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January 2011, Issue #141

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture: From Ancient Citadels and Gothic Castles to Subterranean Palaces and Floating Fortresses by Rob Alexander (Barrons Educational Series)

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya & Martin Howard, illustrated by Kirsten Richards (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod by Kim Barnouin (Running Press)

On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character by Samuel Casey Carter (Corwin Press)

A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson, with a foreword by Dean Ornish (Hay House)

I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust against All Odds by Henry Orenstein (Beaufort Books)

The Peninsular War Atlas by Nick Lipscombe (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

Lacy Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee (Kalmbach Books)

Looking Back: Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs and Intersections of Culture, History and Identity by S. Leigh Matthews (University of Calgary Press)

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010 by Rudy Henry Wiebe (University of Alberta Press)

Fine Shotguns: The History, Science, and Art of the Finest Shotguns from Around the World by John M. Taylor (Skyhorse Publishing)

Rhythms of Grace: Worship and Faith Formation for Children and Families with Special Needs by Audrey Scanlan and Linda Snyder (Morehouse Education Resources, Church Publishing)

Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity by Paul R. Hinlicky (Fortress Press)

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 3rd Edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning edited by Anabel Pelham & Elizabeth Sills, with series editor Gerald S. Eisman and a foreword by Robert A. Corrigan (Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series: Stylus Publishing)

Arts & Architecture / Drawing

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture: From Ancient Citadels and Gothic Castles to Subterranean Palaces and Floating Fortresses by Rob Alexander (Barrons Educational Series)

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture contains advice and instruction from a leading fantasy illustrator, Rob Alexander, for art students who intend to pursue careers illustrating computer games, children's books, graphic novels, and other related media. In this how-to guide readers find the essential art principles and techniques for drawing and painting fantastic buildings and environments, alternate realities, and ancient citadels and they learn the skills that make it all look convincing. The book gives readers an understanding of how some of fantasy arts' most influential architectural styles came about, why they look and work the way they do, what influences they had on other architects and artists alike, and the understanding they need to make use of real-world architecture in their own creations.

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture starts by analyzing traditional architectural shapes arches, columns, towers, vaults, and buttresses. Various chapters apply principles of lighting, shadow, and perspective to the architectural forms, and discuss ways of creating surface textures and adding dramatic atmosphere to illustrations. Readers are guided through a series of projects of increasing complexity in which they create illustrations dominated by fantasy castles, palaces, and dungeons. Step by step, they learn how to use real-world architectural references to create extraordinarily fantastic buildings. A texturing gallery filled with reference material shows them how to capture the differences in surface textures using a range of media, both traditional and digital. They also learn to add details such as weathering, carvings, and smoke and fire damage.
Alexander, award-winning illustrator and conceptual artist working in publishing, magazine, computer gaming, and collectable card game markets, paints fine art, fantasy, science fiction, childrens illustrations, and contemporary landscapes, has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Chesley Award from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture is written from a visual artist's perspective. Rather than compare minor nuances that distinguish German Gothic from French or English Gothic, the book looks at architectural styles in a broader sense to give readers a firm knowledge of their most common forms, elements, and characteristics, and an understanding of their styles, the cultures that created them and the ways in which they tend to be used in fantasy and science-fiction art. It does not provide readers with a handful of shortcuts to picture making, and it does not teach one specific technique for painting. What it does is teach readers about architecture, about how and why the buildings look as they do, why they were built the way they were, and how to understand them in a visual, artistic sense so that they can create their own images from a position of knowledge, confidence, and understanding.

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture is organized into four chapters.

Chapter 1: Introduction to Architecture examines the basics of Middle Eastern, Romanesque, Gothic, Mesoamerican, Viking, Asian, and Modern or Futuristic architecture.

Chapter 2: Picture-Making Techniques gives how-to techniques slanted toward artists painting architecture. Perspective, lighting, color theory, composition, mood, and concept are all examined and explained as they relate to painting manmade structures.

Chapter 3: Details and Textures covers how to draw and paint specific details, textures, and materials in clear, easy-to-follow steps. Particular attention is given to understanding the way the various forms look, how they age and weather, and what materials were most commonly used and how to convincingly draw and paint them, making use of the art techniques discussed in Chapter 2.

Chapter 4: Creating Your Own Worlds looks over the shoulders of some of today's best artists. Their working methods are explained with step-by-step examples that show their thought process, their creative process, and how they approached their paintings. It is a rare chance to see behind the eyes of these artists as How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture brings together all their considerable knowledge of history, architecture, and painting techniques to craft something truly wonderful.

With more than 250 enlightening color illustrations, the volume provides solid instruction in the techniques required for capturing fantastic buildings, alien architecture, and alternate realities. Once readers develop a comprehensive approach to architectural details and master the necessary rendering techniques, they will have everything they need to paint or render their fantasy creations effectively.

Arts & Photography / Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

James Gurney, New York Times best-selling author and artist/illustrator of the Dinotopia series, follows Imaginative Realism with his second art-instruction book. This researched study on art's fundamental themes, Color and Light, bridges the gap between abstract theory and practical knowledge. Based on his highly popular blog, which attracts over three thousand readers each day, the book studies the use of two of the artist's most important and fundamental tools: color and light. Beginning with a survey of underappreciated masters who perfected the use of color and light, the book examines how light reveals form, the properties of color and pigments, and the wide variety of atmospheric effects. Gurney cuts though the confusing and contradictory dogma about color, testing it in the light of science and observation.

In Color and Light readers find:

  • A complete glossary, pigment index, and bibliography.
  • A history of the use of color and light ranging from prehistoric cave drawings to modern magazine illustrations.
  • Full-color spreads of paintings by various artists, including Gurney himself.

Unlike many other art books that only give recipes for mixing colors or describe step-by-step painting techniques, Color and Light answers the questions that realist painters continually ask, such as: "What happens with sky colors at sunset?," "How do colors change with distance?," and "What makes a form look three-dimensional?" Gurney draws on his experience as a plein-air painter and science illustrator to share a wealth of information.

James Gurney's new book, Color and Light, cleverly bridges the gap between artistic observation and scientific explanation. Not only does he eloquently describe all the effects of color and light an artist might encounter, but he thrills us with his striking paintings in the process. Armand Cabrera, Artist

This is the book I wish I had in art school! Dylan Cole, concept art director, Avatar

This is the textbook that we've been searching for, but it never existed until now. Mark Tocchet, chair, illustration, University of the Arts, Philadelphia

There has been a profound lack of a clear and comprehensive volume on color and light for the representational painter until now. James Gurney's outstanding new book gives traditional and digital artists the means to give accurate and compelling expression to their subject matter. Nathan Fowkes, concept artist for DreamWorks and instructor at the L.A. Academy of Figurative Art

Perfect for avid painters and beginning artists alike, Color and Light it may well become an indispensable tool. Through his informal and easy-to-understand instruction, and stunning spreads of paintings, Gurney provides a complete study of these tools using research and artistic knowledge.

Childrens Books / Ages 4-8

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya & Martin Howard, illustrated by Kirsten Richards (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Martin Howard and TV writer Pablo Cartaya have teamed up with talented illustrator Kirsten Richards in a tasty morsel of a picture book, Tina Cocolina.

Fans of Fancy Nancy and Pinkalicious will most likely adore Tina Cocolina, a sweet little girl with a sense of adventure and a flair for fashion whos on the hunt for her perfect topping. Tina Cocolina includes cupcake and frosting recipes from an award-winning pastry chef, maestro Howard.

Tina Cocolina is in a jam.

At the Gingersnap Academy for Rising Cupcakes, most of the cupcake girls and boys have already found their toppings. Candyce Cremiere has hit upon a spicy buttercream, Billy Barry Blue has chosen ripe berries, and Carmella du Chocolat (the French exchange cupcake) has concocted an ultra-rich triple berry fudge.

This spunky and adventurous cupcake of a girl is determined to take the Cream of the Top Cupcake contest crown, but she has to find the perfect topping in order to compete. The most important contest of the year is tonight, and she still hasn't found the perfect topping for her outfit. Poor Tina Cocolina!

  • Will she discover that special frosting in time to beat out snooty Candyce Cremiere?
  • Will her dark chocolate pink berry balloon topping take the cake?
  • Will she come up with a topping in time to compete, or will she end up on the sidelines?

Children will delight in this delectable world of peanut butter brownie patches, weeping caramel trees, and fudge sauce streams. Filled with mouthwatering illustrations and kid-friendly recipes, Tina Cocolina is sure to whet appetites of all ages. Best of all, the book includes cupcake recipes by master pastry chef Howard, which will enable kids to whomp up their own cupcakes and a scrumptious assortment of toppings that even Tina Cocolina would be proud to claim.

Cooking, Food & Wine / Health, Mind & Body / Special Diets

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod by Kim Barnouin (Running Press)

Look hot; feel great; have fun cooking; do good to the earth. Can a Skinny Bitch really have it all? Kim Barnouin says, Duh.

