Arts & Photography / Graphic Design / Reference
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design, Second Edition by Tad Crawford (Allworth Press) This book is a comprehensive guide on the professional practices for designers at all stages of their careers.... Only as designers reflect a consistent, responsive, and business-like tenor in relations with their clients will an expected set of norms define an established ethos for the profession. – Richard Grefe, Executive Director, AIGA, from the Preface
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design is the definitive guide to professional business practices in graphic design, revised and updated for the digital age. This guide contains advice on a range of key issues to aid designers, clients, and professional advisers. Up-to-the-minute coverage of web, interactive, and motion graphics; green design; potential repercussions of legislation on Orphan works; protection of fonts and software; managing creative people; using professional help such as lawyers; and more. The newly revised AIGA Standard Form for Design Services is included for the convenience of readers.
This compendium contains guidelines, resources, and sound real-world advice from more than 25 industry professionals. Covering the latest standards in the graphic design business, AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design is structured in three parts covering relationships, management, and rights. Each chapter details such topics as building professional relationships, handling negotiations, fees, contracts, and employee-supplier relations, managing large projects, copyright and trademark issues, electronic uses and has been written by an authority in the field. AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design also guides the business-minded graphic designer through the structuring and managing of a design business, managing large projects, and understanding copyright and trademark issues. In addition, a resource section highlights selected publications, websites, and organizations.
Other topics new to this edition include:
AIGA, the professional association for design, has compiled a go-to reference for business standards and practices for graphic designers with Tad Crawford, an attorney and publisher as its editor. Founded in 1914, AIGA remains the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design. AIGA now represents more than 22,000 design professionals, educators and students through national activities and local programs developed by 60 chapters and 240 student groups.
AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design provides definitive guidelines on all aspects of the graphic design business. – FYI
Whether working individually, in a studio or agency, or in a corporate design department, AIGA Professional Practices in Graphic Design is a must-have desktop resource for conducting business in this dynamic industry. No designer should do business without this comprehensive, authoritative book, an industry classic, which sold 70,000 copies in its first edition.
Arts & Photography / Graphic Novels/ Fashion / Museum Collections
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy by Harold Koda & Andrew Bolton, with an introduction by Michael Chabon (The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press)
Since Superman appeared in 1938, superheroes have exercised a powerful influence over our imagination. Like their biblical and mythological ancestors, superheroes have been conduits for our hopes, dreams, and desires. Emerging from dime novels and pulp magazines and evolving in comic books, superheroes have been dismissed until relatively recently as the trifling fantasies of childhood.
From Wonder Woman’s satin stars and golden bracelets to Batman’s
brooding cape and mask, the style of superheroes’ dress has
influenced both street wear and high fashion.
Superheroes explores how radical couture,
avant-garde sportswear, and state-of-the-art military garments – as
seen through the lens of the superhero – can be metaphors for sex,
power, and politics. Beginning with the origins of the superhero
costume, this volume looks at how designers have been influenced by
iconographic components. Costumes such as those worn by Batman and
Catwoman are examined as reflections of sexual and physical prowess,
while others, most notably those of Superman and Captain
Superheroes, written by Harold Koda, Curator in Charge and Andrew Bolton, Curator, both at The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also explores superpowers and their manifestations – literal, symbolic, or metaphorical: Flash’s speed, Iron Man’s invulnerability, Hulk’s strength, and Spiderman’s agility are presented in their fantastical evocations. Featured designers include Pierre Cardin, John Galliano, Azzedine Alaia, Giorgio Armani, Hussein Chalayan, Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Jean Paul Gaultier, Comme des Garçons, and Walter van Beirendonck.
The book includes movie costumes as well as radical haute couture and state-of-the-art, high performance sportswear. Superheroes looks at the ways designers have adapted the basic components of the superhero costume – cape, mask, boots, and unitard – to go beyond iconography to explore issues of sex, power, and politics. One has only to turn a few pages to see the red and yellow ‘S’ emblem on Bernhard Willhelm's T-shirts, the large black spider on the bodice of an ensemble by J.J. Hudson, or the side-view mirrors and polychrome handlebars on Thierry Mugler's motorcycle bustier invoking Ghost Rider, to recognize the powerful reach of the superhero on contemporary tastemakers.
As the lavishly illustrated Superheroes explains, their apparent triviality is the very thing that gives superheros the ability to address serious issues of merit and worth, that frees them to comment upon shifting attitudes toward self and society, toward ideology and identity.
This catalogue accompanies an exhibition held at The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York, May 7-
Arts & Photography / Performing Arts
The Making of Theatrical Reputations: Studies from
the Modern London Theatre by Yael Zarhy-Levo (Studies in Theatre
History and Culture Series:
Public taste is created – never forget that. – John Osborne, 1981
Today’s successful plays and playwrights achieve their prominence not simply because of their intrinsic merit but because of the work of mediators, who influence the whole trajectory of a playwright’s or a theatre company’s career.
Who are the figures – individuals or organizations – that authorize theatre companies or playwrights and influence their position on the cultural map? What are the strategies employed by these figures to endow the theatrical work with value and to make it more accessible to audiences? What are the channels they employ to introduce, promote, or evaluate the work? What sorts of patterns of interaction are established among these authorizing figures, and how do they affect the perceived value of the work? What role do the playwrights themselves play in the reception and perception of their works? In sum, how do these authorizing figures and these configurations of interrelated parties, modes, or mechanisms that help organize the processes of mediation operate in the theatre and how does mediation influence the status of an event or the position of a company or playwright in the cultural or historical memory?
The Making of Theatrical Reputations Yael
Zarhy-Levo demonstrates the processes through which these mediatory
practices by key authority figures situate theatrical companies and
playwrights within cultural and historical memory. To reveal how
these authorizing powers that be operate, Zarhy-Levo, senior
lecturer in the Department of Literature at
In The Making of Theatrical Reputations these four case studies primarily serve to illustrate the various processes of mediation. Accordingly, in all four cases Zarhy-Levo presents the workings of various individuals or organizations that act as mediators. Among those who partake in one way or another in theatrical production, the role of mediation is ascribed in the book to those who enhance the value of a work as a result of one or more of the following: their function as decision makers (e.g., artistic directors, producers), their involvement as theatre practitioners (e.g., directors, actors), their prominent standing, or their active promotion of the theatrical enterprise. Promotional mediation is also often carried out directly through participation in theatre festivals, advertisement, press releases, and other media interventions.
Zarhy-Levo investigates the methods, aims, assumptions, and modes of description and analysis, as well as the objectives and policies of those who partake in theatre production, and the promotional means employed by them. Drawing upon previous scholarship, she examines how the theatrical works were received; the ways that theatre reviewers, critics, academics, newspapers, journals, and other media, as well as organizations, contributed both separately and collectively to the perception of the theatrical creators and their work. In The Making of Theatrical Reputations she investigates the role of the theatre creators themselves in shaping the reception and perception of their work and she explores the effect of different configurations of mediating parties on the theatrical standing of the artists (whether an individual playwright or a company) and their work. In the process, in each of the four case studies she focuses on a specific topic, each of which serves her primary subject and aims.
Given the aim of The Making of Theatrical Reputations, Zarhy-Levo’s decisions to discuss specific events, companies, plays, and playwrights rather than giving a historical survey of the modern London theatre was derived in part from the consideration that each case she chose is perceived as a major contribution to the development of London (and British) theatre in the 1950s and 1960s (notwithstanding the debates over the extent of each one's individual contribution). The cases she chose illustrate, separately and together, distinct mediatory configurations and their impact on the reputations of theatrical works and creators both in their own time and over time. Thus these cases (despite – or because of – being quite specific in their topics) offer four salient instances of the making of theatrical reputations.
I commend the clarity with which Zarhy-Levo summarizes the
critical opinions of reviewers and academics alike. Her argument is
original and well presented and will throw new light on theatrical
developments in postwar
Theatre critics and drama scholars have long believed that they have an effect on the general public's response to playwrights, particularly those whose plays are difficult, expressed in unconventional ways, or deal with unpopular topics. Yael Zarhy-Levo demonstrates that there is substantial evidence to corroborate this claim. Emphasizing the contributions of newspaper critics, Zarhy-Levo explains how favorable reviews and careful analyses of the dramas ultimately persuaded theatre-goers to understand, accept, and appreciate both the individual plays and the authors who created them. – Steve H. Gale, founding president of the Harold Pinter Society, founding coauthor of The Pinter Review, author of Butter’s Going Up: A Critical Analysis of Harold Pinter’s Work
The Making of Theatrical Reputations is a work which demonstrates, through cases studies, the claim that critics and scholars do have an effect on how theater is received.
Drawing upon a valuable body of publications and scholarship, Zarhy-Levo investigates and integrates the various practices of mediation and, furthermore, brings to the fore a range of participating figures, modes, or mechanisms, presenting the four cases – key developments in modern London theatre – through the prism of mediation. In doing so, she shows how the accumulating processes of mediation have shaped not only the theatrical reputations of specific events, companies, and individual playwrights, but also our historical understanding of their particular role within the overall context of British theatre.
Biographies & Memoirs / Journalists / Deaf Authors
Day by Day: The Chronicles of a Hard of Hearing
Reporter by Elizabeth Thompson (Deaf Lives Series, Volume 7:
The short of it – I became deaf.
The long of it – I learned how to cope. This learning process began when I was a child. Was it easy? No. Interesting? Yes. That is the gist of my book. I want to share what I have learned from within myself, from my experiences, and from others. All of these experiences led to my writing a newspaper column, starting in 1998. I have built Day by Day around these columns, explaining how the writing came to life and any afterthoughts that came to me as I retyped individual columns into my book. The columns, all of which appeared in Suburban News Publications, are scattered throughout the book. Words have a power that can have a long-lasting effect. For this reason, I want my words to encourage all of my readers and let them know they are not alone.… – from the Foreword
Elizabeth Thompson’s hearing loss was detected when she was in elementary school, and her hearing continued to deteriorate until she became completely deaf. Like many other hard of hearing and late-deafened individuals, her hearing loss complicated the general challenges of life. She struggled through school, worked as a secretary, married, had a daughter, and then found herself living as a single mother. She remarried, and soon after learned that she had contracted Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Despite these hurdles, Thompson always expressed her determination to enjoy the best life had to offer.
Her astonishing exuberance might have gone unnoticed if she had not accepted a new position as a reporter/columnist in 1998 for Suburban News Publications (SNP). Day by Day presents a blend of her experiences and best SNP columns that illustrate how she crafted her remarkable outlook. In her columns, Thompson presented how she handled her hearing loss as a personal guide for readers. She used every stratagem available to function full-throttle – hearing aids, FM systems, lights for alarms, TTYs, even training her dog Snert. She also gently counseled readers on how to treat deaf and hard of hearing people with practical consideration and respect. Her pursuit of a fully realized life enabled her to do what she loved most, to meet and write about inspiring persons, many of whom are profiled in her memoir. Thompson eventually underwent cochlear implantation that restored 95% of her hearing, an exalting moment for her. Yet, Day by Day celebrates the entire arc of her life, a wonderful testament to her joyous resilience.
Like the journalist she is, Thompson offers insights from all perspectives, This wonderfully written book gives voice to the more than 20 million Americans, including me, who are hard of hearing, and anyone who has felt isolated because they are different. – Sharon Baldacci, author of A Sundog Moment
With Day by Day Thompson welcomes us into her world; her life is an open book. Accurate and interesting, the book fulfills her goal to learn, teach, and reach others struggling like she was, and to build a bridge of understanding between hearing and Deaf people.
This is the seventh volume in the Deaf Lives Series edited by Brenda Brueggermann.
Business & Economics / Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook: How to Start, Run and Grow Your Own Profitable Business, Second Edition by James Stephenson, with Rich Mintzer (Entrepreneur Press)
According to the SBA, more than 750,000 new business ventures are started each year, with the vast majority of homebased business enterprises started by first-time entrepreneurs. That adds up to a lot of people taking a gigantic leap of faith, and it begs the questions:
These questions are answered in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook by James Stephenson, an experienced homebased consultant with 15 years of business and marketing experience. The book was developed for the thousands of people who start a home business each week and for the thousands more who are considering starting a home business. The book provides first-time and even seasoned entrepreneurs with vital information that they need to start, run and grow their own profitable businesses from the comforts of home. It is a toolkit to move the venture from startup to profitable.
No matter what stage the business is in, Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook helps readers:
Readers will find up-to-date, detailed information on every stage of business creation. This second edition offers more information on the latest tools and trends, including cutting-edge office software, inexpensive online advertising, and business protection plans. Combine that with how-to tips, ideas, tools from in-the-trenches homebased entrepreneurs and hundreds of print and online resources, and readers have a one-stop guide.
Along with being a guide to starting and running a homebased business, Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook is also a workbook. Stephenson recommends using it incrementally throughout the phases of getting the new home business rolling, including:
The book includes a chapter on 125 homebased business ideas and 101 homebased franchises. Throughout the Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook, readers also find checklists, worksheets and forms that they can use as featured, or alternately, use as templates. Using a basic word processing program, they can customize each checklist, worksheet or form to create a new one that is relevant to their business, products, services or marketing objectives. They also find examples, such as a sample press release, a target customer profile sheet, and a media questionnaire. As they read through each chapter, readers find that hundreds of business-related resources have been included in the text and at the end. The resources include both American and Canadian business associations, government agencies, private corporations, individuals, websites, books and other publications, products, and services. The three primary categories are associations, books and websites.
Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Homebased Business Handbook is the most authoritative and comprehensive home business startup book available. It gives readers the answers to the questions that they may have about starting, operating and growing their own home business for long-term success. The information is presented in an easy-to-use, step-by-step format that acts as a road map to guide readers effortlessly through the process of starting a homebased business.
Children / Historical Fiction / Ages 9-12
A Thousand Never Evers by Shana Burg (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
Get a load of this: all I did was laugh at her hat, a couple giggles plus a snort. And now, truth be told, nothing's funny at all. My big brother's gone, maybe forever, and the white folks have stolen what's ours. Mama and me fill the well with our tears, while Uncle Bump blows grief out his harmonica.
As the days and the emptiness pass, I can't help but take parts of my brother and put them right inside me. I reckon I have to. Because I can't rely on Mama or Uncle Bump to be the part of Elias that says right out loud what needs to be done to keep everything from mixing up crazy.
Reverend Walker always says, "There comes a time when a man's
dignity is worth more than his life. I reckon I'm not a man. Heck,
I'm nothing but a twelve-year-old girl living in
A Thousand Never Evers is a meticulously researched work of literary historical fiction by debut author Shana Burg, a passionate educator, journalist, and public speaker who continues to work toward the promise of social justice.
