Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning by Edward W. Bastian & Tina L. Staley, with contributors Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Joan Halifax Roshi, Ira Byock, Tessa Bielecki, Mirabai Starr, and Marilyn M. Schlitz, edited by Netanel Miles-Yepez (Sounds True)
Arts & Photography / Computers & Internet / Graphic Design
Beyond Digital Photography:
Transforming Photos into Fine Art with Photoshop and Painter by
Digital cameras, advances in color printing, and software tools have changed the landscape of photography forever. The challenge now is to go beyond the basic digital photograph and print, and move toward the next level of expression. For many, this means pushing the technologies available and combining the artistic tools found in both photography and painting. With today's digital art tools and hardware readers can become immersed in the creative process in much the same way that artists can using conventional materials.
Beyond Digital Photography uses design principles and painting skills, and applies them to digital photographs. Using numerous examples in a step-by-step format, authors Cher Threinen-Pendarvis and Donal Jolley teach readers how they can use digital tools like Photoshop and Painter to add a more personal quality to their photos.
Threinen-Pendarvis, an internationally acclaimed author, artist, and designer, has influenced thousands of digital artists in her many years of teaching and writing about electronic design tools; and Jolley has been a freelance designer since retiring from the commercial printing field in 1996 and has taught Photoshop and Illustrator courses for students and professionals and has consulted on several prominent publications.
In Beyond Digital Photography, readers discover how to transform their photos into works of art using a step-by-step format that allows them to practice a variety of Photoshop and Painter techniques and gives them the confidence to achieve their own expressive goals. Skills covered include
Beyond Digital Photography is not a quick trick book, but a book where the authors take readers by the hand and demonstrate the creative process. The book assumes a grasp of basic digital photography principles. Some of the projects touch on setting up the camera for a specific shot, or making a print of an image, but digital cameras and final output are not discussed in detail. The focus is on creative concepts, theory and technique. The lessons in this book can be performed on digital photographs or on scans of photographic film or prints. Although the book has been written for those readers using Photoshop CS2 through CS4 and Painter 9 through 11, the lessons are all presented in a way that can be applied to future releases of the software.
Beyond Digital Photography is not a replacement for the documentation that ships with Photoshop and Painter, and it doesn't address every feature in the software. Instead, it focuses on concepts, such as creative composition in readers’ photographs, enhancing the center of interest and painting styles inspired by old masters. In Chapter 2 of the book readers have an opportunity to express themselves using different filter and effect recipes with Photoshop and Painter. In Chapter 3, they discover projects that give them practice with applying various kinds of brushwork effects to photographs, as well as ideas for emphasizing the subject. In subsequent chapters are projects that help them enrich their compositions – for instance, applying natural media textures to their photographs, applying watercolor washes, acrylic and oil looks, mixing media, and building collage compositions.
Beyond Digital Photography offers inspiration and exciting creative techniques, and ideas for creative expression that cannot be found elsewhere. It brings once separate disciplines together in an instructive book that uses time-honored design principles and basic drawing and painting skills and applies them to digital photographs. Beautifully illustrated, unique, it will inspire photographers, illustrators and hobbyists looking to take their photographs to the next level.
Arts & Photography / Technical & Professional / Architecture
Architecture Now! Green Architecture by
Philip Jodidio (Architecture Now! Series: Taschen
These days, green is the name of the game. There has never been so much interest in the ecological impact of buildings. This is not a negligible fact in the struggle to control pollution and in the search for responsible ‘sustainable’ methods of construction. Buildings are among the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. With global warming now a significant international political issue, architecture itself is on the brink of significant changes, where style and matters of aesthetics are placed in a secondary position behind issues of sustainability. At a certain time, ‘green’ buildings were ugly and complicated affairs, usually multicolored as though an entire rainbow in one building might be sufficient to prove a concern for ecology. This is no longer the case as the buildings shown in Architecture Now! Green Architecture demonstrate. However, it may be that green architecture is not so much about architecture as it is about survival; the aesthetics of the architecture are secondary considerations when it comes to stopping the war with nature that has resulted in the creation of the asphalt jungle.
Well-known architects from Tadao Ando to Thom Mayne figure in
Architecture Now! Green Architecture, but so too do
many others far less famous today, but perhaps the stars of
tomorrow. The 60 featured architects/firms/artists include: Adjaye
Associates, Agence Babylone, Tadao Ando, Shigeru Ban, Barlindhaug
Consult AS, Barton Willmore, Patrick Blanc, Randy Brown Architects,
Vincent Callebaut Architecte, Cepezed, Diller Scofidio + Renfro,
Vladimir Djurovic, Dennis Dollens, Ecosistema Urbano, EDAW, Fearon
Hay, Foster + Partners, Peter Gluck, Monika Gogl, Zaha Hadid, Herbst
Architects, Anna Heringer and Eike Roswag, David Hertz, Hotson
Bakker Boniface Haden, Chris Jacobs, Kempe Thill, Kieran Timberlake
Associates LLP, Rafael de La-Hoz, Michael Lehrer, MIII architects,
Marchi Architectes, Morphosis, Alberto MozÃ³, Manfredi Nicoletti,
Office dA, Sergio Palleroni, Renzo Piano, Polk Stanley Rowland
Curzon Porter, Philippe Rahm, Rau, Michael Reynolds, Roswag &
Jankowski, Rural Studio, SITE, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Ken Smith
Landscape Architecture, GermÃ¡n del Sol, Werner Sobek, studio
tamassociati, Chris Tate, TNA, UNStudio, Michael Van Valkenburgh,
Weiss/Manfredi, wHY Architecture, Ken Yeang, Zoka Zola
Author Philip Jodidio studied art history and economics at Harvard University, and was editor-in-chief of the leading French art journal Connaissance des Arts for over two decades. He has published numerous articles and books on contemporary architecture, including the Architecture Now! Series.
According to Jodidio in
Architecture Now! Green Architecture, in the
As one example, James Wines of the American group SITE has long
had a somewhat bittersweet, or some might say ‘romantic,’ vision of
nature, designing his early BEST stores in the form of ruins
overtaken by a resurgent forest. This idea of nature in architecture
seems to be at the heart of his recent proposal, Streetscape in a
And as a second example, although Yeang's program is ambitious, he is getting to the heart of the matter. The problem, as Yeang points out, is not specific to architecture: it is systemic and concerns industry as much, if not more, than buildings. It concerns life habits and the use of resources, and the need for change before catastrophe ensues. Making green design fashionable is one tool at the disposition of architects, but it seems clear that it is now time, not to jump on the bandwagon, but to face the inevitable.
Architecture Now! Green Architecture is a remarkable volume allowing readers to find out who is making today’s architecture go seriously green. The book is organized alphabetically by the architectural firms represented, all 60 of them. It is in three languages, English, German and French and is beautifully illustrated with one or more full or half-page photographs, some virtual, from each firm. The English copy which is printed in blue ink, is somewhat hard to read.
Computers & Internet / Networking / Forensics
Cisco Router and Switch Forensics: Investigating and Analyzing Malicious Network Activity by Dale Liu (Syngress)
Cisco IOS (the software that runs the vast majority of Cisco routers and all Cisco network switches) is the dominant routing platform on the Internet and corporate networks. This widespread distribution, as well as its architectural deficiencies, makes it a valuable target for hackers looking to attack a corporate or private network infrastructure. Compromised devices can disrupt stability, introduce malicious modification, and endanger all communication on the network.
Cisco Router and Switch Forensics is the first book devoted to criminal attacks, incident response, data collection, and legal testimony on the market leader in network devices, including routers, switches, and wireless access points. Lead author and editor Dale Liu has been working in the computer and networking field for over 20 years and currently teaches networking, routing and security classes, while working in the field performing security audits and infrastructure design for medium to large companies. Contributing authors include: James Burton, Tony Fowlie, Paul A. Henry, Jan Kanclirz Jr., Dave Kleiman, Thomas Millar, Kevin O'Shea, James "Jim" Steele, Scott Sweitzer, and Craig Wright, III.
Why is this focus on network devices necessary? Because criminals are targeting networks, and network devices require a fundamentally different approach than the process taken with traditional forensics. By hacking a router, an attacker can bypass a network’s firewalls, issue a denial of service (DoS) attack to disable the network, monitor and record all outgoing and incoming traffic, or redirect that communication anywhere they like. But capturing this criminal activity cannot be accomplished with the tools and techniques of traditional forensics. While forensic analysis of computers or other traditional media typically involves immediate shut-down of the target machine, creation of a duplicate, and analysis of static data, this process rarely recovers live system data. So, when an investigation focuses on live network activity, this traditional approach obviously fails. Investigators must recover data as it is transferred via the router or switch, because it is destroyed when the network device is powered down. In this case, following the traditional approach outlined in books on general computer forensics techniques is not only insufficient, but also essentially harmful to an investigation.
The book includes actual hands-on examples of forensic data gathering and examples of data security breaches in perimeter networking equipment.
Cisco Router and Switch Forensics is the only book devoted to forensic analysis of routers and switches, focusing on the operating system that runs the vast majority of network devices in the enterprise and on the Internet. The book makes it clear how to recognize an incident (breach), how to gather evidence of the incident, how to get the appropriate local, state, or federal agencies involved, and how to present their case.
Education / College & University / Computers & Internet / Reference
Handbook of Online Learning, 2nd edition edited by Kjell Erik Rudestam, Judith Schoenholtz-Read (Sage Publications)
What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers. – Matina Horner
Handbook of Online Learning aims to be a
comprehensive reference text for teachers and administrators of
online courses and programs. Its primary purpose is to clarify the
conceptual issues that underlie effective online teaching and to
offer practical guidance to educators and trainers who plan to
establish or teach in a virtual environment (VE). It presents a
discussion of the conceptual and theoretical foundations of online
learning along with an exploration of practical implementation
strategies. The book is edited by Kjell Erik Rudestam, Associate
Dean of Academic Affairs in the
Key features of Handbook of Online Learning include an emphasis on interactive teaching and learning strategies – challenging people to think differently about pedagogy. Part I first presents the changing philosophies and theories of learning, and Part II covers implementation or the practice of online learning. Several chapters deal with the issues related to the growing corporate online learning environment. It offers direct suggestions for administering and implementing online courses and programs.
The Second Edition explores a range of topics, including the globalization of distance learning, legal issues, and open philosophies. It also presents new applications, such as Web-based course management systems and synchronous teaching methods. New to this edition:
If there is one central tenet to Handbook of Online Learning, it is this: The adoption of the online environment as the teaching vehicle of the future in higher education and corporate training demands a reexamination of core beliefs about pedagogy and how students learn. It challenges readers to find new ways to evaluate learning and to confront the professional and ethical issues that emerge from working in this new environment. It forces them to figure out how to use rapidly changing technologies to enhance learning. Although the transfer of classroom-based learning into cyberspace at first appeared to be deceptively simple, the editors say they have discovered that doing so without an appreciation for the nuances and implications of learning online ignores not only its potential but also the inevitable realities of entering it.
Part I of Handbook of Online Learning explores the issues relating to changing philosophies and theories of online learning. In "Presence in Teleland," Gary Fontaine and Grace Chun offer an update of Fontaine's chapter on the ecology of the virtual world from the perspective of the academic traveler. Throughout the chapter the authors help keep readers current about both synchronous and asynchronous course ecologies.
The following revised chapter is by Jeremy J. Shapiro and Shelley K. Hughes – "The Challenges of Culture and Community in Online Academic Environments." The authors discuss the complex task of building and managing an online learning community given the diverse motives, styles, and preferences of the participants and the realities of computer mediated communication. They expose the technocultural paradigms and social norms that undergird the virtual community and its classrooms. The rapid speed of change in educational technologies that provide the foundation and vehicle for online learning are captured in Robin Mason and Frank Rennie's chapter on "Evolving Technologies." After a solid foundation describing the evolutionary process, Mason and Rennie go into considerable detail in examining six popular Web 2.0 tools: blogs, wikis, pod casting, e-portfolios, social networking, and Second Life. The strengths and limitations of each tool are addressed, followed by issues for both students and teachers pertaining to their adoption.
Pierre-Leonard Harvey provides a conceptual framework for future
generations of educational delivery systems in the chapter "Applying
Social Systems Thinking and Community Informatics Thinking in
Education: Building Efficient Online Learning Design Culture in
Bernard Luskin and James Hirsen predict an expansive future for online education in their chapter "Media Psychology Controls the Mouse That Roars." They document the rapid growth of online learning and argue that it is being fueled by persistent market forces. Meanwhile, Luskin and Hirsen point out the role that the relatively new field of media psychology can play in the years ahead in contributing to an understanding of the human learning experience online at the interface between technology and psychology.
Janet Poley takes us from the local context to the global scale of e-learning in her chapter "Globalization in Online Learning." This chapter addresses global trends, challenges, and opportunities in online learning and gives us an up-to-date overview of what is taking place on the forefront of Internet-enabled learning throughout the world. Readers are reminded that care must be exercised to assure that the global community is offered content and method that are consistent with their own cultures and not dominated by Western content as in previous periods of educational colonization.