After five years atop the Skinny Bitch phenomenon, Barnouin has grown as a cook, a nutritionist, and a mom. In Skinny Bitch she delivers a cookbook for everyone looking for a healthier way to feed themselves, their families, and friends. New York Times bestselling author Barnouin, co-writer of the groundbreaking Skinny Bitch, former Ford model with an MA in Holistic Nutrition, is savvy and serious about eating well. Her emphasis is on easy, and her 150 recipes feature seasonal produce and provide a versatility of tastes and cuisines from Asian-inspired appetizers and California-fresh entrees, to luscious desserts and cozy home-cooked favorites.

In Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook, Barnouin gets readers back into knowing their way around the pantry and being creative in the kitchen with ideas for breakfast, soups, salads, sides, dinner, desserts, and drinks. With full-color photos, complete nutritional breakdowns, and simple switch-outs for quick variations, the book is not only about cooking, it's also about discovering a more invigorating lifestyle. She gives readers food for thought on how overly processed, factory-farmed, and non-local foods add to water and air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, water shortages, loss of biodiversity, and global warming. She presents ideas and recipes, including:

  • What's in Your Food? Barnouin offers eight tips beyond reading the box for calories to help readers judge their foods with care, like the five ingredients to avoid, the good and bad fats, and how to recognize all natural jargon that is not backed by fact.
  • The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen To buy or not to buy organic. Barnouin gives readers the Environmental Working Group's list of those fruits and veggies that are most toxic when bought conventionally and those that are safer if readers can't always go organic.
  • Skinny Bitch Secrets The real skinny on processed foods, food coloring and additives, sugars, soy, meat, seitan (the wheat meat).
  • Your Kitchen is Your Playground Making the kitchen cooking-worthy and workable, the eight pantry staples, best herb pairings, getting the most from spices, plus ideas on kitchenware, dinnerware, hosting, colorful bamboo products.
  • The Food Fresh Corn-off-the-Cob and Pepper Frittata and Tofu Mexicali Scramble, Orange Scones, Crepes with Raspberry Sauce, and Maple and Apple Cinnamon Pancakes, plus morning foods that boost the IQ.
  • Ten Aphrodisiac Foods that will Spice Up Your Sex Life Barnouin explains why certain foods such as almonds, bananas, figs, and chili peppers help get one into the mood.
  • Super Soups and Salads Pasta, Navy Bean, and Spinach soups, Thai Coconut and Butternut Squash Soup with Poppy Seeds, Watermelon and Heirloom Tomato Salad, Orange-Kissed Beet and Arugula Salad, Miso Crunch Salad, Wonton Wrappers.
  • Sassy Sauces and Dressings Lime Cream, Creamy Dill Sauce, Sesame Dipping Sauce, Avocado and Jicama Salsa, Citrus Mint Vinaigrette, Spicy Mango Chutney.
  • Super Sides Me Appetizers and side dishes including Caramelized Eggplant with Red Miso, Boston Baked Beans, Curried Chickpea Cakes, Warm Spring Rolls with Spicy Sesame Sauce, and Quinoa-Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Tomatillo Sauce.
  • Asian Persuasion to All-Around Healthy Dinners Noodles with Match Vegan Pork and Hot Bean Sauce, Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Sauce, Asian Macaroni and Cheese, and Match Vegan Ginger Chicken Stuffed with Dried Cherries and Fennel to Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas, Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto, Veggie Pot Pies.
  • Fabulous Finishes Including Mini Rustic Pear Tarts, Vanilla Bean Cake, Jack's Grandma's Apple Pie, Soft Ginger Cookies, Alicia's Crispy Peanut Butter Treats with Chocolate Chips.
  • Drinks! Basic Smoothie On-the-Go, Skinny Lemonade, Antioxidant Sangria, Minty Cantaloupe Surprise, The Pink Fizzy.

I absolutely love how Kim has made vegan cooking so simple and delicious. This cookbook has me wanting to try my hand at every dish YUM! Sophie Uliano, author of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life

visually stunning 291 pages filled with 150 healthy recipes that are also good to the earth along with vibrant photos. 944 Magazine, November 2010

Barnouin delivers the ultimate cookbook for everyone looking for a healthier way to feed themselves, their families, and their friends. Whether readers want to gradually add more meatless dishes to their meals, or want to go all-out vegan, Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook can be their go-to source.

Education / Organization & Management

On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character by Samuel Casey Carter (Corwin Press)

Best-selling author Samuel Casey Carter in On Purpose showcases a dozen mainstream schools that focus on a culture of character as their foundation and have achieved extraordinary results. Carter is president of CfBT USA, a charter school operator that is the U.S. affiliate of the U.K.-based CfBT Education Trust, distinguished fellow of the Sagamore Institute, and former president of National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that operates 67 schools in eight states. He is also the author of No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools, which documents the effective practices of high-performing schools that refuse to make poverty an excuse for academic failure.

According to Carter, schools are made. On Purpose is about how they are made well. By telling the stories of twelve very different but equally extraordinary schools from across the country, this book explains how school cultures are made, how they form student character, and, ultimately, how great school cultures harness student character to drive achievement.

On Purpose profiles twelve outstanding schools that together provide a roadmap for anyone wishing to create a great school culture. In the detail of what these schools do and through the study of how they do it, readers of the book learn in practical terms how great school cultures are made and what is required to harness the transformational power of school culture to drive outstanding student outcomes.

The twelve schools profiled demonstrate that a school's faculty and administration, given the right priorities and a proper coordination of effort, can purposefully create a school culture that dramatically improves the lives of the children entrusted to their care. Further, these schools show that children who benefit from these environments experience a renewed sense of self and an individual sense of purpose that can then be tapped to drive student achievement.

Although it may be surprising that a particular school culture would produce equally good athletes, good citizens, good artists, and good scholars, it turns out to be very common that a school-wide focus on what it means to be good a culture of character is at the root of many schools being great. The schools highlighted in On Purpose teach readers that if children are taught to be good, they can learn to be great. The level of accomplishment regularly achieved in these schools is astounding, but it would not be possible without the moral excellence that precedes it. Seriousness and hard work are required to do well in school, but for the faculty and administrations of the schools profiled, it is their school-wide attention to student happiness first that makes this level of achievement possible. No matter how well intentioned our school systems may be, the absolute priority in schools today is not placed first on the individual well-being let alone on the intended happiness of each individual student. The schools profiled show that schools are for children; structured in any other way, they lose their purpose.

The schools profiled in On Purpose demonstrate a profound truth: Schools become great by creating a culture in which confident children joyfully strive to accomplish worthy goals in concert with their friends. What is more, the children in these schools understand why this striving is good and what this requires of them and their fellow students. Taken altogether, the schools profiled in On Purpose remind readers what great schooling looks like and what concrete steps they can take to create many more great schools like them.

According to Carter, there are dozens of ways to organize the many common elements shared by the schools profiled. Their school cultures are often founded on similar or related principles, they regularly have like effects on their surrounding communities, and they share many of the same practices. It is the following four traits that provide the most insight into what they have in common:

  1. A strong belief that culture determines outcomes.
  2. A nurturing but demanding culture.
  3. A culture committed to student success.
  4. A culture of people, principles, and purpose.

In great school cultures that form strong personal character, they are all four in evidence like a formula or pattern that once in place provides the occasion for all the benefits that follow.

Samuel Casey Carter shows how great cultures not big bucks, smaller class sizes, different curriculums, or better buildings are what we need to save our education system. Jay Mathews, columnist and author, The Washington Post

This book reminds us that there is more to education than preparing students for high-stakes tests. It is our responsibility to be 'intentional' with the development of the whole child. Irwin Kurz, former Director of School Quality
This volume reinforces the need to address character development in children throughout their days in school. Steven Miletto, principal
This wonderful book shares a broad range of school successes that are evident, easy to report on, and site-specific. William H. Wibel, educational consultant
At the heart of this intriguing volume are well written profiles of twelve different schools that are quite proactively shaping their cultures to educate both the minds and hearts of their students. Mary Beth Klee, educational consultant in history and character education

The compelling examples in On Purpose will help educators and parents focus on strong personal character as the desired result of genuine learning. Strategies for creating a healthy school culture, including intentionality and hands-on guidance by the principal, come to life through case studies.

Health, Mind & Body / Diet & Weight Loss / Self-Help

A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson, with a foreword by Dean Ornish (Hay House)

If your weighty thinking does not change, then even if you lose weight youll retain an overwhelming subconscious urge to gain it back. Its less important how quickly you lose weight, and more important how holistically you lose weight; you want your mind, your emotions, and your body to all lose weight. Its self-defeating, therefore, to struggle to drop excess weight unless you are also willing to drop the thought-forms that initially produced it and now hold it in place. Marianne Williamson

What is the connection between spirituality and weight loss? Best-selling author Marianne Williamson, internationally acclaimed lecturer, answers that question in A Course in Weight Loss, bringing readers 21 spiritual lessons to help them lose their weight forever. These lessons form a holistic paradigm for weight loss, addressing the spiritual, emotional, and psychological elements involved in what Williamson refers to as conscious weight loss. If readers are food addicts, compulsive eaters, or anyone who sees food as the enemy, this book is for them.

A Course in Weight Loss addresses the true causal root of weight-loss issues: a place within where one has forgotten their divine perfection. This forgetfulness has confused not only the mind but also the body, making them reach for that which cannot sustain them . . . and reject that which does. As the mind reclaims its spiritual intelligence, the body will reclaim its natural intelligence as well.

