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June 2011, Issue #146

An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City, Second Edition by Glenn Alterman (Allworth Press)

100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney, with a foreword by Arlene Hecht (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Warming the Stone Child: Myths and Stories about Abandonment and the Unmothered Child by Clarissa Pinkola Ests, audiobook, 2 CDs, unabridged, running time 1 hours (Jungian Storyteller Series: Sounds True)

World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It by Pankaj Ghemawat (Harvard Business Review Press)

The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home by Dana Moos (Down East Books)

Heartland: The Cookbook by Judith Fertig (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (State University of New York Press)

An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860: An Annotated Bibliography by Erik Stenstadvold, General Editor: Ardal Powell (Organologia: Instruments and Performance Practice Series, No. 4: Pendragon Press)

DRI: Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D by Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Food and Nutrition Board, edited by A. Catharine Ross, Christine L. Taylor, Ann L. Yaktine, and Heather B. Del Valle (Institute of Medicine of The National Academies)

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn't Sexy by Shirley Strawberry (One World/Ballantine Books)

Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques by Julie Picarello (Kalmbach Books)

A History of the World in 100 Weapons by Chris McNab, with a foreword by Andrew Roberts (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

The Myth of Paganism: Nonnus, Dionysus and the World of Late Antiquity by Robert Shorrock, Series Editor: David Taylor (Classical Literature and Society Series: Bristol Classical Press)

Black California: A Literary Anthology edited by Aparajita Nanda, with a foreword by Ula Y. Taylor (Heyday)

Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology edited by Donald L. Fisher, Matthew Rizzo, Jeffrey K. Caird and John D. Lee (CRC Press)

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies: Female Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas Series by Baha M. Sibai, Series Editor: Mickey Karram (Female Pelvic Video Surgery Atlas Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult Online and Print by Peter M. Som and Hugh D. Curtin (Elsevier Mosby)

Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition by Carolyn Jarvis (Saunders)

Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson and Juan F. Martinez (IVP Academic)

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Scott Horton (Zondervan)

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees edited by Gail Damerow (Storey Publishing)

Comprehensive Behavior Management: Individualized, Classroom, and Schoolwide Approaches, 2nd edition by Ronald C. Martella, J. Ron Nelson, Nancy E. Marchand-Martella and Mark O'Reilly (Sage Publications)

 

 

Arts & Photography / Performing Arts / Reference

An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City, Second Edition by Glenn Alterman (Allworth Press)

Acting programs at universities, colleges, film schools, and thousands of other organizations around the world teach actors the nuances of their craft. A successful acting career, however, requires a savvy that has little to do with motivation, characterization, or stage presence. New actors arrive in New York City every year overwhelmed by the city, unaware of the resources available to them, and unprepared for the business of acting. Thirty-year New York acting veteran Glenn Alterman has seen it all and now shares hard-earned career success secrets in An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City.

For any actor in or on the way to New York City, this volume is a definitive source for advice, winning strategies, marketing techniques, and insights to being a successful New York actor. This new edition has been revised and updated to cover the significant changes in the New York theater landscape over the last nine years. An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City has also been expanded to include an improved Internet chapter equipped with tools to help readers thrive in the industry. Aspiring and established professionals will find the volume filled with resources and advice about auditioning, making professional connections, seeking opportunities in nontraditional venues, finding an apartment, securing survival jobs, understanding actor unions, getting headshots, and furthering one's actor training in New York. This guide also details working as a film extra, careers in print modeling, scams and rip-offs to avoid, opportunities for actors with disabilities, and using the Internet to the fullest advantage.

An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City starts at the beginning of an actor's New York experience, providing insider tips on matters such as supporting oneself, experiencing city night life, and shopping. Through its many checklists, directories, and interviews with show business professionals, this guide also covers: off-off Broadway, voice-overs, commercial print modeling, daytime serials, television commercials, film extra work, union membership, creating a successful reel, and making and maintaining professional connections.

In the second edition of his book Alterman, award-winning playwright, screenwriter, author, and actor, takes beginning actors step-by-step through the process of jumpstarting their careers, offering insider advice on everything from landing day jobs to the often-neglected concept of marketing oneself as an actor.

"As you may be aware, there are many very talented actors who are unemployed simply because they haven't yet learned how to market themselves effectively," says Alterman. "The people with whom you will be dealing on a daily basis the talent agents, the casting directors are all business people. You must be able to communicate with them, hold your own, and play the game."

The second edition of An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City updates the winning strategies and effective marketing techniques offered in the original book. Included are in-depth interviews, several of them new to this edition, with legendary show business figures such as casting director Juliet Taylor, theater director Joseph Chaikin, and actors Andre de Shields and Henry Winkler, and with experts in film, television, stage, commercials, and talent agencies.

"This book is meant to inform, inspire, and point you in the right direction; the rest is up to you," says Alterman. "Stay focused on your goals, do something every day to further your career, and more than anything, never give up."

The New York industry can seem overwhelming to a young actor. This book is full of insights for actors as they journey through it. A great resource tool that takes some mystery out of the process. Rob Decina, casting director, Guiding Light

I have a BA and an MFA in acting but had to learn the hard way the reality of being an actor in New York. Every actor who plans to move to New York should read this book. Debra Monk, Tony, Emmy, Obie, Drama Desk, and Helen Hayes Award-winning actress
At last, a complete guide to survival as an actor in this industry. Jay Binder, C.S.A, Binder Casting
A must-read Glenn Alterman's book is an insightful view into making your dream of being an actor into a practical 'business of the business' reality. Read it, absorb it, and follow it! Terry Schreiber, T. Schreiber Studio

No one pursuing a New York acting career can afford to be without the comprehensive guidance found in An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City. Invaluable, thorough and up-to-the-minute, this meticulously researched guide gives actors the tools they need to survive and thrive in New York show business.

Arts & Photography / Reference

100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney, with a foreword by Arlene Hecht (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Artists have been drawn to New England for hundreds of years. The tradition of kindred spirits gathering to paint, sculpt, and learn from one another can be traced back to the early art colonies. Many originated in the 1800s, including Monhegan Island and Ogunquit in Maine; Old Lyme and Cos Cob in Connecticut; North Conway, Cornish Colony, and MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. Vermont art centers in Barre and Johnston were established much later. Providence, Newport, and Wickford still remain significant artists' destinations in Rhode Island. Rockport-Gloucester and Provincetown in Massachusetts are among the oldest established art colonies.

Many of the pioneering Americans went to Paris to study before they discovered the mountain vistas, fishing villages, and the magnificent coastline of New England. Because each art colony was unique in its natural beauty, most of the artists travelled throughout New England to see and capture the distinctiveness of each community. from the foreword by Arlene Hecht

Who knows which one of today's emerging artists will have that seminal and ongoing role in preserving, promoting, and interpreting New England's art and culture as a critical part of the countrys legacy and vision? Is there a Wyeth or a Winslow Homer among them?

New England that small corner of America bordered by the Atlantic Ocean, Canada, and the state of New York consists of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Pilgrims settled in Plymouth in 1620; in 1630, John Winthrop and other Puritans obtained a royal charter from King Charles I for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, which would eventually dominate the area. The American Revolution began in New England; in New England the first pieces of American literature and philosophy were produced. It is the birthplace of public education, the home of some the oldest and most renowned institutions of higher learning. To this day, New Englanders are famous for their fierce independence, drive, liberal tendencies, and dedication to education.

Author E. Ashley Rooney, who grew up in Cos Cob, brings together one hundred artists to share the distinctiveness of New England in 100 Artists of New England. Oil paintings, glass and metal sculptures, and works in wood offer a fresh look at this region's long, rolling hills and famous autumn colors. Readers learn histories of the art colonies, including Rockport-Gloucester and Provincetown, Massachusetts; Monhegan Island and Ogunquit, Maine; Old Lyme and Cos Cob, Connecticut; and North Conway, Cornish Colony, and MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, from foreword author Arlene Hecht, artist and gallery owner.

100 Artists of New England takes a fresh look at the magical and insightful ways in which the region's artists have interpreted life in New England with its harsh, ever-changing climate, long rolling hills, and famous fall colors.

How do the regions artists explore the richness of the imagery that is known as New England, the pastoral charm of farm and field, or the coastal light of sea and shore? How does their art portray living in this special intersection of picture-perfect villages and rocky headlands in the northeast corner of the United States?

For Rooney, artists not only tell the stories of today but also create the excitement for tomorrow. Like today's authors, they are delineating our stories for future generations, who may or may not marvel at those white‑steepled churches, the placid luminous seascapes, or the pure bright tones of the many abstracts.

How did Rooney select 100 artists of New England? She says she wanted to get artists from every state, even though Massachusetts is the most populous and contains the most artists. She tried to include a variety of art; after all, not all New England artists paint the coastline; not everyone works in watercolor. She asked other artists whom they thought she should include. She didn't want artists who just painted those lovely red barns or the snowy woods. She talked to gallery owners and museum workers; she trawled the Internet state-by-state, society-by-society; she read bios, awards, lists of shows; she looked at many different artists. She wanted those who would bring strength, excitement, passion, and variety to 100 Artists of New England.

New England is rich with artists. Rooney says she could have easily produced a book with 200 artists and still have had more to select from. As a group, she says, these 100 artists are a delight. They believe they are in good company, which is important because as one artist pointed out, "We are all an egotistical lot." Another said, "This is a great discipline for each of us to weigh the significance of what we ourselves are doing!" Many said that the idea of having their work published with so many of their peers for future generations made them really think about how they wanted to present themselves. One or two talked about the difficulty of their calling. One man said, "I was so tired of painting those red Vermont barns, even though they sold well, that I went to Provincetown. Now, I'm tired of painting all those boats." Life and creativity move on.

Readers will enjoy their perusal of the book and learn about New England as seen by 100 artists. 100 Artists of New England is a great resource for artists, collectors, and art dealers, as well as art historians. The book introduces readers to new and exciting artists, some of whom are already famous and some of whom are emerging.

Audio / Literature & Fiction / World Literature / Mythology / Self-Help

Warming the Stone Child: Myths and Stories about Abandonment and the Unmothered Child by Clarissa Pinkola Ests, audiobook, 2 CDs, unabridged, running time 1 hours (Jungian Storyteller Series: Sounds True)

The pain of abandonment, both real and metaphorical, can cast a shadow over a persons entire adult experience. Warming the Stone Child investigates the abandoned child archetype in world myths and cultures to find clues about the process of healing the unmothered child within us all. Spiced with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Ests' storytelling, Warming the Stone Child is a unique listening experience with a practical edge.

On 2 CDs, Ests leads listeners past the gates of the conscious mind to discover the unmothered child within. Along the way, this gifted storyteller and Jungian psychoanalyst instructs them about the psychology of abandonment in childhood, how it affects them in later life, and its curiously special gifts and powers. Drawing from many world cultures, Ests has gathered a collection of deep myths, fables, and fairy tales with adult listeners in mind. Her storytelling creates a compelling picture of the orphan figure through the ages, while helping listeners understand the meaning of preadolescent abandonment in their own lives.

Highlights of Warming the Stone Child include:

  • The Inuit fable of the Stone Child.
  • Symptoms of the adult abandoned child.
  • The story of the Little Red Cap.
  • The English tale of the Stolen Woman Moon.
  • The four types of abandonment.
  • Re-creating the inner mother.

Ests is an internationally recognized scholar, award-winning poet, diplomate senior Jungian psychoanalyst, and cantadora (keeper of the old stories) in the Latina tradition. Holding a doctorate in intercultural studies and clinical psychology, she has taught and practiced privately for 26 years. With over two million copies in print, her New York Times bestseller Women Who Run With the Wolves has been hailed as a classic and the seminal work on the instinctual nature of women.

The subtitle of this collection in the Jungian Storyteller Series is "Myths and Stories About Abandonment and the Unmothered Child." Estes's silky smooth soprano voice is almost hypnotic as she tells these metaphorical stories. Her tone seems cool and detached as she narrates fairly complex tales. While she suggests aspects that may be particularly meaningful, her gentle voice allows the listener to place the emphasis where he or she wishes. Estes blends myths, fairy tales, fables and Jungian psychology into a unified presentation of the orphan figure who spends his or her life searching for or recreating the inner mother. M.G.S., AudioFile

Another underground bestseller from the author of Women Who Run with the Wolves. Important material for those wishing to fan alive the coals glowing within. Parenting Magazine

Warming the Stone Child is most impressive for its magical storytelling. The volume will guide both therapists and those working on their own self-healing.

