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June 2010 Issue #134

Current issues contents: 

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) edited by Gary Tinterow & Susan Alyson Stein (The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press)

Hidden Life of the Desert, 2nd edition by Thomas Wiewandt (Mountain Press Publishing Company)

Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography by Irina Yazykova, Paul Greneir, with a foreword by Wendy Salmond (Paraclete Press)

Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, Andrew Herod, and Al Rainnie (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making: The Untapped Resource by Richard A. Villa, Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I. Nevin (Corwin Press)

The Bible of Unspeakable Truths by Greg Gutfeld, with a foreword by Penn Jillette (Grand Central Publishing)

The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells (Del Rey, Ballantine Books)

Texas: A Historical Atlas by A. Ray Stephens (University of Oklahoma Press)

Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility by Rob Corcoran, with a foreword by Governor Tim Kaine (University of Virginia Press)

Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland by Stephan Salisbury (Nation Books)

In the Neighborhood of Zero: A World War II Memoir by William V. Spanos (University of Nebraska Press)

Interior Design Practice edited by Cindy Coleman (Allworth Press)

Bodies in Motion: Spanish Vanguard Poetry, Mass Culture, and Gender Dynamics by Catherine G. Bellver (Bucknell University Press)

Promises to Keep: A Novel by Jane Green (Viking)

Reasons to Be Moral Revisited by Sam Black and Evan Tiffany (Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary, Vol 33: University of Calgary Press)

Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game edited by Ted Richards (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Volume 51: Open Court)

The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress by William Jelani Cobb (Walker & Company)

Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves by Bill Press (Thomas Dunne Books)

Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts edited by Rachel Locker McKee and Jeffrey E. Davis (Studies in Interpretation, Vol. 7: Gallaudet University Press)

Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World by Andrea Bieler and Hans-Martin Gutmann, translated by Linda M. Maloney (Fortress Press)

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy by Bernd Heinrich (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)



Arts & Photography

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) edited by Gary Tinterow & Susan Alyson Stein (The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press)

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, edited by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Chairman and Susan Alyson-Stein, Curator, both in the Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, presents for the first time a comprehensive catalogue of the works by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) in the Metropolitan Museum. Comprising thirty-four paintings, fifty-eight drawings, a dozen sculptures and ceramics, and more than four hundred prints, the collection reflects the breadth of the artists multisided genius as it asserted itself over the course of his long and influential career. Notable for its remarkable constellation of early figure paintings, which include the commanding At the Lapin Agile (1905) and the iconic portrait of Gertrude Stein (1906), the Museums collection also stands apart for its exceptional cache of drawings, which despite their importance and number remain relatively little known.

The key subjects that variously sustained Picassos interest the pensive harlequins of his Blue and Rose periods, faceted tabletops of his Cubist years, classicizing bathers and dreaming nudes of the 1920s and 30s, and the rakish musketeers of his maturity are amply represented by works ranging in date from a dashing self-portrait of 1900 to the fanciful Standing Nude and Seated Musketeer painted nearly seventy years later.

An overview of the collections history; entries on nearly one hundred works that incorporate the latest technical and documentary findings and furnish a record of the provenance, exhibition history, and references for each object are included in Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In his introduction, Tinterow describes how the Metropolitan came to possess the particular works by Picasso in its collection, beginning with the arrival of Gertrude Stein's iconic portrait in 1947, the first work by Picasso to enter the Museum. Subsequent additions from the holdings of Alfred Stieglitz, Scofield Thayer, Florence M. Schoenborn, Klaus and Dolly Perls, and Jacques and Natasha Gelman, among many others, helped establish the Metropolitan as one of the world's most important repositories of Picasso's art.

The authors place the Metropolitan's Picassos in art-historical context and discuss the significance of each work within the artist's constantly evolving oeuvre, from the early Blue and Rose Period masterpieces and revolutionary innovations of Cubism to the elegant neoclassicism of the 19205 and the joyous invention of the late work. Technical notes from Museum conservators describe the results of analyses and treatments that have revealed early states as well as previously lost compositions under the surfaces of many of the paintings. Picasso's vast body of graphic work, which ranks in creativity alongside that of Drer, Rembrandt, and Goya, is examined in an essay by Samantha Rippner and accompanied by checklists of the Museum's prints and ceramic plaques.

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is an illuminating volume, a landmark publication. This important and richly illustrated publication is a fascinating look at one of the most protean artists of the recent past, proof that even an artist as well known as Picasso still has much to reveal.

Arts & Photography / Ages Juvenile and up / Science & Nature / Environment

Hidden Life of the Desert, 2nd edition by Thomas Wiewandt (Mountain Press Publishing Company)

The Sonoran Desert of the American Southwest is a wonderland of the strange and fascinating. At first glance the hot valley floors and rugged mountainsides may seem barren and inhospitable, but if visitors look closely they may find howling mice and toads that pop out of the sand. With patience they will see giant centipedes, bobcats, and miniature owls. They could even catch a glimpse of a Gila monster, the only poisonous lizard in the United States.
In Hidden Life of the Desert, award-winning author, natural history photographer and filmmaker Thomas Wiewandt introduces readers to many plants and animals that call the Sonoran Desert home. Following this unique ecosystem through its five seasons, the book uses photographs and text to explore how life thrives in a seemingly barren land.
This greatly expanded second edition is double the length of the first edition with more text, more pictures, maps, a glossary, plant and animal species lists, an index, and an annotated list of recommended books and Web sites. But perhaps most important is the addition of a chapter titled Facing the Future, which considers where water in the West comes from, how we use it, and how energy and water use are connected. Also notable additions are threats from introduced grasses and sustainable desert agriculture.

In Hidden Life of the Desert, readers visit the northern part of the Sonoran Desert in the American Southwest. Creatures living here know five seasons of the year: spring, dry summer, wet summer, autumn, and winter. Early summer is hot and dry. The arrival of violent thunderstorms marks the beginning of wet summer. Gentler rains come in winter, giving the region two important rainy seasons.

The Sonoran Desert is hot for about nine months of the year, and Arizona is the sunniest state in the United States. In southern Arizona daytime temperatures reach the 70s by March and climb steadily to midsummer highs around 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Yet not all deserts are hot.

Winters are milder in the Sonoran Desert. Here, tropical plants and animals that mainly occur farther south overlap with cold-hardy species of the north. And terrain in the region is surprisingly diverse a mix of rugged mountains, shady canyons, open valley floors, and rolling sand dunes. Add to this its two rainy seasons, and the result is a wondrous desert that supports an exciting parade of plant and animal life. Considering all deserts, life in the Sonoran Desert is among the most richly diverse in the world!

As readers discover in Hidden Life of the Desert, however, finding desert wildlife is not always easy. Just as desert plants have special adaptations to help them cope with heat, drought, and cold, animals have survival tricks too. Some have such clever ways to protect themselves from environmental extremes, readers might not see them, even when they are right under their noses. Knowing when to look is as important as knowing where to look. Many animals are nocturnal (active at night) to avoid the daytime heat. The best times of day to find hidden life in the desert are early in the morning or in the evening, when it is cooler.

Tom Wiewandt's images run from absolutely breathtaking beauty to straight natural history, rich in information. Rarely does a photographer's skill seamlessly span so many disciplines. This is a book that needs to be seen and felt. Jack Dykinga, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer

A wonderful book! Thomas Wiewandt's, photographic genius and narrative insights make this a beautiful and educational celebration of our desert's seasons. More importantly Hidden Life of the Desert explains how haphazard human settlement threatens the region's very future, and offers steps to lead our desert communities into a sustainable balance with their environment. Kevin Dahl, Arizona Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association

Eye-catching photography draws readers into an equally intriguing text in this book that pinpoints life forms of the desert in the southwestern U. S. The variety of plants and animals Wiewandt presents could abolish all traditional notions of deserts as barren, lifeless lands. Vibrant color abounds in many of these high-quality photographs; action shots of the animals and insects add interest. The discussion highlights the interdependence of all living creatures and how they are adapted to their habitat. Everything is clearly explained in both words and images; the last page discusses differences among the world's deserts. Included is a final plea for the prevention of the development of unnatural deserts where human beings have stripped away vegetation. Although there is neither an index nor a table of contents, the book's format allows for easy access. Text is written in a tone similar to documentary narrative and is interspersed among the photographs. The combined quality of this selection and its rather unique scope make it an excellent addition to any collection. Renee Steinberg, Fieldstone Middle School, Montvale, NJ, School Library Journal

Readers can use Hidden Life of the Desert, with its stunning color photographs and clear and informative text, as a guide to desert life. The thought provoking chapter, Facing the Future, is a welcomed addition. The book claims to be juvenile nonfiction, but there are few clues; to this reviewer, it seems fine for all desert lovers.

Arts & Photography / Religious / History / Russia

Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography by Irina Yazykova, Paul Greneir, with a foreword by Wendy Salmond (Paraclete Press)

Hidden and Triumphant recounts the story of an aspect of Russian culture that fought to survive throughout the 20th century the icon. Russian iconography kept faith alive in Soviet Russia after the Bolshevik Revolution. As monasteries and churches were ruined, icons destroyed, thousands of believers killed or sent to Soviet prisons and labor camps, a few courageous iconographers continued to paint holy images secretly, despite the ever-present threat of arrest. Others were forced to leave Russia altogether, and while living abroad, struggled to preserve their Orthodox traditions. Today we are witness to a renaissance of the Russian icon, made possible by the sacrifices of this previous generation of heroes.

