Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Unabridged Audio, 4CDs, running time: 6 hours) by James Patterson & Hal Friedman, read by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)
Arts & Photography / History
The History of Gardens in Painting by
From the highly acclaimed author of Landscape Painting: A History comes another important study of a sub-genre of landscape painting: The History of Gardens in Painting.
The creation of gardens was among the first achievements of early civilizations, and garden design was already highly developed in antiquity. From then to the present, the garden has been a refuge from urban life, a secluded, nearly perfect place where individuals can reflect and admire nature. The History of Gardens in Painting traces the history of gardens, as seen through the eyes of artists, over the course of 2,000 years. The focus of the book is not the gardens themselves or the different concepts of the garden, subjects already studied in countless other books, but rather the representation of gardens in paintings.
In this authoritative study author Nils Büttner explains why pictures of gardens are a mirror of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived.
Büttner, professor of art history at
The History of Gardens in Painting begins with a
look at ancient
One especially noteworthy feature of this wonderfully illustrated book is that the author brings this history up to the present. Yes, there is life after Impressionism. – Barnes & Noble
The History of Gardens in Painting is a beautifully illustrated survey that combines the beauty and power of two art forms: gardens and painting. Büttner has produced a masterful survey, a unique tome and a lovely way to bring gardens from the past two millennia home to appreciate year round. The carefully chosen paintings represent a progression of developments in art history and foster an appreciation for actual gardens as well as paintings of them. For aficionados of art history and gardens, the volume should appeal to a broad audience.
Audio / Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Biographies & Memoirs
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Unabridged Audio, 4CDs, running time: 6 hours) by James Patterson & Hal Friedman, read by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with
an Agonizing Medical Mystery by James Patterson & Hal Friedman, read
by Kevin T. Collins (Little, Brown and Co.)
Against Medical Advice is the true story of Cory Friedman and his family's decades-long battle for survival in the face of extraordinary difficulties and a maddening medical establishment.
Cory wakes up one morning when he is five years old with the uncontrollable urge to shake his head and his life is never the same again. From that day forward his life becomes a hell of uncontrollable tics, urges, and involuntary utterances. Eventually he is diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive disorder, and Cory embarks on an excruciating journey from specialist to specialist, enduring countless combinations of medications in wildly varying doses. Soon it becomes unclear what tics are symptoms of his disease and what are side effects of the countless combinations of drugs. The only certainty is that it keeps getting worse. Despite his lack of control, Cory is aware of every embarrassing movement, and sensitive to every person's reaction to his often aggravating presence. With the love of his family and the support of a few steadfast teachers and medical professionals, he fought for his very life.
Inspiring ... a testament to the importance of family and the
resilient nature of the human spirit. – George Pelecanos
Against Medical Advice is both harrowing and heartbreaking, but is also a story of astonishing courage. This book stands as a testament to the amazing power of one family's unconditional love for each other. – Tess Gerritsen
Against Medical Advice is a true story that reads like the most riveting of page-turners. Read it and feel at gut-level what it's like to be a child whose life is almost destroyed by a hellish array of nightmare medical symptoms. Best of all, watch what happens when an entire family stands together against all odds, armed with strength, perseverance, and love for one another. – Lisa Scottoline
A work of naked truth, as disturbing as it is important – Against Medical Advice turns Tourette's Syndrome inside out and shows us what it is like to be trapped inside a brain that has a nightmarish mind of its own. This true story of Hal Friedman's son, Cory, is a gift of honesty, huge courage, and hope, and a reminder that against all medical advice and odds, human beings can prevail. – Patricia Cornwell
Written by best-selling author James Patterson and Cory’s father, Hal, with the relentless pace of a Patterson thriller, Against Medical Advice is a heart-rending story of struggle and triumph with a climax as dramatic as any Patterson thriller. Readers will cheer Cory’s successes. The audio version is read by Kevin T. Collins, television, film and theater actor.
Audio / Public Policy / Terrorism
The Closing of the American Border: Terrorism,
Immigration and Security Since 9/11 (9 Audio CDs, approximate
running time 11 ½ hours) by Edward Alden (Blackstone Audiobooks)
On September 10, 2001, the United States was the most open country in the world.
But since the 9/11 attacks, the administration has struggled to
balance openness with security, as the
The Closing of the American Border is based on
extensive interviews with the Bush administration officials charged
with securing the border after 9/11, including former secretary of
Author Edward Alden, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the
Council on Foreign Relations and the former
Former Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, Alden provides a thoughtful and balanced assessment of border security and immigration policies before and after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, demonstrating how more stringent security can damage the U.S. economy by discouraging trade, tourism and an influx of bright minds and diligent workers. The author's vignettes make what could be a dry read engaging and urgent. … Alden points out that the Department of Homeland Security concedes that most of its counterterrorism funds are being poured into securing and controlling the border with Mexico and makes a persuasive case that immigration enforcement and counterterrorism are two different things, and for either to be effective they need to be separated. – Publishers Weekly
The Closing of the American Border is a
provocative, behind-the-scenes investigation, in which Alden offers
a compelling assessment of how
Business & Investing / Economics / Philosophy
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality
edited by Barry Smith, David M. Mark, & Isaac Ehrlich (
John Searle’s The Construction of Social Reality and Hernando
Editors of the volume are Barry Smith, Julian Park Professor of Philosophy, University at Buffalo, Director of the National Center for Ontological Research, and editor of The Monist; David M. Mark, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Geography, University at Buffalo, and Director of the Buffalo site of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis; and Isaac Ehrlich, SUNY and UB Distinguished Professor, Melvin H. Baker Professor of American Enterprise, Chair of the Economics Department, University at Buffalo, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Human Capital.
In his book The Construction of Social Reality, Searle advanced a new way of understanding human society and its institutions: What holds a human society together? What factors lead to the collapse of a society? What are the roles of power, belief, and trust in sustaining social institutions?
Another asset that the poor in developing countries almost universally lack is human capital including, but not limited to, formal schooling and continuing technological advance. Smith, Mark and Ehrlich say that any solution to the ‘mystery of capital’ must address how this intangible, but critical, human asset is produced and accumulated.
The main goal of
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality
is to discuss the ideas on social ontology proposed by Searle and
The biggest ‘mystery of capital,’ still awaiting its resolution, is to try to understand how all the remarkable features of capitalism, including its institutional reality, come about and motivate the continuous formation of knowledge that drives economic development and productivity growth.
The first chapter of
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality,
"What I Do, and How Philosophy Has Helped Me," consists of a
In chapter 3, Barry Smith starts out from an analogy between social institutions and the game of chess, an analogy often used by Searle and other analytic philosophers in explaining what they see as the conventional nature of the normativity that is involved for example in contracts and obligations. Smith uses this analogy to throw light on the roles played by mental acts and physical actions in the construction of social reality.
In chapter 4, "The Construction of Social Reality: Searle, de
Soto, and Disney," Jeremy Shearmur, after an initial, and somewhat
critical, discussion of Searle's approach to the understanding of
social reality, considers an issue at the center of
Ingvar Johansson, in chapter 5, "How Philosophy and Science May
Interact: A Case Study of Works by John Searle and Hernando
Chapter 6, "Language and Institutions in Searle's The Construction of Social Reality" by Josef Moural, focuses on an argument Searle makes in chapter 3. Here Searle endeavors to explain and justify his claim that language is essentially constitutive of institutional reality. He argues for the relevance of the argument at stake within the overall architecture of Searle's theory, and provides an alternative view of what is going on.
In chapter 7, "The Mystery of Human Capital as Engine of Growth, or Why the U.S. became the Economic Superpower in the Twentieth Century," Isaac Ehrlich examines an idea common to much of the ‘new’ economic growth and development literature: that persistent, self-sustaining growth in real per-capita income is attributable to ‘human capital.’ Ehrlich aims to unwrap this through an exposition of a general-equilibrium model of economic development where human capital is the critical engine of growth, its accumulation is enhanced by parental and public investments in children's education, and underlying ‘exogenous’ institutional and policy variables are ultimately responsible for both human capital formation and long-term growth.
In chapter 8, "Allocation and Misallocation of Human Capital:
Some Lessons from Japan and Russia" of
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality
Serguey Braguinsky addresses the codification of property rights to
land and other tangible assets and their conversion into
productively employed capital. The engine of growth in the
capitalist economy and the main source of the wealth of nations is
productively employed human capital. Hence, creating an environment
in which human assets can be accumulated and converted into
productively employed human capital is an extremely important task.
Braguinsky examines three key elements that must be present in an
economy for successful development along those lines and draws some
lessons from the experience of
In chapter 9, "On the Essential Nature of Human Capital," Gloria
Zuniga y Postigo endeavors to unravel the nature of human capital by
relaxing the assumption that human capital exists in persons. What
would it mean for human capital not to exist in persons? Her impetus
for this unusual approach was triggered by the term dead capital,
In chapter 10, "Property Law for Development Policy and
Institutional Theory: Problems of Structure, Choice, and Change,"
Errol Meidinger brings
In chapter 11, "The Institutionalization of Real Property Rights: The Case of Denmark," Erik Stubkjxr observes that the existence of economic discrepancy between North and South and the growing hegemony of liberal capitalism since the end of the cold war have combined to bring about a renewed interest in the issue of individual property rights. He asks the question, how can we put this magic into operation in countries standing in need of economic development? One approach that has been suggested is that of gaining a better understanding of how real property rights came into being in ‘the West,’ and then applying the knowledge gained from these investigations to the needs of currently developing countries.
Andrew U. Frank begins chapter 12, "A Case for Simple Laws," with
Chapter 13 of
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality,
"Sovereigns, Squatters, and Property Rights: From Guano Islands to
the Moon by David R. Koepsell, considers legal systems that
establish property rights over land to be government-created
monopolies similar to such devices as patents. Squatting, which was
not a valid means of acquiring ownership in traditional English
common law, or in most code-law systems, was rampant during the
colonization of the
Chapter 14, "The Property Rights Prescription and Urban Migrant versus Rural Customary Land Tenure in the Developing World" by Jon D. Unruh, is concerned with legal difficulties surrounding the economic potential of the undocumented property held by the poor in developing countries. Such property, occupied but not formally owned, is thought to amount to considerable capital and therefore hold much potential. However, those who occupy lands are frequently unable to prove ownership. With different conceptual foundations, customary law and formal law in developing countries have little intersection. What will be needed, Unruh argues, are not just attempts at formalizing aspects of customary law, but also a change in concepts dear to formal law, such as the integrity of the document and the static nature of rules.
In chapter 15, "Geographic Regions as Brute Facts, Social Facts, and Institutional Facts," Dan Montello discusses the ontology of geographic regions – spatially extended pieces of (near) earth surface that share some aspect of similarity, including but not limited to spatial proximity or ‘locational similarity.’ He reviews a taxonomy of geographic regions based on the information and procedures used to identify the regions. Montello discusses several causes for boundary vagueness and specifically considers Smith's distinction between fiat and bona fide boundaries. Insisting that regions are either brute facts or social facts creates paradoxes. Mind-body interactionism avoids these paradoxes.
Dan Fitzpatrick, in chapter 16, "Collective Intentionality, Documentation, and Real Estate," raises issues concerning the alleged primacy of intentionality over behavior that is discernible in Searle's account. He argues that, with certain background conditions in place, writing plays a crucial role in such transactions and that the signing of documentation is tantamount to engaging in a real estate transaction, and that the role that intentionality plays in Searle's account of social institutions, as it is applied to formal property systems, needs to be revised and expanded. In the case of real estate transactions, contra Searle, intentions should not be taken to be of utmost importance over and above behavior, such as the signing/uttering of documents and making marks on a page.
Eric Palmer, in chapter 17, "Real Institutions, and Really Legitimate Institutions," develops a thesis regarding the manner through which social institutions such as property come to be, and a second thesis regarding how these institutions ought to be legitimated. The first thesis is that the construction of social institutions can be understood clearly only if that topic is distinguished from the topic of their normative status. The second is that the normative status of such institutions can be understood properly only if their legitimacy is distinguished from the legitimacy of government. To more clearly answer the question, "What makes an institution real, and what else makes it legitimate?" we must begin by distinguishing between its constitutive social reality and its political or moral legitimacy. Legitimacy concerns ends, motives and purposes, and historical events are only accidental, or are symptomatic of legitimacy: by themselves, they will always provide a faulty analysis of legitimacy.