Yolanda Gayol covers an ambitiously large territory in her review of the status of research on online education. She positions her review within the context of a historical overview of the area. She divides her review into research on learning, teaching, and outcomes
The final chapter in the first section is a scholarly updating of "Uncertain Frontiers: Exploring Ethical Dimensions of Online Learning" by Dorothy Agger-Gupta. Agger-Gupta illustrates how difficult it is to discern the ethical nature of our actions in the VE. She argues persuasively that professional ethical principles for online educators need to change and highlights the unanswered questions influencing the nature of online living and learning communities that need to be addressed in the digital era.
The second part of
Handbook of Online Learning moves from theory to
practice. The first section addresses the implementation of online
learning in terms of programs and courses. Program implementation,
be it online or bricks-and-mortar, requires a vision and a road
map. In the first chapter, "Revisiting the Design and Delivery of an
Interactive Online Graduate Program," revised and updated from the
previous edition, Judith Stevens-Long and Charles Crowell refer to a
model master's program in organizational management to describe the
power of peer-to-peer, small-group, problem-based interactions in
the online learning environment. The authors guide readers through
the steps to develop and manage online courses using a
learner-centered pedagogy. Barclay Hudson exemplifies the unusual
creativity he brings to online teaching in an updated chapter titled
"Candlepower: The Intimate Flow of Online Collaborative Learning."
The next chapter, by Kay Wijekumar, is titled "Designing and Developing Web-Based Intelligent Tutoring Systems: A Step-by-Step Approach with Practical Applications." Intelligent tutoring systems have demonstrated significant success in improving learning outcomes by incorporating modeling, interactive practice tasks, assessment, and feedback. Wijekumar has developed and herein describes in great detail a four-step model called 4M (multimedia, motivation, metacognition, and memory) that enables the creation and application of intelligent tutoring systems to the virtual classroom.
The corporate learning environment has not been neglected in terms of taking advantage of technological change in online education. Bruce LaRue and Stephanie Galindo's updated chapter, "Synthesizing Higher Education and Corporate Learning Strategies," proposes that rapid technological change profoundly affects both the university and the corporation. LaRue and Galindo focus on the ongoing expansion of ‘knowledge work’ and argue that successful adaptation to increasingly dispersed organizations necessitates a ‘heightened level of epistemological development.’ The 4-plex model of networked learning is a tool for corporate trainers in multinational companies that provide a practical link between the corporation and the university.
The final chapter in the programs and courses section is written by Jenny Edwards and Sue Marquis Gordon and is titled "Teaching Action Research at a Distance." The authors offer a practical overview of how action research, which is itself a form of applied research that serves as a powerful change agent in academic or corporate organizations, lends itself to the online environment. The second section of Part II focuses on issues pertaining to faculty and students in the virtual classroom. The first, by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, is an updated and revised version of "Beyond the Looking Glass: What Faculty and Students Need to Be Successful Online," which appeared in the first edition of this handbook. The authors use their extensive experience in training online instructors to describe what makes a good online teacher and the components that would represent an optimal faculty development program for preparing instructors for this challenge.
The second chapter, "Teaching Professionals to Be Effective Online Facilitators and Instructors: Lessons From Hard-Won Experience," by Leni Wildflower, argues for creating a framework for optimal online learning by subordinating technology to educational needs. Wildflower's chapter presents a number of practical suggestions for selecting the best, as opposed to the most ornate, software, designing an online course, setting norms and boundaries for students, defining confidentiality, facilitating dialogue, providing feedback, managing conflict, sustaining motivation, and providing record-keeping and organization.
The final section of
Handbook of Online Learning addresses
administrative and support structures relating to the successful
implementation of online courses and programs. The first chapter, by
Anna DiStefano and Judy Witt, is titled "Leadership and Management
of Online Learning Environments in Universities." The chapter is
written from the perspective of high-level administrators at
The final chapter addresses an often overlooked implication of establishing online courses or programs: How can students and faculty have access to suitable library resources if a physical library is not readily available to them? Stefan Kramer, a research librarian with significant experience in this area, discusses this and related issues in "Virtual Libraries in Online Learning." Kramer provides a practical overview of what is variously known as online, digital, or virtual libraries and reference methods. Kramer captures the excitement of how learning resource materials can be accessed and retrieved efficiently and sensitively in an open access age of online education.
Handbook of Online Learning is the most comprehensive reference text available for teachers and administrators of online courses and programs. It delivers an abundance of ideas about how to establish a supportive learning environment, design a well structured course and manage electronically mediated dialog. This book provides a timely and informative look at online learning in higher education and corporate training settings. The authors of the book are experienced distance educators who know what the issues are, and they apply a wealth of organizational management theory and experience in their analyses of computer-mediated teaching and learning. Recommended especially for libraries.
Education / Preschool & Kindergarten
Thinking BIG, Learning BIG: Connecting Science, Math, Literacy, and Language in Early Childhood by Marie Faust Evitt with Tim Dobbins & Bobbi Weesen-Baer (Gryphon House)
BIG is powerful. Children want to be BIG. They want to do BIG. They love enormous numbers like a hundred million billion and long words like “tyrannosaurus rex.” They love to spread their arms wide and run as fast as they can. – from the book
Thinking BIG, Learning BIG is filled with BIG activities to engage the imaginations of young children. According to author Marie Faust Evitt, head teacher of a preschool class for four- and five-year-olds, former award-winning newspaper reporter and freelance journalist, children learn best by seeing, feeling, and doing. Making things on a grand scale enhances their understanding. The chapters are organized by topic, with activities that build science, math, literacy and language skills, which form a solid foundation for future learning. Chapters include
According to the book, researchers and professional organizations are now identifying key content areas and have found several that need greater emphasis – vocabulary and language skills along with literacy, mathematics concepts, and scientific inquiry. Thinking BIG, Learning BIG presents a curriculum that integrates those key content areas. While exploring wind, for example, children experience scientific discovery by observing how a paper cup moves when they blow it with a straw compared to fanning it with a large piece of cardboard. They learn how to measure distance in that same paper cup experiment and learn the vocabulary of ‘gust of wind.’ They build literacy by hearing stories and facts about wind in a variety of books and acting out "The Three Little Pigs."
Thinking BIG, Learning BIG promotes the benefits of an inquiry-based curriculum, saying that children are natural scientists. They constantly want to know how and why. Science is dynamic and, therefore, exciting. Water pours. Ice melts. Toy cars roll. Wind blows. As children observe these events, they ask questions: "What will happen if I pour water into the bucket of sand?" "What will happen if I roll my toy car over this bumpy cardboard?" According to Evitt, the process of scientific inquiry is readily adaptable to early childhood programs. Children can conduct the five-step process of observe, hypothesize, predict, experiment, and record with just a little modification and coaching.
Evitt says she chose the themes in Thinking BIG, Learning BIG because she wanted them to be relevant and meaningful to children and aligned with the National Science Education Content Standards (1996) that were developed for grades K-12. Topics covered relate to these standards: science as inquiry, life science, physical science, Earth and space science, and science and technology.
Hands-on, real activities are crucial to learning science, but imagination is also a key element of scientific discovery. Imagination is what led scientists to figure out a better way to keep shoes on feet (Velcro) or mark their place in a book (Post-it Notes).
Literacy is built into the entire Thinking BIG, Learning BIG curriculum. The first step in each unit is asking children what they know about the topic, recording these responses, and then asking the children what they want to find out. These questions give focus to future activities. Teachers can add questions as they come up during the inquiry process. Graphs, charts, and activities are labeled. According to Evitt, when children know the words – the vocabulary – related to an experience or activity, they can communicate their observations. New words are a challenge to the ear, the mouth, and the mind. Numerous studies have shown that vocabulary is essential to building reading comprehension. Children can learn the words spider, mosquito, arachnid, and insect, in addition to the vague term bug just as they learn the words pineapple, cucumber, fruit, and vegetable in addition to the general term food. Adults often shy away from using specific BIG words with children, but think how easily children rattle off brontosaurus and locomotive when they hear the correct terms. Specific words empower children to speak, read, and write precisely.
The BIG Connections section presents activities for integrating the theme throughout the curriculum – in sensory experiences, art, music, dramatic play, and fine and gross motor skills. The interplay between BIG and small and individual and group allows children to explore and create on many different levels. Children learn different skills when they construct a paper towel roll spaceship and a giant spaceship out of appliance boxes.
Learning something new is easier when it's meaningful and when it builds on something we already know. Likewise, depth is important. Children become more engaged when they have time to wonder, explore, and experiment over time. The themes and activities in Thinking BIG, Learning BIG can be used to plan curriculum over several weeks, as long as children are interested. While the individual activities stand on their own, they link to one another to provide a coherent curriculum.
Assessment is a key part of early childhood education programs. Although assessment can mean testing, it has a much broader scope. It is the process of observing children systematically, asking questions, and studying children's work. Thinking BIG, Learning BIG will help teachers gather the information they need to assess children's progress and document the learning taking place. The book offers BIG fun and BIG learning using a curriculum that integrates key content areas, making it easy for children to learn how to observe their environment, pose questions, try out ideas, quantify their observations, and share investigations, all while having fun. Health, Mind & Body
Health and Wellness for Life by Human Kinetics (Health on Demand Series: Human Kinetics)
If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself. –Mickey Mantle
As the scientific links between environment and health become stronger, awareness of how lifestyle choices affect health is more important than ever before. Health and Wellness for Life provides students with the tools to increase their health literacy and make educated decisions about their health now and in the future.
Health and Wellness for Life provides professors
teaching general-ed health courses the option to customize their
student textbooks to match their syllabi. With a custom Health on
Demand text, students pay for only the material selected by the
instructor and covered in class, plus instructors can match the
text's content to the unique needs of their setting. Both options
feature content developed by 15 veteran health educators and
organized into a cohesive course text by Human Kinetics. The
standard text includes 16 chapters of the topics most often covered
in a general-education health course. Or teachers can choose from a
total of 23 chapters to ensure their text includes the material that
is most important for their students. For those electing to
customize a text, new chapters will be offered as they are developed
to expand the options even further.
Both the standard text Health and Wellness for Life and the customizable Health on Demand text include the following student-friendly features:
The standard textbook covers these topics:
Alternative chapters for the customizable Health on Demand option cover topics such as these:
Professors may select any combination of chapters from the standard book and optional chapters and have them placed in any order in the final textbook. Professors can also write their own foreword or add a chapter (subject to Human Kinetics' review and approval), and information on campus-specific health resources (such as the campus health center, phone numbers, and other resources).
Whether they choose the standard textbook Health and Wellness for Life or choose to customize their own Health on Demand book for course instruction, they will receive access to a complete set of ancillaries tailored to match the book they have selected. The ancillaries include the following features:
The 16 chapters in Health and Wellness for Life cover a broad range of topics to help students make informed choices about their health and wellness.
Chapter 1, Health Promotion, explains the difference between
health and wellness, the six dimensions of wellness, and the many
components of fitness. It also looks at the promotion of health,
wellness, and fitness in the
Chapter 4, Weight Management, explains the nature and
ramifications of the current obesity epidemic in the
Chapter 5, Mental Health, helps students learn to recognize and deal with the signs and symptoms of mental illness in themselves or in others. Chapter 6, Stress Management, teaches students how to handle the various kinds of stress that come from work, school, family, and major life changes.
In chapter 7, Intimacy and Sexuality, students learn about the physical and psychological changes that occur throughout life, as well as the many types of sexual expression that humans engage in. The chapter also looks at issues involving behavior, orientation, and gender identity. Chapter 8, Reproductive Choices, walks students through the many types of birth control. Chapter 9, Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth, examines the complex process by which babies are conceived, develop, and are born, from the moment that a male's sperm penetrates the female's ovum until the postpartum period that occurs in the weeks after delivery. Students learn about the possible complications of pregnancy and the three stages of labor, as well as methods of overcoming infertility.
Chapter 10, Infectious Diseases, shows students that while germs might be everywhere, they can take control of their behaviors and lifestyle choices to reduce their chance of developing an infectious disease. They learn about the major methods of transmission and causes of infectious diseases; the management of risk factors; the components of the immune system; and the causes, symptoms, and treatments of common infectious diseases.
Chapter 11, Chronic Diseases, explains how long-term diseases – such as cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease – place burdens not only on the patients but also on society as a whole. Genetics plays a role in their risk of developing a chronic disease, but the good news is that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be the best prevention strategy. Chapter 12, Health Care Consumerism, helps students learn how to make informed decisions about their health care. It also covers common alternative care options, including acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, massage, and herbal medicine. In Chapter 13, Environmental Health, students learn about ecosystems, climate change, and the impact of toxins, pollution, and waste. They get tips on going green and reducing their personal waste, and they learn about other ways to improve their environmental health behaviors.
Chapter 14, Substance Abuse and Dependency, covers the harmful effects of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and the resources that are available for prevention and treatment. It examines substances that are commonly abused, including cocaine, heroin, MDMA, meth-amphetamine, and steroids. Substance abuse and dependency increase the risk for developing adverse health effects, behavioral problems, and financial struggles.
