Arts & Photography / Crafts & Hobbies / Computers & Internet / Digital Photography
Digital Family Album Special Occasions: Tools for Making Digital Memories by Janine Warner (Watson-Guptill Publications)
From Christmas to Mother's Day to the Fourth of July, there is no better way to remember the fun, laughs, and good times, than by having a photograph to look back on, and digital cameras have made it easier to record these special occasions. However, even several years after the popularity of digital photography has captured the imagination of the public, many photographers remain perplexed as to how to put these images to good use.
Digital Family Album Special Occasions shows readers how to turn digital photos, prints, and other keepsakes into dynamic crafts and gifts for special occasions and holidays. Janine Warner provides the direction and ideas photographers need to do something fun, creative, and useful with their bounty of pictures. With step-by-step directions, Warner, herself a technology expert, helps ‘laypeople’ become comfortable with using technology creatively, whether they are scanning and downloading on a Mac or a PC, editing images in Adobe Photoshop Elements, or designing layouts in Microsoft Word. Warner shows readers how to turn digital photos, prints, and other keepsakes into:
Digital Family Album Special Occasions packs in a year's worth of ideas for celebrating all the major holidays and special occasions. With Warner’s instructions, readers can choose the right equipment and software, know what to look for when buying a digital camera, take better pictures and edit them, create personalized cards, holiday letters, and other gift items, share projects via e-mail and the Web, and edit, repair, and enhance photos. Instructions show readers how to design dozens of digital photo projects, many of which use templates they can download free from DigitalFamily.com.
Digital Family Album Special Occasions combines digital photography, crafting, and special occasions to make it easy to share good times with friends and family, whether they live around the corner or around the globe. In this easy-to-use book, readers will find everything they need to turn their family photos into festive cards, scrapbook pages, cookbooks, web-sites, and whatnot.
She helps scrapbookers cross the bridge from paper and glue to a more digitized world.
Arts & Photography / Entertainment / Music / Biographies & Memoirs
Jimi Hendrix: An Illustrated Experience (with 70 minute CD) by Janie Hendrix & John McDermott (Atria Books)
Over the course of just four years, Jimi Hendrix left an indelible stamp on the world, shaping popular music and culture with his creativity. He remains the most innovative guitarist of his era, literally creating the vocabulary of the guitar while redrafting the parameters of electric blues. Jimi Hendrix celebrates the life of Jimi Hendrix as told through text, rare photographs, removable documents, reproductions of memorabilia featuring drawings from Hendrix's childhood, his rare handwritten song lyrics, and never-before-seen archival photographs, and a 70-minute audio CD.
With exclusive access to the private family archives, co-authors
Janie Hendrix and John McDermott tell the story of Jimi's life, from
his formative years in hardscrabble
In addition to 30 interactive features, the book includes a 70-minute audio CD with interviews and commercially unreleased recordings of live concert music and a Record Plant jam session. Listening to Hendrix work out musical riffs, holding pieces of the ephemera that chronicle his life, readers experience Hendrix the way they were meant to.
Assembled by Janie L. Hendrix, Jimi's sister, head of the family companies of Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix and John McDermott, catalog manager for Experience Hendrix, and authorized by the Hendrix Estate, Jimi Hendrix is a package that illuminates the life Hendrix.
Jimi Hendrix, rooted in the Delta blues of Muddy
Waters, Hendrix had an intense curiosity that propelled him to cast
a wide net, discovering the stylistic elements that informed early
rock 'n' roll. Hendrix drew encouragement from greats like Chuck
Berry, Elvis Presley, and later, the Beatles and Bob Dylan. This
blurring of musical and cultural styles composed an essential
element of Hendrix's appeal, both explaining and making it hard to
fathom how long the guitarist languished in impoverished obscurity
before finally achieving success in the
Hendrix came to prominence in a fast-changing world. While
As his popularity blossomed, Hendrix stood as a figure of rebellion, a counterculture outlaw focused on his music and altogether disinterested in the machinery of pop stardom. Throughout his career, Hendrix would refuse to be classified – by the fans, the press, his labels – and both his life and music exuded a sense of freedom. An artist committed to innovation, he bristled at labels others applied to him and to his music. "What I hate is society these days trying to put everything and everybody into little tight cellophane compartments," Hendrix complained. "I hate to be in any type of compartment unless I choose it myself. They don't get me in any cellophane cage. Nobody cages me."
Jimi Hendrix details the rich life and remarkable career of one of the world's most important and influential musicians. Despite his early death, Hendrix was not a tragic figure, but he remains an enigma, an innovator frozen in time at the age of twenty-seven. An indispensable addition to any music lover's library, the hands-on, boxed book set is a truly interactive experience.
Arts & Photography / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Popular Culture / Comics
Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes by Chris Knowles, illustrated by Joseph Michael Linsner (Weiser Books)
With the popularity of occult comics writers like Invisibles creator Grant Morrison and V for Vendetta creator Alan Moore, the vast ComiCon audience is poised for someone to seriously introduce them to the esoteric mysteries. Christopher Knowles is doing just that in this book. Knowles, presently associate editor and contributing writer for the award-winning magazine Comic Book Artist and a contributing writer to Classic Rock Magazine, has worked in the comics industry for over 20 years, as both an artist and writer. Joseph Michael Linsner is creator of popular comic book goddess Dawn and has painted covers for many of the major comic book companies.
Our Gods Wear Spandex, Knowles answers these
questions and brings to light other links between superheroes and
the world of esoterica. Occult students and comic-book fans alike
will discover connections, from little known facts such as that DC
Comics editor Julius Schwartz started his career as H.P. Lovecraft's
agent, to the extensive influence of Madame Blavatsky's Theosophy on
the birth of comics, to the mystic roots of Superman.
Our Gods Wear Spandex also traces the rise of the
comic superheroes and how they relate to several cultural trends in
the late 19th century, specifically the occult explosion in
Our Gods Wear Spandex explains how superheroes have come to fill the role in our modern society that the gods and demi-gods provided to the ancients. It catalogs the movements and magicians who played a crucial part in the development of social phenomena like the Batman or X-Men films, or of TV shows like Heroes or Smallville.
Knowles traces the histories of both American comic books and the superheroes who came to define them. It reveals the deep and abiding religious, occult and magical roots of legendary characters like Superman, Spiderman, and Wolverine. Ultimately, this work argues that these fantastic characters are not mere entertainment, but also serve as de facto deities for our modern technological society.
You think superheroes are something new? Wait'll you read the exciting spin that Knowles and Linsner put on them! – Stan Lee
Anyone who wants to investigate the archetypal and esoteric roots
of comics – the secret history – could hardly do better than to read
this encyclopedic and up-to-the-minute study. – Greg Garrett,
Professor of English,
I didn't realize just how much of an effect my pretending to be Doctor Strange when I was six (with, yes, cape, fake mustache and talcum-powered hair) really had on me as an adult until I read Christopher Knowles' Our Gods Wear Spandex, the definitive history of the comics and mysticism crossover. Finally something new for both comics fans and occult readers alike. – Richard Metzger, author of Disinformation
Knowles very entertainingly brings fresh insights to the enduring appeal and mysterious power of superheroes. – Gerard Jones, author of Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book
A lively and compelling history of mankind's eternal need for heroes and gods and the superhuman figures who answer the call. – Clint Marsh, Wonderella.org
Our Gods Wear Spandex has convinced me that magic, mysticism and esoteric knowledge shaped superhero comics from the beginning. As much as any interpreter of the comics, Knowles helps us understand superhero tales as theologies for today's young people. – John Shelton Lawrence, author of The Myth of the American Superhero
Our Gods Wear Spandex belongs on every college student's bookshelf, right next to the copy of the Joseph Campbell book he or she bought and pretended to read. The comic book protagonist has long been overlooked as the contemporary American hero figure. Knowles has written the anthropological companion to Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics. – Bucky Sinister, author of All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go and King of the Roadkills
From the ghettos of
Arts & Photography / Museums & Collections / Reference
Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection in The Metropolitan Museum of Art edited by Gary Tinterow, Lisa Mintz Messinger & Nan Rosenthal (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with Yale University Press)
Yale University Press, in association with the Metropolitan
Museum of Art announces the publication of
Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works. The
book features the Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection,
comprising sixty-three modern paintings, sculptures, and works on
paper by fifty artists, which was given to the
The Newman collection includes the only extant grouping of Abstract Expressionist art collected at the time of their creation. Long recognized for its preeminent Abstract Expressionist works, the collection includes major canvases by the great painters of the movement, among them De Kooning, Pollock, and Rothko, and sculptures by David Smith. Also featured are Americans of the succeeding generation as well as a selection of works by early European modernists. Among the outstanding works in that genre are four pieces by Arshile Gorky; Franz Kline's first painting in his mature style, Nijinsky of 1950; Attic of 1949, a Willem de Kooning masterpiece; Number 28, 1950, a major example of Jackson Pollock's revolutionary work; and an early signature painting by Clyfford Still. In addition, the collection includes works by such other well-known American artists as Joseph Cornell, Arthur Dove, Anne Ryan, the abstract painters Morris Louis and Kenneth Noland, and the Pop artist Claes Oldenburg. A number of fine examples of earlier twentieth-century European modernism include paintings by Max Ernst, Fernand Leger, and Joan Miró, a mixed media collage by Kurt Schwitters, and a 1930 relief by Jean Arp.
Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works opens
with an interview by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of
The Abstract Expressionist paintings that form the heart of this
collection were nearly all created in
Newman started collecting during the years just after World War II, a fortuitous time when American art was reaching new heights of accomplishment and was on the verge of worldwide prominence. Her intelligence and her enthusiasm sparked a deep awareness and a dedicated involvement with the art and artists of her generation. Beginning in 1949 Newman began meeting with the Abstract Expressionist artists at The Club, a favored hangout, and as she was also an artist, she was readily accepted. Between 1951 and 1954 she assembled the core of her collection. The depth and breadth of the collection are formidable.
As explained in the foreword, Newman is one of the rare collectors who grasped the importance of a radical new development in the visual arts and acted on that understanding immediately and with almost pitch-perfect accuracy. Affluent but neither wealthy nor particularly well connected, through a fortuitous introduction in 1948 she and her husband discovered the work of a few New York artists – Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, among others – who, though already represented by galleries, were still seeking recognition and collectors. Yet, she avows, "I wasn't aware of such a thing. . . . I knew that they were poor. They were. But I had no idea that they were really struggling. Now I know, of course:" As far as she was concerned, she met the artists, befriended some of them, and bought their work.
Upon learning that Newman wished to transfer the collection to the Metropolitan, Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of the Museum's Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art, immediately planned this catalogue to celebrate its arrival; assisted by Lisa Mintz Messinger, Associate Curator; Nan Rosenthal, Special Consultant; and Christel Hollevoet-Force, Research Associate.
Newman herself has said: "This is a collection of
This outstanding collection greatly enhances the Metropolitan's permanent collection. Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works is a handsome and scholarly large format book with color illustrations throughout. The opening interview with Newman by Tinterow captures the donor’s intelligence, commitment, and charm. The publication also benefits greatly from the contributions of the many prominent art historians who have contributed texts.
Business & Investing
The Point of the Deal: How to
Negotiate When Yes Is Not Enough by Danny Ertel & Mark Gordon (
Why do so many business deals that look good on paper end up in tatters once they’re put into action? Because deal makers often treat the signed contract as the final destination in their bargaining journey – instead of the start of a cooperative venture.
Traditional wisdom treats negotiation as separate from implementation. Deal makers see their job as getting the deal done and assume that someone else will worry about implementation. This ignores the reality that usually the deal is just a means to something else. Negotiating for implementation means that the value of the deal is not achieved when the parties say ‘yes’, but when they actually implement their agreement. Separating the negotiation from implementation leads negotiators to do things during the negotiation – some deliberately and some inadvertently – that actually hurt them during implementation and even produces deals not worth doing.
In The Point of the Deal, Danny Ertel and Mark Gordon show what negotiation looks like when the players involved strive to make the deal work in practice – not just on paper. Authors Vantage Partner cofounders Ertel and Gordon have advised thousands of negotiators – diplomats, entrepreneurs, labor leaders, lawyers, salespeople, consultants, and Fortune 500 CEOs – and discovered that most underestimate the importance of implementation in the success of their deal. In this book, readers discover how to make the transition from concentrating on getting the deal done to focusing on what it takes to achieve value after the ink has dried.
The Point of the Deal goes beyond advice to individual negotiators on how to negotiate more effectively – it contains chapters on how to manage negotiators as though they are engaged in a real business process and on what organizations must do to ensure that they do deals worth doing. Ertel and Gordon explain how to transition from a deal-maker mentality focusing on making the agreement to an implementation mind-set. The authors show readers how to:
With a wealth of examples from multiple industries, countries, and functions, the authors illustrate how their approach to instilling an implementation mind-set works in a variety of familiar contexts for business deals.
Ertel and Gordon are right: it's not only the deal that matters, but what happens afterward. The Point of the Deal provides practical advice on how to negotiate when implementation matters. – Douglas L. Braunstein, head of Americas Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc.
In this important and refreshing book, Ertel and Gordon remind us all: in every negotiation, know your purpose and don't forget it. – Roger Fisher, coauthor of Getting to Yes
Ertel and Gordon are real-world practitioners, passing on invaluable insight gained from around the negotiation table. They show how to achieve real success in your negotiations and, more importantly, how to build long-term, sustainable relationships in which the deal is only the first of many steps. – Darren Childs, Managing Director, Global Channels, BBC Worldwide
Negotiation today requires new skills and approaches beyond the
'yes' to create value.
The Point of the Deal provides excellent insights
on the importance of – and ways to instill – an `implementation
mind-set' for successful business negotiation. – Ulf Weinberg,
If implementation of the deals you negotiate is important – and it almost always is - this book is for you. It overflows with practical advice on how to really get what you want. – John S. Hammond, coauthor of Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions
The Point of the Deal, shows that negotiation is not the end, but the beginning of a process of realizing value for both parties.
Through a wealth of scenarios – including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, alliances, outsourcing arrangements, and customer and supplier relationships – The Point of the Deal shows what negotiations look like when the players involved strive to make the deal work in practice – not just on paper.
Business & Investing / Marketing & Sales / Popular Culture
Generation Ageless: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Live Today . . . and They're Just Getting Started by J. Walker Smith & Ann Clurman (Collins)
"The essential thing to know about Boomers is simple yet profoundly important: Do not count them out because they are aging. They are going to continue to matter," write J. Walker Smith and Ann Clurman, both of Yankelovich, Inc, in their new book Generation Ageless. "Baby Boomers, more than any other demographic group, will shape the future of the marketplace."
Boomers, Yankelovich, born between 1946 and 1964, are all of one generation, but they don't speak in the same voice. Their shared experiences created a common set of new values: an emphasis on self, an acceptance of less structured lifestyles, and a desire for more enriching personal experiences. But as Smith and Clurman show, those values are expressed in a variety of ways.
Boomers are the dominant generation in
According to Smith and Clurman, this study of Boomers covered three broad areas. First, Boomers were asked to score various aspects of their current situation. Second, they were asked to rate their worries and concerns about the future. Finally, they were asked to gauge their commitment to different values and aspirations for the future. Generation Ageless reveals what Boomers believe and how those beliefs have changed over time. The book emphasizes three main ideas that motivate them – Youthfulness, Impact, and Empowerment – and the primary dynamics of Spirituality, Self, and Society. They dissect Boomers into six major segments to provide new insights into the world's most talked about generation:
As told in Generation Ageless, this generation is nearing the traditional age of retirement, but is in no mood to slow down. They are literally middle age-less: holding onto their position at the top of the pyramid for as long as possible, and not fading away into their golden years. Today's fifty- and sixty-year-old Boomers are not eagerly anticipating lives of disengaged retirement. Instead, middle age-less Boomers expect another twenty or thirty years of impact and influence – albeit in a variety of ways reflective of a surfeit of agendas and ambitions they have yet to fulfill.
If you want to know what Boomers are thinking and doing, read this book. Boomers aren't slowing down; they're speeding up. Read this book if you don't want to be left in the dust. – Richard Florida, bestselling author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The Flight of the Creative Class
As a creaky-kneed Boomer and longtime political reporter, I saw
myself reflected on every page and marveled at the stunning,
against-the-grain insights about my generation. In 2017 and 2027,
as the Boomers refuse to fade into the twilight,
Generation Ageless will be hailed as the book that
first predicted the social implications of this
we-shall-not-be-moved defiance. –
Decision makers have forever underestimated the impact of seventy-eight million Boomers. And they are about to do so again. Save yourself from that mistake. Pay attention and read this book. You will never think of aging Boomers in the same way again. – Carol Coletta, president & CEO, CEOs for Cities
After this book, there is nothing else a marketer will ever need to know about Baby Boomers. My mind was racing with ideas before I even got past the Introduction, and there were nonstop insights from that point forward! – Jody Bilney, CMO, Outback Steakhouse
Once again, generational gurus J. Walker Smith and Ann Clurman have tapped deeply and brilliantly into another significant cultural and economic mega-trend. The real Echo Boom is not the children of Baby Boomers but ageless Boomers themselves! – Ed Winter, chairman, Tracy Locke
Generation Ageless is an authoritative and eye-opening look at the past, present, and future of Baby Boomers. For anyone who hopes to sell to, do business with, or just understand this powerful demographic group, Generation Ageless is essential reading.