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality … takes seriously the fact that we live in a world mediated by meaning. Neglect of the dimensions of meaning results in the inability of the developing world to exploit its own resources and wealth producing capabilities. The combination of these two bodies of thought from the worlds of development economics and philosophy stimulates a vibrant interdisciplinary engagement through the chapters of this book. – Patrick Riordan, S.J., author of Philosophical Perspectives on People Power
This book reveals some of the many applications that the
burgeoning field of social ontology has for the law and for
economics, with particular emphasis on the ever poignant issues of
sustainable development. – Leo Zaibert, author of
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality
The Mystery of Capital and the Construction of Social Reality
strives toward an answer to the questions how can philosophers learn
from economists, and how can economists learn from philosophers, in
understanding what works and what does not work in human societies?
It demonstrates a number of important interconnections between
Business & Investing / Entrepreneurship / Marketing & Sales
Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps: Build the Buzz and Sell the Sizzle (Entrepreneur Magazine) by Susan Gunelius (Entrepreneur Press)
Readers don't need a professional ad agency or copywriter to create great marketing copy. Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps is a hands-on guide showing readers how to create marketing messages that capture attention and boost profits.
Susan Gunelius lays out for readers the path to greater growth, profit, and wealth for people who conduct business in the real world. Not theory or speculation, but tactics and strategies that work for small to middle-size business.
Here are a few advertising tips from Gunelius, freelance writer, copywriter and professional blogger on the topics of business, branding and marketing. "The easiest way to start creating benefits is to first make a list of all your product's features. Then, next to each feature describe how it will benefit or help a user." Once readers define the benefits of their product or service, they can personalize them and explicitly tell the audience what each benefit can do for them. Readers should use compelling descriptive language. For example, rather than "We have delicious food," write "Let yourself indulge in our mouth-watering entrees and decadent desserts."
"To write compelling copy, it is essential that you know what differentiates your product from the competition," says Gunelius, who has spent more than a decade developing and executing marketing programs for some of the largest companies in the world, including divisions of AT&T and HSBC. "Once you know your competitor's weaknesses, you must make sure your audience knows them and understands why buying your competitors' products would be a terrible mistake." Readers should thoroughly research the competition and understand what they offer in terms of products and services. Then list the elements of competitors’ offerings that are inferior to their own and quantify them.
Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps says readers should never risk losing the attention of the audience by providing too much detail in the copy. Effective copywriting tells the audience what they need to know to make a purchase or how to contact readers for more information. "Extraneous details clutter the minds of your audience, which increases the possibility of them forgetting the most important aspects of your advertisement or marketing program," states Gunelius. "Unless you're advertising a prescription drug, highly technical equipment, or an exceedingly regulated or complicated product, the best rule to follow is K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid."
Gunelius recommends, "Edit your copy. Then edit it again and again to ensure you've deleted filler words and extraneous details. What's left should be clear, concise copy that drives your target audience to action."
Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps is a must-read for any small to midsized business owner. It translates difficult writing ideas into everyday language and empowers the average business owner to write more persuasively in a simple, step-by-step process. My advice? Buy this book – and read it twice! – Dean Reick, direct marketing copywriter, DirectCreative.com
...Susan's warm, engaging style and emphasis on real-world specifics will make even the most writing-phobic business owners feel more confident in their advertising efforts. Susan packs plenty of useful copywriting tools, illustrations, and checklists between the covers, too. Her full-featured 'Copywriting Outline' is surely worth the entire price of admission. Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps is a superb addition to any small-business-owner's ready-reference shelf. – Roberta Rosenberg, ‘The Copywriting Maven’ and President, MGP Direct Inc.
Susan Gunelius has created a simple-to-understand guide to writing effective and hard working copy for nonprofessionals such as small-business owners and others who recognize they need to develop this essential skill to promote their business. Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps covers virtually every topic the aspiring copywriter needs to know, from the crafting of impactful copy, to where best to run it. Ms. Gunelius' book should be on every small business owner's bookshelf. – George Parker, creative consultant, author of MadScam, and advertising blogger at Adscam and Adhurl
Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps offers the keys to accelerated business success. There are plenty of books around on copywriting but none that so clearly addresses the real-life realities the business owner faces.
Business & Economics / Management & Leadership / Reference / Engineering
The Handbook of Project-Based Management: Leading Strategic Change in Organizations, 3rd Edition by J. Rodney Turner (McGraw-Hill Professional)
One of my aims in writing successive editions of this book has been to maintain the book's length. That means that as I include new ideas, I have to drop some material. I don't want a book that gets fatter and fatter to the point where I have to start dividing it into two or more separate books. Project management is a dynamic and developing topic, and that means that there are new ideas that need to be included in the book. But also some ideas that were included in the first and second edition are now past their sell-by date and so can be dropped. I have aimed to produce a book that covers the key topics of project management as people see it at the moment, and to leave out some of the concepts that have not proved so effective. – from the Preface
One of the most influential books written on the development of project management, The Handbook of Project-Based Management has been revised for a new generation of students and practitioners. The Third Edition now features a change in focus from delivering corporate objectives to achieving strategic change, including embedding corporate change after a project is completed.
With 150 illustrations, this Third Edition is a guide to project management practice for the twenty-first century. New to this edition are new information on the project life cycle; new applications to different industries; new material on strategic design, stakeholders, and organizational capability; and a shift in emphasis from administrative procedures to governance.
Author J. Rodney Turner is Director of EuroProjex, The European
Centre for Project Excellence Limited. He also teaches project
management at the Lille School of Management and
The Handbook of Project-Based Management is one part shorter than the previous edition, at four parts rather than five. The first three parts cover the same ground as the first three parts of the previous two editions.
Part 1 describes the context of projects. In particular it considers how the strategy of the parent organization and the desire to achieve performance improvement through strategic change drive the creation of projects. It then looks at project success strategy and describes the criteria by which we judge success, the factors by which Turner’s team at EuroProjex increases the chance of success, and how they combine the two into a strategy for their projects. The third chapter in the part considers the people involved in the project, taking a different perspective from the previous two editions where the equivalent chapter looked at the position of projects in the parent organization. In this edition that chapter focuses more on how to lead the stakeholders to gain their support for the project.
Part 2 of The Handbook of Project-Based Management covers the same ground as the previous two editions, describing the functions of project management, how to manage the scope, project organization, quality, cost, time, and the risk that pervades them all.
Part 3 also substantially covers the same ground as the previous editions, describing three stages of the project life cycle: start, execution, and close-out. However, Turner has included a new chapter at the start of the part, describing the project life cycle, and different versions for different types of project; this chapter covers much of the ground of what was previously the fifth part, on applications, but in a more focused way.
Although these three parts cover much the same ground, he has incorporated new thinking, and so in places the material is different from the previous editions. It is in Part 4 of The Handbook of Project-Based Management where Turner has taken a radically different approach. In the previous two editions, Part 4 described administrative support given to the project by the parent organization. Now, in accordance with the modern style, he takes a governance perspective. As a result, it covers some of the same ground, because the administrative support described in the previous editions is governance support, but it also introduces many ideas. Turner starts by defining what they mean by governance and describe the governance of the individual project, and the governance roles that imply. In the next two chapters, he describes the governance of the context, particularly program and portfolio management and the development of organizational project management capability. He then describes the project governance role of the executive board, and the interest they should take in projects. Turner has retained the chapter on international projects as the last main chapter, and as in the previous two editions closes with an epilogue.
In The Handbook of Project-Based Management, a tight and rigorous guide, readers discover how to dramatically improve the processes of project-based management in any organization. Turner provides complete and up-to-date tools for managing project performance and process.
P Is for Piñata: A Mexico Alphabet by Tony Johnston, illustrated by John Parra (Discover the World Series: Sleeping Bear Press)
The country of
Author Tony Johnston explores the ancient history and proud
Authentic folk art paintings by artist John Parra impeccably depict the history, natural beauty and iconic images of Mexico, including scenes of The Day of the Dead (El dia de los muertos), Lady of Guadalupe, Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, and El Angel, the giant monument to Mexico's independence.
Illustrator Parra grew up in southern
Through the different images of this beautiful book, children
will learn important aspects of the Mexican culture and Mexican
history as well as the influence they have had in today's world. –
Raul J. Zorrilla, Executive Director of the Mexican Cultural
P Is for Piñata is a great way for parents and kids
Children’s / Teens / Historical Fiction / Adventure
My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War by Louis A. Meyer (Bloody Jack Adventures Series: Harcourt Children’s)
"Is it not a glorious day to be alive, Higgins?" I ask, sitting on the hatch of my fleet little schooner with my back to the aftermast and my legs sprawled out before me, looking up at the trim of the sails. I’m clad in my usual sailing gear of light cotton shirt, short buckskin skirt, bare of lower limbs and bare of feet. The breeze ruffles through the stubble of hair that is regrowing itself on my head and the sun feels good on my face.
"It is indeed, Miss," says my very, very good John Higgins, Confidant, Personal Assistant, and Highest-Paid Employee of Faber Shipping, Worldwide. Highest-paid, that is, when Faber Shipping has any money at all to pay anything to anybody. Right now, my corporation consists of two small boats, the Evening Star and the Morning Star, and the Nancy B. Alsop, my beautiful little Gloucester schooner and current flagship of Faber Shipping, Worldwide, on which my bottom now rests.
"However," continues Higgins, nudging, once again, my ankles back together and pulling the hem of my buckskin skirt back down over my knees, over which knees it had crawled up a bit, "you really should stay out of the sun as it is not good for your complexion. I assume you’ll be taking your lunch up here on the hatch?"
I nod and smile up at my good friend and protector. "You spoil me too much, Higgins." – from the book
In My Bonny Light Horseman, the infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.
Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as
an American dancer behind enemy lines in
Jacky's tale will entertain readers with a taste for adventure ... A first novel with a strong voice that is also a memorable piece of historical fiction. – Booklist (starred)
If Meyer dares to leave such a vividly drawn heroine ... and not deliver another installment, readers will have every right to mutiny. – The Bulletin (starred)
A rattling good read. – Publishers Weekly (starred)
In My Bonny Light Horseman, the sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, love and war collide as the irrepressible Jacky Faber sets off on a daring adventure she vowed she’d never take. The series has been and should be praised for its spirited heroine and rousing sense of adventure and this installment is not exception.
Cooking, Food & Wine / Reference
The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary
Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of
Cuisine is undergoing a transformation: With the advent of the global availability of ingredients, dishes are no longer based on geography but on flavor. This radical shift calls for a new approach to cooking – as well as a new genre of ‘cookbook’ that serves not to document classic dishes via recipes, but to inspire the creation of new ones based on imaginative and harmonious flavor combinations.
Great cooking is about knowing how to season ingredients to coax the greatest possible flavor from them. Drawing on leading chefs' combined experience in top restaurants across the country, award-winning food authorities Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg in The Flavor Bible presents a guide to creating ‘deliciousness’ in any dish.
The Flavor Bible is a guide to ingredients along with the herbs, spices, and other seasonings. Thousands of ingredient entries, organized alphabetically and cross-referenced, provide a wide variety of flavor combinations. This reference distills the combined experience of dozens of America's culinarians, representing such celebrated restaurants as A Voce, Babbo, Blue Hill, Cafe Atlantico, Chanterelle, Citronelle, Gramercy Tavern, the Herbfarm, Jardinière, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, the Modern, Moto, and the Trellis.
In The Flavor Bible readers learn how to work more intuitively and effectively with ingredients; experiment with temperature and texture; excite the nose and palate with herbs, spices, and other seasonings; and balance the sensual, emotional, and spiritual elements of an extraordinary meal.
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page are accomplished authors,
respected food authorities, and industry leaders with exceptional
talent and vision in writing some of the industry's most
well-respected books. – Culinary
Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page's books have enriched the fount of culinary knowledge. They move the culinary culture forward thoughtfully and intelligently…. They’ve done a marvelous job of making the history, culture, and even science of food compelling. – Mia Stainsby, Vancouver Sun
Seasoned with tips, anecdotes, and signature dishes from
Education / Elementary / Psychology
Developing the Emotionally Literate School by Katherine Weare (PCP Professional Series: Paul Chapman Publishing)
Our society has traditionally been frightened of emotion, but now
we are realizing its importance. Work on what, in the
Katherine Weare, University of Southampton, provides definitions of terms used in the field, both exploring the idea of emotional literacy and linking it in to related concepts such as emotional well being, mental heath, social and emotional learning and emotional intelligence. The book outlines the scientific evidence behind the concept, explores ways in which schools can become more emotionally literate, and demonstrates the educational benefits of taking a whole school approach to emotional literacy.
Developing the Emotionally Literate School gives an account of how schools can use emotional literacy to realize their goals of school improvement and effectiveness, increased learning, more efficient management of teaching and learning, greater teacher satisfaction, and improved relationships between students, teachers, parents and the wider communities. It explores new findings on ways in which emotional literacy can be profiled, assessed and evaluated and the issues that surround this controversial area, and it also looks at wider supports for the emotionally literate school.
