Arts & Photography / Painting
The American West's
A sequence of painted scenes of ordered Wasatch environments and the artists who form this group underscore the painting development that is directly, and by each generation, linked to modern landscape paintings. Though the
But what makes the Wasatch unique is not only its geology but
also its cultural roots: The Mormon pioneers set down roots in
Painters of the Wasatch Mountains, the first in a
forthcoming series of books on the art of the West and the
collections of the
Around 275 artworks are included, from the earliest examples of
painting in the nineteenth century to works by
Painters of the Wasatch Mountains is a lavish celebration of the best-loved artists of the Wasatch Mountain Range. This book presents for the first time a sequence of painted scenes firmly positioned within the context of ordered Wasatch environments; the artists who form this group known as Painters of the Wasatch. The book, especially the essay on the painters, will encourage further study and visual investigation.
Arts & Photography / Performing Arts
The show that Jean and Bill offered me gave me my big break. And so they were not just brilliant designers and producers, but also really good friends. – Carol Burnett, actor and star of Once Upon a Mattress and Fade Out – Fade In, television, and film (from the foreword)
The sets for
The large-scale Broadway musical is one of
Author Andrew B. Harris, stage director and producer, former chair of theatre departments at Columbia University, Texas Christian University, and Southern Methodist University, currently professor in the Department of Dance and Theatre at the University of North Texas, uses production stills and the Eckarts' sketches from every show they worked on to illustrate the magic behind an Eckart design. The Performing Set, containing more than 500 full-color illustrations, is a tribute to the couple who helped make it great.
Contents of The Performing Set include a foreword by Carol Burnett, a preface by Sheldon Harnick, Getting Together, Enchantment: The Golden Apple, Split Screen and a "Style" Show, Damn Yankees, Sets That Move, Shows That Don't, Li'l Abner, Cinderella, Hollywood, Riding the Broadway Roller Coaster, Once upon a Mattress, Fiorello!, Feast Or Famine, She Loves Me, Express Yourself, Mame, Disenchantment: Age of Aquarius.
The book also includes an epilog, a chronology, notes, a bibliography, and an index.
Sheldon Harnick in his preface, writes about his memory of a set that needed meticulous craftsmanship – a Turkish bath. “Its creators not only needed to be architects, engineers, plumbers, and safety experts, but they also had to be gifted with the eye, hand, and wit of a Daumier. In the scene that had been written by our bookwriters, Joe Stein and Will Glickman, the fight manager had come to plead with a promoter to set up a match using one of his boxers. Clouds of steam hovered over the stage, with more steam constantly hissing onto the set. The promoter was sensibly attired in a Turkish towel while Jack wore a suit and tie which grew progressively limp and waterlogged during the scene. Alas, this pre-dated the days of the Lincoln Center Archives, so the scene is not available for viewing. You will have to take my word that the scene itself, what with the pleading, soggy Jack Warden plus the perfectly realized steam room set combined to create one of the most hilarious scenes I have ever witnessed.”
He also says: “I had the pleasure of working with Bill and Jean
once more when Hal Prince invited them to design and light She Loves
Me. It's difficult to conceive of three shows more dissimilar in
look and tone, scenically, than the three we did together. It's a
tribute to the Eckarts' wide ranging versatility that they could
move so successfully from the gritty realism of The Body Beautiful,
to the nostalgic little-old-
Chock full of new and valuable information and which in my
opinion will be an important book on the history of the American
musical. . . I found it an excellent précis of the theatrical
process and one which brilliantly shows the collaborative aspects of
design. . . Dr. Harris is well known as a theatre educator. His
Broadway Theatre is a highly regarded, award-winning book. – Robert
Taylor, Curator for the
Bill and Jean Eckart were unsung heroes of the Golden Age of Broadway, and Andy Harris' book tells us why, and brilliantly. I have never known a book to take the reader through an entire process so magically – from initial drawings through set construction to costume fittings ending up with the finished productions. This book is a must for anyone interested in the American theatre and its rich history. – Theodore S. Chapin, President, Rodgers and Hammerstein
Lavishly illustrated, creatively presented, The Performing Set takes readers nostalgically back to the era of the grand musical and pays fitting tribute to William and Jean Eckart.
Audio / Mysteries & Thrillers
Champagne for One [UNABRIDGED] (4 audio cassettes,
5 CDs, running time 6 hours) by Rex Stout,
narrated by Michael Prichard (Audio Editions Mystery Masters Series:
Champagne for One begins at the annual gala for unwed mothers. When Faith Usher dies after drinking champagne at the soiree, everyone assumed it was suicide…
This mystery from one of
Usher had been telling anyone willing to listen that she wants to kill herself. So when she dies, everyone insists that it was suicide. Everyone except Archie, that is.
Now it's up to Wolfe, who is even more stubborn than usual, asking question after question until he learns the surprising truth.
Rex Stout (1886-1975), inimitable master of detective fiction, wrote 73 mysteries. His career also included writing three novels, chairing the War Writers' Board, and mobilizing public opinion against the use of nuclear devices.
The audio version of Champagne for One is ably narrated by Michael Prichard, a Los Angeles-based actor who has recorded more than 400 audiobooks, including novels by Clive Cussler and Tom Clancy. Smart Money magazine named him one of the ‘Top Ten Golden Voices.’
In this 1958 Nero Wolfe mystery, the rotund, beer-guzzling super sleuth and his sidekick, Archie Goodwin, endeavor to prove that a socialite's apparent suicide was actually a murder. – Library Journal
[Nero Wolfe mysteries] are the perfect reconciliation between the classic British drawing room mystery and the naturalistic American novel of the mean streets – Sherlock Holmes meets Sam Spade. – William G. Tapply, introduction to The Second Confession
It is always a treat to [hear] a Nero Wolfe mystery. The man has entered our folklore. – The New York Times Book Review
Rex Stout, through the voice of Archie telling us about his world (a full third of which was occupied by Nero Wolfe), raised detective fiction to the level of art with these books. He gave us genius of at least two kinds, and a strong realist voice that was shot through with hope. – Walter Mosley
Nero Wolfe, the fat detective of Rex Stout's novels, towers over his rivals... he is an exceptional character creation. – The New Yorker
Stout's supreme triumph was the creation of Archie Goodwin. – P.G. Wodehouse
The urbane antics of Nero Wolfe and his legman, Archie, always provide enjoyment. – AudioFile
Another complex and gratifying case solved by www.sirreadalot.org’s favorite duo, Wolfe and Goodwin, second only to Holmes and Watson. Oh, if only PBS would bring them both back!
Business & Investing
Not only do the goals of marketing departments often fail to match those of finance, they sometimes outright conflict. The two departments speak different languages, they have no clear link, and, bottom line, the markets for customers and investors are separate. But one innovative book can change everything.
Competing for Customers and Capital illustrates a
cause-and-effect model of relationships between marketing and
finance based on a common language, economic theory, and financial
accounting data. This model links intangible assets to the market
value of firms. Breaking with the tradition of valuing companies
based on unrelated ratios and metrics, Victor Cook, Professor of
Marketing Strategy at
According to Cook, the golden egg of business mythology probably can be found in the spaces between the markets that serve customers and those that create capital. The managers of product and stock markets speak different languages, rely on different theories, and use different data. These markets are separate, but equally important. Yet, they share a fundamental force – both are driven by competition.
Competition drives managers to create the greatest possible net value per dollar of expenditure. Investors evaluate a company's future productivity and risk to price its common stock. They also compare systematically the performance of one company with its peers. Other things being equal, those companies that are expected to be the more productive, lower-risk ones within a group of peer companies will be more highly valued by investors. Those that are expected to be higher risk and less productive than their peers will be valued less. This leads to a new approach to stock pricing – competitive stock valuation.
Some companies make more efficient use of their resources than others. Some maximize earnings while others don't. Companies that maximize earnings after the cost of sales return the largest possible residual to the bottom line. Understanding this profit-maximizing behavior leads to metrics that blend financial and marketing processes together. When these metrics are combined, the result is the rule of maximum earnings.
The competition for customers and capital leads to systematic interactions between product and stock markets. While subtle and complex, this interaction can be explained by value-sales principles. Applying these principles to the way we assess company performance leads to new and surprising insights about investment risk and the impact of enterprise marketing expenses on shareholder value.
Competing for Customers and Capital introduces and applies competitive stock valuation, the rule of maximum earnings, and value-sales principles to a wide range of public enterprises. These concepts were developed and tested in Cook’s research over the last twenty-five years using financial data to bridge the gaps between corporate finance and enterprise marketing. The gaps remain wide and the bridge is still under construction.
Both marketing and finance are about maximizing returns.
Cook breaks new ground by linking product and capital markets and
revenue and share-holder value together in a way that is at once
analytical and readable. Not the least of his insights is the way he
portrays selling and general administrative expenses, not as the
overhead most see but as an important value driver. Everyone who
wants a rounded view of business strategy should read this
extraordinary book. – Tim Ambler, Senior Fellow,
In an era of ever-greater specialization, we sometimes forget
that new insights are often generated by those who are able to merge
fields to gain fresh perspectives. This rigorous yet readable book
is a major contribution to our understanding of what drives
enterprise value. – Harry L. Davis, Roger L. and Rachael M. Goetz
Distinguished Service Professor of Creative Management,
Competing for Customers and Capital is a thoughtful
and thought-provoking presentation of the critical and at times
subtle relationship between marketing and finance. Cook's analyses
are quite perceptive and present the material in a realistic and
engaging fashion. This book will enlighten students, scholars, and
practitioners. – Meyer Feldberg, Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley
and Dean Emeritus of
In building a quantitative bridge between marketing and the
finance department, Cook has constructed the elusive linkages
between enterprise marketing investments, brand equity, and
shareholder value. Cross the bridge and embrace the new science of
marketing and corporate finance – you'll be at the vanguard of
nothing short of a business revolution. – Dave Sutton, Co-author,
The groundbreaking principles presented in the book point to a model that unites important metrics from marketing and sales and adds to the understanding of exactly what drives the value of an organization. Competing for Customers and Capital may stimulate integrative research in finance and marketing and, as Cook hopes, the faculties of colleges, universities, and centers of corporate education may find this book a catalyst that drives the cross-listing of courses in their organizations.
Business & Investing / Economics
Spatial disparities are a measure of the unequal distribution of income, wealth, power and resources between peoples in different locations.
Amidst a general and growing concern about global inequalities,
considerable policy interest has begun to be directed at regional
disparities within developing and transition economies. Spatial
variations in living standards – as reflected in average incomes,
the incidence and depth of poverty, health indicators, and education
status – are particularly pronounced in large nations such as
According to editors Ravi Kanbur, Anthony Venables and Guanghua Wan, in Spatial Disparities in Human Development, variations in living standards within countries have a number of underlying causes. They may reflect historical differences in the pace of development (Sao Paulo versus northeast Brazil), the uneven impact of economic reform (Guangdong versus Qinghai), discrimination in the provision of economic and social infrastructure (South Africa during apartheid), and impediments to labor migration (China and Russia). Unfavorable agricultural conditions and geographical remoteness from principal markets also play a role. Whatever the original source, there is a widespread perception that spatial disparities in human development have recently become more visible and that they are increasing over time. Furthermore, increasing spatial variations are very often thought to be linked in some way to greater openness of economies, and to globalization in general.
Despite the significance of the problem, little systematic scholarly analysis has been devoted to the causes of growing inequalities within countries and their cumulative detrimental impact on human development. The UNU-WIDER project on "Spatial Disparities in Human Development", directed by editors Kanbur and Venables in collaboration with Wan, set out to rectify this neglect by drawing together expertise from all regions of the globe in order to better understand the incidence, significance and causes of spatial variations within countries, and to contribute to the global policy debate.
Separate meetings were convened to focus on the experiences
Spatial Disparities in Human Development focuses on issues directly related to the Millennium Development Goals including conflict, poverty, and the causes and consequences of inequality. It applies the latest research techniques including regression-based decomposition, poverty decomposition and computable general equilibrium models.
Contributors to Spatial Disparities in Human Development include:
The great value of this book comes from comparing, through
detailed analysis, the problems of regional inequality and poverty
in different Asian countries. … With contributions from leading
regional scientists and economists, this book also examines the
policy experience of Asian countries in closing regional gaps and
the effectiveness of public interventions in this field. – Jussi
Pakkasvarta, Director and Professor at the
Kanbur, Venables and Wan make an important contribution by
bringing together a collection of articles that discuss not only
methodological issues in measuring regional disparities but also
empirical evidence from small and large countries of Asia. Of
interest are the varied explanations of what causes these
inequalities that will no doubt be useful for policymakers and
practitioners dealing with development issues. – Brinda Viswanathan,
Associate Professor at the Institute for Social and Economic Change,
The papers in this volume represent economists' great efforts to
achieve a better understanding and measurement of rising regional
disparities facing Asian economies. Its theoretical and
methodological contents make this book of much value to both
students of economics and to policymakers in developing Asia. –
Zhang Jun, Director and Professor at the
Spatial Disparities in Human Development is the
first serious attempt to examine spatial inequality in
Children’s / Adventure / Ages 6-9
Saddle up, wranglers!
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners is the next
installment in the adventures of Cowgirl Kate and her trusty
The best friends are as feisty as ever as they ride the range,
play hide-and-seek, get new shoes, and after a long day of herding
cows, learn the true meaning of friendship. They're partners through
thick and thin, partners going everywhere and doing everything
Author of the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa Series is Erica Silverman, who has written many books for children, including When the Chickens Went on Strike and Don't Fidget a Feather. The books are illustrated by Betsy Lewin, a well-known illustrator of children’s books.
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners, the amusing
sequel to the engaging Cowgirl Kate and
The humorous text, warm friendship between horse and owner and captivating illustrations add up to a cowgirl and ‘cowhorse’ with enough star power to ride the range together in subsequent sequels. …Both girls and boys will enjoy this fresh new series, another winner in the publisher's stable of excellent books for emergent readers. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
With its lively text and spirited illustrations by Caldecott Honor recipient Betsy Lewin, this second book in the Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa series, Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Partners, is sure to have young readers everywhere chomping at the bit for more.
Children’s / Outdoors & Nature / Ages 4-8
As told in Kelly of Hazel Ridge, Kelly is a young girl growing up on Hazel Ridge Farm, aware of how special the place she calls home is. After all, it's not everyday that your backyard lets you view white-tailed deer and sand-hill cranes, swim in ponds populated by snapping turtles or hear the hoot of an owl named Jackson as he keeps watch as you sleep each night. Here Kelly can help nurse a fawn back to health and drift off to sleep each night to the hoot of the owl. At Hazel Ridge Farm, Kelly's parents are committed to maintaining a natural wilderness, and they have created a wildlife sanctuary where both the land and its residents (animal as well as human) are nurtured and can live in harmony.