Children’s / Ages 4-8 / Issues
Times Tables Cheat (Library Binding) by Anastasia Suen, illustrated by Jeff Ebbeler (Main Street School Series: ABDO Publishing Group)
The books ask kids: What would you do in their shoes?
In Times Tables Cheat, Isaiah's first-person narratives teach about cheating through Jeff Ebbeler’s illustrations and Anastasia Suen’s text.
The story in Times Tables Cheat starts out with the kids on the school bus:
Alex sat behind Isaiah on the bus.
I know all my threes,” said Alex.
“Do not,” said Isaiah.
“Do so,” said Alex. “3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 20, 33, 36!”
"Okay," said Isaiah. "But do you know your fours?"
"Sure," said Alex. "4, 8, 12 ..."
"What is it with you two?" asked
Alex turned to look at
"I know that," said
"What if we have a pop quiz?" asked Alex.
"Miss K doesn't give one every day;" said
"That's just it;" said Isaiah. "You never know when it's coming."
Click! Click! "Yes!" said
At the end of the story, after
"The sevens are just football scores;" said Alex. "7, 14, 21 ..."
"I got those three," said
"You can practice with us;" said Alex.
"Can you help me get to Level 4?" asked Alex.
Times Tables Cheat closes by asking kids what they think about what has just happened:
And finally, there are Miss K's Classroom Rules:
Other books in the Main Street School Series include
The books in this series, including Times Tables Cheat, through common classroom situations, help kids think about acceptable and expected behavior in school. The illustrations in the book are brilliant and the text is humorous.
Children’s / Ages 6-10 / Education / Anatomy & Physiology
The Body Box: See How Your Body Works by Anita Gareri (Barron’s Educational Series)
The Body Box , developed by Anita Gareri, creator of more than 100 children’s books including Little Box of Princess Treasures, is an interactive kit packaged in a box the shape of a book aimed at older children, which includes an information book and specially created anatomical models.
A human kidney, a brain, a heart, an eyeball, and a plastic skeleton with removable parts are assembled in this instructive kit for budding junior biologists. The shapes of all organs are rendered in plastic and packaged in a box. The Body Box includes a booklet describing the human body in a series of 14 two-page spreads filled with full-color illustrations, which explain the human body’s organs and functions. The booklet slips into a pocket on the box’s inside cover, and a see-through window shows all model body parts when the imitation book cover is lifted.
The body parts and functions described include the senses, brain, lungs, heart, blood, muscles, bones, stomach, intestines, liver, kidneys, and cells. This interactive pack actually contains replicas of:
Illustrated overlays show the human body’s skeletal and muscle systems.
Using The Body Box young readers will begin to understand how the body works from the inside out. Models of organs are attractively packaged. Fact filled, the kit is unusual and educational, hands-on, and facilitates active learning through manipulation. The shapes of all organs are accurately rendered, and the accompanying book contains full-color illustrations and descriptions, written at a level that is easily understandable by older children.
Children’s / Ages 9-12 / Literature & Fiction / World Mythologies
Lost Cities (Library Binding) by Sue Hamilton (Unsolved Mysteries Series: ABDO Publishers)
Children love mystery and adventure, and the books in the Unsolved Mysteries Series offer them a unique opportunity to study some of the world's most interesting, unsolved puzzles. From bizarre creatures on the land and sea to unsolved disappearances of ships, planes, and even cities, this series will appeal to readers of many ages. Quotes and perspectives from scientists, researchers, and historians, as well as everyday people thrown into the midst of these perplexing mysteries, provides an overall viewpoint from which children can draw their own conclusions.
Lost Cities starts out by asking: How do you lose a city? With today's technology – tracking devices, heat-sensitive locators, and global positioning systems – it seems impossible to lose something so big. But hundreds of years ago, cities did indeed disappear. Some were mysteriously abandoned. Many cities were destroyed because of violent wars. Others were deserted because of famine or disease.
Whatever the reason, complete cities disappeared, abandoned by all who once lived there. Some were lost to the swirling yellow sands of the desert, others vanished into the cold blue depths of the oceans, and still others disappeared behind green walls of thick-growing jungle plants. According to author Sue Hamilton, stories and rumors are all that remain of these once-thriving places.
Some lost cities have been rediscovered.
Lost Cities also contains a glossary and index.
Other books in the Unsolved Mysteries series include:
These little 32 page books, aimed at children ages 9-12, feature full-color photographs, full-color maps, quotations, and an index. This unique series with interesting unsolved mysteries, as in Lost Cities, will fascinate readers of all ages. With adult themes, they would also work for adult literacy classes.
Children’s (Grades 7-9) / Biography / Political
Nancy Pelosi (Political Profiles) (Library Binding) by Sandra Shichtman (Morgan Reynolds Publishing)
As told by Sandra H. Shichtman, former teacher and editor, in
Nancy Pelosi, a book aimed at the middle-school
audience, Pelosi grew up surrounded by politics. Her father, Thomas
D'Alesandro, served five terms in Congress, and three as the mayor
Pelosi seemed destined for a political career herself, but instead chose the path of marriage and family. However, she never strayed far from her interest in politics: even as she raised five children, Pelosi worked tirelessly as a volunteer for the Democratic Party, raising money and spreading awareness about Democratic candidates.
It wasn't until all of her children were grown and she was in her
late forties that Pelosi accepted a dying friend's request to take
over her seat as a representative for
Nancy Pelosi in the near present:
In accepting the position, Pelosi told the Congress and the
American people, "This is an historic moment. It's an historic
moment for the Congress. It's an historic moment for the women of
Author Shichtman in
Nancy Pelosi says that Pelosi had come a long way
from her beginnings in
Nancy Pelosi tells how during their father's
reelection campaigns, the D'Alesandro children stuffed envelopes
with letters appealing for votes. The letters included reminders of
what favors the mayor had done for them in the past and suggested
that they could return the favor by voting for the mayor. It was
here that young
Nancy Pelosi tells the story from a point of view emphasizing family values, the female point of view, Pelosi’s Italian and Catholic heritage, growing up in the midst of politics and rooted in the New Deal values of service to others. It shows how Pelosi was able to achieve her position through the support of family and community. It should be an inspiration to many, boys and girls alike.
Computers & Internet / Education / Research / Reference
Beyond the Internet: Successful Research Strategies by Barbara A. Chernow (Bernan Press)
Whatever their interests, researchers need to diversify their resources and go Beyond the Internet. Author Barbara Chernow, historian, encyclopedist, and reference book editor, challenges the perception that the Internet is a complete research tool. Although the Internet offers a seemingly limitless array of information, cyberspace does not provide all the resources one needs to learn about all subjects. Beyond the Internet reminds researchers, librarians, teachers, parents, and students that the vast majority of material in libraries and archives is not digitized nor will it be in the foreseeable future. This includes documents, and government records that provide the thread that links our past to our present, allowing us to reach back into history, studying memoirs and correspondence.
Beyond the Internet also explores the difference between acquiring facts that answer a specific question and the process of analytical thinking that goes into accessing and assessing nonelectronic documents. The issue is not what readers cannot find on the Internet, which is a wonderful resource, but what they miss if they only consult the Internet. Serendipitous finds and new interpretations based on previously unknown sources require research in original materials.
Chernow, adjunct assistant professor of publishing at
Beyond the Internet, if readers want to understand
the origins of terrorism, study war tactics, or appreciate the
culture of the
The skills taught in
Beyond the Internet have broad application in
better evaluating events in our world today. Chernow shows how to
access sources that broaden our understanding of issues; for
example, the failure to understand the people of
What a delight young researchers are missing if they don’t take their fill from the granaries of libraries – books, manuscripts, journals, archives, collections, correspondence, photographs. By comparison the Internet is as intellectually scant as People magazine. Read Beyond the Internet and learn how to make the knowledge of the ages yours! – Charles J. Shields, best-selling author of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee
Beyond the Internet presents an informative and entertaining read with useful tips and techniques on how to utilize a wide range of available resources to enrich the research experience and expand and enhance research findings. Real world anecdotes culled from the author's years researching American history add a personal element to complement the practical advice. Chernow`s insider tips and techniques for developing research skills apply to anyone searching for information, including professionals, teachers, researchers, scholars, students, and general readers.
Computers & the Internet / Programming / Business & Investing / Entertainment / Education / Design & Development / Training
Game Development Essentials: Game Simulation Development (with DVD) by William Muehl & Jeannie Novak (Thomson Delmar Learning)
As an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as educational and governmental heavyweights take notice of the potential usefulness of game simulations for training, the demand for developers who can skillfully integrate educational tasks with gaming features is increasing dramatically.
Game Simulation Development provides an in-depth
look at how games are using a variety of different simulations to
incorporate educational and training-based elements. By
investigating a wide range of successful games, the book offers
critical knowledge regarding why certain game simulations are
effective in each genre.
Game Simulation Development also explores the ways
expert developers consider how players respond to visual, aural, and
tactile feedback to make the simulation as convincing and immersive
as possible. Additional coverage includes intrinsic and extrinsic
knowledge, constructivist theory, social interaction and lateral
learning, and how these principles apply to game simulation
Authors are William Muehl and Jeannie Novak. Muehl, formerly Development Director for the central animation, cinema, audio, character, environment, concept, and user interface departments, is Senior Producer at Midway’s headquarters in
The book’s coverage of simulations extends to multiple industries, demonstrating the full range of game simulations beyond entertainment. It features full-color screenshots and detailed illustrations. Real-world development challenges and strategies give aspiring game developers an opportunity to apply what they learn. Interviews with industry experts and informative case studies enhance the learning experience. The companion DVD includes game engines, 3D modeling and animation software, documentation, game demos, and articles.
Game Simulation Development is loaded with content
and follows a meaningful line of recent publications by Novak in
this field. The book includes highly appropriate contributions by
industry professionals. Each chapter is well organized and concludes
with excellent chapter summaries that promote critical thinking. –
Brad Anderson, Chair, Department of Art & Division of Fine Arts,
Game Simulation Development is a timely book providing a well-rounded resource for aspiring game developers. For the first time, professional and aspiring game developers have a comprehensive, in-depth resource, complete with hands-on experience, that goes beyond the entertainment-focused aspects of game simulation to delve into its escalating impact on the outside worlds of business, education, and training.
Cooking, Food & Wine
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food (How to Cook Everything) by Mark Bittman (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
Hailed as ‘a more hip Joy of Cooking’ by the Washington Post,
Mark Bittman's award-winning book How to Cook Everything has become
the bible for a new generation of home cooks, and the series has
more than 1 million copies in print. Known for simple recipes,
great-tasting food, and straight-shooting advice, Bittman has
inspired a new generation of cooks. Now Bittman has written a guide
to meatless meals – a book that for everyone who wants to cook
simple but delicious meatless dishes, from health-conscious
omnivores to passionate vegetarians.
Everyone knows a diet that includes a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes is healthier than one that doesn't. How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is the cookbook with the potential to make vegetarian cooking accessible to everyone. The book includes more than 2,000 recipes and variations – far more than any other vegetarian cookbook. As always, Bittman's recipes are straightforward and unfussy – producing dishes that home cooks can prepare with ease and serve with confidence. The book covers the whole spectrum of meatless cooking – including salads, soups, eggs and dairy, vegetables and fruit, pasta, grains, legumes, tofu and other meat substitutes, breads, condiments, desserts, and beverages. Special icons identify recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less and in advance, as well as those that are vegan. The book is illustrated throughout with line drawings and brimming with Bittman's opinionated advice on everything from selecting vegetables to preparing pad
Bittman says, "I wrote this book to convince everyone (and to be sure, me) to increase the proportion of plant-based foods in our diets." How to Cook Everything Vegetarian shows cooks how vegetarian meals can be delicious, simple to make, easy to vary, and enjoyable to explore. To name just a few of the dishes readers will find inside: Cherry Tomato Salad with Soy Sauce, Rich Zucchini Soup, Pan-Grilled Corn with
… a wealth of recipes that don't scream vegetarian and plentiful guidelines to make cooking vegetarian as intuitive as cooking with meat. Like his now classic How to Cook Everything, this book opens with terrifically useful, straightforward discussions of essential ingredients, appliances and techniques, which Bittman builds on throughout in to-the-point sidebars and illustrated boxes. The recipes flow thick and fast in his theme-and-variations style: … New vegetarians and vegetarians cooking for omnivores will appreciate Bittman's avoidance of faux meat products in favor of flavorful high-protein dishes like Braised Tofu in Caramel Sauce and Béchamel Burgers with Nuts. Even owners of the original book will find much new to savor while benefiting from Bittman's remarkable ability to teach foundational skills and encourage innovation with them, which will help even longtime vegetarians freshen their repertory. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An essential purchase for all cookery collections. – Library Journal, starred review
Mark Bittman's category lock on definitive, massive food tomes continues with this well-thought-out ode to the garden and beyond. Combining deep research, tasty information, and delicious easy-to-cook recipes is Mark's forte and everything I want to cook is in here, from chickpea fries to cheese soufflés. – Mario Batali, chef, author, and entrepreneur
How do you make an avid meat eater (like me) fall in love with vegetarian cooking? Make Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian part of your culinary library. – Bobby Flay, chef/owner of Mesa Grill and Bar Americain and author of the Mesa Grill Cookbook
Recipes that taste this good aren't supposed to be so healthy. Mark Bittman makes being a vegetarian fun. – Dr. Mehmet Oz, Professor of Surgery, New York Presbyterian/Columbia Medical Center and coauthor of You: The Owner's Manual
How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is packed with an unprecedented number of ways for readers to enjoy satisfying meals without missing the meat. Bittman delivers the ultimate guide to meatless meals – this masterwork is comprehensive, authoritative, contemporary, and approachable – a book that sets a new standard and finally makes vegetarian food accessible to every home cook. Written not only for vegetarians but for those who – like Bittman himself – are omnivores striving for a more health-conscious, planet-friendly diet, it provides everything readers need to build meals around delicious meatless recipes. And because he is a self-taught home cook, not a restaurant chef, his recipes are straightforward, resolutely unfussy, and unfailingly delicious – dishes that readers can prepare with ease and serve with confidence. Like all of Bittman's work, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian is thorough and particularly accessible; much work has gone into making the wealth of information, ideas, and recipes as easy to use as possible. This is a book that cooks will use often, rave to friends about, and buy as a gift.
Education / Creativity
A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities (Spiral-bound) by Steve Bowkett (Network Continuum)
A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities is a hands-on manual for stimulating creative thinking, talking and writing in the classroom. It combines recent ideas of educational importance – such as multiple intelligence theory, emotional intelligence and preferential learning styles – with strategies for implementing these concepts via a range of practical activities. These can be used throughout the curriculum and across a wide age-range with children of all abilities.
The book outlines a model of the mind that incorporates recent findings in brain research with activities to promote learning and creativity. It explores the nature of creative thinking and how it can be effectively driven through an ethos of positive encouragement, mutual support and celebration of success and achievement. It links content and process within the learning environment and addresses the emotional components of the educational experience, and how these can be optimized to enhance self-esteem and confidence in the learner.
Author Stephen Bowkett, who taught English for 18 years in Leicestershire High Schools is now a full-time writer and trainer. Bowkett has arranged A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities into a number of broad sections. Each section contains activities which teachers can use on a stand alone basis. Some activities take just a few minutes, providing stimulus games or warm up sessions. Others are more elaborate: they need preparation and could last for a number of lessons or time slots. The main value of the activities, however, is in using them in combination and in a wide range of subject areas. This will help teachers to develop their pupils' creative thinking across the curriculum.
The activities, designed for use in the British educational system, link strongly with English language study. A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities provides pupils with a wide range of opportunities to develop their English reading skills. The book is also compatible with the speaking and listening programs of study and provides opportunities for different modes of writing. The activities also have clear links with drama and personal and social education. In addition, they are relevant to the curriculum requirements of other subjects – they can develop the use and application of mathematics, help learners investigate scientific knowledge, and help them discover the characteristics of materials in design and technology. The activities can develop pupils' awareness of chronology and change in history; provide motivating techniques to investigate places and themes in geography; and enhance visual literacy in art.
The Activities/National Curriculum matrix provides examples of how the activities can be used when teaching the National Curriculum (British). Of course, teachers will develop their own repertoire of favorite techniques to use with their learners and apply these across the curriculum. For example, a dice journey can be used to explore a medieval village, trace the life cycle of flowering plants, track the course of a river from source to estuary, and create a narrative story.
The following will help teachers make the most of A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities:
At the back of the book is a section aimed at teachers. The section gives them a chance to develop their own creative thinking skills through a series of tasks and activities.
According to Bowkett, ideas happen because we want them to. Ideas seem to come from some place other than the intellectual conscious part of the mind; and they are accompanied by powerful emotions that have a lot to do with the motivation required to see that idea through to completion. He says he spent many years relying on the Muse before he came across a simple, effective and verifiable model of the mind that accounted for all the characteristics of what he calls the Ping Process – wanting ideas, having lots of them, and turning the most useful ones into finished projects: stories, poems, pieces of non-fiction, or the best way to use up the scraps of food left in the fridge.
