, home-cooked meals that demand minimal preparation, require only a single pot, and deliver maximum family- or crowd-pleasing fare, all with little oversight. And seasonal classics made in the slow cooker free up oven space and give cooks more time with family and friends.
Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook features more than 200 recipes that show readers how to maximize this essential appliance for successful make-ahead cooking. The test kitchen professionals at Southern Living created most of these recipes just for this new book and based them on meals they cook for their families or on slow-cooked favorites passed down in their families for generations. Features include:
Some recipes include: Cornish hens, Grandma Dean's Chicken and Dressing, Green Bean Casserole, Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping, Cranberry-Apple Cobbler, Slow-Cooked Collard Greens, Hot-and-Spicy Black-Eyed Peas, Barbecue Beef Sandwiches, Barbecue Baked Beans, Beef Brisket with Fall Vegetables, Roasted Garlic-Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
A bonus chapter of quick-fix traditional recipes helps readers round out slow-cooker meals. Readers will find salads, breads, sides, and desserts that make Southern Living Slow-Cooker Cookbook a staple for preparing mouthwatering meals with ease.
Whether readers are new to slow cooking or were raised in a slow-and-easy kitchen, this all-new collection of kitchen-tested one-dish meals, savory sides, and tempting desserts will spark their slow-cooking desire.
Education / PreK-12
The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement: Social-Emotional Learning in the Classroom edited by Maurice J. Elias & Harriett Arnold (Corwin Press) makes the claim that educators can tap the power of emotional intelligence and watch school-wide achievement soar.
The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement is a comprehensive guide to emotional intelligence (EI). The book contains is a state-of-the-art collection of best practices from the field’s best and brightest minds. It is edited by educational leaders, Maurice Elias, professor, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University, who directs the Social-Emotional Learning Lab; and Harriett Arnold, veteran educator who has served as elementary school teacher, middle school administrator, elementary school principal, director of personnel and staff development, and international consultant to schools. With chapters by Daniel Goleman, Rachel Kessler, Marty Sleeper and Margot Strom, Janet Patti, Eliot Rosenbloom, Pam Robbins, Mark Greenberg, Sheldon Berman, Susan Wooley, Rose Reissman, Carol Cummings, and many others, The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement brings social-emotional learning into every classroom.
Key features cover:
The book includes an application/reflection guide for
note-taking, follow-up, contacts, and ideas for immediate
Bringing all this information together in one spot is quite a
contribution... There isn't too much research or theory here, but
lots of emphasis on 'What can I do on Monday?' – David A. Squires,
Associate Professor, Southern Connecticut State University,
I highlighted at least two dozen specific ideas that I will implement in my classroom next year. – Steve Reifman, Teacher, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, CA
Relevant and meaningful for today's educators. – Beverly Eidmann, Principal, Arvada Middle School, CO
Useful, unique (not a crowded field at all!), practical, clearly written. – Robert DiGiulio, Professor of Education,
This is valuable book that gathers and presents to teachers a variety of proven strategies, prosocial and pro-academic, that involve emotional intelligence. The Educator's Guide to Emotional Intelligence and Academic Achievement is an essential resource for all teachers, counselors, and school administrators who want their school communities to educate healthier, more responsible, and more successful students.
Education / Behavioral Psychology
Dealing with behavioral problems in the classroom is a major
cause of teacher dissatisfaction. Nearly one-half of all new
A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management uses an interactive case study approach, known as IOSIE (Identifying the problem – Deciding on Objectives – Developing a Solution – Implementing it – Evaluating it). It analyzes eighteen traditional approaches and models for classroom management. The steps are detailed in the text to help students understand the conceptual foundations of classroom management in addition to knowing how to react to a range of situations and problems.
Special features of the text include:
A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management is the end result of a lengthy holistic process; it began as a first aid kit and evolved into a practitioner's management toolbox. IOSIE is presented as a rubric for interpreting case studies, or real-life scenarios.
Readers are introduced to the three basic ways to approach problem-resolution: through a consequences, group-guidance, and individual-guidance approach. Generic management strategies requiring varying levels of teacher intervention are explained, as are specific management strategies, presented on a spectrum of most to least teacher control.
The strategies comprise a road map for use with the case study approach to behavior analysis to create learning environments in which misbehavior is deterred and education enhanced. Addressing behavioral problems before they result in violence is one of the objectives of the case study approach.
Readers are encouraged to understand the psychological precepts
that support the various management strategies. The research base
A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management is broad,
suggesting an eclectic approach to classroom management.
The text is balanced between theory and practice. The teaching personality, which is viewed as what teachers bring to the classroom, is discussed throughout the book.
Materials in the have been tested in graduate management and methods courses, as well as staff development programs. Each part begins with an introduction that provides an overview of the specific chapters and sets out expectations for readers. Each of the chapters in Parts I and II concludes with sections titled Key Terms to Focus On, Discussion Questions, Mini-Cases from the Field, and References. In Part III, each case study concludes with sections titled Discussion Topics and Questions to Ponder, and What Would You Do If ...?
Part I introduces the IOSIE method and general approaches to management, with a focus on teaching personality and teachers' individual management styles. Part II provides an in-depth view of management models and strategies, discussing particular classroom contexts and the strengths and weaknesses of models used by teachers to deter violence in the classroom. Classic approaches are reviewed along with specific procedures that can bring these approaches to life within the classroom. Part III gives readers an opportunity to apply their learning of management styles and approaches to particular case studies.
Appendix A looks at the most severe forms of behavioral problems that teachers face, discussing the types of violence in today's schools, including youth violence, bullying, gangs, suicide prevention, child abuse, and sexual harassment. Appendix B presents a Classroom Management Quiz, which is an opportunity for the reader to reflect on and evaluate his or her own management style after reading the different classroom management methods presented in Chapters 4 through 7.
The case studies in A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management are written from a teacher's perspective. Chapters 1 through 7 contain mini-case studies that present real-life scenarios that readers must analyze and apply the specific classroom management style just described. The generic and specific management strategies discussed in Parts I and II then aid readers to resolve the identified problems presented in the case studies in Chapter 8. Each case opens with a guide, Keys to Analyzing This Case. Readers are asked to use the IOSIE method as a framework when beginning to analyze the difficulties confronted in each episode. Other keys to understanding the case follow. Concluding questions provide direction for student thought and reflection.
A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management comes with an Instructor's Guide and Resource Manual to assist the instructor in the organization and presentation of classroom management classes and workshops. The Guide provides strategies and materials that can be used in facilitating instruction. The various items in this Guide are designed to be altered and modified to meet individual instructional needs.
The Instructor's Guide is divided into two parts. Part I offers a model syllabus for which this book might be used. Instructors can use this model and adapt it for their own course.
This text provides an underlying rationale for dealing with
misbehavior, which will help students develop their own
understanding of the decisions and choices one must make in
developing a classroom management style of their own. –
I wish I had read this little book and seen the accompanying
videos before I began my term of 6 years of public school teaching
experience in a large, diverse, and challenging high school. –
Sheila K. Jones,
A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management presents, in a logical sequence, the general topics of classroom management, and is intended for use by the undergraduate and graduate students as well as practicing teachers. The information presented will assist and support readers in becoming effective classroom managers by helping them understand and utilize a variety of approaches, adapting them to individual students and circumstances. A Case Study Approach to Classroom Management encourages teachers to be flexible, providing a toolbox of classroom management strategies that facilitate the ultimate goal of instructional learning. Packaged with the supplemental online materials available through Pearson Allyn and Bacon, the book provides a powerful set of online tools that bring the classroom to life. Suitable for teachers of all grade levels, the text brings students as close as possible to direct hands-on experience in a classroom setting.
Health, Mind & Body / Alternative Medicine
Of all the ancient practices that have been revived by the growth of alternative healing, reflexology is one of the most popular. It is easy to learn, can be applied anywhere, and is especially well-suited to self-treatment or the treatment of a partner. It is also excellent for the treatment of children.
The Reflexology Atlas is a reference guide providing an overview
of and instructions for the many forms of reflexology – foot
reflexology, hand reflexology, ear reflexology, head reflexology,
and the total massage known as Shiatsu.
In the reflexology system it is possible to stimulate a distant organ or body part by massaging a corresponding ‘reflex zone’ on the hand, foot, ear, face, or scalp. By examining the location of the reflex zones, one can visualize a projection of the entire human body superimposed over each of these massage locations. On the foot, for example, the big toe represents the head; the area at the base of the toes corresponds to the neck and shoulder girdle; the digestive organs can be massaged in the middle of the foot; the curves of ball, arch, and heel on the side of the foot mirror the curves of the spine; and the pelvic organs find correspondence just below the anklebone. Because the placement of the reflex zones makes intuitive sense, reflexology is easy to learn and can be applied anywhere.
In an alphabetized symptom-by-symptom section, authors Bernard C. Kolster, physical therapist and medical doctor specializing in reflexology, and Astrid Waskowiak, medical doctor and medical editor, offer reflexology techniques tailored to a wide variety of common health disorders, including allergies, joint problems, headaches, back pain, sleep disorders, and heart and circulatory problems. Translated from the German, The Reflexology Atlas contains step-by-step instructions, illustrated in full color, which put the healing techniques of reflexology massage at the fingertips of readers.