In Kuckachoo, in 1963, Addie Ann Pickett happily swings in her yard, jumps double Dutch, and teaches her trusty cat, Flapjack, new tricks. She worships her brother, Elias, and is proud of following in his footsteps by attending the Negro junior high school.
But when her careless act leads to her brother’s disappearance and possible murder, Addie Ann, Mama, and Uncle Bump struggle with not knowing if he’s dead or alive. Then a good deed meant to unite Kuckachoo sets off a chain of explosive events. Addie Ann knows Old Man Adams left his land to the white and black people to plant a garden and reap its bounty together, but the mayor denies it.
It isn't long before Uncle Bump is faced with a serious problem – he is accused of destroying the town's new integrated garden and his fate lies in the hands of an all-white jury. Addie Ann is stunned by the events and for the first time understands the importance of speaking out. She is itching to reveal the whole truth, but Mama's rule is never tell white folks what they don't want to hear. As the months pass, Addie Ann's family is sorely tested.
A Thousand Never Evers also includes an informative author's note and afterword.
Spunky Addie Ann Pickett is a character you will not soon forget. A fascinating read. – Ruth White, author of the Newbery Honor Book Belle Prater's Bay
References to significant historical events add authenticity and depth, while Addie's frank, expertly modulated voice delivers an emotional wallop. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A Thousand Never Evers is a powerful narrative that examines an explosive time. This heartrending story of Addie Ann's mission to uncover the truth will hold readers in the grip of suspense from beginning to end. Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, A Thousand Never Evers sets a new standard in literary historical fiction. It may well take its place next to great American historical novels such as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Children / Literature & Fiction / History & Criticism / Guides
Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs,
and the Shaping of American Children's Literature by Leonard Marcus
What should children read? As the preeminent children's literature authority, Leonard S. Marcus, shows, that is the three-hundred-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious children's book publishing scene in Colonial times. And it's the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century children's book publishing from a genteel backwater to big business.
Minders of Make-Believe is a first-time history of the visionaries – editors, authors, librarians, booksellers, and others – whose passion for books has transformed American childhood and American culture. Marcus, the industry's most respected historian and critic, provides a look at the fierce turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians – most of them women – throughout the twentieth century.
His story of the emergence and growth of the major publishing
houses – and of the distinctive literature for the young they shaped
– through research and in-depth interviews with dozens of key
publishing figures whose careers go back to the 1930s, including
Maurice Sendak, Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret K. McElderry, Charlotte
Zolotow, Margret Rey, and the late Clement Hurd. From The New
England Primer to The Cat in the Hat to Cormier's The Chocolate War,
Marcus offers an appraisal of the pivotal books that transformed
children's book publishing, and the revealing synergy between books
like these and the national mood of their times.
In Minders of Make-Believe, Marcus reveals how often the world of children's books has reflected our national mood and aspirations. Among the topics Marcus covers are:
In the busy barnyard of children's literature, Leonard Marcus is
A historian's wonderfully knowing account of the world of children's literature becomes something more: a brilliant rendering of a nation's values over the generations. Bravo! Such a valuable, instructive book! – Robert Coles, author of The Moral Life of Children and The Spiritual Life of Children
A generous, well-researched, clearly written, unbiased,
scrupulously critical history of children's book publishing in the
A well-documented, thorough history. – Kirkus Reviews
A tour de force of research, insightful reportage, and critical evaluation of both large trends and significant individual titles . . . Marcus's approach and tone are always – and irresistibly – well informed, sensible, and intelligent . . . Indispensable. – Booklist, starred review
This broad survey distills the history of American children's publishing and librarianship, from colonial times to British interloper Harry Potter, including children's periodicals, major publishers and changes in printing technology. … he is most in his element chronicling the 20th century ….
Devotees of prewar classics may be disappointed that Marcus devotes just two pages to Baum and Denslow; that he says W.E.B. Du Bois's groundbreaking The Brownies' Book failed to reach its audience; and that he skips whole generations almost entirely (e.g., 1905-1918). Marcus succeeds best at discussing the subjects of his past research, including Children's Book Week and the Golden Books series; to his credit, he also builds on Nancy Larrick's work on how white middle-class prejudices determined children's books' lack of racial and ethnic diversity. Drawing upon Horn Book Magazine articles and behind-the-scenes accounts of feuds and trends, Marcus's history is ideal for industry insiders. – Publishers Weekly
Marcus with Minders of Make-Believe offers a richly informed, witty appraisal of the pivotal books that transformed children's book publishing, and brings alive the revealing synergy between books like these and the national mood of their times. This is a provocative, incisive, and path-breaking book of great depth. A panoramic, multi-generational tale set at the crossroads of commerce and culture, Minders of Make-Believe is a must-read for librarians, booksellers, teachers, parents, and anyone who cares about children's literature and the history and future of national literacy.
Computers & Internet / Culture / Reference
Web of Conspiracy: A Guide to Conspiracy Theory Sites on the Internet by James F. Broderick & Darren W. Miller (CyberAge Books / Information Today, Inc.)
A good conspiracy is unprovable. I mean, if you can prove it, it means they screwed up somewhere along the line. – Mel Gibson as Jerry Fletcher in the 1997 film Conspiracy Theory
The list is as intriguing as it is well known: Area 51, the Grassy Knoll, the New World Order, the 9/11 Truth Activists. These phrases summon up some of history's most infamous events and the people and organizations behind them.
While googling a favorite conspiracy theory can produce thousands of results, until now web searchers have been hard-pressed to separate useful sites from the just plain flaky. In Web of Conspiracy, award-winning journalists James F. Broderick and Darren W. Miller look at various conspiracy theories and guide readers to the best sites for digging deeper.
The technological tidal flood of argument and information has allowed armchair conspiracy theorists to learn as much about their pet theories as the experts who used to have a monopoly on the information. Now, anyone with an Internet connection can review pictures from the 1969 Apollo Moon landing (why are there no stars visible?), William Shakespeare's surviving signatures (sloppily written and misspelled by the supposed ‘bard’ himself), and Marilyn Monroe's autopsy report (if she took a fatal overdose of pills, why weren't any drugs found in her stomach?).
While perhaps not a brave new world, it is at least a brazen one, with many skeptics posting their own Web sites and promoting their ‘evidence’ in favor of some long-suspected conspiracy. There are also sites set up by amateur sleuths, aficionados of some celebrity or historical event, professional researchers, students, and the merely curious. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about the likelihood of conspiracy.
And as historians and researchers continue to probe the causes and sequences of events from Pearl Harbor to the attacks on 9/11, every new discovery leads to new questions – and the growing suspicion in some people's minds that what we think we know might be suspect. Formerly fixed ideas are replaced by gnawing uncertainty. As one academic noted in a recent article about this phenomenon in the San Francisco Chronicle, "some people turn to conspiracy theories in a genuine attempt to understand an inexplicable tragedy, to assemble order from chaos."
Web of Conspiracy Broderick, journalism teacher at
Psychologists and social scientists have proposed lots of
different reasons for the interest in conspiracy theories, but a
factor that is often dismissed is the actual, verifiable existence
of certain conspiracies in the recent past, from the
From 9/11 to
Chapters in Web of Conspiracy include: Roswell/Area 51, The Death of Princess Diana, TWA Flight 800, AIDS, The Shakespeare Authorship Question, The Order of Skull and Bones, The Jesus Controversy, The Moon Landing, The Death of Marilyn Monroe, Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Pearl Harbor, The Trilateral Commission, The Hindenburg, The Philadelphia Experiment, Freemasonry, The JFK Assassination, September 11, 2001, and Bodies of Evidence: The Lindbergh, Lincoln, Hoffa, and Morrison Mysteries in Brief.
Web of Conspiracy focuses on numerous conspiracy theories – from those everyone has probably heard of to some that are lesser known but equally compelling. Each chapter examines an individual conspiracy theory, beginning with a comprehensive essay about the theory, tracing its origins and history to its prevalence in popular culture. After readers are thoroughly acquainted with the alleged ‘alternate history’ or the supposed ‘secret society,’ attention turns to those places on the World Wide Web that deal with the conspiracy theory in some way – whether promoting evidence in support of the theory, highlighting the signs of a ‘cover-up,’ or attempting to debunk the claims cherished by conspiracists. Each chapter reviews those Web sites that are essential for understanding the theory in all its permutations.
Though largely neutral, Web of Conspiracy does alert readers to some theories that have yet to gain credibility and might be, as some would term it, on the margins of credibility. Other times, the weight of evidence often seems to suggest that the ‘official’ story might arguably be called into question. Each chapter, however, merely attempts to present the evidence. Conclusions are the function of open-minded readers, not the authors.
A clear-sighted and even-handed guide to the online world of conspiracy thinking ... useful for the casual surfer and the seasoned investigator alike. – Peter Knight, Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia
An essential index of conspiracy theories and their most
important medium, the Internet. Broderick and Miller have in
measured tone created a teaching tool that sorts out the who, what,
when, why, and where of conspiracism. – Robert Alan Goldberg,
Enemies Within: The Culture of Conspiracy in Modern
This is a sneaky book, and I mean that in a good way. It's a
terrific reference guide to intriguing (and often wacky)
conspiracy-minded Web sites, but the authors also do a great job in
the book of recounting these conspiracies. Beware, if you read this
book, you might never read Shakespeare in the same way again. – Jack
Web of Conspiracy is the ultimate guide for Internet-connected conspiracy theorists, buffs, and researchers and an eye-opening book for anyone who thinks he’s heard it all. Part reference book, part Internet guide, Web of Conspiracy serves as an invaluable resource – both informative and entertaining – for anyone captivated by the conspiratorial world and how it manifests itself on the World Wide Web.
Cooking, Food & Wine
Santa Fe School of Cooking: Flavors of the Southwest by Susan D. Curtis (Gibbs Smith, Publisher)
The heart of the Southwest has been cultivating a robust and spirited culinary style for over 400 years, nurtured by the varied cultures and traditions of the people living there. The rich, deep, delicious sapores of New Mexican red and green chiles, chipotles, posole, chicos, and blue corn, have made their way into other regional cuisines, turning the world of haute cuisine into a hot-bed of Southwest Flavors.
For 19 years, the world-renowned chefs at the Santa Fe School of Cooking have been teaching the techniques and traditions to the 70,000 people who have passed through their doors. The school's philosophy is that of buying fresh ingredients from farmers markets and local food artisans, using nature's bounty to create traditional recipes as well as menus for healthier eating.
Santa Fe School of Cooking, a long-awaited
follow-up to the original Santa Fe School of Cooking, authors Susan
Curtis and Nicole Curtis Ammerman share dozens of their new recipes
from their internationally acclaimed cooking school. Curtis founded
the Santa Fe School of Cooking in 1989. Nineteen years later, the
school is thriving; not only does it spread the gospel of posole,
green chiles and other regional foods, it also has garnered national
acclaim in national publications. Daughter and co-author Ammerman
grew up in
Santa Fe School of Cooking offers more than 100
recipes made easy for the home cook. It contains dozens of recipes,
techniques, traditions and flavors that helped define a region.
Every recipe is original, exemplifying traditional New Mexican,
Spanish, and contemporary Southwest cuisine. Sidebars and features
include chiles, equipment, wines of
Over the years, the mission of the Santa Fe School of Cooking has always been to celebrate and promote the rich historic traditions and food of
Santa Fe School of Cooking Curtis and Ammerman cook
up some of their most creative, delicious recipes yet. Home cooks
experience the rich culture and flavors of
Cooking, Food & Wine / Culture
A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (Walker & Company)
Readers can likely find them all in their own kitchen – beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, cola. Line them up on the counter, and there you have it: thousands of years of human history in six drinks.
As Tom Standage in
A History of the World in 6 Glasses relates, six
drinks have had a surprisingly pervasive influence on the course of
history, becoming the defining drink during a pivotal historical
period. For Standage, each drink is a kind of technology, a catalyst
for advancing culture by which he demonstrates the intricate
interplay of different civilizations.
A History of the World in 6 Glasses tells the story of humanity from the Stone Age to the 21st century through the lens of beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola. Beer was first made in the
Standage, technology editor at The Economist magazine, opens a window onto the past in this tour of six beverages that remain essentials today. En route he makes forays into the byways of western culture: Why were ancient Egyptians buried with beer? Why was wine considered a ‘classier’ drink than beer by the Romans? How did rum grog help the British navy defeat Napoleon? What is the relationship between coffee and revolution? And how did Coca-Cola become the number one poster-product for globalization decades before the term was even coined?
Standage starts with a bold hypothesis – that each epoch, from
the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage – and
takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history. The
Economist's technology editor has the ability to connect the
smallest detail to the big picture and a knack for summarizing vast
concepts in a few sentences. … In and around these grand ideas,
Standage tucks some wonderful … ending with a delightful appendix
suggesting ways readers can sample ancient beverages. – Publishers
Weekly (starred review)
A History of the World in 6 Glasses is loaded with the kind of data that get talked about at the figurative water cooler... Incisive, illuminating and swift. – Janet Maslin, The New York Times
From beer to Coca-Cola, A History of the World in 6 Glasses explores the six drinks that have helped shape human history. Standage, with authority and charm, opens a window onto the past in this tour of beverages that remain essentials today. Readers may never look at their favorite drink the same way again.
Education / Educational Psychology
Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching,
Second Edition by Eric P. Jensen (Corwin Press)
Eric P. Jensen urges teachers to adopt a teaching approach aligned with the brain's natural way of learning. Borrowing research from the disciplines of neuroscience, biology, and psychology, brain expert Eric Jensen in Brain-Based Learning offers an explanation of the relationship between learning and the brain, helping educators increase student motivation and achievement. He shares empirical data and provides in-depth information about the impact of physiological effects, sensory stimuli, and emotions on learning. Updated and streamlined, this second edition of Brain-Based Learning offers:
Sections include Fundamentals of Brain-Based Learning, Physiological Effects on Learning, Sensory Contributions to Learning, Neuroscientific Perspective on Teaching and Learning, and Brain-Compatible Classrooms.
Jensen, a former teacher and current member of the Society for Neuroscience and New York Academy of Sciences is a leader in the brain-based movement, founder of the Learning Brain EXPO, has trained educators and trainers for 25 years worldwide. He is deeply committed to making a positive, significant, lasting difference in the way we learn.
Jensen says that keeping pace with the explosion of brain research over the past two decades has proved challenging, but educators are applying the findings with growing success. The result is a learning approach that is more aligned with how the brain naturally learns best. This new paradigm, known as brain-compatible or brain-based education, has emerged with strong implications for teachers and learners. Based on research from the disciplines of neuroscience, biology, and psychology, our understanding of the relationship between learning and the brain now encompasses the role of emotions, patterns, meaningfulness, environments, body rhythms, attitudes, stress, trauma, assessment, music, movement, gender, and enrichment. By integrating what we now know about the brain with standard education practices, Brain-Based Learning suggests ways that schools can be transformed into complete learning organizations.