The author of Hidden and Triumphant, Irina Yazykova is a scholar of art history and the theology of the icon who lectures at St. Andrews Biblical Theological Institute and Kolomna Orthodox Theological Seminary. Translator Paul Grenieris is a writer, translator, and interpreter. Foreword author Wendy Salmond, a scholar of Russian and early Soviet art, architecture, and design is Professor of Art and Art History at Chapman University in California.

The 1920s through the 1930s were a time of mass arrests and executions. With churches demolished and defiled and monasteries disbanded, there was every reason to fear for the continued existence of the Church itself. Revisionist propaganda was decimating the clergy, and authorities were waging a campaign of anti-religious sentiment in every corner of the country. Not the best time, one would think, to be painting icons.

It is one of the many ironies of the past century that the celebration of Russian icons went hand in hand with a determined effort to eradicate the art of icon painting. In exchange for the icon's physical survival, Soviet ideology demanded a purging of its theological meaning and function, filling the void with content more palatable to a secular age. Histories written during that era tacitly accepted this state of affairs, taking for granted that the icon's home was now the museum and its relevance largely aesthetic and historical.

In Hidden and Triumphant, Yazykova challenges this familiar picture in the light of our own historical moment. Far from withering away during the Soviet years, she affirms, the practice of painting icons survived underground and with the fall of Communism emerged triumphant. The icon now stands on the threshold of a new epoch, and we are witnesses to the search for an iconic language that reflects the realities of our own experience.

So that readers may see the icon once more in its entirety, Yazykova invokes the centrality of the canon, the tradition of a precise language of visual signs by which the Orthodox believer experiences the presence of God. The icon preserves the canon by standing at the border between two worlds, awakening the viewer's spiritual vision through the workings of the physical eye.

A blinding flash of theological illumination has come out of Russia. The subject is the history of icon painting in Russia. How did this ancient tradition at the center of Russian spirituality, survive seventy years of persecution in the 20th century? It almost didn't, but the renewal of the tradition in the last twenty years is a remarkable story, beautifully told by Irina Yazykova. The introduction contains the best theology of the icon l have ever read. Canon Michael Bordeaux, founder, Oxford Keston lnstitute, UK

This is a much needed historical assessment of what has happened to the icon and iconographers since the Revolution, and an amazingly rich look at icons themselves their theological significance, place in the liturgy, and in the life of Eastern Christians. A most accessible yet comprehensive look at the entire history. I enjoyed it immensely. Michael Plekon, professor at Baruch College, and author of Living Icons: People of Faith in the Eastern Church and Holiness in Our Time

Hidden and Triumphant tells the dramatic and important history and theology of Russian icons for the first time.

Business & Investing / Economics / Human Resources

Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, Andrew Herod, and Al Rainnie (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Handbook of Employment and Society deepens and extends the engagement between research in work and employment and labor geography. It links fundamental concepts concerning the politics of place that human geographers have developed in recent years with the world of work. The volume is edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, Associate Professor in Work and Organisational Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Sydney; Andrew Herod, Professor of Geography and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs and of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens; and Al Rainnie, Professor, Graduate School of Business, Curtin University, Western Australia.

Handbook of Employment and Society/a> originated in a workshop held by the Department of Work and Organisational Studies at the University of Sydney in 2001.

Internationally recognized scholars from around the world came together to consider developments in the geographical and work and employment literature, as well as theorizing and understanding how social actors' lives are deeply geographically structured. They explored what space and geography mean for work and employment, examined workers as objects in socio-spatial relations and concentrated on workers' accommodation of, and resistance to, the new geographies of capitalism in the global economy.

Writing a few years later, editors McGrath-Champ, Herod and Rainnie argue that issues of spatiality appear now to be squarely `on' the intellectual agenda within contemporary studies of workers, work and employment. The publication of Handbook of Employment and Society addressing the intersection of spatiality and work life, essays written by geographers and by scholars of labor, work and employment, suggests that a kind of intellectual event horizon may have been crossed. What is different about the contemporary `(re)assertion of space in critical social theory' is that it is marked by a deeper interrogation of the role of space in structuring social life and how this geographical structuring can enable and/or constrain economic and political praxis.

Given that there does appear to be the beginnings of a greater cross-pollination between insights drawn from geography and those drawn from labor studies, industrial relations and work and employment studies, the time is ripe for Handbook of Employment and Society, one which outlines where the literature has been, and provides a catalyst for the growth of a branch of analysis with much firmer and deeper roots. As the essays make clear, where people work, and the geographical relationships within which they do so, has an intimate relationship with the work that they actually do, as does the ordering of people's lives beyond the workplace. If the global economic crisis that began in 2008 teaches us anything, it is that the apparently footloose and hyper-mobile financial capital that is often viewed as leading the charge towards a world in which physical location is no longer important is, actually, far more grounded than many analysts would have had us believe before the crisis began. Further, the rapidity with which the infection spread worldwide, together with its differential impact, highlighted simultaneously the global economy's interconnectedness but also how it is differentially developed, with the crisis spreading to particular parts of the planet before impacting others.

The editors invited contributions from researchers who, between them, could cover the depth and spread of issues in work and employment. To make the book a two-way intellectual engagement, the editors deliberately sought authors based both in geography and non-geography academic disciplines, including history, sociology, labor studies/ industrial relations and management/organizational studies.

The Handbook of Employment and Society's introduction has four sections in which the editors outline the socio-spatial dialectic, the spatial fix, the politics of place and the increasingly contested notion of geographical scale. After that is Part 1, `Work, Space and the State', containing chapters by Bob Jessop and Peter Turnbull which, in the process of addressing issues to do with the state and labor organization, raise many of the issues that will re-emerge as the book progresses. The remainder of the book is divided into two further major parts and an Afterword. Part 2, `Working Spaces', deals with workers as objects rather than subjects in socio-spatial relations. This part is divided into two sub-sections: `Regionalisation, Globalisation and Labour' and `Building Space'. Part 3 concentrates more overtly on questions of accommodation and resistance, under the title `Workers in Space'. The part then divides into two sub-sections: `Labour Institutions in Space and Place' and `Organising in Space and Place'. Finally; Noel Castree contributes an Afterword in which he reviews the origins of the debate upon which they have been focusing, addressing both how it has developed but, more importantly, some of the gaps and oversights that remain in the literature and where we might go from here.

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the analytical interactions between geography, space, work and employment. The volume is particularly timely in the light of the recent credit crisis. Philip McCann, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

This Handbook represents a major milestone in the revitalization of scholarship on work and employment. It demonstrates that human geography can indeed, must be integrated into labor studies and industrial relations. Our present era may be characterized as global capitalism, but 'working space' is a social (and often highly contested construct) and people live and work in a particular place. To drive these points home, the editors weave together contributions highlighting the experience of workers in a wide variety of locations. The result is a volume rich in conceptual and practical insights; it deserves a wide audience. Charles J. Whalen, Utica College and Cornell University

The Handbook of Employment and Society deepens and extends the engagement between research concerned with work and employment in the widest sense, and some of the basic concepts dealing broadly with the politics of place that human geographers have developed in recent years. Advanced students, postgraduates and scholars in sociology, geography, business studies, industrial/labor relations and employment studies will find the book of immense value.

Education / K-12

Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making: The Untapped Resource by Richard A. Villa, Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I. Nevin (Corwin Press)

HHow can teachers meet the needs of a diverse student population in mixed-ability classrooms and maintain a cooperative, caring, and active learning environment?

They can take advantage of a resource that is right in the classroom students!

Research shows that when students collaborate with teachers, they take responsibility for what happens in the classroom, care about their classmates, and become more engaged in learning. Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making offers practical strategies for empowering students as co-teachers, decision makers, and advocates.

Authors are Richard A. Villa, president of Bayridge Consortium, Inc.; Jacqueline S. Thousand, professor in the College of Education at California State University, San Marcos and coordinator of the special education professional preparation and master's programs; and Ann I. Nevin, professor emerita at Arizona State University and visiting professor at Florida International University.

This guide describes how to

  • Involve students in instruction through collaborative learning groups, co-teaching, and peer tutoring that foster self-discipline and responsible behavior.
  • Make students a part of decision making by utilizing personal learning plans, peer mediation, and other methods.
  • Put collaboration with students into practice using the assessment tools, user-friendly lesson plans, case studies, and checklists included.

This book reveals how powerful learning could be if students and educators shared more of the teaching responsibilities! Involving students in the teaching experience helps them learn more academically and do more socially. Peggy King Sears, Professor George Mason University

In this easy-to-read resource, the authors help educators understand that inclusion isn't something that we do to and for students, but rather, something we must do with students. The powerful anecdotes of educators and students planning, tutoring side by side give us new hope and further direction for the creation of inclusive schools. Cathy L. Tascher, Assistant Superintendent, Oxford Area School District, PA

A comprehensive resource, Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making is packed with all the information, strategies, and tools teachers need to tap their students' potential as a resource for making a difference in the classroom. The book is ideal for K12 general and special education teachers.

Entertainment / Humor

The Bible of Unspeakable Truths by Greg Gutfeld, with a foreword by Penn Jillette (Grand Central Publishing)

GGreg Gutfeld, the acclaimed host of the popular nightly Fox News show Red Eye and a blogger for The Daily Gut, has filled The Bible of Unspeakable Truths/a> with his most aggressive (and funny) diatribes each chapter exploring Unspeakable Truths that cut to the core and go well beyond politics. Gutfeld deconstructs pop culture, media, kids, disease, race, food, sex, celebrity, current events, and nearly every other aspect of life, with Truths including but not limited to: "if you're over 25 and still use party as a verb, then you're beyond redemption," "the media wanted bird flu to kill thousands," "attractive people don't write for a living," "death row inmates make the best husbands," and "the urge to punch Zach Braff in the face is completely natural."