Kelly of Hazel Ridge is the third title in the Hazel Ridge Farm series (Saving Samantha and Adopted by an Owl) by husband-and-wife team, illustrator Gijsbert (also known as Nick) and writer Robbyn Smith van Frankenhuyzen. For over 20 years, the van Frankenhuyzens have nurtured the land back to health and raised and released injured and orphaned animals.
The van Frankenhuyzens have created something unique and inspiring for children's literature. Their commitment to nature shines through Robbyn's stories and Nick's art, engaging readers of all ages. – Holly Frakes, Children's Coordinator, Schuler Books
Kelly of Hazel Ridge pairs Nick's vivid illustrations with Robbyn's prose, based on the experiences of their daughter, Kelly. Kelly of Hazel Ridge is a charming story to be read to, and by, kids of all ages. The art really shines.
Cooking, Food & Wine
A tour de force – Craig Claiborne, The New York Times
The world is changing rapidly, and in no way has it changed more rapidly than in the popularity of Asian cooking through travel and immigration. Witness the way Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese restaurants have mushroomed in diverse places. Chinese restaurants, of course, seem always to have been there in most countries. With the movement of migrants and refugees has come an abundance of Asian ingredients throughout the western world, bringing authentic Asian flavors within everyone's grasp.
Through newspapers, magazines, television, cooking schools, and
over 25 books, Charmaine Solomon is one of the world’s best known
and respected cookbook writers. Since
The Complete Asian Cookbook was published in 1976
and has been reprinted almost every year since then. Over a million
copies have been sold, and the book has been translated into German,
French, and Dutch. In print now for 30 years,
The Complete Asian Cookbook ventures into culinary
areas that are often overlooked: the sour-hot dishes of
According to Solomon, there is no real mystery to being able to cook well – no magic potions or charms, just a healthy interest in good eating and in getting the most pleasure possible from each meal. A reliable cookbook is also a great help.
Solomon groups the foods of
For those who are unfamiliar with some of the ingredients and methods used in the recipes, the introduction to each chapter provides useful information, both general and specific. Besides being practical in terms of what readers will need in the way of special ingredients and utensils, the introductions evoke some of the color and flavor of every country visited in this culinary tour. Solomon provides the list of synonyms and equivalents. There is also an extensive alphabetical glossary.
Those readers who are already familiar with some of the Asian cuisines will find recipes to interest and excite them in The Complete Asian Cookbook, and will be tempted to explore cuisines with which they are less well acquainted. For those who are coming to Asian cooking for the first time, or whose previous experience with Asian food has been limited to restaurant fare, Solomon takes care to ensure that the essential steps are clear and precise.
There are special sections devoted to the use of cooking oils, the best ways to prepare rice (and the types to buy), the making of coconut milk, the handling of chilies and several other worthwhile tips that apply to many of the recipes.
This edition has been updated by the author, incorporating new information Solomon has learned in the intervening years since the first edition.
Solomon says that while she still uses the recipes she wrote so many years ago, she finds there are ways to cut down preparation time by taking advantage of modern appliances.
It is all very well to be able to cook, but says Solomon, writing down recipes so other people can get the same results was no simple task. It meant cooking over again the familiar dishes, this time weighing and measuring instead of shaking a bottle of sauce or spice or seasoning over the dish until it tasted as it should. The result is that every dish can be successfully recreated from The Complete Asian Cookbook, and she can pass on to her children and to their children the legacy of a tradition of Asian cuisine; a cuisine whose magic is woven through her childhood memories, and years of living in Asian lands.
Charmaine has successfully compiled one of the most comprehensive culinary works encompassing all Asian cuisines. Hats off to her for bringing the varied flavors of each country into people's kitchens through not only tasty recipes, but also ones that are easy-to-follow. Peace and Good Eating! – Ming Tsai
For almost ten years this has been my primary reference for the cookery and the dishes of the whole vast region which it covers, and I am delighted to have the new revised edition. It is entertaining as well as informative, and the recipes are laid out with admirable clarity. A real treasure. – Alan Davidson
With over 800 recipes from 16 countries, Solomon’s classic
The Complete Asian Cookbook is the perfect
introduction to the food of
Cooking, Food & Wine
Chocoholics unite! Maida's back and bringing the world's best chocolate recipes with her. Maida, of course, is Maida Heatter, respected cookbook author, sorceress supreme of all things chocolate. Chocolate creators know they can turn to Heatter for tantalizing confections, cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, and sauces that transcend the ordinary and make for memorable dining experiences.
Now cocoa aficionados, food fiends, and master chefs everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief as Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts, the classic New York Times best-seller, returns after ten years out of print.
Heatter is justifiably famous for her respected series of cookbooks, ranging from Maida Heatter's Book of Great Desserts to Maida Heatter's Brand-New Book of Great Cookies. But it was always her Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts that inspired the highest praise, admiration, and following from home and restaurant dessert cooks around the world. Features include:
This jacketed hardcover includes all the original Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts recipes that have become favorites, along with changes and updates from the dessert doyenne herself.
Maida’s wonderful chocolate recipes are the true key to joy and happiness. Hallelujah! – Wolfgang Puck
Whenever I prepare one of Maida Heatter's desserts I fall into a state of euphoria. . . . If I have a valentine, Maida is mine. – Craig Claiborne
The quintessential Queen Mother of desserts has iced the cake yet
again. Heatter's reputation as a dessert maker in the
Maida's extraordinary passion for baking, her professionalism, and her expertise are all on display here. This useful book will be welcomed by anyone interested in good food and good life. – Jacques Pepin
When it was first published in 1980, Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts became a New York Times bestseller and then won a James Beard award. The book is Heatter's third, a mouthwatering compendium of superb but easily achieved chocolate cakes, cookies, pies, puddings, confections, sauces, and more. Like all of Heater's books, Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts balances good taste with warm, meticulous instruction that anticipates and addresses every question and concern a dessert-maker might have. Cooks at every skill level, from amateur to professional, will find Heater's recipes, and their results, a joy. – Arthur Boehm, www.Amazon.com
Maida Heatter's Book of Great Chocolate Desserts contains more than 200 unique desserts. From brownies and macaroons to truffles and mousses, there is something for everyone in this encyclopedia of chocolate, and enough of it to satisfy even the strongest chocolate craving. Those who have worn out, shared as a gift, or misplaced their original version – or who want to replace their later paperback edition – will welcome this book, as will anyone who enjoys cooking with and eating chocolate.
Cooking, Food & Wine / Health, Mind & Body
In Full Moon Feast, accomplished chef and passionate food activist Jessica Prentice champions locally grown, humanely raised, nutrient-rich foods and traditional cooking methods. The book follows the thirteen lunar cycles of an agrarian year, from the midwinter Hunger Moon and the springtime sweetness of the Sap Moon to the bounty of the Moon When Salmon Return to Earth in autumn. Each chapter includes recipes that display the flavors of foods tied to the ancient rhythm of the seasons.
Prentice decries our modern food culture: mega farms and factories, the chemically processed ghosts of real foods in our diets, and the suffering – physical, emotional, cultural, communal, and spiritual – born of a disconnect from our food sources. She laments the system that she says is poisoning our bodies and our communities.
But Full Moon Feast is a celebration, not a dirge. Prentice, professional chef, teacher and food activist, has emerged from her own early struggles with food to offer health, nourishment, and fulfillment to her readers. She recounts her relationships with local farmers alongside ancient harvest legends and methods of food preparation from indigenous cultures around the world.
Fired by the abuses of modern industrialism, this poet-chef tells her life story as a vision-quest for a world of harmony and connectedness, which she finds in the voices of traditional cultures past and present, condensed in poems, myths, foods, feasts and fasts, tuned to the rhythm of the seasons. As we follow her lunar calendar from Hunger Moon to Wolf Moon, we discover in recipes for Nettle Soup, Sourdough Crackers, Yarrow Ale, new uses and new meanings in the gifts of earth and sea. Meanings multiply in a work that is not a quick bite, but a vertical tasting to be savored slowly. – Betty Fussell, author of The Story of Corn and My Kitchen Wars, A Memoir
Full Moon Feast is the perfect title for this surprising and ultimately hopeful book. It is full of fascinating information and lived wisdom about the plants and animals, fish and birds we consume and how we are misusing the planet we share with them. … Like a memorable meal, Full Moon Feast is convivial, stimulating, comforting, at times piquant, and always deeply satisfying. A feast indeed! – Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life: Confessions of a Suburban Homesteader
Jessica Prentice’s far-ranging culinary explorations bring us back to the rhythms of seasonal being. … Full Moon Feast reminds us of ancient cultural wisdom, encourages us to deepen our connections to the sources of our food, and invites us to make these seasonal rhythms our own. – Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
Combining the radical nutrition of Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, keen agri-political acumen, and a spiritual sensibility that draws from indigenous as well as Western traditions, Full Moon Feast is a call to reconnect to the food, the land, and each other.
Education / Elementary / Arts & Humanities
Today's world is filled with new challenges of global issues, concerns about safety, and expanding technology. Never before has there been such a need for creative thinking by both teachers and young children. An early childhood educator must create a supportive environment for young children that accepts them as they are and nurtures them so they can reach their potential. The early childhood classroom should be filled with meaningful learning experiences, intriguing materials, emergent literacy, and opportunities to be creative investigators. To meet these diverse expectations, an early childhood educator must understand the holistic nature of children's development and be able to design an environment that matches their unique ways of learning.
The creative arts, defined as visual art, music, drama, and movement/dance, are powerful tools that inspire children to use their intelligence, think in unique ways, work together, and make connections across content areas. Participation in the arts gives young children the opportunity to discover the world around them and provides ways to expand into new areas that are both enjoyable and challenging. For this to occur, teachers must develop their own creative thinking and value the inclusion of the creative arts as an essential part of their classroom. This textbook is designed to help teachers discover and gain information that will help them integrate creativity and the arts into their early child-hood classroom.
Creativity and the Arts with Young Children, 2nd
edition is written specifically for early childhood educators as
well as professionals who work with children – birth through age
eight. The focus of this book, now in it’s second edition, is on
making the vital connection to music, movement, drama, and the
visual arts in all areas of the classroom, as well as, developing
creative teachers and professionals who will be able to foster an
artistic environment. The book, written by Director of Tennessee’s
Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development,
and Professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State
University, Johnson City, TN; and Shirley Raines, President and
Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Memphis,
includes observations and pictures of teachers and children that
demonstrate practical ways the arts can be used to help children
reach their potential. There are expanded sections on
multi-intelligences, divergent questioning, and art recipes, and
Creativity and the Arts with Young Children also
includes literacy connections, and activities for adults at the end
of each chapter. There are many ideas in the book for open-ended
activities that are important for the development of young children
and will encourage them to think in new ways. The standards and
recommendations from professional organizations are addressed so
that readers can recognize what goals these organizations believe
are important in the early years.
Creativity and the Arts with Young Children concentrates on the importance of integrating the arts into all aspects of the early childhood program. It shows how creative arts enrich a curriculum and become a motivating tool for engaging young children.
Creativity and the Arts with Young Children is based on many years of teaching that creativity course at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The content included in this text, the examples shown, and the activities provided for students have been developed and refined during this process.
Creativity and the Arts with Young Children is a practical introduction to the creative arts in early childhood. It is designed to nurture the creativity of new or experienced early childhood teachers. The first chapter provides the background for understanding creativity. It discusses theories, research, and environmental issues that help recognize the significance of the creative process. Chapter 2 explores the potential for creativity that exists in each person. The focus is on the creative possibilities that are within each early childhood educator. The next chapter examines the importance of play in the development of young children and its relationship to creativity. Teachers can design play environments that will nurture young children's creative endeavors in the early childhood classroom. The chapters that follow address specific areas of the creative arts such as art, music, movement, and drama. Each chapter includes what, why, and how the art form should be included in early childhood programs, and gives specific ways to enrich their development. Chapters 9 and 10 provide insight into the meaningful integration of the arts across the curriculum. These chapters include developmentally appropriate approaches for making the arts an important component of the classroom content.
Special features of second edition include:
Rebecca Isbell and Shirley Raines have presented us with a wonderful book on creative arts with young children. As they state, the creative arts are a powerful tool when used with young children. It accommodates to their needs and means of instruction. I do not know why we have had so little of this kind of education. …The authors use separate chapters in addressing specific areas of the creative arts: art, music, movement, drama, and literature. They use inspiring quotations from artists, philosophers, and creative teachers throughout the book to promote new ways of thinking about creativity in the arts. They also use pictures, open-ended activities, and children's literature to stimulate creativity and imagination. I feel confident that readers in the early childhood education field will find many helpful ideas in this book for developing creativity. – E. Paul Torrance, author of Georgia Studies of Creative Behavior
Isabell and Raines believe that creative classrooms begin with a teacher who is knowledgeable about the creative process and can effectively integrate all of the arts into a program that engages and inspires young children. The content of Creativity and the Arts with Young Children is designed to help early childhood educators in this exciting adventure. Thorough in its coverage, the book speaks to children with special needs and cultural diversity, leaving readers with the most complete information regarding arts in the young child’s learning environment.
Education / Policy
Discipline, Achievement, and Race provides a comprehensive analysis of policy, the practice, the affects, and recommendations for solutions to the exclusionary discipline policies of zero tolerance.
Zero tolerance refers to the state-mandated school discipline
policies that have gained national popularity for their ‘get tough’
approach on student misconduct. Zero tolerance became popular on the
stage in Columbine,
The evidence from Columbine and successful campus crime-prevention efforts show that school climate and good relationships with students are the best crime prevention tools. According to a U.S. Secret Service report, in 75 percent of the school shootings, the students told someone else about the shootings. School districts in Twentynine Palms, California; Fort Collins, Colorado; Elmira, New York, have all prevented major violent crimes by using information provided by students and staff. Crime prevention comes from investments in resource personnel counselors, staff development, and student development. Other resources include providing teachers and other staff with communication and management skills. The intent of zero tolerance policies that prevent violent crime is important for every school. While Department of Education reports show schools to be one of the safest places for our children, school safety should be the primary concern of every school principal. School safety takes precedence over school testing and many other school programs.
The concerns with zero tolerance policies are the thoughtlessness with which they are implemented and the extension of crime-prevention policies to daily school behavior defined as discipline infractions. The lack of administrative flexibility and discretion led to student expulsions for the possession of Midol, a misplaced butter knife in a truck, and coming to school without a uniform when the family could not afford to buy the uniform. According to Discipline, Achievement, and Race, the original intent of providing school safety by keeping guns, other weapons, drugs, tobacco, and violence off the school campus has evolved to the criminalization of student behavior. The overrepresentation of Latino African American, low-income, poor, and at-risk students in zero tolerance discipline categories fueled a debate about the real intent of these policies. Are there more real alternatives that also produce better achievement?
The difficult question is whether or not zero tolerance after ten years of implementation is the most effective method to judge adolescent behavior.