Chapter 15, Healthy Aging, describes how organs and body systems age, how people become more susceptible to chronic diseases, and how everyone must make decisions about treatment and care options in later years. Chapter 16, Wellness Throughout Life, shows students how maintaining their wellness (not simply their health) is an essential part of living a healthy, happy, and productive life. In this chapter, students learn the dimensions of wellness, the factors that influence health and wellness, and how they can change their behaviors if necessary.
Health and Wellness for Life establishes the
relationship between learning and doing – scenarios, examples, tips,
and recommendations apply to the students’ world and bridge the gap
between learning about health and applying it to their everyday
life. The standard, student-friendly text offers a ready-made option
for those looking for a textbook that covers all the essential
personal health topics for the general student population. The book
allows faculty to create the personal health text that matches the
needs of their courses, and this ability to tailor content to meet
specific needs is a big plus.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Behavioral Sciences / Cognitive Psychology
Principles of Memory: Models and Perspectives by Aimee M. Surprenant & Ian Neath (Essays in Cognitive Psychology Series: Psychology Press)
Principles of Memory is another title in the Essays
in Cognitive Psychology series, written by Aimee Surprenant and Ian
Neath, well-known researchers in the field of memory at
Memory research in the 1990s often focused on the question of whether memory is best characterized as a set of independent systems or as a set of interrelated processes. In Principles of Memory, the authors provide a functional analysis of memory mechanisms which allows the specification of general principles of memory. The book also includes a critique of both the multiple systems and the processing views, showing how each misses something fundamental about the psychology of memory. The book concludes by describing three models of memory that are based on the functional principles identified.
According to the authors, in over 100 years of scientific research on human memory, and nearly 50 years after the so-called cognitive revolution, we have nothing that really constitutes a widely accepted and frequently cited law of memory, and perhaps only one generally accepted principle. Principles of Memory begins to rectify this situation. These principles are qualitative statements of empirical regularities that can serve as intermediary explanations and which follow from viewing memory as a function.
The purpose of Principles of Memory is to propose seven principles of human memory that apply to all memory regardless of the type of information, type of processing, hypothetical system supporting memory, or time scale. Although these principles focus on the invariants and empirical regularities of memory, readers are forewarned that they are qualitative rather than quantitative.
The principles are qualitative statements of empirical regularities that can serve as intermediary explanations, and which follow from viewing memory as a function. They are more tentative than laws, and indeed, some are quite speculative, but nonetheless, all are intended to be valid, universal statements. Surprenant and Neath intend the set of principles to be useful, not only in the functional sense already described, but also in ‘inspiring theories’: The principles themselves require theoretical explanation. Few, if any, of their principles are novel, and the list is by no means complete. They certainly do not think that there are only seven principles of memory nor, when more principles are proposed, do they think that all seven of their principles will be among the most important.
Although they intend the set of principles to apply to all types of memory, there are many areas of memory research where there is simply not enough data to assess, yet, whether their principles do indeed apply. For example, there are relatively few studies examining cues in certain short-term memory tasks. They speculate that this is because the dominant view is that cues are not used in such tasks (see Chapter 3). Similarly there are no studies that examine cue overload in procedural memory tasks. In such situations, their principles can be taken as strong predictions that when appropriate studies are done in those areas, the principles will be found to apply. If the principles are not supported by this new research, then it demonstrates that their framework is empirically testable.
Surprenant and Neath begin by critiquing both the systems view and the processing view (Chapter 2) before reviewing the evidence for each of the principles. The seven Principles of Memory and some corollaries, include:
After an introductory chapter and a chapter on System vs. Process, the chapters of Principles of Memory delve into these seven principles in depth. The final chapter, Evaluation, Limitations and Implications, compares these principles to other sets of principles, laws of memory additional possible principles, evaluation and conclusions.
The book is scholarly and original. The authors take us on an
entertaining journey through many fields of memory research in their
search for general principles of memory, making many interesting
observations along the way. I will certainly recommend this
monograph to both colleagues and students. – Gordon D. A. Brown,
Principles of Memory highlights gaps in our knowledge, challenge existing organizational views of memory, and suggest important new lines of research. Written by well-known researchers in the field of memory, the book is an academically rigorous and interesting advance in the debate over the nature of human memory, and should generate wide interest among memory researchers and cognitive psychologists in general. It may also have potential as recommended reading on some senior undergraduate courses and graduate courses in memory and will also be of interest to those who would like a comprehensive overview of the fundamental regularities in cognitive functioning.
Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Relationships
Personal Conflict Management: Theory and Practice by Suzanne McCorkle & Melanie J. Reese (Allyn & Bacon)
Even though people cannot change others, they are not powerless in the face of conflict. Personal Conflict Management explores the dynamic world of interpersonal conflict management. Authors Suzanne McCorkle and Melanie Reese believe that competent conflict managers can better reach career goals and have more successful relationships than those who do not cope well with conflict. They believe conflict management is one of the most critical topics students can study.
Supporting the notion that there is not one correct approach to
conflict management, and utilizing the authors’ shared experiences
as mediators and organizational facilitators,
Personal Conflict Management demonstrates the value
of collaborative models for resolving conflict and the necessity and
benefits in understanding competitive approaches. Through the
inclusion of both competitive and cooperative theories, McCorkle and
Reese, both teachers of conflict management at
Beginning with an introduction to conflict, Personal Conflict Management examines the major approaches and theories of conflict management. Following a discussion of the causes and variables which exist within conflicts, the skills necessary for conflict management are analyzed, including listening, the ability to seek information, the importance of understanding personality types and behavior patters, negotiation, and conflict assessment. The final two sections of the book take readers beyond the basics, exploring the difficulties encountered in conflict management, the aftermath to a conflict, and conflicts in context, applying the theoretical concepts to everyday situations.
Having taught courses in conflict management at three different universities, McCorkle and Reese say in Personal Conflict Management that they discovered the value of differing approaches to the course: those that focus entirely on interpersonal conflict theory, those that combine theory and application, and those that span from interpersonal conflict to other settings.
Successful conflict management stands on a three-part foundation built with knowledge, attitudes, and skills. First, the competent conflict manager must have knowledge about conflict theory, causes, patterns, and tactics. Second, the best conflict managers embrace the productive and creative energy of conflict. Finally, flexible conflict managers develop a toolbox of skills to engage in competitive conflict (when one must) and cooperative conflict (when one can). Although it may take two to tango, it only takes one person to create the opportunity to change a conflict pattern. One person, with knowledge, skill, and the right attitude, can enhance the probability of transforming an unproductive conflict into an opportunity for everyone. No set of skills can promise to resolve every conflict, but they say they can guarantee one trend: Many conflicts will not get better on their own.
To make the text accessible to students, McCorkle and Reese include many examples, case studies, and application exercises. At the beginning of each chapter, vocabulary terms and chapter objectives identify key concepts for students to master. The discussion questions within the chapters are guides for classroom interaction. They also enhance students' ability to integrate the concepts with their lives.
Exercises, case analyses, and project/essay suggestions at the end of each chapter provide a focus for class or group discussion, as well as potential topics for student assignments. For writing intensive courses, they include a mastery case at the end of most chapters that can be used as the subject of analytical writing assignments.
Personal Conflict Management utilizes a modernized theory/skill approach to interpersonal conflict, placing equal emphasis on the theoretical and practical. The book, through its examples and exercises, supports an interactive environment that optimizes opportunities for learning. The text uses innovations in curriculum and cutting-edge concepts arising from research, which make it enjoyable and thought-provoking for students and instructors.
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure:
The True Story of a
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure author Matthew
Algeo meticulously details how Truman’s plan to blend in went
wonderfully awry. Fellow diners, bellhops, cabbies, squealing
teenagers at a Future Homemakers of America convention, and one very
As told in the introduction to
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, Harry Truman
was the last president to leave the White House and return to
something resembling a normal life. And in the summer of 1953 he did
something millions of ordinary Americans do all the time, but
something no former president had ever done before – and none has
done since. He took a road trip – they drove from their home in
Sometimes, though, the former president and first lady went
unrecognized. They were, in Harry's words, just two ‘plain American
citizens’ taking a long car trip. Waitresses and service station
attendants didn't realize that the friendly, well-dressed older
gentleman they were waiting on was, in fact,
Everywhere they went, the Trumans crossed paths with ordinary
Americans, from Manley Stampler to
It was a long, strange trip, and, after nearly eight hard years in the White House, Harry Truman loved every minute of it. As one newspaper put it, he was "carefree as a schoolboy in summer." It would stand out as one of the most delightful and memorable experiences in his long and exceedingly eventful life. It was also an episode unique in the annals of the American presidency, and it helped shape the modern ‘ex-presidency,’ which has become an institution in its own right.
Today ex-presidents get retirement packages that can be worth more than a million dollars a year. When Harry Truman left the White House in 1953, his only income was a small army pension. He had no government-provided office space, staff, or security detail. Shortly before leaving office, he'd had to take out a loan from a Washington bank to help make ends meet. One of the reasons he and Bess drove themselves halfway across the country and back was that they couldn't afford a more extravagant trip.
Harry and Bess Truman's road trip also marked the end of an era:
never again would a former president and first lady mingle so
casually with their fellow citizens. The story of their trip, then,
is the story of life in
Between fall 2006 and summer 2008, Algeo retraced the Trumans' trip in stages. In Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, Algeo includes stories from his own travels if, in his estimation, they help illuminate his account of the Trumans' trip. He also includes a few stories simply because he finds them interesting or amusing.
In the fascinating postscript to Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, Algeo says that ironically, the last president to follow Harry Truman's example of refusing to ‘commercialize’ the presidency in retirement was Richard Nixon.
The thing that always amazed me was that my grandfather, having run the country, thought he could just get in his car and drive across it. Needless to say his road trip turned the nation upside down. Matthew recalls that [my grandparents'] memorable trip beautifully and with the sense of humor it deserves. – Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of Harry S. Truman
Combines . . . history with the ever-popular road book,
researching, duplicating, and reporting in detail on the last trip
the Trumans took, driving their new Chrysler to
Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, a lively
history, Algeo meticulously details how Truman’s plan to blend in
went wonderfully awry. By the end of the 2,500-mile journey, readers
have a new and heartfelt appreciation for
Greenscapes is written by Joan Hockaday, an
experienced journalist, who is actively involved in regional and
national gardening and preservation organizations. The book took
five years of research, taking Hockaday from Olmstead firm archives
in the Library of Congress to parks-related documents in
As told in
Greenscapes, like his famous father and mentor,
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., who designed
John Charles Olmsted traveled to the
The Yale graduate also conceived fertile sanctuaries for cities
Careful attention to natural vistas, topography, and native plants allowed Olmsted’s verdant havens to provide a renewing connection to the outdoors. Each green retreat was unique, compatible with surroundings and intended uses, and skillfully crafted to take full advantage of a specific site. Some had playgrounds, ball fields, and expansive lawns. Others provided leafy passageways for travel by foot, horse, or car. Hilly woodlands were often layered to offer a lush, textural backdrop with dappled areas of light and shade. Meticulous, intensely observant, industrious, and visionary, he left a legacy that is still enjoyed daily.
Greenscapes is the first and only book on John
Charles Olmsted's landscape architecture output, offering an
overview of his Pacific Northwest work and relating the story of a
reserved, devoted son who endured long days in the field. Far from
his East Coast home and obliged to stay for months at a time in
clubs and hotels, he spent most evenings writing to his wife. His
correspondence describes each encounter and setback, and details the
sundry characters transforming the young
Greenscapes contains 196 9" x 10 ½" lavishly illustrated pages. In the book, Olmsted’s letters present an extraordinary portrait of his professional days on the road, as well as glimpses of his domestic, home life and marriage – all within the social and class framework of American Life in the first decade of the last century. The book is an ideal complement to visits to the green sanctuaries Hockaday created.
The River Knows Everything: Desolation Canyon and the Green by James M Aton, with photography by Dan Miller (Utah State University Press)
As one of
The River Knows Everything,
Prehistoric Fremont Indian residence in the area has become
better known due to news of well-preserved ruins along Range Creek
and the fabulous rock-art galleries of
Remote as it is,
The book has five sections: Lizard-Gnawed Dessert, Wall of Rock
Art, Exploration, Bunchgrass and Water and Governing a
Aton practices his trade at a masterful level. His writing is
clear, even elegant. Scholars in various disciplines will consult
the book as a summary of knowledge; the prose is equally accessible
to the river guide or backpacker interested in deepening his
In a word, The River Knows Everything is invaluable. Jim Aton has revealed the stories, the characters, and the long-forgotten history of the area. There are no books that even come close to the level of detail on the subject and depth of research that this one reveals. Dan Miller's beautiful color photographs make the book doubly attractive for river runners and everyone else. – Roy Webb, author of Riverman: The Story of Bus Hatch
In recovering its stories, Aton in The River Knows Everything helps give meaning and nuance to the notions of place and community in the West. Complementing and extending his words, Dan Miller's photos convey that sense of place directly and dramatically. It is also a beautiful book. The river knows everything, and it can teach us.
