Architecture / History / World /
Greek Sanctuaries: An
Introduction by Mary Emerson (
Greek Sanctuaries offers an introduction of ancient
Greek sanctuary sites and temple architecture. It introduces readers
to a select number of sites and temples in some depth, explaining
technical terms along the way. Author Mary Emerson, classics and art
history scholar, and freelance writer, keeps in mind the needs of
high school and college students, as well as general readers, and
covers some of the core buildings and sanctuaries usually chosen for
study owing to their social importance and aesthetic excellence.
Greek Sanctuaries explores the aesthetic concepts behind Greek architectural design, as well as looking at the buildings and their decoration. It also investigates their importance within the culture of the time. The text, which includes 78 photographs, plans and drawings, is designed to inspire visitors to
The buildings are well worth looking at in their own right, and
also provide an excellent introduction to other buildings which
might be studied later on. The buildings of
Most ancient Greek architecture is in a ruined state. Even the wonderful Athenian Acropolis can seem rather daunting to visitors not provided with a clue to its meaning. There is a great deal of accident in what remains to us of ancient Greek architecture. Most buildings that remain are incomplete and sculptures are fragmentary. Some important temples have left only the scantiest traces or have disappeared completely; the unique architectural aspects of those temples may have vanished, or be traceable only by experts. To appreciate the real character of Greek temples takes some reconstruction work and some imagination.
According to Greek Sanctuaries, a complaint can be made that all Greek temples are the same. Certainly they are all composed of similar elements: steps, platforms, columns, architraves and friezes, pitched roofs and pediments. However, to the interested eye, each temple is unique. Even Doric temples, though said to conform to strict rules, all differ. As in any field of interest, what seems uniform to outsiders is – on inspection – full of nuance, innovation and individuality.
The sameness of Greek temples did not result from lack of imagination; the ancient Greeks are not known for a lack of creativity, so positive causes for sameness must be sought. A building usually declares its purpose by corresponding to a type; a response is aroused in the viewer as a result. A Gothic cathedral for example will be clearly recognizable as such, whatever personal responses a particular viewer brings to it. Another building may ‘borrow’ a response from the known type: for example, the Houses of Parliament, which were designed with Gothic features in order to ‘borrow’ the venerability associated with a medieval cathedral.
According to Emerson in
Greek Sanctuaries, one element, closely bound up
with the character of each temple, is less likely to have suffered
destruction – its setting. Even the Acropolis in the heart of modern
Ancient as the ancient Greeks seem to us, they did not seem so to themselves: they looked back from, say, the fifth century BC to more ancient times with nostalgia and pride in their past as we do, and liked to see it embodied and preserved in ancient monuments. They also liked to add something of their own, in the spirit of their age. Monumental buildings represented cutting-edge art and technology, implied political and military power, and were used to transmit messages about cultural identity. Designers of temples aimed for a physical perfection of beauty, which would speak of divinity and inspire the soul. Patrons wanted to impress visitors with the wealth and sophistication of the city, and to delight the citizens who owned and used the sanctuaries.
Greek Sanctuaries equips readers to use technical
terms with confidence, and to confront any Greek temple with
understanding and pleasure. This small, accessible, well-illustrated
book inspires visitors to
Arts & Photography / Museums & Collections / Exhibition Catalogs
Monet to Dalí: Impressionist and Modern Masterworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art by William H. Robinson, with Senior Editor Barbara Bradley, and an introduction by Laurence Channing (Hudson Hills Press & The Cleveland Museum of Art)
When the Cleveland Museum of Art embarked on an ambitious architectural expansion, one of the world's greatest collections of art was removed from view. Yet this temporary eclipse became an opportunity for lovers of art around the world when parts of the collection were organized as traveling exhibitions.
The 95 masterworks of Impressionist and modern European art in Monet to Dalí reveal one of history's most compelling stories: how masters from Claude Monet and Edgar Degas to Piet Mondrian and Pablo Picasso opened the visual arts to wider and more varied spheres of experience, first in the militant realism of Gustave Courbet, then through direct response to nature in Impressionism, the embrace of subjective experience in Symbolist art, the magisterial formal inventions of Picasso and Georges Braque, the exploration of the subconscious in Surrealism, and the expressionism of the artists of Northern Europe. The heroic figuration of Auguste Rodin is here, as well as the cool formalism of De Stijl and the passion of Vincent van Gogh and Georges Rouault.
Roped together like mountain climbers, as Braque said of Picasso and himself, the artists in this exhibition built on one another's ideas and discoveries, creating a legacy of beauty and humanity the Cleveland Museum of Art shares with the world.
Each painting is presented with descriptions detailing the artist's motifs and context of the work in the Impressionist era. Monet to Dalí, with its essays and over 100 color plates, provides a focus of the dramatic artistic development of the century between 1850 and 1950 through the remarkable pieces of this collection.
Timothy Rub, Director of the Museum, in the foreword explains how almost half the works in this exhibition – the core of the museum's collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century European art – came to the museum through the generosity of one man.
Through gifts of art and money Leonard C. Hanna Jr. turned The
Cleveland Museum of Art into a collecting powerhouse, yet,
paradoxically, his contributions created an institution remarkable
for the lack of a personal stamp of taste or attitude, whose
hallmark is active, independent professional judgment as well as the
cultivation of donations. As this exhibition demonstrates, Hanna's
contribution was more nuanced than the simple provision of lots of
money. Although he collected widely from many cultures, his interest
centered on European art from the rough century embraced by this
exhibition, from the
The exhibition was conceived and organized by author William H. Robinson, Curator of Modern European Art, responding to the entrepreneurial initiative of Charles L. Venable, Deputy Director for Collections and Programs, to convert the inaccessibility of the collection during construction into an opportunity to acquaint an international audience with its riches. The catalogue Monet to Dalí was produced by Director of Publications Laurence Channing and Senior Editor Barbara Bradley.
Monet to Dalí is an elegant and affordable catalog, the first comprehensive presentation of a collection from the Cleveland Museum of Art, including paintings by Monet, Degas, Renoir, Boudin and Manet among other innovative artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist period.
The discussions of impressionist and modern art together with large prints of the artworks illuminate a compelling story of art history – the opening of the visual arts to wider realms of experience, including the exploration of subjectivity, the subconscious and the direct response to nature.
Art & Photography / Religion & Spirituality / Buddhism
The Zen Art Box by Stephen Addiss & John Daido Loori (Shambhala)
A work of Zen art is a teaching in visual form, intended to be contemplated not only for its beauty, but for the secrets it contains about being fully human, fully alive. As teaching, Zen art can be profound, perplexing, serious, humorous – sometimes all within the same piece; as art, it stands somewhere outside standard aesthetic conventions, even those of other schools of Buddhist art. Zen art is most often identified with the expressive media of calligraphy or brush painting, but whatever the mood or medium, each work is the tangible record of an unrepeatable moment in the artist's mind, an expression on paper of his or her understanding of the nature of things.
Some of the most famous of all Zen masters, like the great Hakuin Ekaku, used art as a primary mode of teaching. The Zen Art Box/span> presents Zen art for its beauty as well as for the teaching it exhibits. The box contains forty images of brush painting and calligraphy, each reproduced in fine quality on substantial card stock, and an easel stand for displaying the art, so that readers can keep one on display and change the image periodically.
The back of each card, 6-by-9 inches, includes a description and decoding of the piece by Stephen Addis, along with a Dharma commentary from John Daido Loori on the Zen wisdom contained in it. Also included is a 32-page color-illustrated booklet with essays on Zen art by both the authors.
Art historian Addiss is a Tucker-Boatwright Professor in the
Humanities: Art at the University of Richmond, Virginia, as well as
a world-renowned calligrapher in his own right. Monk-artist Loori is
the abbot of the Zen Mountain Monastery in
As Zen becomes ever more accepted and understood as a spiritual path in the West, Zen art also becomes better known and appreciated. The vital element in these works, both new and old, in whatever medium, is the expression of Zen mind. Whether historical or contemporary, the mark of Zen art is the ability to be right here, right now.
The works presented in
The Zen Art Box are powerful visual expressions of
Dharma, beautifully reproduced in fine quality, by leading
monk-artists of the past.
The Zen Art Box will appeal not only to Zen
students but also to anyone intrigued by the arts of Buddhism and of
Art History / Philosophy / Aesthetics / Comparative Religion
Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?:: The Traditional View of Art, Revised Edition with Previously Unpublished Author’s Notes by Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, edited by William Wroth, with an introduction by Roger Lipsey (Perennial Philosophy Series: World Wisdom)
In the beginning of the twentieth century, a school of thought arose which has focused on the enunciation and explanation of the Perennial Philosophy. Deeply rooted in the sense of the sacred, the writings of its leading exponents establish an indispensable foundation for understanding the timeless Truth and spiritual practices which live in the heart of all religions. Some of these titles are companion volumes to the Treasures of the World's Religions series, which allows a comparison of the writings of the great sages of the past with the perennialist authors of our time. – Ananda Coomaraswamy
Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought? is a new edition of Ananda Coomaraswamy's classic book, considered his most important work on the philosophy of art, including all of the revisions Coomaraswamy had wanted to add to the original edition. Edited by William Wroth, a specialist in the Hispanic and Native American traditional arts and cultures, the book contains, for the first time, translations of the Greek, Latin, French, German, and Italian terms and phrases used by Coomaraswamy. The book also contains an introduction by Roger Lipsey, the foremost authority on Coomaraswamy's writings.
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877-1947) was one of the great art
historians of the twentieth century. His books and articles deal
primarily with visual art, aesthetics, literature and language,
folklore, religion, and metaphysics. As editor William Wroth shows
in the preface, the breadth of Coomaraswamy's knowledge, the many
fields of which he had grasp, seems astonishing in today's world of
narrow scholarly specialization. While primarily known among
scholars as an art historian, he shed light upon many other diverse
subjects, for he did not limit the study of art to descriptive or
historical inquiry. He drew the broadest implications for the
meaning and always-present value of the works of art under
consideration, delving into aesthetics, literature and language,
folklore, religion, metaphysics and many other fields. His heritage
and early years uniquely prepared him for this life's work. Ananda
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Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?, in 1902
he traveled by ox cart throughout
Following the lead of John Ruskin and William Morris,
Coomaraswamy decried the mediocrity and uniformity of machine-made
products as well as the sapping effects of factory work upon
laborers and the meaninglessness of an industrial culture no longer
based upon spiritual traditions. Throughout his life Coomaraswamy
maintained an active interest in the progress of Indian independence
from British rule. Returning to
For his principled anti-colonialist and anti-industrialist stand,
he was threatened with legal proceedings in
As told in
Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?, over the
next decade he produced for the Museum a series of catalogues of the
collection, monographs, and articles which were models of art
historical scholarship and essentially established the basis for
the modern study of Indian art. These works set the stage for his
major work, History of Indian and Indonesian Art, published in 1927.
Having established himself as a pre-eminent scholar in the field,
Coomaraswamy gradually returned to interests of his earlier life: a
renewed concern with metaphysics and religion and their application
to contemporary life. In the late 1920s he began in-depth studies of
the Vedas and other classics of Hindu and Buddhist spiritual thought
and in 1933 published the first fruits of his labors as A New
Approach to the Vedas. It was impossible, he said, to truly
understand the sacred art of
Coomaraswamy’s writings in the late 1930s and early 1940s are
intended to show that the appreciation of art must involve the whole
person, that true art has primarily an objective spiritual purpose
and can not merely be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities.
Secondly they are thoughtful and powerful critiques of the values
and direction of modern life. Still a supporter of Gandhi and Indian
independence, Coomaraswamy wrote trenchant indictments of the
effects of modem industrial civilization on traditional peoples, not
only those of
According to Roger Lipsey in the introduction to Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought?, everyone knows that Coomaraswamy's writings are often difficult. His footnotes can be book-length; many essays are two in one, a primary text purposefully guided across an ocean of secondary references and reflections. But even while recalling the complexity of certain of Coomaraswamy's writings and the long challenge they pose, one has to remember two quite different elements. There are essays of wonderful simplicity and directness (for example, "Shaker Furniture" and "Literary Symbolism"), and even in difficult writings passages shine with the poet's gift for the perfect word or image, as if everything that came before, no matter how complex, prepares such luminous moments.