The purpose of Discipline, Achievement, and Race is to increase the school principal's understanding of zero tolerance policies and their lifelong consequences. This book identifies and discusses the policy and the practices of zero tolerance nationally and for selected states.
Disciplinary Alternative Education Programs (DAEP) and the expansion of zero tolerance into school disruptions will be analyzed. The professional beliefs of teachers and principals in context of a national and state, school discipline policy environment that has silenced the professional beliefs of principals and teachers are explored.
Chapter 1 provides the national context. The 1997 case of Timothy
Nanvares was not unique to
Chapter 2 defines zero tolerance. Zero tolerance refers to public school discipline policy that applies automatic, prescribed, mandatory sanctions for student discipline infractions with little or no consideration to the conditions, circumstances, intent, or understanding of the individual committing the offense. Zero tolerance policies are enforced by school officials who may not have or may choose not to exercise any discretion and flexibility. Zero tolerance policies mandate expulsion and suspension for specific discipline infractions that historically were dealt with using counseling, mediation, teacher intervention or teacher classroom management techniques. The federal laws were tied to federal funding in public school, through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. The ESEA required that federal funding be withheld from school districts that did not enforce the PL IO3-227.
Chapter 3 discusses disciplinary alternative education programs.
Reactions to school shootings and perceived school violence spurred
state legislatures to develop safe school legislation to frame all
student discipline actions and consequences. Theoretically, the most
severe disciplinary infractions lead to student isolations or the
use of DAEPs. In practice, DAEPs in the
Chapter 4 tells the courtroom drama. It discusses the evolution of zero tolerance policies from policies intended to control criminal activity of guns, drugs, and felonies to policies intended to control student development. During a period of adolescent development when students need adults to guide the behavior of future citizens, instead of guidance they receive citations. For example, the names of all the students who commit class C misdemeanor offenses of zero tolerance policies will be entered into a criminal justice information management system. While their criminal records are expungable offenses upon the age of majority, 25 percent of examined cases do not return to expunge their teen record (citation).
In Chapter 5 teachers talk about discipline, suspensions, and
zero tolerance policy. The purpose of this chapter is to report the
findings identified after conducting five focus groups of public
school teachers in middle and high schools in one
Chapter 6 relates how exclusion is not the only alternative: it discusses the children left behind project. In this chapter, Karega Rausch and Russell Skiba focus on the context of a national and state school discipline police environment that has silenced the professional beliefs of principals and teachers. This chapter describes many of the philosophies and approaches of principals interviewed as part of the Children Left Behind project at the University of Indiana, an endeavor seeking to begin a statewide dialogue about disciplinary philosophy, policy and practice and disseminate research-validated and locally generated alternative disciplinary practices to key educational stakeholders in an attempt to influence disciplinary practice and policy in one midwestern state.
Chapter 7 gives the conclusions. Current research and the interviews in Discipline, Achievement, and Race describe numerous successful alternative student discipline strategies that result in increased student achievement. There is a need to analyze zero tolerance data, reevaluate zero tolerance policies, refocus on the original intent of zero tolerance, and provide teachers and administrators with the time and resources to develop tomorrow's citizens. Mentoring, anger management, peer mediation, cross-cultural understanding and the use of behavior models like Consistency Management all require time from the school day and funding for staff development and materials. Zero tolerance was never intended to segregate minority, low-income, and at-risk students. It was intended to remove drugs, guns, other weapons, murders, and students recommended by the courts. It was not intended to remove students who disrupt the classroom. Classroom management and other techniques were intended to control classroom behavior. Innovate alternative alternative schools were intended for nonliterate students who misbehave when they do not understand the instruction. Teachers and administrators have the capability to restore discipline in the classroom but must have the time and resources to complete the mission.
Professor Reyes's work expertly details the criminalization of
student behavior and forces us to examine more closely
zero-tolerance policies that disproportionately affect students of
color and poor students classified as at-risk. The book is a
must-read for faculty in principal preparation programs and for
school leaders who are concerned about a more socially just
educational system. – Linda C. Tillman, associate professor of
The research by Professor Reyes makes a significant contribution
to the ongoing research on school safety and how some school
policies adversely affect minority students. In addition, she offers
some important recommendations that education decision makers should
consider as they formulate safe school policies. – Richard R.
Verdugo, senior research scientist, Human and Civil Rights Division,
National Education Association,
This book is a must-read for those concerned for the safety and
academic well-being of our nation's youth. Professor Reyes's
well-researched and documented book reminds us that metal detectors,
armed school police, and rigid school behavior policies do little to
stop school shootings. Positive school climate and good
relationships between adults and their learners are the best
strategies for school safety and academic achievement. – H. Jerome
Freiberg, John & Rebecca Moores Professor,
Fifty years after Brown v. Board of Education, inequalities in public education are evident in the number of Black and Latino students who are held back, fail to graduate from high school, or have been removed from school by zero-tolerance discipline policies. Reyes contends that when ineffective zero-tolerance discipline policies disproportionately remove minority and low-income students from schools, the very roots of a democracy are threatened. It is important for educators to understand the effects of zero-tolerance discipline policies on low-income students, at-risk students, special education students, and students of color. It is equally important that educators critically investigate the effects of zero-tolerance discipline policies, and re-evaluate the use of these policies in public schools. Discipline, Achievement, and Race provides the necessary information, offering a comprehensive analysis of policy and practice and recommending solutions to the discipline policies of zero tolerance. It will be of interest to teachers, principals and assistant principals, counselors, and concerned parents.
Education / Social Sciences / Race Relations
A Curriculum of Repression examines the pedagogy of
white supremacy in the
While many have chronologically examined the historical evolution
of the ideological beliefs of white supremacy, Kharem, Assistant
Professor of Education at
A Curriculum of Repression, divided into six
sections, follows both a historical and thematic arrangement. This
first chapter introduces certain concepts and definitions of white
supremacy, its ideas and the specific ways white supremacist thought
maintains its control in
Chapter 2 describes white supremacy and its manipulative
influence upon the American people and its control of the public
school system in the
Chapter 3 discusses white supremacy and its maintenance through the curriculum of repression and exclusion. It analyzes Anglo Protestant culture as it seeks to Americanize children through education.
Chapter 4 investigates the American Colonization Society, the
foundations of white supremacist ideology, and how white government
and public figures articulated a theory that black people were
inferior and a threat to the nation's security. Chapter 5
concentrates on how white supremacy turned to scientific determinism
to validate racism from the colonial period to the eugenics movement
A Curriculum of Repression sheds new light on the fact that these old beliefs are still operating in American society. Hopefully, this will cause new debates concerning this ideology, educate the American public forthrightly about what white supremacy actually is, and begin to implement and enforce public policies to bring about a more equitable and emancipatory educational system in our society. A Curriculum of Repression is not only significant for scholars, but also for teachers in understanding why most urban schools remain in poverty and why most urban students continue to play catch up with white students in better suburban schools, and for school administrators, who need a working knowledge of white supremacy and how they consent to white supremacist public policy set in place by government officials.
Education / Special Education
The seminal study of the antecedents of Deaf culture is now back
in print. Edited by renowned scholar
Many historians attribute the commencement of a renaissance in American deaf education in the 19th century to the influence of Deaf French writers Lane, the Matthews Distinguished University Professor in the Psychology Department at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, explores these antecedents of Deaf culture in this collection. The Deaf Experience shows how an extraordinary era of French Deaf education influenced the adoption of the manual method by the first schools for Deaf students in
This fifth volume in the Gallaudet Classics in Deaf Studies series features works written from 1764 up to 1840. First, Pierre Desloges offers a paean to sign language in an excerpt from his book, the first ever published by a deaf person. Saboureux de Fontenay and Jean Massieu, two prominent leaders, relate their respective experiences in autobiographical accounts. In separate essays, Charles-Michel de l’Epée and Roch-Ambroise Sicard describe their systems for teaching manual French, followed by a critique of these methods by Roch-Ambroise Bébian, a well-known hearing friend of Deaf people during that era. Ferdinand Berthier, a renowned Deaf teacher and writer in the 19th century, concludes with a history of Deaf people up to that time.
Founded in 1980, Gallaudet University Press has published more than 300 titles on Deaf studies and issues. A nonprofit division of the only liberal arts university for Deaf and hard of hearing students, Gallaudet University Press publishes scholarly and general interest books, children's books, and sign language and other textbooks.
The Deaf Experience is a seminal work presenting,
in clear and stirring language, a selection of the earliest essays
written by hearing educators and members of the nascent French Deaf
community at the time of the Enlightenment. Deaf studies scholars
and students alike will welcome the return of this invaluable
Entertainment / Movies / Arts & Photography / Popular Culture
The ‘monster craze’ among baby-boomers, sparked by the release of horror classics to television in the late 1950s, gave birth to a new phenomenon – the monster magazine. Famous Monsters of Filmland, was the premier publication for young horror film fans.
Issues of the new magazine practically leapt off the newsstand due in no small way to their striking cover paintings by Basil Gogos. Like a Bizarro Norman Rockwell, his stylish portraits of horror film characters and stars were seen on magazine covers throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Gogos' Technicolored interpretations of Frankenstein, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Phantom of the Opera, breathed new life into the old black and white images. His use of color and bold, impressionistic brushwork gave a sense of excitement and sophistication to his paintings which has never been matched.
To many the name Basil Logos is as familiar as that of Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi or Vincent Price. Logos' paintings are as iconic as his subjects. Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos is a celebration of the career of the acknowledged master of film monster portrait art. This long-overdue retrospective, compiled by Kerry Gammill, comic book artist turned conceptual artist and J. David Spurlock, commercial illustrator and pop-culture historian, features high-quality reproductions of many of his most famous paintings as well as many previously unpublished paintings and drawings of classic film creatures and actors as well as the artist's magazine, book cover, Rock CD cover art, and movie posters. Also featured are in-depth interviews with the artist and commentary from his contemporaries and film professionals.
Basil's art was an amazing gift for me as a filmmaker. Fans knew the movie would terrify them before they got to the theater. – Roger Corman, director of The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, and Mask of the Red Death
To create paintings of intense beauty featuring Frankenstein's
monster, The Creature from the Black Lagoon or even Herman friggin'
Basil's marvelous, moody makeovers of movie maniacs make him a maven of macabre masterpieces. He has truly helped to keep horror fandom and our best fiends ALIVE! – Forrest J. Ackerman, founding editor of Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine
Gogos ...is second to none. His covers are superior to my monster (paintings). Thanks to this collection, his work should endure. – James Bama, legendary artist of sixty-two Doc Savage paperback book covers
Seeing Gogos' art in Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos offers readers a fascinating look at what was one of the last havens for realistic artists during the waning days of the great era of magazine illustration. Gogos’ decades of inspirational art did so much to make being a classic horror movie lover an even more delightfully unique experience – the book brings it all back.
Entertainment / Movies / Biographies & Memoirs
Between 1949 and 1964, Kim Stanley created starring roles in twelve Broadway productions. In roles such as Cherie, the ‘chantoosy’ from Bus Stop; Millie Owens, the angst-ridden adolescent in Picnic; and Sara Melody, the headstrong innkeeper's daughter in A Touch of the Poet, Stanley had critics scrambling for superlatives. She was Oscar-nominated for her work in the films Seance on a Wet Afternoon and Frances, and was also the leading lady of live television drama.
No actress dazzled Broadway like Kim Stanley. She was acclaimed the greatest stage actress of a generation that included Julie Harris, Geraldine Page, and Anne Bancroft. Arthur Penn called her the American Eleanora Duse. Elizabeth Taylor (in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) and Marilyn Monroe (in Bus Stop) copied her stage performances on film. Men longed for her; scandal shadowed her. And theatergoers couldn't get enough of this Method-inspired performer from the Actors Studio.
Like other self-destructive icons – Elvis, Marilyn, or Marlon
Brando, to whom she was often compared –
Entertainment history writer Jon Krampner conducted 225
interviews for the book, says he came to this book out of his
interest in live television drama. According to him,
Many of her colleagues had died, had Alzheimer's, had pickled their brains in alcohol, or didn't want to talk about her for reasons ranging from still-simmering anger to protectiveness. Family members would cooperate one day and then, with no explanation, not be on speaking terms with Krampner the next. Her worshipful students regarded him as the intellectual equivalent of a grave robber. But many people did speak, many resources on Kim were available, and gradually she came into focus. Still, the whole story is not here. In writing Female Brando, Krampner says, “I've aspired to the Venus de Milo standard: I hope people will find beauty in it, but important parts are missing.”
While Kim was remarkably complex, it's easy to delineate the three things she was best at: acting, teaching acting, and self-destruction. The first is why he wrote this book; the third is why it's so sad.
Kim was the great actress of my generation. She was the muse, the archetype, the female Brando to all of us who aspired to someday do great work on stage or screen. Jon Krampner has done us a huge favor by presenting to us a full picture of this remarkable actress and her life. – Sydney Pollack
I thought I knew Kim Stanley. However, after reading Jon Krampner's excellent biography of Kim, now I really know her. – Eva Marie Saint
For those who admired and loved her, this is the book to read. And for those who want to find out about one of our best actresses, this is the book to read. – Jack Klugman
A must for every practicing artist. – Nehemiah Persoff
Female Brando is a compelling story of triumph and tragedy. Much more than a mere cautionary tale, the book is a clear-headed examination of Kim Stanley’s brilliance that places her in the pantheon of great American artists.
Entertainment / Sports / History
With the advent of steroids and other physically-enhancing drugs in the 1980s,there's no wonder why the 1970s is considered the last ‘clean’ era in the game.
Catfish, Yaz, and Hammerin' Hank by Phil Pepe reveals the 1970s as the decade that witnessed the most abundant changes in the sport's history. It was the first time a player ever earned a million bucks. Hank Aaron became the all-time home-run king. Electronic scoreboards blazed against the night sky. Fans screamed "Ya gotta believe" and sang "We Are Family." While many fans may recall the most vibrant visuals and well-sung anthems of the era – Rollie Fingers' handlebar mustache, the Houston Astros' mammoth Astrodome and Chicago's Disco Demolition Night – Pepe discovered in his extensive interviewing with players that the decade is the bridge from the ‘old school’ know-how of the game to the ‘nu skool’ physical ability that was not previously associated with the game.
To chronicle the change in the sport that occurred during the '70s, veteran sportswriter Pepe interviewed more than 60 former players, managers, coaches and executives, including: George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller, Tommy Lasorda, Tim McCarver, Billy Martin, Bowie Kuhn, and George Brett. Catfish, Yaz, and Hammerin' Hank is an oral history; in it Pepe talks to the stars of the day about their fondest memories and their greatest highlights and captures the spirit of the day through scores of archival photographs. Union leader Marvin Miller recounts St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Curt Flood’s monumental challenge of the ironclad reserve clause, which dawned the age of free agency. Ron Blomberg recalls his time at bat as the game’s first designated hitter. Earl Weaver and Brooks Robinson describe the Orioles dismantling the Big Red Machine. Ralph Houk and Rusty Staub relive the actions and antics of Tigers rookie sensation Mark ‘the Bird’ Fidrych.
