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Arts & Photography / History & Criticism
Childhood Pleasures: Dutch Children in the Seventeenth Century by Donna R. Barnes and Peter Rose (Syracuse University Press)
Seventeenth-century Netherlands is a time and place that inspires imagination. This maritime country conjures up images of windmills and dikes, picturesque farms, bustling cities, and harbors filled with ships returning home from far-away lands, their holds packed with spices. The small country enjoyed vibrant economic growth and a remarkably tolerant society that welcomed people of all religious backgrounds. The enormous legacy of this period of the Dutch republic, which artists, writers, and poets celebrated as its Golden Age, has enriched our lives. As historians search for a fuller understanding of its unique character, they continually return to the central role of the family.
Children are an essential part of the story, because how they were raised and taught, how they played, and what they ate and drank offer fundamental insights into Dutch lives. The images in Childhood Pleasures are organized around eight themes: Infancy; St. Nicholas: Bringer of Sweets and Toys; Celebrations and Music; Toys and Games; Animals as Pets and Companions; Inventing Fun, Games, and Mischief; Shopping for Food Treats; and Winter Activities: Outdoors. A recipe chapter provides inspiration for cooking projects, allowing children to prepare tastes of the past. Through words and images, readers learn that while some pleasures enjoyed by Dutch youngsters 400 years ago have changed, some have remained the same and are sources of fun and excitement for children today.
Authors are Donna R. Barnes, professor of education at Hofstra University and lecturer on Dutch art and daily life at the Amsterdam Museum, Rembrandt's House Museum, and the Center for the Study of the Golden Age at the University of Amsterdam; and food historian and writer Peter G. Rose.
As is amply evident in the images of paintings, drawings, and prints in Childhood Pleasures, Dutch artists have made it remarkably easy for readers to transport themselves back to the world of seventeenth-century Netherlands. These artists drew their subjects from all aspects of the world about them, whether grazing cattle in a lush field, the active bustle of an outdoor vegetable market, the lively interior of a village school, or a festive family gathering. They understood the magic of making paintings come alive, so much so that one can almost hear the voices of children laughing or men and women in quiet conversation, and even imagine the fragrance of warm waffles or freshly baked pies.
As told in Childhood Pleasures, artists help readers envision how Dutch children enjoyed the games they played, but, in fact, many of these games, including rolling hoops, spinning tops, flying kites, and walking on stilts, still delight youngsters in the United States and Europe. Similarly, today's children devour pancakes and apple tarts as enthusiastically as did their Dutch seventeenth-century counterparts. These similarities, however, mask differences in the way these games, and even certain types of food, were viewed in the Dutch Republic and in the modern world. Beyond the pleasures that they brought, games and foods often provided means for teaching deeply felt ethical and moral values that were broadly shared in Dutch society. One author wrote: "It is better to stand still than to make oneself tired with work that is useless."
Such moral associations, explicit and implicit, existed for virtually every Dutch toy. They are described in books, particularly emblem books, and are alluded to in prints and paintings. Even the images of children's games on Delft tiles, which seemingly celebrate the simple joys of childhood, also provided daily reminders of the lessons to be learned.
In this environment, where so much educational guidance occurred in the home, the family, and particularly the mother, was especially important for guiding the moral upbringing of the next generation.
Many interrelated elements contributed to the peace and prosperity that allowed the Dutch to enjoy their ‘Golden Age.’ Important for Childhood Pleasures, international trade brought to the Netherlands many of the fruits and vegetables that became the dietary staples for Dutch families. Dutch sailing vessels also brought back to port cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam precious cargoes of spices and peppers and expensive collectors' items such as exotic flowers, shells, and porcelains
In Childhood Pleasures Barnes and Rose reveal the wonder of being a child in the seventeenth-century Netherlands and remind readers of the basic human connections that exist between that distant world and ours. The book explores the pleasures of Dutch children living primarily in the province of Holland, the most prosperous and most important of the Seven United Provinces of the Netherlands. The time focus is upon the seventeenth century and first decade of the eighteenth century. Barnes and Rose draw much of their evidence from Dutch paintings, prints, and drawings that give visual clues to the lives of Dutch children and the behaviors and attitudes of Dutch people. Some evidence was also drawn from archeological digs, cookbooks, medical books, and diaries of the time period.
They combine their mutual interests in general historical patterns of Dutch social life, but also each author focuses attention on different dimensions. Barnes explores connections between Dutch art, Dutch children's toys, games, and pleasurable amusements, and Dutch attitudes about children. Rose probes connections between Dutch foodways and festive celebrations, answering the question: "what sweets and treats would bring pleasure to Dutch youngsters?"
Food historians seek images to enhance our understanding of the texts we study. The authors are to be congratulated for seeking out such illuminating records of children's pleasures. They simultaneously increase our knowledge and our delight. – Barbara Ketcham Wheaton, author of Savoring the Past: The French Kitchen and Table from 1300 to 1789
A fascinating look at children's pleasures in the seventeenth-century Netherlands. Outstanding! – Martha Dickinson Shattuck, New Netherland Research Center
In Childhood Pleasures, Barnes and Rose reveal the wonder of being a child in the seventeenth-century Netherlands and remind us of the basic human connections that exist between that distant world and ours. – Arthur K. Wheelock Jr., National Gallery of Art
An engaging book. Today's children and adults may discover within it that while some pleasures enjoyed by Dutch youngsters four hundred years ago have changed, some of those childhood pleasures remain sources of delight and amusement even in the twenty-first century.
Business & Investing / Entrepreneurship / Marketing
Roadmap to Freedom: A Small Business Owner’s Guide to Connecting People to a Core Message by Chris McIntyre (Entrepreneur Press)
Peak performance expert Chris McIntyre in Roadmap to Freedom urges readers – business leaders trapped by the daily grind – to create a systematic process that connects the right team to a core message that empowers their brand. McIntyre provides turn-by-turn directions for installing an infrastructure for their team to minimize unnecessary detours that come with sudden business growth.
Readers gain free access to every checklist, form, and tool found in Roadmap to Freedom. The tools, insights, and strategies readers learn in the book were developed through in-depth interviews with successful SBOs across the U.S., as well as McIntyre’s firsthand experiences coaching senior leaders around the world. Readers can also download McIntyre’s interviews with successful small business owners across the country.
McIntyre, a Certified Speaking Professional, who founded a faith-based and non-profit Leadership Development Academy, has coached the best in leadership from Fortune 100 organizations and the United Nations, to the Young Professional's (YPO) and Entrepreneur's Organization (EO).
According to McIntyre, Small-Business Owners (SBOs) typically go into business with excitement, determination, and a seductive vision of the ‘total freedom’ business success can give them. With lots of hard work, a strong vision, and maybe even a dash of luck, the business takes flight and does even better than expected. That success, though, tends to illuminate the blurry, informal, and often incomplete internal systems and processes. The performance agreements made by the boss, spouse, old college buddies, and whoever else might have been there from the start are simply no longer sufficient. What then?
SBOs are often uniquely prepared to create and deliver their product or service. Unfortunately, most SBOs are usually far less equipped to effectively lead, let alone develop, their team. Often they struggle to align people with brand, handle performance management issues, and effectively manage the boss/buddy relationships required in such a tight environment. They can never find the time to create effective people systems let alone make sense of the abyss of ever-changing roles and responsibilities. And let's not even think about what's happening to their personal life and relationships.
Strategically, Roadmap to Freedom walks SBOs through how to (1) connect the right team to a consistent message, (2) create, lead, and motivate high performers, (3) automate business processes, and (4) how to get UN-Busy, and actually enjoy their newfound freedom.
Tactically, Roadmap to Freedom offers SBOs a clear way to consistently put legs beneath their strategies. Specifically, readers find a step-by-step blueprint for:
Roadmap to Freedom offers readers a template to be modified based on their leadership philosophy, their team's input, and their distinct business model. Readers will find pop quizzes to help focus their attention on key areas. Summary checklists at the end of every chapter guide readers in facilitating a meaningful dialogue with their team and developing their own tailored action plan.
As entrepreneurs soon find out, there's a big difference between starting a company and leading one. If you're getting bogged down in day-to-day firefighting let Chris McIntyre's excellent guide show you how to put systems in place that will free you to focus on your passions again. – Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager and Leading at a Higher Level
If you're a small-business owner looking to get the best (not the most ...) out of your team – you'd be NUTS not to read this book! – Dr.’s Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, The New York Times bestselling authors of Nuts and Nanovation
This book is the cure for that crazy-busy, small-business owner who realizes they need a better system to get to that next level. – Steve Strauss, senior columnist USA Today
Roadmap to Freedom is the most complete small- to mid-sized business owner leadership book out there. This one is a must for any owner who is serious about world-class leadership. We're bringing Chris back again. – Rick Wolfe, event chair, YPO Florida chapter
Most leadership books focus on life in the corporate world, with multimillion dollar training budgets, HR offices, and layers of staff. Roadmap to Freedom, on the other hand, keeps the uniqueness of the small-business context and resources in mind. It provides SBOs with the infrastructure necessary for the next phases of their business's growth. Therefore it may serve as the ‘missing manual’ for America's small- to mid-sized business owners and organizational leaders, a useful resource to help superstars understand the role they play in contributing to a world-class team. Navigating the roadmap will restore the freedom that small-business success steals.
The preface talks about a series of four books and Part III ends mentioning Book 2, but the book does not make clear that such a series exists; therefore we recommend treating this as a stand-alone manual.
Business & Investing / Management & Leadership
The Heart of Change: Real-Life Stories of How People Change Their Organizations by John P. Kotter and Dan S. Cohen (Harvard Business Review Press)
... the core of the matter is always about changing the behavior of people, and behavior change happens in highly successful situations mostly by speaking to people's feelings. This is true even in organizations that are very focused on analysis and quantitative measurement, even among people who think of themselves as smart in an M.B.A. sense. In highly successful change efforts, people find ways to help others see the problems or solutions in ways that influence emotions, not just thought. Feelings then alter behavior sufficiently to overcome all the many barriers to sensible large-scale change. Conversely, in less successful cases, this seeing-feeling-changing pattern is found less often, if at all. – from the preface
Why is change so hard? Because in order to make any transformation successful, people must change more than just the structure and operations of an organization – they need to change people's behavior. And that is never easy.
The Heart of Change is a guide to helping people think and feel differently in order to meet their shared goals. According to bestselling author and renowned leadership expert John Kotter and coauthor Dan Cohen, this focus on connecting with people's emotions is what will spark the behavior change and actions that lead to success.
Kotter, internationally regarded as the foremost authority on the topics of leadership and change, is the Konosuke Matsushita Professor of Leadership, Emeritus, at Harvard Business School and cofounder of Kotter International; and Cohen is the CEO of Stuart Advisory Services Group and a retired partner of Deloitte Consulting LLP with over thirty-five years of experience consulting to and working in industry.