To be effective, emotional literacy has to be embedded in the familiar areas of school life that constitute the daily work and experience of all who work and learn in schools. This book therefore examines the themes that permeate the everyday life of schools, such as understanding and managing pupil behavior, and organizing and delivering teaching and learning – concentrating as it does so on the role emotion and emotional education play, and suggesting what may be for some readers new ways of thinking about familiar issues. The book does not go over old ground: Developing the Emotionally Literate School summarizes considerable new and significant thinking and research on the emotions and learning, on how we can best work with the emotions for positive gain, and on the kind of schools and classrooms that encourage emotional growth.
The approach to emotional literacy is a wide and inclusive one. Emotional literacy is as relevant to mainstream education as it is to special needs education, and this book focuses particularly on mainstream schools. It is as relevant in secondary as it is in primary schools, and is as important for adults as it is for children, so the book looks not only at students but at staff and parents too. Developing the Emotionally Literate School takes a broad view of what is meant by emotional literacy which includes looking at how individuals can understand and manage their own emotions. It also examines how we can learn to relate more effectively to the emotions and motivations of other people – 'social literacy'. Emotional and social literacy cannot be developed in a vacuum, and this book focuses on ways in which a wide range of aspects of school life can help develop emotional literacy and promote emotional and social well-being in children and adults. The book argues that all aspects of school life are potentially involved in emotional literacy, so it touches on many facets, from management, behavior and relationships to the curriculum.
The goal is to help those who work in, and with, schools to see
the bigger picture and how it all fits together, to provide a
framework for thinking about a complex issue, and an overview that
identifies and brings together the key principles, practical
strategies and approaches that have been shown to work when trying
to make the school as a whole more emotionally literate.
Developing the Emotionally Literate School focuses
on what schools can actually do to promote emotional literacy. It
also goes into much more detail on issues specifically to do with
promoting emotional literacy: these include how we define emotional
literacy; the evidence for its importance; its relation to special
needs work; its centrality to the management of behavior; how to
teach it so pupils can learn it, and how to help teachers acquire
and practice it. The book also looks in some detail at three newer
areas within emotional literacy. It links work on emotional literacy
with new work on the process of learning, on the way the brain
processes information, the central place of the emotions in
thinking and learning, on accelerated learning and on learning
styles. It focuses on two other issues on which Weare and her
colleagues at various universities have particularly fresh and
relevant information. Weare has recently been involved in a project
for the English Department for Education and Skills (DfES) which has
looked at what five English Local Education Authorities, known to be
leaders in the field, are doing to develop work on emotional
literacy, and what helps and what hinders that development. Chapter
7 looks at how schools can link to broader approaches, and what the
key agencies that work with schools can do to support and promote
schools' work in emotional literacy. Researchers at the
This book has a European, and within that an English, bias when
it comes to discussing specific contexts and case studies. However
the evidence on which this book is based comes from the
international research and experience, especially in the
Weare defines concepts and terms clearly in ways that make sense to practitioners, outlines the scientific evidence behind concepts, explores ways in which schools can become more emotionally literate, and demonstrates the educational benefits. Practical and up to date, Developing the Emotionally Literate School is an essential book for every staff-room bookshelf, for students of education, and for all those who work with schools and young people to promote emotional well being.
Education / Sociology
The Engaged Sociologist: Connecting the Classroom to the Community, 2nd Edition by Kathleen Odell Korgen & Jonathan M. White (Pine Forge Press)
This second edition of
The Engaged Sociologist brings the public sociology
movement into the classroom by showing students how to use the tools
of sociology to become effective participants in democratic society.
Through exercises and projects, authors Kathleen Korgen and Jonathan
M. White encourage students to apply these tools to get hands-on
training in sociology and to develop their sociological imaginations
as they work for a more justice and civility. Korgen, Professor of
Features of the 2nd edition of The Engaged Sociologist include:
According to Korgen and White, sociology is a cool academic discipline; it helps students figure out how society operates and how they can use that knowledge to create social change. Both Korgen and White say sociology guided them with everyday-life tasks, such as figuring out how to get policies passed on campus, deciding whom to vote for, and learning why it is vital to earn a college degree in a service-based economy. This book is part of their efforts to get students hooked on sociology and, in the process, help them become engaged and effective citizens.
The Engaged Sociologist is also part of a larger, national effort to educate citizens by encouraging students to participate in civic engagement exercises that connect the classroom to the community. Organizations like The Democracy Imperative, Campus Compact, and the American Democracy Project are establishing movements to make civic engagement a part of the college experience for all undergraduates. College leaders all across the country realize that they are obligated to give students the tools they require to be effective citizens as well as the skills they need in the workforce.
Korgen and White believe, as leaders of the American Sociological Association have noted when promoting public sociology, that sociology is particularly suited to teaching students what they need to become effective and full members of our society. They believe that helping students learn how to think sociologically and use sociological tools is, in effect, enabling them to become better citizens.
The Engaged Sociologist will help students connect their own lives to the larger society, as they learn about the ‘sociological imagination’ and the power it has to positively affect the community. The Sociologist in Action sections in each chapter show them powerful examples of how sociology students and professional sociologists (both professors and applied sociologists) use sociology in myriad ways. By the end of the book, students can create their own Sociologist in Action segment, in which they show how they used sociological tools in efforts to influence society.
...The kind of book that inspires and invites change. The
'tipping point' that students need to become more aware, involved,
and engaged in their schools, communities and societies. – Jennifer
The Engaged Sociologist is an ideal supplement or affordable, brief stand-alone, core text for courses in which the instructor wishes to include a public sociology component, particularly Introduction to Sociology, Principles of Sociology, Social Problems, or Applied Sociology. Students will enjoy the book and use the knowledge and skills they gain from it to make themselves more effective citizens and to strengthen democracy.
Entertainment / Music / Dance
Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet: Reconstruction of the Dance & Design for Jeux by Millicent Hodson, general editor: Linda Tomko (The Wendy Hilton Dance and Music Series, No 12: Pendragon Press)
Despite contemporary references, athletic moves and pure spatial
geometry, Vaslav Nijinsky's second ballet Jeux disarmed spectators,
choreographed in 1913 to a commissioned score by Claude Debussy,
because it still looked like a ballet. Nijinsky had discovered
neoclassicism in dance. In 1996 Millicent Hodson, choreographer and
graphic artist, together with her husband Kenneth Archer, scenic
consultant and art historian, premiered the reconstructed Jeux in
Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet presents the dance score with its verbal and visual documentation of the period, as well as Hodson's choreographic drawings and text collated with music. Archer contributes an essay on Bakst's costumes and decor.
Since the mid 1980s Hodson Kenneth Archer, have been based in
Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet is meant to share
something of the creative efforts and results involved in
reconstructing, Jeux. Sergei Diaghilev premiered Jeux at the
Theatre des Champs-Elysees two weeks before Nijinsky's third ballet,
Le Sacre du Printemps, took
Sacre was full of repetitive stamping, trampling, jumping and falling, all done in the inverted position that made the ballet's composer, Igor Stravinsky, remember the girls as ‘knock-kneed Lolitas’ and Nijinsky's sister, Bronislava, recall the men as ‘almost bestial.’ By reinventing the fundamentals of ritual movement, Nijinsky discovered modern dance, although critics at the time were hard pressed to define what Diaghilev's imperially trained company was doing in the primitivist Sacre.
The Jeux characters, on the contrary, were immediately recognizable as ballet dancers – the innovations of contemporary subject and costume notwithstanding. Nijinsky put the two female figures in pointe shoes but only let them rise onto the blocked tips at a few climactic moments. Yet Jeux has beats, turns and air steps for the women as well as the man, and even though the movements are more athletic than virtuosic, they belong to classical dance.
Jeux was started first, in July 1912, a month or so after the Parisian scandal of Nijinsky's first ballet, L'Apresmidi d'un Faune, with its erotic encounter of beast and bathing nymphs. According to Nijinska, the choreographic muse on whom Nijinsky crafted his first three ballets, Jeux was actually finished after Sacre. So the two works are virtually contemporaneous and, despite the many factors that distinguish them from each other, they share a common technique and choreographic method.
Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet is intended as a companion volume to Nijinsky's Crime Against Grace, Hodson’s choreographic score of documents and drawings for reconstruction of Le Sacre du Printemps. The books are designed to complement each other so that readers – like dancers who perform in both these Nijinsky reconstructions – can make their own connections between the works. In the end the two ballets seem to Hodson, as they did to some participants and witnesses in 1913, diverse expressions of the same aesthetic, even the same bold, premonitory vision.
Reconstruction is a cumulative task. At the outset, working in tandem with Archer, who is responsible for decor and costumes, Hodson focuses on research in order to recoup what she can of the myriad steps, postures, gestures and ground patterns of the specific work. The focus then shifts to the context of the ballet, the choreographer's collaborators and their cultural milieu. Period references have to be identified and deciphered. From contextual sources much can be learned about dramatic intention, performance style, the relation of music to dance and of dance to design. Such research is rigorous, requiring archival work and contact with a variety of specialists, sometimes even survivors who performed or attended the ballet.
According to Hodson, research is just the beginning. To reconstruct a matrix of meaning from the minutiae of movement details requires acts of synthesis. Drawing the ballet – single figures, groups, stage patterns – enables her to synthesize information without the physical presence of dancers. She says it also triggers her intuition. Dancing alone in a studio prompts her to discover kinesthetic links between the known movements and to construct the missing pieces. And, finally, rehearsing with the company of dancers who will premiere the reconstruction allows her to test her perceptions and shape all the elements into a whole. Nothing is finished until they reach the last note of the music together. And even when Archer and Hodson restage the work, new discoveries about meaning and new interpretive possibilities reveal themselves with each successive cast. That does not mean the reconstructed choreography changes, but her experience of it does, which in turn changes how she directs the work, how it is revealed by the dancers and how it is perceived by the public.
The opening essay, Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet, is the original version of the text they use for theatre programs when they stage Jeux. It provides a summary of the conditions under which Nijinsky, Debussy and Bakst first created this ballet. The Conversation with John Neumeier, which follows, is a discussion Hodson had with this choreographer, the director of the Hamburg Ballet, who has done much to restore Nijinsky's reputation, especially through his collection of art work by and about Nijinsky.
Part One of Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet comprises introductory material to the dance score, explaining its division into episodes, based on the scenario which Nijinsky devised and which Debussy printed in French on the piano score that he prepared for Ballets Russes rehearsals and that he later published. Also included are English translations of the complete scenario and an annotation of Debussy's score. These items give readers a kind of global look at Jeux before encountering the myriad details of the choreography as reconstructed after Nijinsky.
Part Two of Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet is the dance score of the reconstruction. The music pags are presented on the reader's left and, on the right, visual pages with the scenario segments in English combined with contemporary sketches and photographs or Hodson’s reconstruction drawings for the relevant bars of music. Some of the right-hand pages are informally organized, including material that is quickly drawn and written by hand. Provided in the book in their original state, these pages look like sheets from a workbook, which is exactly how the dance score functions during the preparation and first rehearsal periods of our reconstructions. More formal are the pages interspersed between the piano music and visuals. Put together after the premiere of the reconstruction, often after several stagings, these pages document results in direct relation to sources. They restore significant 20th century repertoire, turning myths back into artifacts that can be staged and studied in the future.
Part Three is a color portfolio of drawings and photographs. Compared to Le Sacre du Printemps, Jeux appears monochromatic – white against greens and blues so dark as to seem black. And yet, as reviews of the original make clear, the ballet opens in a golden sunset. Nijinsky, according to Marie Rambert, wanted the audience to witness the transformation of the garden by newly invented electrical streetlamps. The natural glow of the setting sun is replaced by the unearthly green that results from intense, cold light on trees. Later in the ballet the moon competes with the eerie magic of urban lighting in this city garden. The Post-Impressionist aesthetic that informs all elements of Jeux is nowhere more dramatically apparent than in the restriction of Bakst's palette. The only bright color is red, used sparingly, for Gauguin-like splotching of the flower beds that form a triangular labyrinth on the stage, for a splash on the foliage of the backdrop and for the young sportsman's tie, which is loosely-knotted and allowed to move freely – Nijinsky made this flash of passionate color a sexual image in his dance poem.
The Hodson-Archer archeology is now and forever the definitive
Nijinsky, product of the most meticulous scholarship and sublime
personal obsession. – Sid Smith,
Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet attempts to document the reconstructed choreography of Jeux. While it is impossible to record every decision and all the reasons for each one, Hodson demonstrates the modus operandi for giving material form to a dance legend.