Coomaraswamy was driven to the farthest reaches of complexity in
search of complete truth that could withstand every test. He was
among the first global thinkers, a scholar of comparative wisdom who
could not rest content with the ideas, icons, and teaching
narratives (sacred history, myth, and tale) of one culture only. He
shows readers Christian ideas, icons, and narratives alongside Hindu
and Buddhist ideas, icons, and narratives, and these in turn
alongside Platonic and Muslim elements of culture – and more still.
He sought and saw their underlying unity. The comment reflects both
the breadth of his ecumenical vision and his awareness as an early
The vast learning marshaled by Coomaraswamy in Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought? and others provides a basis for deciphering traditional works of art and the cultural conditions that needed those works and gave life to them. Coomaraswamy does not invite us to stroll past pictures at an exhibition for pleasure's sake but rather to engage in a quest for understanding. A pair of essays in this book, "The Nature of Buddhist Art" and "Samvega: Aesthetic Shock," speaks to this intensified quality of encounter with works of art.
For all readers who encounter works of traditional religious art and yearn to receive the messages placed in them long ago as if in safe-keeping, Coomaraswamy continues to be the teacher without peer. But in his last 16 years or so, from about 1932 until his passing in the fall of 1947, he tended to use his comprehensive knowledge of the history of art, of languages ancient and modern, Indic and Western, and of Western and Asian scripture and commentary and philosophy, to purposes that often transcended and occasionally defied typical academic aims. He was gathering ancient and traditional knowledge before it was too late. He worked with a kind of desperation, not only because he was approaching his older years but because he experienced the society around him as amnesiac, willfully and grossly forgetful of the "traditional or ‘normal’ view" of life and art. He had long been a scholar. Now he was a teacher and prophet.
Coomaraswamy uncovers and puts before us the truths of a primordial tradition, reflected in the world's existing traditions and expressed by them as if in differing dialects. He asks us to join him in the effort to decipher the religiously rich arts and crafts, literatures and folklore of the world's traditions. – Roger Lipsey, from the Introduction
Coomaraswamy is an extremely precious author. – Frithjof Schuon, author of The Transcendent Unity of Religions
Coomaraswamy's essays [give] us a view of his scholarship and brilliant insight. – Joseph Campbell, author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces and The Masks of God
Ananda Coomaraswamy is in many ways to me a model: the model of one who has thoroughly and completely united in himself the spiritual tradition and attitudes of the Orient and of the Christian West.... – Thomas Merton, author of The Seven Storey Mountain and New Seeds of Contemplation
[Ananda Coomaraswamy is] that noble scholar upon whose shoulders
we are still standing. – Heinrich Zimmer, author of The King and the
Corpse and Philosophies of
Coomaraswamy's work is as important as that of Joseph Campbell or Carl Jung, and deserving of the same attention. – David Frawley, author of Yoga and Ayurveda
Coomaraswamy's writings are filled with light; they reflect a hierarchy of values, a quality of engagement with works of art that does not leave one cold or unchanged, continuity between spiritual experience and the experience of art. Every passage speaks to the seeker in each of us, to the one who perceives in arts long past, not just material treasures luckily preserved but signs intimately addressed to us.
How clumsy one feels in saying that Coormaraswamy is an irreplaceable teacher. The ideal curriculum would be a full year of study of his writings, but Figures of Speech or Figures of Thought? represents a superb point of entry.
Audio / Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Neuroscience
The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness (10 CDs, unabridged, Running Time: approximately 11 ½ hours) by Jeff Warren, narrated by Raymond Todd (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of
Consciousness by Jeff Warren (Random House)
A world at once familiar and unimaginably strange exists all around us – and within us. It is the world of consciousness, a protean mental landscape that each of us knows in bits and pieces, yet understands in its totality scarcely at all. Tied to the body and the brain, consciousness is beyond our ability to measure or quantify. Despite the attempts of scientists and mystics, poets and dreamers, crackpots and geniuses to map its contours and explain its secret workings, the mind remains mysterious. And the more we learn about it, the more mysterious it becomes.
But that is not to say that we know nothing about consciousness. In fact, as gonzo science journalist Jeff Warren demonstrates in The Head Trip’s synthesis of cutting-edge research and personal experience, just how much we do know is astonishing.
Warren, freelance producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, begins with the insight that consciousness is not a simple on-off proposition, with rigid demarcations separating waking awareness from the murky depths of sleep, but a round-the-clock continuum regulated by natural biorhythms. He sets out to explore and to experience for himself, the seemingly miraculous, all-but-untapped potential of the human mind.
From the full-immersion virtual realities of lucid dreaming to the esoteric disciplines of Eastern meditative practices that have reached outposts of consciousness far beyond the grasp of Western science, from techniques of hypnosis and neurofeedback to such exotic states of awareness as the Watch and the Pure Conscious Event, The Head Trip/span> takes readers on a journey through their own heads. Beginning with the mild hallucinogenic state that comes just before true sleep,
Warren, a Canadian science journalist, combines the rigorous
self-experimentation of Steven Johnson's Mind Wide Open with the
wacky self-experimentation of A.J. Jacobs's The Know-It-All in this
entertaining field guide to the varying levels of mental awareness.
… This could come off as New Age psychobabble, but
An audacious, enchanting, and often hilarious journey into the slippery nature of human consciousness, from deep slumber to lofty states of enlightenment. This book will blow your mind. – Sandra Blakeslee, co-author of The Body Has a Mind of Its Own
An amazing book. Jeff Warren manages to be funny while packing in
tons of fascinating science. Rather than staying within conventional
Writing about any aspect of consciousness is treacherously difficult, but Jeff Warren's take on the subject is clear, original, and – amazingly – funny! – Rita Carter, author of Mapping the Mind
As readable and fun as a novel, yet accurate and up-to-date, this book is about your most precious possession – your consciousness – and the fascinating states it goes through. – Charles T. Tart, author of Altered States of Consciousness
This provocative, often hilarious, and fascinating book describes
a journey conducted with the adventurous spirit and intellectual
curiosity of a
The audio version is ably read by Raymond Todd, actor-director, jazz musician and documentary filmmaker.
Audio / Literature & Fiction
Gods Behaving Badly:: A Novel (Abridged audiobook, 5 Audio CDs, running time approximately 6 hours) by Marie Phillips, narrated by Tom Sellwood (Hachette Audio)
Gods Behaving Badly/span>: A Novel by Marie Phillips (Little, Brown and Company)
Being immortal is not all it once was.
Neither is being a Greek god.
According to Marie Phillips in
Gods Behaving Badly, the twelve gods of
Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees – a favorite pastime of Apollo's – is sapping their vital reserves of strength.
Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed – but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?
Author Phillips studied anthropology at
British blogger Phillips's delightful debut finds the Greek gods
and goddesses living in a tumbledown house in modern-day
Gods Behaving Badly is that rare thing: a charming, funny, utterly original first novel that satisfies the head and the heart.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
Flow in the Office:: Implementing and Sustaining Lean Improvements by Carlos Venegas (Productivity Press)
For many years, Lean initiatives have generated staggering
improvements on the shop floor. Now many managers and business
leaders want these Lean benefits incorporated into non-traditional
environments such as service and transactions.
Flow in the Office shows readers how to:
The author, Carlos Venegas, president of Straus/Forest, LLC, has
helped scores of clients implement successful process-improvement
initiatives in a wide range of organizations: from 1000-employee
business units in a Fortune 500 company to a four-employee small
business. Venegas has an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Science from The
Leadership Institute of Seattle and has received extensive Lean
training from Shingijutsu, Ltd., both in
Lean refers to the Toyota Production System (TPS), which was pioneered by Taiichi Ohno at the Toyota Motor Company. Lean is an approach to "manage customer relations, the supply chain, product development, and production operations." Ohno says that the "basis of the Toyota Production System is the absolute elimination of waste." To work toward this goal, the TPS rests on two fundamental principles:
In a just-in-time production environment, material, data, and information flow to a workstation in only the amounts needed for a particular operation at a particular time. This allows the system to minimize the amount of ‘work-in-process,’ or WIP. Reducing WIP allows for right-sized workstations and can actually increase the velocity and flexibility of a product's flow through the system.
The term Jidoka highlights the need to embed quality in the manufacturing process. If any defective process or object is discovered during the manufacturing process, the activity stops automatically, allowing the concerned people to correct the defect. Jidoka fosters high-quality parts and processes, which are a prerequisite for successful JIT.
Lean has been viewed by many as a product of the factory
environment. Over the last 40 years, it has been refined and proven
to be among the most effective strategies to improve operational
productivity. An Economist article gives Lean the credit for
uncommonly rapid productivity growth in the
Venegas in Flow in the Office says he became involved in Lean business because he loved its simplicity and elegance. Eventually, the efficiencies that Lean affords became his secondary objective. The positive impact that Lean can have on people became his prime motivator. That impact has given him the energy and determination to carry the Lean banner through thick and thin. For example, once during a kaizen event, a woman jogged past him, obviously on an errand for her Lean kaizen team. As she passed me, she exclaimed with a wide grin and a laugh, "I'm having fun!"
Although implementing Lean can be hard, process improvement itself is easy, at least once learners know the principles of Lean. In fact, for the initiated, Lean principles often seem like solid common sense. The hard part is people; without the active engagement of employees – and management – Lean goes nowhere.
Flow in the Office begins with establishing the business case for Lean. Chapter 1 features an overview of what others have experienced with Lean in their businesses. Learning about Lean in the office environment follows next. Chapters 2 and 3 examine the nature of flow in the office environment, how waste impedes that flow, and some of the Lean concepts that are used to combat waste. Chapter 4 looks at a type of process mapping called ‘value-stream mapping.’ The value-stream map (VSM) process visualizes the current and improved process; then identifies, prioritizes, and schedules the improvement activities. Preparation for an office kaizen and its implementation are covered in detail in Chapters 5 and 6. Chapter 7, the final and perhaps, the most important chapter, deals with sustaining the kaizen improvements.
Venegas translates the language of Lean manufacturing into the language of Lean office flow, bringing bits, bytes, and conversations into the world of process improvement. In Flow in the Office/span>, he shows how the competitive advantage goes to those who manage information and knowledge most effectively and efficiently. Exploring a new operational strategy may not be easy, but it is exciting. Whether readers are interested in a specific topic, say kaizen, or have committed themselves to launching Lean in their workplaces, they will discover useful nuggets in Flow in the Office that help them combine their current thinking with the possibilities of what Lean can do for their businesses.
Children’s / Ages 4-8
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (Harcourt, Inc. Children)
First there's a tap.
Next there's a snap.
Then itty-bitty Baby's hands
Toot! Goes his family. Boom! Boom! Bop!
Even Baby’s neighbors go hip-hip-hop! – from the book
Jazz Baby/span>, Baby and his family make some jazzy
WWith a simple clap of hands, a beboppin' baby gets his whole family singing and dancing. Sister's hands snap. Granny sings scat. Uncle soft-shoes – and Baby keeps the groove. Things start to wind down when Mama and Daddy sing blues so sweet. Now a perfectly drowsy baby sleeps deep, deep, deep.
Lisa Wheeler is the author of many irresistible read-aloud picture books. Wheeler, who gets most of her ideas while in motion, wrote the first stanza of Jazz Baby while doing laps in a swimming pool. She's also written stories while cutting grass, cleaning, and walking. Forward momentum may even have inspired her to write Mammoths on the Move, a book about migration.
Illustrator R. Gregory Christie is an outstanding talent in
picture books and has won three Coretta Scott King
Illustrator Honors. Christie graduated from
Wheeler and Christie pair up perfectly in Jazz Baby for a celebration of music, imagination, and big families – but they know that even a jazz baby needs to snooze. Oh yeah.