… the book provides succinct charts of the areas to be massaged. The accompanying photographs, though not exactly works of art, are clear and precise. Each major section ends with a helpful roundup of the most important points to remember. Refreshingly, the book offers no outlandish promises of healing or even rejuvenation; instead, it plainly spells out the potential benefits while reminding readers throughout that the best results can often be seen when the techniques are used as an adjunct to conventional medical care. Still, those seeking to remedy headaches, back pain, insomnia or weak knees might do well with the solutions featured here alone. – Publishers Weekly
The Reflexology Atlas is a fully illustrated and comprehensive reference guide to the many different kinds of reflexology. It provides reflexology treatments tailored to a wide variety of common health disorders, and it contains concise and easy-to understand, step-by-step instructions illustrated in full color. The book is an easy way to get started, yet it is quite comprehensive.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
No Two Alike: Human Nature and Human Individuality by Judith Rich Harris (W. W. Norton & Company) is the story of a scientific quest, but it is also the personal story of a courageous and innovative woman who refused to be satisfied with ‘what everyone knows is true.’
Judith Rich Harris was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize with her previous investigative and highly controversial book, The Nurture Assumption about socialization; this time Harris turns the spotlight directly on personality.
Now in No Two Alike Harris tackles the biggest mystery in all of psychology: What makes people differ so much in personality and behavior? It can't just be ‘nature and nurture,’ because even identical twins that grow up together – same genes, same parents – have different personalities. And if psychologists can't explain why identical twins are different, they also can't explain why each of us differs from everyone else – why no two people are alike.
As Harris points out, most people – whether they are professors of psychology, podiatrists, or postal clerks – believe that personality has already been explained. The commonly held belief is that individuals are the way they are because of nature, nurture, and/or some kind of interaction between the two. But the conventional theories fall apart as soon as Harris pokes at them. Not one of these theories can account for all the evidence. The search for clues carries Harris, independent investigator and former child development textbook writer, down many byways of science. The evidence she examines ranges from classic experiments in social psychology to cutting-edge research in neuroscience. She looks at research on autistic children, observations of chimpanzees, birds, and even ants. Harris begins with the case of Ladan and Laleh Bijani, conjoined identical twins who were born attached together at the head. Identical twins have identical genes and are treated very similarly by their parents. Laden and Laleh went everywhere together – they had no choice. And yet they had different career goals, different world views, and different personalities.
In fact, as told in No Two Alike, human individuality is a mystery, and Harris embarks on a quest to solve that mystery. Like the detective in a classic mystery novel, she examines clues and eliminates likely suspects. Her search for evidence takes her far afield: social psychology, psycholinguistics, neuroscience, primatology, even entomology, the study of insects. But she relies most heavily on what she calls her ‘two new brooms’ – evolutionary psychology and behavioral genetics – to sweep away a hundred years of cobwebs from psychology.
It was evolutionary psychologists who first proposed the idea that the mind is, as Steven Pinker put it in How the Mind Works, "not a single organ but a system of organs, which we can think of as psychological faculties or mental modules." Harris carries the idea of specialized mental modules one step further, using it to explain how children become socialized and how, at the same time, each individual develops a unique personality. She proposes three mental systems – the relationship system, the socialization system, and the status system – to account for the variations in personality and behavior that cannot be attributed to genes. The relationship system collects information about specific individuals; this is the source of our love of gossip. The socialization system collects information about the members of social categories such as ‘men,’ ‘women,’ ‘girls’ and ‘boys’; it is responsible for adapting children to their culture.
The status system has the hardest job: this system collects information about the self. One of the most important things that children have to learn while they are growing up is what sort of people they are. Are they strong or weak, fast or slow, pretty or plain? This self-knowledge is essential for working out a strategy of behavior that will serve them well in their adult lives – a strategy tailored to their own strengths and weaknesses and to the opportunities afforded by their environment. Thus, people become more alike in some respects (due to the way the socialization system works) and less alike in others (an effect of the status system). "The result," Harris writes, "is that no two people have the same personality."
The solution offered in No Two Alike is an original one: the first new theory of personality since Freud's.
As a parent, as a social psychologist, and as a human being, I
was enlightened and enthralled. Harris is an extraordinary thinker
and writer: wise, witty, learned, scientifically rigorous, and
absolutely fearless. Contemporary psychology has no sharper critic –
and no better friend. – Joshua Aronson, editor of Improving Academic
Achievement: Impact of Psychological Factors on Education
When this book arrived, I pretty much sat down and read it from
cover to cover – hardly my typical reaction to a nonfiction book.
No Two Alike is a deeply impressive accomplishment. – Paul
Bloom, author of Descartes’ Baby: How the Science of Child
Development Explains What Makes Us Human
There are many books about ‘human nature,’ but very few on the
important question of why humans differ from one another. Judy
Harris's book is terrifically well written and interesting. – Robert
Plomin, author of Nature and Nurture: An Introduction to Human
No Two Alike is another firecracker of a book by the woman who
forced the world to rethink how we become who we are. Harris's
scholarship and the persuasiveness of her arguments make this book
mandatory reading for psychologists; her style, humor, and
storytelling skills make it exhilarating reading for everyone. –
Steven Pinker, author of The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works,
and The Blank Slate
In her previous book, The Nurture Assumption, Harris put a new spin on the nature-nurture debate. Now, in No Two Alike, Harris drops the other shoe and it hits even harder. Harris turns out to be well suited for the role of detective – she is a writer of intellect, wit, and critical acumen. As she showed in The Nurture Assumption and demonstrates even more convincingly in No Two Alike, she is fearless in her willingness to take on the establishment and to question the accepted gospel. This startlingly original, new theory of personality is a must read for evolutionary psychologists, biologists and anthropologists, and readable enough for everyone from parents of twins to armchair science detectives.
Health, Mind & Body / Self-help
Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to sick people before writing a prescription or packing them off to a specialist.
So is anyone interested in keeping people well?
Yes. Created by two physicians who both survived catastrophic
illness, the program described in
Ultraprevention will work for absolutely everyone – old, young,
healthy, sick, or somewhere in between. The promise of its practice
is huge – a health span that matches life span – and increased
energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion,
deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more. Ultraprevention is the
new science of staying healthy, an innovative program that shatters
the myths of today's ‘fix-the-broken-parts’ medicine. These myths –
drugs cure disease, genes determine a person’s fate, getting older
means aging, fat is a four-letter word – are actually believed by
many doctors and are keeping everyone sick. Ardent general
practitioners, authors Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis reject the
current healthcare system of specialists paid to find something
wrong, specialists who don't consider how their ‘cure’ for one
ailment affects the entire body. Working outside the managed care
model at Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, a practice affiliated with
Brigham and Women’s Hospital in
For example, they say that "If you have high blood pressure, doctors give you a high blood pressure pill, instead of trying to figure out why you might have high blood pressure in the first place." In lieu of such quick fixes, Hyman and Liponis suggest a plan of far-reaching life-style changes, among them installing a reverse osmosis water filter in the kitchen. Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today's most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer's, Hyman and Liponis enumerate the Five Forces of Illness – Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress).
Through the practice of the six-week Ultraprevention program, readers learn three simple steps that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health. So, the book advises, stop falling for the myths that make that sick and start Ultraprevention, a plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for life.
Any program promising better health is only as good as the work
you put into it, but
Ultraprevention authors Mark Liponis and Mark Hyman,
co-directors of medicine at Canyon Ranch, have designed their
program so that not everyone must follow every little detail to the
letter. Their six-week program is divided into three stages, but you
can decide which suggestions will help speed you towards your goals.
… While the terminology is potentially overwhelming to total novices
in complimentary medicine, the book offers clear and excellent
possibilities for those who are willing to look outside the box for
improved health. – Jill Lightner, Amazon.com
Bets are on that pharmaceutical companies are not fans of doctors Mark Hyman and Mark Liponis, co-medical directors of Canyon Ranch, a practice affiliated with
Two likable physicians weave every new and worthwhile idea about nutrition into a useful guide to healthy living. Even the trickiest language of today's metabolic lexicon is a breeze to understand in the hands of these two articulate authors, who also have fabulous speaking voices. … A well-done audio that should be a top listening priority for health pros and anyone interested in physical health. – T.W., AudioFile
A healthy lifestyle is the cornerstone of cardiovascular prevention. Hyman and Liponis provide a provocative, practical, accessible, and highly readable guide to this important subject and challenge aspects of the traditional medical model. – Peter Libby, M.D. Chief, Cardiovascular Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital,
It sounds too good to be true, and it probably is (i.e., our bodies are probably going to break down eventually no matter what the good doctors may say), but making some of the changes described in Ultraprevention is also a heck of a lot better than the alternative, which is getting sicker and more decrepit before our time. Our hats off to them for developing a program like this against the tide of the pharmaceutical companies and the medical establishment.
Health, Mind & Body / Self-help / Psychology & Counseling
Is it exciting and satisfying? Is it passionate? Or is it just ‘good enough’? Well, good enough is not enough anymore!