Health, Mind & Body / Diets
The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life by Dawn Jackson Blatner (McGraw-Hill)
For those who would like to have all the health benefits of a vegetarian diet – but can't imagine giving up meat …
For those who would like to lose weight, increase energy, and boost their immunity – but can't stand following a bunch of rules and restrictions …
The Flexitarian Diet may be the solution. It introduces the flexible way to eat healthy, slim down, and feel great. Flexitarianism is the new term for healthy dieting that minimizes meat without excluding it altogether. This plan from a high-profile nutritionist shows readers how to use ‘flexfoods’ to get the necessary protein and nutrients – with just a little meat for those who crave it. As the name implies, it is all about flexibility, giving readers a range of options: flexible meal plans, meat-substitute recipes, and weight loss tips.
The Flexitarian Diet is not a diet in the strict sense of the word but a different way of cooking, eating, and living that is flexible – readers can eat what they want with the Five-by-Five Flex Plan – five basic five-part guidelines that they customize to their taste:
The Five Flex food groups are
There are no rules and no restrictions. Readers eat more plants
during regular meals – and do the best they can. Once they
understand the basics of ’flexfoods,’ they can swap ingredients,
change dinner plans, beef up main dishes with ‘meaty’ alternatives,
and spice up vegetables for fully satisfying meals.
The secret is ‘flexibility,’ according to registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blamer, the
creator of The Flexitarian Diet. As health columnist for Lifetime Television's website,
and as spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, she realizes that vegetarianism keeps us slim and healthy, but as a ‘closet meat-eater,’ she understands how hard it is to live exclusively on tofu and sprouts. According to Blatner, if readers follow some of the suggestions some of the time, they can still lose weight, improve their heart health, decrease their risk of diabetes and cancer, and live longer.
With her flexible mix-and-match meal plans, Dawn Jackson Blamer gives us a smart new approach to cooking and eating. – Joy Bauer, ‘Today’ show dietitian and bestselling author of Joy Bauer's Food Cures
The Flexitarian Diet is a fresh approach to eating that's balanced, smart, and completely do-able. – Ellie Krieger, host of Food Network's "Healthy Appetite" and author of The Food You Crave
Offers a comprehensive, simple-to-follow approach to flexitarian eating – the most modern, adaptable, delicious way to eat out there. – Frances Largeman-Roth, RD, senior food and nutrition editor of Health magazine
It's about time someone told consumers interested in taking control of their weight and health how to get the benefits of a vegetarian lifestyle without having to cut meat completely out of their life. – Byrd Schas, senior health producer, New Media, Lifetime Entertainment Services
The Flexitarian Diet gives readers a way to introduce the benefits of vegetarianism into the family's lifestyle. It allows readers to have their meat and eat it too.
Dreaming Up America by Russell Banks (Seven Stories Press)
My fiction is not about history or politics, but it has an underlying substructure that's informed by my ideas and attitudes and temperament regarding politics and history. Dreaming Up America is an explicit attempt to articulate some of those ideas and attitudes in a very – you know, not so narrow – but very specific context. – Russell Banks
Russell Banks, President of the International Parliament of
Writers and former New York State Author, is the author of sixteen
works of fiction, many of which depict seismic events in
Dreaming Up America began as an extensive interview Banks's conducted with a French documentary filmmaker about American history, and considers all the various facets of our culture that inform who we are and the decisions we make as a people.
Russell Banks as a novelist has always dared to illuminate the larger issues of human interaction in a society that too often dishonors human rights. Here he gives us a thoughtful and provocative meditation on our history, with a chilling look at what has happened to the American dream. Like John Brown, the protagonist of one of his novels, he rages against the curse of our time, not slavery now, but a violent nationalism which diminishes our humanity. He should be heeded, or whatever noble dream we had will be lost forever. – Howard Zinn
Russell Banks understands the narratives we invent as Americans to explain ourselves to ourselves. He plummets to the depths of the American soul, holds it up for view and offers in his insights the possibility for atonement. – Chris Hedges
Russell Banks is not only one of our great novelists but also a courageous and visionary citizen....His first nonfiction book is a gem. – Cornel West
In Dreaming Up America, acclaimed novelist Banks pinpoints and characterizes the origins of our often conflicted national identity in his compelling first work of nonfiction. The book disarms with its charm, its erudition and the simplicity of its approach. With his novelistic gifts on display, if subtly, Banks tells the story of a great nation still being born today.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Magical Metal Clay Jewelry by Sue Heaser (Krause Publications)
A revolution in jewelry making has arrived. With little equipment, readers can create intricate pieces of pure silver jewelry using metal clay – a new material that has taken the craft world by storm.
Today’s revolution in jewelry making is simple. According to Sue Heaser, internationally renowned polymer clay artist, author, and teacher, with only basic silver-smithing skills readers can easily create solid silver jewelry using the easy-to-follow instructions in Magical Metal Clay Jewelry. Metal clay is worked just like modeling clay to produce an endless range of forms and effects. More than 250 step-by-step color photos demonstrate techniques needed to mold, fold, shape, cut, braid, and carve metal clay to create more than 25 original pieces of beautiful jewelry.
There is no need for soldering or sawing, and readers don’t even need a kiln – the new low-fire type of metal clay can be fired on a gas stove or with a blowtorch, burning away its binder to leave a solid piece of silver that can be hallmarked. It can be set with stones or decorated with enamel effects, oxidized to produce multicolor shades, impressed or engraved.
The description of metal clay often produces disbelief from listeners – people find it astonishing that firing a little gray piece of clay with a blowtorch will turn it into pure silver or gold. Metal clay is made from powdered precious metal combined with an organic binder and water. It can molded or sculpted in a way similar to ceramic clay or polymer clay. When heated to a high temperature, the binder burns away, and the precious metal particles sinter (or fuse) into solid silver or gold.
The history of metal clay as an arts and crafts material is
surprisingly short. It was invented in
In the past few years, two manufacturers have introduced types of silver metal clay that can be fired at a lower temperature than the earlier versions, and this development has made the clays accessible to home hobbyists or casual users.
Magical Metal Clay Jewelry offers readers amazingly simple no-kiln techniques for making beautiful jewelry. With this book there is no need for hammering or sawing, making it accessible to anyone. Beginners will discover the qualities of this magical substance that turns into pure silver before their eyes. Those more experienced in metal clays, will find other new discoveries in the book. Kiln owners are not forgotten, however, with a final chapter that includes projects using delicious dichroic glass as well as the fragile and beautiful paper or sheet clay.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts: An Artist's Journey Continues by Paula Nadelstern (C&T Publishing)
My interest in things kaleidoscopic began in 1987 when I was
struck by a bolt of fabric – a sumptuous, sinfully expensive,
Paula Nadelstern, best known for her brilliant kaleidoscope
quilts, is featured in a retrospective at the
Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts offers a retrospective of the art quilter’s work, including a 62-page gallery. Full diagrams for nineteen quilts and a workbook on making kaleidoscope blocks are included. Readers are invited to celebrate her show with her. The book displays awe-inspiring quilts, design insights, and tips for making kaleidoscope quilts. The gallery of photos includes in-depth, behind-the-scenes commentary on the 19 featured quilts. Chapters provide detailed explanations of her design strategies and construction methods.
Nadelstern found her voice early in her career as a quilt artist, inspired by a bolt of sensuous and beautiful fabric. Focusing first on the kaleidoscopic quality in the symmetry, she innovated new techniques and developed a highly refined, intricate, and distinctive personal aesthetic. The incorporation of related crystalline forms, notably snowflakes, has continued to lead her through an artistic evolution that has encompassed science, history, innovation, and tradition. Each composition offers a fresh revelation of the complexities inherent in Nadelstern's labor-intensive approach. Minute pieces of fabric are joined like slivers of colored glass into a magical whole, the masterful manipulations of color and pattern resulting in scintillating wheels, shifting ellipses, and other movements across the surfaces of the textiles.
…The hard-edged, fractal structure of snowflake and kaleidoscopic
images might seem inimical to the seductive softness of a quilt, but
in Paula Nadelstern's unique quilt idiom, this provocative tension
erases the historical divide between art and quilt. – Stacy C.
Hollander, Senior Curator of the American
Paula Nadelstern's Kaleidoscope Quilts is an inspiring retrospective revealing Nadelstern as the master of symmetry. Aspiring quilters will find it like having Nadelstern work right by their side, explaining as they create their own kaleidoscope quilt.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Vintage Redux: Remake Classic and Collectible Jewelry by Brenda Schweder (Kalmbach)
Many times reinventing a piece saves it. You may simply rejuvenate a broken or missing clasp, breathe new life into a rhinestone bracelet with replacement crystals, or find just one component from what used to be whole and insert it, perfectly, into its new, rightful home. But mostly it's just fun to mix 'n' match looks – pair the old with the new, the patinated with the polished, and one decade with another. You become part matchmaker, part jewelry wizard, taking bits and pieces from the past and re-creating them into a jewelry New Order. – from the book
Do you have a collection of jewelry castoffs? A box of broken bijoux? Pieces from the past that are full of meaning but missing a few links? Through Vintage Redux, artist Brenda Schweder guides readers through the process of remaking their discarded treasures into new styles to wear today. The book shows readers how to take a drawer full of jewelry duds and turn them into dreams. More than 30 projects, from traditional to totally over-the-top, offer a wide range of possibilities. The book presents creative projects using jewelry items spanning every decade from 1920 to 1990. Readers learn to reuse and recast iconic jewelry from the past, such as cameos, enameled flower brooches, rhinestones, and more into soon-to-be favorites of today.
A comprehensive guide directs readers as to what tools, materials, and basic techniques they need for each project, and a six-page gallery showcasing work from various artists offers them inspiration. Step-by-step photos, instructions, and tips will help jewelry makers of all experience levels make beautiful pieces.
Brenda's ideas are more than clever – they're accessible. They're a perfect way for a jewelry designer to really explore their own creative spirit. – Cathy Jakicic, BeadStyle Editor
Simple, clearly explained jewelry-making techniques in Vintage Redux help readers transform old into new. Readers will also find inspiration in Schweder’s words, as she guides them through each project. The projects are presented in step-by-step instructions and photos so it is easy to create all-new pieces. Readers can revisit the past and make it better than ever before with Vintage Redux.
Medicine / Neurology
Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently by Gregory Berns (Harvard Business Press)
It's the things people know, that ain't so. – Howard Armstrong
No organization can survive without iconoclasts – innovators who
single-handedly upturn conventional wisdom and manage to achieve
what so many others deem impossible.
Though indispensable, true iconoclasts are few and far between. In Iconoclast, neuroscientist Gregory Berns explains why. He explores the constraints the human brain places on innovative thinking, including fear of failure, the urge to conform, and the tendency to interpret sensory information in familiar ways.
Through accounts of successful innovators ranging from glass artist Dale Chihuly to physicist Richard Feynman to country/rock trio the Dixie Chicks, Berns, Distinguished Chair of Neuroeconomics, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at
Berns describes new imaging technologies and breakthrough experiments that have identified circuits in the brain that get in the way of the creative thinking process – and reveals that those circuits are hard-wired to stop creativity dead in its tracks for most people. Berns explains how, in order to make it through a typical day, the brain has become an efficiency machine that expends energy only when necessary. The result: the powerful human propensity to conform to what others think and to cling to ideas that are familiar to us. It is the rare individual who breaks free of these biological limitations.
Berns operationalizes the definition of an iconoclast as a person who does something that others say can't be done. This definition implies that iconoclasts are different from other people. Indeed, this is true, but more precisely, the iconoclast's brain is different, and it is different in three distinct ways. Each of these three functions maps onto a different circuit in the brain. For now, it suffices to know that the iconoclastic brain differs in these three functions and the circuits that implement them:
According to Iconoclast, how a person perceives something is not simply a product of what their eyes or ears transmit to their brain. More than the physical reality of photons or sound waves, perception is a product of the brain. Perception lies at the heart of iconoclasm. Iconoclasts see things differently than other people. They see things differently because their brains do not fall into efficiency traps as much as the average person's brain. Iconoclasts, either because they were born that way or because they learned how to do it, have found ways to work around the perceptual shortcuts that plague most people. By looking at how the brain transforms perception into action, we can see exactly where these physical differences emerge, and where most people's brains fall into the trap of unoriginal thinking, and how the iconoclast's brain is different.
Although the key process for iconoclasm is perception, this is only the beginning. Perception is not something that is immutably hardwired into the brain. It is a process that is learned through experience, which is both a curse and an opportunity for change. The brain faces the fundamental problem of interpreting physical stimuli that originate from the senses. Everything that the brain sees or hears or touches has multiple interpretations. The one that is ultimately chosen – the thing that is perceived – is simply the brain's best guess at interpreting what flows into it. In technical terms, these guesses have their basis in the statistical likelihood of one interpretation over another. These guesses are heavily influenced by past experience and, importantly for potential iconoclasts, what other people say.