Children’s / Ages 5 and up
The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up: Based on the Books by C. S. Lewis by C. S. Lewis, pop-ups by Robert Sabuda, Matthew Armstrong, & Matthew Reinhart (Narnia Series: Harper Collins Publishers)
In The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up C. S. Lewis's classic The Chronicles of Narnia books spring to life in the hands of award-winning paper engineer Robert Sabuda. Each of the seven books in the series has its own pop-up spread rendered in detail with special effects. Readers experience a different adventure from Narnia on every spread in this addition to the Narnia library. The pop-ups highlighting the seven books in the series are:
Author Clive Staples (C.S.) Lewis (1898-1963) was one of the
intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most
influential Christian writer of his day. He was a fellow and tutor
in English literature at
Lovers of Lewis’s famous series have never seen Narnia like they will in The Chronicles of Narnia Pop-up. In these glorious pop-ups Narnia comes to life in spectacular detail with stunning special effects. This beautiful book is sure to enchant fans of both Lewis and Sabuda.
Children’s / Young Adult / Historical Fiction
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson (
After Kirby Larson heard a snippet of a story about her
great-grandmother homesteading in eastern
For most of her life, sixteen-year-old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to another. Fed up with being Hattie Here-and-There, she longs for a home of her own. So when she hears the news that she has inherited her uncle's claim in Montana, Hattie courageously decides to leave Iowa behind – she will prove up on her late uncle's homestead to establish the home of her dreams.
Under the big sky, Hattie braves hard weather, hard times, a
cantankerous cow, and her own hopeless hand at the cook stove.
Despite countless hardships, Hattie forges ahead. With a stubborn
stick-to-itiveness, she faces frost, drought and blizzards. Hattie's
daily struggles to survive are balanced by the loving family
relationship she develops with her German neighbors, the Muellers.
For the first time in her life, Hattie feels part of a family,
finding the strength to stand up against Traft Martin's schemes to
buy her out. Then, as the war rages in
Along the way, Hattie chronicles her adventures in a series of
articles for the hometown
Hattie Big Sky also contains a reading group discussion guide.
A marvelous story about courage, loyalty, perseverance, and the meaning of home. I gave my heart to the brave and determined Hattie, and I think you will, too. – Karen Cushman, author of The Midwife's Apprentice, and Catherine, Called Birdy
Larson creates a masterful picture of the homesteading experience and the people who persevered. – School Library Journal (starred review)
Readers will connect with this strong, resourceful character. –
This is a great read for anyone who appreciates history or
learning what life was like for teens in years past. –
In this engaging historical novel set in 1918 …The authentic first-person narrative, full of hope and anxiety, effectively portrays Hattie's struggles as a young woman with limited options, a homesteader facing terrible odds … Writing in figurative language that draws on nature and domestic detail to infuse her story with the sounds, smells, and sights of the prairie, she creates a richly textured novel full of memorable characters. – Kathleen Odean, Booklist (starred review)
In the grand tradition of great American historical novels such as Oh Pioneers! and Little House on the Prairie, Larson's Hattie Big Sky shares an emotionally rich story that celebrates pioneer women and their indomitable spirit. Lovingly stitched together from Larson's own family history and the sights, sounds, and scents of homesteading life, the story also poignantly captures the sentiments of those left at home during World War I with powerful insight and grace.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Cooking Jewish: 532 Great Recipes from the Rabinowitz Family by Judy Bart Kancigor (Workman Publishing)
Got kugel? Got Kugel with Toffee Walnuts?
When Judy Bart Kancigor was excitedly expecting her first grandchild, she suddenly realized – how would this coming generation ever know her family's history, hear the wonderful stories – and, more importantly, taste its wonderful food?
Blending the recipes with over 160 stories from the Rabinowitz family and illustrated throughout with more than 500 photographs reaching back to the 19th century, Cooking Jewish invites readers not just into the kitchen, but into a vibrant world of family and friends. Written and recipe-tested by Kancigor, a food journalist with the Orange County Register, who self-published her first family cookbook as a gift and then went on to sell 11,000 copies, Cooking Jewish contains 532 recipes from her extended family of outstanding cooks, including the best chicken soup ever – really! – from her mother, Lillian. (Or as the author says, "When you write your cookbook, you can say your mother's is the best.")
The real homemade Gefilte Fish – and also Salmon en Papillote. Grandma Sera Fritkin’s Russian Brisket and Hazelnut-Crusted Rack of Lamb. Aunt Irene's traditional matzoh balls and Judy's contemporary version with shiitake mushrooms. Layered Hummus and Eggplant with Roasted Garlic and Pine Nuts, Moroccan Spicy Apricot Lamb Shanks, and, essential for any holiday, Gramma Sera Fritkin's Russian Brisket.
And befitting the work of passionate cooks who will use any excuse to get together for coffee and ‘a little something,’ readers will find FOUR chapters on sweets – dozens and dozens of desserts: pies, cakes, cookies, bars, and a multitude of cheesecakes; Rugelach and Hamantaschen, Mandelbrot and Sufganyot (Hanukkah jelly doughnuts). Not to mention Tanta Esther Gittel’s Husband’s Second Wife Lena’s Nut Cake.
Cooking Jewish blends the old with the new, the sweet with the savory, the recipes with the stories behind them, and by the end of the book, readers get to know the whole wacky Rabinowitz clan. How did Aunt Sally's Red, White and Blue Cake get its name, for example? "When Harold was courting Marilyn, Aunt Sally offered him an assortment of her cakes. He took one look at her chocolate, vanilla, and cherry marble cake and said, ‘Do I eat it or salute it?’ They've been calling it Red, White, and Blue Cake ever since!"
But all is not without controversy. There are the matzoh ball floater-lovers versus the sinker-lovers. The Litvaks versus the Galitzianers (the Jewish version of the Hatfields and McCoys). And in an essay called "The Kugel Wars," Kancigor reveals the heart-wrenching dilemma she faced in whittling down the myriad kugel recipes submitted to a mere dozen. "’Take mine!’ ‘No, mine!’ they all pleaded. It got ugly. Otherwise perfectly agreeable cousins came practically to blows extolling the virtues of ... what? We're talking a noodle concoction here!" Rita's Special Kugel, layered with pears and peaches, wins out as ‘the king of kugels.’
Readers will find Old World comfort food like Pirogen (Cheese and Potato), and Kancigor's signature hors d'oeuvre, Potato Knishes ("I'll go to my grave believing that if my daughter-in-law Shelly hesitated for one minute about marrying Stu, it was my knishes that pushed her over the edge"), new versions of old favorites like Malaysian Potato Latkes, with ginger, jalapeños and cashews ("a latke with pizzazz!"), and a whole chapter for Passover.
Feasting and family lore in equal measure – a savory labor of
love. Buy it – you look thin! – Bryan Miller, food critic and writer
Just delightful! Judy has given us a delectable family reunion recipe feast, with lively photos throughout. – Sheila Lukins, coauthor of The Silver Palate Cookbook
The adventurous cooks in the Rabinowitz family have come up with dishes in a wide range of flavors – I’m eager to try her son's Not Exactly Russian Piroshki, her grandma's cholent with red wine, her Passover banana sponge cake, and, of course, Mama Hinda's Challah. Judy's enthusiasm and sense of humor shine through. – Faye Levy, 1,000 Jewish Recipes
Cooking Jewish gathers recipes from five generations of a food-obsessed family into a celebratory saga of cousins and kasha, Passover feasts and crossover dishes. It speaks to the Jewish food lover in anyone who recalls standing on a chair to help Mom cut out butter cookies. It is cooking from the heart, a memory in every bite.
With its lively anecdotes and eccentric characters, the book invites readers not just into the kitchen, but into a whole vibrant world of family and friends. Mixing stories of the author's family with the treasure of five generations of recipes, Cooking Jewish is home cooking at its best.
Cooking, Food & Wine / Travel
Flavors of Slovenia: Food And Wine from
Tucked between the foothills of the
Slovenian fare is both hearty and wholesome. According to
Flavors of Slovenia, Sunday afternoon lunch in
The book ranges from such perennial favorites as Friko (Hearty Potato Pancake), Źlinkrofi (Meat Dumplings), Bakala (Dried Salt Cod Paté) and Kostanjeva Juba (Chestnut Soup) to more unusual preparations like Črni Rižoto (Black Risotto with Squid, ink included) and Mežerli (Baked Encrusted Pig or Veal Lung – a version of Haggis),
Flavors of Slovenia includes delicacies like the popular Nadevana Svinjska Ribiea s Suhimi Figarni (Leg of Pork Stuffed with Dried Figs) and Kranjske Klobase (Carniolan Sausages), not to mention a local favorite, Pehtranova Terra (Tarragon Cake with Sour Cream). A wide and eclectic selection of appetizers, salads, soups and meats are featured here, as well as a variety of baked goods – Poticas (rolled yeast breads with varied fillings), Strudels, Tortes, Crepes and Strukijis (traditional rolled dumplings) abound.
One of the greatest attributes of Slovenian cuisine is its use of local and fresh ingredients. In the early summer, for example, one will see many asparagus dishes on local menus; in the fall, pumpkin soup and venison; in the spring, dandelion salad.
The regional dishes are strongly influenced by the surrounding
geography, be it the mountainous region of Gorenjska in the
northwest, or the seaside region of Primorska on the
Flavors of Slovenia includes many traditional
recipes, such as Brown Soup and Strudel, there are also some modern
twists on old favorites, such as Zucchini Fritters. Milhench says
her selections reflect the
Flavors of Slovenia, when travelers go to
Hippocrene – a fount of ethnic cookbooks. – Publisher's Weekly
Perhaps the only comprehensive guide to this country’s cuisine, Flavors of Slovenia invites readers to enjoy its sampling of a diverse culinary heritage and culture, replete with 200 delicious recipes, a section on well-known Slovenian beers and wines, and stories of a fascinating past. Not only do readers discover these tasty dishes, but also ruminations on golf, the capital city of Ljubljana, and the art of Slovenian beekeeping, Tales of such legendary locals as the ‘sunshine salesman’ and a Slovenian Robin Hood along with ghosts and fairytale castles also bring the culture alive in this unique volume. Readers will enjoy the recipes and stories in the book and they may well be inspired to make the trip.
Engineering / Aerospace / Propulsion Technology / Biographies & Memoirs
Rocketman: My Rocket-Propelled Life and High-Octane Creations by Ky Michaelson (Motorbooks)
An unlikely combination of
Since the 1960s, Michaelson’s rocket-powered vehicles have set 72
state, national, and international speed records. A penchant for the
unknown and passion for speed have driven Michaelson since
childhood, when he built his first rocket-powered motorcycle. After
earning his first world record – for a rocket-powered snowmobile –
Michaelson decided to go after every acceleration record in the
Michaelson tells the story of how he began and where he’s gone, including his behind-the-scenes work on hundreds of film and television programs, his home-built rocket-powered toys, and his service as program director of Space Shot 2004 – the grand effort of the Civilian Space eXploration Team (CSXT) to build and launch the first amateur rocket into space. And he describes accomplishing the impossible dream to license and successfully launch the Go Fast rocket into space, reaching an altitude of 72 miles and setting a new speed record of 3,420 miles per hour.
Michaelson’s penchant for the unknown began in childhood. In 1964, he built his first rocket-powered motorcycle, powered by two Turbonique T-16A rocket motors. While at a local racetrack, the track announcer said, “Here comes the Rocketman.” The nickname stuck. In 1969, Michaelson formed Rocketman Enterprises Inc. and built a rocket-powered snowmobile that made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
Michaelson was instrumental in gaining license for the first
NHRA-sanctioned hydrogen peroxide rocket-powered dragsters in the
1970s. Later in life, he aimed his rocket dreams skyward, building
and launching several rockets toward space. He has worked on over
200 films, television programs, and commercials, as well as the
majority of stunt specials that have been seen on TV over the past
30 years. Literally hundreds of feature articles have been written
about Michaelson and his adventures. He continues to build rockets
and rocket-powered vehicles in his home workshop in
He’s the real thing and more than inspiring … Ky should be the poster boy for everything related to space for any nation’s space program! – Dr. David Livingston, host, The Space Show
Through the pages of Rocketman, Michaelson engagingly shares his inspiring story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges to achieve a life-long dream. His stories are remarkable. His zest for life is unmatched. His inventions are real-life sci-fi. An entrancing tour of the rocketing devices Michaelson devised, Rocketman also brings to life the brilliant, determined, eccentric man whose will was enough to launch him into space, stardom, and history. Readers will have to read it to believe it.