Brain-Based Learning calls for the initiation of a fundamental shift in thinking. Shortsighted priorities, outdated teacher-education programs, visionless leaders, ‘program-of-the-week’ mentalities, clumsy systems, budgetary bottlenecks, hierarchical infighting, and professional jealousy all contribute to the problem; and they've got to stop. Furthermore, teachers need to quit playing the victim and arm themselves with change strategies that work. They can effect the changes called for if they collectively make it important enough to do so. Each brain-based strategy outlined in this book can be achieved by any one of us at little or no expense.
Why is now the time for a shift in thinking? The research on what works is compelling and comprehensive. We are all great natural learners. Failing children and failing schools are indications of a faulty system – not a faulty brain – and our schools have taken enough of a beating! When students are provided with a learning environment that is optimal for learning, graduation rates increase, learning difficulties and discipline problems decrease, a love of learning flourishes, administrators focus on the real issues, and learning organizations thrive. In short, creating an organization around the way the brain naturally learns best may be the simplest and most critical educational reform ever initiated.
How reputable is brain-based education?
For many, like Howard Gardner, brain-based education has become a
new focus in education. Interest in Harvard's brain-based degree
programs is enthusiastic in
This book is filled with classroom implications and instructional
suggestions based on research. Classroom teachers, school
administrators, professional development trainers,
college/university faculty, and parents will all benefit from this
information. – Andrea Rosenblatt, Associate Professor,
I have used the information from this book in many of my training sessions. The What This Means to You sections translate technical information into everyday language for the reader. This is truly a book that has made – and will continue to make – a contribution to the field. – Steve Hutton, Area Coordinator,
Brain-Based Learning is aimed at those who want to know not only what works but why it works and how to incorporate the methods – teachers, teacher leaders, and administrators. This comprehensive text demonstrates how brain-compatible learning environments can work to optimize learning in the classroom, reduce discipline problems, overcome learning difficulties, and increase graduation rates. The book offers an easy-to-understand explanation of the relationship between learning and the brain, helping educators increase student motivation and achievement. Reader-friendly language makes the book accessible for both novice and veteran educators.
Education / History /
Michigan State College: John Hannah and the
Creation of a World University, 1926-1969 by David A. Thomas
Sesquicentennial Series, Volume 2:
From a small scientific agricultural college among the fields on
the outskirts of
It was the early 1960s, and my father, Gordon Thomas, was mayor
Michigan State College: John Hannah and the
Creation of a World University, 1926-1969, written by David A.
Thomas, is the second volume in the three volume Sesquicentennial
According to Dewhurst in the Foreword, Thomas came to this undertaking well prepared to write a book that provides insights into this phase of the development of the university. A lifelong student of university and community history, Thomas literally grew up living on both sides of
Thomas in Michigan State College clearly makes a major effort to collect the stories of everyday life of those who lived through this period. The accounts bring alive both moments of shared achievement and moments of contested visions for the university. By carefully listening to the stories recorded in the book, readers can more deeply assess the university's development as the contributions of thousands of men and women shaped it.
Michigan State College not only presents singular voices of lives lived during this period but also presents and explores the folk histories associated with the everyday life of an ever-changing university. By drawing on these interviews, Thomas draws readers into the human experience of those who worked with and around President John Hannah – and who collectively were more powerful than Hannah himself.
As Thomas notes, Hannah has taken on a larger-than-life quality over the past decades. Even today, nearly forty years after his retirement, it is not uncommon to hear stories of his years as president. Whether these tales relate how he stopped students for conversation while walking the campus, comment on his physical size and stature or his powerful theatrical voice, or note his presence in all phases of daily campus life, these accounts have all contributed to the rich folk history of this period.
Michigan State College presents the ambitious quest for excellence that remained ever present during these years of remarkable growth. The enterprising stories of the faculty, students, and leaders tell readers much about where they have been and where they are headed. The Hannah years were arguably the most significant in MSU history. When John Hannah took charge in 1941, Michigan State College was basically an agricultural school with an enrollment of around six thousand. When he left in 1969, it was a world-class university with a student population of more than thirty-nine thousand. In between, MSU joined the Big Ten Conference, won NCAA football championships, built some of the largest dormitories and classrooms in the world, and hired faculty members who earned international reputations for their expertise in a wide range of academic subjects and received frequent mention in magazines, newspapers, radio programs, and television shows.
The book is illustrated with 200 vintage photographs.
Despite John Hannah's prominence in the title, Michigan State College ably describes the remarkable growth of
Education / Homeschooling / Reference
The Homeschooling Book of Lists by Michael Leppert & Mary Leppert (Jossey-Bass Teacher Series: Jossey-Bass)
Homeschooling – yikes! Scary!
The Homeschooling Book of Lists is a resource for homeschoolers or anyone considering teaching their children at home, for whatever reasons parents may have – religious, social, academic, parents' unusual work patterns, travel. Written by Michael and Mary Leppert, two experts in the field of homeschooling, this easy-to-use book is filled with information, tips, and resources that will help readers give their children an outstanding education.
The Homeschooling Book of Lists provides a wealth of useful information for new or veteran homeschoolers. The book covers a wide variety of topics – including what to consider before homeschooling, state-by-state guidelines for homeschoolers, curriculum resources by subject area, and getting your homeschooled student into college.
Readers will find lists of products, resources, and curricula that will help them teach their children and enjoy the process along the way. The Lepperts discuss the pitfalls, peaks, and valleys that all homeschoolers’ experience – including skeptical family and friends, socialization, different learning styles and methods, and college admissions – and give readers strategies to deal with them.
The Lepperts have been immersed in homeschooling for nearly two decades. They say they lived in a number of different states in their son’s early years, and as they took him to homeschooling park days and other social activities in religious and nonreligious support groups, they realized that there are many great products, cultural practices, and writers completely suitable to both religious and nonreligious homeschoolers. However, most families were not aware of them because at that time the groups remained insulated from each other.
In 1995, they began The Link in an attempt to link together the religious and nonreligious worlds of homeschooling. The Link was immediately distributed nationwide, to friends and support groups they had known in these early years of their son’s life, and it has grown tremendously since then.
The Homeschooling Book of Lists points readers to products, services, and resources to assist them in homeschooling their children. Part One will provide readers with helpful background information to consider before they begin homeschooling. Of particular note in this section are the Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling and the Glossary of Common Terms. The FAQs answer virtually any general question about homeschooling, and the Glossary will broaden readers’ knowledge of the homeschooling world.
There are a variety of ways to teach children at home, ranging from a classical education to more modern techniques like the delayed academic approach. Part Two, Homeschooling Models and Methods, provides an overview of these many approaches to homeschooling, so that readers can choose those that best suit their family.
Part Three, Subjects and Lesson Plans, points out resources and curricula available to homeschoolers on every academic subject imaginable – from language arts, math, astronomy, and civics to art history. In Part Four, Homeschooling Resources, readers find more specialized sources of information for homeschooling. This section covers everything from religious home-schooling resources (including Christian, Jewish, and Islamic) to independent study programs as well as educating a child with special needs.
A big question for many homeschoolers is, ‘What about college?’ According to The Homeschooling Book of Lists, many homeschooled students go on to attend institutions from Harvard and Yale to community colleges – there are even a large number of colleges and universities who actively seek out students who have been educated at home. Part Five, Getting Your Homeschooled Student into College, provides everything readers need to know about this phase of their children's education, from college admissions and transcripts to distance learning options for higher education.
The appendices provide a wealth of useful resources for
homeschooling. Appendix A,
Appendix B, Where to Go for More Information, lists useful magazines and books for homeschool families. Appendix C, Who's Who in Homeschooling, will help readers become familiar with prominent names in the homeschooling world as well as in the broader field of education. Appendix D, Sample Transcript for College Admission, provides assistance with the college admissions process. Appendix E, Coupons, contains discounts and other cost-saving opportunities for homeschoolers.
According to the Lepperts, homeschooling is fun and fulfilling – as well as a serious parenting endeavor and a large commitment that will test them every so often. But with The Homeschooling Book of Lists and their own initiative and native intelligence, they can do it.
In the dynamic resurrection of the ancient art of home education over the past three decades, Mary and Michael Leppert stand out among the most effective forces making it happen. Now they have distilled for us the essence of homeschooling's possibilities. This is the best kind of useful field guide to a rewarding alternative to school-as-usual. What a stupendous piece of work! – John Taylor Gatto, author of The Underground History of American Education and Weapons of Mass Instruction
One of the most convenient and useful references I've seen – this book will be a blessing to countless parents, saving them time and helping them find just what they need, whatever their goals may be. – Andrew Pudewa, director, Institute for Excellence in Writing and homeschooling father
This book contains a wealth of information for both new and veteran homeschoolers, and would be a valuable addition to any homeschooler's library. – Dr. Mary Hood, author of The Relaxed Homeschooler and homeschooling mother
With The Homeschooling Book of Lists, readers can see through the mists of myth surrounding this fast-growing alternative to public school and see if homeschooling is a good fit for their family. The book will provide them with all the information they need to do it with satisfaction. Comprehensive, authoritative, and user-friendly, the reference volume is an important resource for parents.
Education / Policy
Big Man on Campus: A University President Speaks Out on Higher Education by Stephen Joel Trachtenberg (Touchstone Books)
Whether it's their alma mater or home to their favorite basketball team, a family tradition, or located in their hometown, Americans hold universities in high regard. However, with an ever changing social climate and at a time when gun violence, drug and alcohol abuse, faculty scandals, and tuition increases are the norm, more and more parents, educators, and students are questioning the current and future state of higher education.
At a time when daily news headlines scream of competitive college
enrollments, tuition is skyrocketing and other campus scandals are
escalating, the former president of The George Washington
Big Man on Campus tells it like it really is.
Trachtenberg, President Emeritus of The George Washington University, offers an eye-opening and sometimes controversial, insider's look into institutions of higher learning. He takes readers behind the scenes and in his trademark wit, reveals the challenges (both difficult and rewarding) of running a university, and why it should matter to all of us. From admissions to financial woes, campus safety to staffing, Trachtenberg explains how the system can be improved. Utilizing personal anecdotes from his own history, he explains the insight he has gained from the halls of learning.
A loving portrait of a challenging career and an inside look at the complexities of a modern American university. – Booklist
Big Man on Campus is an engaging, wise, and candid
memoir – the story of a successful leader whose love for his job
infused his career at every point. It is hard to imagine a better
picture of the daily life of a university president or a more
telling examination of the challenges facing higher education. –
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary
Time and Team of Rivals
There are few university presidents like Stephen Joel Trachtenberg – at once knowledgeable, creative, commonsensical, likable, and aggressive (indeed, relentless, even outrageous) in the pursuit of institutional uplift and excellence. There is nothing here remotely akin to the platitudinous outpourings of the usual suspects described as 'statesmen of higher education.' Big Man on Campus is a refreshingly candid, humorous, and readable portrait of American higher education and its discontents. – Jose A. Cabranes, U.S. Circuit Judge (New York) and trustee of Columbia University; former trustee of Yale University and Colgate University
The least sheepish man ever to hand out a sheepskin serves up a prescriptive memoir that is everything most higher education books never manage to be: brash, confessional, thought provoking, and fun. – Thomas Mallon, author of Henry and Clara and Fellow Traveler
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg is not only among the wisest of university presidents, he is clearly among the most amusing and readable of writers about academia. There is nothing stuffy about this big man on campus. Trachtenberg educates, criticizes, prods, complains, and tickles the funny bone all at the same time. If you have a kid in college or contribute to one, you must read this book. Even if you don't, just read it for fun. – Professor Alan M. Dershowitz, author of Reversal of Fortune and Finding Jefferson
Big Man on Campus is an eye-opening insider's look
at the current state of higher education in
Entertainment / Music / Biographies & Memoirs
'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child by David Henderson (Atria Books)
…the story of life is quicker than the wink of an eye
the story of love is hello and good-bye until we meet again.
– Jimi Hendrix,
David Henderson's biography of Jimi Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Child of the Aquarian Age – first published in hardcover in 1978 – was described by Greil Marcus of Rolling Stone as "the strongest and most ambitious biography yet written about any rock and roll performer." The paperback edition was retitled 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: The Life of Jimi Hendrix, and in this smaller format, extensive interviews from the original edition were omitted. Nonetheless, all previous editions sold more than 300,000 copies and created a new standard for writing about popular artists, especially musicians.
The Hendrix legacy still thrives, and
The New Journalism began on the
A harrowing and exhilarating story... Making sense of Hendrix's life, career, and art with such moment-to-moment intensity, one comes away convinced that we caught no more than a glimpse of Hendrix while he was here to see in the flesh... – Rolling Stone
Henderson hasn't just given us Hendrix complete. He has also written a fascinating study of the development of rock. – The
The most thorough and consistently excellent biography of any rock music figure. – San Francisco Examiner/Chronicle
No one who wants to assemble a coherent version of Jimi's story can afford to be without this book – It is not only the best version, it is the only complete one. – Dave Marsh, author of Born to Run
While revealing essential information about Hendrix’s untimely death, 'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky reads like a grand adventure novel but also includes salient cultural, political, and historical background. This is an excellent editing job, and an important biography.
Health, Mind & Body / Alternative Medicine
The Earthwise Herbal: A Complete Guide to
According to the World Health Organization, 25% of modern medicines are made from plants. Noted herbalist Matthew Wood brings twenty-five years of clinical experience to this comprehensive book on medicinal plants. The first in a two-volume set, The Earthwise Herbal profiles
The book focuses on Old World Western herbalism and takes a holistic approach to health as it attempts to understand Nature, each organism, and the parts within each organism as fully functional units. The author explains the use of the whole plant – not just ‘active ingredients’ – in the treatment of the patient. The Earthwise Herbal features over 250 plants and herbs including Calendula, Flaxseed, Queen Anne's lace, Ginger, Propolis, and Lavender, to name a few. In addition, Wood takes a historical view based on his extensive study of ancient and traditional herbal literature.
This book is Wood's lifetime portfolio; as a practicing herbalist for the past 25 years, he has treated tens of thousands of patients. Based on personal experience in the actual use of medicinal herbs, it is aligned with traditional practice. It offers detailed botanical illustrations and combines each plant's historical uses in folk medicine, folk practitioners, the experience of actual herbalists, intuitive concepts of energy, plant properties, and medicine, daydreams, and dreams. It also offers insight into the ‘logic’ of the plant: how it works, in which areas of the body it works, how it has been used in the past, what its pharmacological constituents indicate about its use, and how all these different factors hang together to produce a portrait of the plant as a whole entity.