Sex & the City and similar programs have made women more
comfortable with discussing their sexual wants and needs, but many
of them remain clueless as to what they can actually do to improve
their sexual experiences. In
The Passion Prescription, Laura Berman, leading sex therapist,
offers women a step-by-step guide for making over their sex lives in
10 weeks. According to Berman, clinical assistant professor of
OB/GYN and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine of
Each chapter explores a different facet of women's sexuality, including tailored recommendations and ‘homework’. And since sex is always a couples issue, a Guy's Guide at the end of each chapter summarizes the key points that he needs to know. Berman also fills in the information gap about medical interventions for women's sex lives. She offers women up-to-the-minute medical guidance for optimizing their sexual health. Her approach includes quizzes for getting to the root of specific sexual challenges and resources for finding the care women need. This sexual makeover guide includes results from two groundbreaking new studies. One sheds light on the myths surrounding vibrators, letting all women in on the benefits that vibrators hold for their sex lives – including enhanced libido, better relationships, and even better quality of life. The second study introduces women to the little-discussed concept of genital self-image and how it affects their sexual satisfaction.
It's about time! Finally a book for women that answers all the
questions our mothers were too embarrassed to talk about. A must
read by every woman! – Suzanne Somers
Passion has been the key ingredient for my happiness. Everyone should read Dr. Berman's passionate book. – Pamela Anderson
The Passion Prescription gives women of all ages both the
permission and the practical information needed to make fabulous sex
a health-enhancing part of their daily lives. Great stuff! –
Laura Berman's book offers something you can't find anywhere else: a program that anyone can use. Her advice is practical, easy-to-follow, and supported by her clinical experience. As someone who has followed her career for years, this is by far her best work. – Dr. Drew, host of Loveline
… the book's comprehensive mind-body approach has something to
offer most partnered women (the constant references to male life
partners make it most appropriate for heterosexual women in
committed relationships). Though the book is generally sex-positive
and health-promoting, some odd contradictions do appear, such as the
surprising ‘prescription’ for waxing, shaving or dyeing one's hair
‘down under,’ despite the focus on positive body image and the
health risks of these practices pointed out in the book. –
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Berman's The Passion Prescription helps women achieve a good sex life through an innovative, easy-to-follow plan. Berman, a sex educator and therapist for eighteen years, takes an approach that combines extensive medical research with a good dose of creativity and common sense and provides all the tools that women need into this practical, accessible guide.
The dust storms that terrorized
Once one of the greatest grasslands in the world, the High Plains
In The Worst Hard Time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist and author Timothy Egan follows a half-dozen families and their communities through the rise and fall of the region, going from sod homes to new framed houses to huddling in basements with the windows sealed by damp sheets in a futile effort to keep the dust out. Egan follows their desperate attempts to carry on through blinding black blizzards, crop failure, and the deaths of loved ones. The Worst Hard Time uses the individuals and families of those who stayed and survived across the region, weaving together the eyewitness accounts of survivors now in their eighties and nineties, who will soon carry their memories to the grave, including:
… In vivid fashion, Egan reports on the grit, the drifts, and the
figures bent against the gusts. All the elements of the iconic dust
bowl photographs come together in the author's evocative portrait of
those who first prospered and then suffered during the 1930s
drought. – Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
The Worst Hard Time is an epic story of blind hope and endurance almost beyond belief; it is also, as Tim Egan has told it, a riveting tale of bumptious charlatans, conmen, and tricksters, environmental arrogance and hubris, political chicanery, and a ruinous ignorance of nature's ways. Egan has reached across the generations and brought us the people who played out the drama in this devastated land, and uses their voices to tell the story as well as it could ever be told. – Marq de Villiers, author of Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource
As one who, as a young reporter, survived and reported on the great Dust Bowl disaster, I recommend this book as a dramatic, exciting, and accurate account of that incredible and deadly phenomenon. This is can’t-put-it-down history. – Walter Cronkite
The Worst Hard Time is wonderful: ribbed like surf, and battering us with a national epic that ranks second only to the Revolution and the Civil War. Egan knows this and convincingly claims recognition for his subject – as we as a country finally accomplished, first with Lewis and Clark, and then for 'the greatest generation,' many of whose members of course were also survivors of the hardships of the Great Depression. This is a banner, heartfelt but informative book, full of energy, research, and compassion. –Edward Hoagland, author of Compass Points: How I Lived
Here's a terrific true story – who could put it down? Egan humanizes Dust Bowl history by telling the vivid stories of the families who stayed behind. One loves the people and admires Egan's vigor and sympathy. – Annie Dillard, author of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
The Worst Hard Time captures the drama, heroism, and terror of this unwritten chapter of the Greatest Generation. The book is a testament to the power of human perseverance in the face of the most wretched of conditions, as well as a reminder that the environmental catastrophe of the Dust Bowl may only be a preview of what is in store for us in our ever-warming future. As only great history can, Egan's book captures the very voice of the times: its grit, pathos, and abiding courage, a lasting and important work of American history.
Despite countless past attempts to describe and analyze it, the American West retains an enigmatic quality that continues to attract and intrigue us.
As Gary J. Hausladen, professor of geography at the University of Nevada, Reno, editor of Western Places, American Myths, states, "The power and importance of the American West, ambiguous or not, cannot be overstated. Not just a real geographical region, the West is a mythic concept that repeatedly transcends simple historical-geographical description. For Americans, the West is part of our psyche, an essential part of who we are as a people."
The essays in Western Places, American Myths are the work of a dozen scholars from several disciplines, all examining the West as both an actual region and as an enduring element of American culture, demonstrating how today's West is the result of a long and continuous process, a constant reinvention and redefining of place. Their essays address such topics as the role of the West in the development of the scholarly discipline of historical geography; the changing role of the ranch and the rancher in Western culture and economy; the role of the West in the development of the National Park System; and the impact of conflicting systems of land tenure and concepts of space on Western development – those of the Native Americans and those of the Anglo-European settlers.
The region's minorities are not unnoticed, as evidenced by ruminations on the role of Mormon theology and culture in shaping settlement patterns and the economy of the Intermountain states; the mainstreaming of Hispanic popular culture; the changing role of Native Americans in regional politics and development; and the impact of Western realities on traditional gender roles, as exemplified by the adventures of nineteenth-century British travel writer Isabella Bird. Nor is the mythic quality of the West left unexamined. There are essays on the evolution of gambling in the West, from frontier pastime to economic mainstay; on ghost towns as an element of the West's past and present image; and on the ways that Western films both reflect and shape the myth of the region; and a color photo essay illuminates the visual power of the West's mythic and perceived spiritual qualities.
Lucid prose, lively topics, and original thinking all take center
stage in this evocative synthesis of the geography of the American
West. – Susan W. Hardwick, author of Mythic Galveston: Re-Inventing
America's Third Coast, and a geographer at the
Gary J. Hausladen and his posse of historical geographers
valiantly ride out to seek the truth about reality and myth in the
American West. They take their readers on a perilous journey through
a landscape filled with fascinating social and environmental
complexities, providing insightful, well-written commentary,
splendid photographs, and a veritable mountain of scholarly
references along the way. This book leads the way in the development
of a new vision of that quintessential American region: the West of
reality and of imagination. – Will Graf, author of Wilderness
Preservation and the Sagebrush Rebellious and Plutonium and the Rio
Grande, and past president of the Association of American
On its own, each essay in this collection makes a powerful
contribution to our understanding of the modern West. As a
collection, the essays offer a provocative and engaging commentary
on the complexity, vitality, tensions, and ceaseless change that
characterize this vast and myth-haunted region. For anyone who might
think that there is nothing new that can be said about the West,
Western Places, American Myths rewards readers with exciting new
perspectives and insights, reminding us that the West still contains
A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and
Faith by Anna-Lisa Cox (Little, Brown and Company)
is the inspiring, true story of an extraordinary nineteenth-century
town where blacks and whites lived as equals.
The differences between black folk and white folk are not blood or color; and the ties that bind us are deeper than those that separate us. The common road of hope which we all have traveled has brought us into a stronger kinship than any words, laws, or legal claims. – Richard Wright, 12 Million Black Voices
A hundred and fifty years ago in the heartland of the
Fittingly, the name of the town was Covert.
Now, in an astounding historical-detective feat, Anna-Lisa Cox in
A Stronger Kinship uncovers the saga of this place that took the
road untaken. Starting in the 1860s, and for decades later, the
people of Covert,
Cox is the recipient of numerous awards for her research,
including a National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars
Award, a Gilder Lehrman Fellowship, and a Pew Younger Scholars
Fellowship. She received her MPh in social anthropology from the
Anna-Lisa Cox has excavated a jewel from our past.
A Stronger Kinship is as refreshing as a cool breeze, and ever
so revealing. This beautifully crafted story is a must-read for
anyone who has ever tangled with race,
A Stronger Kinship is proof of the wealth of new insight into
American history to be found through attention to small towns and
rural places, where settlers sought to realize beliefs and ideals
that sometimes put them far in advance of society as a whole. These
are precious narratives, instructive and heartening. – Marilynne
Robinson, author of
A Stronger Kinship brings to light the inspiring stories of the
extraordinary residents of Covert.
