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February 2010, Issue #130

Another Brush with God: Further Conversations about Icons by Peter Pearson (Morehouse Publishing)

A Century Turns: New Fears, New Hopes – America 1988 to 2008 (America: The Last Best Hope), [Audiobook, unabridged, 9CDs) by William J. Bennett and narrated by Jon Gauger (Oasis Audio)

Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work by Michael Fleishman (Delmar Cengage Learning)

Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal by Moshe Adler (The New Press)

The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever by Cliff Atkinson (New Riders Press)

The Genealogist's Internet: 4th Edition by Peter Christian (The National Archives of England)

Color Management without the Jargon: A Simple Approach for Designers and Photographers Using the Adobe Creative Suite by Conrad Chavez; DVD: running time: 1 ½ hours (Peachpit Press)

Setting Up the Preschool Classroom by Nancy Vogel (HighScope Essentials Series: HighScope Press)

Rethinking Classroom Management: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Problem Solving, 2nd edition by Patricia Sequeira Belvel (Corwin Press)

Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and New Media, 2nd Edition by Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits (Allworth Press)

2010 Baseball Forecaster (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster): The Bible of Fanalytics, 24th Edition by Ron Shandler, edited by Ray Murphy & Rod Truesdell (Triumph Books)

Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective edited by D. E. Wittkower (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series: Open Court)

New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind: Expanded & Updated by Patrick Holford (Basic Health Publications)

The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness by Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ballantine Books)

The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake by Leland G. Stauber (Prometheus Books)

Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era: 1776 – 1914 Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics by Robert B. Bruce, Phyllis G. Jestice, Stuart Reid, Rob S. Rice, & Frederick C. Schneid (Thomas Dunne Books)

Embroidered Books: Design, Construction and Embellishment by Isobel Hall (Batsford)

A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer (A Cape Light Novel: Berkley Books)

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction by Mary Clark Moschella (The Pilgrim Press)

Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church by Mary E. Abrums (AltaMira Press)

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects: Risk Assessment of Pesticides edited by Theo C.M. Brock, Anne Mix, Colin D. Brown, Ettore Capri, Bernhard EE Gottesbüren, Fred Heimbach, Chris M. Lythgo, Ralf Schulz, & Martin Streloke (CRC Press)

Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 edited by Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Wenona T. Singel, and Kathryn E. Fort (American Indian Studies Series: Michigan State University Press)

Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It by Susan Wels (Running Press)


Arts & Photography / Religion & Spirituality

Another Brush with God: Further Conversations about Icons by Peter Pearson (Morehouse Publishing) Peter is a gifted teacher who has democratized contemporary iconography.... His teaching methods and style make iconography simple, albeit not easy. Here, in his second book, Another Brush with God, you'll find detailed instructions for painting icons with traditional images as well as guidance for creating an icon image of your own favorite saint. – from the foreword by Meredith Gould

For countless centuries, Christians of the Eastern churches have been creating icons, often called ‘windows into the soul.’ By sacred tradition, these images that point to holy mysteries are spiritually ‘written’ by the iconographer, rather than merely painted.

In this sequel to his popular first book, A Brush with God, Peter Pearson introduces readers to a second phase of the icon-writing journey and invites them to broaden their skills based on techniques learned in the first book. Another Brush with God presents greater detail and instructions for creating new icons. One major feature of the book is the full-page sketches that artists can photocopy and use as the basis of their own icons. Among the challenges explored in the book are painting landscapes, architecture, and musculature; applying patterns to garments; and constructing drawings based on principles of sacred geometry.

According to Pearson, an American iconographer, priest, and member of the Community of Solitude, an ecumenical monastic community, and the pastor of Saint Philip's Church in New Hope, Pennsylvania, for ages, Orthodox monks in remote monasteries prayed images of saints into being with egg tempera and brushes. They breathed halos of gold leaf into shimmering existence onto wood panels. They could and sometimes would spend months or possibly years moving gar­ments from darkness to light, creating layers of feathers on angel wings. Iconogra­phy was prayer, another way to rejoice in the communion of saints even though paints and brushes were involved. It still remains all that, but readers don't have to disappear from secular life to have what Pearson calls ‘a brush with God’.

In this second book, Another Brush with God, readers will find detailed instructions for painting icons with traditional images as well as guidance for creating an icon image of their own favorite saint. He teaches that anyone called to do so can learn how to paint icons. Why should iconography belong to a privileged group of monastics or artists? It's a venerable spiritual practice that just so happens to involve art media. Having formal art training may, in fact, be a liability. Pearson encourages aspiring iconographers to understand how prayerful intentionality trumps artistic prowess – there is no reason to become the terrified hostage of templates and tracing paper, pencils and inking pens, paints and gold leaf. He also challenges the dogmatic use of painting medium, taking the position that acrylic can be used just as prayerfully and effectively as egg tempera.

Pearson makes a case for learning and respecting established rubrics for image and color in iconography. In his narrative text and through anecdotal asides, he explains how this struc­tured process frees readers to engage more deeply with the image. He encourages them to prayerfully discover how, for example, painting the tiny details of an arm, a garment, a distant landscape can generate big questions: Why this? How can one ponder what's next without rushing to get there?

In Another Brush with God readers find step-by-step instructions for several icons that provide opportunities for them to practice painting land­scapes, architecture, and musculature, as well as applying patterns to garments. They also find instructions for constructing a drawing based on principles of sacred geometry, as well as drawings by several iconographer friends and the author. Practically speaking, the technical skills Pearson teaches can be combined in an infinite variety of ways. Readers discover that they are more confident and capable of understanding new skills, although understanding is not the same thing as mastery. Pearson says that perhaps the best way to read the book is to have several books, catalogs or icon calendars sitting somewhere nearby that they can grab easily. These resources can be collections of good quality prints of icons from any school and time period because readers will always find examples of the things he is referring to if they are truly Byzantine icons. There are many variations on the theme but they share a strong connection to one another because of the canons that have been handed down from teacher to student over the centuries.

These days, you can easily attend classes with any number of contemporary iconographers. Peter is one of them, and I'm an enthusiastic fan for a num­ber of reasons. – from the foreword by Meredith Gould

Pearson’s icons are brilliant. As a matter of style, they are traditional yet fresh, neither totally Greek nor totally Russian, uniquely American, without being overly westernized.

Another Brush with God provides a unique and much-requested resource. Pearson provides tips that enable readers to tackle any icon with confidence. Above and beyond all the technical details, using this book inspires readers to fall in love with iconography, engaging with this ancient discipline that will enrich them for many years. Readers, whether advanced beginners, intermediate, or advanced iconographers, may also discover how painting icons helps them to pray more deeply and that by painting the saints, they become more saintly.

Audio / History / Americas

A Century Turns: New Fears, New Hopes – America 1988 to 2008 (America: The Last Best Hope), [Audiobook, unabridged, 9CDs) by William J. Bennett and narrated by Jon Gauger (Oasis Audio)

Where is America going? Author, historian, and educator William J. Bennett, former secretary of education, examines America's last two decades in A Century Turns says, just look at the decades between 1988 and 2008. As America collectively exhaled at the end of the Cold War, we loosened our grip on the fear of nuclear confrontation for the first time since World War II.

The story starts twenty years ago, when John McCain was serving his second year in the Senate, and Colin Powell had just been promoted to chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. There was no Fox News Channel, no American Idol. Saddam Hussein and the Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeni ruled Iraq and Iran, respectively. George W. Bush was the fairly unnoticeable son of the then-president. If readers asked someone to ‘email me,’ they would have received a blank stare, and ‘Amazon’ was a forest in South America.

Twenty years ago a young man named Barack Obama was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. Some scholars even characterized the collapse of the Soviet Union as the end of history itself. Peace was palpable. But America's domestic and global vitals changed almost instantly, and turbulence, not tranquility, marked the turn of the century: the war on drugs, race riots, values debates, deep economic shifts, and the growing threat of terrorism on U.S. soil that would tragically play out in 2001. And there were storms abroad: U.S. forces landed in Panama, Somalia, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Names such as Yasser Arafat, Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden folded seamlessly – and almost instantly – into the American vernacular.

Where is America going? Recent history offers the only signposts. What William Bennett makes clear in A Century Turns is that we are at a critical juncture: "Today, the levels of both hope and fear are at a high point. Whether we can expand the former and reduce the latter... will depend on what we do with the challenges before us today."

The whole world can change in twenty years – and it did. The two decades from 1988 to 2008 have proved to be some of the most pivotal in America's history. Based on a lifetime of experience in government and education, Bennett in A Century Turns defines the events that shaped American history during the final years of the century.

Arts & Photography / Graphic Arts / Education

Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work by Michael Fleishman (Delmar Cengage Learning)

Drawing Inspiration is a one of a kind text for beginning illustrators. This book examines the relationship between academic and professional illustration through the ideas and first hand experiences of professional illustrators working in the field today. Hundreds of hand-rendered and digital images reveal the world of illustration. While learning the fundamentals and basic principles of illustration, readers gain insight into how these concepts can be used in the professional world.

Drawing Inspiration seeks to unravel the string between academic and professional product and process. And, philosophy and opinion, as well as concept and technique, are fair game for discussion. According to author Michael Fleishman, Program Director and Associate Professor of Commercial Art at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio, who has been drawing inspiration as a teacher, writer, and visual artist for more years than he can remember, drawing is the core – the root activity – of most, if not all, visual arts. He wrote this text to explore the concept that drawing – like life itself – is an immersion exercise, a hands-on event.

When people ask him what Drawing Inspiration is about, he says he always replies: "This is a book about connections." The soul and substance of ‘connections’ may be many things. Readers can obviously connect through networking or mentoring or inspiration and influence. But making a connection can also be about good feedback that enables readers to turn the corner on a cranky composition, a high-energy marker sketch that elegantly segues into a powerful digital final, or one process deftly morphing into a related technique.

Via text and visuals, each chapter addresses the topic at hand, reviewed with an end summary and capped by a portfolio of relevant projects. The in-class activities (titled ‘Working It Out’) and at-home exercises (labeled ‘Home and Away’) supplement text information and are designed to spark continued concepting and promote hand skills.

188 international creatives showcase their ideas and skills in Drawing Inspiration with roughly 500 illustrations. The book is a bona-fide, multi-tasking drawing tool. Fleischmann uses the process and product of drawing as a general springboard to address the creative act whole cloth. Thus, it explores techniques and formats that are not traditionally classified as pure drawing (whatever that may be) but are definitely drawing-based, drawing-related, or drawing-augmented, for instance: painting, collage, 3-D, fabrics, printmaking, etc.

Drawing Inspiration is organized into three sections, divided into twenty-one chapters:

(1) ‘Connections’ explores the under­pinnings, the ‘why’ part of the drawing equation; (2) ‘Tools’ examines the foundations of drawing fundamentals, the ‘how’ of it all; and (3) ‘At Work’ discusses the ‘who’ and the ‘what’ of drawing process. The chapters include:

Section 1 – ‘The Connections’

  1. Ideas: Why We Draw.
  2. Subject Matter: What We Draw.
  3. Sketchbooks.
  4. The Process.
  5. Concept.
  6. Composition.

Section 2 – ‘The Tools’

  1. Line.
  2. Color.
  3. Value.
  4. Texture and Pattern.
  5. Shape and Form.

Section 3 – ‘At Work’

  1. Drawing in Character.
  2. Drawing Is Provocative.
  3. Old School/New School.
  4. Drawing Imagines.
  5. Drawing Observes.
  6. Drawing Takes Off.
  7. Digital Illustration.
  8. It's Just Business.
  9. Words and Pictures.
  10. Drawn Together.

Drawing demands determination and direction, and Drawing Inspiration provides heaping helpings of both. With a fresh take on topics ranging from how an artist develops creative concepts to the mechanics of line, color, and value, the book draws together the words and work of illustrators from around the globe. This book offers a unique and diverse gallery that is both visually lush and technically encompassing. The art is beautiful and incredibly eclectic: truly inspiring, even breathtaking. The book not only educates readers, but it inspires them to reach their artistic potential, offering new and thought-provoking insight into the world of drawing and illustration.