The Earthwise Herbal, Matthew Wood has revived the
richness, depth, and dignity of the herbal medicine of the old
masters, while at the same time endowing it with a new cosmopolitan,
cross-cultural flavor that lifts it to a genuinely planetary level.
Matthew Wood propounds with great clarity, wisdom, and his own experience the gifts the earth in its wisdom has given us in the form of amazing medicines for almost all our ills, whether of body, mind, emotion, personality, or constitution. How refreshing it is to find a new herbal that explores the depths of each plant’s contribution and does not attribute its powers solely or even mainly to its chemical constituents. – Anne McIntyre, English Herbalist
Written in an easy, engaging, non-technical style, organized logically, The Earthwise Herbal provides practical and reliable guidelines for the selection of appropriate medicinal plants as remedies in alternative healing. Ideal for beginners, serious students, or advanced practitioners, this comprehensive volume is also useful for homeopaths and flower essence practitioners as it bridges these fields in its treatment of herbal medicines.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Job Hunting & Careers
Translating Theory to Practice: Thinking and Acting Like an Expert Counselor by Richard D. Parsons (Merrill)
Translating Theory to Practice is a text written in response to the void in counselor training – that is, training new counselors to first think like an expert and then act accordingly. The book assists those in counselor training and those new to the profession to move them from being passive recipients of client information, to active agents of change, purposively utilizing the information received in the process of helping their clients.
Written by Richard D. Parsons, Professor of Counselor Education
The text assists students to employ four distinct organizing schemas (i.e., solution-focused, behavioral, cognitive, and trans-theoretical) in their process of data reception, pattern recognition, and utilization.
Special features of Translating Theory to Practice include:
While the text highlights four essential theories regarding successful counseling – solution-focused, behavioral, cognitive, and trans-theoretical – what makes Translating Theory to Practice unique is its central focus on applying these theories to guide analysis, decision making, and action in the field – effectively moving counselors-in-training smoothly from comprehension to application to evaluation.
Health, Mind & Body / Relationships / Philosophy / Ethics & Morality
The Ethics of the Lie by Jean-Michel Rabaté, translated from the French by Suzanne Verderber (Other Press LLC)
Pinocchio knows: the unconscious knowledge of the conscious lie.
From little white lies to the deepest, darkest ones, it is an accepted fact that we – like the boy who cried wolf – lie very often, at least three times a day.
Lying is a common social manifestation that is fraught with contradictions: we lie quite frequently, but we hate liars, and we detest above all being lied to. We know that most politicians lie, hoping that they lie reasonably, as it were, but when they are caught in the act, their careers are ruined. The common root to these phenomena goes back to the paradigmatic figure of the paradox:
I am lying but I tell the truth when I say that I am lying.
The Ethics of the Lie, Jean-Michel Rabaté examines
this ancient problem in a new light, starting with a contemporary
American context. He enters into the web of lies spun by the media,
turns the microscope on the
Jean-Michel Rabaté here proves himself to be a masterful docent
of deception. In this marvelous new book, he leads us through a
labyrinthine exhibition hall of lies – from the official and stately
to the private and ignoble – while disclosing through deft
philosophical and psychoanalytic analyses the illicit intercourse
between truth telling and lying that structures both our political
reality and our intimate relations. – Joan Copjec, author of Imagine
There's No Woman: Ethics and Sublimation
Anyone who cares about the truth in general, and intending toward the truth in particular, will find this study of public lying and individual self-deception both harrowing and fascinating. – Susan Stewart, Annan Professor of English at Princeton University
With this groundbreaking book, Rabaté brilliantly explains how although we live in a world so full of lies, and each of us finds daily solace in being economical about truth, we still need to preserve the fantasy of truth-telling in order to keep democracy alive. – Renata Saleci, Centennial Professor, London School of Economics
The Ethics of the Lie is magnificent: both witty and learned to real purpose. It mixes yellow press journalism with the most erudite philosophical analyses in an admirable effort to understand that paradoxical truth: we are all liars. – Colin MacCabe, Distinguished Professor of English and Film,
The translator of this erudite and entertaining volume,
originally written in French, was Suzanne Verderber, Associate
Professor of English and Humanities at Pratt Institute. Witty and
enthralling, moving easily between both sides of the
Health, Mind & Body / Women’s Health
After Miscarriage: Medical Facts and Emotional Support for Pregnancy Loss by Krissi Danielsson (Harvard Common Press)
I recommend After Miscarriage for couples who have experienced recurrent pregnancy loss and need answers. The book will empower such couples to seek information and testing to uncover the possible cause of their losses and help them gain the strength to try again. – William H. Kutteh, from the Foreword
As women and their partners grieve over a lost pregnancy, they often search for answers to questions such as: Why did this happen? How can I keep it from happening again? How can I deal with so much sadness? Can I stand to face another pregnancy? Author Krissi Danielsson found herself asking these same questions when she experienced three consecutive miscarriages, and now she has written After Miscarriage, a supportive book of expertly reviewed advice from medical professionals, stories from women who have miscarried, inspiring messages from couples, and a chapter just for dads. It addresses the medical and emotional issues that may accompany miscarriage, including when to seek testing, how to choose the right doctor, when to try for another pregnancy, and how to deal with anxiety.
According to freelance writer and editor Danielsson, medical practitioners and psychologists write most of the health‑oriented books on the market. So one of the first things that may strike readers when they pick up After Miscarriage is that she is not a physician. She is not a psychologist, either, although she does have an undergraduate degree in the field. Her perspective on miscarriage is that of a mother. She had three miscarriages in a period of 14 months when her husband and she started trying to build their family. These were her first experiences with a medical system that she had previously believed was infallible and held the answers to all health ills.
After her losses she embarked on a research mission, the first of many for her. After Miscarriage is what she wished had been available when she first started on the journey – a collection of the known facts about miscarriage causes and treatments, followed by a discussion of coping strategies readers can use as they proceed with their life. The book provides information about possible causes and tests that readers can ask about, as well as potential treatments and current research that may result in new treatments for recurrent miscarriage. Rather than being prescriptive, the book is meant to inform and empower readers – to give them ideas to explore with their practitioner and to help them proceed more confidently with their attempts to build their family.
The medical research for After Miscarriage was conducted through interviews with medical practitioners and by using online databases of medical journal articles.
Danielsson helps readers determine when they need a specialist and when to seek additional testing, and she deals with the difficult issue of insurance coverage for some of the expensive tests that may be recommended. (A complete evaluation will include investigations into genetic, hormonal, anatomic, immunologic, infectious, thrombophilic, and environmental causes.) Couples faced with pregnancy loss may also encounter significant emotional distress, and in some cases supportive care may be necessary;
After Miscarriage's eight chapters begin with acknowledgment of a woman's feelings when her baby is gone and move into discussions of the known causes of recurrent pregnancy loss. Danielsson includes information on medical testing and treatments as well as alternative therapies that help with stress reduction. Next she takes readers through the experience of coping with pregnancy loss and building up the strength to try again. Her husband, Matt, adds his thoughts as well as those of other men who are dealing with the loss of the pregnancy and the grief in their relationship. Finally, there is a glossary of medical terms commonly encountered in discussions of miscarriage and a list of helpful online resources.
This book is informative, comprehensive, and sensitive. Ms.
Danielsson describes complex medical and psychological issues in a
straightforward, easy to understand manner. With compassion and
support, she provides essential information for those who have
suffered the heartbreaking loss of a miscarriage. I look forward to
providing this resource to my patients as it will help them cope
during a difficult time in their lives. – Madeline Licker Feingold,
Director of Psychological Services, Alta Bates In Vitro
This book is unique in addressing the personal experience as well as the science of miscarriage. I recommend it to all women who seek information, support and hope after miscarriage. – Patricia A. Robertson, Professor, Division of Perinatal Medicine and Genetics, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of California at San Francisco
I would strongly recommend that all grieving parents read this book. A three-time survivor of pregnancy loss, Danielsson offers valuable information ranging from miscarriage testing and treatments to trying to conceive after a loss. Krissi Danielsson has given us a resource that is long overdue and very much needed. – Hannah Stone, author of Forever Our Angels and Remembering Our Angels: Personal Stories of Healing from a Pregnancy Loss
Whatever their individual circumstances, After Miscarriage can bring readers comfort and help throughout their journey. Danielsson has carefully recorded and analyzed her experiences, and added comments from other women who have dealt with the unexpected heartache of pregnancy loss. She has also performed considerable research, both with patients and healthcare providers; her up-to-date summary of medical facts provides excellent information to couples. The book is an invaluable resource that will help women and their partners answer difficult questions with accuracy, clarity, and sensitivity.
Bad Seeds in the Big Apple: Bandits, Killers, and
Chaos in New York City, 1920-40 by Patrick Downey (
"I didn't have anything better to do. That's why I went around
bumping off cops." So said Francis ‘Two-Gun’
Bad Seeds in the Big Apple is the first book to
Patrick Downey does it again! Bringing true-crime fans back to
the underbelly of
Patrick Downey has thoroughly cased the Big Apple and unearthed
an impressive and varied rogues' gallery of urban bandits from the
Golden Age of
With Americans fascinated by bootleggers in the twenties, the
national `War on Crime' in the thirties, and wire services still in
An entertaining tale for true crime aficionados, who are legion, Bad Seeds in the Big Apple should be a big winner.
History / Military / World War II
Pearl Harbor Countdown: Admiral James O. Richardson by Skipper Steely (Pelican Publishing Company)
I do believe that the United States fleet would not have been in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, had I been the chief of naval operations at that time. – Admiral James O. Richardson
Pearl Harbor Countdown is a biography of the first naval officer to lose his command over Pearl Harbor strategy prior to World War II and, some would say, the greatest I-Told-You-So in U.S. history.
Born into a family of educators and Civil War veterans,
Drawing from over thirty years of experience,
Living out his life-long commitment to the
When the Japanese attacked on
Steely says he was attracted to the prospect of writing
Pearl Harbor Countdown not only because of Admiral
Richardson's historical importance, but also because
Skipper Steely has done a masterful job of sifting through the
debris of the
Pearl Harbor Countdown allows the reader to better
understand and appreciate one of
This book adds greatly to the knowledge of the
In this biography of Admiral Richardson, Steely takes readers on
a shocking, insightful journey through the annals of United States
military history, exposing the events leading up to the Pearl Harbor
disaster and providing an unprecedented account of the life of the
admiral who sacrificed his military career in an effort to protect
his country. Steely masterfully crafts an insightful and convincing
biography of this overlooked naval hero. Offering a fresh
perspective on what led to the catastrophic and infamous 1941
Japanese bombing of
History / World / Ancient
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization (unabridged, 9 Audio CDs: approximate running time 11 hours) by Anthony Esolen, narrated by Malcolm Hillgartner (Politically Incorrect Guides: Blackstone Audio, Inc.)
The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization by Anthony Esolen (Politically Incorrect Guides: Regnery Publishing)
Dead white males.
The traditional family. Tradition itself.
Everything liberals hate can be summed up in two words: Western civilization. Western civilization is the envy of the globe. It has given to the world universally accepted understandings of human rights, rooted in Judeo-Christian principles, created standards for art, music, and literature that have never been equaled; and originated political and social systems that have spread all across the planet.
Unfortunately, the fog of political correctness now obscures these and other truths about Western civilization. Leftists and Islamic jihadists find common cause in assailing Western ‘colonialism,’ ‘imperialism,’ and ‘racism’ as its defining characteristics. Guilt-ridden Western leaders and public figures speak of their cultural patrimony in disparaging terms they would never dare to use about a non-Western culture. And in the academy, ‘multicultural’-minded professors flatter students into believing they have nothing to learn from Sophocles or Shakespeare.
Now, Professor Anthony Esolen – one of the team-teachers of
As told in the book, PC professors don't want readers to know that:
According to Esolen, today – with the West imperiled as never
before by the global jihad and threats from
The audio version is ably read by Malcolm Hillgartner, theatrical musical writer.
‘The glory that was
An acclaimed translator of Dante, and a brilliant teacher of
Western civilization, Professor Esolen is the perfect Virgil,
guiding the student through the fugue-like influence of
With a mind and heart well-formed by the very best that has made Western civilization both civil and great, Esolen vividly portrays our four-millennia drama in thought, politics, the family, art, poetry, architecture, war, peace, and the blessed intricacies of everyday life – his eye ever trained on the true, the good, and the beautiful, and rightly indignant of all that now threatens to reduce Western civilization to ashes and a new barbarism. – Benjamin Wiker, Ph.D., author of 10 Books That Screwed Up the World
Take away the P.I.G. hype and the indignant attitude and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization is an excellent summing up of what readers should know about Western heritage. Compelling arguments help readers fill in the gaps in their knowledge in this sprightly and informative retelling of the history of culture.
Home & Garden / Animals & Pets
For the Love of Animals: The Rise of the Animal Protection Movement by Kathryn Shevelow (Henry Holt and Co.)
For the Love of Animals is the extraordinary story of how we first gave legal protection to animals.
According to the book, in eighteenth-century
Kathryn Shevelow, specialist in eighteenth-century British literature and culture, professor at the University of California in San Diego, in For the Love of Animals relates the dramatic story of the bold reformers who braved attacks because they sympathized with the plight of creatures everywhere; she also tells of the changes in attitudes that would make their reforms possible. Historical luminaries from all walks of life had much to say on the subject of animals: Samuel Pepys described the ‘rude and nasty pleasure’ of bull baiting in his famous diaries, Alexander Pope pleaded for compassion in a well-known essay, and William Hogarth engraved one of the most powerful anti-cruelty polemics ever created. Richard Brinsley Sheridan, the celebrated playwright, spoke passionately on their behalf in the House of Commons, and William Wilberforce, who led the struggle to end the slave trade, also helped to found the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. But more than just a historical account, For the Love of Animals is an eye-opening exploration of how our feelings toward animals reveal our ideas about ourselves, mercy, God, and nature.