Literature & Fiction / History & Criticism / World Literature /
Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature by
S.K. Robisch (
Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature presents a new perspective on the role of the wolf in American literature. The wolf is one of the most widely distributed canid species, historically ranging throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere. For millennia, it has also been one of the most pervasive images in human mythology, art, and psychology. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature examines the wolf's importance as a figure in literature from the perspectives of both the animal's physical reality and the ways in which writers imagine and portray it. Author S. K. Robisch examines more than two hundred texts written in
Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature is not a book about wolves; it is a book about wolf books. Robisch is concerned with the study of mythic and scientific approaches in literature that have put imaginary wolves into the minds of the most seasoned, clinical thinkers. Many of these images are possessed of a power equal to the scapegoat, the minotaur, or the phoenix and some are as ancient. They prompt the most and least responsible actions human beings take toward predatory animals, preservation efforts, and the politics of habitat. The focus of this book is on literature. The way we read and write about an animal will affect our behavior toward that animal, as the way we read and write about anything else does. To this end, the ghost wolves that Robisch examines – the wolves of the imagination – must be weighed against real wolves. We don't want fantasies about race, class, or gender dictating ethical and political decisions.
Robisch says that wolves, generally speaking, have strong voices. They tend to have complicated personalities and social enclaves. As the wilderness in which they live is increasingly relegated to shopping malls that resemble parks and parks that resemble shopping malls, a human price is also paid. It's easy for us to grow willing to accept facsimiles that replace with sterile, self-congratulatory representations the potentially life-changing truths found in physical reality. Also, unlike big cats or bears, wolves are the progenitors of a favored pet, which places them in a curious position vis-à-vis wilderness myth and domestic culture formation. They're unfortunately conducive to symbolic figuring in the human mind. We can point to our dogs and say that we molded them out of lupine clay.
Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature offers a case for the wolf’s importance as a figure in literature because of its importance as an animal in the real world. First, it demonstrates that literature does not realize its importance only in terms of human race, class, and gender, however important those issues are. Literature also depends upon nonhuman subject matter that authors have always tried to articulate. Second, the argument proves with a preponderance of evidence the connection between a literature about at least one animal and our behavior regarding that animal's place in the world. Perhaps a book about wolf books will amalgamate the many efforts to understand, represent, and imagine the wolf, and so clarify in some way the relationship between its reality and its mythology. Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature makes seven major claims to that end.
Part I offers a model that accounts for the wolf as it appears both in the world and in books. This is the rubric for the entire study. Given its most detailed attention in the first chapter, it adds up to the first claim: that the wolf as a mystical force in the human mind merits status as a major literary figure – infusive, corrective, allegorical, and ill used – that must be considered, along with other animals, in view of its physical reality.
The next claim of Part I is that considerations of wolves take on regional distinction, color, language, and form, especially regarding colonial and imperial human ideas about territorialism and law.
Part II is a mythic historiography. It asserts the ubiquity of
the wolf, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, and considers the
means by which the image of the wolf in the Indo-European mind was
transported across the
Part II also concerns the bioregional and mythic syntheses that result in several kinds of elemental wolf stories. Wolf myths incorporate a vast land range of the species over time that is rivaled among mega fauna only by humans (chapter 9), but they also are connected in literature to the expanse of the sea (chapter 7), the sky through astrocartography (chapter 8), and the symbolic landscape of our dreams in sleep and fantasy (chapter 7). And so, the fourth major claim of Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature is that the alchemical mixture of such stories should stand by itself as proof of the wolf’s iconic power, its role as an archetype in the collective unconscious, and its importance to literature by way of its import in the world.
Part III takes a position that might be uncomfortable at first. The fifth major claim Robisch makes is that race, class, and gender are subcategories under the enveloping limits of the biosphere, which precedes and dictates the terms of those three cultural designators. In Part III we see werewolves as a race, children as a class, and the she-wolf as a gender construct. This is less to showcase these anthropocentric categories than to examine how they have bearing on our understanding of nonhuman categories, of course with the wolf in focus. One way he examines these constructs is through a particular brand of myth that presents itself again and again in the wolf story: the myth of the twins. Shape-shifting, twin gods, hybridization, and wolf brothers all run through wolf stories in a leitmotif of doubling. The image of the twins is significant because, first, it is perhaps more readily recognizable as a myth or archetype than is the wolf. Through the werewolf, it serves as a catalyst to the wolf myth's own accrual of energy. In some ways the wolf myth rides the coattails of the twins into the broader mythology. The twins motif is also significant because its empowerment of the wolf myth more sharply defines the psyche's ambivalent responses to wolves.
In chapter 14 (on children's literature) he presents the lives of hypothetical fraternal twins in Minnesota, named Paul and Minnie, in order to consider how children in America might grow up to form the ideas they have about wolves. Further proof of the wolf’s force as a foundational mythic image appears its gendered symbolism, in this case the figure of the she-wolf, the mother of warriors and wolf packs.
During Part III, Robisch interrupts the race/class/gender chapters with a close reading that ecocritically subsumes and synthesizes all three of these categories. Using Jack London's White Fang consistently and sharply indicates matters of race (especially white-vs.-proto-Indian stereotypes), young adult literature (that is, a literature appealing to a certain class's sensibilities about nature), and gender politics (for example, London's own masculinity as well as his character construction), all in the context of colonization (the mining of gold and building of empire by dogsled in the far north). The resultant claim is that White Fang's condition as an ‘opposite’ of The Call of the Wild is easily and mistakenly coupled with the assumption that it has a happy ending. The plot of decline in White Fang therefore synthesizes four of his major claims toward the greater argument about the wolf's significance as a figure both real and literary, not exclusively metaphoric, in the formation of American reading, behavior, and policy.
The seventh and final major claim that runs throughout Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature is as follows: All of the components used in framing an argument are affected by that argument, and this must include any ecological components. When we use an animal as a metaphoric or iconic figure for an argument, however, too often the concerns in liberal arts studies have been with the argument's ‘forward’ focus or anthropocentric goal, and those concerns usually dismiss or diminish the animal quite literally being used. Therefore, when the she-wolf of Rome suckles Romulus and Remus, in one ‘gendering’ of our reading, we might focus on the role of mother to the conquerors, the feminine being used merely as life support for a long-term imperialistic male rule. This certainly will affect the way we take into account the myth's cultural context, how we might reread and remythologize it today, or whether or not our culture will in time revise that myth as operant to our own collective identity. Any ‘scientific’ effort at ‘demythologizing’ is certainly doomed to, if not failure, then to that self-correction for which the sciences are famous. To the traditional patriarchy of university and industrial scientific cultures over the eras, myth has been a kind of thorn in the analytical side, a powerful proof of the separated Two Cultures. We don't, critic, poet, and biologist alike, demythologize. Myths follow a more complicated life cycle. Because we remythologize, some myths might fade in energy, fold into other myths, or morph into new shapes with which our names have to catch up, but when we put a wolf in a story, that story no longer belongs exclusively to us.
This book is a very significant contribution to literary scholarship. Robisch has pursued a demanding path, encompassing the fields of biology, literature, history social and cultural theory, myth, folklore, and popular media in his book. In doing so, Robisch raises ecocriticism to a new level of interdisciplinary rigor and range. His wolf book should become a new model for the study of animals in literature. What Robisch has produced is the alpha wolf book among a surprisingly large number of wolf-related books, a work of impressive scope and learning. – Glen Love, author of Practical Ecocriticism: Literature, Biology, and the Environment
This book offers a paradigm of ecocriticism that is based on thorough knowledge of its subject (both the literature and the animal that inspired it, and that draws on science and at every step considers the implications that our stories have on our relationship with the actual world, or in this case, with real wolves. Robisch takes seriously the 'eco' in ecocriticism, including and foregrounding information from the natural sciences. He takes care to develop a critical ethos that is not only thoroughly informed by pertinent biology but by respect and honor for the voice and life of its nonhuman subject. The book remains intellectually interesting throughout, not just in arguing its key points but in the smaller and almost incidental claims as well. – Ian Marshall, author of Peak Experiences: Walking Meditations on Literature, Nature, and Need
In Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature Robisch astutely analyzes the correlation between real wolves and their portrayals in literature and in the human psyche; then he does the same with the complicated relationship between humans and nature. We concur with the above reviewer: He takes the ‘eco’ in ecocriticism quite seriously.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Gastroenterology / Reference
Curbside Consultation in IBD: 49 Clinical Questions edited by David Rubin, Sonia Friedman, & Francis A. Farraye (Slack)
Are you looking for concise, practical answers to questions that are often left unanswered by traditional IBD references? Are you seeking brief, evidence-based advice for complicated cases or complications?
Perhaps no other field in gastroenterology epitomizes the rapid
advance of science and medicine, and clinician and patient efforts
to keep up with these developments, than inflammatory bowel disease
(IBD). In the last decade, the treatment options for both Crohn's
disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) have expanded to include
entirely new classes of compounds, as well as improvements to
existing fundamental therapies.
Curbside Consultation in IBD, has been compiled in
an effort to grapple with 49 of the most common and potentially
perplexing issues facing clinicians in the management of patients
with IBD. The book provides answers to the thorny questions commonly
posed during a ‘curbside consultation’ between colleagues.
The editors, David Rubin, University of Chicago Hospitals, Sonia Friedman, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Francis A. Farraye,
Some of the questions that are answered:
Contributors to Curbside Consultation in IBD include Maria T. Abreu, Charles N. Bernstein, David G. Binion, Wojciech Blonski, Robert Burakoff, Adam S. Cheifetz, Russell D. Cohen, Carmen Cuffari, Kleanthis Dendrinos, Marla C. Dubinsky, Francis A. Farraye, Sarah N. Flier, Sonia Friedman, Stephen B. Hanauer, Kim L. Isaacs, Sunanda Kane, Marshall M. Kaplan, Asher Kombluth, Joshua R. Korzenik, David Kotlyar, Bret A. Lashner, Mark Lazarev, Jonathan A. Leighton, L. Campbell Levy, James D. Lewis, Gary R. Lichtenstein, Edward V. Loftus, Jr., Lima Mahadevan-Velayos, Juan L. Mendoza, Seamus J. Murphy, Remo Panaccione, Darrell S. Pardi, Daniel H. Present, Abrar Qureshi, Miguel Regueiro, Rene Rivera, David T. Rubin, Paul Rutgeerts, David A. Schwartz, Douglas L. Seidner, Bo Shen, Corey A. Siegel, Miles Sparrow, A. Hillary Steinhart, Arun Swaminath, Linda Tang, William J. Tremaine, Thomas A. Ullman, Gert van Assche, Severine Vermeire, Jerome D. Waye, and Laura S. Winterfield.
According to the preface, the challenge in the composition and editing of Curbside Consultation in IBD was not only identifying the most pressing questions and issues facing the specialty, but also identifying those experts who could provide a glimpse into the current and near-future care of patients in these areas.
According to Hanauer in the foreword, IBD is one field where, despite a growing evidence base, the heterogeneity of disease presentations, responses to treatment, and the need to individualize therapy require more than controlled clinical trial data to optimize diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes. Even with taking the best evidence for the most sensitive diagnostics or potent therapies, there remains a substantial gap in potential outcomes. Whether clinicians are handling questions regarding diagnostic schema, prognostication, or treatment outcomes, evidence from basic and clinical research is far from perfect, or even sufficient, to dictate management from diagnosis through induction and maintenance therapy, let alone how to approach complications of disease and treatment.
In an attempt to complement and supplement published evidence on the diagnosis and management of IBD, the editors have assimilated a group of key opinion leaders who have been the authors of the published evidence and are respected and experienced clinicians who provide consultations regarding patients with inadequate responses, poor outcomes, or those who fall within the gray areas that research does not address.
Curbside Consultation in IBD provides information that high-volume clinicians will appreciate, and yet is basic enough for residents. Rubin, Friedman, and Farraye bring together the preponderance of these ‘frequently asked questions’ into a practical compendium that will be useful for bed- or clinic-side consultations. Gastroenterologists, fellows and residents in training, surgical attendings, and surgical residents will benefit from the user-friendly and casual format and the expert advice contained in the book.
This text is an informative addition to the clinical toolset. The format of a question followed by a concise clinically-based answer by nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field offers a broad range of health care providers instant access to insight and information, which will be most useful in their daily practice.
Philosophy / Popular Culture / Entertainment / Humor
Stephen Colbert and Philosophy: I
Am Philosophy (And So Can You!) edited by Aaron Allen Schiller
(Popular Culture and Philosophy Series:
Every night on my show, the Colbert Report, I speak straight from
the gut…. I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument.
– Stephen Colbert, White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner,
At the head of The Colbert Report, one of the most popular shows on television, Stephen T. Colbert, Ph.D., D.S.M., D.F.A., is a pop culture phenomenon. What other man could have won both an Olympic gold medal and the Nobel Peace Prize?
More than one million people backed his fake candidacy in the
Editor Aaron Allen Schiller, a professor of philosophy at the
According to Schiller, Colbert is a bone fide American cultural
institution. He's been named one of Times 100 Most Influential
People for the past three years in a row (2006-2008). He's coined
words that capture the spirit of the times such as ‘truthiness’ and
‘wikiality.’ He's received Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards, an honorary
Doctorate, a key to the city of
From his bully pulpit behind his C-shaped desk, right-wing-blowhard Colbert fights four nights a week for the American way. According to Schiller, Colbert isn't just a pop culture phenomenon. Philosophers love him, too. This isn't just because philosophers, like all academics, are a bunch of left-wing elitists. It's because Colbert regularly plays around with concepts that are near and dear to the philosopher's heart, concepts such as Truth and Reality. In fact, Schiller predicts that from this day forth no philosophical tract on the nature of Truth will be complete without some consideration to the concept of Truthiness. And who cares about Reality now that we have Wikiality?