The 21 lessons in A Course in Weight Loss take readers on a sacred journey. One step at a time, they learn to shift their relationship with themselves and their body from one of fear to one of love. Readers integrate the various parts of themselves mind, body, and spirit.

As Williamson writes: When it comes to your enjoyment of eating, your best days are not behind you but ahead of you!

A Course in Weight Loss is separate from anything else readers might do regarding diet or exercise. It is a retraining of their consciousness in the area of weight. According to Williamson, spirit alone has the power to positively and permanently reprogram both the conscious and subconscious mind. The holistic healing of any condition involves applying internal as well as external powers, and compulsive overeating is no different. This course helps readers root out their fear, and to replace it with love. Whether or not readers are food addicts is something only they can say. Every food addict is a compulsive overeater, but not every compulsive eater is an addict. The principles in this course apply to both.

This groundbreaking book, A Course in Weight Loss, by an internationally acclaimed lecturer and the best-selling author can help put readers who are struggling with overweight on a positive path to recovery.

History / Europe / Biographies & Memoirs

I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust against All Odds by Henry Orenstein (Beaufort Books)

Henry Orenstein ... makes us experience and this is what is most profoundly unique in his story the passage of time, the passing of days, weeks, and months, the deceptive calm before and after the savagery of the actions and executions. Quite simply, he recreates for us the sense of duration in the extermination of the Jews. He does so with perfect economy of means, in a spare style, without overstatement. His intellectual rigor and honesty, his accurate memory, and his keen skill for description enable us to relive each moment of this relentless martyrdom as if we ourselves belonged to the Orenstein family. Claude Lanzmann, from the foreword

I Shall Live tells the gripping true story of a Jewish family in Poland, Germany and Russia as the Nazi party gains power in Germany and the Second World War. When Henry Orenstein and his siblings end up in a series of concentrations camps, Orenstein's bravery and quick thinking help him save himself and his brothers from execution by playing a role in the greatest hoax ever pulled on the upper echelons of Nazi command.

Orenstein's lucid prose recreates this horrific time in history and his constant struggle for survival as the Nazis move him and his brothers through five concentration camps. His description of their roles in the fake Chemical Commando sheds new light on an incredible and generally unknown event in the history of the Holocaust. This edition of I Shall Live contains new evidence about this false Commando, including letters signed to and from Himmler himself.

I Shall Live is much more then another personal account of that terrible era. Rather, it is the inspiring story of the remarkable triumph of an individual who by virtue of extraordinary will and courage was able to overcome incredible challenges that would have doomed a lesser person. Orenstein repeatedly faced almost certain death, yet by his wit, courage, and determination he confounded the plans of his Nazi tormentors. Not given to despair or self-pity, despite his incredible experiences, which might have deterred those lacking his zeal for life, he went on to establish a family, successful businesses and engage in significant philanthropic endeavors. These qualities enabled him to overcome reversals of fortune, from which he emerged stronger and went on to even greater accomplishments. His creativity and imagination continue to produce new inventions and innovations up to the present time.

Orenstein is a philanthropist, inventor, entrepreneur and holocaust survivor. After surviving much of World War II in various concentration camps, Orenstein became a toymaker, convincing Hasbro to produce Transformers. He holds over 100 other patents, including the hidden poker camera. He is the creator of poker tournaments and TV shows and is in the Poker Hall of Fame.

According to Lanzmann in the foreword, I Shall Live is above all the saga of a united and closely knit family in which each member is prepared to give his life to save the others. Lejb, the father, Golda, the mother, the four sons Fred, Sam, Felek, and Henry and Hanka, the little sister, all obey the same law of love paternal, maternal, filial, and sibling love. Readers are witness to the final action, the ultimate liquidation of the ghetto, the shipment of thousands of Hrubieszow Jews to the gas chambers of Sobibr.

After the capture and murder of their parents, the hell of the camps begins for the five children. Until now, readers have been reading a meticulous account of a manhunt, rich with fresh insights into relations between Jews and Poles, the habitual anti-Semitism of the Polish population, but also the simple heroism of a handful of men and women who risked their lives to help the victims; readers learn, too, about everyday life in this part of Poland, occupied by the USSR between 1939 and 1941, during which period anti-Jewish discrimination was banned, and lastly about the solitude and the unbelievable feeling of abandonment experienced by Jews desperately trying to survive in a totally hostile environment, a desert bereft of all humanity.

But then the tenor of I Shall Live suddenly alters, and in trailing the path of Henry Orenstein, readers plunge into the most harrowing of adventure stories. For thirty months from one ordeal to another, outwitting death time after time, One of the most hazardous was his enrollment in an ultra-secret Kommando of phony chemists, engineers, and mathematicians, whose task was to employ Jewish intelligence for the purpose of inventing a unique gas that would save the Third Reich from disaster by paralyzing the engines of enemy tanks, aircraft, and all other motorized vehicles. As a member of a Chemiker Kommando, Orenstein was sheltered to some extent in each of the five camps to which he was deported: Budzy'n, Majdanek, and Plaszw in Poland; Ravensbruck and Sachsenhausen in Germany. The news from the front, Hitler's defeats, the advance of Soviet troops, together with the Allied landings helped sustain Orenstein during his worst moments: Readers must imagine the horrible torture in Plaszw of being confined in the Stehbunker, waiting his turn to be hanged, escaping in his imagination into the realm of military strategy, identifying with the generals of the victorious armies Zhukov and Eisenhower, Montgomery and Rokossovsky correcting and perfecting their battle plans, but also maintaining his equilibrium when on the brink of death by visualizing Hitler's suffering on seeing his world crumble.

The word chosen to symbolize the Holocaust was zachor, remembrance. In our tradition, remembrance is also about the future, because only those who learn the lessons of the past are able to meet the challenges of the future. I Shall Live sounds an alarm for this generation so that the pledge of Never again! will be fulfilled. Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, April 2009, from the introduction

An adventure ... almost novelesque in the extraordinary succession of miracles which enable the young man to remain among the living so as to eventually tell his story forty years later with Voltairesque ferocity and often sheer and invigorating joy. Claude Lanzmann, producer of Shoah

I read this book ... in a single day; I found it so compelling it was hard to put down ... We should be glad such a detailed account of a true survivor will remain for ages to come. Simon Wiesenthal

An important contribution to bring out the facts about the cruelty of Nazi Germany, of the heroic efforts for the survival of our brethren. Menachem Begin, former Prime Minister of Israel

Mr. Orenstein achieves considerable emotional power. The rhythms of his prose begin to suggest the rhythms of the concentration camp routine; when death intrudes, as quiet a word on the page as any other, it quavers in the eyes and in the heart. The New York Times

Readers are indebted to Orenstein for sharing his gripping life story. The increased visibility and vociferousness of Holocaust deniers underscores the importance of his work. Similarly, the mood of our time makes Orensteins real-life demonstration of the indomitable spirit so vital.

While I Shall Live is largely Orenstein's story, he places the events in an historical context, enhancing readers education. The lessons of his life are particularly important for the younger generations. Young people of every faith, ethnicity, and national origin, must be encouraged to read I Shall Live. It will inspire, sensitize, and instruct them as they draw lessons for their own lives.

History / Military / Europe

The Peninsular War Atlas by Nick Lipscombe (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

The Peninsular War saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars. Over a period of five years, it is estimated that half a million soldiers and civilians were killed. The battles, however, are less well-known than those of other Napoleonic battles; despite the exposure give to this theater in Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe series of novels, the soldiers who fought there have received little public recognition. Now, with the beginnings of the bicentennial commemorations of the Peninsular War, this theater is gaining wider recognition.
The Peninsular War Atlas has been put together over the last decade by Colonel Nick Lipscombe of the British Army. Based in Spain, he is the chairman for the official organization of Peninsular War commemorations, and his thirty years of military service bring a unique perspective to this first complete atlas of the war. In collaboration with Spanish authorities and academics, he has re-evaluated key battles and offers readers new interpretations of the sources available.
Lipscombe was born in 1958 in Angers, France. He has a degree in business studies and an MSc in defense studies. He was commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1980. During his thirty years in the British Army he has seen considerable operational service with the British and American armies, as well as with NATO and the UN. He was awarded the US Bronze Star in 2006.
The Peninsular War is one of the defining campaigns of the British Army and sealed its reputation for supreme professionalism, heroic obstinacy and sheer perseverance. It made the reputation of Arthur Wellesley, the Duke of Wellington, and acts as the backdrop to the adventures of Bernard Cornwell's fictional hero Richard Sharpe.

The British Army, under Sir John Moore and Wellington, ranged across the plains and mountains of Portugal and Spain and into France, taking part in fifteen field actions and four bloody sieges, including Salamanca, Vitoria and Badajoz, but this is only part of the picture. The contributions of the Spanish and Portuguese forces are frequently overlooked, but there were a further twenty-five field actions and fifteen sieges in the Iberian peninsula as part of the savage duel between the French occupiers and native inhabitants.