Business & Investing / Economics / Management & Leadership

World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It by Pankaj Ghemawat (Harvard Business Review Press)

Since the financial crisis of 2008, many of us have had to reexamine our beliefs about markets and globalization. How integrated should economies really be? How much regulation is right? Many people fuse these two dimensions of choice into one, either favoring both globalization and deregulation or opposing both of them.

It doesn't have to be that way.

In World 3.0, award-winning author and economist Pankaj Ghemawat reveals the folly in both of these responses. He calls for a third worldview one in which both regulation and cross-border integration coexist and complement one another.

The world looks far different today than it did before the global financial crisis struck. Reeling from the most brutal impacts of the recession, governments, economies, and societies everywhere are retrenching and pushing hard for increased protectionism. That's understandable, but it's also dangerous, maintains global economy expert Ghemawat in World 3.0. Left unchecked, heightened protectionism could prevent peoples around the world from achieving the true gains afforded by cross-border openness. The book reveals how we're not nearly as globalized as we think we are, and how people around the world can secure their collective prosperity through new approaches to cross-border integration.
Ghemawat, Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School in Barcelona, paints a disturbing picture of what could happen to household income, availability of goods and services, and other quality-of-life metrics should globalization continue to reverse direction. He then describes how a wide range of players' private businesses, policy makers, citizens, and the press could help open flows of ideas, people, and goods across borders, but in ways that maximize economic benefits for all.
In World 3.0 Ghemawat starts by exposing common assumptions about globalization to hard data and explains why the potential gains from further integration are much larger than even proglobalizers tend to believe. He then tackles market failures and fears job losses, environmental degradation, macroeconomic volatility, and trade and capital imbalances that opponents of globalization often invoke. Drawing on compelling data, he shows that increased globalization can actually alleviate some of these problems.

Finally, Ghemawat describes how a wide range of players businesses, policy makers, citizens, media can help open up flows of ideas, people, and goods across borders, but in ways that maximize the benefits and minimize the potential side effects.

Ghemawat served for more than twenty years on the faculty of Harvard Business School, where in 1991, he became the youngest person in the school's history to be appointed a full professor. Ghemawat has been described by Michael Porter as "one of those rare individuals who combines world-class scholarship with a deep knowledge of business practice." He is also the youngest guru included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time published in 2008 by the Economist.

In World 3.0, Pankaj Ghemawat provides a fresh look at cross-border integration and its implications. He demonstrates why integration and regulation must be seen as complementary. And he offers great recommendations that should inspire all stakeholders in times of major global challenges. A must-read. Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization

We are currently stuck in World 2.0, a world in which the further impact of global integration is seen as limited. Professor Ghemawat artfully proposes how we cam move to World 3.0, in which openness leads to wider technological, cultural and social benefits. The transfer of knowledge through people, trade, or investments could have a significant impact on growth. This is an interesting and timely argument that deserves careful consideration. Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development

World 3.0 is a comprehensive framework for thinking about globalization, market failures, and market integration. Ghemawat sets a visionary but pragmatic agenda for senior managers, businesses, and governments. His views about managing capital reversals and imbalances while exploiting the large, untapped potent of globalization are particularly relevant. Michel Camdessus, former Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

This book deserves to be read widely. It establishes through the type of clinical analysis on which Ghemawat has built his reputation as a global strategist that the current world we live in is, at best, semiglobalized, and then proceeds to spell out the implications of such a world for individuals, businesses, and government. Ratan Tata, Chairman, Tata Group

This is the right book at the right time. After the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, many leaders are looking for ways to make the global economy more stable and sustainable. World 3.0 offers well-reasoned strategies for achievement. Peter Loscher, President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens AG

Pankaj Ghemawat has provided an impressive and comprehensive analysis of the world's situation in times of globalization and strong economic and social imbalances. His book contributes to fostering the mind-set that will enable us to reshape the world in a sustainable way. If we believe in World 3.0, we will be able to build it. Muhammad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

World 3.0 will surprise and move readers, no matter where they stand on globalization. Provocative and bold, it dispels powerfully entrenched but incorrect assumptions about globalization, explaining how people around the world can secure their collective prosperity through new approaches to cross-border integration.

Cooking, Food & Wine

The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home by Dana Moos (Down East Books)

Like many, I find great joy and gratification in cooking and providing for guests. So much so that in 2004 my husband and I moved from Washington, D.C. to Mount Desert Island to buy the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor. Once there, helping to enhance my guests' vacations was extremely satisfying. Especially when it came to the food. Because our inn was too small to serve dinner (not to mention too busy without additional hired help), I pushed the envelope when it came to gourmet three-course breakfasts. My feeling was that breakfast could be as special as fine dining in the evening.

Over my five years as innkeeper, I learned techniques to make things simple and easy to prepare in advance. But more importantly I learned how to make breakfast artful. Now when I walk through a food market, the shelves are filled with food to paint my canvas or empty plate. Fresh fruits and vegetables are my preferred medium. Butter, cream, and sugar are a close second. My favorite kitchen tool is a torch (and not a mini-torch, I'm talking a real one used for plumbing jobs). from the book

A Maine breakfast is more than just blueberries. Dana Moos of the Maine Innkeeping Academy in The Art of Breakfast shows readers how to whip up a delicious and beautiful breakfast, whether they are cooking for their out-of-state in-laws, running their own B&B or simply making a special meal for their family. Maine is a travel destination, and its B&Bs are some of the most visited places in the state. Moos, the former innkeeper of the Kingsleigh Inn in Southwest Harbor, has great advice on serving a breakfast that not only tastes great but looks good too.

If readers morning meal is in need of a makeover, The Art of Breakfast is the cookbook for them. What's for breakfast in this lavishly photographed collection? How about chocolate ricotta pancakes or a Monte Cristo with ham, Maine maple mustard, pears, and havarti?

Packed with nearly 100 recipes, from fresh fruit salads with a twist to cozy baked goods to savory egg dishes with Maine flair, The Art of Breakfast will have readers thinking out of the cereal box. It is also packed with tips from an entertaining guru Moos guides readers through every step, from prepping ingredients the night before to transforming a simple dish into a work of art with an easy sauce.

The Art of Breakfast is about transforming sophisticated gourmet into everyday simplicity. It's about creating beautiful art on a plate by combining fresh fruits and vegetables in imaginative, yet simple ways. It's about looking at a plate of food as a composition and balancing colors, textures, and flavors. People don't just eat with their mouths, they eat with their eyes and their nose, says Moos. When they begin to appreciate food in this manner, they will grasp the basic principles of the art component of creating a fine dining experience during any meal.

Moos says, When you create for friends and family, you share a bit of yourself. This is what I learned and most appreciated as an innkeeper; the art of providing and caretaking. Something else I learned as an innkeeper is that you can't please all of the people all of the time. But I sure tried. I catered to vegetarians, low-carb diets, gluten-free diets, egg allergies, lactose intolerance, you name it. I wanted everyone to like everything I made! So when I created my menus, some days might have been heavy on the butter and sugar, but others big on vegetables and low on carbs. Carnivores didn't even realize I rarely served meat because what they were enjoying was so much more creative and fresh. What I ended up with was something that I've been saying for years: everything in moderation. That's exactly what you'll find in The Art of Breakfast: equal parts indulgence and moderation, never compromising taste, quality, or creativity.

Readers will find The Art of Breakfast to be part Epicurean education, recipe collection, food photography a tool to inspire and spark culinary creativity. This one-of-a‑kind collection of Maine-inspired recipes will transform the way readers think about and cook the most important meal of the day.

Cooking, Food & Wine

Heartland: The Cookbook by Judith Fertig (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Although the nation is only beginning to embrace the farm-to-table movement, residents of the Midwest have been living off the bounty of the land since the pioneer days. Judith Fertig's Heartland melds contemporary cooking with an appreciative approach to the land, presenting 150 recipes for farm-bounty fare with a modern twist. With a focus on ethnic food traditions as well as seasonal and local flavors of artisan producers, heirloom ingredients, and heritage meats, Heartland embraces the spirit and flavors of the modern farmhouse.

In addition to the mouthwatering recipes and time-proven wisdom, Heartland includes an ample mix of humorous storytelling, literary and cooking references, and lush full-color landscape and food photography that showcases the heart of American cooking from the nation's heartland. Color photographs of food, animals, and landscapes bring America's heartland to life.

Fertig, food lifestyle writer and cookbook author puts a modern twist on Midwest tradition. Among the book's recipes, readers will find breakfast foods, dinner courses, and chapters devoted to preservatives, breads, and desserts. Readers find offerings such as Lemon Ricotta Pancakes with Blackberry Syrup, No-Knead Caraway Rye Bread, and Brew Pub Planked Cheeses comingle with recipes such as Wild Rice Soup with Flyover Duck Confit, Heartland Daube with White Cheddar Polenta, and Italian Fig Cookies. Alongside its recipe collection, the book offers historical facts, sidebars about local food purveyors, and memorable quotes that forge connections between readers and Midwestern natives.

Heartland pays tribute to both the land and the people who call it home. Its recipes are as diverse as Midwesterners themselves, with some dishes ethnically inspired by Amish, Swedish, Czech, Scandinavian, and other communities.

As varied as Heartland's recipes are, all of them are made with modern cooking methods, so readers can prepare their traditional favorites in a fraction of the time. For example, "The Heartland Breadbasket" chapter shows that breads can be made with no-knead/one-bowl dough. "Praise and Plenty: The Heartland Pantry" teaches readers how to make tasty homemade preserves with methods much simpler than those used in pioneer days. In addition to its shorter prep times and simpler cooking methods, Heartland offers versatile recipes that can be used to make more than one meal. Dishes like Minnesota Wild Rice Soup, Haymaker's Hash, and Hunter's Pie can be made using other recipes' leftovers.

Landscape photographer Jonathan Chester captures the character of the heartland's terrain and the myriad personalities of the people who live there. And food photographer Ben Pieper showcases the heart of American cooking from the Heartland.

In the decades we have lived in the Midwest, we have marveled at the beauty and the bounty of this land the deep, rich soils; the rolling landscape of fields and woodlots; the slow, powerful rivers and streams: and the charming small towns and the vibrant cities. Once Iowa produced nourishment for people, then for animals, and now for animals and machines. In recent years we have seen changes across the region as people in the Heartland reclaim their bounty to create special artisanal foods, and nowhere is that change more beautifully depicter than in Judith Fertig's Heartland. Here you will meet, and see, farmers and food artisans who are working to make a difference on the farms and in the towns. We have seen changes in our own work, making dry-cured meats from pigs raised on family farms according to strict animal welfare protocols. We are excited by the prospect of continuing change and development in agriculture and food in Iowa and the rest of the Midwest, and are thrilled to see them so compellingly presented in Heartland. Kathy Eckhouse, cofounder of La Quercia

Finally! Someone who gets the Midwest, and loves the Midwest, and is not afraid to explain why the least understood part of the nation is rapidly becoming a food scene worth getting to know. Molly O'Neill, author of One Big Table: A Portrait of American Cooking

We Midwesterners are a diverse group, but in her expansive and lovely book Heartland, Judith Fertig gathers us all with outstretched arms and holds us in an affectionate embrace, celebrating our differences, yet managing to meld our vast panoply of landscapes into a contiguous and comprehensible whole. Any of our bicoastal cousins who read this book will be forever cured of their assumption that America's heartland is a monotonous and faceless plain that stretches from the Appalachians to the Rockies. As Judith makes clear, the roots of the Midwestern character reach deep into the prolific soils beneath our feet, for even those of us who become urbanized carry vivid memories of the land our families once farmed. Her evocative writing, selected excerpts from other native Midwestern authors, and a bounty of gorgeous photographs cast their spell, leaving us a bit giddy, but filled with pride for these places we love. Justin Rashid, cofounder of American Spoon Fruits

With scrumptious recipes and age-old wisdom, Heartland celebrates every aspect of the Midwest, including its beauty, diversity, commitment to sustainability, and pioneering spirit.