For Bowkett, creative thinking boils down to ways of opening up the channels of communication between the conscious and subconscious parts of the mind. The Ping Process involves a large and vital emotional component – creative thinking necessarily needs to be fun. Once that link is established, creativity and enjoyment will feed each other beneficially, leading in the end to the more valuable emotional rewards of increased confidence and self-esteem, satisfaction, pride-in-achievement, and a deep sense of fulfillment based on individual endeavor.
The point also needs to be made that the content of any subject or area of knowledge is of little use unless it is fuel to feed the fire of creative thought. That creative thought, in an ideal world, would be independent and energetic, the property of the individual: it would be judged by the individual, partly on its ‘fun factor’, but more lastingly on its usefulness in furthering the understanding of the thinker. It would not be manipulated or otherwise controlled by outside 'authorities' unless such input respected the principles of the Ping Process and the uniqueness of the individual.
Bowkett asserts that children will do their best (in all senses of the word) if the facts they are fed mean something to them personally, and if the process of meaning-making is an enjoyable one. Those aims are not beyond the scope or abilities of any teacher or parent reading A Handbook of Creative Learning Activities, and the activities in the book go a long way towards achieving them. The book is an imaginative and creative handbook, a user friendly manual providing a straightforward and workable model for teaching creativity using a variety of powerful activities. Teachers will find that by using the book regularly, the techniques will become second nature and the ability to think creatively will develop rapidly. What teachers will especially value is the degree of pupil engagement which the activities generate. This leads to the pupils remaining on task, and when pupils are on task, the quality of their learning is enhanced.
Education / Early Childhood
Easy Daily Plans: Over 250 Plans for Preschool Teachers (Early Childhood Education) by Sue Fleischmann (Gryphon House)
Learning takes place throughout the day in preschool – from the time the children hang up their coats in the morning to the end of the day when they reconnect with their families.
Children are active learners who learn by doing, and active learning allows children to explore and solve problems in their own way.
Aimed at teachers, Easy Daily Plans contains daily plans with developmentally appropriate activities for young children. The book is written by Sue Fleishmann, who taught for 15 years in a Birth to Three Program and was a Child and Family Specialist in a National Center of Excellence Head Start.
Organized by month, this grab-and-use curriculum has over 250 daily plans that teachers can use to plan enriching activities for young children. The book is organized by month, beginning in September. Listed at the front of each chapter are month-long celebrations (such as National Strawberry Month), week-long celebrations (such as National Pet Week), special days (Thomas Edison's birthday, for example), holidays (such as Cinco de Mayo), and general daily plans.
Each lesson plan in Easy Daily Plans is complete with:
Each daily plan includes a Story Time book list, Group Time activity, and Learning Center Ideas. Additional activities for rhythm and rhyme, small group, projects, outdoor experiences, movement, and games are included throughout the book. Transition and snack ideas are also included in many plans. All of the activities encourage children to improve listening skills, increase vocabulary, follow directions, develop oral and written language skills, cooperate in a group setting, work on fine and gross motor skills, and develop new skills in the content areas. It is simple for teachers to choose the plans that they wish to do that month, read them, collect the necessary supplies, and get started.
The activities are open ended so it is possible to adjust them to suit the range of ages and abilities of the children in the classroom. The daily plans are appropriate for many types of programs, including preschools, Head Start programs, cooperatives, home school programs, and family day care programs.
New or experienced teachers can add energy and excitement to the classroom using the unique ideas in Easy Daily Plans. Supplying a complete year’s worth of daily plans, the book is perfect for busy teachers and caregivers to grab and use. The ideas are creative, fun, and easy to implement.
Education / Test Guides / Statistics / Advanced Placement
Barron's AP Statistics 2008 with CD-ROM, 4th Edition by Martin Sternstein (Barron’s)
FACT: The number of students who take a statistics course in college will soon surpass the number who take a calculus course.
Barron's AP Statistics 2008, written by Martin
Sternstein, Professor of Mathematics,
Six full-length Advanced Placement (AP) practice statistics exams are presented in this manual. Barron's AP Statistics 2008 provides Sternstein’s 15-chapter topic review, which covers everything students will encounter on the actual exam. Topics for review are divided into four general themes: Exploratory Analysis, Planning a Study, Probability, and Statistical Inference. Additional multiple-choice and free-response questions with answers are presented at the end of all 15 chapters. Detailed appendices include exam-taking advice, an AP scoring guide, and a guide to basic uses of TI-83/TI-84 calculators. This version of the manual comes with an enclosed CD-ROM containing two additional full-length practice exams, thus giving students a total of eight practice exams.
The contents of Barron's AP Statistics 2008 cover the topics recommended by the AP Statistics Development Committee. Detailed explanations are provided for all answers. Some of the topic questions are not typical AP exam questions but rather are intended to help review the topic. The six full-length practice exams are made up of 276 questions, all with instructive, complete answers. The two new, fell-length exams (with 92 more questions) on the CD-ROM come with answers, full explanations, and automatic scoring of the multiple-choice questions.
Barron's AP Statistics 2008 includes plentiful guidance on test taking. For example, students taking the AP Statistics Examination will be furnished with a list of formulas (from descriptive statistics, probability, and inferential statistics) and tables (including standard normal probabilities, t-distribution critical values, χ2 critical values, and random digits). While students will be expected to bring a graphing calculator with statistics capabilities to the examination, answers should not be in terms of calculator syntax. Many students have commented that calculator usage was less than they had anticipated. However, even though the calculator is simply a tool, to be used sparingly, as needed, students should be proficient with this technology.
The official examination consists of two parts: a 90-minute section with 40 multiple-choice problems and a 90-minute free-response section with five open-ended questions and an investigative task to complete. In grading, the two sections of the exam are given equal weight. Students have remarked that the first section involves ‘lots of reading,’ while the second section involves ‘lots of writing.’ The percentage of questions from each content area is approximately 25% data analysis, 15% experimental design, 25% probability, and 35% inference. Questions in both sections may involve reading generic computer output.
Sternstein advises students that a correction factor compensates for random guessing in the multiple-choice section; however, students should guess if they can eliminate even one incorrect choice.
As explained in Barron's AP Statistics 2008, multiple-choice questions are scored as the number of correct answers minus one-quarter the number of incorrect answers. Blank answers are ignored. Free-response questions are scored on a 0 to 4 scale, with each open-ended question counting 15% of the total free-response score and the investigative task counting 25% of the free-response score. The first open-ended question is typically the most straightforward, and after doing this one to build confidence, students might consider looking at the investigative task since it counts more. Each completed AP examination paper will receive a grade based on a 5-point scale, with 5 the highest score and 1 the lowest score. Most colleges and universities accept a grade of 3 or better for credit or advanced placement or both.
A good piece of advice according to Sternstein is for students from day one to develop critical practices (like checking assumptions and conditions), to acquire strong technical skills, and to always write clear and thorough, yet to the point, interpretations in context. Final answers to most problems should not be numbers, but rather sentences explaining and analyzing numerical results. To help develop skills and insights to tackle AP free response questions (which often choose contexts students haven't seen before), the book advises students to pick up newspapers and magazines and figure out how to apply what you are learning to better understand articles in print that reference numbers, graphs, and statistical studies.
Students who use Barron's AP Statistics 2008 should study the text and illustrative examples carefully and try to complete the practice problems before referring to the solution keys. Simply reading the detailed explanations to the answers without first striving to work through the problems on one's own is not the best approach. Teachers clearly may use this book with a class in many profitable ways. Ideally, each individual topic review, together with practice problems, should be assigned after the topic has been covered in class. The full-length practice exams should be reserved for final review shortly before the AP examination.
Barron's AP Statistics 2008 fully prepares students for the exam – there’s no other way to say it – with eight, count them, eight, practice exams. Multiple full-length practice exams are complete with all questions answered and fully explained. Equally valuable to prospective test takers is Sternstein’s topic review, covering virtually everything they will encounter on the actual exam. Practice, practice and more practice. The book is especially strong in the area of free response questions.
While a review book such as Barron's AP Statistics 2008 can be extremely useful in helping prepare students for the AP exam, nothing can substitute for a good high school teacher and a good textbook.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling
Attachment and Sexuality edited by Diana Diamond, Sidney J. Blatt, & Joseph D. Lichtenberg (Psychoanalytic Inquiry Book Series, Volume 21: The Analytic Press)
The papers featured in Attachment and Sexuality create a dense tapestry, each forming a separate narrative strand that elucidates different configurations of the relationship between attachment and sexuality.
As a whole, the book explores the areas of convergence and divergence, opposition, and integration between these two systems. Attachment and Sexuality suggests that there is a bi-directional web of influences that weaves the attachment and sexual systems together in increasingly complex ways from infancy to adulthood. Editors are Diana Diamond, associate professor in the doctoral program in clinical psychology, City University of New York and adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical Center, Cornell University; Sidney J. Blatt, professor of psychiatry and psychology, Yale University and chief of the psychology section, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; and Joseph Lichtenberg, practicing psychoanalyst in Washington and editor-in-chief of Psychoanalytic Inquiry.
Contributors include Massimo Ammaniti, Anna Buchheim, Morris Eagle, Carol George, Jeremy Holmes, Horst Kachele, Alicia Lieberman, Mario Mikulincer, Giampaolo Nicolais, Phillip Shaver, Robin Silverman, Anna Maria Speranza, Maria St. John, Lissa Weinstein, and Frank Yeomans.
The papers in Attachment and Sexuality investigate the myriad ways in which sexuality may consolidate, converge, or conflict with attachment relationships and may foster or curtail attachment security at different developmental points. Each contributor in his or her own way attempts to locate sexual and attachment processes and their corresponding internal representations ‘in one history they both express, which is that of the social existence of a developing self’.
The unifying thread of Attachment and Sexuality is the idea that the attachment system, and particularly the degree of felt security, or lack thereof, in relation to early attachment figures provides a paradigm of relatedness that forms a scaffold for the developmental unfolding of sexuality in all its manifestations. Such manifestations include infantile and adult, masturbatory and mutual, and normative and perverse. Also central to the papers is the idea that the development of secure attachment is predicated, in part, on the development of the capacity for mentalization, or the ability to envision and interpret the behavior of oneself and others in terms of intentional mental states, including desires, feelings, beliefs, and motivations.
In his paper, "Attachment and Sexuality," Eagle stipulates that the integration of attachment and sexuality is a developmental challenge, most likely to be successfully negotiated by those with secure attachment organization. Those with insecure attachment organization are more likely to rigidly segregate passion and attachment (in the case of those with avoidant attachment), or to confuse the two (in the case of those with ambivalent attachment). In these formulations, Eagle introduces conflict back into attachment theory in that he sees attachment and sexuality as not only functionally separate behavioral systems, but also as mutually antagonistic, particularly in men. He reinterprets the split between love and desire observed by Freud to the split between attachment and sexuality, which he hypothesizes has an evolutionary root. Drawing on studies in anthropology, neurobiology, and ethology, Eagle traces the process by which romantic love is divided into adult pair bonding on the one hand and erotic passion on the other. Eagle explores how the consolidation of secure versus insecure attachment not only allows for the integration of passion and attachment over time, but also establishes specific pathways for oedipal resolution or lack of it.
Mikulincer and Shaver, in their paper "A Behavioral Systems Perspective on the Psychodynamics of Attachment and Sexuality," as did Eagle, apply an attachment theoretical framework to their investigations of sexual and romantic relationships in adults. They view the attachment behavioral system, and specifically the anchoring of attachment security, as the foundation for the development of mutually satisfying intimate relationships. The authors present an impressive number of empirical studies, in which show that individuals with secure attachment status are more likely to experience pleasurable positive feelings and to take a more playful and exploratory attitude toward sex. By contrast, those with insecure ambivalent attachment status tend to subordinate their sexual needs and desires to the quest for attachment security. Mikulincer and Shaver also take on the thorny issue of how oedipal conflict and resolution may vary in individuals with different attachment organization with a set of ground-breaking studies.
In Ammaniti, Nicolais, and Speranza's paper, "Attachment and Sexuality During Adolescence: Interaction, Integration, or Interference," the authors apply both research and clinical investigations to explore the linkages between attachment organization and sexual maturation and development in adolescence. Ammaniti and colleagues observe that there is often an initial period of sexual experimentation in adolescence, after which sexual behavior seems to be patterned after attachment status. Those with secure attachment have the internal solidity and freedom to seek out and maintain committed sexual relationships that integrate affection and sexuality. Avoidant adolescents, on the other hand, either shun sexual encounters altogether or seek out casual exploitative sex, while ambivalent adolescents have trouble maintaining relationships, although they perpetually seek them out. Ammaniti and colleagues observe that the mores of the peer group may override the state of mind with respect to attachment in motivating adolescents' behavior, "especially when in the peer group, adolescents engage in risky behaviors that impact on the pleasure and reward brain related systems". Ammaniti and colleagues' clinical analyses of interviews yielded some similarities in mother-daughter dynamics across the generations, including unresolved issues around mourning and separation in the mothers vis-à-vis their own family of origin, that were not evident in the research classification. This disjunction between the clinical and research analysis of the interview illustrates that sometimes overall attachment classification provides delimitation for a more dynamic clinical exploration of the interview.
Weinstein's paper, "When Sexuality Reaches Beyond the Pleasure Principle: Attachment, Repetition, and Infantile Sexuality," like Ammaniti and colleagues' paper, investigates how both infantile sexuality and attachment serve the function of regulating and channeling bodily needs and excitement. Although the attachment system patterns bodily imperatives through the responsiveness of the other, the sexual system, particularly in its infantile version, does so through idiosyncratic fantasies that are by-products of the psychic awakening of endogenous excitement, experienced as part of the self. Most important in Weinstein's view, attachment relationships may determine the set point for the child's tolerance for intimacy, dependency, and mutuality in intimate relationships. In Weinstein's view, theory and research on the attachment systems do not in the end explicate the arena of fantasy, bodily experience, and shifting identifications between self and other that contribute to the enduring mystery and creativity of sexuality.
Holmes, in his paper, "Sense and Sensuality: Hedonic Intersubjectivity and the Erotic Imagination," emphasizes less the creative tensions between attachment and sexuality, than the areas of creative overlap between the two. At the intersection of attachment and sexuality is an arena that he terms ‘hedonic intersubjectivity’ that encompasses the pleasurable, playful, sensual aspects of attachment bonds and their rootedness in both mutually gratifying physical exchanges between child and caregiver and in flights of erotic imagining. Holmes makes the point that not only does bodily pleasure cement secure attachment, but secure attachment renders such physical transactions gratifying. Further, Holmes stipulates that such a secure base, based on gratifying physical exchanges, provides the platform not only for the emergence of infantile sexuality with its associated wishes and fantasies, but also of adult intersubjective sexuality, which enables the individual to give free rein to creative exploration with the partner, to share in the plea-sure of one's attachment figure, and to integrate erotic imagining into the ongoing sexual relationship.
Most compelling is Holmes's portrayal of the ways in which the transference in three cases becomes the arena in which both psychosexual and attachment histories converge. In the paper by Buchheim, George, and Kaechele, "’My Dog Is Dying Today’: Attachment Narratives and Psychoanalytic Interpretation of an Initial Interview," the authors investigate the areas of overlap and divergence between attachment and sexuality as it plays out in the transference-countertransference relationship in one particular case of a severely disturbed female, with a history of depressive breakdown, somatization, and conflictual, broken relationships with men. Certain ambiguous features of her presentation led the analyst to do a more formal research evaluation with the Adult Attachment Interview (AAI). The data obtained from the AAI, which revealed a classification of ‘unresolved’ with respect to loss of the father, provided a route to understanding some of the patient's enigmatic verbalizations and behaviors in the sessions. The authors found that the formal AAI classification in fact contradicted both the initial clinical reading of the interview and the initial assessment of the patients' attachment state of mind based on her presentation in sessions and the therapist's countertransference responses to it – the AAI revealed the existence of ‘segregated systems’ in the patient characterized by her inability to integrate multiple, disparate representations of her father as alternately seductive, threatening, and rejecting.
In the paper by Lieberman,
In the paper by Diamond and Yeomans, "Oedipal Love and Conflict in the Transference/Countertransference Matrix: Its Impact on Attachment Security and Mentalization," the authors illustrate how attachment and oedipal/sexual themes are often condensed and intermixed in borderline patients. They present data from the AAI, which assesses attachment state of mind with respect to parental figures and is given to borderline patients at the beginning of a psychodynamic treatment. They provide empirical evidence for the idea that psychic representations of preoedipal conflicts are condensed with sexual/oedipal phase representations in patients with severe personality disorders. This condensation predisposes borderline patients to either severe inhibition in their access to erotic fantasy and sexual expression, or overt and persistent eroticization in the transference and the lingering of oedipal illusions. The authors stipulate that the waning emphasis on the centrality of oedipal conflicts, particularly in the case of the treatment of severely disturbed patients, has been accompanied by a renewed focus on the cognitive and symbolic processes that attend oedipal stage conflicts and their resolution.
In his discussion of the eight essays in Attachment and Sexuality, Lichtenberg in the final essay provides a coherent, and comprehensive metanarrative of how attachment and sexuality are conceptualized theoretically and explored empirically and in compelling clinical narratives in these papers. Lichtenberg's discussion incorporates the long tradition of psychoanalytic knowledge gleaned from the unfolding of data about sexuality in the clinical situation and integrates it with attachment concepts. His discussion not only provides a more comprehensive view of the integration of the attachment and sexual systems, but also raises questions about the limitations of such integration. Although playfulness, exploration, curiosity, and sharing are expressions of secure attachment, in Lichtenberg's view, the papers in Attachment and Sexuality may tend to underestimate their role in the development of sexuality in adolescence and beyond.
