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August 2013, Issue #172

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Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection by William C. Agee and Lewis Kachur (Merrell Publishers)

The Man Called Noon (audiobook, unabridged, 5 CDs, running time 5 ½ hours) by Louis L'Amour, read by Stephen Mendel (Random House Audio)

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, with illustrations by Iacopo Bruno (Harper)

The Battles by Lisa Papp, Trinka Hakes Noble and Robert Papp (American Adventures, 1: Sleeping Bear Press)


Westward Journeys by Devin Scillian, Judy Young, Bill Farnsworth and Chris Ellison (American Adventures, 2: Sleeping Bear Press)

Seafood: Spectacular Recipes for Every Season by Pär-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall (Skyhorse Publishing)

Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier by Emily Brady (Grand Central Publishing)

Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor's Journey through the World of Comics by George Lockwood (Syracuse University Press)

The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert MS RD and Patricia Farris MD (Da Capo Press)

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer (Viking)

The First World War: The War to End All Wars by Peter Simkins, Geoffrey Jukes & Michael Hickey (Osprey Publishing)

Crochet for the Kitchen: Over 50 Patterns for Placemats, Potholders, Hand Towels, and Dishcloths Using Crochet Techniques by Tove Fevang (Trafalgar Square Books)

Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders: A Master Instructor's Favorite Projects by Irina Miech (Kalmbach Books)

Arts and Crafts Embroidery by Laura Euler (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Gone with the Win: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery by Mary Daheim (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series: William Morrow)

Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist (Harper Voyager)

Political Sociology in a Global Era: An Introduction to the State and Society by Berch Berberoglu (Paradigm Publishers)

Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva and Tear Film: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward J Holland MD, Mark J Mannis MD FACS, and W. Barry Lee MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology: Expert Consult Online and Print, 5th edition by James G. Marks Jr. MD and Jeffrey J. Miller MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors: 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition edited by Christopher D. M. Fletcher MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)

The Philosopher's Enigma: God, Body and Soul by Richard A. Watson (St. Augustine’s Press)

American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition edited by Zoë Gardner and Michael McGuffin (CRC Press)

  

Arts & Photography / History & Criticism
Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection by William C. Agee and Lewis Kachur (Merrell Publishers)
Modernism, referring to the period dating roughly from the late 19th century through 1970, is regarded as a crucial moment in the history of American art. Although Modernist artists adopted a wide range of styles, they were tied by a desire to interpret the rapidly changing nature of society, and to cast aside the conventions of representational art. Some, such as Stuart Davis and Joseph Stella, responded to consumerism, urbanism, and industrial technology, while others, such as Arthur Dove and Georgia O’Keeffe, found inspiration in nature and the traditional Native American culture of the Southwest.
Masterpieces of American Modernism presents the works of the Vilcek Collection, an unparalleled private collection of American Modernist art. Jan and Marica Vilcek acquired their first American Modernist work in 2001, and have since assembled an amazing collection of masterworks representative of a crucial moment in the history of American art. In it art historian Lewis Kachur explores their collection, almost 100 rarely seen paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by more than 20 leading artists active during the first half of the last century, while William C. Agee contributes an authoritative introduction. Agee is Professor of Art History at Hunter College, City University of New York and Kachur is Associate Professor of Art History at Kean University, New Jersey.
As Rick Kinsel describes in Masterpieces of American Modernism, since 2001 the Vilceks have put together an extraordinary collection of American modernist art. How and why they have done so is a fascinating story, one that is intimately related not only to their immigration to the United States, but also to the aims of the Vilcek Foundation, which is dedicated to raising public awareness of the contributions to biomedical science, the arts, and the humanities made by immigrants living in America.
Born and raised in Czechoslovakia, the Vilceks never imagined they would one day be living in New York. Jan Vilcek, on completing his medical studies in Bratislava, embarked on a career in medical research at the city's Institute of Virology. His wife, Marica, began her career as an art historian in the National Gallery. Both Jan and Marica had a keen interest in the visual arts, and that interest was something they shared from their earliest years as a married couple. At that time, however, the Vilceks' awareness of American art was very limited, for in the late 1950s and early 1060s, contemporary western European and American art was almost unknown in Czechoslovakia: libraries were not allowed to purchase books on the subject, nor were professors allowed to teach it in the universities.
In 1964, just two years into their marriage, the Vilceks concluded that building a happy life for themselves in Czechoslovakia was not going to be possible. And so, while on a three-day visit to Vienna, they made the difficult decision not to return. With little more than a suitcase and a short list of personal and professional contacts, they made their way to West Germany, and from there emigrated to the United States – where Marica's brother had offered to help them make a new start in New York.
As the Vilceks became financially more secure, the couple came into increasing contact with individuals who both loved art and believed in the importance of collecting it. Perhaps as a result, the Vilceks too began to acquire works of art. Jan's first pre-Columbian acquisition – Olmec Mask Fragment with Engraved Headband (1000–500 BC), purchased in 1993 – was in fact made for him by his wife, as a birthday present. It remains a favorite piece of both Vilceks to this day.
The Vilceks found themselves increasingly drawn to the pioneering works of American art, at once distinct from the modernist work created in Paris, and of such central importance to the history of twentieth-century American art. One of the most admirable (and unusual) aspects of the Vilcek Collection is that the Vilceks assembled it with little outside assistance or professional help. They felt able to do so not only because of Marica's training as an art historian, but also because of her work at the Metropolitan Museum, where she had spent many years researching works of art on her own.
Both Marica and Jan trace the origin of their American modernist collection to their acquisition of Stuart Davis's Tree, which they first encountered in the summer of 2001 at a gallery in Santa Fe.
Eight out of the twenty artists whose work makes up the collection in Masterpieces of American Modernism – including Alexander Archipenko, Ralston Crawford, and Max Weber – were themselves immigrants to the United States. But the various artists' experiences of immigration were never something the Vilceks considered as they acquired works for their collection. The collection does, however, seem to underline the international influences that were exerted on the development of American modernism, as well as the influence American modernist art exerted on European modernism. As such, the collection can be regarded as one in which European and American modernism are in dialogue with each other.
As a husband-and-wife team, the Vilceks took a special interest in the combined works of Arthur Dove and Helen Torr, the husband-and-wife artists who lived and worked together on Long Island's North Shore. There are, in fact, relatively few women among the artists currently included in the collection: only Georgia O'Keeffe and Helen Torr.
Jan says that, in his opinion, the most important acquisitions since the purchase of Stuart Davis's Tree have been those of two works on paper by Marsden Hartley from around 1913-14, Symbol IV and Symbol V. "Then came Hartley's Atlantic Window in the New England Character, followed by the several works by Dove. And, of course, the many important works by Davis."
Even as the Vilceks continue to add to and refine their collection of American modernist art, they are strongly aware that what they have collected and how they have done so is part of a longstanding American tradition of recent immigrants giving back to the country that has given them the opportunity to succeed. Since arriving in the United States with very little, the Vilceks have enjoyed great professional success, material prosperity, and public recognition. In establishing a private foundation to aid young immigrant artists and scientists, in creating a collection of American paintings that showcase American innovation and ingenuity, and, finally, in making that collection a promised gift to that foundation, they have proven themselves to be exemplary civic-minded Americans.
Lavishly illustrated throughout, the magnificent Masterpieces of American Modernism offers an outstanding overview of the radical shift in art that the modernism movement represents. The collection reveals units of works, providing new insights into the nature of the artists’ achievement, as Agee clearly explains in the book.

 

Audio / Literature & Fiction / Western


The Man Called Noon (audiobook, unabridged, 5 CDs, running time 5 ½ hours) by Louis L'Amour, read by Stephen Mendel (Random House Audio)
Somebody wanted to kill him.
The idea was in his mind when he opened his eyes to the darkness of a narrow space between two buildings. His eyes came to a focus on a rectangle of light on the wall of the building opposite, the light from a second-story window.
He had fallen from that window.
Lying perfectly still, he stared at the rectangle of light as if his life depended on it, yet awareness was creeping into his consciousness that the window no longer mattered.
Only one thing mattered now – escape. He must get away, clear away, and as quickly as possible.
There was throbbing in his skull, the dull, heavy beat that was driving everything else from his brain. Impelled by what urge he could not guess, he lifted a hand toward his face. There was a twinge of pain from the arm, then he touched his face.
He did not know to whom the features belonged. Gingerly, he touched his skull ... there was half-caked blood, and a deep wound in his scalp. His hand dropped to his shirt, which was stiffening with blood.
Somebody had tried to kill him, and he felt sure that they would try again, and would not cease trying until he was dead. Nothing else remained in his memory.
Stiffly, he turned his head, looking first one way and then the other. In the one direction there was blackness, in the other was light ... a street.
He was conscious of a faint stirring from the darkness behind the buildings. Something or someone was creeping along in the blackness, some enemy intent upon his destruction.
Heaving himself from the ground, he half fell against the building behind him. He remained there for a moment, struggling to gather himself for an effort. For he must escape. He had to get away.
A hand went to his hip. There was a holster there, but it was empty. Dropping to his knees, he felt quickly around him, but discovered nothing. His gun, then, must be up there, in that room. It had fallen or had been taken from him before he fell from the window…. – from the book
In The Man Called Noon in one swift moment, a fall wiped away his memory. All he knew for certain was that someone wanted him dead – and that he had better learn why. But everywhere he turned there seemed to be more questions – or people too willing to hide the truth behind a smoke screen of lies.
He had only the name he had been told was his own, his mysterious skill with a gun, and a link to a half million dollars’ worth of buried gold as evidence of his past life. Was the treasure his? Was he a thief? A killer? He didn’t have the answers, but he needed them soon. Because what he still didn’t know about himself, others did – and if he didn’t unlock the secret of his past, he wasn’t going to have much of a future.
Author Louis L’Amour (1908-1988) is the only novelist in history to receive both the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He has published ninety novels; twenty-seven short-story collections; two works of nonfiction; a memoir, Education of a Wandering Man; and a volume of poetry, Smoke from This Altar. There are more than 300 million copies of his books in print.
The audio version of The Man Called Noon is competently read by Stephen Mendel, a theater, film and television actor, known for his role as Detective Fred Carson on the television series Night Heat.


Children’s Books / Science Fiction & Fantasy


The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, with illustrations by Iacopo Bruno (Harper)


Welcome to The School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.
With her pink dresses, glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked black cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.
But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed – Sophie's dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School for Good, among handsome princes and fair maidens in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.
But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are ... ?
Soman says that one of his goals in writing The School for Good and Evil was to give the book new energy from chapter to chapter, so readers never feel like they are in the same place twice. For each of the 30 chapters, he would pick a book (sometimes a piece of music or an article) that he remembered loving as a child or adolescent and obsessively reread it until he put the chapter to bed. None of the books had explicit links to The School for Good and Evil – in fact, most of them aren't even fantasy. But in the end, he realized he had a 'playlist' to his own imagination, at once light and dark, good and evil.
Chainani believes in fairy tales even more than the children of Gavaldon do. While studying at Harvard, he practically created his own ‘fairy-tale’ major and wrote his thesis on why evil women make such irresistible fairy-tale villains. He is also an acclaimed screen-writer, a graduate of the MFA Film Program at Columbia University, and the recipient of the school's top prize, the FMI Fellowship.
Wow. From the very first sentence, you know you're entering a thrilling world of strange fantasy... A wild and dangerous fairy tale ride. I loved this book. – R.L. Stine, author of the bestselling Goosebumps series
A fairy tale like no other, complete with romance, magic, humor, and a riddle that will keep you turning pages until the end. – Ann M. Martin, author of the bestselling Babysitter's Club series
Chainani has beautifully imagined the world where fairy tales come to life, a place where for every fairy princess with a 'Happily Ever After' in her future there is a villain with a tragic fate in store. But in The School for Good and Evil it's not always certain which is which. – David Magee, screenwriter of Life of Pi and Finding Neverland
In Chainani's richly imagined world the action never lets up for a nano-second. Young readers won't be able to stop turning the pages till they reach the surprising and satisfying conclusion. – Tor Seidler, author of Mean Margaret, a National Book Award Finalist
It is not often that someone comes along who can reinvent fairy tales and reclaim their magic. Chainani takes the racing energy of Roald Dahl's language and combines it with the existential intensity of J.K. Rowling's plots to create his own universe. The School for Good and Evil uses the sorcery of words and the poetry of friendship to startle, enchant, and keep us turning pages. – Maria Tatar, Chair of Folklore and Mythology Program, Harvard University and Editor of The Classic Fairy Tales
Invention in overdrive… The School for Good and Evil is a comedic education by a writer primed to shoot to the head of the class. – Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked and Matchless
Rich and strange. – Kirkus Reviews
[A] whip-smart debut... If I could bewitch you all to read it, I would. Grade: A. – Entertainment Weekly
The School for Good and Evil is an epic journey into a dazzling new world, where the only way out of a fairy tale is to live through one.