Entertainment / Movies / Humanities / Gender Studies / Film Studies

Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (State University of New York Press)

In this study of more than three hundred films, Philippa Gates explores the woman detective figure from her pre-cinematic origins in nineteenth-century detective fiction through her many incarnations throughout the history of Hollywood cinema. Through the lens of theories of gender, genre, and stardom and engaging with the critical concepts of performativity, masquerade, and feminism, Detecting Women analyzes constructions of the female investigator in the detective genre and focuses on the evolution of her representation from 1929 to today. While a popular assumption is that images of women have become increasingly positive over this period, Gates argues that the most progressive and feminist models of the female detective exist in mainstream film's more peripheral products, such as 1930s B pictures and 1970s blaxploitation films. Offering revisions and new insights into peripheral forms of mainstream film, Gates explores this space that allows a fantasy of resolution of social anxieties about crime and, more interestingly, gender, in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Gates, Associate Professor of Film Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, is also the author of Detecting Men: Masculinity and the Hollywood Detective Film.

Gates in Detecting Women asks: Can a woman have it all a husband, a family, and a career? The proliferation of feminist film theory and gender studies has encouraged the re-examination of women's presence and contributions to classical Hollywood film, but only certain kinds of recovery work have been undertaken. Discussions of women in the 1930s and 40s tend to focus on the bad girls of pre-Code fallen women films or of film noir, or the good girls of the woman's film. Gates explores the good girls women who were the center and driving force behind narratives and presented as positive models of womanhood at the center of the traditionally male genre of the detective film.

From her first appearance in nineteenth-century fiction to the contemporary criminalist film, the female detective has struggled to be both a successful detective and a successful woman. The vast majority of fictional female detectives from 1864 to today, however, have been forced to make a decision to pursue either love or detection because the two are seen as mutually exclusive the former requiring the detective to be feminine and the latter masculine. In the new millennium, we assume that we have made progress in terms of equal rights and opportunities across the lines of class, race, sexuality, and especially gender, however, contemporary mainstream film does not necessarily advance themes any more progressive than those touted in classical Hollywood films more than half a century ago. In Detecting Women, Gates demonstrates how, before World War II, Hollywood did offer progressive and transgressive (proto-)feminist role models who resisted their socially prescribed roles. Ironically, in a decade characterized by the economic and social upheaval of the Great Depression, Hollywood presented surprisingly sophisticated and complex debates surrounding working women. The prolific female detective of 1930s Hollywood film was an independent woman who put her career ahead of the traditionally female pursuits of marriage and a family and who chased crime as actively, as and most often with greater success than the official male investigators who populated the police department.

Most importantly, the female detective did so and was not punished for her transgressions of traditional female roles as she would be in subsequent decades. Some films concluded with the female detective rejecting marriage in order to pursue her career; even though more concluded with her accepting a proposal in the final scene, the female detective was allowed throughout the course of the story a freedom and voice as the film's protagonist rarely offered to women in film then and now.

The focus of Detecting Women is the detective film that offers a female protagonist at the center of the narrative and who actively physically (i.e., as a crime-fighter) and/or mentally (i.e., as a sleuth) investigates a mystery surrounding a crime or a criminal racket. The female detective can be an amateur a schoolteacher, nurse, or reporter who investigates the murders that occur in the course of her day job or a professional of which there are far fewer until the 1990s a policewoman or private investigator who investigates crime for a living. The vast majority of Hollywood's female detectives are amateur sleuths or undercover crime-fighters who investigate out of personal interest rather than as a career detective. Whether or not the representation of female detectives is grounded in reality is less the issue than what those representations and their alteration over time indicate about changing social attitudes toward women and heroism.

Detecting Women seeks to redress the exclusion of women from discussions of the genre as central heroes. As such, this study delineates the popular trends in terms of the female detective in film, the social issues that each trend explores, and the social attitudes toward women that each espouses. Surprisingly, the female detective appears alongside her male counterpart early in both detective fiction and film and, in the 1930s, tended to be an amateur sleuth, an undercover agent, or a girl reporter. The masculinity that defined the character in the 1930s gave way to her feminization in the early 1940s, and her pervasiveness during the Depression was succeeded by her gradual disappearance in the immediate post-World War II period. In marked contrast to her independence, fast-talk, and career success of the 1930s, the female detective in her handful of outings in 1940s film noir wanted to be a dutiful wife rather than an independent career woman, and her only motive to unravel the mystery was to save the man she loves. After 1950, the white female detective left the big screen, except for a couple of rare outings, until the 1980s. In the early 1970s, however, there was a cluster of black female investigators in blaxploitation films and, just as the white male detective had become a vigilante hero at the time, so too was this female detective a crime-fighting avenger. In the 1980s, the female detective exploded in popularity on television with cops Cagney and Lacey and sleuth Jessica Fletcher; in fiction with hardboiled private eye V.I. Warshawski and FBI profiler Clarice Starling; and in film with the prolific female lawyer. The female detective continued in popularity in the 1990s and 2000s and, just as the male detective had become a criminalist, so too did the female detective become an expert in crime scene investigation, behavioral science, and forensics.

The aim of the first part of Detecting Women is to recuperate the classical Hollywood female detective of the 1930s and 40s since she has been all but ignored. The criminal interrogation of the classical detective film has tended to focus on film noir in which there are few female detectives and, instead, independent women tend to be demonized as the lethal femme fatale. Detecting Women thus offers a re-evaluation of today's popular conception that classical Hollywood contained few strong and/or transgressive models of good girls. The representation of women in Hollywood film seems to be the most transgressive between 1929 and 1933 in that working women were generally presented as hardboiled by their experiences in the Depression-era city and most likely to choose independence and a career over marriage. During the mid-30s, the working woman seemed to want both a career and romance and was, surprisingly, sometimes able to achieve both. However, by 1939 the tide had turned and Hollywood women were usually more desirous of love than a career, and those who chose otherwise were derided or punished. Thus one of the aims of Detecting Women is to look past the pre-Code-era division and instead focus on that of the Depression/World War II in order to understand trends in the representation of independent and career-minded women; another is to explore how and why it was in the lower level B-picture mystery-comedies that these women thrived.

Gates found that, in discussions of the female detective, another decade and series of films has been ignored: blaxploitation films of the early 1970s. While film criticism has acknowledged the alternative representations of raced masculinity that blaxploitation offered, feminist film critics have only recently explored African-American women in roles that were unavailable to white women in mainstream film at the time. The short-lived but prolific movement (approximately 1971-75) saw a shift from white, conservatively heterosexual women to black, self-determined sexual women and the female detective shift from a sleuth to a woman of action, echoing the male crime-fighters of the period (e.g., Dirty Harry and Shaft), just as the economic crisis of the Depression created a social climate amenable to women who transgressed traditional social roles, so too did the social upheavals of the late 1960s caused by the Women's and Civil Rights Movements see many Americans desirous of films that challenged the status quo. The early 1970s just as in the early 1930s was a period when a combination of economic conditions and technological developments destabilized the established patterns of audience preference, creating opportunities for greater experimentation and variation from Hollywood's established norms. The economic changes included the collapse of the studio system and the replacement of the system of self-censorship (the Production Code) with the system of ratings (i.e., G for general, R for restricted). Blaxploitation films were regarded as B-grade films, thus it would seem that the space for the experimentation is often in the lower levels of production the series of the 1930s and the blaxploitation films of the early 1970s.

Thus, Detecting Women explores how often the most interesting and challenging representations of the female detective occur on the margins in 1930s B-mystery comedies and 1970s exploitation films rather than in big-budget and award-winning films. It was not until the 1970s that Hollywood offered non-white female detectives for example, those played by Pam Grier in blaxploitation films but they were also Hollywood's last notable female African-American detectives. The blaxploitation heroine is empowered as a crime-fighter because of her race because she has specialized knowledge of the black community and because of her sex because she can infiltrate a criminal organization unsuspected. And here the female detective uses female stereotypes against men: after all, no one ever suspects that a beautiful woman can have the brains and brawn to see justice served.

And many female detectives in the 1990s and 2000s, in a response to the growing visibility of lesbian culture especially in the detective genre, represent the blurring of the lines of sexuality as well. While the dyke dicks of lesbian fiction may not have made it to the big screen, they did influence their Hollywood sisters by encouraging, or capitalizing on, a queering of the female detective's identity.

The first part of Detecting Women focuses on the female detectives of classical Hollywood film. Chapter 2 explores the history and key conventions of the female detective as established in nineteenth-century detective fiction. The problem with having a female heroine at the center of the detective story at the end of the nineteenth century was how to reconcile traditional notions of femininity with the perceived masculine demands of the detective plot a problem that seems to plague the fictional female detective in contemporary film. Chapter 3 details how the detective film emerged during early sound film and how the codes and conventions of the genre were rapidly established and solidified in a reaction to the economic and social impact of the Depression especially the representation of the modern, urban, working woman. Chapter 4 examines why the amateur detective including schoolmarm Hildegarde Withers, teenager Nancy Drew, and nurse Sarah Keate were afforded more success and freedom in the 1930s than the few examples of professional female detectives who attempted to make a career out of detecting. While many of these series heroines were drawn from literary sources Mary Roberts Rinehart's Nurse Adams, Mignon G. Eberhart's Nurse Keate, and Stuart Palmer's Hildegarde Withers Hollywood was producing its own kind of female detective who was an independent, brash, and outspoken working girl: the girl reporter. Thus, Chapter 5 explores how Hollywood's prolific girl reporter embodied a deliberation on gender roles in the 1930s as a female protagonist who could be independent and successful in the assumed male world of work and one that was not necessarily punished for her transgression of the borders between male/female and public/private space. Chapter 6 focuses on the demise of the girl reporter in 1940s Hollywood film and the transformation of the female detective in general to a figure of parody, passivity, or by the 1950s questionable sanity. Chapter 7 examines how, in film noir, the sex of the investigating protagonist results in a hybridization of generic conventions with the narrative being driven forward as much by the female protagonist's personal desires (as with a melodrama) as by her investigation (as in a male-centered noir film).

The last part of Detecting Women focuses on the female detective of postclassical film. Chapter 8 considers the female crime-fighters of 1970s blaxploitation films. Chapter 9 details how the only prominent female detective-figure in the 1980s was the lawyer and how she was the product of male anxieties resulting in a seemingly feminist, while simultaneously reactionary, image of female empowerment. Chapter 10 concludes the study with a look at the rise of the criminalist investigator who specializes in behavioral, crime scene, and forensic science as well as the popularity of the chick flick detective-comedy.

The detective genre as a term, then, does connote consistency over the decades as it identifies a group of texts with the common topic of the investigation of a crime and the common structure of the detective as protagonist; however, the genre is not cohesive in terms of its representation of female detectives. Detecting Women investigates the dominant trends within the genre that, in themselves, offer a cohesive investigation of criminal investigation but, in contrast with one another, illuminate the changes in the social conception of gender over time. Rather than search for generic cohesion, Gates explores the individual trends that were popular in specific decades in order to demonstrate that the thematic concerns of films are determined less by generic convention and more by socioeconomic change.

This imaginative and entertaining study of the `woman detective' film makes a huge contribution by giving extensive treatment to the female detectives in B movies and to the many investigating women characters in films not usually considered detective films. It will have great appeal for scholars, film buffs, and mystery fans. Linda Mizejewski, author of Hardboiled and High Heeled: The Woman Detective in Popular Culture

Detecting Women is an extensive and authoritative, ambitious and comprehensive history of the female detective in Hollywood film from 1929 to 2009. Gates brings to light the sheer number of female detectives that have been overlooked in previous studies of the genre, especially those of the 1930s and 40s. Her innovative, engaging, and capacious approach to the female detective within feminist film history breaks new ground in the fields of gender and film studies.

Entertainment / Music / History & Criticism

An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860: An Annotated Bibliography by Erik Stenstadvold, General Editor: Ardal Powell (Organologia: Instruments and Performance Practice Series, No. 4: Pendragon Press)

In 1825, the French guitarist Charles de Marescot wrote in the introduction to his Methode de Guitare that "there is perhaps no other instrument for which there have been published so many methods as for the guitar". Marescot's observation appears to be correct: the present bibliography lists more than 300 different tutors by some 200 authors, published during approximately one hundred years, c.17601860; if re-issues and new editions are counted, the number of methods exceeds 400. This is a considerably larger number of tutors than for the piano or violin, and a surprising record for an instrument often considered second-rate by the musical establishment.