I made the 1971 All-Star team as an alternate. I was to replace
Tony Oliva, who got hurt. I remember my [
I used to pound Clemente inside, pound him inside, pound him inside, and he liked the ball out over the plate and he’d hit the ball to right center. I threw a slider down and away and it was a damn good pitch, and he hit a line drive right down the right field line... – Tom Seaver
We were in a car going to get some ice cream, not far from our
Catfish, Yaz, and Hammerin' Hank proves to be a lot of fun. Through the memories and the marvels of more than 60 voices, Pepe weaves one of the most enjoyable baseball memoirs ever written into a keepsake book, along with a companion DVD featuring players and moments from a decade that changed the game forever.
Fantasy & Science Fiction / Horror
Tarra Khash: Hrossak! by Brian
Lumley (Tales of the Primal Land Series: Tor Books) is classic
Lovecraftian horror from one of the masters of the form, British
Fantasy Award-winner Brian Lumley.
Tarra Khash is a Hrossak, a barbarian from the steppes beyond the River Luhr. A fearless adventurer, Tarra roves the island continent of Theem-hdra in search of his next fortune, his next drink, and warm, willing females to share his bed. The Hrossak is a most fortunate man, for he has faced more than one god during his travels, and so far escaped unscathed . . . .
In Tarra Khash: Hrossak!, seeking to avenge the murder of a beautiful young woman of the half-mystical Suhm-yi race, Tarra joins forces with her husband, now the last of his kind. Each worships a moon-god, and together, their faith and Tarra’s weapons wreak a terrible vengeance on those who stole the treasure of the Suhm-yi and destroyed that noble race. Eager for wealth, Tarra is trapped by a wily old man who has lured him into plumbing the depths of a treasure-filled cavern guarded by golden statues of the Great God Cthulhu. Cthulhu’s treasure is not easily plundered, and Tarra nearly loses his life to the monstrous forces of the Elder God.
Many men have met the lamia Orbiquita, but none have lived to tell of her extraordinary powers of love-making – until Tarra Khash, who treats her as a woman wants to be treated and so earns her forgiveness and his life. Others who assume her to be weakened by love for Tarra Khash are not so lucky.
… These entertaining, unpretentious stories in the pulp tradition
show Lumley at his relaxed best. – Publishers Weekly
Lumley deserves a wide audience among those who love Anne Rice . . . John Grisham . . . and Stephen King. – VOYA
An accomplished wordsmith, Lumley wields a pen with the deft skill of a surgeon, drawing just enough blood to titillate without offending his readers. – The
Lumley's strength is in his jovial voice, a diction that dominates the narrative. Lumley's love of his pulp-horror subjects is gleefully apparent. He revels in every telling detail, in stories-within-stories and convoluted histories. –
Whether humorous or atmospheric and chilling, Lumley’s tales are delightful. – Booklist
A faithful tribute by veteran fantasist Lumley to horror author H.P. Lovecraft. A good addition to most libraries’ horror collections and a title with special appeal to fans of the Cthulhu mythos. – Library Journal on Beneath the Moors and Darker Places
Lumley is the author of the bestselling Necroscope series of vampire novels. An acknowledged master of Lovecraft-style horror, Brian Lumley has won the British Fantasy Award and been named a Grand Master of Horror. His works have been published in more than a dozen countries, have inspired comic books, role-playing games and sculpture, and have been adapted for television. In Tarra Khash: Hrossak!, third in the series Tales of the Primal Land, he is at his usual best.
Health & Fitness / Diet & Exercise
The Culprit and the Cure: Why Lifestyle Is the
Culprit behind America's Poor Health by Steven G.
Aldana (Maple Mountain Press)
As Americans struggle to eat healthy foods, be physically active, avoid chronic diseases, and control body weight, The Culprit and the Cure may act as a lifeline, a beacon of scientific truth and a practical plan for change.
Steven G. Aldana, professor of lifestyle medicine in the
According to Aldana, it’s really quite simple: Lifestyle is the culprit behind our nation’s declining health and increasing problems with obesity and chronic diseases. The cure is transforming unhealthy lifestyles into healthy ones, resulting in chronic disease prevention (and even reversal), a longer life and maintaining a healthy weight. There are no quick fixes: if readers want lifetime benefits, they need to make permanent lifestyle changes.
In The Culprit and the Cure, readers get the ‘whys and the hows’. First, they see the science: why does lifestyle impact the risk of chronic disease, and what are all those research study results really saying? Science has already solved much of the good health puzzle, and here it’s presented in clear, concise terms. Aldana goes on to explain how to have a healthy diet, what makes up good nutrition, how much physical activity is optimum for good health and how to make effective, permanent lifestyle changes. The Culprit and the Cure empowers readers with hands-on tips and achievable guidance for embracing healthy choices. Once they see how this information transforms their lives, Aldana says, they will want to share it with those they care about.
Now you can connect the dots between a healthy lifestyle and the
prevention of chronic diseases. –
This book is a unique guide to health that examines the need for healthy lifestyle changes in nutrition and exercise. – www.ebook-reviews.net
This book can do more to improve well being, now and for years to come, than the best available medicines. – Walter Willett, Harvard School of Medicine
Every adult, every patient, and every doctor in American should read this book. – Roger L Greenlaw, FACP,
No quick fixes or miracle diets here, just accurate information on how to live a long, healthy life. – Total Healthy and Longevity
The Culprit and the Cure presents a wealth of evidence that reveals how a healthy diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyles can impact life-span and the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines that may help individuals begin and maintain a healthy lifestyle for life. No infomercials here, just the facts from an authority who knows – the author is one of the nation’s most respected experts on chronic disease prevention and an advisor to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the highest ranking health expert in the nation. Still, the only person to help readers have good health is they, themselves.
Al-Hasan al-Wazzan – born in Granada to a Muslim family that in
1492 went to Morocco – where he traveled extensively on behalf of
the sultan of Fez – is known to historians as Leo Africanus, author
of the first geography of Africa to be published in Europe (in
1550). Al-Hasan had been captured by Christian pirates in the
Drawing on all al-Hasan’s manuscripts – including ones previously
unknown – Natalie Zemon Davis in
Trickster Travels explores, as no other historian
before her, the places and people al-Hasan encountered and the books
that shaped his work. Readers see him studying law and theology in a
Further, Davis, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University, in Trickster Travels describes all the sectors of her hero's life in detail, scrutinizing the evidence of al-Hasan's movement between cultural worlds; the Islamic and Arab traditions, genres, and ideas available to him; and his adventures with Christians and Jews in a European community of learned men and powerful church leaders.
… Al-Hasan al-Wazzan had the (mis)fortune to live in ‘interesting
times’: the Ottomans were on the march, the Habsburgs were on the
rise and the Protestants were alarming the pope, yet al-Hasan al-Wazzan
managed to flit among a myriad of worlds (including, Davis
speculates, taking a formerly Jewish wife). Eventually, he returned
… Davis, a history professor, posits that her purpose is to portray his place in the sixteenth-century society of North Africa, peopled by Berbers, Andalusians, Arabs, Jews, and blacks, and with "Europeans eating away at its borders." With 16 pages of black-and-white illustrations and 100 pages of notes,
Trickster Travels is a masterpiece of the historian’s craft and craftiness. A brilliant storyteller, Natalie Zemon Davis reconstructs the life of Al-Hasan al-Wazzan, the great Renaissance geographer known to the West as Leo Africanus. And what a life it was: exile from Muslim Spain in the wake of the Catholic conquest; restless travels in Africa in the service of the sultan of Fez; capture by pirates and imprisonment in Rome; conversion to Christianity and release from prison; an outpouring of remarkable books, introducing Africa and Islam to European intellectuals; and finally a return to North Africa and to the language, culture and faith in which he had been raised.
Trickster Travels is an engrossing, accessible and
engaging study of Leo Africanus and his famous book, which
Liberty or Death: Wars That Forged a Nation by Carl
Benn & Daniel Marston, with a foreword by Fred
Anderson (Essential Histories Specials Series: Osprey Publishing) is
a multi-volume history of war seen from political, strategic,
tactical, cultural and individual perspectives.
Read them and gain a deeper understanding of war and a stronger basis for thinking about peace. – Robert O’Neill, Series Editor
At the beginning of the 18th century,
Liberty or Death is comprised of three parts: I: The French-Indian War 1754-1760, II: The American Revolution 1774-1783, and III: The War of 1812.
The American Revolution culminated in an independent
The book was written by bestselling historians, Carl Benn, Chief
Curator of the City of
The decision to combine these three excellent books in a single volume is a most welcome one, for the wars they describe, while they are seldom treated together, were intimately interrelated ... the connections between them become apparent when they are seen in juxtaposition. – Professor Fred Anderson
Read them and gain a deeper understanding of war and a stronger basis for thinking about peace. – Professor Robert O'Neill, Series Editor
The three wars so well described in this volume can be seen as
the crucible in which Americans forged their enduring attitudes
toward the justification and practice of war...nearly two centuries
after the Treaty of
Written in an accessible fashion, Liberty or Death, the compilation of three Osprey books from the Essential Histories Series, is a must read for understanding our nation's roots.
“The salary of a private in the army is $12, monthly and fed &
uniformed. I know it is a hard life, but anything for my
A keen chronicler of camp life and the vicissitudes of
soldiering, Shepherd, as told in
To Rescue My Native Land, wrote extremely detailed
and enlightening battle accounts. Highly educated compared with many
other soldiers of his rank, Shepherd expresses the life of the
common combatant in an unusually articulate way. He saw significant
action at Fredericktown,
In his new capacity as a rear-area soldier, Shepherd had the opportunity to interact with local civilians. He regularly attended civilian churches, had black servants and housekeepers and witnessed ‘colored balls,’ met Southerners on the street on a daily basis, and boarded in a Southern home. Because of these experiences, Shepherd came to view the South's citizens as more than battlefield abstractions, and his understanding of the occupied South grew increasingly nuanced.
Shepherd did not see himself as a gallant adventurer seeking the
romance of war. He was too reflective, too intellectual, and too
spiritual to pursue such a reckless course. Shepherd thought deeply
about the coming war and wondered how it might touch the people
back home. "Our two American principles of freedom and liberty must
be preserved," he wrote on
Trying to understand Shepherd's desire to ‘do something’ presents
readers with an opportunity to explore the inner world of a Union
soldier. His distinctive voice, moreover, helps readers locate
common patterns of thought and action among other men who gave
themselves to the Northern cause. Shepherd's religious expressions
are of particular note in
To Rescue My Native Land. Such sentiments reveal a
dimension of the Union soldiers' experience that are often
overlooked. Historians have generally emphasized the piety of the
Confederate rank and file without fully considering that Northern
soldiers also made meaning of the war through a Christian framework.
Shepherd drew comfort from knowing that God provided a suit of armor
for his chosen ones. If the suit had a chink and he was struck by an
enemy missile, Shepherd knew a heavenly award awaited him. His faith
in God was more than a source of courage in battle. Shepherd
Author Kurt H. Hackemer, associate professor of history at the
This collection has several characteristics that, taken together,
offer an almost unmatched combination. To begin with, Willie was an
inveterate letter writer. The collection housed at the Kenosha
County Historical Society's new
Throughout his three-year enlistment, he generally wrote home several times a week. Not all of his letters have made it into To Rescue My Native Land, because there were times when he did not have much new information to share, but Hackemer have preserved the spirit of the continuous conversation he had with his family during their long separation.
Even within the context of letters written by enlisted men,
Shepherd's career was more varied than most. He also had a knack for
being in important places at the right time. Willie started the war
in a very traditional role as a member of Battery B, Chicago Light
Artillery. He saw combat at the Battles of Fredericktown (where his
battery's impact was recognized even in Confederate reports),
Willie's interaction with and observation of Southerners varied
quite dramatically over the course of his enlistment and
demonstrates the complexity of the different types of relationships
Union soldiers had with the presumed enemy, especially civilians. As
an artilleryman living and fighting in the field early in his
enlistment, Shepherd generally viewed Southern soldiers and
civilians as abstractions, and then rarely in a favorable light. In
that sense, he reflected his peers. However, once he became a
rear-area soldier, Willie interacted with Southerners in a very
different way than he had as a combat soldier. While in
There are more than 250 of Willie Shepherd's letters at the
To Rescue My Native Land traces the evolution of a young recruit to veteran artilleryman and administrative operative and provides a unique look at the behind-the-scenes operations of several of the Civil War's most important engagements.
Hackemer has been reading Willie Shepherd's letters, comparing them with those written by other soldiers, and thinking about his Civil War experience for a long time now. In the end, Willie provides an informed and highly readable look at enlisted life from an insider's perspective, and a unique one at that. He fascinated Hackemer for over a decade, and he will do the same for those who take the time to peruse his writings home.
The decades following the Civil War witnessed a surge of labor
battles. Nowhere was this struggle as fierce as in Chicago, the
industrial powerhouse of the
The mass hysteria it created, followed by a sensational trial and executions, made headlines across the country and created the nation’s first red scare.
Shortly after, labor leaders August Spies and Albert Parsons, along with six more alleged anarchists, stood convicted of murder on sparse evidence. Four of them went to the gallows in 1887; another committed suicide. The surviving three received pardons in 1893. National sentiment turned against the burgeoning labor movement, ending a moment of hope for the nation's working class.
Death in the Haymarket brings these remarkable
events to life, re-creating a tempestuous moment in American social
history. Author James Green recounts the rise of the first great
labor movement in the wake of the Civil War and the epic twenty-year
battle for the eight-hour workday. He shows how the movement
overcame numerous setbacks to orchestrate a series of strikes that
swept the country in 1886, positioning the unions for a hard-won
victory on the eve of the Haymarket tragedy.
As he captures the frustrations, tensions and heady victories, Green also gives readers a portrait of Chicago, the Midwestern powerhouse of the Gilded Age. Readers see the great factories and their wealthy owners, including men such as George Pullman and get an intimate view of the communities of immigrant employees who worked for them. Throughout, readers are reminded of the increasing power of newspapers as, led by the legendary Chicago Tribune editor Joseph Medill, they stirred up popular fears of the immigrants and radicals who led the unions.
Death in the Haymarket also brings to life the principals in this tragedy: the anarchists, Albert and Lucy Parsons, who became infamous international celebrities; the mayor, who tried to keep Chicago from erupting like a volcano; the police officers who found themselves in harm's way; the lawyers who argued over the anarchists fate; and the many people all over the world, from Emma Goldman to Oscar Wilde, whose lives were changed by the Haymarket tragedy.