A Stronger Kinship is the story of another
The history of slavery is central to understanding the history of
From the first Africans brought to British colonies in the early
seventeenth century to the end of Reconstruction,
Slavery and the Making of America illuminates the human side of
this inhumane institution, presenting the history largely through
stories of the slaves themselves.
Slavery and the Making of America is a companion volume to the four part PBS Series of the same name, written by historians James Horton, Benjamin Banneker Professor of American Studies & Professor of History at George Washington University, and Historian Emeritus at the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution; and Lois Horton, Professor of History at George Mason University. The authors draw on a wealth of primary sources to document the horrors of slavery, particularly in the deep South, and describe the slaves' struggles to free themselves from bondage. The book also features rare photographs from the Gilder-Lehrman collection of American History.
Readers will discover a wide ranging and sharply nuanced look at
American slavery, from the first Africans brought to British
colonies in the early seventeenth century to the end of
Reconstruction. There are dramatic tales of escape by slaves such
as William and Ellen Craft and Dred Scott's doomed attempt to win
his freedom through the Supreme Court. Readers will see how slavery
engendered violence in the nation, from bloody confrontations that
broke out in American cities over fugitive slaves, to the cataclysm
of the Civil War. The book is also filled with stories of remarkable
African Americans like Sergeant William H. Carney, who won the
Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at the crucial assault
In this compact and lucid account … Africans and
African-Americans appear not just as ‘passive laborers’ but as
shapers of American culture, from colonial politics to Southern
cuisine. The authors reveal the myriad experiences of free and
enslaved blacks and devote particular attention to the lives of
women, both white and black. … As the Hortons chronicle lives from
This outstanding resource humanizes the tragedy of slavery and shows its legacy as it continues to shape American culture today. … By bringing individuals to life, the inhumanity is made more real and vivid. … Much research has gone into this work, but the writing is accessible. Black-and-white photographs and period reproductions are liberally sprinkled throughout. Although they are a bit dark due to age, they make the text more interesting and lifelike. – Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA, School Library Journal
… consider this fact: In the 340 years after Columbus's voyage to the Americas, some 12 million people migrated from the old world to the new. Of those, about 2 million were Europeans, while the other 10 million were African slaves. No single datum speaks more bluntly to slavery's centrality in the history of the modern world. …Whether Americans are finally ready, 140 years after abolition, to take an unstinting look at slavery is an open question. As our current president has noted, we are a people disinclined to ‘look in the rearview mirror.’ But for those willing to risk it, this book offers an admirable place to begin. – James T. Campbell, The Washington Post's Book World
… This absorbing book reflects how the history of African Americans is tied into the warp and weave of American history. This companion volume to the PBS series on American slavery offers a comprehensive look at its broad and deep impact on American history. – Vanessa Bush, Booklist
Filled with absorbing and inspirational accounts highlighted by more than one hundred pictures and illustrations, Slavery and the Making of America is a gripping account of the struggles of African Americans against the iniquity of slavery, and it exposes slavery as the great contradiction of our nation, one that continues to influence race relations in contemporary society.
History / Biographies & Memoirs / Leaders & Notable People
He was not a man of the people or a friend of the Arab people. The fact is, Saddam Hussein killed more Arabs than anyone in the history of mankind.... – from the book
Here in his own words is the first Iraqi military insider to break his silence.
He was Saddam Hussein's top military advisor . . . and a truth-teller in a regime where truth was relative. He was also a devout Christian in an anti-Christian country. For the first time, in Saddam's Secrets General Georges Sada shares his amazing journey – and speaks of the military secrets he was asked to keep, secrets that only those closest to Saddam would know. In this exclusive book, the General paints a picture of Hussein, his regime, and his country, that is at once personal, compelling and sobering.
As much as Saddam's Secrets discloses secrets that only those closest to Saddam would know, the motivating force in General Sada's own life is no secret. He was a modern-day Daniel in a spiritually volatile land. And yet he rose to the top of his field and became one of Hussein's most trusted advisors – because Saddam knew Georges would always tell him the truth.
Sada graduated from
General Sada shares his journey, including the untold story about
plots to destroy
But as much as Saddam's Secrets discloses some of the secrets that only those closest to Saddam would know, General Sada's own life is a news story.
Regardless, Sada squarely places blame on Saddam for destroying
Former Iraqi General Sada delivers a riveting inside account of
Saddam Hussein's tyranny, including confirmation of the existence
and hiding of weapons of mass destruction. … he strongly praises
Operation Iraqi Freedom, pointing out that no other country would
take the first step. … – Publishers Weekly
Discover the answers to many questions about Saddam – who he was, what he was like, and what he was doing to terrorize the world. – David Ebberly, Colonel, USAF (Retired)
In this eye-opening expose, General Sada shares his bizarre yet amazing journey as an insider to one of history's most sinister regimes. As an eyewitness to history, Sada paints a picture of Hussein and his country that is at once personal and alarming, truthful and compelling, candid and sobering. Saddam's Secrets has an unexpected religious angle, being slightly Christian‑centric, and strangely paranoid over Muslim population growth in the West. It is a story guaranteed to send shock waves around the world.
History / Military /
On the morning of
The battle that followed ‘three full days of terror during which more than 3,000 died to secure an island half the size of New York’s Central Park’ is fully told in words and pictures in this dramatic book.
Bloody Tarawa, Eric Hammel, author of 30 works of military
Bloody Tarawa follows every terrifying step as the Marines, failed by the invasion’s planners, are forced to wade more than 500 yards through fire-swept, knee-deep water, reaching land only to face what many historians agree were the best, most concentrated defenses American troops encountered in the entire Pacific War.
Bloody Tarawa tells the immortal story of tragedy and near defeat turned around into an epic of victory and indomitable human spirit – the story of certainty shattered and courage recovered against overwhelming odds, of victory culled from near-defeat, and its terrible cost.
Literature & Fiction
Brian Shawver, author of the highly praised first novel, The
Cuban Prospect, returns with
Aftermath, a deeply affecting novel about a blue-collar
Aftermath is set in East Breed’s, a town with barely concealed prejudices and unspoken rules. One Friday night in the parking lot of a chain restaurant, class tension erupts in a brutal fight between the privileged boys from private prep school St. Brendan’s and a group of kids from the local high school. Casey Fielder, the restaurant’s wary manager, watches the melee, but hoping to avoid an incident on his watch, never calls the police and later is shocked to discover he will be punished for his inaction. When the fight ends, Colin Chase, a handsome, cocky student at St. Brendan’s, so insensitive that even his mother struggles to find in him any signs of compassion, is left severely brain-damaged.
Casey, ostracized by his unforgivable behavior, loses his job and dedicates himself to investigating the causes of the fight, hoping that his discoveries will provide some justification for his failure to act. His obsessive pursuit of the truth will test his relationship with his girlfriend, Rachel, who has a secret of her own.
For Lea, Colin’s mother, the incident ironically offers a way to
reclaim the defiant, arrogant son she hardly knew and could barely
love. Although she hopes that the guilty boy will be found and
punished, Lea can’t escape the feeling that Colin somehow brought
the horror upon himself. So she begins to uncover the evidence of
her son's past life. As she combs through the ‘old Colin's’
possessions she discovers secrets she already suspected and secrets
she never would have imagined. But she continues to dig, in hopes of
finding some connection, some scrap of his past that will allow her
to love the ‘new Colin’ unconditionally. As she looks for clues that
will help her understand him, she discovers his apparent devotion to
a young woman named Jenny, and she seizes on this relationship as
the key that will finally allow her to love her son unconditionally.
[A] moving study of class division and its tension . . . Often
heartbreaking and sometimes shocking, [Aftermath]
is an intense, harrowing look at not only an ugly crime but also its
agonizing consequences. – Library Journal (starred review)
Aftermath is a moving, absorbing novel. Brian Shawver is a wonderful, elegant writer, with a fine moral sense and an arresting, compassionate ability to understand people in crisis. – Patricia Duncker, author of Hallucinating Foucault
In a compelling and at times heartbreaking narrative, Brian
Shawver portrays the lasting effects of one night. An assured,
deeply gripping novel,
Aftermath, brings readers intimately into the lives of small
Literature & Fiction / Poetry
…After an abortive attempt at college, I punched cows horseback
for wages along the Canadian. Later I moved to the Alibates Division
of the Bivins Coldwater Cattle Company. For some years back there I
rode among the princes of the earth full of health and hell and
thinking punching cows was the one big show in the world. A horse
tougher than me ended all that, and I have since been a stove-up
cowpuncher trying to figure out how to write about the cowboy life.