Children’s Books / History


The Battles by Lisa Papp, Trinka Hakes Noble and Robert Papp (American Adventures, 1: Sleeping Bear Press)


Westward Journeys by Devin Scillian, Judy Young, Bill Farnsworth and Chris Ellison (American Adventures, 2: Sleeping Bear Press)


Each paperback in the new American Adventures series features a trio of fictional stories highlighting a moment in history, with content taken from the popular Tales of Young Americans picture-book series. The stories and illustrations capture young readers with the chapter book format geared to the hi/lo audience.
First volume in the series, The Battles contains three stories focusing on key American battles: the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.
The Scarlet Stockings Spy, written by Trinka Hakes Noble, is set during the Revolutionary War. In Philadelphia 1777, the rumble of war with the British grows louder each day. What were once childhood games now become life-and-death actions for Maddy Rose and her Patriot soldier brother, as British spies are everywhere.
In The Town that Fooled the British, written by Lisa Papp, the War of 1812 comes to life when the British target St. Michaels, Maryland, in their campaign to defeat America. But a young boy's quick thinking helps the town escape destruction.
Written by Trinka Hakes Noble, The Last Brother is set on the battlefields of Gettysburg where, on the eve of the great battle, Gabe, a Union Army bugler, by chance meets and befriends a young Confederate bugler. Now with the battle looming ahead of him, Gabe is conflicted about what to do. Where does his loyalty belong?
Artwork by noted illustrator Robert Papp heightens the drama in The Battles, bringing to vivid life rich chapters of American history.
Second volume in the series, Westward Journeys contains three stories focusing on the American westward expansion, including the Oregon Trail and the Oklahoma Land Run.
In Minnow and Rose, written by Judy Young, Rose and her family are traveling with a wagon train heading west on the Oregon Trail. When she encounters Minnow, a young native girl, their meeting has life-changing results for both cultures.
Written by Devin Scillian, the Oklahoma Land Run is the topic in Pappy’s Handkerchief. When Moses and his family hear of free farmland out in Oklahoma, they head west. After a wagon trip plagued by ice storms and sickness, they arrive at the staging point for the Oklahoma Land Run.
In A Book for Black-Eyed Susan, another offering from Judy Young, Cora's family is faced with tragedy during their journey on the Oregon Trail. When Cora learns she is to be separated from her baby sister, she creates a memento of their journey together.
Artwork by noted illustrators Bill Farnsworth, Chris Ellison, and Doris Ettlinger heightens the drama in Westward Journeys, bringing to vivid life rich chapters of American history.
Third volume in the series, scheduled for release in September of 2013, Voices for Freedom includes content from The Listeners and Friend on Freedom River by Gloria Whelan, and Riding to Washington by Gwenyth Swain.


Cooking, Food & Wine


Seafood: Spectacular Recipes for Every Season by Pär-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall (Skyhorse Publishing)


This eye-catching cookbook has recipes that can be easily prepared in under an hour and includes original facts and insights by award-winning chefs.
Rock-happy chefs Pär-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall in Seafood have created the ultimate seafood cookbook filled with fifty-two recipes, one for each week of the year. Each dish features the appropriate seafood for the season and a fun song to rock out to when preparing it. Readers whip up canapés, soups, salads, paella, sauces, sushi, and stir-fries with two of Sweden’s finest chefs.
Filled with stunning full-color photographs, Seafood will have readers humming along to Metallica while preparing grilled halibut with red wine sauce, or dancing to Weezer’s Blue Album while making fried cod fillet with pumpkin purée and shallots. They will also learn to make fried monkfish with roasted pepper, olives, and garlic sauce; Bloody Mary-style mussels; clam chowder with roasted corn; baked cod with beets and feta; and tuna burritos with fresh salsa and black bean dip.
Bergqvist and Engvall together run Hav (Sea), a specialist fish shop and catering service in Sweden. They have previously been chefs at some of Sweden’s most prestigious restaurants. 
Each recipe in Seafood is created with the season in mind: oysters on New Year's; tuna burrito in the spring; crab with mustard sauce in the summer. And as a side dish? Tunes by the Smashing Pumpkins, the Grateful Dead, the White Stripes, and the Beatles.
Dishes also include:
Garlic fried shrimp with avocado dip and corn chips
Clay pot herring
Thai curry with catfish and crab
Fishmonger toast
Grilled Atlantic halibut with a red wine sauce and Cafe de Paris butter
Fried salmon with apple, porcini mushrooms, and Caesar dressing
Grilled catfish with barbecue sauce, blue potato salad, and spicy pineapple
Bergqvist and Engvall say that the thought of trying to emulate the perfect album in the form of a cookbook seemed bizarre at first, but the more they thought about it, the more it made sense. Cool cover shots, nice lyrics, the perfect length, and no fillers. Each dish shouldn't take longer to make than it takes to listen to an LP – an excellent goal when cooking.
Seafood presents fish and shellfish recipes that will have readers dancing with joy – literally! This collection of classic rock and elegant food, stuffed with full-color spreads and wrapped in sleek, bright packaging, is sure to become a keepsake. And after 52 weeks of culinary excellence and toe-tapping beats, readers may decide that one year just isn't enough!


Current Events / Investigative Journalism / Law


Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier by Emily Brady (Grand Central Publishing)


Humboldt County, nestled between the redwood groves, the Pacific Ocean and national forest land north of San Francisco, is one of the most beautiful places in California. It is also the epicenter of marijuana production in the state that one study estimated produced 79 percent of all marijuana consumed in the United States in 2010. For many people, the county's name alone is synonymous with the illegal crop. Journalist Emily Brady spent more than a year immersed in the community, and in her narrative debut, Humboldt, she takes readers inside this secretive and virtually unknown world.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 with law 215, which has also become shorthand for the doctor's recommendation that allows a patient to use, possess, and/or grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law is written relatively loosely both in the ailments that could qualify for a 215 as well as the amount of marijuana a patient can grow or possess (whatever amount is necessary for their personal use). Consequently, enforcing the law is nearly impossible – other than with crops that are clearly of commercial size – particularly in the remote hills of Humboldt, where many farmers live off the grid and are doing their best to stay out of sight. For fourteen years, a shaky balance was found between law enforcement and growers with 215s. Then, in 2010, the statewide initiative to legalize marijuana, Proposition 19, the Tax and Regulate Cannabis Act, pushed the Humboldt community to begin discussions of their economic future.
In early 2010, as the county approached the potential legalization of marijuana, the Humboldt community faced the imminent loss of their livelihood. With legalization would come a dramatic decrease in profit from the lucrative black market of the past several decades and it was time to start discussing what was to be done. The first community-wide meeting was organized by a local radio talk show host and was called "The Post-Marijuana Prohibition Economy Forum" or "What's After Pot?" for short.
This meeting is where Humboldt begins. Potential solutions included branding efforts focused on the quality of the product from the region and starting to sell organic, ‘artisanal pot.’ Ideas to make Humboldt the ‘Napa Valley of pot’ where visitors could come to ‘marijuanaries,’ tour pot farms, and even stay at ‘bud and breakfasts’ were brought to the table. Without a clear way forward and the vote less than a year away, the community was deeply divided on the issue of legalization and what, if anything, to do about it.
Brady, who writes for the New York Times, Time and the Village Voice among others, arrived in Humboldt to research a book on the legalization of marijuana in California, but immediately realized that one week would not be enough to get inside the secretive world of the Emerald Triangle (as the neighboring marijuana-producing counties of Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity are known). She ended up staying for over a year. In an outlaw community, everything is trust-based, suspicion of outsiders is strong, and Brady had to show who she was and get to know the people to earn the story. In becoming part of the Humboldt community, Brady had unprecedented access to what life is truly like on the marijuana frontier. As the contentious issue of legalization was widely debated, Brady followed four people with very different perspectives on and relationships to marijuana through the vote on Proposition 19, and, in the process, opens the door to readers in Humboldt.
Mare is one of the original back-to-the-land Humboldt community members who has lived in a largely self-sustaining cabin, growing a small amount of marijuana, since the early 1970s. She believes in a community that cares about its own and worries that the amount of money at stake in the marijuana black market is ruining any sense of living off the land in a respectful and sustainable way. She is for legalization and looks forward to being recognized as a legitimate member of society.
Crockett is a high-stakes, potentially high-rewards summer grower who has come to Humboldt just for the season to be responsible for the growth and protection of a large marijuana crop. He is hired help and all of his profit depends on his ability to protect his crop from harm either natural (mold) or human (police raid or theft). The black market is how Crockett profits, but the job is stressful, so legalization could be a welcome respite.
Bob is the sheriff in Southern Humboldt County and finds himself understaffed, ill-equipped and in the impossible position of enforcing laws that fall in a grey area of right and wrong. He doesn't care either way if marijuana is legalized, but he is for an all-or-nothing approach in which pot is either legal or not. As it is, he is losing the daily war on drugs.
Emma was born in Humboldt and lived, alongside her five siblings, with her single mother who grew marijuana to support the family. Emma's mother was busted when Emma was ten years old – an experience she never forgot. As she got older, Emma started thinking about the negative effects of growing up in a secretive society where children are not allowed to discuss what their parents do for work, and schoolmates know that there are no play dates during growing season. After many childhood friends met tragic fates, Emma decided to write her college thesis on the high youth death rate in Southern Humboldt County, which she linked in part to this secretive culture. Emma is now in graduate school to become a social worker and believes that legalization is the ideal outcome as the taxes would support vital resources like schools, and the removal of the air of secrecy would dynamically change the youth culture for the better.
In her nonfiction debut, journalist Brady delivers a rare look into the illicit marijuana industry of Northern California's Humboldt County – a region famed for its controversial herb... Brady has constructed a moving portrait of a culture and a region at a crossroads. – Publishers Weekly
Brady ably captures the social complexities of life in a region where dependence on cannabis (and the artificially high prices created by prohibition) is universally understood yet kept concealed... A relaxed yet disturbing look at an alternative lifestyle, its heady profits and its hidden costs. – Kirkus
In a rare journalistic feat, Emily Brady burrowed deep inside an infamous subculture and emerged with a luminous but haunting dispatch about a secretive community of outlaw pot growers – some of whom would rather risk their lives than see their profits crushed by the decriminalization of cannabis. Brady's brave reporting pulls no punches yet makes no judgments as she chronicles four people torn by their allegiances to a place that represents the beauty and ruthlessness of the modern American frontier – and the hypocrisy of the country's drug policy. Humboldt is a triumph of immersion reporting: vivid, compassionate, maddening and unforgettable. – Jonathan Schuppe, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of A Chance to Win
Emily Brady escorts you into the redwood-studded mountains of northern California where a secretive marijuana culture thrives – for now – outside the law. Deeply reported and populated with vibrant characters spanning generations, Humboldt documents the real lives behind America's favorite high. A fascinating and timely read. – David Kinney, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and author of The Big One
In her vivid, hypnotic Humboldt, Emily Brady brings the notoriously secretive pot-growing community of Northern California to life through the lives of four very different Humboldters, whose nuanced stories form together like wisps of smoke. – Julian Rubinstein, author of the international bestseller Ballad of the Whiskey Robber
Emily Brady has written a masterful opus dopus – to borrow a phrase from her book – chronicling the dreams and struggles of a community that has become infamous worldwide for their controversial cash crop. In Humboldt, she takes a clear-eyed look at the marijuana industry: its growers, trimmers, dealers, and family-run businesses. Readers will come away with a newfound and nuanced understanding of pot, but this is really a book about people whose outrageous, funny, and heartbreaking stories you won't soon forget. – Brooke Hauser, author of The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens
In her book Humboldt, Emily Brady takes us on a rowdy off-road trip into the homeland of marijuana moonshining, where pit bulls guard the fields, cash fills up holes in the ground, and it's a bad idea to ask anyone you encounter what they do for a living. – Bruce Porter, New York Times bestselling author of Blow
Humboldt, a debut novel, is compelling reading. Brady’s cast of eccentric, intimately drawn characters takes readers into a fascinating, alternate universe. Brady gives readers an intimate look at the eccentric characters at the heart of this strange, singular corner of America as it undergoes a radical transformation, teetering on the edge of legality. This remarkable first-time access to a closed-off world hiding in plain view, where business is done with thick wads of cash, and savings are buried in plastic pickle barrels in the backyard, gives new perspective to one of the most hotly-debated topics in the United States.