Students taking an ‘Intro to Illustration’ class are the primary target audience for this book, but Drawing Inspiration also boasts a wide reach above the first floor of the art building, and could be used as a companion book to a variety of art classes throughout the curriculum as well as creative endeavors beyond formal education.

Proceeds from the book go to support a variety of charitable organizations, including the Society of Illustrators Student Scholarship Fund, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, and the Yellow Springs Arts Council.

Business & Economics

Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal by Moshe Adler (The New Press)

Why do contemporary economists consider food subsidies in starving countries, rent control in rich cities, and health insurance everywhere ‘inefficient’? Why do they feel that corporate executives deserve no less than their multimillion-dollar ‘compensation’ packages and workers no more than their meager wages?

At a time when staggering inequality and the global economic crisis are calling into question many of our most fundamental economic assumptions – and when growing numbers of people are anxious about the workings of the economy and their own financial security – many wonder how economists could have gotten it so wrong. Economics for the Rest of Us debunks two core tenets of economics that make it the ‘science’ of the rich – the definition of economic efficiency and the theory of how wages are determined. The first is used to justify the cruelest policies, the second grand larceny.

Moshe Adler, who teaches economics at Columbia University and the Center for Labor Studies at Empire State College – who has been described by Elliott Sclar as "as keen an observer of the economy in our day as John Kenneth Galbraith was in his" and has been teaching economics for over 25 years – shows readers that whenever it is necessary to choose sides between the rich and the poor, between the powerful and the powerless, or between workers and corporations, economists are all too often of one mind: according to conventional economic theory, what's good for the rich and the powerful is good for ‘the economy.’

Economics for the Rest of Us examines the two cornerstones of economics: Part 1 covers economic efficiency and Part 2 covers how wages are determined. The definition of economic efficiency used by econo­mists is covered in the first part of the book because all of economics is centered around it. When economists claim that ‘the free market is efficient,’ regardless of how skewed its distribution of resources – or of how much suffering it produces – and when they oppose government intervention to decrease inequality and reduce suffering, it is their defi­nition of efficiency that they rely on. According to Adler, if this were the only valid definition of economic efficiency, economists would perhaps be justified in using it. But, in fact, economists have a choice. An earlier definition of economic efficiency was sensitive to the distribution of income, and this earlier definition suggests that to increase efficiency the government should redistribute resources from the rich to the poor. The definition that economists adopted instead was developed as an attempt to dis­credit the earlier definition. However, it is not clear that the redistribution version can be discredited so easily.

While economists have managed to convince themselves that the re-distribution of income cannot be justified, the rest of the world sees things differently. Practically all governments require the rich to pay higher taxes, and the poor often demand that the govern­ment services they get be of the same quality as the services that the rich get, particularly when it comes to education. This forces economists into the sorts of practical debates that their theories were designed to snuff, and in these debates they do not speak with a single voice. As Part I shows, some economists argue that the tax rate that the rich pay is ineffi­ciently high because it discourages work, while other economists have conducted empirical research showing that it does not actually have that effect. Similarly, some economists argue that increasing the funding for poor schools would not make a difference because the government will just waste it, while other economists show that this is not the case.

According to Economics for the Rest of Us, while economists are divided on these important issues, the idea that high taxes are inefficient has nevertheless dominated U.S. tax policy over the last thirty years. What makes this implausible claim appear plausible is the basic model that economists use for analyzing the labor market. The model assumes that employees are free to choose the number of hours that they work, and that when they are paid less they work less. It also assumes that workers do not enjoy work and are shirk­ers by nature. It is a model of an economy of disconnected individuals who are neither tied to other individuals and to capital in the production process, nor governed by any social norms. In such a model, no outcome can be ruled out and any outcome is equally plausible.

The distribution of income is often thought of as a stage that comes after goods are produced and sold. But it is the distribution of income that determines what and how much will be produced in the first place, and an unequal distribution of income often leads to a decrease in the size of the economic pie. Paradoxically, readers see that with the economists' definition of economic efficiency, it is possible to conclude that ‘the economy’ is growing at the same time that most people in that economy have less.

Part II of Economics for the Rest of Us covers theories of wages and of executive compensation, or how inequality is created to begin with. Why does one person make in an hour what another makes in a week or month or year? The ‘neo-classical’ theory that economists have adopted could not be simpler: A person is paid what she is worth to her employer. If she earns $7.25/hour, currently the national minimum wage, then her contribution to her em­ployer is $7.25/hour. And if she is paid many thousands of dollars an hour, then her contribution to her employer is also that much greater.

But this is not the only theory of wages and compensation that exists. The neo-classical theory was invented to replace the ‘classical’ theory, which argued that pay rates are determined not by contributions to production – a meaningless concept – but by the relative bargaining strengths of the different parties. As Part II shows, the empirical data supports the classical theory and is inconsistent with the neo-classical theory.

If pay rates are determined by bargaining power, what determines bargaining power? When it comes to workers, laws and government poli­cies play a decisive role. Union rights, the minimum wage law, unem­ployment insurance, Social Security, welfare, and the enforcement of the rights of immigrants all combine to determine the ability of workers to say no to low wages, and all have been eroded since the 1980s. Part II makes clear the effect of this erosion on workers' well-being.

Unlike workers, executives who bargain with their employers often have the upper hand. And in this case economists have a very good, if simple, explanation for why. The employers of executives are their com­panies' shareholders, and when each company is owned by a great num­ber of different shareholders, there is nobody to mind the store. This theory is merely an application of the classical theory of wages, which relies on bargaining power to explain rates of pay.

Economics for the Rest of Us gives readers an understanding of the key concepts and theories of both mainstream economics and less-well-known alternatives that often explain economic behavior better than prevailing theories, and that don't always call for policies that benefit the rich and powerful. The history of economic thought is traced, along with the historical context that produced the ideas.

In this brilliant eye opener, Moshe Adler shows how more than a century ago the man-made concepts of economics were transformed from egalitarian concern with the welfare of everyone into analytical tools biased in favor of the rich. With clarity, and in language any educated person can grasp, Adler shows how economics largely abandoned concern with how economic efficiency is affected by distribution of resources and equality in favor of precepts that favor concentration of wealth and income. – David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal
Masterful. This delightful and entertaining book is for anyone who has ever puzzled over how economics as a discipline could have become so divorced from any real understanding of the economy. Economics for the Rest of Us should be required reading for unionists – and for every student of economics. – Elaine Bernard, Executive Director, Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School
You already know, deep in your bones, that today’s wealthy have far more wealth than anyone could possibly ever need. But does our economy ‘need’ the wealthy? Not sure? Then you need Moshe Adler's eminently readable – and consistently insightful – Economics for the Rest of Us. Staggeringly unequal societies – like ours – never work well. Moshe Adler helps us see why. – Sam Pizzigati, editor of Too Much and an Institute for Policy Studies associate fellow in Washington, D.C.
Moshe Adler cogently debunks the idea, popular among the powerful, that what’s good for the wealthy is always good for growth and health. Through clearly explained history and economic theory, Economics for the Rest of Us reveals the economic assumptions that play out every day in Congress and the public square. – Chuck Collins, senior scholar, Institute for Policy Studies, and author of The Moral Measure of the Economy

In a masterful, thoughtful, provocative and wonderfully accessible book – think Freakonomics and The Tipping Point – Adler does for economics what Howard Zinn has done for American history. Here is a lively debunking of the two elements that make economics the ‘science’ of the rich. Written for anyone with an interest in understanding contemporary economic thinking – and why it is dead wrong – Economics for the Rest of Us offers a foundation for a fundamentally more just economic system.

Computers & Internet / Business & Investing / Business Culture

The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever by Cliff Atkinson (New Riders Press)

Back in the good old days of presentations, a speaker could count on audience mem­bers to sit quietly in their chairs until they were given permission to ask questions.

Those days are rapidly drawing to a close.

Armed with laptops and smart-phones, audiences today are no longer sitting, taking notes during live presentations. Instead, they’re carving out a new space in the room called the backchannel, where people are online searching for resources, checking the facts, and connecting with others inside the room and out.
When audiences are happy, the backchannel vastly extends the reach of ideas and creates a new sense of community and connectedness. But when they are unhappy, the intersection of frustrated audiences with unaware presenters may create dramatic and public breakdowns of communication – and even mob mentality.
In The Backchannel, communications consultant Cliff Atkinson shows that if these new kinds of audience participation are embraced and the conversations properly handled, the outcome can be a new, more effective form of communicating. Atkinson ‘wrote the book’ on using PowerPoint effectively with Beyond Bullet Points, pioneering the market for smart presentation books.

Audiences who find a presentation interesting and useful, use the backchannel to enhance the information they are hearing and to broadcast good ideas to people both inside and outside the room. When presenters learn about the backchannel and tap into its potential, they find it a valuable way to know their audiences better, and to find out what's really on their minds. The backchannel is such a new phenomenon that The Backchannel can only be a first glimpse of the new forces it introduces, and a preview of practical steps readers can take to engage the new world of presentations it is creating.

Chapter 1 tells the story of the impact the backchannel can have on a presentation, and the new dynamics it introduces. Chapter 2 explains how readers can join a Twitter backchannel, and Chapters 3 and 4 describe the rewards and risks of doing so.

Chapter 5 explains what readers can do to start getting ready for a backchannel, Chapter 6 helps them make their ideas more Twitter-friendly, and Chapter 7 offers specific things they can do to engage the backchannel in conversation. Chapter 8 takes readers through some scenarios so they can practice getting real-time feedback from the backchannel, and Chapter 9 describes how they can learn from the example of people who handle the backchannel well. Appendixes A and B show a couple of worksheets – the Four Tweets worksheet and the Ten Tweets worksheet – that help readers condense and organize their presentation tweets.

Presenters who don’t learn to manage the backchannel will not only lose the respect of the audience, they’ll miss the opportunity to have much more interesting and relevant conversations. – Pamela Slim, author of Escape from Cubicle Nation
Twitter and other forms of social media are changing the nature of business communications. This book will help you stand apart in the new digital world – as a presenter, communicator and representative of your brand. – Carmine Gallo, author of The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and Fire Them Up!

Together the chapters in The Backchannel provide a first look into something very big on the horizon that is rapidly heading toward readers. Whether they are hosts, presenters, or audience members, Atkinson helps them understand how this convergence of social forces is upending the presentation norm and how they can effectively manage the change.

Computers & Internet / Genealogy / Reference

The Genealogist's Internet: 4th Edition by Peter Christian (The National Archives of England)

The Genealogist's Internet is a bestselling guide exploring the major sources of data available to family historians online and highlighting the most useful directories and gateways. Written by Peter Christian, a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists and former editor of Computers and Genealogy, The Genealogist's Internet, 4th Edition, features updated URLs and recent developments online in areas such as births, marriages and deaths indexes; the expansion in census records and wills online; DNA testing and surname studies; genealogy blogs; changes in search engines; historical maps; and photographs. Readers can use it to contact others with the same surname or to access the numerous genealogical forums, discussion groups, mailing lists and newsgroups to help in their own research.

This 4th edition includes:

  • The expansion of genealogical services, now in the complete range of census indexes and the first official data service for Ireland prospects for the digitization of civil registration.
  • The many new projects and datasets on the FamilySearch site.
  • New passenger lists and other migration records.
  • Digitized out-of-copyright books.
  • New ways to putt the family tree online.
  • Major web sources of primary data for family historians.
  • Discussion groups and mailing lists devoted to genealogy.
  • Ways to find people with their surname or ancestors.
  • Information and services provided by other genealogical organizations.

This expanded edition offers an insider's knowledge of recent developments online. New chapters cover:

  • The 1911 census launch.
  • Changes to the commercial data services.
  • New digitization projects, including FamilySearch Indexing.
  • The impact of blogging, podcasting, social networking and book digitization.
  • Expanded coverage of occupations and professions.
  • The rise of online sharing: DNA matching, photo sharing and interactive mapping.
  • Getting the best from redesigned websites such as The National Archives and the Society of Genealogists.