Some consider this poem to be the peak so far in that effort. I
took the stanza scheme from Pushkin and the plot from a short story
I wrote called "A Beginning" and later rewritten as "The Wagon
Incident." The poem is meant to be the beginning and a very small
part of a story of cowboys on the plains. – Buck Ramsey,
First published as And As I Rode Out on the Morning, Buck
Ramsey’s epic poem of cowboy life is a classic. In this edition,
Buck Ramsey's Grass, the editors have restored the poem’s
original title, Grass, and have gathered commentaries on Ramsey’s
work from poets, musicians, historians, and others devoted to the
cowboy way and movement. Completing the package are Ramsey’s
original short story on which he based the poem and a CD of the
original 1990 recording of Ramsey performing Grass in John
Hartford’s home studio in
…I think Buck's gift to cowboy poetry was his honesty and his
heart. Cowboy poetry gatherings gave him a place to make lasting
friends, connect to the old ways, pass on things of intrinsic worth,
and give his gifts. He truly believed that's what they were about –
giving your gifts and passing on things of intrinsic worth, not
seeking fame or fortune. – Bette Ramsey,
[Ramsey is] one of the most revered figures in cowboy subculture.
The story of Billy Deaver’s entry into manhood and the world is a
tale that was lived in the flesh by hundreds of young cowboys in the
days of the big ranches and long cattle drives. It is a
A literary genius, Buck is and always will be my hero. – Red Steagall
Buck Ramsey's Grass, is essential reading for anyone interested
in cowboy poetry or the cowboy way of life. The essays are
Literature & Fiction / World Literature / Canadian
Anyone who writes in the English Language is in some way an inheritor of Shakespeare and Milton....Our task is not to reject the past but to assimilate it, to take the language and make it truly our own familiar idiom and out of our deepest observations of our people and our place of belonging on this planet. – Margaret Laurence from Ivory Tower
For Margaret Laurence; the epic aspect of her fiction concerns the fundamental human condition. The epic heroism found in Margaret Laurence’s work is not the grandeur of larger-than-life sagas but a heroism that is simply life itself – the ongoing struggle of character, striving in victory and defeat.
Since her death in 1987, Laurence has remained a commanding force in Canadian literature. The Stone Angel and The Diviners rank most highly among her works for their portrayal of heroic female characters struggling to find a sense of place, and identity, in an often hostile world. In Margaret Laurence's Epic Imagination, Paul Comeau argues that such heroism springs from Laurence's abiding perception of the epic dimension in everyday life.
Margaret Laurence's Epic Imagination, author Comeau
comprehensively explains how Laurence instinctively turned to the
Bible, Shakespeare, Dante, and Milton for models of the epic mode,
which she employed in her own fiction. Comeau traces the development
of Laurence's voice from its tentative beginnings in her African
fiction to its culmination in the Manawaka Cycle. He explains how
Laurence used the epic mode to create archetypal narratives of loss,
exile, and redemption. Laurence deeply absorbed the epic structure
and recast it, populated with the characters of Hagar Shipley,
Rachel Cameron, Stacey MacAindra, and Morag Gunn. According to
Comeau, it was Laurence's powerful ability to illustrate the epic
dimension in her characters that has ensured her a lasting place
among great Canadian writers.
Following relatively closely the chronology of Laurence's canon, Comeau divides this study into two parts. Part One, "Epic Beginnings," traces the development of Laurence's epic voice in her African writings. He does not suggest that the African works are epic in themselves, but only that they display epic features, those "fugitive admixtures, tinges of generic color" that typify modes. More specifically, her African works chronicle Laurence's passionate response to the quasi-biblical Somali people and their poetry, paying tribute to the former in the Prophet's Camel Bell and to the latter in A Tree for Poverty. In the oral tradition and in the encyclopedic content and depth of the long narrative gabei, she discovered an analogue to the epic structures that had already taken hold in her creative consciousness. What she found as well, and this as much in the legends about the gabei poets like Elmii Bonderii and Mohammed Abdullah Hasan as in the poems themselves, was the unique splendor and verisimilitude that can result from the fusion of myth and reality, the very synthesis that helps sustain the epic mode in both her African stories and Manawaka books. Similarly, stories like "The Drummer of All the World," "The Merchant of Heaven," and "Godman's Master" reveal her proclivity for employing the epic mode to interpret the human struggle for self-actualization and redemption in an often hostile world.
In accordance with her Presbyterian upbringing, Laurence’s
character and themes take shape chiefly within biblical epic image
patterns, though not exclusively so; and always the human elements
transcend the religious in their elaboration. This is especially
true in her inaugural novel, This Side Jordan, where the biblical
story of Joshua leading the Israelites across the
Laurence's quest constitutes a spiritual journey no less inspired than that undertaken by Dante in his Commedia, as has been observed. Like Dante, Laurence takes the reader on an imaginary odyssey, through an infernal state of self-destructive pride, out of a purgatorial condition of self-doubt, and on to a kind of paradisal fulfillment in self-knowledge. This, according to Comeau, is the underlying pattern of the Manawaka Cycle and hence constitutes the subject of Part Two of this study, "The Comedy of the Soul." His title here derives from the medieval source for Dante's poem, the traditional Commedia dell' Anima, and emphasizes the highly individualistic nature of the journey, together with its prototypical three-part structure, without implying any special indebtedness on Laurence's part to Dante's social, political, or religious belief systems. For, while he does not suggest that Laurence consciously reverted to Dante's Commedia as a model, he does believe that her imagination sought expression in the same classical and biblical archetypes and epic structures that inspired the Italian poet; and some of the resulting textual parallels, intentional or otherwise, seem to me remarkable.
Comeau therefore interprets the Manawaka novels as a "Comedy of the Soul," elaborating on The Stone Angel as a vision of hell, A Jest of God and The Fire-Dwellers together as a perspective on purgatory, and The Diviners as an attempt to mitigate the burden of paradise lost, thus forging whatever redemption may be possible in a postmodern world. He treats the Vanessa MacLeod stories in A Bird in the House in their right chronology, not because they complete the pattern in any concrete way, but rather because they offer valuable insight into the working of Laurence’s epic imagination and might even be said to have made the writing of the Diviners possible.
The final chapter on Margaret Laurence's Epic Imagination, "Epic Epilogue," attempts briefly to give summary perspective to Laurence's epic achievement in the broader contexts of both her writing career and her contribution to Canadian literature. Divining, like Morag Gunn, that her last Manawaka book would constitute the psychic and spiritual culmination of the cycle, that the gift would be withdrawn and the magic given to an inheritor, Laurence sensed she would be unable to write another novel and eschewed producing a ‘mock up’ one. By her own authority, she had written herself out of the labyrinth by parodying, deconstructing, renaming, and thereby redeeming the old myths, and herself in the process, and she could do no more. Conventional wisdom tells us, after all, that an epic is the definitive and culminating work of a lifetime.
And insofar as it is possible for one writer or person to bring salvation to another, Laurence cast a long shadow over the members of her ‘tribe’ and her reading public, Comeau included – the author confesses to being drawn to Laurence's fiction by her great and abiding gift of sympathy, exemplified nowhere more poignantly than in her treatment of native themes that speak to his own distant Metis heritage. What therefore began as an academic study of a writer whose social, political, and spiritual sensibilities roughly paralleled his own launching upon an odyssey of personal discovery. Laurence's creation of Canadian epic served to locate Comeau’s fragmented awareness of personal ancestry within a more comprehensive framework of cultural achievement and identity.
To define Laurence's shadow, then, is the underlying purpose of Margaret Laurence's Epic Imagination. Not by any means an easy task for, as Robert J. Kroetsch has intimated, the shape of Laurence's shadow is a vivid enactment of the contradictory joy and terror of writing, that pliant and vanishing process that defies the scalpel of any pathologist critic, but that might begin at the hand. With Kroetsch's cautionary and chastening words in mind, he embarks on this epic journey of understanding, which must necessarily begin at the hand.
Psychology / Gender Studies / Cultural Studies
Managing the Monstrous Feminine takes a unique approach to the study of the material and discursive practices associated with the construction and regulation of the female body.
Jane Ussher, Professor of Women's Health Psychology, and director of the Gender Culture and Health Research Unit: PsyHealth at the University of Western Sydney, Australia, examines the ways in which medicine, science, the law and culture combine to produce fictions about femininity, locating the female body as the source of women's power, danger and weakness. Managing the Monstrous Feminine is about the experience of the fecund female body, the performance of gender in relation to this body, and the positioning of transgression from idealized femininity as embodied pathology, which acts to maintain fears of the monstrous feminine within. Including sections on ‘Regulation’, ‘The subjectification of women’ and ‘Women's negotiation and resistance’, Managing the Monstrous Feminine describes the construction of the ‘monstrous feminine’ that we see depicted in art, literature and film, revealing the implications on theory, research and practice. In the book, critical reviews are combined with case studies and extensive interview material to illuminate discussions of subjects including:
In the introduction to the book, Ussher describes her experience
of gender growing up. Her mother suffered from disabling depression
for many years, which was blamed on her body, on ‘post-natal
depression’, and thus treated with a gamut of punitive psychiatric
interventions: drugs whose side effects were worse than her
‘symptoms’, electro-convulsive therapy which left her shaking in
terror, and threats of incarceration under the Mental Health Act if
she refused to be ‘good’ – refused to join the group psychotherapy
which she found distressing and humiliating. In explaining her
unhappiness, none of the experts looked to her relationships, to her
childhood difficulties, or to the constricted nature of her
existence – a normal life for an Irish woman living in
The pathology was positioned within her: either she was the one who had failed to be what a good wife and mother should be, or, her body had failed – raging hormones following the birth of her youngest daughter deemed the cause of her depression. Like many women, she chose the embodied explanation: it was better than blaming herself. It wasn’t much of a choice, and at least it offered the promise of a panacea, the medical treatments which promised to modify her fecund flesh. None worked, which isn't surprising. It wasn't her body that was to blame. Only when she left the confinement of the disempowering marriage did she find peace (and, ironically, a positive relationship with my father, once he no longer had the power to dictate the rules of her existence). But at the age of 13, when Ussher reached menarche, and her mother's distress was at its worst, Ussher didn't know that this would be the outcome – she bought the bodily explanation too.