Entertainment / Humor / Biographies & Memoirs


Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor's Journey through the World of Comics by George Lockwood (Syracuse University Press)


In Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes, George Lockwood draws upon his forty years in the newspaper industry as a reporter and editor, offering readers a glimpse into the world of newspaper cartoon strips. He details the production and promotion of countless comic strips, while also providing his own assessments of the most iconic cartoonists of the last half-century. The book is filled with anecdotes about his relationships with some of America's greatest cartoonists and the syndicate reps who sold their cartoon strips. Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes uses the story of one man's obsession with comic book heroes to give voice to a larger narrative about comic strips, their creators, the newspaper industry, and the era of American history that encompassed them all.
Lockwood (1931-2013) spent thirty years working for the Milwaukee Journal, where he began his career as a reporter and moved up the ranks to become the managing editor for features. Lockwood was also a distinguished professor of journalism at Marshall University in West Virginia and Louisiana State University.
In the foreword of Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes, Jim Borgman says it wasn't until he and Jerry Scott were launching Zits that the existence of comics editors would occur to him. In every newspaper, there is a person who chooses which strips will run in the limited real estate of the comics section. When a great new strip comes along, something has to go to make room for it. And although each reader can easily dismiss a handful of strips in compiling his or her own dream page, even the least worthy strip has a fierce army of devotees ready to jump down that editor's throat when their favorite is threatened.
Comics editors live in fear of missing the Big One. They'll seldom be praised for having the foresight to have seen what Doonesbury or The Far Side would eventually become, but they'll surely be blamed for turning them down and letting the syndicate rep sell those strips to the cross-town newspaper. Many editors must have declined to buy Peanuts when it debuted in only four newspapers. Two of the three major cartoon syndicates declined to sign Bill Watterson when a fully formed Calvin and Hobbes was sitting right there on their desks. Spotting talent must be tougher than it looks.
In the introduction, Lockwood says that readers might call Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes a comic strip memoir. For seventy years he had been reading the funny papers, and in that time the lives of masked heroes, big-city detectives, handsome air force pilots, and naughty kids have been inextricably tied to his own. They all were part of his generation, a generation born of the Depression, reared during World War II and reaching maturity when man stepped on the moon. And through it all, there were these constants: good would prevail, the bad guys would get theirs, and next Sunday's installment would be the most exciting ever.
In 1960, more than a hundred million Americans read the comic strips as part of their daily routine. In 1971, Peanuts, reached an audience of one hundred million readers all by itself, appearing in more than one thousand papers around the world. Since the 1890s, when the comic strip was created, cartoonists have faithfully reflected the manners and morals of American life. It mattered not in the least whether you were rich or poor, young or old, a professional or laborer.
The Depression and the '40s created hard times and war times, the perfect backdrop for adventure strips. However, by the time the '60s were over, cultural upheaval and war weariness in America soured readers on continuity strips that lionized airmen (Buz Sawyer and Steve Canyon) and detectives (Kerry Drake and Dick Tracy). Television filled that void until another generation of cartoonists took over with a parade of original strips featuring such captivating characters as Mike Doonesbury and Zonker Harris, Opus the penguin, Hagar the Horrible, Garfield, Ziggy, Broom Hilda the witch, and the wonderfully bizarre creatures in The Far Side.
Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes can be divided roughly into two parts. The first chronicles the comics' impact on Lockwood while he was growing up in a farming community in upstate New York and while he was a newspaper reporter and editor in Wisconsin. The second part is a more detailed look at the cartoonists he interviewed, wrote about, and, yes, became friends with over his thirty-year connection with the Milwaukee Journal.
This entertaining and enlightening history of comics, from The Yellow Kid to Zits, is written by a former newspaper reporter and editor who witnessed the golden age first-hand. It is jam-packed with anecdotes about his career and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the business of syndication. George Lockwood has a unique appreciation of this great American art form. – Brian Walker, author of The Comics: The Complete Collection
This is a great collection of stuff you probably never knew about the golden age of comics. Lockwood captures the history and the stories behind the strips with wit, warmth, and wisdom. This book is a must have for any true comics lover! – Joe Glisson, political cartoonist, Syracuse New Times
In the mid-1960s, as a college student in Milwaukee, it was a genuine eye-opener for me to hear Professor George Lockwood lecture avidly on comics. Without doubt Lockwood has profoundly affected the course of western culture and civilization! – Denis Kitchen, cartoonist and founder of Kitchen Sink Press
Readers will enjoy Lockwood’s love song to the comics. Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes offers a unique view, revealing fascinating anecdotes. This ‘memoir’ of his lifelong fraternization with the funnies is lyrical, entertaining and charming.


Health, Mind & Body / Fitness & Dieting


The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert MS RD and Patricia Farris MD (Da Capo Press)


America has an addiction problem, but it's not just with drugs or alcohol – it's with sugar.
The average American consumes more than seventy pounds of sugar each year, even though a high-sugar diet can be detrimental to nearly all areas of health and beauty. The side effects aren't just weight gain – they are premature aging and increased risk of diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart disease, and even cataracts. In The Sugar Detox by nutritionist Brooke Alpert and dermatologist Patricia Farris, readers are given everything they need to know to begin a healthier lifestyle through an easy, low-sugar diet.
Designed to limit the amount of extra blood sugar, slim readers’ waistlines, increase energy levels, and improve skin, this combined approach to nutrition and skin care will make readers feel – and look – better than they have before. The secret? A three-day detox plan to get the sugar out of their system and get them on the path to eating and living the healthiest way possible.
Alpert, MS, RD, CDN, is the founder of B Nutritious, a private nutrition counseling practice. Farris, MD, FAAD, is a clinical associate professor at Tulane University and distinguished member of the Skin Faculty for the American Academy of Dermatology.
The Sugar Detox contains a comprehensive, one-month plan to wean readers of their sugar cravings. The plan starts with the three-day Sugar Fix – three days with no sugar, no exceptions. It's accompanied by the three-day Skin Fix, a pampering regimen of soothing skin treatments such as sea salt baths and black tea masks to counteract sugar-related skin damage. Once the initial cleanse has been completed, The Sugar Detox provides a four-week schedule of menu plans and fifty recipes, arming readers with information on which foods to eat, which to avoid, and how it all affects their health and appearance.
The Sugar Detox program is designed to stop sugar cravings and eliminate foods that cause weight gain, fatigue, and premature aging, while replacing them with foods that provide energy, help them lose weight, and make them look younger. The book contains the following tools:
A 31-day meal plan (including easing healthy sugars back into their diet).
Shopping lists and 50 delicious, satiating recipes.
Strategies for combating cravings and dining out.
Lists of the best foods to eat for glowing, youthful skin.
Suggestions for the best natural products to promote ultimate skin health.
What you eat is critical to looking your absolute best. These easy-to-follow, results-driven plans mean that anyone can feel as good as they look. The Sugar Detox is invaluable; I hand it to every client. – Jacqui Stafford, Fashion Editor, Style Expert, and author of The Wow Factor
Numerous accolades from the authors’ patients and customers speak to the efficacy and life-changing aspects of the program. – Publishers Weekly
Filled with excellent tools, the program in The Sugar Detox helps readers rejuvenate from the inside out and the outside in.


History / Europe / Elizabethan England


The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer (Viking)


WELCOME TO ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND.
From the author of The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England, this popular history explores daily life in Queen Elizabeth’s England, taking readers inside the homes and minds of ordinary citizens as well as luminaries of the period.
Organized as a travel guide for the time-hopping tourist, Ian Mortimer in The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England relates in delightful (and occasionally disturbing) detail everything including the sights, sounds and smells of sixteenth-century England. Acclaimed historian Mortimer from 1991 to 2003 worked for Devon Record Office, Reading University, The Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, and Exeter University. In 1998 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2004 they awarded him the Alexander Prize.
The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England is a handbook for the intrepid tourist that covers everything from what to wear and where to eat to navigating the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes.
In the popular imagination, Elizabethan England exists as a country bursting into the modern age under the steady hand of Queen Elizabeth, a place awash in astounding discovery, military victories, and literary masterpieces. But to reduce this extraordinary period of history to a series of events and accomplishments is to diminish the reality of the past. For the people who lived it, this is a time of profound uncertainty, wracked with religious conflict and famine, where life expectancy barely reaches into the thirties and the Spanish Armada has not yet been defeated. Even the queen herself faces multiple uprisings and assassination attempts.
In The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England Mortimer shows readers that the past is not just something to be studied; it is also something to be lived. Using diaries, letters, books, and other writings of the day, Mortimer offers a portrait of daily life in Elizabethan England, recreating the sixteenth century from the perspective of both peasants and royals. Through this lens, readers can begin to understand Elizabeth's subjects not only as a people profoundly shaped by the time in which they lived, but also as the people who shaped the world we know today and, in turn, make us who we are. He details what both peasants and royals wore and ate and how they would have been punished for crimes or treated for diseases, while simultaneously illuminating the complex and contradictory Elizabethan attitudes towards violence, class, sex, and religion. Mortimer also indulges the public's unquenchable thirst for all things Shakespeare, following his life as well as the lives of other luminaries of the period, such as Christopher Marlowe, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Francis Drake, and even Queen Elizabeth herself.
The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England shows readers a country awash in discovery and military victories, and yet wracked with religious conflict and famine. Mortimer illustrates how this time and place also managed to produce some of the finest writing in the English language and saw Elizabeth's subjects settle the New World and sail around the globe.
A vivid and highly entertaining book ... [Mortimer] has found an attractive formula with which to present the lives of ordinary people in history, and to bring history to life. – The Guardian (London)
With Shakespeare on hand to give us extra insight into how Elizabethans saw themselves (and what they – often to our eyes inexplicably – found funny), and a society playing out its growing sense of self-awareness as it tiptoes to a modem age, the stage is set for a fresh and funny book that wears its learning lightly. – The Independent (London)
An astonishingly colorful portrait of an astonishingly colorful era, one sophisticated enough to include, and make sense of, all its contradiction. It is as if Mortimer has restored an old painting, stripping it of its cloak, layers of brown varnish to reveal its vitality and life afresh. – The Telegraph (London)
As Mortimer puts it, `sometimes the past will inspire you, sometimes it will make you weep.' What it won't do, thanks to this enthralling book, is leave you unmoved. – The Mail on Sunday (London)
Mortimer's book has something for everyone.... His curiosity is boundless and his profound scholarship is leavened by a sense of fun. – Daily Express (London)
Original enough to interest those with previous knowledge of Elizabethan England and accessible enough to entertain those without, The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England is a book for Elizabethan enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Presenting an entertaining and nuanced picture of the England of the day, deftly written, the book is popular history at its best.