According to Berns, to see things differently than other people, the most effective solution is to bombard the brain with things it has never encountered before. Novelty releases the perceptual process from the shackles of past experience and forces the brain to make new judgments. Iconoclasts have a preternatural affinity for new experiences. Where most people shy away from things that are different, the iconoclast embraces novelty.
The problem with novelty, however, is that, for most people, novelty triggers the fear system of the brain. Fear is the second major impediment to thinking like an iconoclast and stops the average person dead in his tracks. There are many types of fear, but the two that inhibit iconoclastic thinking are fear of uncertainty and fear of public ridicule. These may seem like trivial phobias, and some people might say, "Just deal with it." Fear of public speaking, which everyone must do from time to time, afflicts one-third of the population. This is too common to be considered a disorder or mental illness. It is simply a common variant of human nature, but it is one that gets in the way of many potential iconoclasts. The true iconoclast, although he may still experience these fears, does not let them inhibit his actions.
Finally, according to Iconoclast, to make the transition to successful iconoclast, the individual must sell his ideas to other people. This is where social intelligence comes in.
In the last decade, there has been an explosion of knowledge about the social brain. One of the subfields that has emerged out of the neuroeconomic movement is how the brain works to coordinate decision making in groups. Almost every decision we make must be considered in the context of how it might affect the other people in our lives. The true iconoclast does not live in a cabin in the woods. The modern iconoclast navigates a dynamic social network and elicits change that begins with altered perception and ends with effecting change in other people (or dying a failure). Recent neuroscience experiments have revealed which circuits in the brain are responsible for functions like understanding what other people think, empathy, fairness, and social identity. These brain regions play key roles in whether an individual convinces other people of her ideas. Perception plays an important role in social cognition as well. The perception of someone's enthusiasm, or reputation, can make or break a deal. Understanding how perception becomes intertwined with social decision making shows why successful iconoclasts are so rare: social intelligence depends on perception, but perception itself is subject to social forces. We see things like other people, and the cycle is difficult to break.
According to Iconoclast, it is not easy to be an iconoclast. The iconoclast risks social and professional ostracism, frequently alienates colleagues, and must face a daily reckoning with a high likelihood of failure. He walks a tough road. And although there is a certain romantic notion to the image of the rugged individualist, who, against all odds, triumphs over conformity, the simple fact is that most people don't want to be an iconoclast. Readers can learn to think a bit more iconoclastically by understanding how the three key brain circuits work. For the majority of people who don't want to be iconoclasts, understanding how their brains work can help them manage teams with iconoclastic members.
In Iconoclast, readers meet modern iconoclasts. Some are well known; others are not. Each of them, however, has accomplished something in their field of endeavor that makes them stand out as unique individuals. Most importantly, they are iconoclasts because they had to buck conventional wisdom, sometimes in the face of overwhelming criticism, and remain steadfast in their beliefs for what they perceived to be the right and true path. Some examples of iconoclasts discussed in the book include: Walt Disney, Florence Nightingale, Branch Rickey, Jackie Robinson, Dixie Chicks, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry Ford, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Ray Kroc, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Warren Buffett, Jonas Salk, and Steve Jobs.
Iconoclast is an eye-opener that will both inform and inspire you. Though most of us want to be innovative thinkers, we just don't understand the barriers in the way of our success. In this book, Gregory Berns deftly blends intriguing case studies with exciting neuroscientific findings to show how and why iconoclasts overcome these barriers and thrive. – Michael J. Mauboussin, Chief Investment Strategist, Legg Mason Capital Management, and author, More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places
Iconoclast introduces you to people in every field who make success look easy. These people can reconcile the brain's quest for certainty with life's inherent uncertainty by seeing different facets of life. They ask questions that do not occur to the population that simply accepts consensus answers. You'll be inspired to emulate these iconoclasts in your own life. – Dean LeBaron, Chairman, virtualquest
In Iconoclast, Gregory Berns tells the stories of monumental events in art, medicine, technology, and more. Through the eyes of a neuroscientist, he helps us understand the underlying processes that either hinder or encourage creativity and an iconoclastic perspective. In today's world we cannot afford to be ignorant of either these processes or our history. – Dan Ariely, Author, Predictably Irrational
Whether hoping to dream up more of one's own innovations, or looking to hire and manage iconoclasts in a business, Iconoclast is the essential guidebook for anyone who wants to stop ‘following the herd’ and start forging new paths to success. Packed with engaging stories of exemplars of iconoclasm, science-based insights, potent practices, and examples from a startling array of disciplines, the book helps readers understand how iconoclasts think and equip them to begin thinking more like an iconoclast themselves. Readers will find themselves innovating more creatively – and able to implement their fresh ideas with major impact.
Mysteries & Thrillers
A Question of Death: An Illustrated Phryne Fisher Treasury by Kerry Greenwood (Hardback: Poisoned Pen Press)
A Question of Death: An Illustrated Phryne Fisher Treasury by Kerry Greenwood (Paperback: Allen & Unwin)
My favorite detective writer, Dorothy Sayers, always included a
slab of solid research in her books and I decided, in homage, to do
that too. In each of my novels you will find out something different
The process of writing one of these novels is odd. I choose a new
The Honorable Phryne Fisher – she of the Lulu bob, green eyes,
Cupid's Bow lips, and diamante garters – is the 1920's most elegant
and irrepressible sleuth.
A Question of Death is sparkling collection of
thirteen Phryne short stories and other Phryne miscellany, including
Phryne's favorite shoes and hats, cocktail recipes, for example,
Welsh rarebit, and absinthe cocktail, and her tips for discouraging
Author Kerry Greenwood was born in the
With Phryne Fisher, the indefatigable
A Question of Death, lavishly illustrated with divine color illustrations by Beth Norling, is a gorgeously collectable treat. It will bring joy to the hearts of Phryne Fisher fans everywhere.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Historical Fiction
The Sin Eaters by Andrew Beahrs (Toby Press)
The Sin Eaters follows Andrew Beahrs’ debut novel, Strange Saint, from Jacobean England to the Virginia Colony.
An old woman escaping a murderer. A girl, gambled away to a clockmaker. A man paid to take the sins of the dead upon himself. All criminals. All fleeing. All together.
In The Sin Eaters the journey begins when Sarah, a strong, aging, haunted woman, defies Sam Ridley, lord of her small English village. After a cruel punishment prompts Sarah's swift, unforgettable revenge, Ridley takes his own brutal oath of vengeance.
Forced to flee the village, Sarah meets Bill, a sin eater, who believes himself infected by the crimes of the unforgiven dead. Sarah's compelling need to heal Bill – and her own wounded memories – binds them together more strongly than blood. Together with Mary, a young girl freed from the prison of a cold, unwilling marriage, they flee for the coast across a landscape haunted by memory.
The Sin Eaters follows this unforgettable company through the meadows, rain-soaked forests and thriving cities of a spellbindingly reimagined Jacobean England. Their flight from the vengeance of the proud, murderous Sam Ridley will bring them face-to-face with their own pasts – and to a fate as unexpected as it is moving.
The best sort of historical novel – detailed, rich and provocative, but also moving and compelling...a wonderfully researched and absorbing tale of Jacobean England. – David Liss, author of The Whiskey Rebels and A Conspiracy of Paper
The Sin Eaters is a Jacobean picaresque, an amalgam
of keen analysis of the human heart and rich, lush language. Andrew
Beahrs evokes a classic tale of vengeance, loyalty; and eventual
healing as three unlikely heroes flee for their lives.... I couldn't
put it down until I had devoured every beautiful word. – Crystal
Wilkinson, author of Blackberries, Blackberries and
This bewitching story of misfits escaping the horrors of Jacobean
A page-turner in the best sense – instructing and inspiring while drawing the reader joyfully to its powerful conclusion. – Neela Vaswani, author of Where the Long Grass Bends
The Sin Eaters is a compelling story, well written, pulling readers along to a surprising and satisfying conclusion.
Mysteries & Thrillers / Thrillers
Sea of Truth by Andrea De Carlo (Rizzoli Ex Libris)
Best-selling contemporary Italian author Andrea De Caro, winner of the Premio Comisso prize for literature in 1981, follows his successful novel Windshift with a new thriller. Set in contemporary time, Sea of Truth is a piercing look at the Catholic Church, population control, and family politics.
Lorenzo Telmari, a globe-trotting sailor, has temporarily
retreated to the mountains of central
In Sea of Truth, these two brothers, Fabio and Lorenzo – one a corrupt politician, the other an impassioned writer and the novel’s hero – inherit a dangerous secret from their father. Following the funeral, Lorenzo meets Mette, a Danish woman who works with the environmentalist organization Stopwatch. Through her, Lorenzo discovers that his father, a famous virologist, possessed a document with vast ethical and political implications.
From then on, Lorenzo’s life undergoes rapid changes involving
political and religious intrigue, narrow escapes, and a
life-altering love affair. He learns that at the time of his death
his father had two documents written by Ndiogene, a Senegalese
cardinal who had recently died of AIDS. These documents denounce,
from the inside, the
Before Lorenzo can get his hands on it, Fabio – ever the
ambitious political animal – delivers the incendiary document over
A series of alarming events makes clear the danger they are in,
so they flee
The extremely enjoyable and at the same time astonishing portrait of today's middle class (which includes, of course, all of us) depicted by Andrea De Carlo in... Sea of Truth is perfect and, unfortunately, corresponds to reality. – Antonio D'Orrico, Corriere delta Sera Magazine
De Carlo is a keen observer of social changes, very self assured in finding the necessary words to define transitions and mutations. Politics, religion, ethical, moral questions intertwine in this novel, which has the frantic rhythm of an ecological action movie, while creating some very emblematic characters and dwelling on the deep tensions of contemporary life. – Sergio Pent, La Stampa
A fast-paced novel,
Sea of Truth takes a piercing look at contemporary
The Art of Politics: The New Betrayal of
Political goods ... reason, pluralism, necessary limits, liberty, toleration, justice, the right to private property, political and legal equality, democracy, authority, civility...
The political system of contemporary Western democracies is far from perfect. Nevertheless it is the envy of the world. The Art of Politics explains what makes our system as good as it is. It is about the political goods we have reason to value: justice, liberty, order, peace, prosperity, rights, security, and toleration.
The Americans experience today provides us with countless political goods that make this nation's political system the finest in the world. This is not to say that our contemporary democracy does not have its flaws. It is constantly faced with never-ending disagreements about how to approach various external and internal conflicts, from poverty to education, healthcare to warfare. The art of politics is the act of discovering the most favorable resolutions to these conflicts.
In The Art of Politics, John Kekes, a preeminent political philosopher, illustrates how necessary it is not to stray from our fundamental philosophy and how hard we must work to keep stability within our political system. Kekes, former Professor and then Research Professor at the State University of New York and Visiting Professor in Canada, Estonia, Hungary, Portugal, Singapore, and the United States Military Academy at West Point, presents a vision of contemporary American politics in which the true division is not between the right and the left, conservatives and liberals, but between those who want to protect our system of democracy and ideologues who want to redesign it to their tastes.
In the past, Marxist, fascist, and even anarchist ideologues have
waged sustained attacks on our established political foundations in
an effort to achieve extreme ideals. While such sweeping threats may
not seem apparent today, radical ideological undercurrents continue
to threaten our contemporary democracy. It goes without saying that
American society has its ills, but today's radical ideologues point
to those problems not as opportunity for reform, but as reason to
attack the very foundations of American society. They seek to
The unprecedented prosperity, health, liberty, and stability in
In the first chapter, Kekes illustrates a balanced approach to politics and explains why the ideological approach to it is destructive. Each subsequent chapter argues against the mistaken ideological interpretations, and in turn, reasons in favor of the balanced approach.
Politics involves never-ending disagreements about how to resolve unavoidable conflicts among goods, and the art of politics is to find, again and again, optimal resolutions. This is formidably difficult because even if we agree about the goods we need, we tend to disagree about their interpretation and respective importance, and because there is no law, principle, or natural order of priority to which we could appeal. No resolution is final and seeking it is futile. There are reasonable resolutions but they work only in particular contexts, the contexts continually change, and we must resolve disagreements about what resolutions are reasonable.
This approach to politics is betrayed by ideologues. According to Kekes the betrayal began about forty years ago with protests against the war in Vietnam but it soon changed into an attack against the rule of law, the universities, the military, the police, family life, and against accepted standards and conventions of morality, politics, education, journalism, civility, and decency. As a result, private relations between men and women, husbands and wives, parents and children, teachers and students have become politicized, and so have institutions, such as newspapers, television, radio, health care, charities, and churches.