Ussher describes how her first period brought the threat that madness would also be her fate, being told, as many menarchal girls are, 'now you’re a woman'. Who would be ‘woman’ with her mother's life as role model? She was resolute that her body would not drag her into despair, would not mark her as different or deficient.
Ussher says that it is not a coincidence that she has spent many years speaking and writing about the very subject she was so determined has no effect – fecund corporeality. She says she may prefer to position her writing on gender as a desire to break silence on the subject of which women are expected not to speak – the seeping, leaking, bleeding body. But it is also the effect of being troubled by theories which deny the materiality of the body, which leave her own experiences of embodied change unexplained; as well as discomfort with the wholesale rejection of professional intervention implicit in many feminist and post-modern critiques – where does this leave a woman who experiences distress, which she locates in the fecund body, a woman who comes forward for professional help? Offering only a theoretical deconstruction of her problem, as she once thought we could, is nothing short of insulting.
As Ussher approaches midlife, she says, the spectre of corporeality has come back to haunt her, bringing a confrontation with mortality and the materiality of the flesh that cannot be denied. As she reflects on the means by which she has managed to weather the storms of life, and achieve an equanimity that was unimaginable to her younger self, she cannot deny the role that professional support and insight has played in this process.
Managing the Monstrous Feminine is an attempt to unravel these issues, not using her own life as a case example – she starts with her own experiences in order to avoid positioning herself as immune from the regimes of truth and disciplinary practices which regulate the reproductive bodies of women. In the book she draws on interviews with women in the UK, Australia and North America, conducted both by herself and by other researchers, with the aim of understanding the complex and sometimes seemingly contradictory ways in which contemporary Western women simultaneously accept and resist the discourses and practices associated with the fecund body, the ways in which this negotiation impacts upon their embodied subjectivity, and its relation to their taking up the subject position ‘woman’.
This is a terrifically readable account of the wrongs done women
by rendering the ‘fecund female body’ a site of meaningless,
monstrous abjection. Together with ways of combating this with
examples from Jane Ussher's own personal life, as well as with
examples from the visual arts, and from group and individual women's
re-telling of their experiences,
Managing the Monstrous Feminine does much to render speakable
the unspeakable, specifically regarding ‘PMS’. – Janet Sayers,
Professor of Psychoanalytic Psychology, University or
The book is thought provoking and represents an exciting advance
in Jane Ussher's scholarship over the past twenty years, initially
expressed through her original and challenging accounts of the
psychology of the female body and women's madness. Overall there is
an upbeat message for women and a rallying cry and inspiration to
challenge the ‘patriarchal gaze’ and its impact on our mental and
physical well-being. – Paula Nicolson, Professor and Head of the
Department of Health and Social Care,
These insights into the relation between the construction of the female body and women's subjectivity will be of interest to those studying social psychology, gender studies and cultural studies. Managing the Monstrous Feminine will also appeal to all those looking for a high-level introduction to contemporary feminist thought on the female body.
This series, Women and Psychology, edited by Ussher, brings together current theory and research on women and psychology. Drawing on scholarship from a number of different areas of psychology, it bridges the gap between abstract research and the reality of women's lives by integrating theory and practice, research and policy. Each book addresses a ‘cutting edge’ issue of research, covering such topics as post-natal depression, eating disorders, theories and methodologies. The series provides accessible and concise accounts of key issues in the study of women and psychology, and demonstrates the centrality of psychology to debates within women's studies or feminism.
Reference / Education / Almanacs
“Education is always a vital topic for public debate and
discussion,” says Tamera Wells‑Lee, Director of Publishing for the
Almanac of American Education 2006 helps answer pressing
questions about education trends in the
The Almanac of American Education 2006 gives readers the latest
facts, figures, and observations of the state of education in
With editors Deirdre A. Gaquin, data use consultant to private organizations, government agencies, and universities for over 20 years, and former Director of Data Access Services at Data Use & Access Laboratories; and Katherine A. DeBrandt, data analyst and writer with Bernan Press, The Almanac of American Education 2006 contains historical and current data, and examines American education from a variety of angles. It presents national coverage of school enrollment and educational attainment. Attainment levels are presented by race, occupation, and industry, and cover both high school and college attainment. Other figures provide information on the percentage of high school and college graduates in the population, along with enrollment status by age and level of school, dropout rates, and number of college attendees.
This information-packed volume is divided into three sections. Part A: School Enrollment covers enrollment rates and background or family characteristics, secondary and post-secondary education, historical enrollment characteristics, educational attainment, employment, and income. Part B: Region and State Education Statistics provides population, school, and student characteristics by region and state, and Part C: County Education Statistics provides population, school, and student characteristics by county. Each part includes a Notes and Definitions section that thoroughly explains the data.
This edition also includes a "Guide to Government Resources on the Internet," offering site descriptions and evaluations along with URI s and directing users precisely where to go for more information and details on education topics.
State-level statistics provide average SAT and ACT scores; per-student expenditures; private and public school enrollment; student poverty; public school teacher salaries; teacher characteristics: and regional comparative data. County-level statistics include information on student/teacher ratios; free lunch eligibility; numbers of students and graduates; attainment levels; per-student expenditures; and dropout rates.
The Almanac of American Education 2006 is part of the U.S. DataBook Series, a set of subject-specific volumes that provide the most authoritative statistical data in a convenient and affordable printed format.
This new edition of The Almanac of American Education serves as a guide to address high priority education needs by comparing the quality of education at the national, state, regional, and county levels. Compiled from reliable sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau; the National Center for Education Statistics; the National Education Association; ACT; and the College Board, The Almanac of American Education 2006 contains historical and current data, analysis, and graphs that allow readers to make decisions quickly and authoritatively and answer important education questions, including:
The Almanac of American Education was selected as one of CHOICE
Magazine’s "Outstanding Academic Titles" in 2004. These titles are
chosen for their excellence in scholarship and presentation, the
significance of their contribution to the field, and their value as
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Continuing its recognized tradition of excellence,
The Almanac of American Education 2006 provides updated tables,
useful graphs, and analyses that offer new insights into the current
state of education in the
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Christian Origins: A People's History of Christianity, Volume 1 edited by Richard A. Horsley (A People’s History of Christianity Series: Fortress Press)
Who were the first Christians? How did they live and worship?
Dealing with a time when ‘Christians’ were moving towards
separation from the movement's Jewish origins,
Christian Origins: A People's History of Christianity, Volume 1
is the inaugural volume of the new series A People's History of
Christianity. The book tells ‘the people's story’ by gathering
together evidence from the New Testament texts, archaeology, and
other contemporary sources. Of particular interest to the
distinguished group of scholar-contributors are the often overlooked
aspects of the earliest ‘Christian’ consciousness: How, for example,
did they manage to negotiate allegiances to two social groups? How
did they deal with crucial issues of wealth and poverty? What about
the participation of slaves and women in these communities? How did
living in the shadow of the
The volume is edited by Richard A. Horsley, Distinguished
Professor of Liberal Arts and the Study of Religion at the
With Horsley, contributors to Christian Origins: A People's History of Christianity, Volume 1 include: Jorunn Jacobsen Buckley, Allen Dwight Callahan, Warren Carter, Neil Elliott, Steven J. Friesen,William R. Herzog II, Clarice J. Martin, Carolyn Osiek, Raymond Pickett, Barbara R. Rossing, Antoinette Clark Wire.
General Editor for the series, A People’s History of
Christianity, is Denis R. Janz is Provost Distinguished Professor of
the History of Christianity at
2. Late Ancient Christianity, Virginia Burrus, editor
3. Byzantine Christianity, Derek Krueger, editor
4. Medieval Christianity, Daniel E. Bornstein, editor
5. Modern Christianity to 1900, Amanda Porterfield, editor
6. Twentieth-Century Global Christianity, Mary Farrell Bednarowski, editor
Hidden for centuries by their anonymity and illiteracy, the
people of God – the body of Christ, the church – are finally having
their story told, and by some of today's finest historians of the
church. The saints, bishops, and theologians of traditional
histories can now be placed against the panoramic and fascinating
backdrop of the lived religion of ordinary men and women of faith.
Highly recommended. – Mark U. Edwards, Jr.,
… this series of books, issuing from editors in whom I have great
confidence and many of whose writers I know and respect, ‘turns
history upside down’ and reveals what times and events were like for
Christians – and sometimes their rivals and enemies – on the ground.
