We Review the Best of the Latest Books

ISSN 1934-6557

November 2010, Issue #139

Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book by Stephen Farthing with pop-up engineer by David Hawcock (Universe)

Howard Huang's Urban Girls by Howard Huang, edited by Dian Hanson (Taschen)

Multiple Flash Photography: Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media)

L.D.: Rocketry, Race, and a Colorful Journey by Lee D. Young (Vantage Press)

Tools of Engagement: Presenting and Training in a World of Social Media by Tom Bunzel (Pfeiffer)

What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World by Jay B. Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford (Harvard Business Review Press)

Small, Medium and Large by Jane Monroe Donovan (Sleeping Bear Press)

Science Fair Winners: Junkyard Science by Karen Romano Young, illustrated by David Goldin (National Geographic Kids)

The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map by Melissa Vaughan, Brendan Vaughan, with photography by Michael Harlan Turkell (William Morrow)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar by David Hodge (Alpha Books)

The Healing Gift: The Remarkable World of a Medical Intuitive by David Freud with Linda Freud, with a foreword by Hyla Cass, M.D. (Basic Health Publications)

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein (New Harbinger Publications)

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (The Lyons Press)

The Best of Boys' Life by Boy Scouts of America (The Lyons Press)

Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes by Barry Katz (The Taunton Press)

A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia by Richard Jay Hutto (Lyons Press)

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home by Randy Florke with Nancy J. Becker (A Country Living Book: Hearst Books)

Justice in Genetics: Intellectual Property and Human Rights from a Cosmopolitan Liberal Perspective by Louise Bernier (Edward Elgar)

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) by Meredith Sue Willis (Ohio University Press)

Bolitas de Oro: Poems from My Marble-Playing Days (Bilingual Edition) by Nasario Garcia, translated from the Spanish by Nasario Garcia (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series: University of New Mexico Press)

And Then There Was One by Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)

Mother Nature by Emilia Pardo Bazn, translated from the Spanish by Walter Borenstein (Bucknell University Press)

Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Buryin' Barry Mysteries, No. 5: Poisoned Pen Press)

The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw (Forge Books)

Biomechanics of Human Motion: Basics and Beyond for the Health Professions by Barney F. LeVeau (Slack Incorporated)

Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future by Mark I. Wallace (Fortress Press)

The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype [6 audio CDs, running time 7 hours] by Clarissa Pinkola Ests (Sounds True)

Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives edited by Lynne Tatlock, series editor Thomas Al Brady, Jr & Roger Chickering (Studies in Central European Histories: Brill)

























Arts & Photography / Architecture / Renaissance

Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book by Stephen Farthing with pop-up engineer by David Hawcock (Universe)

Here is a never-before-seen presentation of art and architecture from the Renaissance era, in three-dimensional form.

Accompanied by stunning art and ingenious pop engineering, Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book presents the talent and imagination of some of the most influential artists in history. Ranging from the influences of Gothic art on the early Renaissance to the culmination of High Renaissance, this book follows the appearance of new forms in religious and secular painting and the burgeoning use of groundbreaking techniques such as perspective and narrative in painting, new innovations in architecture, and the unique genius of artists from all over Europe.

Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book features outstanding artists, art, and architecture of the period, including the frescoes of Giotto, Michelangelos Sistine Chapel, and the works of Caravaggio, Botticelli, Titian, Drer, and Massacio, to name only a few. Pop-ups include a working camera obscura; da Vincis flying machine; Piero della Francescas View of the Ideal City with removable perspective lines; Brunelleschis majestic Duomo in Florence; and a fold-out timeline of the Renaissance.

Author Stephen Farthing is an artist, writer, and the Rooststein Hopkins Research Chair of Drawing at the University of the Arts, London and author of Universe Publishings 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die. David Hawcock is a paper engineer whose pop-up titles include Universes New York Pop-Up Book, The Ancient Egypt Pop-Up Book, and Ships Pop-Up Book.

Showcasing the artistic innovations of the era in interactive and engaging format, this book gives readers a fresh perspective, teaching the principles and history of the Renaissance in a unique way. Elegant and informative, Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book is a superb tour of the greatest achievements of the worlds early masters, and is a great educational gift for art lovers of all ages.

Arts & Photography / Erotic Photography

Howard Huang's Urban Girls by Howard Huang, edited by Dian Hanson (Taschen)

When photographer Howard Huang began shopping his fashion book around New York in 2002 he had no idea he was about to become the master of urban photography. Back then the Taiwanese immigrant thought urban girls were just women who lived in the city, explaining, "English is my second language; I was still learning." Nonetheless, when the editor of Black Men magazine asked if he knew how to shoot sexy women he said, "Sure!" and set about staging the magazines voluptuous singers, models and actresses in fantasies inspired by his love of comic books and anime.
His composite photos in Howard Huang's Urban Girls feature exotic locales, lush interiors, or the neon-washed nighttime streets of Manhattan. His shapely heroines, including singer Jacki-O, actress Vida Guerra and reality TV stars Hoopz, Deelishis and Risky Jones, escape on sleek motorcycles; rob banks with guns drawn and Halliburton cases spilling money; brandish swords like Japanese assassins; conjure fire; hunt big game, and generally kick ass while displaying their own generous posteriors in photos reminiscent of video games. "The trick is to rework an image to enhance my vision, without drawing attention to cheesy Photoshop special effects", says Huang, who studied under digital effects master Michel Tcherevkoff. The result is a marriage of the new pictorialism with classic glamour photography, and a look at the little known niche market of African-American and Latina bikini models, collectively known as Urban Girls.

Huang shoots fashion and commercial photography as well as urban girls for Black Men, XXL, Smooth, Vibe, Maxim and other magazines. Editor Dian Hanson for 25 years produced various mens magazines, including Puritan, Juggs and Leg Show, before becoming TASCHEN's sexy book editor.

The word urban means "pertaining to or characteristic of a city or town." In modern American parlance, urban means "pertaining to city-identified ethnicities, primarily African American." Though the euphemism was adopted as a delicate way to racially profile product, it is now used by black and white alike to describe music, fashion, literature, attitude, and yes, a new generation of pin-up girls. This meant booty, as butt has long trumped breast in African American culture.

"These booty girls aren't fashion models," says Huang, "but I treat them like they are, and they appreciate it. They also don't know how to pose like fashion models, so I'm notorious for posing for them. I'm really good at it, they have a giggle, and then they pose the way I want." As actress/model Angell Conwell told me, "Howard is in a class by himself. None of the other photographers are anything like that."

"The fantasy I'm selling is like hip-hop music," says Huang. "It is about a lifestyle people want, but they know is not real. Sure, we want to be throwing money in the air and people picking it up. We want to be driven in big limousines and fancy Lamborghinis, walk in the front door and everybody takes a picture of you. These girls are the beautiful untouchable goddesses we all fantasize about, unapproachable, yet you want to approach, equivalent to the super-vixen women in comic books and movies. Who ever said Wonder Woman can't be a black woman? [I pose them with guns and swords because] violence and sex arouse people; they create emotional disturbances. I like that Hollywood action look, and I think it's good to have these fantasies. It's like online games and role playing, like Grand Theft Auto."

Indeed, much of Huang's work could be lifted straight from Grand Theft Auto, or from the Frank Miller/Robert Rodriguez film Sin City. Consider Lia Cha juggling meat cleavers in a slaughterhouse; Ebony Risky Jones robbing a bank as money rains down; rubber-clad rapper Jacki-O in a karate crouch framed by the Brooklyn Bridge; or Coco flying effortlessly over Manhattan, her big butt bright as a harvest moon. Not to mention all the girls racing through rain-slicked streets on Huang's favorite fantasy escape: the super-charged motorcycle. Most of the photos begin with a model, a few props, and some seamless paper in Huang's small loft in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. To complete the image, Huang has become a master of Photoshop, combining simple model photos with whatever's necessary to flesh out each fantasy. "When I was shooting film I cut up Polaroids [of the models] and stuck them on the background photos to show them my plan," he says. "Now with digital I make a quickie comp to show them on the screen. When they get it, they are, like, `Wow."' He's found that helping a model understand his vision guarantees an enthusiastic participant willing to adopt poses that seem silly until she knows they help transform her into a ninja street fighter. And getting just the right street can be as important as the right model.

"The city background photos are all New York, mostly from my neighborhood," says Huang. "I like to shoot after it rains, when the streets are wet and shiny, or on a day with dramatic clouds, and then I pimp up the lights, but the best time to shoot is when its super cold, because nobody's out. You could never take a bikini model outside on a day like that, so I shoot the street, and bring it inside."

"Sometimes Marcus has to remind me we're selling product," says Huang and when the budget allows, he shoots straight photography on location. His eye for color and dramatic effect remains consistent, however, making it hard to tell a photo of Angel Lola Luv in the real Bahamian surf from one of his equally vivid combo creations. The biggest difference is the risk to his assistants. "They were all out in the water holding lights with power packs strapped on their backs," says the demanding Huang. "Luckily the only one who got washed away was Angel, but not before I got the shot!"

"Somebody has to make it look good," he says. "And I like that it's not nude, that people really want to see women from hip-hop videos, from movies, or TV that are just halfway naked. There's enough porn out there."

Of his part in turning big booty into America's latest sex obsession, Huang says modestly, "So, white men like boobs, and black men like butts. It was just natural that once the magazines started showing them it would become Americanized, as in, bigger is better."

Howard Huang's Urban Girls featuring anime-inspired glamour girls have to be seen to be appreciated.

Arts & Photography / Photography / How-To

Multiple Flash Photography: Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media)

Acclaimed photography instructors Rod and Robin Deutschmann take the mystery out of using multiple off-camera flashes to create flawless lighting effects indoors and out. Photographers of all experience levels can now avoid time-consuming postproduction image editing with the multi-flash techniques provided in Multiple Flash Photography. Packed with information, the manual shows photographers how to select a quality new or used flash and how to mount and use up to five flashes to sculpt and define every aspect of an image. Also included is a discussion on perspective, lens selection, filter use, and white balance selection as well as information on flash-triggering systems and supporting equipment. A wide assortment of images with captions detailing the methods used to create each look completes Multiple Flash Photography.

The authors are photographers and photography instructors. Rod is instructor in the San Diego Public School system and managing editor for the Camp Pendleton Scout. Rod and Robin cofounded the San Diego In Focus Learning Center, and they both teach photography classes there.

Multiple Flash Photography includes:

  • Selecting the right flash gear for readers needs and their budget.
  • Making the camera and flash units communicate.
  • Support options for using multiple flash units.
  • Modifying flashes with umbrellas, softboxes, and snoots.
  • Determining the objectives for lighting the scene and the subject, then designing a plan to achieve the goals.
  • Combining existing light with flash lighting.
  • Using neutral density filters, and polarizing filters to increase creative control.
  • Working with a camera's flash-sync speed including tips for taking advantage of the electronic shutter on a point-and-shoot camera.
  • Tips for working on location either with an assistant or on ones own.
  • Using flash to design dynamic close-up images.
  • Sampling two-, three-, four-, and five-flash setups.
  • Ample before and after shots to show readers how and why flash was added to create the final image.
  • Tips for using off-camera flash in unexpected ways.

Taking a practical approach to modern photography, the Deutschmanns in Multiple Flash Photography strip the nonsense from the facts and the hype from the truth. Touting the advantages of manual control, they offer a fresh view of photography that rebels against the norm. Armed with surprisingly simple techniques, readers of the book will never be stuck with the existing light. Instead, they will quickly and effectively design exactly the lighting they want for both their backgrounds and their subjects.

Biographies & Memoirs / African-American

L.D.: Rocketry, Race, and a Colorful Journey by Lee D. Young (Vantage Press)

Today, when we think someone should understand something that they're just not getting, we say, "It's not rocket science." We think of rocket scientists as being among the most intelligent people on the planet. And here I was, a young and still impressionable twenty-four-year old, who had dropped out of college the first time due to lack of academic focus and because of bad grades, standing in front of my first real rocket. A budding rocket scientist. I had come a long way since my childhood in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee, but not so far that I had dispelled all memories of the good and the bad of growing up with Jim Crow. While the opportunity before me involved an adaptation to a bright new technical culture, what I brought with me was a human conditioning experience that was socially different and in many instances not applicable to this 1957 California culture. The bulk of the experience came from Mount Pleasant. from the book

Lee Young is that rara avis a real rocket scientist. He is also African American. His brilliant career which began one evening when his brother suggested, over bourbon and ginger ale, that he go to college to study mechanical engineering is not only an account of one mans rise to the top of a demanding profession but also a social history of the event-filled era (roughly 1929 to 1965) in which he came of age.

Young (1933- ) was born in Tennessee during the Great Depression. He was educated at Tennessee A & I State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering. He also completed special studies in business and patent law at Pepperdine University and West Los Angeles School of Law. He was a pioneer in rocket science and helped develop the U.S. space and ICBM programs.