As explained in The Art of Politics, societies and values continually change but the changes that have occurred since the '60s are unprecedented in American history. They are deeper than any before, they affect virtually all areas of life, and their cumulative effect is inescapable. The justification ideologues offer for the changes is strident, hypocritical, and specious moralizing. What they condemn is held to be immoral, unjust, exploitative, discriminatory, racist, sexist, imperialist, and the like. They divide Americans into the good, who agree with them, and the bad, who do not. Individuals are seen as selfless or self-serving; perpetrator or victim; one of the haves or of the have-nots; moral or immoral, and the condemnation of those who are accused of falling into the wrong category is vicious. Opponents are demonized, hounded, maligned, and abused.
For example, egalitarian ideology involves the absurd extension of the legal and political equality guaranteed by the Constitution to aspects of life in which equality has no place. Human beings differ in their characters, circumstances, talents and weaknesses, capacities and incapacities, virtues and vices; in their moral standing, political views, religious convictions, aesthetic preferences, and personal projects; in how reasonable or unreasonable they are, how well or badly they develop their inborn endowments, how much they benefit or harm others, how hardworking or disciplined they were in the past and likely to be in the future, and so forth. How could anyone believe that moral and immoral, law-abiding and criminal, prudent and imprudent people have equal worth and should enjoy equal benefits? How could anyone believe that terrorists and their victims, homeowners and burglars, pedophiles and raped children, benefactors and scourges of humanity have or should have equal moral status? How could anyone regard it as an ideal that a substantial portion of people's earnings should be taken from them and given to those who could have but did not earn anything? How could it be accepted as an ideal that all should enjoy the same benefits regardless of how responsible or irresponsible they are, or how much or little they have contributed to producing those benefits? Yet it is to this absurd ideal that ideologues appeal in defining good and bad policies, criticizing existing values, identifying moral and immoral people, indoctrinating those who are willing to listen to them, and justifying their attempt to transform American politics from a practical enterprise to the dogmatic pursuit of an indefensible ideology.
What should we do to resist ideologues? The first thing is not to be bamboozled or intimidated by their moralistic bullying and to point out as frequently as practicable the absurdity of their dogmatic pronouncements. The other is to reaffirm American politics as a practical enterprise and resist its corruption by egalitarian or any other ideology. The fundamental aim of American politics is to maintain a balance, not to pursue perfection dictated by an ideology. Our values have stood the test of time and have continued to attract the allegiance of the overwhelming majority of Americans. It is not hard to list them: democracy, equality, individual rights, justice, liberty, order, peace, private property, rule of law, security, and stability. They continually conflict, their interpretations and comparative importance in particular situations are often controversial, and it is difficult to know how they should be applied to cope with new problems, emergencies, and interests. The practical aim of American politics has been to cope with these difficulties guided by the laws and limits as defined by the Constitution. Doing so is rarely easy and it has often failed. But the well-being of Americans largely depends on continuing to do as well as possible what fallible politicians have managed to do since the founding of the Republic.
The subjects Kekes considers in the chapters are reason as prudence, the plurality of goods, necessary limits, limited liberty, toleration within reason, justice as having what one deserves, the right to private property, equality as the exclusion of arbitrariness, political democracy, legitimate authority, and civility as a social condition. The complete account of the balanced view emerges only at the end when Kekes provides an overview of the preceding discussions.
In his detailed examination, Kekes demonstrates how the deep division in contemporary American politics is not between conservatives and liberals, nor between the right and the left, but between those who want to protect the political system that has emerged in the course of several centuries of trial and error and the ideologues who want to change it radically. It is our job to protect this gift and The Art of Politics is our guide to how.
John Kekes has done it again. He has written yet another superb treatise on the cultural conditions that undergird an effective democracy. By emphasizing conventions, specifically civility as a value that offers order and predictability to our lives, he creates the intellectual architecture for personal and political authority. – Herbert London, President, Hudson Institute
Kekes's account of the art of politics is a model of
philosophical lucidity, in which many tricky distinctions (such as
that between equality and egalitarianism) are disentangled with
immense skill. – Kenneth Minogue, Emeritus Professor of Political
Science, University of
This is an angry book, and reading it will make you angry too. As
always with Professor Kekes's books, however, reading it will also
make you more lucid. His is an eminently reasonable anger. Here he
takes aim at ideologues (i.e., all who believe that there is a
supreme human good that should inform politics and to which all
other goods must be sacrificed). He argues instead for a ‘balanced
approach,’ one that takes into account the plurality of human goods
and the mutability of their relative weighting in particular epochs,
societies, and circumstances. He develops this argument not only
generally but with regard to a series of key issues, and concludes
by pointing the balanced way forward. – Clifford Orwin, Professor of
The Art of Politics is a thorough and significant argument expressing how we can best protect our political institutions from betrayal. The book will be of interest to thinking people and is not the closed turf of academics and theorists.
Professional & Technical / Engineering / Drafting
Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization by Jon M. Duff & William A. Ross (Delmar Cengage Learning)
A wide range of engineering visualization techniques and
practices are presented in
Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization. The
sketching assignments in the book have been classroom-tested at
multiple universities to provide readers with the strongest, most
helpful exercises. Comprehensive tear-out sketching sheets follow
each chapter to make it a useful resource for students. The editors
are Jon M. Duff, who served on the faculty in Engineering Graphics
Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization is based on the concept that modern graphics may be started freehand and subsequently formalized by using CAD. In this book readers will find an overview of basic CAD modeling techniques and a full complement of engineering drawing and modeling exercises through sketching. Chapters cover model visualization through orthographic multiviews, missing view problems, isometric pictorials, auxiliary views, section views, assemblies, dimensioning practices, and sketching for fabrication. Each chapter contains a brief overview followed by numerous sketching problems intended to serve as pre-CAD visualization exercises. If readers desire more in-depth information, they can peruse the appropriate chapters in Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineers.
While coordinated with Visualization, Modeling, and Graphics for Engineers, by Dennis Lieu and Sheryl Sorby, Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization makes an ideal lab manual for a number of engineering design graphics texts. Because of the generic nature of the problems in the book, it may be used in conjunction with any 2D or 3D CAD software textbook. Although the emphasis is on 3D modeling and visualization, the inclusion of traditional engineering drawing practices such as ‘orthographic reading’ and missing view problems make it useful with 2D engineering graphics courses as well.
Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization begins with an introduction to visualization, in this case, through rotations and mental cutting plane exercises. Terminology is presented and standard techniques used in 3D model building are introduced. All subsequent chapters then use these techniques and apply them to the standard practices and conventions used in engineering design graphics and technical drawing. The book is written so readers will be able to visualize, sketch, and solve modeling geometry problems either prior to or during a work session with 3D CAD software. Readers will find the relationship between visualization, preliminary pencil sketching, and the modeling-drawing strengthened. In order to reinforce the value and appearance of planning with sketching, all illustrations, figures, examples, and exercises in this book are presented in a sketched format. Because this is a supplementary text or lab manual, the bulk of each chapter is devoted to practical exercises progressing in difficulty from easy or moderate to complex.
With a strong emphasis on graphical exercises and clear, relevant examples to illustrate concepts along the way, Sketching for Engineering Design Visualization is the ideal resource for learning engineering design and visualization. Logically structured and organized into chapters that reflect the natural progression of topics, from basic to more complex, the book gives special attention to three-dimensional visualization. It is a perfect standalone guide and also a valuable supplement to other CAD or graphics books, designed to enhance the learning experience of anyone seeking a more in-depth understanding of sketching for engineering design visualization.
Professional & Technical / Agricultural Science
The Donkey Companion: Selecting, Training, Breeding, Enjoying & Caring for Donkeys by Sue Weaver (Storey Publishing)
To carry a load without resting, to be not bothered by heat or cold, and to always be content: These things we can learn from the donkey. – Pakistani proverb
Why donkeys? Because their serene, Zen-like demeanor brings peace in this rushed, busy world. Others keep donkeys for adventure, as a business, or to protect vulnerable animals like sheep, alpacas, and goats. Donkeys are friendly, dependable, intelligent, and easy to care for. Their heart-felt braying, ever-alert ears, and expressive brown eyes earn them special status as beloved farm pets.
Donkeys are increasingly prized by small-scale farmers, horse
lovers, and animal enthusiasts. Already, there are hundreds of
thousands of donkeys and mules in the
A donkey is not simply a long-eared horse, and understanding the donkey's distinctive traits is critical to the animal's well-being and usefulness. The Donkey Companion, by Sue Weaver, who has written many magazine articles on animal raising and husbandry and is a contributing editor for Hobby Farms magazine, offers a comprehensive overview of this hardy creature. The book contains everything donkey enthusiasts need to know about the animal’s history, physiology, behavior, breed characteristics, daily care, and health needs.
The Donkey Companion offers detailed information about different breeds and types; provides tips for finding and selecting the right animal; explains donkeys' daily care and health requirements; and guides readers through the nuances of training, riding, driving, and breeding. The book is enhanced with fun facts, training tips, quotes, photographs, illustrations, and additional resources. From foaling to first aid, and from grooming to professional showing, this extensive guide offers everything a donkey owner needs to get the most out of this gentle, hardworking animal.
Chapters include an overview of donkey breeds, tips on how to select a veterinarian, donkey behaviors, how to feed and groom a donkey, health care including holistic therapies and training methods. Weaver also explores Fun with Donkeys, including chapters on riding, driving, and pack donkeys; her Donkey Business section gives a complete course in breeding donkeys for profit and manufacturing donkey tack, treats, and equipment to provide owners with all they need to set up a donkey farm.
The Donkey Companion is the most complete, up-to-date reference of its kind. The book offers readers a walk through the wonder and capabilities of this versatile animal. Weaver brings a deep understanding of this equine species, with keen insight into the differences between donkey and horse.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Physiology
Neuromechanics of Human Movement, 4th Edition by Roger M. Enoka (Human Kinetics)
Drawing on the disciplines of neurophysiology and physics,
Neuromechanics of Human Movement, now in its fourth
edition, explores how the nervous system controls the actions of
muscles to produce human motion in relation to biomechanical
principles. This contemporary approach is much different from the
traditional approach, which focuses solely on mechanics and does not
consider the role of the sensory system in the control of human
Neuromechanics of Human Movement is a popular clinical reference for musculoskeletal and neuromuscular rehabilitation specialists, as well as a guide for professionals in such areas as biomechanics and muscle physiology. Written by Roger Enoka, professor and chair in the department of integrative physiology, and professor in the Health Sciences Center, department of medicine, geriatrics, at the University of Colorado, the book includes an introduction to the biomechanical terms and concepts commonly used to describe movement, an explanation of the essential neurophysiological concepts that help to explain movement produced by the nervous system and muscle, and a description of ways in which the motor system adapts to various types of physical stress.
Because movement is constrained by the laws of physics, both the activation signals generated by the nervous system and the forces exerted by the muscles must accommodate these constraints. Accordingly, the content of the text is derived from the disciplines of neurophysiology (neuro-) and physics (mechanics) to provide a neuromechanical perspective on the study of human movement.
Neuromechanics of Human Movement, Fourth Edition,
provides a scientific foundation to the study of human movement, and
as such it uses precise terms and definitions when discussing ideas
and utilizing the international metric system (SI). Readers will
find an appendix that helps in identifying the SI metric units as
well as other learning tools, including a glossary of terms and two
other appendixes that cover conversion factors and equations.
Throughout the text, the content is visually reinforced with more
than 750 illustrations, many of which are new or upgraded from the
previous edition and include specific illustrations of the
neuromechanics involved in sport and rehabilitation movements.
Neuromechanics of Human Movement contains more than
1,500 updated references and suggested reading lists for each
To further enhance this fourth edition, significant content updates have been made to ensure the latest information is presented for both research and clinical environments:
To encourage a comprehensive learning experience, this updated edition follows a logical progression where each part builds on the material from the previous section.
Neuromechanics of Human Movement is organized into
three parts. Part I focuses on
Part II introduces the essential concepts from neurophysiology
needed to understand how movement is produced by the nervous system
and muscles. Those parts of the human body involved in the
production of movement are collectively known as the motor system.
The three chapters on the motor system address excitable membranes,
muscle and motor units, and voluntary movement. Chapter 5 deals
with electricity, the resting membrane potential, the properties of
neurons, synaptic transmission, excitation-contraction coupling, and
electromyography. Chapter 6 addresses motor units, muscle mechanics,
and the organization and activation of muscles. Chapter 7 examines
spinal reflexes, central pattern generators, and supraspinal control
of voluntary movement. Part II is completely revised from the third
edition. The author uses a ‘bottom-up’ approach that begins with the
principles of electricity and extends up to connections within the
cerebral cortex. This approach encompasses the essentials of
electricity responsible for the excitability of cell membranes and
explains the relations between spinal neurons and muscle fibers.