The period 1760-1860 is not arbitrarily chosen. The middle of the eighteenth century represents an important break in the history of the guitar in that staff notation was introduced in place of tablature. Accordingly, this survey begins with the very first guitar methods in staff notation, published in Paris in the late 1750s. Although the end point, 1860, does not represent a similar milestone, a termination date had to be set, and one hundred years is in itself a well-defined period. Equally important, however, is that from the middle of the nineteenth century the guitar fell more and more into oblivion as a serious instrument: it became mostly associated with popular songs and light music. Most of the relatively few tutors that were published after 1860 reflect that sad state of affairs. With their limited scope, they are generally of less interest to guitarists and guitar historians of today. from the book

This comprehensive bibliographical study describes more than 300 different methods for guitar by some 200 authors. A large number of publications are recorded in An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860 for the first time. The book is the result of extensive research visits to numerous libraries in Europe and the US, as well as many important private collections.
The bibliography covers a period of about a hundred years, beginning with the earliest guitar methods written in staff notation and published in Paris shortly before 1760. During the following century, above all in France, more instruction books were written for the guitar than for any other instrument. In addition to the works of well-known guitarists such as Aguado, Carcassi, Carulli, Giuliani, and Sor, methods by a great number of lesser-known (or completely unknown) authors are included. For several of those guitarists the writer has provided new information about their life and work.
The catalogue provides complete transcripts of the original title page, thus enabling the reader to make comparisons with other existing exemplars. All known variants (later issues, and later authorized as well as pirated editions) are described, and all known locations listed. An important subentry to each record discusses the dating of the publication; this makes the book particularly valuable. In addition, there is a brief description of the contents of each method, and of how it relates to other works by the same author, or to those by other authors. Further bibliographical details such as the identification of publisher, printing technique, etc. are also presented.

This bibliography lists instruction manuals for instruments normally classified as Spanish guitar or variants thereof; that is, instruments with five or six strings (or courses), sometimes with extra basses, in normal guitar tuning. Tutors for the differently-tuned, seven-string Russian guitar are thus omitted. For practical reasons, Stenstadvold limits his research to methods published in Europe and North America, and to publications using the Latin alphabet.

Tutors for instruments within the cittern family, such as the English guitar and the Portuguese guitar, are excluded, although frequently referred to as just Guitar at the time. (One will, for instance, search in vain for the Estudo de Guitarra by Antonio da Silva Leite, published in Portugal in 1796.) Another cittern instrument was the French cistre (or cytre), sometimes called guitare allemande (German guitar) in France. A few cistern tutors are nevertheless listed due to their inclusion of brief supplements for the Spanish guitar.

Stenstadvold in An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860 includes tutors for some unique and short-lived hybrid instruments related to the guitar: the two-necked guitar invented and described by Le Francois in 1785, the ten-string decacorde by F. Carulli, from 1826, and the three-necked harpolyre, constructed and described by J. F. Salomon in 1830. Tutors for the guitar-harp (also called harp-lute), an instrument more related to the cittern than to the guitar, are excluded, with one exception: a method by F. Chabran (1803) is listed in order to make a complete picture of his total output of instruction books.

All methods specifying the lyre (most of them actually state for lyre or guitar) are included: the lyre guitar was much a la mode for one or two decades after the turn of the century, particularly in France, With a shape resembling the Greek lyre, it was nevertheless a fretted instrument, stringed and tuned like the six-string guitar with which it also shared its musical repertory.

For obvious historical reasons, the guitar's popularity rose later in the United States than in Europe. Thus the first methods did not appear until sometime shortly before 1820. On the other hand, the instrument retained its popularity well into the second half of the century; in fact, American instruction manuals for the guitar increased in number from the 1850s, but publications after 1860 fall outside the scope of this study. Prior to that date, about twenty-four original methods had been authored by guitarists active on this side of the Atlantic. The total number of publications was, however, a great deal higher: many American guitarists and publishers made adaptations of European methods, not least Carcassi's. In addition, many U.S. publishers cooperated so that the same edition could appear under different imprints in different cities.

An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860 is an invaluable resource not only to the historically-interested guitarist, but also to a wide audience of music librarians, bibliographers, musicologists and others engaged in the study of music printing and publishing in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Health, Mind & Body / Nutrition / Alternative Medicine / Diet Therapy

DRI: Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D by Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Food and Nutrition Board, edited by A. Catharine Ross, Christine L. Taylor, Ann L. Yaktine, and Heather B. Del Valle (Institute of Medicine of The National Academies)

Calcium and vitamin D are essential nutrients for the human body. Establishing the levels of these nutrients that are needed by the North American population is based on the understanding of the health outcomes that calcium and vitamin D affect. It is also important to establish how much of each nutrient may be too much.
Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D provides reference intake values for these two nutrients. The report updates the DRI values defined in Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Fluoride, the 1997 study from the Institute of Medicine. This 2011 book provides background information on the biological functions of each nutrient, reviews health outcomes that are associated with the intake of calcium and vitamin D, and specifies Estimated Average Requirements and Recommended Dietary Allowances for both. It also identifies Tolerable Upper Intake Levels, which are levels above wish the risk for harm may increase. The book includes an overview of current dietary intake in the U.S. and Canada, and discusses implications of the study. A final chapter provides research recommendations.

Members of the Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium include:

  • Catharine Ross (Chair), Professor of Nutrition and Occupant of Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair in Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Steven A. Abrams, Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine
  • John F. Aloia, Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook, Chief Academic Officer, Winthrop-University Hospital
  • Patsy M. Brannon, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
  • Steven K. Clinton, Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, The Ohio State University
  • Ramon A. Durazo Arvizu, Associate Professor, Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University-Chicago
  • J. Christopher Gallagher. Professor of Medicine, Creighton University Medical Center
  • Richard L. Gallo, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics. University of California-San Diego
  • Glenville Jones, Head, Department of Biochemistry and Professor of Biochemistry & Medicine, Queens University, Ontario
  • Christopher S. Kovacs, Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology) Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Joann E. Manson, Professor of Medicine and the Elizabeth Brigham Professor of Women's Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Susan T. Mayne, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Public Health
  • Clifford J. Rosen, Senior Scientist, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
  • Sue A. Shapses, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, Consultant
  • Hector F. Deluca, University of WisconsinMadison

The DRIs established in Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D incorporate current scientific evidence about the roles of vitamin D and calcium in human health and serve as a valuable guide for a range of stakeholders including dietitians and other health professionals, those who set national nutrition policy, researchers, the food industry, and private and public health organizations and partnerships.

Health, Mind & Body / Self-Help / Motivational

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn't Sexy by Shirley Strawberry (One World/Ballantine Books)

Shirley Strawberry, co-host of the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show, in The Strawberry Letter delivers more of the straight talk her listeners have come to love. Strawberry tells it like it is from the heart. Whether the topic is cheating boyfriends, crazy mothers-in-law, job troubles, or money problems, Strawberrys girlfriend-next-door honesty has made the Strawberry Letters segment of the show a huge hit. In this uplifting motivational guide, she brings her vivacious, inspirational, and down-to-earth message to women everywhere: Get up, get out, and be the best you can be!
As a single parent and a woman willing to let Mr. Right find her, Strawberrys been there and done that and shes got hard-won lessons to share. This call to action strives to help women look at their lives with a candid eye by tackling the issues her fans want to hear about, including career decisions and:

  • Love and Relationships: the highs and lows of dating, marriage, and breakups.
  • Family: the challenges of being a great mom.
  • Sisterhood: ways to get (and give) the support readers need to stay sane.
  • Self: tips for overcoming low self-esteem and depression, and finding balance, faith, and acceptance.

Written with Lyah Beth LeFlore, bestselling writer, television producer and entertainment executive, and including a Foreword by Strawberry's longtime friend and co-host Steve Harvey, The Strawberry Letter draws on lessons from Strawberry's own life as well as a wealth of best of Strawberry Letters and new ones that have never been featured on-air. Full of motivating Strawberry Tips short gems that provide welcome advice on the run and helpful suggestions for a drama-loving girlfriend, the book is divided into sections that address the scope of women's emotional lives, from "Taking Inventory", "Woman to Woman" and "Love and Relationships" to "Family Matters" and "Self-Love."

Strawberry says, "Ultimately, I hope that The Strawberry Letter will encourage you to make better choices and decisions in relationships whether they be with your family, your lover, or in the workplace.... Let's take this journey together. Be inspired. Be motivated. Be healed, reinvigorated, and challenged to love yourself and to love your life!"

Only a woman who lives life with purpose and divine revelation can inspire people through her advice, and that is Shirley. Tyler Perry, Writer/Director/Producer
Shirley Strawberry is a sistah who has been there and conquered that. Her insightful advice on life, love, and relationships makes her book a must read for anyone struggling with past hurts. MoNique, Academy Award winner and host of The MoNique Show
Shirley Strawberry brings a unique blend of experiential wisdom and compassionate insight wrapped in a package of dialogue that is painfully honest and joyfully helpful. Shirley Strawberry has that rare spiritual ability to speak the truth in love while making you laugh at the same time. Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer, Faithful Central Bible Church, Los Angeles
Shirley's book provides valuable insight into the dynamics of how to build a great relationship, repair broken relationships, and abandon oppressive relationships. Her advice should be followed by all who seek real love. Judge Greg Mathis, host of The Judge Mathis Show
The Strawberry Letter is the best thing that Shirley couldve ever done for my life. After I read this book and took that real talk, with that real advice, Im no longer bitter Im sexy now! Shes the Oprah of radio! Sheryl Underwood, comedienne and president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Every woman in any relationship, good or bad, should read this book, and then buy one for her significant other. This is not the Bible, but Shirley has certainly provided words to live by. George Wallace, comedian
Insightful, authentic and loving are just a few words that come to mind when I think of Shirley Strawberry. She's wise beyond her years and has the gift of connecting with her audience regardless of their age or circumstance. In this book, she speaks from the heart and gives honest, non-judgmental straight talk to her readers.  Wendy Raquel Robinson, actress, The Game
Shirley Strawberry is a real sister-girlfriend who tells you what you need to know, even when its not what you want to know. Terri J. Vaughn, actress, Meet the Browns

Full of motivating Strawberry Tips, personal stories that provide welcome advice and helpful suggestions, The Strawberry Letter offers a simple message of strength: a challenge to readers to love themselves and their lives.

Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies

Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques by Julie Picarello (Kalmbach Books)

It's amazingly easy and satisfying to create stunning, colorfully patterned focal beads with polymer clay. Artist Julie Picarello has developed a signature style of beads for jewelry using layering and imprinting methods based on the ancient metalworking art of mokume gane.

With her unmatched eye for color, color mixing and layering, fan favorite Picarello helps beginners and advanced polymer artisans design, texture and finish gorgeous art beads using relatively simple techniques. In-depth introduction sections cover basics, color inspiration and recipes, and needed tools and materials. Patterns in Polymer includes 7 mini projects and 10 finished jewelry projects, while callouts at the beginning of each project let readers know exactly what specialized techniques they will learn. Picarello shares her secrets for sophisticated color mixing, imprint tools, adding found objects to polymer, and designing and finishing her layered beads.

The book includes

  • Picarello's recipes for successful color palettes.
  • The magic of Jecru.
  • Her polymer imprint technique based on the art of mokume gane.
  • A list of suppliers and resources.

With polymer, a world of exploration awaits. No other medium lends itself to such a wide range of applications: Polymer can be sculpted, carved, textured, painted, inked, manipulated into canes of incredible detail, and so much more. These days, newcomers to polymer have a wealth of how-to information available, much of it featuring a wide range of techniques and projects that can be created from this versatile material. Patterns in Polymer spotlights a single technique and explores it deeply: creating beads using what Picarello calls the imprint technique a way of working that has held her imagination for many years and continues to bring forth surprises. Readers also learn how to incorporate metal accents and connect them securely to polymer. This book does not include all of the basic information that can be found so readily and is explained so well elsewhere. Rather, it is geared toward those who already have a working knowledge of polymer. In it, she share five years of experimentation distilled into nearly 100 pages of information and projects, exploring color, tools, dimension, finishing, accents, and more.