Entertainment / Movies / Literature & Fiction / Social Sciences
Monsters In and Among Us: Toward a Gothic Criminology edited by Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart & Cecil Greek (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press)
The complex range of reactions we exhibit toward monsters – from horror to awe – cries out for examination. Thus, it is important to track the most gripping and recurrent visualizations of the ‘monstrous’ in film and the media in order to lay bare the tensions that underlie the contemporary construction of the monstrous, which ranges in the twilight realm where divisions separating fact, fiction, and myth are porous.
The anthology Monsters In and Among Us was prompted by the explosion of books and films that link violence, images of ‘monstrosity,’ and Gothic modes of narration and visualization in American popular culture, academia, and even public policy. The ongoing fascination with evil, as simultaneously repellant and irresistibly attractive, in the Hollywood film, criminological case studies, popular culture, and even public policy points to the emergence of a ‘Gothic criminology’ with its focus on themes such as blood lust, compulsion, godlike vengeance, and power and domination. In spite of this explosion, there have been few critical anthologies aimed at an interdisciplinary approach focusing on the complex continuum of fact and fiction, moving across the humanities (film criticism, cultural studies, rhetoric) and the social sciences (communication, criminology, sociology) in exploring this phenomenon.
Edited by Caroline Joan (Kay) Picart, Associate Professor of
English and Courtesy Associate Professor of Law at
The contemporary monsters Picart and Green examine in Monsters In and Among Us include the pedophilic homosexual priest (Ingebretsen's essay); the hypermasculinized rogue cop (Houck's and Greek's essays); the masculinized mother (Benson's essay); the drug addict (McKahan's essay); the white-collar criminal (Gill's essay); the serial killer (Picart and Greek's essay); and the terrorist (Picart and Greek's essay). Other instances of the Gothic in popular culture include police departments nurtured by monstrously corrupt practices (Greek's essay), unbridled capitalism as vampiric (Gill's essay), and even the proliferation of Gothic images and metaphors in popular culture spawning paranoid and useless public policy (Surette's essay).
Picart and Greek in Monsters In and Among Us first offer a matrix for understanding Gothic criminology as a theoretical perspective by tracing its root components within strands of postmodern criminology and Gothic literary and film theory. Where Gothic fiction instructs its horrified readers in the unreal horrors attendant upon a realistically imagined fictional world, Gothic criminology teaches its readers about the actual horrors that produce and prevail in the social construction of modernity. Where Gothic literature offers "scientifically objective terminology and clearly empirical observation as a means of establishing intensely private, subjective experience," Gothic criminology employs otherworldly "imagery and occult fantasy to evoke in the reader an intellectual understanding of the actual world and to inspire a praxiological response to it."
The development of a Gothic criminology can be seen as a potential strand of contemporary postmodern criminological theory. The introduction offers a characterization of this theoretical position, postmodern criminology, by examining its genealogy. While the phrase ‘Gothic criminology’ may be new, the criminological elements of it can be gleaned from the writings of sociologists, criminologists, and social philosophers trying to come to grips with the ever present problem of human evil and describing it in ways that can be interpreted as Gothic. Gothic criminology cannot be reduced to a monolithic definition, as it comprises the critical examination of themes and concepts apparent in both the Gothic literary tradition and key qualitative social science texts, against the sociopolitical and textual contexts that endlessly reproduce the manifold embodiments of the Gothic.
The term Gothic has it original roots in the development of an
architectural style popular in
According to Monsters In and Among Us, the primary effort of criminology has been to demystify concepts through the use of the scientific method and rational experimentation and explanation, as part of the overall secularization of understanding of human behavior. However, the continued and in fact expanded potential for evil, such as the mass genocides carried out in the twentieth century, appears to undermine the reduction of evil to biological, psychological, and sociological explanations. Just as Gothic literature pointed to the limits of rational thought as envisioned by the Enlightenment, a Gothic criminology asks whether additional ways of thinking about evil might remain a useful endeavor to consider.
Monsters In and Among Us begins with an essay by
Edward J. Ingebretsen. Ingebretsen's "Bodies under Scandal, Bodies
under Law: Priests and Tainted Sex – The Pleasures of Public Sex"
focusing on the complex conjunction between the Gothic narrative and
its implications and Catholic religion and morality. The chapter
explores how scandal functions as a mode of public discipline.
Ingebretsen takes as an example recent media in the
If it is the monstrous body of the homosexual priest as pedophile that haunts the first chapter, then it is the equally monstrous hypermasculinized body of that quintessential good-bad rogue cop, ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan that inhabits the second. In Victorian Gothic, the exotic castles and abbeys of the eighteenth century are replaced by the all too familiar labyrinthine streets, sinister rookeries, claustrophobic and dark opium dens, and filth and stench of the squalid slums. To Davis Houck, Dirty Harry (1971) is not simply a popular and enduring film about a .44 Magnum-wielding homicide cop and his extralegal pursuit of a crazed murderer. He argues that Dirty Harry can be productively read against the backdrop of what he calls the ‘urban monstrous.’ Set amid the Haight-Ashbury-addled late 1960s, the film functions rhetorically to critique and ultimately dominate the freaks, pimps, swingers, queers, blacks, Hispanics, and other minority groups made to appear monstrous within the cinematic cartography of San Francisco. In asserting his dominance over the urban monstrous, the middle-class, heteronormative white male represented by Harry Callahan is remasculinized.
Continuing the analysis of gender in relation to themes of the Gothic, a new ‘monster’ emerges in Thomas Benson's chapter, "Hitchcock's Anti-Gothic: The Rhetorical Structure of The Man Who Knew Too Much": the monstrous mother. Benson's chapter focuses on Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. That version invokes standard motifs of the Gothic tale in a complex and symmetrical series of doublings. The rhetoric of the Gothic, with its sentiment, horror, helpless silence, and loneliness, is represented by the villains, who are foreign kidnappers and assassins, physically marked by recognizable facial deformities. Thus, Hitchcock's film appropriates the ‘Orientalist’ and Lombrosian elements characteristic of Gothic literary and criminological accounts. In The Man Who Knew Too Much, these Gothic elements are pitted against sturdy, cheerful, inquisitive but unimaginative protagonists. The protagonists ultimately overcome the villains through the invocation of a countering monstrosity – a mother with a deadly rifle – who restores her world and ours to normality.
As told in Monsters In and Among Us, another feature of the Victorian literary Gothic is its combination of the domestic and the exotic through its demonization of urban drug use, symbolized by the opium den. In line with this theme, Jason G. McKahan's "Substance Abuse and the Gothic in Narrative Motion Pictures" examines depictions of substance abuse in relation to the construction of monstrous ‘others’ within the American cinematic imaginary. This chapter shows that the history of ‘drug films’ reveals much about the fluctuating and shifting of constructions of ‘substance abuse’ in state laws and the typology of the ‘drug dealer’ in the motion picture industry. Ultimately, the Gothic typology of the drug abuser/dealer as othered demon correlates to the ways in which foreigners and nonwhite Americans have been positioned as evil types, despite the compelling recognition that substance abuse occurs across race, class, gender, sexuality, and nationality.
The vampire is one of the stock figures of Gothic literature and Gothic-inspired film. Pat Gill's "Making a Killing in the Marketplace: Incorporation as a Monstrous Process" points out that a defining feature of vampires is their innate foreignness, marked by unstable gender identity, sexual and economic parasitism, gender slippage, and degeneracy. However, many of the recent vampires, mutants, clones, and aliens of television, as opposed to film, no longer possess the characteristics or function of the ‘traditional’ monsters. The operation and effects of ‘othering’ have become much more complicated and uncertain in contemporary television, while traditional standards are subtly, persistently, and often humorously called into question. Monstrosity metamorphoses as the non- and less-than-humans unite with scientists, businessmen, and politicians in greed for power and wealth. This chapter examines the reworking of the Gothic and its alignment with commercial vampirism in the two television series mentioned, as well as in Farscape, Lexx, Strange World, Witchblade, and Mutant X.
Continuing the examination of the complex ways in which fact and fiction intersect in Gothic discourses, Cecil Greek's "The Big City Rogue Cop as Monster: Images of NYPD and LAPD" traces the trajectory of rogue cops in Hollywood films, arguing that each film generation of rogue cops becomes envisaged as an increasingly greater threat, using the mythic figure of the Golem running amok. This chapter compares NYPD rogue cops in the films of Sidney Lumet to the pre- and post-Rampart LAPD officers as depicted in films like Training Day and television shows like The Shield. In addition, the films are discussed in context of the actual corruption scandals upon which the films are more or less loosely based. The chapter builds upon the Victorian literary depiction of the landscape of the city as Gothic. Here, it is not principally the criminal underworld or the poor that are implicated as a source of horror in the modern urban metropolis, but the social control mechanisms within these communities.
One of the most ambitious chapters in this anthology, Raymond Surette's "Gothic Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy," tracks intersections between recurrent Gothic visualizations of the ‘monstrous’ in the media and film and contemporary monster-targeted criminal justice policy. The chapter takes an unusual turn: the author argues that the popularity of the evil predator icon, a media myth, is psychologically tied to our species' historic fear of strangers as infants. Surette claims that the characterizations of film monsters strikingly resemble the profile of a real prehistoric threat to infants – stranger, nonrelated, adult predatory males who move across human and primate groups and are the main theorized perpetrators of infanticide. A well-known recent example is the mythic figure of Hannibal Lecter in Silence of the Lambs; Lecter, a popular fictional icon, was successfully utilized in the 1990s to garner support for "Three Strikes and You're Out" legislation and the generation and funding of the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Behavioral Science Unit.
Closing Monsters In and Among Us are two connected essays. The first, "The Compulsions of Reel/Real Serial Killers and Vampires: Toward a Gothic Criminology," coauthored by Picart and Greek, demonstrates the overlap of vampiric themes in serial murder films. It shows how ‘primordial evil,’ becomes recognizable as an essential narrative feature of the dread that ‘senseless murderers,’ such as serial killers, seek to inspire, eliciting the same type of response as a vengeful deity. Such narrative patterns are discernible in the films that Picart and Greek examine. The serial killer, the most compelling monster that dominates the last part of the twentieth century. In docudramas such as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986) and Ed Gein (2000), the serial killer as an abused abuser emerges; in horror films such as Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Immortality (1991), vampiric aristocraticism and Byronic sex appeal become key features of the mythic serial killer. Often viewed as merely symptomatic of an increasingly violent and alienated society, the serial killer might seem to call for the most emphatic reassertion of social norms and the strongest reaffirmation of conservative values, as occurred in the creation of the new FBI Behavioral Science Unit, as Surette points out. This is, however, rarely the case in fictional narratives, at least for male serial killers. As Picart notes in an article, when serial killers are female and lesbian (and poor), it is not the glamorous vampire, but the ambivalently fearful and pitiful Frankensteinian monster that becomes the monstrous metaphor, as shown in the fictional and documentary depictions of Aileen Wuornos. Rather than being established as the demonic other that must be exorcised from mainstream society, the male serial killer is explicitly identified as that society's logical and inevitable product: society, rather than the individual, thus emerges as a primary site of horror. The killer may ultimately be caught and punished, but this is often brought about by the profiler's overidentification with the killer, as in Clarice Starling's pursuit of Buffalo Bill under the mentorship of Hannibal Lecter.
The final chapter of Monsters In and Among Us, also written by Picart and Greek, segues into corollary areas of inquiry. Specifically, the proliferation of Gothic discourses regarding the most feared contemporary monster: the terrorist, characterized as an exotic religious fanatic with affinities to the male serial killer, but one motivated by a clear death drive, unlike the domestic male serial killer, who seems to want to escape, though he does leave clues behind for his pursuers to find and interpret. In comparison, the suicidal terrorist appears to be seeking recognition and reward beyond the grave, while leaving behind only shards of his explosive rage.
Monsters In and Among Us demonstrates the
fruitfulness and relevance of a Gothic criminology. The book, in
offering the gothic criminological approach, begins the
identification of a rich panoply of tools for getting at complex
stories of how evil monsters – within and without, individual or
communal – are generated. Even if the postmodern underpinnings of
Gothic criminology are rejected by more traditional criminologists
as themselves lacking scientific support, this approach still has
heuristic value, particularly for both criminology and film
criticism as described in this book. Both criminology and film
criticism can draw upon the insights that a Gothic criminological
perspective can offer on the pervasive image of the world now
emerging from the work of
Health, Mind & Body / Diets
The All-New Atkins Advantage: The 12-Week Low-Carb Program to Lose Weight, Achieve Peak Fitness and Health, and Maximize Your Willpower to Reach Life Goals by Stuart L. Trager, with Colette Heimowitz (St. Martin’s Press)
A March 2007 study conducted at
reveals that not only is the Atkins diet more effective than other diets, it can also
make people healthier than other diets.