Not only that, but for a philosopher, who so prides him or herself on clear, logical thinking, trying to follow Colbert's reasoning can be a bit like watching a train wreck. But a beautiful train wreck. Colbert tortures logic like Mozart writes symphonies: with seemingly effortless grace and charm.
This smart and lively crew gets it, which is to say, they are
it-getters. They get that Colbert is more than funny, and they help
all of us better understand that he has much to teach us about the
great philosophical debates of our times. – Geoffrey Baym,
Media culpa! If Stephen Colbert interviewed Plato, what would
Socrates say? This romp through the great philosophers and
philosophical perspectives helps us understand the immortal
question: How do we know stuff? No manual for wordinistas, this book
shows us how philosophy offers useful correctives to the pitfalls of
truthiness in American life. – W. Lance Bennett, co-author of When
the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from
Not since Socrates, has a gadfly stung his State with so much irony. An American treasure, Stephen Colbert is an audacious social philosopher at heart – and here are the essays to prove it. Readers with no background in philosophy will find much truthiness in these pages, and see a whole new side to their favorite satire. – Stephen T. Asma, author of The Gods Drink Whiskey
Now readers don't need to be philosophers to appreciate Colbert, as the sheer size of Colbert's fan base attests. If they too find grace and charm in Colbert's tortured logic, or if the concepts of truthiness or wikiality get under their skin but they are not quite sure why, Stephen Colbert and Philosophy was written for them.
Funny. We kinda get it.
Philosophy / Religion & Spirituality / Christian / Relationships
The Nature of Love by Dietrich
von Hildebrand, translated by John F. Crosby with John Henry Crosby
In this work, von Hildebrand has given us what – in my view – is an unprecedented reflection upon the role of love in its several forms, with especial attention to the love of man and woman.... In addition to its own intrinsic value as – in my judgment – the most significant contribution of the past century to the thematic of love, the present work with its helpful introduction may be taken as an invitation to further discussion with other philosophical traditions, such as those of Kantian, Augustinian and Thomistic provenance. – from the Preface by Kenneth L Schmitz
Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was born in
Early on von Hildebrand distinguished himself as a thinker with an unusual understanding of human love. His books in the 1920s on man and woman broke new ground and stirred up controversy. Towards the end of his life he wrote a foundational treatise on love, The Nature of Love, which he regarded as his most important philosophical work. One sees von Hildebrand at work in the book as an eminent Christian philosopher; the chapter on caritas explores in a profound and original way the difference between eros and agape, and shows the place of love of neighbor among the categories of human love.
In his earlier work von Hildebrand explored the affective life of persons; in The Nature of Love he argues more forcefully than any previous philosopher for the affective dimension of love. In addition, von Hildebrand is led into new dimensions of the human person, as when he explores areas of personal subjectivity that he did not have the occasion to explore in his ethical writings. He shows that the desire to be loved by the person whom one loves has nothing to do with selfishness; he shows that this desire to be loved and so to be united with the other person is itself a kind of self-donation to the other. Von Hildebrand resists the altruism that claims that one is selfless towards the beloved person only by willing the good of the other in such a way as to be indifferent to being loved in return. On the other hand, he equally resists the claim that the happiness of the one who loves is the primary motive of love. Von Hildebrand vindicates the radically other-centered direction of love, while avoiding the pitfall of a depersonalized altruism.
As told in the introduction by translator John F. Crosby, among
Catholic philosophers in the past century, there arose a remarkable
set of diverse thinkers who shared in the new explorations in
phenomenology and yet reunited these with the more traditional
concern for metaphysics. Among them, von Hildebrand is distinguished
by the breadth and intensity of his reflections on the affective
dimension of our human nature. His works on the subject are
manifold, but they come together in
The Nature of Love on the essence of love. Having
noted the radical difference between the subjectively satisfying and
the other modalities of value, he presented a subtle reflection on
the diverse forms of value-response. In a way that is unprecedented
in philosophical literature in its depth and clarity, von Hildebrand
spells out the affective character of value that transcends our
humanity, and calls for a value-response by which we are raised
above our own capability in the realization of the very essence of
love. Yet, while this carries us beyond ourselves, our experience
with value does not end there. In his instructive introduction,
When the intellectual history of the Catholic Church in the twentieth century is written, the name of Dietrich von Hildebrand will be most prominent among the figures of our time. – Joseph Cardinal Itatzinger
I would almost say that the [artistic] genius of Adolf von Hildebrand has been inherited by his son, the author, in the form of a philosophical genius. In fact in this work the author gives evidence of a rare talent to draw from the deep sources of phenomenological intuition, to analyze with intelligence and precision what he has seen and to express it conceptually in a most rigorous way.... We are simply astonished at the incomparably intimate knowledge that the author has of the various formations of affective consciousness and of the objective correlates of affective consciousness. – Edmund Husserl on Dietrich von Hildehrand's doctoral dissertation
Of Dietrich von Hildebrand: I have always been impressed with the fullness of his Christian wisdom, his profound philosophical intelligence, and his rich culture. – Fr. W. Norris Clark
Dietrich von Hildebrand was the most important Catholic
The Nature of Love constitutes a major development of the Christian personalism that von Hildebrand represents, a major development in the understanding of what love is, and a re-starting point in the discussion between different philosophical traditions. And it is also a masterpiece of phenomenological investigation; not since Max Scheler's work on love have the resources of phenomenology been so fruitfully employed for the understanding of what love is and what it is not.
Political Science / Politics / Government / State & Local
Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government edited by Janine A. Parry & Richard P. Wang, with a foreword David Pryor (The University of Arkansas Press)
…a major contribution to the study and practice of Arkansas
government by retaining key readings from past collections while
exposing us to just how many changes the state’s politics have
undergone in just a decade’s time. . . . Destined to become one of
the major cornerstones of study and practical application within the
sphere of the
Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government brings
together in one volume some of the best available scholarly
research, both new and not so new, on a wide range of topics and
issues of interest to students of politics and government in the
Parry and Wang divide the selections included in Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government into four sections. The first examines the state's historical foundations and political context, with a focus on regional culture, constitutional history, and several conflicts central to the state's development: racial tension, rigid social values, and political corruption. The second section investigates the structure and operations of
Readings in Arkansas Politics and Government
includes fascinating accounts of the major
Psychology & Counseling
What Your Patients Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications, 2nd edition by Robert H. Chew, Robert E. Hales & Stuart C. Yudofsky (American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.)
Authored by a pharmacist and two psychiatrists,
What Your Patients Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications
is a large format book designed to provide patients with accurate,
easily understood information about the drugs clinicians prescribe:
anti-anxiety medications, medications for insomnia, antidepressants,
monoamine oxidase inhibitors, mood stabilizers, anti-psychotics,
ADHD medications, cognitive enhancers, and, new to this edition,
medications to treat alcohol dependence. Authors include Robert H.
Chew, Pharm.D., Psychiatric-Pharmacist Specialist in
For each drug, a three-to-five page handout which can be printed
from the accompanying CD-ROM includes facts like generic
availability, dosing instructions, side effects, possible adverse
reactions, drug interactions, overdose alerts, and considerations
such as missed dosages or whether to take the medication with food.
This second edition has been updated to reflect new medications and
enhanced understanding of familiar ones. The new section on drugs
for alcohol dependence covers Antabuse (disulfiram), Campral (acamprosate),
ReVia (naltrexone), and Vivitrol (naltrexone injection). New
separate coverage of stimulants and nonstimulants for ADHD includes
handouts for off-label use of Catapres (clonidine) and Tenex (guanfacine).
What Your Patients Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications
also covers other medications introduced since the first edition:
Daytrana (methylphenidate topical patch), Emsam (selegiline), Invega
(paliperidone), Lunesta (eszopiclone), Lyrica (pregabalin), Pristiq
(desvenlafaxine), Razadyne (galantamine, previously Reminyl),
Rozerem (ramelteon), and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine). Recent FDA
warnings regarding antidepressant and atypical antipsychotics are
Aimed at health care providers, the book provides essential information about all the major classes of psychiatric medications as well as more detailed information about specific medications. When prescribing a medication for one of their patients, they may wish to photocopy or download from the CD-ROM both general information about the class of medication and more detailed information about the specific agent. Each medication is presented in a standard format. The various sections and a brief discussion of each are as follows:
Essential, accurate, and easy to understand, What Your Patients Need to Know about Psychiatric Medications provides all the information psychiatrists are likely to need to give their patients. The CD makes duplication of parts of the volume easy.
Psychology & Counseling / Religion & Spirituality / Judaism
Repair of the Soul:: Metaphors of
Transformation in Jewish Mysticism and Psychoanalysis by Karen E.
Starr, with a foreword by Lewis Aron (Relational Perspectives Book
In Repair of the Soul, Karen E. Starr repositions one of the most essential psychological considerations: How do people change?
The book examines transformation from the perspective of Jewish mysticism and psychoanalysis, addressing the question of how one achieves self-understanding that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change. Starr, Visiting Assistant Professor and Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Adjunct Professor at the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, C.W. Post Campus at Long Island University, draws upon a contemporary relational approach to psychoanalysis to explore the spiritual dimension of psychic change within the context of the psychoanalytic relationship. Influenced by the work of Lewis Aron, Steven Mitchell and other relational theorists, and drawing upon contemporary scholarship in the field of Jewish studies, Starr brings the ideas of the Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish mystical tradition, into dialogue with modern psychoanalytic thought.
Repair of the Soul provides a scholarly integration of several kabbalistic and psychoanalytic themes relating to transformation, including faith, surrender, authenticity, and mutuality, as well as an exploration of the relationship of the individual to the universal. Starr uses the Kabbalah's metaphors as a framework with which to illuminate the experience of transformation in psychoanalytic process, and to explore the evolving view of the psychoanalytic relationship as one in which both parties – the analyst as well as the patient – are transformed.
In the course of writing Repair of the Soul, Starr says she struggled with how best to present the material, as it is difficult to place a formal structure on concepts that can be so elusive and ephemeral. It is virtually impossible to offer a linear account, and therefore readers may find that her exposition of kabbalistic concepts is more associative than linear in nature, similar to the style of the Kabbalah itself (but hopefully more accessible). Her approach is layered, in that she shows the different ways that the Kabbalah arrives at its conclusions – namely, through metaphor, symbolization (the sefirotic paradigm), and interpretation. She does so in order to convey the essence of the Kabbalah's complexity and creativity, characteristics that it might have in common with a well-conducted psychoanalysis.
In approaching Kabbalah, as Starr believes is also true of the psycho-analytic situation, one must begin with where one is, and trust that whatever path one chooses to follow will lead to where one needs to go. Understanding is attained not in a straight line but in an ever-deepening spiral; although we may sense that we have traveled a particular terrain before, each encounter with the material has the potential to reveal new meanings illuminated by shifting levels of awareness. She says she has by no means provided a complete explication of the Kabbalah's ideas, nor would she presume to be able to do so. In particular, she does not deal with kabbalistic meditative techniques or mystical praxis. The kabbalistic metaphors she explores are those that she believes are most relevant to the work of psychic change in psychoanalysis, and that have a particular resonance with the relational psychoanalytic paradigm. In elaborating on these metaphors and the Kabbalah's imagery of transformation in the context of relationship, she has attempted to give expression to what she perceives to be the ineffable aspects of the psychoanalytic encounter.
Starr’s goal in Repair of the Soul is not to explain away spiritual experience in psychoanalytic terms, nor to suggest that we discard psychoanalytic formulations in favor of spiritual metaphors, but, rather, to play in the possibilities created by opening a dialogue between them. In considering the patients' experience – spiritual or otherwise – she believes that it is crucial to be keenly attentive to the ways in which analysts’ own subjectivities, including the relationship to theoretical models, shape the understanding of what patients bring to analysts, and equally as important, the questions they choose to ask of them, of themselves, and of the profession as a whole.
One may argue that because of its traditionally reductive interpretation of religious experience, psychoanalysis has not invited the truly Spiritual into the room. Starr says she strongly suspects that the frequency with which this type of experience is reported in psychoanalysis is directly related to the patient's perception of how the analyst is likely to perceive and interpret such experience.
For the kabbalists, the foreground and background are reversed, and it is our perception of boundary and separation that is illusory, although a necessary prerequisite for living in the material world of reality. Creation, both cosmic and personal, begins in primal unity and develops outward into complexity, toward the experience of individual identity and separate existence. The Kabbalah insists that the search for the other, the central motivational force that underlies human relatedness, is a microcosmic reflection of the life force that animates all being and that is the basis of all existence. Revelation requires encounter: the one who is revealed needs a recognizing other in order to fully come into being. In locating the divine within the human, and in placing relationship at the heart of the soul's fulfillment, the Kabbalah suggests that the point of meeting between self and other potentiates an experience of a deeper level of reality, of union and deep connection, in which God Himself is revealed.