The Genealogist's Internet assumes readers who have at least basic famili­arity with the internet, using email and a web browser. The book is about what readers can do online rather than on the tech­nology behind it. But The Genealogist's Internet does not assume readers are already experts in genealogy, but it can't pretend to be a general introduction to researching family trees, nor provide guidance in how to organize the research. The basics of family history are covered briefly in Chapter 2, ‘First Steps’, along with some recommended internet resources for beginners, and the chapters relating to records explain briefly why readers might want to look at those records.

Internet resources are in a constant state of flux, and each revision of The Genealogist's Internet finds around 20 per cent of the links in the previous edition no longer work or take readers to quite different material. All of the URLs were checked just before the book went to printing. As time goes by, readers are certain to find some dead links; at some point one of the major sites will undergo a complete overhaul and two dozen links will expire overnight. Official and commercial sites are less likely to disappear as a whole, but are regularly being improved by redesign and reorganization.

The many resources that have moved or disappeared since the previous edition of The Genealogist's Internet are a reason for revision. Some of the most important sites have undergone major reorganizations: the National Archives, the National Archives of Ireland, the Society of Genealogists, and the BBC Family History sites all have completely redesigned websites. Another change is that all RootsWeb's pages, long hosted by Ancestry, have been ‘moved’ to the Ancestry website. Readers in England are now in a position where every publicly available census is available online, and this means a much more definitive and complete chapter on the census, including the newly-released 1911 census for England and Wales. There have also been major changes in the commercial data services.

Many of the projects promised or in progress in the last edition of The Genealogist's Internet, such as the Digital Library of Historical Directories have now been launched or completed, though not the one most needed, the digit­ization of civil registration records, the postponement of which is discussed in Chapter 5. The most important new development, and one still in its early stages, is the new Family Search Record Search, which will see millions of microfilms re-indexed and matched to digitized images.

There have also been more general online developments which affect the genealogist. The major book digitization projects described in Chapter 12 have seen many older printed works, available in perhaps only a few specialist libraries, becoming freely available online. The spread of blog­ging, still something of a novelty among genealogists in the last edition, means that Google now finds over 200,000 genealogy blogs. Podcasting, too much of a novelty to make it into the previous edition, now has a firm place in the world of family history. Christian says that there are many useful websites that simply could not be fitted in, particularly the material in Chapters 8 to 11 and resources that are of purely local interest – The Genealogist's Internet alerts readers to the sort of things that are available and highlight some of the best examples, but readers will need to see for themselves whether there is equivalent material for a particular village, regiment, church, etc., that is relevant to their own family's history.

An excellent book – Eastman's On-line Genealogy Newsletter

Everyone who uses a computer for genealogical research should have this book. – Society of Genealogists

The Genealogist's Internet is an accessible guide to family history online, fully updated, up to the minute, expanded, and highlighting the most useful directories and gateways. Now in its fourth edition, the book offers expert advice for researchers in a rapidly changing field. Known for its range and scope, the book is ideal both for those starting out and experienced family historians.

Computers & Internet / Graphic Design / Reference

Color Management without the Jargon: A Simple Approach for Designers and Photographers Using the Adobe Creative Suite by Conrad Chavez; DVD: running time: 1 ½ hours (Peachpit Press)

Every digital photographer or graphic designer knows that color management is important, but many still do not calibrate their computer monitors or understand how color works in different spaces. Developed by Conrad Chavez, writer and digital-media applications developer, the 90-minute DVD Color Management without the Jargon helps beginning and intermediate Photoshop, Bridge, InDesign, and Illustrator users understand the basics of color management and how to create consistent color in their workflow.

The video is an introduction to the key concepts of color management so that readers can understand the color management decisions they make, providing a ‘big-picture’ view for more detailed color management training materials. Highlights of this DVD video include:

  1. Calibrating the monitor and digital SLR camera.
  2. Tackling color profile detective work in Photoshop and InDesign.
  3. Assigning, converting, and embedding profiles.
  4. Managing color output for print and the Web.
  5. Integrating raw files and Lightroom into workflow.
  6. Handling color conversions between video-editing software and Photoshop.

The supporting 48-page print reference guide provides additional links and content.
Contents of Color Management without the Jargon include:

  1. Introduction: Color Management Is About Relationships
  2. Why Do Colors Display or Print Inconsistently?
  3. How Does Color Management Help?
  4. Fundamental Ideas Behind Color Management
  5. Understanding Color Spaces and Profiles
  6. How to Think Through a Color Management Problem
  7. Color Profile Detective Work in Photoshop
  8. Assigning, Converting, and Embedding Profiles
  9. Predicting Final Colors with Soft Proofing
  10. Color Management in Other Adobe Creative Suite Programs
  11. Managing Color Output for Print and Web
  12. Where in the Workflow Do You Apply Profiles?
  13. Color Management with Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom
  14. Color Management and Video
  15. Tuning a Color Conversion
  16. Conclusion: How to Be Successful with Color Management

Chavez in Color Management without the Jargon says color management training generally dives into technical terms and abstractions quickly, but he wanted to complement existing training by describing key concepts simply and within a larger workflow context that is often lost in the many details of each stage of a color-managed workflow. Also the video provides more of the ‘why’ behind the decisions made in a color-managed workflow.

In the print guide he includes supplemental details about the concepts in the video. Readers can also use the guide as a reference for information such as Web sites that are mentioned in the video. According to Chavez learning how to use color management is completely different than learning how to use the tools in Photoshop that let readers create and change colors in images. This video won't tell them how to set their brush tool to a certain shade of red, or how to color-correct an image. Color management is the environment that lets readers view colors consistently, so that when they do adjust and edit color, they can more reliably trust the color that they see on their monitor.

Chavez limits the scope of the discussion to the Adobe Creative Suite, and the use of color management in print and Web design. He also concentrates on concepts more than he does specific ways to execute, color management, because there are already many places to learn technically specific implementations of color management.

The video is accessible and easy-to-follow. The chapter numbers in the guide to Color Management without the Jargon match the section numbers in the video, so readers follow along in the guide as they watch each video section.

Education / Preschool / Classroom Management

Setting Up the Preschool Classroom by Nancy Vogel (HighScope Essentials Series: HighScope Press)

Setting Up the Preschool Classroom is designed to help readers arrange and equip their preschool classroom or center, including the outdoor play space. This book provides strategies and detailed lists of equipment and materials for setting up an entirely new learning environ­ment, as well as for making improvements to an existing one.

Following the opening chapter on the principles of designing active learning settings, the book describes specific interest areas (play spaces) in detail. Included are individual chapters on the art, block, house, toy, reading and writing, computer, music and movement, sand and water, woodworking, and outdoor areas. The concluding chapters discuss additional equipment and teacher resources as well as sample classroom designs.

For each play space, Setting Up the Preschool Classroom provides

  • Detailed equipment and materials lists with recommended quantities.
  • Suggestions for space arrangement and storage.
  • Recommendations for essential (‘must have’) and additional (‘add later’) materials.
  • Adaptations for settings that include children with special needs or that serve seniors along with young children.

Setting Up the Preschool Classroom is organized the same way programs are arranged; that is, by the interest areas in which children explore and learn. Follow­ing this introduction, the first chapter sets out the basic principles of arranging the room. Each of the next nine chapters covers a different area, such as the art area, block area, house area, and reading and writing area. There is also a chapter on the outdoor learning environment. Each interest-area chapter begins with an explanation of how children use that interest area in a developmentally based preschool. These explana­tions are packed with examples of what types of play and learning readers typically see children engaged in; how the play and learning will differ depending on children's individual interests, experiences, and devel­opmental levels; and how adults can support children's development through the ar­rangement of the learning environment and the materials placed in each interest area.

Each interest-area chapter also provides guidance on adapting the program in two other ways. First, a section suggests adap­tations to accommodate young children with a variety of special needs: it addresses settings where children with and without special needs work together as well as programs serving only those with disabili­ties. Second, because a growing number of programs today serve an intergenerational population – providing day care to senior citizens and children in the same setting – each chapter also describes how to accom­modate the environment to the physical and mental needs of the elderly. While inter-generational programs often have separate spaces for children and seniors, they may either provide shared areas or adapt one of the age-specific areas for joint activities. The suggestions in Setting Up the Preschool Classroom aim to maximize the comfort and enjoyment of each age group in these programs while enhancing opportunities for shared experiences and interactions between them. Following the sections on adaptations, each relevant chapter ends with a detailed list of the equip­ment and materials needed to help the program run effectively and support early learning in all domains of development.

In addition to providing broad recom­mendations, Setting Up the Preschool Classroom helps readers plan around the uniqueness of their program: the physical space, the cultures of the children and families they work with, and the individual interests and abilities of the children they serve.

Whether readers are planning an entirely new learning environment or making improvements to an existing space, Setting Up the Preschool Classroom helps them think through the design process and choose appropriate equipment and materials.

Whether they are first-year teachers or seasoned veterans, they will find ideas and suggestions that will help them arrange and equip their indoor and outdoor learn­ing environments in developmen­tally based early childhood settings, in ways that will offer young children the chance to explore, create, learn, and succeed.

Education / Teaching Methods / K-12

Rethinking Classroom Management: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Problem Solving, 2nd edition by Patricia Sequeira Belvel (Corwin Press)

Rethinking Classroom Management provides every teacher with a comprehensive way of creating classrooms where students are self-managing and enhanced learning takes place. The strength of this book comes from the linkages made in its three major sections: rethinking beliefs and roles; prevention strategies; and problem-solving strategies including interven­tions. I have never seen a more comprehensive and concise book that takes classroom management theory into the realm of practice.… – from the foreword by Marsha Speck, EdD, Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership and Director of the High School Leadership Program, Arizona State University

Can we continue to condemn students to classroom management practices that are not effective and fail to provide them with the most effective learning environment?

Emphasizing a leadership model for effective classroom management rather than relying on strategies for compliance and control, this updated edition of the bestseller describes a comprehensive approach that encourages teachers to reevaluate their beliefs, roles, and practices and engages students as partners in creating a supportive learning environment.

Offering a perspective on classroom leadership that helps teachers address potential problems before learning is disrupted, Rethinking Classroom Management explains how integrating leadership into daily classroom life enhances learning by strengthening students' autonomy, self-esteem, and connectedness with others. Reflecting the author's years of experience and filled with real-life examples, new techniques, and ready-to-use worksheets, the book provides an interactive process that allows teachers to foster leadership in themselves and their students, and includes classroom connections, personal connections, examples, checklists, and essential questions.

Rethinking Classroom Management invites teachers as classroom leaders to become engaged in examining their beliefs, practices, interactions, and outcomes with students to create a positive climate for learning. Providing research-based strategies and examples by which a teacher can develop exemplary classroom practices, this interactive text gives educa­tors a clear and concise practitioner's framework. By engaging readers in the reality of the classroom, Belvel sets the stage for the readers to assess what they know as they create classroom management strategies that allow students to self-direct.

Belvel is educational consultant, and leadership coach for teachers and families, founder and president of Training & Consulting Institute, Inc., adjunct faculty member, lecturer, and supervisor of student teachers at San Jose State University in California.

Belvel says she has been using this book with student teachers in classroom set­tings, as well as with many veteran teachers in their classrooms for the past five years. She has noticed some shifts in what teachers and students need relative to social skills, with so many students coming to school with unmet needs. Thus, she has updated the quotes that begin each chapter and made some practical changes to support their use of the strategies. For example, students seem to need more time to connect to each other and to their teacher; with this in mind, she added personal activity time to Chapter 3: Personal Relationships for Trust. Likewise, students today seem to need more support with building serial skills to be successful learners, so she placed ‘target talk’ in Chapter 4: Prerequisites for Success, as it connects this feedback skill to supporting students in devel­oping and using appropriate social skills.

Rethinking Classroom Management is still a teacher-driven, integrative framework of research-based strategies that invite responsibility, resourcefulness, and cooperative and mutual respect on the part of both teachers and students. The framework and techniques presented come from real-life classrooms, both Belvel’s own and those of the teachers and student teachers she has worked with for the past 40 years. Rethinking Classroom Management begins with Part I: Rethinking Our Role in the Classroom. Here readers are empowered and encouraged to take the time to shift their thinking and discover their beliefs and values as an edu­cator. The leadership framework is built upon this shift and provides a structure for the book.