Historically, attachment theory and research have been weakest in
their consideration of the role of sexuality in the formation and
disruption of attachment bonds, hence this volume fills a
significant theoretical gap. Unique in its integration of detailed
clinical material and empirical studies....
Attachment and Sexuality is destined to take its
place as a classic in the widening literature on the intersection of
psychoanalytic thought and attachment research. – Otto F. Kernberg,
M.D., Professor of Psychiatry,
Until this book, attachment perspectives have not so clearly
addressed romantic love and those sexual passions and drives that
are equally core to human need across the lifespan. Each of the
authors brings a clinically and scholarly rich integration of how
passionate love and en-during love are necessarily woven together in
all human relationships. This volume will soon be essential reading
for all who work clinically with attachment perspectives and it sets
a very clear clinical research agenda for all attachment scholars
wishing to move the field forward. – Linda C. Mayes, M.D.,
Diamond, Blatt and Lichtenberg have assembled a radical set of original chapters exploring the many links, and interdependencies, between sexuality and attachment. Emerging from this indispensable volume are important implications for theory and research in developmental, evolutionary and social psychology, as well as for clinical practice. This groundbreaking book is essential reading both for advanced students and scholars in the social sciences, as well as for clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychoanalysts. – Howard Steele, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, New School for Social Research
The papers in Attachment and Sexuality show that a multifaceted research effort that combines clinical and empirical approaches to the investigations of the intersection between attachment and sexuality is well under way. Further, the compelling case material in this volume, and particularly the depiction of the transference and countertransference dynamics, reveals the subjective experiences and psychic mechanisms associated with the integration of attachment and sexual systems that might otherwise remain obscure and unintelligible.
Although the papers present much research and clinical evidence for the ubiquitous influence of early attachment bonds on sexual relationships throughout the life cycle, they also suggest that in and out of the consulting room one sees that human sexuality cannot be reduced to that which is singularly influenced by attachment. The papers leave hanging the question about whether certain aspects of erotic experience (e.g., the excessive, irrational, enigmatic, transgressive, and subversive aspects of sexuality) are comprehensible within the attachment framework. These topics will no doubt form the basis for future explorations, and the papers in Attachment and Sexuality will help shape the direction and tenor of further dialogues in the arena of attachment and sexuality.
Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help
The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life:
American seniors today seek to live more uniquely fulfilling
lives than previous generations – whether by volunteering for
political causes, sightseeing around the globe, or doling out advice
in cyberspace. The Elder Wisdom Circle, via its popular website
ElderWisdomCircle.org, embodies the adage, ‘age is wisdom’, putting
advice seekers in touch with a network of ‘Cyber-Grandparents’, aged
sixty to 105, who offer assistance on everything from love and
relationships to family and work. The
The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life
founder Doug Meckelson and Diane Haithman share a new collection of
sage wisdom on an array of life's most universal and provocative
questions. Meckelson, who climbed the corporate ladder for seventeen
years within the financial services industry before he founded the
Launched in 2001, the
A valuable book, full of common sense and time-tested advice. – Doris Crumbach, author of Extra Innings
Everyone needs a little advice sometimes and the elder wisdom circle's honest, inspirational guidance is just the ticket when you aren't sure of your next step. – Marci Shimoff, coauthor of Chicken Soup for a Woman's Soul
Inspired by his grandmother, Meckelson, a former worker in the
financial services industry, founded the
Thoughtful and inspiring, The Elder Wisdom Circle Guide for a Meaningful Life is like a gift handed from one generation to the next. Seasoned by experience, these ‘Cyber-Grandparents’ surprise, delight, and inspire with refreshing advice for how to live a purposeful and fulfilling life at any age. Insightful and sometimes surprising, their guidance will put readers on a path to a more purposeful and fulfilling life at any age.
Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Family Relationships
It's All about You: Live the Life You Crave by Mary Goulet & Heather Reider (The Free Press)
I'm a woman. I'm a mom. I want my own identity. I want to spend time with my friends. I want to feel in love. I'm worried about getting older. I could use more sleep. I would love to work out more. Perhaps I could take up a sport or a hobby, but when? I'm short on time, short on energy, and I wonder every day what I will make for dinner. – Everymom, from the book
Being a mother is amazing, although motherhood is not always easy. After bundling the kids off to day care or school, a demanding schedule at the office, or maybe a packed day of running countless errands while shuttling kids to and from ballet, soccer, or other activities, moms get home, manage to throw together dinner; and then meet endless stacks of bills, laundry, and other projects they've been meaning to tackle await them once the kids have finally been put to bed. Meanwhile, their husbands are pushing for some private time, though the only action they can imagine in the bedroom is of the shut-eye variety. Once they do get to sleep, it's all too soon before the craziness begins again.
And these are just some of the daily challenges moms everywhere face. Wouldn't it be great to have a more peaceful and streamlined home life? Wouldn't it be great if all of these things could be made more enjoyable? Wouldn't it be nice to have a life and be the loving Mom? It's All about You is a book that looks to do just that – provide moms with real advice on how to balance love, family, work, money, health, and every other issue that life brings. And to bring back passion to the life that they crave.
Mary Goulet and Heather Reider are the founders of MomsTown, Inc., and the online radio hosts of The Mary & Heather Show. Now, in response to the hundreds of thousands of moms who ask for a plan on how to get their lives back – from having a healthy sex life to finding more time and earning more money – Goulet and Reider have assembled the real advice from their personal experiences as mothers as well as from other moms and specialists.
It's All about You is filled with support for overextended moms, with suggestions on how to find the perfect balance between living a richer, fuller life and being the best mother they can possibly be. Not only do they share their experiences of their busy lives as mothers and wives, but also of starting their business together and sharing secrets from the MomsTown Big Break, an opportunity for the entrepreneurial-minded mom.
It's All about You covers time management, organization, money, sex, meals, and business – issues that busy mothers struggle with, often alone or with little help or support. The book is divided into sections that break down these all-consuming issues – including money, sex, body image, diet, time management, multitasking, controlling chaos, home and office organization, and the importance of girlfriends. In addition to their own advice and that of experts they provide ‘Tips and Takes’ from women around the country, including real life stories they've heard and e-mails they've received. And their advice is tailor-made for their audience. Many of the action-steps are written as ‘Quickies’ – items that can be done in 15 minutes or less, whenever a busy schedule allows. "We know your time is valuable, your energy is treasured, and your thoughts cherished," write Goulet and Reider, "it means the world to us that you are joining us on a journey of renewal, a journey to discover the Unique You."
Goulet and Reider, radio talk-show hosts (The Mary & Heather
Show) and founders of the Web site MomsTown.com, put their
enterprising and inspiring ideas together in this chatty text that
will appeal to busy moms who want to do it all. … Financial issues,
sex after children and clearing clutter are also included, with
plenty of practical and sometimes unusual tips (i.e., flossing is
good for your sex life). The authors claim that many moms suffer
from OCI (overwhelmed, confused and irritated), with their lives
spinning out of control in their attempts to please everyone. Goulet
and Reider encourage moms to follow their motto, Better Done Than
Perfect, learning to manage time and use motherhood to empower and
strengthen their lives. Their text addresses the busy and
multidimensional lives of mothers, offering readers support and
advice as they pursue their aspirations within and outside the home.
– Publishers Weekly
For any woman who has been blessed with the honorable juggle of motherhood, marriage, work, and life, It's All about You is an incredible guide to finding our way back – back to life as we all once knew it. An empowering, touching, clever take on where and how we fit in our own world. – Liz Pryor, author of What Did I Do Wrong?: When Women Don't Tell Each Other the Friendship Is Over
Written in their trademark witty, fun, and honest voices that have drawn hundreds of thousands of women to their website and radio show, Goulet and Reider are "working to help moms carve out a little extra income, a little extra time, a little extra energy, a little extra joy." Accessible and entertaining, they know what it's like trying to have it all, and they've found the way to be successful at it. In It's All about You they tackle with gusto the challenges that mothers face every day providing insightful and easy-to-implement strategies to not only cope with the daily grind, but also to live life to its fullest. With inspiring examples, true stories, and sound advice and plans, they make all moms feel empowered about themselves and their opportunities.
Remembering Slavery: African Americans Talk About Their Personal Experiences of Slavery and Emancipation (with MP3 Audio CD) edited by Ira Berlin, Marc Favreau & Steven F. Miller, with a foreword by Robin D. G. Kelley (The New Press)
Slaves were instructed on pain of injury not to protest an unhealthy relationship fixed by whites for the benefit of whites. Remarkably, slaves did not obey. They managed to bring on the Civil War; in the process, they destroyed the system of slavery and delivered a more fully realized American democracy.
…Daughters and sons of Africa, these children who bore the mark of the lash wanted free universal education for everyone, the right to vote for everyone, the right to own and work their land, the right to build communities, worship, and love each other without the threat of mob violence. The architects of a new nation . . . these are the people the Federal Writers' Project and others sought to restore to history during the 1930s and early 1940s. – from the foreword
In 1998, The New Press published
Remembering Slavery, a book-and-tape set that
offered a startling first-person history of slavery. Using excerpts
from the thousands of interviews conducted with ex-slaves in the
1930s by researchers working with the Federal Writers' Project, the
astonishing audiotapes made available the only known recordings of
people who actually experienced enslavement – recordings that had
gathered dust in the Library of Congress until they were rendered
audible for the first time specifically for this set. Edited by Ira
Berlin, award winning author of Many Thousands Gone; Marc Favreau,
editorial director of The New Press; and Steven F. Miller, coeditor
of the Freemen and Southern Society Project; with a foreword by
Robin D. G. Kelley, Professor of History and American Studies and
Ethnicity at the University of Southern California,
Remembering Slavery received the kind of commercial
attention seldom accorded projects of this nature – nationwide
critical and review coverage as well as extensive coverage on
prime-time television, including Good Morning America, Nightline,
CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN. The tapes have been aired repeatedly on
public radio stations across the country. Reviewers called the set
"chilling . . . [and] riveting" (Publishers Weekly), "something,
truly, truly new" (The Village Voice), "powerful and intense"
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution) and "a minor miracle" (Ted Koppel,
Now, after almost ten years, the groundbreaking – and bestselling – recordings of interviews with former slaves collected in the original book-and-audio set of Remembering Slavery is available in paperback for a new generation of readers and listeners on a remastered MP3 compact disc.
These, the only known audio recordings of former slaves, capture the texture of everyday slave life from about 1845 through 1865. Transcripts of 124 former slaves’ interviews include stories of family life, marriage, children, work and religion. They tell us what slaves wore, ate, enjoyed and thought. Overall the interviewees provide a day-to-day account of the lives of enslaved people, their work regimens, which varied with geography and the types of crops cultivated, and the culture they sustained under the oppressive conditions of slavery. They recall everyday minor rebellions that helped them maintain a sense of control and dignity and ongoing attempts to formulate families in a system that didn't respect marriage among slaves. The remembrances in Remembering Slavery are joyful when the tales are about fleeing or helping others to flee, and jubilant in the segments concerning emancipation following the Civil War.
Ira Berlin's fifty-page introduction is as good a synthesis of
current scholarship as one will find, filled with fresh insights for
any reader. – The
These original recordings … have been remastered using state-of-the-art equipment and sound remarkably clear. … the tapes really come alive when the former slaves are speaking. Their dignity and authenticity are most impressive as they describe family life, daily routine, and work expectations. Despite their rigors and tragedies, the dozen men and women on the selections are not bitter but instead are optimistic, open-minded, and well-adjusted. These are excellent primary historical audio sources that students and teachers will find invaluable. – Rob Tench, Newport News Public Library, VA, School Library Journal
This collection brings forth, through both sight and sound, as Remembering Slavery is a book-and-tape set, the poignant voices of people who had been slaves. … The interviewers included such luminaries as Zora Neale Hurston and John Lomax, who talked to the ex-slaves about their relationships with their former owners and their relationships with other slaves. The editors' interpolations are kept to a minimum and are used strictly to tie themes together, without disrupting the accounts of those who lived much of their early lives as slaves. … The work itself … gives voice to one of the most significant institutions in American history. – Vanessa Bush, Booklist
[A]n invaluable collection of firsthand accounts by former slaves... –
A chilling witness to slavery's persistent legacy. – Booknotes
History comes alive in this invaluable collection. As Robin Kelly says in the foreword to the book, if all of these disparate stories and diverse voices embody one single theme, it is humanity. Remembering Slavery offers inspiration that the human spirit endures and triumphs over the most extreme circumstances. Together the narratives reinforce the incredible ability of African Americans to maintain their dignity and self-worth, to offer the rest of the world a model of humanity that could emancipate ‘free’ people the world over. It is our recognition of the ex-slaves' humanity that enables us to discard the false dichotomies of ‘Sambo’ and ‘rebel’ and see these amazing black survivors as complicated human beings. Remembering Slavery is sure to enrich readers and listeners for years to come.
Elizabeth & Leicester: Power,
Passion, Politics by Sarah Gristwood (Viking)
Did they or didn't they?
Few relationships fire our imagination like that of Elizabeth I
and the Earl of Leicester, Robert Dudley – the love affair
immortalized in Philippa Gregory’s The Virgin’s Lover – but nearly
fifty years have passed since a book has been dedicated solely to
their lifelong love.
In Elizabeth & Leicester, writer Sarah Gristwood explores
Yet, over the next few decades, Elizabeth and Dudley remained
steadfast friends and confidantes. Robert advised
But despite her trust and devotion, she also humiliated him,
forcing him to serve as her go-between with numerous royal suitors
and unceremoniously attempting to clap him in irons when he finally
remarried. Fueled by scandal and intrigue, this royal relationship
was never dull.
Elizabeth & Leicester is an intimate portrait of two people who transformed their age. Gristwood, formerly at
Why did they never marry? What were
Quite simply one of the most enthralling history books I've ever read. Packed with riveting derail, it is full of engaging and perceptive insights into the truth about the Virgin Queen and the man who meant more to her than any other. You must read this! – Alison Weir, author of The Life of Elizabeth I
Passionately and compellingly tells the story of the secret love and political alliance of the Queen and her great favorite, Robert Dudley. A vivid, entertaining and accessible study of the seething Tudor court and, above all, a fascinating portrait of power, love and royalty in dangerous times. – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin: Court of the Red Tsar
Vivacious and absorbing. Gristwood is a mistress of the trivial
details that enthrall. Full of intriguing suggestions, stimulating
analogies and shrewd connections. – Miranda
As well as producing an enthralling account of one particular relationship, Gristwood crams her book with fascinating details of life at court. – The Mail on Sunday
… This is rich terrain, taking us into the heart of our feelings about femininity, power and nationhood. Makes one feel that: Freud's question 'What do women want?’ might have been inspired by the enigmatic behavior of Elizabeth herself. – Telegraph
Vivacious and absorbing. Gristwood is a mistress of the trivial
details that enthrall. – The Sunday Times (
Passionately and compellingly tells the story of the secret love and political alliance of the Queen and her great favorite, Robert Dudley. A vivid, entertaining and accessible study of the seething Tudor court and, above all, a fascinating portrait of power, love and royalty in dangerous times. – Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of Stalin, Court of the Red Tsar
A fascinating book which the London Times called ‘vivacious and
Elizabeth & Leicester by British writer Gristwood
is an intimate, startling portrait of two figures who transformed
their age, gripping, unconventional account of one of history's most
fascinating alliances. For those who adore reading about the royals
and the many fans of the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Elizabeth I
and feature film
History / Military / Aviation / Engineering
F-15 Eagle Engaged: The World's Most Successful Jet Fighter (General Aviation) by Steve Davies & Doug Dildy (Osprey Publishing)
With its twin tail, the F-15 Eagle is probably the most
recognizable military jet fighter in the skies today, and is
undoubtedly the most successful jet fighter of all time, having
never been shot down in combat. Flown not only by the US Air Force
but by the air forces of
Steve Davies and Doug Dildy in F-15 Eagle Engaged draw on a vast array of sources including combat records, technical documents, and unpublished first-hand accounts from the pilots themselves to tell the story of the plane, detailing such incredible feats as the Israeli F-15 which was successfully landed despite losing a wing.
Ret. USAF Squadron Commander Dildy has collaborated with aviation expert Davies to bring the plane to life in F-15 Eagle Engaged. According to Davies, what made the F-15 the dominant fighter jet from the time it was first put into service in 1976 was its incredibly simple radar interface. Using state-of-the-art computer technology, the radar designers at Hughes Aircraft designed a system that allowed the pilot to read the radar screen while flying the jet at the same time. This was a first-ever for an aircraft fighter. Says Davies, "The idea of a radar screen looking like a video game has become commonplace, but it didn't exist before the F-15." Dildy and Davies in F-15 Eagle Engaged provide details on every major F-15 engagement, including:
Since the adoption the F-22 Raptor in 2005, the Air Force has begun cutting back its Eagle squadron. Because of this, Dildy and Davies were able to obtain unequalled access to formerly classified technical specifications of the elite fighter. Says Davies, "It is our hope that by combining the first-hand accounts of those who flew her together with combat records and just about everything available on her technical specs, this will become the definitive resource for anyone interested in the Eagle."