History / US / Military


The First World War: The War to End All Wars by Peter Simkins, Geoffrey Jukes & Michael Hickey (Osprey Publishing)


But still a hope I kept that were we there going over, I, in the line, I should not fail, but take recover from others' courage, and not as coward be known. – from the book
After a hundred years the First World War continues to both fascinate and horrify readers.
With a foreword by Professor Hew Strachan and contributions from three renowned historians. The First World War covers the fighting in all the theatres of the war and delves into some of the untold stories of the conflict. Raging for over four years across the tortured landscapes of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the First World War changed the face of warfare forever. Characterized by slow, costly advances and fierce attrition, the great battles of the Somme, Verdun and Ypres incurred human loss on a scale never previously imagined. The First World War covers the fighting on all fronts, from Flanders to Tannenberg and from Italy to Palestine. A series of moving extracts from personal letters, diaries and journals bring to life the experiences of soldiers and civilians caught up in the war.
Authors are Peter Simkins, Geoffrey Jukes and Michael Hickey. Simkins was Senior Historian at the Imperial War Museum until his retirement in 1999, when he was awarded the MBE for his services to the Museum. He is Honorary Professor in Modern History at the University of Birmingham, a Vice-President of the Western Front Association and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. After leaving Oxford, Jukes spent 14 years in the UK Ministry of Defence, and Foreign and Colonial Office. He has also worked on the staff of the Australian National University. Hickey retired from his position as Colonel GS Ministry of Defence in 1981, after serving in Korea, East Africa, Suez and Aden. In 2000 he was awarded the Westminster medal for Military Literature.
The First World War explores this most savage of conflicts, tracing the war from the much heralded battles on the Western Fronts through to the forgotten clashes in the East and Africa. It examines Russia's humiliation at Tannenberg, while the great battles on the Western Front – the Somme, Ypres, Verdun, Belleau Wood – and memorable campaigns in Palestine, Italy and Africa are all explored alongside the causes and background to the war.
The new technology and tactics that resulted in the stagnation of the front lines and led to the creation of hundreds of miles of trenches are revealed and investigated in The First World War, while lives of civilians and soldiers caught up in the war are explored through first-hand accounts which offer a personal insight into the horrors of the Great War. Moving personal letters and journals bring the experiences of those who are experiencing the war to life.


Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies


Crochet for the Kitchen: Over 50 Patterns for Placemats, Potholders, Hand Towels, and Dishcloths Using Crochet Techniques by Tove Fevang (Trafalgar Square Books)


If you have a crochet hook and a ball of yarn, you have everything you need to start a new potholder or placemat. – from the book
Inspired by the potholders from times past, Crochet for the Kitchen offers kitchen patterns and projects for crocheters of all skill levels. Small projects, including placemats, dish cloths, and towels, can be completed in a short amount of time and offer a convenient outlet for trying out new yarns, color combinations, and stitches, or even learning to crochet. Combined with a crochet hook and a ball of yarn, Crochet for the Kitchen is all a crocheter needs to get started on kitchen accoutrements.
Author Tove Fevang, a course instructor, is well known in Norway for her quilting, application, and embroidery techniques.
Step-by-step instructions are included for each pattern, organized by ‘look’ to suit all tastes and kitchen styles. Stripes, flowers, patchwork, lace, bobbles, ruffles, and seasonal themes combine with vibrant colors and interesting textures. The result is a collection of crochet and Tunisian crochet creations that anyone can make and everyone can enjoy.
Fevang talks about how she found the inspiration for Crochet for the Kitchen: Ase Myrvold Egeland at the magazine Family, often asked her if she had some potholders they could use. She began to think about all those old potholders she remembered from her childhood. There were potholders with ruffles on a filet crochet base. Some even had a plastic base surrounded by crochet. When she first asked family and friends if they had any old potholders, many of the same patterns popped up but in every possible color and shape. Like many other types of handwork, most of the crochet patterns from long ago had a more oral tradition than today. Everyone clearly knew what a mouse-tooth edging was. Earlier patterns would just say, "crochet mouse-teeth around the edge". The pattern is what we now call a picot edging, with a detailed description specifying how many chain stitches are needed before joining them with a single crochet.
Potholders are something everyone needs, and they can be worked in regular or Tunisian crochet. The items are hardly bigger than a swatch so, in a short amount of time, readers can make one. Crochet for the Kitchen shows readers how to experiment with different yarns, color combinations or new stitches. It's also a great way to learn how to crochet, and at the same time make something useful. And they are useful to make for oneself or give away as presents.
And if readers haven't done regular or Tunisian crochet before, they will be happy to find a "Crochet School" at the back of the book.
Crochet for the Kitchen is a delightful, hands-on manual with more than 50 useful hand-knit works of art. With the aid of over 180 gorgeous color photos, Fevang, the author of Totally Simple Crochet, makes it easy to bring these unique kitchen accessories to life – with nothing more than a crochet hook and a ball of yarn.


Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies


Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders: A Master Instructor's Favorite Projects by Irina Miech (Kalmbach Books)


This book represents a chronicle of my artistic journey with metal clay. I've selected my favorite projects, both from a teaching perspective and an artistic point of view, and added new projects that represent where the art form is today. – Irina Miech
Bestselling author Irina Miech chooses her favorite projects from her four successful metal clay books in Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders, a ‘best of’ collection. She also adds three new projects, for a total of 23 great projects. Pendants, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are made from precious metal clay and combined with gemstones, pearls, crystals, and beads to make beautiful jewelry pieces. Step-by-step instructions, detailed process photography, and Miech’s signature style set this book apart. Miech, an artist, teacher, and the author of eight books on jewelry making, oversees her retail bead supply business and classroom studio in Brookfield, WI, where she teaches classes in beading, wirework, and metal clay.
Readers of Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders will:
Achieve metalworking-like results with this easy medium.
Find projects that range from beginner through advanced, so they can choose their skill level.
Learn everything they need to know to create with precious metal clay through easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, detailed photos, and a robust Materials and Tools overview.
Discover a gallery of Miech's stunning jewelry that will inspire readers to apply these project lessons to other jewelry styles.
Create projects easily from a book that stays open on their workspace.
Miech in Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders says that as soon as she began working with metal clay, she felt a natural affinity with it as an artistic medium. Metal clay allows her to take shapes, textures, and forms – from nature and vintage items – and use them as components in her own work. This is a huge leap for her as an artist.
She credits metal clay with a breakthrough of sorts in her artistic work. Because of the possibilities opened with metal clay, she can create any finding that she can imagine. As a jewelry designer, she makes custom pieces. By using it to create unique components, she can bring her artistic visions to life.
Readers don't have to have advanced schooling in metalsmithing or learn intricate and difficult traditional jewelry-making techniques to create custom findings, rings, and pendants. The learning curve is incredibly fast, and often students are surprised by how quickly they learn. There is an ease of working with metal clay, and even a beginner making her very first piece can create something of beauty.
Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders represents a chronicle of Miech’s artistic journey with metal clay. Readers will see the many ways metal clay can be molded, shaped, carved, and manipulated to create stunning, original jewelry art. And they will be inspired by what they find in Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders.


Home & Garden / Crafts & Hobbies / Antiques & Collectibles


Arts and Crafts Embroidery by Laura Euler (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)


Embroidered textiles are the most personal and immediate art form practiced by the Arts & Crafts Movement (c. 1860-1910). This is art from another time, which has its own story to tell. Some are the humble workaday pieces for home use, while others are staggering works of art. Arts and Crafts Embroidery features over a large collection of photos of the work of famous designers.
Eighty to one hundred years after embroidered textiles were made, writer/editor Laura Euler says she can still easily see the craftswoman's hand in each piece. She says she treasures the mistakes, the dings, the little holes, and tiny silk shatterings. These all prove that this is a piece of art from another time, which has its own story to tell.
She also loves that embroidery is almost universally feminine as an art: made by women, often designed by women, and treasured by women. Also, embroidery was quite possibly the way a woman supported herself and her family. These pieces may have been the only Arts and Crafts items in someone's humble home, made to express an aesthetic that, owing to finances, couldn't be manifested any other way. Some pieces are the humble workaday pieces for utility in the home, made to hold a whisk broom or decorate a luncheon table. Exceptional pieces may have been made professionally as works of art, only for display, by distressed gentlewomen who needed to earn their living by selling through ladies' work societies.
In Arts and Crafts Embroidery Euler explores the British – English and Scottish – movements, as well as the American. Unfortunately, according to Euler, an entirely global book is too broad of a scope for Arts and Crafts Embroidery. One or two Irish, French, or German embroideries sneak in, as she says she couldn't bear to leave them out. A lot of the Glasgow section is similar to the embroidery section in her book on the Glasgow Style.
Arts and Crafts Embroidery is about surface embroidery only – not lace, not tatting, not anything else. Nor does Euler discuss how to embroider – there are tons of books about that, not to mention an Internet. First she explains how the Arts and Crafts Movement came about, and then explores some common design principles. After that, she goes through the various stages of the movement in roughly chronological order.
The book features over 380 beautiful photographs of the work of famous designers including William Morris and Gustav Stickley. Some items are pieces for utility in the home, while others are priceless works of art. Readers will see the English, the Scottish, and the American styles of Arts & Crafts needlework and come to understand their similarities and differences.
Arts and Crafts Embroidery will delight all connoisseurs of textiles as well as Arts & Crafts aficionados. Whether readers are longtime collectors or have only recently become interested in the Arts & Crafts Movement, this guide will help them better understand the history behind such needlework.


Literature & Fiction / Mysteries & Thrillers / Cozy


Gone with the Win: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery by Mary Daheim (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series: William Morrow)


In Gone with the Win, the latest entry in Mary Daheim’s Bed-and-Breakfast series, featuring innkeeper and reluctant sleuth Judith McMonigle Flynn, someone from Judith’s past comes knocking, and the reluctant amateur sleuth finds herself working a case so cold it's practically frozen.
The game’s afoot and ahoof in Gone with the Win with Judith discovering that the hand she's been dealt includes not only a joker but that deadly card, the Ace of Spades.
Judith has vowed never ever to find a dead body again (at least not for a while). But despite warnings from Cousin Renie, she can't turn down a suspicious guest reservation from Mary Smith of New York City. There must be many real Mary Smiths, especially in a place as big as NYC....
Unfortunately, in Gone with the Win Judith knows the woman who shows up at Hillside Manor. She's none other than Ruby Tooms, the world-weary barmaid the cousins met at Oktoberfest in Little Bavaria. Fearing that Judith wouldn't accept her reservation if she used her real name, Ruby arrives with some unexpected baggage – a cold case she dumps on Hillside Manor's Persian carpet. Ruby's mother was strangled after she divorced Jimmy Tooms, Ruby's father. Jimmy was in the clear, behind bars at the time for stealing Judith's wallet when Dan McMonigle's ill-fated Meat & Mingle Café went bust. Ruby wants to know if Judith can use her sleuthing skills to finger the murderer.
Judith is about to say no when her husband, Joe Flynn, tells her that the homicide case was his former partner and old pal Woody Price's first murder investigation. So this time, Joe is more than willing to help his wife turn a cold case into a hot chase.
Even Cousin Renie grudgingly pitches in. And, they are off… in pursuit of a long-ago killer.
Early in Daheim's sprightly 28th cozy featuring Seattle B and B innkeeper Judith McMonigle Flynn (after 2012's The Wurst Is Yet to Come), an old friend of Judith's, Ruby Tooms, arrives at Hillside Manor. Ruby wants Judith's husband, retired cop Joe Flynn, to help find the person who murdered her mother, Opal, years earlier, before DNA testing. Judith, whose admirers created a Web site celebrating her detective adventures, has vowed to stay away from criminal investigations in order to concentrate on her family and her business, but she soon becomes involved in the search for Opal's killer. As usual, Judith's best friend, Renie Jones, lends a hand. Series fans will relish the author's trademark humor (e.g., I hate it when people get mixed up and think the acronym for Female Amateur Sleuth Tracking Offenders isn't FASTO, but FATSO). – Publishers Weekly
Gone with the Win is another charming entry in Daheim’s beloved Bed and Breakfast series. Prepare to be charmed.