Greg Gutfeld is the funniest person on TV. Read this book immediately and see for yourself. Ann Coulter
Greg Gutfeld is a brilliantly funny writer and social commentator. This is the first time anyone has asked me to write a blurb for their book. It's even less fun then I thought it would be. Jim Norton, New York Times bestselling author of Happy Endings and I Hate Your Guts
Greg Gutfeld is uproariously funny and is one of my favorite guests. Dennis Miller
As a rule I never read books I blurb, but I couldn't resist with this one. I even gave it to my 13-year-old son, who poured over it slack jawed all afternoon, thus warping him for life. It's that subversive and good. Tucker Carlson
There's a reason that more people watch Greg Gutfeld's hit show Red Eye at 3:00 AM than watch most of the other cable news networks in prime time he is one of the most creatively funny people on television. Irreverent, over the top, and comedy served up raw is the best way to describe Greg's style. His book is
The Bible of Unspeakable Truths but don't even attempt to convince God that reading this substitutes for daily Bible reading. After reading this, you'll NEED to read the real Bible but you'll laugh yourself holy reading this one! Gov. Mike Huckabee
Greg Gutfeld is funnier than all the smart people I know, and smarter than all the funny people I know. I don't know what that makes him. But one of the smartest, funniest people I know, is fair to say. Matt Labash, senior writer at The Weekly Standard and author of Fly Fishing with Darth Vader

With an irreverent voice, incredible wit, and a firm take on just about everything, this is a manual for how to think about stuff, by a guy who has thought about precisely that same stuff. Even if readers disagree with Gutfeld, The Bible of Unspeakable Truths will still make them laugh.

Entertainment / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Comic & Graphic Novels / Reference

The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells ((Del Rey, Ballantine Books)

She is as beautiful as Aphrodite and as wise as Athena, stronger then Hercules and swifter than Hermes. Blessed at birth by the gods themselves, Princess Diana left an idyllic island paradise ruled by wise and brave women to bring the peace, love, and nobility of the Amazons to humankind.

In January 1942, Wonder Woman took the world of comics and its pantheon of uperpowered males by storm. Wielding her impervious silver bracelets and golden Lasso of Truth, shes battled forces of evil from the Axis powers to a slew of super-villains worldwide, teamed up with the likes of Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and the Flash, and become a high-flying feminist icon and pop-culture superstar.

For the first time in more than thirty years, The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia is a definitive A-to-Z volume that draws together all the knowledge about the action-packed history of Wonder Woman. Written by veteran Wonder Woman artist and writer Phil Jimenez and comics historian John Wells, this guide covers Wonder Woman's origins, her evolution from her debut to today, and biographies of every character in Wonder Woman's universe. Readers find

  • The complete story of Wonder Womans origins, as imagined and reinterpreted by generations of comics writers including her groundbreaking creator, William Moulton Marston.
  • Biographies of every major character in Wonder Womans universe, including her mother, Hippolyta; sister, Donna Troy; and mortal ally Steve Trevor as well as such classic foes as Ares, Cheetah, Hades, and the members of Villainy Inc.
  • Classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout.
  • Two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts.
  • An original cover illustration by fan-favorite artist Adam Hughes.
  • A preface by current Wonder Woman writer Gail Simone.

This book is an expansion of Michael Fleischer's The Encyclodpedia of Comic Book Heroes Volume Two Wonder Woman, the first tome of its kind to record the characters and adventures of the Amazing Amazon. There are more than 1,140 entries based on a master list Jimenez and Wells created using nearly every entry from the original Fleischer encyclopedia as well as hundreds more gleaned from Wonder Woman's further adventures in the three ongoing Wonder Woman series, in addition to Sensation Comics, Comic Cavalcade, All Star Comics, Justice League of America, and numerous one-shots, special series, and graphic novels.

VERDICT: Sure to win a contest of bullets and bracelets. Bitch Magazine

Tremendous fun to browse and a superb reference work. ICv2

Over 60 years of Wonder Woman knowledge can be found in The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia, a definitive A to Z guide on the action-packed history of the Amazon Princess and the first Wonder Woman sourcebook of its kind in over thirty years! It is the ultimate, complete and comprehensive guide to the Amazon Princess.

History / Americas / Reference / Atlases

Texas: A Historical Atlas by A. Ray Stephens (University of Oklahoma Press)

For twenty years the Historical Atlas of Texas stood as a trusted resource for students and aficionados of the state. This reference has been thoroughly updated and expanded and even rechristened.

Texas reflects the Lone Star State at the dawn of the twenty-first century. The historical reference now boasts 86 essays with 175 full-color maps more than twice the number in the original volume illustrating the most significant aspects of the state's history, geography, and current affairs. Written by A. Ray Stephens, who has written widely on Texas history, and Carol Zuber-Mallison, an informational graphic artist, the heart of Texas is its wealth of historical information. Sections devoted to indigenous peoples of Texas and its exploration and settlement offer more than 45 entries with visual depictions of everything from the routes of Spanish explorers to impresario grants to cattle trails. In another 31 articles, coverage of modern and contemporary Texas takes in hurricanes and highways, power plants and population trends.
All of the essays in Texas have been updated to reflect recent scholarship, while more than 30 appear for the first time, addressing such subjects as the Texas Declaration of Independence, early roads, slavery, the Civil War and Reconstruction, Texas-Oklahoma boundary disputes, and the tideland oil controversy. Nearly all of the expanded essays are accompanied by multiple maps all in full color.

Texas begins with a look at the natural setting of Texas within North America and then examines the variety of soil, vegetation, surface, and underground features, as well as weather and climate. The story of the human experience follows, as a parade of people sought to call Texas home. From the inhabitants who lived in Texas when Europeans and Americans first arrived and continuing to modern times, readers observe that powerful forces such as personal determination, land hunger, governmental policy, and advancing technology played deciding roles as successive generations contested for ownership and utilization of the land.

Numerous maps, graphs, tables, images, and essays tell the story of Texas history and culture by following common themes, such as exploration, settlement, and development, until the frontier experience ended and Texas became a part of the mainstream of American history. Topics covered during this extended time include activities in Texas by the Spanish, French, Mexicans, and Americans. After Texas declared its independence from Mexico, the focus is on events of the Republic of Texas and early statehood periods to the Civil War, including Texas-Mexico relations, immigration, annexation, the Compromise of 1850, Indian-Texan interaction, frontier defense, exploration, transportation, slavery, secession, and war. During the late nineteenth century, the issues of Reconstruction, county creation, stabilization of the frontier through military action, development of the range cattle industry, coastal navigation aids, and state activities within social and political contexts are examined.

In Texas, some subjects of modern Texas, roughly beginning with the advent of the twentieth century, span time periods that influence other aspects of Texas history within the twentieth century. Maps and essays interpret events, issues, and trends that affected Texans, such as tropical cyclones, wars, water, transportation, conservation, recreation, and the oil and gas industry.

The close association of subjects is especially the case within the section labeled Contemporary Texas; that is, from the end of the Second World War to the present. An urban, capitalistic society with a rapidly expanding population ushered in an increasing display of regulation and organization for the stated benefit of all citizens. This public policy adjustment leveled the playing field so that a citizen's achievements would be more fairly based on individual ability, preparation, and application for personal advancement. Aspects of agriculture and higher education covered many decades and influence the present as well. Other contemporary Texas themes deal with lignite and nuclear power, nonfuel minerals, lumber, statistical areas, regional councils, population distribution, industrial development, tourism, defense installations, racial minorities, and state and national political districts.

A state as big as Texas deserves a book as grand as Texas. The most comprehensive, state-of-the-art work of its kind, the book is more than just a reference. Stephens and Zuber-Mallison have combined their expertise to present and interpret a vast array of facts. It is a striking visual introduction to the Lone Star State, a book that makes the Texas experience come alive.

History / Americas / Social Sciences / Race

Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility by Rob Corcoran, with a foreword by Governor Tim Kaine (University of Virginia Press)

Trustbuilding,, using personal narrative and exhaustive reporting by Rob Corcoran, chronicles how Hope in the Cities has moved what looked like an immovable barricade. The job is not done, but Hope in the Cities has provided a map for the future.

In 2007, Virginia became the first state to officially apologize for slavery. Later that year, thanks to the work of Corcoran, Paige Chargois, Ben Campbell, and many others, we unveiled the Reconciliation Statue at the site of the old slave market in Richmond. I noted when I participated in that unveiling that the apology was appropriate because Virginia had promoted, defended, and fought to preserve slavery. How we got from there to where we are today is the subject of this book. Governor Tim Kaine, from the foreword

The national director of Initiatives of Change and founder of Hope in the Cities, Rob Corcoran has been involved in promoting dialogue and conflict reconciliation among diverse and polarized racial, ethnic, and religious groups in an array of locales in Europe, South Africa, India and the United States for over thirty years.

Trustbuilding is part historical narrative and part handbook for a model of dialogue and community change that has been adopted both nationally and internationally. At its center is the story of how Richmond, Virginia, a former slave market, capital of the Confederacy, and leading proponent of Massive Resistance has become a seedbed for interracial dialogue and trustbuilding with national and international implications. In 1993, this conservative southern city caught the attention of the nation with a public acknowledgment of its painful history and a call for an honest conversation on race, reconciliation, and responsibility. City and county residents of all backgrounds launched an unprecedented and sustained effort to address the toxic issue of race. Known as Hope in the Cities, this endeavor is now in its second decade of work.