F-15 Eagle Engaged superbly captures the ‘true personality’ of the F-15 by not only detailing the four decades of technologies that have given it unmatched combat performance, but also letting you meet the men and women who designed, flew, and maintained this magnificent jet, allowing it to be called ‘The World's Most Successful Jet Fighter.’ – Brigadier General (Ret.) Dick ‘Lips’ Banholzer, Director, Business Development, USAF Fighters and Weapons, The Boeing Company
A USAF Colonel and a leading aviation journalist combine in F-15 Eagle Engaged to pen the most comprehensive book ever published on the F-15 Eagle. Containing over 100 breathtaking color photographs, detailed technical information and fascinating combat stories, this definitive history and guide to the world's most successful jet fighter is a ‘must have’ for anyone interested in modern aviation.
Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles / Transportation
The Hemi in the Barn: More Great Stories of Automotive Archaeology by Tom Cotter, with an introduction by Jay Leno (Motorbooks)
Every car enthusiast dreams about finding an old car in a barn. I’ve been lucky to find a few cars that way, and two of those stories are in this book. Sometimes ‘barn finds’ are valuable; sometimes they’re not. But they’re usually great stories. Tom Cotter shared those stories in his first book, and he’s done it again with this one. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. – Jay Leno, host of The Tonight Show
It’s every car lover’s fantasy: the perfectly preserved classic
automobile discovered under a blanket in some great-granny’s garage.
And as Tom Cotter, who writes regularly for Road & Track, showed
readers in The Cobra in the Barn, it’s a fantasy that can come true.
Cotter’s adventures in automotive archaeology continue in
The Hemi in the Barn, with forty new stories of car
finds and automotive resurrections.
Avid collectors big and small recall the thrills of the hunt, the tips and hunches followed, clues pursued, the heart-stopping payoff. There’s the forgotten Duesenberg – the only unrestored one around – that Jay Leno found in a
There’s the rescue of the first 1955 Corvette ever built. There’s the find of legendary race builder Smokey Yunick’s Boss 302 Trans-Am car. And there’s the story of the original Cobra Daytona Coupe built by Peter Brock and sold to Phil Spectre – a story that somehow involves a chauffeur’s daughter setting herself and her rabbits on fire.
With stories of cars long lost and eventually found, The Hemi in the Barn continues the search for amazing barn finds, detailing every tip and hunch followed along the way.
Tom Cotter's sequel to last year's best-selling The Cobra in the Barn relays one great tale after another, with players unearthing rare cars to die for. The treasures include an armored Mercedes-Benz Aktion P command car discovered in pieces in Russia, a desirable Dodge Daytona Hemi virtually abandoned behind bushes in a guy's yard, a bushel of Bugattis in a barn, the ‘Divorcee Cobra,’ and a GTO owned by a mobster. These are great stories about great cars. – Edmonds.com
The book is highly entertaining, often exciting and should hold universal appeal for all car enthusiasts. – Hemmings Muscle Machines
Tom Cotter tells fascinating tales of dream cars discovered everywhere…. the stuff of every enthusiast’s fantasy. – Road & Track
As entertaining as the tales in The Hemi in the Barn are, they’re also full of tantalizing hints and suggestions for readers’ next adventure in automobile archaeology. Time to stop dreaming and start hunting.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Computers & Internet
Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts: Must-Have Guide to Transforming & Printing Your Favorite Images on Fabric by Cyndy Lyle Rymer, with Lynn Koolish (C&T Publishing)
Warning. Creating Images on Fabric Can Be Addictive.
Everyone has a favorite picture of children, pets, houses, dogs, cats, goldfish…. With Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts, crafters can turn those photos into quilts that will be cherished for generations to come. Skill-building projects with instructions show how to create these heirlooms. A gallery of work from some of today’s most innovative quilters for inspiration gives ideas for capturing old memories and making new ones.
A decade after the first inexpensive digital cameras appeared, and eight years after C&T Publishing brought out its first book on using computers and printers to put images on fabric, what are quilt artists creating today with digital technology? That was the question on their minds when C&T put out a call for entries for a new book and a special exhibit on Innovative Fabric Imagery. As a digital quilt artist herself, author Cyndy Lyle Rymer expected to be surprised. But she still was not prepared for the breadth and quality of the entries they received.
While the works of art shown in the book cover a wide variety of
styles and subjects, they all share one common element: digital
technology played a vital part in their creation.
Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts contains 13
projects with step-by-step instructions and digital techniques, a
getting-started chapter on equipment, supplies, and image-editing
and software; and a gallery of more than 40 entries selected for the
Innovative Fabric Imagery special exhibit at the International Quilt
Market and Festival in
Rymer, longtime quilter and author of the popular Photo Fun books, invites readers to enjoy the work and to try out some of the techniques for themselves. If readers are new to printing on fabric, she has included projects with step-by-step instructions, as well as tips and techniques readers can use to create similar projects or to learn a specific technique.
Rymer says she frequently asks herself: To sew or play with images in Photoshop? If readers are just getting into printing photos and other images on fabric, she says, beware: it is addictive. Sometimes great ideas don't work out exactly as planned, and she gets frustrated because she has ‘wasted’ a precious sheet or two of pretreated fabric. It is all part of the learning curve, however, and any time or materials spent making art are always a good investment.
She says she is a true Photoshop Elements junkie and can spend hours playing on her computer with the color, size, and shape of a photo. Filters are fun to experiment with – in just seconds, a photo can be transformed into a still-life painting. Readers can then venture into the realm of layers and stack multiple images to make collages.
There are many ways to get photos or other images onto fabric. Although Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts focuses on using an all-in-one (inkjet printer/copier/ scanner), there are other methods if readers don't own an all-in-one. If readers own an all-in-one, a computer, a digital camera, basic photo‑editing software, and a sewing machine, they will find that there is never enough time to experiment with all that is possible. Rymer advises readers to try working small, as in the Chic Music series which explores lyrics by female musicians. Pick a theme and explore a variety of techniques. Think about doing a series based on favorite books, childhood memories, favorite places, the homes they have lived in. If they do own an all-in-one, but the idea of using a computer and photo-editing software gives them sweaty palms, keep in mind that they don't have to connect their all-in-one to a computer to get great images. They can use the machine's copy function. They can convert a color photo to black and white simply by pushing the Black Copy button instead of the Color button. They can create an entire collage of images, text, and three-dimensional objects on the scanner bed.
Quilts that express a highly personal creative vision, quilts that make a political statement, quilts that will amuse, inspire, even astonish – readers will find all these in this collection. Innovative Fabric Imagery for Quilts offers a stunning and inspiring gallery of more than 40 innovative fabric imagery quilts. If they are quilters and need something to get them off their bums and buy a three-in-one printer or a digital camera (you know you need to), this may be just the ticket. And the getting-started chapter is perfect for beginners.
Home & Garden / Home Design / Remodeling & Renovation
New Rooms for Old Houses: Beautiful
Additions for the Traditional Home (National
Trust for Historic Preservation) by Frank Shirley (
Who doesn't love an old house?
The most popular American house styles today are still the
classics from yesterday –
Frank Shirley, respected old-house architect, shows how it should
be done. Shirley understands that adding on is about creating a
classic home that reflects contemporary lifestyles. He has had a
hand in nearly two decades’ worth of old-house projects, so he knows
the right and wrong way to expand any classic American home.
According to Shirley, who owns an architectural firm in
Shirley loves old houses, and by that he means houses from what he considers the golden era of American residential architecture, 1740 to 1940. As he explains, "If I create an addition for your home and the result is a close marriage of the old and new spaces, the result will be a revitalized residence that remains perfectly composed and blended with its environment."
Walking readers through his design cornerstones, Shirley leads readers on a house tour through the golden age of American architecture. With over 300 photos, both before and after shots, and architectural drawings, the tips, techniques and materials presented in the book are the culmination of the author's vast experience. Insights are also drawn from the top architects and passionate homeowners included in New Rooms for Old Houses who have taken on the difficult but rewarding task of updating their homes for future generations.
Shirley has developed an approach using the guiding principle of ‘harmony’, that anything added must be in consonance with the whole house; he has made the process of building an addition into an art form. Harmony involves not only appearance, but also function. When Shirley designs an addition, he creates a floor plan for his clients to consider how the new house will be lived in – how people will move about the whole space and how the rooms are most likely to be used. Using the guiding principle of ‘harmony,’ Shirley walks readers through the four cornerstones of design: balance, public and private areas, the careful use of transitions, and the choice of appropriate materials.
Throughout New Rooms for Old Houses, Shirley applies these concepts to additions on houses of many design periods using examples from across the country. Home locations include Alexandria, VA; Bethesda, MD; Bronxville, NY; Cape Cod, MA; Chestnut Hill, MA; Hingham, MA; Irvington, NY; Lincoln, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Marblehead, MA; Marshalton, PA; New Canaan, CT; Newbury, MA; Oley, PA; San Francisco, CA; Sausalito, CA; and Washington, DC.
New Rooms for Old Houses is a comforting companion for anyone undertaking the delicate challenge of extending the life of an old house for modern living. – Russell Versaci, author of Creating the New Old House
Shirley carefully unpacks the mysteries of what makes for a `just
expansion of an old house. – Bruce Irving, renovation consultant and former executive producer of ‘This Old House’
New Rooms for Old Houses is a fascinating tour through the golden age of architecture. Through words and pictures, Shirley shows how to enlarge a historical home without sacrificing the charm and character of the original structure. With plentiful full-color photos, this beautiful design guide is an essential resource for anyone who loves classic American houses. Too bad: it appears he’s never worked in the South – we have some beautiful old houses down here too!
Literature & Fiction
Grub: A Novel by Elise Blackwell (The Toby Press)
A long overdue retelling of
Eddie Renfros, on the brink of failure after his critically
acclaimed first book, wants only to publish another novel and hang
on to his beautiful wife, ambitious Amanda, who has a talent for
self-promotion, is tired of supporting Eddie and has a bit of a
roving eye. Among their circle are writers of every stripe are the
Machiavellian hustler Jackson Miller and the ‘experimental writer’
Henry Baffler, the poverty stricken ascetic, who lives in squalor
while seeking the perfect sentence. Then there is sweet Margot
Yarborough, a true talent, the daughter of an aging, cruel, once
famous literary critic, painstakingly making her way through a novel
about lepers in
Amid an assortment of scheming agents, editors, and hangers-on, in Grub each writer must negotiate the competing demands of success and integrity, while grappling with inner demons and the stabs of professional and personal jealousy. The question that nags at them is this: What is it to write a novel in the twenty-first century?
Three no-longer-so-young irony boys and their put-upon wives and
girlfriends write, drink, pace the streets of contemporary New York
City and occasionally manage to publish a novel or two in this
biting remake of George Gissing's 1891 novel New Grub Street. … The
milieu is familiar; the characters' grasping behaviors blur and
strain credibility. Caricature, however, is the point here:
Blackwell nails the contemporary forms taken by some very old
ambitions. – Publishers Weekly
… Here she skewers the publishing world with an insider's perspective. … A cautionary tale for aspiring writers. – Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist
A fizzy contemporary-Manhattan retelling of
Grub is a mordantly witty, thoroughly stimulating, absolutely wonderful, satire of the
The pressures of and on 21st-century literary creativity ... are portrayed with biting and often gleefully hilarious truth. – Library Journal (starred review)
What does it take to become a celebrity novelist is the question Elise Blackwell answers in Grub. – Sydney Morning Herald
Elise Blackwell moves into the front rank of American satirists. ... an uproarious lampoon of the American drive for success. –
Grub strikes hard at writers, readers and
publishers. Engaging, compassionate and pointedly funny, the book
reveals what the publishing industry does to writers – and what
writers do to themselves and each other – for the sake of art and in
pursuit of celebrity.
Literature & Fiction
A Pigeon and a Boy: A Novel by Meir Shalev, translated from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg (Schocken Books)
Shalev creates a world that has the richness of invention and obsessiveness of dreams. He delivers both startling imagery and passionate, original characters whose destinies we follow through love, loss, laughter, and death. – The New York Times Book Review
From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev
A Pigeon and a Boy, a novel of two love stories,
separated by half a century but connected by one act of devotion.
During the 1948 War of Independence – a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages – a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible.
Inside the pigeon's message holder lay the Baby's final love
letter and, what Yair does not yet know or understand, the key to
his own conception and birth. In uncovering this story, Yair begins
a journey into his family's complicated legacies and his own
uncertain future with the women he loves.
Meir Shalev (1948- ) was born on Nahalal, Israel’s first moshav, and is one of Israel’s most celebrated novelists. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages and have been best sellers in
The translator of the work, Evan Fallenberg, who translates fiction by well-known and upcoming Israeli writers, teaches creative writing at
In this stunning tale, Shalev masterfully interweaves two
remarkable personal stories. … This gem of a story about the power
of love, which won
An excellent book [that] touches and breaks your heart and leaves you deep in thought about what was and what could have been. – Hatzofeh (Tel Aviv)
Magical realism works beautifully in this powerfully suffused novel of love, loss and the need for home. Highly recommended. – Library Journal
A captivating and moving story....Not only are [Shalev's]
characters rich but his writing is powerful. Through his words he
expands the reader's imagination and succeeds in disconnecting one
from the present to enter a different reality altogether.
A romantic lush story of
A wonderfully told story. – Toby Cox, Three Lives
This is a war novel on the epic order of, say, Dr. Zhivago: the dust rises off the pages, and the pigeons that are so essential to the plot become true characters in their birdliness (which appears next to Godliness in this novel). Shalev's humor easily morphs into plangent memories, which always return to the novelist's natural state of necessary ebullience. – Steven Shapiro, Rainy Day Books
A haunting and magical story about the legacies of love, Shalev's A Pigeon and a Boy interweaves a powerful love story between two pigeon handlers during the 1948 Israeli War of Independence with a contemporary love story of a middle-aged tour guide and the woman he has loved since childhood. In a voice that is at once playful, wise, and beguiling, Shalev tells this story, as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love. The story is deeply moving, rich in its setting yet universal in its meaning. It is a tale of lovers then and now – of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it.
Literature & Fiction / Drama / Anthologies
Best Black Plays: The Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting edited by Chuck Smith, with a foreword by Woodie King, Jr. (Northwestern University Press)
In 2007, when these award-winning plays reach publication – a time when the cost of everything from gas to housing to education is rising and a non-musical Broadway production hovers around $2 million, off-Broadway nearly $750,000, and regional theater upward of $150,000 – where does a black playwright go? Especially since in the aforementioned venues, cost does not always equal quality.
When we look forward into the first decade of the twenty-first century, we see the problems within the black community being solved by the people within that community, within the families of these communities. Of course the diverse voices that distinguish each playwright propose diverse solutions.
Ultimately, no matter how difficult, these playwrights are saying
we must attempt to solve our own problems. And that is what Theodore
Ward did sixty years ago; what black theater did forty years ago;
and what Chuck Smith and
Over its twenty-year history, the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting has offered a rich reflection of the accomplishments of black playwrights and their importance in shaping contemporary theater. Best Black Plays showcases three recent winners of the Theodore Ward Prize: Leslie Lee's Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things tells of the sordid shenanigans of a Depression-era burial society; Mark Clayton Southers' Ma Noah recounts a mother's heartbreaking battle to save her children's souls; and Kim Euell's The Diva Daughters DuPree shares the poignant and achingly funny reunion of three sisters after their parents' deaths. Selected for Best Black Plays by the contest facilitator, Chuck Smith, these plays, in their unique quality and subject matter, fill a need for African American plays today.
Smith is a resident director at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, where his productions have included The Story, Proof, The Death of Bessie Smith, The Gift Horse, The Amen Corner, A Raisin in the Sun, Blues for an Alabama Sky, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, A Christmas Carol, and The Meeting. Smith is also a faculty member in the theater department of Columbia College Chicago.
To get black plays to a wider audience, to expand boundaries, they must get productions or they must get published. The award-winning plays of the Theodore Ward Prize for African American Playwriting are now able to get both a production and published, thus these plays will find the exposure they need.
The compelling plays in Best Black Plays, in their distinctive quality and dynamic subject matter, answer an important demand for African American dramatic work today. Best Black Plays is the second in a series that will be published every three years. Seven Black Plays was the first. Its target audiences are African American theater students and theater professionals across the nation.
Literature & Fiction / History & Criticism / Reference / Essays
Classics for Pleasure by Michael Dirda (Harcourt)
Classics for Pleasure? To some readers this may seem an oxymoron. Aren't classics supposed to be difficult, esoteric, and a little boring?
This is the common view, even if it is largely wrong. Classics are classics not because they are educational, but because people have found them worth reading, generation after generation, century after century. More than anything else, great books speak to us of our own all-too-real feelings, confusions, and daydreams.
But Classics for Pleasure is not your father's – or your mother's – list of classics. In these essays, Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Dirda, book critic for The Washington Post, introduces nearly ninety of the world's most entertaining books. Writing with affection as well as authority, and moving along at a good clip, Dirda covers masterpieces of fantasy and science fiction, horror and adventure, as well as biography and history, poetry and children's literature. Organized thematically, these are the works that have shaped imaginations and inspired dreams and adventures. Here are Sappho's yearnings and the Arthurian romances, the exploits of Sherlock Holmes and the ghost stories of M. R. James, classic fairy tales and the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer.