Part III focuses on the acute and chronic changes that can occur in the motor system in response to various interventions. The acute adjustments include warm-up effects, flexibility, muscle soreness and damage, muscle fatigue, muscle potentiation, and arousal. The chronic adaptations comprise the effects of strength and power training, the effects of reduced use, motor recovery from injury, and adaptations with aging. Although part III is similar to that in the third edition, it has been updated to include more recent concepts and citations, as well as many new figures, and the discussion on aging has been reorganized and expanded. Readers will understand how acute adjustments can be made to the motor system through interventions such as warm-up, flexibility, muscle soreness, and muscle fatigue.
There is also a presentation package and image bank that accompany this text. It contains PowerPoint slides that include most of the figures, tables, and photos in Neuromechanics of Human Movement.
The fourth edition of
Neuromechanics of Human Movement provides a
scientific basis for the study of human movement while continuing to
expand current knowledge in the fields of biomechanics and
neurophysiology. By integrating these fields in a unique framework,
this text offers professionals and students both valuable clinical
information and inspiration to deepen their study of human movement,
a field still in its infancy.
Reference / Curiosities & Wonders
The Book of the Bizarre: Freaky Facts and Strange Stories by Varla Ventura (Weiser Books)
Did you know duck dander is hallucinogenic? Or that Katherine
Hepburn had a phobia of dirty hair? Have you ever wondered about the
Magickal Skull of Doom or contemplated the mysterious Transylvanian
The Book of the Bizarre is a veritable treasure trove of startling and stranger-than-fiction trivia that spans history, continents, even worlds. Never before have so many truly frightful facts been gathered together in one place.
Teeming with the strange, the shocking, and the downright fantastic, The Book of the Bizarre's thirteen chapters include: Something Wicked: Mysterious Objects & Haunted Homes; Tender Murderers and Malevolent Males: Killingly Good Tales of Terror; and Morbid Writers and Tortured Artists: From Edgar Allan Poe to Vincent Van Gogh. Terrifying topics range from Corpses on Campus to Strange Rock and Roll Stories to Medical Maladies, Conspiracy Theories, Superstitions, Hexes, and even UFOs.
Author Varla Ventura was introduced to the strange and unusual at a young age. Her first game was a Ouija board, and family picnics in cemeteries were common outings. She spent most of her formative years exploring graveyards, underground tunnels, and abandoned mansions in, around, and under
Readers discover hundreds of freaky facts, including:
The Book of the Bizarre is outlandish enough for the eccentric and lovers of the strange, and freaky enough for even the hardest trivia nut.
Reference / Journalism / Editing & Grammar
Effective Editing: A Practical Guide for Students
and Professionals by Gene Murray (
Copyediting is for most aspiring young journalists a difficult concept to grasp.
Effective Editing Gene Murray has produced a book
filled with easy-to-understand exercises, examples and explanations.
Effective Editing stresses fundamental editing tools, including grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. It also covers convergence, online editing, sensitivities, legal and ethical issues, HTML coding and preparation of news releases and broadcast copy.
Effective Editing covers the editing scene from Gutenberg to gigabytes. The book opens in Chapter 1 with a discussion of the profession of copyediting and the changes that have been occurring in newsrooms. It encourages prospective editors to pursue internships and other professional experiences.
Subsequent chapters cover the fundamentals of copyediting (Chapter 2), working with words (Chapter 3), story organization (Chapter 4) and news values (Chapter 5). In Chapter 6, a copy editor explains how to take charge of copy. Chapter 7 tackles online editing and researching. Chapter 8 deals with sensitivity regarding diversity, racism, sexism and ageism.
Writing headlines can be both fun and frustrating according to
Effective Editing will assist newspapers across the country in their quest for individuals who have the skills and knowledge to become successful copy editors. The book will be an asset for professional copy editors as well. Professors who teach copyediting will find basic grammar, spelling, punctuation and style covered in this book, with summaries and explanations concerning assignments. Students pursuing a career in print journalism will want to keep Effective Editing for future reference because it contains the essential ingredients necessary to succeed in the newsroom. The target market for this book is students and professionals in all forms of mass media – including public relations, broadcasting, online media – not just print media and newspapers.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
This Little Light: Lessons in Living from Sister Thea Bowman by Michael O'Neill McGrath (Orbis Books)
If you are in grief, let her show you how to live beyond the emptiness. If you are sick, let her show you how to live with the pain. If you are afraid and anxious, let her walk with you awhile and hold your hand. If you have lost sight of your beauty, let her hold up a mirror so you can see how beautiful you are. Can't you hear her say, "Maybe I need to see my beauty reflected in your eyes before I can realize I am a beautiful person. Until I have found the beauty in a person, I cannot help that person." So go ahead, help yourself. These were her reasons for living when she sang and danced among us; these are her reasons, still, in the heavenly choir. – from the Introduction
This Little Light is the story of Sister Thea Bowman’s life and ministry, her humor and her humility. The book is also filed with Michael O’Neill McGrath’s art and poetry.
Brother McGrath, an Oblate of St. Francis deSales, is an artist, writer, and popular speaker. McGrath says, “I like to tell folks that I have a little black nun inside of me. She's my muse, my spiritual friend and inspiration. … She's the late Sr. Thea Bowman (1937-1990) and though I never met her in the flesh I feel I know her well. … But now that I mention it, death and dying are what brought us together in the first place. The paintings in This Little Light tell that story. It's a life and death story of light.
‘Each one teach one,’ she used to say, and so I try to do my bit. ‘When somebody does something for you, don't pay them back, pass it on to someone else.’ Well, that's what I am doing here, sharing these paintings and stories with you, these glimpses into her life which I have been so very blessed to receive.”
McGrath’s sense is that God must be like one of those people who talks louder to foreigners thinking they will understand better. He says this is the best example he has got of a large and startling figure commissioned by God to get his attention. God, weary and hoarse from trying, just gave up and sent the unforgettable, indefatigable Sr. Thea Bowman to teach him a thing or two.
She came to him personally. He was struggling with grief and the realization of being a thirty-five year old orphan, wondering what to do now that he was all grown up. He was bored with his work and intensely restless to see if he could be a ‘real’ artist, one who does it as a day job. He really wanted to actually finish a painting or two because it was beginning to feel as if he had never had that experience. Thea taught him that brooding perfectionism and wallowing in the darkness of self-pity are not the virtues of a full-fledged, practicing artist nor of a baptized Roman Catholic for that matter. Who knew? He thought he was supposed to be eternally melancholy and long-suffering as part of both deals.
According to This Little Light, the Latin root of the word redemption refers to being freed from slavery. He didn't realize how enslaved he was until Sr. Thea came along and said he don't HAVE to live as a slave of guilt, anxiety, and fear. Basically what she taught him is to love, to love the life which has been given him to live, to love himself.
Her faith was her life ... her life was a flame that still brightens the darkness of our world today. – Diana L. Hayes
Michael O'Neill McGrath, one of the most talented religious artists of our time, has given us a beautifully drawn and beautifully written book about the life of Sister Thea Bowman. Despite racism, sexism and, later in life, great illness, Sister Thea proclaimed her message of unbounded faith and limitless joy. Read the glorious book and discover – through words and art – one of the great Catholics of our time. – James Martin, SJ
This brief but intensely beautiful and personal work brings to
life the courageous witness and fierce love of Sister Thea Bowman
for her God and her people. Born in the impoverished African
American community of delta
A compelling narrative. McGrath weaves anecdote, prayer, personal history and a `communion of and with the saints,' into a gift for the reader. His paintings are arresting and filled with the authority that inhabits all true artists. Thea Bowman becomes muse, guide, friend and inspiration for McGrath, and he in turn seeks to perform the same role for those who enter into his universe of praise, preaching, and joy. – Joseph A. Brown, SJ, author of A Retreat with Thea Bowman and Bede Abram
McGrath in This Little Light shares his story of the way Sr. Bowman transformed his life as an artist and religious brother – luminous art, inspirational words – a fitting tribute to a great lady.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Youth Ministry
Sacred Space: A Hands-On Guide to Creating Multisensory Worship Experiences for Youth Ministry by Dan Kimball & Lilly Lewin (Soul Shaper Series: Zondervan)
In a culture where teenagers are growing up inundated with
images, experiences, and media that move and change at the speed of
light, it’s no wonder many of them learn better when they’re doing
something – not by listening to someone talk to them.
Whether readers are looking to teach a biblical theme, the life of Christ, or a gospel passage, or even celebrate a holiday, they will find step-by-step instructions to create the space and experience necessary to draw students into the story.
Sacred Space provides dozens of ideas to help students engage in scripture and apply the lesson to their own lives. Through art, listening, writing, and multi-sensory prayer stations, students experience God’s Word in a new way.
Sacred Space, with CD, is more than a toolbox for the ministry – it is a holistic way to approach teaching and communicating. Readers will find everything they need (except the actual supplies) to create experiences that can transform the way students encounter God, and help them engage in and learn from the Bible.
For example, rather than stand up front and talk to teach about Jesus calling the disciples to be ‘fishers of men,’ teachers can provide an experience that incorporates the idea of fishing. Using simple things like an inflatable boat and goldfish crackers can turn the ‘old story’ into something new that students think of every time they snack on a goldfish cracker or see a boat. It turns the lesson into an experience.
Authors are Dan Kimball, pastor at
In addition to worship experiences on the life of Christ, readers will find ideas for teaching:
Sacred Space contains dozens of ideas that help create experiences that help students encounter God and engage the Bible. Teachers can use these ideas in a typical gathering to enhance the teaching and musical worship, or develop them into a special event or a new kind of service.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity
Death by Love: Letters from the Cross (RE: Lit: Vintage Jesus) by Mark Driscoll & Gerry Breshears (Crossway Books)
Real people. Real sin. Transformed lives. Death by Love is a compilation of heartfelt letters written from a pastor to his people that explains Jesus’ work on the cross.
Death by Love is a unique book written by Mark
Driscoll, founding pastor of
According to Driscoll in the Preface the church finds herself today in yet another of these epic opportunities as emerging pastors and churches strive to make up their mind on nearly every belief that has been previously considered Christian. Perhaps chief among them is the doctrine of the atonement or, simply, the accomplishments of Jesus' death on the cross.
Some are emotionally reluctant to embrace the cross because it is a symbol of violence and shame. Others harbor mental resistance to the cross because, throughout the history of the church, various theological explanations have been given to explain what it accomplished, leading to confusion as to whether or not any are in fact true or even helpful. Yet, because it is the crux of both the Christian faith and human history, the implications of the cross cannot be avoided and require thoughtful consideration.
Driscoll and Breshears say they have written the book to make otherwise complicated truths understandable to regular folks. And they want to serve fellow pastors and leaders who bear the responsibility of teaching and leading. Driscoll says they are heartbroken that the cross is under attack, and Death by Love is their attempt to ensure that the cross remains at the crux of all that it means to think and live like Jesus.
Each chapter begins with the introduction of someone Driscoll has
worked with in his role as one of the pastors at
The approach is an effort to show that there is no such thing as Christian community or Christian ministry apart from a rigorous theology of the cross that is practically applied to the lives of real people. Each chapter of Death by Love teaches the practical and pastoral implications and applications of the work of Jesus on the cross. In each chapter, because of his expertise as a seasoned theologian, Breshears answers the theological questions which arise.
For anyone who thinks that theology is dry, boring, and
disconnected to real life, read this book. Mark Driscoll and Gerry
Breshears not only demonstrate the relevance of theology to life,
but also convincingly show how it has the most compelling and
satisfying answers to life's tough issues. –
... I highly recommend this book – for students, professors,
Christ followers, or those seeking the truth about Jesus. It will
challenge the way you think and subsequently change the way you
live. – John Bishop, Senior Pastor, Living Hope Church,
The stories portrayed in the chapters of this book are all too real, but more importantly, the pastoral responses offer riveting applications of the cross for true and lasting transformation. – Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, Southern Seminary
Practical and powerful. It applies the sufficiency of Jesus to
the real-life challenges we face in the church each and every day.