In line with Esdaile`s argument that the Peninsular War was, above all, an Iberian struggle, The Peninsular War Atlas tries to place the operations of the British army, and later the Anglo-Portuguese army, in their Spanish and Portuguese context. and in the process to show Britons, Spaniards and Portuguese alike that their histories are inter-linked and cannot be viewed in isolation from one another, or, to put it another way, that their struggle was a common one waged in a common cause. Obtained in the face of extraordinary difficulties, their defeat of the French was very much a victory for coalition diplomacy and coalition generalship, and presenting matters in this fashion is designed to serve as a lesson to those in England, France, Portugal and Spain alike whose xenophobia and ignorance serve only to perpetuate the myths of the past and deter more serious scholars from devoting themselves to perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the whole of the Napoleonic Wars.

Illustrated throughout with 160 high-standard maps, accompanied by a text narrating the entire war, The Peninsular War Atlas, which comes in a hard, protective case, is a must for anyone interested in Napoleonic history. Colonel Lipscombe makes a comprehensive, non-partisan examination of the conflict using the original maps, accompanied by an authoritative text narrating the war. His thirty years of service in the British Army and posting in both Spain and Portugal give him a unique perspective on the conflict. With contributions from Professor Charles Esdaile and the present Duke of Wellington as well as the cooperation of the Spanish and Portuguese authorities, The Peninsular War Atlas is the essential topographical guide to the conflict.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Lacy Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee (Kalmbach Books)

I have been in love with lace all my life. While my own early forays into jewelry-making involved crochet hooks and fine silk threads, I found that I was increasingly drawn to a different kind of fiber. I began crocheting with wire, but I couldn't get the effect or precision I was looking for. My favorite pieces of jewelry have always been the metal equivalent of lace filigrees and I wanted to make jewelry that looked more like that. I longed to create lacy jewelry using a process I have always enjoyed: the simple transformation of one long piece of fiber into something complex, structured and completely new. from the book

Wire jewelry is a hot topic! While the market has many books on solid, chunky wirework, there are few that teach lacy, intricate wirework done without soldering or casting.

In Lacy Wire Jewelry author Melody MacDuffee teaches easy techniques for creating the delicate, airy look of filigree wirework without soldering. MacDuffee, who has been designing jewelry for 20 years, teaches internationally and manages the class program for her local state-of-the-art bead store.

With step-by-step written directions, photos, and illustrations, Lacy Wire Jewelry presents intermediate level techniques. While the techniques may be similar to traditional wirework, the results are unique. Readers will find many options as they learn to twist and sculpt wire into 30 projects that include earrings, pendants, necklaces, pins, bezels, bracelets, rings, and hair jewelry.

In Lacy Wire Jewelry, readers learn how to make:

  • Lacy filigree edging.
  • Inset bezels to capture cabochons.
  • Wrap-around bezels to hold dimensional focals.
  • Beaded bezels for breathtaking adornment.
  • Twisted-wire and crystal-adorned branches.
  • Sculpted wire centerpieces.
  • Curlicue lace decoration.

Lacy Wire Jewelry is filled with lacy wire jewelry projects that require no heat, no expensive equipment, and no hard-to-acquire skills. Instead, these pieces are made using, almost exclusively, the three inexpensive tools most jewelry makers already own: wire cutters, round nose pliers, and chain nose pliers. As for the skills involved, if readers can wrap a piece of wire around a pen or a nail or a knitting needle, they can learn to make lacy wire jewelry.

The book includes step-by-step photos and instructions. To make it easy for readers to learn, MacDuffee includes a series of Technical Basics that are the building blocks for every project in the book as well as an excellent way to practice techniques.

Readers will find a wealth of exciting options in Lacy Wire Jewelry. With just a spool of wire and a few tools, like MacDuffee, they will be conjuring elegant filigree, bezels, sculpture, curlicue lace.

Literature & Fiction / History / Biographies & Memoirs

Looking Back: Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs and Intersections of Culture, History and Identity by S. Leigh Matthews (University of Calgary Press)

When we think about women settlers on the Prairies, our notions tend to veer between the nostalgic image of the cheerful helpmate and the grim deprivation of the reluctant immigrant. In Looking Back, Leigh Matthews, lecturer in the Department of English and Modern Languages at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, shows how a critical approach to the life-writing of individual prairie women can broaden and deepen understanding of the settlement era. Reopening for examination a substantial body of memoirs published after 1950 but now largely out of print, Matthews engages critical and feminist theory to close the gap between polarized stereotypes and the actual lived experiences of rural prairie women.

As told in the introduction to Looking Back, looking back now, Matthews says she realizes that the white, English-speaking image of the Prairie Woman existed as a fairly dominant force in her early life and imagination. Indeed, she remembers, still with a tremor of excitement, sitting down in front of the television in the fall of 1974 to watch the premiere of the series Little House on the Prairie, adapted from the autobiographical-inspired fiction by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Although she did eventually read the whole collection of books by Wilder, it was the visual images provided by the television series that became the stimulus to a considerable portion of her childhood imaginative life. She says she found herself confused by the apparent gap that existed between the always cheerful, fair-skinned television image of Caroline Ingalls and the endlessly mystifying reality of her own paternal grandmother's dark-skinned, deeply furrowed, and often unsmiling face. She instinctively recognized her grandmother wore that body as an outright contradiction of the more sanitized television image.

Years later, when Matthews academic exposure to both prairie history and prairie literature renewed her old interest in settler women, she was again intrigued by what she perceived to be the dominance or cultural images and the apparent poverty of sources representing the reality of prairie women's lives. The major problem with cultural images is that they often deny complexity in favor of a stereotyped norm of experience. So it is with the white, English-speaking Prairie Woman image, which assumes a precise correspondence between the label itself and some culturally understood meaning that does not often allow for differences in experience, whether those differences are accounted for by personality, cultural background, class, geography, marital status, etc.

One of the major motivations of Canadian women's historiography has been to illustrate that the reality of prairie women's lives rested somewhere on a continuum of experience encompassing both of the either/or extremes, and a great deal more in between.

In seeking to get a little bit closer to the range of experience of those women who actually participated in western settlement, Matthews says she longed to find a way to hear their voices.

The unique and virtually untilled field of prairie memoirs suggested to Matthews that, not only did these women have something they felt it necessary to write down to enunciate and thereby preserve for posterity but also that, through publication, they very deliberately sought to share that something with a public audience. Despite their obvious attempts to be heard, these women's memoir voices have been all but lost to the Canadian cultural record, even within academic circles. While her own private collection of these texts derives almost completely from the bibliographic trails provided by historians, nevertheless, as of yet, there has been no full-length study by a Canadian scholar of any disciplinary background on these published memoirs.

While certainly a healthy skepticism is needed when reading any individual personal account, Matthews believes that through examination of several accounts readers can discern when biases of perspective hinder understanding of a fuller picture of prairie life. In reading the prairie memoirs gathered in Looking Back, for example, there is no overwhelming experience of success in agricultural terms. In fact, many of the memoirs end on a bittersweet note of mere comfortable survival or even a sense of failure. Another related dismissal of these texts results from the fact that many of them are visions of the authors' childhood experiences of prairie settlement, thus making them especially problematic for some academic readers. It is important to remember that these accounts are memoirs rather than autobiographies, so that those texts written by women who experienced childhood on the prairie are less concerned with exclusively the writer's experiences (what it felt like to be a boy or girl growing up) and more concerned with establishing the multiple forces (national//cultural/social/familial) that affected their family's experiences of prairie life. They talk about themselves, to be sure, but as part of a multi-pronged approach to the subject and not ways with nostalgic reverence for some golden age of childhood.

The heroic and homogenized vision of prairie settlement does seem consistently present in the memoirs, especially within the dedicatory and prefatory pages of the texts. Reverence for the people and for the task undertaken by them is paramount.

It would appear that the memoirs gathered in Looking Back are at least partially motivated by and can be read as the authors' desire to enter into the ongoing conversation about and construction of a prairie heritage. Writing such a memoir is to seek after historical validation. It is to claim one's personal experience or one's mother's or grandmother's experience as having been intertwined with an important cultural moment, especially when the author of such a text belongs to the dominant culture being represented within the heritage discourse. That sense of belonging certainly illustrates how the memoirists studied in Looking Back were empowered to write, and why their full-length texts were published. This suggestion of empowerment, in fact, might be seen as being contrary to the oft repeated opinion within women's historiography that "women have seldom felt themselves to be makers of history." If we accept this general assertion of modesty as a truism indeed, Matthews felt its presence in conversations with her own grandmother then the existence of this relatively unexplored body of memoirs motivates her further consideration of the effects of these women having undertaken the extraordinary act of writing their lives for public consumption. Beyond the desire to stake a claim in the heritage story of western settlement, beyond participating in what is often an explicitly nostalgic undertaking, she argues that the memoirists studied in Looking Back are also concerned with fleshing out, or making real, the public and popular version of events. That is, as women even as white, English-speaking women the authors of these texts still stand in some degree of opposition to both the traditionally heroic and masculine-centered vision of the heritage story and to the idealized Prairie Woman image that emerged as part and parcel of that vision. It has been said that women's "hesitation about their historical value revealed and reflected the lesson that history is so often about men", so that when that traditional hesitation has so clearly been overcome, politicized purpose of one kind or another seems to be revealed.

So what is the role of the memoir genre specifically in relation to the act of re-visioning, amongst other things, the seemingly monolithic image of a good farm woman?