In Classics for Pleasure Dirda sums up the complete works of Christopher Marlowe in five eventful pages and makes Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire sound so essential over the course of three pages that one forgets it would take the better part of a year to actually read. He arranges his selections into nontraditional categories, from ‘Playful Imagination’ to ‘Heroes of Their Time’. The collection covers, among others, Sappho, Anna Akhmatova, Lao-Tzu, Edward Gorey, Beowulf, Mary Shelley, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Bram Stoker, Daniel Defoe, Jules Verne, Isak Dinesen, Elizabeth Gaskell Willa Cather, Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Ezra Pound, and Philip K. Dick.
Dirda approaches each of his titles primarily as a passionate reader rather than as a critic or scholar. He points us to new authors, less familiar classics, and major genre titles too often excluded from the canon.
Each week, Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Dirda answers readers' questions on all matters related to books in his online column for the Washington Post, ‘Dirda on Books.’ He enthusiastically guides readers on topics that include new novels, neglected classics, door stoppers of biographies, fantasy, science fiction, thrillers, poetry, the occasional children's book, and pretty much anything in the category of ‘arts and letters.’
In this casually brilliant collection of great book
recommendations …Dirda is a charming and exceedingly well-read host,
erudite without slipping into pretension. He is more generous and
less canonical than Harold Bloom, to whose work Dirda owes a debt in
style and substance. The book creates a pleasurable but somewhat
maddening sensation in the committed reader, who will be tempted to
read most of Dirda's selections based on his brief summations. …
Dirda's greatest accomplishment, however, is rescuing many formerly
illustrious masters from the dustbin of our culture's pitifully
short memory: James Agee, G.K. Chesterton and Ernst Junger are just
three who benefit from their inclusion in this indispensable volume.
– Publishers Weekly (starred review)
… It is Dirda's conviction that "great books speak to us of our own very real feelings and failings, of our all-too-human daydreams and confusions," and to broadcast that sentiment widely, he supplies energetic, even exciting, 3-page essays on approximately 90 authors. … Provides true inspiration to shut off HBO and start reading. – Brad Hooper, Booklist
Michael Dirda's honest and careful perceptions have been crafted for people who read. He has the wonderful ability to make us feel as intelligent as he is. – Guy Davenport
This book is full of short, sharp loving shocks of appreciation, cunningly arranged in sequences we would have never dreamed up – I doubt George Meredith, C. P. Cavafy, Georgette Heyer, and Anna Akhmatova have ever been juxtaposed before – but which add up to a vision far greater than the sum of its parts. – John Clute
It's hard to think of another writer who loves books so passionately, who has such broad tastes and impeccably high standards - and who writes about literature with such intelligence, generosity and enthusiasm. Michael Dirda is a cultural treasure. – Francine Prose
A superb literary essayist. – Harold Bloom
Michael Dirda may be as close to the ideal critic as we are likely to get. Widely read, intelligent, imaginative, himself a good writerly hand at lucid prose, a champion of books. – Annie Proulx
Whether writing about Petronius or S. J. Perelman, H. P. Lovecraft or the Icelandic sagas, Dirda makes literature come alive. Full of surprises and wit, Classics for Pleasure is a perfect companion for any reading group or lover of books.
Mysteries & Thrillers
Blonde Faith by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown and Company)
Praise for prize-winning Walter Mosley’s work includes:
Blonde Faith, Easy Rawlins,
The love of his life Bonnie tells him she is marrying another man. His closest friend Mouse, has disappeared too – and Mouse's wife tells Easy that he is wanted for murder. Mouse has been a thorn in the police's side for so long that Easy is convinced that this time they will kill him as soon as they find him.
Easy knows he had better find Christmas before those who want to
destroy him do. As he's searching for a clue to Christmas's
whereabouts, two suspicious MPs hire him to find him on behalf of
the U.S. Army. Easy's investigation brings him to Faith Laneer, a
blonde woman with a dark past who might hold the key to more than
one life. As Easy begins to put the pieces together, he realizes
that Black's disappearance has its roots in
In Blonde Faith Easy strikes out on his own to try to find one friend, save another, and save himself from the pain that is driving him out of his mind. On his path he meets drug dealers, corrupt officials, every manner of criminal and con.
Set in 1967, Mosley's brilliant 10th Easy Rawlins thriller finds
the middle-aged Easy still fighting some of the same battles he
fought in his first outing, Devil in a Blue Dress (1990), as an
angry young WWII vet trying to make his home in postwar Los Angeles.
His family has grown from none to many over the years, and now Easy
is dealing with the loss of the love of his life, Bonnie, and his
decision to make her leave him. Despite Easy's vulnerability and
anguish, he's a staunch friend and a fierce protector of those he
loves. …Mosley knows his territory as intimately as a lover knows
his beloved, and Easy's tortuous progression from man-child to man
may have reached its climax in this searing and moving novel. –
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Mosley, a smart and daring writer, has tried his hand at everything from political essays to erotica, but his most anticipated books are those featuring the sleuth that made him famous: Easy Rawlins. In the tenth series installment, it's 1967 and Easy is emotionally on edge after learning that his true love, Bonnie Shay, plans to marry an African prince. …Easy's need to reconcile his role in his relationship's end seems to trump even mayhem and murder. One of the remarkable traits of this series has been its portrayal of the sleuth not as a loner but as a man intricately connected with family and community. For Easy, who ages and changes with each book, the past is always present. …Here it's
In his tenth Easy Rawlins novel, Mosley, one of the finest writers in the genre, writes with a grace and insight that few writers ever achieve. Blonde Faith is another chance to be a while with Easy and to return to the 60s in the color of blue; which is to say, reading an Easy Rawlins novel is a little like listening to Billie Holiday sing a song… slightly different time period, but still….
Mysteries & Thrillers
Life Blood by Penny Rudolph (Poisoned Pen Press)
Children don't just disappear....
Life Blood, Rachel Chavez, a recovering alcoholic,
owns and lives in an apartment on the top floor of her parking
garage business in downtown
Horrified when she discovers two unconscious young Mexican boys
locked in an apparently abandoned van in the garage, she rushes them
to the emergency room at the nearby hospital. Doctors declare one
dead on arrival. The other, dehydrated but alive, is admitted to the
hospital. But when Rachel checks back the next day, the
What could these boys possess worth killing for? And just who is trying to keep Rachel from discovering the truth?
Meanwhile a major client for parking spaces pulls out and the hospital steps in, asking also for use of the helipad on the roof. When someone plants oxycontin on her and the cops step in, Rachel gains a double stake in the game – but what game?
Wary of the police because of her own checkered past, Rachel's determination to find an explanation becomes an obsession that meshes with a search for her own Mexican roots. It also creates a problem in her relationship with her fiancé, Hank, a workaholic water quality engineer, who wants to marry her when his divorce finally comes through. Rachel, however, isn't certain marriage is for her.
In Life Blood, with the emotional support of her friends, an eclectic band of misfits and outsiders – the elderly Irene, a homeless fortuneteller (with cell phone), who baby-sits the garage; mouthy and muscular Goldie, the big-hearted leader of the late-night cleaning crew of mentally handicapped workers; and Rachel's dad Marty, a compulsive gambler – she searches for answers. Then things become very complicated. And dangerous....
[Rachel Chavez] is a refreshingly original addition to the ever growing list of female sleuths. – Booklist
Likable Rachel Chavez, a recovering alcoholic who lives above the parking garage she owns in downtown LA., displays curiosity, grit and stamina.... – Publishers Weekly
A quality follow-up to Rachel's first adventure (Thicker Than Blood, 2005). – Kirkus Reviews
… solidly drawn characters always ready with advice and more
substantive assistance – Publishers Weekly
Things are looking up for recovering alcoholic Rachel Chavez. The pretty Angeleno has a steady boyfriend and a steady job managing a downtown parking garage. … her heroine … is a refreshingly original addition to the ever-growing list of female sleuths. – Allison Block, Booklist
Life Blood, written by Penny Rudolph, who has
worked as a bartender, truck driver, chili picker, science writer,
medical writer, and teacher of high school and college English,
creative writing, and journalism, is the sequel to Thicker Than
Blood, a novel The Chicago Tribune claims "gets it all right: the
daily dirty work of running a small garage, the conflicting emotions
of a woman trying to stay afloat and alive, the mixed motives of
everyone from activists to bureaucrats." Rudolph won the 2003 EPPIE
Award for Listen to the Mockingbird, a historical mystery/thriller
Rachel is an original in the pantheon of female sleuths. And in Life Blood Rudolph has given Rachel two sidekicks (Irene and Goldie) readers will not be able to resist.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Thrillers
The Pandora Prescription by James
What if conspiracy theory became conspiracy fact?
What if the biggest medical cover-up in history was still a secret?
What if that cover-up was linked to the most famous assassination conspiracy in the 20th century?
How do you expose the truth when everyone’s a conspirator?
Are YOU unknowingly part of the conspiracy?
FACT: In the late seventies, a splinter group of doctors secretly formed a resistance movement deep in the heart of the medical establishment. They called themselves The Second Opinion Underground. – from the book
According to James Sheridan in
The Pandora Prescription, the pharmaceutical giants
have a big skeleton in their closet and will fight tooth and nail to
keep it there. In this novel, the fictional author is Dan Travis,
notorious unsolved mystery specialist, and he is on another book
tour when a cryptic message from a desperate stranger blows his life
apart. He is sucked into a silent war which hinges on an
incriminating data file. Finding it is Travis's only hope for
surviving a deadly chase across
The key lies within the secret underground of doctors sworn to an ancient oath.
The facts behind the fiction create a rollercoaster, page-turning
thriller. Highly recommended. –
I could not put it down. Behind this breakneck-speed story lies a
sobering message for us all. – Jonathan Javitt, M.D., adjunct
professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Just when I thought I was ahead of him, Sheridan expertly yanked another rug. Shocks, re-shocks and goosebumps! The Pandora Prescription is a big winner. – Thomas B. Sawyer, award winning screenwriter and bestselling author, The Sixteenth Man
To the best of our knowledge, we have never known of a petition signed by thousands of people to ensure a book would not be banned. – American Library Association
The book is unusual in that it is a fast paced thriller based on facts and a plausible conspiracy theory. The plot of The Pandora Prescription hinges on a key factual link between a laetrile cover-up and the JFK assassination, and the facts are certainly compelling. Readers will have to draw their own conclusions. And it is enthralling as a fictional story, though a little unsettling. Certainly makes one wonder.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Suspense
Stone Cold by David Baldacci
(Grand Central Publishing)
The #1 bestselling author of The Collectors and Simple Genius returns with Stone Cold, a novel of revenge, conspiracy, and murder that brings a band of unlikely heroes face-to-face with their greatest threat. With his books published in more than 40 languages in more than 80 countries, and with nearly 55 million copies in print globally, David Baldacci, author of thirteen previous consecutive New York Times bestsellers, is one of the world's most popular novelists.
Stone Cold Oliver Stone, the leader of the
mysterious group that calls itself the Camel Club, is both feared
and respected by those who have crossed his path. Keeping a vigilant
watch over our leaders in
The modern-day paladins of the Camel Club are back in their third exciting adventure (after 2006's The Collectors). Justice-seekers Milton, Caleb, Reuben and honorary member Alex Ford, a Secret Service agent, are led by feisty Oliver Stone, aka former CIA assassin John Carr. … Gripping, chilling and full of surprises, Baldacci's latest reveals the anarchy that lurks under the slick facade of corrupted governments. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With unrelenting pacing, stunning reversals, and two of the most compelling characters in modern fiction, Stone Cold is Baldacci writing at his best. As this dangerous adventure rockets toward a shattering finale, it will leave readers of this unforgettable tale changed forever.
Parenting & Families / Special Needs / Biographies & Memoirs / Social Sciences
Spelling Love with an X: A Mother, a Son, and the Gene That Binds Them by Clare Dunsford (Beacon Press)
Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited cause of mental
retardation, affects the lives of over a million people in the
Spelling Love with an X is a medical memoir and poetic meditation on raising a child with this genetic disorder. Clare Dunsford is the mother of a twenty-one-year-old son with Fragile X. When her son was first diagnosed, at age seven, Dunsford received the devastating news that she and three of her four siblings carry the Fragile X premutation and had therefore unknowingly passed on the full mutation to several of their children. An English professor by training, Dunsford draws on classic poetry to explore her new identity as a genetically ‘flawed’ individual and reflect on her life with her son, J.P., a colorful young man with great verbal dexterity and a lovably cheeky streak. "My instinct to find order and consolation in literature," she writes, "lends a distinct voice to the story of my family's DNA."
Spelling Love with an X, Dunsford, associate dean
Dunsford examines not only the implications of fragile X, but also the countless struggles and obstacles faced by the parents of children with retardation. Her description of J.P.'s excessive energy and hyperactivity is not an embellishment; his sensitivity to everyday stimuli is disquieting. "In fragile X, there is too much," writes Dunsford, "too much of a stretch of DNA, too much sensitivity to the world, too much activity, too much fear, the body surging with too much adrenaline. It is a mutation of excess, leading to behaviors that go beyond what society finds acceptable." Yet, J.P. also exudes a disarming charisma and intelligence, and wields poetic language and a verbal dexterity not uncommon in those with fragile X. "Metaphor is J.P.'s forte," Dunsford observes. "The moon is a cinnamon cookie, J.P. declared one crisp autumn night at age eight. The summer he attended a special school for children more severely affected by their disabilities than he is, he struggled with his self-image and seemed anguished that his parents thought he belonged there. The other kids, he wailed, were ‘diaper-wipes’! Recently, when I asked why he had put mayonnaise on his peanut butter sandwich, he answered happily, `See, it looks like snow!'"
Ultimately, Dunsford paints a powerful portrait of a common but little understood genetic disorder, shot through with the realization that her son's hardships come from her own genetic defect. While acknowledging the power of scientific discovery to predict our medical futures, she reminds us that such discoveries can take us to unexpected places. The courage that she has found within herself, she notes, has come from observing the determined, spirited, and brave life of her son. "Nothing moves me more than J.P.'s everyday heroism," she writes. "Each day that goes by, he takes back a little more of the world that we take for granted, and though he will always face a greater challenge than most of his peers, he celebrates victory after victory."
Unlike autism or Down syndrome, fragile X does not strike like a bolt of lightning, leaving its mark on just one person; it spreads through-out a family like a tidal wave. When a child is diagnosed with fragile X, a mother faces the devastating fact that she carries the premutation and has unwittingly passed on the condition. When Dunsford first shared the news about J.P., three of her siblings soon found that they carried the premutation as well, so three of J.P.'s cousins also live with the cognitive and social challenges of fragile X. Such a family must, Dunsford writes in her gripping account, ‘reexamine its past and reassess its future.’
Part poetry, part scientific inquiry, this wonderful memoir is,
above all, the story of being complexly human in a world filled with
fragility and strength, shadow and light. Clare Dunsford navigates
the X that has mapped her own and her son's paths with humor,
honesty, and clear-sighted intelligence – and in prose that sings. –
Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief and Awake
Clare Dunsford does much more than inform us concerning a disorder we know too little about. Through a prose both lucid and beautiful, she is able to communicate the strangeness, even the poetry, of fragile X. – Clara Claiborne Park, author of The Siege: A Family's Journey into the World of an Autistic Child and Exiting Nirvana: A Daughter's Life with Autism
Spelling Love with an X is a beautifully written journey of a woman toward understanding – of herself, her son, and the twists of fate and DNA that bind them and all of us. Clare Dunsford's powerful and moving memoir is rich with humor, poetry and, most of all, love. – Mitchell Zuckoff, author of Choosing Naia: A Family's Journey
Spelling Love with an X is the first personal memoir about living with fragile X and a reflection on the fragility of human identity in the age of the gene. Brimming with warmth and intelligence, the book shares the disarming insights of a compassionate scholar on motherhood, literature, and genetic inheritance. Eloquent and intimate, Spelling Love with an X tells the story of a boy who is proud to be ‘just who I am.’
Political Science /
The Guantánamo Files: The Stories
of the 759 Detainees in
But that I am forbid
To tell the secrets of my prison-house,
I could a tale unfold whose lightest word
Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood ... William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5
Who are the men imprisoned in
Based on the Pentagon's own documents,
The Guantánamo Files brings the stories of
Guantanamo’s prisoners to the world for the first time. As explained
by Andy Worthington in the book, it would not have been possible
without the efforts of those at the Associated Press, the American
Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights to
The Guantánamo Files tells how, on
Until recently says
As the administration fashioned Guantanamo into what Lord Steyn, a British law lord, described as a ‘legal black hole,’ – those in overall charge of the prison – President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld – maintained such a strict veil of secrecy that for four years they refused even to reveal the names of the prisoners. Although some reporters – in particular, teams at the Washington Post and the British-based website CagePrisoners, run by Muslim volunteers – built up partial lists of the prisoners, and a number of shocking stories were told by some of the 260 prisoners who were released during this period, it was not possible to provide a comprehensive overview of the prisoners and their stories until spring 2006, when, in response to Freedom of Information legislation filed by the Associated Press, the Pentagon was forced to reveal the names and nationalities of all the prisoners held in Guantanamo, as well as 7,000 pages of transcripts of tribunals convened by the authorities to assess their status as ‘enemy combatants.’