In Young's memoir L.D. the author shares his life story which he states: " not just another Black social horror story; rather it is the story of one Black man who, with a blend of spirituality, determination, persistence and a few lucky turns, managed to survive pre-civil rights southern bigotry and make significant contributions to an industry in which few Blacks have been recognized ... Rocketry!" Young's career as a rocket engineer extended from contributions to the creation of the Apollo Vehicle at North American Rockwell through to work on the most powerful multiple warhead missile in both the US and Russian military arsenals. As Young reveals in L.D., though his journey was challenged by bigotry, it has been creativity that has served as the driving force behind all of his life's major interests.

The son of a preacher from a small Southern town, as a child Young was mechanically inclined, fixed (or broke) devices around his parent's house, and grew up to repairing the family car as well as machinery at the mill where he worked summers. Graduating from high school on a Friday, Young caught the train to Cleveland on Monday where he saved his money and then went on to college and graduating from Tennessee State University.

According to Young, L.D., his memoir of growing up in the segregated South and persevering to get a major rocket science career off the ground gives Young the perfect opportunity to reflect on the painful hazards of being a black youth in small town Tennessee during the Great Depression and World War II. After the Wafts Riots in 1965, Young shifts gears and sets out to rid Los Angeles of the oppression of African Americans. He searches abroad for freedom, eventually returning to "home sweet home with all its faults."

As told in L.D., in 1957, the Frisbee had just been invented. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were meeting for the first time as teenagers. John Glenn flew a supersonic jet and set a new transcontinental speed record. In a few weeks, Ford Motor Company's Edsel would be introduced. And in less than two months, the Soviet Union would launch Sputnik 2 with the dog Laika aboard. It was an exciting time to be a scientist working with rockets and jet propulsion. Young had graduated at a good point in history when the Russians were getting ahead of the United States in missile and space exploration. President Dwight Eisenhower announced that he wanted an increase of engineering enrollments in colleges around the country; he wanted every engineer employed without regard to race, color, or religion. That was good news for the young black man, a product of the Jim Crow South. Before graduation, he had received applications from at least half a dozen companies in the aircraft and aerospace industry, all out west.
Due to segregation in the South, career opportunities for black engineers in middle America 1950s were not available, at best rare. Employment in California, with a company waiting for his arrival, presented a great opportunity to escape Southern-style segregation and also to venture into the technical field of rocketry.

Blessed with a creative mind that is "still at work at age seventy-six," Young in L.D. gives readers a fascinating and absorbing look at a life of triumph over many obstacles and a steady ascent to the pinnacle of American business at a time when this was no mean feat for African Americans. This valuable social history not only tells the story of his life, but includes his insight into American presidents and jubilation at the election of Barack Obama. Especially recommended for high school libraries.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership / Training

Tools of Engagement: Presenting and Training in a World of Social Media by Tom Bunzel (Pfeiffer)

Times are rapidly changing in the presentation field in the early twenty-first century. Travel constraints, budget concerns, and the advent of new technology have mandated that many individuals who might have in the past addressed their audiences directly and personally need to do so electronically, across large distances.

In addition, the instantaneous nature of the Internet has made it possible for individuals and businesses to connect with each other in new and amazing ways, forging online communities and networks that commingle personal and professional issues.

The software and technology that enables this process is continually changing and is quite complex. While Fortune 500 corporations may still avail themselves of proprietary broadband networks that support sophisticated and expensive videoconferencing, more and more organizations are using reasonably priced software over the Internet to reach out to customers, clients, colleagues, students, constituencies, and other audiences.

But how to make sense of this varied and vast assortment of tools and feature sets?

In Tools of Engagement Tom Bunzel, technology coach for corporations and the author of numerous books and articles, discusses the technological, logistical, and thematic requirements of reaching out to a world that sees a presentation or a communication in an entirely new way: as a video, an e-mail, a slide show, a real-time broadcast, a Twitter update or tweet, or even something not yet conceived. Bunzel in Tools of Engagement provides an overview of the latest trends and programs, demonstrates proven and popular software, and takes readers through many possible scenarios of presenting, communicating, and learning in the new social media universe.

Tools of Engagement is not a book devoted directly to social media there are many of those already in print. Instead, Bunzel investigates how the new social tools and programs interface, influence, and inform the presentation and training landscape that currently exists and to address a key issue: how to convey an important message in the most effective way in the current environment.

The chapters cover the following landscape:

Chapter Two takes readers through an overview of how presentation has changed and has been influenced by the new social media landscape in the early twenty-first century.

Chapter Three concentrates on the nature of social media as a game changer as it shifts the focus of training, learning, and marketing from selling to building relationships of trust and establishing an effective identity in this new world.

Bunzel discusses in Chapter Four how to implement some of the more popular social media tools and strategies with an overview of representative programs and Web sites; Chapter Five focuses on two of the major social networks (Twitter for everyone, Ning for targeted networks), all with an emphasis on training and communication.

Chapter Six begins to integrate the new trends with more familiar communication tools and goes into some detail in how to leverage existing skills in graphics and PowerPoint (and its new online cousins) to deliver a visual message.

The very nature of meetings as part of an ongoing conversation with an audience is a theme throughout Tools of Engagement, so Chapter Seven addresses various scenarios for conveying information at a specific venue particularly when the venue is virtual or in a Web page. Bunzel covers the steps necessary to get an online meeting scheduled, plan its contents, rehearse and prepare, deliver meaningful content over the Web, and follow up with a strategic plan to take advantage of all aspects of the event going forward as the presenter or trainer continues the conversation.

Chapter Eight speculates about what is likely to come next and about the meaning of the incredible changes that are taking place in how we present, communicate, and learn.

Throughout Tools of Engagement, case studies and scenarios are used to demonstrate the various ways to communicate across many platforms and for a variety purposes. Bunzel also presents specific examples of representative programs and tools and how they can be implemented. The landscape is changing so rapidly Bunzel discusses current programs that perform specific tasks and concentrates on their intent and focus.

To demonstrate the most important features and benefits of these tools, screen shots are provided as illustrations throughout the book.

The primary audiences for the information covered are managers in traditional corporations who need to create and sustain a high-performing team or organization; executives who seek to create a participative and innovative corporate culture; sales and marketing organizations that thrive on customer feedback and loyalty; and customer service and public relations organizations that seek to improve customer relationships. The audience for Tools of Engagement is growing rapidly as potential communicators, educators, and presenters, realize that a combination of tools and skills can enable them to reach larger audience across oceans, time zones, and other geographic and physical barriers.

The main takeaway in this thorough and accessible book is the idea that today's business and educational environments require a mash-up mentality. It takes a constantly changing blend of tools, techniques, and strategies to achieve direct, immediate, and effective communication. Robert L. Lindstrom, former editor, Presentations and Multimedia Producer magazines; author, The BusinessWeek Guide to Multimedia Presentations

If ever there were a person to really dive into the trenches and discuss the practical implications of the social media revolution, it's Tom Bunzel. Rick Altman, author, Why Most PowerPoint Presentations Suck; president, The Presentation Summit

Tom Bunzel has had his pulse on the new social technology and its impact on communication and entertainment and writes about it effectively and with conviction. Victor Harwood, president, Digital Hollywood, Inc.

Clear and cogent. Tom Bunzel's gift is translating what can be dry and difficult material into something that I can learn and use immediately. Leslie Lundt, M.D., author, You Can Think Like a Psychiatrist and 40 Cases

Takes a topic as dynamic as social media and makes it understandable and relevant. Jim Endicott, president, Distinction Communication Inc.

Tools of Engagement is a powerful addition to every presenter and meeting planner's bookshelf. Joyce Schwarz, keynote speaker/moderator and author featured on E Entertainment TV, CBS Radio, and other media

Tom Bunzel has been very helpful to my business as we continue to grow into this new media paradigm. Kim Calvert, editorial director, Singular Magazine

Tools of Engagement is a thorough, accessible, clearly written guide from a recognized expert to the new media and the integration of the old and the new. Lets face it; we all need to learn this stuff.

Business & Investing / Management & Leadership

What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World by Jay B. Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford (Harvard Business Review Press)

Readers discover how business strategy really works in What I Didn't Learn in Business School.

Meet Justin Campbell. He's a new MBA graduate who's landed a job with a strategy consultancy. His engagement team is on a mission: help HGS Inc., a specialty chemicals firm, define and execute a strategy for exploiting a textile technology the company developed.
Justin and his team deploy state-of-the-art strategy tools to analyze the attractiveness of potential markets for the technology. But they soon realize the tools don't help them grapple with the human side of strategy including political forces swirling within HGS. Everyone involved in the engagement is biased and insecure, brilliant and hardworking, selfish and lazy, loyal and dedicated. The political and organizational forces swirling within HGS complicate his analyses and test his fundamental understanding of important strategic concepts.

Justin and his cohorts aren't real What I Didn't Learn in Business School is a business novel. But they're realistic: they're just like us. They are humans, not human resources, and they each have their own personality, motives, and skills. Their story reveals the limitations of strategy tools and demonstrates tactics for navigating the messy, human dynamics that can make or break a company's strategy efforts. Readers see both the strengths and the limitations of common strategy tools.

What I Didn't Learn in Business School uses the power of story to present lessons for anyone seeking to excel at strategy management. The action moves quickly, and at the end of each chapter, readers find provocative questions that help them tease out vital insights that they can apply in their own work.

Authors are Jay Barney, professor of management at the Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business and Trish Clifford, formerly the Director of Global Strategy Learning at McKinsey & Company, now in private practice working with mid- and upper-level managers in a variety of companies.

What an excellent and enjoyable way to gain knowledge. From Justin's amazing transition from business school to the real world, great lessons learned effectively and in a less painful way than firsthand experience. As a former chairman and CEO, I kept thinking so true as I read this book. Jeff Rodek, Former CEO and Chair, Hyperion Solutions Corporation

This is a fun book to read and a great book to learn from. It combines common sense with cutting-edge techniques that will prove useful to both new and seasoned managers. Steve Kerr, Executive Director, Jack Welch Management Institute, and Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

This is a book you should read. Good content, well presented, important subject all wrapped up in a completely new format. Jay Galbraith, President, Galbraith Management Consultants and author, Designing Complex Organizations

An energizing and clever approach, this book reminds us that success in business is a magical blend of theory and practice. Chris Poon, Dean at the Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University and former Vice Chair, Johnson & Johnson

Engaging and provocative, What I Didn't Learn in Business School is a compelling read whether readers are recent business school grads struggling to apply their new knowledge or experienced leaders who already know that no strategy is created in a vacuum.

Childrens Books / Ages 4-8 / Holidays & Festivals / People & Places

Small, Medium and Large by Jane Monroe Donovan (Sleeping Bear Press)

What will be in your letter to Santa?

Heres a fun childrens book that makes it easy for young readers to invent a story to fit the pictures there are no words, other than letters to Santa.

In Small, Medium and Large it is the season of Christmas, and that means it is time to trim the tree, decorate the halls, and, most importantly of all, write to Santa with a heartfelt wish for the perfect present.

While other children may be dreaming of new toys under the tree or stockings filled with treats, the little girl in Small, Medium and Large simply asks Santa for a friend to share her holiday. But this is a pretty tall order for the jolly old man. Can Santa make her Christmas wish come true?

Charming artwork by the author, Jane Monroe Donovan, brings to life the joy felt in making snow angels, the satisfaction of a rousing snowball fight, the pleasure of baking holiday cookies, and finally, the inner peace one feels sitting quietly in front of a warm fire all the more special when done with a new friend.

A parallel theme throughout the book includes the small, medium and large presents and animals. Turns out, in real life the animals in the story are part of Donovans own household.

Donovan says her parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. Her affection for animals is reflected in much of her subject matter. Donovan is the author and illustrator of Winter's Gift.

In this lovely story, Small, Medium and Large, children can enjoy the magic of the holidays by creating an imaginative narrative of their very own. Readers of all ages will be cheered to see that Santa manages to find not just the perfect present, but three special gifts.

Childrens Books / Science / How-To

Science Fair Winners: Junkyard Science by Karen Romano Young, illustrated by David Goldin (National Geographic Kids)

Junkyard Science contains 20 projects and experiments about junk, garbage, waste, things we dont need anymore, and ways to recycle or reuse it or lose it.

Part of the Science Fair Winners Series, the book urges young readers to pull on their gloves and experience the science of trashology.

Its all about the stuff thats thrown away: analyzing the waste produced by the schools cafeteria, understanding the decomposition rates of garbage bags, comparing the cost effectiveness of one-use batteries versus rechargeables. Junkyard Science is peppered with enlightening extras and humorous asides, such as background stories from expert trashologists. Plus, kids get tips on how to rock the science fair.

Author Karen Romano Young is an author of children's books, a scientist, and a mother well aware of the tension Science Fair time can bring. In 2007 Young served on the board on the Ocean Census Council, and enjoyed the publication of her newest book from HarperCollins, Across the Wide Ocean. Young's science writing has taken her from the world's biggest landfill to garbage barges. Illustrator David Goldin is an artist, accordion enthusiast, international junk collector, magazine brat, editorial and children's book illustrator, writer and animator. He is recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, 2006 and the INTEL/ISEF Excellence in Science Teaching Award, 1999.