Governor Tim Kaine in the foreword to Trustbuilding says that he first encountered a small group of people calling themselves Hope in the Cities as a newly elected member of the Richmond City Council in 1994. It was clear from the beginning that they were a dedicated bunch, but it was also clear they were facing huge obstacles. Richmond, after all, had been a major interstate slave trade market. It was famous for its Massive Resistance to integration. The city government and the city in general were starkly divided along racial lines. Richmond was congenitally resistant to change of any kind.

Into this atmosphere stepped Hope in the Cities, determined to heal these divisions through conversation and dialogue. It seemed like a tall order. But, fifteen years later, according to Kaine, they've pulled it off. They've succeeded in beginning the healing by insisting on honest conversation, demanding reconciliation, making divergent and often divided groups take responsibility. The group has expanded over the years, taking its message nationwide and to South Africa, France, and the United Kingdom.

Corcoran blends personal narrative with history, social science, ethics, and social reform. It is written with such clarity and with such skillful use of the first person that it will appeal to a wide audience, including the general public, but also to scholars, community organizers, group facilitators, people in non-profit organizations, particularly people interested in personal transformation and social justice. John V. Moeser, Senior Fellow Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond

This is a soberly inspiring book about citizens who have struggled to find respectful and productive ways of relating through dialogue across the racial, social, and economic differences that dangerously divide us. It is sobering because they have tackled inwardly and outwardly one of the greatest threats to civilization's survival; inspiring because they have changed lives and communities. Harold H. Saunders, Chairman and President, International Institute for Sustained Dialogue, former Assistant Secretary of State

Trustbuilding extends the important mission of Hope in the Cities by carrying Richmond's story to communities everywhere. As the world's cities, towns, and villages become increasingly multicultural, questions of identity and inclusion take on new urgency. Richmond's story provides a practical framework of action for those who are anxious to heal divisions and to build healthy, welcoming communities. Trustbuilding is not a conclusion but a guidebook to that ultimate destination that we know we will someday reach.

History / Americas / Social Sciences / Biographies & Memoirs

Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland by Stephan Salisbury (Nation Books)

ThThe War on Terror launched in the wake of 9/11 has been a topic of hot debate in recent years, but few people have examined the impact it has had domestically. For many Americans, government interference and the loss of civil liberties have become a fact of life and thanks to pervasive paranoia, many Arab-Americans find themselves labeled as terror suspects without cause. In the new book Mohamed's Ghosts, journalist Stephan Salisbury tells these stories for the first time, taking a close look at how fear has shaped our culture in recent years.

As told in Mohamed's Ghosts, Mohamed Ghorab had no hint one late spring morning in May 2004 that when he dropped his daughter off at school, his life would change forever. Armed with automatic weapons and bomb-sniffing dogs, as many as one hundred agents stormed his home. Federal agents and police surrounded him in front of terrified parents, teachers, and school children, and they hustled him off to jail. His wife, bewildered and astonished, was detained at the same time. Moments later, agents raided the obscure Philadelphia mosque where Ghorab was imam, ransacking its simple interior.

Over the next several months, members of Ghorabs congregation would be arrested and detained, interrogated and watched. Many would be deported. Others would flee the neighborhood and the country as their lives became riddled with rumor. Ghorab himself was held without any criminal charges for eighteen months, before he gave up his fight against deportation. Informants seemed to be listening everywhere. Husbands were separated from wives. Children were torn from parents. The mosque collapsed in a sea of debt and anxiety. The neighborhood lost something essential trust and community.
This was a jumpy and fearful time in the life of America following 9/11, as prize-winning reporter Salisbury, senior cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer well knew. But he did not anticipate the extremity of fear that emerged as he explored the aftermath of that virtually forgotten raid. Over time, the members of the mosque and the imams family gradually opened up to him, giving Salisbury a unique opportunity to chronicle the demolition of lives and families, the spread of anti-immigrant hysteria, and its manipulation by the government.

In Mohamed's Ghosts, Salisbury sheds new light on Ansaarullah and beyond, demonstrating that the raid was not an isolated incident, but part of a pattern of intolerance that emerged from pervasive anxiety over terrorism. Through extensive reporting, Salisbury illustrates how anti-Arab hysteria gained momentum following the 9/11 attacks, pointing to one example after another of investigations and detainments, as well as vigilantism, arson, and murder; and friends and neighbors turning into informers and police spies. In addition to his in-depth interviews with the imam and congregants at Ansaarullah, Salisbury investigates cases across the country, in Philadelphia, New York, California, and elsewhere.

Salisbury in Mohamed's Ghosts looks to numerous examples of interference and disruption including Abdallah Higazy, an Egyptian engineer wrongfully detained after 9/11, and threatened until he admitted to false accusations. He also examines 2005 arrests in Lodi, California, in a dubious case that highlights the questionable use of informants, government interference with the press, and sensationalist and ultimately unfounded accusations of terrorism. Salisbury draws from personal experience as a student activist at Columbia University in the 1960s as well, a time when informers and police agents seemed everywhere. Moreover, his father, well-known New York Times reporter Harrison Salisbury, came under intense government scrutiny for his revealing reportage in the Soviet Union and North Vietnam. The entire Salisbury family was placed under FBI surveillance by J. Edgar Hoover. Mohamed's Ghosts looks at Salisbury's life story alongside his extensive reporting to reveal that these patterns of interference and oppressive tactics have inflicted serious damage on American society.

Stephan Salisbury tells a dark and important story that has not been told before and that vividly conveys the texture of the lives of men and women caught up in a web of hostility and government interference. Gay Talese

In Mohamed's Ghosts, Stephan Salisbury limns a shadowy war being waged today within the borders of our own country: a campaign against Muslims that threatens the civil liberties of all Americans. Drawing on his own history as an antiwar dissident, Salisbury writes compassionately of the families destroyed and the lives ruined by government-orchestrated repression. This is a vital document for our times, lyrical to an extent unexpected in a political book, yet imbued with a fervor that at every turn is made just by dogged, scrupulous reporting. Ken Kalfus, author of The Commissariat of Enlightenment and A Disorder Peculiar to the Country

Stephan Salisbury has written a deeply reported, thoughtful meditation on what happens when a society decides it needs to spy on its own. Salisbury's immersive account of the real-life consequences that happen when an entire community is placed under suspicion makes it clear that covert government surveillance comes with costs that can't be measured on any balance sheet. Everyone agrees that abuses of power are bad, but Salisbury pushes readers to ponder the consequences for individuals and for our open, democratic society that accompany even the legal variety of permanent surveillance. Michael Schaffer, author of One Nation Under Dog

Mohamed's Ghosts offers a unique, disturbing and timely perspective on how Americans have been affected by the War on Terror. Illustrating the toll that it has taken on domestic soil, Salisbury paints a very human portrait of the people whose lives have been turned upside-down by the toxic atmosphere of paranoia that has pervaded our society in the wake of 9/11 and continues today.

History / Military / World War II / Memoirs

In the Neighborhood of Zero: A World War II Memoir by William V. Spanos (University of Nebraska Press)

As told in In the Neighborhood of Zero, , like so many soldiers of his generation, William V. Spanos was not much more than a boy when he went off to fight in World War II. In the chaos of his first battle, what would later become legendary as the Battle of the Bulge, he was separated from his antitank gun crew and taken prisoner in the Ardennes forest. Along with a procession of other prisoners of war, he was marched and conveyed by freight train to Dresden. Surviving the brutal conditions of the labor camps and the Allies devastating firebombing of the city, he escaped as the losing German army retreated.

For anos, Distinguished Professor of English and comparative literature at the State University of New York at Binghamton, this was never a war story. It was the singular, irreducible, unnamable, dreadful experience of war. In the face of the American myth of the greatest generation, this renowned literary scholar looks back at that time and crafts a dissident, dissonant remembrance of the just war. Retrieving the singularity of the experience of war from the grip of official American cultural memory, Spanos in In the Neighborhood of Zero recaptures something of the boys life that he lost. His book is an attempt to rescue some semblance of his awakened being and that of the multitude of young men who fought from the oblivion to which they have been relegated under the banalizing memorialization of the sacrifices of our greatest generation.

Professor Spanos deeply impacted my views on literature and language when I was a student of his, but nothing prepared me for the power and emotion of this memoir. It is an amazing saga of one man's journey through World War II but it is also the story of the immigrant experience in America, of a soldier, of a prisoner of war, of lost innocence and the courage needed to move past that loss. Most of all, it is unforgettable. Marc Lawrence, writer and director of Two Weeks Notice, Music and Lyrics, and Did You Hear About the Morgans?
This is the most moving memoir of World War II that I have read, and the most honest. In a style lucid, powerful, and reflective, it gives the lie to any war being 'the good war' and discloses the fiery terror Britain and its U.S. ally rained down on Dresden and the terrible aftermath civilians and soldiers, on both sides, had to deal with. A masterpiece of the genre. Daniel T. O'Hara, professor of English and humanities at Temple University and author of Visions of Global America and the Future of Critical Reading
William Spanos's In the Neighborhood of Zero bears uncanny witness to the historical trauma of the fire-bombing of Dresden. In so doing, Spanos's counter-memory exposes U.S. history's efforts to replace the traumatic referent of Dresden with the narrative of America, the Redeemer Nation. Humanity in the neighborhood of zero, William Spanos reminds us, results in the becoming flesh of the state of emergency. As the witness to what cannot be articulated in historical categories, it is this figure who speaks the silences in Spanos's unforgettable testimonial. Donald E. Pease, Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities at Dartmouth College and author of The New American Exceptionalism
Written by an accomplished author, this thoughtful and unnerving memoir unearths his experience as a US GI in World War II, who was taken prisoner by the Germans and shipped to Dresden, where he witnessed the impact of the Allied firebombing of that city. ForeWord

In In the Neighborhood of Zero we have a powerful and moving memoir, a traumatic revelation, in which Spanos evokes the story of his youth lost to war, and a war lost to Americas collective memory.