Professional historians long neglected this ‘up close’ approach,
evidently thinking that the basic folk did not merit attention. Add
to that another reason for the failure to take them into account: it
is harder to get at the stories and records of their lives. Now,
thanks to a generation of historians with interests in ordinary (but
really extraordinary) Christians in ages past, these people can be
observed as seldom before. While they did not leave documents in the
forms of formal creeds, confessions, or concordats, and while their
names did not mean as much to cleric-chroniclers of old as did those
of bishops, abbots, and emperors, we now have techniques to unearth
scraps, snippets, letters, diaries, transactions, which, taken
together and treated in expert hands, let us find how exciting their
lives are, how misguided decisions were to talk about the elite few
and neglect the faithful and faithless many. These stories may come
up from the basement of church history, but news about their
existence deserves to be shouted from the housetops. – Martin E.
Marty, University of
The stories of the people in Christian Origins: A People's History of Christianity, Volume 1 make fascinating reading for the general public and represent a virtual revolution, a major shift in the thinking of historians.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age
When the natural world speaks... listen.
Trees are a gateway into the world of spirit. A walk in the woods makes it easy to understand the awe and reverence our ancestors had for trees. According to Sandra Kynes, when readers become reacquainted with the natural world, they gain access to different levels of energy and awareness that, in turn, can bring deeper meaning and spiritual satisfaction to life. In Whispers from the Woods Sandra Kynes, artist and teacher, an explorer of Celtic history, myth and magic, and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, covers more than just Celtic Ogham and tree calendars. The book includes meditation, shamanic journeys, feng shui, spellcraft, and ritual. In addition, it has a reference section with detailed information on fifty trees, which includes seasonal information, lore, powers, attributes, and more.
Kynes explains in the introduction to Whispers from the Woods how modern pagans have continually sought ways to honor the natural world and live more closely with the rhythms and spirit of the land. Many find that drawing close to nature allows them to access different levels of energy and awareness.
Millions of years ago, trees evolved into giants of the planet, and became the most successful form of plant life in the competition for sunlight and other resources. Small creatures sought protection from predators in the trees, and finding a convenient bounty of food aloft, they stayed and made their homes among the branches. Some of these animals, classified as prosimians, developed their distinctive characteristics, such as both eyes in the front of the head, and evolved into the simians that eventually came down from the trees. With these prosimians in mind, it could be said that if it were not for the trees we would not be here. Biologically speaking, we could not remain on earth if it weren't for the trees, as they are largely responsible for creating and maintaining Earth's atmosphere. Yet, according to the church fathers, nature represented chaos and the wild, Pagan, female side of things that were classified as evil and beneath the dignity of ‘man.’ In their minds, nature had to be subdued and controlled. As technologies advanced, a false sense of power expanded, and the momentum that moved us farther from the natural world increased.
According to Kynes, Pagan and non-Pagan people are rediscovering the majesty of trees and are appreciating with wonder these magnificent giants. In the woods, one cannot help but feel part of the natural world. With that feeling comes the self-realization of returning to Source, to the Divine. Trees provide a gateway into a wider world of spirit and magic. Whispers from the Woods is intended to help readers explore their place in the ‘web of life’ and its mysteries.
By exploring a variety of tree mysteries and traditions, Whispers from the Woods offers ways for readers to begin to live in harmony with the earth's rhythm. The second half of the book, set up in an easy-to-use field guide format, offers a wealth of information on fifty trees.
Science Fiction & Fantasy
No stranger to the realms of myth and magic, World Fantasy Award-winning author Patricia A. McKillip presents her first contemporary fantasy in years. Solstice Wood is a tale of the tangled lives we mere mortals lead, when we turn our eyes from the beauty and mystery that lie outside of the everyday.
Solstice Wood Sylvia Lynn, a bookstore owner in
But it's not until she meets the Fiber Guild – a group of local women who meet to knit, embroider, and sew – that Sylvia learns why her grandmother watches her so. A primitive power exists in the forest, a force the Fiber Guild seeks to bind in its stitches and weavings. And Sylvia is no stranger to the woods.
A haunting and mysterious story of family, love, and magic,
Solstice Wood is sure to bewitch fans of Patricia McKillip's
elegantly lyrical prose and attention to nuance. – Locus Magazine
World Fantasy Award-inner McKillip revisits the setting of her
masterful novel Winter Rose (1996) in this compelling contemporary
fantasy. …But the hall's protective magic has weakened, leaving
Sylvia – both mortal and faery herself – vulnerable as ‘the bridge
across the boundaries’ between the two worlds. Can generations of
mistrust and long-hoarded secrets yield to a truce, let alone a new
understanding and even trust between faery and human? Though
McKillip has traded her usual lyrical style for a sparser approach,
she doesn't stint on characterization, mood or mystery in this
multilayered tale. – Publishers Weekly
A masterful storyteller of myth and fairytale, McKillip makes a foray into the modern world with Solstice Wood, a bewitching fantasy novel with a contemporary setting.Social Sciences / Politics / Leaders & Notable People
Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics
by Wolfgang Mieder (
Author Wolfgang Mieder, widely considered the world’s greatest
proverb scholar, here considers the role of proverbial speech on the
American political stage from the Revolutionary War to the present.
Mieder, author of many books, editor in chief of A Dictionary of
American Proverbs; and founding editor of Proverbium: Yearbook of
International Proverb Scholarship, begins
Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics
by discussing the origins and characteristics American proverbs and
their spread across the globe hand in hand with
While Mieder’s earlier book contained chapters on Adolf Hitler's, Winston S. Churchill's, and Harry S. Truman's authoritative and effective manipulation of proverbs, the proverbial discourse of the Cold War, and the origin, history, and meaning of the two proverbial slurs ‘The only good Indian is a dead Indian’ and ‘No tickee, no washee,’ the present volume, containing eight additional studies, is focused on the American political scene ranging from early revolutionary times to the present day. It thus represents a survey of the obvious predominance of proverbs in American political discourse.
The first chapter on ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks’: American Proverbs as an International, National, and Global Phenomenon serves as an introductory analysis of what characterizes American proverbs. The second chapter on ‘Government of the People, by the People, for the People’: The Making and Meaning of an American Proverb about Democracy investigates when this triadic statement originated and how it became an American proverb defining the entire concept of democracy in a most succinct manner. The third chapter on ‘God Helps Them Who Help Themselves’: Proverbial Resolve in the Letters of Abigail Adams looks at how this remarkable woman influenced her husband John Adams, her family, and numerous politicians of the day with her epistolary missives rich in proverbial wisdom.
In the fourth chapter on ‘A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand’: From Biblical Proverb to Abraham Lincoln and Beyond Mieder looks at the role that the divided house proverb (see Mark 3:25) has played in American politics, starting with Thomas Paine's remarkable essay on Common Sense Addressed to the Inhabitants of America (1776).
Frederick Douglass, former slave and abolitionist spokesman, shared the proverbial prowess of his friend Abraham Lincoln, as Mieder demonstrates in the fifth chapter on ‘Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You’: Frederick Douglass's Proverbial Struggle for Civil Rights. He employs proverbs as collective wisdom and social strategies to bring across his important social and moral messages that included the struggle for his own race after the Civil War and the expansion of women's rights.
Such American presidents as John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Harry S. Truman were masterful ‘proverbialists,’ but this could certainly be shown to be true for a number of additional presidents. In order to get at least an idea of how proverbial some of our other leaders have been, Mieder looked at a certain speech that every president delivers in his sixth chapter on ‘It's Not a President's Business to Catch Flies’: Proverbial Rhetoric in Presidential Inaugural Addresses. He carefully investigated all fifty-five ceremonial speeches by American presidents, dividing his findings into seven convenient sections from George Washington to John Quincy Adams, from Andrew Jackson to James Buchanan, from Abraham Lincoln to William McKinley, from Theodore Roosevelt to Herbert Hoover, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Dwight D. Eisenhower, from John F. Kennedy to Jimmy Carter, and from Ronald Reagan to George W. Bush.
Both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston S. Churchill were magnificent public speakers and masters of the English language, frequently relying on proverbs and proverbial expressions to add metaphorical expressiveness to their statements. The seventh chapter on ‘We Are All in the Same Boat Now’: Proverbial Discourse in the Churchill-Roosevelt Correspondence demonstrates this by way of a detailed analysis of the 1161 and 788 messages sent by Churchill and Roosevelt respectively to each other during the turbulent war years between 1939 and 1945. As both world leaders rallied their people through word and deed to fight as allies against the dictatorial powers during the Second World War, they relied heavily on proverbial language for effective communication.
Finally, the eighth chapter on ‘Good Fences Make Good Neighbors’:
The Sociopolitical Significance of an Ambiguous Proverb looks once
again at the origin, history, dissemination, function, and meaning
of an American proverb by interpreting a large number of
contextualized examples from the middle of the nineteenth century to
the present day. This chapter becomes a survey in culture, folklore,
history, language, psychology, and worldview, showing that the
proverb ‘Good fences make good neighbors’ is by no means a ‘simple’
piece of folk wisdom. The proverb certainly takes on a very
ambiguous role as it is applied to the political ramifications of
building walls at the borders between
Proverbs permeate our sociopolitical life everywhere and at all times, and they are significant signs of the wisdom and worldview of an entire nation trying to uphold the inalienable rights of life, liberty, ant the pursuit of happiness for all its citizens, and, with the help of the United Nations, for all humankind.