Projects in Junkyard Science include:

Trash-Free Lunch; Alive, Dead, or On the Way Out?; Sorting the Recycling; Paper or Plastic?; Breach of Etiquette; Green Map Your Town; Waste Reduction; Junk Mail; The Dirty Dozen; A Blast of Fresh Air; Baking with Sunshine; Trash in Your Path; Trash Compacting; Yes, You Can!; Squashing All Cars!; Sounds Junky; Up on the Roof; Diaper Dan; Trash in Space; and Throwaways: Take Them Apart.

At this moment, you are holding in your hands a very unique and wonderful science fair resource! Karen Romano Young has certainly brought the enlightening ah-ha science fair moment to her young readers!

This is not the typical cookbook style format so often found on the shelves. Ms. Young presents ideas for projects in such a 'kid friendly' way, making the journey of discovery a deeply satisfying trip for kids and parents. Explore just how much fun Junkyard Science science fair projects can be. Sharon A. McElroy, Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, 2006 and the INTEL/ISEF Excellence in Science Teaching Award, 1999

Projects look like a lot of fun. Junkyard Science is destined for the nephews!

Cooking, Food & Wine

The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map by Melissa Vaughan, Brendan Vaughan, with photography by Michael Harlan Turkell (William Morrow)

Up until a few years ago, Brooklyn cuisine was synonymous with classic, hearty Italian foods like meatballs, pizza, and chicken parmesan. While all that good stuff is still around, Brooklyn has recently become the site of a gastronomic revolution.

Filled with recipes, photographs, and scenes from some of the most vibrant restaurants in America today, The New Brooklyn Cookbook celebrates the wave of culinary energy that has transformed this thriving borough and infused its kitchens and dining rooms with passion and vigor. Starring the trail-blazing chefs and entrepreneurs who made it happen, this book helps readers recreate the signature dishes of Brooklyn in their own kitchens.

Husband-and-wife duo Melissa and Brendan Vaughan highlight the new tastes of Brooklyn, including:

  • Steak and Eggs Korean Style (The Good Fork).
  • Cast-Iron Chicken with Caramelized Shallots and Sherry Pan Sauce (Vinegar Hill House).
  • Seared Swordfish with Sauted Grape Tomatoes, Fresh Corn and Kohlrabi Salad, and Avocado Aioli (Rose Water).
  • Beef Sauerbraten with Red Cabbage and Pretzel Dumplings (Prime Meats).
  • Doug's Pecan Pie Sundae (Buttermilk Channel).
  • Hoppy American Brown Ale Home Brew Version (Sixpoint Craft Ales Brewery).

The New Brooklyn Cookbook looks at the borough's food culture from different angles:

  • The origins and stories behind these cutting-edge restaurants.
  • A glimpse into the lives and products of local artisans.
  • Step-by-step instructions for reproducing delectable restaurant dishes at home.

Melissa is a recipe developer and tester whose work has appeared in magazines and a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education, and Brendan is the senior articles editor at GQ. The book contains interviews with ten of Brooklyn's most popular artisanal food producers.

Featured restaurants in The New Brooklyn Cookbook include Al Di L, The Grocery, Saul, Rose Water, Convivium, Osteria, Locanda Vini e Olii, DuMont, Aliseo Osteria del Borgo, Marlow & Sons, Frannys, iCi, Applewood, Egg, Northeast Kingdom, The Good Fork, Dressler, The Farm on Adderley, Flatbush Farm, Palo Santo, Lunetta, Beer Table, James, The General Greene, Five Leaves, Char No. 4, No. 7, Buttermilk Channel, Robertas, Vinegar Hill House, Prime Meats, and The Vanderbilt.

The Vaughans also profile some of Brooklyn's best food makers and purveyors, from cheesemakers and picklers to chocolatiers and bakers, giving readers an inside look at the ingredients behind their favorite restaurant dishes and the food culture that supports their creation. Highlighted purveyors include Hot Bread Kitchen, Sixpoint Craft Ales, and Cut Brooklyn. There is also a resource guide to the wider food scene in Brooklyn.

No bagels or cheesecake here; The New Brooklyn Cookbook examines a decade of top dining destinations, from the pioneers at Al Di La, Saul and Rose Water through Frannys, iCi and Palo Santo. The ravishing photos and in-depth profiles and recipes make the book equal parts cookbook, art book and yearbook. Edible Brooklyn

The New Brooklyn Cookbook features recipes and stories from 31 restaurants that put Brooklyn on the culinary map. Written with enthusiasm and insight, it a celebration of the wave of culinary energy that has swept through Brooklyn infusing its kitchens and dining rooms with some of the most inventive cuisine in America. And its gorgeous photography by Michael Harlan Turkell means it is as visually stunning as it is mouthwatering.

Entertainment / Music

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar by David Hodge (Alpha Books)

More than 3 million guitars are sold in the U.S. annually.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar is for readers who have always been passionate about music, and listening to their favorite tunes makes them want to grab a guitar and play along. But memorizing chords, learning scales, and reading music seem so overwhelming.

Don't start singing the blues!

Making music, especially on the guitar, is easier than readers may think it is, especially since The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar is written specifically for the absolute beginner, someone who has never picked up a guitar. This is a series of lessons designed to walk them step by step from the first elementary guitar strumming and chords through to intermediate techniques that will make them sound like they have been playing most of their lives. Each stage gives readers knowledge and skills that make the subsequent lessons easier than they thought possible.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar starts at the very beginning with learning how to hold the instrument and covers everything from reading tablature, bar chords, and strumming to playing the blues and rock riffs. Each chapter has practice songs, and the guide includes a play-along CD with over an hour of practice music, so learners are playing guitar from the very first chapter. Author David Hodge is on faculty at the Berkshire Music School and the managing editor and senior columnist at, one of the most popular and highly regarded guitar instructors.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar teaches readers all the basic techniques they need to start picking and strumming like a pro. In it, they get:

  • Fun-to-follow lessons that teach them top guitar techniques.
  • Instruction on reading and playing rhythms.
  • A complete tutorial on building chords and scales.
  • Helpful advice on creating chord-melody arrangements.
  • Techniques for playing folk, jazz, rock, and blues guitar.
  • Easy and popular practice songs that make learning really fun.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar is set out in 29 lessons or chapters, arranged in five general parts. Part 1, The First Steps of the Journey, starts readers on their lifelong musical adventure. They earn how to tune the guitar; how to read chord charts, guitar tablature, and basic rhythm notation; and start playing songs immediately. They also pick up some very simple guitar techniques, like the alternate bass line, to make their strumming sound great right.

Part 2, Making Great Progress!, builds on the initial steps by teaching blues and rock rhythms, as well as how to use guitar techniques like hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends to add more flair to their strumming. Plus, they get chapters covering arpeggios and basic finger-picking technique.

Part 3, Learning a Little Local Lore, gives readers an easy introduction to music theory and also shows them why it's important through practical applications like forming barre chords. In this part, they pick up the basics they need to start creating their own song arrangements, as well as the techniques needed to play solos and chord-melody-style guitar.

Part 4, Exploring Even Further, introduces readers to transposing and using a capo to create more interesting chords and finger-style guitar. They also get to visit some of the many possibilities of alternate tuning and learn about creating fills, solos, and single-guitar chord-melodies. Add a chapter on bluegrass-style cross picking, and readers find that they've covered a lot of ground.

Part 5, Cool Places to Visit, looks at specific musical genres, as well as the typical guitar techniques they are likely to encounter playing these styles. They get a hearty sampling of country, rock, blues, classical, folk, Celtic, and jazz music, and even dabble a bit in pop.

At the end of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar are four appendixes: a track listing for the CD that accompanies this book, charts for chords, a list of books and other tutorial material that they will probably find useful as they continue to grow as a guitarist, and a glossary of guitar and music terms.

An easy-to-use guide packed with useful information, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar is next best thing to a personal teacher. Readers learn the basics and start playing immediately. They learn how to play chords, strum with good rhythm, fingerpick, and use techniques to make their playing sound like a pro. They learn the basics of music theory and use that knowledge to explore their guitar's fullest potential. Readers also get a generous sampling of musical styles and genres, from the pounding power chords of rock to the lively dances of traditional Celtic music. They get to play minuets from Bach's time to songs made famous by today's great guitar artists like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Kurt Cobain.

Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / New Age

The Healing Gift: The Remarkable World of a Medical Intuitive by David Freud with Linda Freud, with a foreword by Hyla Cass, M.D. (Basic Health Publications)

it's my pleasure to introduce you to both this remarkable book and to my dear friends, Linda and David Freud. Their efforts here will undoubtedly create quite a stir not only with the public, but also in many scientific, academic, and religious quarters. Even more importantly, it would appear that Linda's gift validates the long sought-after link between science and spirituality. David and Linda have told me they welcome the massive scientific scrutiny that will undoubtedly result from this book. This new paradigm of medical insight will have a profound effect on how medicine is practiced and will catapult Linda into becoming an internationally acclaimed personality in a manner she so richly deserves. Hyla Cass, M.D., from the foreword

Linda Freud appears to possess what may be the most unique healing gift in the world because, as she claims, its origins are from beyond this world. Linda's gift stems from her ability to channel angels and spirits with a pendulum using complex databases containing physical, emotional, and spiritual information. Through this process, she receives incredibly detailed, accurate information on chronic health conditions and related natural remedies. In The Healing Gift, her husband, David Freud, leads readers down the path of scientific verification of Linda's diagnosis and treatment through powerful testimonials of healing that defy conventional logic. After Linda's credibility is established, David shifts gears, revealing a revolutionary channeled conversation on reincarnation with Sigmund Freud, her main spirit guide, as well as discourses on angels, the distressed state of the world, and more surprising revelations. David is a medical researcher who created the database Metaphysical Systems Engineering. Linda is regarded by many physicians as the leading medical intuitive in America and throughout the world.

The book starts with introductory chapters on the discovery of Linda's gift, healing philosophy, and use of Metaphysical Systems Engineering. After that The Healing Gift is organized into four parts. The first part describes common physical problems, including genetically inherited disorders, heavy metal toxicity from dental amalgams, illnesses caused by environmental toxins, and metabolic and dietary issues that cause disease. The second part describes emotional healing, including treating depression naturally and the effects of stress. The third part delves into metaphysics and reincarnation, and the fourth part describes the angelic network that Linda channels. Testimonials of complex cases that Linda diagnosed and cured provide examples in several chapters of how she works.

According to Hyla Cass in the foreword, in writing The Healing Gift, David faced the enormous problem of how to present Linda and her amazing gift to the world. In order to be taken seriously, the burden of proof was on him to first establish scientific credibility for her channeled medical information. To convince a skeptical scientific community and public of her accuracy, he systematically leads readers down what he calls the path of verification. As a result of Davids process of verification, what emerges is an integration of two separate books, addressing the two types of information that Linda channels objective and subjective. Once her channeling of highly accurate medical information can be accepted as scientifically objective, then the subjective information she channels (reincarnation, conversing with angels and spirits, and future predictions) must also be taken seriously.

Ostensibly, metaphysics, reincarnation, and the like seem unrelated to physical health, and generally they are but not always. Here is a typical example: Linda may channel that a cofactor in her client's arthritic back pain is mercury toxicity that has a negative bearing on the methylation process affecting the phase II detoxification pathways of the liver. Later in the same session, it may be revealed that another cofactor of the same condition the root cause of the problem is an unresolved pain or emotional issue from a past life when that individual, as part of Napoleon's infantry, suffered a gunshot wound in the back. Though one cofactor may be considered objective and the other subjective, both types of information are derived from the same angelic source.

According to David, the task of presenting the medical information as objective was daunting. Some of the science that David and Linda utilize is either unknown or not necessarily accepted as valid in traditional medical circles. Yet Linda (working under the guidance of Dr. Thom E. Lobe, M.D., is able to dramatically improve and often heal many forms of chronic degenerative disease that frequently elude both allopathic and alternative practitioners. In Chapter 10, for example, Linda shows the complexity of the unconventional healing variables she integrates to successfully treat cases of ulcerative colitis, herpes, arthritis, chronic arrhythmia, and male infertility. In fact, most of the testimonials in The Healing Gift are from clients who came to Linda only after conventional allopathic or alternative approaches had failed them.

The difficulties in explaining Linda's process to the allopathic medical community were magnified by the fact that Linda does not work with pharmaceutical drugs, but only with natural remedies. His job would have been very much easier if Linda channeled, "Take one erythromycin and call me in the morning." Therefore, the onus was on David to show that combining various types of natural remedies along with the appropriate diet are capable of controlling or curing a significant number of chronic degenerative diseases. As a result, he had to bridge the gap between the ways that allopathic and alternative medicine address certain health issues. Whenever possible, David cited scientific studies from well-known journals, books, and laboratories to back up a particular thesis. In other cases, he cited studies from highly regarded sources in the alternative health care community.

Linda had an important role in the writing of The Healing Gift. Besides reviewing each chapter, Linda called upon her angelic and spirit guides to channel each paragraph of the metaphysically oriented chapters to make sure the flow and direction of the writing passed upper-world muster. Her channeling tour de force was Chapter 17, Sigmund Freud Speaks, where she channeled Sigmund, our principal spirit guide, hour after hour, day after day, to get the information needed for David to assemble the historically important evidence for what is revealed in that chapter.