Home & Garden / Interior Design / Business & Investing / Career Guides

Interior Design Practice edited by Cindy Coleman (Allworth Press)

Giving advice is familiar territory for designers, but who gives competent advice to designers? Interior Design Practice gives interior designers the knowledge, tools, and solutions they need to succeed as design professionals.

Interior Design magazine has assembled some of the most notable voices in the interior design world today under editor-in-chief Cindy Coleman to define contemporary interior design and its practice. Interior Design Practice provides aspiring and practicing professionals a perspective encompassing design theory and education, global professional practice, and the experiences of design firms large and small. An overview is provided of the development and growth of the profession, along with an assessment of the legal and regulatory environment. An extensive section is offered on the work process, ranging from pre-design, programming, and design development to contract administration. Finally, a section on management provides an exploration of issues in marketing, financial management, project management, and managing client relationships.
Editor Coleman, with over 20 years in the design industry, is Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the department of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects and also Project Coordinator for the collaboration between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the City of Chicago to build public awareness of the benefits of a sustainable community. For Interior Design Practice, contributors, their companies and locations include:

  • Edward Friedrichs, (former President, Gensler) San Francisco
  • Derrel Parker, Parker Scaggiari, Las Vegas
  • Cindy Coleman, Chicago
  • Beth Harmon Vaughan, Gensler, Phoenix
  • Barry LePatner, LePatner & Associates, LLP, New York
  • Eva Maddox, Perkins + Will, Chicago
  • Sharon Turner, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects, London
  • Pamela Anderson Brule, Pamela Anderson Brule Architects, San Jose
  • Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, San Francisco
  • Stuart Cohen, Cohen/Hacker Architects, Chicago
  • David Boeman, Powell + Kleinshmidt, Chicago
  • Greg Switzer, Robert Sutter, Switzer Architects, New York
  • Lisabeth Quebe, (Former VP, Perkins + Will) Soldiers Grove, WI
  • Gary Wheeler, Wheeler Kanik, Richmond, UK
  • Kathy Rogers, Jacobs Facilities, Arlington, VA

"It is important to emphasize," Coleman advises, "that design is a global language that transcends home, institution and workplace, geography, and culture. To be a designer is to understand what all men and women have in common their humanity." "It's in the designer's nature to solve problems, but now, it's time for interior designers to solve problems and design solutions for their own profession. Because it's time for us to use every tool we can get our hands on, it's time for this book."

An impressive book that not only frames interior design in its valuable historic context, but achieves the higher goal of validating a critically important profession. A timely and thorough examination of the process and business of interior design, and ... an essential read for practitioners and educators alike. Jon Otis, professor of interior design, Pratt Institute, principal, Object Inc.

This compilation of essays is a well-thought-out foundation of knowledge for understanding, establishing, and managing a well-run interior design practice, a must-read for anyone interested in setting out to improve the human condition through the design of strategically focused interior environments. Rosalyn Cama, FASID, EDAC, President, CAMA, Inc., author of Evidence-Based Healthcare Design

Interior Design Practice is relevant for both emerging and practicing interior designers ... Cindy's and other designers' vision, professionalism, and design insight will elevate the interior design industry, and this will be regarded as the go-to book for the continuing education of interior design. Nita Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, AIA Associate, Managing Director, Gensler, Los Angeles

Broad as well as deep, Interior Design Practice offers a comprehensive look at current changes in the design industry and also suggests new ways of thinking and working that will motivate seasoned professionals and the next generation of designers. The contributors define the profession of design for the new millennium in terms that will help interior design professionals, academics, and students, succeed in business, clarify their commitment to professional excellence and enhance the role and importance of interior design for society.

Literature & Fiction / Poetry / Spanish

Bodies in Motion: Spanish Vanguard Poetry, Mass Culture, and Gender Dynamics by Catherine G. Bellver (Bucknell University Press)

Bodies in Motion examines Spanish avant-garde poetry within the context of the culture of the twenties that promoted physical movement and values of change, youthfulness, and freedom. Dance, sports, and the machine are singled out because they clearly set the body in motion and helped create a radically new outlook on life. In this book, references are made to sociopolitical factors and special attention is paid to gender. The interplay between poetry and its cultural environment attests to the influence social practices exert on the creative process and also to the capacity of poetic discourse to textualize reality, renew itself, and reinvent art.

According to Catherine G. Bellver, Professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Bodies in Motion Spanish vanguard poets ranging from the most daring ultraistas to the professor/poets Pedro Salinas and Jorge Guillen. The compelling new myth of movement implied action, mobility, and transformation. Certain Spanish poets embraced these new cultural codes, registering them in their poems, seeking new aesthetic and existential significance in them, and tapping them for discursive renewal. Dance, sports, and the new technology appear in their poetry in the form of themes, imagery, and poetic technique. In concert with its era, this poetry exudes enthusiasm, carefreeness, and vitality, and projects a delight over ludic pleasure and artistic creativity.

During the Roaring Twenties, the privileged few in Spain enjoyed the good life and produced poetry that reflected this wild and idle side of reality. Material progress and the modernist tenets converged to inspire a new art that spotlighted fun of all sorts. The vanguard poets played with words, images, and metaphors and with the function, fabric, and inner substance of poetry. Renovation for its own sake, the intermingling of different art forms, and rupture as well as synthesis created an entirely new kind of poetry.

The nature of culture underwent a transformation as a new type of popular culture emerged, one driven by profit and consumerism. Thus the twenties mark the birth of what would become today's mass media culture. Spanish vanguard poets capitalized on the new forms of culture because they saw in them a definitive break from the stagnant past and a path toward an exhilarating future. Unwittingly, however, they surrendered themselves to a force that, with its emphasis on reproducibility, quantity, and financial gain, would ultimately nullify the originality, individuality, and artistry they worshiped.

Of the three activities studied in Bodies in Motion that set the body in motion, dance is analyzed first in the chapter "Dance, Gender, and Poetry." Dance was a noteworthy cultural determinant in the early decades of the twentieth century. Not only was this the Film Age, it also was the Jazz Age. Music is not considered directly in Bodies in Motion, since it represents real, corporal movement even less than film. Nevertheless, music forms the implied background in Bellvers discussion of dance of the period, because jazz music accompanied many of the new dances. Certain sectors of Spanish society, as in the rest of Europe, were enthralled by the sensual and frenetic dances coming from the United States and especially those associated with black America; and a number of avant-garde Spanish poems were inspired by these provocative dances. Beyond representing a poetic chronicle of the times, the textualization of dance points to cross-genre, gender, and theoretical considerations. Using cultural developments and gender dynamics as the pillars supporting poetic realization, this chapter explores dance as a poetic motif that functions on three different levels: metaphoric, thematic, and discursive. A section of this chapter is devoted to traditional dances, because, for all their drive to embrace jazz dances, Spanish vanguard poets did not totally disregard folk dances.

The next chapter, "Poetry, Sports, and the Body in Play," presents sports within the context of social change, gender dynamics, and the cults of youth and of the body. Sports evolved at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century into a more democratic activity, enjoyed by more and more people. The revival of the Olympic Games was instrumental in increasing the emphasis on sports in Spain and in promoting their inclusion in the educational curriculum. Given the growth of sports as an integral part of mass culture and their link to the rapid motion and playful pleasures defining the spirit of the Roaring Twenties, it is not surprising that vanguard poets should turn to sports for inspiration. The Roaring Twenties were typified by frolicking and physical enjoyment, and the commitment to novelty and an evasion of rule-bound reality on the part of vanguard poets found a matching disposition in sports. The correspondence between poetry and sports must be seen in the broadest, most general terms of reflections on the meaning of poetry and art rather than of true imitation.

The last chapter of Bodies in Motion, "Motors, Machines, and Other Mechanical Marvels," looks at the impact of technology on Spanish vanguard poetry. The unprecedented growth in technology continued after 1918 and became the inspiration for many Spanish poets, who glorified numerous machines and recent inventions in their poems. In studying poets' responses to machines, not only must one refer to the myriad of technological advancements flooding society and filling people with a grand sense of wonderment, but one must also underscore the poetics of the machine initiated by the futurists. Their euphoric outlook led them to envision a mechanized paradise that would transform human essence. Of all the machines that enraptured poets, the airplane and the automobile stand out, but they also wrote poems about an array of other mechanical marvels: the streetcar, the train, the telephone, telegraphy, electricity, and typewriters. Although the relationship to technology was different for women than for men, a few female poets who identified with the vanguard posture applauded the machine and saw themselves mastering it. However, the dream the machine promised to women was not one of a transformation of humanity but that of personal liberation and revitalization in other words, of the attainment of personhood.

Dance, sports, and machines all ingredients of a new mass culture emerging in the Western world at the beginning of the twentieth century found their way into Spanish vanguard poetry as told in Bodies in Motion. Dances, sports, and machines became the thematic core, the vehicles for new kinds of metaphors, and the symbols of modern values. These three elements of popular culture inspired a significant number of poems written between 1918 and 1931, and the poems, in turn, chronicled a new principle of life founded on change, youthfulness, and movement.