Literature & Fiction / Science Fiction & Fantasy / Fantasy


Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist (Harper Voyager)


As it began, so shall it end – in magic, mystery, and majesty... Magician's End.
Three decades ... Five Riftwars ... One magnificent saga: From multiple New York Times bestselling author Raymond E. Feist comes the final book in his epic series.
Thirty years ago, Feist's first novel, Magician, introduced readers to an orphan boy named Pug, who is thrust by a war into captivity in an alien world, and who rises from slavery to become a Master Magician, and to Midkemia and the Riftwar, an epic series of battles between Good and Evil that have scarred Pug's world for generations.
Now, after twenty-nine books, Feist delivers the crowning achievement of his renowned bestselling career: Magician's End, the final chapter in The Chaos Wars, the climax of his extraordinary Riftwar Cycle.
An uneasy quiet has settled upon Midkemia in the wake of a surprise invasion. But the land is far from peaceful. Leaderless, the Kingdom is on the brink of anarchy and civil war, unless Hal conDoin, Duke of Crydee, and his brothers can rally their allies to crown a new king. They must move quickly, for war has left the land vulnerable to an agency of horrific destruction not of this world. No one is safe, not even the Star Elves whose city deep in the Grey Tower Mountains has come under attack by an ancient darkness that seeks to extinguish every living thing in Midkemia.
Yet the bravery of determined warriors – brothers in blood and arms – is not enough to ensure the Kingdom's preservation without the magic of the Master Sorcerer Pug.
Pug, now the greatest magician of all time, must risk everything he has fought for and everything he cherishes in the hope of destroying an evil enemy once and for all.
In Magician's End a powerful spell has trapped Pug, his son Magnus, and two unlikely allies in an unfamiliar realm, and they must find their separate ways home – a journey of memory and discovery that will illuminate the truth of the destiny that awaits them.
Feist’s fans will look forward to the saga’s final episode. – Publishers Weekly
The riveting conclusion to the Chaoswar Saga and the Riftwar Cycle is satisfying in every way... In Magician's End, [Feist] has masterfully brought the entire epic in a full circle. – Booklist (starred review)
A breathtaking tale of elves and men, love and hate, ambition and sacrifice, intrigue and brotherhood, war and peace, Magician's End brilliantly captures the essence of life and the eternal struggle for survival. It is an extraordinary ending to the magnificent saga that has made award-winning Raymond E. Feist a legend.


Politics & Social Sciences / Sociology / International Studies


Political Sociology in a Global Era: An Introduction to the State and Society by Berch Berberoglu (Paradigm Publishers)


Political Sociology in a Global Era provides a critical analysis of the origins, nature, development, and transformation of the state and society historically and today, examining the class nature and social basis of politics and the state in different societal settings. The book emphasizes the centrality of class relations in explaining political power and the role of the state in class-divided societies by providing powerful theoretical and empirical analyses of themes in political sociology in an era of globalization. It examines in detail the major political issues and events of our time, and makes them relevant to the study of power and politics today.
Author Berch Berberoglu is Foundation Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Over the course of the past century, the state has come to play a central role in modern society. And with this role, there has emerged a renewed interest among scholars in the study of politics and the state. Discussions and debates on the nature and role of the modern state have grown and spread across many disciplines. Together with the analysis of class structure, the state has taken center stage in social analysis in such disciplines as political economy, history, anthropology, and comparative politics, as well as sociology.
Although political sociologists have long tackled the question of the state and its role in society, interest in the state has now become a central feature in the study of politics and society. As a result, the relationship between class and state has become more obvious than before, and some important conclusions have been reached regarding the class nature of the state and politics in contemporary capitalist society.
According to Berberoglu in the preface to Political Sociology in a Global Era, as we move forward in the twenty-first century, class conflict will emerge as a primary feature of struggles within and between the major capitalist powers as they attempt to further dominate the global political economy in the post-Soviet world order. As we leave behind the Cold War rivalry between the United States and the USSR – a rivalry which kept the U.S. labor movement in check for decades – the rapidly developing contradictions of global capitalism will soon prompt the working class in the United States and elsewhere to take charge of its own agenda and interests and confront the power of capital and the capitalist state head on, and put up a determined fight in the ensuing class struggles bound to come.
Central to the study of the state and its role in society is an analysis of its nature and structure, as perceived by observers from different perspectives. Thus to the question "What is the state?" conventional and Marxist theories of the state have provided competing views and have reconceptualized the relationship between the state and society in various ways. These alternative views of the state are discussed and criticized at length in Chapters 1 and 2.
Political Sociology in a Global Era goes to the heart of the nature and role of the state in society and examines the linkages between class and state in different comparative and historical settings, for as the state has increasingly taken center stage in social life, these linkages, taken together, constitute the very foundation of the modern state as the central political institution of our time.
The central question regarding the nature of the state is the character of its relationship with the prevailing dominant social forces in society. According to Berberoglu, in examining the origins and development of the state, it becomes clear that this question can be answered only through a historically specific analysis of the laws of motion of different modes of production lodged in a particular social formation. The failure of attempts to construct a universal, abstract model of state behavior across societal lines demonstrates the correctness of this observation. Yet, debates over the nature of the state at the general, theoretical level rage across various disciplines and within particular perspectives as well. Thus, while historians, political scientists, sociologists, and other academics ponder the boundaries of state rule in civil society, the structural imperatives of the capitalist economy on state policy continue to occupy center stage of discussion and debate on the state.
The central argument of Political Sociology in a Global Era is that class structure and class relations are the major determinants of political power and the state, and that class conflicts and class struggles lie at the center of social and political transformations, for it is only through such struggles that state power is attained and the will of the victorious social class(es) is imposed over society. Thus, it can be argued that the state, as the chief superstructural institution of society, is a direct product of the class structure, which sets the political parameters of the social formation in question.
Berberoglu in Political Sociology in a Global Era argues that efforts toward the conceptualization of the state outside the base-superstructure problematic are doomed to failure, as the political (or more broadly, superstructural) institutions of society (of which the state is the chief component) are a reflection of the social-economic base that the state itself subsequently legitimizes to complete its dialectic.
Chapter 3 provides an analysis of the role of the state in different types of societies in the historical process, and traces the origins and development of the state from earlier times to more recent periods. It shows that with the division of society into classes, the state arose to serve the interests of the wealthy and privileged sectors of society. Thus, the ancient, slave-owning state came to serve the interests of the slave owners, the medieval feudal state came to serve the interests of the landlords, and the modern capitalist state came to serve the interests of the capitalists.
Chapter 4 examines the development of the capitalist state in its transition from medieval feudalism, beginning in the sixteenth century. Through a careful examination of the Constitutional Convention, its participants, and proceedings, this chapter lays bare the class origins and nature of the early U.S. state, which set the stage for its subsequent transformation into a capitalist state following the Civil War, and ultimately into an advanced capitalist state in the early twentieth century.
Chapter 5 of Political Sociology in a Global Era takes up the task of examining the crisis of the advanced capitalist state in the United States in the latter part of the twentieth century into the twenty-first, and provides data and analysis on some of its fundamental contradictions. The book argues that the crisis of the advanced capitalist state in the United States is a product of its global expansion – that is, a consequence of the expansion of U.S. capital on a world scale.
Chapter 6 examines the nature and role of the state in the less-developed countries and discusses the nature of the capitalist state in different historic and geographic settings. In this context, the chapter discusses the origins and development of the state in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East within the framework of the global political economy and shows that the state in the less-developed countries has historically been an organ of local landowning and capitalist interests tied to foreign capital. This neocolonial relationship explains the class nature of the state in these regions and at the same time reveals its most fundamental contradictions, which often have led to civil wars and revolutions.
An alternative path against capitalism and the capitalist state across the globe has led to the emergence of social movements that have engaged in mass protests, demonstrations, and social upheaval in a number of important regions of the world. Chapter 7 provides an analysis of the factors contributing to the emergence and development of social movements against the prevailing social order and examines the nature and evolution of social movements that have been developing in response to the impact of neoliberal capitalist globalization on societies around the world in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Finally, Chapter 8 provides a concluding analysis of the nature, origins, development, and role of the state, and examines the relationship between class, state, and power in society, informing this inquiry into the politics of change based on the nature of class relations, class struggles, and social transformation.
Political Sociology in a Global Era addresses the pressing issues concerning the state, and politics in general, and the centrality of class in analyzing political institutions and affairs within a comparative-historical framework – with the highest level of cumulative scholarship embodied in this work. The volume makes a significant contribution to the field of political sociology and helps clarify the relationship between the state and society in general and the class basis of the state, power, and politics in particular.


Professional & Technical / Medicine / Clinical / Opthalmology


Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva and Tear Film: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward J Holland MD, Mark J Mannis MD FACS, and W. Barry Lee MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)