In Genesis, we are told that Jacob dreams of a ladder, its base rooted solidly on the ground, its top reaching toward the heavens. On it, angels ascend and descend, moving heavenward from earth, and earthward from heaven. While Jacob dreams, God stands beside him. Jacob wakes from his dream and exclaims, "God is in this place, and I didn't realize it!" The Zohar interprets Jacob's ladder as the conduit through which the divine plenty flows, the channel of mutual influence that links the human and the divine, and which relies on relationship to remain open and sustain life. Furthermore, the Zohar identifies Jacob as the personification of this conduit. He represents the human capacity to move between different dimensions of being and levels of awareness. Significantly, God is encountered not in heaven, but on earth, standing right beside Jacob all along, longing to be recognized, and thereby revealed.
The imagery of Jacob's dream serves as a vivid illustration in spiritual terms of Loewald's psychological vision of ‘conscire,’ the ‘knowing together’ of primary and secondary process that has been further developed by contemporary relational theorists. In the relational framework, mind is comprised of a mutual relationship between different levels of mentation. In both the relational and kabbalistic paradigms, cultivating open channels between foreground and background, union and separateness, imagination and reality, makes the creation of new meaning possible, and potentiates the experience of the sacred.
In Repair of the Soul, Karen Starr has provided us with a sophisticated and well-informed discussion of the ways in which kabbalistic metaphors of transformation can be related to the work of psychic change in psychoanalysis. Writing with intelligence, passion, and a rigorously imaginative grasp of her two fields of discourse, she succeeds in delineating areas of vital conversation between them. Not the least of her achievements is a writing style in which the kabbalistic and the analytic encounter each other without strain. Starr’s book makes a valuable contribution to the contemporary awareness of issues of faith, of the ineffable other, and of the transcendent Third, in analytic work. – Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg, Ph.D., author of The Beginning of Desire: Reflections on Genesis
An exciting interaction of sparks between psychoanalysis and Kabbalah, showing how fruitful it is when diverse dimensions of psyche and spirit meet. – Michael Eigen, Ph.D., author of Feeling Matters
Repair of the Soul marks a milestone in the ongoing
and often troubled dialogue between psychoanalysis and religion.
Karen Starr offers a deep and serious reading of both Kabbalah and
psychoanalytic thought. Her consideration of the roles of faith,
interpretation, and multi-leveled truth in both traditions will open
many doors for the therapeutic community, to whom her work is
primarily addressed. Thoughtful therapists should find both
challenge and inspiration in this most interesting and truly
barrier-breaking work. – Rabbi Arthur Green, Ph.D.,
Repair of the Soul is a beautifully written and thought-provoking book providing a vivid framework for exploring the relationship of the individual to the universal. By bringing the esoteric principles of the ancient Kabbalah into dialogue with contemporary psychoanalytic theory – in particular, the relational model – Starr examines the question of how one may achieve transformation that leads not only to insight but also to meaningful change.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Prayerbooks
Lifting Women's Voices: Prayers to Change the World edited by Margaret Rose, Jenny Te Paa, Jeanne Person, & Abagail Nelson, with a foreword by Katharine Jefferts Schori (Morehouse Publishing)
Lifting Women's Voices is a collection of original prayers from around the worldwide Anglican Communion making connections between women's personal lives today and global concerns of women around the globe. They show the connection, for example, between a woman's prayers for her child in the West and the plight of child labor in the third world.
The editors are Margaret Rose, a Director of Women's Ministries
in the Episcopal Church; Jeanne Person, Associate Rector of Trinity
Church, New York; Abigail Nelson, Vice-President of the Episcopal
Relief and Development Fund; and Jenny Te Paa, a leading theological
educator in New Zealand. The editorial board comprises leading
Anglican women from around the world including Jane Williams, and
women from the
From all over the world, thousands of Anglican women have joined together, lifting their voices in prayer to end poverty, promote women's empowerment, express their faith, and reveal the depth of their connections across oceans and cultures. Arranged around the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, whose aim is to radically improve the lives of the poor, Lifting Women's Voices contains prayers seeking Gospel transformation of the world to realize God's dream of abundant life for all.
Over the past decade editor Paa says she has been blessed to have experienced at first hand the doings – including the sufferings, the achievements, the struggles, the successes, the humor; the determinations to overcome, the inspirational witness, the Gospel urgings – of countless global Anglican women, young and old, lay and ordained, women of every difference ever invented, women of every one of God's myriad images, women therefore of every human perfection ever created.
In spite of the evidence of real progress in some contexts, too many women remain disproportionately vulnerable on so many fronts. As one privileged with leadership responsibility in theological education and in numerous peace and justice projects and in global Anglican affairs, Paa says she is profoundly aware of still how few women there are, for example, in significant places of leadership and/or authority throughout the Anglican Communion. This means women’s leadership voices are not heard often enough, if at all, at the top tables of ecclesial decision-making and power-brokering, their prophetic voices are thus stymied from reaching and transforming the public square, and their sacramental voices are certainly not yet heard often enough in liturgical leadership.
This is a magnificent collection of contemporary women's voices, lifted in prayer. In Lifting Women's Voices are the words of prayers, prayers which reflect commonly held and boundless compassion, prayers which articulate, the hope that some day God's justice will prevail for all – not just for some – global Anglican women. The book is a rich resource for worship, reflection, personal devotion and action. It is a gift to those who believe in the rightness and in the power of prayer to bring about healing and wholeness especially for those who suffer needlessly, innocently and too often, so unjustly.
Religion & Spirituality / Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Grief & Bereavement
Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning by Edward W. Bastian & Tina L. Staley, with contributors Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Joan Halifax Roshi, Ira Byock, Tessa Bielecki, Mirabai Starr, and Marilyn M. Schlitz, edited by Netanel Miles-Yepez (Sounds True)
How can you take the fear of death and turn it into something profound, something positive? What is the alchemy that allows someone who is in a metaphorical desert to turn around and see a flower? – from the book
Most of us try to avoid thinking about death until the moment it stares us in the face. But as Edward W. Bastian, former teacher and program director at the Smithsonian Institution, president of the Spiritual Paths Foundation, and Tina L. Staley, director of Pathfinders at Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, discovered, when we have the courage to engage with our inevitable mortality at this moment, and even to contemplate it actively as a spiritual practice, we open the door to fearlessness, joy, and the complete experience of being alive. In Living Fully, Dying Well, these two healers present a guide for bringing an open mind and heart to the final challenge we all must face. Integrating scientific and spiritual perspectives from around the world, this collection of teachings includes life review exercises to access the liberating deathbed revelation at any stage of readers’ lives; practices for easing the suffering of a terminal illness; and essential teachings about gratitude, the key practice for living life fully at any age.
When death approaches, many of us undergo a profound transformation – we let go of old distractions and focus with new clarity on what gives life meaning. Yet we can invite these profound ‘deathbed revelations’ at any point in life by engaging in an honest inquiry into mortality. Living Fully, Dying Well provides a doorway to begin the personal exploration of the mysteries of death – from the cultural myths about dying, to the personal fears we all share, to the question of what becomes of us beyond this life.
Living Fully, Dying Well unfolds as a dialogue between spiritual leaders and medical healers, including Joan Halifax, Dr. Ira Byock, Tessa Bielecki, Dr. Marilyn Schlitz, and others, each of whom brings a unique perspective to the universal human experience of death. They offer their stories, their insights, and their practices – all to transform death from a source of fear to an opportunity to reveal the true richness of life.
Back in the 1970s, Bastian wrote, and made a film in
Bastian studied The Tibetan Book of the Dead and its commentaries, which describe the intricate details of the stages of death and the in-between state, called bardo, between this life and the next. He took initiations into certain Tantras that teach chants, prayers, visualizations, and psychic methods to prepare for and employ at the time of death. His teachers and readings taught him about the meditative techniques of Tibetan Yogis who brought themselves to the point of death while meditating on emptiness and compassion in order to transform themselves into a bodily manifestation of a Buddha.
According to Living Fully, Dying Well, the final clear light moment of death is a moment to be looked forward to and prepared for as the culmination of a life of spiritual practice. When they first started the Spiritual Paths Foundation, the authors decided to go beyond a simple selection of spiritual teachers to also gather renowned experts from the medical field, scientists, and philosophers to demonstrate how the integration of medicine, spirituality, philosophy, and science can lead to a positive, fulfilling, and transformative end-of-life experience. They wanted to look at the questions of dying and the afterlife from as many perspectives as possible, and hopefully to begin to illustrate how combining these disciplines and perspectives might enable participants to live each moment until the last with gratitude, vitality, and compassion, while also imparting a wisdom to help family, friends, and colleagues go on without them.
What does it mean to live fully? And can we do it if we have not come to terms with death and the dying process? The dialogue and resources in Living Fully, Dying Well deal with four basic aspects of living fully and dying well, and the questions that go with them:
According to Bastian, readers cannot hope to answer these questions definitively, but they can begin a conversation that addresses the basic issues. The book provides readers with a variety of different perspectives – spiritual, medical, psychological, and scientific – allowing them to craft for themselves an integrated intellectual understanding of dying and the afterlife. In addition, it provides resources to help them prepare, or to help others to proactively engage the dying process as a positive and transformative experience.
Living Fully, Dying Well offers a thought-provoking series of discussions about the meaning of life and death by noted spiritual thinkers and teachers from both Eastern and Western traditions. These conversations are refreshingly free of religious and materialistic dogma, and they delve into theoretical issues such as the nature of consciousness and the possibility of life after death, they proceed to practia1 advice on how to live life to the fullest – including the final phase of life known as death. This book is bound to benefit many readers seeking greater fulfillment. – B. Alan Wallace, author of Mind in the Balance: Meditation in Science, Buddhism, and Christianity
In this age, when more than one-third of all deaths in
The fact of death and the art of dying are subjects that every human being would do well to reflect upon. That this book offers reflections from an interspiritual perspective contributes to its unique value. We should be grateful that these wise beings have come together on the theme of Living Fully, Dying Well. – Kabir Helminski, author of The Knowing Heart and Living Presence
Living Fully, Dying Well is an illuminating, informative and even exciting guide to consciously embracing mortality. There are a number of valuable resources for individuals as well as caregivers. Readers discover that when they prepare to cross the final threshold with honesty and courage, they enrich every day they live in this world.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Arts & Photography / Philosophy
Art and Spiritual Transformation: The Seven Stages of Death and Rebirth by Finley Eversole (Inner Traditions)
Art and Spiritual Transformation covers the primal role of art in awakening and liberating the soul of humanity. It presents a seven-stage journey of transformation moving from the darkened soul to the light of spiritual illumination that is possible through the world of art.
Finley Eversole, formerly director of the Society for the Arts,
Religion and Contemporary Culture, in
Art and Spiritual Transformation introduces a
meditation practice that moves beyond the visual content of an art
form in order to connect with its embedded spiritual energy,
allowing viewers to tap in to the deeper consciousness inherent in
the artwork and awaken dormant powers in the depths of the viewer’s
Examining modern and postmodern artwork from 1945 onward, Eversole reveals the influences of ancient
According to Eversole in the preface to Art and Spiritual Transformation, to understand the cultural and spiritual transformations, many believe to be in the making, a study of art can be an invaluable aid. Artists work intuitively, often unconscious of the forces working through them, which makes them barometers of social, psychological, and spiritual change. The soul sees the road ahead and, when allowed expression through the creative arts, can bring forth works of deep prophetic insight.
Of the main works Eversole has chosen for study, six belong to Abstract Expressionism – a movement that placed American art on the world map for the first time, a movement that had its major influence between 1945 and the mid-sixties; one belongs to Primary Sculpture; one to Psychedelic Art; one to Earthworks; and three are the works of a contemporary symbolist painter, Walter Gaudnek. Considerations governing his choices include: (1) a conviction that the works discussed have yet to be viewed in any real depth; (2) a belief that the works chosen are representative of the artists and movements of the era and serve as a mirror of the ‘soul’ of our time; (3) the relation of these works to the stages of spiritual transformation he is exploring; and (4) the location of seven of the works in one place – The Museum of Modern Art, New York – making them more accessible to viewers.
Art and Spiritual Transformation is an interpretative ‘trialogue’ between him, the artworks, and the cultural context in which Eversole and the works of art. His approach to art may be described as a process of phenomenological meditation or reflection upon the art and the inner experiences or states of consciousness to which the works give rise – both occurring within a given cultural, intellectual, and spiritual context. Like great music, great art is inexhaustible. With each new viewing, new insights are born. Interpretation is fundamental to the human enterprise. Only by means of interpretation do we save art from a self-absorption that would condemn it to personal and cultural irrelevance.
One of the foremost questions of our age has been that of the meaning of existence. Eversole proposes that it is to the renewal of existence that we should look for its meaning – that is, life is meaningful insofar as it is continually regenerating, transforming, and unfolding itself by way of expansion and self-transcendence. Only by growth, by continuous evolution, do we truly discover the mystery of those creative powers in man which make him unique among the creatures of earth.