Parts II and III present three sets of strategies: prevention, interven­tion, and problem-solving. Part II focuses on prevention strate­gies, since we all know that ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’ These strategies are at the heart of classroom management and provide the foundation for readers to be an effective and influential leader in your classroom. In 80 to 85 percent of their interactions with any group they are leading, whether in the classroom or in any other setting, these prevention strategies will foster student and teacher success. By the end of Part II, readers will be able to build the relationships that are the foundation for cooperation and establish a positive classroom climate using more than 10 prevention strategies. These strategies are designed to create a caring community of learners, inviting students to become citizens rather than tourists in the classroom.

Part III addresses temporary intervention techniques (Chapter 7) and solution-focused problem-solving strategies (Chapter 8). Temporary inter­ventions are for use when learning ceases and a classroom upset has caused the brains of both teachers and student to ‘downshift’ into unclear thinking. Readers will find here a clear differentiation between disci­pline and punishment and a clarification of the leader's role in teaching and modeling respectful behavior that honors others' needs. These inter­ventions, in addition to the prevention strategies addressed earlier, will eliminate the most common disruptive student behaviors seen classrooms. As preventions increase, the goal is to have interventions constitute less than 3 to 5 percent of the leadership interactions in the classroom. By the end of Chapter 7, readers will be able to manage classroom disruptions in ways that are congruent with their beliefs about mutual respect. They will be able to apply the ‘principles of positive intervention’ that are embed­ded in all of the techniques presented to shape students toward more appropriate behaviors.

Chapter 8 explores problem-solving strategies for solving repetitive problems. Here readers also learn how to find solution-focused outcomes using a ‘no-blame’ model in which one thinks about ‘the problem as the problem’ rather than ‘the person as the problem.’ The remaining 5 to 15 percent of classroom problems require problem solving, which is an ongoing process for any group leader and requires continual rethinking. By the end of this chapter, readers will be able to use solution-focused problem-solving strategies with individual students and with groups. These strategies will invite them to take responsibility and to become involved in creating constructive solutions that are ‘win-win’ for everyone in the group.

Many of today’s discipline problems are student responses to outdated practices. This book lives up to its title, providing innovative approaches that demonstrate leadership rather than management. Teachers discover creative and proactive ways to engage students in the development of learning environments that are positively charged, cooperatively structured, and self-governed. – Dutchess Maye, Fellow for Instructional Design, NC Teacher Academy, Morrisville, NC
For the past twenty years, I have used the tenets of Rethinking Classroom Management to support new teachers and work as a teacher on special assignment and later as an administrator. In my current role, I consistently refer principals to the RTI strategies found in Belvel’s work. Ultimately these strategies lead to strengthened relationships and positive social behaviors. Students problem solve solutions that guide them to make constructive behavior choices so they can focus on academics. – Fran Johnson, Administrative Leadership Coach

This teacher guidebook gracefully weaves together theory, practice, and common sense about creating positive classrooms where students are active participants in their own learning and where teachers lead their students in developing academic and social skills for school and for life. It connects classroom management and instructional design, demonstrating that students attend to learning when they are engaged and when classroom rules and procedures are well established, make sense, and reflect both teacher and student desires for a nurturing and productive learning environment. – Deborah Walker, President & CEO, Collaborative for Teaching and Learning

It is Belvel's rich teaching experience and work with thousands of teachers over the years that make this book so meaningful for daily practice in the classroom – real-life examples, intervention techniques, and ready-to-use worksheets for addressing potential problems before learning is disrupted and ways to foster student leadership in the classroom. With its distinctive and creative perspective on classroom management, Rethinking Classroom Management encourages teachers to become mentors and facilitators rather than classroom managers, as they empower students to actively participate in their own learning. The classroom leadership framework introduced in the book helps readers rethink their role in the classroom. The strategies in Rethinking Classroom Management provide readers with initiative and increased flexibility in being congruent with their beliefs. Preservice through veteran teachers and principals who read this book will gain a strong sense of what excellent classroom management practices should be and how to attain them daily.

Entertainment / Movies / Law / Reference

Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and New Media, 2nd Edition by Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits (Allworth Press)

‘Making the deal’ has become nearly as talked about in the entertainment industry as movies and television shows themselves. The legal resources of studios and networks are legendary, often intimidating independent producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, and others as they try to navigate the maze of legal details. For those whose well-being depends on such conditions as greenlight, development fees, and pay-or-play, this resource helps level the playing field.

Hollywood Dealmaking – first edition – has been the go-to resource for new and experienced entertainment attorneys, agent trainees, business affairs executives, and creative executives. In the book, entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insiders Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits explain the negotiation techniques and strategies of entertainment dealmaking and detail the interests and roles of producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, and studio employees in crafting a deal. Readers learn how to recognize the key players in the process, understand the ‘lingo’ of crafting deals, negotiate agreements for the option and purchase of books and screenplays, negotiate employment deals for all members of a film or television crew, understand payment terms and bonuses, and register copyrights in scripts and other literary works.

This second edition captures the dramatic changes over the past five years with two new chapters: ‘Reality Television’ details the sources of revenue, syndication possibilities, and format sales of these shows as well as the talent deals that are made and the ‘Internet/New Media’ chapter delves into new digital formats such as mobile phones, game consoles, video-on-demand, and web-based apps, and explains where today's revenues are generated, where the industry is headed, and talent negotiation issues. The ins and outs of negotiating are explained, including back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments, box office bonuses, and copyrights. This reference is packed with expert insights on distribution, licensing, and merchandising. Hollywood Dealmaking's resource section includes definitions of lingo for acquisition agreements and employment deals, twelve ready-to-use sample contracts, and a directory of entertainment attorneys in New York and Los Angeles.

  • Appleton and Yankelevits begin with the fundamental dynamics of the dealmaking process. "Relationships play a key role in Hollywood. Not only does a good relationship ensure that a phone call will be returned or that a script will be read, but it helps cut through difficult negotiations when a deal is ready to be made," the authors observe. Because Yankelevits has represented studios and networks such as DreamWorks SKG, HBO, and New Line Cinema, and Appleton is Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at a prominent talent agency, Hollywood Dealmaking offers a unique balance of perspectives. This reference presents the interests of talent as well as the point of view of creative executives, producers, entertainment attorneys, agents and managers, and major guilds – clarifying the role that each plays in the dealmaking process. Readers will find expert insights to talent and production deals for television, feature film, video, and Internet, as well as an in-depth overview of net profits and other forms of contingent compensation.

. . . provides a quick understanding of everything one needs to know to negotiate Hollywood talent agreements. – Gavin Polone, motion picture and television producer
... provides a thorough guide to the key issues confronted in talent negotiations. – Marti Blumenthal, Partner, Writers & Artists Agency
I wish I could have had this book when I was starting out in the business. An invaluable reference work. – Alan Poul, Executive Producer, Six Feet Under
This is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a primer on our business. – David J. Matlof, Partner, Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer

Fully updated, comprehensive and easy to follow, this invaluable resource clarifies the role that various players play in dealmaking. It captures the dramatic changes in the film and television industry over the past five years with new chapters on reality television and new media. Peppered with facts on the deals of superstar players and with summaries in each section to clarify complex legal issues, Hollywood Dealmaking is an essential resource for industry novices and veterans alike who want to sharpen their negotiation skills and finalize the deals they have been seeking.

Entertainment / Sports

2010 Baseball Forecaster (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster): The Bible of Fanalytics, 24th Edition by Ron Shandler, edited by Ray Murphy & Rod Truesdell (Triumph Books)

2010 Baseball Forecaster is the industry’s longest-running publication for baseball analysts and fantasy leaguers.

Since 1986, Ron Shandler and his Baseball Forecaster have helped create thousands of baseball titles, both real and fantasy. Shandler, previously a columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com and an advisor to the St. Louis Cardinals, was the first baseball analyst to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play. His groundbreaking concepts and strategies, based on component skills analysis, have made him a perennial contender in national experts competitions.

In 2009 alone, Forecaster readers landed five top-3 finishes in national experts competitions. 2010 Baseball Forecaster was also the key draft prep tool for the #4 and #6 finishers in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship's 390-team main event.

When it comes to ‘fanalytics’ – the marriage of fantasy baseball and baseball analysis – the book is the place where the original thought and ground-breaking research began. It has become the bible for Major League executives, the media and thousands of fantasy leaguers, and continues to pioneer innovative new ways to win. His mantra is ‘draft skills, not stats’ and the Forecaster shows them how.

Shandler has done it with a singular focus on winning, using methods that are completely transparent. 2010 Baseball Forecaster contains the tools of victory: research, statistics and sabermetrics, exclusive leading indicators, 2010 player projections, batting and pitching consistency charts, bullpen indicators, injury logs, team charts, minor league scouting, fantasy cheat sheets, and free online projections update. The book contains the industry’s most consistent track record of success, written by real experts in fantasy play:

  • 23 experts league titles and national championships since 1997 (plus another 20 second- and third-place finishes).
  • The first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy league play.
  • Accurate projections, fully supported and intuitively logical.
  • The source used by Major League GMs, the media and other fantasy services.
  • Innovators of proven strategies like the LIMA Plan and the Portfolio3 Plan.

If readers are interested in learning how to win, consistently, 2010 Baseball Forecaster is the best place to start. While there are a ton of numbers in the book, readers will be amazed at how logical and intuitive the process is.

Entertainment / Television / Philosophy

Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective edited by D. E. Wittkower (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series: Open Court)

It’s a jungle out there. Through this jungle prowl all the demons of dirt and disorder. Though they must win eventually, the way to delay their victory is to keep everything in its proper place, and that means noticing any detail that doesn't fit. Welcome to the world of former San Francisco police detective Adrian Monk, intellectual athlete and behavioral cripple, master of crime-solving and slave to his own terrors. Mr. Monk and Philosophy examines that world through the lens of philosophy, bags all the evidence, and identifies DNA samples of Aristotle, Aquinas, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein.

Neatly organized, Mr. Monk and Philosophy uses philosophy to uncover more about the brilliant obsessive-compulsive detective Adrian Monk. With the guidance of history’s greatest thinkers, readers learn who Monk really is, why he is the way he is, and what they can learn from him. Chapters address such topics as Mr. Monk’s unique use of logic, how everyone uses their own phobias and idiosyncrasies to navigate a threatening world, and what Monk says about what it means to be a hero (albeit a flawed one). Monk's relationships receive special attention: his dedication to his late wife, Trudy, teaches us about romantic partnership, while his relationships with Sharona and Natalie reveal the importance of friendship in dealing with illness, death, and tragedy.

The volume is edited by D.E. Wittkower, editor of iPod and Philosophy: iCon of an ePoch and Facebook and Philosophy: What's on Your Mind?, who teaches philosophy at Coastal Carolina University.

Mr. Monk and Philosophy gives an eclectic and revealing insight into one of the most popular of all TV detectives. It's a must read for anyone interested in Monk or in the endless power of a TV genre to consistently re-imagine itself (and its philosophical implications) for each new generation of viewers. – Glen Creeber, author of The Television Genre Book

I not only enjoyed the book, it gave me several new perspectives on a character I thought I knew inside and out. Mr. Monk and Philosophy is a fascinating, funny, and perceptive collection that analyzes Monk like he would a crime scene – and succeeds in solving the greatest Monk mystery of all: Who is Adrian Monk? – Lee Goldberg, writer of several Monk TV episodes and author of the bestselling Adrian Monk novels

… What better group to celebrate this paradox of compulsive striving for normalcy than a collection of the world's most finely-tuned and obsessive philosophers! This book should be compulsory if not compulsive) reading for anyone who appreciates the special appeal of the crime drama. – Ralph D. Ellis, co-author of How the Mind Uses the Brain

… Reading Mr. Monk and Philosophy won't cure your phobias, but it will provide some relief by amusing and distracting you. That is something, and it's a lot cheaper. – Dr. Michael Edelstein, psychotherapist and co-author of Stage Fright

Another volume in the Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Mr. Monk and Philosophy is a lot of fun, plus it makes philosophy accessible.