Literature & Fiction / Womens Fiction

Promises to Keep: A Novel by Jane Green (Viking)

From the New York Times bestselling author Jane Green comes Promises to Keep, a new novel about a family suddenly thrown together in the hardest of times for one unforgettable, life-changing year.
Callie Perry is a happily married and successful family photographer living in upstate New York. She adores her two daughters, has great friends, and actually doesn't mind that her workaholic husband gets home at 9 p.m. every night, that is, when he's not traveling six months out of the year.
Callie's younger sister, Steff, the baby of the family, on the other hand, has never grown up. She's a free spirit, living in downtown Manhattan and bouncing between jobs and boyfriends. Lately, she's been working as a vegan chef, even though she can't cook.
Lila Grossman is Callie's best friend and has finally met the man of her dreams. Eddie has two wonderful children, but also a drama queen ex-wife who hates Lila. And then there are Callie and Steff's parents, Walter Cutler and Honor Pitman. Divorced for thirty years, they rarely speak to each other.
In Promises to Keep Steffs parents have almost given up hope that she'll ever learn what it means to be responsible. But then she, a breast cancer survivor, is diagnosed with a rare and incurable complication of the disease. Suddenly realizing that she has only months to live, Callie begins the painful process of saying good-bye.

In this, her twelfth novel, Green is at her heartwarming best as she creates a tale of exceptional circumstances and the ties that bind. Promises to Keep is the most personal and the most moving of her books, written to help her through the traumatic loss of one of her best friends, Heidi, who lost her battle with breast cancer last year. The novel, filled with colorful characters, is about the hard choices we have to face, about having to be your parents' child long after you've grown up, and finally, about the enduring nature of love.

Philosophy / Ethics

Reasons to Be Moral Revisited by Sam Black and Evan Tiffany (Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary, Vol 33: University of Calgary Press)

H.A. Prichard argued that the 'why should I be moral?' question is the central subject matter of moral theory. Prichard famously claimed to have proved that all efforts to answer that question are doomed. Many contributors to this volume of contemporary papers attempt to reconstruct Prichard's argument. They claim either explicitly or implicitly that Prichard was mistaken, and philosophy can contribute to meaningful engagement with the 'why be moral?' question.

A theme to emerge from these papers is that arguments like Prichard's rely on numerous philosophical presuppositions. Reasons to Be Moral Revisited therefore touches on a wide range of topics and treatments. Is there one kind of practical reason or multiple kinds of reasons? Are there separate facts that determine the rationality and reasonableness of persons? Does the conception of a practical reason found in classical philosophy have the resources to undercut Prichard's argument? Does it make sense to hold people morally accountable for their actions if it cannot be demonstrated that there are reasons to be moral? Does applied ethics have anything to contribute to the debate on morality's rational authority?

Edited by San Black and Evan Tiffany, both associate professors of philosophy at Simon Fraser University, the volumes contributors include Robert Audi, Sam Black, David Copp, Joshua Gert, Robert N. Johnson, Mark LeBar, Elijah Millgram, David Schmidtz, David Sobel and Evan Tiffany. Most of these contributors agree with Prichard that some reasons are reasons of the wrong kind for being moral. This is arguably the grain of truth in Prichard's classic paper, the element that accounts for its continuing influence. The contributions to Reasons to Be Moral Revisited also agree that Prichard was misguided in his rousing conclusion that moral philosophy rests on a mistake. Prichard's argument proceeds by imposing a restrictive meaning on the question why be moral?, insisting that it is synonymous with the question, why ought I, or why is it rational, to do what I believe is right? We can discern two broad reactions to Prichard's thesis. One class of response agrees with Prichard that the preceding question provides a central meaning of the why be moral? question, before proceeding to explain why it is possible to infer reasons for doing what you judge to be right. A second class of response emphasizes that the why be moral? question has multiple senses. These replies pick out a sense(s) of the question that Prichard downgrades before explaining how questions of that kind can be resolved by argument and inference. These approaches are not mutually exclusive. In either case, many of the responses to Prichard in this collection proceed by appealing to comprehensive assumptions about the nature of practical reason, reasonableness, and agency that may be controversial in their own right. This may suggest that if Prichard's famous claim is an error, the source for that error is neither obvious, nor transparent.

Reasons to Be Moral Revisited will be useful for advanced undergraduates and specialists working on the foundations of morality, and morality's intersection with reason and rationality. The detailed introduction enhances the collection's accessibility by providing an exposition of Prichard's renowned thesis that draws on his lesser-known, mature papers.

Philosophy / Social Sciences / Sports

Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game edited by Ted Richards (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Volume 51: Open Court)

Take a ball. Move it, bounce it, run with it. Keep it in the air. Just don't use your hands.

Such a simple idea. But a surprisingly fun amusement.

Now add nine of your friends. Pass the ball back and forth. Try to control it within an enclosed area. Try to get it into a net eight yards wide by eight feet high.

Just do it without your hands. from the introduction

Soccer or Association Football is by far the world's most popular sport, and recruits hundreds of new fans every day in the United States. Soccer is unparalleled for its sublime beauty, fast action, balletic elegance, and strategic depth.

The fascination with soccer is remarkable not only in the strength of the passions kindled, but also in the way it transcends every human division. Social, cultural, economic, educational, national, regional, tribal, even gender soccer's enchantment cuts across all these differences. Not even philosophers have been immune to soccer's spell, according to Soccer and Philosophy.

This collection of articles gives a leading team of international philosophers a free kick toward exploring the complex and often hidden contours of the world of soccer. In Soccer and Philosophy, deep thinkers who are also devoted soccer fans look at some of the exciting ideas provoked by The Beautiful Game. From ethics to metaphysics, these are new approaches to the profound issues posed by Soccer.

Ted Richards, who teaches philosophy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, says he is a philosopher who loves soccer and has spent the majority of his life either playing, coaching, refereeing, or just watching soccer. When hes not engaged in soccer, hes contemplating questions as universal as soccer's fascination. Questions like: What makes a thing that thing? What is the right thing to do? What makes something beautiful? What is the best way to organize a society? Is there such a thing as luck? How can he judge things correctly? These questions, in one form or another, have been wondered about for thousands of years, and, on the face of things, have little or nothing to do with soccer.

But these are human questions. They don't make us who we are, so much as they arise out of our being. That is why they have continued to pique our collective curiosity, to demand our intellectual energy, urging debate in ivory towers and neighborhood pubs, for thousands of years. Our fascination with soccer comes out of the same place. Thus the study of soccer be it historical, sociological, economic, or philosophical is a study of humanity, in all its glory and debauchery. And there is nothing more worthy than that.

But there are lots of philosophers who are as infatuated with the game as he is; philosophers for whom the game is an integral part of who they are. And there are other (non-philosopher) fanatics who have pondered the essential questions of philosophy through the lens of soccer.

In Soccer and Philosophy, readers will see Kierkegaard and Aristotle, Plato and Nietzsche, Kant, Dewey, and Sartre. They will also see Pele and Maradona, Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo, Messi, Fabregas, and Beckenbauer.

The universality of the appeal of soccer is reflected in the international team of authors: forty authors from fifteen different countries, each with their own particular perspective on the game. Editor Richards keeps their language as close to the original as possible, in an attempt to preserve their unique voice, and he does select between British or American spellings, punctuation, or the name of the game; for whether the word is "Football" or "Calcio," "Fuβball" or "Futballcip," "Ftbol," "Fotball," 'Bōōl bō,' Voetbal," or "Soccer," we all know what it is.

Soccer and Philosophy is a passionate exploration of the meaning of soccer seen through the eyes of some of the greatest thinkers. Whether you're a player, a coach, a soccer mom, a referee, or a fan, this is a must read book. Ethan Zohn, Winner of Survivor: Africa and co-founder of Grassroot Soccer

Ted Richards, the Special One of philosophy, has assembled a dream team for this volume. Combining the defensive tenacity of the Italians with the precision teamwork of the Germans and the individual brilliance of the Brazilians, the authors offer total philosophy. Soccer and Philosophy is the best thinking person's guide to the Beautiful Game. Alan Richardson, Stoke City supporter and Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

A soccer book like no other! At last we know which team Nietzsche would have supported, and why people care so much about the sport. This book is a delight, and it taught me more philosophy than I learned in my entire time at university. Simon Kuper, co-author of Soccernomics

Soccer and Philosophy captures the essence of our wonderful sport, its transcendental qualities, and explains why we care so deeply and maddeningly about twenty-two players and a ball. Steven Goff, WashingtonPost

What does Plato have to do with Pele? How is Ronaldo like Picasso? What makes a team truly great? Soccer and Philosophy will help you understand and enjoy the sport in deeper ways, whether you're a casual fan or a true futbol fanatic. Michael W. Austin, Kansas City Wizards fan and editor of Football and Philosophy: Going Deep

A fascinating and insightful read for thoughtful fans of the Beautiful Game. If you want to delve deeper into the inner workings of the world's most popular sport, Soccer and Philosophy is a must have. Nick Webster, commentator for Fox Soccer Channel and host of Fox Football Fone-In

This volume will be enjoyed by those who have a passion for philosophy or football or both. Its distinctions and judgments will also be argued with endlessly. I got a great kick out of Soccer and Philosophy. Eric Schliesser, supporter of AFC Ajax and Holland and Professor of Philosophy, Ghent University

From the ethics of refereeing to the metaphysics of bent (like Beckham) space-time, The incisive articles in Soccer and Philosophy show soccer fans and philosophy buffs alike new ways to appreciate and understand the world's favorite sport.