The tribunal process was, according to
Beginning with the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the chapters in the book explain in detail, the genesis of the prison, its counterparts in Afghanistan, its development from 2002 to the present, its role as a prison devoted to interrogation and torture, the legal challenges that have been launched against the administration, and the network of secret prisons that underpins Guantanamo's brutal illegality. More importantly, they also tell the stories of the prisoners themselves, allowing them to explain who they are and where and when they were captured. In contrast to the administration's claims that the Guantanamo prisoners are the ‘worst of the worst,’ what the stories reveal – filtered through the abuse to which they have been subjected – is that few of them had anything to do with 9/11 or al-Qaeda, and the vast majority were either Taliban foot soldiers, recruited to fight an inter-Muslim civil war in Afghanistan that began long before 9/11, or humanitarian aid workers, religious teachers and economic migrants, who were, for the most part, sold to the Americans by their allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Worthington concludes that those in charge of America's ‘War on Terror’ have been responsible for the failure of justice chronicled in The Guantánamo Files, which on every front – from Guantanamo, Afghanistan and Iraq to the Military Commissions and the still-unknown ‘ghost’ prisoners subjected to ‘extraordinary rendition’ – will haunt successive administrations for years to come.
Extraordinary rendition, false imprisonment, inhumane treatment –
including torture and death in secretive detention sites – has
forever destroyed the lives of hundreds of men, of whom I was one.
This book is the first of its kind to collate accounts from the
prisoners themselves. – Moazzam Begg, former
A meticulous [book] about torture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. [Written] with poignancy, compassion and outrage. – Marty Fisher, Co-Producer of the film Taxi to the Dark Side
Stunning ... [
Guantánamo Files is] an important tool for coming to
grips with how we as a nation allowed indefinite detention without
charge, extraordinary rendition and torture to become national
policies. – Candace Gorman, lawyer for two
An important book. If you care about our government's complicity in these illegal acts then this book provides the evidence. Carefully researched, it reveals a story of appalling brutality. – Ken Loach
This passionate and brilliantly detailed book brings to light the
Political Science / Politics /
The Conscience of a Liberal by Paul Krugman (W.W. Norton)
My generation grew up in a nation of strong democratic values
and broadly shared prosperity. But both those values and that shared
prosperity hare been slipping away. We can reverse that trend.
Political and economic reform turned the oligarchic
The Conscience of a Liberal, The New York Times
columnist and best-selling author, Paul Krugman challenges
Krugman, ‘the heir apparent to Galbraith’ (Alan Blinder) and, today's most widely read economist, studies the past eighty years of American history, from the reforms that tamed the harsh inequality of the Gilded Age to the unraveling of that achievement and the reemergence of immense economic and political inequality since the 1970s. Seeking to understand both what happened to middle-class America and what it will take to achieve a ‘new New Deal,’ Krugman creates a work that weaves together a nuanced account of three generations of history with sharp political, social, and economic analysis.
According to Krugman,
Now, the tide may be turning – and in
The Conscience of a Liberal Krugman charts the way
to reform. Krugman ranges over a century of history, from the
political economy of the Gilded Age to the calamities of the Bush
years, which he argues were inevitable once movement conservatives
gained full control of the
The Conscience of a Liberal also outlines a program for change, demonstrating universal health care can be the centerpiece of a new New Deal, just as Social Security was the core of the original. Krugman explains what can be done to narrow the wealth and income gap and shows how a new political coalition can both support and be supported by reform, making society not just more equal but more democratic.
Economist and New York Times columnist Krugman's stimulating manifesto aims to galvanize today's progressives the way Barry Goldwater's The Conscience of a Conservative did right-wingers in 1964. Krugman's great theme is economic equality and the liberal politics that support it. … By strengthening labor unions and taxing the rich to fund redistributive programs like Social Security and Medicare, the New Deal consensus narrowed the income gap, lifted the working class out of poverty and made the economy boom. Things went awry, Krugman contends, with the Republican Party's takeover by movement conservatism, practicing a politics of deception [and] distraction to advance the interests of the wealthy. Conservative initiatives to cut taxes for the rich, dismantle social programs and demolish unions, he argues, have led to sharply rising inequality, with the incomes of the wealthiest soaring while those of most workers stagnate. Krugman's accessible, stylishly presented argument deftly combines economic data with social and political analysis; his account of the racial politics driving conservative successes is especially sharp. The result is a compelling historical defense of liberalism and a clarion call for Americans to retake control of their economic destiny. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Conscience of a Liberal by the best-selling
author of The Great Unraveling challenges
Politics / Violence / Transportation / Aviation / Engineering
Aviation Terrorism and Security edited by Paul Wilkinson & Brian M. Jenkins (Cass Series on Political Violence Series: Frank Cass)
The recent conviction of Ramzi Ahmed Yousef for plotting what
prosecutors called ‘48 hours of terror in the sky’ by conspiring to
bomb a dozen US airliners, the increasing number of man-portable SAM
attacks on aircraft, and the recent crash of a hijacked Ethiopian
airliner off the Comoro Islands causing 127 deaths show that
aviation confronts a wide range of security threats.
The book is edited by Paul Wilkinson, Professor of International Relations and Chairman of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St Andrews, Scotland and joint editor of the journal Terrorism and Political Violence; and Brian M. Jenkins former head of RAIVD's terrorism research program before moving to Kroll Associates. The contributors examine threats and vulnerabilities in the light of recent developments in aviation security and consider the prospects for strengthening the response at national and international levels. The aims of Aviation Terrorism and Security are: first, to assess the changing terrorist threat to the security of civil aviation, including newly emerging threats; second, to review the effectiveness of some of the major policies and measures introduced at national and international levels to protect civil aviation; and third, to consider the merits of new or hitherto neglected approaches to preventing and combating aviation terrorism.
A key advantage shared by the contributors to Aviation Terrorism and Security is that in addition to their expertise in aviation terrorism and security they have a wide knowledge and understanding of the post-Cold War strategic environment and patterns of conflict. This provides the context for analyzing not only the ever-changing phenomena of international and domestic terrorism worldwide, but also for interpreting the significant developments in aviation terrorism that are in large part shaped by these factors.
Ariel Merari's opening essay provides an in-depth statistical
analysis of aviation terrorism trends since the upsurge of modern
international terrorism in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Merari’s
analysis shows that the terrorist hijacker had an 85 percent chance
of success in actually seizing control of an airliner. Still, in
reality, airlines are an extremely safe means of transport. The
industry has every reason to be apprehensive about the effects of
any future major conflict in the
The essays by Peter St John and Brian Jenkins provide evidence on the lack of foresight displayed by the security authorities when they were faced by the first wave of hijacks for political extortion and the first sabotage bombings of airliners respectively. It is true that aviation security systems did adapt rapidly to the threat from the wave of hijackings in the early 1970s, but they have been much slower in their response to the threat of sabotage bombing. Far too many airports still lack the enhanced x-ray machines capable of reliably detecting explosives, and many are still failing to operate an effective and comprehensive system of positive baggage reconciliation, the linchpin of good security against the sabotage bomb.
In his examination of the development of the hijacking tactic by
In his review of aircraft sabotage, Jenkins reminds readers that the sabotage of passenger aircraft is one of the deadliest threats posed by contemporary terrorists. He records that since 1969 there have been more than 70 known attempts to plant bombs on board airliners, and these have caused 15 crashes in which 1,732 people have died. He points out that the terrorists' shift of emphasis from hijacking to sabotage bombing of airliners reflects a well-established terrorist trend ‘toward large-scale indiscriminate violence’, also mirrored, for example, in the tactic of using huge truck bombs in city centers.
Newer and emerging threats to aviation security are not overlooked in Aviation Terrorism and Security. Bruce Hoffman analyses the potential threat to air cargo integrators and concludes that while it cannot be entirely discounted, terrorists have not attacked air cargo integrators because they lack identification, are considerably less well-known than commercial air passenger carriers, do not carry passengers, and thus do not have the same and publicity value as established passenger carriers.
In his review of the missile threat to civil aircraft Marvin B. Schaffer provides a balanced assessment of the threat, drawing attention to the proliferation of man-portable missiles and the increasing probability of terrorist groups not only acquiring some of these weapons but most probably also using them against civilian aircraft. He therefore argues that it is now in the public interest to develop a program to develop equipment to negate the threat of man-portable missiles and to stockpile it without waiting for a new catastrophic event to occur.
In his essay, in addition to arguing the case for substantially strengthening the international civil aviation system against terrorism, Paul Wilkinson also considers some of the ominous possibilities of terrorists using chemical, biological or radiological weapons or cyber war against civil aviation. A key lesson that governments and the aviation security industry should have learned from Lockerbie is that we must never again allow our security to lag behind the tactics and weapons of the terrorists. His observation leads logically in the second part of Aviation Terrorism and Security, which is concerned primarily with problems of international and national responses to the challenges of aviation terrorism.
Rodney Wallis contributes a thought-provoking review of the role of the international organizations – ICAO, IATA, ECAC and ACI – in enhancing aviation security. Drawing upon his experience as director of security of IATA, he shows how all the major international aviation organizations ‘working in partnership’ have developed international conventions, standards, procedures and practices which all play a vital part in the strengthening of the global aviation security regime, despite the formidable obstacles inherent in the nature of modern international relations.
Brian Jenkins' second essay casts a critical though constructive
eye over aviation security in the
As the publication of
Aviation Terrorism and Security of aviation
terrorism and security has been timed to coincide with the tenth
anniversary of the Lockerbie bombing, it is appropriate that the
volume contains an article by Dr Jim Swire on behalf of UK Families
Flight 103. Swire has been the tireless leader of the
However, the major emphasis of the contributors to Aviation Terrorism and Security is on reassessing the terrorist threat to civil aviation and reviewing the implications for aviation security policy, measures and procedures. The challenge discussed in this volume is how to improve not only national airport and airline security systems, but how to ensure that all airline passengers and crew, regardless of their countries of origin and their destination, can enjoy the highest standards of international aviation security, matching the best practice in the major aviation countries.
The opening essay provides a fascinating statistical analysis of aviation terrorism trends. Other essays provide ample evidence of the lack of foresight of security authorities. Aviation Terrorism and Security is of relevance not only to security and academic specialists but also to the international civil aviation community and national policy-makers. The book, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the Lockerbie bombing, is both illuminating and thought-provoking. The battle to protect civil aviation passengers and crew can only be won if the law-abiding members of the international community combine their efforts to tackle international terrorism. Our freedom of the airways is ultimately dependent on our ability to preserve the freedom of society as a whole.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology / History
From the Margins: A Celebration
of the Theological Work of Donald W. Dayton edited by Christian
T. Collins Winn (
Donald Dayton's writings on the history of American evangelicalism combine impressive learning with a passion for the relevance of scholarship. His challenging interpretations have helped many others of us to rethink things from fresh perspectives. – George Marsden, author of many books including Fundamentalism and American Culture
Recognized as a leading interpreter of major movements in
American Christianity such as Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, and
the Holiness movement, Donald W. Dayton has produced a body of work
spanning four decades and diverse areas of inquiry. In
From the Margins, friends and colleagues respond to
major essays by
From the Margins includes a number of previously unpublished materials:
The book also includes these previously published essays:
Edited by Christian T. Collins Winn, Assistant Professor of
Historical and Systematic Theology at
According to Winn in
From the Margins, for well over thirty-five years
A number of key events in his life were decisive in shaping
Another lifelong interest of
Winn recounts these experiences in particular because they
illustrate that many of the historical and theological questions
that have come to occupy
According to Winn, mapping the key themes in
(1) Phenomenological Analysis: From his initial attempts to
recover the progressive origins of nineteenth-century
evangelicalism, to his later account of Pentecostalism,
To understand the later history means to discern and clarify the
ways in which the history of a movement has either distorted the
original theo-logic of the movement, or have further developed it,
or both. How does a movement begin with certain theological
assumptions and later come to hold others? To unravel that puzzle is
the goal of much of
(2) A Theologically Informed Hermeneutic of Suspicion: Much of Dayton's historical and theological analysis begins with the important question: "who is telling the story and why are they telling it the way they are telling it?" He questions the way that phenomena are described because the ways in which we describe certain phenomena are often over-determined by other commitments, whether conscious or unconscious, and these influences tend to distort the reality that we are trying to describe.
(3) The ‘Embourgeoisement’ Thesis as Liberation Theology: The
third key element according to Winn in
From the Margins refers to the interconnection of
the theological and the sociological that is embodied in
(4) The Constitutive Relation of Theology and Ethics: Theology
and ethics are simultaneous and mutually constitutive for a proper
and balanced knowledge of God. It is this conviction that unites
many of the key sources that
(5) A Theologian of Hope? Winn raises the question of whether or
Winn organizes the chapters in the book according to broad
headings of areas of research that
The essays in
From the Margins highlight the breadth of
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology
The Laughter of the Oppressed: Ethical and
Theological Resistance in Wiesel, Morrison, and
Endo by Jacqueline A. Bussie (T & T Clark, International)
The Laughter of the Oppressed tackles the heretofore unanswered questions: What is the theological and ethical significance of the laughter of the oppressed? And what does it mean to laugh at the horrible – to laugh while one suffers? The majority of ethical philosophical theory and western theology (e.g. Augustine, St. John Chrysostom, Oecolampadius, and Reinhold Niebuhr) maintains that laughter is nihilistic and irresponsible, especially if occurring within tragic circumstance.
However, Jacqueline A. Bussie, Assistant Professor of Religion at
The Laughter of the Oppressed concludes that laughter functions as invaluable ethical and theological mode of resistance in the face of radically negating oppression negativity that has ruptured both language and traditional belief. The laughter of the oppressed not only interrupts the banality of evil and the dualism of faith and doubt, but also deconstructs the dominant consciousness. Such laughter challenges theology to rearticulate the relationships between God and evil, theology and theodicy, theology and language, paradox and faith, tragedy and hope, and oppression and resistance.
A study of historically silenced voices of the oppressed cannot begin with history books, ecclesial theology, academic philosophy and theory, or other hegemonic resources that have tended to exclude the voices of the marginalized. Art, on the other hand, has often creatively functioned to capture the perspectives of the marginalized when the state or other systemic powers denied such persons mainstream political voice and expression. The voice of the disempowered and marginalized is, by definition, lost to the mainstream annals of history, drowned out as it is by the transcript of ‘authoritative’ voices. Fortunately, however, some of the most acclaimed novelists of our time have recognized this scandal and undertaken the formidable task of ‘writing’ wrongs, telling untold stories, and giving voice to the voiceless in their own works of historical fiction. Ear to the ground, listening to such authors, Bussie has unearthed a ‘hidden transcript’ of laughter and resistance which has for centuries empowered ordinary persons of faith.
The Laughter of the Oppressed begins its exploration of the laughter of the oppressed through an analysis of works of literature, with the understanding that the fiction of some of the greatest authors of our day is much more than mere fantasy and fabrication. Such critical works of fiction make possible a theological rediscovery of the laughter of the disempowered by functioning as case studies and springboards for conversation with traditional history, theology, and philosophical theory. Bringing these pieces of everyday theology into dialogue with academic theology show us how academic theology and its understanding of laughter is enriched, ruptured, and reinterpreted by an engagement with everyday theology. The Laughter of the Oppressed creates a dialogue between theology and culture, and religion and literature, and reveals both to be rich dialectical engagements with surprising and revivifying ramifications.
Bussie, by focusing on the critically acclaimed and remarkably popular literary voices of Wiesel, Endo, and Morrison – all spokespersons for their respective traditions who write historical fiction exposing the depths of both oppressive experience and the life of faith, provides readers with much-needed case studies of the thought and theology(ies) of religious non-majority traditions in the face of their respective historical encounters with oppression and radical evil. All the novels are tragic in content and replete with historical verisimilitude; thus Bussie says she was shocked to discover that the characters' laughter resonates throughout the texts' pages. In short, reading Wiesel, Endo, and Morrison awakened her to a laughter to which she had always been deaf.
She notes it was not particularly reassuring to discover that she was not alone in her deafness. The virtual silence from contemporary religious and literary critics concerning the laughter in these tragic tales is so strange as to be baffling. Such silence suggests that their visceral discomfort with the conjunction of laughter and suffering continues to blindside them into an unfortunate failure to see either laughter's significance for religious thought or the ‘whole picture’ of oppression. The mocking and derisive laughter and worldviews of Nazi torturers and white slave owners, for example, are well-known, but who has contemplated the significance of the laughter of the Holocaust victim or slave? Who even knew that they were laughing, prior to reading Wiesel and Morrison?
As told in The Laughter of the Oppressed, Wiesel's, Endo's, and Morrison's modern novels are akin in function to Jewish midrash – that is to say, they imaginatively fill in the gaps that the traditional texts leave empty, and in so doing, become an essential part of the original text and history. In other words, these new texts complete our otherwise incomplete interpretation of history, and without them, we hear only one side of the story. In the end, these midrashic-style narratives, in dialogue with theological and ethical voices from within their traditions as well as beyond, play an invaluable role in helping readers to construct a theology of laughter that is meaningful for twenty-first-century persons of faith.