Health, Mind & Body / Nutrition / Reference

New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind: Expanded & Updated by Patrick Holford (Basic Health Publications)

Depression, anxiety, and memory problems are all linked to what we eat.

How we think and feel is directly affected by what we take into our bodies.

Eating the right food has been proven to boost IQ, improve mood and emotional stability, sharpen memory, and keep the mind young. Similarly, the harmful things we take into our bodies, or anti-nutrients – including oxidants, alcohol, sugar, and stimulants – negatively impact mental health. These are the main issues author Patrick Holford, a nutrition expert, founder of the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, and director of the Food for Brain Foundation, discusses in his New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind.

The book has been expanded and updated. This resource focuses on how to treat causes, not symptoms, and includes the latest scientific information on:

  • The best brain food – what nutrients enhance intelligence and memory; what affects depression, apathy, and concentration; what balances mood swings and helps with sleeping problems.
  • How to protect the brain from becoming ‘polluted,’ and how to identify and avoid ‘brain allergies’.
  • Nutrition and mental illness: the thirteen common biochemical imbalances that can lead to mental health problems, both major and minor; and how, with the right nutrition, many people make complete recoveries.
  • The proven biochemical imbalances that can cause depression and schizophrenia, and how nutrition with psychotherapy cures them.
  • Attention deficit disorder, bipolar children, autism. Down's syndrome, crime and delinquency, eating disorders, epilepsy and convulsions – the role of nutrition in mental health in the young.
  • How age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, can be prevented or arrested with proper nutrition.

New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind is broken into eight parts. Part 1 provides ‘food for thought’ – what are the best foods to eat and which nutrients are most beneficial? Part 2 discusses how to protect the brain from becoming polluted and how to identify and avoid ‘brain allergies.’ Part 3 teaches readers how to boost their intelligence, enhance memory, beat the blues, solve sleep problems, and more. Part 4 turns to mental illness, Part 5 to depression and schizophrenia, and Parts 6 and 7 to mental health in the young and old, respectively. These parts include information on identifying and understanding specific problems and how to treat them naturally and effectively. Part 8 provides a complete action plan for regaining and maintaining good mental health. New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind closes with a resources section that provides readers with addresses and a comprehensive product and supplement directory.

In addition to addressing specific mental health issues, Holford provides a complete action plan for overall good mental health – rules readers can follow to make sure their diets are maximizing their mental health, the foods that comprise a brain-friendly diet, and supplements that are recommended to ensure optimum nutrition for the mind.

This is the breakthrough we've been waiting for regarding the primary care of those with mental health problems. This should be essential reading for anyone in this field, and certainly anyone going through medical school. – Dr. Andre Tylee, Professor of Primary Care Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

It is time that medical science and practice takes nutrition seriously as one of the key factors that determines the health of the brain. – Professor David Smith, Deputy Head, Division of Medical Services, University of Oxford

This book will make a tremendous difference to the millions of people who suffer unnecessarily from mental health problems. Nutritional medicine is the future. – Dr. Hyla Cass, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA School of Medicine

This excellent book gives us a most powerful weapon in our fight against mental disease. – Dr. Abram Hoffer, psychiatrist

We need psychiatrists to take up nutrition as part of their weaponry against disease. If they follow the advice in this book, they will be a good step along the way of helping their patients to get a lot better than many who are now on drug treatment alone. – Gwynneth Hemmings, Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain

This book makes it clear that a nutritionally ignorant psychiatrist is about as useful as a claustrophobic plumber. Everyone else knows that food can make you happy or sad, why do psychiatrists keep ignoring the fact? They have ignored nutrition for far too long. – Jerome Burne, Medicine Today

If you care about your mind, your moods or even your mental alertness, this book will change your attitudes to the foods you eat – for the better! This comprehensive work will provide you with food for thought, as you learn about foods for the mind. An excellent book. – Dr. Chris Steele, This Morning (ITV)

In New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind readers learn not only what brain food is, but also how and why it works for everyone. From boosting one's memory, solving depression, and beating addictions to overcoming eating disorders, preventing age-related memory decline, and balancing out mood swings, the book covers a wide range of important topics and should be of interest to anyone who wants to think and feel great.

Health, Mind & Body / Psychology & Counseling / Self-Help

The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness by Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ballantine Books)

Find Your Path, Chart Your Courses, Change Your Life

In the fall of 1966, at a university in the Northeast, 350 students signed up for a psychological survey on personal development and happiness. In 1977, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, then a young psychology professor, came across the study and decided to expand it. She tracked down the study's original participants and questioned them every decade until she had forty years' worth of data. Now, in this groundbreaking book, The Search for Fulfillment, Whitbourne, a pioneer in the study of adult development professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, reveals the findings of this extensive project, a seminal piece of research into how people change over the course of their lifetimes. The results indicate something fascinating: No matter how old or how content readers might currently feel, it is never too late for them to steer their lives toward a greater sense of purpose and satisfaction.
Western society often paints a pessimistic view of aging, a ‘best years are behind you’ attitude. But Whitbourne challenges this notion and posits that it is possible to find fulfillment at any age. In The Search for Fulfillment, Whitbourne:

  • Classifies the five different life pathways and shows readers how to get on the road to long-term happiness.
  • Disproves the myth of the universal ‘midlife crisis’.
  • Challenges Gail Sheehy's Passages model of age-based predictable stages, and provides a new way of looking at life.
  • Shows that the key to attaining fulfillment is maintaining an open, flexible, and adaptive approach to life.
  • Confirms that personal development doesn't end in youth and that it is never too late to make a change.
  • Shares the importance of building a ‘legacy’ to help create a lasting feeling of fulfillment.

Whitbourne's 40-year-study tracking a group of nearly 200 baby boomers from college to retirement is the first time that a large-scale research study following both men and women shows readers the factors that ultimately lead to happiness and fulfillment. Guided by the research, The Search for Fulfillment identifies five different life pathways and provides a questionnaire that helps readers discover which one they are currently on:

  • The Meandering Way – the path of those who are unable to settle on a clear set of goals and a way to achieve those goals.
  • The Downward Slope – people who follow this pathway start out with everything going for them but then their life direction veers alarmingly out of control as a result of one or two poor decisions.
  • The Straight and Narrow Way – the path of those whose lives are characterized by predictability. The people on this pathway shy away from risk and don't enjoy questioning or shaking up their routines.
  • The Triumphant Trail – the path taken by people whose inner resilience has allowed them to overcome significant challenges that could potentially have led them to a life of dependency.
  • The Authentic Road – the path of those who continuously examine their life's direction and force themselves to take a bold and honest look at whether it is truly satisfying and take the necessary risks to get back on track.

Whitbourne shows how readers can work themselves off a negative pathway and onto one that is more fulfilling. And if they identify themselves as being on one of the more positive pathways, they can learn how to keep enhancing their feelings of satisfaction.
After helping readers figure out which pathway they are following through a diagnostic quiz, The Search for Fulfillment shows them how they can shift to a more fulfilling life pathway at any point in life. Each chapter includes an ‘Action Plan’ for readers and strategies such as the following:

  • Conduct a Life Review: Readers take stock of their lives by comparing what they have done with what they hoped they would do. The next step is reconciling those differences and allowing themselves to accept the life they have lived.
  • Reframe the Narrative of Life: Whitbourne has found that the happiest people are those who manage to compose an autobiography that works through the negative events in their lives in such a way that they were no longer viewed as entirely detrimental.
  • A Little Experimentation Goes a Long Way: One key characteristic of those who are most fulfilled is flexibility towards change. Readers learn to challenge themselves by leaving their comfort zone and taking small risks, which will ultimately add up to a life of greater fulfillment.

Whitbourne also discusses the importance of legacy: her study shows that the happiest and most fulfilled midlife adults are the ones who feel that what they are doing is making a difference in the world – that they are leaving behind a positive legacy. Readers don't have to be great thinkers or social reformers to leave behind a positive legacy. Many, in their everyday lives, make small but important contributions that add up to a life that they, and others, consider to have been well-lived.

An enlightening compass to guide readers through the various possible ‘pathways,’ as [Whitbourne] calls them, to happiness and to making the changes necessary for a meaningful life. Whitbourne deserves commendation for both the hopeful message she delivers and the elegant prose with which she conveys her complex research. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

This remarkable exploration into the core dimensions of human nature takes readers of all ages on a journey of liberation. The psychologically revolutionary ideas that flow through every chapter free us from simplistic pop-psych notions of 'midlife crises' and confining age-based passages. We come to appreciate the extraordinary fluidity of human nature as people mature and embark on life's dynamic pathways, ideally toward personal fulfillment on triumphant or authentic paths. Emerging from solid, original research, The Search for Fulfillment’s sound, practical advice can transform your life. This is a must-read-now book. – Philip Zimbardo, author of The Lucifer Effect and The Time Paradox
In her groundbreaking new book, psychologist Susan Krauss Whitbourne shows that the path to happiness comes in many forms and can start at any point in our lives. Vividly portraying the lives of a group of baby boomers over a forty-year period, she draws lessons that compellingly illustrate that it's never too late to foster significant change in our own lives, and that fulfillment is within the reach of each of us. – Robert S. Feldman, associate dean and professor of psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst; author of The Liar of Your Life
It took me most of my life to discover what Susan Krauss Whitbourne has now proven irrefutably: You can create a whole new life with a new kind of happiness at any age. – Michael Gates Gill, author of How Starbucks Saved My Life
The Search for Fulfillment is an engaging, thought-provoking, and compelling read. Susan Krauss Whitbourne does a masterly job of integrating scientific research on personality development over the lifespan with vivid, real-world examples. Perhaps most important, she provides all of us with practical and helpful suggestions for finding meaning and making positive change in our lives. I strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about what psychological research suggests are the best strategies for finding happiness, joy, and psychological well-being. – Catherine A. Sanderson, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, Amherst College

The Search for Fulfillment demonstrates that outward signs of success – wealth, career advancement, cohesive families – do not necessarily correlate with internal feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Revolutionary and inspirational, this encouraging book provides a new way of looking at our lives – and a guidepost for making changes for the better, at any age. Filled with insight and candid personal profiles of Whitbourne's subjects, the book offers proof that change is not only possible but ultimately rewarding.

History / Americas

The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake by Leland G. Stauber (Prometheus Books)

The thirteen colonies' War of Independence against Great Britain evokes images all Ameri­cans are familiar with: an overbearing British government tightening the chains of empire and squeezing the pockets of colonists with exor­bitant taxes; the riotous response, the Boston Tea Party; George Washington's army suffering through Valley Forge but persevering to fight on; Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, and other Founding Fathers renouncing the ‘tyranny’ of Crown rule – and vigilantly guiding the fledg­ing government. Yet the American myth that we are reared in, that we celebrate every July Fourth, and that is time and again used in political rhetoric, deserves critical examination.

In The American Revolution, political scientist Leland G. Stauber, retired associate professor of political science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, presents a fundamental reinterpretation of the birth and the subsequent development of the United States. He challenges head on the prevailing American national saga, arguing that our independence from Britain was premature and that the experience of Canada has in many ways been preferable. Avoiding polemic, Stauber in an analytic tone lays out both the positive and negative consequences of the American Revolution.

While recognizing the seminal historic importance of the Declaration of Independence, the American rejection of titled nobility and monarchy, and universal white, male suffrage, as well as the advantages of early economic independence, Stauber points out major disadvantages resulting from the American Revolution: The most obvious of these is the dilemma of slavery. The four major disadvantages resulting from the American Revolution pointed out in The American Revolution are:

  1. Slavery, which was left unaddressed by our war with Britain and set the stage for the American Civil War, although slavery had been outlawed in several parts of the British empire by 1833.
  2. A ‘legislative union’ along the lines of the British North America Act of 1867, which created the Dominion of Canada, is a superior method of national unification to the purely voluntary federation of the United States.
  3. The American system of government, based on checks and balances, is often cumbersome in dealing with contemporary challenges, which are often not so difficult for parliamentary governments.
  4. The underlying American mind-set regarding the role of government contains a deep-seated suspicion of a strong central government, which dates back to our war against British ‘tyranny.’ This reluctance to use the central government to tackle major social problems cripples the United States' ability to build a more decent society.