For readers who are ready to step beyond the basics of polymer into rich patterns, lush textures, and sophisticated color palettes, Patterns in Polymer shows the way. It is the color that makes polymer clay truly exciting, and this book uses color like readers have never seen it before. Picarello brings an incredible level of texture and detail to her polymer clay beads and jewelry. Readers learn polymer clay color, pattern, and texture from a pro. As they go through the book, they experience a sense of excitement and delight, along with the satisfaction of designing art beads that are uniquely and beautifully theirs.

History / Military / Weapons & Warfare

A History of the World in 100 Weapons by Chris McNab, with a foreword by Andrew Roberts (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

The idea of writing a history of the world in one hundred weapons is a truly inspired one, for warfare has been the driving force of history, and we cannot really consider the story of mankind without inevitably looking at how wars have shaped our cultures and societies... The sheer aesthetic of some of the 16th, 17th and 18th century weapons, including the beautiful workmanship of the rapiers, halberds, and arquebuses, is beautifully depicted in this sumptuous Osprey edition, making this book something of a collector's item in itself. Andrew Roberts

It's a truism to say that history is written by the winners. But what is it about the winners that make them so powerful? In this new book, military author and editor Chris McNab searches for answers to this question, telling the story of the history of the world through the lens of the weapons used over time.
Arranged by age, McNab in A History of the World in 100 Weapons details 100 weapons of history in a highly-illustrated format. Among these 100 weapons are:

  • Roman gladius that helped establish the Roman Empire.
  • Japanese Katana, or Samurai sword.
  • English longbow, used to defeat the French at the battle of Agincourt.
  • Maxim gun.
  • Flying Fortress of World War II the epitome of US military superiority.
  • Bomb on Hiroshima that made a weapon the ultimate deterrent.
  • AK-47 rifle.

A History of the World in 100 Weapons presents each weapon in detail, exploring the how and why of the weapon's development, the times from which it emerged, how it was used in battle and by whom, and to what extent and impact, details of how and why each weapon was invented, the times they emerged from, and how they were used in battle.
Drawing on stories of famous battles, wars and leaders associated with each weapon, McNab presents a history of the weapons themselves and their context in the development of world history.

These are the stories of the definitive weapons whose effects have been the most revolutionary, changing the way war is waged and the very world we live in. From the gladius of ancient Rome to the AK47, all one hundred are revealed in an array of sumptuous color photographs and contemporary images. Compiled with the assistance of a number of leading military historians, this volume reveals not only the weapon itself but who wielded it and where, clearly explaining the blow-by-blow advance of military technology and expertise across the ages.

Families of weapons comprise: artillery, handheld weapons, handheld projectiles, missiles, land armor, seaborne weapons, airborne weapons, and finally, bombs. The fascination of A History of the World in 100 Weapons lies in how human ingenuity has learned from past achievements going back centuries to deliver destructive power ever more efficiently.

This enlightening book, cleverly focused on just 100 weapons, is able to provide full detail, offering a clear and vivid history.

History / World / Religion & Spirituality

The Myth of Paganism: Nonnus, Dionysus and the World of Late Antiquity by Robert Shorrock, Series Editor: David Taylor (Classical Literature and Society Series: Bristol Classical Press)

With the adoption of Christianity as the official religion of the Roman world in the fourth century AD, the role of the poet underwent a radical transformation. In place of the traditional poet of the Muses there emerged a new figure, claiming inspiration and authority from Christ. The poet of Christ soon came to eclipse the poet of the Muses, and in doing so established a conceptual framework that still drives modern approaches to the period. Christian poetry is taken seriously as making a relevant and valuable contribution to our understanding of the late antique world; by contrast pagan or secular poetry is largely ignored, as though it were devoid of meaning.
The Myth of Paganism seeks to re-evaluate the role of pagan poetry in late antiquity. Instead of maintaining a strict dichotomy between pagan and Christian, it presents a broader definition of these poets as active participants and collaborators in the creation of late antique culture. Attention focuses on an exploration of the contemporary resonance of Nonnus Dionysiaca traditionally regarded as a pagan epic in terms of its theme and content, yet in all probability the work of a Christian poet responsible for a Homeric-style retelling of St Johns Gospel.

The Myth of Paganism sets out to deconstruct the view of two contrasting poetic traditions and proposes in its place a new integrated model for the understanding of late antique poetry. As Robert Shorrock, who teaches Classics at Eton College, Windsor, and is co-editor of the journal Greece & Rome, argues, the poet of Christ and the poet of the Muses were drawn together into an active, often provocative, dialogue about the relationship between Christianity and the Classical tradition and, ultimately, about the meaning of late antiquity itself. An analysis of the poetry of Nonnus of Panopolis, author of both a pagan epic about Dionysus and a `Christian' translation of St John's Gospel, helps to illustrate this complex dialectic between `pagan' and `Christian' voices.

The book is part of the Classical Literature and Society Series with General Editor David Taylor, which considers Greek and Roman literature primarily in relation to genre and theme. It also aims to place writer and original addressee in their social context.

The Myth of Paganism is equally for readers with or without knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages and with or without an acquaintance with the civilization of the ancient world. It has plenty to offer the classical scholar and is ideally suited to students reading for a degree in classical subjects. Yet it will also interest those studying European and contemporary literature, history and culture who wish to discover the roots and springs of our classical inheritance.

Literature & Fiction / African-American

Black California: A Literary Anthology edited by Aparajita Nanda, with a foreword by Ula Y. Taylor (Heyday)

150 years of the California African American experience, Black California is the first comprehensive anthology celebrating black writing through almost two centuries of Californian history. In a patchwork quilt pieced from poetry, fiction, essays, drama, and memoirs, this anthology traces the trajectory of African American writers. Each piece gives a voice to the resonating rhythms that created the African American literary tradition in California. These voices speak of dreams and disasters, of heroic achievements and tragic failures, of freedom and betrayal, of racial discrimination and subsequent restoration all setting the pulse of the black California experience. Early works include a letter written by Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California; an excerpt from mountain man, freed slave, and honorary Crow Indian James Beckwourth; and a poem written by James Madison Bell and recited to a public gathering of black people commemorating the death of President Lincoln. More recent contributions to Black California include pieces from beat poets Ted Joans and Bob Kaufman, Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver, comedian Brian Copeland, Wanda Coleman's raw LA poetry and feminists Lucille Clifton and June Jordan.

Author Aparajita Nanda is a visiting associate professor to the departments of English and African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and she also teaches at Santa Clara University.

A fascinating and provocative anthology, indispensable for studying the role of California in African-American writing. Abdul R. JanMohamed, professor of African American literature, University of California, Berkeley

Black California pierces previous perceptions about California's political and social liberalism by presenting its racial history with honesty and human tragedy that is often ignored in the dominant narrative. Melba Joyce Boyd, Distinguished University Professor and chairperson of the Africana studies department, Wayne State University

Black California is a wonderful contribution to literature. The anthology conveniently places a hundred and fifty years' worth of writings in one volume and presents the work of obscure, but nonetheless worthy, authors alongside those who are more familiar to us. Rick Moss, chief curator at the African American Museum and Library in Oakland

Editor Aparajita Nanda offers a literary treat that until now was reserved for her students. Her book brings to life little-known aspects of the lives and works of black writers in California for all readers to enjoy. Robert L. Allen, author of The Port Chicago Mutiny and professor of African studies and ethnic studies, University of California, Berkeley

Black California is the first comprehensive anthology to celebrate black writing through almost two centuries of Californian history. Each piece leads readers through a rich, rewarding, and surprising literary terrain.

Professional & Technical / Engineering / Education / Automotive / Computer Science

Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology edited by Donald L. Fisher, Matthew Rizzo, Jeffrey K. Caird and John D. Lee (CRC Press)

This is an exciting time for researchers using driving simulators. In the 1970s there were in the neighborhood of 20 research driving simulators throughout the US and Europe including many small, part-task devices used for training and licensing. Today there are hundreds if not thousands of driving simulators spread around the globe. International conferences have become well established, including, most notably the Driving Assessment (held in the United States) and the Driving Simulation Conference (held in Asia, Europe, North America), with many others drawing large audiences as well. Governments and industry around the world are much more aggressively funding simulator research.

Effective use of driving simulators requires considerable technical and methodological skill along with considerable background knowledge. Acquiring the requisite knowledge and skills can be time consuming, yet there has been no single convenient and comprehensive source of information on the driving simulation research being conducted around the world. A how-to-do-it resource for researchers and professionals, Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology brings together discussions of technical issues in driving simulation with broad areas in which driving simulation is now playing a role.

The chapters explore technical considerations, methodological issues, special and impaired populations, evaluation of in-vehicle and nomadic devices, and infrastructure evaluations. The volume examines hardware and software selection, visual database and scenario development, independent subject variables and dependent vehicle, environmental, and psychological variables, statistical and biostatistical analysis, different types of drivers, existing and future key-in vehicle devices, and validation of research.

A compilation of the research from more than 100 of the world's top thinkers and practitioners, Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology covers basic and advanced technical topics and provides a comprehensive review of the issues related to driving simulation. It describes literally hundreds of different simulation scenarios, provides color photographs of those scenarios, and makes available select videos of the scenarios on an accompanying web site.

Editors are Donald I. Fisher, head of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and director of the Arbella Insurance Human Performance Laboratory in the College of Engineering; Matthew Rizzo, professor of neurology, engineering, and public policy at the University of Iowa; Jeff K. Kaird, professor in the Department of Psychology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Kinesiology, the Department of Anesthesia and Community Health Sciences at the University of Calgary; and John D. Lee, Emerson Electric Professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory.

To date, there has been no single convenient and comprehensive source of information on driving simulation research being conducted around the world. Nor has there been a single repository for information regarding the numerous challenges that confront new simulator users or the broader challenges that confront the whole community. The Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology puts much of this critical information in one easily accessible place. The chapters detail the many key results. In the broadest of terms, there has been a literal explosion in our understanding of the differences in vehicle and driver behaviors among different groups of people; of the impact of different traffic control devices, traffic scenarios, road geometries, and general lighting and weather conditions on vehicle and driver performance; of the effect of different types of distraction inside and outside the vehicle on various metrics of performance; and on the use of driving simulators as assessment and training tools. The chapters are replete with discussions of the scenarios and dependent variables that are critical for analysis purposes. Additionally, there are key sections specifically targeting scenario authoring and dependent variables. There are still a number of evergreen issues, including simulator adaptation syndrome, fidelity of the virtual environment, cross-platform comparisons among different simulators, development of standard scenarios for testing and training, and transfer of effects to the real world.

Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology provides a comprehensive resource to guide researchers, designers, program managers, and practitioners in: The history and future of driving simulation along with a discussion of its most pressing issues (Section I); the selection and validation of driving simulator technology (Section II); the conduct of simulator studies, including the selection of scenarios and dependent variables as well as the evaluation of results (Section III); and the use of simulators in studies relevant to psychology (Section IV), engineering (Section V) and medicine (Section VI). The editors have initiated a resource for the open sharing of scenarios, CARSS (Coordinated Assessment of Roadway Simulator Scenarios). This resource is necessary because, in the absence of a universal scene and scenario development tool, they must fall back on the actual programs used to generate the scenarios if researchers are ever going to replicate one another's research on different simulator platforms. While it is true that a uniform way of capturing the information would allow researchers around the world to more easily replicate one another's findings on the same or different platforms, such a common description is probably not forthcoming in the immediate future.

The broad sweep of contributions in Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology is impressive. The book will catalyze various applied research efforts which either have long been languishing or are currently of pressing need first and foremost is research on novice drivers and the growing contribution to crashes of in-vehicle devices. The hundreds of different simulation scenarios, color photographs of those scenarios, and videos of the scenarios should prove essential for seasoned researchers and for individuals new to driving simulation. The audience for this information consists of a broad collection of academics, professionals and students.