The Heart of Change builds on Kotter’s popular work Leading Change. The earlier work revealed why efforts at change so often end in failure and outlined the eight critical steps needed to turn things around. With chapters organized by each of the eight stages of change Kotter identified in the 1996 bestseller, the authors contrast success stories with fumbles, then utilize the compare-and-contrast format for lively ‘how-to/how-not-to’ discussion. They pepper their discussion with arresting (and quotable) aphorisms, such as "Dying will not help" and "Honesty always trumps propaganda," to ensure that readers remain on task, engaged and awake. In one example, a sales representative underscores a sense of urgency to change a manufacturing process by showing a videotaped interview with an unhappy customer; in another, a purchasing manager makes his point to senior management about corporate waste by displaying on the company's boardroom table the 424 different kinds of gloves that the company had procured through different vendors at vastly different prices.
With real-life stories of people in organizations, Kotter and Cohen in The Heart of Change show how teams and individuals get motivated and activated to overcome obstacles to change – and produce spectacular results. They argue that change initiatives often fail because leaders rely too exclusively on data and analysis to get buy-in from their teams instead of creatively showing or doing something that appeals to their emotions and inspires them to spring into action. They call this the see-feel-change dynamic, crucial for the success of any true organizational transformation.
Their main finding is that the central issue concerns not structure or systems but changing the behavior of people. An overview of how people see and meet change is followed by chapters on the steps to successful, large-scale change, including increasing urgency, building a guiding team, getting the vision right, communicating for buy-in, empowering action, creating short-term wins, and persistence.
… In The Heart of Change, Kotter, with the help of Dan Cohen, a partner at Deloitte Consulting, shows how his eight-step approach has worked at over 100 organizations. In just about every case, change happened because the players were led to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ the change.… Well written and loaded with real-life examples and practical advice, The Heart of Change towers over other change-management titles. Managers and employees at organizations both big and small will find much to draw from. Highly recommended. – Harry C. Edwards, Amazon.com
"Never underestimate the power of a good story," Kotter and Cohen testify in this highly readable sequel to Kotter's groundbreaking Leading Change. Practicing what they preach, they have culled, from hundreds of interviews conducted by Deloitte Consulting, the 34 most instructive and vivid accounts of companies undergoing large-scale change.… Viewed in stages with concrete examples and convenient end-of-chapter summaries, the challenges and opportunities of the change process emerge in sharp relief. Kotter and Cohen demonstrate the critical difference that focus, faith, leadership, commitment and creativity make in winning employees' hearts, offering good stories that truly apply to each topic. "The single biggest challenge in the process is changing people's behavior," they insist, while providing convincing evidence (as well as examples of the effectiveness of videos and creative visual displays) that their method of ‘see-feel-change’ will enable a company to overcome resistance lurking in its midst. – Publishers Weekly
… Having researched more than 100 organizations in the midst of major changes, Kotter and Cohen now reveal the core problems people face at each of these eight stages and provide straightforward solutions….The inclusion of many firsthand, personal stories from people involved in change efforts makes this a useful book for any organization. Highly recommended for all academic libraries supporting business curricula. – Dale Farris, Groves, TX, Library Journal
A timely update, The Heart of Change is an engaging and useful complement to Kotter's worldwide bestseller Leading Change. Building off of Kotter's revolutionary eight-step process, the book vividly illustrates how large-scale change can work. Refreshingly clear and eminently practical, it is required reading for anyone facing the challenges inherent in leading change.
Computers & Technology / Arts & Photography / Graphic Design
The Functional Art: An Introduction to Information Graphics and Visualization by Alberto Cairo (Voices That Matter Series: New Riders)
If you asked me to choose one mystery that has fascinated me through the years, it would be our brain's ability to create and understand visual representations with different degrees of abstraction: graphics that encode data, concepts, connections, and geographical locations. How is it possible that the brain, a wrinkled chunk of meat and fat squeezed into a cavity too small for its size, can accomplish such challenging tasks? This book is my personal attempt to answer that question.… This is the first theme of the book…. The second theme is the common nature of infographics and information visualization.…
… the third theme of The Functional Art: Graphics, charts, and maps aren't just tools to be seen, but to be read and scrutinized. The first goal of an infographic is not to be beautiful just for the sake of eye appeal, but, above all, to be understandable first, and beautiful after that; or to be beautiful thanks to its exquisite functionality….
The fourth theme of the book … is the relationship between visualization and art, which is similar to the linkage of journalism and literature. A journalist can borrow tools and techniques from literature, and be inspired by great fiction writing, but she will never allow her stories to become literature. That notion applies to visualization, which is, above all, a functional art. – from the book
Unlike any time before in our lives, we have access to vast amounts of free information. With the right tools, we can start to make sense of all this data to see patterns and trends that would otherwise be invisible to us. By transforming numbers into graphical shapes, Alberto Cairo, who teaches Information Graphics and Visualization at the School of Communication at the University of Miami, in The Functional Art shows readers how to understand the stories those numbers hide.
In this practical introduction to understanding
and using information graphics, readers learn how to use data
visualizations as tools to see beyond lists of numbers and variables
and achieve new insights into the complex world around us.
Regardless of the kind of data they are working with – business,
science, politics, sports, or even their own personal finances –
The Functional Art shows readers how to use statistical
charts, maps, and explanation diagrams to spot the stories in the
data and learn new things from it.
Readers also get to peek into the creative process of some of the world’s most talented designers and visual journalists, including Condé Nast Traveler’s John Grimwade, National Geographic Magazine’s Fernando Baptista, The New York Times’ Steve Duenes, The Washington Post’s Hannah Fairfield, Hans Rosling of the Gapminder Foundation, Stanford’s Geoff McGhee, and European superstars Moritz Stefaner, Jan Willem Tulp, Stefanie Posavec, and Gregor Aisch.
The first book to offer a broad, hands-on introduction to information graphics and visualization, The Functional Art reveals:
The Functional Art also includes a DVD-ROM containing over 90 minutes of video lessons that expand on core concepts explained within the book and includes even more inspirational information graphics from the world’s leading designers. In the DVD-ROM Cairo goes into greater detail with even more visual examples of how to create effective information graphics that function as practical tools for aiding perception. Viewers learn how to: incorporate basic design principles in their visualizations, create simple interfaces for interactive graphics, and choose the appropriate type of graphic forms for their data. Cairo also deconstructs successful information graphics from The New York Times and National Geographic magazine with sketches and images not shown in the book.
Welcome to Alberto’s world. Cairo has done
it all in
The Functional Art: theory, practice, examples. And he’s
done it brilliantly. It is the most comprehensive and sensible book
yet on real-world information graphics; we won’t need another one
for a long time. – Nigel Holmes, former graphics director for
Time magazine and founder of Explanation Graphics
If graphic designer Nigel Holmes and data visualizer Edward Tufte had a child, his name would be Alberto Cairo. In The Functional Art, accomplished graphics journalist Cairo injects the chaotic world of infographics with a mature, thoughtful, and scientifically grounded perspective that it sorely needs. With extraordinary grace and clarity, Cairo seamlessly unites infographic form and function in a design philosophy that should endure for generations. – Stephen Few, author of Show Me the Numbers
This book is long overdue. Whether you’re just getting started visualizing information or have been doing it all your life, whether you're looking for a basic understanding of visualization or a detailed how-to reference, this is the book you’re looking for. Alberto Cairo, a professional journalist, information designer, and artist, shows how to visualize anything in a simple, straightforward, and intelligent way. – Karl Gude, former infographics director at Newsweek and Graphics Editor in Residence at the School of Journalism, Michigan State University
The Functional Art is brilliant, didactic, and entertaining. I own dozens of books on visual information, but Cairo’s is already on the shortlist of five that I recommend – along with those by Edward Tufte, Nigel Holmes, and Richard Saul Wurman – to anybody who wishes to have a career in information graphics. Cairo is one of those rare professionals who has been able to combine real-world experience with the academic. – Mario Tascón, director of Spanish consulting firm Prodigioso Volcán
Read It. There is really nothing else to say. If you care about how visualization is used to communicate to people, this is the book for you. If you’re a journalist, you need to read it. If you’re an academic doing visualization research, you really, really need to read it. This is the stuff we’ve been missing in visualization for the last 25 years. – Robert Kosara, EagerEyes
Enlightening and quite practical, The Functional Art helps readers understand and use information graphics. Cairo demonstrates how to visualize date and then use data visuals to find meaning in the data, all in an entertaining way.
Computers & Internet / Arts & Photography / Techniques & Reference
Aperture 3: Organize, Perfect and Showcase Your Photos, 2nd Edition by Dion Scoppettuolo (Apple Pro Training Series: Peachpit Press)
Author Dion Scoppettuolo is an Apple Authorized Trainer and an award-winning travel photographer who has taught classes on Aperture and other Apple products world wide. Before starting his own company, he was at Apple, Inc. for over seven years, where he worked as Senior Product Manager on Shake, Motion, and iMovie, and was involved in the first release of Aperture.
Updated for Aperture 3.4, this Apple-certified guide starts with the basics of image management and takes readers step by step through Aperture's powerful editing, retouching, proofing, publishing, and archiving features. Aperture 3 delivers comprehensive training – the equivalent of a two-day course – in one project-based book. With complete coverage of Aperture's new interface and features, readers learn to index their photos using face recognition and GPS location data; master powerful non-destructive image-adjustment tools including brush-based local adjustments; and create impressive slideshows that include photos, HD video clips, and layered soundtracks. Readers learn time-saving techniques for sorting, ranking, and organizing images for use in different jobs. And they discover effective ways to publish images for client review and keep their online portfolio up to date automatically. Aperture 3's real-world exercises feature professional photography from a variety of genres, including landscapes, portraits, wedding, and wildlife photography.
Features of Aperture 3 include:
Aperture 3 lets photographers make intelligent selects, adjust images quickly and powerfully, and deliver photos online or in print with a single click. Readers can also manage and search image archives with one unified library for both Aperture and iPhoto.
Other titles in the Apple Pro Training Series include:
Upon completing the course material in Aperture 3, readers can earn Level One Apple Certified Pro status by taking the exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center (AATC).