Linda Freud stands apart from other medical intuitives in terms of the thoroughness of the results that she can achieve. Vernon Erwin, D.D.S., a biological dentist in Southern California

David Freud makes a compelling case as he demonstrates that his wife Linda's ability to channel incredibly accurate medical information often results in extraordinary healing.... What emerges is a unique integration of science, holistic medicine, and ancient spiritual knowledge...that provides a new unified approach for healing chronic disease and optimizing wellness.... Linda Freud is far beyond the level of any medical intuitive that I am aware of. I highly recommend The Healing Gift as a paradigm breakthrough in holistic healing. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., director of The Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center and author of There Is a Cure for Diabetes, Conscious Eating and Spiritual Nutrition

Linda Freud, with whom I have worked for several years, adds an important therapeutic dimension to the emotional and spiritual healing of chronically ill patients.... Linda has made a major contribution in treating negative emotions, removing earthbound spirits, and identifying past life issues that may exacerbate chronic illness. While the origin and nature of her channeling gift may be highly mystical, the healing that ensues is completely results oriented. She is a true original. Thomas Rau, M.D., chief medical director of the Paracelsus Clinic in Lustmuhle, Switzerland, and the Paracelsus al Ronc Clinic in Castaneda, Switzerland, and author of The Swiss Secret to Optimal Health

I find Linda's level of diagnostic accuracy and attention to detail in the healing process to be astonishing. Linda is blessed with a prodigious gift of healing. Dietrich Klinghardt, M.D., award-winning lead clinician of the Comprehensive Medical Center and director of the Klinghardt Academy of Neurobiology in Bellevue, Washington.

The Healing Gift asks readers to be open to an entirely new possibility of scientific reality one that includes a spiritual reality. It tells the story of a remarkable gift, putting this reviewer in mind of another medical psychic and diagnostician, Edgar Cayce. The book gives desperate people hope. It is politically correct today to be skeptical, further, non-believing, and further, not even open minded. But David Freud leads readers down the path of verification. The Healing Gift also gives readers a richer impression of who we as humans collectively are. Here is someone to watch.

Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Stress Management

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein (New Harbinger Publications)

Stress and pain are part of the human condition. This stress can leave us feeling irritable, tense, overwhelmed, and burned-out. The key to maintaining balance is responding to stress not with frustration and self-criticism, but with mindful, nonjudgmental awareness of our bodies and minds. Impossible? According to Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein, it's easier than it seems.

Weaving mindfulness into everyday life not only helps reduce stress and anxiety, it also leads to a life of greater compassion, health, peace, and well-being. Stahl founded and directs mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs in five medical centers in the San Francisco Bay area and Goldstein is a psychologist and MBSR and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy teacher in private practice in west Los Angeles.

In 1990, Jon Kabat-Zinn revolutionized the way millions of people handle distressing thoughts and feelings by writing Full Catastrophe Living, the book that introduced MBSR to the public. In A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook experts Stahl and Goldstein adapt Kabat-Zinn's groundbreaking program into a workbook format.

The workbook invites readers to participate in formal and informal practices and use fill-in exercises to reflect and track their progress. Readers turn to this book once a week for eleven weeks, gradually improving their ability to relieve intense stress and reconnect with the present. After each weekly session, they can apply the techniques they learned that week into everyday life, gradually learning to replace stress-promoting habits with mindful ones a skill that lasts a lifetime. The audio CD bound with this book offers supplemental material that readers can listen to anytime to receive a refresher course on MBSR techniques and guidance for incorporating these techniques into their days.
As they work their way through A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, readers engage in a variety of mindfulness practices to help reduce the stress and anxiety they feel in response to life's challenges, building their own mindfulness practice along the way. Many of the chapters contain formal mindfulness meditation practices, initially of a fairly short duration and becoming longer as they progress through the book, and all chapters (other than chapter 11) include an informal practice.

In addition to basic background information, most of the chapters include elements to help readers gain a greater understanding of mindfulness, develop their own formal and informal practice, schedule their practice, and stay on track with that schedule:

        Journal. When each formal practice is first introduced, space is included for readers to journal what came up for them.

        Mindful exploration. Throughout the workbook readers find spaces for mindful self‑reflection on various questions to help sustain, deepen, and support their practice.

        Just do it. In these text boxes, suggestions are offered on how to bring mindfulness to various day-to-day activities.

        FAQ. Over their years of teaching mindfulness-based stress reduction, Stahl and Goldstein have found that certain questions come up time and again. These text boxes answer some of the questions they hear most often.

        Planning practice. At the end of every chapter readers find a checklist reminding them to schedule formal and informal practices over the next week.

        Formal practice logs. After doing the scheduled formal practices, readers should take the time to use these logs to record what they experienced during the practice.

        Reviewing informal practice. After the formal practice log, space is included to review how their informal practices are going.

At the end of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, in chapter 11, Stahl and Goldstein give readers suggestions on how to maintain their mindfulness practice as a way of life. To enhance the effectiveness of their practice and the work they do with this book, they recommend that readers connect with a larger community of their peers at their website.

This is an excellent, systematic, helpful, and practical workbook. Doing these practices brings many blessings. They will reduce stress and truly transform your life. Jack Kornfield, Ph.D., author of The Wise Heart and A Path with Heart

These illuminating insights and practical exercises can transform your life and even help you build a stronger brain ... The authors have provided a step-by-step approach to bringing [MBSR] into your daily life. Why not start now? Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of Mindsight and The Mindful Brain

Those who simply want to find ways to reduce stress and anxiety will find it to be an extraordinary aid. Those in a program of mindfulness-based stress reduction will find this book an invaluable addition to their training. A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook adds depth to the practice of mindfulness for everyone, from beginning practitioners to experienced teachers of mindfulness stress reduction classes. Marion Solomon, Ph.D., director of training at the Lifespan Learning Institute and author of Love and War in Intimate Relationships

Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein have done a great job in making the art of mindfulness and its cultivation through MBSR practices accessible to a public readership at a time when interest in both is rising exponentially in our society due to the increasing stress and speed and anxiety of our lives. A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook will be a valuable resource for all those wishing to develop and / or deepen an embodied practice of mindfulness to heal body and mind, and to restore a degree of sanity, balance, and delight to their lives and relationships. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. author of Full Catastrophe Living, Wherever You Go There Your Are, Coming to Our Senses, Arriving at Your Own Door, Everyday Blessings

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook is a groundbreaking program to alleviate stress. The audio CD bound with the workbook offers extensive and helpful supplemental material that readers can listen to anytime to receive a refresher course on MBSR techniques and useful guidance for incorporating these techniques into their days.

This educational and experiential workbook is for anyone living with stress, anxiety, pain, or illness. In addition, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook may be helpful for therapists, clinicians, and educators who would like to bring mindfulness to their clients or students as an adjunct to therapy or education. It can also be used in the workplace to help alleviate job stress.

History / Europe / Biographies & Memoirs

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (The Lyons Press)

The story in my book is a very shortened version that I told first as far back as 1945 in broken English to my wife, and then to others. Later on, when asked to write my memoirs, I was at first very reluctant: I had to consider those I loved in Poland who may still have been alive and who could have suffered from any repercussions. I also had a wife and young children in England for whom I was afraid some people in England had been harassed and some even had disappeared. But I also wanted all English-speaking people and everyone in the West to know about the inhumanity of Stalin's Soviets and their hirelings. I was hoping that the reaction of the free nations would lead to help for all those in the camps and the prisons in the Soviet Union. I prayed that the good God would keep me and my compatriots alive to see the end of communism. I prayed that the whole world would come to a peaceful, neighborly, and everlasting resolve. If this little book has served in a small way as propaganda to understand the past years of our history under the Soviets, then my words will have achieved their purpose.

I hope The Long Walk will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves. I had to tell my story as a warning to the living, and as a moral judgment for the greater good. Slavomir Rawicz, from the introduction to the Polish edition

According to Ronald Downing in the foreword to The Long Walk, Slavomir Rawicz had been in England nearly nine years, a Pole without a country living obscurely in the industrial Midlands, when they first met. Downing went to see him again, to urge him to write a book. He agreed, if Downing would set it down for him.

Towards the end of their time, Downing says he marveled to see Rawicz, as he shed his burden, become relaxed. It was not an emotional chronicle in the actual telling, but three times, he remembers, he broke down and was engulfed in tears.

In 1941, Rawicz and six other prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march over thousands of miles by foot out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man's desire to be free.
Detailed and direct, The Long Walk inspired the new Peter Weir film The Way Back, starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturges, and Ed Harris. Previous editions have sold hundreds of thousands of copies; this edition includes an afterword written by Rawicz shortly before his death, as well as his introduction to the book's Polish edition.

Rawicz lived in England after the war, settling near Nottingham and working as a handicrafts and woodworking instructor, a cabinetmaker, and later as a technician in architectural ceramics at a school of art and design. He married an Englishwoman, with whom he had five children. He retired in 1975 after a heart attack and lived a quiet life in the countryside until his death in 2004.

Cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and was sent to the Siberian Gulag along with other captive Poles, Finns, Ukranians, Czechs, Greeks, and even a few English, French, and American unfortunates who had been caught up in the fighting. A year later, he and six comrades from various countries escaped from a labor camp in Yakutsk and made their way, on foot, thousands of miles south to British India, where Rawicz reenlisted in the Polish army and fought against the Germans. The Long Walk recounts that adventure, which is surely one of the most curious treks in history.

One of the epic treks of the human race. Shackleton, Franklin, Amundsen ... history is filled with people who have crossed immense distances and survived despite horrific odds. None of them, however, has achieved the extraordinary feat Rawicz has recorded. He and his companions crossed an entire continent the Siberian arctic, the Gobi desert and then the Himalayas with nothing but an ax, a knife, and a week's worth of food...His account is so filled with despair and suffering it is almost unreadable. But it must be read and re-read. Sebastian Junger, author of The Perfect Storm

The Long Walk is a book that I absolutely could not put down and one that I will never forget... Stephen Ambrose
A poet with steel in his soul. New York Times
One of the most amazing, heroic stories of this or any other time. Chicago Tribune
It is a book filled with the spirit of human dignity and the courage of men seeking freedom. Los Angeles Times

Written in a hauntingly detailed, no-holds-barred style, the new edition of The Long Walk is destined to outrank its classic status. Guaranteed to forever stay in the reader's mind, it will remain a testament to the strength of the human spirit, and the universal desire for freedom and dignity.

Home & Garden / Antiques & Collectibles / Americana / Outdoors & Nature

The Best of Boys' Life by Boy Scouts of America (The Lyons Press)

The Best of Boys' Life celebrates the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America and its publication Boys Life.

Boys Life, the magazine for the Boy Scouts of America, was launched in 1911 and became one of the most popular youth magazines in America. The Best of Boys' Life brings together a selection of the best pieces, including work by legendary science fiction writers, outstanding illustrators and photographers, and pieces by sporting heroes of yesteryear. Contents include facsimiles of the best pages from 1911 to 2007.

Highlighting the magazine's key attractions, The Best of Boys' Life is divided into six categories: Survival, Scouting Life, Sports, News, Stories, and Features.

  • SURVIVAL: The Pedro Patrol Lights Fires Without Matches, March 1978; Scoutcraft: Build a Real Igloo, February 1977.
  • FEATURES: How I Learned to Fly by Orville Wright, September 1914; The Age of Exploration," by John Glenn, Jr., October 1965; Excitement on the Moon, by Isaac Asimov, June 1969.
  • SPORTS PERSONALITIES: Secrets of a Champion Athlete, by Jesse Owens, June 1960; How I Play the Outfield, by Willie Mays, March 1966.
  • NEWS: Our Country is at War, May 1917; The Coming Decades in Space, by Isaac Asimov, June 1972.
  • FICTION: The King of Mazy May, by Jack London, March 1911; The Man, by Ray Bradbury, December 1961; The Sunjammer, by Arthur C. Clarke, March 1964.
  • SCOUT LIFE: Death Valley Adventure, September 1950; An Appeal by Theodore Roosevelt, December 1913.

The Boy Scouts of America is the largest youth organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1910, more than 110 million boys from all parts of America have been members. The circulation of Boys Life was 6,000 in 1912, and the magazine now has over eight million readers every month, including Scouts and non-Scouts.

From its 1911 black-and-white debut with a cover price of a nickel to the full color, glossy publication of today, Boys' Life has become an American institution. It has entertained millions of boys while also teaching them how to live life resourcefully, wisely, and well. Boys' Life is today a magazine that not only continues its original mission to "furnish the Boy Scouts with a paper they may consider their own; but also speaks to an audience of all boys. It features Scouting outings, fiction, hobbies, games, profiles of young achievers, nature, science, entertainment, comics, jokes, and more. Famous writers featured include Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Alex Haley, Robert A. Heinlein, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. Artists and photographers whose work has graced its pages are Ansel Adams, Salvador Dali, and Norman Rockwell.

Pieces in The Best of Boys' Life exclusively written by sporting heroes of yesteryear include articles by Willie Mays, Jesse Owens, and Johnny Unitas. Also included are tips on how to light fires without matches, how to survive in the desert, and everything readers need to know to Be Prepared for an Emergency. For any boy, or anyone who is still a boy at heart, The Best of Boys' Life will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.