Professional & Technical / Medical / Internal Medicine

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies: Female Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas Series by Baha M. Sibai, Series Editor: Mickey Karram (Female Pelvic Video Surgery Atlas Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Acute medical and surgical emergencies in pregnancy and postpartum are the leading cause of maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide. During the past decade there has been a substantial increase in the incidence of these emergencies. Secondary to the change in demographics of women considering pregnancy as well as a change in obstetric practice, these emergencies are expected to continue to increase. Specifically many women are delaying pregnancy until they are in their 40s. Couple this with an epidemic of obesity as well as rising cesarean section rates (with a tremendous increase in repeat cesarean section) and one can easily understand why these emergencies will continue to commonly occur. Also due to an improvement in medical and surgical care and advances in medical technology, many women with serious preexisting medical and surgical disorders are now surviving to reproductive age and are capable of pregnancy.

Specific emergencies that have resulted from these changes in maternal demographics and obstetric practice include an increased rate of life-threatening hemorrhage (both antepartum and postpartum), cardiovascular complications (pulmonary embolism, edema, cardiomyopathy, amniotic fluid embolism, and cardiorespiratory arrest), severe life-threatening hypertensive emergencies (eclampsia, stroke, liver hemorrhage), sepsis, and septic shock.

Due to an increased likelihood of these life-threatening obstetric emergencies, it is important that obstetricians as well as health care providers in general be prepared to deal with such emergencies.

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies, by Baha M. Sibai, helps readers to enhance their skills in this key area of obstetrics. In this volume in the Female Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas Series, edited by Mickey Karram, detailed discussions and illustrations, case studies, and video footage clarify how to most effectively anticipate and perform a variety of emergency procedures and manage complications. Supplemental video presentations take readers step by step through high-risk obstetrical emergencies including evaluation and management of hemorrhaging (antepartum, intrapartum, and postpartum), managing maternal cardiac arrest, and more.

Case-based presentations and videos, narrated by the authors, take readers step by step through a variety of procedures including CPR in pregnancy, techniques for abdominal cerclage, Cesarean hysterectomy, and management of postpartum hemorrhage.

Highly illustrated, quick-reference chapters discuss all of the possible diagnoses for which each procedure is indicated.

Case studies describe the clinical history surrounding each case featured in the videos.

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies provides step-by-step, visual guidance to the diagnosis and management of obstetric emergencies, with emphasis on anticipation and preparation. Discussions and life-saving protocols prepare and guide readers through emergency situations. Detailed discussions and illustrations, video presentations, and procedures clarify how to most effectively manage a variety of obstetric emergencies and complications.

Contributors and their chapters include:

  • Baha M. Sibai, MD, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Epidemiology of Acute Obstetric Emergencies; Acute Changes in Fetal Heart Rate Tracing: When It Becomes an Emergency; Evaluation and Management of Antepartum and Intrapartum Hemorrhage; Evaluation and Management of Postpartum Hemorrhage; Amniotic Fluid Embolism; Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock; Management of Hypertensive Crisis Including Stroke; Management of Eclampsia; Subcapsular Liver Hematoma; Diabetic Ketoacidosis; Thyroid Storm in Pregnancy; Cardiorespiratory Arrest and Cardiorespiratory Resuscitation in Pregnancy; Techniques and Complications of Planned and Emergency Cesarean Section
  • C. David Adair, MD, Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, Tennessee Indications and Techniques for Transcervical and Abdominal Cerclage
  • John R. Barton, MD, Perinatal Diagnostic Center, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky Acute Changes in Fetal Heart Rate Tracing: When It Becomes an Emergency; Management of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock; Management of Hypertensive Crisis Including Stroke; Subcapsular Liver Hematoma
  • Annette Bombrys, DO, Perinatal Associates of Southwest Ohio Kettering Medical Center, Kettering, Ohio Thyroid Storm in Pregnancy
  • Stephen DePasquale, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Indications and Techniques for Transcervical and Abdominal Cerclage
  • Robert Egerman, MD Associate Professor, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Tennessee College of Medicine Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy
  • Michael Karram, MD, Gynecology and Urogynecology, Seven Hills Women's Health Centers, The Christ Hospital, Volunteer Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Cincinnati Techniques and Complications of Planned and Emergency Cesarean Section
  • Mickey Karram, MD Director of Urogynecology, The Christ Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio Avoiding and Managing Lower Urinary Tract Injury During Vaginal and Abdominal Deliveries
  • Ryan Loftin, MD, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Peripartum Cardiomyopathy and Pulmonary Edema
  • John O'Brien, MD, Perinatal Diagnostic Center, Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky Indications and Techniques for Transcervical and Abdominal Cerclage
  • Candice Snyder, MD, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Cardiorespiratory Arrest and Cardiorespiratory Resuscitation in Pregnancy
  • James Van Hook, MD, Professor and Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Peripartum Cardiomyopathy and Pulmonary Edema
  • Katherine Wolfe, DO, Maternal-Fetal Medicine Fellow, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Cardiorespiratory Arrest and Cardiorespiratory Resuscitation in Pregnancy
  • Lynlee Wolfe, MD, Medical Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Reproductive Medicine, UCSD Medical Center, San Diego Indications and Techniques for Tanscereical and Abdominal Cerclage

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies provides a step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and management of these emergencies with emphasis on anticipation and preparation in the form of education and development of protocols. The volume also emphasizes the need for a multidisciplinary team approach to deal with these emergencies. The book uses case presentation with expert discussion using photographs, illustrations, and algorithms to highlight appropriate management of the various emergencies presented.

For most of the covered topics, video clips are present in the accompanying DVD. The DVD contains numerous PowerPoint presentations, surgical procedures, and instructional videos on a variety of topics. Included is a unique video demonstration of how to appropriately manage maternal cardiac arrest in pregnancy, including techniques of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

There are several textbooks on medical complications during pregnancy and critical care obstetrics. However, Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies is unique in that it focuses on acute maternal emergencies in labor and delivery, postpartum, emergency room areas, and intensive care. As such it is an ideal resource to enhance the obstetric practice; the information will contribute to improved pregnancy outcomes for women worldwide.

Professional & Technical / Medical / Internal Medicine / Clinical / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine / Reference

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult Online and Print by Peter M. Som and Hugh D. Curtin (Elsevier Mosby)

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition in two volumes delivers the encyclopedic and authoritative guidance readers have come to expect from this book the expert guidance they need to diagnose the most challenging disorders using today's most accurate techniques. New state-of-the-art imaging examples throughout help readers recognize the imaging presentation of the full range of head and neck disorders using PET, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Enhanced coverage of the complexities of embryology, anatomy, and physiology, including original color drawings and new color anatomical images, help readers distinguish subtle abnormalities and understand their etiologies. Access to the complete book's contents is available online, which allows readers to compare its images onscreen with the imaging findings they encounter in practice.

Authors are Peter M. Som, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, Chief of Head and Neck Imaging Section, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Hugh D. Curin, MD, Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Chief of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Volume 1 of Head and Neck Imaging includes Midface and Sinonosal Cavities, Orbital and Visual Pathways, Central Skull Base, Temporal Bone, and Jaws and Temporomandibular Joints. Volume 2 includes Upper Aerodigestive Tract, Neck, Molecular-Based Diagnosis and Nonsurgical Treatment of Cancer.

Using Head and Neck Imaging, readers can:

  • Access the full text online from any computer.
  • Perform rapid searches on any topic.
  • Follow links to PubMed abstracts for most bibliographical references.
  • Reference all Expert Consult titles they own online in one place.
  • Master the latest approaches to image-guided biopsies and treatments.
  • Utilize PET/CT scanning to its fullest potential, including head and cancer staging, treatment planning, and follow-up to therapy.
  • Visualize head and neck anatomy better than ever before with greatly expanded embryology, physiology and anatomy content, including original drawings and new color anatomic images from the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, the Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy, and Gray's Anatomy.
  • Grasp the finer points of head and neck imaging quickly with more images, more detail in the images, and more anatomic atlases with many examples of normal anatomy and anatomic variants.

Since the fourth edition of Head and Neck Imaging, technology has continued to advance, leading to better lesion conspicuity and diagnosis. In addition, new insights have been gained into embryology, physiology, and pathology that better allow radiologists to understand the diseases they encounter. Taking all of this new information into account, Som and Currin make this fifth edition as complete a reference on the topics of head and neck imaging as possible. The new edition is a thorough updating of the prior edition. It has been reorganized, new topics have been added, and Head and Neck Imaging is now in full color.

Specifically, the embryology, physiology, and anatomy sections have been expanded. These are now complemented by numerous color drawings to illustrate specific points. The volumes include drawings from Frank Netter, Sobotta's Anatomy, Gray's Anatomy, and pictures from other sources along with numerous original works. These beautiful drawings help clarify the anatomy and complement the rest of the text.

The imaging atlases have been greatly expanded with more detail and anatomic variants being addressed in each area. Some chapters were greatly expanded and updated. New chapters were also added, such as Nonsurgical Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer and Imaging-Based Intervention: Biopsy and Treatment. However, due to concerns about the overall size of this edition, almost all plain radiographs, now rarely used in everyday practice, have been removed.

This fifth edition is comprehensive and up to date. Now online and in print, Head and Neck Imaging is the reference readers will turn to for diagnostic confidence. Readers can effectively diagnose any head and neck disorder using the latest imaging approaches. They will find this edition to be a complete resource that they can use it to learn and review head and neck imaging, as well as an aid in the daily diagnosis of current cases.

Professional & Technical / Medical / Nursing / Diagnosis / Reference

Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition by Carolyn Jarvis (Saunders)

The sixth edition of Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment is designed for two groups those who need a practical clinical reference and those acquiring beginning assessment skills.

Designed for quick reference in the clinical environment, this portable resource summarizes essential assessment skills and techniques for the most effective physical examinations. It provides precise information, including full-color pathology photos and illustrations, examination steps for each body system, normal versus abnormal findings, developmental and cultural competencies, related nursing diagnoses, and summary checklists.

First, the Pocket Companion is intended as an adjunct to Jarvis' Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition. The Pocket Companion by Carolyn Jarvis, MSN, APN, CNP, Family Nurse Practitioner, Chestnut Health Systems, Bloomington, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Illinois Wesleyan University, is a memory prompt for those who have studied physical assessment and wish a reminder when in the clinic. The Pocket Companion has the essentials: health history points, exam steps for each body system, normal versus abnormal findings, heart sounds, lung sounds, neurologic checks. The Pocket Companion is useful when readers forget a step in the exam sequence, when they wish to be sure their assessment is complete, when they need to review the findings that are normal versus abnormal, or when they are faced with an unfamiliar technique or a new clinical area. Its portable size and binding make it perfect for a lab coat pocket or community health bag.

Second, Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition, is an independent primer of basic assessment skills. It is well suited to programs offering a beginning assessment course covering well people of all ages. The Pocket Companion has the complete steps to perform a health history and physical examination on a well person. It includes pertinent developmental content for pediatric, pregnant, and aging adult patients. Although the description of each exam step is stated concisely, there is enough information given to study and learn exam techniques. However, since there is no room in the Pocket Companion for theories, principles, or detailed explanations, students using the Pocket Companion as a beginning text must have a thorough didactic presentation of assessment methods as well as tutored practice.

Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition, is revised and updated to match the revision of the parent text, Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition, including many new examination photos, abnormal findings photos, and full color art. A companion chapter on the Bedside Assessment of the Hospitalized Adult has been added as Chapter 21, outlining the pertinent assessment steps detailed in Chapter 28 of the parent text. For those times when readers need detailed coverage of a particular technique or finding, it is easily found through numerous cross-references to pages in the parent volume.

More than 160 full-color illustrations clearly demonstrate important anatomy and physiology concepts, examination steps, and normal and abnormal findings. Spanish-language translation chart helps readers ensure accurate, effective examinations of Spanish-speaking patients. Additional new full-color examination technique photos clarify exam steps for eyes, nose, mouth, throat, thorax, heart, neck, peripheral vascular, and pediatric exams.