It is time that someone questioned the idealization and romanticization of the American Revolution, and Leland Stauber's book takes on that challenge with sound history and admirable common sense. – Howard Zinn, author, A People's History of the United States

The great virtue of this book is that it uses a reasonable what-if story to force Americans to face the worst aspects of a system that never is questioned. That Canada is a more humane and democratic country than the United States is heresy of the best kind. – G. William Domhoff, Distinguish Research Professor and author of Who Rules America: Challenging Corporate and Class Dominance

Stauber makes his case – impressively – that the Revolution may have been a mistake, or at least premature. Not only did the Revolution leave the United States with the burden of slavery, which was to require a bitter Civil War to abolish, much later than slavery was abolished in the British empire, it also left a deep-seated suspicion of a strong central government that makes it extremely difficult for us to effectively address so­cial problems. (The one I think of as I write this is the ongoing debate over healthcare.) ... Any reader, whether historian, political scientist, or none of the above, should find Leland G. Stauber's book a thoughtful one indeed. – Davis D. Joyce, Professor Emeritus of History, East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma; and author of Howard Zinn: A Radical American Vision

Stauber's clearly written, concise narrative is a necessary corrective to the potted his­tory of the American Revolution most of us were taught in school. It will induce, among progressives, a sobering enlightenment because it explains the depths of conservative belief in the United States and will contribute to realistic assessments of what can be done.... [A]n enjoyable and illuminating read that deepens our understanding of the challenging political environment of the last half century. – Dwight Furrow, author of Reviving the Left: The Need to Restore Liberal Values in America

The American Revolution is a creative and challenging historical and political analysis of long-established American presumptions about our history and government. Readers will appreciate its calm, analytical tone. It will be of interest to students and scholars of political science and American history, as well as all open-minded citizens.

History / Americas / Military / Reference

Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era: 1776 – 1914 Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics by Robert B. Bruce, Phyllis G. Jestice, Stuart Reid, Rob S. Rice, & Frederick C. Schneid (Thomas Dunne Books)

A guide for military buffs and a resource for a transitional period in military history, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era shows in detail the methods by which European armies gained and lost ascendancy on the battlefields of the British colonial era. The book covers the tactics, techniques, and weapons of colonial warfare from the American War of Independence through to the early twentieth century.

From the American republican raid on Paulus Hook (1779) through to the slaughter at Spion Kop (1900), the book covers colonial engagements from four continents. From the tactics required to win battles in a period when opponents were often either heavily mismatched in technology, or employed entirely different strategies to outwit each other, the book explores this dynamic period of military history, covering campaigns including The Revolutionary War, The War of 1812, The Mexican War, the Crimean War, the Austro-Prussian War, the Franco-Prussian War, the Zulu War, the Sudan campaign, the Boer War and the Russo-Japanese War. The book contains 20 full-color tactical maps and accounts of key battles.

In these wars the imperial powers and foreign occupiers did not always have it their own way, as many of the featured battles show. In the first chapter, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era explores infantry-dominated battles, such as the defeat of regular British forces at Isandlwana (1879) and Spion Kop (1900), as well as the victory of European-led armies at Isly (1844) and Kandahar (1880). This chapter investigates the contrasting tactics of the Zulus, Boers, and North African Moors, comparing their approach to regular European infantry. The second chapter looks at the role of cavalry at the battles of Paulus Hook (1779), Ayacucho (1824), Little Big Horn (1876), and Omdurman (1898), examining how increased mobility and unconventional tactics could make all the difference in difficult terrain. The third chapter explores the role of generalship, demonstrating how poor decision-making could lead to disastrous results at Kabul (1842) and Adowa (1896). The fourth chapter examines the siege warfare of the era through battles at Yorktown (1781), the Alamo (1836), Delhi (1857), and Puebla (1863). The final chapter appraises the crucial role played by naval units in colonial wars, with examinations of the republican attack on Valdivia (1820), the Chinese defeat at Fatshan Creek (1857), and the use of overwhelming firepower by the British Royal Navy at Alexandria (1882).

Using specially-commissioned illustrations – 10 color and black-and-white photos, 115 black-and-white line drawings, and 20 color maps – to illustrate the battles, equipment, and tactics of the period, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era examines contrasting approaches to warfare where mismatched technologies still sometimes led to unexpected outcomes. Authors are Robert B. Bruce, Associate Professor of Military History at the US Marine Corps Command and Staff College in Quantico; Phyllis Jestice, associate professor of Medieval History and chair of the History Department at the University of Southern Mississippi; Stuart Reid, full-time freelance writer who previously served with the British Royal Regiment of Fusiliers; Rob S. Rice, professor at the American Military University teaching courses on Ancient and Modern Naval Warfare; and Frederick C. Schneid, Professor of History at High Point University in North Carolina.

From a team of some of the most respected military historians in the world, Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era is the true story of how army strategy evolved between 1776 through the imperial clashed that preceded World War I. Fans of military, strategic, and medieval history will appreciate the research and detail on every page in this beautiful addition to a military history library. This highly-illustrated guide is an essential companion for anyone interested in colonial warfare.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Embroidered Books: Design, Construction and Embellishment by Isobel Hall (Batsford)

Embroidered books are enjoying a huge surge in popularity. They can be practical, for example, journals, address books and photo albums, or their pages can be embroidered individually to tell a personal story or to commemorate a special event. Books with embroidered bindings and covers can be true works of art – treasured heirlooms to be handed down for generations.

Embroidered Books by Isobel Hall, the acclaimed author of Bags with Paper and Stitch, shows readers how to create precious embroidered books using the latest fabrics and methods. Hall is a teacher and textile designer who specializes in creating handmade paper and using it to make embroidered bags. The book is illustrated throughout with examples of the author's work.

This volume covers the basics of book construction as well as exquisite embellishment ideas. The projects combine several binding methods – including wrap-up and zigzag books – from a book inspired by stained-glass windows to one in the shape of a lady's bodice – with a range of exquisite embroidery designs, from a Wild West-themed wallet book to an intricately bound volume strewn with flower petals.

Embroidered Books contains techniques for making a wide range of books, including ones with embroidered spines, with both soft and hard backings and intricately constructed bindings. Over 30 projects and techniques show readers how to recreate these books, from basic assembly to embellishment, and innovative devices such as waterfall pages and carousel-style constructions. A wide range of materials is used, including the latest fabrics such as Lutradur and Evolon, plus hand-made paper and unusual found objects, including driftwood and stone.

Hall shows readers how to construct books and how to work with mixed-media techniques and stitch to individualize both the covers and the inside pages. The emphasis throughout Embroidered Books is on working with modem-day materials that are robust, durable and suitable for embroidery. Hall keeps the pages of the books a manageable size, so that many of them could be suitable for use as address books, notebooks, sketchbooks and postcard albums. The wedding books are very popular for use at wedding receptions for guests to write notes and comments for the bride and groom. In addition to these useable books, Hall includes one or two decorated art books, which stand as works of art in their own right, and readable storybooks.

Embroidered Books is a beautiful book and Hall’s artwork is stunning. Needle workers can master this traditional craft with the help of the detailed instructions and patterns, and once readers have mastered the art of bookmaking they can go on to explore using these mixed-media techniques for their own individual artwork. When working with the techniques explained in Embroidered Books, an experimental approach will result in unique artwork, which could also be applicable for other three-dimensional work, wall art and sketchbook work.

Literature & Fiction / Religion & Spirituality

A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer (A Cape Light Novel: Berkley Books)

Christmas brings unexpected challenges and gifts that will never be forgotten to Cape Light. The Cape Light Series is written by Thomas Kinkade, America's most collected living artist and Katherine Spencer, a fiction editor turned full-time writer.

In A Wish for Christmas, the people of Cape Light reflect on their past and revel in their future. David has returned home from Afghanistan after serving for several years to find everything changed. His widowed father, Jack, has remarried; he has a young stepsister in the house; and he's dealing with trauma and physical injuries that may never heal. His old dreams of becoming a police officer or a firefighter are now gone, and he has no idea what his future holds other than a difficult recovery. He's having trouble joining in the cheer of the Christmas season, especially when Christine, his ex-girlfriend, comes to work at Jack's tree farm. Trying not to seem bitter or discouraged is even harder than the physical therapy he must undergo, and David realizes that he not only needs to heal his body but his heart as well.

Meanwhile, alarming conversations are taking place in Lillian Warwick's house as she finds herself living on her own again. Her daughters know that their elderly mother needs help but Lillian, fiercely independent and wily, resists their every effort. Even her old friend, Dr. Ezra Elliot, can't get through to her. Set in her ways. Lillian is determined to live on her own terms. Then the tables are turned and Ezra is the one in need. Lillian rises to the challenge and takes on the unfamiliar role of caretaker. Years ago, Lillian's first and only love ended in disappointment. She never expected – or even wanted – to love again. She considers the very idea foolish. But as she cares for Ezra, she begins to wonder if it's possible to let someone else into her heart.

And to cap off the holiday season, a mysterious benefactor is leaving gifts for those in need. No one knows the identity of the Secret Santa, but the generosity is contagious as Cape Light residents are inspired to pass on the kindness.

A Wish for Christmas reminds readers that Christmas is a time to come together as families and appreciate all that we are given. In difficult financial times it can be easy to think of Christmas as a burden, but the book reminds readers of the true spirit of Christmas.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Ministry

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction by Mary Clark Moschella (The Pilgrim Press)

I want to say that she has unraveled the bifurcation between prophetic and priestly ministry, between working for social transformation and tending the communal life of a con­gregation.… She has pointed the way for ethnography as a pastoral practice, and she has done something even more subtle and powerful. She has pointed the way to prophetic ministry through the very processes that she describes. Listening and learning leads to envisioning and empowering, which then leads to transforming the world. – Mary Moore, from the foreword

Ethnography is a way to tap the deep undercurrents in a community through a process of gathering, analyzing, and sharing data. Mary Clark Moschella, associate professor of pastoral theology and congregational care at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ who pastured churches for 13 years, in Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice informs clergy on how they can give themselves 'ears to hear' their members own stories, deep wisdom and longing for God.

This is a book about listening to and learning from others; Moschella calls the book a roadmap. In Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice, Moschella teaches readers her method of practical theology, a method that can be practiced in con­gregations as well as the halls of academia. She describes the elements of her method as listening, conversing, co-authoring, re-authoring, interpreting, and writing. In so doing, she reveals how deep wisdom can be uncovered in the process of engaging a community's puzzles, stories, counter-stories, secrets, images, and metaphors.

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice does something even more radical, however; it raises a nagging question and opens the door to a powerful answer. The question is the relation between the pastoral role of listening, observing, being with, and interpreting a commu­nity and the prophetic role of transformation. These two roles are often defined as sharply different, even antagonistic. Schol­ars writing on the history, forms, and functions of ministry have traditionally described a tension between priestly and prophetic ministries. Moschella writes as if they were not antago­nistic, but intertwined; this is her contribution. She lays the groundwork early in the book: "Hardly anyone who echoes Isaiah's response to the divine call, `Here am I, send me!' (Isa. 6:8), envisions a life dedicated to maintaining the status quo." Later she describes listening as "a liberating practice, a practice that validates and honors another person's experience, insight, and soul." Still later, she quotes a student as saying, "This study helped me to love the congregation more fully and with a greater understanding of who they really are." Moschella suggests that the threads of a minister's prophetic call, together with listening and understanding, can lead to profound transformation.

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice offers a way for religious leaders to harness the power of social research to transform a group's common life and its purposeful work in the world. Through ethnographic listening practices, pastors and rabbis can begin to hear their communities' stories, told in many voices and versions. By weaving these sto­ries together, leaders can ‘read’ the theologies that are expressed and enacted in the everyday life of the group. Then, by shar­ing their research results back with their congregation or agency, leaders can stimulate more honest theological reflection and trust­ing relationships within the group. This process sows the seeds for spiritual and social transformation within the faith community and beyond.