Thoroughly researched and impressively detailed…This is a fascinating, often disturbing and frequently funny book, a must read for anyone concerned with the treatment of animals and a call to action for the next generation of animal rights activists. – Publishers Weekly
For the Love of Animals is an absorbing, rich book – I learned much and it made me think more deeply about the relationship between humans and animals. A fresh new voice has been added to the growing literature about the complexity of the rights of animals. – Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep
This shocking book tells the story of the brave, eccentric
individuals who worked to stop heartless animal abuses in 17th and
Richard Martin, named ‘Humanity Dick’ by King George IV, remains a hero to all who believe that kindness is indeed a virtue. He not only founded the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now the RSPCA) together with William Wilberforce, but fought hard for legislation to help the poor and illiterate. It is a joy to read Kathryn Shevelow’s careful examination of this extraordinary man and the other courageous men and women who worked together to radically change society with their ideas about social justice. You are left pondering the implications of their words and deeds on those around them, indeed on us all, even today. – Ingrid Newkirk, President, PETA
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Interior Design / Seasonal
A Patrick Lose Christmas: Whimsical Projects to Deck the Halls by Patrick Lose (C&T Publishing)
Charles Dickens wrote, "I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year." That's a great sentiment that I try to live by myself. …
Ever since I was a kid, I've enjoyed making Christmas-themed projects. I think the reason that the ideas come so easily to me now is that I enjoyed Christmas so much growing up. I have a vast collection of cherished memories from which to draw. Like Dickens, my parents knew how to honor and keep Christmas, and they set a great example for their children and grandchildren….
I love traditional themes at Christmas, but with this book, I wanted to convey the lighter side and offer some whimsical and jolly projects. I hope you enjoy making them as much as I enjoyed designing them. – Patrick Lose, from the book
In A Patrick Lose Christmas Patrick Lose, author of many quilting and crafting books and patterns, and a well-known fabric designer, urges quilters to make their home merry and bright with jolly holiday quilts and accessories with 12 festive projects – table runners, door toppers, pillows, bed quilts, and more. Designs include projects with easy fused appliqué readers can put together in a weekend.
Projects in A Patrick Lose Christmas include:
Lose has spent his professional years in a variety of creative fields. He began his career as an actor and singer, which eventually led him to designing costumes for stage and screen. An artist and illustrator since childhood, Lose has worked in many mediums, but is probably best known for his successful and long-running collections of fabric from Timeless Treasures and Moda that include his trademark marbleized solids, which are trendsetters in the industry.
Lose says one of his favorite Christmas sentiments is from Thomas Tusser: "At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year." A Patrick Lose Christmas helps quilters to do the same. Full-size patterns and complete instructions in the book make assembly easy.
Home & Garden / Interior Design
Country Living Storage Style: Pretty and
I love the "Reinvent It" boxes scattered throughout the book. These ideas show how to transform flea market finds into useful storage. Now a day spent antiquing can actually give you more space to store and display your prized possessions. That's advice I can follow! – from the Foreword by Nancy Mernit Soriano, Editor in Chief
If there’s one thing we could all use more of, it is storage space. And if readers are collectors, it can be especially challenging to find room for all the treasures. Filling oversized storage bins with collectibles, kitchenware, or winter clothes is one way to keep closets and cupboards under control, but it is certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing way.
Away with plain plastic boxes and utilitarian metal filing cabinets! With a little inspiration in the form of unusual containers and furnishings, storage also can have style. Country Living Storage Style, written by Lesley Porcelli at Country Living, presents tips and tricks for organizing that infuse rooms with personality, wit, and flair.
For example, a vintage dollhouse attached to a kitchen wall becomes a charming, unexpected spice rack. A lift-top pine trunk topped with a cushion masquerades as a window seat – and serves as a hiding place for board games, toys, and other bric-a-brac. Or try classic country baskets, and armoires. These space-saving, clutter-camouflaging design schemes are ‘pretty’ with understated practicality. An ottoman that doubles as a chest for the children's toys, a low bench that serves as an improvised bookshelf, a basket to hold small items tucked under a side table, an old ladder that's recycled as an overhead pot rack, a dresser transformed into a bathroom sink vanity, stacked vintage trunks packed with bed linens that serve as nightstands: each idea is both functional and attractive – and can even set the tone for a whole room.
With Country Living Storage Style, readers learn how to give new life to flea market bargains to solve their organizational problems, examine space they have taken for granted in the past, and make a place for everything, whether it's concealed (as in trunks) or on display (as in shelving). There are ideas for every room in the house, from elegant living rooms and serene bedrooms to efficient home offices and humble mudrooms. Included are practical pointers, tips, and inspiring solutions to help readers organize as much or as little as they wish.
The book suggests coming to organization through a back door; that is, viewing storage solutions in a way that makes them pleasurable, not tedious. What one might put off for its sheer drudgery – say, organizing the spice rack or creating order among a china collection – these homeowners had attacked with a wit and flair that ultimately made each home unique, stylish, and unforgettable.
In addition, a new view of storage as attractive and suitable to their life and style, Porcelli suggests holding one concept in mind while reading Country Living Storage Style: Note how storage is either concealed, as in trunks, cabinets, and closets, or on display, as in shelving, counters and tabletops, wall hangings, and so forth. Why the distinction? If clutter is the type that's not particularly aesthetic – such as DVDs, bath and cleaning products bought in bulk, and out-of-season clothing – readers can pay particular attention to their strategies for concealment.
On the other hand, if readers have an overabundance of attractive things – an expansive collection of pitchers, too many precious photos to stash away in a box somewhere, more books than they would like to admit – then storage that crosses over into the display category often proves a satisfying solution. In Country Living Storage Style readers will see a mix of both open and hidden storage, as well as ideas for mixing storage and display. These ideas transcend style, so they will work whether readers’ taste is for country chic, rustic, retro, or even urban flea market. Since the best storage doesn't look like storage, they will notice how antique shop bargains and household castoffs can find a whole new useful life solving their organizing problems. Moreover, they will learn to examine all the space in their home – even that which they have taken for granted in the past – and how to play with it, how roominess affords the opportunity for display, and how furniture that does double duty, like a small dresser that becomes a nightstand or a coffee table with drawers in it, will elegantly come to the rescue.
With the advice in Country Living Storage Style, banishing clutter takes a lot less determination and becomes a lot more fun. The profusely illustrated book brings a fresh and inventive eye to storage dilemmas, showing how the best ideas are stylish as well as practical. Readers begin to see organization as an integral decorating element and find many ideas that are so exciting, they will be moved into action. Whether cleverly concealing clutter or arranging collectibles in an orderly fashion, readers will learn the simplest way to approach storage, and the most logical. Easy-to-follow advice on such topics as hiring a professional organizer and storing fine tableware will help readers rid their home of clutter and care for what they have.
Literature & Fiction
Art in America: A Novel by Ron McLarty
Like Ron McLarty’s protagonists in his other two novels Smithy Ide and Jono Riley, the hero of Art in America, Steven Kearney, is another rough-around-the-edges, middle-aged man who undertakes a journey of discovery and redemption. McLarty says that the germ of the book, which takes place primarily in
Art in America
Despite the gorgeous scenery that
At first, Kearney has no idea how he will organize his play, but with the inspiration of several dynamic characters, including Molly Dowie, a painter and breast-cancer survivor who is painting the backdrop for the play, Kearney creates a drama that vividly captures the heart and history of the town. As the play goes into rehearsals, the most radical member of the Liberty Society hatches a diabolical plan that threatens the very safety of the town.
McLarty in Art in America successfully weaves these storylines together by novel's end; Sheriff Meyers is able to thwart the plotter; Ticky and Red work out their differences; the opening night of the play goes off with only a few hitches; and Kearney, a man with perpetual low self-esteem, realizes he's too old for a down-and-out sensibility and pats himself on the back as he falls head-over-heels in love.
Ambitious and consistently charming, this overstuffed third novel
by the author of The Memory of Running is brimming with gems of
richly observed small-town life. … Sparkling, at times
hilarious dialogue keeps many – perhaps too many – subplots moving.
The depth of characters like Steven and Petey is contrasted by some
of the minor characters, who can come off as stereotypes. Still,
readers will root for the residents of Creedemore as they
alternately divide over a trial and come together to stage the new
play. – Publishers Weekly
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets A Confederacy of Dunces. McLarty’s storytelling skills shine in this ribald, riotously funny but also poignant novel. You’ll never look at the theater or the state of
McLarty works the whole spectrum here, from the hilarious banter of old cowpokes to the halting romance between the playwright and a mural artist to the incredibly moving moments when the town sheriff, still grieving the death of his old partner, invokes the late cop's street wisdom. A bighearted, wildly entertaining novel from a writer who just gets better with every outing... This is the third novel by veteran character actor McLarty, and the third time's the charm. – Booklist (starred review)
An immensely engaging and winning performance...a hefty slice of Americana-inflected entertainment... [McLarty], an actor adept at entertaining and holding an audience shows himself a novelist gifted with the same skills. – Kirkus
With its lively characters and spellbinding pace, McLarty’s new
novel is sure to please –
Art in America is funny and heartwarming. McLarty's
storytelling skills shine in this ribald, riotously funny, but also
poignant novel. Readers may never look at the theater or the state
Medicine / Administration & Policy / Computers & Internet
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics
by Penny Duquenoy,
On the Internet, no one knows that you're a dog. – New Yorker cartoon of 15 years ago
The utilization of information and communication technologies in almost all spheres of modern society has changed the social picture in significant ways while simultaneously leading to tensions with regard to traditional ethical and legal practices. Where these technologies intersect the practice and implementation of healthcare, it is vital to recognize the extent and nature of the ethical and social impact both at the level of professional practice and the patient.
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics presents a fundamental compendium of research on the ethical, social, and legal issues facing the healthcare industry as it adopts information technologies to provide fast, efficient, and cost effective healthcare. The book brings together the perspectives of authors from a variety of disciplines: computer science, information science, medicine, law, philosophy, and the social sciences, to offer an international overview of these issues inherent in the application of information communication technologies in the healthcare sector.
The authors' themes are principally three: the Internet; today's ethical, legal, and social issues; and the challenges of future developments in eHealth. Topics covered in Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics include: advanced decision support systems, applied ethics and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems in healthcare, cyber medicine, electronic healthcare information, electronic social record, ethics in medical informatics, implications of telemedicine, internet doctors, medical informatics, online medical consultations, privacy/security in healthcare, responsibility in electronic healthcare, telemedicine trust and clinical information systems.
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics is divided into six sections offering different perspectives, or themes. If we take a technology perspective, the book begins with a look at the impact of the Internet on healthcare and doctor-patient relationships and takes us through a technological domain that includes information systems in use in health institutions, new technologies in research, and emerging technologies that connect to the patient. Taking a ‘human focused’ perspective the chapters follow a structure that highlights issues of ethics, trust, quality of care, responsibility, patient confidentiality and regulation, both from an individual perspective and a wider social and legal perspective.
The book begins with two chapters that investigate the phenomenon of the Internet in respect of new forms of patient autonomy that is the increased access to health information and medicines. In the first chapter the focus is on the sale of prescription drugs by online pharmacies and the ethical and social impact of this practice, what it means to traditional models of healthcare practice when patients become ‘shoppers’ and how the regulatory controls manage to control not only the remote delivery of prescription drugs (i.e., without the local physical presence of a dispenser), but also how the law copes with this transnational environment (George & Duquenoy). In the second chapter, Collste takes an ethical perspective and puts the remote and internationalization aspects of Internet healthcare within the context an ethical framework in order to see more clearly how this type of healthcare delivery conforms to the ethical principles that have always been at the core of medical practice.
Section II of
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics
moves into the domain of medical practice and takes the core aspects
of trust and values for investigation. Both chapters in this section
use empirical research to further explore these aspects, and
understand the perceptions on those immediately involved in using
technology in practice. Bisset et al. are interested in how clinical
decision support systems (i.e., systems that rely on an existing
knowledge base to provide information) are regarded in terms of
trust, and whether these perceptions are supported by the chains of
responsibility in the system provision. Their study incorporates
views from the suppliers of the knowledge base, the software
developers, and end users in the context of a
The second chapter in this section is also set in the context of
primary care, this time in
Questions of responsibility are the focus of Section III. Taking the issue of decision support systems a step further, Grondahl (Chapter V) asks where the responsibility for action rests. When computer systems are used to inform and support decision-making and those systems become ever more complex, is it reasonable that practitioners using them should be assigned responsibility for the results of their decisions? Using a series of arguments as leverage for discussion, Grondahl explores the issue of moral agency in respect of systems using what is known as artificial intelligence techniques, as well as the associated question of legal responsibility. As such systems are infiltrating medical practice more and more answers to these questions become imperative. A similar theme is followed by Lahtiranta and Kimppa where the concept of ‘agentization’ (whereby the technology becomes the agent) is employed to illustrate how easily we are moved to attribute responsibility to mechanical artifacts. They particularly look at how the patient-doctor relationship may be affected when machines are integrated within the healthcare process, to the extent that they may become naturally accepted inclusions in the relationship, and how issues such as informed consent are dealt with in this mediated environment. One recommendation is to make it quite clear to those involved the distinction between human agent and artifact.
The two chapters that make up Section IV in Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics emphasize the technical systems in their role as supporting technologies to healthcare practice. In the opening chapter of this section Solomonides introduces a relatively new concept, the grid, which utilizes shared and distributed computer processing power in order to provide the capacity needed for large scale data management (such as medical images). The storing and exchange of medical images is crucial to providing a knowledge base for practitioners, and clearly it is also crucial that the images from which judgments are made are reliable. Quality of information is vital. The grid also raises some challenging ethical, legal, and social issues due to the characteristics of its operation – the same characteristics that inspired its creation.
As such large-scale utilization of ICT becomes more prevalent,
and IT projects become more ambitious, the quality of the system
becomes more difficult to control and keep track of. This is
particularly the case where national programs are rolled out, as
with the NHS (National Health Service) Connecting for Health program
Section V of Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics addresses one of the key issues at the forefront of current debates on medical information. Patient confidentiality has always been at the heart of medical practice, and this is severely challenged by information transfer to digital media, and the global operation of the Internet that allows the exchange of medical information not just nationally, but globally.
Fung and Paynter (Chapter IX) discuss the issue of privacy in
relation to patients' medical information and the risks to privacy
that the more open electronic exchange facilitated by Internet
technology has promulgated. They show that despite legislation and
assertions as to the value of privacy (of medical data) there are
major vulnerabilities in following this through to strong privacy
policies and the upholding of privacy standards using technological
means. In their analysis of the health information situations in
Similar concerns regarding personal medical data are raised by Berčič and George in Chapter X. They focus on Europe (EU) and the collection of medical records in national databases, which are compiled from local databases and file systems. Given the special level of legal protection pertaining to medical data in the EU issues of access, legitimacy of data held and subject access rights, among others, need to be considered and addressed.