Readers of Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment will note these features:

  • Health history and exam steps are concise yet complete.
  • Method of examination is clear, orderly, and easy to follow.
  • Abnormal findings are described briefly in a column adjacent to the normal range of findings.
  • Tables are presented at the end of chapters to fully illustrate important information.
  • Selected Cultural Competencies information highlights this important aspect of a health assessment.
  • Nursing diagnoses are provided for each region or system being assessed.
  • Developmental Competencies content includes age-specific information for pediatric, pregnant, and aging adult groups.
  • Summary checklists for each chapter form a cue card of exam steps to remember.
  • Integration of the complete physical examination is presented in Chapter 20.
  • Sample recording in Chapter 20 illustrates the documentation of normal findings.
  • Selected artwork illustrates the pertinent anatomy.

With this convenient clinical tool, readers can quickly access essentials of assessment in the clinical setting. Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition is ideal for quick reference in the clinical setting, summarizing essential assessment skills and techniques for the most effective physical examinations. Readers can access full-color pathology photos and illustrations, health history, examination steps for each body system, normal versus abnormal findings, lifespan and cross-cultural considerations, related nursing diagnoses, and summary checklists anytime.

The convenient, color-coded design helps readers easily locate the information they need.

Abnormal findings tables provide fast access to key information on many frequently encountered conditions.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Leadership

Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson and Juan F. Martinez (IVP Academic)

When we gather together in a congregation or connect and work with our neighbors, we always bring our diverse worldviews. Our capacities to understand each other, to share in work and to hope requires an increasing consciousness about our own worldviews and a commitment to listen to and walk under the influence of the worldviews of others. For many in the dominant culture, in which one element of the lifeworld is entitlement, this can be a stressful experience. For those in the minority the need for trust remains a challenge, especially if memories are saturated with wounds. Leaders can use the numerous sociocultural perspectives of this text to gain skills in analyzing cultures, then through conversations they can continually learn about the beliefs and experiences that shaped particular assumptions and habits. The whole cycle of practical theology, as explained in chapter one, is needed so understanding can be deepened in the midst of stories and theology so as leaders create a learning environment, an increasing number of participants gain the needed praxes of intercultural life.... Church leaders can foster continual experiments in areas of difference, helping the church discern its own unique ways of unity and diversity. from the book

What does it take to lead multicultural churches?

As the church continues to hear and heed the call to reflect the multiethnic character of its people, pastors and lay leaders need to gain skills and competencies to serve in those contexts. The multicultural team of Juan Martinez and Mark Branson has written Churches, Cultures and Leadership to equip such leaders to create environments that make God's reconciling initiatives apparent in church life and in missional engagement with neighborhoods and cities. Generated by courses they teach at Fuller Theological Seminary, Branson and Martinez take an interdisciplinary approach that integrates biblical and theological study with the disciplines of sociology, cultural anthropology and communications. The result is a rich blend of astute analysis with guidance for practical implementation of a deeper intercultural life for the church. Case studies, Bible studies and exercises for personal reflection and classroom use connect the real life and everyday challenges that inevitably arise in multi-ethnic contexts. Martinez and Branson offer not a static model but a praxis of paying attention, reflection and study that can lead to a genuine reconciliation and shared life empowered by the gospel that is personal, interpersonal, cultural and structural.

According to Branson and Martinez in Churches, Cultures and Leadership, we are all nurtured in the context of a culture and its worldview. A worldview is a complex and multifaceted fabric of beliefs, often submerged, concerning the world what it is, how its parts interact and the place of humans. A worldview may shape us as oppressed or oppressor, as capable of certain skills or physical activities or not, as valued by others or disposable.

Encompassed in this fabric are matters of birth and death, life after death, biological and psychological health, time and place, luck and fate and agency. Worldview also shapes our understanding of creation, what is visible and invisible and how to relate to it. Whenever churches are involved in ethnic border crossing, their leaders need to gain skills for themselves and shape their churches to see and understand worldviews their own and those they engage.

Branson and Martinez have been teaching a seminary course concerning churches and ethnicities for several years. The chapters of Churches, Cultures and Leadership are structured around the outline of that course. Part one focuses on the relationship between theology, society and ethnicity. Chapter one frames the textbook as a work in practical theology and introduces a basic framework on leadership. The ongoing life of a church moves between study/reflection and engagement/action. Each movement informs the other. Chapter two places the work into the current conversations about missional ecclesiology. Chapter three explains various concepts concerning social contexts, race and ethnicity, and our concern for intercultural life.

Part two of Churches, Cultures and Leadership uses the resources of cultural anthropology to provide insights into human dynamics that vary among cultures. Chapter four, "Worldviews, Reality and Assumptions," describes how a culture's worldview is always in the background. We carry with us, usually unconsciously, a vast array of assumptions about what is visible or invisible, about time and cause and effect, and about values. Chapter five explains how "Language, Gestures and Power" are actively shaping every social encounter. Chapter six shows how different societies make different assumptions about social relations. These variants have to do with class, status, social networks, formal or informal relations, obligation and reciprocity, how problems are addressed, and the role of relations. Chapter seven, "Self-Perception and Individuality," shows that any person's concept of the self is rooted in his or her culture. The concept of individualism in mainstream America leads to a mythic individualism that creates a type of antistructuralism, which complicates any attempt to create community in the church. Chapter eight, "Perception and Thinking," builds on the worldview framework to show that even what we perceive, and how we interpret and think about what we perceive, is shaped by our cultures. In churches our capacities to understand each other and work together can be strengthened when we get behind each other's eyes and pay attention to how others think.

Part three of Churches, Cultures and Leadership focuses on how leaders need to work in the context of these challenges. Chapter nine, "Intercultural Communication," provides a framework for sorting out the communication dynamics of a group. As a church seeks integrity in its communication, this framework offers tools that clarify appropriate ways to discuss our world, ourselves and the common life we have as a church. Chapter ten, "Leading Change," works with an extended case study to show how a pastor can form leadership teams and how the church continually invests in discernment and experiments. Chapter eleven, "Practices for the Calling," describes a set of skills and practices that can aid intercultural relations and church ministry. As a resource for practical theology, the appendix provides a collection of quotations that connect theological topics with the theme of congregational intercultural life. An annotated bibliography follows the appendix.

Churches, Cultures and Leadership provides Bible studies throughout that are relevant to each chapter's specific topic and to the larger agenda of intercultural life. While the book is designed for groups and classes that can work on these studies together, they strongly recommend that individual readers also work with these studies.

Each chapter provides a list of suggested movies. This is an attempt to move beyond the classroom (or personal study) and gain at least a mediated experience of other cultures.

This book provoked my mind theologically, historically, practically and spiritually. Branson and Martnez do a masterful job in communicating the complexities that conjoin church, cultures and leadership. Dr. David A. Anderson, senior pastor, radio host, and author of Gracism

Churches, Cultures and Leadership is one of the most significant books on the work of racial and cultural reconciliation yet published. Curtis Young, Bethel University

Branson and Martinez discuss the issues in a more thorough and yet more accessible and practical way than any other book I know. This is a must read book for any who are really concerned for the mission of the church in the future that now opens before us. Justo L. Gonzalez, author of The Story of Christianity

Part biblical study, part handbook on ministry, for use in the classroom or in small groups, this is a foundational text. From years of experience, Mark Lau Branson and Juan Martinez offer unique insights and a range of practical resources. Mark R. Gornik and Maria Liu Wong, City Seminary of New York

If I were teaching today, this would be my basic and required text. If I were a pastor, this would be my chief source for leading my congregation into the future. Since I am a congregant, I will read this to better understand how to function in a changing urban society. William Pannell, Fuller Theological Seminary

Branson and Martinez have gifted the church with a unique the only one of its kind work for practical and faithful intercultural life and for helping the church reflect the diversity of America. Eldin Villapane, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Finally, a book thats real about these complex matters. Read it; share it and you will be ushered into lasting change. Elizabeth Sonde Frazier, Esperanza College of Eastern University

Based on years of experience, highly engaging, greatly needed, Churches, Cultures and Leadership will benefit professors, students and church leaders. It may also be of interest to other working in diversity education.

Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Theology

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Scott Horton (Zondervan)

Michael Horton's highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of if not the most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as 'doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.'

Features of The Christian Faith include: (1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodoxy traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.

Horton is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, president of White Horse Media; and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine.

For many Christians, words such as doctrine and theology and especially systematic theology conjure up images of intellectual pride, divisiveness, and the presumption that we can put God in a box, neatly explained by our categories and formulations. According to Horton, people can exhibit spiritual pride also in their experience or morality. However, it is the goal of good theology to humble us before the triune God of majesty and grace. The older theologians of the Reformation and Post-Reformation eras were so convinced that their interpretations fell far short of the majesty of God that they called their summaries and systems our humble theology and a theology for pilgrims on the way.

When it comes to God, Horton says, people often imagine that it is possible to have a personal relationship with God apart from theology. In fact, some Christians assume that knowing doctrine and practical living are competing interests. The modern dichotomy between doctrine and life, theology and discipleship, knowing and doing, theory and practice has had disastrous consequences in the life of the church and its witness in the world. Horton strives in The Christian Faith to change some readers' minds about systematic theology and its relevance by first changing their working assumptions about its nature, goals, and methods.

Horton asks: Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? What's the point? Is there a God and if so can we know him? Why is there evil in the world? The biggest questions, demanding the most rigorous intellectual analysis, are really doctrines that arise from a particular story that we either assume or embrace with explicit conviction. The Christian answers these big questions by rehearsing the story of the triune God in creation, the fall of the creatures he made in his own image, the promise of a redeemer through Israel, and the fulfillment of all types and shadows in the incarnation, life, death, resurrection, ascension, and return of Jesus Christ. The Apostles' and Nicene creeds are not just a list of key doctrines; they are a confession in the form of a story, believers shared testimony to the most significant facts of reality.

In the introduction to The Christian Faith, Horton describes his position: for over three centuries now atheists and skeptics have catechized the West in the belief that as cultures progress, belief in God or at least in extraordinary divine intervention in nature and history will wane. What proponents forget is that this concept of progress itself presupposes a certain kind of faith: an interpretation of reality that requires personal commitment. Among other things, it presupposes that reality is entirely self-creating and self-regulating (autonomous), such that the very idea of a personal God who enters into a world that we have defined as without God already precludes the possibility of entertaining specific claims to the contrary. It's not only religion that needs stories. The inextricable connection of faith and practice in terms of drama, doctrine, doxology, and discipleship has evident corollaries in every philosophy, religion, and culture. The drama determines the big questions as well as the answers. The doctrines are convictions that arise in light of that drama. People do not collect their beliefs one at a time, stacking one on top of another. Rather, there is a certain limitation in the beliefs a particular person is likely to hold given the plausibility of the paradigm (or drama) that he or she currently assumes to be true. And then, no less than the most ardent believer does the religious skeptic live out these convictions. No less than Christianity, Marxism and capitalism, democracy and totalitarianism, feminism and fascism are stories that involve personal commitment. It's not that there are only interpretations (stories) and no facts (truths), but that there are no uninterpreted facts.

Since God is the author of reality, it is his interpretation that we must pursue. No one can actually live in the world that is imagined by secularism. Not even hardened nihilists can live in the world of pure meaninglessness that their narrative presupposes. In their daily practice, the most ardent religious skeptics have to presuppose a basic order and intelligibility in reality that contradicts the creed of self-creation through random chance.

Parts of The Christian Faith include:

  1. Knowing God: The Presuppositions of Theology
  2. God Who Lives
  3. God Who Creates
  4. God Who Rescues
  5. God Who Reigns in Grace
  6. God Who Reigns in Glory

This is a systematic theology containing a firm grasp of the overall shape and proportions of Christian teaching, an eye for its fine details, deep biblical and historical learning, conceptual prowess matched by descriptive power, and a sense of cultural occasion.

The Christian Faith includes a glossary, scripture index, subject index, name index and confession index.