A startling 89% of all
The All-New Atkins Advantage is sort of like having a personal trainer, a nutritionist, and a life coach on call for three months – it is the first book with a week-by-week program that explains how to combine exercise with the Atkins low-carb eating plan. It also allows each person to individualize a plan to their own needs and tastes. The 12 weeks readers spend with the book will take them from induction to lifetime maintenance as each week builds on the one before it. Written by Stuart L. Trager, M.D., eight time Ironman and top ten finisher at the Ultraman World Championship competition, and a board certified practicing orthopedic surgeon and fitness expert, the book gives dieters an edge by replacing deprivation with motivation, and allows them to harness the advantage that comes from working with, rather than against, their bodies.
The five basic principles of the diet are:
What happens when readers follow the plan? According to The All-New Atkins Advantage, the body burns fat instead of storing it, dieters no longer crave unhealthy foods because their blood sugar is stabilized, and when they are no longer controlled by food, they are free to pursue their dreams.
The step-by-step program is designed to allow readers to move at their own pace.
Each week builds on the one before it to raise readers’ levels of competence and confidence. At the end of the twelve weeks, the book asserts readers will have changed the way they eat and become healthier, slimmer, and happier.
Not just a diet but a complete step-by-step plan with motivators built into it, The All-New Atkins Advantage challenges readers to turn their lives around and give themselves a dietary, exercise, and lifestyle makeover. With The All-New Atkins Advantage by their side, if they can stick with the program, readers can look forward to a date 12 weeks from the day they start and know that is the day they will be happy, healthier, and fitter.
Redeeming American Democracy: Lessons from the Confederate Constitution by Marshall L. DeRosa (Pelican Publishing Company)
The quintessential question regarding government's role in
These warring ideas of centralization and decentralization form
the core of modern political debates about the national economy,
According to author Marshall L. DeRosa, professor of political science at Florida Atlantic University, distinguished scholar and expert on the Confederate constitution, there are lessons to be learned from the failed Southern cause as the new world order takes shape. Redeeming American Democracy addresses the extent to which the American rule of law can be structured to inhibit or promote governmental centralization. Southern Confederates were aware that the U.S. Constitution was somewhat deficient in constraining political centralization, so they constructed their own constitution.
DeRosa's examination of the rise and fall of the Confederacy; his suggestion for current-day secession, now championed by libertarians as a solution for states to regain their individual power; and his call for Americans to become self-governing in order to restore the original democracy offer a radical opportunity for citizens to participate in the nation's redemption.
… Professor DeRosa goes boldly into territory where no one has ventured before and few have even known existed. Like an intrepid explorer of lands forgotten by time, he comes back with fresh knowledge – knowledge that Americans can use to save liberty and the rule of law under constitutional government – if they only will. – Clyde Wilson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, University of South Carolina, editor of The Papers of John C. Calhoun and The Writings of John Taylor of Caroline
… It was the Confederate Constitution that was the ‘last best
hope’ of we the people to control our government by reaffirming the
original American design of federalism, States' rights, and citizen
control of government. Read this book and learn why the ‘Principles
of ‘61’ may be our last chance to save
DeRosa shows that the federal government's massive intrusion into
the reserved powers of the States … would have been very difficult
under the Confederate Constitution. We are left to ponder what a
loss it was that Americans did not have the opportunity to choose
between two competing American constitutions. – Donald Livingston,
Professor of Philosophy,
Redeeming American Democracy, DeRosa, an expert on
the Confederate Constitution, describes why and how the democratic
principles of the Confederate States of
History / Military /
The Royal Navy 1793-1815 by Gregory Fremont-Barnes
By the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815
During the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, fought over the course of two decades, the Royal Navy established its reputation as one of the most effective fighting institutions in history. The Navy's primary objective was to achieve and maintain naval dominance – that is to say, control of the sea – an aim secured as a consequence of its superiority in leadership, morale, seamanship and gunnery. Not only did the Navy play a fundamental part in the defeat of
Operating throughout the oceans of the world, from the Channel, the North and Baltic Seas, to the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the West Indies and beyond, the Navy defended Britain's trade routes and contributed to the expansion and defense of her empire; prevented the enemy from making use of its colonial resources and raw materials; made possible the dispatch of expeditionary forces (as well as fleets) wherever Britain chose, especially to seize enemy colonies; and enabled Britain to protect and pursue her own interests, and those of her allies. Above all, the Navy provided the nation's first line of defense against invasion.
The Royal Navy 1793-1815 examines the commanders, men, and ships of the Royal Navy during the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars, and discusses the Navy's command structure and its organization at sea. The tactics employed in action by a fleet, a squadron, and individual ships are also discussed, together with training and gunnery, as are the medical services available. Further, the book also covers command, deployment, organization and evolution of forces in battle, describing elements of doctrine, training, tactics and equipment.
The Royal Navy 1793-1815 examines the government
The Royal Navy 1793-1815 provides fascinating insight into the navy that ruled the waves. The book was written by Gregory Fremont-Barnes, who is currently editing a four-volume Encyclopedia of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and co-editing a five-volume Encyclopedia of the American Revolutionary War.
Home & Garden / Garden Design
Outside the Not So Big House: Creating
Landscape of Home by Julie Moir Messervy & Sarah Susanka (The
Who doesn't yearn for a landscape that is as well designed as the
interior of their home?
Outside the Not So Big House extends the principles from bestselling author Sarah Susanka’s The Not So Big House to offer a unified source of design advice about making the indoors and outdoors work together. In this book, noted landscape designer and award-winning writer Julie Moir Messervy and Susanka reveal how to bring house and garden into harmony. Through the unique pairing of residential architect Susanka and landscape designer Messervy, two highly qualified experts teach readers how to think about designing outdoor spaces – so they are in keeping with the interior ones.
Outside the Not So Big House gives language to design concepts that unify home and landscape. Two major concepts – make building decisions in the context of the land and make landscape decisions that draw the inside toward the outside – help homeowners to attune their homes and property to fit the way we live today. Using twenty examples of diverse, ‘Not So Big’ homes set in landscapes of varying sizes from around the United States, Messervy and Susanka teach readers how to remove traditional design barriers between the home and surroundings to produce a unified design for living.
According to Messervy, a home is more than mere shelter – it is one’s own special realm upon the earth. Outside the Not So Big House is about inhabiting the broader landscape of home rather than simply existing in a house. Messervy, author of several books including The Inward Garden, is a proponent for composing personalized gardens based on outdoor archetypes, imagination and aesthetic impulses. In Outside the Not So Big House, the resonant images and concepts from her previous work coalesce with Susanka's ‘Not So Big’ approach to home design that favors quality over quantity and turns mere habitation into the art of living.
Messervy and Susanka are concerned with giving readers the ability to ‘listen’ to their environment from a spatial point of view. Their voices create a rolling dialogue throughout the book that explains through images and words the ‘how’ and ‘why’ good design allows homeowners to attune their properties to better fit their needs and fulfill an inherent longing for beauty. In Outside the Not So Big House, these ideas are organized into four categories:
Within each category, the authors describe how ‘Not So Big’ concepts such as ‘variations on a theme,’ ‘spatial layering’ and ‘shelter around activity’ are echoed inside and outside a home. Messervy and Susanka explain how space and its elements impact the way an area feels. For example, people are often drawn from dark places to areas of light and ‘psychological breathing spaces,’ such as wrap-around porches, offer an area for homeowners to transition from outdoors in and the indoors out. Special sidebars reveal how features such as water, curved lines and pools of space impact landscape aesthetics. ‘Outside Up-Close’ features at the end of each chapter illustrate practical ideas such as planting and hardscape design.
Sarah Susanka and Julie Moir Messervy's clearly written text offers practical advice for designing indoor-outdoor spaces that respond to modern lifestyles. They reveal secrets for achieving the ideal combination of architecture and nature in the home and in the garden! – James A. van Sweden, author, Architecture in the Garden
There are gardening books that tell us what to plant and where.
And there are architectural design books that tell us how our homes
should look. But never the twain seem to meet. At least not until
recently, when the two spaces – home and garden – wed harmoniously
in the new book,
Outside the Not So Big House. – The
This beautiful book combines the best qualities of coffee table attractiveness and excellent advice. – Christian Science Monitor
On my scale of one to 10, this outstanding new book rates a solid
This perfect collaboration between the talented and articulate Julie Moir Messervy and Sarah Susarika proves what a huge pleasure the landscape of a ‘not so big’ house can be. A must read... – Tom Christopher, columnist, House & Garden Magazine
In Outside the Not So Big House the inspired vision of landscape designer Messervy combines with author-architect Susanka's ‘Not So Big’ approach to create a landmark book that will change the way homeowners and professionals view the home and its surroundings. This lushly photographed and exquisitely written book revolutionizes by integrating home and landscape design. Twenty homes from across the country aptly illustrate these easy-to-grasp design ideas. Fans of Susanka's previous Not So Big books will be pleased to discover not only Messervy's clear, concise prose but also a new vision for creating home.
Home & Garden / Interior Design
The New French Décor: Living with Timeless Objects by Michèle Lalande, with photography by Gilles Trillard (Harry N. Abrams, Inc.)
Objects play an indispensable role in any home; they create an
atmosphere and express a state of mind. The arrangement of objects –
from beloved mementoes to works of master craftsmanship – is an art
in itself, an exercise in composition. The only requirements are
flair for improvisation and a little bit of daring. The art of
setting, compiling, or combining disparate objects is difficult, yet
it has become the chic new decorating style in
Using their own passions as inspiration, stylists, decorators, and antiquarians are expressing themselves in a wide variety of styles, especially ones featuring secondhand objects in new settings that enhance their vintage charm. After the success of The New Eighteenth-Century Style, journalist and interior decorator Michèle Lalande and photographer Gilles Trillard team up again to showcase the most combinations of treasured heirlooms and contemporary design. From precious mundane objects like seashells and glass bottles to priceless works of master craftsmanship like candelabras and carved wooden chests, The New French Décor provides insight into the blend of sophistication, symmetry, confusion, and minimalism that makes each of these rooms successful.
As Michele Lalande discusses in the preface, "This book brings together an array of ideas and settings and suggests a variety of decorative styles. . . . There are abundant sources of inspiration for these combinations of both old and contemporary objects – with or without a theme, they are always accompanied by a poetic note, whether inside the house or outside in the garden."
In The New French Décor one experienced decorator admits: "I have a passion for objects, but I don't become attached to them. I fall in love with them and buy them, they come into my home, and then one day I set them free again, so that they can continue their lives with other people in a different context. That enables me to fall for new things, change settings, get enthusiastic about another type of decor, and live in a home that is always evolving."
And a stylist adds: "When I am attracted by an object, I don't ask myself where I am going to put it, but what ‘partners’ I am going to find for it so that it forms part of a harmonious, coherent overall picture. That way it will find its place, its dimension, and its real decorative value by enhancing other objects with its color or its spirit. It's an enjoyable exercise that can be repeated as often as you like." This epitomizes the spirit of collecting: the pleasure of creating a setting and inventing a still life, but one which, paradoxically, is alive.
The New French Décor reveals a series of ‘arranged
marriages’ that all end happily. They unfold like a patchwork of
ideas linked together by charm, color, and style, and they provide a
glimpse through the doors of some inspired houses.. Captions provide
insight into the blend of sophistication and whimsy that makes each
still life come alive. Each page reveals a bold experiment in taste
resulting in a patchwork of old and new. Beautifully photographed by
Trillard, these rich designs, conceived and executed by top
stylists, decorators, and antiquarians, delights the eye with an
array of unique compositions.
Law / Criminal Law / Law Enforcement
Police & Society, 3rd edition by Roy Roberg, Kenneth Novak & Gary Cordner (Roxbury Publishing Company)
From the war in
Police and society are one and the same, two parts of a whole. Unlike a military invasion that is blind to the society it invades, policing can only succeed by winning hearts and minds. No society was ever won over to the cause of lawful peace by a police force that failed to understand the values, morals, hopes, and fears of the people being policed. Police may rule by force in a dictatorship, but not in the name of freedom and democracy.