Cooking, Food & Wine
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking by Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, with photographs by Rick McKee, with a foreword by Pat Conroy (Gibbs Smith)
Southern cooking is the Mother Cuisine of America. – Nathalie Dupree
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is the most exhaustive and well researched volume on Southern cooking ever published. It is massive in its sheer size and the audacity of its ambition.… Its range is large and its scope is encyclopedic.… But the true beauty of this book is the clarity and ease that will lend confidence to the beginning cook and expertise and knowledge to the gifted one. My piecrusts have always been mysterious messes, but not after I read Nathalie and Cynthia's cogent explanation of the art. My fried chicken has never been as good as my mother's or as bad as my grandmother's, but these two writers unlock the secrets for an impatient, itchy cook like me. They make baking cakes and pies seem simple and joyous and well – a piece of cake to me. Their recipes for vegetables are mouthwatering, and the ones for fish make me happy to be alive and living beside salt water and having access to pristine, clear water rivers flowing through the Lowcountry of South Carolina. – Pat Conroy, from the foreword
Through more than 600 recipes and hundreds of step-by-step photographs, Natalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart make it easy to learn the techniques for creating the South's fabulous cuisine with Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking. From basics such as cleaning vegetables and scrubbing a country ham, to show-off skills like making a soufflé and turning out the perfect biscuit – all are explained and pictured with clarity and plenty of stories that entertain. Traditional Southern recipes and ingredients are also given modern twists to make them relevant for today's healthy lifestyle.
Dupree is the author of twelve cookbooks, including two James Beard Award winners and Graubart is an author and former television producer. Based on years of research, beginning with their first collaboration in 1985 for the PBS television series New Southern Cooking, the authors embrace the cookbooks and recipes of the past, enhancing them with the foods and conveniences of today.
Teachers first and foremost, Dupree and Graubart help cooks conquer fears of flour and fat, writing clear techniques so both seasoned home cooks and kitchen novices alike can produce the lightest biscuits and flakiest piecrusts. With recipes like Lazy Girl Cobbler and Bubbly Butter Bean Soup, the beginning cook is brought along from basic skills to more involved techniques, such as mastering a soufflé, frying a batch of crispy squash blossoms, and butterflying succulent pork tenderloin. Vegetables, the music of the Southern table, are taught in both traditional and new ways, such as grilled asparagus, creamy grits, and okra chips.
Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking is the new standard reference for cooks everywhere on how to prepare the South's most satisfying dishes, preserving the techniques and tastes of this beloved regional cuisine. With authority and passion, Dupree and Graubart in Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking reveal the essence of food that delights, entices and satisfies. The recipes and directions are easily accessible to kitchen novices as well as seasoned cooks – there is plenty here for everyone.
Education / Schools & Teaching / Reference
The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide by Debra L. Page and Judith A. Hale (Corwin)
As expectations and accountability for student learning and performance have risen over the last decade, a new educational role has evolved: the school improvement specialist (SIS). The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide is intended to support people who facilitate improvement and transformation in schools or aspire to do so.
As a current or transitioning school improvement specialist (SIS), readers are entrusted with helping schools turn around their performance. Now there is a proven process that can strengthen their effectiveness as well. Deb Page and Judith Hale, SIS authorities, guide new and transitioning SIS professionals in applying high-leverage practices that result in systemic, sustainable, schoolwide improvement.
Page, a former K-12 educator who spent more than 20 years in corporate human capital management, is a strategy and performance consultant in systemic improvement of performance, and Hale, PhD, CPT, who has served as Director of Certification and President of ISPI, is one of ISPI's more prolific writers and well-known consultants in the field of performance improvement, certification, and sustaining major interventions. Page and Hale of Hale Associates developed the fully evidence-based Certified School Improvement Specialist, awarded through a collaborative arrangement with the International Society for Performance Improvement. Together they founded The Institute for Performance Improvement.
The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide offers the voice and counsel of a trusted coach while addressing how to:
According to The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, the SIS may be a person assigned from a government agency; a consultant hired to support a school, school district, or local education agency; an education administrator employed at the school or district level; or an instructional coach or teacher focused on systemic school improvement. Often, an SIS is a former principal, school superintendent, or other education leader who may have been effective as an administrator, teacher leader, or counselor but who has little-to-no experience acting in a consultative or adult performance coaching role without direct authority over people or the organization. Typically, SIS will have to make many adjustments and acquire new skills to influence sustainable results, especially if they are expected to operate without direct authority over school staff.
Until the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) codified the role of the SIS through the research of Page and Hale (International Society for Performance Improvement, 2012), the set of skills for this role was not standardized or documented. Using the outputs of the study conducted by Page and Hale in April 2010 the ISPI launched a new, fully evidence-based job certification for individuals who facilitate systemic school improvement – the Certified School Improvement Specialists (CSIS). The school improvement certification standards are also rooted in the ten human performance technology (HPT) standards, developed and refined by the ISPI over the last ten years.
The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide describes the skills and knowledge required of effective school improvement professionals. It provides school improvement practitioners with examples, tools, and guidance they can use to develop their craft and reflect on their practice. This book will also help experienced practitioners prepare their applications for the CSIS certification.
The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide is intended as a resource for those who facilitate school improvement by helping them (1) improve the effectiveness, quality, and efficiency of their work; (2) reduce the time they require to achieve competency, and (3) increase their confidence and pride in their professional practice.
The International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) conducted a study in 2000-2001 to define the profession of performance improvement. It convened a cross-functional group whose membership represented the public and private sectors. The study resulted in ten standards for human performance technology (HPT) that formed the basis of the ISPI evidence-based certification, the Certified Performance Technologist (CPT). The first four standards are principles. The last six describe the elements of the systematic process used by accomplished HPT practitioners.
This analysis was conducted based on the assumption that schools, school districts, states, nations, and provinces base their school improvement efforts on either an explicit reform or improvement model or tacit processes. The study defined the work of a school improvement specialist as the facilitation of those models or processes in a manner that leads to systemic and sustainable improvement.
The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide contains ten chapters, and each chapter is dedicated to one of the standards that emerged from the results of the study. Each chapter contains examples of how the elements of the standard appear in practice. The chapters also contain tools and guidelines for doing the work. The end of the book contains resources and references for readers’ use, as well as a readiness assessment for CSIS certification.
The 10 standards describe the work of proficient practitioners who facilitate adults working in schools and encourage school systems to adopt the behaviors and practices that improve the performance of students, teachers, and leaders:
Although The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide is organized by the ten standards, the work of school improvement is cyclical and is never a lockstep process. It requires continuous attention to data and feedback to inform and correct the course of action.
Purposeful, intentional facilitation of the school improvement process builds a school staff's capacity and skills for continuous improvement that lasts beyond the consultant or leader. This book provides a framework, tools, and strategies for effective facilitation. – Bess Scott, Director of Elementary Education Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE
There is an abundance of ideas from which an improvement specialist could develop and implement a successful school improvement process. It was great to see facilitation strategies as part of the resources provided. – Gayle Wahlin, Educational Consultant, DuPage Regional Office of Education, Wheaton, IL
The book helps educator improve student achievement by transforming schools as an SIS expert. With easy-to-use tools and protocols – both in The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide and online – readers have the support they need to facilitate improvement. They can follow the improvement process that leads to success for them, their students, and their school.
Entertainment / Music / Education
A Cappella Arranging by Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell (Hal Leonard Books)
The world loves to sing. From barbershop groups to madrigal choirs to vocal rock bands, there are tens of thousands of vocal groups in America. The success of mainstream television programs such as Glee and The Sing-Off not only demonstrates the rising popularity of vocal music, it reflects how current trends inspire others to join in.
Contemporary a cappella, which tends to emphasize the rhythmic underpinnings of current popular music through complex textures, vocal percussion, and instrumental imitation, has exploded into the mainstream now with tens of thousands of vocal groups, like Straight No Chaser and Pentatonix. A cappella is a global phenomenon.
At the heart of every vocal group is the music it performs. This often means writing its own arrangements of popular or traditional songs. A Cappella Arranging is the long-awaited definitive work on the subject, wide ranging both in its scope and in its target audience. The book is for beginning arrangers of all ages, music students, community groups, professional and semiprofessional groups, vocal and instrumental songwriters, composers, producers, and academics. An arrangement is a map, a dress pattern, a recipe that can create a powerful bond between audience and vocal group, resulting in laughter, chills, and tears. Authors Deke Sharon and Dylan Bell convey in A Cappella Arranging their perspective about the art and craft of a cappella arranging, while encouraging readers to question, evaluate, and compare their logic in order to help musicians and arrangers find their own voices. Sharon, one of the best-known and most prolific a cappella arrangers in the world, known colloquially as the father of contemporary a cappella, is the arranger and producer of NBC's The Sing-Off; and Bell is a world-renowned vocal arranger, performer, producer, and instructor.
Designed to be the first-ever ‘definitive book’ on the subject, A Cappella Arranging covers every conceivable facet of arranging for voices. Readers learn directly from the masters as they guide readers though the 10 Steps to Writing an Arrangement. They discover the inside tricks and techniques used by the pros. They explore new strategies for enhancing the creative process and creative problem-solving.
Techniques in the book are brought alive through notated and recorded examples, including arrangements from the Nylons, Cadence, Committed, and the hit TV series The Sing-Off. A Cappella Arranging allows readers to get ‘under the hood’ of a great vocal chart, to see and hear firsthand how the music is made.
The book includes exercises and open-ended questions intended to generate further thought and discussion. Using popular music to demonstrate arranging techniques, it covers preparing, transcription, adaptation, translation, arranging formats, developing readers’ inner ear, vocal range conventions, song selection, listening, form and conceptualization, melody and lyrics, notation, recording, and rehearsing. This book also includes a chapter on the history of different a cappella styles. Only a limited understanding of music theory is required to read this book, and an appendix and glossary with key terms is included.
A Cappella Arranging is a great textbook – and a great read – for every vocal arranger, whether amateur or professional; every vocal music classroom; and any professional recording studio. It is written for anyone interested in vocal music: beginning arrangers, seasoned arrangers and producers, vocal groups of any type and skill level, students of vocal music, and even music fans interested in a behind-the-scenes look at how a cappella music is made. The tone of the book is instructive and informative, yet conversational: it is intended to stand alongside any academic publication while remaining interesting and fun. No other book addresses the subject of contemporary a cappella in such a comprehensive way.
Health & Fitness / Psychology & Counseling
Culturally Alert Counseling: A Comprehensive Introduction, 2nd edition by Garrett J. McAuliffe & Associates (Sage Publications, Inc.)
Updated with the latest research and information, the Second Edition of Culturally Alert Counseling offers a comprehensive guide to the study and practice of culturally alert counseling, Coauthor and editor Garrett J McAuliffe expands the common boundaries of multicultural counseling from the usual two categories of race and ethnicity to seven groupings: race, ethnicity, gender, religion/spirituality, disability, class, and sexual orientation. McAuliffe is University Professor of Counselor Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, with 13 years as community college and university counselor; prior to that, he was a public school teacher in New York.
Culturally Alert Counseling and companion DVD encourage readers to examine the complex nature of culture and how it impacts all stages of the counseling process.