Green, professor of labor history at the
James Green tells a powerful story of Chicago,
Green’s re-creation of this terrible moment exposes the deep divisions that marred
The Haymarket affair was a pivotal event in
It’s about time that the great dramas in the rise of an American labor movement earned center stage in the history of American capitalism. Death in the Haymarket is a great read – and a required one. – Lizabeth Cohen, author of A Consumers’ Republic
Filled with the suspense of a good novel, Death in the Haymarket vividly illuminates the shifting industrial terrain of late nineteenth-century
At a time when labor leaders fight to inject new meaning into America's labor movement and transportation strikes highlight labor disputes, Death in the Haymarket illuminates the beginnings of those movements and their considerable effects on American society. Death in the Haymarket brilliantly restores labor unions – once one of the nation's great social and economic movements – to their central role in the growth of American capitalism in the late nineteenth century. Blending a gripping narrative, outsized characters and a panoramic portrait of a major social movement, Death in the Haymarket is an important addition to the history of American capitalism and a moving story about the class tensions at the heart of Gilded Age America.
Homeplace Geography is a series of essays, arranged
chronologically in the order in which they were first written,
representing Donald Edward Davis's twenty-year career as a writer,
environmental activist, and scholar of all things Appalachian.
Davis, a native of
Several of the essays in
Homeplace Geography were published in independent
journals with somewhat limited audiences, while others were never
formally submitted for publication. A few of the writings were
reprinted in several different works, including the opening chapter,
"Homeplace Geography." Nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize,
this essay was originally published in 1989 in Mescechahe, one of
The second essay, "On Building Ecological Fences," was printed in
the Canadian journal Trumpeter in 1988. The essay is based upon a
morning encounter with
Parts of the fourth chapter, "The Politics of Wilderness in
"Gore in the Balance" was first published in the Southern Reader in spring 1992. This review essay points out the contradictions in the then-future vice president's environmental words and political deeds, anticipating the nationwide campaign that literally had hundreds of readers of Gore's Earth in the Balance mailing the book directly to Senator Gore's office with the personalized inscription "To Al Gore: Read this Book!"
Essay seven, "Feist or Fiction?: The Squirrel Dog of the Southern
Mountains," was first published in the winter 1992 issue of the
Journal of Popular Culture. Written with the editorial assistance of
sociologist Jeffrey Stotik of the
"Roads to Ruins," the eighth essay, was first presented at the
1993 Appalachian Studies Conference in
The tenth essay in
Homeplace Geography, "Grassroots Movements and
Rural Policy in Appalachia," was submitted for publication in The
State, Rural Policy, and Rural Disadvantage in the Late Twentieth
Century, a book that was to be compiled and edited by the late
sociologist Fred Buttel of the University of Wisconsin and never
published. The updated essay summarizes the history and principal
activities of several Appalachian organizations, all of which claim
to have represented the grassroots, or least a grassroots
perspective, in their public missions. The next selection, "Before
Albion's Seed," was presented in 1994 at the seventeenth annual
Appalachian Studies Association Conference at
Selection thirteen, "Living on the Land: Blue Ridge Life and Culture," was printed in the official publication of the Georgia Wildlife Federation in spring 1997.
Chapter 14, "Razing Appalachia," was written for the journal
Techné, which is published occasionally by the Jacques Ellul
Society. This brief essay, published in the journal's second issue
in 1998, concisely and directly discusses the phenomenon of
mountaintop removal, perhaps the single most ecologically
destructive force in the
"Medicinal and Cultural Uses of Plants in the
Chapter 17 in
Homeplace Geography, "A Whole World Dying," was
published in the Journal of the American Chestnut Foundation in 1999
and is based on materials found in the concluding pages of
Essay eighteen, "The Land of Ridge and Valley," was excerpted
from the introduction to
The concluding essay, “Mountains of Culture: Environmental
Homeplace Geography ranges from the heartfelt to
the enlightening. In the book's title essay, for example,
The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York
by Jef Klein, with photography by Cary
Hazlegrove (Turner Publishing Company)
Anything important that has ever happened in
The book is about the people and events that have unfolded within
these historic establishments; it demonstrates how each bar has
served as a backdrop for both business deals and social gatherings,
but also for private moments of reflection. Although their patrons
have changed over the years, these bars have quietly remained a
constant source of fellowship and conviviality from generation to
generation. For example, to quote the book: “Even if you failed
The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York,
written by Jef Klein, who has spent 14 years as a bartender,
waitress, and Union Vice President in the restaurant industry in
Through text and striking photography, this library-quality
volume tells the stories of
1973 Nervous Breakdown: Watergate, Warhol, and the
Birth of Post-Sixties America by Andreas Killen
(Bloomsbury) offers a penetrating look back at the year that gave us
Roe v. Wade, White House scandal, and the beginning of the oil
1973 Nervous Breakdown is a dissection of a watershed year in American history. To give credit where due, Lester Bangs coined the phrase ‘1973 Nervous Breakdown’ to size up a Rolling Stones album from the same year, but it served as a fitting epitaph to an era.
Tumultuous and exciting, 1973 marked the end of the 1960s and the
birth of a new cultural sensibility. 1973 was a year of remarkable
creative ferment. From landmark movies such as The Exorcist, Mean
Streets, and American Graffiti to seminal books such as Fear of
Flying and Gravity’s Rainbow, from the proto-punk band the New York
Dolls to the first reality TV show, The American Family, the
cultural artifacts of the year testify to a nation in the middle of
an identity crisis. The fate of the family, the future of the
presidency, the sanity of the masses – all of these bedrocks of
society were threatened. Faced with the collapse
of traditional institutions and beliefs, Americans began to rewrite
the national story line. ‘Year One of the Culture Wars,’ 1973 cast a
long shadow in the realms of politics, social issues, the arts, and
music. From Deep Throat, the movie, to Deep Throat, the informant,
1973 Nervous Breakdown offers a fever chart of a year of uncertainty, fragility, and change, a year in which post-war prosperity crumbles and modernism gives way to postmodernism. Andreas Killen, Assistant Professor of History at the City College of New York, ransacks newspapers, magazines, novels, films, TV shows and music to bring to life traumatic events.
A fascinating read, 1973 Nervous Breakdown is a detailed psycho-analysis of one of the darkest, most formative and oddly exuberant years in American consciousness. This was the era when today's political and cultural fault lines were beginning to emerge, and Andreas Killen does a masterful job weaving this essential history of our time. 1973 Nervous Breakdown is far out. – Evan Wright, author of Generation Kill
According to historian Killen, not only are the 1970s the least understood of the postwar decades, 1973 stands as an under-recognized ‘cultural watershed.’ Taking a cue from Mark Kurlansky's 1968 (2004), Killen presents a cogently argued, finely detailed, and thoroughly involving portrait of the year that delivered Roe v. Wade, Watergate, the winding down of the Vietnam War, the Arab oil embargo, the completion of the World Trade Center, repeated hijackings, and an outbreak of cults. … Killen ponders the year's mix of cynicism and decadence, and society's preference for artifice over authenticity. He also chronicles the launching of big-bucks televangelism, the collapse of inner cities as the government pulled funding from domestic programs to support an unconscionable war, and criminality at the highest levels of government, drawing direct parallels between the seventies and our current decade. – Donna Seaman, Booklist (starred review)
Killen makes a winning case . . . for seeing 1973 as a harbinger of our times in the matter of belief, charting the rise not just of Me Decade cults such as est but also of fundamentalist Christianity and offshoots such as the Children of God and the Moonies . . A smart . . . blend of social history and cultural criticism. – Kirkus Reviews
1973 Nervous Breakdown "peers into the American mind at a deeply schizophrenic moment . . . A profile of a year of uncertainty and disorientation but also of tremendous vitality and creativity." Killen transports readers back to that remarkable era. The book is an engaging and eye-opening analysis of a pivotal year in a decade in sore need of liberation both from the long shadow of the 1960s and from the backward shadow cast by the 1980s – a decade whose impact on our own cultural zeitgeist remains powerful.
Home & Garden
Beautiful Madness is a tale of shared horticultural obsession burrowing deeply into the story of how Americans became such fanatical gardeners and are today, in fact, at the forefront of what everyone agrees is a new Golden Age of Gardening, an unprecedented growth in gardening’s popularity that has – according to a recent Gallop poll – an astonishing eighty percent of adult Americans claiming to be primary hobby gardeners.
During an amazing year of living botanically, in quest of deepening his own ever-consuming knowledge and interest in gardening, James Dodson went behind the scenes of the world's two most important garden shows (the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Chelsea Garden Show in London); spent time with a man nicknamed the Botticelli of Bulbs; attended a rare plant auction of high rollers; got adopted as a personal project by a famous garden club of colonial dames; sneaked into a Hosta convention; communed with the kindred spirits of Thomas Jefferson and John Bartram; and met a man smuggling exotic day lilies in the trunk of his car; spent a weekend on the Isle of Wight with the Madman of Kew and his gardening wife (she keeps Queen Victoria's estate). Dodson, better known for his numerous award-winning books on golfing, also uncovered the secrets of ten or twelve of the Western world's most influential gardens; swiped cuttings from a Founding Father's shrubbery; hung out with some of the most accomplished gardening fanatics on earth; built three new gardens of his own; and wound up hanging perilously from a limb on the side of a cliff in Southern Africa, where he capped off his year of discovery by tagging along with four of America's leading plant hunters on an expedition into the rugged jungles to find the exotic new species of tomorrow.
Dodson brings a rare sensibility to the craft – equal parts expertise and humanity. – Austin American-Statesman
Flower fanatics and perfectionist planters will find much to
enjoy in Dodson's recounting of his year spent traveling to various
gardens around the world. The author, an amateur gardener whose
other books are mostly about golf, travels through the eastern
Beautiful Madness will do for competitive gardening what Word Freak did for competitive Scrabble, and what Best in Show did for competitive dog breeding – readers will never look at a potted plant the same way again.
Home & Garden / Animal Care & Pets / New Age
Woof, Meow, Nay....What are your pets saying?
As a professional animal psychic, Amelia Kinkade helps clients locate lost pets, diagnose baffling behavior, and explore the indelible bond that exists between people and their animal companions. From the pets of
But Kinkade's mission is to show that everyone can do what she does with the proper dedication, training, and understanding. In The Language of Miracles, she sets out to demonstrate, enlisting the help of quantum physicists, the mechanics of how these processes work and how we all can learn to talk with animals. "Although they don't always express these psychological dynamics in human fashion," she says, "it is dangerous and foolish to assume animals are not capable of our entire range of emotion. In fact, it has been my experience that their scope is sometimes larger than that of humans not only in terms of their spontaneity, loyalty, ferocity, grace, and unprecedented powers of forgiveness, but I've found that they are also privy to transcendental states of consciousness and more miraculous states of deep healing not accessible to most humans."
Exploring the subtle cues that form the foundation of animal communication, Kinkade shows, in carefully constructed guided exercises, how readers can explore these cues for themselves. With gentle encouragement, she shows how to look for communications typically drowned out in the noise of our television-and media-saturated lives. In The Language of Miracles, Kinkade shares techniques, tools, and exercises for developing one’s ability to communicate with animals.
Amelia Kinkade elegantly synthesizes quantum physics, metaphysics, and animal communication into a fascinating read. This book will forever change and improve your relationships with animals and humans. A must-read for all animal lovers. – Arielle Ford, author of Hot Chocolate for the Mystical Soul
Amelia continues to revolutionize the controversial arena of animal communication through her insights, wit, and wisdom. Integrating scientific and spiritual perspectives, she guides us through the development of our profound connections with our kindred spirits. – Allen M. Schoen, DVM, author of Kindred Spirits
Filled with amazing stories of seemingly extraordinary communication, not just from Amelia herself, but from the thousands of everyday people she has taught throughout the world, The Language of Miracles will inspire readers to sit down with the animals in their lives and explore the unspoken world between them.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
As an accomplished quilt maker and teacher, Dilys A. Fronks have never forgotten that she was once a beginner. She tells how her teacher, Jenny Dove, started her on her quilt making journey in 1983, and how she traveled through the learning maze over the years, gathering as much knowledge as possible about the many techniques that come under the broad umbrella of quilt making.
At Play with Appliqué offers a workbook-based
approach to appliqué that frees readers to enjoy and experiment. The
basic skills, learned in the workshops, are developed through a
range of projects which provide the opportunity to understand
through practice. Seven techniques (including both hand and machine
work) are presented step by step, with two floral projects for each
one, for immediate practice. Template-free, yet super-accurate,
these methods make appliqué easy.
Fronks advises readers to work their way through the straightforward four-step methods, and enjoy the journey through the workshops and projects. From simple workshop beginnings, there is room for student development through the floral projects. Each of the projects is associated with a particular workshop method, but they are also adaptable so the machine-sewn patterns can be tried by hand and the hand patterns by machine. The workshop methods can be adapted to any of readers’ favorite appliqué patterns as long as a Master Pattern is available.
The aim of At Play with Appliqué is to teach hand and machine appliqué without the use of templates. The book contains patterns drawn to size where possible, step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations and advice, which only years of teaching can bring.
The beginner's workshops follow a regular format, using a standard 9” square sample, to take readers, by text and illustration, through both the hand and machine methods of template-free appliqué.
At Play with Appliqué offers interesting and varied projects of increasing levels of difficulty to help readers gain experience and develop the techniques. Fronks shares her tried and true methods for teaching by doing, and she conveys her love for the methods she as perfected – the projects are appealing, inspiring and original. At Play with Appliqué is ideal for beginners who want to learn how to sew accurate and safe appliqué without templates. It is also perfect for more experienced sewers offering original, inspirational and stimulating projects. Teachers will find it an excellent resource book because it is laid out in workshop format.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Designer Machine Embroidery and Textile Decoration:
Creating Accessories for Your Body and Sole by Elli
Woodsford (Quarry Books)
Anyone with a simple sewing machine and lots of enthusiasm can create the stunning clothing and accessories shown in Designer Machine Embroidery and Textile Decoration. Readers develop their fabric decoration skills as they learn to create embellished fabrics that can be used to make beautiful clothing and accessories.
From coloring, painting, dyeing, and printing fabrics to a wide range of decorative stitching techniques, talented fabric artist, designer and instructor Elli Woodsford's work shows how the simplest methods can be combined to create astonishing fabric surfaces. Each topic includes step-by-step illustrated instructions and project ideas for jackets, bags, shoes, hats, corsets or jewelry. Design and color principles are applied to projects, giving readers an opportunity to produce work that is both contemporary and timeless. The emphasis is on experimentation and creativity, and patterns and templates for all projects included.
Designer Machine Embroidery and Textile Decoration is about creating individual accessories using fabric coloring and machine embroidery. Each chapter contains step-by-step instructions showing basic techniques. These techniques can then be applied to projects that are also in this book. Readers will find a belt, handbags, a hat, jackets, shoes, and a wrap. When needed, patterns are included for the projects.