Matthews reads the prairie memoirs for the ways in which they confront heroic/masculinist/Prairie Woman narratives. The prairie memoir text, coupled with the nostalgic veneer of the prairie heritage story, becomes a narrative vehicle through which the individual author engages with cultural understandings of what a Prairie Woman is/does and participates in a reconstitution of that image. By simultaneously adhering to the Anglo-centric norms of representation of the prairie settlement story while also engaging in the expression or realization of one's specificity, memoir authors and memoir readers, together, find a capacity for the critique of norms. The memoirist's capacity for the critique of norms is perhaps heightened in the case of those authors who are recalling their prairie childhood. Many of the authors in Looking Back have chosen to reconstruct not only their own experiences of homesteading life, but also those of their mothers and grandmothers, those women who may or may not have had the skill, time or desire to enter into the public act of writing.

In Looking Back, Matthews readings of white, English-speaking, womens prairie memoirs for the re-visions they provide are divided into four chapters. She takes a thematic approach in order to demonstrate just some of the ways that the texts manage to confront traditional beliefs about and representations of prairie settlement and the Prairie Woman. Chapter Two traces the ideas which have dominated our historical understanding of prairie settlement the heroic story, the masculinist story as a means to illustrate how the memoirs gathered in Looking Back simultaneously invoke and reject those ideas in favor of re-visioning the focus from the larger cultural project of land settlement to the more localized concerns of the individual family farm; to effectively move narrative stress from the stead to the home. Chapter Three traces the female images that have dominated literary understanding of land settlement in Canada. Specifically, she examines Catharine Parr Train's position as cultural icon in a cheerfully adaptive model of women's participation in land settlement and then establishes the presence of a different model of behavior available to white, English-speaking women what might perhaps be called a more moodified image based on the less dauntlessly optimistic account of Train's sister, Susanna Moodie. By invoking Moodie in this way, however, she does not seek to construct another false binary, another either/or simplicity, but rather to allow for a more inclusive representation of white women's lived experience of the prairie settlement process. In Chapter Four, she examines how gender is constructed within specifically located spaces, including the geographic space of the Canadian west, the physical space of the white female body, and the textual space in which memoir writers represent their life experiences. As she illustrates, contemporary Anglo-centric attitudes focused on the female body as a space reflective of the larger cultural project of land settlement, and the memoir text functions as a temporally safe space in which the female author is able to document the prairie woman's modes of resistance to those attitudes. Finally, in Chapter Five she turns her attention to the natural environment behind women's memoirs of western settlement; that is, she gets beyond those images which are dominant in agriculture such as the white farmer and his plow set against a backdrop of lush wheat-fields and which effectively result in the absence of others in the prairie landscape. By casting an eco-critical eye on this untilled field of memoirs, readers can acknowledge that the seemingly isolated conditions of prairie life allowed white, English-speaking women a chance to appreciate the presence of the natural landscape, First Nations people, and non-human animals, and thereby to provide a different vision, even a critique of the land settlement project.

Addressing both the limitations and possibilities of life writing, Matthews presents a sound, well-developed and well-written case for memoir as reconciling female experience to the dominant historiography of the prairie west. Reading for 'failures and incoherences', the memoirs considered here reveal women's voices that probe a community's most cherished values and beliefs, reveal its conflicts and contradictions, and call leaders to account. Catherine Cavanaugh, Athabasca University

Looking Back is a ground-breaking and valuable study bringing women's voices of the prairie, in all their variety, to public attention and illustrating their rich potential to continue the scholarly dialogue about issues of prairie history. Matthews reconciles lost or ignored texts with their historical/literary heritage and amends the relative lack of critical attention from both historians and literary critics. More specifically, she reads them as points of intersection with idealistic images of white, English-speaking women's participation in prairie land settlement. The texts simultaneously confirm and challenge cultural images of the Prairie Woman, as well as images of the goal/process/importance of settlement itself, thereby preventing complacency with simplistic either/or dichotomies that deny the reality of individual experience.

Literature & Fiction / Short Stories

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010 by Rudy Henry Wiebe (University of Alberta Press)

The story is told that when the Gitskan People of the Pacific Northwest heard from officials that their lands belonged to a distant government, they were astounded into silence. Finally, an Elder asked: "If this is your land, where are your stories?" Rudy Wiebe, from the preface

For over fifty years, Canadian literary legend Rudy Wiebe has been defining and refining prairie literature through his oeuvre of world renowned novels, histories, essays, and short stories. He has introduced generations of readers far and wide to western Canadian Mennonite, aboriginal, and settler culture. Some say he wrote the book on historical prairie fiction. In fact, he's written quite a few.

Wiebe was born in the Mennonite homestead community of Speedwell, Saskatchewan. Since the 1950s, he has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring readers with award-winning novels, short stories, essays, memoir, histories, and screenplays. Wiebe received the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1973 for The Temptations of Big Bear and again in 1994 for A Discovery of Strangers. In 2004 he won the Charles Taylor Prize for his memoir, Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest. Wiebe is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Rudy Wiebe includes all fifty short stories that Wiebe completed between 1955 and 2010, including one previously unpublished story. According to Wiebe in the preface, the first of the stories collected in Rudy Wiebe was begun in September 1955, the last completed in January 2010. Isolated immigrant traders and settlers, and the worlds of the original Turtle Island peoples give an unplanned but suitable symmetry for this collection. Gathered together, it is obvious that numerous stories in this collection are integral to many of his longer fictions: a minor character from a novel becomes the protagonist of a short story; the focused event of a story becomes an adapted scene within a novel; the lives of some novel characters continue decades after the original book has been published.

Thomas Wharton in the introduction to Rudy Wiebe says that Wiebe's parents fled hunger and oppression in Stalinist Russia, and one of the writer's own lifelong journeys, both in fiction and memoir, has been to double back through the history of his family and his far-flung Mennonite ancestry, tracing in words the migrations of his people in search of tolerance, peace, or mere survival: across Europe, across the steppes toward the blue mountains of China, across the seas to the United States and Canada, to South America.

So that it is no wonder one of his characters asserts that the quintessential human story is wandering of the peoples on the earth eternally without rest and searching "... the restless, inexplicable wandering back to where you have been, or have not The story does not end in the telling. It merely adds another layer, takes another path.

According to Wharton, Wiebe is a writer of voice, of voices. Throughout Rudy Wiebe one can hear the author trying on different voices, venturing into the world or worlds around him through voices. There is an almost theatrical preoccupation with voice in many of these stories, as Wiebe reconstructs the history of the Canadian west through a multitude of speakers: aboriginal people, prairie farmers, traders, British colonels, politicians, artists, children.

Sometimes the voice is not that of an individual but of a community, a voice that transcends time, distance, the limitations of the individual perspective. For almost all of Wiebe's protagonists, the community that surrounds and shapes them is a defining force of their lives. There are few figures without community in these stories.

In a comprehensive gathering of fifty years of fiction, one might expect to get a fuller sense of the author behind the work but in fact, reading these stories in the sequence given in Rudy Wiebe, something surprising begins to happen: the author recedes even further into the multiplicity of his voices.

Again and again in these stories the narrators find themselves stunned or baffled by the world, and by words. The world is impossible, dazzling, unrelenting, often moving too quickly for the eye to comprehend what it has seen.

The world (and the story) almost always comes in fragments, scattered images and words that must be stitched together by the storymaker. Sometimes the landscape trips up a character's cherished preconceptions and allows a new vision. The convoluted, impossible world, continuously demands that it be read, interpreted, gathered somehow into words, into story.

The stories in Rudy Wiebe, then, always turn toward readers, asking them to double back on their reading tracks, and then to look outward from the story into the unwritten world. The task, Wiebe suggests, is to look and listen for the stories around us. The most recently finished piece in this collection, "Shadow of a Rock," tells of an anonymous narrator searching the Battle River region of central Alberta for the original site of a meteorite now lodged safely in a mechanically controlled museum. The meteor has been labeled the "Iron Creek Meteorite;" but its oldest known name, given to it by the Blackfoot and Plains Cree, is Old Man Buffalo. The narrator finds the stone gone from the hilltop, another moment of absence, but the hill is still there, and it is a place where vision is still possible. Where one may see this world, or perhaps glimpse a world beyond.

Wiebe is one of Canada's powerful myth makers and storytellers of the past half-century. Michael Bryson, Quill & Quire

This authoritative edition contains all fifty of Canadian literary icon Wiebe's short stories. Rudy Wiebe is a must-have book for aficionados of great world literature, fans of prairie fiction, and Wiebe's faithful readers.

Outdoors & Nature / Sports / Hunting & Fishing / Reference

Fine Shotguns: The History, Science, and Art of the Finest Shotguns from Around the World by John M. Taylor (Skyhorse Publishing)

Fine Shotguns is a shotgun encyclopedia covering all aspects of high-grade guns. Expert John M. Taylor offers a global view of shotguns using photographs and descriptions of guns from the United States, Britain, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, and Italy. Included are all types of shotguns: single barrel, double barrel, combination guns, hammer shotguns, paired shotguns, special-use guns, small-bore shotguns, shotgun stocks or shotguns with metal finishes, and bespoke shotguns. This guide includes sections on how to care for and store the weapon, what accessories are available for the model, and how to choose the perfect traveling case. Also included are 175 color illustrations.