Having critically assessed, analyzed, and discussed the various applications of medical informatics in current use, Duquenoy, George and Kimppa end their investigative journey with two chapters that discuss emerging technologies and their prospective uses. In Section VI, the final section in Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics, the focus is on the convergence of technology with the human body. The first chapter (Chapter XI) brings together the issues of personal information and privacy together in a discussion on identity and the technical means of identity verification – biometrics. The use of this technology responds to the growing problem of medical identity theft that provides fraudulent access to health care. Biometric technology is based on using unique personal attributes such as fingerprints, retina patterns, and others to verify identity. Although more effective than many other methods of authentication, biometric information is also medical information and as such provides more than just a positive affirmation of a valid identity. Mordini takes us through the technical characteristics of biometrics, issues of privacy, and the benefits and risks of adopting this technology.
Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics concludes with a chapter that describes the integration of computer technology with, and into, the body. Although the title "Prospects for thought communication: Brain to machine and Brain to Brain" has a futuristic implication, the chapter describes past research with neural interfaces, which has provided the groundwork for the claims in the title. The focus of the discussion is between the use of this technology for therapy or enhancement – and whether there is a difference as far as ethical use is concerned. As the authors, Warwick and Cerqui, hold different positions on this research – Warwick as the motivator and subject of much of the research and Cerqui as interested anthropologist – the benefits together with the moral issues make for an interesting dynamic.
The focus on Internet and Web-based technologies is self-evident throughout Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in Medical Informatics. This comprehensive book offers a multidisciplinary perspective, drawing from the expertise of a wide variety of global industries including law, ethics, medicine, philosophy, and computer science. In addition to providing the basis for reflection in its case studies, arguments, and analyses, it provokes thought, stimulates debate, and provides a foundation for further work in the field – in education, research, and practice. The book has special relevance for the concerns of citizens, patients, health consumers, and healthcare professionals, given recent announcements made by some of the most internationally well-known software and health service-related companies, institutions and not-for-profit associations on keeping health data safe and sound. The book is also an essential resource for every reference library.
Outdoors & Nature / Environment / Science / Ecology
Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and
Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators by William
A bewildering number of natural phenomena are occurring; killer
whales eating otters in the sea around the
Where the Wild Things Were offers a look at how the
disappearance of the world’s predators has upset the delicate
balance of the environment, and what their disappearance portends
for the future.
So what of it? In
Where the Wild Things Were wildlife journalist
William Stolzenburg follows in the wake of nature’s topmost
carnivores, and finds chaos in their absence. From the brazen mobs
of deer and marauding raccoons of backyard
Stolzenburg introduces readers to rebellious biologists and radical ecological thinkers who put radio collars on housecats and propose importing Asian elephants and camels into the New Mexican desert. The idea of reintroducing mountain lions to the tamed forests on the Eastern seaboard is threatening, but Stolzenburg makes a case that these mighty carnivores are a cornerstone of our ecological systems and that their loss portends greater biological catastrophes than those that have already occurred.
As the great meat-eating beasts go missing, an emerging cadre of concerned scientists is finding that their absence portends trouble for the biosphere at large. From northern seas to tropical woodlands to suburban greenways, Where the Wild Things Were tells the unsettling story of their discoveries. It visits as well their few tenuous recoveries, lighting some of conservation's brightest beacons of hope.
In this impassioned debut, wildlife journalist Stolzenburg examines predation's crucial role in the preservation of ecological diversity, painting nightmarish pictures of what happens when top carnivores are exterminated from ecosystems. … In dazzling descriptions, Stolzenburg demonstrates how the delicate balance between predator and prey is so essential, and his book, rich in dramatic accounts of life and death in the wild, is powerful and compelling. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
With a lucid and sparkling voice, William Stolzenburg offers a revealing and well-documented account that explains clearly why we need the wolf, tiger, and other predators, large and small, to maintain a healthy environment. – George B. Schaller, Vice President of Science and Exploration, Wildlife Conservation Society; author of the National Book Award-winning The Serengeti Lion; and winner of the National Geographic Lifetime Achievement Award and the World Wildlife Fund Gold Medal
Where the Wild Things Were is science writing at
its best. The subject is important for biology and sustainable
development, the prose is excellent, turning lyrical at just the
right times, and the story of the research is woven with clarity
into natural history. Big, fierce animals have a noble champion in
William Stolzenburg. – Edward O.
As illuminating as it is shocking, Where the Wild Things Were offers a provocative look at the world's top predators, and the cascades of unforeseen consequences triggered by their disappearance. In the end this is a story of life ironically enriched by the jaws of death. Moving and urgent, the book is an impassioned argument for understanding, protecting, and, where possible, restoring the delicate balance between predator and prey in the natural world. For anyone who has seldom given thought to the great meat-eating predators rapidly fading from the web of life, here is a world of reason to think again.
Outdoors & Nature / Hunting & Fishing
The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting: A
Problem-Solving Approach by Al Kyte (The
Fly casting might look easy – anglers just move the rod back and forth, right?
Well, that is true, but between ‘back’ and ‘forth’ a lot can go wrong. The perfect marriage of human skill and dexterity to the cork and graphite of today’s fly rods takes a good bit of work, and The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting is the how-to book that gets readers around common mistakes and bad moves so they can develop the muscle memory that makes for easy, accurate, and highly successful fly casting.
Author Al Kyte’s instruction and full-color photographs break down the parts of the cast to help anglers better understand what is happening and how to put all of the parts of their cast together to make noticeable improvements. Geared for fly casters of all skill levels, particularly intermediate casters, Kyte’s systematic method of changing and controlling the various ways a rod moves can help them approach those hard-to-reach fish and fool them into taking that favorite fly pattern in a strike.
The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting takes a problem-solving approach to making poor flycasters good, and good flycasters great. Orvis Pro Staffer Al Kyte explains the most fundamental aspects of the mechanics of fly-rod casting, the five so-called ‘rod variables’ – tilt, stroke length, bend, angle of rotation, and speed – and then describes how subtle changes in these variables affect the way a fly rod moves. Using these fundamentals, anglers can learn how to control the rod, line, leader, and fly to achieve perfect presentations and improve their success on the water.
Kyte, fly casting and fly fishing teacher for thirty years, asks: Why write another book about fly casting? There are plenty of books on ‘how to cast.’ A new casting book should offer something more, but what? It would be more helpful to have just one problem-solving approach for whatever casting problem comes up as they fish. What would that problem-solving approach look like? It would need to start with an understanding of the problem anglers face – how to present their line, leader, and fly properly in that situation. Of the three, the fly line is the most important because the leader and fly follow its path. Since the fly line goes where the rod tip directs it, readers also need to know how to vary their fly rod's movements to achieve that presentation. Kyte believes this is the key to correcting any problems, because the fly rod is the adjustable link between the readers’ hand's movements and their fly line's movements. So, the focus is on a systematic way of changing and controlling the various ways a fly rod moves. Giving readers the means to apply this to their fishing is the intent of The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting.
This is not primarily a book for beginning fly fishers. The people who stand to gain the most from this book already know what a casting loop is and have caught enough fish on a fly to regard themselves as fly fishers. The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting should also be helpful if readers have been looking for a way to teach the sport they love to someone else. On the other hand, Kyte says he probably should not discourage beginners too much, because he has known some beginners who could apply many of these ideas and techniques to their own learning.
How can Kyte prepare readers to solve their own casting problems? Certainly they need some knowledge to help guide the casting adjustments they need to make. The most useful knowledge has to do with how they vary the fly rod's movements to change the tip's path. He offers this primarily through four rod movements or ‘variables’: speed, stroke length, angular rotation, and up/ down tilt. Eventually, they should need only to adjust the rod in certain practiced ways – and then watch how the line, leader, and fly respond.
The development of this approach starts in Part I of The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting with his presentation of a short overhead cast. This is more than just a review; he wants readers to examine their own short cast to eliminate as much wasted motion as possible. They might just learn to do more with less. If they do not have an efficient casting stroke to start with, it may be difficult to make the adjustments it will take to progress.
In Part II, their purpose shifts from short line control to casting for distance. The changes anglers make when doing this should begin to give them a sense of the importance of these four rod movements and why Kyte refer to them as variables. As they work on ways to improve their long casts, they also become familiar with how to change each of these movements to keep their rod tip and fly line moving along a straight path.
The emphasis in Part III shifts to practicing the four rod movements as well as a few others. With each of these movements, readers practice by going from one extreme to the other – sometimes from one type of error to another. For example, if they are working on how much speed to apply to the rod, they gradually move from applying too little speed, through the correct range, to applying too much speed, and then work back to the opposite extreme. As they learn to control these various rod movements – one at a time – they are also learning how to gain control over the movements of their line and leader.
Then anglers start combining these rod variables in anglers’ practice and learn which ones work together to move their fly line in predictable ways. They are adding to the adjustments they need to solve casting problems in their fishing.
Finally, readers are ready to start using these rod adjustments to test their problem-solving ability. They are given a number of common casting problems they might experience when fishing. After reading each problem, they are invited to pick up their fly rod, go out to their casting area, and set up as realistic a situation as they can to test that problem. Then they experiment with the most promising rod movements to find the combination that best solves that casting problem.
Kyte in The Orvis Guide to Better Fly Casting helps readers to adjust and control these rod variables of speed, stroke length, angular rotation and tilt, as well as a few others, thus giving them important tools they can use to find solutions to any on-the-water casting problems they may encounter.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Dancing with God: The Trinity from a Womanist Perspective by Karen Baker-Fletcher (Chalice Press)
Dancing with God is an exploration of the divine
gifts of courage and grace in the face of evil. Karen
Baker-Fletcher, associate professor of systematic theology at
Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, engages the contributions of a
variety of theologians, including Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Gordon
Kaufman, John Cobb Jr., Marjorie Suchocki, Charles Hartshorne,
According to Baker-Fletcher, it is important for readers to know that the approach to theology she employs in Dancing with God is integrative in several respects. Womanist theology does not separate theology from real-lived, concrete, existential concerns. Womanist approaches to theology, generally speaking, are interdisciplinary. Therefore, readers should not look for this volume to take an approach similar to types of Trinitarian theology that separate the study of God from ongoing, concrete, historical, and current social concerns. In a womanist approach, God is social; and therefore, theology – the study of God – is inherently social. A Christian womanist, she is deeply influenced by the Trinitarian understanding of nineteenth-century Wesleyan African American women evangelists such as Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw, Julia Foote, and Amanda Berry Smith.
Womanist theologians and scholars of religion are women of African descent, and in Alice Walker's definition, global women of color, who endeavor by holistic approaches to further the healing and wholeness of entire communities, male and female. Womanists take seriously the experiential knowledge of God among women of African descent. Given the fact that womanists draw on real-lived experience within these communities, those without such experience cannot be said to be womanist. There are, however, many advocates of womanist thought who engage in similar work. Also, relational theologies of various types are influenced by and include womanist thought, finding that it enriches and enlivens the work of theology as a whole. Baker-Fletcher says she and other womanists write to influence all types of relational peoples and theologies around the globe, interculturally, across genders, and beyond all that threatens to divide them.
In Dancing with God, she engages in intercultural theological construction and analysis as a Christian, relational womanist. She enters into dialogue with diverse types of relational theologians, from diverse cultures and faith backgrounds.
While some womanists are also liberation theologians, this is not true for all of them. Baker-Fletcher, like Delores Williams, finds that God liberates, but God does not always liberate. The emphasis of her womanist work is that even when God does not liberate us in the time or way that we want, God encourages us to continue struggling for healing and wholeness from hatred and violence. Even when God does not deliver victims from sinners who act violently and with fatal results, God is present as a healing and ‘whole-making’ reality in the lives of survivors – family, friends, community, society, the globe. Moreover, God, who is omnipresent, dynamically invites and persuades us into healing relationship with God and the rest of creation to participate in God's creating, restoring, and healing activity.
Where is God in the lives of those who lose loved ones or barely escape losing themselves and loved ones to racialized hate crime, lynching, rape as a form of hate crime, acts of terrorism, war, and other types of violent sin? To consider God's response, in Dancing with God she briefly examines the ‘immanent Trinity’ – who God is in relation to God's dynamic self in three distinct persons as ‘agents,’ or better, ‘relations.’ She considers the divine dance – God's dance within the divine community. Then she attends to the problem of fallenness to another kind of dance – the dance of sin, woundedness, and suffering. Third, she returns to the Trinity, specifically the economic Trinity – the relation of divine community to the broken yet intrinsically interrelated creation-community we humans call ‘the world.’ She specifically attends to the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit in the healing dance of the Trinity. She endeavors to offer a Trinitarian analysis of the problem of evil and the divine promise for healing, as she bases her analysis in an understanding of divine community – God as the Trinity. Finally, womanist theology is theology as theology was understood until very recently. As modernity ends to enter a new creation, with all the gifts and problems that are emerging with it, we are aware that earlier theologians were more correct about taking a multidisciplinary approach to the study of God than the modern world knew. Theology is about the source of all life, is concerned with that source and all life it creates, and therefore theology is necessarily interdisciplinary.
Chapter 1 of Dancing with God presents the theological task and methods of this work, with attention to epistemology, relational and womanist emphases on experience as knowledge, liberationist attention to praxis, theological language as symbolic with metaphor as a type of symbol, and the roles of scripture, tradition, experience, and reason in theological construction. It introduces the metaphor and activity of dance for describing dynamic, integrative, relational divine activity and divine response to the world in a Trinitarian theology.
Chapter 2 emphasizes that the context for theology is God, who is omnipresent in the many particular existential contexts that are also part of creaturely life. This chapter considers the dance of divine, creative, loving, and just response to the world with the world's existential dance between the goodness of creativity found in divine love and the evil of destructive devolutions into unnecessary violence. This chapter also defines what is meant by ‘unnecessary violence.’
Chapter 3 of Dancing with God explores the dance of the Trinity in relation to creation. It considers God-language and introduces God as Provider/Nurturer. It moves to the economic Trinity and God's response to creation. Moreover, it considers the divine nature in relation to God's aim for creaturely entities, particularly human beings, to reflect God's communal nature, love, justice, and creativity.
Chapter 4 asks, "Why evil and suffering?" and draws on Marjorie Suchocki's understanding of ‘the fall to violence’ in relation to the unnecessary violence found in the First Testament story of Cain and Abel. It attends to the problem of sin as violation of another creature and of God who feels with the earth, which cries out.
Chapter 5 of Dancing with God begins to explore the praxis of sin in relation to the problem of what Korean theologians call han and what African Americans have called the blues, which is the experience of the sinned against. It considers several different types of unnecessary violence and focuses on hate crime. It focuses on the han or blues resolution journey of the James Byrd Jr. family, who instead of responding in aggressive han toward King and his abettors, committed their lives to racial healing with many others from the Jasper community and nationally.