Using case vignettes and interactive activities to examine the complex nature of culture and how it impacts all stages of the counseling process, this text will inform, move, and change readers as they explore the encounters with culture that lie in these pages.
Features of the second edition of Culturally Alert Counseling include:
McAuliffe asks, does the world change for the better? We have seen remarkable social changes in the past 50 years. Who would have thought that race relations would have improved so much since the 1960s, even if the struggle continues? Who could imagine that consciousness of women's rights would become a mainstream assumption, if not a reality? Who would have thought that marriage for persons who are gay would be a reality in some states?
Thus change does happen. And we can give credit to the counselors, writers, and activists of each era for the changes we see today. So we have cause for hope, even optimism. However, we must be vigilant. We must be ever restless in order to ensure that the dominant groups do not reign supreme as they once did, and still do in many cases. So the public conversation about who is at the equity table must continue. Counselors are central players in that conversation.
Culturally alert counseling is a moral enterprise. Culturally alert counseling is an attempt to include all other human beings in the great work of helping and healing, with no exceptions. That work is done daily in counselors' attention to clients' cultural assumptions, in counselors' outreach to nondominant groups.
Culturally Alert Counseling is a beginning text for emerging counselors and psychotherapists of all kinds. It has been written with four guidelines in mind: depth, breadth, readability, and applicability.
The book begins with the more tender topic of oneself – the cultural being that they are. Readers are asked to know themselves better in order to know others. At the end of the first two chapters, they will perhaps be less likely to project their cultural assumptions onto others; they will be more likely to listen and wait. Chapter 3 launches into the topic of human equality, with a description of social stratifications and how to challenge those that are harmful through advocacy.
The journey then leads in Chapters 4 and 5, to explorations of ethnicity and race – topics that involve all readers. No one is left out of this book, whether she or he is in a dominant/majority group or in a less powerful minority. The following seven chapters (Chapters 6–12) describe specific ethnic groupings. In those pages, readers come to better know both themselves and others. Next, Chapters 13–17 present readings and activities devoted to exploring the wide worlds of social class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.
Culturally Alert Counseling ends with a depiction of the key skills for doing culturally alert counseling. This topic has been scarcer in the counseling literature, and Chapters 18 and 19 are an attempt to remedy that omission. With exposure to actual counseling skills, readers will be better equipped to apply the understandings that they have learned and try them out in solidarity with those now-familiar ‘others.’ These skills are illustrated by the complementary six-part training DVD series Culturally Alert Counseling: Working with African American, Asian, Latino/Latina, Conservative Religious, and Gay/Lesbian Youth Clients. One of the six videos parallels Chapters 18 and 19 and comes with the text. That video, Key Practices, provides an overview of the skills required for doing culturally alert counseling.
Many of the authors are the same experts on each topic from the successful first edition. They have revised their work with the wisdom of 5 years of living, reading, and testing.
The authors have built on the first edition, with wisdom that can be gained only from experience. Here are examples of the improvements that this second edition offers:
Culturally Alert Counseling is made useful and moving by its focus on values, and the demo videos on the DVD bring the content vividly to life.
Health & Fitness / Psychology & Counseling
Roadmap to Resilience: A Guide for Military, Trauma Victims and Their Families by Donald Meichenbaum (Institute Press) (Crown House)
In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing events, most individuals (some 70%) evidence resilience, while up to 30% evidence chronic PTSD and related adjustment problems. In Roadmap to Resilience, Donald Meichenbaum discusses the differences between these two groups for both military and civilian populations and specific ways to bolster resilience in six domains (physical, interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and spiritual). It includes numerous examples of successful coping strategies, self improvement Action Plans, questions that open the door to possibilities, and a comprehensive Resource Guide designed to help readers locate the exact information they need to address their situation and to help them become more resilient.
Meichenbaum, currently Research Director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence in Miami, is one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in a survey of clinicians, he was voted "one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century."
According to Meichenbaum in Roadmap to Resilience, research indicates that all individuals have the ability to improve their level of resilience following the experience of stressful events, whether they are service members or civilians. In fact, some individuals, families and communities evidence post-traumatic growth and become stronger and develop closer meaningful relationships in the aftermath of stressful life events, whether these events are combat-related, victimization due to intentional human design like crimes or terrorist attacks, or due to natural disasters, accidents or illness.
Roadmap to Resilience begins with a brief discussion of the concept and definition of resilience and some facts about resilience. Then it considers the research evidence of examples of the adjustment capacity of returning service members, family members, and civilians to successfully adapt to adversity. The major portion of the book provides specific practical "How To" ways to improve readers’ level of resilience and fitness in six important areas:
In each area of Fitness readers learn ‘tricks of the trade’ of what resilient individuals Do and Do Not Do. Specific practical steps to enhance their well-being are enumerated based on research findings. These are supplemented by Quotable Quotes offered by returning service members and civilians. Distributed throughout are specific self-assessment tools, self-examining Hinge Questions that allow readers to swing open the gate of possibilities toward personal growth and well-being. These questions are accompanied by practical steps them can take and things they can implement right now. In addition, there are sections on Useful Information that discuss briefly why engaging in such bolstering behaviors can enhance readers’ (or clients’) resilience and also contain additional resources such as websites, agencies and hotline telephone numbers.
Readers are given an opportunity to create their own ‘tool kit’ of resilient-bolstering behaviors that can help in the transition from military to civilian life. The military has taught service members how to prepare for combat and military activities. Roadmap to Resilience is designed as a roadmap to help individuals meet the challenges of post-deployment. Although many of the examples offered were created with the returning Service members in mind, these same resilience-bolstering activities apply equally well to the general civilian population.
There are many different pathways to resilience and what works best for one individual may not work for someone else. Readers have an opportunity to develop an individual plan for coping and look for opportunities to practice their newfound, resilience-bolstering behaviors.
Writing a book that reviews the most relevant research on a topic is easy. Writing a book that is practical is hard. Dr. Meichenbaum has brilliantly done the latter in Roadmap to Resilience. Drawing upon 40 years of clinical practice and research, Dr. Meichenbaum has distilled the most salient aspects of resilience and growth into an easy to understand and highly useful format…. This book should be in the backpack of every soldier, in the hand of every leader, and on the desk of every clinician. – Bret A. Moore, PsyD, ABPP, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Former Army psychologist and veteran of Iraq; Co-Author of Wheels Down: Adjusting to Life After Deployment and co-editor of Treating PTSD in Military Personnel
This is a really amazing piece of work. I am impressed that this book incorporates so many empirically-based approaches to trauma and resilience. Dr. Meichenbaum is a master of this field, both in terms of knowing the concepts and research, and making them accessible to military service members and their families.… I would recommend this book to all clinicians who work with trauma survivors in order to help them see the various approaches they can take in treatment, and consider home-work assignments they can suggest to their clients. – Richard Tedeschi, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Roadmap to Resilience is a must read for any trauma victim and their family members. Dr. Meichenbaum has hit a ‘home run’ with this Guidebook making it an invaluable reference for building resilience and assisting recovery from combat and any form of trauma-based injuries. Roadmap to Resilience is the trauma victims and warriors ‘go to’ Handbook for psychological health and readjustment. – Sharon M. Freeman, PhD, MSN and editor of Living and Surviving in Harm's Way
This book will serve as a wonderful resource to read and re-read by those seeking to enrich their own lives or the lives of loved ones following hardship and trauma. It will also be an invaluable guide for clinicians working with these individuals and families. – Robert Brooks, Ph.D., Faculty, Harvard Medical School. Co-author of The Power of Resilience and Raising Resilient Children
Meichenbaum has put his 40 years of experience working with trauma victims into Roadmap to Resilience, and the book reflects his clinical experience and wisdom as well as his research findings. It will be of great assistance to help individuals and their families reintegrate and cope with the lingering effects of trauma. Clinicians will find an invaluable resource of translating evidence-based interventions into specific guidelines for their clients.
History / US / Biographies & Memoirs / Relationships
Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal by William Henry Chafe (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The latest book from one of our preeminent historians, Bill and Hillary demonstrates the impact on the country of the Clintons’ tumultuous relationship. The prizewinning author is William H. Chafe, the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History at Duke University and the former president of the Organization of American Historians.
Bill and Hillary, Chafe argues that the trajectory of the
Clintons’ political lives can be understood only through the prism
of their personal relationship. Each experienced a difficult
childhood. Bill had an abusive stepfather, and his mother was in
denial about the family’s pathology. Bill believed that his success
as a public servant would redeem the family. Hillary grew up with an
autocratic father and a self-sacrificing mother whose most important
lesson for her daughter was the necessity of family togetherness. As
an adolescent, Hillary’s encounter with her youth minister helped
set her moral compass on issues of race and social justice.
According to Bill and Hillary, from the day they first met at Yale Law School, Bill and Hillary were inseparable, even though their relationship was inherently volatile. The personal dynamic between them would go on to determine their political fates. Hillary was instrumental in Bill’s triumphs as Arkansas’s governor and saved his presidential candidacy in 1992 by standing with him during the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal. He responded by delegating to her powers that no other First Lady had ever exercised. Always tempestuous, their relationship had as many lows as it did highs, from near divorce to stunning electoral and political successes.
Chafe’s many insights – into subjects such as health care, Kenneth Starr, welfare reform, and the extent to which the Lewinsky scandal finally freed Hillary to become a politician in her own right and return to the consensus reformer she had been in college and law school – add texture and depth to readers’ understanding of the Clintons’ experience together.
Chafe understands, as do too few historians
and biographers, that the personal and public lives of political
figures cannot be separated ... [and he] is quite right to
insist that the stories of Bill and Hillary Clinton prove the point.
– Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post
Riveting ... Chafe sees clearly what we who were there, chronicling the Clintons in real time, missed. – David M. Shribman, The Boston Globe
The strength of this book lies in Chafe’s reconstruction of the Clinton’s early lives and the way their connection affected the decisions Bill Clinton made as Governor of Arkansas and as President . . . [Bill and Hillary is] a welcome reminder of the great promise that the Clinton ‘co-presidency’ initially held, and of the attributes, from Clinton’s intellect to his willingness to engage on racial issues and his ability to connect with people, that made those of us who saw him sworn in truly believe, for a time, in ‘a place called Hope.’ – The Toronto Star
Chafe ... delivers a superior portrait of how the dynamic between Bill and Hillary Clinton affected their achievements in public life. – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
An engaging look at the personal relationship behind one of the most powerful political marriages in the nation’s history. – Booklist
An illuminating glimpse behind the scenes. – Kirkus
General readers and political junkies will enjoy this reasoned account. – Library Journal
Not since Franklin and Eleanor has a power couple in the White House fascinated the public as much as Bill and Hillary. How did their personal journeys – especially their marriage – shape the Clinton years? For those of us who worked with the Clintons, this book, by one of the nation’s best historians, brings a keen eye and fresh insights to the intersection of their personalities and their exercise of power. – David Gergen, senior political analyst for CNN and adviser to four U.S. presidents
A fascinating analysis of how Bill and Hillary Clinton’s different family backgrounds and complicated marital history shaped their political fortunes. William H. Chafe documents how the personal relationship between these two brilliant but flawed individuals created blind spots and self-defeating behaviors that often undermined their ability to further the political and ethical goals they sincerely supported. Beautifully written. – Stephanie Coontz, author of A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
In this mesmerizing account, one of the most astute historians of our era pulls back the curtain on the struggles and passions of the world’s most powerful couple. William H. Chafe takes readers behind the scenes to reveal Bill and Hillary as they have never been seen before. – Elaine Tyler May, author of America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril, and Liberation
In electrifying fashion, William H. Chafe reveals that the key to understanding the Clinton presidency is the tortuous relationship between Bill and Hillary. He shows that the First Lady’s domination of the president because of his sexual misadventures brought about the failures of his first years in office, but also steeled him to survive subsequent disasters, conspicuously the Monica Lewinsky affair. For any reader seeking to unravel the Byzantine politics of the 1990s, Chafe’s book is indispensable. – William E. Leuchtenburg, author of In the Shadow of FDR: From Harry Truman to Barack Obama
Only a writer as gifted as William H. Chafe could have written this splendid book. In luminous and page-turning prose, Bill and Hillary reveals how two strikingly independent individuals, each the product of difficult beginnings, together changed America and symbolized a new world for women. This is a deeply insightful and warmly empathetic portrait of personal ambition, a complicated marriage, and a powerful political partnership. – Alice Kessler-Harris, author of A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman
Beautifully written, insightful, here is an excellent portrait of a marriage in the public eye. Further, Bill and Hillary is the definitive account of the Clintons' relationship and its far-reaching impact on American political life.
History / World / Medieval
Medieval Pets by Kathleen Walker-Meikle (The Boydell Press)
Animals in the middle ages have often been discussed – but usually only as a source of food, as beasts of burden, or as aids for hunters. Medieval Pets takes a completely different angle, showing that they were also beloved domestic companions to their human owners, whether they were dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, or even parrots. The book offers a full survey of pets and pet-keeping: how they were acquired, kept, fed, exercised, and displayed; it looks at the problems pets could cause, and finally, how they were mourned. It also examines the representation of pets and their owners in art and literature; the many charming illustrations offer further evidence for the bonds between humans and their pets, then as now. A wide range of sources, including chronicles, letters, sermons and poems, are used.
The author is Kathleen Walker-Meikle, a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the University of York, working on animals and medieval medicine.
Animals abounded in all walks of medieval life. Humans hunted them, ate them, milked them, sheared them, skinned them, rode them, ploughed with them, and used them to draw wagons; they imbued them with symbolism, and put those symbols to work in contexts ranging from Bible exegesis to heraldry. However, Medieval Pets examines pets: animals chosen by humans simply to perform the task of being companions.
There has not previously been a broad overview of pets in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. Pets and their upkeep are mentioned occasionally in the secondary literature, but little space has been devoted to the practice of pet keeping itself. Medieval Pets sheds light on that practice and draw attention to the evidence for its prevalence in the medieval period, drawing on a range of historical, literary and iconographic sources.
As described in the conclusion, pet keeping is a component in the wider scheme of human-animal relationships. In a culture of anthropocentrism, mankind had dominion over all the beasts. Pets, though, were treated kindly, and led a spoiled, privileged life, completely dependent on the whim of their owner, who had elevated the animal to the category of companion. The pet's status was wholly dependent on the human owner's perception of the animal's affection as genuine.
Being a pet exempted the animal of any traditional utilitarian function, but instead placed the emphasis solely on a social and psychological role: as animal companions, which received and were perceived by their owners as giving affection. This role relied on an invisible emotional bond between the human and animal.
Does the privileged position of pets, allowed indoors (and into more private spaces, such as bedrooms), place them above other domesticated animals? Do they become `honorary humans', leaving behind their inferior animal condition? Many of the rituals of pet keeping appear to point at least to an ambiguous animal-human status. Pets were given names, allowed to roam indoors with as much as freedom as humans, and rather intriguingly, at their deaths, were greatly mourned over. It is apparent from the discussion owners' grief in Chapter 2 that this transcended mere ritual on the death of an animal, and instead was treated as a tragedy and a loss which the owner had to bear.
Pets were seen as individual repositories of affection and companionship. An owner felt affection for his or her very own pet, not just for any pet that might happen to be present. Pets were seen both as capable of giving and receiving affection. Their owners perceived their animals as adept in mitigating their concerns and cares. This raises the question of animal intelligence.
But as well as being kept for affection and companionship, pets formed a part of their owners' identity and were almost always connected to status. Having a pet often demonstrated their owners' desire to emphasize their elevated position in society and show off their material assets. The stereotypical overweight medieval pet was a sign of status, demonstrating that the owner affectionately gave excessive food to a beast that fulfilled no useful function, and only served to amuse.
When they showered their pets with care and affection did medieval owners truly consider their animals' needs, or were they just playthings? It is true that pets were lavished with fine food, including imported nuts, white bread and an abundance of milk, unnecessary for weaned animals. Similarly they were displayed with specialist and often costly accessories. They were allowed into intimate quarters, and were always present, whether frolicking in gardens or demanding table-scraps at dinner. But were these things done for the benefit of the pet or for the benefit of the owner? In the many sources covered in Medieval Pets, pet owners rarely appear to act without consideration for the animal itself. Whether exercising the animal or playing with it, these activities were seen as beneficial for both parties, not just for the owner.
Some practices, such as the feeding of fine fare, were, at least in the eyes of the owner, perceived to be beneficial solely to the pet. But even this is not the complete picture. Given that both overfeeding and the feeding of inappropriate food (for an animal) was such a motif of criticism of medieval pet owners, it could be argued that these were done not just out of affection for the animal (on the assumption that this was what the pet would want), but as a show of conspicuous consumption, flaunting a cosseted animal to all. Affection and the desire for display could go hand in hand.
There are further ambiguities. Pets could be both costly to purchase (particularly if exotica) and to maintain if luxurious expenditure was demanded (silver-belled collars, brocade cage-covers). However, a pet could be bought cheaply, or even received as a gift, and elaborate accessories were not essential. Pets might be status symbols, but they could be very reasonably priced symbols. This point might have been appealing. Merely owning a pet gave the impression that one could indulgently afford to spoil an animal kept solely for amusement and companionship.
In what is both an authoritative and entertaining account, Medieval Pets shows the complexities which lay behind pet keeping in the medieval period and brings to life the experiences of owners and their pets.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
The Vintage Pattern Selector: The Sewer's Guide to Choosing & Using Retro Styles, with CD ROM by Jo Barnfield (Barron’s)
Style-conscious women who sew their own dresses, as well as design students, fashion designers, and enthusiasts for vintage clothing styles will welcome this practical book. The Vintage Pattern Selector presents advice and instruction on sewing techniques, plus information and ideas on mixing and matching clothing items from different decades of the twentieth century as a way to make a personal fashion statement. Readers find:
Patterns representing fashions from the 1930s, ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s include blouses, skirts, tunic tops, coats, and hats. The Vintage Pattern Selector features more than 300 illustrations in color and black and white, which capture the looks and the atmosphere of those past decades.
The Vintage Pattern Selector combines retro fashion inspiration with modern style and patterns. It also gives readers plenty of practical advice, explaining all the techniques they will need for sewing and adapting patterns to their personal taste. Better yet, they will find all the background information for mixing and matching twentieth-century styles with confidence. Printable patterns on the accompanying CD make this practical book a comprehensive guide to creating contemporary outfits from vintage styles.
The contents of The Vintage Pattern Selector include:
The Vintage Pattern Selector makes fashion fun and flexible for home sewing and fashion enthusiasts. It is the ultimate handbook for choosing the right fabrics, color palettes, styles, and patterns, inspiring readers to create contemporary pieces that reflect iconic styles and designs. It opens the door to limitless options, drawing on decades of experimentation with hemlines, color, fabrics and silhouettes.
Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies
Warm Little Knits: Classic Norwegian Two-Color Pattern Knitwear by Grete Letting (Trafalgar Square Books)
I've found mitten patterns from all around Norway. I've bought old knitting books and weekly magazines from the 1940s in flea markets and I've looked at the many pairs of mittens my mother-in-law in Sogn and Fjordane has knitted in the course of her long life. Whenever I meet anyone with fine mittens, I borrow them, chart the pattern, and knit socks. – from the book
Inspired by Norway’s traditional two-color pattern knitting, Warm Little Knits features designs and instruction for creating small garments based on classic, Norwegian mitten motifs. Large photographs accompany full-color diagrams for each pattern – from socks and wrist warmers to headbands and caps, plus gloves, scarves, and hats – and a special section devoted solely to the often difficult-to-arrange sock heel is also included. With knitting tips and techniques for 37 patterns, this manual provides a wealth of classic projects designed to be worn by children and adults alike. The book also features cuffs, tassels, pompoms, flaps, and Boucle edging.
The author is Grete Letting, a lifelong knitter from Norway. She writes the blog "Grete's Warm Knits" and belongs to the knitting and crochet online community "Ravelry."
Contents of Warm Little Knits include:
The full-color, full-page photographs and diagrams, with colorful, cozy designs for women, men, and children and with a taste of Norwegian humor evident on almost every page, make Warm Little Knits a delightful manual.
Humor & Entertainment / Biographies & Memoirs
Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays by Michael Savage (William Morrow)
The holidays. It's the time when families gather and reflect on the past year, to remember losses, to toast triumphs, to look forward to new beginnings. In the spirit of the season, radio host Michael Savage's Train Tracks reminds readers how every member of our family – in fact, each individual we encounter through time – contributes essential gifts to our life story.
The Michael Savage Show is the third most listened-to radio talk program in America, with more than ten million weekly listeners. Savage master's degrees in medical botany and medical anthropology, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology and nutrition sciences from the University of California at Berkeley. He is an ardent conservationist, a dedicated family man, and an animal protector. Savage is a multimedia icon in the conservative movement, and his last six books have been New York Times bestsellers. While many are familiar with his political views, few know about his personal life and the events that have led him to become one of America's ‘big’ personalities.