Taylor, who began hunting with his father at age five, is currently the shotgunning editor of Sports Afield, Delta Waterfowl, and Pheasants Forever magazines.

Fine Shotguns offers a global view of the best examples of the gun maker's craft using photographs and descriptions of guns. Taylor takes readers around the globe to show the similarities and differences in guns from different countries and different gun makers. Depending on its origin, each make and model takes on a unique persona, reflected in its look and feel. Taylor offers advice and information on how to evaluate and purchase a fine gun and the pitfalls to avoid when shopping for a new or old gun. He also explores the intricacies of shotguns themselves from how they're made and the different kinds of finishes to the type of gauge.

Fine Shotguns features:

  • Perazzi MX8
  • A.H. Fox HE-Grade Super Fox
  • Grade IV Browning Auto-5
  • Remington Model 32
  • The Remington 3200
  • Beretta SO-10
  • Holland & Holland-Style Sidelocks
  • Winchester Model 21
  • Parker VHE-Grade
  • Ithaca Sousa-Grade
  • Ithaca Classic Doubles
  • Parker A-1 Special
  • Henry Atkin From Purdey's
  • Ideal-Grade L. C. Smith Long Range and many more.

Fine Shotguns is John Taylor's magnum opus. John could never have written this book thirty years ago, or twenty years ago, or even ten years ago. That's because all through the decades Taylor has been shooting and shooting, gathering information, researching and experiencing all facets of shotguns and shotgunning. He will never write a more important book than this one. I promise you Fine Shotguns will be read avidly, but when the book is put on the shelf after the first reading it will not gather dust, but will be pulled back down again and again for enjoyment, research, and fact checking. Nick Sisley

John Taylor loves fine shotguns and he can shoot them, too. That I know firsthand from running into John on hunting trips and factory visits to four different continents. His knowledge, his always untempered opinions, and his affection for fine guns make this a book I will read and refer to often. Phil Bourjailv, Shooting Editor Field & Stream

Fine Shotguns is a useful guide for anyone who loves, owns, shoots, or collects high-end sporting shotguns. Readers can elevate their collection with this comprehensive examination of the best sporting shotguns the world. Whether they plan to start a collection or add to an existing one, Fine Shotguns will guide them through the process and help them create an impressive display.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Education

Rhythms of Grace: Worship and Faith Formation for Children and Families with Special Needs by Audrey Scanlan and Linda Snyder (Morehouse Education Resources, Church Publishing)

Rhythms of Grace, by Audrey Scanlan and Linda Snyder, is a Eucharist-centered, gospel-based learning experience for children with special needs. Developed in the Diocese of Connecticut, it is an innovative resource designed to meet the spiritual needs of children and families, especially those living with autism spectrum disorders.

Participant families gather monthly with program leaders and volunteers for sessions that are a hybrid of worship and faith formation. Rhythms of Grace helps children and their families feel at the center of a worship experience that is specific to their needs and circumstances, rather than merely at the margins of even a conventionally inclusive program of worship or faith formation.

The Rhythms of Grace curriculum plans for a three-year cycle and provides the background material needed to establish a successful program. Each year of the program includes 12 monthly sessions and 6 feast sessions. While the program was designed specifically to support children on the autism spectrum, the creators encourage children with other special needs to attend. The program began at Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington, in 2003 by curate Scanlan and Christian education director Snyder. It spread to additional churches in Connecticut and other dioceses in the intervening years. Scanlan is director of Rhythms of Grace at Church of Our Saviour in Plainville and Snyder is director of Rhythms of Grace at Trinity Episcopal Church in Torrington.

The program is "a church experience for those who don't feel comfortable in a traditional worship setting." It invites families to come one Sunday afternoon each month "to hear a Bible story, interact in therapeutic arts and crafts projects and share communion in a child-friendly environment." The authors note that the program takes a full-bodied approach to worship and faith formation: "full-bodied in the sense of engaging children from the top of their heads to the tips of their toes; full-bodied in the sense of inviting lively and involved participation from each person, and full-bodied in the sense of welcoming the whole community the whole Body of Christ."

Volume 1, Rhythms of Grace, contains a single year's worth of session plans plus background material. Each session includes a theme, scripture passages, volunteer roles, and materials for each segment of the program. The whole Rhythms of Grace curriculum consists of a 3-year syllabus of distinct scripture-based session plans. This volume, Year 1, includes complete plans for 12 monthly sessions and 6 feast sessions, as well as the support material needed to establish and conduct the program.

In Rhythms of Grace readers find more information about how Rhythms of Grace works to meet the needs of children, families and communities. They find a year's worth of monthly, scripture-based sessions (January through December) as well as 6 feast day sessions (All Saints', Nativity, Epiphany, Holy Week/Easter, Pentecost, Trinity). Scanlan and Snyder provide information on how to start and support a Rhythms program in readers local communities.

The cornerstones of the program are Storytelling, Therapeutic Play, and Holy Communion. The format of Rhythms of Grace follows the same shape as a traditional service of Holy Eucharist, beginning with a celebration of the Word of God followed by Holy Communion. The Word of God is presented through a variety of methods that use visual cues as well as the spoken word. The response to the Word includes engagement in different crafts, motor-skill development activities and therapeutic play. The rite of Holy Communion uses a simple prayer written for children that includes many of the traditional responses. The activities help with the transition from one major portion of the service to the next. The flow of the service is designed to allow for a worshipful time throughout, stressing joyful interaction with each other and the Spirit of God.

Rhythms of Grace can be administered in any setting by a faithful corps of creative volunteers. Those with training in special education can certainly enhance the planning and implementation of the program. In addition to the spiritual nurture received through the holy sacrament, the community itself is also food for the soul. Parents come and find time to talk with each other, pray together and worship in one place with their whole families present.

Rhythms of Grace is a wonderful opportunity to worship with the whole family in a relaxed, nurturing atmosphere. Everyone has fun while they're learning. Children with special needs are fully included in a way that we don't often see in the community. Sharon Cable, Parent and President of Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association

Rhythms of Grace has had an incredible impact on families and parishes in the Diocese of Connecticut. Children and families are welcomed into a worship environment that invites the whole person in every person to be wholly present with God. The Right Reverend James E. Curry, Bishop Suffragan, Diocese of Connecticut

Attending a Rhythms of Grace worship service with my 5-year-old daughter was an unforgettable experience. As a parent, it was a delight to see children genuinely welcomed and deeply engaged. For all who have ever experienced worship as stale or stifling, Rhythms of Grace is a welcome breath of fresh air. The Rev. Paul D. Krampitz, Pastor, St. Andrew Evangelical Lutheran Church

If readers have ever struggled with the question of how to provide spiritual nurture and meaningful faith formation to children and families with special needs, Rhythms of Grace may be just what they have been looking for. It is a unique and innovative program resource providing a wealth of inspiration and suggesting innovative ways for participants to help God to do a new thing in their community of faith. It combines a sensitive, mindful and reverent celebration of the Holy Eucharist with developmentally appropriate, experience-based activities. Rhythms of Grace provides a way for all families to connect with a community of faith. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for participants to share with others their faith practice and the blessings and challenges that their children bring to their lives.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology / History

Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity by Paul R. Hinlicky (Fortress Press)

Divine Complexity is a theological account of the earliest struggles to articulate an authentic faith. In this historical survey, Paul Hinlicky, Tise Professor at Roanoke College and Guest Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Comenius University in Slovakia, reads the history of the early church as a genuine, centuries-long theological struggle to make sense of the confession of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Protesting a recent parting of the ways between systematic theology and the history of early Christianity, Hinlicky relies on the insights of historical criticism to argue in Divine Complexity for the coherence of doctrinal development in the early church. Hinlicky contends that the Christian tradition shows evidence of being governed by a hermeneutic of cross and resurrection. In successive chapters he finds in the New Testament writings a collective Christological decision against docetism; in the union of Old and New Testaments, a monotheistic decision against Gnostic dualism; in the resulting sweep of the canon, a narrative of the divine economy of salvation that posed a trinitarian alternative to Arian Unitarianism; and in the insistence upon the cross of the incarnate Son, a rebuke of Nestorianism.
Divine Complexity is intended for spiritually motivated and intellectually serious seekers both within and without the churches those who want to understand the cognitive claims of that faith in God which the gospel brings, as the church catholic has understood the matter and still seeks to understand it better. According to Hinlicky in the introduction, the starting point in this task is faith in God who comes in His Word. This God is the One in whom alone, according to the First Table of the Commandments, faith is to be invested, whose name is not to be taken in vain but spoken truthfully in accord with the divine self-donation of the gospel, whose purpose in speaking is to gain the doxological echo of the redeemed people of God. Theology is an autonomous, nonspeculative discipline that is written from faith for faith. Such theology advances, strictly speaking, one and only one proposition: God the almighty Father is determined to redeem the creation through His Son, Jesus Christ, and bring it to fulfillment by His Spirit. All other doctrines are but articulations or extrapolations of this one, fundamental claim about true deity.