Chapter 6 is about the nature and ministry of Jesus, Mary as the mother of God, Jesus' crucifixion, a critique of the notion of ‘redemptive suffering,’ and the power of overcoming evil revealed in Christ's resurrection. In this chapter, she also considers what Christ contributes to our understanding of theodicy, particularly with reference to African American writers past and present who question whether or not Christianity is a viable religion. We consider what it means to live in the courage of Christ in a world of persecution, crucifixion, hatred, and evil. What does it mean to overcome evil when we are still living in a world of ‘crucifixion’?
Chapter 7 explores the resurrecting, encouraging Spirit of God and turns to the Holy Spirit as the divine and encouraging agent of the Trinity that empowers or strengthens the heart, making renewed life possible. It brings the understanding of divine love, creativity, and justice in this theology to some conclusions in relation to the metaphor of dance. In particular, she discusses Vanessa Baker’s choreopoem ‘Sacrificial Fruit’ which is about Emmett Till and his mother's defiant ‘No!’ to modern crucifixion. It compares lynching to crucifixion, as did Mamie Till-Mobley and a number of poets in American religious history. This chapter begins a discussion of whether or nor suffering is redemptive or whether it is something to overcome.
Dancing with God is timely and extends an
invitation to take courage in a world gripped by violence and
terror. We are invited not to flee, but to dance with God, the
Divine dancer whose unfolding activity is within the community and
amidst the sufferings of all people.... Karen
Baker-Fletcher brings an integrative, interdisciplinary, and nuanced
approach to process thought and social history. She offers her own
understanding of the Relational God who indwells experience and
calls us forth in courage to join the Divine dance and make a
difference in a world that knows crucifixion. She gives us a way to
know, to think, and live faithfully. – Archie Smith, Jr.,
Karen Baker-Fletcher offers an intriguing interdisciplinary
testimony of lived faith and relational, integrative Trinitarian
theological discourse…. With passion and keen, creative thought she
shakes the dust off of classical dogma and reenergizes it as a dance
of divine, creative, just response. Baker-Fletcher's writing is
powerful and challenges one to ask hard questions and then listen
for the dance of Spirit for the answers ... a must read for a
liberating understanding of three in one and one in three: a dance
to hope, forgiveness, and right relations. – Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan,
Baker-Fletcher in Dancing with God gives readers a rigorous understanding of systematic womanist theology, explaining the relational nature of God. She shows readers how to understand God’s creative response to hatred and violence using dance as a metaphor for divine activity. And she shows how God inspires courage in the face of overwhelming pain.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Literature & Criticism
Masked Atheism: Catholicism and the Secular
Victorian Home, Second Edition by Maria LaMonaca (The
Why did the Victorians hate and fear Roman Catholics so much?
This question has long preoccupied literary and cultural scholars
Masked Atheism by Maria LaMonaca begins with the
assumption that anti-Catholicism reveals far more about the
Victorians than simple theological disagreements or religious
prejudice. An analysis of anti-Catholicism exposes a host of
anxieties, contradictions, and controversies dividing
Noting that Catholicism was frequently caricatured by the Victorians as ‘masked atheism’ – that is, heathenism and paganism masquerading as legitimate Christianity – LaMonaca’s study suggests that much anti-Catholic rhetoric in Victorian England was fueled by fears of encroaching secularism and anxieties about the disappearance of God in the modern world. For both male and female writers, Catholicism became a synonym for larger, ‘ungodly’ forces threatening traditional ways of life: industrialization, rising standards of living, and religious skepticism.
LaMonaca, associate professor of English at
Masked Atheism incorporates both canonical and minor women writers, in part because LaMonaca wishes to recreate a sense of the literary world as Victorian readers experienced it. She invites reflection upon how a work's religious content can shape – or doom – its literary posterity. While novels by Lady Georgiana Fullerton and Elizabeth Missing Sewell may, in some ways, lack the sophistication of those by Charlotte Brontë and George Eliot, their almost complete erasure from literary history in the twentieth Century – given the popularity and impact of their works in the nineteenth century – is a glaring oversight.
Early feminist scholarship on Jane Eyre either overlooked the
novel's profoundly religious dimension entirely, or presented Jane
as a rebel against Christian patriarchy. When works by Brontë, now
the best-known Victorian anti-Catholic female novelist (however
inaccurate the designation), is placed alongside those of the era's
most popular Catholic novelist, the comparison facilitates new
understandings of each author. No one, for example, would think to
pigeonhole Jane Eyre as a ‘religious novel,’ yet like
The first chapter of
Masked Atheism examines concerns that marriage
itself – as defined by Evangelical Protestantism – could be a
stumbling block for devout Victorian women. If a woman viewed her
husband as an intermediary for God, these novels suggest, how easily
might she come to view her husband as God? This, of course, was the
sin of idolatry. Since this transgression was most frequently
associated with Catholics and their adoration of spurious saints and
the Virgin Mary, it hardly seems surprising that both Brontë and
A similar phenomenon can be observed in chapter 2, which
juxtaposes Brontë's representation of confession in Villette with
Chapter 3 of Masked Atheism demonstrates the ways in which Catholic discourse helped structure women's literary representations of alternatives to traditional domesticity: the celibate paths of spinsterhood and religious sisterhood. In the first section, an analysis of Elizabeth Missing Sewell's The Experience of Life (1852) explores how Sewell's Anglo-Catholic spinster bildungsroman appropriates elements of Roman Catholic hagiography to present the lay single life as a domestic vocation that simultaneously calls into question the entire concept of domesticity. The second half of this chapter, focusing on Mary Martha Sherwood's The Nun (1833) and other anticonvent literature, reveals how anti-Catholic attacks on female religious orders also, ironically, betray subliminal anxieties about marriage, motherhood, and domesticity in Victorian culture.
Whereas the first three chapters examine women's representations of the domestic sphere as potentially antithetical to the sacred, chapter 4 addresses how women poets employ Catholic Eucharistic imagery in an attempt to reconcile women's lofty spiritual vocations with their more earthbound callings as wives and mothers. In Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Aurora Leigh (1856) and Christina Rossetti's Goblin Market (1862), Catholicism's emphasis upon the physical body – in particular, its doctrine of the Eucharist – becomes a framework through which women poets can construct the notion of a female body that is at once sexualized and sacred. Although Rossetti and Barrett Browning achieve a more satisfactory reconciliation between women's competing identities than other authors in Masked Atheism, figures of fallen women linger uneasily in the background of each text, testifying to the endurance of the culture's strict binary between angelic and embodied women.
Chapter 5 addresses some of the culture's more overt anxieties about secularism and atheism as they emerged in controversies over Roman Catholic veneration for the Virgin Mary and specifically in the British responses to a purported apparition of the Virgin Mary in La Salette, France, in 1846. To many Protestants, Catholic veneration for the Virgin, along with their credulity in such ‘sham’ miracles as the apparition at La Salette, threatened to eclipse or deny God altogether. George Eliot's Romola (1862-1863), a novel obsessed with the demise of religious authority, appropriates elements of Marian apparition stories at first to critique Catholic veneration for the saints and the Virgin Mary. Eliot's heroine, at the end of Romola, becomes a morally powerful agent (and a secular Madonna) only through the loss of all paternal sources of guidance and authority.
Some of the most interesting work to date on Catholicism and nineteenth-century literature focuses on the fin de siecle; the book's final chapter, therefore, attempts to draw connections between women writing at midcentury and those a few decades later, when popular antagonism toward Catholicism was presumably on the wane. At first glance, lesbian poets and lovers Michael Field may seem a complete departure from the other writers in Masked Atheism. On closer examination, however, Bradley and Cooper, self-proclaimed ‘pagans’ who converted to Roman Catholicism after a domestic calamity, form an ending point for this study. Focusing exclusively on the 1906 volume of the Fields' vast diary, Works and Days, LaMonaca explores the Fields' construction of a unique domestic piety – one that accommodated Bradley and Cooper's unconventional religious and sexual identities before their conversion, weathered Whym Chow's sudden death in 1906, and adapted to the paradigm shift of their successive conversions in 1907. For the Fields, Catholicism was not so much a radical departure from their secular, ‘pagan’ past, but a means of bridging the ‘pagan,’ Dionysian aspects or their identities with their newfound desire to create meaning out of suffering and loss.
Masked Atheism is one of the finest examples of
literary critical engagement with the subject of religion that I
have read in a long time. Given the fact that it’s so beautifully
written, I can’t say enough good things about this manuscript. Maria
LaMonaca opens many doors for new work to be done. – Frederick S.
Roden, associate professor at the
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Masked Atheism and learned much from it. The book will be of interest to all who work on Victorian women writers, nineteenth-century religious culture, and nineteenth-century literary history more generally. – Maria H. Frawley, associate professor of English, The George Washington University
Masked Atheism contributes a fresh perspective to an ongoing conversation about the significance of Catholicism in Victorian literature and culture. All the writers in this study highlight Catholicism's usefulness in the nineteenth century as an inspiration for artists, an instrument for cultural critique, and a palliative for the growing pains of a rapidly changing society.
Religion & Spirituality / Comparative Religion / Reference
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read:
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. – John 8:32
Most people would rather feel comfortable that know the truth. Well, I’m going to make you uncomfortable by telling you the truth. – Robert F. Kennedy
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read is an anthology by world-renowned theologians, historians and researchers that exposes and challenges misrepresentations and age-old beliefs. The book is edited by Tim Leedom and Maria Murdy and contains an introduction by ABC Radio Talk Show Host Bill Jenkins. This volume presents an honest look at one of the most controversial issues of all time: religion. Packed with essays from world-renowned theologians, historians, and researchers, the anthology seeks to reveal the whole truth to anyone who has ever been told what to believe. It discloses the origins and frail histories of the world's major religions and answers questions readers never even knew they had.
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read is
the second edition of a popular book which now has been upgraded and
expanded. The book first came out in 1993 at book signings in
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read shows how the major religions cling to non-original stories, unverifiable evidence and legends which continually prove disastrous for the human race. The editors have expanded the book 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 into perspective.
Readers will find that the story of Jesus and the ‘crucifixion’ has been played out sixteen times over the last ten thousand years. Readers will explore myths, origins, fundamentalism, television ministries, the identical stories of Stellar/Pagan/Christian beliefs, unfounded doctrines, child abuse, the Year 200, and women's rights.
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read contains little-unknown facts such as there being no mention of Jesus Christ is the Dead Sea Scrolls; the oldest story in the world (predating Christianity by millennia) being that of a virgin mother bearing a newborn baby; 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 birth date by many other crucified saviors.
The second edition includes contemporary scholars, researchers and writers such as national correspondents Bill Moyers and Chris Hedges, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Joseph Campbell, Judy Chicago, Village Voice writer Rick Perlstein, Thomas Doyle, and David Stannard. Like the first edition, the second still encourages people to think for themselves and look for proof. The foundation of the book 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.
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, may be unsettling to readers, as will the exposure of modern-day abuses and policies in the name of God, but this is not an anti-religious book; the book is a reference volume meant to be challenging and informative.
The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read as a
kind of consumer protection guide to religion, a big step forward
toward religious literacy. … 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 readers
over the head with ‘you're wrong’, but rather ‘consider this’. …–
Reverend Richard Hill, Minister,
Absolutely too important to be ignored, censored or dismissed The Book shall rightfully hold its place as a bestseller. – Bill Jenkins, Former ABC Radio Talk Show Host
For reference, shock, or lively debate, The Book has it all. Buy it, study then draw your own conclusions! Fast becoming known as the textbook of free thought. – Bonnie Lange, Truth Seeker Company
Once in a long while a book comes along that challenges tradition
and shakes our
belief in the very institutions we trust most. The Book Your Church* Doesn't Want You to Read is such a book, an enlightening and groundbreaking anthology.
This work addresses itself most admirably to the vital effort of educating those open minded enough to hear the truth and it is what it says it is meant to be – challenging and informative.
Social Sciences / Anthropology
Revolution or Renaissance: Making the Transition
from an Economic Age to a Cultural Age by D. Paul Schafer
Ours is possibly one of the most critical periods in human experience. Poised in the transition between one kind of world and another, we are literally on the hinge of a great transformation in the whole human condition. – John McHale (1969)
In Revolution or Renaissance, D. Paul Schafer subjects two of the most powerful forces in the world – economics and culture – to a detailed and historically sensitive analysis. He argues that the economic age has produced a great deal of wealth and unleashed tremendous productive power; however, it is not capable of coming to grips with the problems threatening human and non-human life on this planet. After tracing the evolution of the economic age from the publication of Adam Smith's The Wealth of Nations in 1776 to the present, he turns his attention to culture, examining it both as a concept and as a reality. What emerges is a portrait of the world system of the future where culture is the central focus of development. According to Schafer, director of the World Culture Project, making the transition from an economic age to a cultural age is imperative if global harmony, environmental sustainability, economic viability, and human well-being are to be achieved.
According to Revolution or Renaissance, there is mounting evidence to confirm that humanity has arrived at a crucial turning point in history. One piece of evidence is the environmental crisis and, with it, climate change and growing shortages of strategic resources such as wood, water, coal, electricity, oil, fish, rice, corn, and, especially, arable land. Another piece of evidence is the persistent gap between rich and poor countries, and between rich and poor people. Still other pieces of evidence are alarming levels of pollution, poverty, famine, and unemployment; the spread of infectious diseases; increased violence and terrorism; the threat of biological, chemical, and nuclear warfare; and the failure to achieve ‘development with a human face.’ It does not take a great leap of the imagination to visualize the kind of world that could result if solutions to these problems are not found.
Standing behind these problems is an even more dangerous and potentially life-threatening problem. With the world's population at six billion and growing rapidly, and with the carrying capacity of the Earth severely limited, the entire global ecosystem could collapse if ways are not discovered to prevent it. It is for reasons such as these that more and more people throughout the world are coming to the conclusion that a major transformation is needed in the human condition to set things right. In the past, transformations in the human condition have come about in both peaceful and violent ways. There have been times when transformations in the human condition have been achieved by peaceful means, largely through general evolution or a renaissance.
According to Schafer in the prologue to Revolution or Renaissance, once again we have arrived at a crucial turning point in history. What is bringing this situation to a head is the conflict that is raging throughout the world at present over glaring inequalities in income and wealth, globalization, free trade, capitalism, the profit motive, the division of the world into two unequal parts, and fundamental differences between religions, cultures, and civilizations. On the one hand, there are those who believe that the transformation that is needed in the human condition can come about through peaceful means, largely through acquiescing to the present world system, and allowing the forces of globalization, free trade, capitalism, democracy, corporatism, and technological development to run their course. On the other hand, there are those who believe that the transformation that is needed in the human condition can be achieved only through conflict, confrontation, and revolution. The evidence seems to be mounting on the side of the latter group.