The vast array of diseases that affect the ocular surface pose unique diagnostic and treatment challenges. Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva and Tear Film incorporates current research and the latest management strategies as well as classification systems and treatment paradigms for all forms of ocular surface disease. In addition, clinicians have online access to the full text, downloadable image library, and video clips.
With Ocular Surface Disease, clinicians are able to:
Get the complete, evidence-based guidance they need to provide optimal care for their patients with ocular surface disease.
Implement the latest drug treatments and surgical interventions to provide better outcomes with fewer complications.
Hone and expand their surgical skills by watching videos of leading experts performing advanced procedures including ocular surface transplantation techniques; amniotic membrane transplantation; pterygium surgery; lamellar keratoplasty (DALK) in ocular surface disease; and keratoprosthesis surgery.
Visualize how to proceed by reviewing detailed, full-color images and consulting new classification systems and treatment paradigms for mild to severe forms of ocular surface disease.
Editors are Edward J. Holland MD, Director of Cornea, Cincinnati Eye Institute, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Cincinnati; Mark J. Mannis MD FACS, Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology & Vision Science, UC Davis Health System Eye Center, University of California, Davis, Sacramento; and W. Barry Lee MD FACS, Cornea, External Disease, & Refractive Surgery Eye Consultants of Atlanta/ Piedmont Hospital, Medical Director, Georgia Eye Bank, Atlanta. The book has 88 contributors.
Chapters in Ocular Surface Disease and their authors include:
PART 1 FUNDAMENTALS
1                    Historical Concepts of Ocular Surface Disease – W. BARRY LEE and MARK J. MANNIS
2                    Eyelid Anatomy and Function – LILY KOO LIN
3                    The Tear Film: Anatomy, Structure and Function – J. BRIAN FOSTER and W. BARRY LEE
4                    Conjunctival Anatomy and Physiology – THOMAS M. HARVEY, ANA G. ALZAGA FERNANDEZ, RAVI PATEL, DAVID GOLDMAN, and JESSICA CIRALSKY
5                    Limbus and Corneal Epithelium – PEDRAM HAMRAH and AFSUN SAHIN
6                    Classification of Ocular Surface Disease – JOSEPH M. BIBER
PART 2 DISEASES OF THE OCULAR SURFACE
7                    Diagnostic Techniques in Ocular Surface Disease – BENNIE H. JENG
8                    Blepharitis: Classification – LISA M. NIJM
9                    Anterior Blepharitis: Treatment Strategies – JAY C. BRADLEY
10                Meibomian Gland Disease: Treatment – GARY N. FOULKS
11                Dry Eye Disease: Epidemiology and Pathophysiology – MICHAEL A. LEMP
12                Treatment of Dry Eye Disease – STEPHEN C. PFLUGFELDER and GREGORY R. NETTUNE
13                Seasonal and Perennial Allergic Conjuntivitis – DENISE DE FREITAS
14                Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis – KENNETH C. MATHYS and W. BARRY LEE
15                Atopic Keratoconjunctivitis – PRITI BATTA and ELMER Y. TU
16                Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis – JULIE H. TSAI
17                Treatment of Allergic Eye Disease – AMY T. KELMENSON, NAVEEN K. RAO, and MICHAEL B. RAIZMAN
18                Pterygium – MINAS T. CORONEO and JEANIE J.Y. CHUI
19                Ocular Surface Neoplasias – FASIKA A. WORETA and CAROL L. KARP
20                Conjunctivochalasis – KRISTIANA D. NEFF
21                Superior Limbic Keratoconjunctivitis – SHAWN C. RICHARDS and RICHARD S. DAVIDSON
22                Oculodermal Surface Disease – ANA CAROLINA VIEIRA and MARK J. MANNIS
23                Ocular Graft-versus-Host Disease – PATRICIA A. PLE-PLAKON and SHAHZAD I. MIAN
24                Ligneous Conjunctivitis – ANDREA Y. ANG, KRISTIANA D. NEFF, GARY S. SCHWARTZ, and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
25                Toxic Keratoconjunctivitis – ENRIQUE O. GRAUE-HERNANDEZ, ALEJANDRO NAVAS, and ARTURO RAMIREZ-MIRANDA
26                Corneal Epithelial Adhesion Disorders – ABRAHAM SOLOMON
27                Neurotrophic Keratopathy – SATHISH SRINIVASAN and DOUGLAS A.M. LYALL
28                Filamentary Keratitis – WOODFORD S. VAN METER, DOUGLAS KATZ, and BYRON G. COOK
PART 3 LIMBAL STEM CELL DISEASE
29                Chemical and Thermal Injuries to the Ocular Surface – CHARLES N.J. MCGHEE, ALEXANDRA Z. CRAWFORD, and DIPIKA V. PATEL
30                Erythema Multiforme, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis – ANDREA Y. ANG, FLORENTINO E. PALMON, and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
31                Mucous Membrane Pemphigoid – TAIS HITOMI WAKAMATSU and JOSE ALVARO PEREIRA COMES
32                Congenital Stem Cell Deficiency – HEATHER M. SKEENS
33                Iatrogenic Causes of Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency – VICTOR L. PEREZ and JESSICA CHOW
PART 4 MANAGEMENT OF SEVERE OCULAR SURFACE DISEASE
34                Medical Management of Ocular Surface Disease – MARIAN MACSAI and GIOCONDA MOJICA
35                Contact Lenses for Ocular Surface Disease – DEBORAH S. JACOBS, LYNETTE K. JOHNS and HONG-GAM LE
36                Ocular Surface Disease: Surgical Management – DAVID S. ROOTMAN, JUDY Y.F. KU and SONIA N. YEUNG
37                Amniotic Membrane Transplantation: Indications and Techniques – DARREN G. GREGORY
PART 5 OCULAR SURFACE TRANSPLANTATION
38                Preoperative Staging of Ocular Surface Disease – ANDREA Y. ANG, GARY S. SCHWARTZ and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
39                The Classification of Ocular Surface Transplantation – SHERAZ M. DAYA and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
40                Conjunctival Limbal Autograft – STEVEN J. WIFFEN
41                Living-Related Conjunctival-Limbal Allograft (Ir-CLAL) Transplantation – ELHAM GHAHARI, ALIREZA BARADARAN-RAFII and ALI R. DJALILIAN
42                Keratolimbal Allograft – CLARA C. CHAN and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
43                Tissue Engineering for Reconstruction of the Corneal Epithelium – URSULA SCHLOTZER-SCHREHARDT, NARESH POLISL III, JOHANNES MENZEL-SEVERING and FRIEDRICH E. KRUSE
44                Cultured Limbal Epithelial Stem Cells for Reconstruction of the Corneal Epithelium – JOHANNES MENZEL-SEVERING, BJOERN BACHMANN and FRIEDRICH E. KRUSE
45                Non-Ocular Sources for Cell-Based Ocular Surface Reconstruction – TAKAHIRO NAKAMURA
46                Immunosuppression in Ocular Surface Stem Cell Transplantation – CLARA C. CHAN and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
47                Ocular Surface Transplantation: Outcomes and Complications – ANDREA Y. ANG and EDWARD J. HOLLAND
48                Keratoplasty in Ocular Surface Disease – J. STUART TIMS and W. BARRY LEE
49                Indications for the Boston Keratoprosthesis – KATHRYN A. COLBY and ANITA N. SHUKLA
50                Boston Keratoprosthesis Surgical Technique – CHRISTINA R. PRESCOTT and JAMES CHODOSH
51                Boston Keratoprosthesis Complications – MARK A. GREINER, JENNIFER Y. LI, and MARK J. MANNIS
52                Boston Keratoprosthesis Outcomes – JENNIFER Y. LI, MARK A. GREINER, and MARK J. MANNIS
53                Modified Osteo-Odonto-Keratoprosthesis: MOOKP – GUILLERMO AMECUA and VICTOR L. PEREZ
54                Treatment Paradigms for the Management of Severe Ocular Surface Disease –EDWARD J. HOLLAND, W. BARRY LEE, and MARK J. MANNIS
Holland, Mannis & Lee in the preface to Ocular Surface Disease say that what they have learned recently about the structure and function of the ocular surface has both broadened the range of therapeutic options they now employ and has raised numerous new questions that need to be asked about this very complex surface on which ocular function is so dependent.
Three decades ago, they say that opthalmologists barely understood the concept of the ‘stem cell’; two decades ago they began to understand where these stem cells reside on the ocular surface; and only in the past decade have they learned how to nurture or replace these vital pluripotential units that differentiate into surfaces as radically different as the corneal and conjunctival epithelia.
A decade ago, dry eye was understood primarily as aqueous tear deficiency. Clinicians now know that there are major differences in the categories of tear dysfunction, and they are aware of crucially important neural feedback mechanisms that link inflammatory activity on the ocular surface to lacrimal gland function. They have begun to understand the array of inflammatory mechanisms at the ocular surface and how to modulate these mechanisms for the good of the patient. And they understand, with much greater clarity, the important role of the lid and its multiple functions for the health of the ocular surface.
From these revelations and the parsing of disease entities into their component effects on the cornea and conjunctiva, opthalmologists view the ocular surface as both an expanding mystery as well as a gradually unraveling story of how the eye interacts with adjacent tissues and with the environment to which it is exposed.
Ocular Surface Disease is the first comprehensive resource that helps clinicians meet ocular surface disease challenges effectively using today's best medical and surgical approaches. Holland, Mannis and Lee provide the cutting-edge state of understanding of surface physiology in health and disease. In collaboration with a group of world-renowned experts, they organize the therapeutic state-of-the-art in order to assist practitioners in effective decision-making in the management of external eye disease, but in a field changing as rapidly as this field is, there will inevitably be new discoveries even as the book goes to press.


Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Dermatology


Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology: Expert Consult Online and Print, 5th edition by James G. Marks Jr. MD and Jeffrey J. Miller MD (Elsevier Saunders)


Skin diseases affect virtually everyone sometime during life. Because changes in the skin are so easily recognized by the patient, medical attention is frequently sought. Skin reacts in a limited number of ways, but the neophyte is often bewildered by the appearance of rashes that superficially look alike. Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology is an intro­duction to cutaneous disorders.
With this 5th Edition, clinicians can quickly confirm their diagnoses for even the most challenging dermatologic conditions. Written by James G. Marks, Jr. and Jeffrey J. Miller, this highly visual guide provides the foundational information they need to identify the full range of skin diseases – all in a consistent, quick-reference format ideal for use in clinical practice.
With Principles of Dermatology clinicians are able to:
Distinguish differences among skin conditions using tables that summarize the most important characteristics of the major categories.
Consider atypical diagnoses by viewing additional photos of more uncommon presentations at the end of each chapter.
Make a differential diagnosis with help from numerous tables that rank skin diseases according to frequency of incidence and highlight clinical features.
Test their mastery of key material with self-assessment case reviews.
Reach a diagnosis with confidence thanks to clinical photographs, full-color histopathology images, and corresponding crosssectional line diagrams that provide details on cause and condition.
Find the information they need quickly with topics arranged in alphabetical order for fast reference, and therapy options in highlighted boxes.
Access the entire text and illustrations online.
Marks Jr MD, is Professor of Dermatology, Chair, Department of Dermatology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Penn State, Hershey Medical Center and Miller MD, is Professor of Dermatology, Vice Chair, Department of Dermatology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Penn State, Hershey Medical Center, Hershey.
Sections in Principles of Dermatology and their chapters include:
Section 1 Principles of Dermatology
1                    Introduction
2                    Structure and Function of the Skin
3                    Principles of Diagnosis
4                    Dermatologic Therapy and Procedures
Section 2 Growths
5                    Epidermal Growths
6                    Pigmented Growths
7                    Dermal and Subcutaneous Growths
Section 3 Rashes with Epidermal Involvement
8                    Eczematous Rashes
9                    Scaling Papules, Plaques, and Patches
            10                Vesicles and Bullae
11                Inflammatory Papules
12                Pustules
13                White Spots
Section 4 Dermal Rashes
            14                Generalized Erythema
            15                Localized Erythema
            16                Specialized Erythema
            17                Purpura
            18                Dermal Induration
Section 5 Ulcers
19                Ulcers
Section 6 Hair and Nails
20                Hair Disorders
21                Nail Disorders
Section 7 Mucous Membrane Disorders
22                Mucous Membrane Disorders
Section 8 Diagnosis by Symptom
23                Skin Signs of Systemic Disease
24                Self-assessment
The primary goal of this fifth edition of Principles of Dermatology has not changed from that of the first edition; it is to facilitate dermato­logic diagnosis through a morphologic approach to skin disease. Unlike most other introductory manuals, each chapter in the text is based on the appearance of the primary skin process (e.g., pustules) rather than on the etiology (e.g., infection). This arrangement helps to reflect the way in which most patients present in the clinical setting. The authors have purposely not made this an encyclopedia of skin diseases, but have chosen those diseases that are most commonly seen. Uncommon diseases are discussed only to illustrate dermatologic principles or important diseases that should not be missed. The book is aimed toward medical students so that they may develop a logical approach to the diagnosis of common cutaneous diseases with an understanding of the underlying dinicopathologic correlations.
Highly visual, designed to be a quick-reference guide, this 5th edition of Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology includes more color illustrations, more diseases, key points, abstracts, and initial and alternative treatments. It will be of use to medical students, primary care physicians, and physician extenders.


Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Oncology / Pathology / Diagnosis


Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors: 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition edited by Christopher D. M. Fletcher MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)


Using guidance from more than 50 expert contributors as well as convenient access to thousands of high-quality illustrations and a new online Image Bank, clinicians diagnose tumors with confidence with Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors, 4th Edition. Christopher D.M. Fletcher's renowned reference provides the advanced, expert guidance they need to evaluate and interpret even the most challenging histopathology specimens quickly and accurately. Fletcher, MD, FRCPath, is Vice Chair, Anatomic Pathology Brigham and Women's Hospital Chief of Onco-Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Boston.
With Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors, clinicians are able to:
Diagnose efficiently and effectively using diagnostic flow charts, correlations of gross appearances to microscopic findings, and differential diagnosis tables for better recognition and evaluation of similar-looking entities.
Employ immunohistochemistry, molecular and genetic diagnostic tests, and other modern techniques as well as the best morphologic diagnostic methods to effectively identify each tumor or tumor-like entity.
Utilize new, clinically important molecular genetic data and updated classification schemes to help guide treatment and targeted therapy.
Apply the latest techniques and diagnostic criteria.
Find critical information quickly thanks to more tables and bulleted lists throughout.
Access the entire text and illustrations online, fully searchable.
Chapters in the two volumes of Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors and their authors include:
Volume 1
Introduction – Christopher D.M. Fletcher
Tumors of the Heart and Pericardium – Henry D. Tazelaar, Joseph J. Maleszewski
Vascular Tumors – J. Eduardo Calonje, Christopher D.M. Fletcher
Tumors of the Upper Respiratory Tract
·        Part A Nasal Cavity, Paranasal Sinuses, and Nasopharynx – Bruce M. Wenig
·        Part B Larynx, Hypopharynx, and Trachea – Bruce M. Wenig
Tumors of the Lung and Pleura – Saul Suster, Cesar A. Moran
Tumors of the Oral Cavity – Paul M. Speight
Tumors of the Salivary Glands – John K.C. Chan, Wah Cheuk
Tumors of the Esophagus and Stomach – Fiona Campbell, Gregory Y. Lauwers
Tumors of the Small and Large Intestines, Including Anal Canal – Jason L. Hornick
Tumors of the Liver, Biliary Tree, and Gallbladder – Linda Ferrell, Sanjay Kakar
Tumors of the Exocrine Pancreas – David S. Klimstra, Gunter Kloppel
Tumors of the Urinary Tract
·        Part A Tumors of the Kidney – John N. Eble, David J. Grignon, Robert H. Young
·        Part B Tumors of the Renal Pelvis and Ureter – John N. Eble, David J. Grignon, Robert H. Young
·        Part C Tumors of the Urinary Bladder and Urethra – John N. Eble, David J. Grignon, Robert H. Young
Tumors of the Female Genital Tract
·        Part A Ovary, Fallopian Tube, and Broad and Round Ligaments – Charles J. Zaloudek, Karuna Garg
·        Part B Endometrial Tumors – George L. Mutter
·        Part C Tumors of the Placenta and Gestational Trophoblastic Disease – Mana M. Parast, Yonghee Lee, Christopher P. Crum
·        Part D Myometrium – Marisa R. Nucci
·        Part E Cervix – Marisa R. Nucci, Kenneth R. Lee, Christopher P. Crum
·        Part F Vagina – Marisa R. Nucci
·        Part G Vulva – Marisa R. Nucci
Tumors and Tumor-Like Conditions of the Male Genital Tract
·        Part A Prostate and Seminal Vesicles – Jae Y. Ro, Kyu-Rae Kim, Steven S. Shen, Mahul B. Amin, Alberto G. Ayala
·        Part B Testicular Neoplasms – Jae Y. Ro, Kyu-Rae Kim, Steven S. Shen, Mahul B. Amin, Alberto G. Ayala
·        Part C Penis and Scrotum – Jae Y. Ro, Kyu-Rae Kim, Steven S. Shen, Mahul B. Amin, Alberto G. Ayala
Tumors of the Peritoneum – Julie A. Irving, Philip B. Clement
Volume 2
Tumors of the Breast – Ian O. Ellis, Andrew H.S. Lee, Sarah E. Pinder, Emad A. Rakha
Tumors of the Pituitary Gland – M. Beatriz S. Lopes
Tumors of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands
·        Part A The Thyroid Gland – John K.C. Chan
·        Part B The Parathyroid Gland – John K.C. Chan
Tumors of the Adrenal Gland – Ernest E. Lack, Jacqueline Wieneke
Tumors of the Endocrine Pancreas –  Gunter Kloppel, Philipp U. Heitz, Aurel Perren
Tumors of the Lymphoreticular System, Including Spleen and Thymus
·        Part A Lymph Node – Scott Rodig, John K.C. Chan
·        Part B The Spleen – Scott Rodig, John K.C. Chan
·        Part C The Thymus – John K.C. Chan
Tumors of the Hematopoietic System – Jeffery L. Kutok
Tumors of the Skin – Daniel J. Santa Cruz, Sarah N. Walsh
Tumors of Soft Tissue – Christopher D.M. Fletcher
Tumors of the Osteoarticular System – Carrie Y. Inwards, Andre M. Oliveira
Tumors of the Central Nervous System – M. Beatriz S. Lopes, Scott R. Vandenberg
Peripheral Neuroectodermal Tumors – Christopher D.M. Fletcher
Tumors of the Autonomic Nervous System, Including Paraganglia – Ernest E. Lack, Jacqueline Wieneke
Tumors of the Eye and Ocular Adnexa – Robert Folberg
Tumors of the Ear – Lester D.R. Thompson
Molecular Genetic Techniques in Diagnosis and Prognosis – Neal I. Lindeman, Jonathan A. Fletcher, Janina A. Longtine
According to Fletcher, in the five-year interval since publication of Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors, Third Edition, conventional morphologic and immunohistochemical assessment has continued to hold sway as the preeminent, most reliable, and most cost-effective means to provide a diagnosis, prognostic assessment, and in most cases, determination of the adequacy of excision for human tumors. Such interpretation also helps to guide therapy in many settings. The continued utility of such ‘traditional’ technologies and interpretive skills is somewhat reassuring in the setting of the ever-widening disparities in the availability of more expensive modern technologies, such as molecular genetic diagnosis, gene expression profiling, and genomics, not only (to a depressing degree) between the developed and still developing (or underdeveloped) areas of the world, but even among different developed countries or regions.
Remarkably, and seemingly with no evident slowing of the pace, morphologic tumor classifications and methods of prognostication continue to evolve and be ever more refined, constantly enhancing the value of high-quality anatomic pathology. Many of these advances have been codified in the new WHO classifications, which are currently being updated in a fourth edition of the ‘blue books.’ Furthermore, ‘new’ (newly recognized) tumor types or subtypes of clinical or therapeutic relevance continue to be characterized, both morphologically and genetically, in a seemingly limitless fashion. The fourth edition of Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors has been substantially revised and updated to incorporate this broad range of new information. Some chapters have been entirely rewritten, notably those dealing with tumors of the Small and Large Intestines, Heart, Larynx and Trachea, Ear, and Peritoneum.
Highly Commended – British Medical Association Book Awards 2008 for previous edition
An ideal resource for the busy surgical pathologist... an essential addition to the pathologist's library... Should be kept adjacent to the microscope. – New England Journal of Medicine, review of the previous edition
The third edition of Dr. Fletcher's textbook on tumors continues the tradition of a well-organized and clear text with abundant color images that spans the entire range of human tumors that was set by the previous 2 editions... Few of us are as articulate as Dr. Fletcher in describing how these ancillary studies really are complementary to traditional morphology rather than replacements for it. As our field changes and evolves, our future role will in part depend on what information we can provide to our clinicians and how useful it is. Textbooks such as this allow pathologists to know the best information to collect and present, from both traditional and new wave tests, to help clinicians care for their patients. – Advances in Anatomic Pathology, May 2008, review of the previous edition
Previous editions of Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors have been required additions to the bookshelf of any practicing surgical histopathologist, and this edition will be no different. It is comprehensive, well-laid-out, beautifully illustrated, and a joy to read. Each organ system is presented clearly, and the text is very easy-to-read, and practically-oriented. The quality of the illustrations is fantastic, and photomicrographs cannot be faulted. Practical diagnostic challenges can be approached with confidence with 'Fletcher', and this third edition will continue to be an authoritative source for trainee pathologists and more experienced practitioners alike. This is a 'must-have' text for diagnostic pathologists. – The Bulletin, July 2009, review of the previous edition
Beautifully illustrated, easy to read, easy to access, Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors is the authoritative source of up-to-date information on tumor diagnosis. The book helps both trainees and experienced pathologists diagnose tumors quickly and accurately.
Professional & Technical / Medicine / Internal / Clinical / Radiology
Making the Diagnosis: A Practical Guide to Breast Imaging: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition by Jennifer Harvey MD FACR and David E March MD (Elsevier Saunders)
Those who have experience in breast imaging will recognize that the most meaningful findings are often quite difficult to detect. Most texts, however, are limited to figures that show obvious findings. Not so with Making the Diagnosis.
Clinicians detect and identify breast lesions at the earliest possible stage with Making the Diagnosis: A Practical Guide to Breast Imaging. Jennifer Harvey and David E. March utilize a practical, case-based approach to help them select and make optimal use of today's imaging options. Harvey, MD, FACR, is Director, Division of Breast Imaging, Co-Director, University of Virginia Breast Care Program, Professor of Radiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville and March, MD, is Director of Breast Imaging, Radiology & Imaging Inc. and Baystate Medical Center Springfield, Massachusetts, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston.
With Making the Diagnosis, clinicians are able to:
Learn the right questions to ask when viewing a mammogram, MRI, or ultrasound.
Zero in on the key information they need to know with highly templated, concise chapters followed by case studies that reinforce and expand their knowledge.
Distinguish normal variants and look-alike lesions from cancer thanks to expert, visual guidance on all relevant imaging modalities.
Interpret the findings they are likely to see in practice with the aid of high-quality images, enhanced with arrows and labels to help them recognize and identify suspicious lesions.
Access the entire text and images online.
Making the Diagnosis provides information in an accessible format that enables the clinicians to expand their fund of knowledge in breast imaging. The twenty chapters, divided into six sections, span a wide range of topics that are commonly encountered in breast imaging. Each chapter includes practical scenarios intended to help radiologists decide how findings should be described, what to include in the differential diagnosis, and how the finding should be managed. Key points are summarized at the end of each chapter.
Each chapter is followed by cases chosen to reinforce key points. The case material is the backbone of Making the Diagnosis, and hundreds of images are included, highlighting the use of different modalities in many cases. This approach – rather than strict organization by modality – reflects the multimodality approach that is essential to breast imaging today. In reviewing the cases, readers will benefit most by carefully analyzing the images and arriving at a conclusion before reviewing the answers. This will more closely simulate a true prospective clinical experience and encourage readers to reach a conclusion on their own.
Making the Diagnosis can be used in a number of ways. For the most industrious radiologists, it can be read in its entirety. If readers are in training or new to breast imaging, this will give them a solid foundation for the practice of breast imaging. However, this book can also be used to quickly review a specific topic. Review of the figure and case images is a good visual exercise when the findings are correlated with the ultimate diagnosis.
Chapters in Making the Diagnosis include:
SECTION I APPROACH AND TECHNIQUE
The First Question
Physics Facts that WILL Improve Your Images
Screening Mammography 101 and Beyond
The Recalled Patient: Now What?
SECTION II FINDINGS ON MAMMOGRAPHY
Breast Anatomy and Physiology: Recognizing Normal Changes
Calcifications Made Easy
Management of Masses: BI-RADS 2, 3, or 4?
Multiple Masses
Architectural Distortion
Mammographic Asymmetries
Expanding the Differential Diagnosis: Going Beyond IDC-NOS
SECTION III SCREENING DETECTION
Finding Cancers in Dense Tissue
Measuring and Managing Breast Cancer Risk
SECTION IV DIAGNOSTIC EXAMINATIONS AND MANAGEMENT
The Painful and the Palpable
Evaluation of Nipple Discharge
The Male Breast
Imaging the Patient with Breast Cancer
SECTION V POSTOPERATIVE STUDIES
The Postoperative Breast
Evaluating Women with Implants
SECTION VI INTERVENTIONS
Breast Needle Biopsy: Tips for Challenging Cases
Making the Diagnosis provides practical information on breast imaging, with the goal of improving breast cancer detection. It is not a reference book or a guide to prepare for board examinations. This book gives clinicians many practical options in their approach.
The material in Making the Diagnosis will help them detect and diagnose malignancies at a time when the chance for cure is very high and reassure patients when the findings are benign. It will be most useful to radiology residents and fellows, to generalists, and to those radiologists who subspecialize in another area and who also interpret breast imaging examinations.