The Third Edition of
Police & Society offers an introduction to policing
To adequately explain the complex nature of police operations in a democracy, the authors have integrated the most important theoretical foundations, research findings, and contemporary practices in a comprehensible, yet analytical, manner. Contemporary issues and future prospects of policing are addressed. Police & Society features an emphasis on the relationship between the police and the community – as well as how this relationship has evolved over time. The impact of this evolution on current police practices, especially with respect to community policing and policing in the post-9/11 era, is explored.
According to the book, Since
In the Third Edition of Police & Society, the three authors; Roy Roberg, professor of justice studies at San Jose State University, who also served as a police officer in a large county department of public safety in Washington State; Kenneth Novak, faculty member at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; and Gary Cordner, Professor of Police Studies, Director of the Regional Community Policing Institute, and Director of the International Justice & Safety Institute at Eastern Kentucky University; provide an antidote to the dangerous neglect of policing issues. By keeping police research in the forefront of a generation of college students, they maintain the chance that policing will continue to attract the best and the brightest.
The new edition has been substantially updated and revised, with four new or significantly revised chapters: ‘Community Policing,’ ‘Legal Issues,’ ‘Higher Education,’ and ‘Contemporary and Emerging Issues.’ Importantly, new ‘Voices from the Field’ boxes have been added to each chapter. Here, nationally known police officials provide their insights into contemporary police practices and problems in a thought-provoking format.
Topics new to the Third Edition of Police & Society include: police auditor systems, early warning systems, new forms of police stressors, officer safety and fatality reduction, terrorism and post-9/11 policing, globalization’ policing and the mentally ill, search and seizure, legal issues in interrogations, civil liability, contemporary performance measures, and racially biased policing/racial profiling.
Topics significantly expanded from the last edition include: the role of the police in history, broken windows, community policing today, police ethics and deviant behavior use of force, brutality, and oversight mechanisms, women in policing, police suicide, responses to stress, officer culture, officer discretion, police paramilitary units (PPUS), compstat and quality of life policing, Chicago and Madison updates, job satisfaction and community policing, directed patrols/crackdowns, higher education, satisfaction, and discipline, demographic changes in American society, and police technology.
Police & Society also offers "Inside Policing" themed boxes which feature important research findings and brief descriptions of exemplary police programs and operations.
The book also features an expanded glossary, with key terms at the beginning of each chapter. Ancillaries to enhance instruction include an interactive Student Study Guide on CD included with each copy of the book; a revised, dedicated Website; a revised and expanded Instructor's Manual/Testing Program available in PDF and Word formats from Roxbury's website; and all figures and tables in the text available in PowerPoint on CD.
There is certainly an added bonus with the ‘Inside Policing’ and
‘Voices from the Field’ inserts peppered throughout the chapter.
There material for these inserts is well chosen, well placed, and
provides added impact to the content. – Elaine Bartgis,
For any new police manager or police officer, this invaluable book is an excellent place to view the police role in broader context. For citizens or taxpayers who want to know whether their own police department is using the best practices available based on research, Police & Society is also an indispensable tool. From patrol to investigations to personnel and politics, the text provides a wide-ranging review.
For students of criminal justice and criminology, Police & Society will generate reflection on the implications of research for a free society. Just because we know things that ‘work’ to reduce crime does not automatically mean we should do those things. The self-imposed limit to research is values-moral judgments that we as citizens must make about the kind of society they want. Here again, Police & Society does an admirable job of laying out the key issues. No matter where it may lead readers, the book should get them off to an excellent start.
Literature & Fiction / History & Criticism / Women’s Studies
A Vocabulary of Thinking: Gertrude Stein and
Contemporary North American Women's Innovative Writing by Deborah M.
Reject rejoice rejuvenate rejuvenate rejoice reject rejoice rejuvenate reject rejuvenate reject rejoice. Not as if it was tried. How kindly they receive the the then there this at all.
Might it be while it is not as it is undid undone to be theirs awhile yet. Not in their mistake which is why it is not after or not further in at all to their cause. Patriarchal poetry partly. In an as much to be in exactly their measure. Patriarchal poetry partly. – Gertrude Stein, "Patriarchal Poetry"
A Vocabulary of Thinking Deborah Mix, assistant
professor of English at
Arguing that these authors have received relatively little attention because of the difficulty in categorizing them, Mix brings the writing of women of color, lesbians, and collaborative writers into the discussion of experimental writing. Thus, rather than exploring conventional lines of influence, she departs from earlier scholarship by using Stein and her work as a lens through which to read the ways these authors have renegotiated tradition, authority, and innovation.
Mix in the epilogue says that Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry," published in the 1927 collection Bee Time Vine, bears all the hallmarks of her most hermetic and difficult poetry. The near-constant repetition, always with ‘a little changing,’ of specific words and phrases is not, however, as some readers may believe, a paean to nothing. As numerous critics have demonstrated, the poem offers more than simple wordplay and nonsense. Rather, it is Stein's way of striking at the heart of patriarchal tradition and culture, dependent as it is on order and rigidity. As she writes, "Patriarchal poetry needs rectification. . . . / Come to a distance and it still bears their name".
Mix argues throughout A Vocabulary of Thinking that Stein, Mullen, Marlatt and Warland, Hejinian, and Cha are deliberately repeating elements of generic conventions, deploying "[p]atriarchal poetry once in a while" but also refiguring "[p]atriarchal poetry out of pink once in a while". But they are not parroting those generic forms. Rather, they are in various ways invoking (and perhaps provoking) them in order to "[r]eject rejoice rejuvenate" them, allowing them "to be theirs awhile yet." These acts of revision are difficult. "She says I must be careful and I will," Stein writes. But she goes on to say, "If in in crossing there is an opportunity not only but also and in in looking in looking in regarding ... there is an opportunity to verify verify sometimes as more sometimes as more sometimes as more".
For all of these authors, there are opportunities in these generic forms. The language of domesticity as reworked by Stein and Mullen offers the chance to reveal the limits and possibilities of ‘pink and white’ femininity. Mullen's engagement with Stein's work helps not only to illuminate the problematics of Stein's point of view but also the problematics of (and possible alternatives to) contemporary constructions of race and racialized femininity. Through her illumination of the languages of ‘objects’ and ‘food,’ Mullen also engages with the marketing and commodification of black bodies, women's bodies, and innovative writing.
According to Mix, when Stein and Marlatt and Warland approach the love lyric, part of what they effect is a deconstruction of the limitations of the genre – its hostility to women's voices and women's desire – to dismantle the lyric ‘I’ and all its attendant assumptions. But they also seek a venue through which to express lesbian desire, a desire figured as mobile and powerful, a means to dismantling patriarchy and logocentrism. By reconstructing the love lyric in this way, they are also able to construct an alternative sense of identity, mobile and unfixed, yet engaged in the world around itself.
The act of writing an autobiography is tied to self-assertion, and for Stein and Hejinian, it is connected explicitly to placing the (gendered) self in a landscape in which women's lives and writing are too often read as ‘transparent,’ transfiguring that mistake in ways that return readers to their own assumptions about voice, authority, and narrative. Stein's experiments with the form allow her to talk about herself without, she hopes, commodifying that self and selling it to strangers. Hejinian, by contrast, takes up the genre not simply as a means to assert a self, but, more important, as a means to effect a communal relationship with her readers as strangers.
For Stein and Cha, the epic becomes a form for articulating those unheard stories – immigrant voices, stories lost in translation, experiences that are simply untranslatable. But after deconstructing language through an examination of translations, Cha works to build a language that stresses its own partiality and inadequacy even as it expresses disturbing, moving, and powerful ideas.
For all these authors, evoking but also remaking these forms of patriarchal poetry allows both the authors and the genres to be ‘reheard,’ as Stein puts it. As Mix discusses throughout A Vocabulary of Thinking, ‘patriarchal poetry’ has constructed a narrative of innovative American poetry that has "estimat[ed] the value" of its practitioners, elevating some to prominence while relegating others to obscurity. Stein is in motion right now, moving from obscurity to significance. And in participating in that movement, Mix seeks to bring contemporary experimental poets with her. By replacing Stein in a position of prominence in North American poetry, we can reevaluate her influence, seeing her not only as significant to certain male authors, as critics have acknowledged for decades, but also as significant to women writers.
At the same time, this replacement allows us to reevaluate our understanding of the function of experimental writing. No longer a movement rendered obsolete by the coming of postmodernism or a radicalism interested only in artistic innovation, experimentalism is linked here to feminist, lesbian, multicultural, and postcolonial activism. By revealing the ways in which habits of language and genre are tied to ‘patriarchal habits’ through relentless parroting of those conventions, these authors have prepared the ground for material intervention. By reforming readers' relationships to their texts, all of these writers have sought to reimagine the writer's role as collaborative, as tender, and as loving. In contrast to patriarchal poetry, which is invested in the "renewing of an intermediate rectification of the initial boundary between cows and fishes", the forms Stein imagines, the genres that she sets in motion, refuse the distinctions of patriarchy in favor of intermingling and play "in consideration of the preparation of the change which is their chance inestimably". This refusal, this beautiful and nourishing vision, links all the authors in A Vocabulary of Thinking to Stein.
Mix argues freshly and usefully that Stein provides crucial
resources for understanding the innovations of later women writers.
In this accomplished work, she provides subtle, lucid, and
convincing close readings of difficult but interesting works. –
I believe this book will add significantly to the burgeoning
scholarship on modern and contemporary experimental writing by
women. There are some wonderful readings here. – Elisabeth A. Frost,
Building on the tradition of experimental or avant-garde writing in the United States, Mix in A Vocabulary of Thinking questions the politics of the canon and literary influence, offers close readings of previously neglected contemporary writers whose work doesn't fit within conventional categories, and by linking genres not typically associated with experimentalism – lyric, epic, and autobiography – challenges ongoing reevaluations of innovative writing. By bringing little known female writers to the fore, by showing the parallels, and by placing them alongside Steiner, Mix, with her meticulously reasoned arguments, rescues these little-known writers from obscurity.
Parenting & Families / Directories / Reference
Peterson's Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers 2008 (Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers) by Peterson's (Peterson’s)
You could windsurf on a cool, clear
Interested? Get ready to pack your bags and join the other 5 million kids and teens who'll be having the summer of a life-time. – from the book
Peterson's Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers 2008 is a guide to summer programs worldwide – in its pages readers can explore summer camps, arts programs, sports clinics, academic courses, travel tours and wilderness adventures. The book includes:
Now in its twenty-fifth edition, the mission of
Peterson's Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers 2008
is to uncover a mind-boggling array of things to do on the next
summer vacation. The book clues readers in on exciting camps,
academic options, travel adventures, community service projects,
sports clinics, and arts programs throughout the
First comes out The Inside Scoop. Readers uncover all they need
to know about finding the summer program that's right for them,
questions to ask before they sign on the dotted line, and how to
cope with homesickness. Next is the Quick-Reference Chart with the
fast facts, at-a-glance rundown on who offers what. This chart gives
readers important information about all the programs listed in the
guide, so they can narrow their search to a manageable size. Readers
will also be able to zero in on programs around the
There are programs in Peterson's Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers 2008 with costs and fees to meet every budget, from $50 workshops to $4500 world treks, with sessions varying in length from a couple of days to a couple of months. The programs come in many different flavors, but most fit into one of the following categories: traditional, sports, arts, or special-interest camps; academic programs; travel and wilderness adventures; internships; and community service opportunities. Here's a run-down on the types of programs and what they offer.
Peterson's Summer Programs for Kids & Teenagers 2008
lists camps, academic programs, sports clinics, arts work-shops,
internships, volunteer opportunities, and travel adventures
Political Science / International / Law / Criminal Law
Essentials of Terrorism: Concepts and Controversies by Gus Martin (Sage Publications)
Essentials of Terrorism is a comprehensive yet compact resource that provides a thorough introduction to many facets of the world of modern terrorism. This briefer, version of Gus Martin’s popular text Understanding Terrorism, Second Edition is a stand-alone textbook for undergraduate classes. It can also be used in conjunction with other resources, such as Martin’s collection of readings The New Era of Terrorism, or with other supplemental books or journal articles for an upper-level undergraduate or master’s level audience.