Home & Garden / Remodeling & Renovation

Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes by Barry Katz (The Taunton Press)

Going green at home can seem like an all-or-nothing proposition. Does one sell everything (including the house) and start over, building and buying only eco-friendly, renewable goods? Or take the advice offered up in this book and remodel instead? Green building expert Barry Katz makes an argument for remodeling in Practical Green Remodeling as he guides readers through what can be a perplexing and daunting process. Katz explains how different choices impact a home's overall green quotient, as well as its bottom line. Emphasizing off-the-shelf materials, Practical Green Remodeling shows how homeowners of ordinary means can green up a remodel, resulting in less waste, more energy-efficient homes, lower maintenance costs, and more comfortable, healthful environments. A leading proponent of green building, Katz, the recipient of the 2007 HOBI Award for Best Green House from the Connecticut Association of Homebuilders, has more than 20 years experience in new home construction and remodeling.

Practical Green Remodeling is not a how-to book. Unlike a lot of books about home remodeling, there are no step-by-step instructions, no tool or materials lists, no advice from the pros for the do-it-yourselfer. Instead, this is a what-to book. After all, before readers get to the how-to stage, they need a vision of what they want to do. Katz suggests new ways of thinking about what makes for a successful remodeling project. Is it enough to create more living or storage space, a more convenient floor plan, a nicer kitchen or bathroom? Is it enough simply to make the home more attractive?

What creates value? One of the first things homeowners want to know about any improvement is, will it be a good investment? Will the added value justify the expense? But what is the standard for judging value? Is it just about how much the home will sell for?

Most home improvements do not add as much value to the house as they initially cost. On average, most renovations add anywhere from 65% to 85% of their cost to the homes value. So why do it? The answer for most people is that part of the value comes from the added enjoyment or functionality they get from the newly improved home.

And what about less tangible or at least, less visible improvements? If readers choose nontoxic materials that dont endanger their familys health, isnt that worth something, even if the materials cost slightly more? What is the return on an investment that provides improved indoor air quality, reducing the likelihood that their children will suffer with allergies or asthma?

What if readers have strong convictions about the environment? They might happily donate money to the World Wildlife Fund to help them fight deforestation in tropical rain forests. They dont expect any return other than the knowledge that they helped a little bit. But they know that if enough people do the same it will have a meaningful impact.

But what about spending a little more for sustainably harvested lumber? As the price goes down, illegal harvesting in rainforests becomes less profitable and a vital resource is preserved. Whether any particular choice adds to their enjoyment of the house, or their sense of pride in being a good citizen of Planet Earth, it is clear that not every decision they make is based on its value as an investment.

Still, in many ways, green remodeling is a sound financial investment. Investing in energy efficiency might cost a bit more up front, but they come out way ahead because the savings on their utility bills are greater than the small increase in their mortgage payment. It is an investment that pays for itself, and then continues paying dividends as long as they own their home and when they go to sell it. A growing body of evidence suggests that buyers are willing to pay more for energy-efficient green homes, and that such homes sell faster than non-green homes. As more people become aware of the benefits of living in healthy, energy-efficient homes it is likely those homes will sell at a significant premium, while energy hogs with poor indoor air quality will lose value.

Smart and sensible, Practical Green Remodeling is an essential guide for anyone who wants to go green but isn't sure where to begin. This is an attractive, well-organized book with lots of good ideas. By presenting a selection of successful green remodeling projects, in all price ranges, from all over the country, Practical Green Remodeling inspires readers to think about what they might do to make their own home greener. And to give readers a wish list, and a what-to list: what to ask their architect or designer, what to ask their contractor, what to ask the heating contractor, what to ask a landscape designer, what to ask about the materials that will go into their remodel, what to ask about indoor air quality, what to think about when choosing lighting, appliances, plumbing fixtures, cabinets, countertops, paint, flooring in short, what to look for in the way of greener, more sustainable everything.

History / Americas / True Accounts

A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia by Richard Jay Hutto (Lyons Press)

In A Peculiar Tribe of People, Richard Ray Hutto, author, attorney and former chairman of the Georgia Council for the Arts, serves up a shocking true crime tale.

On May 12, 1960, as John F. Kennedy campaigned for the presidency, Chester Burge slumlord, liquor runner, and the black sheep of the proud and wealthy Dunlap family of Macon, Georgia lay in a hospital bed, recovering from surgery. He listened to the radio as the news reported that his wife had just been murdered. Police soon ruled out robbery as a motive, and suspicion centered upon the Ku Klux Klan, which two weeks earlier had descended upon his house to protest his renting of homes in white neighborhoods to black families. Then, on June 1, Chester was charged with the murder, and when the trial finally began, the sweet Southern town of Macon witnessed a story of epic proportions a tale of white-columned mansions, an insane asylum, real people as Southern grotesque as the characters of Flannery OConnor, and a volatile mix of taboo interracial relationships and homosexuality.

Chester was a walking streak of deception and sex. After weaseling his way to be the caretaker of the last Dunlap sister and forcing his way into her will, Chester and his family inherited a fortune as well as one of the family mansions. Then came his numerous assignations with men including his black chauffeur and, either single-handedly or with help from a lover, the murder of his wife.

As told in A Peculiar Tribe of People, the trial would spawn the first testimony in Georgia history of a black man disclosing that he had been a white man's sexual partner. Chester would be acquitted of murder, but convicted of sodomy. And yet, this Southern grotesque tale would take even more twists and turns before coming to an explosive conclusion.

Rick Hutto's book a fascinating tale of murder and deception provides a sobering glimpse into the prejudices and corruption of pre-Civil Rights Georgia. President Jimmy Carter

A stunning glimpse into a world lost to the pages of history. With characters so deceptive, it takes a sleuth to identify pure evil. Hutto's book is a race to the finish! Nancy Grace

A rich, insightful narrative with people straight out of a Flannery OConnor novel, Richard Jay Hutto's A Peculiar Tribe of People is both compelling and brilliantly executed. A true-crime page-turner with as much grace, pizzazz, and class as any Macon, Georgia, sunset. M. William Phelps, award-winning author of fifteen books including The Devil's Rooming House

This was a story as fantastical as a Greek tragedy, and it is told in riveting detail in Hutto's A Peculiar Tribe of People.

Home & Garden / Interior Design

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home by Randy Florke with Nancy J. Becker (A Country Living Book: Hearst Books)

What I really hope you'll take away from these pages is how much fun it is to create a room on a modest budget and with an eye toward reuse and sustainability. Randy Florke

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. presents renovation thats eco-friendly and economically smart.

From Country Living contributing editor Randy Florke comes a guide to decorating sustainably and inexpensively. Providing inspiration as well as instruction, Florke in Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. shows readers how to achieve a look thats both harmonious with the environment and beautiful. Color photographs show examples of rooms, created on a budget, and designed with the three Rs in mind: restore, reuse, and repurpose. Florke explains why going green is so important, how to use whats already there, find the focus, and determine what makes something environmentally friendly.

With its emphasis on simplicity, thrift, and respect for historical integrity, Florke calls his philosophy the anti-keeping up with the Joneses. Comfort, style, and economy are the bellwether elements of his approach to decorating. He also shares his flea market and thrift shopping skills as well as some savvy wisdom inspired by his grandmother.

Room by room, Florke presents ideas, examples, and resources that are shades of green. His approach begins with a major focus for each room, such as vanities, sinks, and tubs in the bathroom.

Florke is dedicated to the preservation of late-nineteenth- and early twentieth-century farmhouses and runs The Rural Connection, a real estate office that offers visitors a certain rural provenance. He takes great pleasure in mixing far-flung influences with those from his boyhood days on a Midwestern farm, creating unpretentious interiors that disarm as well as comfort. Providing inspiration and practical information, he captures why sustainable living is important. What's more, Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. explains how to do it without buying costly materials or throwing out what readers already have.

The problem with the green movement? All philosophy, few practicalities. Country Living editor Florke (with help from writer Nancy Becker) reverses that by going, room by room, through his homes (and those in his magazine) to point out specific ways to keep true to sustainability. Handwritten notes on color photographs, sidebars like Grandmother's Tips and Did You Know?, and text in each chapter underscore, subtly, that little steps add up. In fact, the advice resonates. Why not buy a top-quality stove at a restaurant close-out sale? Use vintage bed frames in guest rooms (since king and queen mattresses weren't invented until the 1950s)? Reupholster instead of buying a new sofa or chairs? Reuse tiles as plant drainage (to name just a few ideas)? The almost endless ideas spark even more inspiration, exactly the author's intent. A vocabulary up front sets the stage for green thoughts, while resources at the end provide general where-to-get-more information. Barbara Jacobs, Booklist

Sharing his flea market and thrift shopping skills as well as some savvy wisdom inspired by his grandmother, Florke in Restore. Recycle. Repurpose. helps readers create a welcoming, lovely, earth-friendly dcor without spending a fortune. His rooms radiate country charm. Readers discover a stylish approach to sustainable decorating that favors simplicity, thrift and authenticity. Anyone hoping to transform a home from ordinary to extraordinary will find eco-friendly, thrifty, and stylish ideas.

Law / Intellectual Property / Political Science / Civil Rights

Justice in Genetics: Intellectual Property and Human Rights from a Cosmopolitan Liberal Perspective by Louise Bernier (Edward Elgar)

the opposition between human rights and intellectual property concretely, between civil society and industry has left millions of people without needed medicines and has had only limited success in encouraging research on the diseases that overwhelmingly affect the world's poor. If one truly wishes to address both the economic and health conditions in developing countries, one would need to overcome this opposition. from the foreword

The analysis in Justice in Genetics offers a justification for engaging in a global and more equitable redistribution of health-related resources. Louise Bernier, Professor and Head, Law and Life Sciences Program, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, examines if and how this theory of distribution translates into positive law and analyzes the barriers to legal compliance and global distributive justice in health. Other topics analyzed in Justice in Genetics include intellectual property and international human rights and the extent to which the philosophy and structure of each of these normative systems furthers the goal of distributing benefits equitably and globally; the use of strong and original normative landmarks to justify relying on a cosmopolitan approach to global justice based on health needs; and the social, political, economic and legal obstacles and opportunities resulting from the commercialization of the quickly evolving field of genetics.
As described in the preface, genetics is one sector in which there has been tremendous evolution and progress over the last few decades. While it is believed that genetics could offer tremendous opportunities for global health improvement, there is also a fear that existing global health inequalities will be amplified by the evolution of genetics.

It thus appears necessary to analyze the way current assumptions define what is just and acceptable with regard to global access and distribution of resources in this field. Given the importance of genetics to human health globally, Justice in Genetics evaluates two principal legal regimes intellectual property and international human rights to determine to what extent they further the goal of distributing the benefits of these technologies equitably and globally. The book undertakes this complex task by employing and building upon cosmopolitan liberal theories developed over the few last decades as an extension of the work of Rawls and Daniels.

Berniers analysis produces strong normative benchmarks based on justice considerations for engaging in a global and more equitable redistribution of the benefits likely to emerge from genetic science. Universal consideration of all human beings, importance of health needs, normal functioning and equality of opportunities are some of the notions that are analyzed to construct the framework in Justice in Genetics. Bernier attempts to determine how and if this theory of distribution translates into positive law and to identify and analyze the main obstacles to legal compliance with global distributive justice. She assesses two main international normative systems: intellectual property law and human rights law to determine if their underlying philosophy, structure, and functioning take account of the principles highlighted in her theoretical framework and how underlying politics and economics matter.

The first chapter of Justice in Genetics sets the contextual basis of her framework by providing justifications for a global application of distributive justice principles. To assess institutions and practices, she proposes a cosmopolitan methodology based on a global scheme of cooperation emerging from the idea of the universal importance of every human being as a unit of moral concern. This exercise gives readers a sense of how institutions involved in the distribution of genetic benefits should function and within which specific parameters they should handle distribution.

The second chapter elaborates an ideal conception of distributive justice in health to justify global access to genetics. Bernier establishes normative grounds as the basis for her scheme of global health/health care justice, focusing on the special characteristics of health and on its crucial role in normal human functioning. She analyzes the impact of normal functioning on the lives of individuals, using the criterion of the range of normal opportunities available to people. This helps establish clear links between health problems, lack of access to the resources emerging from genetic research, and a diminution of the range of opportunities for which individuals of equal skill can build life plans.

The second part of Justice in Genetics attempts to determine how and if her theory of distribution translates into positive law and to identify and analyze the main obstacles to legal compliance with global distributive justice. She focuses on two of the major international legal systems most concerned with distribution issues: intellectual property (IP) law (especially patent law) and human rights law. The first two chapters of the second part are dedicated to the presentation and analysis of those international normative systems in order to determine if their underlying philosophy, structure, and functioning take account of the principles highlighted in her theoretical framework.

Berniers analysis concludes that these two legal frameworks regulating the distribution of benefits and resources arising from genetics are deficient, each in their own way, in the reach, operation, and substantive content of the standards they promote. The discussion brings to light major power imbalances and a lack of focus on distributive justice issues mainly attributable to the political and economic contexts of application of the two systems and not to an irremediable incompatibility of the principles with diffusion and equitable access to knowledge. Both systems, although very different in their nature and purposes, are driven mainly by market considerations either in their philosophy, principles, and/or application and that they do not give enough attention and importance to justice and solidarity issues. Her analysis brings readers to acknowledge that the international order under which IP and human rights evolve inspires power struggles that shift attention away from justice principles standing at the source of a shared morality and a cosmopolitan perception of humanity.