In this impressive volume Michael Horton takes the movement of confessing evangelicals to a new level. He remints and rethinks the greatness of seventeenth-century Reformed theology and makes it accessible for readers today. Even those who cannot go along with some of his central positions will find them to be challenging and formidable. Horton has produced an up-to-date work that is well worth grappling with. George Hunsinger, Hazel Thompson McCord Professor of Systematic Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary

Horton's The Christian Faith has the great merit of never letting the reader forget that doctrine is for disciples who want to walk the way of Jesus Christ. Horton knows that the best systematic theology is a practical theology one that helps us understand the ways of God, makes sense of life, and gives direction for God-glorifying living. He also knows that the best systematic theologies draw on biblical and historical theology. May many readers therefore take up this book, read, and walk! Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College and Graduate School

The Christian Faith offers a fine, comprehensive companion to a number of recent systematic theologies. Crisply written, scripturally informed throughout, distinctively evangelical and Reformed, conversant with classic as well as contemporary Christian authors Horton's study is an outstanding contribution that will richly nourish Christian pilgrims on their way toward the consummation of Christ's kingdom. Cornelis P. Venema, president, Mid-America Reformed Seminary

This is a remarkable volume: lucid, insightful, learned, and faithful, The Christian Faith is that rare book that substantially contributes to and helpfully introduces Christian theology. I highly recommend it. Kevin W Hector, The University of Chicago Divinity School

The Christian Faith is a remarkable accomplishment the most significant single-volume systematic theology to be written in decades! This book is written for the sake of the church, yet it also reflects a fresh engagement with a broad range of biblical and theological scholarship. The Christian Faith is an excellent resource for all who wish to engage classical Christian theology in a Reformed key. J. Todd Billings, associate professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary

Michael Horton has hit a home run: a narrative-shaped, comprehensive, one-volume systematic theology that is biblically grounded, warmly evangelical, confessionally Reformed in its angularity while catholic in its tone, and freshly contemporary. In the spirit of the Westminster Catechism, Horton directs to the glory of God and joy of doing theology. John Bolt, professor of systematic theology, Calvin Theological Seminary

For decades there has been a need for a Reformed dogmatics to tackle new questions in theology, philosophy, and culture. Well researched, an impressive, accessible and comprehensive theology, The Christian Faith will be warmly received by professors, pastors, students and armchair theologians alike. The volume complements the recently reviewed Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2nd edition edited by Francis Schssler Fiorenza and John P. Galvin (Fortress Press).

Science / Agricultural Science / Animal Husbandry

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees edited by Gail Damerow (Storey Publishing)

The subtitle says it all:

Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals is the animal-raising companion to The Backyard Homestead. This book asks readers to imagine a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from their own chickens, pigs, and bees. Or a holiday meal with their own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction.

With The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, even urban and suburban residents can successfully raise chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows, pigs, and honey bees. Its easier than one might think, and it can be done on small plots of land. This guide covers everything from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Whether they want to be more self-sufficient, save money, or just enjoy safer, healthier, more delicious animal products, readers will find all the information they need in The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals.

According to this volume, on as little land as one-tenth of an acre, readers can raise healthy, productive barnyard animals and take a big step toward food independence.
Here readers learn how to:

  • Raise chickens in brooder boxes.
  • Determine the freshness of eggs hidden in the backyard.
  • Roast a duck or goose to perfection.
  • Make goat-milk yogurt.
  • Interpret everyday sheep behavior.
  • Harvest honey.
  • Raise their own Thanksgiving turkeys.
  • Manage their beef cattle to produce the best-tasting meat.

The book also includes a full-color, at-a-glance breed guide.

Author Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals is an inspirational guide filled with lively drawings, a virtual encyclopedia, clearly based on hard-won experience.

Science / Behavioral Sciences / Behavior Management / Educational Psychology

Comprehensive Behavior Management: Individualized, Classroom, and Schoolwide Approaches, 2nd edition by Ronald C. Martella, J. Ron Nelson, Nancy E. Marchand-Martella and Mark O'Reilly (Sage Publications)

One of the most critical issues facing teachers and related-services personnel today is behavior management. Behavior management consistently ranks as the most concerning issue in surveys completed by school personnel. Unfortunately, most do not feel well equipped to deal with the multitude of behavior problems they see every day in the schools. The authors say they wrote Comprehensive Behavior Management with these individuals in mind. It is critical for teachers and related personnel to receive high-quality training in behavior management; a solid textbook written by experts in the field that incorporates evidence-based best practices is an important foundational aspect of this training.

Authors are Ronald C. Martella, professor of special education at Eastern Washington University; J. Ron Nelson, Associate Research Professor and co-director of the Center for At-Risk Children's Services at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln; Nancy E. Marchand-Martella, professor of special education at Eastern Washington University; and Mark O'Reilly, coordinator of the graduate training programs in autism and developmental disability in the Department of Special Education at University of Texas at Austin.

Comprehensive Behavior Management, 2nd edition, supports teachers in preventing management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs in classrooms. The text offers a comprehensive presentation of three levels of behavior management strategies: individual, classroom, and schoolwide, all three of which contribute to a positive learning environment. A social learning emphasis in which human behavior is viewed within an ecological framework is integrated throughout the text. Application of this information is supported by a range of pedagogical devices such as vignettes, examples, strategies, and activities to show teachers how to manage behavior effectively. The analysis and applications in this text cover both general education and special education strategies.

New to this edition:

  • A new co-author, Mark O'Reilly from the University of Texas at Austin, contributes specific expertise in applied behavior analysis and individualized behavior management approaches, including functional behavior assessments and behavior support plans.
  • The text has been updated to reflect the shift in behavior management support from one of an individual issue to one of a comprehensive approach with individualized, classroom and schoolwide supports.
  • The sequence of the chapters is reorganized to reflect how the material is most frequently taught.
  • All chapters are updated with current research, corresponding citations, additional tables and figures, and rewritten pedagogical features.
  • Chapter 11 (formerly Chapter 5) has been rewritten to focus on what makes a program evidence-based.
  • Chapter 12 has been added to provide coverage of the Response to Intervention (RTI) approach and how to integrate multitiered intervention models with the schoolwide positive behavior intervention and support (SWPBIS) model.

Comprehensive Behavior Management is designed differently from other management texts. The authors say they wrote this textbook to aid teachers and related-services personnel in the planning processes that must take place when preventing or responding to behavior management issues. Their goal is to provide extensive coverage of all three levels of support individualized, classroom, and schoolwide to help teachers and related-services personnel plan for and respond to behavior management issues effectively.

Features of this textbook include:

  1. Important aspects of behavior management (i.e., working with parents and families, ethics and the law, diversity, and data collection) are infused in chapters throughout Comprehensive Behavior Management.
  2. Every chapter includes objectives that provide a clear overview of what will be covered in the chapter.
  3. All chapters have a vignette at the beginning that highlights an important issue covered in the chapter. This vignette is revisited at the end, showing how the issue was addressed.
  4. Chapter headings are phrased as questions to facilitate easier note taking and discussion.
  5. Several tables and figures are evident in every chapter to aid in the understanding of key concepts.
  6. Discussion questions are found at the end of each chapter to test student understanding of the content. Answers to these questions are provided in the instructor's manual.

Finally, an extensive index and glossary are included to aid in the location and definition

Significant changes were made to several chapters.

Chapter 1. New information was added to this chapter on the best practices in behavior management, and the section on ethics was expanded to include a statement on seclusion and restraint.

Chapter 5. Discussion of preference and choice, as well as of prompting strategies related to behavior issues, was added to this chapter.

Chapter 7. The material from the Think Time chapter (Chapter 8) in the first edition was edited and integrated into this chapter.

Chapter 10. Information on the school evaluation rubric was removed and coverage of the School-wide Evaluation Tool (SET) and the Benchmarks for Advanced Tiers (BAT) was added to this chapter.

Chapter 11. This chapter was Chapter 5 in the first edition, and was rewritten to focus on what makes a program evidence based. It now includes coverage of the criteria for being defined as an evidence-based intervention and how schools assess the magnitude of the effects of an intervention.

Chapter 12. This new chapter provides coverage of the response to intervention (RTI) approach and how to integrate multi-tiered intervention models such as RTI with the schoolwide positive behavior intervention and support model (SWPBIS).

Additional ancillary materials further support and enhance the learning goals of Comprehensive Behavior Management, 2nd edition. These ancillary materials include

the password-protected instructor site offers instructors a variety of resources that supplement the book material, including a Test Bank (Word), PowerPoint Slides, SAGE Journal Articles, Web Resources, Lecture Notes, Answers to In-Text Questions, and Course Syllabi.

The chapters are easy to read, very understandable, and very comprehensive for the information my certification students need. I have students with a wide range of experience, ages, and abilities in my course and this book seems like it would benefit them all. Robert L. Michels

I was impressed with the organization of the text and I enjoyed the vignettes and the vignettes revisited sections. I was also impressed that a chapter on school safety was included. This is a current challenge and it needs to be addressed. Su-Je Cho

The text covers most of the recent trends and strategies in behavioral interventions and contains evidence-based information and strategies. Also, the topics are organized in a question form which the students would prefer. Judith E. Terpstra

The changes and additions made to this second edition of Comprehensive Behavior Management have significantly improved the quality of the textbook. The book supports teachers in preventing classroom management problems and responding to unwanted behavior when it occurs. It can be used with undergraduate or graduate students in general education, special education, and educational and school psychology. Instructors teaching courses on behavior management, the principles of behavior, applied learning theory, and the classroom applications of educational psychology will find this textbook helpful. Additionally, consultants and administrators can use this textbook as a foundational text for those receiving inservice training on individualized, classroom, and schoolwide support planning. Target audiences include teachers and related-services personnel (e.g., school psychologists, counselors, social workers, behavior specialists, and instructional assistants).

 

 

Contents this Issue:

An Actor's Guide Making It in New York City, Second Edition by Glenn Alterman (Allworth Press)

100 Artists of New England by E. Ashley Rooney, with a foreword by Arlene Hecht (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Warming the Stone Child: Myths and Stories about Abandonment and the Unmothered Child by Clarissa Pinkola Ests, audiobook, 2 CDs, unabridged, running time 1 hours (Jungian Storyteller Series: Sounds True)

World 3.0: Global Prosperity and How to Achieve It by Pankaj Ghemawat (Harvard Business Review Press)

The Art of Breakfast: How to Bring B&B Entertaining Home by Dana Moos (Down East Books)

Heartland: The Cookbook by Judith Fertig (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Detecting Women: Gender and the Hollywood Detective Film by Philippa Gates (State University of New York Press)

An Annotated Bibliography of Guitar Methods, 1760-1860: An Annotated Bibliography by Erik Stenstadvold, General Editor: Ardal Powell (Organologia: Instruments and Performance Practice Series, No. 4: Pendragon Press)

DRI: Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D by Committee to Review Dietary Reference Intakes for Vitamin D and Calcium, Food and Nutrition Board, edited by A. Catharine Ross, Christine L. Taylor, Ann L. Yaktine, and Heather B. Del Valle (Institute of Medicine of The National Academies)

The Strawberry Letter: Real Talk, Real Advice, Because Bitterness Isn't Sexy by Shirley Strawberry (One World/Ballantine Books)

Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques by Julie Picarello (Kalmbach Books)

A History of the World in 100 Weapons by Chris McNab, with a foreword by Andrew Roberts (General Military Series: Osprey Publishing)

The Myth of Paganism: Nonnus, Dionysus and the World of Late Antiquity by Robert Shorrock, Series Editor: David Taylor (Classical Literature and Society Series: Bristol Classical Press)

Black California: A Literary Anthology edited by Aparajita Nanda, with a foreword by Ula Y. Taylor (Heyday)

Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology edited by Donald L. Fisher, Matthew Rizzo, Jeffrey K. Caird and John D. Lee (CRC Press)

Management of Acute Obstetric Emergencies: Female Pelvic Surgery Video Atlas Series by Baha M. Sibai, Series Editor: Mickey Karram (Female Pelvic Video Surgery Atlas Series: Elsevier Saunders)

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult Online and Print by Peter M. Som and Hugh D. Curtin (Elsevier Mosby)

Pocket Companion for Physical Examination and Health Assessment, 6th edition by Carolyn Jarvis (Saunders)

Churches, Cultures and Leadership: A Practical Theology of Congregations and Ethnicities by Mark Lau Branson and Juan F. Martinez (IVP Academic)

The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Scott Horton (Zondervan)

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees edited by Gail Damerow (Storey Publishing)

Comprehensive Behavior Management: Individualized, Classroom, and Schoolwide Approaches, 2nd edition by Ronald C. Martella, J. Ron Nelson, Nancy E. Marchand-Martella and Mark O'Reilly (Sage Publications)