Politics / Government / Social Sciences

The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress by William Jelani Cobb (Walker & Company)

For acclaimed historian William Jelani Cobb, Associate Professor of History at Spelman College in Atlanta, the historic election of Barack Obama to the presidency is not the most remarkable development of the 2008 election; even more so is the fact that Obama won some 90 percent of the black vote in the primaries across America despite the fact that the established black leadership since the civil rights era men like Jesse Jackson, John Lewis and Andrew Young, who paved the way for his candidacy all openly supported Hillary Clinton. In The Substance of Hope Cobb shows that a sea change has occurred among black voters, pushing the architects of the civil rights movement toward the periphery at the moment when their political dreams were most fully realized.

How this happened, and the implications it holds for America's politics and social landscape, is the focus of The Substance of Hope, a paradigm-shifting examination of a new generation of voters that has not been shaped by the raw memory of Jim Crow and has a different range of imperatives. Cobb sees Obama's ascendancy as "a reality that has been taking shape in tiny increments for the past four decades," and examines thorny issues such as the paradox and contradictions embodied in race and patriotism, identity and citizenship; how the civil rights leadership became a political machine; why the term postracial is as iniquitous as it is inaccurate; and whether society has really changed with Obama's election.

William Jelani Cobb has written a smart and observant reminder of the candidacy and election of President Barack Obama. Cobb explores the emotional and the electoral trajectory of the 2008 elections. Part memoir and part analysis, The Substance of Hope captures the historic moment when America's racial past and political future collided during one exceptional presidential election season. This little book is packed with common sense observations that are given weight and meaning through Professor Cobbs academic and historical insight. Melissa Harris-Lacewell, associate professor of politics and African-American studies at Princeton University

Barack Obama's presidential campaign shone an incisive light on the nation's attitude about race and on the roots of black political empowerment. William Jelani Cobb provides a wealth of historical background and an eloquent appraisal of the present, as he narrates how a grassroots movement and a cadre of young people (`the Joshua generation') successfully fought the established political machine for the hearts and ballots of the black community. An insightful and thought-provoking book. Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP

The Substance of Hope provides a deeply insightful analysis of a new generation of voters. Elegantly written and powerfully argued, it challenges conventional wisdom as it offers original insight into America's future.

Politics / Social Sciences

Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves by Bill Press (Thomas Dunne Books)

In the midst of health care reform, one thing has become increasingly clear America has been, and still is, a nation divided. The Conservative backlash to the passage of health care reform was deafening.

Talk radio has done an end run around the voting populace. With Rush Limbaugh now the unofficial leader of the Republican Party and the far right controlling the five major syndicates, conservatives have a disproportionate voice in the medium even in liberal cities such as New York, Boston, and San Francisco. Bill Press in Toxic Talk exposes the destructive power of polarizing figures of talk radio who dominate the political airwaves today. Citing their own words as evidence, Press makes the case that much of what is broadcast on radio and television today is at best distorted and partisan, and at worst lies, propaganda and bigotry sold by these talented modern-day pitchmen who have followings in the millions.

Press in Toxic Talk exposes the reason such a disproportionate roster of fear-mongering conservatives is on the air. The Big Five radio syndicates that control the industry, such as Clear Channel and Citadel, have transformed democratic media into a plutocratic propaganda machine. Speaking as a voice crying out in the radio wilderness, he takes on the bully pulpit of Rushbo Limbaugh and reveals Sean Hannity's series of distortions; the savageness of Michael Savage; Bill O'Reilly and his nothing but spin zone; Lou Dobbs's curious legitimizing of the birther movement; Mark Levin's personal attacks against Sonia Sotomayor and Nancy Pelosi; Laura Ingraham's death camp rhetoric; Jay Severin's diatribes against Mexico; and more.

Press has been a fixture in both regional and nationally syndicated radio since the 1980s. He is the former co-host of MSNBC's Buchanan and Press and CNN's Crossfire and the Spin Room. Now the host of "The Bill Press Show" on Sirius Satellite Radio, he's been seated opposite such guests as Congressman Joe Sestak and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and counts Nancy Pelosi, Wolf Blitzer and Tucker Carlson among his friends.

For far too long, conservatives were the only voices heard on talk radio. But no longer. Now theres a whole community of strong and dynamic progressive voices on the airwaves. As Bill Press shows, progressive radio is alive, well, and growing! Congressman James E. Clyburn, House Majority Whip

Good for Bill Press! Finally, somebody exposes that gang of right-wing talk show hosts for the hate-mongers they are. If you want to know how much damage Rush Limbaugh and his clones have done to free speech, read this book! Ed Schultz, host of The Ed Schultz Show

I poke fun at the right-wing world on my own radio show every day. But Bill Press shows us that the world of right-wing talk is not only stupid, its dangerous. I dare Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity to read this book. If they ever did, they would immediately resign in shame! Stephanie Miller, host of The Stephanie Miller Show

Finally, a bare knuckled challenge to those bullies on talk radio who invent their own truths. Bill Press is a progressive breath of fresh air. Senator Byron Dorgan

For too long, talk radio was the exclusive playhouse of right-wing extremists. No longer. Now, we see them exposed for what Bill Press rightly calls them, toxic talkers. We also see the promise, from a progressive perspective, of more and more strong truth-tellers. Senator Bernie Sanders

Writing with his characteristic and incisive wit, Press in Toxic Talk is a timely answer to the media bullies who attempt to sway America's perception of democracy. With this blast at the radical right, Press delivers an entertaining and incisive condemnation of the blustering and hypocritical pundits who have poisoned the airwaves for too long.

Reference / Words & Language

Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts edited by Rachel Locker McKee and Jeffrey E. Davis (Studies in Interpretation, Vol. 7: Gallaudet University Press)

Kotahi to kowhao o te ngira i kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, me te miro whero. There is but a single eye of the needle through which the threads of white, black and red must pass. from the book

In this Maori homily, the white, black, and red threads of traditional weaving are used as a metaphor for the joining together of people from different cultures to form a strong social fabric. In Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts, editors Rachel Locker McKee and Jeffrey E. Davis cast the sign language interpreter as the eye of the needle through which a plurality of languages, cultures, and identities of various hues are delicately passed to weave positive human connections.

Nineteen international authorities contribute their research and findings to Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts, probing the complex nature of interpreted interaction involving Deaf and hearing people of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. They also analyze the contextualized interpreting practices and considerations that transpire from this diversity. In three parts, this collection edited by McKee, Program Director of Deaf Studies in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and Davis, Associate Professor, Educational Interpreter Program, at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, shows how Deaf and hearing people use language in fluctuating ways to connect with each other.

McKee and Davis in the introduction say that while the Deaf-hearing contrast is obviously central in defining the context of their work, this dualism potentially dulls our perception of the multiplicity and fluidity of identities, allegiances, and language resources that Deaf and hearing participants (and interpreters) bring to interpreted interactions. Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts probes the multiplex nature of interpreted interaction involving Deaf and hearing people of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, and the contextualized interpreting practices and considerations that transpire from this diversity.

Demographic data in the United States show that ethnicity in the Deaf population is rapidly diversifying. Leigh emphasizes that Deaf people are increasingly likely to interact with up to four communities: the majority hearing community, the larger deaf community, the ethnic hearing community of their family, and their ethnic deaf peers. In each of these contexts, Deaf and hearing people use language and other means of self-representation in fluctuating ways to construct identity and connection with each other. The multiplicity of identities in the Deaf world challenges the sociolinguistic repertoire of interpreters who are called upon to mediate communication across multiplex combinations of culture and language.

It is widely noted that the interpreter workforce is less diverse than the profile of Deaf populations: The majority of sign language interpreters in Western countries tend to be white, majority-culture females, and sign language interpreters are more commonly bilingual than tri- or multilingual. It can therefore be difficult for consumers from diverse backgrounds to find an interpreter with overlapping social characteristics and thought-worlds, or the ability to work in a third language that would connect them to the minority language community of their family. Few training programs and professional accreditation systems address multilingual/ multicultural competencies in sign language interpreting; the National Multicultural Interpreting Project is an example of a pedagogical initiative in the United States that focused on preparing interpreters for the demands of cultural diversity in their work.

The first section in Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts focuses on the growing specialization of American Sign Language (ASL), English, and Spanish trilingual interpreting in the United States. In Chapter 1, Ramsey and Pena explore the convergence of the Mexico-U.S. border with the Deaf-hearing border and the complex dynamics of this physically close but culturally distant interaction mediated by tri- and quadrilingual interpreters. In Chapter 2, Quinto-Pozos, Casanova de Canales, and Trevino describe an innovative trilingual (ASL, English, Spanish) Video Relay Service (VRS). Their chapter reviews the history of the trilingual VRS, discusses some of the linguistic challenges presented by the consumer cultures and the medium, analyzes evaluation data from practitioners and stakeholders in the service, and considers implications of this data.

In Chapter 3, Gonzalez, Gatto, and Bichsel review the development and testing of a recently implemented trilingual (ASL, English, Spanish) interpreter certification process; they explain the processes of ensuring standardization, fairness, and psychometric validity of the test in measuring appropriateness and accuracy with respect to linguistic and cultural elements of candidates' interpretation.

McKee and Davis in Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts say that the need to stimulate and disseminate further practice-based evidence prompted their invitation for contributions on the theme of interpreting in indigenous and minority language community contexts. IThis second group of chapters focuses on interpreters working with people of indigenous origin, addressing issues of role and responsibilities, the challenges of bridging wide gaps in cultural competencies and discourse norms, and the use of indigenous sign varieties. In Chapter 4, McKee and Awheto examine the way in which a trilingual Maori interpreter in New Zealand negotiates a role in response to the divergent schemas of participants, her own cultural alignment, and the sociocultural conditions framing the event. This chapter highlights that the role and ethics considered normative for a professional interpreter are not culturally neutral, and that contextualized practice in culturally diverse situations may be differently motivated and manifested.