I have been waiting my whole academic career for a book like this ... an approach to congregational change that respects the stories of people, while at the same time engaging these stories in ways that promote personal and social transformation ... innovative and imaginative. – Edward P. Wimberly, Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care and vice president for academic affairs/provost, Interdenominational Theological Center

Moschella has laid the foundation and provided the pathway that can strengthen pastoral analysis and pastoral care of persons in context. At last we have a way of proceeding with the kind of research that can make pastoral care more meaningful and effective. – Emmanuel Y. Lartey, professor of pastoral theology, care and counseling, Candler School of Theology

Moschella has bridged theology and social analysis in a fresh account of how pastors should employ ethnography in the service of congregational care. Within each community of faith, a deep source of meaning shapes everyday spiritual practice; but this depth cannot be understood without deliberate and disciplined searching.... Moschella puts in the hands of religious leaders an essential tool to deepen their appreciation of the communal life of faith. – Nancy L. Eiesland, associate professor of sociology of religion, Candler School of Theology

This book fills a tremendous need for a readable, all-in-one-place guide to qualitative research in pastoral fields. Moschella thoughtfully addresses all the stages of research, from initial conceptualization through analysis to writing and sharing of findings. Moschella's genius is to understand that research is pastoral listening, and that along with contributing to our fields of knowledge, researchers can form caring relationships with those whose lives we touch. – Pamela Cooper-White, professor of pastoral theology, care and counseling, Columbia Theological Seminary

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice offers practical guidance for enacting ethnography as a pastoral practice, and it does so with captivating prose and simple clarity. Moschella knows the ethnographic and pastoral theology literature well and is able to translate it into maps and travelers' guides that people can follow with ease. The book will be a resource for students, religious leaders, and communities of faith who gather together in the hope that they can help generate transformational, faithful, and life-giving change in this world.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / African-America Studies

Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church by Mary E. Abrums (AltaMira Press)

Although poverty remains an ever-present reality in the lives of one in four African Americans, it is only in times of episodic crises like Hurricane Katrina that we glimpse into the lives of the poor. But these views quickly fade, leaving us with little information or context about the day-to-day realities of people who live in poverty through generations.

Moving the Rock is a book about a small group of poor and working-class Af­rican American women who live in Seattle, Washington, and the storefront church that sustains them. Written by Mary E. Abrums, anthropologist and registered nurse, associate professor in the Nursing Program at the University of Washington, Bothell, Moving the Rock describes the life experiences of the women and the long-term impact of poverty and racism on the women and their families. It is about the women's daily challenges and struggles, how they create contentment, and how they build a tenuous security that enables them to raise their children safely and successfully. It is also a book about Abrum’s experience of participating in community-based research when differences in race and class between the researcher and the women were constant companions in the research process.

Morning Sun Missionary Baptist Church (a pseudonym) is a small store-front church located in a residential area in the Central District of Seattle. Morning Sun was originally a small white frame house resting on a large, grassy lot. The church has thirty-five registered members, consisting primarily of two extended families and a few elderly widowed women. In Moving the Rock, eight African American women from the church share the stories of their lives with the hope that they could make things better for poor black women.

The women have chosen Morning Sun because it is small enough for them to be actively involved, or it is close to home, or they feel connected to the pastor and his wife. Seven of the storytellers are from the two main church families, representing three generations; and one woman is an elderly widow now living alone. The women are between the ages of nineteen and eighty-two. They are all poor or working class, but their stories are very different, some are on welfare or disability, and some have stable jobs. Some live in subsidized housing, and some own their homes. One woman has only a fourth-grade education; some have not been able to finish high school diplomas or GEDs; and some have gone on for college or additional training. The pastor's wife, the most highly educated person in the church, is one quar­ter short of obtaining a graduate degree.

In their stories the women describe their kinship networks and dem­onstrate the interconnections of family, religious community, faith, and values in this small church environment. Their portraits teach readers about the complexities of intergenerational poverty and about the intersection of poverty, race, and gender in the lives of the women.

The research that forms the basis for Moving the Rock took place in Seattle in the 1990s. Although Seattle is seen as a progressive city, the poor, for the most part, are invisible. Little has been done to examine the lives of a relatively small, poor African American population in this city. With only 47,541 African Americans in Seattle, it is assumed that they have necessarily assimilated, but this is not necessarily true. The majority of African Americans currently live in both South and Central Seattle, but they have, like the families in Moving the Rock, traditionally lived in the Central District (‘the CD’). Small storefront churches dot the land­scape – churches that maintain communities and traditions from an ear­lier Southern black lifestyle, churches that support their members as they go to work in a white world or send their children to schools, sometimes to schools across town that have predominantly white populations, where teachers, nurses, and social workers are primarily white, college educated, and middle class.

As a nurse anthropologist, Abrums says she had the privilege of working with the church's women and their leaders for eighteen months. She spent time with the church members in formal services, during social times at church, and in their everyday lives. Feminist and black feminist theory integrated with critical reflexive anthropology provided the framework for the research. Ethnographic methods of anthropology, participant observations, and life history interviews were used to collect the data. These tools helped her to describe the women's everyday lives and realities in ‘an ethnography of the particular’.

When the study first began, Abrums says she was interested in understanding more about variables that influenced the health status of African American women. She learned quickly that it was impossible to understand health issues without hearing the women's stories. It was like examining a piece of a puzzle without having a picture of the complete puzzle. She had previously written about how the women ‘make meaning’ or interpret their health concerns and experiences.

Because the women's stories speak for themselves, Abrums uses very little analysis so as not to impose academic theories that may or may not represent the storytellers' views accurately. Feminism, anti-racism, and social justice ideologies have had a critical influence on Abrums’ work. Although she attempts to present the church members' beliefs and their ex­periences through their lens alone, she says it is inevitable that her own beliefs and goals influence the focus of the lens. Thus, this study is a story of how the church members see their lives and how she sees their lives within the context of their combined philosophies.

There are three parts to Moving the Rock. In Part One, the historical background, the church setting, and the core values and beliefs related to family and motherhood are described. Part Two presents the stories of the eight women who participated in the life history interviews. Part Three dis­cusses her relationships with the women and the research process. Finally, the appendix presents the research question, theories, and methodology that provided the philosophy and the structure for the study.

I laughed, cried, rejoiced, and experienced a full range of emotions.... Mary Abrums has written an honest and sensitive portrayal of African American fami­lies rarely found in today's literature. It took me back to an earlier time and place in my own life. – Lydia McAllister, Seattle University

The rich detail of these women's lives is wonderfully expressed through the eyes of the narrator as she relates their life stories within the cultural context of the Seattle community in which they lived. The book presents authoritative research but reads like a fascinating novel, and one quickly finds oneself immersed in the lives of the eight women who shared their life histories. Abrums paints a picture so compelling that I felt I was sitting in their homes with the women and could feel their exhaustion or exhilaration. By sharing their stories, these women remind us that we have more in common as human beings than we have differ­ences. – Mary De Chesnay, Kennesaw State University

In Moving the Rock, Abrums eloquently unfolds the religious beliefs and prac­tices of the women of Morning Sun Church, a group of African American women who struggle to nurture their families and community members against tremen­dous odds. Written in a clear and engaging style, this book provides a major con­tribution to scholarship in womanist/ feminist literature, religious studies, and the anthropology of working-class African Americans in the urban northwest. The author's conscientious efforts to keep the voices of these women and their narratives at the forefront of this text gives the reader an insider's perspective of how religious beliefs and practices empower women living at, near, or below the official poverty line in the United States. – Ruth P. Wilson, San Jose State University

While theories of societal oppression help us to understand the com­plexity of the macro picture, it is the individual stories and the micro contexts that make this picture come alive. By studying a small environ­ment carefully and thoroughly, readers begin to see the day-to-day realities of racism and generational poverty. The stories, the women's voices in Moving the Rock, provide an insider's view into this reality, helping readers comprehend that the experiences of the poor are part of the overall picture of life in America. Although few researchers are able to study with the poor for this extended period of time, readers can learn how to communicate more sensitively and how to ask the right questions by ‘stepping into the space’ of the women from Morning Sun Church. Moving the Rock is written for students and professionals who provide health, educational, and social services to the poor. It is for readers who advocate for people who experience poverty and racism. It is for those who are interested in anthropological, African American, religious, and women's studies. It is for government workers who plan policy and create and manage programs that serve the poor. It is for churches, women's groups, and foundations. And most importantly, it is for the women of Morning Sun who want their stories to be told. The book contributes to economic, social, and political justice for people who experience poverty and racism, as do the women of Morning Sun Church.

Science / Environmental Science / Chemistry

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects: Risk Assessment of Pesticides edited by Theo C.M. Brock, Anne Mix, Colin D. Brown, Ettore Capri, Bernhard EE Gottesbüren, Fred Heimbach, Chris M. Lythgo, Ralf Schulz, & Martin Streloke (CRC Press)

Time-variable exposure profiles of pesticides are more often the rule than exception in the surface waters of agricultural landscapes. There is, therefore, a need to adequately address the uncertainties arising from time-variable exposure profiles in the aquatic risk assessment procedure for pesticides.

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects provides guidance and recommendations for linking aquatic exposure and ecotoxicological effects in the environmental assessment of agricultural pesticides. Leading international scientists share their expertise in aquatic exposure assessment, aquatic ecotoxicology, and the risk assessment and management of plant protection products. The book incorporates the tools and approaches currently available for assessing the environmental risks of time-variable exposure profiles of pesticides. It also discusses the science behind these techniques.

This volume covers the extrapolation techniques, including models that address the environmental fate, toxicokinetics, toxicodynamics, and ecological effects for performing accurate aquatic environmental risk assessments of pesticides. It explains how to link aquatic exposure and effects in the risk assessment procedure for plant protection products.

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects brings together scientists from around the world, describing recommended approaches for linking fate and effects. It discusses registration procedures for plant protection products, including a novice's guide to FOCUS surface water and an overview of extrapolation techniques. It presents a concise overview of the scientific field and recommendations for future research. Finally, it offers ideas to consider for assessing the environmental risks of other toxicants.

The three parts are:

  1. Guidance on Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects in the Registration Procedure of Plant Protection Products
  2. Reports from ELINK Work Groups
  3. Appendices and Glossary

Editors of Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects include Theo C.M. Brock, Alterra (Wageningen University and Research Centre; formerly SC-DLO) former council member and president of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) in Europe and currently associate editor of the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM); Anne Alix of the French National Institute on Research in Agronomy aid (INRA); Colin D. Brown, professor of ecochemistry at the University of York, UK; Ettore Capri, associate professor at the Catholic University in Milan; Bernhard F.F. Gottesbüren, scientific researcher and environmental fate assessor at BASF SE and team leader of BASF's environmental fate modeling team; Fred Heimbach, consultant scientist at RIFCon GmbH in Leichlingen, Germany; Chris M. Lythgo of the pesticide risk assessment peer review unit (PRAPeR) at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in Parma, Italy; Ralf Schulz, professor for environmental sciences and head of the Department for Environmental Sciences at University Koblenz-Landau/Germany; and finally, Martin Streloke, aquatic ecotoxicologist with the German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL).

Books published by the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) provide in-depth reviews and critical appraisals on scientific subjects relevant to understanding the impacts of chemicals and technology on the environment. They explore topics reviewed and recommended by the Publications Advisory Council and approved by the SETAC North America, Latin America, or Asia/Pacific Board of Directors; the SETAC Europe Council; or the SETAC World Council for their importance, timeliness, and contribution to multidisciplinary approaches to solving environmental problems.

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects provides insightful information on the aquatic environmental risk assessment of pesticides. The book presents readers with authoritative coverage of the literature, as well as paradigms, methodologies, and controversies; research needs; and new developments. It is one of many SETAC publications that offer timely, innovative, and critically reviewed perspectives on current topics relating to broad environmental toxicology and chemistry issues.