All the projects feature machine embroidery techniques that can be accomplished on a basic sewing machine that can perform straight, zigzag, and a few additional pattern stitches. Chapter 1 contains four fabric coloration techniques and suggests suitable fabrics for each. All the projects in Chapter 2 onward can be made using commercially dyed and printed fabrics. At every stage, readers are encouraged to make samples before starting a project.
Covering a wide range of machine embroidery and textile decoration techniques, Designer Machine Embroidery and Textile Decoration shows machine embroiderers and those with an interest in fashion and accessories how to apply exciting and innovative techniques to their work.
Home & Garden / Furnishings
Home comfort is a matter of taste. And, while it's important to live in a visually appealing environment, creating spaces that feel good as well as look good is essential.
In The Comfortable Home, Jane Burdon, stylist and interiors writer, explores Relaxing Spaces, Eating & Cooking Spaces, Sleeping Spaces, Bathing Spaces, and Outdoor Spaces. She advises readers on furniture essentials, from the right bed to the best couch, and looks at the elements contributing to the comfort of each space, from flooring to blankets. A ‘finishes’ section in each chapter details the tactile door handles, perfect flatware, and well-placed rugs that make a difference, and a series of room schemes offers further inspiration.
Illustrated throughout by illuminating photographs, and concluding with a directory of resources, The Comfortable Home gives readers the knowledge to make informed choices when tackling the decoration of home and the confidence to trust their personal instincts.
Readers will learn to create a superbly relaxing and beautiful home. The Comfortable Home offers an abundance of innovative ideas for combining style, practicality, and affordable luxury indoors and out. Whether readers are wrestling with springs and slipcovers or trying to choose between feathers and foam, here are informed answers to an assortment of furnishing dilemmas, told from a subtlely British point of view.
Literature & Fiction
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is a literary legend famed for her
poetry, short stories, criticism, screenplays, and dramas. She was a
founding writer of The New Yorker in 1925 and a key member of the
In 1944, The Viking Press compiled a Dorothy Parker anthology, The Portable Dorothy Parker, the fourth volume in its series of inexpensive, portable paperback editions formatted for men and women in uniform. Mrs. Parker herself selected the material. It was only natural that she, a merciless critic of others' work, who had absolutely no qualms about eviscerating a lazy writer, should examine her own efforts with similar excruciating attention. From her two collected volumes (Not So Deep As a Well, verse, 1936 and Here Lies, stories, 1939) she chose only the work for which she wished to be remembered. This did not include her criticism or articles, the bread and butter journalism she had cranked out to pay the rent during the twenties. Neither did she decide to revive, for example, "Such a Pretty Little Picture," her first published fiction. Missing, too, was the tragicomical "Advice to the Little Peyton Girl." When faced with two stories expressing similar themes or tones, she instinctively discarded the weaker candidate. The result was a tidy package of quality wares that has remained continuously in print ever since.
Several years after her death, Viking issued an expanded collection of Parker’s work that left intact her original selections while introducing new material, chiefly theater and book criticism that had previously appeared in The New Yorker and Esquire, as well as some fiction and articles written during the fifties and sixties.
This new edition, second revision in sixty years, The Portable Dorothy Parker, edited by biographer and novelist Marion Meade, ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth century's most quotable authors. For this new twenty-first-century edition, devoted admirers can be sure to find their favorite verse and stories. But a variety of fresh material has also been added to create a fuller, more authentic picture of Parker’s life's work. There are some stories new to The Portable Dorothy Parker, along with a selection of articles written for such disparate publications as Vogue, McCall's, House and Garden, and New Masses. Two of these pieces concern home decorating, a subject not usually associated with Mrs. Parker. At the heart of her serious work lies her political writings – racial, labor, international – and so "Soldiers of the Republic" is joined by reprints of "Not Enough" and "Sophisticated Poetry – And the Hell with It," both of which first appeared in New Masses. "A Dorothy Parker Sampler" blends the sublime and the silly with the terrifying, a sort of tasting menu of verse, stories, essays, political journalism, a speech on writing, plus a catchy off-the-cuff rhyme she never thought to write down.
The introduction of two new sections into The Portable Dorothy Parker is intended to provide the richest possible sense of Parker herself. "Self-Portrait" reprints an interview she did in 1956 with The Paris Review, part of a famed ongoing series of conversations ("Writers at Work") that the literary journal conducted with the best of twentieth-century writers. What makes the interviews so interesting is that they were permitted to edit their transcripts before publication, resulting in miniature autobiographies.
"Letters: 1905-1962," which might be subtitled "Mrs. Parker Completely Uncensored," presents correspondence written over the period of a half century, beginning in 1905 when twelve-year-old Dottie wrote her father during a summer vacation on Long Island, and concluding with a 1962 missive from Hollywood describing her fondness for Marilyn Monroe.
There are things of which one cannot really say that they are either good books or bad books; they are really not books at all. When one has bought them, one has only got paper and print. When one has bought Dorothy Parker, however, one has really got a book. She is not Emily Bronte or Jane Austen, but she has been at some pains to write well, and she has put into what she has written a voice, a state of mind, an era, a few moments of human experience that nobody else has conveyed. Today, still a limited edition, this is a sublime collection; there is nobody like Dorothy Parker. The Portable Dorothy Parker – welcome to her world.
Literature & Fiction / Historical
Color of the Sea takes readers back to a painful
moment in history when Japanese Americans were caught between two
identities and the future of a nation hung in the balance. The book
was written by John Hamamura, a writer, poet and photographer who
was born in the final year of World War II in a US Army hospital in
Color of the Sea, growing up in a time between
wars, Sam Hamada finds that the culture of his native
When Sam strikes out for
Sam himself is caught between cultures when, impressed by his knowledge of Japanese, the U.S. Army drafts and then promotes him, sending him on a secret mission into a wartime world of madness where he faces the very real risk of encountering his own brother in combat. He must finally confront his own sense of nationality, and determine once and for all where he belongs and with whom. Can he be a samurai warrior and an American patriot at the same time? Does he have the courage to fight a war and return with a heart still open to love?
From the tragedies of the camps through to the bombing of
His writing honestly portrays the individual struggles of the immigrant experience as well as defines the equally difficult struggles of their American-born offspring. Hamamura shines as a storyteller and is definitely a name to watch. – Library Journal
[A] heartfelt debut...A poignant, fresh story told with feeling and sincerity. – Kirkus Reviews
Hamamura writes deftly and powerfully, whether about the subtle
vibrations of the human heart or the bloody convulsions of war. –
David Maine, author of The Preservationist and Fallen
Hamamura’s writing is sleek and powerful, and his evocation of the Japanese-American experience compelling. A haunting, beautiful story of love, honor, and dedication, Color of the Sea is a remarkable novel. – Holly Payne, author of The Virgin’s Knot and The Sound of Blue
Hamamura’s first novel is a marvel, a revelation, the story of a man torn between two great loves, two great cultures, two complex and evolving worlds. Bravo. – James Dalessandro, author of 1906 and Bohemian Heart
Through beautifully written prose, artful imagery and achingly real characters, Hamamura in Color of the Sea sweeps his readers away to a time in history that shook the world and a love story that will resonate long after the final page. The fruit of his labors, Color of the Sea reflects no less than the deep understanding and painstaking effort that his powerful words imply.
Literature & Fiction / Western / Young Adult
Sit back on your boot heels, pour yourself a cup of thick, black camp coffee, and let Will James transport you to bygone days of cattle rustling, cowpunching, bronc busting, and drifting in the American West.
Born in a covered wagon near
Will James' Book of Cowboy Stories contains 15 memorable stories, a gathering of some of the most entertaining illustrated stories of cowboy life from the Will James collection.
Loping through a book by Will James is the next best thing to being there. This long-awaited reprint of the last James book, Will James' Book of Cowboy Stories, will satisfy readers' nostalgic longing for the freedom, danger, and adventure of life on the open range.
Literature & Fiction / World Literature
Suppression of the Erotic in Modern Hebrew Literature
by Nitsa Ben-ari (
Issues of sexuality, censorship, and self-censorship in the
formation of national and cultural identities are a focus of great
interest in contemporary literary research.
Suppression of the Erotic in Modern Hebrew Literature,
written by Nitsa Ben-Ari, senior lecturer in the School for Cultural
Studies and Head of Diploma Studies for Translation and Revision at
Puritan norms in the area of literary representation of sex and
erotica formed in pre-state
According to Ben-Ari, the puritan expurgating trend, enhanced by old-fashioned elevated stylistic norms, had far-reaching consequences. Decades of attenuation of the erotic, and disdain on the part of professional linguists, translators, and writers to deal with the issue in the critical period of linguistic and cultural revival, resulted in continuous impoverishment and petrifaction of entire strata in the Hebrew literary repertory. Translated literature, which could have become a channel for an alternative view on sexuality, refuted its potential function of introducing innovative or subversive alternatives well into the 1970s. A rebellious awakening in the 1980s and 1990s introduced new norms of erotic presentation, especially by women writers, but the lacunae in the Hebrew literary repertoire need more time to fill.
An insightful and illuminating read, Suppression of the Erotic in Modern Hebrew Literature makes a significant contribution to literary, translation, Judaic, and gender studies.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Religion / Christianity
Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker – two of the most acclaimed writers of supernatural thrillers – have joined forces for the first time to craft a story unlike any readers have ever read.
Enter House – where readers find themselves thrown into a killer's deadly game in which the only way to win is to lose... and the only way out is in.
On a deserted backroad in
The exhausted couple stands in front of an inviting house, complete with gated stone wall, ancient oak trees, and a note welcoming weary travelers. Inside they find another couple with an equally troubling story about a similar accident. It seems that backwoods pranksters have made their day miserable. Still, they are safe….
Or so they think.
But the stakes of the game become clear when a tin can is tossed into the house with rules scrawled on it. Rules that only a madman – or worse – could have written. Rules that make no sense yet must be followed.
So begins House, a story that keeps readers guessing and short of breath until the very last page. As the house slowly reveals its secrets, readers come face-to-face with the sin that haunts us all and a game that can be won by very few.
Readers, think you can win? Go ahead, walk through the door, play the game.
House comes with a CD from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment containing Hangman’s Curse, The Visitation, and Thr3e Trivia Game.
Only Peretti and Dekker could have delivered this full-tilt supernatural Thriller. They had me ripping through the pages…then blew me away with a final twist I never saw coming. Can’t wait to see the movie! – Ralph Winter, producer: X-Men 3 and Fantastic Four
House is a mind-bending supernatural thriller from the creators of This Present Darkness and Showdown.
Mysteries & Thrillers
When long-lost relatives come out of the woodwork, it can mean nothing but trouble. Once again, it’s left to Miss Julia in Miss Julia Stands Her Ground to set things right.
Ann B. Ross’s previous recent novel, Miss Julia’s School of Beauty, was a New York Times extended bestseller, and more fans are drawn to Miss Julia’s adventures every outing.
Miss Julia Stands Her Ground finds our heroine ‘of a certain age’ looking forward to many peaceful and happy years with her new husband, Sam. But she still has plenty to worry about. When Hazel Marie’s troublemaking uncle, Brother Vernon Puckett, comes back to town, he claims to have conclusive proof that Little Lloyd is not the son of Miss Julia’s late, philandering husband Wesley Lloyd Springer – a fact to which Miss Julia would have gladly subscribed a few years back. But that was then, before Miss Julia’s life revolved around Little Lloyd, before that magical holiday when he became the apple of her eye.
As if this weren't enough for our favorite belle to handle, she also finds one Sunday morning that she's been nominated to a seat in the church's session, much to the dismay of Pastor Ledbetter, who isn't quite prepared to see women involved in such business. And while she's got quite enough on her plate already, Miss Julia has never been one to back down from a challenge – and wouldn't that just show the pastor what women can do?
Meanwhile, with DNA testing the only possible way to settle the dispute of Little Lloyd's paternity, Miss Julia shudders at the thought of exhuming her dead husband's body. But her housekeeper, Lillian, has a few souvenirs of Wesley Lloyd's life tucked away that, though a little creepy, might just be the key to ending the whole ugly mess.
Miss Julia is one of the most delightful characters to come along
in years. – Fannie Flagg
Funny and endearing. – The
There’s little on the planet that beats a steel magnolia story. Another hilarious adventure, Miss Julia Stands Her Ground, written by fellow alumna of the University of North Carolina, confirms what readers already know in their hearts – that family is thicker than blood.
Parenting & Families / Sports
We continuously strive to make sure that our passion for our children does not override our responsibility to behave and exhibit good sportsmanship for others. . . . If we put our child's needs and dreams ahead of ours, we will have a great chance of ‘returning the games to the kids’. – Kelly Ripken, from the foreword
Since he retired from baseball in 2001, Cal Ripken, Jr., has devoted his time to coaching kids, including his own son and daughter, who play baseball and basketball, among other sports.
Ripken's name has become synonymous with strength, character, endurance, and integrity. His philosophy of working hard, playing with passion and enjoying the game has made a tremendous impact on the world of sports and on fans everywhere. In 1999, the Babe Ruth League changed the name of its largest division (5-12 year olds) from ‘Bambino’ to ‘Cal Ripken’ baseball, and there are now more than 700,000 youths playing Cal Ripken baseball worldwide.
In Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, Ripkin offers advice on guiding a child through athletics, drawing upon advice from his own father, Cal Sr.; his experiences as the father and sometime coach of two children, Ryan, aged 12 and Rachel, aged 16; and observations from the Ripken youth league.
In recent years, Ripken has noticed the increased intensity in youth sports, coinciding with the focus on the increasingly high salaries in professional sports. Playing softball, basketball, football, tennis, or soccer, for example, is supposed to be fun, but parents and kids sometimes forget that as they face increasing pressure on and off the field. Parents need help in guiding their children through this environment and avoiding common and well-meaning mistakes, such as over-emphasizing winning or over-coaching.
Ripken’s simple yet effective philosophy for helping kids get the most out of playing sports is to keep it simple, explain the ‘why,’ celebrate the individual, and make it fun!
Whether parent-readers were star players or kids who never learned to throw, Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way, coauthored by Rick Wolff, Vice President, Executive Editor at Warner Books and chairman of the Center for Sports Parenting, tells readers everything they need to know about sports parenting from the pre-school years to middle school. It covers all the bases, including:
Ripken in Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way also offers special advice for the elementary school years versus the middle school years, and gives concrete guidance designed to preserve the simplicity of the game, celebrate individual accomplishments, and keep sports fun.