Davis and McKay-Cody in Chapter 5, report on ethnographic fieldwork and observations from over two decades of collaborating, interpreting, and participating in multicultural and multilingual North American Indian communities. They describe the traditional and contemporary varieties of sign language used among North American Indian communities, and suggest strategies, best practices, and links to resources for interpreters working with Deaf people in these communities.

Indigenous Deaf people in legal settings can be doubly disadvantaged by their distance from the cultural parameters of the system; this is a context in which facilitating understanding about cultural-linguistic background is critical to the process of interpreting and achieving fair outcomes. In Chapter 6, Fayd'herbe and Teuma bring their professional experience in interpreting and forensic psychology to a discussion of issues in affording due process to Indigenous Deaf people of Far North Queensland, Australia. They discuss cultural differences and language competencies of these clients, outline practical interpreter strategies for working in a forensic team, and illustrate the risks of denial of due process by reference to relevant cases.

According to Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts, an emerging area of expertise is interpreting across multiple signed and spoken languages at international conferences. In Chapter 7, Supalla, Clark, Neumann Solow, and Muller de Quadros address the requirements of ensuring quality of interpreted access for Deaf and hearing academics participating in a conference. The authors describe the development, implementation, and outcomes of a protocol for conference interpreting designed to bring Deaf participants, including minority sign language participants, from the margins of the conference into full involvement. Finally, in Chapter 8, de Wit discusses challenges and skills relevant to interpreting in multilingual, multimodal European conference settings, and suggests practical strategies for furthering these, such as the acquisition of additional languages, teamwork, and mentoring into the specialist skill-set required.

Most of the chapters in the book draw strongly upon practitioner and consumer insight as a source of data. In each instance, authors describe a localized situation and explore its implications for interpreting practice in the wider field. Since the practices of interpreters in culturally and linguistically complex situations are as yet little documented, Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts highlights the state of current practice and perspectives via case studies of practice from various contexts, in order to stimulate directions for further research and dialogue. All chapters emphasize the importance of dialogue and cooperative initiatives, and reflect an orientation towards the practitioner as researcher. A valuable contribution to an emerging area in the research literature, these penetrating essays particularly address the experience of interpreters in wide gap situations in order to identify challenges, strategies and consequences, and to stimulate consideration of how this kind of work abides with more mainstream models of practice.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology

Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World by Andrea Bieler and Hans-Martin Gutmann, translated by Linda M. Maloney (Fortress Press)

What can it mean to preach a word of justification by grace in a world of grinding poverty? How can justification be not only proclaimed but realized in the midst of global economic realities that strip human beings of any sense of self-worth?

These are among the hard questions that Andrea Bieler and Hans-Martin Gutmann face head-on in Embodying Grace. Convinced that it is precisely among those whom society regards as expendable that Gods grace may be experienced as abundant, the authors join their expertise in liturgy, homiletics, and pastoral care with their commitment to the poor and marginalized around us and their analyses of our present cultural situation, including increasing violence and the commodification of human life. They illustrate their argument with preaching events as words-on-target in particular contexts of need.

Andrea Bieler is Associate Professor of Christian Worship at Pacific School of Religion and Hans-Martin Gutmann is Professor of Practical Theology on the Faculty for Protestant Theology of the University of Hamburg.

Bieler and Gutmann say that sometimes the art of preaching reveals surprising and disturbing connections by which the lived experiences of faith, the socioeconomic conditions with which we are struggling, and the narrative thread of Scripture are so interwoven that divine grace can unfold and finds an embodied expression.

As teachers of practical theology at the University of Hamburg and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California, they frame our aesthetic, phenomenological, and theological questions in individual, existential, and social terms. They seek ways to ask their questions while facing urgent social conflicts. Accordingly, they have been tracing the correspondences between economic processes and bodily experiences, liturgical resonances and unemployment, the prophet Jonah and the embodiment of grace in the preaching on the justification of the expendables. The complex theme of economic injustice is a prime topic for them. Therefore, in Embodying Grace they locate the homiletical reflections that follow on the margins of the market society.

In this remarkable volume, the authors draw out the implications of grace for the social circumstances of the contemporary world, especially how grace should shape the monetary and economic spheres, our life as a community, how the church interprets the Bible and how that reality comes to expression in the performance of preaching. Each chapter is accompanied by sermons that not only show grace in action in the social dimensions of life but are exciting messages in and of themselves. Ronald J. Allen, Christian Theological Seminary

In Embodying Grace, Andrea Bieler and Hans-Martin Gutmann reimagine preaching as a fully embodied, relational, and socially redemptive performance of justification that draws us into the heart of the realm of grace. Reading this book may change your entire orientation to the preaching ministry. John S. McClure, Vanderbilt Divinity School

Embodying Grace is not only a clear-sighted analysis of our present cultural situation but a compelling new understanding of one of the church's most important teachings.

Science / Biological Sciences / Outdoors & Nature

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy by Bernd Heinrich (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)

Why are the eggs of the marsh wren deep brown, the winter wren's nearly white, and the gray catbird's a brilliant blue? And what in the DNA of a penduline tit makes the male weave a domed nest of fibers and the female line it with feathers, while the bird-of-paradise male builds no nest at all, and his bower-bird counterpart constructs an elaborate dwelling?

These are typical questions that Bernd Heinrich pursues in The Nesting Season and he supplements his writing with his own photographs and watercolors. One of the world's great naturalists and nature writers, Heinrich, Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Vermont, shows readers how the sensual beauty of birds can open their eyes to a hidden evolutionary process. Nesting, as Heinrich explores it in The Nesting Season, encompasses what fascinates humans most about birds from their delightful songs and spectacular displays to their varied eggs and colorful plumage; from their sex roles and mating rituals to nest parasitism, infanticide, and predation.

In The Nesting Season Heinrich also explores how some birds use plumage to attract mates while others use dance, elaborate nests, etc., to attract females, all an attempt to maximize the chances of passing on their genes; the ingenious strategies they use to protect their eggs; how the size of the clutch of eggs depends on whether the species is monogamous with the male helping feed the mother and the young (more babies) or not; and how males who leave the nest, or cheat, risk being cuckolded themselves.

Blending scientific research with memoir, Bernd Heinrich (A Year in the Maine Woods) reveals the complex courtship and mating rituals of birds along with the startling commonalities between certain human and avian domestic arrangements. Skillfully narrated and illustrated by the author's own photographs and watercolor sketches, this book offers a range of intellectual and aesthetic pleasures. Publishers Weekly

A truly excellent and delightful book. Heinrich uses his own observations to teach us what a curious biologist finds intriguing about bird behavior. John Alcock
Heinrich studies birds in the great tradition of Audubon, and with equal perception. Beautifully illustrated by the author, The Nesting Season illuminates courtship, reproduction, and chick rearing. Heinrich's insights into egg colors and patterns alone make the book invaluable. Richard Rhodes
The intimate life of birds is revealed here by a brilliant naturalist. Scott Forbes

What moves birds to mate and parent their young in so many different ways is what interests Heinrich and his insights into the nesting behavior of birds has more than a little to say about our own. The Nesting Season is written in the engaging style readers have come to expect from Heinrich and his original photographs and watercolors are stunning. 


Contents this Issue:

Picasso in The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art Publications) edited by Gary Tinterow & Susan Alyson Stein (The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale University Press)

Hidden Life of the Desert, 2nd edition by Thomas Wiewandt (Mountain Press Publishing Company)

Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography by Irina Yazykova, Paul Greneir, with a foreword by Wendy Salmond (Paraclete Press)

Handbook of Employment and Society: Working Space edited by Susan McGrath-Champ, Andrew Herod, and Al Rainnie (Edward Elgar Publishing)

Collaborating With Students in Instruction and Decision Making: The Untapped Resource by Richard A. Villa, Jacqueline S. Thousand, and Ann I. Nevin (Corwin Press)

The Bible of Unspeakable Truths by Greg Gutfeld, with a foreword by Penn Jillette (Grand Central Publishing)

The Essential Wonder Woman Encyclopedia by Phil Jimenez and John Wells (Del Rey, Ballantine Books)

Texas: A Historical Atlas by A. Ray Stephens (University of Oklahoma Press)

Trustbuilding: An Honest Conversation on Race, Reconciliation, and Responsibility by Rob Corcoran, with a foreword by Governor Tim Kaine (University of Virginia Press)

Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland by Stephan Salisbury (Nation Books)

In the Neighborhood of Zero: A World War II Memoir by William V. Spanos (University of Nebraska Press)

Interior Design Practice edited by Cindy Coleman (Allworth Press)

Bodies in Motion: Spanish Vanguard Poetry, Mass Culture, and Gender Dynamics by Catherine G. Bellver (Bucknell University Press)

Promises to Keep: A Novel by Jane Green (Viking)

Reasons to Be Moral Revisited by Sam Black and Evan Tiffany (Canadian Journal of Philosophy Supplementary, Vol 33: University of Calgary Press)

Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game edited by Ted Richards (Popular Culture and Philosophy Series, Volume 51: Open Court)

The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress by William Jelani Cobb (Walker & Company)

Toxic Talk: How the Radical Right Has Poisoned America's Airwaves by Bill Press (Thomas Dunne Books)

Interpreting in Multilingual, Multicultural Contexts edited by Rachel Locker McKee and Jeffrey E. Davis (Studies in Interpretation, Vol. 7: Gallaudet University Press)

Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World by Andrea Bieler and Hans-Martin Gutmann, translated by Linda M. Maloney (Fortress Press)

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy by Bernd Heinrich (The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press)