Religion & Spirituality / Philosophy


The Philosopher's Enigma: God, Body and Soul by Richard A. Watson (St. Augustine’s Press)


The issues and problems considered in The Philosopher's Enigma are older than the Old Testament, and probably some of them were discussed around campfires 40,000 years ago.
Does God exist?
Does the notion of an all-powerful God make sense?
In what does belief in God consist?
Will my soul survive the death of my body?
Can angels help and ghosts harm me?
Do I have free will?
Is my mind my brain?
According to well-know scholar Richard Watson in The Philosopher's Enigma, the atheists Daniel Dennett in Breaking the Spell and Richard Dawkins in The God Delusion talk down to believers. Sam Harris in The End of Faith and Letter to a Christian Nation insults believers outright. All three assume that believers are not very bright. Their approach is not productive of much understanding.
Watson begins The Philosopher's Enigma with the steel-trap objections made by his daughter, when she was seven years old, as he read the Bible to her. To the story of the Garden, she objected: “But God made Adam! God made Adam sin! God is not fair!” She slid off his lap, and he had to bribe her to return.
In The Philosopher's Enigma, Watson explains to believers in temperate and readable prose why he and many others are not believers. His discussion is based on strict Augustinianism, the foundation of seriously argued Christianity. God is hidden – that is, the concept of God is unintelligible – as discussed at length by Leszek Kolakowski in his Religion If There Is No God – in the sense that there are no known rational arguments for God’s existence. Moreover, Augustine argues that finite human beings cannot understand God’s infinite perfections.
Augustine concludes that God has omniscient knowledge of every human being’s behavior, which after all, is predetermined by God prior to His creation of the world. Most difficult to accept, as Calvin later stresses, is the inference that because humans do not determine their own behavior, God predetermines who is saved and who is damned with no reference to this behavior.
But according to Watson in The Philosopher's Enigma a foundation of Christianity is that because of the Fall of Man, we are all sinners, and thus there is no reason why God should pick this person for salvation and that one for damnation. But most Christians believe that faith, God’s grace, Jesus’ sacrifice, being born again, and in particular, good works, can earn one salvation. But Augustine and later Calvin see no evidence for these views. Even if, or perhaps even because, God gives a sinner the grace to be good – a person’s good works do not assure salvation. After all, even before God created the world, God predetermined the behavior of every human being. Thus because humans cannot determine their own behavior, they cannot be saved or damned with reference to this behavior.
A major difficulty in understanding and accepting the story of the Creation, then, is that even though God determines Adam’s behavior, God punishes Adam for disobedience by decreeing that all Adam’s progeny will be born sinners.
In The Philosopher's Enigma, Watson also discusses in detail the concepts of the soul, angels, ghosts, mind, and body. He argues that the classic Cartesian mind/body problem of how an immaterial mind or soul and a material body can interact will eventually be superseded by a concept of a human being according to which, even though a person’s body/mind is bound by physical laws, it still makes its own considered decisions, and to that extent a human being is free. And because the mind/body is one entity, there is no problem about two different things – a mind and a body – interacting.
Watson concludes that this means there is no such thing as a disembodied mind or soul, and so no such things as angels and ghosts that could help or harm people. Basing this discussion in the context of contemporary neurophilosophy, his conclusions about the relationships of mind/soul follow those of Kolakowski in being reminiscent of Spinoza.
The Philosopher's Enigma is written to be of interest to and accessible to both professional philosophers and general readers.


Science & Math / Botany / Chemistry / Health & Fitness / Herbal Remedies / Reference


American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition edited by Zoë Gardner and Michael McGuffin (CRC Press)


Botanical products continue to be broadly used throughout the world. The U.S. marketplace for herbal products in the supplement category has increased significantly in the years since publication of the first edition of the book, and the retail value of this product category grew from $3 billion in 1996 to $5 billion in 2010.
Access to accurate, evidence-based, and clinically relevant information is essential to anyone who uses or recommends herbal products. With input from some of the most respected experts in herbal and integrative medicine, this completely revised edition of the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook reviews both traditional knowledge and contemporary research on herbs to provide an authoritative resource on botanical safety. Editors are Zoë Gardner, Research and Development Manager at the Research & Development Department at Traditional Medicinals, and Michael McGuffin, President of American Herbal Products Association, who serves on the boards of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and United Plant Savers, on the Advisory Board of the USC School of Pharmacy Regulatory Science Program, and as chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group for ISO/TC 249.
American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook covers more than 500 species of herbs and provides a holistic understanding of safety through data compiled from clinical trials, pharmacological and toxicological studies, medical case reports, and historical texts. For each species, a brief safety summary is provided for quick reference, along with a detailed review of the literature. Easily understood classification systems are used to indicate the safety of each listed species and the potential for the species to interact with drugs.
Enhancements to the Second Edition of American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook include:
Classification of each herb with both a safety rating and a drug interaction rating.
More references listed for each individual herb, vetted for accuracy.
Specific information on adverse events reported in clinical trials or case reports.
Safety-related pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of each herb, including drug interactions.
Additional information on the use of herbs by pregnant or lactating women.
Toxicological studies and data on toxic compounds.
This second edition of American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook represents a significant modification from the first edition, published in 1997. At the same time, the second edition reflects the continued commitment of the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) to provide accurate information about the safe use of herbs in a practical and accessible format.
The original edition classified botanical ingredients in four safety classifications to differentiate those that can be safely consumed when used appropriately from those for which some contraindication or other restriction is known, as well as those that should be used only under the guidance of a qualified expert. A handful of entries in that edition were also placed in a separate class if the editors had insufficient data for classification. This revised edition largely retains this safety classification system, except that if the review process did not provide enough information to make a knowledgeable decision on any specific herb, that species was removed from the text.
The second edition of American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook also includes a separate classification system to address what is known about the potential for an herb to interact with any drugs. Each of the herbs listed is identified in one of three interaction classes to differentiate between those for which no clinically relevant interactions are expected and those for which clinically relevant interactions are biologically plausible or are, in fact, known to occur.
A significant change in the past 15 years has been the emergence of the Internet and online scientific databases as tools for accessing scientific information. The first edition of this book relied almost entirely on secondary references (i.e., books and other summaries of traditional or scientific information). On the other hand, the process for compiling information for this second edition involved a much more thorough review of primary references (i.e., published research papers, case reports, and other original literature). Thus, while the first edition included just 280 references to evaluate the over 500 plants addressed therein, this revision cites 301 references just in its treatment of St. John's wort herb (Hypericum perforatum), ginkgo leaf and seed (Ginkgo biloba), and garlic bulb (Allium sativum).
The revised edition of the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook fills the need for a reference that neither promulgates the myth that all herbs are always safe, since they are ‘natural,’ nor accepts without review every case report or conceptual theory that draws an unsubstantiated or illogical conclusion of harm from an herb or herbal product. In assembling this revision, significant effort has gone into sorting out references that are factual from those that are inaccurate. More effort was needed to avoid blind acceptance of reports that purport to identify herbal safety concerns with unreferenced statements or incomplete records of specific herbal preparations.
...a very valuable reference for anyone selling, manufacturing or using medicinal herbs and perhaps will help clear the way for setting better legal and labeling standards of herbs. – American Herb Association
A basic reference text which should be on every herbalist's shelf!... It is very complete and includes many Chinese and Ayurvedic herbs as well. Congratulations to AHPA on an excellent and much needed text. Thank you! – Robyn's Recommended Reading
An absolutely necessary reference book, this book gives cautions and contraindications for more than 600 plants. Don't expect fun reading – it is strictly a reference book. BUY IT! – The Herbal Connection
The Handbook is a very readable and authoritative reference for herbal products, their usage, toxicity, and contraindications. – The Microscope
With input from some of the most respected experts in herbal and integrative medicine, this completely revised edition of the American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook provides an authoritative resource on botanical safety in a practical and accessible format, promoting the responsible commerce of herbal products. The book will be a valuable reference for product manufacturers, healthcare practitioners, regulatory agencies, researchers, and consumers of herbal products.
 
 

 

 

 

Contents this Issue:

Masterpieces of American Modernism: From the Vilcek Collection by William C. Agee and Lewis Kachur (Merrell Publishers)

The Man Called Noon (audiobook, unabridged, 5 CDs, running time 5 ½ hours) by Louis L'Amour, read by Stephen Mendel (Random House Audio)

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani, with illustrations by Iacopo Bruno (Harper)

The Battles by Lisa Papp, Trinka Hakes Noble and Robert Papp (American Adventures, 1: Sleeping Bear Press)


Westward Journeys by Devin Scillian, Judy Young, Bill Farnsworth and Chris Ellison (American Adventures, 2: Sleeping Bear Press)

Seafood: Spectacular Recipes for Every Season by Pär-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall (Skyhorse Publishing)

Humboldt: Life on America's Marijuana Frontier by Emily Brady (Grand Central Publishing)

Peanuts, Pogo, and Hobbes: A Newspaper Editor's Journey through the World of Comics by George Lockwood (Syracuse University Press)

The Sugar Detox: Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Look Years Younger by Brooke Alpert MS RD and Patricia Farris MD (Da Capo Press)

The Time Traveler's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer (Viking)

The First World War: The War to End All Wars by Peter Simkins, Geoffrey Jukes & Michael Hickey (Osprey Publishing)

Crochet for the Kitchen: Over 50 Patterns for Placemats, Potholders, Hand Towels, and Dishcloths Using Crochet Techniques by Tove Fevang (Trafalgar Square Books)

Irina's Metal Clay Collection for Beaders: A Master Instructor's Favorite Projects by Irina Miech (Kalmbach Books)

Arts and Crafts Embroidery by Laura Euler (Schiffer Publishing Ltd.)

Gone with the Win: A Bed-and-Breakfast Mystery by Mary Daheim (Bed-and-Breakfast Mysteries Series: William Morrow)

Magician's End: Book Three of the Chaoswar Saga by Raymond E. Feist (Harper Voyager)

Political Sociology in a Global Era: An Introduction to the State and Society by Berch Berberoglu (Paradigm Publishers)

Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva and Tear Film: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 1st edition edited by Edward J Holland MD, Mark J Mannis MD FACS, and W. Barry Lee MD FACS (Elsevier Saunders)

Lookingbill and Marks' Principles of Dermatology: Expert Consult Online and Print, 5th edition by James G. Marks Jr. MD and Jeffrey J. Miller MD (Elsevier Saunders)

Diagnostic Histopathology of Tumors: 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult – Online and Print, 4th edition edited by Christopher D. M. Fletcher MD FRCPath (Elsevier Saunders)

The Philosopher's Enigma: God, Body and Soul by Richard A. Watson (St. Augustine’s Press)

American Herbal Products Association's Botanical Safety Handbook, Second Edition edited by Zoë Gardner and Michael McGuffin (CRC Press)