Essentials of Terrorism, written by Gus Martin,
assistant vice president for faculty affairs in the Division of
Academic Affairs at
A student study site provides introductions to journal articles, recommended Web sites, full-text journal articles tied to each chapter, e-flashcards, Web exercises, and more. Instructors’ resources on CD-ROM provide professors with a test bank, maps, PowerPoint presentations, activity and lecture suggestions, and more.
Essentials of Terrorism introduces readers to terrorism in the contemporary era, focusing on the post-Second World War period as its primary emphasis. It is a review of nations, movements, and individuals who have engaged in what many people would define as terrorist violence. It is also a review of the many kinds of terrorism that have existed in the postwar era. A serious exploration is made of the underlying causes of terrorism – for example, extremist ideologies, religious intolerance, and traumatic episodes in the lives of nations and people.
The pedagogical approach of Essentials of Terrorism is designed to stimulate critical thinking in readers. Students, professionals, and instructors will find that each chapter follows a sequence of instruction that builds on previous chapters and thus incrementally enhances the reader's knowledge of each topic. Chapters incorporate the following features:
Essentials of Terrorism is a stimulating and engaging text, either alone or with readings or other materials, for undergraduate and graduate courses in Terrorism, Homeland Security, International Security, Criminal Justice Administration, Political Conflict, Armed Conflict, and Social Movements in departments of criminal justice, sociology, and political science. Essentials of Terrorism is an ideal anchor textbook for investigating the many aspects of terrorism, political violence, and homeland security. That it is easily adapted to these subjects means that instructors will be able to design a variety of instructional packages around it. In this way, the text is a versatile resource.
Extensive coverage in Chapter 1 helps readers grasp and define the concept of terrorism; each chapter includes extensive historical background. Chapter introductions, chapter perspectives, chapter summaries, discussion boxes, and a glossary bring key concepts to life for students. The book is also suitable for professionals who require instruction in understanding terrorism.
Politics / International / Relations / History / Military / Weapons
Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons by Adrian Levy & Catherine Scott-Clark (Walker & Company)
In President George W. Bush's State of the Union address in 2002,
he pinpointed three nuclear hot spots as threats to the free world:
Based on hundreds of interviews over the past decade in the United States, Pakistan, India, Israel and the Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia, Levy and Scott-Clark, award-winning investigative journalists who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for the Sunday Times of London for seven years before joining the Guardian as senior correspondents, reveal how the sales of nuclear weapons technology to Iran, North Korea, and Libya, so much in the news today, were made with the knowledge of the American government.
As Levy and Scott-Clark relate, every American administration
from Jimmy Carter's to George W. Bush's has condoned Pakistan's
nuclear activity – rewriting and destroying evidence provided by
U.S. and Western intelligence agencies; lying to Congress and the
American people about Pakistan's intentions and capability so that
U.S. aid to Pakistan, prohibited to countries illicitly holding
nuclear weapons, could be maintained; secretly supplying components
and equipment to Pakistan in the full knowledge that they could be
used in a nuclear program; even tipping off the Pakistani government
about criminal probes into its nuclear program by U.S. agencies.
Deception puts our current standoffs with
[Levy and Scott-Clark] substantially support the idea that the
nuclear program influenced Pakistan's internal power struggles, and
that American government officials led disinformation campaigns for
30 years in order to hang onto the nation as a dubious ally against
first the Soviets and then al-Qaeda.... Building on a decade's worth
of interviews, the husband-and-wife investigative term serve a
stunning indictment of ‘the nuclear crime of all our lifetimes,’ in
which, the authors claim, the
Persuasive evidence that the United States looked the other way
for years while Pakistan developed a nuclear bomb and exported
weapons technology to Iran, North Korea and other enemies of the
West...The ‘greatest nuclear scandal of our age’ continues, with
Pakistan still buying and selling nuclear technology, heightening
American vulnerability to nuclear terrorism. Simultaneously
astonishing, maddening and absolutely frightening. – Kirkus Reviews
An unputdownable and explosive account of our most recent times that reveals how while our leaders in the West claimed to be securing our future they were ultimately responsible for one of the greatest deceptions of the age. – Simon Reeve, author The New Jackals – Ramzi Yousef, Osama bin Laden and the Future of Terrorism
This rich and detailed book reads like a thriller. The story of how A. Q. Khan set up the Pakistani nuclear program – and thereby changed history – is a reminder that the price of our security is endless vigilance. – Robert Cooper, Director General for External Relation and Politico-Military Affairs at the Council of the European Union
Deception is a masterwork of reportage and dramatic
storytelling by two of the world's most resourceful investigative
journalists. The book puts our current standoffs with
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Reference / Commentaries
Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and
Philemon by Thomas Aquinas, translated by Chrysostom
The mid-1260s found St. Thomas Aquinas in
The commentaries on this last set of epistles,
Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and
Philemon, are all literal expositions, only rarely if
ever concerned with allegorical meaning. They come down to us in the
form of the reportatio, effectively lecture notes taken by a student
Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon also contains an outline of Sacred Scripture based on St. Thomas's own thought in the matter, outlines of the individual commentaries, and endnotes marking those places in the works of St. Thomas where he discusses the same topic he treats in particular places in these commentaries. The time-honored Douay-Rheims version of the Bible was the staple source for Scriptural passages, being closer to the Latin used by the saintly commentator.
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), without a doubt, ranks among the greatest, if not the first, of philosopher-theologians in service to holy church. A scriptural commentator, one might say by way of hobby only, but most especially, Aquinas laid the foundation for thought and theological discourse in the Catholic Church. A large man with a great mind, Thomas squeezed holiness out of early Greek thought as a ratio for a philosophy centered in the Christian mysteries. Not just brilliant, Thomas also possessed innate spiritual qualities in the Dominican style. As a friar he conjoined humility and a quiet demeanor uncharacteristic, perhaps, of those who tower intellectually over rank and file.
Under Thomas, theology became an astute science, henceforth to be known as ‘Thomism.’ So enlightening were his offerings and enduring his legacy that scholasticism in the Thomistic school, by decree of Pope Leo XIII, was universally enjoined upon the education of clerics in the church.
We have in the lectures on the pastoral epistles of the New Testament samples of Thomas's pedagogy. These letters are called pastoral, for they express the concerns of the writer to those being addressed and because they demonstrate a concern for the orderly pastoral care of the Christian communities where these individuals are engaged, always arguing to the new Christian mindset incumbent upon all because of the Christ event, while urging a new order of relationships intra-church and a new courage in the midst of the onslaughts by the powers that be.
According to the translator of
Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and
Philemon, Chrysostom Baer, ordered priest of the
Norbertine Order at St. Michael’s Abbey in
Second, grace in the Mystical Body may be considered in the principal members of this Body, first inasmuch as they are concerned with spiritual matters, and so we have I and II Timothy, and Titus. For three things are fitting to a prelate: ruling over the people, suffering for them, and defending them against evil. But the principal members of the Mystical Body are also concerned with temporal matters, and so we have Philemon, wherein the Apostle shows how masters ought to relate to their servants, and vice versa.
Third, this grace in the Mystical Body may be considered in the Head of the Mystical Body, i.e. Christ Himself; thus, the epistle to the Hebrews. The necessity of protecting the Church from heretics constitutes the third of the pastoral epistles, this time to Titus: why it is necessary and how to resist evil teachers efficaciously.
Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon seemed incomplete, however, without including the commentary on the small epistle to Philemon, which certainly would not merit publication on its own otherwise. And although the treatment is directly about masters and slaves, who might seem not to have much practical application nowadays, yet is it an undeniable facet of human nature that some are in authority while others are subject to that authority. If there is to be peaceable concord between these two so often opposed parties, we must draw our paradigm of behavior from this epistle – a pattern of love, mutual respect, and subordination in all things to the mission of the Gospel.
Interest in the Angelic Doctor is unabated even in these times of
modem philosophies and a certain anti-Aristotelianism, for which
reasons we applaud the young cleric translators and their eagerness
to engage Thomas in the Latin language from which he lectured.
Indeed, these exercises afford them and the student-reader of this
book a glimpse into Aquinas' classroom. – Most Reverend Joseph N.
Perry Titular Bishop of Lead Auxiliary Bishop of
It serves the greater Christian good to have these Commentaries on St. Paul's Epistles to Timothy, Titus, and Philemon available for ready consultation in critical English editions.
Religion & Spirituality / Comparative Religion
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read:
Most people would rather feel comfortable than know the truth. Well I'm going to make you uncomfortable by telling you the truth. – Robert F. Kennedy
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32
Since 1993 the first edition of
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read has
been a bestseller and has been praised by many as a ‘must read.’
Over a half a dozen printings later it has been used as a textbook
by universities and seminaries from
Extensively revised by author Tim C. Leedom and his research assistant of eight years, Maria Murdy, The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read presents a rare look perhaps the most controversial issues of all time: religion. Packed with essays from world-renowned theologians, historians, and researchers, this anthology exposes misrepresentations, challenges age old beliefs, and seeks to reveal the whole truth to anyone who has ever been told what to believe. The book discloses the origins and frail histories of the world’s major religions and answers questions readers never knew they had. But more than anything, the book urges readers to think for themselves.
The book is a reference volume that is meant to be challenging and informative. Many religious people are kind, peace-loving and good. Some are not. According to the editors, whether it is the belief system that molds them or their inherent nature, it is hard to say. Most are woefully misinformed and underexposed to material that could change them for the better. But literacy takes reading, change takes effort and enlightenment takes courage.
The book was an immediate hit when published. According to the
editor in an interview, the kick-off events were book signings in
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read was
first released, there were protests and intimidating phone calls.
The editors were banned from a "Banned Book Week" book signing event
at a Barnes & Noble in
William Edelen in Chapter one says “Hanging on the wall of my study is a remarkable map. It is about three feet wide and six feet long. It shows the history of religious evolution starting about 180,000 years ago and ending at the bottom in 1966. The title is The History Map of Religions. It is in eight colors, with each color representing the flow of mythologies, and concepts, from one religion to another. For instance, if you follow the color ‘blue,’ you can see the mythological diffusion, or continuity, from Zoroastrianism and Mithraism into Christianism. It is quite an educational experience to stand in front of the map and study the overall evolution of religions from the third (warm) interglacial period; the Lower Mousterian Culture of Neanderthal man in Europe to the religious picture of Earth today.
Readers may ask: "Where did it all begin, this behavior that we call ‘religious’?" How far back do we go to find the origins of some of our beliefs, like life after death, or the belief in supernatural beings and spirits? Anthropologists believe think that religious behavior can easily be found in the Neanderthal period of 135,000 years ago. The Neanderthal people buried their dead with great sensitivity and care. Flowers were put into the graves. Artifacts were buried with the dead. Artifacts were either to take with you into another life following death, or for an offering to the gods or goddesses.
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read contains many interesting, unknown facts, such as there being no mention of Jesus Christ in the Dead Sea Scrolls; the oldest story in the world (predating Christianity by millennia) being that of a virgin mother bearing a newborn; God finding out about the Trinity from the Catholic Church in 325 A. D.; and Christmas being a pagan holiday with December 25th shared as a birthdate by many other crucified saviors.
Over 60% of the book is upgraded and a few mistakes have been corrected. Unlike the first edition, which was grounded in free thought, the second edition is a little more aggressive. The authors focus on the dangers of Fundamentalism. All religion is put under the microscope, examined from an archaeological, historical, scientific, and mythological basis. The editors have expanded The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read to include all major world religions, their commonalities and the reasons for their insane conflicts with each other. The examination of stellar worship, the sacred feminine, paganism and the development of Hinduism puts many current issues in the right perspective.
Another upgrade is the increase in authors of international fame and expertise. This edition includes contemporary scholars, researchers and writers such as Joseph Campbell, Judy Chicago, and Village Voice writer Rick Perlstein. The list includes former Episcopal Archbishop John Shelby Spong, Acharya S., Chris Hedges, ex-communicated Catholic Bishop Thomas Doyle, the Jesus Seminar, David Stannard, along with a collection of commentaries from the likes of Bill Moyers and Barbara Blaine of S.N.A.P. [The Survivors' Network against Molesting Priests].