Eversole is concerned above all with the role played by the visual arts in the transformation of consciousness. His theme in Art and Spiritual Transformation is the transformation, regeneration, illumination, and ultimate liberation of consciousness and inner life and the release through art of those creative forces that aid consciousness. High art functions within the context of human evolution as an elevating, liberating, and spiritualizing force.
Perhaps the closest of all experiences to the mystical is the aesthetic. Every genuine experience of a work of art becomes an awakening in miniature foreshadowing another, higher Awakening yet to come. Intuitive moments in the presence of great art prepare us, through similarity of experience, for the ecstasy of spiritual Awakening. Art is a joyous foreshadowing of Illumination. One of the principal virtues of art, therefore, is as a path of preparation by which the soul is moved toward the realization of its own supreme destiny.
Eversole says that objective scholarship would require that he validate his seven-stage regenerative cycle with an exhaustive study of mythology, cultural history, religious experience, and the psychological processes of growth and transformation. A reasonable amount of investigative work has been done along these lines. Something must be said, however, for the subjective experience of taking the journey oneself. By entering subjectively into each of the stages of transformation, one acquires that mode of knowledge which comes of merging one's being with the thing known. In this respect, both the Existentialist and the mystic experiencing the Light of transcendent Being gain the knowledge of which they speak firsthand. Direct experience of the stages of transformation has the further advantage of enabling one to enter more deeply into the inner dynamics of any myth, symbol, work of art, social event, or psychological experience in which any of the stages is operative or manifest.
Art and Spiritual Transformation provides a way to understand art by applying it to the soul’s journey as well as a way to feel art and use for self or subconscious evocation. It must be said that to appreciate the material presented in this book, one has to get past its pedantic or preachy tone.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Science / Physics / History & Philosophy / Science & Religion
Quantum Gods: Creation, Chaos, and the Search for
Cosmic Consciousness by Victor J. Stenger, with a foreword by
Michael Schermer (Prometheus Books)
Does quantum mechanics show a connection between the human mind and the cosmos? Are our brains tuned into a ‘cosmic consciousness’ that pervades the universe enabling us to make our own reality? Do quantum mechanics and chaos theory provide a place for God to act in the world without violating natural laws?
Many popular books make such claims and argue that key developments in twentieth-century physics, such as the uncertainty principle and the butterfly effect, support the notion that God or a universal mind acts upon material reality.
Physicist Victor J. Stenger, adjunct professor of philosophy at
Of particular interest in Quantum Gods is Stenger's discussion of a new kind of deism, which proposes a God who creates a universe with many possible pathways determined by chance, but otherwise does not interfere with the physical world or the lives of humans. Although it is possible, says Stenger, to conceive of such a God who plays dice with the universe and leaves no trace of his role as prime mover, such a God is a far cry from traditional religious ideas of God and, in effect, may as well not exist.
Stenger focuses on those who purport to use quantum mechanics to justify their extraordinary claims. New Age gurus have alleged that quantum mechanics establishes the human mind is part of a cosmic consciousness pervading the universe. The popular documentary What the Bleep Do We Know!? as well as the best-selling book and film The Secret promote the claim that we can make our own reality just by thinking about it, for example, imagining we are wealthy will send out vibes into the universe that will bring wealth. Christian theologians have also launched an effort to marry the laws of physics with God, invoking quantum mechanics, chaos theory, and ‘emergence’ for legitimacy, but Stenger refutes these attempts to inject God into relatively recent developments in contemporary science.
Stenger in Quantum Gods addresses claims made for other gods, including and especially the sorts of arguments presented in What the Bleep Do We Know!? to which he devotes an entire chapter that also serves as a tutorial in quantum physics. Stenger does as good a job as anyone ever has in explaining it, and in the context of why quantum physics – along with chaos theory, complexity theory, emergence theory, and other assorted branches of physics, biology, and neuroscience – does not get you to God.
There's more in Quantum Gods. An important new development in theism is the use of quantum mechanics, the uncertainty principle, chaos, complexity, and emergence to make the case for how God acts in the world. That is, most theists do not believe in some airy fairy deity who lives in the hinterlands of the cosmos and never bothers with our trivial lives here on Earth; indeed, one of the most common arguments given for belief in God is divine providence – God reaches into our world from outside of space and time and interacts with us by performing miracles, answering prayers, and directing the flow of history; for example, bringing about the end of the world through an inexorable unfolding of events. How does God do this? In the Age of Science, it's not enough to just say, "God works in mysterious ways." Serious theologians need to answer the scientist's question: how does God act in the world? For example, a scientist would want to know how God cures cancer. Does he reach in to tweak the DNA of every cell in a tumor? Does he cut off its blood supply? And if he does cure cancer, what forces of nature does he use? Electromagnetism? The weak nuclear force? Over the past decade theists have been holding conferences, publishing papers, and writing books employing the latest findings from science in an effort to answer the scientists' curiosity, and Stenger addresses these one by one, showing that none of these sciences provides an opening for God to act in our world. Indeed, quite the opposite– if they show anything at all about our mundane lives – is that so-called miracles and other alleged divine actions are better explained by probabilities and the operation of chance than by Someone Up There running the show.
… In Quantum Gods, Stenger confronts mainstream theologians and New Age gurus – anyone who tries to link physics to mysticism. He takes their theories seriously enough to examine them in detail and he finds that, so far, none of them live up to the standards of scientific truth. As we accompany him on his investigation, he guides us through the most important concepts in modern physics from relativity to string theory.
The world has needed a book like this for a long time. If you care about scientific literacy, Quantum Gods is not optional. – Geoff Gilpin, author of The Maharishi Effect: A Personal Journey Through the Movement That Transformed American Spirituality
Physics has developed a reputation of providing support for all
sorts of supernatural beliefs, from old-fashioned religions to New
Age ideas. Quantum physics, especially seems to mean ‘magic’ for too
many people. . . . Be grateful for the work of Victor Stenger, who
is one of the best, for diligently separating real physics from
popular misconception. Everyone interested in debates over physics
and the supernatural should read this book. – Taner
Quantum Gods is a carefully reasoned and incisive analysis of popular theories seeking to link spirituality to physics. Like Stenger’s bestselling book, God, The Failed Hypothesis, it presents a rigorously argued challenge to many popular notions of God and spirituality. What is great about the writings of Victor Stenger – well exemplified in Quantum Gods – is that he doesn't mince words or pull punches. He isn't disrespectful and he never dissembles, but neither does he waste anyone's time by skirting around the central tenets of claims and arguments made for the existence of Something Else that science has yet to discover.
Social Sciences / Popular Culture / Entertainment / Music
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity by
Leigh H. Edwards (Profiles in Popular Music Series:
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity explores the allure of Johnny Cash's contradictory persona.
Throughout his career, Johnny Cash was depicted – and depicted
himself – as a walking contradiction: social protestor and
establishment patriot, drugged wildman and devout Christian
crusader, rebel outlaw, hillbilly thug and elder statesman. Leigh H.
Edwards, Associate Professor of English at
The majority of the publications on Cash have been popular biographies and collections of music journalism. Moving beyond retrospectives, Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity is an analysis of cultural meaning and social construction that places him in the context of cultural theory and the history of American thought. Cash's public image and work illuminate important social questions, including the status of authenticity in popular music and the social construction of identity categories such as race and masculinity in popular culture.
There was no one single Johnny Cash. He was always multiple, changing, inconsistent. His most famous image has him snarling and flipping off the camera at his 1969 San Quentin concert, where he almost sparked a prison riot. Yet another has him pointing reproachfully to a tattered American flag on his album cover for Ragged Old Flag (1974), which features an anti-flag burning title song.
Edwards’ inquiry into Cash's iconography begins with a simple observation: popular culture images of him consistently, and even obsessively, refer to him as a contradiction. Cash the man becomes a mythological figure, appearing as the troublemaker, stoned musician, and preacher-prophet. Merging fact and fiction, Cash becomes the lonely, empathetic, fallen pilgrim searching for redemption. Edwards explores an important question: What is the allure of this image of Cash as a walking contradiction, and what is its cultural work?
She argues that Cash's corpus and image illuminate key foundational contradictions in the history of American thought, particularly through his fraught constructions of a Southern white working-class masculinity. Cash's persona brings disparate or even opposed ideologies into close, symbiotic relationship with one another. This artist's iconic image in fact depends on his ability to stage the idea of irresolvable ambivalence – to illuminate how that model of cultural ambivalence, what we might call a ‘both/and’ idea, is an important paradigm for U.S. popular music and for American identity. Cash embodied the tensions in the American character without resolving them. And, in so doing, he encouraged listeners to engage with our most fundamental national paradoxes, from the violence of a free democracy founded on slavery to the whipsaw between individual rights and national identity.
Cash illuminates key issues at the crossroads of American studies and popular music studies because he is an exemplary case study for popular music's projections of authenticity and country music's formulations of race, gender, and a Southern working-class culture. Cash builds his version of authenticity through equivocating models of Southern white working-class masculinity, thus elucidating changing paradigms of authenticity. Moreover, his conceptual rubric of irresolvable contradictions becomes part of his projection of authenticity. Through this dynamic, he represents major social tensions in their intricacy, framing them as troubling, true, and distinctively American. His work helps explicate popular music's role in society because what the music does here is engage emotionally with such ideological issues. Cash also offers models for thinking about how popular culture can question traditional categorical binaries (tradition versus social change, establishment versus anti-authoritarian, conservative versus progressive, patriot versus traitor, morally righteous versus fallen, pure versus impure). His work exposes the problems with such rigid categories, whether political or musical.
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity,
contradiction is analyzed for how it permeates the social
construction of Cash. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches,
Edwards’ concern is with interrogating how this popular culture both
shapes and reflects
Joining an emerging, critical conversation about gender in
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity
also references larger conversations about the evolution of
masculinity in the
Although Cash's model of "both/and" – in which he presents opposed ideas and leaves them unresolved or insists on the validity of both sides of a binary – is not a radical critique of dominant U.S. culture, it is not simply a model of liberal pluralism either, because it does not take dissension and turn it into consensus. Rather, Cash's oeuvre incorporates a struggle over meaning as part of his identity construction, and as a model for authenticity, because it insists on presenting the incongruities themselves and eschews easy resolution. His texts participate in and illuminate the dominant culture's anxieties, but they remain stubborn and disjunctive. As such, his work illuminates some of the precise ways in which popular culture is a site of negotiation and struggle and not simply a playground for escapism or for only corporate agendas. In the literary studies model that Edwards employs, she frames how Cash's work reflects and helps shape larger cultural ideas and norms, and although she does note how he has been marketed and how he presents his persona in his autobiographies, she is not arguing about authorial intention or auteurism. Her focus, instead, is on these texts and their multiple significations.
In chapter 1 of Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity Edwards’ reading of Cash's model of American ambivalence focuses on the issue of how Cash's image of authenticity is related to his projection of a contradictory persona. The book's five chapters trace the trope of contradiction through the major themes in his corpus, all of which involve polysemic constructions of identity in his fluctuating versions of Southern white working-class masculinity. Chapters 2 and 3 address gender in Cash's work and image, and chapter 4 centers on race and identity politics. Chapter 5 attends to class and Cash's "Outsider" social protests in relation to American patriotism, and compares, for example, the politics in his music to those of Merle Haggard, who has also been held up as an artist who plays to both the left and right wing, and to the far more explicitly left-wing politics of fellow Highwaymen Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Chapter 6 analyzes Cash's religious themes. The concluding chapter considers Cash's cultural legacies, with an analysis of the video for "God's Gonna Cut You Down," from American V (2006), as an example of how Cash's image in a wealth of posthumous material elucidates the continuing relevance of his oeuvre and iconography.
Leigh Edwards engages passionately with Johnny Cash's
complexities and never allow her affection for the performer to
plough under the conflicting impulses that generated the singer's
sometimes baffling but always commanding body of music. – Dave
Wonderfully written ... a bravura tour around the cosmic ambivalence and contradiction of proletarian white masculinity. Cash was, as Leigh Edwards notes, a bundle of binaries, a hugely symbolic figure who embodied progressive and reactionary values and norms in a spectacular but also profound way that draws into question those very boundaries and definitions. …The Man in Black embodied many of the contradictions that dot the American landscape. In this bold new study, Leigh Edwards explains how time, place, talent, and manhood made his legend. – Toby Miller, author of Cultural Citizenship and Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention
Johnny Cash and the Paradox of American Identity is a captivating, deeply analytical, if somewhat fragmented, portrait of the paradox of American identify and Johnny Cash. Edwards illustrated how the model of ambivalence is a vital paradigm for American popular music and American identity in general.
Sociology / Education / College / Sociology
College Life Through the Eyes of Students by Mary Grigsby (SUNY Press)
Most undergraduates who arrive at
College Life Through the Eyes of Students presents the perspectives of contemporary college students on their lives and educations. Author Mary Grigsby, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri, uses the voices of students themselves to discuss how they view, adjust to, and participate in the college student culture of a large Midwestern university and to explore what they think of their educational experiences. Topics include a look at a typical day on campus, student subcultures and the lifestyles they engender, whether college life conforms to the images and scenarios of popular culture, and student approaches to making it through college.