Millions admire Savage for his view of American politics and culture. But regular listeners of his wildly popular radio show also know him as a riveting storyteller – a side he reveals to readers in Train Tracks. To Savage, every personal story is like a set of train tracks that starts at a person's childhood and runs all the way to the present. Our stories set us out on our life trajectories; stories that are molded and enriched by the extraordinary men and women in our lives. In Train Tracks, Savage talks about growing up poor in Bronx, New York during the 1940's and spending his childhood working as an apprentice for his father at his antiques market on Ludlow Street in Manhattan. Savage's father, who emigrated from Russia as a child, taught Savage tough lessons while growing up – leading Savage to compare their often difficult relationship with Abraham and Isaac's relationship in the Bible. From working as a social worker fresh out of college, to the painful memories of his brother's institutionalization, to his thoughts on modern day relationships and even nutrition, Savage shares some of the most intimate details of his life.
Some of the stories Savage shares in Train Tracks include:
In the title chapter, set in the early 1950s, Savage remembers the excitement and mystery of riding the train from New York's old Penn Station to rural Pennsylvania at the start of the holiday break. Drawn from Savage's own journey from poor immigrant's son to media stardom, these deeply personal true tales show readers that even in today's homogenizing times, they are all charting a unique destiny as they journey through life.
Train Tracks is an instant holiday classic by an American original – a special gift to be read and shared. In time for the holidays, it is a celebration of family, home, and tradition, a thoughtful collection of stories that is sure to trigger readers’ memories.
Literature & Fiction
The Shadow Girls: A Novel by Henning Mankell, translated from the Swedish by Ebba Segerberg (The New Press)
From the incomparable Henning Mankell comes a new novel of depth and humor, The Shadow Girls. A well-loved, award-winning figure in international literature, Mankell has sold more than 30 million books worldwide. His Kurt Wallander mysteries are global bestsellers and have been adapted into the PBS Masterpiece Mystery! series Wallander.
Jesper Humlin is a Swedish poet of middling acclaim who is saddled by his underwhelming book sales, an exasperated girlfriend, a demanding mother, and a rapidly fading tan. His boy-wonder stockbroker has squandered Humlin’s investments, and his editor, who says he must write a crime novel to survive, begins to pitch and promote the nonexistent book despite Humlin’s emphatic refusals.
His friends, his stockbroker – and even his mother – are writing thrillers too. Admittedly, he could use a change: his last poetry reading nearly led to a brawl with a group of hostile library-goers, and his one-upping writer frenemy has just revealed that his latest book will be a crime novel. But Humlin is generally content to write about "the unbearable tristesse of everyday life."
Then, when he travels to Gothenburg to give a
reading, he finds himself thrust into an entirely different world,
where names shift, stories overlap, and histories are both deeply
secret and in profound need of retelling.
Leyla from Iran, Tanya from Russia, and Tea-Bag, who is from Africa but claims to be from Kurdistan (because Kurds might receive preferential treatment as refugees) – these are the shadow girls who become Humlin’s unlikely pupils in impromptu writing workshops. Hidden in plain slight, these young women begin to reveal fragments of their stories to Humlin. Tania has made a long and dangerous journey to escape the horrors of human trafficking. Leyla has come with her family from Iran. And Tea-Bag has escaped from a refugee camp in Spain. But, Tea-Bag reveals, some unfinished stories have the power to haunt their listeners, and to destroy their comfortable lives.
The heart of The Shadow Girls lies with these three women and the stories they so desperately want to tell: their own. It is their journeys and their sacrifices they want to understand how to narrate, to make sense of both for themselves and for the strangers writing is meant to reach. Both social comedy and social tragedy ensue from these efforts, but the changes Humlin and the shadow girls bring to one another show how a diverse society changes – and is changed by – its citizens, even its marginalized members who are often hidden in plain sight.
Offering both surprising humor and heartbreaking moments, The Shadow Girls is a triumph that will please longtime fans of Mankell as well as readers new to his work. Both passionate and entertaining – and a strong indication that the Swedish are not as lugubrious as their crime fiction makes them out to be. – The Telegraph
In the long-anticipated novel The Shadow Girls, Mankell offers a sly glimpse into the life of a Swedish writer through his character Jesper Humlin. An affecting novel, it will stay with readers long after the last page has been turned.
Mysteries & Thrillers
Golden Dawn: A Novel by Thomas M. Kostigen (Forge)
New York Times bestselling nonfiction author and journalist Thomas M. Kostigen brings his international affairs expertise to a gripping debut thriller, Golden Dawn. A former Bloomberg News editor, Kostigen has reported from natural wonders and war zones around the world. The author of numerous nonfiction books, this is his first novel.
Golden Dawn is a story ripped straight from the headlines. Prophecy parallels true events as this international thriller centers on radical Muslim beliefs informed by ancient Zoroastrian texts to present real-world nuclear catastrophe.
The place is Northwestern Iran, near the border of Turkey.
An IRA terrorist, a Chechen rebel, and the president of Iran hold a secret meeting. Little do they realize that they are being watched.
Irish journalist Michael Shea has been tracking his IRA bomber uncle for years, intent on settling a personal score. He never expected to stumble onto the biggest story of his life: a plot to smuggle nuclear material into Iran.
But Shea is discovered and marked for death before he can expose the conspiracy to the world. On the run from the Iranian secret service, his only chance for survival lies with Neda Ghazali, a beautiful mystic and a member of an ancient sect of Zoroastrians – the Golden Dawn. For centuries, the sect has guarded a secret prophecy of the End Times – a prophecy that international terrorists and Iran's president are exploiting for their own gain.
Shea leaves a trail of bodies behind as he rushes to reveal the truth – before Neda's cataclysmic prophecy comes true.
Dan Brown meets Tom Clancy in this debut novel, a you-are-there tale straight from today's hot zones. Golden Dawn will have readers clutching their e-readers and hardbacks for cover. – Jim DeFelice, New York Times bestselling coauthor of American Sniper
Thomas Kostigen bursts into the ranks of thriller writers at breakneck speed. This dark and surprising journey swept me away enthralled on every high-speed page. – Whitley Strieber, New York Times bestselling author of Hybrids
It's hard to believe that this is a first novel, it's so swift and assured a piece of storytelling. Don't miss the debut of an author who will be entertaining us for a long time to come. – William Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Constitution and City of Dreams
Kostigen's debut fiction is headline-driven, with a touch of mysticism added.... Think The Da Vinci Code with religious fanatics eager to light off an atomic weapon. – Kirkus Reviews
A fast-moving thriller with a strong sense of place. – Publishers Weekly
A high-octane international thriller, Golden Dawn is an enthralling page-turner that will captivate and delight readers. Drawn from more than twenty years of reportage and extreme travels, Kostigen excites readers with intriguing characters, history and super-charged action and events that will leave them buzzing.
Politics & Social Sciences / Anthropology /Women’s Studies
Gender and Sustainability: Lessons from Asia and Latin America edited by Maria Luz Cruz-Torres and Pamela McElwee (The University of Arizona Press)
Gender and Sustainability is one of the first books to address how gender plays a role in helping to achieve the sustainable use of natural resources.
The contributions collected in Gender and Sustainability deal with the struggles of women and men to negotiate such forces as global environmental change, economic development pressures, discrimination and stereotyping about the roles of women and men, and diminishing access to natural resources – not in the abstract but in everyday life. Contributors are concerned with the lived complexities of the relationship between gender and sustainability. Contributors include: Stephanie Buechler, Lisa L. Gezon, Maria Luz Cruz-Torres, Pamela McElwee, Linda D'Amico, Neera Singh, Georgina Drew, Hong Anh Vu, James Eder, and Amber Wutich.
Editors are María Luz Cruz-Torres, associate professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University and Pamela McElwee, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University.
Bringing together case studies from Asia and
Gender and Sustainability adds new knowledge to our
understanding of the interplay between local and global processes.
Organized broadly by three major issues – forests, water, and
fisheries – the scholarship ranges widely: the gender dimensions of
the illegal trade in wildlife in Vietnam; women and development
issues along the Ganges River; the role of gender in sustainable
fishing in the Philippines; women’s inclusion in community forestry
in India; gender-based confrontations and resistance in Mexican
fisheries; environmentalism and gender in Ecuador; and women’s roles
in managing water scarcity in Bolivia and addressing sustainability
in shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta.
Together the chapters in Gender and Sustainability show why gender issues are important for understanding how communities and populations deal daily with the challenges of globalization and environmental change. Through their ethnographic research, the contributors demonstrate that gender analysis offers useful insights into how a more sustainable world can be negotiated – one household and one community at a time.
A particular strength of this volume is its focus on the many scales of interaction that link the global and the local, especially the ways that different scales of activity may influence gender relations through transfers of ideas and power centers. – David Griffith, author of Fishers at Work, Workers at Sea: A Puerto Rican Journey through Labor and Refuge
The in-depth, worldwide case studies in Gender and Sustainability explore unique connections between gender, sustainability, and the environment. This valuable collection is filled with rich ethnographic research.
Politics & Social Sciences / Parenting & Relationships / Child Abuse / History / World
Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes: A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s by Martha Long, with a foreword by Alice Walker (Seven Stories)
It took Martha Long decades before she could look back at the little girl she was in Dublin in the 1950s. But the harrowing tale of her childhood yearned to be told, and her story poured out in volume after volume, each one a bestseller in Ireland and England.
Available now for the first time in North America, Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes, the first in a multivolume series, is the heartbreaking story of a little girl faced with the difficult task of surviving in a world set against her.
Long was born in Dublin in the 1950s and still lives there today. She is the author of four ‘Ma’ books. She calls herself a ‘middle-aged matron’ and has successfully reared three children.
As told in Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes, born to a teenage mother in the slums of Dublin, Martha quickly learned to use her mischievousness, courage, and wit to get her through the most desperate situations, never giving up hope that a better life existed for her. She rarely went to school, spent days going shop to shop stealing butter, and begged for food and clothes from the convent.
When her feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (‘that bandy aul bastard’), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha does all she can to steer clear of him. She is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often the only thing keeping food on the table. Jackser is a master of paranoid anger and outburst, keeping the children in an unheated tenement, unable to go to school, at the ready for his unpredictable rages. Then Martha is sent by Jackser to a man he knows in exchange for the price of a few cigarettes. She is nine. She is filthy, lice-ridden, outcast.
Martha and Ma escape to England, but for an
itinerant Irishwoman finding work in late 1950s England is a near
impossibility. Martha treasures the time alone with her mother, but
amazingly Ma pines for Jackser and they eventually return to Dublin
and the other children. And yet there are prized cartoon magazines,
the occasional hidden penny to buy the children sweets, the glimpse
of loving family life in other houses, and Martha's hope that
she will soon be old enough to make her own way.
Virtually uneducated, Long is natural-born storyteller. Written in the vernacular of the day, Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes tempts readers to speak like Martha for the rest of a day (and don't let me hear yer woman roarin' bout it neither). One can't help but cheer on this mischievous, quick-witted, and persistent little girl who has captured hearts across Europe.