According to Schafer, it is impossible to understand the reasons for the present situation without examining the economic age that underlies the current world system and has given rise to it. Violence, terrorism, globalization, free trade, capitalism, corporatism, profit maximization, inequalities in income and wealth, and the division of the world into two unequal parts are deeply embedded in the economic age in which we live. It is an age that has made economics and economies in general, and products, profits, technology, specialization, consumption, competition, economic growth, the marketplace, capitalism, and materialism in particular, the centerpiece of society, and the principal preoccupation of municipal, regional, national and international development.
Many may question the contention that the present age is an economic age, preferring to call it an information age, a technological age, a scientific age, a communications age, a capitalistic age, or a materialistic age. However, while information, technology, science, communications, capitalism and materialism have played powerful roles in shaping the age we are living in, it is economics, more than any other factor or set of factors, that plays the dominant role in the world, as it has for more than two hundred years. While the origins, evolution, and functioning of the economic age make for fascinating reading in their own right, that is not the real reason for delving deeply into the domain of economics. The real reason has to do with determining whether the economic age is capable of producing the changes that are needed in the human condition and world system to address the difficult, demanding and debilitating problems that have loomed up on the global horizon in recent years.
In order to ascertain this, Schafer says in Revolution or Renaissance that it is necessary to subject the economic age to vigorous evaluation. On the one hand, this means examining the numerous strengths of the economic age, strengths that many people and countries in the world enjoy today. On the other hand, it means analyzing the many shortcomings of the economic age, shortcomings that many people and countries are compelled to endure every day. If, as John McHale contended, people survive, uniquely, by their capacity to "act in the present on the basis of past experience considered in terms of future consequences," then it makes sense to assess the economic age in order to determine whether it is capable of delivering the changes that are needed in the human condition and the world system to set things right.
When this process is completed and the balance sheet is composed on the economic age, the overriding conclusion that emerges is that the economic age is not capable of delivering the changes that are needed. In fact, the longer the economic age is perpetuated, the more dangerous the consequences will be, particularly in terms of further degeneration of the natural environment, consumption of the world's scarce renewable and non-renewable resources at an alarming rate, multiplication of consumer demands and expectations that are impossible to fulfill, substantial inequalities in income and wealth between rich and poor countries, and between rich and poor people, failure to achieve ‘development with a human face,’ and the potential collapse of the entire global ecosystem. This makes it imperative to ask what type of age would be capable of addressing these problems and producing the changes that are needed to deal with them.
Needless to say, there are many different views and opinions on what type of age this should be. For some, it should be a totally different kind of economic age, based on knowledge, information, ideas, services, and ‘the global economy’ rather than machines, industry, products, and municipal, regional and national economies. For others, it should be an environmental age, capable of conserving resources, controlling pollution, reducing global warming, protecting the biosphere, and radically changing people's attitudes towards nature, the natural environment, and other species. For still others, it should be a technological or communications age, capable of capitalizing on the computer revolution, the shift from verbal to visual literacy, global networking, the internet, electronic highways, cyberspace, and mind-boggling changes in communications. For still others again, it should be a political, social, scientific, artistic or spiritual age, based on preventing terrorism, providing safety and security, promoting democracy, reducing the production of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, conquering outer space, capitalizing on major advances in science, biotechnology and genetics, creating new social and legal structures, fashioning new moral and ethical codes, and evolving new aesthetic and religious values.
While all these views and opinions have a legitimate claim to the type of age that is most needed in the future, many signs point in the direction of a ‘cultural age.’ According to Revolution or Renaissance, most prominent among these signs are the holistic transformation that is taking place in the world today, the environmental movement, the encounter with human needs, the struggle for equality, the necessity of identity, the quest for quality of life, the focus on creativity, and the rise of culture as a crucial force in the world. What makes a cultural age so compelling is the fact that it possesses the potential to bring about a transformation in the human condition and the world system in peaceful rather than violent ways, through a renaissance rather than a revolution. Its potential to achieve this is based on taking a comprehensive and egalitarian approach to the world system, rather than a partial and partisan approach, instituting the safeguards and precautions that are essential to ensure that culture, cultures, and civilizations are dealt with in positive rather than negative ways, and focusing on ‘ends’ as well as ‘means.’ This makes it possible to place the priority on the whole (rather than a part of the whole, as is the case with the economic age), as well as to achieve balanced, harmonious and equitable relationships between the parts and the whole, economics and all other activities in society. Not only would this help to reduce the demands human beings are making in the natural environment, but also it would place humanity in a stronger position to make sensible and sustainable decisions about future directions in planetary civilization.
Whereas Part I of Revolution or Renaissance is largely descriptive, factual and explanatory in nature, primarily because we are living in an economic age at present, Part II is more exploratory, analytical, and prospective. It sketches out a general portrait of a cultural age and put enough flesh on it so that it can stand alongside other portraits of the future age, and act as a guide to human development and decision-making in the years and decades ahead. In order to sketch out this portrait, it is necessary to delve deeply into the realm of culture. On the one hand, this includes examining the theories, ideas, insights, and works of many cultural scholars and practitioners, since it is on these that the foundations for a cultural age would be established. On the other hand, it means building up an understanding of the way a cultural age would function in fact, especially as it relates to the mechanics, priorities, and flourishing of such an age.
In Revolution or Renaissance, D. Paul Schafer deftly illustrates 'culture' as the framework within which the spirit of the times emerges, and 'economy' as the blood supply which has nourished its function across the arcs of civilization. Schafer … provides us with the indicators that are needed to understand the new paradigm that is rapidly taking shape in the world. – Sacha Stone, Secretary General, Humanitad
Schafer has produced a triumph! – Walter Pitman, O.C., O. Ont., LL’D
Through his fine analysis of the economic age, of its theories, policies and practices, and his lucid vision of what the cultural age should be, D. Paul Schafer alerts us to the fact that we have arrived at a crucial turning point in history... This book is an invaluable answer to the question: what kind of development, what kind of culture for the future? – Biserka Cvjeticanin, Director of the Culturelink Network
… D. Paul Schafer presents hopeful indicators in
Revolution or Renaissance of movement towards an
alternative, cultural age. – Dr. James Dator, Professor of Political
Science and Director,
If several hundred years from now human beings look back at the present era, they will discern among the many well-meaning enthusiasts and fanatics out to change the derailed direction of our species' evolution, a few voices of true maturity.... – Dr. Erika Erdmann, Founder and Editor of Humankind Advancing
D. Paul Schafer's book Revolution or Renaissance is especially important at this time in history... The author's long standing experience in cultural matters is especially valuable in the area of cultural education, which is becoming more and more imperative in a world where different cultures with different values, choices and behaviours need to coexist. – Dr. Eleonora Barbieri Masini, Professor of Futures Studies, Gregorian University, Rome, Italy, and Former Secretary General, World Futures Studies Federation
With our civilization facing collapse, somebody needed to do it – Schafer fleshes out a positive, possible future so that it can stand alongside other models as a guide to human development in the years ahead. What stands out most clearly at the end of Revolution or Renaissance is how different a cultural age might be from an economic age. Not only would it be based on different theoretical, practical, historical and philosophical foundations, but also it would flow from different principles, priorities, policies, and practices. This is essential if humanity is to come to grips with the life-threatening problems of the present and cross over the threshold to a more exhilarating future. A sensitive analysis and an invaluable answer to the question: Which way to proceed?
Social Sciences / Sociology
Migrants to the Metropolis: The Rise of Immigrant Gateway Cities edited by Marie Price & Lisa Benton-Short (Cultural and Ethnic Studies Series: Syracuse University Press)
Immigration today touches the lives and economies of more people and places than ever before. Yet the places that are disproportionately affected by immigrant flows are not countries but cities. Migrants to the Metropolis examines contemporary global immigration trends and their profound effect on specific host cities. The book focuses not only on cities with long-established diverse populations, such as New York, Toronto, and Sydney, but also on lesser known established gateway cities such as Birmingham (UK) and Amsterdam, and the emerging gateways of Johannesburg, Washington, D.C., Singapore, and Dublin.
The essays gathered in
Migrants to the Metropolis provide a global
portrait of accelerating, worldwide immigration driven by income
differentials, social networks, and various state policies that
recruit skilled and unskilled laborers. Editors Marie Price,
associate professor of geography and international affairs at the
According to the introduction to Migrants to the Metropolis, gateway cities warrant closer attention in immigration debates because they are the crucibles for an immigrant-driven expression of globalization that has profound economic, cultural, and political dimensions. Immigrants can contribute to the hyper diversity and cosmopolitanism that make gateway cities distinct. Yet the visible difference of immigrants, coupled with the desire by state and local actors to control them, also produces urban spaces that are highly segregated and socially stratified along a continuum of native-born citizen to illegal migrant. To understand how twenty-first-century immigrant gateways function, it is important to recognize a range of outcomes in which immigrants can be integrated into the social, political, and economic life of a city or excluded in such a way that their presence is relatively muted.
Migrants to the Metropolis compares the experience
of established immigrant cities such as
Nancy Foner's essay on
Graeme Hugo's essay draws on the enormous wealth of data on
immigration to and emigration from
Lucia Lo's essay on
Cheryl McEwan, Jane Pollard, and Nick Henry's essay on
The next section of
Migrants to the Metropolis, Part Two, highlights
emerging gateway cities. Emerging gateways are those cities with
relatively recent immigrant flows, such as
Brenda S. A. Yeoh and Natalie Yap's essay showcases
Elizabeth Chacko explores migration trends in
Mary Gilmartin considers recent immigration in
The city of
The last section of
Migrants to the Metropolis, Part Three, introduces
cities that Price and Benton-Short call exceptional gateways because
of their highly restrictive immigration policies or because they
have been largely bypassed by the world's immigrants. They consider
Rachel Silvey explores the connections between Indonesian female
immigrants and the domestic labor they provide in
David Bartram examines the position of Tel Aviv as an ambiguous
gateway. Bartram begins by asking, what is foreign-born? In
Yeong-Hyun Kim's essay explores the relative absence of labor
migration and immigration in the global city of
Emily Skop and Sarah Zell document the rise and fall of
Connects the literatures on global cities and immigration,
bringing a much needed comparative perspective on population
movement and settlement to globalization studies through the careful
examination of cities as diverse as Tel Aviv and
A timely and insightful book by a group of immigration experts
who examine the growing role of worldwide population flows and their
impacts on a range of cities from
Adds much new insight to the burgeoning interdisciplinary
literature about gateway cities. . . . A singular scholarly
achievement. – Mark Miller,
Migrants to the Metropolis is a fascinating work which brings together international scholarship to invite the examination and comparison of a diverse range of immigrant gateway cities. The book is a first step in deepening the theoretical and empirical connections between a range of cities and the foreign-born that reside in them. The cities profiled in this book will enliven the conceptualization of urban immigrant gateways as vital cultural, political and economic hubs in a global age. By focusing on human migration at the metropolitan scale, one begins to see globalization as a bottom-up process, instigated, in part, by the agency of immigrants and the socioeconomic changes they summon.
The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle by Mike Mueller (The Complete Book Series: Motorbooks)
General Motors has produced some of the greatest muscle cars of
all time, from the Pontiac GTO to the Chevrolet Camaro. This work
documents every muscle car to emerge from
Author Mike Mueller, freelance automotive photojournalist since 1991, has held staff positions with Automobile Quarterly, Corvette Fever, Muscle Car Review, and Mustang Monthly, among others, and has written and contributed to over 50 automotive books.
Created in cooperation with General Motors and heavily illustrated with images from GM's extensive historical archive, The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle showcases in photos, text, and technical specifications all the models from 1961 to 1974.
In the fall of 1963, General Motors launched the muscle car
revolution. With a name shamelessly ‘borrowed’ from Ferrari, the
1964 Pontiac GTO resonated with hip, young buyers looking for big
performance on a small budget. Not content to rest on their success,
For nearly a decade, GM and its cross-town rivals were locked in
a battle for street supremacy. The war escalated each model year
with the introduction of faster and more powerful offerings from
each camp. Each GM division had its own definition of the ideal
muscle car, and each gave its rendition a personality all its own.
What resulted was the most fearsome lineup of muscle cars and the
most vicious collection of engines ever to roll out of the
By the dawn of 1970, all four of GM's muscle car divisions offered vehicles with optional engines that displaced in excess of 450 cubic inches and power ratings that had seemed unattainable just ten years earlier. But the end already loomed in the form of escalating insurance rates, power-choking emissions regulations, and rising gas prices. By 1974 the muscle car was all but dead.
The Complete Book of Classic GM Muscle documents
every muscle car to come from Buick, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, or
Pontiac from 1961 to 1974 – if the General built it, it's here..
Lavishly illustrated, with extensive details, specs, and exclusive
archival photographs, the book is the ultimate resource on
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Fodor's Brazil, 5th Edition (Fodor's Gold Guides) by Fodor's (Fodor’s)
Fodor's Brazil, 5th Edition (Fodor's Gold Guides)
urges readers to discover the spirit of
Travelers can embrace the local culture as they samba, for
example, in the streets of
Fodor's worldwide team of 700 writers reveal their favorite haunts to enrich readers travel experience. And for the very latest information, travelers can seek out candid advice from fellow travelers at Fodors.com, and read their ‘Word of Mouth’ tips throughout Fodor's Brazil, 5th Edition (Fodor's Gold Guides).
Ratings in the volume help readers select the right combination of experiences. As travelers we all have had the experience of discovering a place so wonderful that its worthiness is obvious, but the place is so experiential that superlatives don't do it justice: one has to have been there to know. These sights, properties, and experiences get Fodor’s highest rating, Fodor's Choice, indicated by orange stars throughout the book. The book also has black stars indicating Highly Recommended, and by default: any place they include is by definition worth readers’ time. The book also includes hotel and restaurant price categories.
The South. The three southernmost states –
Minas Gerais. Roughly the size of
Salvador & Bahia. On a huge bay, the city of
The Amazon. Through the centuries many have tried in vain to
Fodor's has emerged ... as our fave guidebook series for insider
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Hipped up . . . plus advice on a broader range of attractions, from classic to quirky. – Outside Magazine
Fodor's Brazil, 5th Edition (Fodor's Gold Guides) gives travelers ratings they can trust, for exceptional restaurants, hotels, and sights selected to help them make the best choices. It provides choices for every traveler, from river cruises and wildlife-watching to cafe-hopping and late-night clubbing. The team of local experts reveals their favorite haunts to enrich readers’ travel experience. And the information is up to date with local writers seeking out hot spots while verifying that listings meet high standards.