At the level of everyday practice, students learn their way around campus. They learn how to manage their lives in the university setting; how to make friends and develop a friendship network; how to pursue varying degrees of having collegiate fun, engaging in romantic involvements, and participating in social activities; how to negotiate and change their relationships with their parents; how to study and spend time on academic work; and engage in the process of defining an adult life trajectory through the choices they make and what they emphasize during their college years. By the time they graduate, many are looking back on college with nostalgia and looking forward to the next phase in a life trajectory that has been shaped, at least in part, by how they negotiated their way and spent their time and energy while in college.
College Life Through the Eyes of Students describes
the different paths that college students took through college and
reveals that class, gender, race, and ethnicity shaped their
experiences and influenced the activities and types of relationships
that they gravitated toward and emphasized while in college. Choices
that students made in the highly individualistic and choice-based
Grisby says that this research has confirmed her suspicions that
many students are likely to be much more focused on their social
learning experiences with peers outside of what they consider the
academic sphere in college, in settings where they experience
themselves having higher levels of choice, control, and the ability
to be authentic. Seventy percent of
Grigsby says she wanted to know what students believe college is about for them, how they spend their time, and what matters to them. College Life Through the Eyes of Students is about what college means for a snapshot of a generation of students coming of age and finding their way in the new millennium at a large Midwestern state university, in what is increasingly a fast-paced, technologically stratified, and globalizing world.
Looking closely at college life through the eyes of undergraduate students is important because it offers the opportunity to understand the meaning making of students regarding their experiences. The symbolic expressions, values, and practices of students and their detailed accounts provide insight into how the meanings of modern society about college and ‘coming of age’ more generally are contested and negotiated.
Students draw from many sources in constructing their
understanding of what college is all about. Their thinking about
college and experiences shapes their choices and behaviors as
college students. Students engage in a struggle to ‘use’ college to
serve their interests and meet their needs as human beings coming of
age in the
Most of the students engage in identity work aimed at
constructing a college-educated middle-class self. But they do this
in quite distinctive and patterned ways that are reflected in the
different patterns found in their relationships with their parents,
in the different types of activities and relationships they
emphasize during the college years, and in differing ‘blueprints’
of individualism they draw on in their struggles toward adulthood
and construction of fulfilling lives. Students are aware that the
dominant culture in the
Four levels of analysis inform College Life Through the Eyes of Students. The first level focuses on students as carriers of culture. The second focuses on the ideas and practices that make up the culture. The third explores the group participation, networks, and institution-ally structured activities in which students participate. And the fourth focuses on the broader cultural and economic forces that constrain, support, and shape the lives of college students. All four levels are important throughout the book but chapter 2 highlights the first and fourth levels, chapter 3 the second level, chapter 4 the third level, and chapter 5 the first and fourth levels of analysis.
Too many of us in higher education ‘guess’ at the needs and desires of the students we serve. This book spells all this out in well-written, well-researched form. – Mary Chayko, author of Portable Communities: The Social Dynamics of Online and Mobile Connectedness
Going to college has become the major coming-of-age experience
for many people in the
Sociology / History / African-American Studies / Biographies & Memoirs
The House at the End of the Road: The Story of Three Generations of an Interracial Family in the American South by W. Ralph Eubanks (Smithsonian Books & HarperCollins Publishers)
Part personal journey, part cultural biography, The House at the End of the Road examines a little-known piece of this country's past: interracial families that survived and prevailed despite Jim Crow laws, including those prohibiting mixed-race marriages.
In 1914, in defiance of his middle-class landowning family, a
young white man named James Morgan Richardson married a
light-skinned black woman named Edna Howell. Over more than twenty
years of marriage, they formed a strong family and built a house at
the end of a winding sandy road in a black community in rural south
The House at the End of the Road by W. Ralph
Eubanks is an exploration of interracial identity in
Through interviews and oral history collected from both sides of the Richardson family's racial divide, as well as archival research, The House at the End of the Road goes into the deep heart's core of the issue of race and racial identity in early 20th century America.
Eubanks' story about his grandparents – an American mixed-race couple living openly (and precariously) in the cold heart of 1920's Jim-Crow Alabama – enacts the liberating magic of literature: it finds its truth in between conventional wisdom and sociological presumption, in between lies and faulty history. It is a story of race, of family, of place itself, and it tells us that compassion and the stirring force of individual human endeavor finally mean more than anything. – Richard Ford, author of The Lay of the Land
Ralph Eubanks' grandparents created an inter-racial family in
Eubanks writes with a novelist's sense of story and a poet's eye for language and detail. Most importantly, though, he writes with sensitivity, understanding and Socratic wisdom. This is not just an important book for these times – it's a book for all time. – Steve Yarbrough, author of Prisoners of War
Ralph Eubanks pieces together this intricate story across three
generations of his family, and in turn sheds powerful new light on
the complex story of race and identity in these
Eubank's memoir is written in clear, accessible prose... his
straightforward manner makes the emotional issues and difficult
memories all the more poignant. – The Sun Herald
Compelling... by turns a charming remembrance of a rural childhood and a chilling reminder of racism's legacy. – BookPage
The House at the End of the Road is a powerful story told through the lives of one American family across three generations. In lyrical, evocative prose, this extraordinary book pierces the heart of issues of race and racial identity, leaving readers ultimately hopeful about the world as their children might see it.
Sociology / Research Methods / Reference
Researching Race: Theory, Methods and Analysis by Hasmita Ramji (Open University Press)
Researching race has become ever more urgent in order to advance our understanding of how race operates in our society and the implications it has for social cohesion. Aimed at an upper-level student audience, Researching Race combines a critical methodological engagement with an exploration of contemporary dilemmas related to researching race to help address the current dominance of highly theoretical work in this area and render the complex but important debates emerging in this area more accessible for students.
Researching Race, written by Dr. Hasmita Ramji,
Lecturer in Sociology, Department of Sociology,
These theoretical engagements facilitate case-study explorations around issues which have been concerning popular and expert attention in recent years in contemporary societies. For example,
Ramji includes case studies which address the issues at the heart of research on race and offers guidance for successful evidence-based research.
Researching Race engages with both theoretical and methodological issues using illustrations and case studies to facilitate understanding in some key areas of current concern. The volume's main aim is to provide readers with some practical advice on doing such research, with a focus on theoretical, epistemological and methodological considerations as appropriate. The book is not a comprehensive guide; any book attempting to be would be thwarted given the sheer volume of material and high level of debate in the area. Rather it limits its focus to a few issues which can then be used by researchers as a springboard to consider a myriad of other issues.
While Ramji reviews a number of points and gives a balanced view, it is inevitable that he cannot review all the debates. Bearing in mind the relativity of race and race research, Chapter 2 considers the history of race research and examines its implications for contemporary research. If Chapters 1 and 2 are about deciding the focus of student research and the question(s) to which they are seeking answers, Chapters 3 and 4 are concerned with ways to seek answers, and Chapter 5 is about analyzing and interpreting these answers so readers can tell others what they have found.
Researching Race operates on the understanding that researchers should question 'race' as a category and thus highly prescriptive 'solutions' to the challenges of researching 'race' become untenable. Rather than solutions, it is concerned with offering guidelines for strategies which enable researchers to move forward.
One of the first dilemmas race researchers will encounter is the fact that race is not a stable or homogenous category but is best seen as being produced in social contexts. In turn these social contexts are animated by changing, complicated and uneven interactions between social processes and individual experience. Researchers need to establish this element of commonality and difference with other types of social research from the outset, because its specificity must not guide one to believe that race research is a distinct field that has no relation to epistemological, theoretical and methodological dilemmas encountered in other fields. This would artificially essentialize race and hamper attempts at researching race. As the chapters make clear, race research is simultaneously related to other social research areas and their methodological quagmire, and it also has some unique properties due to the way it exists in the society in which it is studied.
These dilemmas are ongoing and must be engaged throughout the research process. And there are not necessarily any solutions for the difficulties likely to be encountered in race research, and most certainly no solutions without negative consequences elsewhere, but there are strategies which have proven to be useful for established researchers. The particular dilemmas any researcher faces will be influenced by the choice of topic, theoretical preferences, practical considerations and research methods selected.
Researching Race provides students with access to a balanced range of approaches so they can use it as a basis for mapping the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. In an accessible format, Ramji offers clear guidance for evidence-based research through the use of timely case studies. The book is key reading for students and researchers who are seeking to critically assess approaches to race and engage with contemporary debates. By combining a critical approach with the exploration of contemporary dilemmas, this book succeeds in offering students an accessible look at this often highly theoretical area.
Transportation / Crafts & Hobbies
Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, 1963-1998, 3rd Edition by Bruce Anderson (Motorbooks Workshop Series: Motorbooks)
By any measure, Porsche's 911 is one of the greatest sports cars
of all time. A commercial sales success since its introduction, the
911 is arguably the most successful competition car ever built, with
victories at the Monte Carlo Rally, Targa Florio, 24 Hours of
The iconic Porsche 911 is that rarity – a world-class performance car that can still be improved. Its incredible success has been based on two key factors: a brilliant and charismatic design that provides the perfect car for performance tuners of all ambitions and abilities; and Porsche's program of aggressive and innovative development, which has always kept the 911 several steps ahead of the competition.
Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, 1963-1998 is the third edition of Bruce Anderson's exhaustive guide to this famous sports car, covering the entire history of Porsche's air-cooled 911s. One of the world's leading 911 experts, Anderson offers advice for buying a used 911, a wealth of information on engine rebuilding and modification, as well as everything readers need to know about suspension, brakes, wheels, tires, and transmissions.
Focusing solely on the air-cooled cars produced from 1963 through early 1998, this third edition of the Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, 1963-1998 provides illustrated, easy-to-follow instructions for making modifications to every working part of the car. Author and noted Porsche expert Anderson details performance-enhancing tricks and techniques for engine rebuilds, transmissions, suspension, brakes, wheels and tires, custom treatments, maintenance, and more. Detailed appendices list tune-up specs, conversion charts, handy formulas, and resources.
He joined the Porsche Club of America (PCA) in 1964 and has attended 38 Porsche Parades, the annual national gatherings of the faithful for fun and competition. At three of the parades, he received the top score on the technical quiz that is sponsored by Bosch, and won his class championship in autocross at the 1973 Porsche Parade in his 914-6.
Porsche 911 Performance Handbook, 1963-1998 shows anyone with the tools and a modicum of skill how to make the car even better with performance-enhancing tricks and techniques ranging from subtle to extreme. This book is a must-have whether readers are 911 owners looking to add a little extra oomph to their daily commute, weekend club racers or seasoned pro-series mechanics.
The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at
From the author of critically acclaimed Golfing with God comes a narrative of a hole-in-one trip through Italy – a glorious summer of golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy life.
As a self-described type-A personality, Roland Merullo was not
immune to the frantic pace of daily life. In the summer of 2007 he
was feeling a little burnt out by the frantic pace of his life in
The Italian Summer, Merullo chronicles his
experience golfing, eating, and learning how to slow down and enjoy
la dolce vita. He spent the summer playing at some of
In addition to his time spent on the green, Merullo also found time to exercise his passion for the rich Italian cuisine. Sampling the food in a wide array of restaurants from Lake Como to southeastern France, Merullo and his family enjoyed course after course of delicious dishes like pesto lasagna in Genoa (where the sauce is said to have been created), superb risotto made with zucchini and a local cheese called tarlezza, and delicious pizza from several pizzerias sampled during the family's summer-long quest to find the perfect pie.
Some scenarios from The Italian Summer:
… Interspersing descriptions of various rounds of golf with trips
to local restaurants and taverns, Merullo attempts to capture the
sights, smells and sounds of the Italian and Swiss countryside. …
Part travel guide, part memoir, Merullo attempts to offer
meditations on the richness of a life lived more slowly with good
food and good company, but succeeds at little more than his frantic
attempts to find a few good golf courses far away from home. –
… even non-golfing gourmands will recognize that Merullo describes fairways and greens with the same kind of low-key charm and wit as he rhapsodizes over prosciutto and Pinot Grigio. A special travel book for a special audience. – Bill Ott, Booklist
What an enjoyable read – you will want to immediately leave for a golfing vacation in
After reading Roland Merullo's delightful The Italian Summer, I found myself daydreaming of emulating his magical summer abroad with golf clubs in tow. Life is too short not to savor its delights. Pour a glass of vino, find an easy chair, and enjoy a splendid tale of golf, food, and life in the peaceful lane, Italian style. – David Wood, author of Around the World in 80 Rounds
A colorful, affectionate tour of Italian landscape and food. – Kirkus Reviews
More than just a travel diary,
The Italian Summer is a hymn to a slower, richer
way of life – one filled with good food, pleasant company, beautiful
surroundings, and, of course, golf. With his customary wit, keen
eye, and down-to-earth style, Merullo shares this enthusiastic
account of his summer in
Living Fully, Dying Well: Reflecting on Death to Find Your Life's Meaning by Edward W. Bastian & Tina L. Staley, with contributors Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Joan Halifax Roshi, Ira Byock, Tessa Bielecki, Mirabai Starr, and Marilyn M. Schlitz, edited by Netanel Miles-Yepez (Sounds True)