If you work with hurting people, you need
Death by Love. – Dan Jarrell, Teaching Pastor,
I can't remember the last time a book about theology made me this
emotional. I got angry and uplifted and stunned and encouraged in
almost every chapter! This may be the first time you ever found
theology outrageous and logical, challenging and comforting, but
never boring. – Rene Schlaepfer, Senior Pastor,
Both deeply theological and intensely practical, Death by Love shows how everyone can find hope through the death of Jesus Christ. The book is practical in nature, pastoral in tone, theological in depth, biblical in content, and worshipful in consequence. What we especially admire about the book is its seriousness, an antidote to the fluffy triumphalism found in many Christian publications.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Health, Mind & Body / Self-help
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your
Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life, 30th Anniversary
Edition by Shakti Gawain (
I do believe, and I have seen in my own life, that creative visualization works. – Oprah Winfrey
In 1978, Shakti wrote her first book, Creative Visualization. We initially printed two thousand copies of the book. We had to borrow money to pay the printing bill. I don't recall that we spent anything at all on promotion; I don't think we sent out even one review copy. But the print run sold out, quickly, purely by word of mouth. Booksellers kept telling us that people would come in, buy a copy, and return a few days later and want five or ten copies to give to their friends. The book initially sold itself – I'm sure it was because of Shakti's clear, beautiful writing as well as the solid content of the book. It was the kind of book people wanted to read and reread, the kind of book people kept in a special place and cherished for everything it had given them. It was the rare kind of book that helps people make wonderful changes in their lives. – Marc Allen, from the Preface
Creative Visualization helped me find my path in life, just as it has helped others. The time has come for a new revised edition. I have made relatively few changes, simply trying to clarify certain points, deepen certain concepts, and generally update it. If you are already familiar with the first edition, I hope you enjoy the changes. If this is your first experience with Creative Visualization, may it help you create all that your heart and soul desire. – Shakti Gawain
Creative visualization is the art of using mental imagery and
affirmation to produce positive change in one’s life. It involves
and engages the natural power of imagination, the basic creative
energy of the universe. Successfully used in the fields of health,
business, the creative arts, and sports, it can have an impact in
every area of one’s life.
Creative Visualization is a pioneering bestseller
and perennial favorite, which helped launch a new movement in
A CD containing Creative Visualization Meditations – a series of guided meditations created and narrated by Gawain – has been added to this 30th anniversary edition as well as a ribbon marker. Gawain is a bestselling author and a pioneer in the field of personal growth and consciousness. Her books have sold more than ten million copies in over thirty-five languages worldwide, and she has facilitated thousands of individuals in developing greater awareness, balance, and wholeness in their lives.
This classic guide is filled with meditations, exercises, and imaginative techniques for self-improvement that can help readers change negative habit patterns, improve self-esteem, reach career goals, increase prosperity, develop creativity, increase vitality, improve their health, and experience deep relaxation.
Most people use the power of creative visualization in a relatively unconscious way. Because of deep-seated negative beliefs about life, they automatically and unconsciously expect and imagine lack, limitation, difficulties, and problems to be their lot in life. So, to one degree or another, that is what they continue to create for themselves. In Creative Visualization, Gawain explains step-by-step how we can use our natural creative imagination in a more conscious way to create what we truly want – love, fulfillment, enjoyment, satisfying relationships, rewarding work, self-expression – whatever our hearts desire.
It is my hope and prayer that reading Creative Visualization will help you create exactly the kind of life you want, so that you're truly fulfilled, prosperous, healthy, and filled with creative energy. You hold in your hands a book that has helped a great many people improve the quality of their lives. – Marc Allen, from the Preface
The many different techniques in Creative Visualization can help readers increase their personal mastery of life. One reason for its popularity is that it is short, simple, and practical and has techniques that readers can begin using immediately. Readers may find that it works best not to try to absorb them all at once, but more gradually. Gawain suggests that readers read the book slowly, trying some of the exercises as they go along, and giving themselves the chance to absorb them deeply. Or they could read it once through, then reread it more slowly. This special gift edition is beautifully designed and packaged with a slipcase and a ribbon marker, a treasure for any seeker’s library.
Social Science / Politics / Reference
The Conservative's Handbook: Defining the Right
Position on Issues from A to Z by Phil Valentine (
It's a book you can give to your co-workers and your kids and those annoying academes and say: "Here. Read this and you'll know all you need to know about conservatism and why it's right."
– from the Foreword by Sean Hannity
If, as some have said, conservatives are ruled by facts and liberals by emotions, one would be hard-put to find a better illustration of the aphorism than popular radio talk-show host Phil Valentine's The Conservative's Handbook.
The Conservative's Handbook provides a conservative viewpoint on a wide range of ideas. The book gives an A to Z listing of today's hot issues and topics of perennial interest. Each chapter is dedicated to an in-depth discussion of one particular topic. Among them are guns, global warming, drugs, partial birth abortion, education, political correctness, entrepreneurs, and the wisdom of Ronald Reagan.
Valentine combines personal opinion, fact, and research to
provide a persuasive argument in favor or opposing the issue at
hand. The knowledge Valentine imparts is more than just information;
it is ammunition for conservatives when they are caught up in
discussions with friends and arguments with those on the Left. Many
arguments between liberals and conservatives degenerate into
name-calling and unsubstantiated claims.
The Conservative's Handbook distills those raw
emotions and extraneous thoughts into a cohesive argument for
conservative principles and values, today's fiscal and social
issues. It summarizes what it means to be a conservative and will
either challenge or reinforce readers' thoughts and assumptions as
“Conservatism is about hope for the future, not fear of it. It's about confronting our problems head-on with rational ideas on how to solve them, not cowering in a corner waiting for someone else to devise a solution," Valentine writes. "You may find this book informative, humorous, and possibly enraging – but if it makes you think, then I've done my job".
We on the Right often talk about moral clarity. We know how important it is to distinguish right from wrong. What has been needed is a book with conservative clarity, one that really spells out all that we believe in and why we believe it.... This book is so insightful and so well researched that it's impossible to read it and not gain a thorough understanding of conservatism, and perhaps even be swayed to its side.… conservatism is based on logic and facts, after all, and this book is full of both.… I have no doubt that, after reading this book, many of you who thought you weren't conservative will learn something new about yourselves. Those who already embrace the conservative philosophy will be thrilled to have this new tool to use in making your arguments.… – Sean Hannity, from the Foreword
Phil Valentine has laid out an extraordinary number of useful and interesting facts that will greatly assist anyone interested in the debate of the great issues of our time. – former U.S. Senator Fred Thompson
The Conservative's Handbook may inform readers, humor them, or anger readers. But if they approach it with an open mind, it will make them think. Covering a wide array of today's issues, the book is rational, and reasonable – comprehensive without being overwhelming. Bound in simulated leather hardcover with a gold half-jacket, The Conservative's Handbook is an attractive gift option.
Travel / Biographies & Memoirs
That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena De Blasi (Thorndike Press Large Print Nonfiction Series: Gale Cengage/Thorndike)
That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena De
Blasi (Ballantine Books)
That Summer in Sicily re-creates Tosca’s life, from her impoverished childhood to her fairy-tale adoption and initiation into the glittering life of the prince’s palace, to the dawning and recognition of mutual love. When she was nine, Tosca was traded, in exchange for a horse, to a feudal prince, who took her to live with his wife and their two daughters. Early rebellion gave way to affection. Together, in the years following World War II, the prince and his ward brought education, health care and a shared sense of purpose to the village around their manor. But when Prince Leo attempts to better the lives of his peasants, his defiance of the local Mafia’s grim will to maintain the historical imbalance between the haves and the have-nots costs him dearly.
The present-day narrative finds Tosca sharing her considerable inherited wealth with a harmonious society composed of many of the women – now widowed – who once worked the prince’s land alongside their husbands. How the Sicilian widows go about their tasks, care for one another, and celebrate the rituals of a humble, well-lived life is the heart of That Summer in Sicily.
In her fourth Italian memoir (after The Lady in the Palazzo),
American writer de Blasi utilizes her personal narrative as merely
bookends for a larger story. … This book reads like a suspense novel
complete with a surprise ending, and though Tosca's story is
compelling, it's in De Blasi's telling of it that the true magic
lies. – Publishers Weekly
From de Blasi (The Lady in the Palazzo, 2007, etc.), a fragrant tale of life and love in the mountains of
… De Blasi uncovers Tosca’s past, an extraordinary tale of passion and love stretching over decades of the twentieth century. Admirers of this author will relish her latest volume. – Booklist
Here is an epic drama that takes readers from
Travel / Guidebooks
Great African Adventures: A Guide to the Mother Continent’s Ultimate Outdoor Adventures by Jacques Marais (Struik Publishers)
For all her faults and imperfections, the mother continent remains an awesome home base. This is where I live and this is where my children are experiencing their wonder years. I'm sure they will, like me, see Mama Africa not as a darkling land, but rather as a continent shimmering with infinite light, colour and hope. – from the book
Tales of high adventure, in-your-face photography, destination
overviews, maps and contact details make
Great African Adventures the ultimate adventure
Travel rates high on Marais’ personal radar and he has visited
more than 20 African countries, as well as off-the-beaten-track
destinations such as
Much of the material in Great African Adventures has been reworked from Marais’ travel journals as well as features and articles Marais has written for a range of local and international magazines over the past decade or so. He focuses the bulk of these adventures on the southern African subcontinent to make them more accessible to readers, but there were the obvious 'big ones' further north that he says absolutely clamored for inclusion in the pages of the book.
Great African Adventures,
According to Marais, dodgy logistics, an overloaded infrastructure and extreme poverty mean readers stand a good chance of being chewed up and spat out by Mama Africa. Planning is a mission, which is partly why the book focuses mainly on adventures presented by reputable operators with an established track record.
He warns travelers not to expect squeaky-clean washrooms, name-tagged guides and air-conditioned transport. This is Third-World travel, so get used to enduring the occasional hardship before plugging into pleasures. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though, because the flip side is that travelers won't have to share their adventure with a thousand other wanna-be adventurers.
That said, the adventures selected for the book are generally well known, and it could only enhance readers’ experience if they do their research before heading out. Droughts, extreme temperatures, the rainy season, civil war and political elections are but a few of the factors that may impact their travel arrangements.
An edgy style, up-to-date content and award-winning photography make Great African Adventures a must-have book for everyone from armchair adventurers to card-carrying members of the outdoor tribe.
Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island by James W. Skehan (Roadside Geology Series: Mountain Press Publishing Company)
With more than 100 color photographs, Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island locates and explains the rocks and landforms visible from the states' highways and at nearby parks and historic sites including a tour of Block Island. Using the book as a guide, readers examine the eroded remnants of enormous mountains, tropical beaches, and fiery volcanoes.
As told in
Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island,
the Westerly Granite is so uniform that it has been called the
granite standard. At Purgatory Chasm, boulders of quartzite look as
if they've been stretched into oblong shapes. A thick vein of quartz
filled a fault and now forms the summit of Lantern Hill in
Roadside Geology of Connecticut and Rhode Island
will enjoy learning about the incredible assortment of rocks and
landforms they can see along the roads of
True Crime / Biographies & Memoirs
The Starker: Big Jack Zelig, the Becker-Rosenthal
Case, and the Advent of the Jewish Gangster by Rose Keefe (
Selig Harry Lefkowitz, alias Big Jack Zelig, was
Irony and tragedy often join forces, but, according to
The Starker, the way they combined in the
Becker-Rosenthal affair is harrowing. Lieutenant Becker's job as
head of the NYPD’s strong-arm squads, was to eradicate the
The question is, Who ordered Zelig killed – and why?
The answer is revealed in The Starker by researcher and historian Rose Keefe. Keefe reveals that Zelig's murder was a political assassination, not retaliation for an alleged robbery, as legend has claimed. Also revealed for the first time is the truth about who ordered Herman Rosenthal murdered.
… Rose Keefe has raised her writer's voice to bring back the Becker-Rosenthal case. In her gunmetal velvet, true-crime style, she captures the mystery of this gaslight era in a voice as plush as the cloak – and the daggers – of 1912. – Ellen Poulsen, author, The Case Against Lucky Luciano” New York's Most Sensational Vice Trial and Don’t Call Us Molls: Women of the John Dillinger Gang
The Starker confirms Rose Keefe as the preeminent authority on the early American gangster. – Tom Prior, True Detective magazine
Once King of the Lower East Side but long consigned to
supporting-character status in the Becker-Rosenthal case, Big Jack
Zelig reemerges from the shadows nearly a century after his death.
…Rose Keefe's Sherlockian research and unique biographer’s skill
have unearthed and fleshed out a complex and fascinating individual
who was the forerunner of the modern American gangster.
The Starker is both a true crime classic and a
virtual time trip to 1912 – and the mean streets of old
Based on dozens of interviews and years of painstaking research,
The Starker introduces readers to a story from
Against Medical Advice: One Family's Struggle with an Agonizing Medical Mystery (Unabridged Audio, 4CDs, running time: 6 hours) by James Patterson & Hal Friedman, read by Kevin T. Collins (Hachette Audio)