While efforts in the church's primary theology are common enough, Divine Complexity is unusual in its approach in that it seeks to utilize and in part to reconcile several competing, if not today conflicting, disciplinary traditions within the domain of Christian thought: Patristic studies, Reformation theology, and liberal Protestant historical criticism. In this book, all three of these methods are at work alongside a tacit dialogue with the philosophy of religion. Such a cross-disciplinary approach may displease purists in each of these camps; of necessity it qualifies the exclusive procedures of each method and relativizes the insights of each by those of the other. Yet in Hinlickys view, such a synthetic approach is urgently necessitated by the sudden and perilous polarization emerging between these traditions of theology today after so much apparent ecumenical progress in the preceding century.

Pivotal are several unusual theses. One is a historical-critical account of the pivotal role played by the Gospel of John as a theological interpretation of the Synoptic tradition in the development of early Christian doctrinal theology. The location of John's theology in the development of Christian doctrine corroborates the insight of Reformation theology into the primal, the apocalyptic form of the Pauline gospel as God's word in the resurrection of the Crucified One, signifying and effecting the justification of the godless.

Another unusual thesis is the theoretical account of the critique of epistemology and revision of metaphysics detected in the development of the doctrine of the Trinity. At stake in this is the status of the important doctrine of divine simplicity with its correlate of divine impassibility. Hinlicky argues throughout Divine Complexity that simplicity is and can be no more than a rule of reverent speech: so speak of the singular creator of all else that His ineffable singularity as cause of all causes is respected. But simplicity cannot provide any positive account of Gods being, God as timeless, spaceless, incommunicable, as against the Father and the Son in the Spirit. Hinlicky argues that for God to be God is to give; this self-donation has a time and space of its own as the divine life of the Trinity, which makes a place and finds a time also for us. This ontology of charity is what he designates the complexity of divine life, in complement, not contradiction, of simplicity, that is, as qualifying the suffering of the man Christ as divine suffering, impossible possibility.

Yet a third unusual thesis of Divine Complexity is that the Reformation's parsing of the gospel as justification of the sinner by faith alone correlates with the articulate faith in the triune God. Without this trinitarian articulation of the One who is believed, he argues that Reformation theology collapses into existentialist anthropology and systematic apologetics. In contrast, Hinlicky find an ethical correlation between Trinitarianism and the ethos of the early Christian martyrs. Simultaneously, Divine Complexity argues for all three of these theses in accounting for the rise and enduring normativity of creedal Christianity's trinitarian interpretation of the word God.

Throughout his career, Paul Hinlicky has shown a talent for finding new angles on much-treated topics. He has done it again. It is apparent that the biblical stories about God envision anything but a monadic simplicity. And that has been the problem for a religious culture antecedently dedicated to just such deity. Read Hinlicky for an illuminating new take on how we once worked through that. Robert W. Jenson, Professor of Religion Emeritus, St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
Divine Complexity, Paul Hinlicky's tour de force, is a demanding yet lucid account of the Christian tradition's understanding of God, the world, and the kingdom. One could not ask for or find a better examination of the essentials of Christian faith than this one. Michael Plekon, Baruch College, City University of New York
As he traces the development of creedal Christianity, Hinlicky deftly engages a myriad of early church fathers, conversing along the way with sixteenth-century Reformers, modern biblical critics, and theologians. This is a fresh and timely proposal of a 'generous orthodoxy' that is as evangelical as it is catholic. Cheryl M. Peterson, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio

Fresh and timely, this historical survey is written with students of early Christianity and the development of doctrine in mind. Hinlicky instructs in the primary theology of Christianity. The technical language of theology can be intimidating for beginners, for whom the ideas of Christian theology are already demanding enough. Hinlicky paraphrases or parenthetically explains technical terms on the first occasion of their use in Divine Complexity, and he spends lots of effort unpacking ideas for new learners as he traces the development of the Christian faith.

Social Sciences / Criminology / Political Science / Public Policy

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 3rd Edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Prentice Hall)

The rights of victims has always been a concern of certain groups of people. Today, however, more and more groups, associations, and individuals are concerned about victim's rights. Victimology addresses those concerns and provides an overview of the field of victimology as well as answers to some difficult questions.

Victimology provides an overview of the field of victimology. The text includes both traditional and modern approaches to victims' issues and analyzes issues affecting both victims and victim service-providers. Updated to reflect the latest trends, Victimology, 3rd edition reflects the fields growing focus on the entire victim-offender relationship, while taking a global perspective on the study of victimology. Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson examine emerging areas in the field such as the consequences of victimization and empowering victims. Wallace and Roberson first introduce traditional victimology theories, the measurement of crime, and both civil and criminal processes. They then discuss responses to victimization, including techniques for empowering victims. They next turn to special types of victims, including the elderly, the disabled, and gay and lesbian victims. Finally, they review the civil remedies available to crime victims. The book also includes the financial impact of crime and the extensive coverage of global issues.

Victimology as a discipline is an outgrowth of law, sociology, psychology, and criminology and as such has its distractors as well as its advocates. It will continue to grow and take on more substance with the passage of years. Any attempt to list those topics that are critical to the study of victimology is bound to generate controversy. Most textbooks on the market today include sections dealing with family violence issues. That may be because we have more information regarding the victim-offender interaction in these areas or because many scholars believe these are critical issues in the study of victimology. Wallace and Roberson include a number of these same topics in this third edition of Victimology. New to this edition are the following:

  • Expanded discussion on international victimology
  • New victimization theories
  • Expanded discussions on terrorism
  • Discussions on victims of identity theft
  • Discussions on elder abuse in the future
  • Discussions on negative social consequences of victimization
  • Violence Against Women Act

Wallace and Roberson in Victimology take a global perspective on the study of victimology. Chapter 1 introduces readers to the discipline of victimology, a brief history of it and victimological theories. Chapter 2 discusses the measurement of crime and its effects. The consequences of victimization are discussed in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 examines the empowerment of victims. Next, homicide victims are discussed in Chapter 5, followed by a discussion in Chapter 6 on female victims. Intimate partner abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse are discussed in Chapters 7, 8, and 9. Chapter 10 looks at hate crimes, and in chapter 11, special victim populations are discussed.

An overview of the criminal justice system is provided in Chapter 12. Chapter 13 discusses civil court proceedings, and Chapter 14 explores tort actions. The constitutional and civil rights of victims are discussed in Chapter 15. Chapter 16 explores compensation and restitution for victims. The legal issues involved with victim impact statements are covered in Chapter 17. The final chapter examines the international aspects of victimology, and Victimology concludes with discussions on the discipline.

Victimology presents an overview of some complex and controversial subjects and supplies readers with resources in the form of references and readings that allow for more in-depth study and research of these areas. Omission of some topics, such as robbery, burglary, kidnapping, and others, does not mean that they are unimportant. Victims of these crimes would argue that they have suffered just as much as other victims. Space limitations, however, preclude discussion of every crime and its implications for victims. The crimes that are discussed, along with the broader topics such as the consequences of victimization and victims' rights, can be generalized to varying degrees to apply to all victims.

Fully updated, this student-friendly, easy-to-read text thoroughly covers the entire field of victimology. Victimology will be of interest to social workers, family therapists, medical providers, psychologists, criminal justice employees.

Social Sciences / Political Science / Public Policy / Health, Mind & Body / Education

Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning edited by Anabel Pelham & Elizabeth Sills, with series editor Gerald S. Eisman and a foreword by Robert A. Corrigan (Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series: Stylus Publishing)

Starting from the premise that our health status, vulnerability to accidents and disease, and life spans as individuals and communities are determined by the organization, delivery, and financing of health care, Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities explores how educators and community caretakers teach the complex web of inter-connection between the micro level of individual health and well-being and the macro level of larger social structures.
Through the lenses of courses in anthropology, ESL, gerontology, management information systems, nursing, nutrition, psychology, public health, and sociology, the contributors to Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities offer examples of intergenerational and interdisciplinary practice, and share cutting-edge academic creativity to model how to employ community service learning to promote social change. Editors are Anabel Pelham, Professor of Gerontology and Director of the Institute on Gerontology at San Francisco State University and Elizabeth Sills, Community Health Manager for a major healthcare organization. The Series Editor is Gerald S. Eisman, Acting Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at San Francisco State University.

Each volume in the Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series is organized around a specific community issue social justice, gender inequity, community health, political engagement and provides multiple perspectives on both the theoretical foundations for understanding the issues, and purposeful approaches to addressing them.

Volumes in the series include:

  • Gender Identity, Equity, and Violence Edited by Geraldine B. Stahly
  • Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Edited by Jose Calderon
  • Research, Advocacy, and Political Engagement Edited by Sally Tannenbaum

According to the introduction to Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities, the health and well-being of individuals, families, communities, and the planet are all inter-connected. The macro-sociopolitical issues of health care that face communities and nations will affect everyone multiple times at the micro level. How do educators and community caretakers teach this complex web of inter-connection between the micro and the macro? How do teachers convey to students that the health of the person washing their salad lettuce in a neighborhood cafe directly affects their well-being, and that the cleanliness of the irrigation water used on the farm where that lettuce grew may be even more vital? How do they encourage the leaders of tomorrow, students, to understand that mammoth social organizations are, in the end only that, socially constructed, and that change is possible?