Following her discussion on the conceptual link existing both between IP law and access and human rights law and access, Berniers last chapter focuses on introducing practical examples to illustrate the intersection of IP and human rights law. Referring to a few examples, this chapter highlights the practical impact that those two systems have had on scientific data-sharing and on availability and affordability of genetics research tools, products, and services in developing countries. Following the presentation of those examples, the chapter concludes with a brief analysis of the intersection between IP rights and human rights in health.

Coming back to the evidence presented at the beginning of this work on the real potential of genetic research to improve global health, and on support for a notion of global distributive justice in health, readers are forced to realize that, as they currently function, the intellectual property and the human rights systems are not adequate to realize global benefit sharing in the field of genetics. Without arguing for the abolition of these systems or establishing detailed solutions and practical policy options, Justice in Genetics concludes with some suggestions of avenues that could be explored further to remedy this situation in order to further global distributive justice.

Instead of accepting the assumption that intellectual property and human rights are incompatible, Bernier provides a common starting point for analysis of each.The result is surprising to one who believes in the primacy of one over the other: that both advance and detract from justice equally. Only by combining both sets of laws can we truly advance the cause of access to medicines.

Moving us to the point of attempting to reconcile these disparate sets of laws is a critical first step. Bernier, at the end of Justice in Genetics, sketches out possible pathways to undertake that reconciliation. It is up to the rest of us to build on those pathways and to explore others. Richard Gold, from the foreword

Providing new insight into the ideas surrounding one of the longest running and hotly debated governmental issues, the global access to healthcare challenge, Bernier develops an original theoretical framework that builds upon cosmopolitan liberal theory. The groundbreaking analysis in Justice in Genetics offers a useful justification for engaging in a global and more equitable redistribution of health-related resources.
Ultimately, the book exemplifies the groundwork needed to initiate policy discussions and to eventually undertake concrete changes to achieve international redistribution of the resources emerging from genetics. It will be of great value to students and scholars interested in health, law, human rights and intellectual property.

Literature & Fiction

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) by Meredith Sue Willis (Ohio University Press)

Meredith Sue Williss Out of the Mountains is a collection of thirteen short stories set in contemporary Appalachia. Firmly grounded in place, the stories voyage out into the conflicting cultural identities that native Appalachians experience as they balance mainstream and mountain identities.
Williss stories explore the complex negotiations between longtime natives of the region and its newcomers and the rifts that develop within families over current issues such as mountaintop removal and homophobia. Always, however, the situations depicted in these stories in Out of the Mountains are explored in the service of a deeper understanding of the people involved, and of the place. This is not the mythic version of Appalachia, but the Appalachia of the twenty-first century.

For example, in Pie Knob and On the Road with C. T. Savage, readers meet a married couple Merlee and C. T. at different stages of their relationship. A young Merlee takes care of a cancer patient when C. T. abandons her, while in another story the older Merlee witnesses C. T.s suicide as he is engulfed in illness and old age. The Savages are mentioned in passing in Scandalous Roy Critchfield, which focuses on a towns young Baptist preacher. Tara White deals with a runaways missteps into pornography and her attempts to better her life.

Willis, who teaches novel writing at New York Universitys School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is the author of more than fifteen books, including novels for adults, novels for children, collections of short stories, nonfiction about the art of writing and her most recent Ten Strategies to Write Your Novel.

Willis collection of 12 short stories knits together a small West Virginia community. Willis approaches heavy subjects like prostitution, prejudice, and abandonment with a direct and unsentimental tone. Her characters possess a conversational familiarity, and the reader feels absorbed into the small community that is both distinctly Appalachian and markedly universal. This finely crafted collection is worth reading twice to discover all its intricacies and connections. Heather Paulson, Booklist

Meredith Sue Willis writes sparkling, masterful stories, grounded in the wisdom of place, musical in their voices and cadences, and truly joyful in their understanding of the power of words. Reader, enter in! Jayne Anne Phillips, author of MotherKind

The words have a precision to them, swift and clear and vivid, infinitely correct brush strokes that make tiny adjustments to the color of the story. And there is not a wasted word. You think you aren't reading about Appalachia, but you are. Without your knowing, Meredith Sue Willis paints Appalachia on your heart. Lee Maynard, author of The Pale Light of Sunset

The Appalachian stories in Meredith Sue Willis's Out of the Mountains are lively, funny, and, in good mountain tradition, sometimes a little bizarre. Willis uses characters to show the ways people work out the conflict between what they desire and what they get. Alert to the edgy personal and political tensions between ambition and reward, between longing and satisfaction, these stories offer up essential human conflicts wisely and with a lot of heart. Maggie Anderson, author of Windfall: New and Selected Poems

In Out of the Mountains, Meredith Sue Willis gives her characters the juice of life. Some turn up in more than one story, prompting the pleasure of recognition. Willis writes about people from Appalachia's West Virginia corner, where she herself comes from, and about people from New York, where she lives now, with a smattering of folks from elsewhere. They're all alive on the page.... Grade: A CityBeat (Cincinnati)

Firmly grounded in contemporary Appalachia, the very human stories in Out of the Mountains are nothing if not direct. These are people we feel we know.

Literature & Fiction / Biographies & Memoirs / Poetry

Bolitas de Oro: Poems from My Marble-Playing Days (Bilingual Edition) by Nasario Garcia, translated from the Spanish by Nasario Garcia (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series: University of New Mexico Press)

If I had a choice to repeat any previous period of my life, it would be my childhood in the Rio Puerco Valley; it was unfettered, replete with love and happiness but never immune to the trials and tribulations that people faced. Since reliving one's past is not an option, offering a poetic vision of my upbringing in rural New Mexico was the next best thing. from the Introduction

The author of Tiempos Lejanos: Poetic Images from the Past, Nasario Garcia, emeritus dean and professor at Highlands University in Las Vegas, returns to his roots in a new book of poetry about his childhood in Guadalupe, New Mexico, originally called Ojo del Padre, presumably in honor of a priest who discovered a still-bubbling spring in the area. The village of Guadalupe is no more, but Garcia's word pictures transport readers to a time and place of true community.

Written first in Spanish, then translated into English, the poems in Bolitas de Oro paint Garcias young life and the lives of his family members and neighbors in west central New Mexico in the mid-twentieth century.

As told in the introduction to Bolitas de Oro, the spring miraculously still bubbles even today, and the one-room schoolhouse where his father attended school one hundred years ago looms proudly. All other structures from the church, oratory, dance hall, to family dwellings are slowly melting back into the earth, but each one brings back myriad memories of yesteryear. The last residents to abandon Guadalupe were Garcias paternal grandfather and the Adelita Gonzales family (she was the last post-mistress). They left for good in 1958 and headed for Albuquerque, thus closing the final chapter of the village's history, which dates back to the 1760s.

Garcia was the first child born to his parents when his mother was only seventeen years old and his father, by traditional standards an old man at twenty-four (they were married at sixteen and twenty-three). His parents were the perfect match for each other. His father, a very intelligent man with little education, was self-disciplined, reserved, honest, and hardworking. His mother, on the other hand, was an extrovert, cheerful, easygoing, tidy, kindhearted, sensitive, and also a hard worker.

Being raised in a rural setting was simple but exciting and inspiring. Distractions like radio, toys, or even books to read at home were virtually nonexistent for most children, including Garcia. Homemade contraptions like stilts or caterpillars made from spools of thread, rubber bands, and pieces of soap were their own inventions. Building kites was also popular. At a certain point, commercial items like spinning tops and marbles crept into his childhood.

In the long run, it was his mother's radiant personality and vivid imagination that enabled Garcia to see his own constricted world in a different, expanded light. He credits her in great measure for his being able to dream and to be creative. Thanks to her Garcia slowly learned to view in a different way the people, the landscape, the land they worked, the animals, and their natural habitat. The space and scope of each entity became more defined and magnified, as if he were peering through a telescope. He felt a closeness and kinship with each one in ways he had not experienced in the past. A kaleidoscope of vibrant images, both real and perceived, but all truly his own, to cherish and to cuddle, seemed to come into view. Those images now occupy center stage in his poetics.

The heart and soul within each of the poems in Bolitas de Oro and those published before them remained dormant in a longing part of his persona until the moment dawned for him to put them down in black and white. Each poem tells a story. Each poem is a creation, a slice of life, as it were, of his childhood in the Rio Puerco Valley.

Bolitas de Oro is part of the Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series.

Nasario Garcia is one of New Mexico's most beloved writers. And there's good reason. Not only is he a master storyteller and writer who honors the lives of others, he has that rare capacity to look into the past and give to his readers the gifts of a warm and artful perspective that reflects the wisdom of age and the unstoppable energies of youth. By giving voice to the innocent joys of the deep past of his life, he becomes a guide for our own recollections of the long ago held in the memory of our lives as children.

Garcia has the gift of being able to combine the open-minded acceptance of an honest witness with the imaginative sympathy of a poet. In Bolitas de Oro, he takes us once again to the rural pleasures of the Rio Puerco Valley in the 1940s as seen through the eyes of his wonderfully protected and enthusiastic boyhood. Ever the teacher, ever generous with his knowledge, Garcia creates bilingual poems that not only delight multilingual readers, but help monolingual speakers get closer to the beauties of New Mexican Spanish. V. B. Price, from the foreword

Bolitas de Oro, a bilingual poetry collection, paints a vivid picture of childhood in rural New Mexico. Translating literary works from one language to another is an art in and of itself that at times can be tricky, especially where poetry is concerned. Well translated, Garcias childhood universe comes alive as readers read it.

Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers

And Then There Was One by Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)

One is the loneliest number.

In And Then There Was One nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theatre. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace?

Written by Patricia Gussin, who formerly practiced medicine and directed medical research as a worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company, And Then There Was One plunges into the abyss of a parent's worst fear. Katie and Scott hang by a thread waiting, worrying, not knowing, and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act. Who took Sammie and Alex? Why? Where are they? When will they be found? And what if they're never found, or not found alive?

When Jackie, the remaining triplet, crumbles under the weight of grief and survivor's guilt, Katie and Scott struggle to hold out hope and hold on to what remains of their family.

Mesmerizing! And Then There Was One reaches deep into the heart of any parent's nightmare, then ratchets up the tension five or six notches more, sending the reader on a roller coaster ride of false leads and fresh suspects that will leave you gasping at the end. Lisa Gardner, New York Times best-selling author of The Neighbor

Right from the beginning, Gussin brilliantly throws the reader smack-dab in the middle of the conflict. The urgency and intensity is so palpable you'll feel out of breath by the time you've raced your way to the ending. Alex Kava, New York Times best-selling author of Black Friday

And Then There Was One will snatch you away as deftly and completely as a kidnapper in the dark. Gussin balances the fierce emotion and runaway timing surrounding the disappearance of two beloved children like the pro that she is. Before you open the cover, say a fond farewell to the tense but happy hours you'll spend reading this terrifying thriller. Laura Benedict, author of Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts

And Then There Was One is an arresting tale that will leave readers gasping for breath.

Literature & Fiction / Romance

Mother Nature by Emilia Pardo Bazn, translated from the Spanish by Walter Borenstein (Bucknell University Press)

It has been said that Mother Nature, translated from the Spanish by Walter Borenstein, Professor Emeritus of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages at the State University College at New Paltz, NY, presents the keenest challenges and the most compelling rewards, offering readers the purposefully overgrown ecological, social, and moral background for a poignant central narrative of human frailty that pits the desire for personal happiness against the necessity of meeting moral standards.

Emilia Pardo Bazn's novel demonstrates the impact of the incipient social and biological sciences on creative writing, thus reflecting the influence of Emile Zola's Naturalistic tendencies, while still maintaining tinges of Romanticism. It addresses questions that remain contemporary and controversial, and poses the opposition of nature to virtue, romantic love as ennobling or basely instinctual, and gives readers an example of the problem of incest and other forms of sexual transgression. Bazn recognizes the role of religion and its influence on morality, the conflict between regional and centralized culture, the contrast between rural and urban visions of life, as well as the eternal struggle of women for better education, freedom, and self-determination.

Mother Nature reflects the impact of the events of the two critical years between 1885 and 1887 on the author's life as a novelist. At the age of thirty-four, she was now separated from her husband of seventeen years, Jose Quiroga. While in Paris during the winter of 1886, she completed her major novel, the celebrated House of Ulloa. In the French capital she met Emile Zola, Alphonse Daudet, and Edmond de Goncourt, the greatest figures of the new Naturalistic movement. Mother Nature, published in 1887, was written after her return from abroad and clearly reveals how much she was influenced by the new literary school, especially Zola's The Sin of Father Mouret (1875).