As parents of kids who love sports, Janet and I know that there
are many factors that contribute to children having a positive
sports experience. Cal Ripken offers a unique perspective on the
issues surrounding youth sports today and this book provides great
tips and advice for all parents with kids who have a passion for any
sport. – Hockey legend and sports parent Wayne Gretzky
At no other time in the history of youth sports is a book about parenting more valuable. It’s uncanny how
I couldn’t think of anyone more qualified to teach kids, parents and coaches than Cal. – Alex Rodriguez, 2003 American League Most Valuable Player
In a world where genuinely admirable men and women are in short supply, Cal Ripken, Jr. is clearly and indisputably one of them… – Washington Post Book World
Few athletes embody sportsmanship and fair play as perfectly as Cal Ripken. His advice in Parenting Young Athletes the Ripken Way will inspire confidence in kids and parents alike. And Ripken's philosophy will help parents ensure that their kids have the best possible experience in youth sports, and promote a healthy outlook on athletics and competition that will have immense value both on and off the field.
Politics / Current Events /
When peace finally comes to the
For more than fifteen years, entrepreneur Danny Abraham, founder
and former chairman of Slim Fast, chose to utilize his considerable
resources to facilitate
Using his business experience with difficult negotiations, Abraham, founder of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation in
Peace Is Possible is a first-hand personal account of Abraham's more than 15 years of peacemaking efforts in the Middle East and the reasons he believes peace is possible. Drawing from meeting transcripts, diary entries, and extensive handwritten notes, Abraham writes in the first person about these extraordinary, often private meetings.
Some of the many never-before-told stories include:
Abraham writes about other major negotiations and events in a similarly intimate way,
including the Madrid Conference and Oslo Accords, and also
explains why he believes peace is possible between
Peace Is Possible also includes a 16-page color photo section, a timeline, the text of a June 2005 speech by Ariel Sharon on disengagement, and an index.
Dan Abraham's book is in a category apart. I do not know of any other ‘private diplomacy’ that has done so much to foster the peace process. … As dramatic as their story may be, it nonetheless strikes us by its distinctive sincerity. Their account of it is related fairly and honestly. This is indeed a book that merits attention, also because of the surprises it enfolds. – Shimon Peres
Whether utopian or realistic, Dan Abraham's obsession to bring peace between Israelis and Palestinians is remarkable. His behind-the-scenes encounters with various protagonists of this endless historical drama will help the reader understand its complexity as well as its need for a peaceful resolution. – Elie Wiesel
…I admire Danny's courage, unwavering commitment and relentless efforts, which are evident in this book, to achieve peace and reconciliation, a historic treaty and an end of conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Danny was a creative pioneer in his thinking and in his hard work to advance the peace process, demonstrating how imaginative and helpful track-two diplomacy could be. – Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian negotiator
Danny Abraham is one of those unique people who, without any formal appointment, have dedicated their lives to search for peace in our region. He has played an imperative role over the years and has a fascinating story to tell. – Ehud Olmert, Israeli Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor
Reflecting nearly 20 years of private diplomacy, Peace Is Possible reads like the private diary of a thinking man with incredible connections to virtually everyone of influence in Israeli, Palestinian, Egyptian and Jordanian politics. – Publishers Weekly
Peace Is Possible, Abraham gives readers rare ‘you
are there’ insight into historically significant events. In his
pragmatic and hopeful book, he writes, "I am a great optimist,
particularly about a region of the world that usually brings out
people's most pessimistic inclinations –
What ever happened to our inalienable rights?
The Constitution was once the bedrock of our country, an
unpretentious parchment that boldly established the God-given rights
and freedoms of
Thomas Jefferson once said that it is the natural order of things for government power to increase and human liberty to decrease. Now, best-selling author Napolitano upholds that Jeffersonian tradition and shines a spotlight on presidential, congressional, and judicial abuse of power. In The Constitution in Exile, Napolitano explains how lawmakers have expanded their own authority by intentionally misinterpreting key sections of the nation's founding governing document, especially the General Welfare Clause and the Commerce Clause. Over the years lawmakers have used these provisions to create vast new areas of federal power, in areas of human behavior the Constitution has reserved to the states or to individuals, free from any government regulation.
Napolitano describes how Congress has essentially ‘purchased’ unconstitutional laws, forced the states to spend money, and regulated private behavior by bribing states into passing laws Congress wants but can't legislate. And, by declaring things like violence, marijuana, and private homes to be interstate commerce", the feds have disingenuously tried to regulate all aspects of our personal lives.
“Do we still have a Constitution?" Napolitano asks. "Today the federal government recognizes no limitations on as power. It has utterly rejected the idea, integral to the constitution, that it is one of limited powers, carefully and precisely delegated. Today the federal government does whatever it wants to do. “
In tapping the immense distrust millions of Americans have of Big Government. Napolitano also discusses how the nation's highest court has, over the years, devised historically inaccurate, logically inconsistent, and outright comical justifications for approving most of the laws proposed by presidents and passed by Congresses.
The federal government today involves itself in vast areas of human behavior that are not constitutionally permissible. According to Napolitano, today, the feds decide or threaten to decide:
Going back to the time of the Civil War, the federal government has claimed that it is the source of our freedoms; and since it gives freedoms it thinks it can take them away. Judge Napolitano, a champion of personal freedom, denounces that view and argues that under the natural law tradition, our freedoms come from our humanity, which is a gift from God. Only through conviction by a jury after a fair trial, argues Napolitano, can our natural rights be taken away.
Does anyone understand the vision of
Whatever happened to states rights, limited government, and natural law? Judge Napolitano, in his own inimitable style, takes us on a fascinating tour of the destruction of constitutional government. If you want to know how the federal government got so big and fat, read this book. Agree or disagree, this book will make you think. – Sean Hannity
In all of the American media, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano is the most persistent, uncompromising guardian of both the letter and the spirit of the Constitution, very much including the Bill of Rights. Increasingly, our Constitution is in clear and present danger. Judge Napolitano - in The Constitution in Exile – has challenged all Americans across party lines to learn the extent of this constitutional crisis. – Nat Hentoff
At a time when we are, in Benjamin Franklin's words, sacrificing essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, here comes the judge with what should be mandatory reading for the executive branch cronies who are busy stealing power while they think we're not watching. Thank goodness the judge is watching and speaking truth to power. More than a book, this is an emergency call to philosophical arms, one we must heed before it's too late. – Alan Colmes
Judge Napolitano exposes presidential, congressional and judicial abuses of power in The Constitution in Exile. It is a rollicking excursion into the dark corners of the law, showing how various parts of the federal government disregard the limitations on Congress and the president imposed by the Constitution, and enact laws, illegal and unnatural, in virtually every area of human endeavor. The Constitution in Exile is a follow-up to Napolitano's best-selling Constitutional Chaos.
Religion & Spirituality / Arts & Photography / History /
The Book of Kells contains almost 2000 decorated initials, the majority of which are formed by human figures, beasts, birds and fish. As early as 1974, Francoise Henry commented that perhaps the decorated initials related ‘to the text, as music does to words of a song’.
Written by Heather Pulliam, assistant professor of art history at
The book is comprised of three parts: Part One – Word and Image, Part Two – Meaning in the Margins, and Part Three – Necessary Instruments of Salvation. These are followed by the conclusion, the appendices, the bibliography, the index and the index of manuscripts.
In the last fifteen years, the Book of Kells has become more easily accessible for study due to the publication of a full-color facsimile in 1990 and a CD-Rom facsimile in 2000. Previously, the majority of the minor decoration had been accessible only through a black-and-white facsimile. Art historical scholarship has focused on the full-page images and display script, which were available in color reproductions.
An examination of the finely-colored 1990 facsimile conveys the clarity of the minor decoration and script. In color, the minor decoration and script are remarkably visible. The forms of the lively creatures that speckle the pages of the manuscript's text are easily seen, and their bright color and dark lines catch the eye as it moves over the page. In a good, color reproduction, certain words and phrases leap off the page, as they have been filled in with bright red, orange, blue, green and yellow. In both the original and modern facsimile, the yellow is particularly eye-catching, as the pigment's grains glint like fish scales. The visibility of the minor decoration and colored text within the actual manuscript demands a reassessment of the Book of Kells. Decoration disrupts the normal flow of text to such an extent that it is impossible to believe this is merely accidental ornament. An excess of 2,000 decorated initials occur throughout the manuscript, most of which include figurative or zoomorphic ornament. Additionally, unique to the manuscript, are the number of strange creatures and human figures that float, walk or fly between lines of text.
Although scholars have searched for exegetical, liturgical, and stylistic evidence in order to shed light on the mysterious full-pages of the Book of Kells, they have neglected the abundance of visual evidence inextricably bound to the manuscript. Words and Image in the Book of Kells is largely a reaction to this omission. The book attempts to rectify the somewhat artificial and hierarchical division imposed upon the manuscript by most modern reproductions, which have divided it into a series of full-page images only remotely connected to the remaining pages of text, almost 600 in number. While using patristic and contemporary sources, its findings are based primarily upon an examination of the manuscript as a whole; the minor decoration, the layout of the script and full-page imagery. Interpretations based on patristic or insular writings are repeatedly verified against the entire visual body of evidence.
In Words and Image in the Book of Kells Pulliam provides a thorough exploration of the visual apparatus of the manuscript, which imparts information as to how that apparatus works, but more importantly, points to its purpose. The Book of Kells operates on a particularly sophisticated level of signification, employing various devices to direct the eye of readers.
This approach returns the focus of scholarship to the art object. In so doing, it addresses the difficulties inherent in using liturgical and patristic evidence; repeatedly examining these interpretations against the wealth of visual data in the manuscript. Most significantly, the relationship of the parts to the whole can be assessed: Why is there so much imagery in the Book of Kells? What do the decorated initials indicate about the word-image relationships in the manuscript? How does the imagery affect the reading of the manuscript? Can the complex iconography of the Arrest page and Temptation page shed light on other pages, and visa‑versa? By placing each image within the context of the rest of the manuscript, the decorative program as a whole can be better understood. As well as exploring lost liturgies and ancient texts, the many folios that are attached to these full-page images should be looked at. In other words, the primary source for studies in the Book of Kells must be the Book of Kells.
Words and Image in the Book of Kells shows that the imagery in The Book of Kells assists readers in taking the imaginative leap from present acts to future consequences, attempting to delineate the cosmos from a divine rather than a human perspective by yoking past and future events together. In so doing, it alerts its audience to the constant presence of danger and punishment, but also to the many aids and rewards provided by God. This broader outlook – and an innate awareness of the role played by the gospels – makes up the fabric of the manuscript's ornament in a manner free of the modern tendency to compartmentalize and distinguish between the manuscript's full-page images or display script and its ‘lesser pages’ of decorated text.
The manuscript's layout, script, ornament and imagery work together to delineate its role in this process. In its articulation of its function, it shows the scriptures as inextricably linked to the chalice. Both are containers of the divine, and yet, the key to accessing the infinite Logos. The images within the gospel book assist in its purpose, enabling the spectator to partially perceive God with his or her physical senses and to contemplate the unknowable nature of the Godhead as much as possible while on earth, leading to salvation; from the visible to the invisible. The Book of Kells, as a liturgical gospel book, articulates its role alongside the chalice and church, as a guide that leads the faithful toward the apprehension of God. The manuscript, in its full-page imagery and minor decoration, portrays the frailty of humanity and the necessity of aids such as the book and chalice to leads them toward a contemplation of the Godhead. Moreover, it shows the rewards this engenders and the punishment that results in the failure to do so. Quite simply, the imagery, like the gospel book itself, opens the senses of the faithful and in so doing protects them from evil and leads them toward God.
In summary, Words and Image in the Book of Kells is a unique book, written by an art historian, which reveals ‘God in the details’, that is, the role of minor decoration, smaller decorated initials, script layout, and marginalia in conveying the message of the book to humanity.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Unique to James E. Taylor's approach in Introducing Apologetics is his vision of apologetics as a discipline that should ideally lead to Christian commitment, discipleship, and spiritual transformation.
According to Taylor, professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, confident conviction is needed by every Christian, every day and in every place, who strives to live a life governed by the reality of Jesus' resurrection in the midst of a society that is, to a large extent, secular, materialistic, immoral, relativistic, and even nihilistic. The challenge is that it is often difficult to believe Christian claims with full confidence (as Paul says to the Corinthians, his preaching of Christ crucified is "a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles"), and yet it is also important to believe confidently. The sincerity of Christian worship and prayer and the effectiveness of Christian service and evangelism depend on it.
The first part of Introducing Apologetics discusses apologetics – a component of the means to the end of Christian commitment – and Christian commitment itself, the end to which apologetics contributes. In discussing apologetics, part 1 says more about what it is, what it is for, and what it cannot do (chapter 1); why, though useful, it is not always needed (chapter 2); why it is possible and not harmful (chapter 3); and why it is relevant to human needs and concerns (chapter 4). Chapter 5 discusses the role of the heart in Christian commitment, and chapter 6 focuses on how different conditions of the heart can affect the way in which people ask questions about Christianity. Chapter 1 also provides an overview of the strategies used in the rest of Introducing Apologetics as it considers questions about Christianity one by one. In general, these strategies involve both watering and weeding. In other words, they focus on both (1) providing arguments and evidences for Christian truth claims (watering) to help the seed of the gospel grow in the human soul into full commitment and (2) constructing a rational case against objections to the Christian faith (weeding) to prevent these criticisms from undermining full commitment. The last three parts of Introducing Apologetics encourage this sort of watering and weeding with respect to commitment to God (part 2), commitment to God in Christ (part 3), and contemporary challenges to Christian commitment (part 4). This last part provides opportunities for apologetic weeding relative to two general areas of contemporary concern: challenges to Christian commitment based on science and challenges to Christian commitment based on postmodernism. Each chapter of the text contains an outline, summary, list of basic terms, reflection and discussion questions, and guide to further reading.
This book is a thoughtful introduction to Christian apologetics
that is focused on the needs and interests of students but embodies
a deep understanding of the underlying philosophical issues. It is a
wise and helpful book. – C. Stephen Evans, professor of philosophy
Apologetics books are notorious for their struggle to find ways
to be comprehensive, cutting edge, accessible, and relevant. Those
that succeed at some tasks typically fail at others.
Introducing Apologetics offers a refreshingly rare
balance of these coveted traits. Readers can expect to be treated to
the full range of traditional apologetic topics as well as to many
that have only recently emerged as important. In addition,
A stalwart defense of the Christian faith, aimed to assist
Introducing Apologetics offers balanced and
comprehensive treatment of the core apologetic issues facing
believers in the twenty-first century. What distinguishes this work
is its tone, which is neither strident nor polemical. Instead,
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Launched to coincide with the celebration of
Saint John's at 150 has a foreword by Abbot John
Klassen, an afterword by President Dietrich Reinhart, and an
More than 30 authors contribute sidebars and special features on
a variety of subjects: Katherine Powers remembers her father, J. F.