Like the first edition, the second still encourages people to think for themselves and look for proof. The editors want readers not to rely on answers given by ancient texts and philosophies that were myths then and are absurd today. The foundation of The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read is the spirit of free inquiry, from the ancient Greeks – Protagoras, Socrates and others – through the Renaissance humanism of Erasmus and Spinoza, followed by the Enlightenment – Voltaire, John Locke, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson – to the present secular culture of great scientific achievements. The scholars or theologians who have contributed to the book are not naive to the point of believing that this anthology will create ‘Rapture’ in reverse. Knowing the reaction of established religion in the past to critique and examination, the editors anticipate another strong response by those who won't even read it. These leaders and followers continually take the attitude of "don't bother me with facts; I've already made up my mind."
There are three major changes underway now in the affairs of all mankind. First is politics. … We are beginning to see the end of a long-established economic tyranny, which for centuries has gripped the affairs of nations, including ours. To these we add religion, the most crippling detriment of them all to the evolution of humankind. All of these changes are coming as we enter the ‘new age,’ now upon us. This work addresses itself most admirably to this vital effort. – Bill Jenkins, former ABC talk show host
…great book – Luther Warner
Consider this book as a kind of consumer protection guide to
religion, a big step forward toward religious literacy. Readers will
explore myths, origins, fundamentalism, television ministries, the
identical stories of Stellar/Pagan/Christian beliefs, unfounded
doctrines, child abuse and women’s rights. It’s entertaining and
readable, with a sense of humor reflecting the absurdities of
fundamental religion – while being inoffensive. The approach is one
of not hitting the reader over the head with ‘you’re wrong’ but
rather ‘consider this.’ –
For reference, shock, or lively debate, the book has it all. Buy it, study it and then draw your own conclusions! Fast becoming know as the textbook of free thought. – Bonnie Lange, Truth Seeker Company
A giant step toward religious literacy. If a person, being a
Christian, church member or clergy, hasn't read the thoughts,
evidence and point of view of
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read,
they are not getting the whole story. – Reverend Richard Hill,
The hard truth about the good book. – OC Weekly
Once in a long while a book comes along that challenges tradition and shakes beliefs in the very institutions we trust most – this is that book.
Raw, honest and groundbreaking, The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read is an enlightening anthology by world-renowned theologians, historians and researchers that exposes and challenges misrepresentations and age-old beliefs. The book sets its tone with Robert Ingersoll and Thomas Paine. It does not back off from the challenge and exposure of the Bible and religion. The mere mention of pagan origins, astrotheology and mythology always brings howls of protest and denial from the church. The book makes more than mere mention: it shows religion for what it is. There are some lively disagreements among the authors; this is fitting in a book meant to challenge.
Discovering the truth of the evidence of other saviors and of stories identical to many in the Old and New Testaments, which appeared one thousand years before Jesus, will be unsettling, as will the exposure of modern-day abuses and policies in the name of God. To be sure, just as many will be shocked by these facts, many will be surprised by the number of intelligent, patriotic, sincere and kind men and women who do not embrace the God of the Bible.
Religion & Spirituality / Philosophy
Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics by Thomas Aquinas, translated by Richard Berquist, with a preface by Ralph McInerny (Dumb Ox Books)
The Posterior Analytics is the summit of Aristotle's achievement in logic. It investigates the logical requirements for the most perfect of arguments, the demonstration, which proves a necessary conclusion from necessary premises. In his commentary on this treatise, Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics Thomas Aquinas gives us perceptive interpretations of Aristotle's very concise and difficult text, together with illuminating explanations of the structure of the work as a whole and of the order of its parts. This new translation, based on the Leonine Commission's 1989 edition, seeks to render Aquinas's text into contemporary English. It includes a careful translation of the Latin text of Aristotle on which the commentary was based, with footnotes on passages where it differs from the Greek.
Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics as
useful as possible for contemporary readers, the translator, Richard
Berquist, professor emeritus of philosophy at the
Aquinas's commentary is divided into readings or lessons, forty-four on Book I of the Posterior Analytics and twenty on Book H. The translator's supplementary commentary follows the same arrangement. The work includes footnotes, a brief bibliography of works cited, an index, and a preface by Ralph McInerny.
In the introduction, Richard Berquist says that the Posterior Analytics is the summit of Aristotle's achievement in logic. It investigates the logical requirements for demonstration, that is, for proving a necessary conclusion from necessary premises. Since a proof of this kind holds the first place among arguments, the treatises in Aristotle's Organon which precede the Posterior Analytics – the Categories, the On Interpretation and the Prior Analytics – are ordered especially to clarifying its presuppositions. The treatises which follow it – the Topics, the On Sophistic Refutations and the Rhetoric – are concerned with arguments which are useful and important, but essentially less perfect than the demonstration. The work therefore, is of the greatest importance.
How should readers approach the study of this work? The subject matter is by its very nature difficult, and Aristotle's text is often very brief and difficult to interpret. Hence, Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics, this new translation of Thomas Aquinas's Commentary on the Posterior Analytics, a commentary which is valuable not only for its interpretations of Aristotle's arguments, but also for its explanations of the structure of the work as a whole and of the order of its parts.
[Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics] is a good deal more than simply a translation of the commentary, itself a large task and one Berquist has accomplished with elegant clarity. He also translated the Latin text of Aristotle on which Thomas relied in writing his commentary. Nor is that all. His introduction to his work touches on a number of neuralgic points with ease and persuasiveness. His account of the relationship between the logic Aristotle taught and symbolic logic – which are not, he suggests, two logics – casts sharp light on a vexed subject, and no one who has considered the matter can fail to find Berquist's argument worthy of reflection if not immediate assent.
The commentary that Berquist has added to his edition of the work is a little book in its own right. Armed with this commentary on the commentary and the wonderfully faithful and clear translations, even a neophyte will derive great profit from this book. … – Ralph McInerny, Notre Dame
In Commentary on Aristotle's Posterior Analytics Thomas Aquinas gives readers perceptive interpretations of Aristotle's text, together with illuminating explanations of the structure of the work. This new translation renders Aquinas's text faithfully in contemporary English.
Science Fiction & Fantasy / Alternative History
Opening Atlantis by Harry Turtledove (ROC)
The maven of alternate history – The San Diego Union-Tribune
A masterful teller of tales. – SciFi Dimensions
One of alternate history's authentic modern masters. – Booklist
New York Times bestselling author Harry Turtledove has intrigued
readers with such thought-provoking ‘what if...’ scenarios as a
conquered Elizabethan England in Ruled Britannia and a Japanese
Opening Atlantis, the first of a brand-new trilogy,
he rewrites the history of the world with the existence of an eighth
Atlantis lies between
Praise for Turtledove’s End of the Beginning:
Thrilling and thought-provoking in a way that not nearly enough alternative history is… supremely satisfying speculative combat fiction. – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Chilling.... A plethora of characters, each with his or her own point of view, provides experiences in miniature that combine to paint a broad canvas of the titanic struggle. – Publishers Weekly
A good mix of a war story and the tales of everyday people....
Turtledove paints an excellent, if bleak portrait of a
An able continuation of the outstanding exploration of the unpleasant WWII alternate scenario that Turtledove launched in Days of Infamy. – Booklist
Turtledove is at the top of his game as he takes readers into undiscovered territory in Opening Atlantis. Not only is the book a fantastic read, it is timely as well, addressing some crucial environmental issues.
Social Sciences / Anthropology / Race Relations
The Idea of English Ethnicity by Robert J.C. Young (Blackwell Manifestos Series: Blackwell Publishing)
The title of the book, The Idea of English Ethnicity, addresses something which many people would say doesn't exist. English ethnicity? Irish, Welsh, Scottish, yes, but English? People don't regard ‘English’ as an ethnicity. Why is that the case?
In recent years, particularly since devolution in the
In this major contribution to debates about English identity,
leading theorist Robert J.C. Young, Julius Silver Professor of
English and Comparative Literature at
Englishness was constructed as a translatable quality or identity
that could be taken on or appropriated by anyone anywhere – which is
why the most English Englishmen have rarely been English. According
to Young, this construction was so powerful that even today the
English Diaspora continues to act together at a political level
around the globe. In
The Idea of English Ethnicity offers a deliberate
anachronism: through a return to the past, to the days before the
concept of ‘ethnicity’ was invented. ‘Ethnicity’ was first
differentiated from ‘race’ in 1941. The simple difference between
race and ethnicity is that if race emphasizes nature rather than
nurture, ethnicity emphasizes nurture rather than nature. Young uses
the term ‘ethnicity’ primarily to emphasize the extent to which many
versions of the biologistic racial science of the nineteenth
century remained decisively cultural. As ideas of nation, race and
racial identity developed in the nineteenth century, it was
probably inevitable that the mixed peoples of the
The Idea of English Ethnicity tells that story. It is a story not of the elaboration of English racial identity as national character – but of its progressive diffusion. For the end of Saxonism led to the adoption of a new identity, in which Englishness was an attribute of the English, but no longer directly connected to England as such, rather taking the form of a global racial and cultural identity – of ‘Anglo-Saxons’. Though it is easy to assume that they mean the same thing, Anglo-Saxons were not just Saxon, that is, were not just English – they included Americans, and the English everywhere. The racial status of this new identity was deliberately left vague; certainly there were no attempts to give it the standing of hard science – in practice individuals or groups emphasized a racial component or not according to their prejudices and political needs. Most writers were fairly cavalier about the details, certainly with regard to any ‘scientific’ basis, which they tended to assume but not want to enquire into too deeply. Though often projected in racial terms, the primary identity of this international English character was cultural and linguistic, and for this reason it seems not grossly illegitimate to characterize it as a form of soft racialism, or even anachronistically as an early kind of ethnicity.
The Idea of English Ethnicity, the global identity
created for the ethnic English may account for why, with the
resurgence of minor nationalism in the
Though it is anachronistic to use the term `ethnicity', therefore, the English definition of themselves in terms of an English race was so elastic as only to have a tangential relation to biological racial science. This is not to say that English ethnic or racial identity did not involve forms of racism, racist assumptions of superiority, both of which increased in the later nineteenth century. To affirm the liberal tradition does not require the denial of its residual racialism. It does help to explain, however, why, in the second half of the twentieth century, it was comparatively easy to transform it in a positive way.
Robert Young has written a compelling and thorough textual
history of English ethnicity and its discursive relation to the
history of racial theory. Comprehensive, carefully considered, and
clearly written, this book sets the standard against which any
future study of Englishness will be assessed. The bar has been
lifted a couple of notches higher. – David Theo Goldberg,
What is Englishness?, Robert J.C. Young asks, and in The Idea of English Ethnicity he offers an impressively well-researched and eminently readable answer… – Werner Sollors, Harvard University
A major contribution to debates about English identity,
The Idea of English Ethnicity shows how potent the
idea of Englishness is. Not only does it help to explain why the
Travel / Guidebooks
Central America on a Shoestring by
Robert Reid, Jolyon Attwooll,
Matthew D. Firestone, Carolyn McCarthy, Andy Symington, & Lucas
Vidgen (Lonely Planet
Dig into history along the Ruta Maya, zip through the rain forest canopy or spend the day searching out that perfect hammock spot by the beach.
Easy to overlook on a map,
Adventures are born every day in
Some highlights of this revised edition include expanded do-it-yourself features to help travelers create their own adventure beyond the ‘Gringo Trail,’ and detailed cultural coverage, and more than 120 maps. Readers can learn how to extend their stay and, for example volunteer as a game warden or study Spanish, or just hang out. Candid local interviews reveal the true nature and spirit of the isthmus' No. 1 natural resource – its people. Central America on a Shoestring contains new:
According to the book’s six authors,
Many visitors reach the region overland: bus or boat connections
Wherever travelers go, travel's ultimate highlight is the local
people. One recommended trip – from
Peak tourist season coincides with the dry season – known as
verano (summer), which is roughly between Christmas and Easter's
Semana Santa celebrations. Though hotels fill up at this time – and
raise their prices – travelers will usually find a room even in
big-time tourist destinations much as
Comprehensive, fully updated, Lonely Planet guides are
trustworthy; a trip to