Political jokes arise in dictatorships and their laughter is
liberating oppressed and silenced people. The arrogance of power is
ridiculous because God is God. I read this fascinating study with
growing admiration. It is a masterpiece and a great contribution to
every liberating theology. – Jürgen Moltmann, Professor Emeritus of
This text is an important theological interpretation of the meaning of laughter for the oppressed. I strongly recommend it. – James H. Cone, Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Union Theological Seminary
This winner of the 2006 Trinity Prize explores with readers the liberation theology of laughter. Along the journey, readers may make the same discovery Bussie does in The Laughter of the Oppressed: listening to the laughter of the oppressed teaches us much about what it means to be human, to live and to die, to believe and to doubt, to love and to lose. Readers may also have the same important ‘aha’ experience: they may discover they have read these authors and failed to hear the laughter.
Science / Astronomy
Starfinder: The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Exploring the Night Sky by Carole Stott & DK Publishing (DK Publishing)
Each fresh pair of eyes looking at the night sky sees a confusion of stars. The myriad pinpoints of light all seem the same and together appear to form a starry sphere around Earth. This imaginary sphere is a key to finding your way around the sky. Soon, you'll discover that brighter stars make patterns, and these act as signposts. They guide us as our view of the universe changes, and they form a starry backdrop to the planets as they make their stately progress across the sky. Once recognized in this way, the universe will unfold before your eyes. – from the introduction
Whether readers are complete beginners or accomplished astronomers, Starfinder is an all-in-one guide to exploring the night sky.
Combining a guide to astronomy with a deck of cards, sky maps, and a flashlight, Starfinder explains how to navigate around the night sky, shows readers what they can expect to see, and provides the tools they need to see the constellations for themselves.
Produced in a specially designed, hard-wearing case, Starfinder is unlike rival astronomy packs, which are generally packaged in flimsy, easily damaged cardboard cases. This pack contains several tools for looking at the night sky that are designed to be used together. Here is what’s inside the case:
The planisphere is a circular map of the stars with a rotating window on top. By turning the window, it can be set to show the stars as they appear at a particular time on any chosen night of the year. As well as stars, the planisphere shows a selection of deep-sky objects, such as galaxies and nebulae. There is also a line on the planisphere to show the position of the ecliptic. The planets are always to be found close to this line – their exact positions are given in the Monthly Sky Guide in the book. The planisphere is based on local time.
Enhancing readers’ knowledge of the vast space that surrounds Earth, in Starfinder the book is packed with advice, providing a foundation for amateur astronomers of any level. Sections include:
The astronomer's dream companion, Starfinder is an informative and easy-to-follow guide to star watching. It is concise and yet complete. Practical, robust, and perfect for outdoor use, the kit contains everything readers need to observe, understand and enjoy the night sky. Used alongside the constellation cards and interactive planisphere, the book will ensure readers’ star watching is rewarding. The kit is appropriate for both adults and mature young people.
Social Sciences / Library & Information Science / Reference
Information Tomorrow: Reflections on Technology and the Future of Public and Academic Libraries edited by Rachel Singer Gordon, with a foreword by Stephen Abram (Information Today, Inc.)
It is rare for one book to cover so much of the horizon for an entire sector, but Information Tomorrow outlines so many of the major building blocks for our future. And it is written by some of the freshest and best library thinkers of our times. This is … the new breed of librarian – dare I say, Librarian 2.0?! Each chapter offers new approaches and new thinking for the exciting library world of the new Millennium.
… Creating a collection based on the theme of innovation risks two things: being too shallow or being too visionary. Either results in a nice read, but does little to point readers in the right direction with explicit advice and views you can use. You, however, are holding a book that is the culmination of a timely, brilliant concept and the hard-earned insights of its stable of contributors…. – Stephen Abram, from the foreword
In Information Tomorrow, editor Rachel Singer Gordon brings together 20 of today's top thinkers on the intersections between libraries and technology. They address various ways in which new technologies are impacting library services and share their ideas for using technology to meet patrons where they are.
Editor Gordon is Consulting Editor for Information Today, Inc., Book Publishing Division, and Webmaster for LlSjobs.com. The book's foreword and 16 chapters feature insights and opinions from these library leaders, bloggers, and futurists: Stephen Abram, Lori Bell, Steven J. Bell, John Blyberg, Robert Bocher, Daniel Chudnov, Jill Emery, Meredith G. Farkas, Megan K. Fox, Beth Gallaway, Joseph Janes, David Lee King, Jenny Levine, Tom Peters, Dorothea Salo, John D. Shank, Michael Stephens, Rhonda B. Truema, Jessamyn West, and Alane Wilson.
In the preface to Information Tomorrow, Gordon says that for the past few years she have been traveling to many countries, continents, libraries, and conferences. If there is any one theme, that she keeps hearing, it's about the struggle to discover the magic sauce that will launch the new generation of library success. Worldwide, all types of libraries and all sectors of librarianship are asking themselves the key questions: How do we best serve our users and learners? How do we stay relevant? How do we harness technology while remaining true to our traditions and values? We're all in this boat together, and all libraries will float higher as we learn from the successes in other libraries, in other sectors, by other professionals.
For the last two decades or more the profession has focused on building the technological framework and foundation for a new hybrid library – digital and print, human and objects, communities and learning. Librarians have explored new concepts and engaged in a discussion that sometimes seemed to extend to rethinking and reassessing the foundations and principles of librarianship as a field. Now the library world finds itself at another tipping point; we're moving forward beyond the technocratic focus of the past few decades to one that is primarily focused on people, end-users, and those users have changed!
Libraries find themselves in a new normal, where significant portions of user populations are moving beyond experimenting with new technologies as innovators and early adopters to integrate these into their daily lives of work, study, and play. The selection of chapters in Information Tomorrow speaks not just to the technology but also to policy and legislative shifts, as well as to the evolution that must happen in traditional institutional settings. Readers will find a guided tour through the top 16 issues facing libraries today. Recurring themes throughout the book hark to the call of Library 2.0 and its focus on user-centered change. The contributors to the book ask readers to:
Part I of Information Tomorrow, "Formats and Functions," begins with Megan K. Fox's discussion of librarians’ role in an increasingly mobile, always-on age. How do they shift services and mindsets to meet expectations of always available information, wherever and whenever users need help? Daniel Chudnov and John Blyberg extend the conversation with a respective look at open-source software and 21st-century OPACs. As each makes clear, not only do we face changing user expectations, but the approach to technology needs to draw on the foundations and principles of librarianship. When librarians treat technology as a creature separate and apart, they find themselves taken advantage of by outside forces and unable to best serve either institutions or users.
Open source can also apply to the approach to electronic publishing. As Jill Emery points out in her investigation into the issue: "We must accept that our future is driven by our users, not by our collections." Dorothea Salo next takes up the call, asking how and why libraries should shape the future of academic publishing within the larger context of the open-access movement.
Part II of Information Tomorrow, "Change and Challenges," revisits the themes of changing user expectations and meeting users where they are. Beth Gallaway kicks off this section by outlining why and how to use technology to reach out to patrons, especially teens, by implementing gaming programs and friendliness to gaming. Joseph Janes tackles the Google elephant in the room, taking a reasoned approach to what Google can do, what it can't do, and where that leaves libraries.
Michael Stephens also calls for a user-centric focus, writing about the Read/Write Web (or Web 2.0) and the ways it has changed both the online environment and expectations. When traditional barriers to content creation crumble, how do librarians need to re-envision their role? Robert Bocher continues the discussion with a look at privacy issues from both a legal and a professional perspective; talking about ways to protect patrons' electronic information and to consider privacy issues when implementing new technologies in institutions.
Beyond looking at patrons' online activities and ways to reach them via newer tools and technologies, David Lee King steps back to look at the bigger picture: doing (and redoing) Web sites with an eye to experience design and planning.
Part III of Information Tomorrow, "2.0 – and Beyond," extends the concepts in the earlier chapters, showing how librarians are beginning to blend new technological tools and a new mindset to envision the library of the future. Jenny Levine outlines the main themes of Library 2.0 and the necessity of putting the user at the heart of all services, whether physical or virtual. Rhonda B. Trueman, Tom Peters, and Lori Bell take this call to heart with their activities in Second Life Library 2.0, and discuss libraries' presence and activities in the virtual world Second Life – a proactive approach to meeting users wherever they are.
From the academic library perspective, John D. Shank and Steven J. Bell address ‘blended librarianship,’ or the intersections between academic librarianship, technology, and instructional design. Beyond a new approach to academic librarianship, blended librarianship also emphasizes collaboration and community through "The Blended Librarian Online".
Education also comes into play in decisions on how best to educate current and future librarians, and library schools would do well to pay attention to Meredith G. Farkas' plea for the integration of technology throughout LIS education.
The last couple of chapters in Information Tomorrow step back and take a broader view, recognizing that any discussion of technology and libraries boils down to a discussion of people and the way they learn, adapt, implement, and react to it. Jessamyn West explores technostress, technophobia, and techno-realism, Alane Wilson shares ways to develop foresight in our technology planning, taking the people factor, and the ways they use technology into account.
These glimpses into technology and the future of libraries begin to paint a picture of directions and possibilities. What Information Tomorrow's contributors stress throughout is the need to plan for that future in terms of themes and trends, balancing our professional foundations and principles against new possibilities and user demands.
Although each tackles one piece of the technological future, when taken as a whole, the essays in Information Tomorrow bring to light the ways in which technological and societal change interact to demand changes in the way librarians operate their institutions.
While prediction in this field can prove less than fruitful, if not embarrassing, the essays speak to trends that affect libraries' directions and decisions more than to any specific technology. The threads of interactivity, openness, and collaboration – combined with changing user expectations and technological possibilities – intertwine throughout these chapters, as each addresses one piece of the emerging technological puzzle.
Information Tomorrow is intended for systems librarians, library IT workers, library managers and administrators, and anyone working with or interested in technology in libraries.
Social Sciences / Women’s Studies / African-American Studies
Crack Cocaine and the Experience of African American Women: A Statistical Study of Positive Treatment Outcomes by Janet Okagbue-Reaves (Edwin Mellen Press)
Crack Cocaine and the Experience of African American Women analyses treatment experiences and outcomes of African-American women in substance abuse treatment for crack cocaine. It identifies factors that contribute to their successful recovery as defined by completion of treatment and substance abstinence one-year post treatment.
The book focuses on an empirical study on the drug addictions and treatments for African American women. We now know that African Americans are products of a ‘hostile environment’ which stresses negative valuation. Taking these forces into mind, Janet Okagbue-Reaves utilizes multivariate statistical analysis to discern whether treatment programs are relevant for African American women. In the end her "analysis demonstrated that all of the different types of treatment programs were significant at the .05 level except ambulatory outpatient treatment." While drawing these conclusions Okagbue-Reaves also notes future directions to extend her research.
Okagbue-Reaves, Associate Professor of Social Work at
According to Crack Cocaine and the Experience of African American Women, these policies have disproportionately affected African-Americans, and nearly 70 percent of incarcerated women are single parents responsible for young children prior to incarceration. This research study took into account these factors focusing on African-American women who are crack cocaine users, because of the drug's prevalence within low-income urban populations, which are often disproportionately African-American. The study was based on data from the NTIES research study, which received public funding to target treatment centers in large urban areas, resulting in a large percentage of African-American women participating in the study. Although there has been previous research conducted on women crack cocaine users, this study's unique perspective took into consideration the demographics of the women participants, especially that of single mothers with their children.
Okagbue-Reaves found that with an increase in services, consistency in time spent in treatment, and greater availability of long-term residential treatment, society can help improve treatment outcomes for women addicted to crack.
Data from a sub sample of 768 female clients treated in outpatient and residential drug-free public sector programs, which were collected as part of the federally funded National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES), were utilized in this study. Positive treatment outcomes were identified by reports of substance abstinence during the yearlong follow up period. Treatment components examined included: length of stay in treatment, type of treatment program, and supportive services received while in treatment. Client level factors examined included age, employment status or sources of income, living arrangements, the raising of children, criminal activity, social supports, marital status, and level of education.
The goal of the research was to identify factors within the sub-sample of African-American women and within the treatment system that are associated with positive treatment outcomes. Using logistic regression analysis, the study found that there is a relationship between type of treatment program, length of stay in treatment, services received while in treatment, and the women's ability to remain drug free up to one year post treatment discharge.
Crack Cocaine and the Experience of African American Women, when given the context of substance abuse studies, is pioneering in its content. The book has wide implications for policy makers and treatment providers and can assist in focusing resources where interventions can provide a greater return in abstinence from drug use and increased productivity of members of society addicted to drugs. This study has even wider implications for providers of child welfare services who are working towards family reunification for parents with substance abuse related issues. With greater limitations on the amount of time allowed a parent to meet court requirements for reunification with children in foster care, this research enables providers to better predict outcomes when services, type of treatment program, and length of stay in treatment are snatched to client needs. This book may serve as a benchmark in the field, not only in terms of practice but also in terms of teaching.
Travel / Reference
Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2008 (Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation) by Steven Stern (Pelican Publishing Company)
Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2008 is a
guide to the cruise vacation and all its aspects – the book lists
the major ports of call, details on attractions, restaurants,
shopping, sports and recreation, as well as guidelines on how to
make the most of an eight-hour stay in port. The history of each
vessel, vital statistics, physical details, evaluations, and price
categories for over 280 ships are presented. Numerous photographs of
ships, decks, and interiors are included, along with actual
shipboard menus and daily activity programs.
Throughout his law career, luxury-travel expert Steven B. Stern spent three months per year researching cruise ships and resorts for his book, Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation, which is updated annually; the current volume is Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2008. Stern has traveled all over the world, visited almost every port of call, sailed on each major cruise ship (more than 750 ships to date), and reviewed resorts, hotels, and restaurants around the world.
Long-time leader in cruise-ship evaluation, Stern has retired
from his position as president of the law firm Stern and Hellman,
Stern’s Star Awards help readers evaluate quality and value as they plan their cruise vacations. Stern evaluates every detail rating them in eleven specific categories. Two hundred and ten photographs of ships, decks, and interiors are included, along with actual shipboard menus and daily activity programs for each featured cruise line. This guide assists travelers in intelligently selecting the ship best suited to their taste, advises on how to prepare for the cruise, and explains what to expect once they are onboard.
It is well worth adding to your cruise book collection. [Stern]
knows what he's talking about. – World of Cruising,
People who've never cruised before – or those who have, but find
themselves faced with a confusing onslaught of new ships – need to
know a great deal, and this book goes a long way in providing it. –
The most comprehensive of the general cruise vacation guides . . . this book compares favorably to similar works with more famous names. – American Reference Books Annual
Stern's Guide to the Cruise Vacation 2008 has been
called ‘indispensable’ and the ‘bible for cruise vacationers.’
Whether travelers are sailing the
Washington from the Ground Up by James H. S. McGregor (From the Ground Up Series: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)
At the confluence of the
Pierre Charles L’Enfant laid out the streets and sited the
monuments. With Indians on their borders and black slaves in their
midst, the country's white founders struggled to embody, in bricks
and stone, the paradoxical republic they had invented. Inspired by
Greek and Roman models, city planners and designers scoured the
Western world – from Hadrian's Pantheon to Palladio's
Washington from the Ground Up tells the story of a
nation whose Enlightenment ideals were tested in the fires of
rebellion, removal, and resistance. It is also a tale of two cities:
According to McGregor, two centuries after its founding,
In the early 1800s, when the federal government was small and legislators tended to be itinerant – boarding in town while Congress was in session and then returning home for the bulk of the year – the city had little motive or ability to grow. The Civil War brought its first great surge in population. Army camps and hospitals for the wounded mushroomed at the edges of the thinly settled central area. The government expanded tremendously and did not shrink when the war was over. The spread of public transportation pushed population away from the center, along farm roads and into old piedmont estates, which quickly became housing developments. Massive increases in government jobs during and after the two world wars pushed the city's population to an all-time high in the 1950s.
Washington from the Ground Up, in a pattern that
was repeated throughout
Situated on the frontier between North and South, the city had
always been a mecca for African Americans, who first fled the
subjection of slavery, then the rigors of Jim Crow, and finally the
collapse of the South's cotton economy. The assassination of Martin
Luther King Jr. in 1968 led to riots in
According to McGregor, this concern for security is understandable, but it is also deeply disturbing. Democratic institutions do not thrive in the absence of the people. The insistent and unapologetic degradation of a citizen to a mere onlooker – a visitor – threatens the democratic process itself. A republic that is insulated from public view but not from the pressures and allurements of powerful interests assumes a risk much greater than any that terrorism can impose.
The first chapter of
Washington from the Ground Up describes the
regional and national forces that led George Washington to choose a
site for the federal city on the
Chapter 4 looks more widely over Capitol Hill, taking in Union
Station, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and landmarks
to the east and southeast. Chapter 5 recounts the history of the
White House, and Chapter 6 traces the expansion and housing of a
burgeoning bureaucracy, along with other noteworthy developments in
These seven chapters range over the streets and avenues included
in L'Enfant's plan. All are served by the clean, comfortable, and
efficient trains of the Washington Metro system. Chapter 8 covers a
broader field, ranging into the low hills that arc around the center
city. The Metro covers most of this area, too.
Washington from the Ground Up chronicles the