Social Sciences / Professional & Technical / Law

Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 edited by Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Wenona T. Singel, and Kathryn E. Fort (American Indian Studies Series: Michigan State University Press)

Facing the Future is a comprehensive evaluation of well-intentioned but problematic federal legislation. The U.S. Congress is charged with responsibility for the protection and preservation of American Indian tribes, including Indian children. In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), with the intent to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families. ICWA sets federal requirements that apply to state child custody proceedings involving an Indian child who is a member of or eligible for membership in a federally recognized tribe. ICWA also sets out federal requirements regarding removal of Indian children and their placement in foster or adoptive homes, and it allows the child's tribe to intervene in the case. The Indian Child Welfare Act is probably the one federal Indian law statute most likely to cross the paths of ordinary lawyers and paralegals even outside of Indian Country. Like other aspects of federal Indian law, ICWA is esoteric and a bit scary to persons educated before federal Indian law coursework became available, or who skipped it when it was available.

Facing the Future brings together for the first time a multidisciplinary assessment of the law with scholars, practitioners, lawyers, and social workers all offering perspectives on the value and importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Editors of the volume are Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Associate Professor and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center, Michigan State University College of Law and an enrolled member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; Wenona T. Singel, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center and Appellate Judge for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; and Kathryn E. Fort, Adjunct Professor and Staff Attorney for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center.

Suzanne L. Cross – along with her co-contributors Angelique G. Day and Emily C. Proctor – begins Facing the Future with a report from the trenches. The field of social work is where the hardest and most important work involving Indian children takes place. The role of the tribal social worker is barely acknowledged by critics of the Act, although their frontline actions shape much of the core of the Act's meaning.

Terry L. Cross and Robert J. Miller demonstrate the significance of the Act on the continuing development of tribal governments. In many ways, Congress demonstrated confidence in and reliance upon Indian tribes and their courts when it conferred exclusive and concurrent jurisdiction over the adjudication of Indian children to tribal courts. This second chapter places the Act in a greater context of tribal sovereignty. Matthew L. M. Fletcher's chapter is an attempt to place the Act in the greater context of American constitutional law. There are few American statutes as heavily reliant on race and ethnicity as the Act; but given the history of the American Constitution – partly intended to remove all tribal relations from the discretion of the states – the Act is consistent with the original public meaning of the Constitution.
Lorie M. Graham's contribution offers a theory as to the greater meaning of the Act in the context of the history of tribal-American relations. Much of the history of Indian affairs in America involves property dispossession, assimilation, and cultural destruction. As opposed to the pan-American Indian notion of looking seven generations ahead when making important public policy decisions, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has rarely looked forward at all – until the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Mary Jo B. Hunter offers an on-the-ground history of the Act from the perspective of an Indian lawyer – and now a law school clinician – who has practiced Indian family law during the entire thirty-year history of the statute. B. J. Jones, perhaps the leading scholar and practitioner of the Indian Child Welfare Act, contributes his research into a developing legal quandary involving the Act – the Act's interpretation in light of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, which often undermines the effective judicial implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Allie Greenleaf Maldonado offers a look at emerging fractures in the implementa­tion of the Act in state courts, focusing on Michigan. Lorinda Mall contributes an empirical study of how the interpretation of the Act has evolved in state and tribal courts, focusing on Arizona. Aliza Organick writes about a critical question in the viability of the Act and whether state courts will write exceptions into the statute as a matter of common law, such as the Existing Indian Family ‘doctrine,’ focusing on where it all began – Kansas.

Continuing the interdisciplinary character of Facing the Future, Le Anne E. Silvey's chapter offers a retrospective of the issues related to the pedagogy of the Act from the perspective of a family ecologist. Her experiences at the Michigan Indian Child Welfare Agency, form the basis of this chapter.

Maylinn Smith provides a practical guide to representing the interests of individual Indian parents and families. She writes from the perspective of a law school clinician. And finally, Carol L. Tebben looks at the constitutionality of the Act in the context of its broader public policy. She argues that the policy of the statute should be a critical and perhaps dispositive measure of the viability of the Act under the Constitution.

In Facing the Future, Professors Fletcher, Singel!, and Fort have assembled a top-notch group of authors to reflect on the 30th Anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act. With contributions by constitutional and human rights scholars, tribal judges and advocates, social workers, and foster parents, the book canvasses the theoretical and personal, offering a rich set of perspectives on ICWA. The various authors never lose sight of the fact that this is a law about children and that ICWA's legacy can only be measured by the extent to which it enables Indian children, families, and tribes to flourish. Toward that end, this book provides readers with a deep set of readings with which to assess ICWA's history and inspire future advocacy. Facing the Future is an engrossing read, appropriate for both teaching and research purposes, and makes a major contribution to the fields of Federal Indian Law, Family Law, and Children's Rights, among others. – Professor Kristen A. Carpenter, University of Colorado Law School

Facing the Future is a magnificent contribution to the field. It brings together a cadre of impressive and varied voices to explicate the deeply significant jurisprudential and practical implications of the Indian Child Welfare Act in a contemporary world. Most important, Facing the Future keeps its focus where it is so desperately needed: on Indian communities and future generations of Indian children. – Angela R. Riley, Southwestern Law School

Facing the Future is a guide for both practitioners and scholars to the ‘contested discourses’ contained within the Indian Child Welfare Act. In addition to locating the controversies that have arisen in implementation of ICWA, this book clarifies for non-Indians why tribal peoples in the U.S. consider ICWA so vital to protecting their interests. – Steve Russell, Associate Professor, Indiana University; Past President, Texas Indian Bar Association; and Citizen of the Cherokee Nation

With a rich mixture of theory, public policy, and the law on the ground, this collection brings the first thirty years of Indian Child Welfare Act experience to life and powerfully makes the case for continued tribal autonomy and local control. – Stacy Leeds, Professor of Law and Director of the Tribal Law and Government Center, University of Kansas School of Law

Facing the Future is a comprehensive evaluation of the outcomes of the Indian Child Welfare Act, an important contribution to the field.

Transportation / Aviation / Biographies & Memoirs / Young Adult

Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It by Susan Wels (Running Press)

Courage is the price that Life exacts for granting peace.

The soul that knows it not, knows no release

From little things:

Knows not the livid loneliness of fear,

Nor mountain heights where bitter joy can hear

The sound of wings. – Amelia Earhart, "Courage" (kept in First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's desk drawer)

She was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and the first person to fly solo across the Pacific. But Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) was also a photographer, poet, hospital worker, truck hauler, fashion designer, social worker, and student of chemistry, physics, and medicine – before she vanished mysteriously in her airplane over the Pacific Ocean in July 1937.

Amelia Earhart is the first premium-quality illustrated biography to cover all facets of the icon’s life, featuring never-before-seen photographs, artifacts, letters, documents, and maps. It includes newly-revealed details about Amelia’s life and brings the story of her disappearance up to date with the latest information about the search for her remains in the Pacific Ocean. Publication coincides with the major motion film, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor.

Earhart‘s entire life reflected the adventurous, progressive spirit by which she became the first woman to make the dangerous solo flight across the Atlantic and the first person, male or female, to cross the Pacific alone in an airplane.

An American icon of courage, aviation, and feminism, Earhart is still remembered today as a model of perseverance and self-confidence. Amelia Earhart by award-winning editor and author Susan Weis documents Earhart's short yet complex life in depth. New documents and letters recently donated to Purdue University and photos from the Smithsonian, Harvard's Schlesinger Library, and the International Center for Photography make this book an illustrated journey through Earhart's extraordinary life.

Wels explores many facets of this young revolutionary's life. From her trendsetting ways, motivating hundreds of women flyers to climb into the cockpits, to her turn as America's first celebrity fashion designer, signing each piece and designing them herself by arranging details and fabric on a dressmaker's dummy in her living room. The biography also delves into Earhart's pioneering personal life, from refusing to marry except under the condition that she would not have to abide by the antiquated ‘medieval code of faithfulness,’ and neither would her spouse, to a scandalous affair with Gore Vidal's father, Eugene Luther Vidal, a crack pilot, Olympic athlete, and cofounder of three of America's earliest airlines.

… an irresistible biography-in-pictures rich in photographs of Earhart and a slew of intriguing documents. Wels’ brisk narrative hits all the main points and captures the spirit of Earhart. – Booklist

… an ideal choice for young adult collections … the engaging narrative hits all of the highpoints of her career, provides insight into her personal life, and reveals the many nuances of her character.… Clearly conveying Earhart’s zeal for life, this spellbinding book will grab teens from the first page and keep them reading to the very end. – School Library Journal
Not your usual biography, Wels combines not only Amelia Earhart's life story but also original documents, never-before-seen pictures, personal moments, and various artifacts being used to continue the search for her remains. Published to correspond with the movie release starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere, Amelia Earhart celebrates Earhart's zest for life, her bravery, and everything that made her the icon that she has become. – Allentown Books Examiner
Lovers of biography should be sure to check out Susan Wels's Amelia Earhart Wels adds to the Earhart reservoir new research and fresh insights. The writing is lucid and well paced, and the layout is superb. – Library Journal

… for the ultimate illustrated biography of Earhart, pick up Amelia Earhart by Susan Wels. – Curve

… lavishly illustrated… This may be the perfect book for preteen or teenage girls with similar goals. – San Jose Mercury News

Richly illustrated, Amelia Earhart vividly captures the essence of Earhart and her unflinching zeal for living life. Wels shines new light on the story of this legendary woman sure to inspire others to follow their dreams. The compelling biography reveals new details about the search for answers to the mystery of her disappearance.

 

Contents this Issue:

Another Brush with God: Further Conversations about Icons by Peter Pearson (Morehouse Publishing)

A Century Turns: New Fears, New Hopes – America 1988 to 2008 (America: The Last Best Hope), [Audiobook, unabridged, 9CDs) by William J. Bennett and narrated by Jon Gauger (Oasis Audio)

Drawing Inspiration: Visual Artists at Work by Michael Fleishman (Delmar Cengage Learning)

Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science that Makes Life Dismal by Moshe Adler (The New Press)

The Backchannel: How Audiences are Using Twitter and Social Media and Changing Presentations Forever by Cliff Atkinson (New Riders Press)

The Genealogist's Internet: 4th Edition by Peter Christian (The National Archives of England)

Color Management without the Jargon: A Simple Approach for Designers and Photographers Using the Adobe Creative Suite by Conrad Chavez; DVD: running time: 1 ½ hours (Peachpit Press)

Setting Up the Preschool Classroom by Nancy Vogel (HighScope Essentials Series: HighScope Press)

Rethinking Classroom Management: Strategies for Prevention, Intervention, and Problem Solving, 2nd edition by Patricia Sequeira Belvel (Corwin Press)

Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and New Media, 2nd Edition by Dina Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits (Allworth Press)

2010 Baseball Forecaster (Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster): The Bible of Fanalytics, 24th Edition by Ron Shandler, edited by Ray Murphy & Rod Truesdell (Triumph Books)

Mr. Monk and Philosophy: The Curious Case of the Defective Detective edited by D. E. Wittkower (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series: Open Court)

New Optimum Nutrition for the Mind: Expanded & Updated by Patrick Holford (Basic Health Publications)

The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research That Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness by Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ballantine Books)

The American Revolution: A Grand Mistake by Leland G. Stauber (Prometheus Books)

Fighting Techniques of the Colonial Era: 1776 – 1914 Equipment, Combat Skills and Tactics by Robert B. Bruce, Phyllis G. Jestice, Stuart Reid, Rob S. Rice, & Frederick C. Schneid (Thomas Dunne Books)

Embroidered Books: Design, Construction and Embellishment by Isobel Hall (Batsford)

A Wish for Christmas by Thomas Kinkade and Katherine Spencer (A Cape Light Novel: Berkley Books)

Ethnography as a Pastoral Practice: An Introduction by Mary Clark Moschella (The Pilgrim Press)

Moving the Rock: Poverty and Faith in a Black Storefront Church by Mary E. Abrums (AltaMira Press)

Linking Aquatic Exposure and Effects: Risk Assessment of Pesticides edited by Theo C.M. Brock, Anne Mix, Colin D. Brown, Ettore Capri, Bernhard EE Gottesbüren, Fred Heimbach, Chris M. Lythgo, Ralf Schulz, & Martin Streloke (CRC Press)

Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 edited by Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Wenona T. Singel, and Kathryn E. Fort (American Indian Studies Series: Michigan State University Press)

Amelia Earhart: The Thrill of It by Susan Wels (Running Press)