Sections of Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities and their chapters include:

Section One: Models of Community Engagement

In "Reaffirming the Role of Service Learning in Public Health Curricula," Veronica Acosta-Deprez and Tony Sinay ask a fundamental question, What is the best way to teach public health practice? In addition to pure academics, today's students must learn teamwork, problem solving, communication skills, and leadership because they will live and work in a diverse and global environment where social justice and human rights are close to the surface of every conflict. Acosta-Deprez and Sinay close the chapter with an invitation for a research agenda to explore the underpinnings of community service learning: specifically, the impact on the personal (moral) development of the student and the potential for improved quality of teaching and learning in the classroom.

In "Connections Across Generations: Dialogue Groups Bridge the Generation Gap," Madeleine Rose tackles the myths, stereotypes, and nonsense about elders and an aging society by bringing students and older adults face-to-face in a learning circle of dialogue.

The Connections Across Generations groups offer seniors an opportunity for one of their most valuable tools for reminiscing: generativity talking, sharing, and reflecting about the past to make sense of a lifetime of experiences and offering a legacy to future generations.

Lynette Landry and Harvey Davis begin their chapter, "Preparing Future Nurses for a Life of Civic Engagement: The Disaster Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations Project," with a reminder of a significant paradigm shift that has taken place in nursing education from a hierarchical to a collaborative model in which the client or patient is viewed as a partner. Using this model, the School of Nursing at San Francisco State University joined with other units at the university in an effort to develop a series of service-learning courses that would directly involve nursing students, their roles, and responsibilities in an emergency, focusing on the unique situations of elders and people with disabilities.

In "Cultivating Healthy Habits: Food, Gardens, and Community-Based Learning," Debora Hammond explores the critical importance of diet and exercise in helping students at all levels of the educational system to develop positive health habits and contribute to improving the general health of the population. Through hands-on experience in school gardens and in other areas of the local food system, students begin to understand the connection between personal health, the health of the environment, and the overall health of society. Hammond also documents service and community-based learning projects developed in connection with an upper-division seminar, The Global Food Web, and discusses collaborative research opportunities in connection with community food assessment initiatives being implemented throughout the United States.

Section Two: Cross-Cultural Competencies

In "Immigrant Health Literacy: Reaching Across Language, Cultures, and Disciplines in Service," Daryl M. Gordon, Maricel G. Santos, and Gail Weinstein tackle one of the most complex and vexing issues of social policy around the world: immigration and the status and well-being of immigrants. This assignment is taken on at the most personal, one-to-one level of teaching communication. As part of their community experience, students work in teams to provide services to senior centers in a variety of Philadelphia's immigrant communities. Nursing students also conduct workshops and design on-the-spot projects to respond to current needs. One of the of the unintended consequences of these projects has been the heightened self esteem of and appreciation for bilingual students.

In "Community-Based Health Needs Assessments With Culturally Distinct Populations," Joachim O. F. Reimann and Dolores I. Rodriguez-Reimann, introduce readers to the subtle and nuanced challenge of conducting research, specifically needs assessment research, in underserved communities. This chapter offers guidance on how to educate students in the most current and best practices models of community-based research with the parallel and overarching dynamic of interpersonal considerations of working and being in a community. The authors offer lessons learned from Project Salaam, an evaluation of mental health needs among greater San Diego's Middle Eastern and East African communities, and Project Saud Libra, which appraised mental health needs in Southern California's mostly rural Imperial Valley.

In "The Role of Community-Based Participatory Research, Civic Engagement, and Service Learning in Reducing Health Disparities: An Experience in Using Community Health Theaters," Helda Pinzon-Perez continues the humane dialogue and outreach to disadvantaged and minority groups. In a rural area of California, she introduces the inventive use of community theater for health education on breast cancer among Latino farm workers. Using the qualitative methodology of community-based participatory research, Pinzon-Perez tapped into one of the most ancient forms of human communication: the oral tradition of theater. Pinzon-Perez reports that through the community service learning pedagogy, students developed skills in group organizing, conflict resolution, health needs assessment, program implementation, program evaluation, and community-based participatory research.

In "Teaching Public Health Security Through Community-Based and Case-Based Learning," Louise Gresham, Sonja Ingmanson, and Susan Cheng go global as they introduce readers to the sobering challenge of public health security and expand their understanding of the link between public health and national security. They illustrate how the master of science degree in public health with a specialization in global emergency management at San Diego State University has relevance to a variety of disciplines in the behavioral and social sciences and health and human services. In the exercise, students developed a clinic preparedness survey in collaboration with Native American and public health experts. Students served as volunteers in community service activities ranging from wildfire relief to assisting Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Section Three: Community Partnerships

The roles of collaboration and partnership are explored in a series of chapters from San Jose State University in which students and faculty reflect on and shape solutions in service to the community.

In "From Projects to Partnership: Using Ethnography to Engage Students," Charles N. Darrah and Katie Plante reflect on an ethnographic research methods course designed to help students develop skills as researchers while generating data that can inform real-world decision making. Darrah and Plante describe the organization of the course and its outcomes from the perspective of the instructor and the student assistant who was simultaneously enrolled in the class.

In "The Accidental Service Learner: The Role of Graduate Education in Community Service Learning," Jonathan Sills discusses his involvement as a doctoral student in clinical psychology in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a cardiovascular risk factor prevention program serving immigrant residents of Santa Clara County, California. In describing the experience of undergraduate and graduate students working in a community-university health collaborative, Sills illustrates how service learning provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their professional identity while working in an interdisciplinary team environment.

In "The Economy of Abundance: Developing Service Learning on a Grand Scale in a Rapidly Changing Environment," Kathleen M. Roe and her student coauthors describe the initial three years of an ongoing service-learning experience in San Jose State University's health science department that emerged quickly and grew exponentially, challenging the traditional economy of scale so central to effective community-based learning. Roe and her coauthors candidly share with readers the opportunities, worries, commitments, and results that began with Roes quest for a new way of teaching community-based analysis, a group of civic-minded students, and their idea to take our learning out of the classroom".

In "Using Service Learning to Teach Community Nutrition," Marjorie Freedman uses a service-learning model developed by the Center for Service Learning at San Jose State University. As part of a community nutrition class, seniors and graduate students majoring in nutrition had the opportunity to use their nutrition knowledge and life skills in a variety of community settings. Their work complemented classroom learning and resulted in richer educational experiences that provided, for some, their first service-learning experience and a glimpse at what they will likely encounter after graduation.

In "Affecting Community Wellness With Technology and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration," Malu Roldan discusses a wide-ranging collaboration that aimed to have an impact on community health programs while helping students build knowledge and skills in the use of leading-edge technologies, cross-disciplinary teamwork, and healthy practices. Although the outcomes for this project were quite encouraging, the collaboration was especially ambitious and required a level of support that proved unsustainable.

This volume illustrates the can-do idealistic virtue of volunteerism and teamwork and the pioneering spirit of solving social problems with elegant examples of intergenerational and interdisciplinary practice. Each of the contributors to Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities shares cutting-edge academic creativity to offer models to employ community service learning to promote social change. The contributions provide panoply of exemplary practices, insights, and course materials to enhance civic learning. Each of the chapters illustrates the amazing diversity, energy, creativity, and service orientation brought to California State University classrooms.

The monographs in this series are suitable for interdisciplinary studies, faculty and student learning circles, thematic course clusters, and other forms of integrative learning where service learning is a primary method of delivery.  


Contents this Issue:

How to Draw and Paint Fantasy Architecture: From Ancient Citadels and Gothic Castles to Subterranean Palaces and Floating Fortresses by Rob Alexander (Barrons Educational Series)

Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter by James Gurney (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes by Pablo Cartaya & Martin Howard, illustrated by Kirsten Richards (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Skinny Bitch: Ultimate Everyday Cookbook: Crazy Delicious Recipes that Are Good to the Earth and Great for Your Bod by Kim Barnouin (Running Press)

On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character by Samuel Casey Carter (Corwin Press)

A Course in Weight Loss: 21 Spiritual Lessons for Surrendering Your Weight Forever by Marianne Williamson, with a foreword by Dean Ornish (Hay House)

I Shall Live: Surviving the Holocaust against All Odds by Henry Orenstein (Beaufort Books)

The Peninsular War Atlas by Nick Lipscombe (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

Lacy Wire Jewelry by Melody MacDuffee (Kalmbach Books)

Looking Back: Canadian Women's Prairie Memoirs and Intersections of Culture, History and Identity by S. Leigh Matthews (University of Calgary Press)

Rudy Wiebe: Collected Stories, 1955-2010 by Rudy Henry Wiebe (University of Alberta Press)

Fine Shotguns: The History, Science, and Art of the Finest Shotguns from Around the World by John M. Taylor (Skyhorse Publishing)

Rhythms of Grace: Worship and Faith Formation for Children and Families with Special Needs by Audrey Scanlan and Linda Snyder (Morehouse Education Resources, Church Publishing)

Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity by Paul R. Hinlicky (Fortress Press)

Victimology: Legal, Psychological, and Social Perspectives, 3rd Edition by Harvey Wallace and Cliff Roberson (Pearson Prentice Hall)

Promoting Health and Wellness in Underserved Communities: Multidisciplinary Perspectives Through Service Learning edited by Anabel Pelham & Elizabeth Sills, with series editor Gerald S. Eisman and a foreword by Robert A. Corrigan (Service Learning for Civic Engagement Series: Stylus Publishing)