Powers; Bill Kling reminisces on the founding of Minnesota Public
Radio; author Jon Hassler recalls his college days and his
professor, Steve Humphrey; Thomas Merton reflects on the beauty of a
summer afternoon and the chapel across the lake. This volume, edited
by Hilary Thimmesh, O.S.B., professor of English and president
Through these essays and images, we learn that the first contingent of Benedictine priests who arrived in Minnesota in May of 1856 were sent to found a new monastery, but their primary task was to offer pastoral and educational ministry to the rapidly growing German Catholic immigrants. And we come to appreciate the monastery’s timeless role as a strong anchor and its influence on pioneer missions, international foundations, and the liturgical movement. Though not a comprehensive history, Saint John's at 150 references the surprising number of people, places, and events that comprise this exceptional place called Collegeville.
Only a couple of chapters have end notes in small print, yet the contents are historical.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Sex
Sex, according to Carrie A. Miles, organizational psychologist
and consultant in
But the problems of the meaning of sex today are not linguistic but social and spiritual. These problems of meaning now expand to include definitions of family, marriage, and morality as well. The past one hundred years have brought massive change in the hard-to-define but vital human institutions of love, sex, marriage, and family, particularly in the developed Western world. Some of these changes have been positive, but many others are proving destructive of marriage, the well-being of children, and the happiness of individuals. Although early Christianity effectively reformed ancient marriage and household patterns, the contemporary church has not yet found a way to stave off the decadence of today.
Our culture is full of problem solvers who jump too soon to solutions to dilemmas that fall under the general category of love: sex, relationships, marriage, gender norms, and family, including women's employment outside the home and questions of how to balance parenting with career. On the liberal side, these solutions almost always prescribe more freedom for some categories of people, often at the expense of the freedom of other kinds of people. On the conservative side the solutions include attempts to shore up the old sexual morality and gender norms. Such solutions have done little to slow the tide of change, and some have made the problems worse while damaging the credibility and authority of those proposing them. As normative institutions, churches face the greatest loss of credibility and authority – and frustratingly so, since social change puts them in a classic double bind: liberal churches lose authority because they accommodate social change, and conservative churches lose credibility because they resist it.
The Redemption of Love takes a novel approach: looking to the Bible not just for solutions to today's problems but, first, for a clear understanding of their causes. Looking for these causes, Miles applies to scripture the relatively new tools of socioeconomics or economic sociology – an interdisciplinary approach that has been hailed as ‘the new paradigm’ for the social-scientific study of religion. The insights and tools of the academic field of economics – defined as the study of how we "allocate scarce resources among competing ends" – can be applied to broader material constraints and incentives, recognizing that these forces influence behavior not just in the marketplace but also in the home, church, and society. Extending an economic-type analysis to aspects of life usually considered the province of psychology or sociology enables us to understand the tradeoffs people make in spending not just their money, but also their time, effort, and energy; why they behave as they do and how often; why they believe and value the things they do; how they interact with other people around these values; and how these choices shape identity. Only when we understand these material forces influencing our behaviors, beliefs, and identities can we rid ourselves, our families, and our churches of those that are worldly and destructive.
A socioeconomic analysis of what the Bible says about marriage, gender, and family works because its central story of creation, fall, and redemption asks whether we as individuals and as a society will live only by bread (materially) or by the Word of God (spiritually). Human love and relationships are inextricably woven throughout that story. Significantly the Bible tells us that God originally intended that decisions about how to "allocate scare resources among competing ends" should have nothing to say about human love and our interactions with each other. Bountifully provided for, man and woman in creation know nothing about scarcity. One flesh, man and woman had no competing agendas. God intended that his human creation should always share this abundance in unity and joy.
In eventually choosing to turn away from God, however, man and woman suffered the physical consequences of living outside of God's abundant provision. After the fall, these tough decisions became the driving force of human life, a force that corrupted sexuality and destroyed the oneness for which man and woman were created. Socially, the fall resulted in patriarchy – the subordination of women, children and most men to the service of the powerful few. Although contemporary critics charge religion with being the source and supporter of patriarchy – the Bible teaches exactly the opposite: patriarchy and its abuses, including the alienation of woman and man from each other; resulted from the material demands of life outside of the Creator's abundance, a state God never intended human beings to experience in the first place.
According to The Redemption of Love, God's intent to redeem us and return us to abundance is seen in the teachings of Jesus and Paul, both of whom challenged the economic and patriarchal order of the fall. As the Christian movement transformed the economically based family, it eventually reined in the practices of polygamy, slavery, and sexual decadence and elevated the status of women. Although the ‘traditional’ family that resulted – defined as a married couple with an employed, dominant father, a homemaking mother, and their obedient children – was strongly decried by activists in the 1960s and 1970s as patriarchal, it was a far cry from either traditional or patriarchal when contrasted with the pre-Christian family.
By the late twentieth century, however, marriage and family faced a different set of challenges. Miles agrees that the institutions of marriage and family have been badly damaged in the last century. But here is where the commonly accepted definition of the problem – that ‘revolutions,’ corrupt values, grand ideas, or different ways of thinking have undermined the family – fails. The error is slight and subtle: this explanation simply has cause and effect reversed. The sexual revolution, risings rates of divorce, promiscuity, and out-of-wedlock births are the results, not the cause, of the breakdown of the family. Family institutions as we once knew them were based on the economic need of farmers for labor, a need most efficiently met by having many children. In preindustrial societies, families were the original ‘social safety net’ – indeed, there was little other available – providing all of the goods and services needed to live, from food and clothing to health care to support in old age. Often the larger the family the better, as even very young children provided important labor; and the services of older children were indispensable. Over the last two hundred years, however, technological advances eliminated the economic imperative for family. Consequently, while the average American woman in 1800 bore over seven children, by the year 2000 she would bear fewer than two. In many European countries, the number of children born is getting close to one per woman. As the material incentives and constraints that necessitated bearing children have evaporated, the institutions of family, marriage, and traditional sexual morality have all collapsed. The ‘problem’ – the confusion, dissent, unhappiness and bad outcomes for both children and adults – that we witness today encompasses attempts to rebuild a new base to support the love, human connectedness, and concern for each other that we still crave.
This redefined statement of the problem with family today tells us that the moral institutions that we have lost were only loosely based on Christian principles in the first place. People before the divorce and sexual revolutions were not really more virtuous than we are today. Rather, they married, stayed married, and refrained from having sex or children outside of marriage partly because this is what the church taught, but even more so because these virtues were the material requirements of survival under the economic conditions that prevailed then. Understanding how these material requirements shaped the family before the twentieth century and how they have changed to produce a completely different set of sexual patterns in the twentieth and twenty-first is critical to rediscovering, and recovering, the Christian basis for marriage and family.
This understanding makes it apparent that the solution attempted by some conservative groups – reaffirming the gender-role traditionalism of preindustrial family relations – becomes at best non sequitur in a world in which people have sex and children without a relationship at all. Defining today's worldwide problems with family, marriage, and sexuality as wives' failure to submit or fathers irresponsibility misses the terrifyingly large scope of these problems, and for some people only makes matters worse. A more accurate problem definition equips Christians to undertake the tough task of sorting the chaff of economic material imperatives from the wheat of the true underlying spiritual principles for marriage and family, and to determine which parts of Christian belief are nonbiblical and culturally relative and which are eternal truths, applicable to every person in every culture at every point in time.
The observations and analysis of modern issues of family,
marriage, and sexuality (found in chapters 5, 7, and 8 of
The Redemption of Love) are relevant mostly in
wealthy nations like the
Fortunately, the biblical solutions to the dilemmas of male/female relations apply both in poverty and in wealth. Many pastors and counselors who help couples prepare to survive difficult times in their relationships might wonder whether someone can get a whole book out of what the Bible has to say about marriage and family. Gathered together, statements on these topics account for just a few of the Bible's thousands of pages. Further, the contents of these few pages do not seem at all applicable to today. Some biblical injunctions, such as the admonition that wives submit to their husbands, make many women (and men) cringe. Others, like the Old Testament practice of polygamy, appear little short of barbaric.
Approaching the Bible with a new way of looking at the problem,
however, reveals that it has much more to say about marriage than is
commonly realized – and that what it has to offer is surprisingly
affirming, comprehensible, joyful, and attainable. According to
Jesus, as told in
The Redemption of Love. God created marriage to be
a blessing for humankind. He meant for us to want romance, committed
love, and even sex. The biblically ideal marriage includes harmony
and compatibility, passion and compassion, self-fulfillment as well
as self-sacrifice, and equality as a necessary stepping-stone to
unity. Moreover, the Bible provides a model for regaining that ideal
even outside of
Within this framework of creation ideal, fall, and redemption, even the apostle Paul must be read in a different light. The fear-driven need for control in the fallen world leads to the tendency to see all human interactions in terms of power. Prejudiced biblical interpretation results. Read in search of hints about such a hierarchy, even a wonderful statement such as "Woman is the glory of man" somehow ends up interpreted as proof of female inferiority. Biased translations have rendered Paul's liberating message nearly inaccessible, and today he is assumed to be antimarriage, antisex, antiwoman, and proslavery, the ultimate Male Chauvinist Pig. Approaching Paul's statements with Jesus's teachings about the appropriate use of power in mind, however, it becomes clear that Paul's views on submission and ‘headship’ have nothing to do with hierarchy or family structure. In Pauline writings, the head does not rule the body but facilitates unity with it. For Paul (and in the Song of Songs) marriage is a beautiful paradox in which each partner is both the fullness of and the thing that fills the other. What redeemed lovers want is not authority over each other but to be of one heart and mind.
The Redemption of Love, then, attempts a biblical theology of marriage. In looking at what the Bible says about marriage, Miles finds a consistency of purpose and attitude that is astonishing for a document that was written by dozens of people over thousands of years. The consistencies between what the Bible says about marriage in Genesis and then marriage as it is portrayed in the Song of Songs – two pieces written hundreds of years apart – are themselves staggering. Then, after a few hundred more years have passed, Jesus used the same themes and allusions in the Sermon on the Mount. The texts that explain woman's alienation from man also explain the problem of evil, and the same forces that redeem individuals from evil take us a long way toward restoring the wholeness between man and woman. God's promise for marriage begins in Genesis and ties up neatly in Paul's eschatological vision for the entire human race.
I regard this winsomely written, meticulously researched, hopeful, and wise book as a must read. Dr. Miles has brilliantly connected an astute analysis of the relation of the pre-industrial economics of scarcity to traditional sexual divisions of labor and gender norm, in the fallen world of thorns with her insightful and persuasive readings of Genesis, the Song of Songs, and Ephesians. Many readers will find truly eye opening her detailed investigation of the intimate relation between human survival and the locus of marriage changing from production to consumption. And her emphasis on the here-and-now consequences of redemption in Christ for marriage and sexual relationships is both theologically sound and wonderfully practical. This book can change your life and your marriage for the better. – S. Scott Bartchy, UCLA
This elegant, sensible, and faithful book peels away centuries of misunderstanding about Christianity and marital love. – Rodney Stark, author of For the Glory of God
Dr. Miles successfully navigates the turbulent waters of modern sexual life and traditional Christian morality. The delightful chapter on the Song of Songs is worth the price of the book. – Jennifer Roback Morse, author of Smart Sex: Finding Lifelong Love in a Hook-up World
Combining keen observations with sociological evidence, this book offers an understanding of the factors that have shaken the institutions of marriage and the family in modern societies and what can be done about it. – Jack Balswick, Fuller Theological Seminary
So many books on marriage are saying the same old thing; this book by Carrie Miles is a fresh perspective. I learned from her focus on economics about the many ways our materialistic, capitalist culture puts a strain on families and draws us away from the wisdom of scripture. – Alan G. Padgett, Luther Seminary
The Redemption of Love holds the hope to Christians that the understanding it conveys will deepen readers’ relationships with Christ as well as improve their marriages. Not for nothing does the traditional wedding ceremony end with the blessing "[May God] fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace; that you may faithfully live together in this life, and in the age to come have life everlasting."
Religion & Spirituality / New Age & Occult
Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
edited by James Wasserman, with a foreword
by J. Daniel Gunther (Weiser Books)
Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
includes Aleister Crowley’s two most important instructional
writings on the design and purpose of the magical diary, John St.
John and A Master of the Temple. These were the only two works
regarding the magical diary published in
A Master of the Temple is taken from the magical diary of Frater
Achad at a time when he was
This revised edition of
Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary
includes a new introduction by James Wasserman, a foreword by noted
occult scholar, J. Daniel Gunther, revisions throughout the text, a
revised reading list for further study, plus
No weapon in the magician's arsenal is more important than the Magical Diary. Without this objective record of his or her spiritual practices it is impossible to gauge success or failure, illumination or delusion, enlightenment or madness. – Lon Milo Duquette
This collection is greatly enhanced with the Introduction by James Wasserman. His deeply personal and genuine account of his own experience not only bears witness to the important of the magical diary, it is a testament to the relevance and continuance of a living tradition. – J Daniel Gunther, from the Foreword
With commentary and introductory material by editor Wasserman, Aleister Crowley and the Practice of the Magical Diary is the most important and accessible instruction available to students of the occult regarding the practice of keeping a magical diary. Intended for use by both student and adept, this introduction blends accessible instruction with examples and clear commentary drawn from Wasserman's 35 years of experience and scholarship. This seminal source work can become the key for readers to unlocking their own ‘inner temple.’
Religion & Spirituality / Science & Religion
With the publication of Darwin on Trial in 1991, UC Berkeley legal scholar Phillip E. Johnson became the leading figure in the intelligent design (ID) movement. Exposing the philosophical foundations of Darwinism, Johnson led the charge against its largely unquestioned assumptions of a materialistic reductionism and its purported basis in scientific research. Professionally and publicly, Johnson stepped into the controversy over intelligent design at just the right time as the fledgling movement's field marshal. Eschewing authoritarianism and any desire to become a cult figure, Johnson made room for a new generation of ID scholars, stepping back so that the movement could flourish, not through a top-down chain of command but through its own inner vitality.
Darwin's Nemesis reviews the life and thought of
Phillip Johnson and the movement for which he has served as chief
architect. Editor William A. Dembski, Carl F. H. Henry Professor of
Theology and Science at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Contributors include: Wesley D. Allen, Francis J. Beckwith, Michael J. Behe, David Berlinski, Walter L. Bradley, J. Budziszewski, Phillip E. Johnson, David Keller, Stephen C. Meyer, Scott A. Minnich, Paul Nelson, Nancy Pearcey, John Mark Reynolds, Jay Wesley Richards, Marcus Ross, Michael Ruse, Henry F. Schaefer III, Timothy G. Standish, Jonathan Wells, and Thomas Woodward.
This Festschrift from friends – and a couple of friendly critics
– honors Phillip Johnson, the
What Phil did for me – take a floundering critic and turn him into an effective spokesperson – he did for many others, and it is through his strong leadership that the intelligent design movement has gained a forceful public voice. – Michael Behe, author of Darwin's Black Box
Darwin's Nemesis is not an exposition on intelligent design but a celebration of the life and work of Johnson as well as his work as the chief architect and articulator of intelligent design.