Not for the faint of heart, Long's story is a gritty, grueling, and heartbreaking testament to one girl's unbreakable spirit. – Publishers Weekly, starred review
The destruction of our common humanity
through the manipulation of imposed poverty, misogyny, alcoholism
and drug abuse, is a major source of our misery, world-wide; and has
been for a long time. Reading this startling testament to one
child’s valiant attempts to live until the age of sixteen (four
years to go!) is a worthy reminder that we can do better as adults
if we turn to embrace the children who are suffering, anywhere on
earth, who are coming toward us, their numbers increasing daily, for
help. – Alice Walker
Coming-of-age hardships skillfully recounted by way of the colloquial Irish tongue. – Kirkus Reviews
Stands head and shoulders above everything else in the category . . . a remarkable personal and literary achievement for the author and an unforgettable experience for the reader. – Irish Independent
[Long's] story is unique in its rawness and its honesty. Entirely self-educated, she narrates her own life in a way which is both riveting and moving. – Greenock Telegraph
A tale of strength, bravery and sheer determination of not letting life beat you. – Irish Post
An ultimately uplifting story which salutes the strength of the human spirit. – Irish World
Long in Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes recounts her early years in the colloquial language of mid-century Ireland, and she recreates that lost era in which the Catholic Church loomed large, horses pulled carts through the cobbled streets of the slums, and a penny candy could brighten the darkest day. There isn't another natural-born storyteller quite like Martha Long. And now that she’s taken Ireland by storm, American audiences are ready to be thrilled by Long’s amazing story, and Alice Walker in the preface puts it in global perspective.
Politics & Social Sciences / Philosophy
Ayn Rand Explained: From Tyranny to Tea Party by Ronald E. Merrill, revised and updated by Marsha Familaro Enright (Ideas Explained Series: Open Court)
Ayn Rand Explained is a completely revised and updated edition of The Ideas of Ayn Rand, by the late Ronald E. Merrill, first published by Open Court in 1991. Merrill was a scientist-entrepreneur who ran his own business in the Los Angeles area. The revision is by Marsha Familaro Enright, President of the Reason, Individualism, Freedom Institute, which provides innovative seminars for high school and college students around the world. The book is Volume 10 in the Ideas Explained Series.
Ayn Rand Explained is an engrossing account of the life, work, and influence of Ayn Rand: her career, from youth in Soviet Russia to Hollywood screenwriter and then to ideological guru; her novels and other fiction writings, including the perennial best-sellers, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged; her forays into ethics, epistemology, and metaphysics; her influence on – and personal animosity toward – both conservatism and libertarianism.
Merrill and Enright in
Ayn Rand Explained describe Rand’s early infatuation with
Nietzsche, her first fiction writings, the developments behind her
record-breaking blockbuster novels of 1943 and 1957, and her
increasing involvement in politics in the 1950s and 1960s, including
her support for the presidential candidacy of Barry Goldwater.
Rand’s Objectivist movement was first promoted through the Nathaniel Branden Institute, headed by her young protégé and anointed heir. The Institute advocated a complete worldview, encompassing Rand’s views on politics, economics, religion, art, music, epistemology, ethics (“The Virtue of Selfishness”), and sexual relationships. For several years the Institute grew rapidly, though there were ominous signs as some leading members were ‘put on trial’ for their heretical ideas, and ignominiously drummed out of the movement.
In 1969, Branden was expelled by Rand for ‘immorality’, the Institute was shut down, and all members who questioned this ruling were themselves excommunicated and shunned by Rand and her disciples. Branden became a best-selling author of psychotherapy books, with a following of Objectivists who had dissociated from the official organization headed by Rand, and after her death in 1982, by Leonard Peikoff. One of Rand’s inner circle, Alan Greenspan, later went on to get his hands on the steering wheel of the American economy.
Objectivism offers a comprehensive package of beliefs encompassing the ethics of rational egoism, rejection of all religion and outright atheism, the arts as expressions of good or bad metaphysical and ethical values, personal freedom from political interference, laissez-faire capitalism, and limited government. The last few years have witnessed a resurgence of Objectivism, with a jump in sales of Rand’s novels and the influence of Rand’s ideas in the Tea Party movement and the Republican primaries. While gaining membership, the Objectivist movement continues to be sharply divided into warring factions, the two major groupings led by the Ayn Rand Institute (Leonard Peikoff) and the Objectivist Center (David Kelley).
Rand (1905–1982) is unique in human history. Scorned by the established critics, she wrote brilliant popular novels that have become permanent best-sellers, and founded a comprehensive philosophical and cultural movement which, decades after her death, is shaking the foundations of the post-New Deal American political order.
Ayn Rand Explained gives a comprehensive survey of Rand's wide-ranging contributions including her literary techniques, her espousal and then rejection of Nietzschean philosophy, her contradictory attitude to feminism, her dismissal of religious faith, the development of her political creed.
Ayn Rand is in the news now more than ever but the media consistently misunderstands her. Read Ayn Rand Explained for a thorough and clear introduction to her ideas. – Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia
Ayn Rand Explained takes us on an exciting exploration of Rand's provocative worldview and expertly traces its huge contemporary impact on politics, economics, art, and culture. Marsha Familaro Enright provides much new information and probing, in-depth analysis. A surprising, intriguing take on a controversial writer. – Chris Matthew Sciabarra, author of Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical
I immensely enjoyed reading Ayn Rand Explained. Packed with fascinating information, much of it new, the book is a real page turner – and a reminder of why Rand's novels are continuously making their way onto best-seller lists. – Veronique De Rugy, Senior Research Fellow, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University
Ayn Rand Explained is an introductory survey and searching examination of Rand's thinking, requiring no prior knowledge. The approach, engrossing and comprehensive, is friendly to Rand's ideas yet critical as to details.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Church History / Theology
The Theology of Martin Luther: A Critical Assessment by Hans-Martin Barth (Augsburg Fortress)
Those who occupy themselves with Luther get to the center of Christian theology. From here one can understand and unlock the whole; here, as in a kaleidoscope, the most important problems are brought together.… Anyone who has understood Luther has … ‘broken through’ to a place, has found a lead by which to orient herself or himself in life. Certainly the crucial break in European intellectual history was completed not with the Renaissance and Reformation, but in the Enlightenment. This naturally raises the question of the extent to which Luther's theology can still be relevant to modern Protestantism, which is clearly shaped by that rupture. One can critique Luther from the point of view of modern Protestantism, but in turn one can also put modern Protestantism under a critical microscope from Luther's point of view. Both procedures make sense, and they are mutually productive.
But in spite of every precaution, any author who presents a version of ‘Luther's theology’ is also in some way presenting ‘his’ or ‘her’ Luther. Love for Luther may excuse this in individual cases. Still, there are enough different interpretations of Luther to make a mutual questioning and correction possible. – from the book
Does Martin Luther have anything to say to us today? Nearly five-hundred years after the beginning of the Reformation, Hans-Martin Barth explores that question in The Theology of Martin Luther, a comprehensive and critical evaluation of Luther's theology. Rich in its extent and in its many facets, Barth's didactically well-planned work begins with clarifications about obsolete and outdated images of Luther that could obstruct access to the Reformer – for example, the question of the Peasants' War and Luther's attitude toward other religions and superstition. The second part covers the whole of Martin Luther's theology. Having divided Luther's theology into twelve sub-sections, Barth ends each one of these with an honest and frank assessment of what today can be salvaged and what has got to go. In the final section he gives his summation: an honestly critical appropriation of Luther's theology can still be existentially inspiring and globally relevant for the twenty-first century.
Barth is Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany and former president of the Evangelical Alliance.
According to Luther, as told in the preface, theology should be about "the kernel of the nut, the interior of the wheat, the marrow in the bones." He wanted to find out what matters in life and death and to distinguish the essential from what is inessential or even hurtful. As regards his own time, he may well have been largely successful. But in the meantime half a millennium has passed, and the question arises whether from today's point of view he was able to separate the chaff from the wheat, whether he succeeded in getting to the marrow of the bones, and whether the heart of the nut he cracked is still tasty today and will continue to nourish in time to come.
It is nearly impossible to get a complete overview of the literature on Luther; his own works, in their various editions, represent a challenge to anyone studying them. Where is the core, the marrow, the innermost part of the wheat to be found? There is need for a critical examination in view of a radically altered sociocultural situation and the theological questions that require an answer today. The Theology of Martin Luther seeks to make its contribution in this context.
According to Barth in the final chapter, Luther's theology needs to be thought through anew if its global openness to integration is to become visible. There must be a new battle over Luther and his heritage! Above all, a critical engagement with the Reformer will bring to light what in his insights is helpful for individuals and required by church and society. The ecumenical tug-of-war over his theology is inadequate; it conceals his real significance for the understanding of and responsible shaping of human existence. Even a new interest in Luther within the discipline of church history is not sufficient. Lutheran theology must ask what in his thought can be useful for the ‘world community now coming to be,’ and can also carry it further. It should steadily and ever anew allow itself to be aided by that theology, to make use of its insights and, when necessary, to go beyond them.
Like a scalpel, Hans-Martin Barth's The Theology of Martin Luther exposes, analyzes, and evaluates the unique body of Luther's theology. It provides, like never before, criteria for a realistic celebration of five centuries of Luther research. – Eric W. Gritsch, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
Barth's forthrightly critical but passionately appreciative reading of Luther in the context of the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries models how we may fruitfully engage Luther's discerning, perceptive reading of Scripture and sensitivity to the human struggle in ways that speak to the people of our time, who live in a vastly different world than his. – Robert Kolb, Concordia Seminary, Saint Louis, Missouri
This mighty tome on Luther's theology is a breath of fresh air. I highly recommend it. – Denis R. Janz, Loyola University, New Orleans
This magnificent study offers an honest and compassionately critical account of Martin Luther's `provocative theology of existence' with its tensions and integrative possibilities for future generations. Hans-Martin Barth is bringing Luther back to the ecumenical center, especially with the reformer's Trinitarian foundations, and invites the readers to contemplate what from Luther might endure for the future and for whom. An indispensable companion for teachers and students alike, now available in an engaging English translation. – Kirsi Stjerna, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
The Theology of Martin Luther summarizes Barth’s decades of engagement with the Reformer, which became more and more critical over time and in the process uncovers the Reformer's relevancy for today.