Bazn (1851-1921) has had an enormous influence on the women novelists of the mid-twentieth century, and Spanish feminists since her time have looked upon her as a beacon for their aspirations and dreams of a more just society. She should rank among the leading women authors of nineteenth-century Europe. The relative obscurity abroad of this writer of novels and short stories, essayist and scholar, who spoke for the rights of women in her native Spain and Europe, who carried on her untiring struggle for recognition in her own society in the face of the indifference and hostility of almost all of the established social, political, academic and literary authorities, is perhaps no more unjust than the fate of most Spanish writers of her time.

She "opened the way for Spanish women to attain the dignity of responsible individuals," wrote Walter T. Pattison in his definitive study of the writer and her works. Since most critics and readers have considered The House of Ulloa Bazn's outstanding novel, many have either ignored, found fault with, or questioned the very need for a sequel. Mother Nature, however, has been praised by numerous critics for the portrayal of the major and secondary characters. Federico Carlos Sainz de Robles, who compiled and edited her complete works in 1947 was most extravagant in his praise of this novel. If asked why he would choose the sequel over the earlier work, "I would have replied that the title Mother Nature, quite significantly, translated the vague symphonies and the impalpable sounds of the physical world into pages of sublime enchantment, and presents the final consequences of the promises established in the first part of the work." He considers Mother Nature the best of Bazn's novels and adds, "An authentic Greek tragedy. There is nothing to contradict our affirmation. It has the mysterious, irresistible power of nature, when it borders on the limits of the atavistic. It has the almost tangible and almost visible presence of the ultra-human indications and evocations."

If one examines the fundamental doctrines Bazn espoused in her major critical work, The Burning Question (1882-83), one cannot help but conclude that Mother Nature is the novel that confronts most of the issues she brings up in this study of French Naturalism and Spanish Realism. Mother Nature represents the author at the peak of her career, when she was thirty-six years old. Her later works, written when she was past fifty, reveal the impact of the discouragement brought on in both her public and private life, as well as the full recognition of the harsh and unfair criticism from the literary community that brought her so much grief.

Mother Nature is certainly Bazn's greatest contribution to the Realistic/Naturalistic Spanish novel of her time, and represents her literary powers at the very height of her career as a writer. The pages of the novel contain some of the finest examples of her literary craft, and give evidence of its expressive dialogue, dramatic tension, and vivid portrayals of characters, scenes, and situations. For those unfamiliar with her reputation and her literary work, this novel should open their eyes to the extraordinary power of the literature in Spain during these years.

Mysteries & Thrillers / Thrillers

Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Buryin' Barry Mysteries, No. 5: Poisoned Pen Press)

You want to borrow a casket?

So opens Fatal Undertaking by Mark de Castrique, who writes the Sam Blackman series and Buryin Barry series set in the mountains of North Carolina. 

Funeral director and part-time sheriff Barry Clayton finds United States Junior Chamber (Jaycee) member Archie Donovans request absurd in Fatal Undertaking until he learns the casket will be the centerpiece of the Jaycees haunted house, a charity event with all proceeds going to the childrens hospital.

But when the president of the Jaycees is murdered in the casket on Halloween, the national press descends upon Gainesboro to cover the bizarre crime. Sheriff Tommy Lee Wadkins assigns Barry to be the lead investigator of a case that presents no motive and no suspects. Then someone fires a shot at Archie Donovan, and Barry wonders whether the victim in the casket had even been the intended target.

Barry finds his police work and personal life on a collision course as his ex-wife Rachel comes to town with high hopes of using the story to launch her TV network career. She begins prying into the lives of Gainesboros most distinguished citizens and creates a backlash that leaves another body in its wake. Old wounds are ripped open, family rifts exposed, and a criminal enterprise revealed that cuts to the heart of the community.

Barry Clayton must follow a trail of clues as winding as a forest path. The unexpected destination: a mountainside of Christmas trees. Somewhere behind these symbols of peace and goodwill lurks a killer. Unmasking him is a Fatal Undertaking.

Mysteries & Thrillers / Thrillers

The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw (Forge Books)

The Lucifer Code is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the international and now New York Times bestseller The Atlantis Code.
Ever since Dan Brown blew away the literary world with The Da Vinci Code, millions of readers have been enthralled with the mysteries that abound in religion, history, and archaeology. People now expect and demand smart thrillers that are steeped with historical accuracy and cutting-edge speculation.

Charles Brokaw, a scholar and academic who has given lectures at such institutions as the CIA and West Point, spent years conducting exhaustive research before writing both The Atlantis Code and The Lucifer Code and incorporates some of the most revolutionary and controversial theories on the Book of Revelations and the existence of the Devil. Brokaw also plumbs the depths of early linguistics and peppers his fast-paced adventure with real-life archaeological excavations, ancient peoples and cultures, Paleolithic finds, and treasured relics.

In The Atlantis Code, Brokaw introduced Thomas Lourds, the world's foremost expert on linguistics, and a man with a passion. A professor at Harvard, he became swept up in a race to find the lost city of Atlantis, and nearly died as a result. Now, in The Lucifer Code, Lourds sets out to discover the location of an ancient manuscript and decode its secret, a manuscript that may prove the existence of Satan.

Dr. Lourds ventures to Turkey to examine artifacts held at Istanbul University and never before seen by Western scholars. He's barely off the plane before he's kidnapped by ruthless people who leave a string of dead bodies in their wake. They want Lourds to translate coded writings that they hope will lead them to a lost scroll authored by John of Patmos the same John who wrote the Book of Revelations. His captors want Lourds to translate coded writings on a scroll that might bring about the end of the world . . . they might even raise the Devil himself . . . but there are signs that the Devil has already risen and that he is very interested in Lourds. No one knows for sure what will happen if the scroll is found, decoded, and translated, but two things are certain: the scroll will forever change the course of history, and the people seeking it will stop at nothing to get it.

Before he knows it, Lourds is fighting for his life, and for the scroll though even he doesn't know if it will save or destroy humanity. He gets the help he desperately needs from his friend, colleague, and one-time lover, Olympia Adnan. Together with the IRA spy and her cast of dangerous allies in The Lucifer Code, they navigate the secrets hidden in ancient Istanbul's darkest depths . . . before the Devil himself brings the world down around them, and the war between good and evil comes to a final showdown.

Brokaw follows up his debut, The Atlantis Code (2009), with an equally exciting and fast-moving adventure... The novel has one crucial difference from many in the increasingly overcrowded subgenre of thrillers that concern ancient mysteries: this one really moves. No clunky expository sections; no long-winded dialogue that exists only to shove information at the reader. Brokaw manages to pass along the key information (and there is plenty of it) in an efficient, lively manner. His characters, especially Lourds (who has an endearing narcissistic streak), are lively, too; the author paints them with broad brush strokes, filling in the small details as the story progresses. A very entertaining thriller. Booklist

Brokaw's hero is Indiana Jones without the whip. Who knew archaeology could be so exciting? Wonderful entertainment. Stephen Coonts, New York Times bestselling author

In Brokaw's debut, The Atlantis Code, archaeology, linguistics, the Catholic Church, and the legend of the long-lost city of Atlantis came together in a provocative thriller. Now, Brokaw brings back his unique and skillful style with The Lucifer Code, cementing his place among the masters of the thriller. Rich with historical background, exotic settings, and an intriguing cast of characters, it is an intricate and clever thriller that revolves around some of the world's deepest mysteries. The book will not disappoint, and in fact, will have readers eagerly awaiting Brokaw's next outing.

Professional & Technical / Allied Health Professions / Physical Therapy

Biomechanics of Human Motion: Basics and Beyond for the Health Professions by Barney F. LeVeau (Slack Incorporated)

The focus of Biomechanics of Human Motion is on force. Force is always with us. Force is involved with large objects, such as the interaction among the sun, moon, and earth, or in very small objects, such as interactions among cells. The book presents a straightforward approach to the basic principles, theories and applications of biomechanics and provides numerous techniques and examples for approaching biomechanical situations enhanced by healthcare professionals.

Building on his previous work, Barney LeVeau, professor, Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Sciences, Alabama State University, uses clearly defined, concise terms and real-life applications rather than advanced mathematics to make teaching and learning biomechanics easier. Biomechanics of Human Motion illustrates how force is applied to the human body and how the body applies force to various objects. The emphasis is upon the pertinent factors that guide readers to an understanding of biomechanics at a beginning level.

Chapter topics in Biomechanics of Human Motion include:

  • Strength of Material such as loading and stress-strain relationships.
  • Composition and Resolution of Forces such as graphic method and mathematical method.
  • Equilibrium such as static, first condition and second condition.
  • Dynamics such as kinematics and kinetics.
  • Application such as stability and balance, motion analysis, and gait.

The book emphasizes simple explanations of biological & mechanical concepts.

Contemporary articles at the end of each chapter provide readers with information beyond the basics. Over 240 images illustrate biomechanical situations and computations.

Biomechanics of Human Motion presents the basic principles of biomechanics and provides techniques and examples for approaching biomechanical situations. The recent articles listed at the end of each chapter provide readers with information beyond the basics. An Instructor's Manual is available providing questions and problems for worksheets, quizzes, and examinations.

Biomechanics of Human Motion provides students and clinicians of all allied health professions with a basic background and solid foundation on which to build an understanding of force and biomechanics. This book provides this background for many disciplines; some areas of study relevant to biomechanics include anatomy, growth process, external loads, trauma, ergonomics, clinical evaluation, clinical treatment, protective equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and body movement. User-friendly, uncomplicated mathematical formulas and examples make the book easy to use.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity

Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future by Mark I. Wallace (Fortress Press)

Religion has a special role to play in saving the planet, says theologian Mark Wallace, Associate Professor of Religion, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania. Christianity, with its incarnational orientation, has the unique power to affirm the sacredness of embodied life, fire the imagination, and empower the will to break the cycle of addiction to nonrenewable energy. The environmental crisis, he argues in Green Christianity, is a crisis not of the head but of the heart. The problem is not that we do not know how to stop climate change but rather that we lack the spiritual resolve to redirect our culture, our economy, and even our religious faith toward a sustainable future.

The book profiles successful religious communities, as featured in the Renewal project that have creatively confronted the challenge of refashioning their lives. An introduction to and excerpts from this film on DVD come with the book.

Green Christianity is an exercise in Earth-centered, body-loving Christian faith. The book oscillates between celebrating the good creation God has made and exulting in the pleasures of the flesh that characterize intimate, sexual relations between persons. In turn, it suggests that failure to love and pleasure the body has blunted the ability of people of faith to experience their organic kinship with the wider biotic order, thereby undercutting the spiritual basis of many persons' attempts to live sustainably in Earth community.

Green Christianity is divided into six chapters. Chapters 1 through 5 each offers a model for Earth- and body-affirming living based on spiritual values, while chapter 6 is a commentary on the documentary film Renewal, which celebrates the emerging religious environmental movement. The book's core chapters provide five ways to a sustainable future and conclude with an analysis of the film's visually powerful case studies of practical green living.

According to Wallace, Christianity, at its core, has always been a fleshly, earthly, material religion. Everyday, bodily existence food and drink, life and death, humans and animals, land and sky is recalled in countless rituals and stories as the primary medium through which God relates to humankind and the wider Earth community. Christianity's central ritual is a group meal that remembers the saving death of Jesus by celebrating the good gifts of creation eating bread and drinking wine. Its central symbol is a cross made out of wood two pieces of lumber lashed together as the means and site of Jesus' crucifixion. Its central belief focuses on the body namely, that God became flesh in Jesus and thereby becomes one of us, a mortal, breathing life-form who experiences the joy and suffering of life on Earth. And Christianity's primary sacred document, the Bible, is suffused with rich, ecological imagery that stretches from the Cosmic Potter in Genesis who fashions Adam from the dust of the ground to the river of life in Revelation that flows from the throne of God, bright as crystal, vivifying the tree of life that yields its fruit to all of Earth's inhabitants. Christianity has long been a religion that invests the natural world with sacred meaning.

Christianity is also a religion that privileges amatory relationships, even though many people of faith have been trained to live the spiritual life drained of any erotic charge. Sexless, bloodless, humorless, divorced from all things fleshy and visceral the life of faith often has been seen as a pitched battle between God's ways and human lust, the divine order and the lower order of base instincts, the heavenly world of bodiless bliss and this world of earthly drives and passions.

Traditions of biblical reading that ignore, or make war against, Earth-based and body-loving religion have contributed greatly to some Christians' unease with locating physical pleasure on a spiritual foundation. Indeed, particular stories about the excesses of sexual license have been isolated to form an anti-sexual, anti-body template that shapes and deforms contemporary religious experience. According to Wallace in Green Christianity, the irony is that the Bible is suffused with stories about the warmth and beauty of sexual intimacy that move beyond these narratives' prohibitions against lust and seduction.