Mieder has brought particular understanding to the uses of proverbs in politics, and Proverbs Are the Best Policy: Folk Wisdom and American Politics makes a further contribution to a better understanding of how proverbs as strategically used folk wisdom continue to be important communicative devices that deserve close scrutiny.
Social Science / Political Science / Government
Democracy posits the universality of the equality principle: a
community of citizens is governed by the principle of the formal
equality of all individuals, whatever their real social, cultural,
or other inequalities. Democratization, on the other hand, is
motivated by the ambition of ensuring the real equality of citizens,
and not simply their formal equality. The dynamics of democracy are
thus insured by the development of a welfare state that increasingly
intervenes in order to satisfy the social and economic needs of
individuals. Especially focused on
Democratization guarantees the rights of salaried workers and
employees, the rights to material survival and housing, as well as
health care, education, and culture. Today, however, as author
Dominique Schnapper observes, its action has become paradoxical. As
the fruit of a praiseworthy concern to ensure the universality of
rights, what Schnapper identifies as a ‘Providence State’ now aims,
by means of positive discrimination and other specific promotion
policies, to defend the particular rights of certain categories of
individuals. According to Schapper, professor at the Ecole des
Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, member of the French
Constitutional Council and author of 17 books, the action of the
Equity thus supplants equality: and multiculturalism,
universality. Such is the ordeal currently experienced by Western
democracies, which are faced with the increasingly ‘providential’
nature of their societies. Indeed, the author asks, how can a united
The debates inspired by globalization and by the construction of
Providential Democracy seeks to contribute to this debate by extending the scope of a project begun over a decade ago. Schnapper seeks to respond as a sociologist to problems that have long been formulated by political philosophers: in other words, to base her response on an objective knowledge of modern society. She says that political philosophers often fail to take historical experience sufficiently into account. They do not entirely exclude such experience from their purview, indeed in the sense that they themselves are historical individuals who intend to participate in public debates. Yet they do not systematically base their analyses on historical experience.
If theoretical thinking is to be renewed, Schnapper says that a necessary prerequisite lies in the quest of the rational knowledge to which sociology aspires. Sociological studies, sociologists can legitimately test philosophers' meditations on democratic society. The conceptual constructions of political philosophy will never entirely satisfy sociologists, who consider empirical inquiry – and, more generally, the learning acquired through sociological research aimed at a rational and critical comprehension of historical societies – to constitute the basis from which they can only then attempt to render human relations intelligible. The analyses developed in Providential Democracy thus stem from a strictly sociological project whose essential steps Schnapper outlines. First, after investigating the history and processes of integration in French society, she sought to understand the modern ‘community of citizens’, the ‘Republic’, as it has existed up to now in the framework of the French nation. The essential characteristic of the republic is an ambition to create an abstract political society by transcending, through citizenship, the specific roots and attachments of its members. Individuals are thus also citizens, regardless of their historical or ethno-religious origins, and regardless of their social attributes. In a democratic nation, an oscillation or a dialectic inevitably arises between political legitimacy – free and equal citizens acting in political life as subjects of abstract rights – and the ethnic, historical, or ethnico-religious realities of the society at hand, which is made up of individuals differing in origin, religious faith, and material living conditions.
Second, having defined and described the ideal-type of the republic (in a national context), Schnapper set forth to study the effects, but also the limits of these effects as well as the lapses in the principles of citizenship, that are revealed by the sociology of inter-ethnic relations. This was the topic of La Relation n l'autre. Throughout that study, she wanted to show that, even in the longest-standing democracies, the civic principle has never been powerful enough to prevent human beings from identifying with historical or religious particulars, which is legitimate. The stigmatization of and discrimination against certain groups are directly contrary to the civic principle shaping and structuring collective living. Alongside other striking examples, this was indeed the case in the United States, where blacks were long perceived, not as equals, but rather as descendants of African slaves and discriminated against because of their ‘race’; this was also the case in most European nations, where citizenship principles did not eliminate anti-Semitism, even though nearly all Jews behaved as loyal citizens.
Finally, in this new stage of her study, Schnapper examines the impact of democratization on the community of citizens on the ‘Republic’; that is, a society shaped and structured by means of the principle, values, institutions, and practices of citizenship. By ‘democratization,’ she means the extension of the idea of the equality of all human beings, as well as the impact of this extension to all aspects of social life.
The analysis developed in
Providential Democracy concern
Constructing a united
Schnapper has no intention of engaging in technical discussions
about desirable reforms that could be undertaken by the
In Providential Democracy, Schnapper analyzes the logic behind, and the meaning of, a providential democracy that is at once irresistible and protective, and shows that it is a necessary product of democratic values, of the aspiration of homo democraticus to equality in all dimensions of life and social relations. Thus Providential Democracy offers a searching and timely critique of democratization that will be of interest to sociologists, political scientists, and historians.
Social Sciences / Popular Culture
The last decade of the twentieth century was not a happy one for
the mafia. During the nineties, both the
As evidenced in countless films, novels, and television
portrayals, the Mafia has maintained an enduring hold on the
American cultural imagination – even as it continues to wrongly
color our real-life perception of Italian Americans. In
An Offer We Can't Refuse, George De Stefano, journalist and
culture critic, takes a close look at the origins and prevalence of
the Mafia mythos in
A whip-smart meditation on the power of ethnic myth, in this
instance the one that supposes that to be an Italian American is by
definition to walk among the dons and the goombahs.… De Stefano is
sympathetic, but he wonders whether an unlinking from the mob and
all its symbolism might not mean 'the end of the Italian American as
a protagonist in American popular culture.' What's worse, to be seen
in a negative light – or to not be seen at all? A good question, and
a very good source for those who like to scratch below the surface –
Journalist De Stefano takes a careful look at the appeal of the
Mafia in popular culture: how the image of the Italian gangster
developed and how it affects Italian-Americans. … the author has
done a fine job with a complex and provocative subject. Publishers
Finally, a book that helps to explain
An Offer We Can't Refuse provides provocative and entertaining look at the mafia, the media, and the (un)making of Italian Americans, conveying a deeper understanding of our ongoing dance with La Cosa Nostra.
Sports / Outdoors & Nature
Recreation and leisure is a nonstop industry with phenomenal growth and diverse career paths and options.
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure is an introductory text
to the field, not only because of its complete coverage but also
because of its unique voice. Written by 34 professors and
professionals from the
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure includes the following features:
Introduction to Recreation and Leisure is divided into three
Sports / Popular Culture / Youth/Adult
Like surfing and skateboarding, snowboarding is something you have to figure out. You have to earn it. You have to make it over different hurdles before it reveals its soul. And when that happens, its soul becomes part of you. – Todd Richards, P3: My Adventures in the Pipes, Parks, and Powder
Whether on water, pavement, or fluffy white powder, the history
of surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding is a landscape filled
with rugged personalities, exotic locales, wild innovation, and most
of all the united dream of becoming one with the oceans, streets,
Have Board, Will Travel shows the intricate connection between
all three sports. Their histories act as the foundation, and the
images serve as divine inspiration. Author/photographer Jamie
Brisick surfs, skates, snowboards, and ping-pongs back and forth
Have Board, Will Travel closes with diagrammatic maps – three
maps showing the Surf Spots, Skate Spots, and Snow Spots of America.
In this big, beautiful title, Brisick shows how surfing,
skateboarding, and snowboarding developed, each one feeding off the
advancements and buzz of the others. The author skims the surface of
these multimillion-dollar industries with just a paragraph or two,
and an occasional quote, per page. … browsers and reluctant readers
are going to be more interested in the large, colorful photographs
from a variety of historical and contemporary sources. … – Jamie
A grand and glorious homage to three interrelated sports of surf, skate and snow, Have Board, Will Travel has the tone and feel of the youthful master, but it is written in many voices. The spectacular and moving photography dominates in a good way. Each page is filled with enough side-stanced glory to summon even the laziest couch potato to pick up a board and ride.
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States, 5th edition by National Geographic Society (National Geographic) is perennial favorite with almost a million copies sold in previous editions.
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States
reflects National Geographic's century-long association with
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States,
fifth edition, is written by experienced National Geographic travel
writers who extensively visited each park and conducted
sight-by-sight tours tailored to time available, whether a few hours
or a few days. "One of the things that distinguishes this guidebook
is its conscience – the attention to the welfare of the parks it
describes," writes naturalist Schullery in the introduction. "You
will find travel information interspersed with news of some threat
to a park, or history of a threat that lost out. National parks have
become battlegrounds of the conservation movement, and the battles
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States
includes the newest park,
The other parks guidebooks pale in comparison. – Newsday
Featuring 80 all new maps and more than 350 photos, this guide is the most comprehensive, up-to-the-minute book of its kind on the market today. National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States is the definitive book for park visitors offering firsthand guidance from expert travel writers; their recommendations for viewing scenery, wildlife, sunsets and more are personal and informative. From planning a trip to making the most of every minute, this invaluable, easy-to-use guide is the ultimate one-stop resource.