Religion & Spirituality / Christianity / Religious Studies / Theology
A Living Tradition: On the Intersection of Liturgical History and Pastoral Practice edited by David A. Pitt, Stefanos Alexopoulos and Christian McConnell (Pueblo Book, Liturgical Press)
Maxwell Johnson has made a multiple contributions to our understanding of liturgical history and liturgical theology. A Living Tradition honors his work by offering a set of essays by respected scholars that bridge the distance between scholarship and praxis, to be accessible and relevant to both pastoral ministers and academic theologians. It is organized according to three categories: liturgical year, Christian initiation, and Eucharist. Within these categories, the contributors are attentive to three important aspects of liturgical history: the role that important figures in liturgical history played as liturgical pastors; how liturgical history has been used in shaping contemporary liturgical rites and prayers; and how liturgical history informs contemporary understandings and beliefs. Ultimately, A Living Tradition pays tribute to Johnson’s contributions to the life of the church by exploring ways that the study of liturgical history might help the church remain faithful to God and to the sacramental worldview that continues to define and characterize classic Christianity.
Editors are David A. Pitt, associate professor of liturgical and sacramental theology at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa and organist for St. John’s Episcopal Church, Dubuque; Stefanos Alexopoulos, assistant professor of liturgy at the Ecclesiastical Academy of Athens, Greece and parish priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, Halandri, Greece; and Christian McConnell, assistant professor of liturgical studies, director of basic degree programs at the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Ontario, and director of liturgical music at St. Joan of Arc Parish, Toronto.
Contributors include: Stefanos Alexopoulos, Paul F. Bradshaw, Michael Daniel Findikyan, Ruth Langer, Lizette Larson-Miller, Christian McConnell, Anne McGowan, David A. Pitt, Walter D. Ray, Nicholas V. Russo, Bryan D. Spinks, Robert F. Taft, SJ, Jeffrey A. Truscott, and Gabriele Winkler.
A Living Tradition, dedicated to the Rev. Dr. Maxwell E. Johnson on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday, pays tribute to Johnson's scholarship by addressing some of the ways in which the historical study of the liturgy contributes to the liturgical pastoring of the church. Such a venture is necessary in the face of a liturgical culture that appears beset by two conflicting approaches. On one hand, Johnson has argued that the evidence gleaned from liturgical history provides the necessary foundation for avoiding liturgical relativism: "there is still a case to be made for some kind of 'normativity' based on the inherited traditions ... centered in Sunday, assembly, baptism, word, meal, year, and some kind of ministerial ordering, together with the orthodox doctrinal heritage of the church of the first millennium, [and that] there should be plenty of room for a diversity of practices and interpretations, past and present, in which the gifts of several differing Christian churches might find a welcome place." Johnson insists that the normativity of the liturgical tradition is not simply a matter of preference.
What appears to be at stake, according to Pitt in the introduction, is a particular theological understanding of how God is believed to act in the world and church.
On the other hand, Johnson has insisted that liturgical history and liturgical antiquarianism are decisively different projects.
The navigation between these two polar alternatives provides the lens for each of the essays in A Living Tradition. Each author addresses the pastoral role of liturgical history in varying combinations of three different approaches. First, several essays consider ways in which figures from liturgical history were, themselves, liturgical pastors. Second, several essays investigate ways in which liturgical history has been used in the shaping of contemporary liturgical rites and prayers. And third, several essays consider the ways in which liturgical history informs contemporary understandings and beliefs. In all, this collection is an attempt to rise to the task that Johnson sees for liturgical history and the historian, who "must attend to the great variety that actually exists – liturgically and theologically – in the sources of the various Christian traditions, as that variety is revealed to us by study of those documents themselves."'
A Living Tradition begins with two introductory essays that help to establish the framework for this project. Paul E Bradshaw, Johnson's former dissertation director and now colleague and frequent coauthor, introduces this anthology. In his essay, "The Relationship between Historical Research and Modern Liturgical Practice," Bradshaw identifies some of the historical perspectives and assumptions affecting the shape of late twentieth-century Western liturgical revision and reform and indicates how many of these scholarly positions have changed since then. This focus is somewhat narrowed in the second introductory essay, Robert F. Taft's "Between Progress and Nostalgia: Liturgical Reform and the Western Romance with the Christian East; Strategies and Realities." Here, Taft examines the valuation of Eastern liturgy in the reforms of the Second Vatican Council, arguing that what Westerners saw in Eastern liturgy may well be best understood as an indication of what they perceived themselves to be lacking.
The trajectory established by the introductory essays is continued in the first essay of the section treating the liturgical year. Ruth Langer's contribution, "The Liturgical Parting(s) of the Ways: A Preliminary Foray," investigates points of seeming connection, yet ultimately divergence, between Jewish and Christian liturgical years. Michael Daniel Findikyan's article, "Saints Nicholas in Armenia," shifts the comparative focus to the Armenian Church, investigating the unusual problem of two feasts within the span of three weeks venerating the same Saint Nicholas. The final essay of the liturgical year section is Nicholas V. Russo's "The Distribution of Cyril's Baptismal Catecheses and the Shape of the Catechumenate in Mid-Fourth-Century Jerusalem," which presents an image of Cyril the liturgical pastor.
The third section of A Living Tradition, which treats initiation, begins with Christian McConnell's essay, "The Meanings of Paschal Baptism in the Non-Roman West." Examining liturgical sources from Spain and Gaul, McConnell assesses the range of baptismal images that illuminate Easter baptism beyond that of death and resurrection with Christ. Walter D. Ray's article, "Baptismal Images, Baptismal Narratives," expands upon the multiplicity of received baptismal images by suggesting two interrelated claims. The connection between the baptismal event and a baptismal life are further developed in Jeffrey A. Truscott's essay, "Luther's Pastoral Approach to Baptism." The theme of baptismal living is continued in David A. Pitt's essay, "Lex Exorcismi, Lex Vivendi: The Minor Exorcisms of Adult Initiation and Baptismal Identity." He narrates the development of the minor exorcisms during the revision of the rite of adult initiation following the Second Vatican Council, arguing that these exorcisms are central to the period of the catechumenate. The issue of semi-Pelagian tendencies related to baptism is also taken up in Lizette Larson-Miller's essay, "'That You May Be a Christian': Baptism, Identity, and Naming."
The concluding section of A Living Tradition treats the Eucharist. In "Revisiting Egyptian Anaphoral Development," Bryan D. Spinks considers the difficulties associated with geographically based descriptions of liturgical units. The discussion on anaphoral construction is continued in the next contribution, which treats the epiclesis and institution narrative in the anaphora of Basil: "Attempto: Rethinking the Question of Summaries," by Gabriele Winkler. Her thorough summary of her own recent German-language scholarship not only provides a clear model for what summaries ought to be but will clearly benefit a good many English-speaking scholars by minimizing the potential for interpretative errors. Anne McGowan's essay, "The Epiclesis in Eucharistic Praying Reconsidered: Early Evidence and Recent Western Reforms," builds upon the work of both Spinks and Winkler by examining the use of the epiclesis in current Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Anglican, and United Methodist eucharistic prayers. The section and collection concludes with Stefanos Alexopoulos's contribution, "Liturgical Practice and Liturgical History."
A magnificent volume of equally outstanding essays. The contributors ... have produced an extraordinary work of scholarship, which does justice not only to the research of one of the most prominent liturgical historians living today but also to the field as a whole. – Nathan D. Mitchell University of Notre Dame
For students and colleagues to present essays to a professor is already a great honor, but for the essays to be both scholarly and pastoral is a tribute to the person of Maxwell Johnson who has consistently demonstrated that sound historical scholarship is the best approach to good pastoral praxis. – Michael Driscoll, Co-Director of the Master in Sacred Music Program University of Notre Dame
[This is a] magnificent volume of equally outstanding essays. Instead of digging in the liturgical past as nostalgic antiquarians intent on restoring authenticity and purity, the contributors have ingeniously focused on three main categories – liturgical year, Christian initiation, and Eucharist – and used three innovative approaches that address primarily the pastoral role of liturgical history. In so doing, they have produced an extraordinary work of scholarship, which not only does justice to the research of one of the most prominent liturgical historians living today, but to the field as a whole. – Nathan D. Mitchell, University of Notre Dame
These essays demonstrate the pastoral relevance of careful historical investigation of liturgy while avoiding the romantic approach to history that characterized liturgical renewal in the twentieth century. Both academic specialists and working pastors will find much here to consider. The collection demonstrates the cutting edge of liturgical studies in the twenty-first century, and it is a fitting tribute to a scholar who himself has left an indelible mark on the field. – L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
The essays collected in A Living Tradition demonstrate a variety of pastoral implications for the present celebrations and understandings of liturgy arising from its historical study; nevertheless, they are unified by a common thematic thread. Similarly, the authorship reflects a great diversity of persons. Gathered here is the work of Johnson's mentors, his former students, and his colleagues, members and (to varying degree) nonmembers of Das Institut, who emerge from a variety of liturgical traditions.
Religion & Spirituality / New Age / Occult
The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians: A Lost Classic by Magus Incognito by William Walker Atkinson and Clint Marsh (Weiser Books)
The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians is many things: It is a story. It is an account of history, and, in a way, it is a scientific textbook. It is also a manual for life, and a call to action. Its message is powerful enough to make kings and bishops tremble, and the meek and disenfranchised stand up and attempt great deeds. And that is precisely why I hope you take it to be true, as others wiser than you or I have for centuries. In taking up study of the Rosicrucian teachings, you will find yourself in a chain of initiates stretching back before the beginnings of recorded history. – from the Introduction
The Rosicrucians are a secret society whose philosophy has come to light at different points in history. In the 1600s they issued a set of manifestos calling for an enlightened revolution that would reshape society into a more democratic ideal. Even the American Founding Fathers were influenced by these manifestos. Rosicrucianism is alive and well today with more than half a million followers seeking and keeping its many divine secrets.
Writing as ‘Magus Incognito,’ American occultist William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932) in The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians introduces a new generation of readers to the Rosicrucian ideals, as well as to a myriad of connections between occult concepts as varied as alchemy, reincarnation, the astral plane, auras, Eastern and Western mysticism, and the ‘evolution of mankind’ among seven esoteric versions of planets in the solar system.
There are more than two dozen organizations of Rosicrucians, with local groups in nearly every state – more than 100 in all – and half a million or more followers. Interest continues to be high in this group. Readers can:
Atkinson was an American writer, merchant, attorney, publisher, and occultist. He was a pioneer of the New Thought and Prosperity Consciousness movements, and wrote dozens of books on various aspects of learning mentalism, psychic power development, and clairvoyance. He is the author of Clairvoyance and Occult Powers under the pseudonym Swami Panchadasi.
First published in 1918 The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians is said to contain portions of the Arcane Teachings, an anonymous 1909 work now attributed to Atkinson. An introduction by occult scholar and collector of esoteric ephemera Clint Marsh shows readers just how relevant this classic occult text remains today.
In The Secret Doctrine of the Rosicrucians arcane knowledge is revealed by the one and only ‘Magus Incognito.’