Mark Wallace offers five theological guidelines for inspiring a deep Christian ecological commitment. This book should be a basic text for Christian education classes in every parish. Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont School of Theology

In this provocative book, written for a general audience, Mark Wallace challenges his readers to go to the limit of ecological Christianity. His creative interweaving of practical, almost poetic encounters with the natural world, alongside reflection on raising awareness in local deprived social communities, serves to base this book on everyday lived experience. This book should carry a health warning: be prepared to be disturbed. But this unashamed polemic for human communities to change in order to create a more sustainable future is a message that this generation desperately needs to hear in Western societies. Celia Deane-Drummond, University of Chester, United Kingdom
Christian animism! God fully embodied within the natural world! Great! What a radical message, grounded in tradition and designed to inspire Christians to lift their spirits, celebrate their bodies, and above all, save the planet whose crisis is also spiritual. We need more bold prophets like Wallace! Norman Habel, Professorial Fellow, Flinders University, South Australia

At last: an erotically charged eco-Christianity brimming with the sensuous Spirit of the creation and of our intimate participation in it this work by a leading ecological theologian will make green converts not by apocalyptic threat but joyful attraction. Catherine Keller Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew Theological School

Bold and courageous, Green Christianity is a call to hope, not despair a call for readers to discover meaning and purpose in their embodied lives through a spiritually and erotically charged commitment to saving the Earth.

Religion & Spirituality / Occult / Social Sciences / Womens Studies

The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype [6 audio CDs, running time 7 hours] by Clarissa Pinkola Ests (Sounds True)

Did you know, you were born as the first, and the last and the best and the only one of your kind, and that eccentricity is the first sign of giftedness? These are two of the crone truths I have to offer you. from the book

If readers have any doubt, come to the fireside of The Dangerous Old Woman for the soul-healing wisdom that will ignite creativity and support readers highest calling in life. Three decades in the writing, The Dangerous Old Woman presents part one of Clarissa Pinkola Ests' masterwork. In six inspire 'til you're on fire sessions, Ests animates the archetypal patterns of the Wise Woman through her original stories, poetry, and blessings.

According to Ests, everyone is born with two forces that give them every lens they need to see who they really are: the wild and ever-young force of imagination, which contains intuition and instinct, and the wise elder force of knowledge, which holds boundaries and carries the heart of the visionary. Through stories and insights, Ests illustrates why this twofold way of being old while young, and young while old is the secret to holding and replenishing the center, thus living wildly and wisely ensouled amidst life's travails and triumphs.

"If you are not free to be who you are, you are not free," says Ests in The Dangerous Old Woman she who stops at nothing to nourish, protect, and guide readers in the offering of all their creative gifts. Stories, poems, and blessings on this 7 hour audio CD package include:

  • "The Angelic Ten": Old Guidance for One's Sanity
  • "Standing in My Danger": The Good Meaning of the Word "Dangerous"
  • "Snow White": When Gifts Have Been Poisoned
  • Grandmother Wisdom: "Los Cinco Espiritus, The Five Women Spirits"
  • "The Vashinger and the Return of the Vampires"
  • "The Ruby Red Fox": About Seduction
  • "Las Tres Osas, the Three Old Re-Weavers of Torn Lives"
  • "The Man Who Hated Trees": Nature, the Unrepentant Mother
  • "The Jealous Girls and the Old Woman Under the Lake"
  • "When a Good Mother Dies": What Gifts Ever Remain
  • "The Precious Museum Tree": The Hidden Life
  • "What Did You Dream? What Did You Dream?"

Ests is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories in the Latina tradition). Author of the bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves, she is deputy managing editor and columnist writing on politics and spirituality at Her column El Rio Debajo del Rio runs at National Catholic Reporter,

The Dangerous Old Woman is both inspiring and captivating. Ests helps readers begin and deepen the work of bringing each persons one-of-a-kind legacy into the world following the trail blazed by the Dangerous Old Woman.

Social Sciences / History / Sociology

Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives edited by Lynne Tatlock, series editor Thomas Al Brady, Jr & Roger Chickering (Studies in Central European Histories: Brill)

Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany assembles cross-disciplinary perspectives on the experience of and responses to forms of material and spiritual loss in early modern Germany. It traces how individuals and communities registered, coped with, and made sense of such events as war, religious reform, bankruptcy, religious marginalization, the death of spouses and children, and the loss of freedom of movement through a spectrum of activities including writing poetry, keeping diaries, erecting monuments, collecting books, singing, painting, repeatedly migrating, and painting, and thereby not only turned loss into gain but self-consciously made history.

Contributors to Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany are Rosalind J. Beiler, Claudia Benthien, Jill Bepler, Duane J. Corpis, Alexander J. Fisher, Ulrike Gleixner, Claudia Jarzebowski, Hans Medick, Barbara Lawatsch Melton, Christopher Ocker, Helmut Puff, Thomas Max Safley, Jeffrey Chipps Smith, Lynne Tatlock, Mara Wade, Lee Palmer Wandel, and Bethany Wiggin. Editor Lynne Tatlock is Hortense and Tobias Lewin Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. The series editors are Thomas A. Brady, Jr, UC Berkeley and Roger Chickering, Georgetown University.

The sixteen essays in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany explore perceptions of and responses to loss during the approximately 250 years that comprise early modern Germany. These contributions grew out of papers originally presented on March 27-29, 2008, at "Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany," the fifth triennial interdisciplinary and international conference held at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and sponsored by Frhe Neuzeit Interdisziplinar (FNI), an organization of North American and European scholars devoted to interdisciplinary study of the culture and history of German-speaking Central Europe. In keeping with FNI's mission to bridge disciplinary divides that can confound broader understandings of the character and trajectories of early modern Germany, this collection of essays assembles and juxtaposes scholarship across disciplines as well as research that spans disciplines literary studies; gender studies; cultural, social, and economic history; art history; history of emotions; architectural history; musicology; history of religion and theology; women's history; studies in place and space; and historical anthropology with the express intention of making that diverse work mutually resonate.

The sweeping political, economic, religious, and intellectual paradigm shifts and conflicts, indeed catastrophes, that took place in Central Europe during the years 1500-1750 left in their wake enormous wreckage in the German territories. The perception and experience of and recreative responses to this wreckage stand at the heart of the sixteen essays in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany as they examine challenges confronted as a result of death, reconfiguration of space, proscriptions on movement, war, the threat of dynastic extinction, forced emigration, the loss of spiritual community, the destruction and confiscation of property, bankruptcy, and the loss of social status.

New technologies of printing and improving communication over the course of two-and-a-half centuries spread the news of threat, crisis, devastation, and bereavement more rapidly; an emergent public sphere facilitated, furthermore, debate and dissent over the meanings of these events. Print culture and increasing literacy, however, fostered not merely sharing of knowledge and contesting of opinion but also an unprecedented textualization of human experience in Europe. Even private, ordinary individuals kept diaries and thus chronicled the vicissitudes of their short lives. Moreover, individual subjects living in the German territories increasingly had a sense of themselves as selves whose losses were defined not only by the authorities and institutions with whom they tangled, the material disasters with which they struggled, and the violence to which they and their neighbors were subjected, but also by their own writings and their feelings, perceptions, and beliefs about the meanings of these losses and, not least, by their grief over their own finitude as, for example, in the case of the aging Albrecht Drer.

The contributions to Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany examine individual emotional reactions to loss, while also treating the perception of and response to loss as emergent from interpersonal, communal, and institutional dynamics, that is, from negotiations and contestations within social, religious, and economic systems. They investigate such affective and symbolic responses as public dynastic mourning, mourning within circles of academic elites, and artistic expressions of individual and cultural melancholy as well as such strategic and reconstructive responses to privation as migrating, remodeling churches and convents, writing poetry, telling stories, making art, singing communally, collecting books, and erecting monuments of metal, stone, and paper. In their materiality, graphic responses to loss became, as the contributors repeatedly demonstrate, lasting tributes and testimonies not merely to perceived loss but to the fears, pain, piety, creativity, spontaneity, persistence, will, drive, flexibility, synthetic intelligence, and ingenuity of early modern people men and women, nobles, clerics, nuns, poets, merchants, academics, burghers, and peasants.

The essays in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany approach the investigation of loss with an understanding that loss was not always experienced as irreversible or tragic in early modern Germany. Some early modern persons proved extraordinarily resilient, and as the contributions to this anthology demonstrate and this is perhaps the central and shared finding of the essays in this volume some losses were in the end perceived as gains by those who experienced, responded to, and recorded them or, at the very least, by later generations. Reactions to change and inevitable loss, moreover, testify repeatedly in the pages of this anthology to dynamism and unpredictability in human affairs. In losing and being lost, these people and these communities were thus sometimes found.

Hans Medick opens the inquiry into early modern loss with a consideration of the concept and designation Thirty Years' War and the suffering, ruin, and setbacks associated with this extended period of armed conflict as they were recorded and solidified for posterity in personal accounts from the time period. He argues from an historical anthropological perspective that these accounts reflect responses to real historical circumstances and ways of knowing and seeing in that period. As personal accounts from all social groups make clear, contemporaries had a strong sense of having experienced a unique and unified historical event that had disrupted communal and economic life to a degree hitherto inconceivable in the early modern European context. The very fact of the historical mooring of the concept of a thirty years' war in experience and self-expression, Medick furthermore maintains, secured the long-term historical understanding of this series of armed conflicts as a Thirty Years' War and a catastrophe of unprecedented size and suffering.

These sixteen cross-disciplinary explorations of early modern understandings of and responses to loss in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany conclude with a sixteenth-century instance of material loss, a spectacular bankruptcy: the collapse in 1529 of the powerful, aggressive, and well-connected Hochstetter firm. Thomas Max Safley takes up this case to interrogate the usefulness of the concept of social death, since even after suffering bankruptcy and the dramatic and ostensibly irreversible loss in social status that accompanied it, the Hochstetter family surprisingly reemerged. As Safley points out, death indicates stasis, yet the history of the family testifies by contrast to resilience and dynamism in human affairs. Safley reminds readers again of what the denizens of early modern Germany understood only too well: things change, fortunes turn, loss becomes gain, and gain becomes loss. Indeed, as the essays in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany indicate, early modern Germans men and women whatever their station adapted and coped with these blows. And in the Christian context, the pious among them believed that beyond the inconstant and treacherous ephemeral world were God's love and the promise of redemption. While temporal misfortune might have been the story, in the larger scheme of things, it could never be that story's end.

The essays in Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany reveal how loss helped to create identity and gave rise to agency and creativity on the cusp of modernity. 


Contents this Issue:

Renaissance Art Pop-Up Book by Stephen Farthing with pop-up engineer by David Hawcock (Universe)

Howard Huang's Urban Girls by Howard Huang, edited by Dian Hanson (Taschen)

Multiple Flash Photography: Off-Camera Flash Techniques for Digital Photographers by Rod Deutschmann and Robin Deutschmann (Amherst Media)

L.D.: Rocketry, Race, and a Colorful Journey by Lee D. Young (Vantage Press)

Tools of Engagement: Presenting and Training in a World of Social Media by Tom Bunzel (Pfeiffer)

What I Didn't Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World by Jay B. Barney and Trish Gorman Clifford (Harvard Business Review Press)

Small, Medium and Large by Jane Monroe Donovan (Sleeping Bear Press)

Science Fair Winners: Junkyard Science by Karen Romano Young, illustrated by David Goldin (National Geographic Kids)

The New Brooklyn Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 31 Restaurants That Put Brooklyn on the Culinary Map by Melissa Vaughan, Brendan Vaughan, with photography by Michael Harlan Turkell (William Morrow)

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Guitar by David Hodge (Alpha Books)

The Healing Gift: The Remarkable World of a Medical Intuitive by David Freud with Linda Freud, with a foreword by Hyla Cass, M.D. (Basic Health Publications)

A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook by Bob Stahl and Elisha Goldstein (New Harbinger Publications)

The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom by Slavomir Rawicz (The Lyons Press)

The Best of Boys' Life by Boy Scouts of America (The Lyons Press)

Practical Green Remodeling: Down-to-Earth Solutions for Everyday Homes by Barry Katz (The Taunton Press)

A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia by Richard Jay Hutto (Lyons Press)

Restore. Recycle. Repurpose.: Create a Beautiful Home by Randy Florke with Nancy J. Becker (A Country Living Book: Hearst Books)

Justice in Genetics: Intellectual Property and Human Rights from a Cosmopolitan Liberal Perspective by Louise Bernier (Edward Elgar)

Out of the Mountains: Appalachian Stories (Race, Ethnicity and Gender in Appalachia) by Meredith Sue Willis (Ohio University Press)

Bolitas de Oro: Poems from My Marble-Playing Days (Bilingual Edition) by Nasario Garcia, translated from the Spanish by Nasario Garcia (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series: University of New Mexico Press)

And Then There Was One by Patricia Gussin (Oceanview Publishing)

Mother Nature by Emilia Pardo Bazn, translated from the Spanish by Walter Borenstein (Bucknell University Press)

Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin Barry Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Buryin' Barry Mysteries, No. 5: Poisoned Pen Press)

The Lucifer Code by Charles Brokaw (Forge Books)

Biomechanics of Human Motion: Basics and Beyond for the Health Professions by Barney F. LeVeau (Slack Incorporated)

Green Christianity: Five Ways to a Sustainable Future by Mark I. Wallace (Fortress Press)

The Dangerous Old Woman: Myths and Stories of the Wise Woman Archetype [6 audio CDs, running time 7 hours] by Clarissa Pinkola Ests (Sounds True)

Enduring Loss in Early Modern Germany: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives edited by Lynne Tatlock, series editor Thomas Al Brady, Jr & Roger Chickering (Studies in Central European Histories: Brill)